Rough Ride from Low Profile Tires?

Monday, September 20, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Here is a question that comes up from time-to-time when a Tire Rack customer buys a vehicle with the performance or sport package and doesn't realize the effect the sport suspension and lower profile tires will have.

"I have a 2005 Cadillac CTS. The ride is very rough and I think it might have to do with its low profile tires. Can regular tires be installed on the car instead of the low profile tires? If so what tires would you suggest?"

This CTS came equipped with the Luxury Sport Package and a 225/50R17 tire which isn't a really low profile tire, but the ride would not be as good as the Luxury Package and a 225/55R16 tire.

Though
low profile tires do play a roll in ride qualit, you can't place the blame on them for everything. The Goodyears (225/50R17 Eagle RS-A) that came on this particular Cadillac are not one of the smoother options. An aggressive alternative would be to downsize to a 16-inch tire and wheel (16x7 wheel and 225/55R16 tire). Another option is to select a better riding 17" tire from the Grand Touring All-Season category.

My recommendations:
Both tires are known to be quiet and comfortable.

Two other tires to consider for different fits would be the Michelin Primacy MXV4 or the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. These tires are also a good choice to consider as they are both quiet and offer a comfortable ride.

Comments on Rough Ride from Low Profile Tires?

Sunday, October 3, 2010 by R Pat:
Purchased M37 with sport package. Has the 20 inch Bridgestone potenza r20 and rough loud ride. Do you have recommendations for quieter/smoother tire?
Monday, October 4, 2010 by Chad:
Sorry we but we have not been able to measure a sport model up just yet to know what smaller wheels may work. So working with the 20 inch wheels I would suggest switch out of the OE tires and in to something like the Michelin Pilot Sport AS+. This will give us a small improvement in ride quality. Ultimately going to a smaller wheel would also improve wide comfort somewhat.
Friday, February 24, 2012 by JW:
Lexus IS250--same problem- rough ride and they're dirty from brake dust after 2 days. Any suggestions?
Friday, February 24, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
JW,
One of the more popular ways to improve the ride on an IS250 is to switch out of the popular 18" wheel option into a 17" if applicable and focus on a smoother riding tire, such as those mentioned above. -Marshall@tirerack.com

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