Alternate Tire Size for Your Mazda CX-7

Thursday, August 2, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

Starting in 2010, Mazda started to offer the CX-7 with a 17" wheel option equipped with a 215/70R17 tire. As we sometimes see, this is the only vehicle that uses this size. This of course means replacement options can be a challenge. When dealing with a tire size that fits just one vehicle, tire companies (other than the Original Equipment supplier) are hard pressed to justify the investment of entering the market. Typically, the Original Equipment tire doesn't receive high marks in the feedback collected and this leaves customers shopping for replacement options in a bit of a pinch. Fortunately, Tire Rack has an alternate size recommendation of 235/65R17 that offers some very good choices.

Firestone Destination LE2
Firestone Destination LE2
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
General Grabber HTS
General Grabber HTS


The Destination LE2 is the latest entry from Firestone in the Highway All-Season category. Check out my previous blog post "The All-New Firestone Destination LE2" to see how it may be a good option for your vehicle.

Bridgestone's Dueler H/L Alenza is a perennial favorite amongst our customers. It's currently sitting in fourth place in our Tire Survey Results after 21 million miles reported. With this many miles reported, customers like the tire throughout its life, even when it's close to being worn out.

Another highly rated and long-term favorite is the General Grabber HTS. The tire offers a good ride, low noise, responsiveness and great wet traction.

By going to this optional size, it opens up all sorts of great solutions for your Mazda CX-7.

Comments on Alternate Tire Size for Your Mazda CX-7

Sunday, April 14, 2013 by michael :
looking for alternative size tires for my madza cx7 the original size is 215 70 17 if all possible can you tell me if if 235 65 17 is a good fit and how much different in size are they and will they rub when i make turns and any other help would gladly be appreciated thank you for all your help Mike
Monday, April 15, 2013 by Hunter:
Hi Michael,
The alternize size is about 3/4" wider and .1" taller than the original size
Thursday, May 9, 2013 by sk:
Just changed over to Firestone Destination L2 235/65/17. Best desicion ever. Not only does the car drive better, it also looks better. They fit perfect and no rubbing anywhere.
Sunday, September 15, 2013 by pedro:
What about winter tires. Should I go for 235s as well?
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by Hunter:
For winter I would stay with the 215. Bridgestone Blizzak DMV1 is offered in that size. It is a great winter tire.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by S Johnston:
Would a P225 be an ok exchange for the Mazda CX7 that currently has a P215.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Hunter:
Hi S,
Sure you can use a 225/65R17.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Hash:
I am trying to replace with GOODYEAR 235/55/17 for Mazda CX7, 2010 model P215/70/R17. Is this going to be fine?
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Hunter:
Hi Hash,
The two sizes you are comparing are quite a bit different. I do not think you will be able to make that substition
Friday, October 25, 2013 by Anna Marie:
I am trying to find replacement tires for my Mazda CX7, 2010 model P215/70R17, are the 235/65R17 the best option - want to make sure there is no rubbing.
Friday, October 25, 2013 by Hunter:
Hi Anna Marie,
The 235/65R17 will fit without rubbing
Sunday, November 17, 2013 by jasmine:
I am trying the best replacement for my Mazda CX-7, 2010. Which is better? 225 65R17 or 235 65R17? What will be the difference?
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Hunter:
Hi Jasmine,
235/65R17 is the alternate size we recommend
Friday, January 10, 2014 by Lulu:
I have a 2012 Mazda CX7 Sport. What are some good alternate sizes for this one?
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Hunter:
hi Lulu,
The 2012 is the same as the 2010 mentioned int he article.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Matthew:
Are there any adverse effects from using this alternate size tire.
Friday, February 28, 2014 by Clive:
Awesome information. Having got high quotes for the one available tire for the CX7, its good to know we can use an alternate, more common size.
Thanks guys!!
Monday, May 12, 2014 by Ivan:
Hi,

Can you please explain why you recommend 235/65/17 vs 225/65/17? I own 2010 Mazda CX-7 and the stock tires are 215/70/17 but there is literally no options except for the OEM Bridgestone.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by hunter:
Hi Ivan,
You can us 225/65R17 as well
Sunday, May 18, 2014 by melanie:
I need to only replace two tires Is it okay to have two 225/65/17 and two 215/70/17
Monday, May 19, 2014 by Vicki:
when subbing out the 215/70R17 for 235/65/17, do I have to replace all four tires? I only need to back tires at this time.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by hunter:
Hi Vickie and Melanie
You should not run different sizes
Monday, June 9, 2014 by Katie:
If I want to use the alternate size tire, do I have to replace all four tires? Or can I just buy two tires and leave two 215/70R17 on my car?
Monday, June 9, 2014 by hunter:
Hi Katie,
you should not run different sizes
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Felicia:
Thank you for all your advice Hunter! This article has been a lifesaver!!!
Monday, August 11, 2014 by Lidi:
What would you recommend more 235 65 17 or 225 65 17 and why?
Monday, August 11, 2014 by hunter:
Hi Lidi,
Either one of those will work. The 225 is shorter than the original size and the 235 is taller
Sunday, September 14, 2014 by Ed:
I'm confused... the number 235 in the size 235 65 17 refers to the width of the tire, so I have a hard time seeing how a 235mm wide tire will fit on the stock CX-7 wheel that was narrower (sized for a 215mm wide tire). Please explain how you squeeze in a 235 mm wide tire onto a 215 mm wide rim.
Monday, September 15, 2014 by hunter:
Hi Ed,
Looking at the engineered specifications for the two sizes, 235/65R17 mount on wheels between 6.5" and 8.5" The 215/70R17 have a range from 6.5" to 7.5" This is straight from the tire manufacturers. It can be verified on both Tire Rack and the manufacturers' sites. We show the original wheel on the Cx-7 is 7" wide.

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