Downsizing to Smaller Diameter Wheels

Friday, October 28, 2011 by Gary Stanley
Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel PackagesIt's pretty common to see performance enthusiasts upgrade to larger diameter auto tires and wheels (rims & tires). If you're not familiar with the plus sizing concept, or just need a refresher, read "Plus Sizing 101." What about the other side of the coin? Why would someone want to minus size their tires wheels package and go to a smaller wheel diameter?  

Listed below are a few options why going smaller makes sense:
  • Rough road areas: Combining taller tires with smaller diameter wheels will help absorb more impact. This setup helps protect the wheels and provides a softer ride.
  • Off-road use: Many off-road enthusiasts would like to maximize their wheel protection. And many accomplish this by minus sizing their wheels and using a taller set of offroad tires.
  • Economy: Often times, smaller diameter wheels and taller tires are less expensive than larger diameter wheels and low profile tires. 
The majority of cases for minus sizing are done for Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages. When you shop by vehicle, our site will provide alternate tire and wheel options for your vehicle. 

Comments on Downsizing to Smaller Diameter Wheels

Friday, February 17, 2012 by mark svencer:
I have a 2000 ford expedition Eddie Bauer version it has 265/70/17 on it can I put a smaller wheel on it without an effect on the speedometer
Monday, February 20, 2012 by Gary:
Mark,

Yes, you can minus size to 16" on the 2000 Expedition. To keep the speedometer reading the same, use size 265/75R16.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by Christy:
We have a 2008 honda civic. We are looking at putting 16' Factory HONDA WHEELS and Brand New DUNLOP TIRES size 195/55R16 on there. Will this mess up the car performance. If so how?
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by Gary:
As long as the wheels are a proper fitment, the 195/55R16 should work well with no problem. 205/55R16 would be a closer match and would be preferred.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by C from California:
I have 31x10.5x15 on my 1994 Toyota 4x4. The alloy wheel is 15"x7" Can I downsize to 225/75/R15 street tires?
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by Gary:
Yes the 225/75R15 will indeed fit on the 15X7 wheel and still has the correct fitment and load capacity.
Saturday, April 28, 2012 by Gary:
I just bought a 2012 Kia Optima with 18" wheels and 225/45R/18 tires. What are my options for downsizing winter wheels/tires?
Monday, April 30, 2012 by Gary at Tire Rack:
If the Optima is a non turbo model, you can minus size to 16" with 215/60R16 or 17" with 215/55R17.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 by Gary:
Sorry, I might need to clarify as I am unsure of your response. My car is a Canadian Spec Optima EX, no turbo but with 18" wheels and the larger brakes.
Is this the limiting factor on how small I could go? Does this limit me to the 17" wheels with 215/55/R17?
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 by Bill:
We have a 2011 Toyota Sienna with 17" wheels. can you recommend correct down sizing for some winter wheels?
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 by Gary:
Bill,

Unfortunately the large brakes on the 2011 Sienna do not allow for clearance of any of the 16" wheels that we sell which means 17" will be the smallest diameter I can recommend to fit.
Friday, June 15, 2012 by Vega:
Im wanting to find some tires for my 2002 camaro the tires it has now are 235/55/16 I would like to keep the 16" wheel on it but would like a different size tire (to make it a bit cheaper to replace) any suggestions to keep everything?
Friday, June 15, 2012 by Gary:
Vega,

Two other sizes can be used in your situation and I think you'll find that there are more options and better prices in both of them. They are size 215/60R16 and size 225/55R16
Friday, July 6, 2012 by Ed:
My 2011 Camaro has 245/45ZR20 on the front and 275/40ZR20 on the rear. I want to downsize to a 17x7 or 17x8 wheel. What tires would I need for these rims and still keep the speedo reading the correct mph.
Friday, July 6, 2012 by Gary:
Ed,

225/65R17 would be the correct match for speedometer accuracy.
Friday, July 6, 2012 by Ed:
Thanks Gary. Should I put 225/65R17
on the front and back? Should I go with the 7 or 8 inch wheels? Do you like any particular brand for my setup? (city driving on paved roads)
Monday, July 9, 2012 by Gary:
Ed,

The recommended rim width range on 225/65R17 is 6"-8" so either 7 inch or 8 inch wheels will work well. It is most common to run the same size front and rear when minus sizing on this car. In this size, I like the Yokohama Avid Envigor in particular.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Ed:
Excellent Gary. I'll be placing an order just as soon as I make sure the stud pattern on the new rims is the same as my car.
Thursday, August 2, 2012 by toup:
Have a lexus ls 430 (2006) with the 245/45/18. Ride is too harsh for me. How can I soften it without affecting brakes, safety, ,etc. Can I use different size 18s or perhaps shift to a 17 inch wheel. Specific size recommendatiosn appreciated.
Thanks
Toup
Thursday, August 2, 2012 by Gary:
While there are no taller 18" sizes we've found that fit the 2006 LS430, you can indeed minus size to 17" to achieve a softer ride. To keep the correct overall diameter, use tire size 225/55R17. One of the softer riding tires we recommend for your car in this size is the Michelin Primacy MXV4.
Saturday, August 11, 2012 by Bob:
Want to downsize from 225/55/17 summer to 225/60/16 winter package on a 2011 Chev. Impala LT. Is This a good choice, if not what do you suggest?
Thanks,
Bob
Monday, August 13, 2012 by Gary:
Bob,

Yes, you are correct. We would indeed suggest minus sizing to a 225/60R16 for winter use on the 2011 Impala LT.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by matt:
I want to downsize 20" wheels on my 2012 Volvo XC90 with a winter package - can I go down to 17" wheels without affecting speedometer reading? Thx.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Pedro:
Hello!

We purchased a Kia Rio5 sx 2013. It comes with 17" wheels and it has larger brake discs. Can I downsize to15" without affecting the car setup? Thanks for your advice!
Monday, August 27, 2012 by Gary:
Matt,

Yes, you can change from 20" wheels to 17" wheels on the 2012 Volvo XC90 for winter use. I would suggest using tire size 235/65R17 for winter use.
Monday, August 27, 2012 by Gary:
Pedro,

Unfortunately we do not yet have any fitment data on the 2013 Rio5 SX. I would suggest checking back with us in a couple of months.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by Philip Hui:
I have Nissan Rogue with tire size 225/60/17, can I downsize to winter tire with size 215/70/16?
Thursday, August 30, 2012 by Gary:
Philip,

Yes, you can indeed ownsize to winter tire with size 215/70R16 with no problem on the 2008-2012 Nissan Rogue.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by tammy:
i want to change my tire size on my 01 chev 1500 from a 235/75 16 to a 15 tire....is there anything you recommend that will keep the abs working and not throw the speedometer off too bad...i was told 245/75 15 would work but i can't find anyone that has that size
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Gary:
The 235/75R16 tire size is about 30 inches tall. The nearest I can find is 265/70R15 (29.5" tall) and 265/75R15 (30.5" tall).
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Casey:
Hi Gary,

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions. I have a 2009 Accord with 235 45 18 tires on it, and I found a great deal on 195 60 15. I would only need them for a few months. The difference in diameter is only an inch, but can these be mounted on my car without problems?
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Gary:
Casey,

Unfortunately we haven't found any 15" wheels that will clear the brakes on the 2009 Honda Accord, sorry.
Friday, September 21, 2012 by Devon:
I have a 2011 Subaru Impreza 5dr and I recently purchased 15 inch wheels for it. I bought the wheels for winter/ off road use. I'm having a hard time finding what tire size i'd need on the internet. Any help would be appreciated.
Friday, September 21, 2012 by Gary:
Devon,

To keep the correct overall diameter, I would suggest tire size 195/65R15.
Sunday, September 30, 2012 by Robert:
Is there any problem to replace my 17 inches to 16 inches rim for nissan rogue 2008
Monday, October 1, 2012 by Gary:
Robert,

Minus sizing to 16" wheels on the 2008 Nissan Rogue would be no problem
Monday, October 1, 2012 by Nick:
Hey, my current stock size tire is 245/45/17, if I replace them with 235/45/17, would there be any problems? I was told if there is a difference of 1%, the speedometer would be off, but I would like to know through a specialist like you guys to be sure.
Monday, October 1, 2012 by Dave:
Hi can i use size 215/55/16 on my 2008 Nissan instead of 215/70/16? Reason being is that i have his size winter.tire already and if.i can use.them instead of buying 215/70/16 winters, thn i may as.wel
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by Gary:
Nick,

It might work, but in order to answer this for sure, I will need to know the year, make and model of your car.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by Gary:
Dave,

I can check on this for you. What model of Nissan are you referring to?
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by nick:
hey gary, the year, make and model of my car is a 06 benz e350 4matic.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Gary:
Nick,

While the 235/45R17 is a bit shorter in overall diameter, it will safely work on the 06 MBZ E350 4matic
Friday, October 5, 2012 by Michael:
Why doesn't Tire Rack allow for selecting smaller diameter wheels in the wheel searcher? Example: 2005 Mazdaspeed Miata comes with 17" wheels, but can AND SHOULD downsize to 15" to save up to 6 lbs per corner (and alot of money). Makes a dramatic difference. I can pick another 2005 Miata to get a selection down to 16", or an older year (with the same brakes and hub) to get down to 15", but Tire Rack should allow this for the vehicle selected when it's known that downsizing is viable.
Friday, October 5, 2012 by Gary:
Michael,

15" wheels do not clear the brakes on the vehicle in your example, however you can view 16" options that fit by clicking on the winter section link the blog. Simply enter the year and model of the vehicle there and select "16 inch packages". This will allow you to minus size on the site.
Sunday, October 7, 2012 by Patti:
I just put 225/50/17 tires on my 2003 Accura MDX and didn't notice any difference then the standard size. It is such a big difference
Thursday, October 11, 2012 by George:
Hi, looking for winter tires for 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited. OEM wheels are 19”. Would down sizing to 17” wheels cause any problems with brake system, or other sensors in the vehicle (spedometer, etc.)? Would this void vehicle warranty?
Friday, October 12, 2012 by Gary:
We have a variety of wheels in 17" for the 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited that clear the brakes and work with no problem. Changing wheels or tires should not affect a vehicle warranty.
Saturday, October 13, 2012 by kelly:
Can you recommend what tire to downsize from a 18 inch to 15 for a chevy malibu ss 2006? My current tire size is p225/50r18...I would greatly appreciate it.
Friday, October 19, 2012 by Sharon:
My car is running 225/65/17 tires and I'm looking for studded winter tires, but would like them to be as narrow as possible. Is downsizing this way possible? What size would be recommended? Can I reuse the rims that are on there now?
Friday, October 19, 2012 by Gary:
Sharon,

I can check on this for you What is the year and model of the vehicle in question?
Saturday, October 20, 2012 by Karen:
Can I downsize my rims and tires on my 2010 Venza V6 AWD with 20 inch tires?
Saturday, October 20, 2012 by Teresa:
I have a 08 Subaru Forester 2.5x. Can I use P215/60r15 studded winter tires? It currently has p215/60r16 summer tires.
Monday, October 22, 2012 by Gary:
Karen,

Yes, you can minus size to 17" or 18" on the 2010 Venza V6 AWD with no problem.
Monday, October 22, 2012 by Gary:
Teresa,

Unfortunately we have not found any 15" wheels that will clear the brakes on the 2008 Subaru Forester 2.5x.
Monday, October 22, 2012 by Matt:
I have 2007 Toyota Camey SE with 17" wheels. Can I downsize to a 16" wheel with 215 65 16 tires?
Monday, October 22, 2012 by Gary:
Matt,

Yes, you can minus size to a 16" wheel on this car, but use tire size 215/60R16 to avoid rubbing and maintain the correct overall diameter.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by ELAD:
My 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan came new with stock 225/65r/16 Tires. Is it possible to use 215/70r/15 as a winter tire?
Thanks
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by Gary:
Elad,

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2011 Dogde Grand Caravan.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by Jerry:
Hi I just purchased a 2012 Nissan Rogue with 225/55R18 tires , can I use 215/60R16 snow tires without any problems ?
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by Gary:
Jerry,

You can minus size to 16", but you will want to use tire size 215/70R16 to keep the correct overall diameter.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 by mark:
Can I put 225/65R17 instead of 235/65/R17 winters on a 2007 Volvo xc90?
Thursday, October 25, 2012 by Gary:
Mark,

Yes, 225/65R17 can be used on the 2007 Volvo XC90.
Friday, October 26, 2012 by Mike:
I have 225 65 R17 stock tires on a Mazda CX5. How much can i downgrade in size for a snow tires.
Saturday, October 27, 2012 by Gary:
Mike,

On the 2013 CX-5 you can minus size to 16" wheels with tire size 225/70R16.
Sunday, October 28, 2012 by Maryanne:
Can I downsize my winter tires to a 16 inch wheel and tire? I am looking for studded or studdable winter tires for a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee which has 245/65R17 on it as stock. Also, is it true that I cannot get steel rims for 17 inch?
Sunday, October 28, 2012 by Jeff:
I have a Toyota Yaris SE 2012 with 16 inch wheels (190/50R16) and i want to downsize my wheels for the winter. I would think that the size of the LE model would work (175/65R15). Can i do that?
Sunday, October 28, 2012 by Jason:
I just bought a 2013 Highlander Plus with 17" wheels. I'll be selling my 2005 Honda Pilot EX, which has 16" wheels and 235/70R16 Michelins on it. I like the Pilot wheels much more than the ones on the Highlander and it looks like the bolt pattern and offset are compatible. Can I swap the Pilot wheels to the Highlander?
Sunday, October 28, 2012 by Patty:
I have 245 65 R 17 stock tires on a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4. Can I downgrade to a 16 inch for snow tires?
Monday, October 29, 2012 by Gary:
Maryanne and Patty,


Unfortunately we have not found any 16" wheels that will clear the brakes on the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We know of no 17" steel wheels that fit it, but 17" aluminum alloy wheels are available for it.
Monday, October 29, 2012 by Gary:
Jeff,

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 175/65R15 on the 2012 Toyota Yaris SE.
Monday, October 29, 2012 by Ashley:
Hi, I have a 2011 Hyundai Accent SE hatchback with 205/45R16 as stock tires. Is it possible to minus size to 175/70R14 and/or 185/65R14? Thanks for your help!
Monday, October 29, 2012 by Gary:
Ashley,

Yes, either 175/70R14 or 185/65R14 are possible sizes that you can minus size to on the 2011 Hyundai Accent SE hatchback.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 by Matt:
Hi, I have a 09 Audi Q5 with the current tires being 235/60 R18. Could I downsize to a size 17 (without having issues with ABS, speedometer) and if so what specs would you recommend?
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 by Gary:
Matt,

You can minus size to 17" with tire size 235/65R17 on the 2009 Audi Q5.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Vincent:
Hi
I have a 2005 Nissan Sentra SER Spec-V. It is lowered with Eibach pro kit springs (Front Lowering 1.2 in; Rear Lowering 1.0 in). My stock tire size is 215/45/17.

I want some snow tires and I'm wondering what is the best size in 15"?

Is 195/65/15 the right size?

Thanks
Thursday, November 1, 2012 by steve:
Hi, can I use P235/70R16 104 snow tires on my 2009 Acura MDX?

Thx
Steve
Thursday, November 1, 2012 by Gary:
Vincent,

185/65R15 or 195/60R15 would be the sizes that we recommend when minus sizing to 15" on the 2005 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec-V.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 by Gary:
Steve,

We have not found any 16" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2009 MDX. When minus sizing to 17" on the 2009 MDX, we would recommend size 235/65R17.
Friday, November 2, 2012 by Shane :
I have a friend with a 03'-06' Grand Prix and she needs tires. Current size is 225/60R16. I have a good set of 215/60R16. Would there be any issues with these fitting the car?
Friday, November 2, 2012 by Gary:
Shane,

This should be no problem. I would suggest she uses 36psi when running this slightly smaller size.
Friday, November 2, 2012 by matt:
What size tire do i buy in a 17" rim? To match the height if the stock 275/60/r20. The 17"rim will be for new snow tires
Sunday, November 4, 2012 by Roger:
Hello, can I downsize from factory P235/45R18 to P205/60R16 for winter tires on a 2013 Honda Accord?

Thanks, Roger
Monday, November 5, 2012 by Gary:
Matt,

I can check on this for you. What is the year, make and model of the vehicle?
Monday, November 5, 2012 by Gary:
Roger,

You can indeed minus size to 16" on the 2013 Honda Accord. The suggested tire sizing to keep the correct overall diameter would be 205/65R16 or 215/60R16.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Pat:
Hi Gary, I like the idea of better winter traction but the idea of my odometer racking up more miles than I'm actually driving scares me a bit.

Would it make sense for me to switch from the 225/55/17 stock Goodyear Eagle LS2 tires on my 07 Monte Carlo LT to 225/50/17 Michelin Primacy tires? I need tires badly and I have found some used Primacy MX4s in great shape, but I have concerns about the size difference.

Thank you for this informative article!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Kristina Luy:
We have a 2013 S50 volvo that has 215/50R17 on it and we where wanting to downsize to a 15 rim. Would this work and not affect the brakes? What size to you consiter?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Greg:
2000 Ford expedition in the shop, I called and they said it has 225 70 R16 (I am out of state traveling) I researched and it looks like this truck should have bigger tires?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Gary:
Pat,

We would not recommend going to a tire that is shorter in overall diameter on the 07 Monte Carlo LT. If you are keeping your stock 17" wheels, we recommend that you stick with 225/55R17.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Gary:
Kristina,

I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with a Volvo vehicle called an S50. I have no data on this car.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Gary:
Greg,

It sounds like they mis-read the size. If they are 16" wheels, the 2000 Expedition uses size 255/70R16.
Friday, November 9, 2012 by rich:
Hi,on my 2009 camry le,OE-215/60-r16.can i change to a 205-r16,if so what aspect ratio would be best? thanks, Rich
Friday, November 9, 2012 by Gary:
Rich,

The size you asked about changing to is the same size that is on the vehicle now...215/60R16. If you meant to ask about 15", they will not fit over the brakes on the 2009 Camry, sorry.
Friday, November 9, 2012 by John :
Hello!
I have a 2012 civic DX with 195/65r15. I would like to know if some 215/60r15 will fit on my civic? I'm guessing that it will fit and maybe the speed would have minime change but I just want to be sure.
Friday, November 9, 2012 by Gary:
John,

We actually haven't tried that 215/60R15 size on this body style of Honda Civic. It looks likely to work, but we do not know for sure, sorry.
Monday, November 12, 2012 by Dave:
Hello, I have a 2011 Subaru Outback, 225/60R17 tires. I have an extra set of 225/60R16 snow tires and would like to know if I could use them on the Subaru. It seems like they will fit but I'm not sure if they will cause any problems. Thank you.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by Mario:
I have a 2012 Ford Escape LTD, 4WD, V6. I have 16" alloy rims. I'm looking at winter tires. I noticed most places recommend using 235/70R16. Can I use 215/70R16 ? I realize that my speedo will be off but how much will it affect my gas mileage ? Would it ok for me to go with this size?
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by Gary:
Dave,

The size 225/60R16 is shorter in height and load capacity so we would not recommend using that size. You could use 225/65R16 or 215/70R16 if you would like to minus size to 16" on the 2011 Subaru Outback.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by Gary:
Mario,

215/70R16 is a full inch shorter in height than 235/70R16 and has less load capacity so it is not a size we would recommend using on the 2012 Ford Escape 4WD limited.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Vern:
I have a 2012 VW GLI with 18" wheels and Dunlop SP Sport 01. Can I downsize to 16" for the snow tires? Or should I stay at 17"
Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Kim:
Hi, I have 99 monte Carlo with p225 r 60 16 tires..Can i change the tires to p215 r 60 16?
Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Gary:
Kim,

Yes, 215/60R16 will indeed work with no problem on a 99 Chevy Monte Carlo.
Friday, November 16, 2012 by Doug:
I have 07 Camry, stock 215/55/17. Can I minus size to 215/65/16?
Friday, November 16, 2012 by Gary:
Doug,

When minis sizing to 16" on the 2007 Camry, you'll want to use tire size 215/60R16 to keep the correct overall diameter.
Friday, November 16, 2012 by Scott:
hi, if I downsizes my MDX winter tires to 17 rims&wheels, will it affect the SH AWD? tks
Saturday, November 17, 2012 by mark:
We have a 2005 subaru outback... 225 60 r16 is stock. can i downsize (snow tires) to a 195 60 R15, or is this too small?
Sunday, November 18, 2012 by Lara:
I presently have on my 2011 Nissan Rogue SV AWD 225/60/17 tires. Am I able to downsize to a 215/70/16 tire? Thanks.
Sunday, November 18, 2012 by Mark:
Hi,

I have a 2000 Maxima GLE with 215/55/16, I was wondering if it would be safe to install 205/70/15 for my winters.

Thanks
Monday, November 19, 2012 by Gary:
Scott,

As long as all four tires are the same size, the all-wheel drive system on the MDX would not be harmed.
Monday, November 19, 2012 by Gary:
Mark,

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2005 Subaru Outback. It appears that you'll need to stick with 16" on this vehicle.
Monday, November 19, 2012 by Gary:
Lara,

Yes, 215/70R16 is indeed a good minus size fitment for the 2011 Nissan Rogue SV AWD.
Monday, November 19, 2012 by Gary:
Mark,

15" wheels can fit the 2000 Nissan Maxima GLE, but 205/70R15 may rub. Stick with 205/65R15 instead.
Monday, November 19, 2012 by bob:
can i use my wifes 2002 15inch wrangler canyon wheels with 5.5 backspacing 24 mm offset using 225/75/15 tires on my 98 jeep grand cherokee
Monday, November 19, 2012 by Gary:
Bob,

There is a chance that it will clear but we do not know for sure since we do not carry that brand of wheel.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by Amy:
Hi, I have a 2008 Nissan rogue ... Current tires are 225/60r17 I am wondering if I can put 215/70r/16 on for winter ? Will they fit ?
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by Gary:
Amy,


Yes, 215/70R16 is indeed a good minus size fitment for the Nissan Rogue.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by J-F:
I bought a Toyota Sienna 2009 LE and kept my original 2001 Toyota sienna XLE mags which are 15". Will they fix on my new 2009 model which came with 16" mags? And if so, what specs should i look for.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by joel:
hi i have winter tire and rim from mazda tribut 2001 size is 225-70-r16
will this fit to my nissan rogue 2008
now we r using 215-17-16
Friday, November 23, 2012 by Gary:
J-F,

I'm sorry, we know of no 15" wheels that will clear the brakes on a 2009 Toyota Sienna LE.
Friday, November 23, 2012 by Gary:
Joel,

225/70R16 is a bit taller than we've tired on the 2008 Nissan Rogue so we do not know if that size will fit. 215/70R16 is a more typical size to use.
Friday, November 23, 2012 by Lyndsey:
I have a set of winter tires size 215/65R15 m+s 96T, Can I put these on my 03 Dodge caravan? Even though I currently have 225/60R16 m+s 98T on my van.
Friday, November 23, 2012 by John:
I have a 2008 Kia Sedona EX pwr.which came with stock 235-65R17 tires. I'd like to get winter wheels and tires but would like to downsize to 16inch. Is this possible?
Friday, November 23, 2012 by laura:
Hi. I have a 2008 mazda cx-7 sport. Can I get smaller winter tires instead of 235/60R18 - what would the specs be? thanks!
Monday, November 26, 2012 by Nish:
Hi, I have 2012 Honda accord EX-L V6 with current tire size of 225-50R 17,and I am looking to down size to 215-60 R16 for winter tires...please let me know if they will fit? - Thank you
Monday, November 26, 2012 by Denis :
hello Gary. i have a 2008 hyundai sonata and the stock tire size is 215/60R16. can i downsize to a 15" rim and, if i can, what size of tire would i need. thanks for your help
Monday, November 26, 2012 by Tristan Costelo:
Hey there, I have a 2008 Subaru impreza sport. Im looking to put 195/60/15 tires on it for the winter. Can I pull that off?
Monday, November 26, 2012 by Gary:
Lyndsey,

If you move to 15" wheels, tire size 215/65R15 will fit but is a bit short. 215/70R15 would be a better choice.
Monday, November 26, 2012 by Gary:
John,

I'm showing the original tires on the 2008 Sedona EX to be 235/60R17. Yes, you can indeed minus size to 16" wheels using tire size 225/70R16.
Monday, November 26, 2012 by Gary:
Laura,

Yes, on the 2008 CX-7 you can minus size to either 235/65R17 or even 235/70R16 with no problem. Just click on the link for winter/snow tire packages for more details and pricing.
Monday, November 26, 2012 by g:
Nish,

Yes, that's exactly right. When minus sizing to 16" on the 2012 Honda Accord EX-L V6, tire size 215/60R16 will work well.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by ROB:
I have 2012 VW Passat TDI. Original tires are 215/60/R16. Can i go with 225/55/R17 winter tires if i get 17" rims?
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Warren:
I had a 2008 Honda Odyssey, with a set of winter tires on 16 steel rims. At end of lease we went with 2012 Odyssey, which comes with 17" mags (235/65 R17). For winter tires, I would like to downsize AND use my old steelies. Will the old winter rims fit (caliper, etc)? Will it interfere with Traction controls or ABS, etc.... If otherwise ok, What tire size should I go with? Tks !
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by yoel:
hrllo i have a cadillac cts awd 2012 tires are 235 55 17 to what size can i go for winter tires . thank you
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Gary:
Rob,

Yes, 225/55R17 tires will indeed fit the 2012 VW Passat TDI.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Gary:
Warren,

We have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2012 Honda Odyssey, sorry.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Gary:
Yoel,

For the 2012 CTS AWD 3.0L we have not found an alternate smaller winter tire size that fits.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Jamey:
I was wondering if you would be able to drop down to a 235/55R18 on 18x7 rims for the Toyota Seinna 2012 SE. It currently has 235/50R19. I am looking to put winter rims and tires on and where you can not get 19 steel winter rims I wanted to see if this would be an option or if 19 inch for the body would be the only option.
Not sure if you would know or not - just can't seem to find anyone that would know
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by John:
Gary,
Thank you for the feedback on downsizing my Kia tires. Also, what flexibility in sizing/aspect ratio would I have for replacements to my P235-60R17 tires If I stay in the 17" size ?
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Gary:
Jamey,

Yes, you can minus size to 18" wheels on the 2012 Toyota Sienna SE and use 235/55R18. I'm not aware of any steel wheels in those sizes, but we do have relatively inexpensive alloy wheels that fit.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Gary:
John,

225/65R17 would be the other size that we can recommend to fit the 2008 Sedona EX.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Tom:
Can I replace 215 70 16 winter tires on a 2008 Nissan Rogue with 225 70 16 tires?
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Joshua Whiten:
Can I minus size my 2012 Nissan Maxima Sport pkg tires to a 225/55 R16? I believe the stock tires are 240/40 R19. Thanks.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Gary:
Tom,

We have not tried to plus size to a 225/70R16 on the Nissan Rogue, so I am unsure if this fits.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Gary:
Joshua,

We have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2012 Nissan Maxima Sport.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 by Joshua Whiten:
Thank you for your reply. As a follow up question: what is the smallest, least expensive tire I can run on the Max? Can I mount these 255/55 R16 tires on my wife's 2013 CR-V LX AWD? Thanks for the help.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 by Gary:
Joshua,

On the factory wheel, the smallest I know of that fits is 225/45R19. See the our web site for current pricing.

255/55R16 is not a current tire size.
Friday, November 30, 2012 by Joshua Whiten:
Gary,
I'd buy new wheels for the snow tires for the Maxima. What's the smallest size I can go down to? That tire I referenced are for a tire/wheel pkg u already own, I just wanted to know if they would fit the wife's CR-V.
Friday, November 30, 2012 by Steve:
will 215/55 R16 studded snows fit on my 2012 jetta sw tdi with 17" now? THanks
Friday, November 30, 2012 by kumar:
Implications while driving a car fitted with 175/65R14 Tyre and other three wheels with 195/60R15 Tyre
Friday, November 30, 2012 by Gary:
Joshua,

The smallest wheel size that will fit the 2011 Maxima is 17". I'm sorry, we have not tried 255/55R16 on the CR-V, sorry.
Friday, November 30, 2012 by Gary:
Steve,

We have not tried 215/55R16 tires on the 2012 VW Jetta so I am not sure if they would fit. The size is not much larger than the original so it is likely that it will work, but I cannot say for sure.
Friday, November 30, 2012 by Jason:
Will the tire size p225/60 r16 fit my 2011 dodge grand caravan. I currently have 225/65 r 16 on.
Friday, November 30, 2012 by Jason:
I have 235/60 r16 tires on my suv I can get a really good deal on 225/55 r16 tires will they fit on my rims without any problems
Sunday, December 2, 2012 by KS:
I have a 2013 Kia Rio 5 - will my 175/70R14 winter tires work? Right now the car has 185/65R15 all season. Thank you.
Monday, December 3, 2012 by john:
Gary,
I'm currently using 235/65R17's on my Sedona. Is it a mistake to consider putting 235/45R17 tires on my vehicle? I already have low rear end issues on my van and I suspect this might aggravate the condition. Is my concern valid ?
Monday, December 3, 2012 by Gary:
Jason with the Dodge Grand Caravan,

225/60R16 will fit on the wheel but is a full inch shorter in height and has less load capacity than the original tire so it is not recommended.
Monday, December 3, 2012 by darryl:
I currently have a 2010 Malibu with all seasonal tires that measure 225 55R 17". I want to switch to a smaller tire and rim for the winter. I'm looking at buying 16" rims/tires, can you make any suggestions if this is possible and types of sizes of tires to look for. Thanks
Monday, December 3, 2012 by Gary:
Jason with the SUV,

What is the year and model of the vehicle in question?
Monday, December 3, 2012 by Gary:
KS,

175/70R14 is a full inch shorter in height compared to 185/65R15, so it is not a recommended size.
Monday, December 3, 2012 by Gary:
John,

Yes, 235/45R17 is much too small for a Sedona minivan by about four inches.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Maxwell :
Just bought a 2013 VW GLI it is turbo charged with 18x7.5 rims and 225/40/r18 tires. I live in new england so driving in snow and ice is unavoidable and was wondering can I purchase a smaller winter wheel/tire combo (if so what size would best work considering the largest rotors have a 12" diameter) or should I simply invest in good winter tires and deal with the low profiles wide footprint?
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Dan:
I have a 2008 Mazda3 with 205/50/r17 tires and want to know what size 16 inch tires would be compatible
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Gary:
Maxwell,

On the 2013 Jetta GLI you can minus size to 17" using 225/45R17 or 16" using 205/55R16 with no problem. Click on the Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages link in my blog for details.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Gary:
Dan,

205/55R16 would be the size to use on the 2008 Mazda3 with 16" wheels.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Pat :
I got 2011 Toyota Rav4 with 235/55R18 tire, can I down size to 215/70R16 for winter tire?
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Gary:
Pat,

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 215/70R16 on the 2011 Toyota Rav4.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by marc:
I have a 2009 Honda Accord EX-L4, will a 215 55 17 fit on my stock honda wheels which has a 225 50 17? Btw Im downsizing for winter use.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by Kam:
I had a Impreza 2012 with 17" wheel. Can I use 15" wheel to put on snow tire?
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by Gary:
Marc,

Yes, 215/55R17 would be fine to use a as a winter tire size on the 2009 Honda Accord EX-L4.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by Gary:
Kam,

If this is a base model 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0I, then 15" wheels are an option.
Thursday, December 6, 2012 by Ross:
I have a 2012 Civic LX with the stock 15" rims and have a set of 14" Winter tires but not sure if I can downsize the Rims on this car (nor was the service guy at the local dealership). I am hoping you can provide some insight
Thursday, December 6, 2012 by Gary:
Ross,

We have not found any 14" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2012 Honda Civic LX, sorry.
Thursday, December 6, 2012 by Nate:
Can I use 205/65R16 tires in my 2001 Subaru Outback? I will be using the stock rims. 225/60R16 is the original size I believe.
Friday, December 7, 2012 by Billah:
Can I use dodge caravan 225/60R16 rims on my Nissan maxima 2001?
Friday, December 7, 2012 by Heidi Munroe:
Which size tire will work better on my 08 civic coupe. 225/50/17 or 215/50/17?? Thanks,
Friday, December 7, 2012 by Gary:
Heidi,

Both of those sizes are too large for a 2008 Civic. For 17", 215/45R17 or 225/45R17 would be recommended.
Saturday, December 8, 2012 by Wayne:
Hi, I have a 2012 Rav4 Limited. Original size 225/65/17 can I downsize to 215/70/16 for snows?
Sunday, December 9, 2012 by Jim Abramson:
Can i go from a 215/65/16" M/S tire to a 215/70/15"winter tire on a 2002 Ford Windstar Sport
Monday, December 10, 2012 by kathy:
I have a 2011 KIA Sedona. The normal tires are 225/75r16. Can I run 235/75r15 on it?
Monday, December 10, 2012 by Gary:
Wayne,

Yes, 215/70R16 does fit the 2012 Rav4 Limited and would make a good winter tire size with 16" wheels.
Monday, December 10, 2012 by Gary:
Jim,

Yes, you can use 215/70R15 on 15" wheels on the 2002 Windstar with no problem.
Monday, December 10, 2012 by Gary:
Kathy,

We know of no 15" wheels that will clear the brakes on the 2011 Kia Sedona.
Monday, December 10, 2012 by Tyler T:
Hello, I am trying to buy some winter tires, 2010 GMC Terrain, can I go from 225/65/17 to 225/60/17??
Monday, December 10, 2012 by Gary:
Tyler,

The 225/60R17 tire size is a full inch shorter in height and has less load capacity compared to 225/65R17 so we cannot recommend using that size on the 2010 GMC Terrain.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by Linda:
I have purchased 195-65-15 winter tires for my 2012 Kia Soul 4U Retro...original tires are 235-45-18. Will these work,? Kia dealership says yes, but 2 mechanics say no...
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by Dave:
I've got a 2008 Chev Colorado Z71, 4x4 crew cab, the truck calls for 265/75R15 but other models call for 235/75R15, would the smaller size be ok on my model.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by Gary:
Dave,

The smaller tire will fit the truck, but is about an inch and a half shorter in height so expect a larger wheel well gap and some speedometer inaccuracies.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by Gary:
Linda,

I agree with the Kia dealership that 195/65R15 would fit.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Josée:
I have a 2009 Nissan Maxima 3.5 sv. understand that the recommended tire is a 245/45r18 but I am shopping winter tires and I have been advised to put 245s on the back tires and 22545r18s on the two front tires. Do these fit and why would I want to consider doing this?
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Gary:
Josée,

It is not recommended to stagger tires on the Nissam Maxima, nor should you mix different diameter tires on this car due to ABS and traction control problems.
Saturday, December 22, 2012 by owen:
i have a ford ranger and the tyres on there are 235/75/r15 and i wanna put sum 195/80/r15 will it be ok ??
Sunday, December 23, 2012 by Bryan:
I have a dodge grand caravan 2006, i currently have 16" tires on it. I need to know, if i can downsize to a 15" and have it fit on the same wheels.
Sunday, December 23, 2012 by Ken:
Hi,
I just bought 2008 BMW X3 3.0i that has stock tires at 235/55/r17 and wanted to know if I can use my old winter tires that are 215/60/r17. Thanks!
Monday, December 24, 2012 by Logan:
Hi,
I have a Hyundai Tuscan with 235/60/16. What size of 15" tire can I go to that would have roughly the same radius??
Monday, December 24, 2012 by Loc:
I have a 2008 Honda Civic LX sedan. I had a previous 2005 Civic VX that I put 14" snow tires and steel wheels on...can I put those same wheels/tires on my '08 Civic?
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 by Bruce:
I have a 2010 Highlander with 245 65 17 would I be able to use my old Odyssey snows at 225 60 16 or would even new snows at 245 70 16 work as I believe the rims fit. Thank You
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Chris Larsen:
Hi Gary,

Thanks for all of your help! I have a 2011 Hyundai Sonata that has 205/65R16 tires on it currently, and I have a set of firestone winterforce 215/60R16 tires that I would love to mount for the winter. Would this be reasonable and safe to do? Thanks!
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by art:
i have a 1992 chevy silverado with factory stock rims and tires. is there any way i can up size my rims and down size my tires and not mess up my mph reading??
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Nick:
Iv bought a 2008, subaru impreza R. It's got the basic hubcaps and I wanna put some black rims on it. Just wondering, the stock size is 16". Can I up the size to 17" or will these not fit?

Nick
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Gary:
Owen,

I'm sorry, we do not have experience with downsizing to 195/80R15 on any year Ford Ranger.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Gary:
Brian,

You can minus size to 15" on the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan, but this requires using 15" tires with 15" wheels.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Gary:
Ken,

The 215/60R17 tire size is not approved to fit on the wider 17X8 wheels that are original on your 2008 X3 3.0i, sorry.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Gary:
Logan,

I can check on this for you. What year and trim level is your Tucson?
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Gary:
Loc,

We know of no 14" wheels that will fit over the brakes on the 2008 Honda Civic LX sedan.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Gary:
Nick,

I'm not aware of any 17" steel wheels in a Subaru bolt pattern.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Sean:
I have a 2003 ford mustang gt. I'm trying to put winter tires on it. Stock tires are 245 55 r17. I was wondering if I could put r16 on there and would they still fit my stock rims?
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by shaun:
Hello

I have a 2010 MB R350 blutec 4matic and it comes with 255/50 R19. I want to downsize and I was wondering if I can put 235/60 R17 all around. I know you mentioned that 235/65 R17 is recommended but I was wondering if 235/60 R17 can be fine as well? thanks for your help.
Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Ethan:
Can 195/60r15 be put on a 2012 Ford Focus SEL Hatch?
Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Gary:
Sean,

16" tires do not fit on 17" wheels. There are 16" wheels available to fit the 2003 Mustang GT.
Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Gary:
Shaun,

235/60R17 is shorter in height and has less load capacity, so it is not a recommended size for the 2010 Mercedez R350.
Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Gary:
Ethan,

15" wheels will fit the 2012 Ford Focus SEL 5 door hatch, but the correct tire size would be 195/65R15.
Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Todd:
Hi Gary,

Can I use a 215/60/R16 snow tire on my 2005 Dodge Caravan that takes a 215/65/R16?
Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Gary:
Todd,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. To answer your question about changing tires on your existing wheels, we do not recommend using tires that are shorter in overall diameter which is what would occur if you were to use the size you mentioned on the Dodge Caravan.
Friday, December 28, 2012 by Jason:
I have an 07' Impala SS with 235/50R18 factory tires. Would it be impractical to swap tires to a 225/60R18 winter tire on the factory rims during the snow season?
Friday, December 28, 2012 by Logan:
Hi Gary,
My Tuscon is a 2008 V6 4WD
Friday, December 28, 2012 by Gary:
Jason,


The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I'm sorry, we have not tried taller tires on the original wheels so we are not sure if they would fit.
Friday, December 28, 2012 by Gary:
Logan,

When minus sizing to 15" on your 2008 4WD Tucson, the recommended tire sizing is 225/70R15 or 215/70R15.
Friday, December 28, 2012 by Dan:
I have a 07 ranger- tires are 265 75 R15.
What other tire can I mount to this rim? Would a 215 75 R15 fit?
Friday, December 28, 2012 by Gary:
Dan,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I am not sure about fitment data on your existing factory wheels, sorry.
Friday, December 28, 2012 by Simon:
Hi Gary!
Can I use winter tires 225/60R17 on my 2012 Toyota Sienna instead of the 235/60R17?
Thanks a lot!
Friday, December 28, 2012 by Ross:
I have a 2009 ford escape with all season tires at 225 65 R17. What tire sizing can I use when I purchase winter tires? Can I have 16 inch rims???
Saturday, December 29, 2012 by Nazlin:
would the rims from kia sedona fit into a toyota highlander?
Saturday, December 29, 2012 by Bruce:
Hi Gary
I have a 2010 Highlander with 245/65/17 tires, would 16 inch rims fit and if so can I use my Odyssey winter tires at 225/60/16?
Thank You
Saturday, December 29, 2012 by Mike:
Thanks for posting this, I've been considering this for years and I think I'm finally close to taking the plunge.

My wife's 08 Kia Optima LX has 215/50-17 and I want to go to 16 but not throw off the speedometer and everything else. Can you recommend what I should be looking for?
Saturday, December 29, 2012 by Benji:
My daughter and son have Subaru Legacy's. The tire size is 205 50 17. I have a spare set of winter tires that are 215 65 16s and and another set that are 205 65 16s. Can I put those on their Legacy's.
Sunday, December 30, 2012 by Mike:
I see that the 2014 Mazda 6 Grand Touring model has 225/45R/19 tires, but the other 2014 Mazda 6 models have 225/55R/17 tires. Could I have the dealer swap tires and get the 17's instead on the Grand Touring Mazda model? Would this cause problems with the tire pressure monitor?
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Gary:
Simon,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried the smaller tire size that you're asking about on your factory original wheels so we are not sure if they will fit.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Gary:
Ross,

Yes, you can minus size to 16" wheels on the 2009 Ford Escape with tire size 235/70R16.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Gary:
Nazlin,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I do not have data on cross fitments between different manufacturers original equipment wheels.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Gary:
Bruce,

We have not found any 16" wheels that will clear the brakes on the 2010 Toyota Highlander, sorry.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Gary:
Mike,

For the 08 Kia Optima LX you can minus size to 16" wheels with tire size 205/60R16 to maintain the correct diameter with no problem.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Gary:
Benji,

If you minus size to 16" on a Legacy that originally came with 205/50R17, the correct size would be 205/55R16. The others you mentioned are too tall and may not fit.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Gary:
Mike,

I'm sorry, we have no fitment data on the 2014 Mazda 6 vehicles. Your best bet would be to check with your dealer on this one.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Jason R:
Hi,
Will 225/70 R16 tires be acceptable on a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan? It currently calls for 225/65 R16
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Sam:
Can I change my 2007 dodge caliber from 215/60/R17 to snow tyres 205/65/R15?
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Gary:
Jason,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I'm not sure if the taller 225/70R16 will fit on a 2011 Caravan originally equipped with 225/65R16.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Gary:
Sam,

When minus sizing to a 15" on a 2007 Dodge Caliber equipped with 215/60R17, the correct sizing would be 205/70R15.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by DAVID:
my current 2009 camry has 215/60r16 tires. Can I put 215/55r16 on it?
Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Gary:
David,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I cannot recommend using shorter tires on your original 2009 Camry wheels, sorry.
Friday, January 4, 2013 by Trevor :
I have a 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX with a current tire size of P205/55 R17. I want to downsize to a 16 inch rim. Is this possible? And what size tire would you recommend to avoid a large increase or decrease in speedometer error?
Saturday, January 5, 2013 by Steve:
I have a VW golf and want to change from 195//60,14 on the front to 165/80,13.. will i have any problems.
Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Linda Tanner:
Can the summer tires and rims 17 inches on a 2007 audi 4 be changed to 16 inch rims and tires for winter tires.
Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Alberto:
Hello Gary! I have a question, I have an oldsmobile cutlass 98 and it comes with 215/60R15 and I made a mistake by buying used tires and they sold me 205/60R15 insted is there anything that might affect my vehicle?
Sunday, January 6, 2013 by rob:
My girl has a 2004 buick rendesvous, with 215 70 16 tires now. can we put my blizaks 235/75 15 on diferent wheels and not change anything. other option is blizak 205 55 16
Monday, January 7, 2013 by pamela:
Hi
I have Dodge Caliber RT- 2009 size tire is 215-R55-18 .Can I downsize the tire on the rim what I have original ,what be the next size
Monday, January 7, 2013 by pamela:
Hi Gary
I forgot is about downside the all seazon P215-R55-18 to a winter packed what be the next size down on my original rim
Monday, January 7, 2013 by Gary:
Trevor,

The original size on the 2008 Impreza WRX is 205/50R17. You can minus size to 205/55R16 with no problem or change in speedometer accuracy.
Monday, January 7, 2013 by Gary:
Steve,

What year and model is your VW Golf?
Monday, January 7, 2013 by Gary:
Linda,

Yes, you can minus size to 215/55R16 on the 2007 Audi A4 with no problem.
Monday, January 7, 2013 by Gary:
Alberto,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I cannot recommend using the smaller 205/60R15 tire size on your original wheels.
Monday, January 7, 2013 by Gary:
Rob,

We have not found any 15" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2004 Buick Rendezvous, sorry.
Monday, January 7, 2013 by Gary:
Pamela,

I do not know of any smaller tire that will fit the original 18" wheels, sorry. You can purchase smaller diameter wheels and use different tire sizes.
Monday, January 7, 2013 by Nana:
i have a 2008 Hyundai Entourage (Minivan), tire size 235/60R17, will 225/60R17 work same on it?
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by brandy:
I have a 01 nissan sentra with 185 65 r14 can I down size to 175 70r14?
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by Gary:
Nana,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I cannot recommend using the smaller 225/60R17 tire size on your original wheels.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by Gary:
The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I do not know if the tire size 175/70R14 will fit on your original wheels.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by Mark:
Hi I have a Renault megane 05 it has alloy wheels with tyres 205/50/r17. Is it possible to purchase 205/55/r16 tyres for the car? If so do I need to purchase anything else ?
Friday, January 11, 2013 by Bruce:
Hello
Was wondering if I can put 225/60/16 tires (already on rims) on a 2008 Acura TL (base model).

Thank You
Friday, January 11, 2013 by Gary:
Bruce,

While you can minus size to 16" on the 2008 Acura TL, the correct sizes would be 205/60R16 or 215/55R16.
Friday, January 11, 2013 by Scott:
I drive a 99 Grand Prix SE. Can I switch from 225/60 P16 to 215/65 P16?
Saturday, January 12, 2013 by jj:
Hi
I have a Kia SX with 17 '' tires and larger disk brakes than on the EX or LX. Can I use 15'' rims with snow tires? I read I can but at Kia they said that they don't have any experience with the change but they doubt it will fit because of the larger brake size...
As an alternative can I use 16'' rims? Thanks a lot! JJ
Monday, January 14, 2013 by Gary:
Scott,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. To answer your question about changing tire size on your existing wheels, yes we have fit 215/65R16 on the 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix with no problem.
Monday, January 14, 2013 by Gary:
JJ,

What exact year and model of Kia are you referring to? SX refers to a trim level rather than a specific model of vehicle.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Lenny :
Hi I am wondering if it is possible to down size to 16 inch steel wheels on the 2012 toyota camry hybrid XLE and go with
215/60/16 snow tires. An acquaintance has indicated that only solution is 17 in alloys due to large brake calipers on this car.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Gary:
Lenny,

Yes, you can minus size to 16" wheels on the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE and use size 215/60R16. You can view which 16" wheels we carry that fit in the winter section of our site here : www.tirerack.com/winter/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Michele:
Hi I have a 1999 Chevy Malibu with 215/60R16 tires on the front; however, these tires are a little too big for the back (the struts sit much lower, not sure why.) They clear the strut but rub and have an awful smell when you drive it. What would be a better size for the back if I have my 215s on the front?
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Gary:
Michele,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. The only sizes we can suggest for the 1999 Malibu ain 16" are 205/55R16 on all four wheels or 225/50R16 on all four wheels.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Bob:
I would like to drop rim size down to 15 inch from 17 on my 96 gt mustang convertible to help it ride softer/smoother. Is possible? And a little narrower on the front and a little wider on the back than the factory 245/45/17. Im looking for more sidewall to soften the ride.
Thursday, January 17, 2013 by eric:
Hi! I have a 235/60 R18" width is 7.5" from my 2012 honda pilot which i upgraded. Now im planning to use the rim for my 2013 subaru forrester which at present has a 215/65 R16 width is 6.5. Will this rim fit? What size of tire do i need to buy? And will it affect the speedometer?
Saturday, January 19, 2013 by Gary:
Bob,

We have not found any 15" wheels that clear the brakes on the 1996 Ford Mustang GT, sorry. You can minus size to 16" with 225/55R16.

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Saturday, January 19, 2013 by Gary:
Eric,

We have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2012 Honda Pilot.
Saturday, January 19, 2013 by SCOTT:
cani use 225/50/17on my vectra 2007,i have 215/50/17. will affect the caar in any way
Sunday, January 20, 2013 by vin:
Hello there. What is the result if I change my factory alloy wheels which are 205/55/16 to smaller alloy rims that are 195/65-15? I'm looking to improve fuel economy and comfort. Will the handling / cornering improve too? I'm not a racer. Will down-sizing from 16" to 15" make the speedometer different?
Sunday, January 20, 2013 by mora:
please can i put a 17invh rim on my 2009 camry LE? wondering if it will work
Monday, January 21, 2013 by Richard:
I want to downsize from 17to16 on a 2002 LS430. Will LS400 wheels work? If so what tires would give a smooth ride
?
Monday, January 21, 2013 by glenn:
Hello

I have a 2001 3ltr chrysler Grand Voyager currently running 215/65 R16 98H. following an ice incident resulting in a very bent front alloy wheel I need to replace.
I have been offered a set of four 205/65 R15 96H
Can I down size to the 15" wheel without it causing to much of an issue or will the rolling rasius be to small ??
thanks
Monday, January 21, 2013 by Gary:
Scott,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I am not sure if larger tires will fit the original wheels on a Vectra.
Monday, January 21, 2013 by Gary:
Mora,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. There are 17" wheels that will fit the 2009 Toyota Camry LE. You can view them here : http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, January 21, 2013 by Gary:
Richard,

We do carry 16" wheels that will fit your 2002 Lexus LS430, but I do not know what original Lexus wheels will fit your car.
Monday, January 21, 2013 by Gary:
Glenn,

When minus sizing to 15", we recommend a minimum of 215/70R15 on your vehicle due to load capacity and diameter.
Monday, January 21, 2013 by Jamil:
I have Toyota Camry 2010 and want to go for 18 inch wheels with 225/45/R18 Tires without having any impact on the speedometer. Is this gona hurt the shocks or any other body part of the Vehichle in future. Please advise.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Ethan:
Can i downsize from a 17 to a 15 on a 2008 chevy malibu?
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Mario Pietromonaco:
Could I fit 15s on a 2013 Malibu? Recently bought snow tires for my cruze which are 15s.. I'm now trading cruze in snd was wondering if the snow tires I got on the cruze would fit the 2013 Malibu?
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Luis:
I drive a lowered audi s4 Im currently on 18"x8.5 rims. 215/45 fronts are flush with the fender and the rear 245/45 and a one finger gap, now im thinking of getting 17" rims what tire size should i use for them? or will the 17" rims leave to much gap between tire and fender?
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Jan:
Looking to downsize Audi Q5 S-line for new winter set, currently running 255/45/R20. What can I downsize to?
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Gary:
Jamil,


The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels.

If you're plus sizing to larger wheel on the 2010 Camry, you can use 225/45R18 without problems.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Gary:
Ethan,

We have not yet found any 15" wheels that will clear the brakes on the 2013 Chevy Malibu.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Gary:
Luis,

What year is the Audi S4?
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by g:
Jan,

What is the year and model of your Q5?
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Jan:
Audi Q5 2010 3.2 Premium with S-Line Package. Default 255/45/R20.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Gary:
Jan,

It is possible to minus size to 18" or even 17" on the Audi Q5 2010 3.2 Premium with S-Line Package. Follow this link to the winter section of our site to view available tire/wheel options :

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8

This section of the site will let you view minus size options.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Roberta:
I have a 2011 Hyundai Tucson GLS, with a set of 225/60/R17. I was wondering whether I can get away with installing a set of 215/65/R16 snow tires? Thx.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Luis:
sorry I left out the year, it's a 2002 audi S4
Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Gary:
Luis,

When minus sizing to 17" on the 2002 S4, we suggest using 225/45R17.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Luis:
will down sizing and using the 225/45 leave a bigger gap between tire and fender or will it remain the same?
Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Gary:
Luis,

Yes, 225/45R17 would leave a larger gap than 215/45R18 or 245/45R18.
Friday, January 25, 2013 by Jordan:
I have a 2004 Ford F-150 that came with 18" wheels from the factory. Can I downsize to 17" wheels?
Friday, January 25, 2013 by Gary:
Jordan,

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 17" on the 2004 Ford F-150 with no problem.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Saturday, January 26, 2013 by Dave:
I have a 2006 Honda Accord Ex with tire size 215/50/17. I am looking to install 215/65/17. Will this work without rubbing?
Saturday, January 26, 2013 by Ethan:
Can I fit 15's on my 2008 chevy malibu? If not what size tires should I use on 16's?
Sunday, January 27, 2013 by Dave:
I have a '12 Challenger R/T Classic with Super Track Pack. It comes from the factory with 20's wrapped with 245/45zr20 Goodyear's. I want to downsize the diameter of the wheel to 18's, but leaving the overall diameter of the wheel/tire the same as stock. I am not concerned with the speedo, I just want the tires to fill in the wheel wells the way it does. Keeping in mind I will be staggering the setup, with 18x10 on the rear, and 18x 81/2 on the fronts....... What size tires do you recommend?? Thanks in advance.....
Sunday, January 27, 2013 by Darren:
Hi,

I have a 1996 2nd gen Lexus ls400, at the moment it is on 225/60r16 102w and I have purchased 4 x new alloys and tyres at the same size as originals but when fitted to the Lexus the alloy catches on the brake caliper have only tried the front passenger side.

Please could you tell me if there is any indication on the wheels that I should look for so these fit ok.

Kind regards

Darren
Sunday, January 27, 2013 by Juan:
Hi I have a set of 2012 honda accord lx sedan wheels and tires (16 inch) will it fit and be safe to put them on a 2004 chevy impala ? please I need help with this
Monday, January 28, 2013 by Roberta:
I have a 2011 Hyundai Tucson GLS, with a set of 225/60/R17. I was wondering whether I can get away with installing a set of 215/65/R16 snow tires? Thx.
Monday, January 28, 2013 by terry:
Hello, according to pep boys my 2011 kia soul + should take one of these tires or all i guess.

225/45R18 (STANDARD TIRE)
205/55R16 (STANDARD TIRE)
195/65R15

but i have a friend who has 4 brand new,Bridgestone 225/50R17 BLIZZAK, will these work on my kia

Thanks Terry
Monday, January 28, 2013 by Gary:
Dave,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I do not know for sure if the taller 215/65R17 size will fit your car, but it does not seem likely.
Monday, January 28, 2013 by Gary:
Ethan,

The smallest wheel diameter size that we've found to fit the 2008 Chevy Malibu is 16".

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, January 28, 2013 by Gary:
Dave,

For that particular setup, we can suggest 245/55R18 front and 285/45R18 rear to keep the diameters close to your factory 245/45R20 size.
Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, January 28, 2013 by Gary:
Juan,

I'm sorry, I do not have cross compatibility information on factory wheels.
Monday, January 28, 2013 by Gary:
Roberta,

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 16" wheels using size 215/65R16 on the 2011 Hyundai Tucson GLS.

http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, January 28, 2013 by Gary:
Terry,

Size 225/50R17 is taller than we can recommend to fit the 2011 Kia Soul.
Monday, January 28, 2013 by Danielle:
I've got 215/60/16 tires on a 5 x 114 bolt pattern. Am i able to use a snowtire with matching bolt pattern that is a 205/55/16?
Monday, January 28, 2013 by Gary:
Danielle,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend changing the diameter of the tires themselves.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by Girlish Chandra :
Can I use 265 6517r instead of 245 65 17r for my ford explorer 2010 Eddie beure.. Kindly advice. Thanks
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by Pheng:
I have a 2011 scion xb with 205/55/16 tires on factory. Can I use 185/55/16 tires on it or what can I buy to be safe to dive and cheaper?
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by patrick:
hi i wanted to go to225/60R16 on my ford escape with rims. it is a 2010, would dropping to this size affect anything??
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by Creepy Dude:
My 2012 Toyota Camry has 205/65 R16 tires. Can 15" rims fit in?
Thanks!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by Gary:
Chandra,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I do not know for sure if the taller and wider 265/65R17 size will work properly on your 2010 Ford Explorer.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by Gary:
Pheng,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend changing the diameter of the tires themselves.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by Gary:
Patrick,

The smallest 16" sizing we can recommend for the 2010 Ford Escape is size 225/75R16.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by Gary:
C.D.,

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2012 Toyota Camry.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by Fernando:
Hi, I have Camry with tires 225X45X18, and I need to start driving in sandy roads, can I down size rims and increase tires ? your suggestion will be appreciated.
Thanks and have a nice day
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by Gary:
Fernando,

I can check on this for you. What is the year and model of the car?
Thursday, January 31, 2013 by jenn:
hi i have a 2008 nissan rogue sl. tire size is 225/60/17. can i fit michelin winter tire size 225/70/15 on my car?
Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Gary:
Jenn,

We have not found any 15" wheels that clear the brakes on the Nissan Rogue. We have fit 16" wheels on it with 215/70R16 with no problem.

http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, January 31, 2013 by jenn:
hi im looking to get winter tires 215/65/16 already on rims for my 2008 nissan rogue. my normal tire size is 225/60/17. will these fit?
Friday, February 1, 2013 by T:
Will a 215/65r16 snow tire fit on a 2008 Honda accord ex-l v6? Thanks
Saturday, February 2, 2013 by Kaitlyn:
I have a question. We have a Suzuki Grand Vitara/XL7 LT and the tires on it are size 235/60/R16. Can we put tires with size of 265/70/16 on it? And if not what other sizes of tires can we use? Thank you. We are having a hard time finding tires. Would really help. :)I do not understand the difference between these sizes.
Monday, February 4, 2013 by Erik:
Hello. I have a couple of questions as i've never purchased aftermarket rims before. I have a 2012 passat 17" wheels and wanted to get the elbrus i06 black ice wheels. Would they fit on the original tires or is it advisible to get new tires in addition... Also the sensors, would i have to get new or can i use existing ones? Thanks for any help!
Monday, February 4, 2013 by Fred Burgess:
I have a 2006 F 150 FX4 with towing package. I would like to change from 18" to 17" tires. Can I do this and if so how? What size tires will I need?
Thanks
Monday, February 4, 2013 by shane:
can i put 06 Jetta wheels on a 02 maxima?
Monday, February 4, 2013 by Gary:
Jenn,

215/70R16 would be the correct size to use when minus sizing to 16" on the Nissan Rogue.
Monday, February 4, 2013 by Gary:
T,

When minus sizing to 16" on the 2008 Honda Accord EX-L V6, the sizes we can recommend are 205/65R16 and 215/60R16.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, February 4, 2013 by Gary:
Kaitlyn,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I doubt that the larger 265/70R16 will fit a Suzuki Grand Vitara.
Monday, February 4, 2013 by Gary:
Erik,

Yes, you can indeed use the factory 215/55R17 tires with the Elbrus I06 wheels that we list to fit your 2012 VW Passat. Your year and model of vehicle uses a monitoring system that does not use TPMS sensors, so installation will be as simple as swapping the tires over to the new wheels.
Monday, February 4, 2013 by Gary:
Fred,

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 17" wheels on the 2006 F150 FX4. We would suggest size 265/70R17 to help keep a close overall diameter. To find 17" options, select 17" packages under the build your own package heading in the winter section of our site :

Wheel Tire Package by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, February 4, 2013 by Gary:
Shane,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not have cross compatibility charts for manufacturers original wheels.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by Will:
Can I replace the 215/65r16 on my 2002 windstar sel with 225/55r16?
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by Gary:
Will,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend using shorter tires on your factory wheels.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by Brenda:
I have some (almost) new 15" winter tires & steel rims from a '97 Buick LeSabre, and I'd like to put them on my 2001 LeSabre. However, the 2001 has 16" factory rims (P225 60 R16), and the brake caliper is hitting the 15" rims. Is there any way to make the 15" rims fit my 2001 that is set up for 16" rims? Or am I going to be forced to purchase a set of 16" rims and tires? Thanks in advance for your help!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Jess:
Hello!
I recent purchased a used 05 F250 Super Duty Turbo Diesel. It originally had 17in wheels and LT265/70RX17E OWL All Terrain tires. It now has Extra Load 275/60R20 on 20in MT Racing wheels. He never used the truck for towing... Which is the reason I purchased it. The tires are not 10ply which I need to pull heavy trailers/horses and they will need to be replaced soon. To replace with the current wheels the cost will be substantially higher than a smaller diameter tire. So my questions are... Should I downsize the wheels to a 17 or 18 (originally had stock 17s)? If I downsize will I have calibration issues, sensor issues, etc.? If I downsize will it affect the truck height much, even if I get taller/thicker tires? What wheel and tire size/type would you suggest for such a heavy truck and towing strength?
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Gary:
Brenda,

When the 2001 LeSabre is equipped with larger brakes that interfere with the fitment of 15" wheels. I know of no way around this.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Gary:
Jess,

The total height of your 275/60R20 tires is 33". If you minus size to 265/70R17, the total height is 31.6". While this is not a very large difference for your 2005 F250, you could use size 285/70R17 to keep the same 33" overall diameter.

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Jason:
Hello - I bought a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the previous owner put on Toyo Proxes S/T [265/50R20]. Time for a change, I'd like to get Toyo Open Country M/T with BMF wheels but I'm not sure I'm aware of everything that should be considered, especially sizing. Would appreciate any feedback.
Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Jeff :
I have a Honda Pilot 2006, factory tire is 235/70/R16. Would there be any safety concerns with using a 215/70/R16 tire?
Thanks.
Friday, February 8, 2013 by Chris:
Sort of related question:

I have a 2000 Honda Civic Si (stock tire size 195/55R15). I wanted to know if a 215/70R15 will clear the vehicle. I know this is not a common size to put on this vehicle.

Thanks,

Chris
Friday, February 8, 2013 by Pierre:
Hi,

I have a Kia Rio5 SX 2013 and currently have the stock 17 inch wheels and tires. I am wondering if I can downsize to 15inch (or if needed 16inch) wheels and tires for the winter. My SX has 11inch disc brakes in the front and 10.3inch discs in the back. If this is possible, are there basic steel wheels that would fit and what tire size would I need? Any models you recommend would be very helpful.

Thanks!

Pierre
Friday, February 8, 2013 by Gary:
Jeff,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend using shorter tires on your factory wheels.
Friday, February 8, 2013 by Gary:
The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried tires as tall as 215/70R15 on your factory wheels.
Saturday, February 9, 2013 by josh:
I just bought a set of 235/55/17 ties I was wondering if these tires would fit on a 17x9 rims without any problems?
Sunday, February 10, 2013 by charles:
hi there
i just bought a toyota rav4 2013 limited with the 18' tires, can i downgrade it to 17'? and what will you suggest? thanks!
Monday, February 11, 2013 by Gary:
Josh,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. What is the year and model of the vehicle in question?
Monday, February 11, 2013 by Gary:
Charles,

Unfortunately we do not yet have any fitment data on the all new 2013 Toyota RAV4. I would suggest checking back in Spring.
Monday, February 11, 2013 by Gary:
Pierre,

We do not yet have any fitment data on the 2013 Kia Rio5, sorry. You may want to check back in Spring.
Monday, February 11, 2013 by Mark W:
Hi guys!
I just bought a nice 2003 Toyota Land Cruiser with the optional 275/60R18 tires. The available tires made in that size seems to be very limited. What other all-season tire sizes can be used with an 8" wide rim? Thanks for the help!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Gary:
The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels.

On your factory wheels, we have also used size 285/60R18.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, February 14, 2013 by Shereen:
I currently have a 2010 kia magentis with 205/60R16, but I am getting a 2012 dodge grand caravan, that has 225/65R16, is it possible for me to put my winter tires from my magentis onto the caravan? and if so, whats the best way to do this?

thanks for your help! :)
Friday, February 15, 2013 by Emm:
Can I replace my p225/65r17 tires with p215/65r16 snow tires? (on rims). 2012 Dodge Journey
Saturday, February 16, 2013 by Tony:
I have a 2012 Ford explorer limited with stock 255 50r 20" but want to by seperate studded snow tires and wheels as package to change out seasonally. Can I use 245 65 or 60 17"? or do you recommend another size. Thanks for the help.
Sunday, February 17, 2013 by Leon:
I have 1997 Grand Prix GTP with 225/60/R16. Is there any PRO and CONS about getting 225/55/R16 instead for my car?
Monday, February 18, 2013 by Gary:
Shereen,

We are not familiar with a Kia Magentis as we do not see these vehicles in the United States.
Monday, February 18, 2013 by Gary:
Emm,

When minus sizing on the 2012 Dodge Journey, use tires size 225/70R16 to maintain the correct overall diameter.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, February 18, 2013 by Gary:
Tony,

Yes, when minus sizing to 17" on your 2012 Ford Explorer Limited, use tire size 245/65R17.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by Azu:
can bigger tire fit SUBARU FORESTER 2002 L, ie change from 205/70R15 to 215/70R15
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Gary:
Azu,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried the larger 215/70R15 on the Forester, so I am not sure if that size would fit.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by jose:
I want to downsize from 225/40ZR R18 TO 235/45ZR R17..Will that affect anything or is this ok? t
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Art Hobson:
Will 16 Lexus rims with 225/55 16 tires fit on a 2000 Toyota Camry?
Thursday, February 21, 2013 by David:
Can I safely re-use my Fusion 2010 winter tires (205/60-16) on a new Fusion 2013 (stock 235/45-18) ?
(diameter being 2.4% smaller)
Friday, February 22, 2013 by AJ:
Gary,

I have a 1990 Firebird running on 215/65R15, What is the best performance and price affective set-up I can run?
Friday, February 22, 2013 by Rick:
Hi, My 2012 Dodge Caravan came with 225/65/R16 all seasons. My neighbor is selling 235/65/R16 winters. Can I use them without affecting anything?

Thanks.
Friday, February 22, 2013 by Gary:
Jose,

225/40R18 and 235/45R17 are close enough to each other in overall diameter that there would very little change in speedometer/odometer accuracy.
Friday, February 22, 2013 by Gary:
Art,

The largest size 16" that we have fit on the 2000 Toyota Camry is size 205/60R16. I am not sure if the wider 225/55R16 will fit.
Friday, February 22, 2013 by Gary:
David,

While the 205/60R16 tires are a bit shorter in diameter, they meet the load requirements of the 2013 Ford Fusion with no problem.
Friday, February 22, 2013 by Gary:
A.J.,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. You can view a complete list of the correctly fitting wheel and tire setups for your car here :

http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Sunday, February 24, 2013 by Cheyenne:
I just bought a 2007 hyundai accent hatchback 2dr right now it has 16 inch rims on it, my question is can I downsize my rims to 14 instead, and will it help my gas mileage
Monday, February 25, 2013 by Gary:
Cheyenne,

While it will make very little difference in fuel economy, you can indeed minus size to 14" wheels on the 2007 Hyundai Accent Hatchback 2dr with size 175/70R14 or 185/65R14.

http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Jannis:
Will snow tires from a 2001 Subaru Forester fit a 2002 Hyundai Accent GS Coupe
Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Gary:
The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I do not have a cross compatibility chart for moving wheels from one vehicle to another.
Saturday, March 2, 2013 by Deborah:
Recently bought the 2013 Toyota Avalon with Bridgestone Turanza tires 225/45/18. Would replacing them with 17in wheel and appropriate tires make for a smoother ride? Or possibly switching tires out for Michelin Primacy tires for 18in wheel work? Very disappointed in the new Avalon's ride. Was told rough due to low profile tires. Never again.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by Khalid:
Hi there ,
I own an Audi 2010 Q7 3.6 premium with OEM tires 265/50R19 what other alternative sizes i can use . The OEM are very expensive and wear out rather quickly.

many thanks
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by Gary:
Khalid,

Yes, you can also use the more common tire size of 255/50R19 on the 2010 Q7 3.6 with no problem.


Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Keith:
I have a 2011 jetta and it has 17"rims and tires can I put 16" rims on it with having drum breaks in the back
Saturday, March 9, 2013 by Mike:
Can I use 215/50VR17 winter tires on my 2010 Infiniti G37x which now has 225/55VR17? Thanks.
Sunday, March 10, 2013 by Gabe:
Hi there. I have a 2002 Mercedes E430. Can i down size from 235/45/17 to a 16' rim? Thank you in advance. Gabe
Monday, March 11, 2013 by Brent:
Can I use P215/60R16 on a dodge caravan for winter tires?
Monday, March 11, 2013 by Gary:
Keith,

I can check on this for you. Which model of Jetta do you have (S, SE, TDI)?
Monday, March 11, 2013 by Gary:
Mike,

215/50R17 is shorter in diameter and load capacity than 225/55R17 so we cannot recommend it for the 2010 G37X.
Monday, March 11, 2013 by g:
Gabe,

Yes, we do carry 16" wheels that will fit the 2002 Mercedes E430.

http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, March 11, 2013 by Gary:
Brent,

What is the year and model of the Dodge Caravan?
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Trevor G:
Hi Gary, thanks for taking my question. I read your blog often as I make my decision on my next set of tires.
I am buying tires for my 2009 RAV Limited V6 with 225/65-17 tires. I am going to be doing lots of off road travel in deep snow, ice and graveled roads in WV for the extended future. I am interested in an A/T tire but I can't really find one in my size I like besides the Yokohoma Geolander A/T-S.
Can I go up or down a size? What are your recommendations? I've also considered running the Pirelli Scorpion Verde and switching to a snow tire in my size. Thoughts?
Thanks for your time!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Albert:
I have a 2002 Mitsubshi Eclipse GT with factory 17" rims. For winter tires will I be able to downsize to 15" rims? Or is 16" preferred?
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Gary:
Trevor,

Unfortunately we haven't tried taller tires on the Rav4, and the wider 245/60R17 size that we know to work is an odd size that offers no all-terrain tires.

The other all-terrain tire that is made in 225/65R17 is the Pirelli Scorpion ATR which is rated slightly higher in our customer survey data compared to the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S.

Winter tires will of course offer the very best in snow and ice traction, so that would be the ideal route to go if you are able to run a different set of tires for spring/summer/fall.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Gary:
Albert,

The smallest wheel diameter that we have found to fit over the brakes on your 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT is 16". Use tire size 205/55R16 or 215/55R16 when minus sizing to 16" on your car.

http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Friday, March 15, 2013 by Mike:
I have factory installed 18" tires on my 2011 Maxima SV. I don't like the ride and want to drop to a 17". What is the best size, and more important, will 17's effect ride or handling or safety?
Friday, March 15, 2013 by Matt:
Hi,

I have a suburban with 265 70/17s on it and have a chance to get a "hardly" used set of 265 65/17
I'm guessing that I can put them on without much problem except a slight "over-read" on the speedometer. Is this correct?
Friday, March 15, 2013 by Gary:
Mike,

You can indeed minus size to 17" on the 2011 Nissan Maxima SV with tire size 215/55R17. This size will offer a softer ride than most 18" setups. As a result of a taller sidewall, steering response will be slower.

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Friday, March 15, 2013 by Gary:
Matt,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not typically recommend using shorter tires with the same diameter wheels.
Monday, March 18, 2013 by ma Holmes:
I own a 2013 Matrix. the ride is very rough. Can I put on smaller rims and larger tires to get a smoother ride? the tire size is currently 210/45/17 or do you have a suggestion on how to correct the problem? thanks
Monday, March 18, 2013 by Gary:
Mr. Holmes,
Yes, you can indeed minus size from your factory 215/45R17 tires and wheels to a 16" wheel with 205/55R16 to give the vehicle a softer ride.

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, March 18, 2013 by mary ann holmes:
Gary,
thank you for your quick response. It supports my theory that it can be done as long as the final dimension remains the same. Mary Ann
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Will:
Hi Experts!

I have a 2008 BMW 328 Xi Sedan. Current stock rims/tires are 205/55/R16.

I am planning on going to 18" rims.
I would like to know what tires configuration is best for comfort/smooth/soft ride/odometer
245/45/R18?

The front rims may be 18x8 and 18x9
Can the same size tires be used all around? If not; but is best config for front and rear. I dont race or anything. Just drive to and from work. It will be all season tires.

Thank you so much!!!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Gary:
Will,

The correct sizing to use would be 225/40R18 or 235/40R18 all around or 225/40R18 front and 255/35R18 rear.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, March 21, 2013 by David:
someone was going to give me a set of 215/70 r16 and i was wondering if they would fit on a 2003 ford mustang
Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Gary:
The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels.

The size 215/70R16 is taller than we have used on a 2003 Ford Mustang so I do not know if it would fit.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Sunday, March 24, 2013 by Greg:
Gary,
I have a 2013 MB GLK 350 and already have a set of 235/55R17 michelin winter tires. I know the recommended size for winter tires on the MB is 235/60R17, but would I be able to run the smaller aspect tires on the vehicle? Overall height would go from 713.7 to 690.1. Thanks.
Monday, March 25, 2013 by Gary:
Greg,

The 235/55R17 size carries enough load capacity to be safely used on the vehicle. Just keep in mind that the shorter height will show more fender well gap and cause some speedometer/odometer inaccuracy.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by Jeff :
I have a front wheel drive Acura rsx type s that I want to downsize the wheel package on for autocross. My thought was decrease to a 15" or 16" by 8.5"-10" wide (whichever fits) and then run low profiles on it to increase the hole shot performance and weight savings. I would run narrower tires on the rear by roughly 2" from the fronts. I know doing this will affect the speedometer but, how does it effect the ride and tire options I need to consider? Also will this hurt and turning characteristics beyond making the tail pivot around easier?
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by Gary:
Jeff,

The smallest diameter wheels that we have found to clear the brakes on the RSX Type S is 16". Use tire size 225/50R16 to maintain the correct overall diameter so that you will not have speedometer errors or ride quality problems.
Friday, April 5, 2013 by DC Carlson:
I have a 1995 Ford Mustang GT. It has the 225/55/16 tires on the stock rim on it. I would like a smoother ride. Can I use 215/65/16 tires on it? Thank you for taking the time to read this. Have a nice day.
Friday, April 5, 2013 by Gary:
The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels.

The size 215/65R16 is taller than we have tried on a 1995 Ford Mustang so I do not know if it would fit.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Gar:
I have a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport with factory 215 65 R16 tires. Wondering if any 15in rims will fit. I tried one set that didn't fit the fronts but appear to fit the back.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Gary:
We have just one 15" wheel that will fit both front and rear on the Dodge Grand Caravan Sport : The Sport Edition F2.

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Friday, April 26, 2013 by Steven:
I have a 2008 Honda Odyssey tire size 235/65R16 and I plan to use tire size 215/65R16 (older Odyssey size). In addition to it running 3.79% too slow there is a diameter variance of -3.65%. I have seen warnings that any size variance over 3% has the risk of brake failure. Can you explain exactly what that is and how big a risk it really is?
Monday, April 29, 2013 by Gary:
Steven,

I know of no reason why using the above setup would cause brake failure. Just make sure that the smaller tires have a high enough load rating to handle the Gross Axle Weight Rating shown on your tire placard sticker in your door jam.
Friday, May 10, 2013 by Caitlin :
I'm looking at buying a used 2003 Ford Focus Wagon. The tires on the car are 185/65/14 but when I search for what tires should be on the car, I get 195/60R15. Is there a problem with the smaller rims being on the car? Has the odometer been affected? If I buy the car, should I get new rims and tires? Thanks!
Sunday, May 12, 2013 by Vincent:
I have a 2003 Honda Accord ex-v6, can i downsize to 205/65r15
Monday, May 13, 2013 by Gary:
Vincent,

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2003 Honda Accord ex-v6, sorry.
Monday, May 13, 2013 by Gary:
Caitlin,

Either size fits with no problem on the 2003 Focus with no problem and would have the same odometer and speedometer readings.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by maurice:
hey I wanna know if I can put 205/50r17 on my 2010 chrysler 300 that currently has 225/65r17. thanks in advance
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Gary:
Maurice,

205/50R17 is much too short for the 2010 Chrysler 300 and would be unsafe to use.
Saturday, May 25, 2013 by Ty:
I have a 2008 Ford Escape it usually has 235/70/16 tires but I have recently put 215/60/16 on for just a week will that damage anything
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by Gary:
Ty,

215/60R16 is much shorter in height and would not have adequate load capacity to safely use on the 2008 Ford Escape.
Thursday, June 6, 2013 by Andre:
My Toyota sienna 2004 CE 8 seats passengers wears 216/65R16 tires. Can I also use 216/65R15 tires on this vehicle?
Friday, June 7, 2013 by Kevin:
My Nissan sentra 2002 have 185/65r14 tires, can i fit 175/65r14 winter tires on to it? i know the load index is decreased, but most of the time car is unloaded.
Monday, June 10, 2013 by Gary:
Kevin,

Size 175/65R14 tires still do have enough load capacity for the 2002 Nissan Sentra to be safely used.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by Dave:
Will 225/45/17 fit on my 2010 Chevy Malibu
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by Gary:
Dave,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in height on your factory wheels.
Friday, June 14, 2013 by Glen:
Can I downsize to a 16" (winter) tire for a 2012 Acura TL base model?
Friday, June 14, 2013 by Gary:
Glen,

Unfortunately we have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2012 Acura TL.
Friday, June 14, 2013 by Willie:
I have a 2008 Chevy Silverado and was thinking of lowering the profile from 245/70r17 to 245/65r17. Would this work with the stock wheels?
Monday, June 17, 2013 by Gary:
Willie,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in height on your factory wheels.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by Peter:
Can I downsize from a 17" rim to 16" rim in the 2013 Honda Accord EXL V?
Monday, June 24, 2013 by Gary:
Peter,

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 16" on the 2013 Honda Accord EL V6.

Follow the link in my blog to view available options.
Monday, June 24, 2013 by josh:
I have a 2011 dodge nitro 4.0 with 20" rims. Current tires are rated to carry 1984lbs. I want to downsize my rims to maximize my Towing ability what rim size and tire size do you recommend? And will I see any better mpg? Thank you.
Monday, June 24, 2013 by josh:
I have a 2011 dodge nitro 4.0 with 20" rims. Current tires are rated to carry 1984lbs. I want to downsize my rims to maximize my Towing ability what rim size and tire size do you recommend? And will I see any better mpg? Thank you.
Monday, June 24, 2013 by James Price:
Hi, what wheels could I downsize to if I'm currently running 245-35-20 wheels and keep my speedo reading the same.

Thanks
Monday, June 24, 2013 by josh:
I have a 2011 dodge nitro 4.0 with 20" wheels. I do a lot of camper towing and want to downsize wheel to increase load capacity of tires. Do have a recommended size wheel/tire to go to? Will I see any better mpg? Thanks
Monday, June 24, 2013 by Razif:
Hi,

I have Hyundai Santa Fe 2008 and the rims fit with tires 235/65/17. Is it safe to drive if change it to 225/65/17 ?

Thank
Monday, June 24, 2013 by James Chong:
I traded in my 2007 Lexus ES350 for a 2013 ES350. My 2007 Lexus had P215/55R17 winter tires. The regular 2013 ES350 have P215/55R17 wheels but my 2013 Lexus has an option which includes larger P225/45R18 wheels. Can I use the smaller P215/55R17 winter tires without affecting the speedometer.

James
Monday, June 24, 2013 by Kathy:
I have a 2103 Honda Accord Coupe V6. I'm finding the ride a little harsh. It has Michelin Primacy MXM4s 235/45-18. I am thinking of minus sizing the rims. I know the 17 inch rims with 215/55-17 would fit without issue, but I'm not sure if this is a big enough change to notice any ride improvement. Would the stock 16s from the sedan fit? Would that make a bigger difference in the ride? Is there a tire you would recommend? I was actually thinking about going with a snow tire. I have always found them to be softer riding than all seasons. Is this crazy?
Monday, June 24, 2013 by Gary:
Josh,

I cannot speak for fuel economy, but you can indeed minus size to smaller diameter wheels on the 2011 Dodge Nitro 4.0. The highest load tires will be found with size 225/75R16.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Jeffrey Miller:
I'm junking an 02 Dodge Grand Caravan, but I'd like to salvage 4 x new Pirelli P215/70R15 all-season tires. My 08 Honda Accord has aftermarket MKW rims which are currently fitted with P215/60R16 stock Dunlops.

Will the Pirelli P215/70R15's fit on the Honda Accord?

V/r,
-Jeff
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Jeff:
Can I install P215/70R15's on my 08 Honda Accord which is currently fitted with P215/60R16's?

V/r,
-Jeff
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Gary:
James,

What year and model of vehicle?
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Gary:
James price,

What year and model of vehicle are you referring to?
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Gary:
Razif,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in height on your factory wheels.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Gary:
James Chong,

Yes, you can use the smaller P215/55R17 winter tires without affecting the speedometer.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Gary:
Kathy,

Going to 17" would improve ride quality, but 16" will be an even more noticeable improvement. Winter tires are to be used in temperatures below 50 degrees only. Top all season tires for ride would include the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus and Michelin Primacy MXV4.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Gary:
Jeff,

P215/70R15 is too tall for the Accord, sorry. Also, 15" wheels do not clear the brakes on this car.
Friday, June 28, 2013 by David:
Can I downsize from a 16" to a 15" rim on a 2007 Kia Sedona? Thank you.
Friday, June 28, 2013 by Gary:
David,

Unfortunately we have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2007 Kia Sedona.
Saturday, June 29, 2013 by Amy:
Can I put 225/65R17 instead of 235/65/R17 on a 2001 Acura MDX?
Sunday, June 30, 2013 by Larry:
Just bought a 2013 Ford f150 Platinum. It has 20" tires & rims. I have a studded winter tire & rim - 18", can I use them ??
Sunday, June 30, 2013 by Joshua C:
hello sir i have a question about my 1996 honda civic ex? the original tires are 185 65 14 can i upgrade it to 185 70 14 or 185 75 14? will it effect my speedometer really back and wont read right?
Sunday, June 30, 2013 by buddy:
I have a 2001 ford f-150 4x4 with 17 inch rims what do i need to do if anything to go down to a 15 inch rim
Monday, July 1, 2013 by patrick henry:
would like to replace my 215 45r 17 low ride tires to a better riding tire. My car is a 2012 hyundi touring. and can i keep the same wheels.
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Gary:
Larry,

We sell several wheels in 18" that fit over the brakes on the 2013 F150 so there is a chance that your other wheels will fit. When using 18" on this truck we recommend tire size 255/70-18 or 275/65-18.
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Gary:
Amy,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in height on your factory wheels.
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Gary:
Joshua C,


The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried taller tires on the factory wheels on your 1996 Civic so I am not sure if they would fit.
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Gary:
Buddy,

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on a 2001 F150 4X4.
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Gary:
Henry,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. Two of the best riding tires in 215/45R17 would be the Continental Pro Contact and Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Friday, July 5, 2013 by Kevin:
I have 2011 Toyota Camry. I am assuming, I got P215/60R16 tire size. What is the smallest tire option I can downsize?
Saturday, July 6, 2013 by Roland:
I have LT 2011 chevy tahoe. I'm using P265/70R17. I'm not sure If I can use my other winter/studded spare tires 245/65R17.
Saturday, July 6, 2013 by Gary:
Kevin,

16" is the smallest diameter wheel that we have found to fit over the brakes on the 2011 Toyota Camry.
Monday, July 8, 2013 by Gary:
Roland,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on your factory wheels.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by Ameden:
Hello,
I have a 1998 honda accord lx and I am wondering if i can use 185/65R/14 instead 195/65R15.The 195/65R15 is the normal requirement but I have two 185/65R/14 tires that I want to use on the same rim.Is this going to be an issue for my car? Thank you in advance for the help.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by Gary:
Ameden,

185/65R14 tires require 14" wheels to mount to. We have not found any 14" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 1998 Honda Accord.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Matt:
Hi,
I have a 2012 Toyota Rav4. Wondering if I can put 225/45R17 snow tires on? I believe the factory originals are 225/60r17. Thank you for your help!
Monday, July 15, 2013 by Gary:
Matt,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on your factory wheels due to the tires having too little load capacity. Using a tire as small as 225/45R17 on a 2012 Rav4 could lead to a catastrophic tire failure.
Monday, July 15, 2013 by Kevin:
Hi,i have a 2004 honda civic suggested tire on the sticker is 185/65/r15 but i have a 205/75/r15 is there will be problem if i put those bigger ones?thank you..
Monday, July 15, 2013 by Gary:
Kevin,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. 205/75R15 is much larger than I can recommend to fit a 2004 Honda Civic.
Saturday, July 20, 2013 by Brad :
I have a 2013 Honda Odyssey. Can I downsize from the 235/65 R17's that are original to 235/65 R16's Blizzaks that I have for winter?
Saturday, July 20, 2013 by ryan:
hi, i have a 94 ford lightning with 275/60/17 tires on it. would 265/65R17 tires fit without problem?
Monday, July 22, 2013 by Bryan:
I have a 2009 Dodge Journey and I have tires that are 225/55/19 and I want to replace them with 225/65/17 tires. Do I need to purchase new wheels?
Monday, July 22, 2013 by dani:
I have a '00 Subaru outback with 225/60/r16 tires and want to know if my spare 225/70/r16 tires will fit
Monday, July 22, 2013 by Mark:
I just bought a 2007 toyota Sienna with 215/65R 16. I own a newer set of Winter tires/rims that are 205/70R 15. Can I use these and will they effect my speedometer?
Monday, July 22, 2013 by Gary:
Bryan,

Yes, you will need new 17" wheels in order to use tire size 225/65R17 on your 2009 Dodge Journey.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, July 22, 2013 by Gary:
Dani,

225/70R16 is much taller than we have tried to fit on a 2000 Subaru Outback so I do not know if it will fit. My gut feelings is that it would rub.
Monday, July 22, 2013 by Gary:
Mark,

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2007 Toyota Sienna. If the wheels do fit, then 205/70R15 would be a good size to use to keep the correct overall diameter for speedometer accuracy.
Monday, July 22, 2013 by Gary:
Brad,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried any other sizes on the 1994 Ford Lightning so I cannot say if the 265/65R17 will fit.
Monday, July 22, 2013 by Gary:
Brad,

We have not found any 16" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2013 Honda Odyssey.
Monday, July 22, 2013 by Debbie:
I'm trying to save money on tires, I have a Pontiac G6 GT 225/50R17. I was offered a deal on 245/45R17... he explained the difference to me but I just want to make sure that they will be ok on my car.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by Gary:
Debbie,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels.

Yes, you can use 245/45R17 tires on the Pontiac G6.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Meghan:
I have a 2003 ford explorer currently with 235/70 R16 would it be possible to downsize to 235/75 R15s without having a problem? Thank you
Thursday, July 25, 2013 by Perry:
Just bought a 2013 Camry XLE 4 cyl with 17" rims and P215/55R/17 tires. The car rides rough. My old 2002 Camry XLE has 16" rims and P215/60R/16 and rides much more smoothly. Can I change the wheels to 16" and P216/60R/16 on the new Camry without causing problems?
Saturday, July 27, 2013 by Erik:
I upgraded to new Michelin tires for my 2012 Honda Accord, 215/60R16. The old ones have plenty of tread. Can my daughter use them on her 1999 Lincoln Town Car, with current tires of 225/65R16?
Sunday, July 28, 2013 by Stephane:
I have a 2009 grand vitara, it comes with 22560 R18 tires. I would like to put some more kind of all-terrainoff-road tires. I am ready to down size to 17" tires for more options. I would like to know what is the maximum size of 17" tires i can put on my grand vitara without a lift kit ...

thanks
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Gary:
Meghan,

Unfortunately we have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on 2003 Explorer models. The exception is the Explorer Sport
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Gary:
Perry,

While we have used 16" wheels on 2013 Toyota Camry, we do not know if the factory wheels from your 2002 model will fit.
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Gary:
Erik,
The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having too little load capacity.
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Gary:
Stephanie,

When minus sizing to 17" on the 2009 Grand Vitara, the largest size that we have tried is 235/65R17.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Jennifer:
I have a 2007 Scion Tc Spec with 18" Alloy wheels and 225/40-18 Tires. I am trying to downsize to a smaller wheel since i keep cracking them and keep getting flat tires. I keep hearing that i cannot downsize due to the size of the break pads. what would you recommend?
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Gary:
Jennifer,

You can indeed still minus size on the 2007 Scion Tc Spec with 18" Alloy wheels. Although the vehicle does have moderately large brakes, we have a variety of wheels that with with no problem. My suggestion would be 16" with 205/55R16 or 225/50R16 tires.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by Brett:
I own a 2012 VW Passat 3.6 SE with 235/45 18. I am looking for winter tires and rims and was wondering what is the lowest I can downsize to? You guys do not carry the steel rims in my size and the tires are pretty pricey.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by Gary:
Brett,

On the 2012 VW Passat 3.6 SE, the lowest size that you can downsize to is 16" with tire size 215/60R16.

Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Friday, August 2, 2013 by Roland:
I have a Toyota Sienna SE 2011 and my current set is 19" alloy wheels. Can I downsize to 18" rims using 235/60R18 or 245/55R18?
Friday, August 2, 2013 by steve:
would i be able to put 15 inch tires on a dodge grand caravan 2013?what would be the tire size 225/65/15 instead of 225/65/16
Friday, August 2, 2013 by Gary:
Steve,

Unfortunately we have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan.
Friday, August 2, 2013 by Gary:
Roland,

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 18" wheels, but the size to use is 235/55R18.
Sunday, August 4, 2013 by tammy:
have a 1999 Pontiac grand prix gtp with 225/60/16 can I use 205/60/16 and would they fit in a 15" rim if I only use them on the front they are winter tires
Monday, August 5, 2013 by Gary:
The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having too little load capacity.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by brent:
O8 camery.... 215 60 16 are what they need. Can I use 215/65r16 instead?
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by Gary:
Brent,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried installing tires as large as 215/65R16 on the 2008 Toyota Camry.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by Jamie:
I have a 2013 Grand Carvan R/T, tires are 17", looking at gettting winters tires, will 16" fit?
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by Carl:
I am considering a used Mercedes glk 350 with 235/50R x 19 tires. Can I downgrade to a 18" or 17"?
Sunday, August 11, 2013 by Mike Coppolino:
Last week my wife and I bought a 2008 Acura RDX base with SH-AWD,it has 57,000 miles. The stock rims are 18" and the existing tires are fairly new Kumho solus KL21. Unfortunately we now realize after driving it in our familiar daily routes and doing some research that the RDX is known for having a hard jerky ride. Would changing tires to say a Goodyear Assurance Comfort-tred which is labeled as a touring tire help soften the ride or would changing down to a 17" wheel with a touring tire verses a performance tire have a much greater result. We are not looking for a day and night difference, but we need a descent improvement.
Monday, August 12, 2013 by Gary:
Jamie,

We have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T.
Monday, August 12, 2013 by Gary:
Carl,

We have indeed minus sized to 17" on the Mercedes GLK350.
Monday, August 12, 2013 by Gary:
Mike,

The Assurance Comfortred Touring would be a slightly softer ride compared to the Kumho Solus KL21. You can make a more dramatic difference in ride quality by minus sizing to a 17" setup with 225/65R17 tires.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by Ron:
I have a 2010 Honda CR-V LX with 225/65R17 wheels and tires. For economy's sake I'd like to downsize to a smaller tire. Can you tell me if a 16" tire would work on my Honda? If so, do you recommend a particular tire? Will the speedometer and tire pressure sensor be affected? Will a 16" tire fit on the existing rim, or is is necessary to purchase new rims and tires in order to downsize to 16" tires?
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by wayne:
what are the conquinces of using 215-65-16 instead of 215-70-16 on my rav4 2wd 2004
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Gary:
Ron,

Yes, we do carry 16" wheels that fit over the brakes and work well with tire size 225/70R16 on the 2010 Honda CR-V LX. You would of course need different wheels but you can use the same air pressure.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Gary:
Wayne,

215/65R16 is shorter in height and load capacity compared to 215/70R16 and is not recommended on the 2004 Rav4.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Gary:
Wayne,

215/65R16 is shorter in height and load capacity compared to 215/70R16 and is not recommended on the 2004 Rav4.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Eric:
I have a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew with 17" wheels. Can I go smaller for winter tires, down to 16"?
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Gary:
Eric,

Unfortunately we have not found any 16" wheels that clear the brakes to fit a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew.
Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Ann :
I have a 2008 g-6 with 17 in rims on it can I go to a 15 or 16 in rim with out having a lot of problems thks
Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Gary:
Ann,

While 15" wheels do not fit, you can minus size to 16" wheels with tire size 215/60R16 on the 2008 Pontiac G6 Sedan with no problem.

Wheel Tire Package by vehicle : http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Brody:
Gary, your awesome!! I have a 1998 Cadillac deville and was wondering if I could use p215 55r/16 on my stock 16" rims? Thanks
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Gary:
Brody,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having too little load capacity.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Stockton:
I have your Blizzack tire and wheel package 205/55/16 for a Subaru wrx, is it possible these would work on a 2011 Subaru Outback 225/60/17?
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Tony:
I want to know if I can downsize to a 15" rim on my 2001 Ford Ranger Edge Plus 4x4 Regular cab which has 245/75-16?
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Felicia:
I currently have 195/50R16 on my 2012 Hyundai accent... Could I put 175/70R14's on it??
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Gary:
Stockton,

These 205/55R16 setup is too short in height and load capacity for us to recommend it's use on the 2011 Subaru Outback.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Gary:
Tony,

We have not found any 15" wheels that clear the brakes on the Ford Ranger Edge 4x4.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Gary:
Felicia,

Yes, if this is a 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Sedan you can indeed minus size to 14" wheels with tire size 175/70R14.

Wheel Tire Package by vehicle : http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, August 26, 2013 by Jamie:
I have a 2013 Grand Caravan SXT currently have 225/65/17R and looking to get 205/60/16 winter tires, will they fit?
Monday, August 26, 2013 by Gary:
Jamie,

We have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2013 Grand Caravan SXT.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by Chris:
I have a 07 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab 4x4 currently have 275/60/20 can i downsize to a 17 and what tire size could I use?
Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Gary:
Chris,

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 17" with tire size 265/70R17 on the 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab 4x4.

Wheel Tire Package by vehicle :http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, September 2, 2013 by Michelle :
I have a 2012 ford focus Titanuim with 18" wheels 235/40r18 can I go down to a 195/65r15??
Monday, September 2, 2013 by Amber:
I'm completely ignorant when it comes to tires. I drive a 2001 Impala and was given four 215 70 16s. I currently have 225 60 16s on my car. Would it be okay to swap?
Thursday, September 5, 2013 by Rick Campbell:
Want to go from 215/65/17 to a 16 inch winter, what size do you recommend? Dodge Caliber
Friday, September 6, 2013 by Anne:
i have a subaru imopreza touring 2013 with 205-55/R16 and would like to go down to a 15 inch tire for winter, what size rims and tires should i get?
Monday, September 9, 2013 by Gary:
Anne,
When minus sizing to 15" wheels on the 2013 Subaru Impreza we would recommend tire size 195/65R15. Typical wheel sizes to use are 15X6.5 and 15X7.
Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, September 9, 2013 by Gary:
Michelle,
Yes, you can indeed minus size to 15" wheels on the 2012 Ford Focus Titanium with size 195/65R15.
Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, September 9, 2013 by Gary:
Amber,
215/70R16 is too tall for the 2001 Chevy Impala and is not likely to fit.
Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, September 9, 2013 by Gary:
Rick,
We recommend tire size 215/60R16 when minus sizing to 16" on the Dodge Caliber.
Winter www.tirerack.com/winter/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Jurrell:
I have a 2003 Chevy Malibu with 215/60R15 wheels and tires I wanted to know if I could put ont wheels and tires from a 2006 Chevy Equinox with 235/60-17 wheels and tires
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Gary:
Jurrell,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. The Equinox tires are much too tall to fit the Malibu.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by bleonard:
Hi,I have a 2004 kia optima with 205/55/16 and would like to know if 225/60/16 would fit or cause any issues
Thanks
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by bleonard:
Hi,I have a 2004 kia optima with 205/55/16 and would like to know if 225/60/16 would fit or cause any issues
Thanks
Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Simon:
Good day,

Just a 2013 Toyota Sienna SE (P235/50R19). Thinking of winter tires now in Canada. I have a set of P215/70R16 with toyota Alloy wheel, can I use it for my Sienna? Any pros and cons, or comments/suggestions?
Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Gary:
Simon,

We have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2013 Toyota Sienna SE.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Gary:
bleonard,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. 225/60R16 is much too large to fit a 2004 Kia Optima.
Friday, September 13, 2013 by patrick:
Hi Gary, thank you for this helpfull blog.
I have a kia cerato koup 2011 sx 2.0 with standard tires 215/45 r17 due to rough road I am always changing my tires which is costy could you please suggest a good size without changing the rims keep them r17 thank you in advance appreciated
Monday, September 16, 2013 by Tyler:
Can I down size from 215/60/r16 to 205/55/r16 on my 2008 Honda accord with out an issue?
Monday, September 16, 2013 by Joe:
I have a 2014 Mazda 6 GS (225/55/17)and would like to put on 16" rims and tires (215/65/16)for the winter. Will a 16" rim fit the car and clear the brakes. Thanks
Monday, September 16, 2013 by Gary:
Tyler,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having too little load capacity.
Monday, September 16, 2013 by Jim Hall:
I have 2011 Honda civic coupe lx would like to down size to 15x7 wheels what tire is the largest I tire I can use? Or the widest tire I can use
Monday, September 16, 2013 by Gary:
Patrick,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. There is no such year and model of car here in the USA so I do not know if a different size will fit your 2011 kia cerato koup, sorry.
Monday, September 16, 2013 by Gary:
Jim,

The two 15" sizes that we know will fit a 2011 Honda Civic coupe are 195/65R15 and 205/60R15.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, September 16, 2013 by Gary:
Joe,

Yes, 16" wheels do indeed clear the brakes on the 2014 Mazda6.

Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Glynn:
Can you downsize from a 20 inch tire to a 17 inch winter tire on the 2013 dodge sport quad cab truck?
Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Gary:
Glynn,

If this is a Dodge Ram 1500, yes you can indeed minus size to 17"
Thursday, September 19, 2013 by John:
I have a 2013 Chrysler 200. The stock rim sizes are 17" and 18". Would you reccomend going to a 16" rim if I can find the appropriate size 16" tire?
Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Gary:
John,

Yes,you can indeed minus size to 16" wheels on the 2013 Chrysler 200 with tire size 215/65R16 or 225/60R16.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, September 23, 2013 by Haleem:
I have an 2006 Infiniti M45 245/40/19. Have a barely used set of Firestone Winterforce 225/60/16 fro my previous car. Can I downsize to these for Winter use?
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Gary:
Haleem,

We have not found any 16" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2006 Infiniti M45.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Kevin B:
Hey. I have stock 17" rims on my 2009 Ford Focus SES. Current tire size on that rim is stock (P215/45/R17). Will a tire with the size of P225/50/R17 fit as well?

Thanks so much!!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Gary:
Kevin,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried tires that tall on the Focus so we do not know if they would fit
Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Paul :
Can I downsize to 245/50R20 on the same rims that have 27560R20 for my Dodge Ram 1500 longhorn quad cab. 2011? Thanks!
Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Fred:
Hi,
Can I use my winter tire ( from a Mazda6 ) 205/60/R16 to a 2013 Honda Accord Ex-L V6 with a summer tire size 215/55/R17

Thanks,
Fred
Friday, September 27, 2013 by Ramiro:
Hi,

2013 Chevy Spark LS stock 15" rims. Can I downsize to 14" or 13" rims? Thanks.
Friday, September 27, 2013 by Gary:
Paul,


The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having too little load capacity.
Friday, September 27, 2013 by Gary:
Fred,

205/60R16 is shorter in overall diameter than we recommend for the 2013 Accord Ex-L V6. We recommend 215/60R16 when minus sizing to 16" on your car.
Friday, September 27, 2013 by Gary:
Ramiro,

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 14" wheels on the 2013 Chevy Spark.


Winter www.tirerack.com/winter/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, September 30, 2013 by rick:
Can P195/60R15 winter tires fit a vehicle with P215/50R117 tires?
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Sawsie:
Hello, can I use 225/60R16 tires on my Rav4 2008
thanks,
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Gary:
Rick,

This would depend almost entirely on the vehicle in question.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Gary:
225/60R16 is shorter than recommended for a 2008 Toyota Rav4. Better sizes to use would include 215/70R16 and 225/70R16.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Irene:
Hi, do you know if I can use tires that measure: 215-60R17 on a car that has 205-55R16?
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Gary:
Irene,

This would depend almost entire only the year and model of the vehicle in question.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by David:
Hello, I have a 2013 Cruze. I currently has 215/60r16 tires. What would be the correct minus size for winter.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Isreal:
Hi, I have a 2008 lexus es350 with p215 55r17 tires on it now. My brother wants to give me ( for free) lol a set of 4 tires that are p215 65r17. Will these work on my car and what change should I expect? Thank you
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Gary:
Isreal,


The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried taller tires on the 2008 ES350 so we are not sure if they would fit, but my best guess would be that they would not work.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Gary:
David,

The minus size on a 2013 Cruze LS would be 15" wheels with size 205/70R15.

www.tirerack.com/winter/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by lance:
My tire size on my 2006 Ford Mustang is 215/65r/16......would I be hurting the car if I downsize to 215/60/16
Monday, October 14, 2013 by Liz:
Hi - can I put 205/65r15 tires on my 99 Subaru outback - it currently has 205/70r15 tires on it. Thanks.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Gary:
Lance,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Gary:
Liz,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter.
Friday, October 18, 2013 by Jeri:
I have a 2009 Nissan rogue. They have 225/60R17 tires. Can I downsize to a 16"?
Friday, October 18, 2013 by Gary:
Jeri,

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 16" on the 2008 Nissan Rogue with tire size 215/70R16.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Saturday, October 19, 2013 by S. Das:
I have a 2006 Audi A4 with 235/45R17 tires. Can I use winter tire 205/55R16 (which I originally purchased for my 2000 Audi TT) on it ? Thanks
Saturday, October 19, 2013 by John:
What offset is required for 16 inch rims on a 2014 mazda 6
Sunday, October 20, 2013 by Tina:
What 15" tire can i use when the original is a 245/45-18?
Monday, October 21, 2013 by Gary:
S Das,

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 205/55R16 on the 2006 A4.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, October 21, 2013 by Daniel:
Hi,

I have a good set of winter tires for a Honda Civic 2010 15" rims on Yokohama tires. Just leased a 2013 Civic Touring with 17" tires/rims. Can I still use the 15" winter tires on the 2013? Please let me know asap.

Thanks for your help.
Monday, October 21, 2013 by Gary:
John,

A wide variety of offsets can be used on the 2014 Mazda 6, but most are in the 35mm-45mm range.
Monday, October 21, 2013 by Gary:
Tina,

The answer to your question will require that I know the year, make and model of the vehicle in question.
Monday, October 21, 2013 by Gary:
Daniel,

We have a variety of aftermarket wheels that fit the 2013 Civic in 15". I am not aware if Honda original wheels from a 2010 Civic would fit.
Monday, October 21, 2013 by Kyle:
Hello,
I have a set of winter tires that are 195/70/R14 but no rims for them at this time. My 2009 Honda Civic EX-L has 205/55/R16 on right now. Is it safe to use these winter tires and would a size 14 inch rim with 5 bolt pattern fit my vehicle if I bought a set? Thanks in advance.
Monday, October 21, 2013 by Christian Miller:
Gary, We have a 2014 Ford Explorer Sport with 20 inch wheels. We are looking to put on 18 inch wheels so we can use cable chains if required on some California roads in winter. Is there any disadvantage to reducing to the 18 inch wheels?
Monday, October 21, 2013 by Gary:
Kyle,

We have not found any 14" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2009 Honda Civic EX-L, sorry.
Monday, October 21, 2013 by Gary:
Christian,

As long as you use a correct tire size to maintain the overall diameter such as 245/60R18, this setup would be no problem on the 2014 Ford Explorer Sport.
Monday, October 21, 2013 by S. Das:
Thanks for response on my previous question where you indicated "Yes, you can indeed minus size to 205/55R16 on the 2006 A4."

Looking at your URL however the only winter tires that show up for 16" wheels are 215/55R16.

Could you please clarify if 205 is indeed acceptable ?

Thank you.

S. Das
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Alicia:
I need to replace a 15" steel wheel on my 2007 Chevy Malibu LS. I found someone getting rid of 15" wheels from a 2001 Honda Accord. Will these wheels fit my car?
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Gary:
The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels.

To answer your question, these two cars have different bolt patterns which makes the wheels incompatible between them.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Gary:
S. Das,

215/55R16 is closer is diameter and is the recommended size to use. However, you can indeed use 205/55R16 on the 2006 A4.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Jason :
Could I put a 215/65 R15 on my Subaru Forester 1999 L? It recommends a 205/70 R15. Also, is the 5 bolt pattern on a Chevy car the same 5 bolt pattern on a subaru?

Thanks!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Gary:
Jason,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter. In order to answer your other question, I would need to know the year and model of the Chevy car in question.
Friday, October 25, 2013 by John:
Can I safely use 215/60R15 snow tires on a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT? I had purchased and mounted them on steel wheels for my Grand Am GT prior to getting into an accident in which it was totaled. I'm hoping that using these for the couple/few months they're needed is feasible.
Friday, October 25, 2013 by Gary:
John,

215/60R15 is much smaller in height and load capacity so we cannot recommend using it on your 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. If minus sizing to 15", use size 215/70R15.
Saturday, October 26, 2013 by Ron:
Can I put 215/55/17 tires on a 2007 Honda Accord that has factory tires that are 215/50/17. I have the tires (brand new)because because the car with them was totaled with no damage to the tires.
Saturday, October 26, 2013 by Ron:
Don't know if my question went through. Can I put 215/55/17 tires on my 2007 Honda which has factory tires that are 215/50/17
Saturday, October 26, 2013 by Randy:
I have a 97 dodge dakota slt with the 318. I'm running 275/60r15 on the rear and I'm looking for something slightly shorter and not as wide for the front. What would u recommend?
Sunday, October 27, 2013 by Narry:
My Nissa quest 2004 minivan will fit 225/65R16 size tires, however I could find 225/60R16 in the store near my place. Is that OK to go with 225/60R16? What will be the impact?
Sunday, October 27, 2013 by Melanie:
Can I put 225/55R17 winter tires on my 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew? The standard tire size is 225/65R17.
Monday, October 28, 2013 by Gary:
Ron,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried the taller 215/55R17 tire size on the 2007 Honda Accord so I am not sure if it would fit without rubbing.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, October 28, 2013 by Gary:
Randy,

I can check on this for you. How wide are the front wheels in question and about how much smaller/more narrow were you trying to use?
Monday, October 28, 2013 by Gary:
Narry,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter.
Monday, October 28, 2013 by Gary:
Melanie,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels on the 2012 Grand Caravan due to the tires having less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Rachel :
I have a set of 16 inch rims for my 5 door 2011 Subaru WRX and I am trying to find a 16 inch winter tire (with studs) that would fit properly on it, any feedback would be great.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Daryl:
Can I put my previously used 225/60R16 winter tires from my Honda Odyssey on my 2010 GMC Terrain.Current tires are 235/55R19
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Daryl:
Can I place 215/55R16H winter tires on my 2012 Infiniti.Current tires are 225/55R17
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Gary:
Daryl,

What is the model of the Infiniti in question?
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Gary:
There are no 16" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2010 GMC Terrain.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Gary:
Rachel,

When minus sizing to 16" on the 5 door 2011 Subaru WRX, use tire size 215/55R16. Studded tires are available in that size.

Winter www.tirerack.com/winter/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by gunpowder:
hi my car is honda civc 2002 and my tires are 185/65/r15.

I got some winter tires of 195/65/R16

Will that cause any problem of my car?

thanks
Friday, November 1, 2013 by Paul:
I was wondering if I could place 2002 wrx rims and tires (205 55 r16) on my 2002 outback (225 55 r16). I would be driving cross country with the set up as well.
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Caragh:
Hi there,

I just got a Mazda3 sport 2014 which has stock tires of 205/60/r16.

I also have winter tires from my previous car which are 195/55/r15. Would these work on the new Mazda3, or do I need to buy new tires for the old 15" rims, something like 195/65/r15? Lastly, will the 195 width work or should I stick with 205?

Just trying to figure out whether I need a completely new winter tire package or if there's anything I can reuse.

Thanks for your input!
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Stewart:
Hello,
I have a 2013 Subaru Legacy with 215/50R17 tires. Would it be acceptable to use 195/65R15 (minus 2) for winter tires? Thank you!
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Darren:
I have a 2002 impala with 225/60/R16. Would it be okay to run 205/55/R16 for winter?
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Peter:
Hi there,

I have a 2004 Nissan Murano and recently fitted them with 235/60/R18 tires. The factory standard is 235/65/R18. Would there be any problems in doing so?
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Gary:
Caragh,

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2014 Mazda3, so there is nothing that can be reused from that old setup, sorry.
Monday, November 4, 2013 by mike:
I have a 2013 vw golfr this is AWD it has 225/40/18.
Due to super low profile and crappy roads I keep having tires (3rd one now) go bad

Can I change to 205/60/16 and be ok. I have a basically brand new set on on 2013 golf wheels (non awd) available to me??

Thanks,

Mike
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Gary:
Mike,

The smallest diameter wheel that will clear the brakes on the 2013 VW GOLF R is 17".
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Gary:
Peter,

We do not recommend tires that are shorter in overall height as the tires have less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by Caragh:
Thanks so much for your quick reply! Even if it wasn't the info I wanted to hear ;)
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by Ken:
Hi, Can a P215 60r17 tire fit a 2012 Toyota Venza AWD? Thanks!
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by Gary:
Ken,

When minus sizing to 17" on the 2012 Toyota Venza, 215/60R17 is too short. Use size 245/65R17 instead.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Dannu:
I have a mazda 6 2011 with tire size 215 55 r17 could I use the same size tire on a 16 inch rim for winters?
Thursday, November 7, 2013 by kath:
Hi ive got vatara 03 fitted with 235/60r16 ive been given 2 tyres 215/70r16 will it be ok to fit them on the front
Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Gary:
Dannu,

When minus sizing to 16" wheels on the 2011 Mazda 6, use tire size 205/60R16.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Gary:
Kath,

We do not recommend mixing different tire sizes on the 03 Vitara due to unstable handling.
Friday, November 8, 2013 by Carrie:
I have a 2004 Toyota Sienna FWD LE that has 215/65R16 currently and am wondering if I can minus size to 15 inch rims with 205/70R15s. I already have the extra rims with right bolt pattern and looking to buy new snows.
Friday, November 8, 2013 by Gary:
Carrie,

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2004 Toyota Sienna FWD LE, sorry. If you have found one that fits over the brakes, use tire size 215/70R15 or 205/70R15.
Saturday, November 9, 2013 by Kyle:
Hey there, Im wondering if I can downsize The 235/60 R18 all season's on my 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited to R17's or R16's for winter driving. What sizes would work at those diameters, Thanks a lot.
Saturday, November 9, 2013 by Wally:
is it ok to go from 235/55 17 to 215/60 17? if so, would it affect the speedometer?
Sunday, November 10, 2013 by raymond:
I have a 2013 toyota sienna with p235/60r17 tires. Can i switch to a 215/65r15 tire?
Sunday, November 10, 2013 by Alissa:
Acura CSX 2009- 215/45/17

I want to downsize to 16" for winter tires, what is the appropriate size?

Thanks
Monday, November 11, 2013 by Gary:
Kyle,

Yes, you can indeed minus size on the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited using the following sizes :

17": 235/65R17

16": 225/70R16 or 235/70R16

Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, November 11, 2013 by Gary:
Wally,

I can check fitment on that; what is the year and model of vehicle?
Monday, November 11, 2013 by Gary:
Raymond,

We have not found any 15" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2013 Toyota Sienna.
Monday, November 11, 2013 by Gary:
Alissa,

205/55R16 would be the size to use when minus sizing to 16" on the 2009 Acura CSX.


Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by john:
i have a 2008 civic and i have a set of winter tyres from another car the size is 195 60 r15, i know i can put 195 65 r15 on it, would it make a difference if i put them on the car? thanks.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Kev:
How about a Honda Civic Ex 06? (205/55R16)
Can I use 195/55R15??
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Gary:
John,

We do not recommend tires that are shorter in overall height as the tires have less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Gary:
Kev,

When minus sizing to 15" on the 2006 Honda Civic EX, use tire size 195/65R15.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8 uf
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Peter:
I have a 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Limited. Stock tires are 225/55R18.
For winter, can I downsize to 16" wheels and use either 215/70R16 or 225/65R16 winter tires?
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Gary:
Peter,

Unfortunately, we have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on this car, sorry.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by paul:
can i go from 215 60 16 to 215 65 15 ? for my 2103 Cruze (5x 105 bolt, 215 60 16 stock)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by John:
Can I substitute 225/45r18 for 235/50r18 on a 2008 pontiac torrent gxp awd?
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Gary:
John,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend tires that are shorter in overall height as the tires have less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Tara:
I have a 2005 Kia Optima which is supposed to use a p205/60R15 or P205/55R16 My last 05 kia optima had 17 inch tires. This one had two 15 inch and two 16 inch. I'd like to buy some new ones for the winter. I'm just wondering if can go at 215/70R15,205/75R15 or possibly downsize to some sort of 14 inch with compromising how my speedometer reads. I saw these sizes at the most affordable pricing. Help Please
Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Dave:
Hi there,
I have a GLK350 and I'm thinking about winter rims. One set of rims I'm looking at is 18inch with a 35mm offset. Will this have any problems on a GLK350?

Thanks!
Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Gary:
Tara,

We have not found any 14" wheels that will fit over the brakes on the 2005 Optima and the tallest 15" size we can recommend to fit without rubbing is 195/65R15.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Gary:
Dave,

A wide variety of offsets work well on the GLK350 and we do indeed sell some with 35mm offset that will work without any problems on this vehicle.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Saturday, November 16, 2013 by PK:
Can I down size to 205/65-15 on my 99 Nissan Maxima SE for winter tires without any harm or problem? I already have 15" rims from my 95 Maxima.
Sunday, November 17, 2013 by Clint:
Can I downsize winter tire 235/55/18 on 2012 ford taurus SEL to 17? What would be the tire size needed.
Monday, November 18, 2013 by Gary:
PK,

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 205/65R15 on the 1999 Nissan Maxima SE.

Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, November 18, 2013 by Gary:
Clint,

Yes, you can minus size to 17" wheels with tire size 235/60R17 on the 2012 Ford Taurus SEL.

Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, November 18, 2013 by Dan O'Connell:
I have a Subaru Outback with 225/55R17 all seasons and someone has offered me a set of Michelin xIce winter tires size 205/55R16 on steel rims bolt pattern 5x100. Is this a good fit?
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Nick:
I drive an odyssey 2012 with p235/65 R17 tires. For winter tires, can I use CRV tires (P225/65 R17)? Will there be any effect on tire fit, traction or speedometer reading?
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Gary:
Dan,

205/55R16 is much too short in diameter and load capacity to replace tires on an Outback using 225/55R17.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Gary:
Nick,

Yes, you can indeed use tire size 225/65R17 on the 2012 Odyssey with no problem and very little effect on the speedometer reading.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Andrew :
I drive an 07 Audi A4 Quattro that current has 234/40R18's and i want to downsize to blizzak 16" for the winter along with buying the wheels in one of the combos, will they fit or will i have some problems?
Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Gary:
Andrew,

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 16" on the 2007 Audi A4 quattro using tire size 215/55R16.

Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Friday, November 22, 2013 by Farid:
I have a 2007 Lexus ES350 with tire size of 215/55/17 can I downsize to a 16 with no problem? Do I need to consider anything? How will this effect the drive? Would it effect the gas consumption? I'm only doing this becuase 17s are so expensive.
Friday, November 22, 2013 by Gary:
Farid,

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 16" wheels with tire size 215/60R16 with no problems with speedometer errors or fuel mileage. Taller tires used on 16" generally have a softer ride and a bit slower steering response.
Saturday, November 23, 2013 by Sam:
Hi, I have a 2004 monte carlo ss, can I change my 225-60r-16 for tire size 225-70-16
Saturday, November 23, 2013 by chris:
I have an 06 Honda ridge line can I switch my tires from a 245/65/17 to a 235/65/17 or would it seriously impact the performance of the vehicle?
Sunday, November 24, 2013 by Gord :
hello, i have a 2I 006 buick rendezvous with P225/60R17. I would like to downsize for a winter tire? What options r available to me while still correct sizing and staying safe?
Sunday, November 24, 2013 by Jeff:
Have 2010 Chevy Impala LTZ with stock 225/50R18 summer tires. Can I replace them with winter tires 235/55R17. Is the wheel well big enough?
Monday, November 25, 2013 by Gary:
Sam,


225/70R16 is too tall to fit the 2004 Monte Carlo SS.
Monday, November 25, 2013 by Gary:
Gord,

You can minus size to 16" wheels with tire size 215/70R16 with no problem.

Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8 - See more at: http://blog.tirerack.com/blog/make-driving-fun/downsizing-to-smaller-diameter-wheels/comment-submitted#sthash.n8ZE0KvO.dpuf
Monday, November 25, 2013 by Gary:
Jeff,

When minus sizing to 17" on the 2010 Chevy Impala LTZ, we use size 225/55R17 to keep the same overall diameter. 235/55R17 should also fit.
Monday, November 25, 2013 by Mike:
I have an '09 accord with 225/50/17.... Can I put on 225/45/17? If so, what type of impact would it have on performance/speed accuracy?
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Gary:
Mike,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability.
Thursday, November 28, 2013 by Devan:
2013 Ford Edge SEL with 20" option.
Currently using factory Perelli Scorpion STR.
Wondering if I can downsize rims and tires for winter tires?
Thursday, November 28, 2013 by bas:
i hev chevy malibu 1999 original tier ar 215/60 r 15 can i use 205/55 r 16 instad i hev dhem spear in may garage
Friday, November 29, 2013 by Joe:
Hi, I have a 2006 Honda Accord EX 4 cyl. with stock P205/60R16 and have a killer deal on a pair of 215/70R16 tires, I know its about 2 inches taller in diameter, will these fit and clear without rubbing or when you hit bumps? I appreciate input...
Friday, November 29, 2013 by eddy:
Hi there, can I downsize from 215/65/R16 to 215/65/R15 on a 2008 toyota sienna? Thank you very much.
Friday, November 29, 2013 by George:
I have a 08' mercedes e350 4-matic with 245/40/18. Can I use 16" wheels with winter tire size 225/55/16?
Saturday, November 30, 2013 by alfie:
I have a 2013 Toyota Venza V6 AWD 20 inch tires now, which is better for winter package 17 inch or 18 inch Package?

Thank you
Monday, December 2, 2013 by Brian:
Hello, Would 205/70/15 snow tire fit on a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid?
Monday, December 2, 2013 by Bill:
I have an AWD 2010 Venza with 20' inch tires. Will a set of 245/70R17's fit my Venza?
Monday, December 2, 2013 by gina:
2013 Kia Soul 4. current tires P235/45/18. Would my car be fine with replacement of 205/55/16 or would there be problem? Tks
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by steve:
hi I have a 2001 acura tl type s for the winter I would like to buy 15in rims and snow tires is it possible or will they not clear the brakes? I know 16in rims will fit on the car and came stock. but would like to have 2 sets of rims for easy swapping.
thanks for you time.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Cody:
Hi, i have a 2008 Mazdaspeed3, and i want to know if the wheels i got for winter ate going to fit. They look huge. I am wanting to run a winter set. The wheels i got are 225 65 17, they were bought for a different model of Mazda andgot fine, i assumed they would fit but all my searching has got me nowhere. I know the wheel fit guide said they won't but i have heard of it being wrong sometimes. Any feedback would be great. Thank you.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Kruzy:
Have a 2002,Mustang GT currently running 245/45r18, want to downsize to my 17" rims (from an earlier stang (96-98) for winter, what's some of the smallest tires I can use thatll fit. (Rim is 17x8 I believe)
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Gary:
Bas,

We have fit size 205/55R16 on 1999 Malibu vehicles in the past with no problem.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Gary:
Joe,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We cannot recommend a tire this tall on the Accord due to rubbing problems.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Gary:
Eddy,

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2008 Toyota Sienna.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Gary:
George,

We have not found any 16" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2008 Mercedes E350 4Matic.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Gary:
alfie,

17" setups would offer a bit taller sidewall for winter durability and generally more economical options.

Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8 -
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Gary:
Brian,

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. 205/70R15 would be much too tall to fit the 2006 Honda Civic.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Gary:
Bill,

When minus sizing to 17" on the 2010 Venza, use tire size 245/65R17. 245/70R17 can sometimes rub.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Gary:
Steve,

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2001 Acura TL, sorry.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Gary:
Cody,

There is no chance of 225/65R17 tires fitting a 2008 Mazdaspeed 3 as they are much too tall.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Walter:
I have a 2011 Rav 4 V6 which I want to put snow tires on. I have a set of 205/75 15 snow tires on steel rims with the same bolt pattern. Would these fit my Rav?
Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Gary:
Walter,

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2011 Toyota Rav4.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Ed:
Thanks for advising on this topic. Can I use 215/55 R16 snows on a 2001 Subaru Forester S (215/60 R16 standard)?
Friday, December 6, 2013 by Gary:
Ed,


The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability.
Friday, December 6, 2013 by Chris:
I have a 2011 kia optima sx and i would like to buy 235/45r18 tires instead of 225/45r18 tires. I read that it gives a better ride and will protect the rims more. Would this cause a serious issue with my car
Friday, December 6, 2013 by Gary:
Chris,


The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels.

To answer your question, we have used 235/45R18 on the 2010 Kia Optima with no problem.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, December 9, 2013 by Frankie:
I have a 2009 Toyota Yaris. It calls for 185/60/R15. Do I have any options for smaller tire size and what are they?
Monday, December 9, 2013 by Matt:
Can I downgrade my 2011 Kia Optima ex summer tires (225/45R18) to a 215/60R16 ? or should I stay in around a 215/55r17 >
Monday, December 9, 2013 by Ivreet:
I need to install winter tires for my rogue 2012, current size is 225/55/r18 ... can i put a smaller rim ... 215/70/r16 ... will that work or should I go higher in size.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by Gary:
Frankie,

We know of no smaller 15" options that we can recommend fore the 2009 Yaris. However you can minus size to 14" wheels with size 175/65R14.

Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by Gary:
Matt,

If this is a non turbo 2011 Optima EX, you can minus size to 215/60R16 with no problem.

www.tirerack.com/winter/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by Gary:
Ivreet,

Yes, you can minus size to 215/70R16 on the 2012 Nissan Rogue with no problems.

http://www.tirerack.com/winter/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Friday, December 13, 2013 by jose:
Hi, I want to downsize the OE tire size of my 2007 caliber sxt to a 16" tire and steel rim size (215/65/16) for the winter time. Would there be enough space for the calipers if I go with 16" steel rims? thanks!
Friday, December 13, 2013 by Gary:
Jose,

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 16" steel wheels and still clear the brakes on the 2007 Caliber SXT.

Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, December 16, 2013 by Roger:
I have a 2009 Buick Lucerne with the tire size of P235/55R17 Can I put winter tires from a 1998 Buick regal on my 2009? The snow tires are P225/60R16
Monday, December 16, 2013 by Youss:
We have a veloster 2013. We would like to downsize from a 215/40-18 to winter tires 215/55-17. would it fit without altering performance. Thank you.
Monday, December 16, 2013 by Gary:
Roger,

Yes, if you minus size to 16" on the 2009 Buick Lucerne, you can use tire size 225/60R16.
Monday, December 16, 2013 by Gary:
When minus sizing to 17" on the 2013 Veloster, the size should be 215/45R17 since 215/55R17 is too tall.

Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by Shannon:
I have a 2010 rogue, OEM tires 215/70/16. I have been given winter tires with rims, but they are 215/60/16. Would these work?
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by Gary:
Shannon,

215/60R16 is too small for the Rogue, sorry.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by JUMMY:
hello, i use a 2004 nissan altima with size 205-65-16 can i downsize to 205-70-15
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Gary:
We have not found any 15" steel wheels that clear the brakes on the 2004 Nissan Altima.
Saturday, December 28, 2013 by Doug:
I have a 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo SS/Supercharged w/235/55/r17 per factory specs. Can I use 225/50/r17's? (They are not much less in width, but are smaller dia.) Would handling be any better since a bit lower?
Monday, December 30, 2013 by Gary:
Jummy,

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2004 Nissan Altima.
Monday, December 30, 2013 by Gary:
Doug,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability. If you're looking for better handling, choose a more performance oriented tire in your stock size, such as the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S03.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, January 2, 2014 by Abtin:
I just got a 2014 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD with original size of 225/55r19. The dealer mentioned that I can keep my existing 225/55r18 winters and they just put them on 18" rims. Now that I got the car and looked at some size charts I see that there is a -3.48% difference in overall diameter... I've heard that the recommended limit is +/-3% and was wondering if that extra -0.48% would actually make a critical difference. If it does, or maybe just for next winter, what would be the best recommended downsize in 18"? Thanks
Friday, January 3, 2014 by Val:
I have a Chevy Impala currently using 225/65/15 and was given a new set of tires and rims that are 205/65/15. Can I use them? Thanks!
Saturday, January 4, 2014 by Gary:
Abtin,

225/55R18 is shorter than recommended. When minus sizing to 18" on the 2014 CX-5, use size 225/60R18.
Saturday, January 4, 2014 by Gary:
Val,

I can check on this for you. What year is the Impala?
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Martz:
Hi Gary...I have a 2007 Honda CRV with 225/65/17, can I put winter tires size 215/50/17 on it? Also I have a 2005 Infiniti g35 with 225/40/19 front and 245/40/19 rear. I want to downsize for winter tires sizes 18,17 or 16, what can you recommend?
Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Gary:
Martz,

215/50R17 is much too short for a Honda CRV. For the 05 G35 you can minus size to 18" or 17". See the winter section of our site for more details :

Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Friday, January 10, 2014 by Ash:
Hi, I have a Nissan rogue 2012 with 215/70R16. I cant find same winters but 215/ 65R16 are available and cheaper. Is that workable? what problems should I anticipate? is there any other recommended size?
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by heather :
I have a 2010 KIA Sedona, standard edition. Tires are 225 70R16.. my car is out of alignment terribly and needs new tires but I can't buy that til march. This weekend one popped so I have a spare. My aunt has an extra tire that's the same numbers except 17 at the end. Could I put that one on instead of the spare til they can get replaced?
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Gary:
Ash,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Gary:
Heather,

17" tires will not mount on 16" wheels, sorry.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by Lissa:
I have a 2008 Nissan Rogue original size tires are 215 70R 16 I was given 225 55R 17 winter tires on rims....can I use those? There are 17" option tires on my car but the size says 225 60R 17
Thursday, January 16, 2014 by GEORGE:
Hi Gary
Can I downsize my 2009 MDX's stock tire 255 55 R18 to 235 60 R18? I would like to use four season tires and hope better performance in snow and wet, is that good without reduce lots of handling and corning?
Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Gary:
Lissa,

225/55R17 tires are quite a bit shorter in height and load capacity than 225/60R17 so they are not recommended for the Rogue.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Gary:
George,

Yes, you can indeed use tire size 235/60R18 on the 2009 Acura MDX with no problem.
Friday, January 17, 2014 by Virginia Wilson:
Can I put 235/60r18 winters on my 2013 sienna se? Thanks!
Friday, January 17, 2014 by Gary:
Virginia,

The subject of this particular blog We have not tried this taller tire size on the 2013 Sienna so I do not know if it will fit. We have used 235/55R18 with no problem.
Sunday, January 19, 2014 by Larry M:
I have a 2011 Toyota Sienna FWD with 17" wheels. I'd like to downsize, in order to take advantage of your special on the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI 225/70-16. I see on
June 6, 2012 you said the large brakes on the 2011 Sienna didn't allow for clearance of any of your 16" wheels. Is that still true in 2014? And if so, is it possible I might be able to find wheels elsewhere that would let me take advantage of your tire sale, or is it pretty much a no-go?

Thanks.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Gary:
Larry,

Unfortunately we still have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the Sienna. I am not aware of any other companies that have, sorry.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Ken:
1999 Caravan 205 75 14. Can I downsize with a couple of snow tires 175 60 14. Thanks
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Gary:
Larry,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability. 175/60R14 would be dangerous to use on the minivan.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by randal:
2007 honda civic ex with 205/55/16 tires can I replace with 195/60-16
Primacy™ MXV4®
thank you
Thursday, January 23, 2014 by jess:
I have 07 grand prix with aluminum wheels tire size 225/55/17. Can i downsize to 16 inch steel till i can afford new aluminum? What tire size is best?
Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Gary:
Jess,

Yes, you can use size 225/60R16 with 16" steel wheels on the 07 Pontian Grand Prix base or GT .

Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Gary:
Randal,

Michelin does not make the Primacy MXV4 tires in 195/60R16, but they do make it in your 205/55R16 size.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by kat:
I have a Chrysler 200 with 18 inch rims and low profile tires. I have a 2011 Chevy silvarado with 18 inch rims. Can I use my tires off my Chrysler and put on my Chevy rims?
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Gary:
Kat,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability. These two vehicles do not share the same bolt pattern so wheels are not cross compatible between the two.
Saturday, February 1, 2014 by Ryan:
I have a 2008 ford taurus x with 225/60/r17 can I safely go down to a 215/50/r17?
Monday, February 3, 2014 by Gary:
Ryan,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by Dave:
I have a 2008 Honda Odyssey tire size 235/60R17. Will a 225/45R17 winter tire work? Or would the difference in diameter and load capacity be too much and not recommended?
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by Gary:
Dave,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability. The change from 235/60R17 to 225/45R17 is so dramatic that it would be unsafe.
Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Laura:
Current tires are 255/70r/16 on a 4wd Explorer and want to know if I can use 245/75r/16 from a F20 heavy duty.
Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Gary:
Laura,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. If you let me know the year and model of your Explorer, I can look into alternate tire sizing on the same diameter wheel.
Sunday, February 16, 2014 by Tabatha:
Will a 185/70R14 tires work for a Pontiac grand am 200 that currently has 225/45R17 tires on it??
Monday, February 17, 2014 by Tom:
I have a 2009 Nissan Murano - comes from the factory with 18" wheels... anything smaller fit with tire crossover? I'd like to increase the ride quality on these goat paths they call roads around here :)
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Kim:
I just purchased a 2010 Nissan Rogue SL which has all season P225/60R17. I have a set of winter tires from my 2002 Hyunda Santa Fe GLS that are P225/70R16. I don't have rims for the winter tires yet. My question is will my winter tires from my old car work for my new car? Fingers crossed.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Gary:
Tabatha,

We know of no 14" wheels that would clear the brakes on a 2000 model or newer Pontiac Grand Am.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Gary:
Tom,

Yes, we have minus sized to 17" with size 245/70R17 tires with no problem on the 2009 Murano.

http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Gary:
Kim,

225/70R16 is a bit taller than we have tried on the Rogue in the past but it is close enough that I think there is a good chance that this sizing would fit.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Sam:
can a tire and rim 195/60 r15 fit a 1996 Acura TL ?
Thanks
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Gary:
Sam,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. The 195/60R15 size is shorter in diameter than we recommend to use on the 1996 Acura TL and may be more prone to blowouts due to its lower load capacity.
Friday, March 14, 2014 by Michael:
I have a 2014 Silverado CrewCab 4WD LTZ with 20" wheels. I've been considering 18" wheels for towing 6-7,000#, but should I also consider 17" wheels?
Monday, March 17, 2014 by Gary:
Michael,

Either 18" or 17" setups can maintain the same towing capacity of your vehicle.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Kyle:
I have a 2010 camry SE - would I be able to downsize to a 215 70 15 for winter tires and wheels? Thank you.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 by patrick:
I have a 1992 Nissan hardbody pickup that i bought off craigslist, the tires are mix matched, but i was just given a set of 235/65/17 michelin all terrains. with about 50% tread left. My questions is if these tires are too big. Mind you, the truck is 2wd and the base model. nothin fancy with her.
Friday, March 21, 2014 by Gary:
Patrick,

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels.

The largest size 17" tire that we have fit on the 92 Nissan 2wd truck is 245/45R17. We have not tried the larger 235/65R17 size, but it seems to be too tall to fit.
Friday, March 21, 2014 by Gary:
Kyle,

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2010 Toyota Camry.
Friday, April 18, 2014 by Colin:
Have a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan with 215/65R16 wheels on. I've got a spare set of 215/65R15 wheels, can I use them as well?
Monday, April 21, 2014 by k.l.:
Hi-I have cooper CS4 Touring tires 215/65R/16 that were on a Nissan X-Trial that I would like to put on our 1999 subaru legacy. Its stock tire is 205/70/15. Will this work? Does the bolt pattern match up?

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