Alternate Tire Size for Your Mazda CX-7

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunday, April 14, 2013 by michael

looking for alternative size tires for my madza cx7 the original size is 215 70 17 if all possible can you tell me if if 235 65 17 is a good fit and how much different in size are they and will they rub when i make turns and any other help would gladly be appreciated thank you for all your help Mike
Monday, April 15, 2013 by Hunter

Hi Michael,
The alternize size is about 3/4" wider and .1" taller than the original size
Thursday, May 9, 2013 by sk

Just changed over to Firestone Destination L2 235/65/17. Best desicion ever. Not only does the car drive better, it also looks better. They fit perfect and no rubbing anywhere.
Sunday, September 15, 2013 by pedro

What about winter tires. Should I go for 235s as well?
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by Hunter

For winter I would stay with the 215. Bridgestone Blizzak DMV1 is offered in that size. It is a great winter tire.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by S Johnston

Would a P225 be an ok exchange for the Mazda CX7 that currently has a P215.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Hunter

Hi S,
Sure you can use a 225/65R17.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Hash

I am trying to replace with GOODYEAR 235/55/17 for Mazda CX7, 2010 model P215/70/R17. Is this going to be fine?
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Hunter

Hi Hash,
The two sizes you are comparing are quite a bit different. I do not think you will be able to make that substition
Friday, October 25, 2013 by Anna Marie

I am trying to find replacement tires for my Mazda CX7, 2010 model P215/70R17, are the 235/65R17 the best option - want to make sure there is no rubbing.
Friday, October 25, 2013 by Hunter

Hi Anna Marie,
The 235/65R17 will fit without rubbing
Sunday, November 17, 2013 by jasmine

I am trying the best replacement for my Mazda CX-7, 2010. Which is better? 225 65R17 or 235 65R17? What will be the difference?
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Hunter

Hi Jasmine,
235/65R17 is the alternate size we recommend
Friday, January 10, 2014 by Lulu

I have a 2012 Mazda CX7 Sport. What are some good alternate sizes for this one?
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Hunter

hi Lulu,
The 2012 is the same as the 2010 mentioned int he article.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Matthew

Are there any adverse effects from using this alternate size tire.
Friday, February 28, 2014 by Clive

Awesome information. Having got high quotes for the one available tire for the CX7, its good to know we can use an alternate, more common size.
Thanks guys!!
Monday, May 12, 2014 by Ivan


Can you please explain why you recommend 235/65/17 vs 225/65/17? I own 2010 Mazda CX-7 and the stock tires are 215/70/17 but there is literally no options except for the OEM Bridgestone.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by hunter

Hi Ivan,
You can us 225/65R17 as well
Sunday, May 18, 2014 by melanie

I need to only replace two tires Is it okay to have two 225/65/17 and two 215/70/17
Monday, May 19, 2014 by Vicki

when subbing out the 215/70R17 for 235/65/17, do I have to replace all four tires? I only need to back tires at this time.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by hunter

Hi Vickie and Melanie
You should not run different sizes
Monday, June 9, 2014 by Katie

If I want to use the alternate size tire, do I have to replace all four tires? Or can I just buy two tires and leave two 215/70R17 on my car?
Monday, June 9, 2014 by hunter

Hi Katie,
you should not run different sizes
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Felicia

Thank you for all your advice Hunter! This article has been a lifesaver!!!
Monday, August 11, 2014 by Lidi

What would you recommend more 235 65 17 or 225 65 17 and why?
Monday, August 11, 2014 by hunter

Hi Lidi,
Either one of those will work. The 225 is shorter than the original size and the 235 is taller
Sunday, September 14, 2014 by Ed

I'm confused... the number 235 in the size 235 65 17 refers to the width of the tire, so I have a hard time seeing how a 235mm wide tire will fit on the stock CX-7 wheel that was narrower (sized for a 215mm wide tire). Please explain how you squeeze in a 235 mm wide tire onto a 215 mm wide rim.
Monday, September 15, 2014 by hunter

Hi Ed,
Looking at the engineered specifications for the two sizes, 235/65R17 mount on wheels between 6.5" and 8.5" The 215/70R17 have a range from 6.5" to 7.5" This is straight from the tire manufacturers. It can be verified on both Tire Rack and the manufacturers' sites. We show the original wheel on the Cx-7 is 7" wide.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Ed

Thanks Hunter. I get it now. But why do you feel 235/65/R17 is preferred over 225/65/R17? Isn't the 225 closer to the original stock 215 than 235? I know you said before that 225 can be used as well but curious why you prefer 235.
Monday, September 29, 2014 by keith

will 215/65r17 work as well
Thursday, October 2, 2014 by Adam

I also have Mazda cx-7 2010 with stock size 215/70-17. If i get different size tires, do I have to get different wheels as well? Or as long as the 17' is the same it will all fit?
Thursday, October 2, 2014 by hunter

Hi Adam,
Different size can have different rim width specs. Youwould need to get your current wheel width and verify against the specs for the tire you want you use. Size recommended in the article will work with the original wheels
Sunday, October 26, 2014 by Liz

Can 2011 Mazda CX7 use the same alternatives (225/65r17 and 235/65r17) to replace the tires?
Sunday, October 26, 2014 by jennifer

I have a 2007 Mazda 3. Will tires off of a Mazda CX 7 fit my car? It currently has 205/55/r15
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by hunter

Hi Jennifer,
205/55R15 looks to be too short for the Mazda 3. So I wouldn't recommend that.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by hunter

hi Liz,
yes same alternate sizes for the 2011
Sunday, November 9, 2014 by Liz

By using either 225 or 235 to replace 215 for cx7, will the bigger tires cost more gas mileage? Any other downfall that I need be aware of?
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by Pierre-Luc Bélanger

Can I put 16 inch wheel with 235/70/16 tire look like the same size then my wheel now 255/55/18 and I got this set for really cheap
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by hunter

Hi Liz,
There will be more rubber contacting the road. This could lead to some minimal losses in fuel economy.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by hunter

Sorry you cannot put an 18: tire onto a 16" wheel.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Rosetta

I have a Mazda 2010 CX7 and about to purchase the 4 tires recommended here as replacements for the R215 tires... I see different speed ratings on them....what difference if any does that make?...which should I get the oe with Speed rating of H or T?...Thanks!
Friday, November 14, 2014 by ray

could I go with 235/70/R16 if I changed my rims?
Friday, November 14, 2014 by hunter

The T rated will give a little smoother ride. The H, a bit more responsiveness
Friday, November 14, 2014 by hunter

Hi Ray,
I think 235/70 will be too tall to fit
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Pete

Doesn't using 225/65r17 and 235/65r17 instead of a 215/70r17 put you off on odometer or spedometer?
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Nick

I gather for 2011 CX-7
215/70/R17 or
215/65/R17 for Winter
235/65/R17 for All Seasons
Would be the good substitute ?
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by hunter

Hi Nick,
We recommend 225/65R17 instead of 215/65R17
Saturday, November 22, 2014 by Dave

Has anyone who switched to 235/65R17's for their Mazda CX7 had a problem with the tire rubbing?
Saturday, November 29, 2014 by Bruce

Is the continental cross conti with eco plus LX20 a good tire 235 65 17 mazda
Monday, December 1, 2014 by hunter

Hi Bruce,
That is a great tire. Currently ranked #1 by people using the tire.
Saturday, December 6, 2014 by David

wondering if the 235/65R17 will fit on the same rim as the 215/70R17, As the 235 is wider?
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by hunter

Hi David,
Those two sizes will work with the factory wheel
Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Nick

I appreciate your time and dedication. Happy Holidays
Friday, December 12, 2014 by Chris

My wife has 2012 Masada cx7 touring. She likes the goodyear ultra grip winter tires. Will the 235/65/17 fit? Thanks
Monday, December 15, 2014 by hunter

Hi Chris,
Yes the 235/65R17 is the alternate recommended size.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by Sandy

I have a 2012 CX7, tire size 215/70R/17. I have a set of studded tires size 225/60R/16. If I bought 16" rims could I put these studded tires and rims on my Mazda CX7?
Saturday, December 27, 2014 by Judy

Has any one ever put a 235 65 17 Yokohama geolander at/s on their mazda cx7, which came originally with the 215 70 17?
Monday, December 29, 2014 by hunter

Hi Sandy,
The 225/60R16 is not going to work on the CX7.It is too short.
Monday, December 29, 2014 by hunter

Hi Judy,
235/65R17 will fit on the CX-7
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by Suzanne

i have a 2011 mazda cx7 and am literally searching high and low for the 215/70R17. the only place that i was told that has them is the mazda dealer for an arm and a leg and that is just for the tire alone without installation. I am a bit nervous to get a replacement size. which option is better for the 2011 SV - 235/65R17 or the 225/65 R17. Also, how can they possibly fit being that it is a different size. I am confused. Please advise and explain. Thanks so much for you time.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by hunter

Hi Suzanne,
We have the original tire in stock and available to ship.
Friday, March 20, 2015 by Will

Good post, thanks. Thinking that the key for me will be finding the tire I like based on reviews/price in the 235 or 225/65 R17 size that comes closest to original OD and RPM specs. This should cause the least chance of speedometer being off correct?
Thinking that the Continental TrueContact(Standard Touring All-Season) 235/65 R17 would be one I'd consider. Original Bridgestone is 28.9 overall diameter, while the Continental is 29.0.
Do you think this would cause more than a 1% difference in speedo reading? Also, thinking that the slightly larger diameter might offset MPG difference that might be induced by wider tread.
Saturday, March 21, 2015 by Ruben

Can I use 245 70 R17 for mazda cx7?
Monday, March 23, 2015 by hunter

Hi Ruben,
No. That size is too short.
Monday, March 23, 2015 by hunter

Hi Will,
I would not expect there to be a detectable difference with a diameter difference of .1 inches.
Monday, May 11, 2015 by jessica

just had my mazda 2010 cx7 tires replaced. all 4, but is making a noise when I drive it especially when the road is nice and paved, it sounds like 1 window was open in the back and the other windows were closed, almost like a plane parpellar. is that normal? thank you.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by hunter

Hi Jessica,
that doesn't sound normal. If you purchased from Tire Rack, please contact us to discuss options. If bought somewhere else you can try that retailer or the tire manufacturer.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 by ash

can i use 215-70-17 on uplander van From 225-65-17
Friday, May 15, 2015 by hunter

Hi Ash,
I am afraid the 215/70R15 will be too tall
Friday, June 12, 2015 by Marc

When switching to the 235/65/17; what do you do about the spare? Can you run with the spare for short distances even though it is different size?
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by hunter

Temporary spares are designed for 50 miles at 50 mph and are usually quite a bit different in overall diameter than the original tires. You will be fine in that short term scenario.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by Bob Duraski

I have someone giging away good tires. Although it sounds to good to be true, I'm going to ask anyway. I have a 2011 Mazada CX-7 & the tires are 255/55/R17 any chancev these will work?
Monday, October 5, 2015 by jojo

can i use 235/40 r18 for my mazda cx7 which has an oem tire size of 235/60 r18?
Saturday, October 10, 2015 by Phil

Can I use a 235 / 70 / 16 winter tire on a 2010 cx7?
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by hunter

Hi Phil,
The 235/70R16 looks like a good size for the CX-7
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by hunter

Hi JoJo,
I am sorry but 235/40R18 will be too short for the CX-7
Sunday, October 18, 2015 by bruce

Would I be able to use 235/70/r16 for winter tires? I just need to get rims.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by hunter

Hi Bruce,
Yes the 235/70R16 will work.
Friday, October 30, 2015 by spanky

Installed the 235/65R17 Kuhmo Crugen Premium tires on my 2011 CX-7 and they are a great fit. The car handles better and looks better. The 235 is 2cm wider than the OEM 215 tire but their diameters are only a couple mm off. (The 225 /65R17 has a significantly smaller diameter, but should also work.) I was not happy with the OEM tires and there are NO options with other manufactures. Thanks for the good advice.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 by Gord

How about Michelin X 205/60/16?
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 by Jonah

I'm looking at a used set for my Mazda CX7. Will 225/60r17 winters work?
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by hunter

Hi Gord,
Those are too short
Thursday, December 17, 2015 by Edward

I have right now a set o 235/65 17 tires on my 2011 CX-7. Everything is just fine so far with these tires. I am planning to do one of these two changes:
1. Replace all four tires for 235/60 17 trying to get a lower profile in the look.
2. Replace the wheels/tires package for the 19 inches wheels that comes with the 2015 Mazda 6 and use 235/55 19 tires on it.

Will these two options work for me?
Sunday, January 10, 2016 by James

Happy New Year! I am a returning customer. I too am looking for 4 replacement tires for my wife's 2011 CX-7. Will any 235 or 225/65 17 tire sold on TireRack fit the vehicle or are there limitations based on the manufacturer's specs?
Monday, January 11, 2016 by Sandy

I have 235-65-r17 on my 2010 cx-7. I need to replace them. Can a 235-70-r17 be used? Thank you!
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by hunter

The size defines the dimensions, so they will all be fine.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by hunter

I believe the 70 will be too big.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 by Max

I am a big fan of BFG All-Terrain T/A KO's, will a size LT245/70R17 fit on my 2011 Mazda CX-7? Compared to the reccomended alternative tire size of 235/65R17, the BFG's would be 1.48" more in diameter and only 0.39" more in width.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 by Jr

I just installed 4 Nexen Rodian Pro 245 65r 17 and it has been the best decision I have made for my 2010 Mazda CX-7. No rubbing makes my suv look more rugged and adds about 2-3 inches in height give or take
Monday, April 11, 2016 by Ali

Hunter, thanks so much for the alternate size recommendation!

My story is a tad different as I don't own a CX-7.
I have a '05 Mazda Tribute (Ford Escape) that came factory with 235/70R16s, but I wanted to upgrade the wheels to 17".
Well, Ford's suggestion was 225/65R17s which would have had some variance in speedometer readings.
I kept searching for a better option and landed here.

The 235/65R17 is only 0.3 % change over the factory 235/70R16, so I really don't know why Ford kept pushing out the 225/65R17 for the pre-2013 Escapes.
I doubt there would be any rubbing with full turns in and out of parking stalls, but I'll find out soon when I buy them.
Saturday, April 16, 2016 by Jacob

I own a 2010 Mazda CX-7 and just got all four tires replaced with Michelin Latitude Tour 225/65R17 since 2 of the tires were bald and I HAD to get new tires to pass inspection due to tread. My questions are; are these good tires in general & my other question is ; were these tires a good choice for my CX-7, will they hold up & will they perform well in daily commutes to work and weekend rides to my family's house (approximately 40 miles one way) ?

Sunday, October 2, 2016 by antonio

I joust bought a 2010 mazda cx 7 and looking already for winter tires.
my friend has same car and he is happy with his Michelin x ice 235 60 r16.

looking some preview post seams that 60 are too short.
I have similar tires already and that could be a big save!
can I use 235 60 r16?

Friday, October 14, 2016 by Keith

I have a 2010 Mazda CX 7 and tried to replace 2 rear tires to a different size so I could upgrade, they were wore more than the front and after 1 mile of driving my speedometer went to zero and the engine light came on, car kept running with no problem, drove back to dealer and had to go back to original size to clear engine light and speedometer started working again. Would this happen if I replace all four to a different size? I really want to upgrade and get away from the original size.
Sunday, October 16, 2016 by Jorge

Just bought a 2011 Mazda CX-7 and looking to change winter tires. I have 4 winter tires,215/70R16 used in 2002 Saturn Vue, can I use these winter tires in Mazda CX-7?
Monday, October 17, 2016 by Hunter Leffel

I believe that size is too small for the CX-7
Monday, October 17, 2016 by Hunter Leffel

If you do all 4 the same size, you should be OK.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 by David

Is there any significant impact on MPG by switching to 235/65R17 from the original size? Thanks.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by Hunter Leffel

I wouldn't expect a significant impact om MPG
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by Arvind

How long will it take continental DWS all season to ship to St louis?
Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Chanel

I need to replace all four tires on my 2010 mazda cx7. What is a good tire to use. I live out on a farm, with dirt and gravel roads. I work in the city but the road condition can be advirse dur to weather and road detioration.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by Andre


Can I put a set of 225/45R18 on my 2011 CX-7 without any rubbing etc?
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Hunter Leffel

Hi Chanel,
What size tire are you running?
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Hunter Leffel

Hi Andre,
That size looks too short for the vehicle. Rubbing would not be an issue with a smaller tire
Friday, March 17, 2017 by Nick

Hey, I'm looking at the 275/55R17 size for my CX-7 which ran the 215/70R17 originaly. I know they are the same diameter, but they would be quite a bit wider. Do you know if there would be a rubbing issue?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Hunter Leffel

I think those are too wide to fit without rubbing
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by Trey

I'm looking at getting 4 Nexen Rodian Pro 245 65r 17. Would these be too wide for the frame?
Friday, June 23, 2017 by Paul

I have a Mazda cx7 that has 235/55 r19 tires... Would you reccomend the general grabber hts60 tires for it.... Getting ready to buy some new tires and having a hard time deciding, also looking at the Firestone destination l2
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


I like both tires, both tested well, you really can't go wrong with either and they are nearly the same price, however currently there is a mail in rebate on the Firestone that may make it the way to go:
Sunday, October 22, 2017 by Erwin

I'm using 225/60r17 on my CX 7 is it ok?
Monday, November 6, 2017 by Doug

Will a 2007 CX-7 take a 235/65 R18 size? recommended is 235/60R18
Friday, December 8, 2017 by Lidia

I have a 2007 Mazda CX-7 wanted to purchase winter tires BFG t/a will 225/65/17 fit? Or would you recommend the BFG slalow 235/65/17? Thanks
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Lidia: Either size will work on the CX-7. The narrower tire would be best as a winter tire as they cut through deeper snow easier.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by Jessica

I have a 2010 Mazda CX-7 and I'm needing new tires and alterative tires for this year?
Saturday, January 6, 2018 by Josh

I have a 2011 Mazda CX-7 with 215/70R17 tires on it. I just bought 4- 235/66R17 tires. Took my vehicle to Walmart and they said that the tires wouldn’t fit on the wheels. Would 225/65R17 work?
Sunday, January 7, 2018 by Rey Bias

Can i use 225 65 17 to my Mazda cx7 2007 with Original tire of 235 60 18
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Jessica: If you have the size 215/70R17 on it now, you can go with the more popular size 225/65R17 to get more options. The highest-rated overall is the Michelin Premier LTX. Click here for current pricing:
Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Josh, both sizes would fit your Mazda CX-7 if you have the stock wheels. If you bought the tires from us, you can take them to one of our preferred installers and they would put them on. Click below to find a location near you.
Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Rey Bias, that would be a good size for the Mazda CX7 if you have 17-inch wheels. The stock was 18-inch.
Thursday, January 18, 2018 by Kris

Have a 2011 CX-7 with 215/70R17 Bridgestone Duelers. Would switching to a 235/65R17 Cooper Discoverer SRX work and would that be a good alternate tire for the weight of the CX-7? Thank you
Friday, January 19, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Kris, the size 235/65R17 is a good size for the Mazda CX-7 and does have a higher load capacity than the 215/70R17 original tire.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 by Randy

Would 225/55R17 work for a 2010 CX-7?
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Randy, no that would be too short, a recommended size for 17-inch wheels on your Mazda CX-7 would be 225/65R17.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by Michelle Fletcher

Will switching to the alternate size cause variance with speedometer registering the accurate speed?
Friday, March 16, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Michelle Fletcher, yes, it can. However, in the alternate sizes, we recommend it would not be that much difference. There are tire speed calculators online you can input sizes and see exactly.
Monday, April 23, 2018 by Ric

Have the standard 215/70r17 on my 2011 CX-7. Would going to 215/60r17 work? Thanks
Monday, April 30, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Ric, no, that is almost two inches shorter and would not be recommended.
Sunday, May 13, 2018 by Jesse

I was given 225/60r17 from a friend and was wondering if these would be a good fit for my 2010 cx-7.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Jesse, that size is over an inch shorter than stock, not recommended. Speedometer and odometer would be fast and the load rating could be an issue.
Friday, June 1, 2018 by sheen

i have a 2009 mazda cx7 with 235/65/r18 but like to get a set of winter tires and rim in size 17,what are the right size to sub for 18ins?thanks
Friday, June 8, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Sheen, the winter size we recommend in 17-inch would be the 215/70R17. Follow the link to put together a winter package.

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