Alternative Tire Size for Your Mazda Miata Mazdaspeed

In 2004 and 2005 Mazda offered a Mazdaspeed version of the Miata that featured a turbo charged motor and 17" wheels and tires. With a 0 - 60 mph time of 6.2 seconds and an upgraded suspension, this a performance machine. Unfortunately, the 205/40R17 size deployed with the car is somewhat lacking in performance tire options -- many of the top choices in the Max Performance Summer category aren't available in this size. However, we have found that 205/45R17 is also a fit for the vehicle. It is in this size that you'll find the big hitters in this particular performance category.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super
Bridgestone Potenza S04 Pol Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole
Continental ExtremeContact DW
Continental ExtremeContact

We have tested the Super Sport against the Potenza S-04 Pole Position twice, with the Continental ExtremeContact DW included in one of those comparisons. Each time the undisputed king is the Pilot Super Sport. When backed into a corner to find a needed improvement for the tire, the ride comfort is a bit harsher when encountering a large impact when compared to some other selections. The Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position's performance comes up just shy while delivering a bit less harshness. Continental's ExtremeContact DW was the leader for ride comfort, but has a little less responsiveness for those performance drivers.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012 by phil diwilliams

thanks for the alternate tire size recommendation for my mazda cx-7, i have ordered them from tire rack
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.
Friday, June 1, 2018 by kirk kosey

Help I’m looking for tires on my 2004 Miata mazdaspeed I was wondering if I can use 225/45zr17 on my ride. Is there any problems using this setup I would like to get a more contact from a wider tire . Please let me know if I can go that route.
Monday, June 4, 2018 by Frank

Have a 2009 Mazda CX7 it has 235 60 18. Can I put 225 50 18 on it
Friday, June 8, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Kirk Kosey, that size would not likely work without modification. The biggest we could guarantee would be the 215/40R17.
Friday, June 8, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Frank, that size is over 2 inches shorter than what came on it, it is not recommended.

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