More Tire Choices for Your 2013 Mazda CX-5

Variety may be the spice of life, but it's no fun for tire manufacturers. Tire production can be difficult for some manufacturers to produce the latest and greatest option for vehicles that have an odd size. Case in point: the 2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring's unusual 225/55R19.

If you're not happy with the few choices in this size, one option to consider is to install a different size. A proper replacement size must fit the Original Equipment rim, have a comparable diameter and meet your vehicle's load carrying capacity requirements. The optimal alternative size for most scenarios is 235/50R19. 235/50R19 is 28.3" in overall diameter and fits on the 19x7 O.E. rims without rubbing.

Using a different tire size like this isn't a radical change. It's about 1/2" wider and approximately 1/2" smaller in diameter. However, there will be some negligible speedometer differences of 1.4% (your speedometer will overestimate your actual speed by 0.8 mph at 60 mph).

By going to this alternative size, you now have an extra ten options to choose from. Are you a Michelin fan? You can run their 235/50R19 Primacy MXV4. Did you love the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza on your last SUV? Its replacement, the Dueler H/L Alenza Plus, is available in 235/50R19.

235/50-19 Grand Touring All-Season Michelin Primacy MXV4 $264**
Michelin Primacy MXV4
Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus $169**
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus

For more information on changing your Original Equipment tire size, read "Speedometer Accuracy."


Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Stewart

Will 235 55 19 fit as alternate size for my Mazda CX 5? Thank you
Thursday, March 12, 2015 by cy

Stewart, 235/55-19 is taller than what we've test fit on your CX-5 so there's a risk of rubbing. Thanks. Cy
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Jason

What's the best tire to go with for these 19" wheels for snow, but without going to a dedicated snow tire? So something all season but better in the snow. I've been looking at 235/50, 235/55, and even 255/50. Not sure what to do! Thanks.
Thursday, September 17, 2015 by cy

Jason, we now have some decent 225/55-19 choices. Dedicated snows will always give you the best snow grip but we were very impressed by the Continental TrueContact's snow test performance so they would be the best choice for the Northeast, see:

They are available in 225/55-19.

Thanks. Cy.
Monday, October 12, 2015 by Alex

You guys test fit on a 2013 model...from what I have read 2014 models are the same with respect to wheel well opening / rims - do you concur?
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Cy

Alex , you are correct, wheels, tires, suspension are the same so the above information applies to 2014 as well. Thanks. Cy.

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