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Old 01-16-2013, 11:59 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by ralck View Post
I thought I saw at one point on Ford Parts (or some similar site) that the 16" SE Sport wheels were 22 pounds each and the 17" SE Appearance wheels (2013 201A package) were 24 pounds each. I have no idea if this is accurate and I can't find it again (yet) to verify.

I also am not sure what the weight difference between a 215/55/R16 vs a 215/50/R17 tire is?
We debated this on another thread a while back. IIRC both are between 20 and 22 lbs.

Car and Driver did a study on this. They showed predictably that increasing wheel diameters on the same car resulted in increasingly slower accelerations and lower fuel economy. But reducing the wheel/tire weight by 5 lbs (e.g. 18in to 16in) increased acceleration by 0.2 seconds and fuel economy by 1 mpg (4.5%). Not really a great tradeoff for giving up some handling ability.
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