I will be buying a winter tire / wheel / tpms package soon. My research revealed that in the Blizzak WS70 (excellent and popular dedicated winter tire) on the 16's, they are only 0.2" narrower. I am going with the 15's. Those are 1" narrower. Granted, the tire will be poorer in dry road / performance driving with the 15's, but here in northern Maine, I need superior winter snow and ice traction. Narrower tire = better winter "bite". The 16's will have better dry road performance, so there is a trade off.thanks so much for the info, geezer!
i will start searching for the 16's.
I hear you. It probably will be annoying. Where I live though, public works is often unable to keep up with storms and the road gets 3" of ice hard snow that freezes into hellish holes and ruts. I'm banking on the 15's taking a bit of that sting. 16's would definitely handle better.If the 15" wheels clear the rotors then they are indeed another valid snow tire option. My only concern is that the 195/65-15's (proper 15" size for a 12) will handle quite differently than the 215/50-17 that come with the titanium package (due to the much taller sidewalls combined with the squishy winter tire pattern. Dealing with one feature is bad enough but two could be annoying).
My winter drive takes me through highway 401 which gets plowed 24/7 - I guess i can go for the 16"s (bolt pattern 5x108, offset +50). My dealer advises 205/60/16 for the winter tires.
Hope I am getting my specs right.
Thanks for the input, Geezer!The diameter for the stock tire sizes is or is close to 25". That's what you should try to maintain. Being within a few tenths of that (more or less) is rarely if ever an issue. I believe the 205/60-16 are just slightly smaller in diameter than stock 16's and should be fine.