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15 vs 16 - wheel sizes - pros and cons

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Old 06-22-2019, 12:47 AM
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15 vs 16 - wheel sizes - pros and cons

Alright - so my searching ability are inferior, so I thought I'd start a poll & feedback thread (and for my selfish wants as I debate which choice to go with myself).

15 vs 16 in wheels - pros / cons / experiences... go!
 
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Old 06-22-2019, 09:57 PM
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It’s whatever you prefer really. I think 16’s look perfect on the Fit. If you are an mpg warrior then 15’s might be better. Taller sidewall with 15’s so maybe a softer ride (depends on tire). Better road feel and turn in with 16’s (tire dependent also).
 
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Old 06-22-2019, 11:59 PM
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15 inch wheels

Pros...

Typically lighter and cheaper for both wheels and tires. At this time there are a LOT more tire choices for 15s in both 195/55 and 205/50 configurations than in 16s as per Tire Rack. Generally a softer ride as well due to thicker sidewalls.

Cons...

Depending on tire and its size, sidewall flex. You'll have a softer and "looser" ride depending on the tire due to again sidewall flex.

16 inch wheels

Pros...

Like previously mentioned, the thinner tires that naturally come with 16s (205/45 to be specific as per Honda's accessory tire size) can have better road feel and feedback due to the smaller sidewall (allowing less flex). Visually speaking, 16s are the "better looking" wheel/tire combo to go to with the GD (but to each their own).

Cons...

Wheels and tires are generally a little more expensive as well as heavier. There are less tire choices than the 15s if you run the accessory size of 205/45R16 and MUCH less if you run a 215/45R16 (literally 3 tire options as per Tire Rack... LOL) which is closer to the factory 195/55R15. Ride will be firmer than with 15s due to again sidewall thickness but manageable depending on tire choice.
 
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Old 06-29-2019, 09:56 PM
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great feedback by all - surprised that not more took a stand on their favorite flavor

but all good points!

And Hootie - I'm not following your build thread as I really like what you've done with yours. Although I don't know if I'll go the S/C (as much as I would love to - maybe some day?), but I loved the DD build mentality
 
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Old 06-30-2019, 01:16 PM
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Can't really add a whole lot to what was said above.

In my opinion, 15's ride better and 16's look better. Beyond that there's a slight performance gain from 16's due to the lower profile tires, but that gain gets taken away by the extra weight.

For us, we chose 16's with 205/45's. The decrease in ride comfort is worth it to us for the visual impact.

 
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