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Should i Switch to 15" Wheels & Tires Instead to improve ride quality and resistance to bumps/potholes? Because the similar sized 2015 Honda Fit has 15" wheels.
 

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I would be shocked if 15 wheels would make much of a difference to justify the $500 cost for wheels and $500 for tires.

Hondas have softer suspensions and are not designed for the sporty drive of a Mazda.

Now if you were asking about going to 18 wheels, I would say that ride quality would suffer.
 

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I would be shocked if 15 wheels would make much of a difference to justify the $500 cost for wheels and $500 for tires.

Hondas have softer suspensions and are not designed for the sporty drive of a Mazda.

Now if you were asking about going to 18 wheels, I would say that ride quality would suffer.
Really? Because i test drove both and the Fit had a smoother ride, & legendary Honda handling, but idk if that's because it was low on air (tire pressure light was on) Our 2012 Honda Odyssey btw is terrible on bumps & potholes, we had to get the lifetime alignment deal from Firestone because it's always being knocked-outta alignment. The streets where i live aren't maintained and the soil here is hard as rock. i live in AZ.

Btw, according to Scotty Kilmer, tires absorb 50% of the shock. And newer cars in general have bigger wheels with near low-profile or low-profile design. Which Scotty hates.
 

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I agree the Fit has a smoother ride. I won’t comment on the Honda handling. Honda tends to be softer and Mazda tends to be more sporty. Drive a Honda Civic and a Mazda3 (preferably the last generation to 2018) and I bet you find the drive of the two Honda’s to be similar and the iA to be similar to the Mazda. I prefer the tighter drive of the Mazda. I feel I have better control of the car.
I would bet a Mazda with 15 inch wheels would be bumpier than a Honda with 18 inch wheels. But just my opinions.
 

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Really? Because i test drove both and the Fit had a smoother ride, & legendary Honda handling, but idk if that's because it was low on air (tire pressure light was on) Our 2012 Honda Odyssey btw is terrible on bumps & potholes, we had to get the lifetime alignment deal from Firestone because it's always being knocked-outta alignment. The streets where i live aren't maintained and the soil here is hard as rock. i live in AZ.

Btw, according to Scotty Kilmer, tires absorb 50% of the shock. And newer cars in general have bigger wheels with near low-profile or low-profile design. Which Scotty hates.
And our Odyssey has 17" wheels.

the 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport RWD truck i had had 14-15" wheels, you could run over anythinn with that and not feel anything. I even ran over a tire with it while on the highway and it just made a loud noise and kept on going. 👏🏽😎😃
 

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I agree the Fit has a smoother ride. I won’t comment on the Honda handling. Honda tends to be softer and Mazda tends to be more sporty. Drive a Honda Civic and a Mazda3 (preferably the last generation to 2018) and I bet you find the drive of the two Honda’s to be similar and the iA to be similar to the Mazda. I prefer the tighter drive of the Mazda. I feel I have better control of the car.
I would bet a Mazda with 15 inch wheels would be bumpier than a Honda with 18 inch wheels. But just my opinions.
And i specifically mean, smaller wheel but thicker tire wall. If that makes sense. Like 185/70R15 or 75 thickness.
 

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15 X 5.5 In. Wheels i want. With 185/65R15 84T Tires. 65 thickness is prob. playing it safe.
Should i Switch to 15" Wheels & Tires Instead to improve ride quality and resistance to bumps/potholes? Because the similar sized 2015 Honda Fit has 15" wheels.
The LX 2015 Fit has 15" but the EX has 16". It seems the higher trim usually has lower profile wheels. 🤔

 

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One of the base 2020 Toyota Yaris's (no ia) comes with 15 inch wheels.
185/65/15.
If you change your wheels for the 15's, just sell the 16's to even out the cost if you like the 15's enough.

Someone let me know if this alone works. I feel that it needs a wider tire with a slightly smaller aspect ratio tbh. More area to smooth out bumps.
But someone let me know if the 15inch helps.
 

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I almost forgot that the Honda Fit, being a hatchback, it would have more ground clearance, and does, so i think that also adds to the smoother ride. 🤔
 

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Honestly bro, just find some cheap used ones online. Try it out, if you don't like it, sell em.
You're right, i currently don't have the $ to switch it and it rides okay, smoother than our 2012 Honda Odyssey, but perhaps when we replace the tires in the future we'll do it. 🤔
i like my cars to ride like a cloud, i don't care much about handling. Here in AZ and out west, everything's pretty much straight-line driving. Im not trying to race anybody...
 

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Oh shoot bro, your best bet is probably gonna be air suspension then.
Big $$$$$$$ but, kits are available for this car. You'll literally be riding on a cloud and can keep the same wheels or go even bigger.
 
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