Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Milwaukee, WI, USA
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I agree that the 16" stock wheels don't look the best and don't do any favors for the handling. After having several previous Mazdas with 17" and 18" wheels, though, I was kinda done with the big wheels with low-profile tires. The roads around here in Milwaukee are in very poor condition and these bigger aluminum OEM wheel/tire combos Mazda uses just do not hold up. I don't know how many bent rims I've had over the years that have caused balance issues, slow leaks, damaged TPMS sensors, etc. One was bent badly enough that the tire went flat in about a minute.
So, this time around, I made the decision to go with the 16" wheels as my preferred option and was one reason I chose the Touring trim instead of the Grand Touring.
Strangely, though, when you look at the Mazda accessory site, the stock silver 16" and black 18" wheels and several other options all cost the same $300 ea. with the exception of the base 16" steel wheels. Odd that they make the bigger wheels a premium option when they apparently cost the same as the smaller wheels. I suppose the lower-profile 18" tires are usually more expensive for whatever reason, despite being made with less material, but I wouldn't expect it to be a huge price difference.
Edit: I'd love to see what the 18" stock wheels from the new CX-5 look like on here.
Edit again: Ever think about painting your brake calipers? Red calipers would look great there, I think.
Last edited by Vipre77; 05-15-2016 at 01:25 AM.