Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Milwaukee, WI, USA
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MSRP/list price on all of the factory wheel options in all sizes and colors except for the 16" steelies are $300 each just for the wheel, is my understanding, so tires, mounting, and balancing would be extra and the OEM tires are not cheap. To add injury to insult, some people are finding their options for tires that fit the factory 18" wheels are very limited.
That pricing for the factory wheels is ridiculous, and if you ask me, there's better looking and cheaper aftermarket options available in size/width combinations with more readily-available tires to match.
Also, consider the road conditions where you live. In my experience with 3 Mazdas before this one, the bigger factory alloys from Mazda bend pretty easily, leading to slow leaks and/or balancing problems. I like the look of the bigger wheels, but I got tired of the bent rims on my Mazdas with the crappy road conditions here in Milwaukee and considered the 16" wheels on the Touring trim as a good thing to have around here. If you have good roads around you, then no worries. Go for the bigger wheels without fear.
His: 2018 Mazda6 Grand Touring, Machine Grey Metallic
Hers: 2016 CX-5 Sport, FWD, Reflex Blue