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I tried out my MS6 wheels that were laying around on the CX-3 and I actually think they look better than on the MS6, haha. The tires are super worn old Conti Extreme Contacts (225/45/18). I really did not like the stock 16 yokohamas and this confirmed that further. Steering feel is better, and it no longer feels like I am driving on balloons. The one thing the yokos have going for them is that they are very quite compared to the worn contis. The tire size is so close to the stockers that I did not have to adjust the TPMS, and speedo is not affected. (sorry for the poor pics, I will try to upload better ones. My phone camera lens is scratched to hell!)
 

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16" wheels are wayyyy too dinky for the CX3 which has a big wheel arc. Visually its accentuated even more by the black plastic bits
 

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Looks outstanding!

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.
 

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Edit again: Ever think about painting your brake calipers? Red calipers would look great there, I think.
That is a good idea. I did this on the ms6 and it looked great. I might do a different color, maybe gloss black?

As to bad roads, I can relate! I lived in chicago for many years and have bent many wheels. I actually bent all four wheels on my speed miata and I didn't even know (I thought the vibrations were due to bad tires). When the tire shop was installing new tires they told me they can not balance the wheels. Wheels America did a great job fixing them, but I would rather not go through that again. On the CX-3, I think the 16s would be ok with a different tire. The yokos are just such a poor handling tire and they were really quite pathetic this past winter in dealing with snow.
 

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current my cx3 pair with oem rim with Toyo PXR40 215-50-18

driving experience, steering feel like very light on highway above 100km/h

exactly like other user report feel like driving a ballon.

if i change to 235/45/18 or 225/50/18 something like that will solve the steering problem ?
 

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Hi,


current my cx3 pair with oem rim with Toyo PXR40 215-50-18

driving experience, steering feel like very light on highway above 100km/h

exactly like other user report feel like driving a ballon.

if i change to 235/45/18 or 225/50/18 something like that will solve the steering problem ?
I changed my tires to 225/50/18 but haven't noticed any steering difference. I don't remember experiencing light steering feel like you mention though, so it could be something else.
 
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