2014 Mazda CX-5: Seventeens Are Enough
June 21, 2013
The 19-inch wheels on our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring sure are pretty, but for me, the sacrifice in ride quality just isn't worth it.
I remember thinking the same thing almost two years ago when I drove a bunch of European-spec CX-5 prototypes. Those vehicles all had summer tires (because Europeans are willing to slap on a set of snow tires when the ground freezes, I'm told), but the ones with 19-inch wheels and tires were a little too harsh over bumps for my liking whereas the ones with 17s were acceptably compliant.
Here in the U.S. our Mazda CX-5s have all-season tires, so the trade-off in ride quality with these P225/55R19 99V Toyos is even less tolerable. If I'm not going to have much in the way of cornering grip anyway, then make mine a CX-5 Touring model with the 17-inch wheel/tire package. No, the wheels won't be as snazzy, but I've given up on being fashionable.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 9,856 miles