2012 Honda Crosstour summer tire replacement
2012 Honda Crosstour
I have a 2012 Honda Crosstour V6 AWD - summer tires are 225 60 R18. The car rides pretty high which is nice in the Winter but I would like to lower it a bit in summer by perhaps going to a 225 55 R18 tire. I know it isn't a lot but it would help. Will this hurt the AWD in any way or should I just live with the originals?
The big issue with the 2012 Honda Crosstour, or any other 4x4 vehicle is the fact that you need to keep the same tire diameter on all 4 wheels to avoid causing any damages to the drive train.
So if you are planning to change all 4 tires to the 225/55 size instead of the higher 225/60's you will not be violating that rule, but you should consider what is happening with your spare tire. Ideally you should have a spare which is compatible with the rest of the tires that are on the vehicle.
You didn't really explain why you want to make this switch.
If it is purely for appearances sake and you want a slightly lower profile look, you might consider a 235/55 tire, which is even closer in size to your original and would have less of an impact on your speedometer reading and increase in fuel consumption which comes from using a smaller tire. In fact a 245/55 would be an even better swap because the difference is practically non-existent.