Will larger tires work

Will larger tires work

by Jason
(Montreal,canada )

I have a 2014 Kia Rio hatchback and I am currently on tires that are 185/65/r16. My dad wants to give me brand new tires and rims but they are 215/65/r16. Would this work on my car? Or since they are a higher tire I would have issues using them?

Editorial Comment:

You should use our Tire Size Calculator to get more information about these tires.

Essentially, using a larger tire you should expect to have a speedometer error and a reduction of fuel used. In your case the difference in both would be over 6%, which is more than I normally recommend. The ideal is to choose a tire which is exactly the same diameter even though the width may change. Your closest size for this would be 215/55/R16. Using this would give you no problems except possibly clearance causing rubbing with the car body.

You may also find there is a clearance problem with the size you originally mentioned. If it looks like there isn't much room with the smaller tires it's best to avoid anything larger. If you're not sure, try to do a test fitting in the wheel wells that seem to be the smallest. This is the best way to ensure that rubbing is not going to be a problem.


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