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I ordered my MKC AWD 2.3 with the standard 18" wheels, but am having second thoughts -- those 19" wheels look awesome in comparison. However, I'm concerned that the 19" wheels will give a rougher ride, be noisier, and perhaps lower gas mileage a bit. Any thoughts/advice out there on this?
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I had the same thinking as you. But after a few research, I went 19" for a few reason.

First of all, the 18" tire is 50 in height. The 19" is 45. So, there's really not that much difference if you compared it with a 60, which is not an option.

Then, the 5 spoke 19" wheel just looks much better. The 20" looks plain ghetto IMO , and will definitely be harsher @ 40 in tire height.
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You could get the 20's
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the 20s are by FAR my favorite wheel choice, however I'm not a fan of the eventual tire cost on low pro 20's. You're looking at easily north of $1000 for 4 new shoes, no thank you..
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I planned to go with the 19's had I proceeded with my order, primarily because I prefer the looks. In theory, the 18's should give you a more comfortable ride, but given the MKC's comfort-oriented suspension I'll be surprised if most people can even feel the difference. There is 1/2" less sidewall to protect the wheels when you step up to the 19" option, so that would be a bigger concern for me, and the main reason I wouldn't personally consider the 20's. (You may have heard ... we have a few potholes here in Michigan.) You might want to look at what tires are available in each size before you make a final decision. 19's aren't as common as 18's or 20's, so you may find better tire options if you stay away from the 19" option.
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I planned to go with the 19's had I proceeded with my order, primarily because I prefer the looks. In theory, the 18's should give you a more comfortable ride, but given the MKC's comfort-oriented suspension I'll be surprised if most people can even feel the difference. There is 1/2" less sidewall to protect the wheels when you step up to the 19" option, so that would be a bigger concern for me, and the main reason I wouldn't personally consider the 20's. (You may have heard ... we have a few potholes here in Michigan.) You might want to look at what tires are available in each size before you make a final decision. 19's aren't as common as 18's or 20's, so you may find better tire options if you stay away from the 19" option.
18's are the best value. 19's and 20's are both quite expensive especially for the rubber band esque tires they wear!
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Ordered the 19" wheels & drive "pothole country"! In looking at extended warranties, I see there's now a wheel & tire add-on listed. Most coverage of the tires looks like a duplication, but after reading some of your comments above, I'm wondering if more likely to damage these wheels than the 17" wheels on the Zephyr. Thanks for any words of wisdom.
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Ordered the 19" wheels & drive "pothole country"! In looking at extended warranties, I see there's now a wheel & tire add-on listed. Most coverage of the tires looks like a duplication, but after reading some of your comments above, I'm wondering if more likely to damage these wheels than the 17" wheels on the Zephyr. Thanks for any words of wisdom.
do you know what the aspect or sidewall ratio is on your 17" zephyr wheels? Would be easier to compare that way

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Thx, Humpty . . . The Zephyr tires were: P225 / 50 R / 17 93V
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Awesome 20" Wheels have arrived!

Check out these gorgeous wheels. Really gives this small SUV a commanding stance!
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