I was tired of squealing the stock Michelin eco tires every time I started from a stop, or making a turn, or on an on-ramp or off-ramp. The combined gas/electric 188hp is more than my Acura Integra GS-R from 20 years ago, so why not have some fun!? With some 4th of July deals at DiscountTireDirect, I finally pulled the trigger on new wheels and tires for my Cmax!
Our stock wheels are 17x8; I wanted to go one step larger and wider, and ended up with bronze Konig 18x8.5 Hypergrams, which weigh 17.8 pounds each (according to Konig). For tires, I wanted Max Performance tires; on an 8.5" width rim, 245-40-18 is recommended (stock tires are 225-50-17). Went with Pirelli Pzero Nero GT, which is ranked #4 in TireRack's Max Performance ratings.
When swapping the wheels last night, I weighed the wheel/tire combo: The stock wheel/tire was 39 pounds, while the new wheel/tire was 34 pounds. So lower weight, wider tire, more grip.
Initial impressions: the new tires are louder, but no more squealing/more grip. Really fun to drive!
I will report back on any changes in all-electric distance; I am currently at 18 miles on a full battery (according to the readout).