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Did anyone here try the accord sport 19" rims on an Hybrid?


How is the ride?
How fuel efficiency is affected?
More fragile in pot holes?
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Did anyone here try the accord sport 19" rims on an Hybrid?


How is the ride? -
How fuel efficiency is affected?
More fragile in pot holes?
Acceleration?
I don't have the 19" sport rims. I have the 19" chrome rims. The wheels came equipped with 245/35/19 tires vs the 235/40/19 tires with the sport. The ride quality is very good. I'm sure if's much stiffer than the 17s. Since I have had them on the car from day 1, it has never seemed harsh. Bumps are not as well damped but it's to be expected with such a short sidewall. The positives are corner is very good. The footprint of the tire is quite wide and taking an on ramp at higher slightly higher speeds make me smile.

Fuel economy is not great. During the winter months in Mississippi, I was averaging around 35mpg. There was two things going on. The temps were in the low 30s at times and the tires were under inflated when delivered. The suggested air pressure is a minimum of 38psi cold for the 19s vs 33psi for the 17 inch tire. I didn't think the tires were under inflated but in February I checked the pressure and found the tires at 32psi. This is where tire pressure readings at the push of a button would have been helpful. I increased the pressure to 40psi and my mileage increased from 35mpg to 38 mpg. Once March came and the temps warmed, I began getting around 39mpg. Now that it's June, I am averaging just over 40mpg. After saying all of that, it may not be the larger wheel size. I drive 40 miles each way to work of which 30 miles is highway driving. The speed limit is 70 mph. This hybrid system seems to hate going more than 65. I drive with my cruise control set at 70mph and regularly achieve close to 40mpg. A few times I have slowed down to 68 for the entire trip and and my mileage went to 43mpg each time. Also when doing strictly city driving I easily achieve the 47 mpg city rating. All of being said, I don't know how much the 19 inch wheels are affecting fuel economy.

Regarding pot holes, fortunately it doesn't get very cold in Mississippi so there are not a lot of potholes. I slowdown for speed bumps and railroad tracks as the short side wall would almost guarantee damage at higher speeds.

If acceleration is affected it would have to be minimal. In normal driving it seems to be as quick as the demo I drove with 17 inchers.

I hope that helps. I am very happy with the 19s. I get a lot of compliments and no one else in my area seems to have them. The main reason I didn't start with the sport 19s was the dealer told me they would not fit when I was purchasing the car. I later found that to be false. I chalked that up to being misinformed and not an intentional falsehood. I'm okay with it as my car is more unique with the optional chrome wheels.
 

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19" wheels on hybrid

Thanks for the information, as I think they look better than the 17" wheels. Performance-wise, I was wondering about the affect on mpg. The service guys at my dealership advised against changing to 19" wheels because they said it would affect mpg by as much as 10-15 mpg!!


I don't have the 19" sport rims. I have the 19" chrome rims. The wheels came equipped with 245/35/19 tires vs the 235/40/19 tires with the sport. The ride quality is very good. I'm sure if's much stiffer than the 17s. Since I have had them on the car from day 1, it has never seemed harsh. Bumps are not as well damped but it's to be expected with such a short sidewall. The positives are corner is very good. The footprint of the tire is quite wide and taking an on ramp at higher slightly higher speeds make me smile.

Fuel economy is not great. During the winter months in Mississippi, I was averaging around 35mpg. There was two things going on. The temps were in the low 30s at times and the tires were under inflated when delivered. The suggested air pressure is a minimum of 38psi cold for the 19s vs 33psi for the 17 inch tire. I didn't think the tires were under inflated but in February I checked the pressure and found the tires at 32psi. This is where tire pressure readings at the push of a button would have been helpful. I increased the pressure to 40psi and my mileage increased from 35mpg to 38 mpg. Once March came and the temps warmed, I began getting around 39mpg. Now that it's June, I am averaging just over 40mpg. After saying all of that, it may not be the larger wheel size. I drive 40 miles each way to work of which 30 miles is highway driving. The speed limit is 70 mph. This hybrid system seems to hate going more than 65. I drive with my cruise control set at 70mph and regularly achieve close to 40mpg. A few times I have slowed down to 68 for the entire trip and and my mileage went to 43mpg each time. Also when doing strictly city driving I easily achieve the 47 mpg city rating. All of being said, I don't know how much the 19 inch wheels are affecting fuel economy.

Regarding pot holes, fortunately it doesn't get very cold in Mississippi so there are not a lot of potholes. I slowdown for speed bumps and railroad tracks as the short side wall would almost guarantee damage at higher speeds.

If acceleration is affected it would have to be minimal. In normal driving it seems to be as quick as the demo I drove with 17 inchers.

I hope that helps. I am very happy with the 19s. I get a lot of compliments and no one else in my area seems to have them. The main reason I didn't start with the sport 19s was the dealer told me they would not fit when I was purchasing the car. I later found that to be false. I chalked that up to being misinformed and not an intentional falsehood. I'm okay with it as my car is more unique with the optional chrome wheels.
 

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Thanks for the information, as I think they look better than the 17" wheels. Performance-wise, I was wondering about the affect on mpg. The service guys at my dealership advised against changing to 19" wheels because they said it would affect mpg by as much as 10-15 mpg!!
There are a couple of posts here somewhere from hybrid owners that describe losing 5-8 mpg on average as I recall. The addition of rotating mass further from the center and the additional unsprung weight can only create a negative as to gas mileage, acceleration, braking and ride quality. Remember your physics class from HS regarding the acceleration and deceleration of mass. Wheels are effectively 4 flywheels. Car and Driver magazine did a test on a VW using 15, 16, 17, and 18” wheels, all the same OD. I think April or May of 2010. Their numbers confirmed the above.

I have weighed my Sport Wheels. 31.5 lbs plus the tire. They are for sale. I replaced them with 18” aftermarket wheels weighing 21 lbs. Probably should have bought 17’s.
 

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I don't have the 19" sport rims. I have the 19" chrome rims. The wheels came equipped with 245/35/19 tires vs the 235/40/19 tires with the sport. The ride quality is very good. I'm sure if's much stiffer than the 17s. Since I have had them on the car from day 1, it has never seemed harsh. Bumps are not as well damped but it's to be expected with such a short sidewall. The positives are corner is very good. The footprint of the tire is quite wide and taking an on ramp at higher slightly higher speeds make me smile.

Fuel economy is not great. During the winter months in Mississippi, I was averaging around 35mpg. There was two things going on. The temps were in the low 30s at times and the tires were under inflated when delivered. The suggested air pressure is a minimum of 38psi cold for the 19s vs 33psi for the 17 inch tire. I didn't think the tires were under inflated but in February I checked the pressure and found the tires at 32psi. This is where tire pressure readings at the push of a button would have been helpful. I increased the pressure to 40psi and my mileage increased from 35mpg to 38 mpg. Once March came and the temps warmed, I began getting around 39mpg. Now that it's June, I am averaging just over 40mpg. After saying all of that, it may not be the larger wheel size. I drive 40 miles each way to work of which 30 miles is highway driving. The speed limit is 70 mph. This hybrid system seems to hate going more than 65. I drive with my cruise control set at 70mph and regularly achieve close to 40mpg. A few times I have slowed down to 68 for the entire trip and and my mileage went to 43mpg each time. Also when doing strictly city driving I easily achieve the 47 mpg city rating. All of being said, I don't know how much the 19 inch wheels are affecting fuel economy.

Regarding pot holes, fortunately it doesn't get very cold in Mississippi so there are not a lot of potholes. I slowdown for speed bumps and railroad tracks as the short side wall would almost guarantee damage at higher speeds.

If acceleration is affected it would have to be minimal. In normal driving it seems to be as quick as the demo I drove with 17 inchers.

I hope that helps. I am very happy with the 19s. I get a lot of compliments and no one else in my area seems to have them. The main reason I didn't start with the sport 19s was the dealer told me they would not fit when I was purchasing the car. I later found that to be false. I chalked that up to being misinformed and not an intentional falsehood. I'm okay with it as my car is more unique with the optional chrome wheels.
Thanks a lot for detailed informations.
 

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I can't understand buying a hybrid car whose main purpose is maximum fuel efficiency and then swapping for tires whose main purpose is exactly the opposite. Adding more weight, more rolling resistance and larger contact patch at each corner are all counter productive.

I've been looking into an Enkei 16" wheel at 13.7 pounds and Continental True Contact tire at 19 pounds per tire, 32.7 pounds per corner versus the 49.5 pounds of the stock wheel and tire. Saving 16.8 pounds per corner of unsprung weight is pretty huge.

Going from 225 to 205 width is a significant reduction in the "wall" of rubber that has to be pushed through the wind, another fuel saving factor that increases as the speed increases.

It's also much easier on the drivetrain to get them moving and the 19's are more difficult to get moving and to keep moving so more strain, wear and tear on the car every mile. YMMV, especially in this situation. :)
 

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I can't understand buying a hybrid car whose main purpose is maximum fuel efficiency and then swapping for tires whose main purpose is exactly the opposite. Adding more weight, more rolling resistance and larger contact patch at each corner are all counter productive.

I've been looking into an Enkei 16" wheel at 13.7 pounds and Continental True Contact tire at 19 pounds per tire, 32.7 pounds per corner versus the 49.5 pounds of the stock wheel and tire. Saving 16.8 pounds per corner of unsprung weight is pretty huge.

Going from 225 to 205 width is a significant reduction in the "wall" of rubber that has to be pushed through the wind, another fuel saving factor that increases as the speed increases.
When I got my '19 1.5L CVT I had the dealer tires taken off, sold them on Craigs, and put on Continental True Contacts. I think you'll like them they handle well.

On the OP: I live in the NE and when I got my '14 Accord instead of the Mazda 6 one reason was I didn't want low profile tires and the Mazda dealer I was talking to didn't give me any options. The Accord had a more normal profile tire.

If you're living in any kind of snow zone I wouldn't get 19 inch rims especially on a hybrid. The hybrids are roughly 250 lbs heavier than the LX so I guess that isn't huge, but it's directionally not the way you want to go if you're hitting a pothole and want the tire and wheel to survive.
 

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19 inch Wheels on Hybrid

Did anyone here try the accord sport 19" rims on an Hybrid?


How is the ride?
How fuel efficiency is affected?
More fragile in pot holes?
Acceleration?
I run 19 inch wheels with Michelin 235 / 40 /19 Pilot Sport 4 S tires...
the ride is harsher than the standard 17 inch wheels I feel
Fuel efficiency ranges between 40 - 42 mpg ( I run about 34 psi not the 38 psi on the door jam)
So far I have lost 2 front passeger tires to pot holes.... guess all the potholes in GA on right side LOL
Acceleration very good with better handling on curves
Hope this helps..... Hookga1949 Georgia... 2018 Hybrid Touring
 

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I can't understand buying a hybrid car whose main purpose is maximum fuel efficiency and then swapping for tires whose main purpose is exactly the opposite. Adding more weight, more rolling resistance and larger contact patch at each corner are all counter productive.

I've been looking into an Enkei 16" wheel at 13.7 pounds and Continental True Contact tire at 19 pounds per tire, 32.7 pounds per corner versus the 49.5 pounds of the stock wheel and tire. Saving 16.8 pounds per corner of unsprung weight is pretty huge.

Going from 225 to 205 width is a significant reduction in the "wall" of rubber that has to be pushed through the wind, another fuel saving factor that increases as the speed increases.

It's also much easier on the drivetrain to get them moving and the 19's are more difficult to get moving and to keep moving so more strain, wear and tear on the car every mile. YMMV, especially in this situation. :)
I didn't buy the hybrid just it because it gets great gas mileage. I got the hybrid because it has 20 more HP than the 1.5T AND it gets better gas mileage.
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How much do you feel they have hurt your MPG? I wanted the extra MPG, but almost didn't do a Hybrid, because I didn't like the look of the wheels. Surely the wheels don't cost too much MPG? Thanks.
 
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