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I have a 2019 forte FE (I think, it’s a base model w hubcaps, IVT, heated seats/steering and lane keep its either an FE or LXS) I currently run 195 65r15s but I’m going to be getting new winter tires this season. Is there an issue putting 205s instead of 195s? The upper trims have 16s and 17s and I’m assuming the chassis/wheel well dimensions are the same. Just wondering
 

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First let me ask, why 205 wide tires? Generally, you want NARROWER tires for the winter to cut through snow better.

Also, 205 by itself means nothing, you need all 3 measurements to know what fits, the width (195), the aspect ratio (65) and the rim diameter (15).

If you run a 205/60-15, or even a 205/65-15, yes, they will fit. But my opinion is, you want narrower tires for the winter, not wider.
 
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Agree, stick to the 195/65-15 for the winter.
The 15" are pretty flimsy for the Forte, and I'd recommend to go for the 16" or 17" for summer tires. Btw. I am running ours on 205/55-16 for winter, car came with those. (both Forte Sedan 2015 and Koup 2014).
 
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Ditto. My daughters 2013 SX Koup has 215/45-17 for the summer and 205/55-16 for the winter.

My 2011 SX hatchback is running 225/45-18 for the summer and 205/60-16 for the winter. Technically the winter tires are too tall. They should be a 55 series like the Koups winter tires but I only used these tires for on my wifes old 2008 Kia Rondo for 2 winters. I didn't want to get rid of them just to but new ones the correct size. They fit without rubbing.
 

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Since we went a bit off-topic, I am running 225/45-17 for summer, i/o 215/45-17. On both cars. Interestingly, the Pzero AS+ on the Koup are narrower than the Cinturato P7 AS+ on the Sedan. (Pzero is handling better. Both are really quiet). Back to you, 205/60-16, with it's somewhat taller flank will be a bit more comfortable. Depending on how bad the roads get in winter, where you are, this might be a boon. Here it sometimes borders to the ridiculous, if you have freezing rain and it snows on top, after snowclearing and salting all, it's like a moonscape.
 

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I'm in PA. It's not Canada but PA roads are horrible and PA winters can be as well.
 

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Agreed. shorter winters than ours, but it can be wild. East Coast winters are rough. In QC, we have very bad roads, too.
 
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