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#9 of 13 2012 Mazda5 - Snow Tires & Wheel/Tire Sizing
Dec 31, 2011 (2:41 pm)
I have been very happy with the General Altimax Arctic snow tires on my two Mazda's. Last I checked, Consumer Reports placed them as second best. Also, various snow tire forums rate them very well (I have a subscription but don't always trust CR). The Arctic's last long and run quiet on pavement, and they tend to be one of the least expensive snow tires available.
As mentioned on many tire company websites (e.g. Tire Rack), I also recommend downsizing to a narrower size for snow tires. For my 2005 Mazda3 and my 2012 Mazda5 GT, I purchased new dedicated alloys and snow tires for winter. The size is 205/55/16 and these are better in snow than the GT stock 205/50/17s because they are narrower. Wider tires more so float on snow, while narrower tires are better to cut through the snow.
FYI - I live in Maine and the Stability/Traction Control on the 2012 Mazda5 GT is awesome. The tires don't spin at all in snow.
#10 of 13 Re: Yokohama Ice Guard for the 2010 Mazda 5 [412scott]
May 28, 2012 (6:19 pm)
Turns out winter never really showed up in Pittsburgh, so I can't say much about the Yokohama's I did purchase. I do, though, need to get them off my car now and put on better all weather tires ASAP!
#11 of 13 2009 Mazda5 GT Winter tires
Nov 24, 2012 (10:52 pm)
I live in the most northern major city in Canada - Edmonton and we got 14 inches of snow in one day this Nov 2012. Good thing the wheels I ordered from Tirerack came in just days before the snow storm. I ordered the Enkie 17x8 rimms with General Altimax Artic winter tires 225/45/17 I was considering smaller for better traction 205/55/16 on 16x7 rimms but the 17x8's I bought was on sale, so I went for the looks instead. No regrets, the wider tires looks great and handles good in snow, ice and slush. Stopping and cornering is excellent. Acceleration on ice is a bit tricky due to lack of traction control. Any winter tire is better than the best All season tire and is a good investment. I have Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice for my RX7, Bridgestone Blizzak for my Jeep and now General Altimax for the Mazda5. They all work good in winter but the Blazzak is the best one I have used so far.
#12 of 13 14 inch rims for m5. 5 bolt 4.5' positive off set
May 05, 2013 (4:36 pm)
don't want 17 205 for winter. 175 70 14 just perfect for deep snow in canada. need to find a mazda with 14' rims to swap with. most if not all mazdas are 5 bolt ,4.5 high positive off set. any idea which model had 14" rims thanks.
#13 of 13 Re: 14 inch rims for m5. 5 bolt 4.5' positive off set [strazmadaz]
May 15, 2013 (12:51 pm)
14" wheels will NOT fir your Mazda5. They are way to small. The smallest you can go is 16" wheels in order to clear the brake calipers.