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#72 of 109 ride quality with 19inch wheels
Oct 14, 2009 (4:29 pm)
would appreciate some comments from all about the venza's ride do the 19 inch wheels ride any better or worse the the 20 inch ones looked at a venza today but have never had a vehicle with such big wheels and tires. thanks.
#73 of 109 Re: ride quality with 19inch wheels [batavia02]
Oct 15, 2009 (12:25 pm)
I think your best bet is to test drive all of the vehicles that are of interest to you and decide for yourself. Ride quality is a very subjective thing, what feels harsh to one driver may be fine for another. In the Venza's case, the main difference between the 19 and 20 inch wheels is the different engine (I-4 vs V6) and that will probably play a bigger role in your decision compared with wheel size. I previously drove a lexus RX350 (with 18" wheels) and I find my V6 Venza (with 20" Michelins) to be a bit firmer over bumps but not objectionable and not tiring. And my passengers have never complained about the Venza's ride comfort - in fact they enjoy the large space available, especially in the rear seat.
Oct 15, 2009 (3:10 pm)
There are differences in ride due to the tire brand that may account for as much difference in ride quality as changing from the 19 inch to 20 inch wheels. I have Michelin Latitude tires on my 20" wheels which generally get better reviews than the Goodyear RSA tires that are also offered. See survey results at tirerack.com where reviewers average rating is 8 for the Michelin and 5.5 for the Goodyear. I told my dealer that I would only accept a Venza with the Michelin tires, which incidentally retail for almost $100 per tire more than the Goodyear and have a treadwear rating of 440 instead of 260 for the Goodyear. I agree that it is best for you to test drive Venzas with the different size wheels to determine your preference. However, keep in mind that the tires are another important variable to consider and note during the test drive. In my humble opinion prospective buyers should pay attention to the tires when more than one brand is offered as original equipment as is the case with the Venza.
#75 of 109 Re: Toyota Venza Tires [steve_]
Dec 04, 2009 (10:41 am)
Putting aside the question of whether or not 20" tires look better, can anyone educate me about the functional advantages vs. disadvantages of 20" tires vs. 19" or even 18" or 17"?
There seems to be a lot of criticism of 20" tires on the Venza creating a rough ride, etc. I have driven a Venza with 20" tires for the last six months and I haven't noticed a particular problem, but I haven't ridden in a Venza equipped with 19" tires. Previous Camry with smaller tires seemed just fine.
But what are the tradeoffs as you move to a larger or smaller diameter?
#77 of 109 Re: Toyota Venza Tires [valuewonk]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 05, 2009 (11:28 am)
I can understand going to a Plus size tire, but going bigger looks like you'd just add to the unsprung weight and mess up the handling. But your experience says otherwise.
Try Tires, tires, tires.
#78 of 109 Re: Toyota Venza Tires [valuewonk]
Dec 07, 2009 (10:34 am)
The bigger the wheel diameter vs the tire sidewall there will be an improvement in FE. Less CSA for roadbed contact/friction, less tire flex, lower heat buildup in the tire, improved FE.
The "poor" traction CSA issue can be addressed somewhat by going with a WIDER wheel thereby allowing a wider tire tread.
#79 of 109 Re: Toyota Venza Tires [steve_]
Dec 07, 2009 (10:38 am)
With alloy wheels the "net", overall, weight of a 20" wheel/tire combination could be less than a 19" (or even 17") wheel/tire combination. A "pound" of rubber may weigh more than a "pound" of aluminum allow wheel.