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I have a 2014 lx with 16" wheels.

Is there any functional/performance difference if I go up to 17" wheels?

My handling/ride feels a little "soft" but I don't know if that is attributable to my wheels.
 

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I wouldn't think so. Different tire types may offer more difference. When I put winter tires on a mustang the ride difference with smaller wheels was not noticeable.
 

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So upsizing is just for looks?

Are there tires that will improve handling, maybe with stiffer sidewalls?
 

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You won't notice 1" difference.

But generally, as the rim size increases, tire heights decreases, so the ride will be firmer. Low profile tires give you a harsh ride.
Handling does improve as rim size increases.
Cost of replacement tires also increase as wheel size increases.

Looks is the #1 reason for modern huge rims. Some people like it. Some don't.

17" is a nice size for CRV's. Nothing wrong with 16".
 

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You won't notice 1" difference.

But generally, as the rim size increases, tire heights decreases, so the ride will be firmer. Low profile tires give you a harsh ride.
Handling does improve as rim size increases.
Cost of replacement tires also increase as wheel size increases.

Looks is the #1 reason for modern huge rims. Some people like it. Some don't.

17" is a nice size for CRV's. Nothing wrong with 16".
Correct. You should retain the same overall diameter as closely as possible, therefore a lower aspect ratio, leading to a harsher ride; not to mention that if you hit a serious pothole, the likelihood of rim damage increases. Our EX came with 17s but I'd have been just as satisfied with 16s.
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Thanks, you may have saved me some money on 17s.

Are there tire specs I should look for, for improved handling?
 
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