According to the dealership official down-size for Honda Civic'17 is 205/65/R15 (stock tire size is 215/55/R16), but I have 195/65/R15 winters from a previous year Civic.

I understand that 195 tires will set off the speedometer slightly, since they are about 1/2'' shorter.

What I am wondering is if there chance of damaging the car with these slightly smaller tires, or can I get through the winter with light use (say 5,000k)?


If all four tyres are the same size, your car won't know anything's different. You'll just have a tiny bit extra accleration :)

Don't sweat it. As long as the tyres fit the rims properly.

  • To follow up: driving with these smaller tires for second season now. Speedometer shows about 3km/h faster than reality (checked with road speed displays).
    – Altair7852
    Feb 10 '20 at 1:16

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.