Can I replace a set of 215/60R16 tires with a set of 205/55R16 (all four tires)? Toyota Camry

I have read other post asking a similar question and some people have said that the spedometer may be affected when downsizing a set of tires is there anything else I should be worried about?

I have a Toyota Camry with 215/60R16 tires they all need to be changed, and I have four 205/55R16 tires from a Pontiac G5 which are new, can I put the 205/55R16 tires on the Camry?

I know that most mechanics will suggest to replace with the manufacturer recommended size but this would save me at least $800 if I use the 205/55R16 that I already have.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, Thank you.

  • Where on earth are you shopping that is quoting $800 for a set of 215/60/16s??
    – 3Dave
    Commented Dec 24, 2019 at 20:17
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    I'm in Quebec Canada and new tires would considerably more than $800. But that's Canadian dollars so more like $600 USD. @3Dave
    – jack
    Commented Dec 24, 2019 at 20:23
  • Do you know if changing tires from 215/60R16 to 205/55R16 is OK?@3Dave
    – jack
    Commented Dec 24, 2019 at 20:25
  • I wouldn't put a 215 on a rim intended for a 205, but I'm picky. It'll probably be fine.
    – 3Dave
    Commented Dec 24, 2019 at 20:30
  • @3Dave Wheels don't have a section width spec. They might have a manufacturer recommended maximum, but I've never run across a tire I couldn't get mounted on a wheel, as long as the rim was correct. The sidewall will squish to where it needs to be.
    – user58368
    Commented Oct 26, 2023 at 23:20

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Useful resource here:

Tire Size Calculator

Yes, that smaller size should work and yes, your speedo will read a bit higher than it should due to the smaller diameter of the tires.

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