That sounds great. I happen to have a set of 16s with studded Hankook I-Pikes but the od is 1.27" larger than sport stock tires. I'll have to try em out. They don't look like they're gonna fit on the front just because of the big brakes.TireRack.com already shows 2017 Fusion Sport as one of the choices. It looks like you can go down all the way to 16" wheels for winter, if you wanted to.
Just FYI, tire rack has a set of 17s that are cheaper than their steels. MSW Type 25. They look pretty solid, too. $69 vs. $72 for the steels.Very curious to hear if 16s actually fit. I see tire rack sells steel rims in 17s and i'm contemplating going with those w/winter tires. I'm cheap and don't want to spend a ton of money on winter rims and also think black steel rims on my Magnetic sport will actually look cool.
While I agree you can get by with all seasons most of the time I think this article sums up nicely the reasoning for running two different sets of tires. I was shocked the first year I had winter tires and the difference they made. I always run performance Summers/Winters and dread the in between.Do you have the all season or the summer tires? I ask because in the 5+ years I've had a Ford AWD car with all season tires on it I've had zero need/interest in winter tires. Fords traction control system coupled with AWD and all season tires let's me drive in the crappy Michigan weather as if it were dry (for the most part - driving on icy roads it's a different story and no tires, traction control or AWD system will make that perfect).
I will be very surprised if we can get anything less then an 18 with these brakes.I also use tire rack, but I am concerned if the 16" will actually fit.
I really wish that they had the same lug pattern as my 2010, cause then I would already have a set for winter. But I will be buying some after the car comes in before winter hits.
Plus, smaller rims and taller tire sidewalls means less likelihood of rim damage on some nasty winter potholes.Cost. Both for the tires and the wheels. You also want a taller narrower tire for better snow traction.