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I have a 2013 Accord Sport, with four bent 18-inch factory rims, and I was wondering if I can downgrade to a 16-17 rim? I have been hearing conflicting opinions on whether or not this is advisable and I wanted to hear your take. Also the brakes and suspension are stock as well.
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This is my winter tire, size 215/60R16 on 2013 Sport.
Starting 2016, sport and touring comes with larger rotors and requires 17.

A smaller rim is better in performance: better handling, acceleration and impact absorption, with the trade off of steering response. But in reality your tire selection is very limited with 16 rim, basically only touring tires, with 215 width max.

If you go 16 then 215/60R16 is the only reasonable choice. 225+ are difficult to find, 205/65R16 can work, anything narrower would be too dangerous.
For 17 inch rims, you can choose 215/55R17 and 235/50R17. Depends on your rim width and budget, I’d go for 235 for safety purposes.

I still have my 18 OEM with all season tires. Having no luck finding OEM 17 so far. Good thing about OEM is their size, 9th gen Accord comes with 17x7.5 that can accept both 215 and 235 tires.
 

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205/65R16 is the stock size on the LX. That’s the size I use for my winter wheel/tire combo on my 2013 Sport. Works great. It’s actually a more comfortable ride compared to the 17“ wheels with the trade off being somewhat compromised handling.
 
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