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It seems in the UK, the NX will come with either 225/65R17, 225/60R18 or 235/55R18 tyres but the entry level AWD version (SE spec) will only come with 225/60R18.

It would have been great if we had the option to go for 225/65R17 for the AWD (SE spec) because higher profile smaller rim will mean better ride comfort, less road noise and better fuel economy.


Any thoughts from the NX experts here?
 

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It seems in the UK, the NX will come with either 225/65R17, 225/60R18 or 235/55R18 tyres but the entry level AWD version (SE spec) will only come with 225/60R18.

It would have been great if we had the option to go for 225/65R17 for the AWD (SE spec) because higher profile smaller rim will mean better ride comfort, less road noise and better fuel economy.


Any thoughts from the NX experts here?
It's a Lexus...i doubt that you will hear/feel much difference b/w the tire sizes. The MAIN issue is tire costs down the road since low profile tires tend to be slightly more expensive. That is really the ONLY thing you need to worry about, if at all.

As for hit on fuel economy, i would worry more about what you're packing in your NX than the difference in tread patterns or minimall weight (if at all) differences b/w the rims. These days, you can get low-rolling resistance tires in all sorts of sizes.

18" today is like 16" 20 years ago! 18" is considered small for a sporty SUV by today's standards.
 

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I would advise on staying away from 17's, tires for the odd sizes can be pricey, best to go 18, 16 is not happening on a vehicle like this.
 
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