View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 51.9 mpg (US) ... 22.1 km/L ... 4.5 L/100 km ... 62.3 mpg (Imp)
Considerably oversized tires and lifted car? Wait you're trying to make a donk Mirage! .....
My mom says I'm cool
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage SE wussie cvt edition. 1.2 automatic: 37.4 mpg (US) ... 15.9 km/L ... 6.3 L/100 km ... 44.9 mpg (Imp)
"The only 165/65r14 Bridgestone tire I am aware of in the States is the the Bridgestone POTENZA RE92, & it's the only 165/65r14 tire Bridgestone lists on their website."
Dang it, I got all excited
"I live in FL, we don't have snow to worry about.
And wider tires would increase grip during rain, but especially on the dry tarmac, (85% of our driving is under these conditions, where the little extra tire allow one to faster exit/enter the highway ramps."
Yikes! No, wider tires would increase hydroplaning for an opposite effect. I've pushed my Mirage around dry corners (Eibach springs and Doax swaybar) and I think my stock Enasaves do ok...
"Wait you're trying to make a donk Mirage!"
Oh, PLEASE! Somebody do this!!!
Yeah, the Mirage is very light in weight, but I seriously doubt that their tires are giving you the best grip you can get.
They're made for 'higher MPG', however adding up to 1 inch on the tire width, isn't going to affect MPG by much at all.
I'd be surprised if you lose even 3% in the process!
Taller (fatter) tires will definitely bring lower torque to the ground. Aside from the added tire weight, there's also the gear ratio, so yes, it'll accelerate slightly slower. Can be compensated for, by keeping it revving longer.
Instead of shifting at 3k RPM, shift at 4 or 5k RPM.
It'll take longer to get to that RPM range as well.
But once in final gear, the small RPM drop might be just perfect.
Undoubtedly it'll also affect top speed. More than likely having higher top speed.
I swapped out my ST tires for taller ones, and I still get the same MPG, despite the 1.5" lift on the body vs the stock tires, as well as the 0.5" wider tires.
They now look like donut tires, bulging out of the rims, and that has saved me once (bumping against a concrete slab at the gas station). The tire took the beating. With the stock tires, my rims would have been damaged.
Might not be good if you're just city driving, but for the highway gives more comfort, lower road noise, and lower highway RPM drone.
I believe I was running into rubbing issues with 195/55/15 - but most likely because of the width of the wheel and tire.
If you have a 2014 or 2015 you can drop down to 13" rims and run 155/80 13's
View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 automatic: 40.4 mpg (US) ... 17.2 km/L ... 5.8 L/100 km ... 48.5 mpg (Imp)