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  • karjunkie 02/27/10 9:24 am PST

    Firstly, let me say that bigger is NOT better or safer in terms orf tire size. A wider lower profile tire will improve handling and cornering capacity to a minor degree but on a minivan like your with a high center of gravity, you may not notice a great degree of change and the trade off is quite a bit of road noise and less comfortable ride quality. I suggest you go to www.tirerack.com and enter your year, make and model. Click on the “tires” section. They will tell you both stock and alternative tires that fit your stock rims and suggest the best sellers. Usually you can go up one width ratio if you lower one profile ratio. So in your case you can alternatively fit a 225/55-16 lower profile tire without affecting your overall tire diameter and messing up your speedometer reading. They have extensive consumer reviews of the best tires for all types of use, including all season tires which are what your minivan should use. I have personally used Kumhos and Yokohamas as replacement for the expensive Michelins for years as the best combination of cost and performance, but there may be better options these days. In my experience, Hankook is a better tire than Goodyear for your minivan and the Hankook Optimo H727 is top rated by Consumer Reports. Good luck on whatever you decide!

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