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changing to 20" inch rims

Im thinking of changing my 18" inch rims to 20 inch rims, besides making it look better ,do you think it will make the handling and ride of the car better?? and is it even worth it?

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As per my experience.....the ride will be a little harsher because the tire sidewalls are not as tall (or thick). And, an going to 22"..... you can kiss comfort goodbye.

Looks better better ride

Good luck on your decision.
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Tires for 20" rims will likely be more expensive. I downsized my SX to 17" rims for winter as much cheaper; no appreciable appearance effect - bought alloy rims vs steel.
I tend to only see downsides with larger rims- harcher ride and more expensive.
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Your ride will be compromised and the only remedy to balance that is to find a most comfortable 20" tires around. I heard that the SX stock 19" is also having a harsh ride and to my experience, even an 18" tires are harsh using the stock Khumo tires until I replace it with a cheap comfortable tires on it. Wallah my problem solve.!

For the appearance effect, I depends to the wheels you got. Try "Enkei SVX 20" Machined black" although a bit expensive, If I have a chance to grab a set, I will. The looks is more compatible and balance with good stance.
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The 19" on the SX are a nice compromise b/w handling and comfort. I can tell you this one is a lot better (smoother) and quieter than the 17" on the 2011 EX I had, and handles better, and has less torque steer.

My daughter's Challenger has 20" wheels with low-profile tires (compared to the Sorento) and the ride is even better than the SUV - it's more about suspension, which is better on the newer models than the old.
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Any time you go with a bigger wheel size, you most likely go with a smaller side wall profile or size.

Any time you go for a smaller profile/sidewall size, you give up a little comfort and smoothness for a rougher ride, but with a little better handling, a little more 'sportier' feel.

You might gain better cornering, a more sporty ride in the twisty turns, but on regular driving, highway driving, hitting potholes and bumps, it's going to detract from your comfort, noise level (quietness) and overall 'luxurious' feel of the vehicle. I used to go for looks over comfort, and maybe I'm just older, but I prefer comfort over 'looks' now any day, cause most days it's just driving to work, the store, not cruising around town etc.

I had a Cadillac with 75 series sidewall profiles, that was THE most comfortable ride I've ever had in my life, like driving around on your comfy couch all day. I wish I still had that .... and going with 40 - 50 series sidewalls, is very uncomfortable, rough, and makes you feel after a while like something is wrong with your car every time you hit a bump, are on not so smooth pavement etc.

But, to each his own, and you can like what you like, but, if you like a quiet, comfortable ride, smaller sidewalls is not the way to go in my opinion ...
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Any time you go with a bigger wheel size, you most likely go with a smaller side wall profile or size.

Any time you go for a smaller profile/sidewall size, you give up a little comfort and smoothness for a rougher ride, but with a little better handling, a little more 'sportier' feel.

You might gain better cornering, a more sporty ride in the twisty turns, but on regular driving, highway driving, hitting potholes and bumps, it's going to detract from your comfort, noise level (quietness) and overall 'luxurious' feel of the vehicle. I used to go for looks over comfort, and maybe I'm just older, but I prefer comfort over 'looks' now any day, cause most days it's just driving to work, the store, not cruising around town etc.

I had a Cadillac with 75 series sidewall profiles, that was THE most comfortable ride I've ever had in my life, like driving around on your comfy couch all day. I wish I still had that .... and going with 40 - 50 series sidewalls, is very uncomfortable, rough, and makes you feel after a while like something is wrong with your car every time you hit a bump, are on not so smooth pavement etc.

But, to each his own, and you can like what you like, but, if you like a quiet, comfortable ride, smaller sidewalls is not the way to go in my opinion ...
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Does anyone have the specs for Sorento wheels? I've found a variety of them online so I don't know which to trust. The only constant seems to be 5x114.3 (4.5") lug pattern. The bore hole size seems to be somewhere around 67mm but I've seen other numbers. And the offset has been posted as anywhere from 32mm to 50mm. Stock Sorento EX wheel size seems to be 18x7.5.

If the bore is smaller than 70mm and the offset is closer to 50mm than 32mm then I could theoretically put Mustang 18x8 wheels on the Sorento.
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I had the dimensions on my crushed computer, and lost everything. I remember that the offset is specified with H (and H is anything from 35 to 45 mm). I bought 18" wheels from a 2005 Kia Optima for my winter tires, and they fit perfectly.
If you can't find the bore dimensions, I can try to measure them once the weather gets a little better.
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Does anyone have the specs for Sorento wheels? I've found a variety of them online so I don't know which to trust. The only constant seems to be 5x114.3 (4.5") lug pattern. The bore hole size seems to be somewhere around 67mm but I've seen other numbers. And the offset has been posted as anywhere from 32mm to 50mm. Stock Sorento EX wheel size seems to be 18x7.5.

If the bore is smaller than 70mm and the offset is closer to 50mm than 32mm then I could theoretically put Mustang 18x8 wheels on the Sorento.
Here you go

19" OEM Kumho Crugen
235/50R19 tires
19x7 OEM Wheel (black/machined for CAD)
5x114.3 (5.4) PCD
67.1 mm hub bore diameter
+50.1 offset

@topic : I'm also in the market for a 20" tires+wheels combo come spring time provided I get to sell my 19" OEMs. I might go with Fast Wheels due to cheaper pricing and not-so-heavy in weight.

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