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Been car shopping recently and I really like the 2021 Passport Sport, but the one thing about it that I don't especially care for are the 20-inch wheels. Looks-wise, I think they're fine; it's just that I prefer a smoother ride. And even though the ride quality on the Passport Sport that I test-drove was generally OK as is, I also test-drove a 2021 Pilot with 18-inch wheels right after test-driving the Passport, and the Pilot's ride had the sort of smoothness that I prefer. (Again, not that there was anything "wrong" with the feel of the Passport's ride, per se... it's just that the Pilot's ride was more along the lines of what I like, and I'm guessing that the different wheel sizes factor into that.)

Anyway, was wondering about a few things. First, if I decide to buy the Passport Sport but wanted to change to different tires/wheels (specifically, 18-inch wheels), is that the sort of thing that a new car dealership would typically be willing to accommodate? Or would a customer request like that be thought of as crazy? The impression I get from the dealership is that they just want to sell the car as is, and be done with it.

The other main question that I had is, which 18-inch OEM wheel/tire combination(s) would be best to just get the smoothest ride on a new Passport? Note, too, that I don't envision terribly much off-road use (if any) if I go ahead and buy the car. And last, but not least — approximately how much would going from 20-inch wheels to 18-inch wheels cost in total?
 

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I just traded in my 2016 Pilot for a Passport Sport model. You won’t find much, if any, difference in the ride. I just bought a take-off set of Pilot wheels to put on the Passport but not for improving the ride. I want to put a set of winter tires on the Passport and the selection (and cost) of tires is greatly improved with using 18” wheels. The off-set is 55mm on both tires and overall height/circumference is very, very close. One other thing is that a lot of Passport owners are complaining of rim damage with the 20” wheels (rubbing on curbs). The low profile design doesn’t do much to protect the wheel if you get too close. If you’re doing it just for the ride save your money.
 

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I feel there is a big difference in the ride, I have a 2019 Passport and my wife has a 2018 pilot with 18s and it feels to me like Im driving a Cadillac compared to my Passport. One other thing is tire pressure my car calls for 37psi while my wifes car calls for 32psi,as far as cost , I was shopping around on the pilot and Ridgeline forums for a set of 18s take offs and found someone selling their 2017 Ridgeline wheels, tires and sensors with about 25 miles on them for 600 bucks ..they feel alot better than my 20s my car came with..
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With the 18" Ridgeline wheels I only run air pressure at 32, same as what the Pilot calls for. It does help with the road noise and the hard slap on joints on the road.... kind of mellows the bumps a little, I would never go back to the originals except to trade it in and they are there waiting.....
 

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Been car shopping recently and I really like the 2021 Passport Sport, but the one thing about it that I don't especially care for are the 20-inch wheels. Looks-wise, I think they're fine; it's just that I prefer a smoother ride. And even though the ride quality on the Passport Sport that I test-drove was generally OK as is, I also test-drove a 2021 Pilot with 18-inch wheels right after test-driving the Passport, and the Pilot's ride had the sort of smoothness that I prefer. (Again, not that there was anything "wrong" with the feel of the Passport's ride, per se... it's just that the Pilot's ride was more along the lines of what I like, and I'm guessing that the different wheel sizes factor into that.)

Anyway, was wondering about a few things. First, if I decide to buy the Passport Sport but wanted to change to different tires/wheels (specifically, 18-inch wheels), is that the sort of thing that a new car dealership would typically be willing to accommodate? Or would a customer request like that be thought of as crazy? The impression I get from the dealership is that they just want to sell the car as is, and be done with it.

The other main question that I had is, which 18-inch OEM wheel/tire combination(s) would be best to just get the smoothest ride on a new Passport? Note, too, that I don't envision terribly much off-road use (if any) if I go ahead and buy the car. And last, but not least — approximately how much would going from 20-inch wheels to 18-inch wheels cost in total?
johara,

My 2021 Elite rides so quiet and smooth on the stock rubber that I have had no thoughts on making it more quiet or more smooth.


I think most dealerships don't mind making extra money, so they are not likely to balk at your request.

If they are a conscientious dealer, then they will inform you that your speedometer and odometer readings will change based on tire diameter.

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Come to our end of Pa. you will find out they are not very quiet or smooth riding, this the pot hole capital of the world ......
 

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^^ Even if the bolt pattern lined up I'd think the 70 side wall size is too tall. You'd rub on full turns.
 
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