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Worth it to downsize the wheels?

Old 04-17-2018, 07:57 AM
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Default Worth it to downsize the wheels?

I'm looking at buying a new 2018 XC60 or XC40. I live in the city, but I'm not much of a city commuter; I take public transportation. I mostly intend to use the car to get out of town -- for highway road trips, and a bit of light off-roading/camping.

It seems that a majority of the available Volvo's in my region come with upgraded 19- or 20-inch wheels for $800-1000. I'm not interested in larger wheels, and I'd prefer the smoother cushioning and gas mileage of smaller wheels.

If I can't find the model I want with the base 18" wheels, is it worth it to just buy one of these cars with upgraded wheels, downsize to 18" or even 17" aftermarket wheels, and sell the OEM wheels? I've heard that if I do that, it might be better to store the OEM wheels and tires and put them back on when I'm ready to sell the car, as it will improve the resale value.

Also, if I do find or custom order a model with base 18" wheels, could I still get significantly better cushioning and gas mileage if I downsize to 17"?

Does anyone have any advice?

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