Side-side handling is better since the sidewall is shorter and stiffer. The 16" wheels will be more comfortable because there's more sidewall and the sidewalls can be made softer. Tire choice also plays a big role in comfort and performance. You can browse tire rack for some good reviews.
making the best of what my car comes with - continental contiPros on the 17" rims, i welcome a slant from those who find 17s superior in some subjective way i can hang my hat on, since i am stuck w the 17s, i gotta love them.
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