Right...let me clarify...I would like to go wider either way. I would also like to fill out the wheel wells a bit. (I know lowering springs are an option too - but I wanted to look at wheels first.) I know if you go way big with wheels, then weight of the larger tires/wheels becomes an issues, next thing you know you have to upgrade the brakes - you also start to loose acceleration if you add too much wheel/tire weight. So this is the reason I don't want to go bigger than 16 inch wheels. (Although I know many run 17 inch.) So my objectives are to 1) go slightly wider (either 15 inch or 16 inch), and also 2) fill out my wheel wells, without throwing the speedo too far off, and adding too much weight. Performance is most important, so if I will add .5 seconds to my 0-60 times by going to a larger wheel/tire (more rotating weight) I will probably pass, and just order 15 inch 205 x 50's (?) to fit my stock wheels.
I'd get 16x6.5's or 16x7" wheels and either 205/50 or 215/50 tires. 215/50-16 tires would certainly fill the wheel wells nicely if that's what you're going for, and you shouldn't have any rubbing problems with that size. That would be a nice balance between cost, looks, ride, handling, and weight. Also, you can get away with lighter wheels with a 16" than a 17" without worrying about potholes so much.
i have 16x7 inch rims and 205 45 16 - wrong size tire / the perfect size tire for 16 is 205 50 16 my car rides pretty nice with 45 but the speedomter is way off and it looks like im not even dropped lol
Yeah, there are several members here with 18's. One with 19's... although I haven't seen him post in a long time.
But when it comes to recommendations, I just can't recommend the stock wheels and feel good about it, haha. Wider, lower profile tires with nice looking plus-sized alloy wheels transform the car in more ways than one.
Tough choice... 205/50-16 would be fine and you'd never have to worry about rubbing. 215/50-16 would look better but you'd have a small chance of rubbing with the hatchback. But if you do have a rubbing problem, there's usually a way around it. It's your call. It also depends on your wheel offset... with a 7" wide wheel, a +42mm offset is going to be ideal.