Thanks so much for your experience. I will be going with the 17” snow tires on my factory rims. I just didnt want to get into the situation where I buy the tires and they dont solve my problem. That would be a big waste of money.
You're welcome. FWIW I'm running stock size winter tires on my Pacifica and they work great in the snow. You can still do stock 17" with a more narrow tread and a bit taller profile. No need to do a -1 and use 16". Tire Rack will give alternate fit sizes. I use steel or alloy wheels and keep them in the garage all mounted, balanced, and ready to install. If you don't get wheels and mount up to the stock wheels in Dec and go back to stock in April, that will cost you $160 in mount/balance fees every year. Cheaper and much more convenient to buy wheels. Additionally, if you bring your tires to Wal Mart (and perhaps some others) and they size is not listed for your car, they won't install them. I had checked already on WM website but "Corky" said if the size isn't on our list we can't install.
I bought wheels off TR and tires from Discount Tire (local store in Columbus free shipping) and took the wheels and my new TPMS sensors to have them mount and balance for me to install in the garage.
If you plan to keep the Accord for even 4 years, sell the tires that came with the car, and buy snow tires, and run them on the stock rims. I sold the stock tires on my car with a few thousand miles, for less than I bought a set of used winter tires with a few thousand miles, and used the difference to pay for mounting/balancing.
Then go buy yourself a nice set of summer wheels with nice sticky tires (Or something to your budget) and run those in the summer.
One point I have not read here (And I didn't go through the links) is dedicated winter tires not only help in snowy conditions, they help in COLDER conditions. The compound is designed for better wear and traction even when its just colder.
Over the course of time, you will come to realize the benefit of dedicated purpose used tires greatly.
Thanks for bringing this up. We should call these "winter tires" as Tire Rack is doing. The compounds are superior in cold temps under 40F which is proven in cold braking tests.
Guys. If you store stock tires, which you will do by running winter tires, don't make the mistake I made. I learned an expensive lesson.
STORE THEM PROPERLY. In April 2017 I had blistered sidewalls on my stock Volvo tires and I blamed Continental. Wal Mart put them on (lease car so I didn't buy wheels for 2 seasons. If the bolt pattern would fit any car I had or might buy like the Subaru Legacy, I would have bought wheels) and they called to let me know 3/4 had blisters and they had to put the snow tires back on. If you think they were pulling my leg to sell me tires, think again. They didn't charge me a dime for double labor (not even for the initial mounting). 1 month ago when I had snow tires mounted on the Volvo, one had a gash in the sidewall. Sitting in my garage since April and a split, really? Again, no charge to mount it or remount the stock tire. I've never had an issue with any tire mounted on wheels, only tires without wheels. See the diagram below as to why. I stored them how I thought was correct by stacking whiCh is INCORRECT.