Tire Size for the CR-V

Updated July 19, 2017

The Honda CR-V receives high marks for its price range, size and performance. However, it also has a reputation for the troubling issues concerning its tires. The tires that come standard with the vehicle often last only a few thousand miles before requiring replacement replacing. Since the 2005 model year, Honda has taken steps to correct this issue primarily by putting larger wheels on the vehicle.

CR-V Tire Sizes

In the model years 1997 through 2004, the Honda CR-V came with a 15-inch-diameter wheel and a 205/70-15 tire size as standard equipment. Purchasers could opt for wheel diameters of 16, 17, 18, and 19 inch with corresponding tire sizes.

Honda upgraded the standard equipment to a 16-inch-diameter wheel size for the 2005 and 2006 model years with a tire size of 215/65-16. Purchasers could opt for 17-, 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels with corresponding tires sizes.

In 2007 Honda introduced the 2 wheel drive as well as the existing 4 wheel drive and increased the standard equipment to a 17 inch diameter wheel with a tire size of 225/65-17. As in 2005 -2006 the optional wheel size diameters of 17, 18, 19, and 20 inch with corresponding tires sizes can be purchased separately.

ALL All-Wheel Systems

Because of the way all-wheel-drive mechanisms work, the circumference of the four tires of a vehicle must be within 1 inch of each other. Otherwise, the CR-V's system will read the difference in tire size as a slippage and try to lock everything together, thus always attempting to correct itself and in turn leading to unnecessary wear on the tires. This phenomenon also holds true also when you replace a damaged or worn tire. At this point, you must replace all four tires.


Keeping in mind the need for similarly sized tires, rotate the wheels on your CR-V regularly. Most oil change shops will do this job for free or for a small fee with an oil change. Most tires stores offer a lifetime wheel rotation with a purchase of new tires. When buying new tires for the standard equipment wheels, purchase the recommended tire size unless choosing a new wheel size as well.

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About the Author

Randy Cowan is a second-generation automotive technician and instructor at Lincoln College in Denver. He has spent most of his career as a seasoned Diagnostic, Emission, and A/C Technician. He is also an ASE Master Certified Technician. He also holds more than 100 Certifications from A/C Delco.