There's a difference, but it really isn't that bad. If the roads around you are terrible, might not be worth the risk of damaging them though. The tires are also a big factor. The factory all seasons are a pretty garbage tire, so swapping up to 19" wheels with halfway decent summer tires did result in a little less compliance, but the steering feel is improved and turn in is sharper. Overall, I thought it was a good trade off, especially considering how much better 19's look proportionally.Are 19" wheels really that bad? I see so many posts about "harsh ride quality"