Walt-as I see it you have a few options, and it depends on how much of a performance nut you are. Performance being important to me, I chose the 17 inch wheels and will purchase a set of 16 inch winter wheel and tire combonation from tire rack for about $900. I will store the set of 17" wheels in my garge. It will only take an hour to swap them out. If you get the car with the 17" wheels, also being from Stamford, I definately think you should switch to winter tires before Dec. 15th. Another idea might be to get the 16" tires, since winter is not far away, see how the performance is-you would not have to switch these. If you want more performance, purchase a set of custom wheels and tires next summer. This would give you time to decide. Good luck. What color are you going to get. I have White with Black int. I love it.