I thought about the expense of 17" tires too, but I bought the car anyway! With my driving, I figure the original tires should last me at least three years. By then, this size should be more common and the price should come down, especially if some of the import tire makers supply them. Worst case scenario, you can get a 15" steel wheel (on the SE) and a decent tire (205/70/15) for under $100 US combined, but it won't handle as well or look as nice. This could be a viable option for those wanting a separate set of winter tires, as winter tires are never cheap since they are somewhat of a specialty.