I have a 2016 Patriot Latitude with stock rims and stock tires (205 70R60), what is the biggest size I could go without lifting it? I was thinking 225 or maybe 235. Probably gonna keep the stock rims for now as I already plasti dipped then so they look a bit better. Thanks!
I presume you meant 205 70R16 not 60? I'm running 225/75-16s right now and the fit is incredibly close. I can't imagine anything larger. And these tires already have 20,000 miles on them so a new tire might be too close. Its your call.
If you go to Discount Tire's website (a site sponsor) they have a function where you can enter your vehicle and they will tell you what tires will fit. They don't show the 225/75-16s for mine which probably means under extreme conditions (hard cornering, braking, bumps, etc) they could be problematic.
Truth be told, I've advised others not to use this size, but as I said, I just put them on my 2008 and so far so good. (No, its not lifted) I'm told that recent years sit higher. Seems to be true: my Wife's 2014 Patriot sits an inch higher than mine, and both are FWD. If yours is 2016 likely you've got that inch too and it may be what you need.
Are you on good terms with a local mechanic? Local shop might work with you to do a trial fit. That's what I did. First guy said "No go" second guy said, "Let's try it." I did and so far so good.