I just had to go and find something "more expensive" which I like even more !
I'm a little concerned about going with 17's..... but there are just so many more wheel choices, plus, surprisingly, I found that I can buy 205-40-17 tires, quite a bit cheaper than 205-45-16's too. This combo comes with Nexus N3000's (which I believe are only like 240 rated (30k miles) but when it comes time to replace them, I'll use some 40k to 50k tires.
It's cool that nowadays, one can buy tires of this size and profile, with the same rubber compound, as daily driving tires.... In other words, 40k to 50k tires !
I'm a little nervous about hitting a pothole, or a big bump, and bending a rim.... but, now I've decided to keep my stock tires and rims anyway, as a back up. Also, if my suspension should ever fail, I could always put the stock wheels back on before any warranty work ;-) I can't imagine that the difference between my 205-40-17's and the stock SE 205-45-16's would be that great anyway, "but I can imagine the warranty people using this as an excuse".
BTW, my buddies Ford Focus rides just fine on 205-40-17's.
PS, Another good thing about keeping the stock tires and rims is, that maybe in 5 or 8 years when this car is pretty much worn down, and faded, I can put the old stockers back on, when I'm not really worried about the looks anymore, anyway..... and not be locked into more expensive tires because of 17" wheels.....
But on the other hand, what better time than "right now" to put some sweet wheels under it, tint the glass, etc, etc ??? :-)
Did I mention how much I love this little car ? :-)