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I'm running a 195/60R14 tire in place of the OEM 185/65R14 on my 8th gen Corolla. Still getting the same about of fuel economy as before. You do have to make some adjustments - playing around with air pressure and whatnot. Steering feel will be a little different, being a slightly wider tire - steering will not be quite as "sharp", but the trade-off for increased traction and other choices for tires sealed them for me.
Lot of it depends on driving conditions - in stop and go traffic - you might want the narrower tire (sharper steering, ligher weight). If you drive mostly interstate - a wider tire might prove to be beneficial (increased load, better traction, good stability).
Driving conditions are another thing to consider. I run a dedicated set of snow tires - as I travel a lot. My snow tires are a 175/65R14 - skinnier than my summer tires, because a narrower tire will tend to drive through snow than float on top of it like a wider tire would. Better chance to get traction, by punching down through the snow to the either pavement or packed snow underneath.
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