Can I change 18" wheels for 17"?

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My 2013 Rav4 Limited has 18" alloy wheels. The ride is a bit harsh and I'd like to soften the ride and swap them out for the 17" alloys that come with the other models in the line. Is this doable? I went to the dealer and surprisingly the mechanic I asked didn't know. I went to a local tire shop and they said it would work as the diameter and circumference of the wheel with the appropriate tire would be the same. But another tire shop claims that the suspension on the Limited is tuned differently than the models with 17" wheels and although the total size would be the same, I shouldn't do it. Who's right? And are there any other caveats I should be aware of?

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