Anything where the aspect ratio is lower than 50 is considered low profile. Depending on the winters in NY, its up to you if you want to get winter tires. If you decide to get winter tires, the tires cost less than your 17s. You can get the 16" steel wheels for about 250. Then you just need snow tires. You can probably find them for about 100/tire. The larger the aspect ratio, the more comfortable the ride is, from my experience at least. For the tpms, its fine to run a different set without them just dont try to pass inspection without them installed since they are considered a safety device, you will just have to deal with the chime like when you open the door and your keys are still in the ignition once when you start up the car. You can run the 16" all year as they were stock on the vl sedan, it might not just look as good unless you buy alloy wheels which are more than steel.