Check your driver's side door placard. It should have your factory tire size and recommended front & rear tire pressure(s) listed.
Fwiw, my '00 XE 2.4 inline 4-cyl w/ 5-sp manual used 215/65-15 tires as the factory size. I was able to use 235/60-15 for a wider stance, but this particular tire size became more & more challenging to find at a reasonable price.
Here's my 2000 with 235/75/15 tires which are only about 29" tall - those are actually pretty small compared to what you can fit. I think the SC models had a 265/65/17 factory tire size (about 30" tall)
This picture was a 255/65/17 (~30" tall) which fit fine on the factory ride height without cutting or trimming anything.