235/65R17 Tires for Your Volvo XC90

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

In the United States, Volvo made a big change to their game plan by discontinuing the V70 station wagon to focus on the XC70 Cross Country and XC90.

XC90 drivers like the fact they're getting the combination of safety and versatility in an SUV. If there's one quibble, it's a pattern of very average tire wear. Perhaps it's a combination of a higher center gravity and suspension dynamics, but whatever the root causes, many SUV/CUV vehicles wear their tires markedly faster compared to a sedan of similar mass. Therefore, XC90 drivers should also look at wear relative to cost so they can lower their treadwear cost per mile.

Be sure to check your tire size as Volvo used both 235/65R17 and 235/60R18 as Original Equipment. The best choice for your vehicle will depend on the weather conditions you encounter. If you're running the 235/65R17 size and need an all-season option to use year-round, consider the following options: 

235/65-17 General Grabber HTS $152*
General Grabber HTS
$152*
235/65-17 Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 $158*
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia $158*
235/65-17 Goodyear CS Assurance TripleTred All-Season $169*
Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season $169*


The General Grabber HTS stands out to me because of its wet grip capabilities. It was designed to combine style, comfort, durability and performance in a tire that offers pleasant road manners and a long life, in addition to year-round traction, including in light snow.

When testing the Bridgestone Dueler H/L422 Ecopia, I found it to offer average traction in wet conditions. The tire does provide handling and comfort with a reduced environmental impact. Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia tires are designed to enhance vehicle fuel economy by reducing tire rolling resistance along with the vehicle's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions while delivering year-round all-season traction.

Goodyear's Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season's predecessor, the Fortera TripleTred, was successfully used by many Snowbelt drivers. This newer model displayed good emergency handling and decent wet grip during our tests. CS TripleTred All-Season tires feature three unique zones designed to provide all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions.

Installing a set of winter / snow tires is the best option if you experience harsh winter conditions. If you reside in an area where all-season tires are what you need, keep these three options in mind as you search for a combination of treadwear, road manners, wet grip and light snow grip. Getting the right tire will help make your XC90 that much safer.

*Prices subject to change

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL EditionReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.12

2011 Honda Pilot
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Miles driven on tires: 12,500
Location: Costa Rica, SJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,500 Miles on Tires
October 18, 2012

This tires LOST pressure !! vibrating after just 7000 miles, Treadwear IS THE WORST ( like F1 slick right now = 20.500 km )

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination ST

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination STReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2004 Lincoln Aviator
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Malvern, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
October 18, 2012

I bought this car with only 13000 miles on the original Michelins which were so mushy and squealy when driven quickly on back roads that I had to make a change or sell the car. I upgraded the wheels to 18x9's all around and put Toyo Proxes S/T's, which transformed the car into a sports car. The Toyos lasted 45000 miles and were incredible in all weather, including snow, but rode a bit rough and made a bit of noise. I put the Firestones on due to their Tire rack rating, as Toyo discontinued the tires I had. The Firestones handle wet driving as good as the Toyos, which is outstanding, are very good in the dry, with just a bit less crispness on turn in, but ride and noise are the best combination I've found yet in a tire which drives this well in all conditions. For a 5000 lb vehicle to drive this well takes a really great tire. I'm looking to buy a new Grand Cherokee Overland and I asked the dealer if they would swap out the OEM Goodyear Forteras for the Firestone S/T's - they laughed of course. You can't beat these for an all-weather SUV ... at any price

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL Edition Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.55
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Traverse LT
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
September 22, 2012

Worst tire I have ever owned. Came stock on 2010 Traverse. After 30,000 miles of being Mom's taxi they need to be replaced. Would not reccomend.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL EditionReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.64

2009 Chevrolet Traverse LT
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Miles driven on tires: 64,000
Location: Eldersburg, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 64,000 Miles on Tires
October 03, 2012

Came with my new 2009 Traverse. I rotate them myself, maybe 6 times and I have over 60k on them. They wore great. I am buying them again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Monday, September 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL EditionReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.8

2011 GMC Acadia
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Harrison, AR
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
September 19, 2012

Tread wear not very good 32,000 miles and maybe have a few thousand at most left before wear indicators. Changing early due to running over file which punctured the tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera TripleTred

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera TripleTredReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2004 Ford Expedition XLT 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Clarence, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
September 18, 2012

These tires are unbelievable! I am on my 3rd and final set and these are awesome. There is no noise when driving which is incredible because my last sets drove me crazy with the humming noise. They ride incredibly and they are a bit more expensive than my last set but in my opinion they are extremely well designed and I can trust them carrying my kids lives around. I will definitely replace all these with new ones if I still have the car in 40k miles!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera TripleTred

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera TripleTredReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

1996 GMC K1500 4wd Pick-up
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Miles driven on tires: 74,500
Location: Crestview, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 74,500 Miles on Tires
August 16, 2012

I bought the Fortera TripleTreds while I was stationed in Germany. I replaced the set of Wranglers that were on my GMC Sierra 4WD. I felt the difference immediately; I could "feel" the tires grab/hold the road while driving and cornering. I was stationed in Germany for 5-1/2 years. The tires held up great while cruising up to 90 mph on the autobahn--the truck has a sweet spot for 87 mph. I had absolutely no problems driving on/through snow, mud, dirt, ice-covered roads and heavy rain. I'm stationed in Florida now. The tires are holding up with no problems while driving on the sandy off-roads and interstate/local highways, especially when driving through the daily torrential rainfalls that seem to happen just about everyday during the summer months. I liked these tires so much, when the wife's Toyota Camry needed new tires I installed TripleTreds on it. She said she was impressed that she could "feel" the tires grab/hold the road like no other tire she had on her past cars.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL EditionReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Miles driven on tires: 10,500
Location: Cleveland, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,500 Miles on Tires
July 19, 2012

I have these on my 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland. I expected some pretty poor snow peformance and rideability because they are on 20" rims, but they are surprisingly great tires. I only have just over 10k miles on them so I still dont know how they will wear ultimately but so far they are wearing pretty evenly and the road noise is low. I did have to have one balanced about a month after buying the vehicle, but I chaulk that up to it not being balanced properly from the factory because its fine now. If they last a while I will likely buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera TripleTred

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera TripleTredReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.6

1992 Ford Explorer 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Edmonton, AB
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
July 29, 2012

My third set of these tires on 3 different vehicles in two cities with significant different weather conditions. More than 100,000km on each set. Great in rain, great on ice, not the best for 4 x 4 in mud or deep snow, but great for everything else. One of the best things that the vehicle feels more sure footed, a more confident safe feeling than previous tires of same size. I have also heard they are updating the tread design to improve dry traction.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL EditionReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.12

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Hollis, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
August 01, 2012

Tires came with vehicle.Have not yet driven them in snow.Traction seems ok in the rain,but they will hydroplain in some conditions.My biggest concern and I've checked with Goodyear tire dealers and called the 18003212136 number and I still get conflicting stories about why the sidewall tread patterns go forward on one side of vehicle and face rear of vehicle on the other side.I've seen this on the Traverse/Pilot/Acadia/Gr.Cherokee/Edge/and Explorer.The manufacturer says it does not matter.I don't believe them.The dealer says those sidewall treads are all supposed the same direction.Jeep service mechanics say it does not matter.In speaking to owners of aforementioned vehicles-they did not even notice this until I brought it to their attention.I've even contacted the National Highway Trans.Safety Admin.They say I'm the only one who has logged a complaint on this matter.I at a loss.The tire is rated a 50k but I don't see that happening.When it's time for new rubber,I'm going back to the Bridgestone/dueler apt-.Can anyone help me?Open to all ideas.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL Edition Reviewer's Overall Rating: 2.55
 
 

2010 Honda Pilot
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: New York, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
August 02, 2012

piece of crap i'd rather drive on my rims than those tires had better used junk yard tires than these tires you be the judge for yourself. 12000 first set and they bold second set 17000 and they illegal goodyear tried to blame me when show them proof that rotation and balance every 3000 was done and alligment all 4.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14

2003 Honda Pilot EX
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Franklin, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
November 26, 2011

Since Pilot EX (now 205K miles) was new we have struggled finding a great tire for all conditions that kept the cabin quiet. FINALLY - this Michelin has impressed the entire family and is much better than 3 previous sets of Goodyear Fortera's that only resulted in 45-50K miles and original Duelers. VERY QUIET, Great cornering, use vehicle to tow 20FT boat and still smooth and strong. Great highway tire. to soon to judge tread life and have not driven in snow yet will update after a few New England snow storms and ski trips. Some might not like the white raised letters but the those can be turned inside. Great looking tire. For this vehicle and tire size I don't find these overly expensive compared to competition and believe road hazard insurance is worth the peace of mind.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL EditionReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4WD
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Miles driven on tires: 34,000
Location: Atlanta, GA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 34,000 Miles on Tires
July 26, 2012

These tires were the original equipment on my 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4WD. I take pride in caring for my vehicles and I do my homework before I purchase replacement tires for all of my vehicles. These tires made for a good set of original equipment for this Jeep. It is very important to keep them inflated to maximum recommended inflation pressure because the tread seems a little soft and has a tendency to wear on the outer edges if they become even slightly under inflated. I tow a motorcycle trailer that is approximately 3500 lbs when loaded and they seem to perform well under all driving conditions. However, I am slightly disappointed with the wear at 34,000 miles. I am getting close to the wear bands and not sure that I should try and push it to 40K. I also own a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD with 93,000 miles and by far, it is riding on the best set of tires that I have ever owned, the Michelin LTX M&S. I put them on the Jeep when it had 32,000 miles on it and more than 60K later, they're still going strong! I can easily get another 10-15K on them without compromising safety or handling. I would purchase the for my 2011 but they are not available for the original 20 inch rims. They would probably cost 3X as much as the Fortera HL's. So, for the value, I think I will probably purchase the Goodyear Fortera HL's again because I know what I'm getting for my money vs purchasing another brand that I am not familiar with and pay a much higher price. Lastly, these have not been noisy tires at all.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Thursday, July 26, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL EditionReviewer's Overall Rating: 7

2010 Honda Pilot
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Miles driven on tires: 37,780
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 37,780 Miles on Tires
July 14, 2012

Original equipment on my Honda Pilot. Tire wear was even but the tires got extremely noisy after about 25,000 miles. A little disappointed that we got less than 40K miles, but it was the increased road noise that became intolerable. We are going to switch to another brand tire for this next round.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL EditionReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.13

2011 Honda Pilot
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Erie, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 03, 2011

These are the OEM tires that came on my Pilot. I very much disliked Goodyear tires before this set. They have been great in snow and I have no complaints so far. Will follow up when I have logged more miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL Edition Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.27
 
 

2011 Honda Pilot
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Miles driven on tires: 24,000
Location: Jericho, VT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 24,000 Miles on Tires
June 13, 2012

These came OEM on our 2011 Pilot, and after only 24,000 miles they were illegal! We had them rotated every 7,500 miles per the recommendation.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL EditionReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3

2008 GMC Acadia SLT FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Livonia, MI
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
June 12, 2012

First set lasted 75,000 miles on Acadia. On second set w/ 40,000 and they still look good and are quiet. I don't rotate my tires. Good Michigan tire. People that are having problems, may be wrong tire for vehicle or bad vehicle design may be hard on tires?

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2003 Ford Explorer XLT
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Miles driven on tires: 27,000
Location: Hamilton, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 27,000 Miles on Tires
June 07, 2012

I bought these tires about 5 years ago and the vehicle sat mostly in my driveway since I had a company vehicle. I still managed to put some miles on them but the biggest problem I have is the UV cracking. That sad part is that there is TONS of tread left on these tires. Not even half worn. I have rotated a few times but more importantly kept the air pressure around 32PSI.

I changed garages for repairs but might just go back to my old garage for the Bridgestone Dueler.
I was looking at the Goodyear Fortera but found how bad the tire wear is. My son has the Fortera on his newer KIA minivan and he said those tires lasted about 3 years max. However he said they were agreat tire for traction fuel and ride. He wants to get the Duelers but they don't come in his size.

I suppose I should go back to "tried, tested and trued" If it ain't broke don't fix it.
Maybe second set of Duelers should be my choice.
To be anal I always thought about putting those trailer tire covers on to keep the UV away from the rubber.... Nah, just a thought :)

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5

2004 Saturn VUE FWD6
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Palm Coast, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2012

Bought these Conti Eco Plus for my SUV. OEM's were Bridgestones, which were noisy and harsh. Replaced them after 28K with half the tread left. Tried Goodyear Fortera Triple Treds, which were a small improvement for the first 15K miles, then they got very noisy and harsh also, but I wasn't about to replace early again with so much money tied up in rubber. I ran them for 60K uncomfortable and loud miles. Got these Contis after reading MANY reviews. Love them. They are very quiet and smooth riding. Neither of the other two brands were anywhere close to these when new. My MPG is just slightly higher. I only have 2K on them, but as of now, they are the best tires I've ever owned, and that includes some pricey Michelins on my other vehicles.