Tire Size Alternatives for the Jeep Patriot Sport

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

Recently, I had an inquiry from a client about his wife's 2010 Jeep Patriot. The Sport trim level has a 16" wheel, while the Limited model is equipped with a 17" wheel. In this case, we were working with the more difficult 205/70R16 - one of the Sport's Original Equipment sizes. The platform sharing Jeep Compass and Dodge Caliber can use the 205/70R16 size, but it isn't an O.E. size. It didn't take me long to realize we were going to be looking for an alternate size for this particular customer. He wanted to to get away from the Goodyear Eagle LS-2 (O.E. tire), which regrettably is not highly rated in our survey results

I recommended the alternate size of 215/65R16 as it's just under a 1/2" wider and about a 1/3" shorter. This size will fit the Jeep correctly on the factory wheel. Below are a few of the popular tires in this size.

General Altimax HP
General AltiMAX HP
Goodyear Assurance Comfortred Touring
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender


General's AltiMAX HP was developed to be a smarter tire for smarter drivers by addressing many of the treadwear quality and year-round traction challenges faced by today's drivers. With over 23 million miles reported from customers, this tire is highly rated and excels in road manners and stability.

Goodyear's Assurance ComforTred Touring combines looks, ride comfort and long wear with all-season traction, even in light snow. This tire has been available for a couple years and is proving to be an all-around winner. Currently ranked second in its category, we have found this to be a quiet tire with good handling characteristics.

The newer Michelin Defender enhances fuel economy by meeting Michelin's Green-X low rolling resistance objectives, while delivering extra long wear, comfortable driving characteristics and all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, even in light snow. The tire that has made some impressions so far as it tied for first in our testing this summer. We liked the tire's responsive handling in dry conditions. For complete results of our tests, take a look at "Testing Passenger and Touring All-Season Tires."

To view all 215/65R16 options, shop by size.

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