Tires Options Have Caught Up with the Toyota Highlander

Thursday, July 12, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

Until recently, owners of the Toyota Highlander running 245/55R19 tires had struggled with replacement options. The 2008 Toyota Highlander was the first vehicle to utilize that size and the only option was the Original Equipment. This size was typically found on the limited and limited hybrid trim levels. As we see very frequently with Original Equipment, people weren't happy with them, particularly with the wear. There simply wasn't enough demand perceived by the manufacturers to step in with some of the premium aftermarket solutions. So much so, that we had to move many of our customers into 255/55R19 to open up some different choices. As time marched forward, we have seen the popularity of this size increase and along the way some attractive options have entered the market. 
 

Dunlop Signature CS
Dunlop Signature
CS
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia
Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All Season
Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season


The Dunlop Signature CS, Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia and Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season are three examples of new entrants in the original size. I am confident these will offer much better solutions than the Original Equipment.

Take a look at what some Highlander owners are saying about these tires:

"Excellent, vehicle rides smooth and handles well." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Toyota Highlander (Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All Season)

"The Bridgestones are a great touring SUV tire with a nice ride and traction for the cost and would recommend them to anyone."  -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Toyota Highlander (Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia)

"Immediately after installing the tires the ride in our Highlander improved dramatically. Tires were quiet and extremely smooth."  -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Toyota Highlander (Dunlop Signature CS)

If you want an option that has a longer track record, it may still be worth considering the alternate size. In this size you'll find the long time favorite Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza. It has maintained a top five ranking in the survey results even after millions of reported miles. The 255/55R19 is just under a 1/2" taller and just under 1/2" wider than the original size. That's a very minor size change and will work well on the Highlander. Again, I feel with the new entries this isn't as attractive as before, but in some situations it may still be worth considering.

In summary, as the market has evolved, some really nice alternatives to the Original Equipment have become available. When your Highlander is in need of replacements, there is less reason to explore alternate sizes than there was before. With all these new options, it's time to start shopping.

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