Replacement Tire Options for Your SUV or Crossover

Monday, November 28, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
These days, the market for SUV and crossover vehicles is huge. And with so many models to choose from, and each carrying their own unique sizes and fitments, tire manufacturers have their work cut out. From my experience in talking to customers, today's SUV and crossover owners rarely go off road (eliminating the need for off road wheels and tires) and spend the majority of their time engaging in city or highway driving. As such, when most drivers are looking for a replacement set of tires, they tend to value ride comfort and noise quality above all else. A tire that performs well in all seasons is also a typical requirement.

Listed below are a few pros and cons of three of my favorite Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires, the Michelin Latitude Tour, Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza and Continental CrossContact LX:

Michelin Latitude Tour

Pros:
  • Superior all-season traction
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Good treadwear
  • Low road noise
Cons:
  • Premium price tag
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Pros:
  • Good all-season traction
  • Smooth ride
  • Low road noise
  • Wide array of sizes
  • Moderate price point
Cons:
Continental CrossContact LX

Pros:
  • Smooth ride
  • Good noise quality
  • Attractive price
  • Manufacturer's road hazard included
Cons:
  • Although adequate, snow traction could be improved
Michelin Latitude Tour
Michelin
Latitude Tour
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Bridgestone
Dueler H/L Alenza
Continental CrossContact LX
Continental
CrossContact LX

And if your SUV or crossover has AWD capabilities, be sure to read, "Matching Tires on Four-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive Vehicles."

Comments on Replacement Tire Options for Your SUV or Crossover

Sunday, March 24, 2013 by vince:
What tire can I use to replace a 33x12.5 on a 15 inch rim.
Monday, March 25, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
33x12.50x15 tires are still available. Simply search by size to view the available options. Sadly, no metric options exist to get you this tall and wide on a 15" wheel. -Marshall@tirerack.com
Sunday, October 20, 2013 by joe:
what are the optional sizes for 235/60/16. keeping the 16 inch rims and a narrower tire.
Monday, October 21, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Joe,
What type of vehicle do you have?

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