Four Tire Choices for Your 2008 Camry LE to Cruise the 405

Friday, April 13, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

It seems like everybody knows someone that drives a Toyota Camry. For a great combination of reliability, versatility and efficiency, the Camry is hard to beat. Take care of your Camry and it'll run forever. Part of that proper care is tire maintenance. With correct maintenance, the vehicle's Original Equipment tires should last anywhere between 40,000 and 60,000 miles. To gain a better understanding of when you should look for new tires, read "When Should I Replace My Tires."
 

If it's determined that you need new tires, what option should you purchase? The best choice will vary depending on how you drive and where you drive. Where you drive is a crucial variable and to ensure the following recommendations are accurate, let's focus on Southern California.
 

So what does the average SoCal Camry driver need from their tires? A tire with excellent emergency handling for battling traffic, effective braking for sudden bottlenecks, good treadwear, low tread noise and tire efficiency for optimal fuel economy. With little rain in Southern California, wet grip isn't as critical to the selection. 
 

Based on our test data, feedback from drivers and the tire manufacturer's internal testing, I recommend the following Grand Touring All-Season tires: BFGoodrich Advantage T/A, Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring, Yokohama AVID Ascend (H&V) or Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum.

 

BFGoodrich Advantage T/A
BFGoodrich Advantage T/A
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Yokohama AVID Ascend
Yokohama AVID Ascend (H&V)
Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

 

The BFGoodrich Advantage T/A gets good ratings in the dry traction portion of our surveys. Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring tires tested well on the dry track, drove well on the road and topped the test group in fuel economy. The Yokohama AVID Ascend (H&V) is the replacement for the proven Yokohama AVID TRZ. Yokohama's internal testing shows improvement across the board especially in fuel efficiency relative to the TRZ. Kumho's Ecsta LX Platinum offers a great combination of value and competency with good results in the dry portion of our test. 


2008 Toyota Camry FAQ:

  1. How often should I rotate my tires and what air pressure is recommended? Rotate your tires at least every 5,000 miles in the "X-Pattern." The factory recommend air pressure that's printed on the door placard is your starting point. For the 2008 Toyota Camry LE, factory recommend air pressure is 32 psi in the front and rear.
     
  2. I noticed that none of the above tires are directional, why? Directional tires are designed to emphasize hydroplaning resistance. Hydroplaning is normally a non-issue in the Southern California area. By selecting a directional tire, you can't rotate in the X-Pattern and you're more likely to develop irregular heel-and-toe and its accompanying noise.

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