What are Some of the Best MAZDA3 All-Season Tires?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Steve Huffman

Is it time to put some "Zoom-Zoom" back into your MAZDA3? Installing a new set of tires can certainly help. The MAZDA3 has been an extremely popular compact car that gets great gas mileage to go along with good looks. With so many MAZDA3s on the road the past few years, many are bound to need new tires. If this sounds like you, take a look at a few suggestions for good all-season tires.

First, the Michelin Primacy MXV4 has proven to be one of Michelin's best Grand Touring All-Season tires (currently top-ranked tire in the performance category) and has just about everything you're looking for in an all-season tire. It has exceptional wet and dry traction, great handling, very good winter traction and provides a quiet ride.

If you really want to put some zoom back in the car, consider a set of Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. At present, this Ultra High Performance All-Season tire is ranked number one in its category from our customer survey results. The tire has exceptional handling and responsiveness, along with great all-season traction and would be a great choice as your next set of MAZDA 3 tires.   

Are you looking for a good value option tire? The Kumho Ecsta 4X is getting very good reviews and has been a popular choice among our customers. In our Tire Survey Results the tire receives high marks in hydroplaning resistance, cornering stability, dry traction, steering response and treadwear.

Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy


Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta



Comments on What are Some of the Best MAZDA3 All-Season Tires?

Monday, February 27, 2012 by CDS:
In between the comfort-oriented MXV4 and the ultra-performance-oriented RE970AS is the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S V-rated. I find it is a great choice on the Mazda3. Sporty enough while being reasonably comfortable and quiet. Hits the sweet spot for me.
Sunday, February 17, 2013 by Nick Osgood:
I have a Mazda3 which came with factory basic tires (Tundra) on 16" alloy rims. I don`t want to be doing the usual rim and tire changing each season for snow tires. So please recommend a good brand of all seasons suitable when the average snow fall happens here in S.W.Ontario.Canada
Monday, February 18, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Nick. I would still suggest either one of the tires mentioned above. They are all very good all season tires and my first choice would be the Michelin Primacy MXV4. Hope this helps.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Tyler:
In dire need to replace my OEM tires. Looking at the new Bridgestone Serenity Plus (however, no reviews on them yet). Grand Touring fine for this car versus Performance? Why is the Michelin Primacy MXV4 rated low on here from users?
Thursday, February 28, 2013 by steve:
A Grand Touring tire like the Serenity is a great tire and would also do just fine on a Mazda. I'm not sure what you mean by a low rating on the Primacy, it is currenty ranked number one in survey results.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by KMC:
I'm interested in the Primacy MXV4, as you suggest. However, when I use this site to select it, I am told it does not fit my car (205/50VR/17). Help please!
Monday, July 15, 2013 by Steve:
They only make the Primacy in the factory 16" size. For the 17" size I would suggest the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus as an alternative. Hope this helps.
Monday, September 23, 2013 by VDJ:
I currently have the hankook 205/50R17 V4 ES tires on my Mazda 3, however they were quit often and I find I am replacing them more than I can afford to. I was thinking of changing to the Hankook optimo 4s but I'm not sure what the difference in driving the vehicle would be? Also I do a lot of driving and I heard that the optimo's wear is longer than the ones I currently have. Help please?
Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Steve:
The Opitmo will likely last a little bit longer, but not much. They are more of a Touring tire, so they won't have as good of responsiveness as the V4. Hope this helps.
Saturday, November 9, 2013 by HSK:
between the serenity plus and the kumho Ecsta 4X, which one would you go for a person that drives less than 5k miles a yr?
Saturday, November 23, 2013 by steve:
If you don't drive that many miles then the Kumho will be just fine. It has a 40k mile tread life warranty, so that will last you several years.
Saturday, February 15, 2014 by Maggie:
My son needs to get new tires for all season around town driving of 2007 Mazda 3. Needs safety and economical. Suggestions 205/50/17
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
The Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology is highly rated and your best choice.
Sunday, March 9, 2014 by Chloe :
I put a lot of miles on my mazda 3, what would be the tire that would go good in all weather conditions and long tread life? I was thinking the mxv4 sounds promising?
Monday, March 10, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Chloe, What year is your vehicle and what size are you currently running? This will help us narrow down choices for you.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Angel:
I have a 2004 with about 155,000 miles. I currently have michelin pilot a/s tires 205-55-17. I'm looking to purchase tires. Any recommendations?
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Angel, if you liked the Michelin Pilot Sport AS+, then I would suggest you consider the new Michelin Pilot Sport AS3, since it's the replacement tire. They have even better responsiveness and handling.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Treasa:
I'm looking for long-lasting 3/all season (I use winter tires) tires for a 2006 Mazda 3. Mid-price range. A lot of city driving. Right now I have 195/65/15 but could go up to 16.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
For your 2006 Mazda 3, in the size 195/65R15, take a look at the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus. This would be the best tire for wet and dry traction. The Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus is also going to be a very comfortable tire and has a treadlife of 80,000 miles. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Bridgestone&tireModel=Turanza+Serenity+Plus&affiliate=TZ4
Monday, May 19, 2014 by liz:
What would be the best allseason tires for my 2010 Mazda3. It has about 53000 miles on it now and I'm still using OEM tires. I'm currently doing a decent amount of city driving. Thanks!
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Liz, what size tires are you currently running on your vehicle?
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by liz:
I believe they are 205/55R16
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
We would suggest the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. It's the top-rated Grand Touring All-Season tire, and it offers fantastic all-season traction, is very quiet and is long lasting, too. http://bit.ly/RUl8Yl
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by david:
06 mazda 3i want to replace oem yokohama 205/55/16 loved the smoothnes and noiseless...upgrade to eom 17 wheels with Potenza g019 but too noisey and bumpey ride...live in FL so no snow here
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
I would suggest you take a look at the Continental Conti PureContact or Pirelli Cinturato P7 AS Plus. Both of those are two of our quietest tires and do exceptionally well in the wet for those Florida thunderstorms. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tire-brand.jsp?affiliate=TZ4
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by Morgan:
I have a 2011 Mazda3 and do a lot of city and highway driving daily; tires are currently P205/50R17 93V Yokohamas but was looking for a more affordable yet still comparable all-season option if there is one. Only need 2, if that makes any difference. Thanks!
Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Angela:
Replacing tires for my 2008 Mazda 3 GT, 205-50-17 size. All season for South Carolina area. What's your recommendation. Was told Michelin Premier AS but they sound like they are SUV and Sedans?
Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Morgan, we typically would recommend that you match the tires with two more Yokohamas when only replacing two tires. However, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus would be more affordable and comparable option. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Pirelli&tireModel=Cinturato+P7+All+Season+Plus&affiliate=TZ4.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Angela, the Michelin Premier AS would still work just fine on a Mazda 3. But it you want to look at some other good options I would suggest either the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus, if your looking for a quiet and comfortable tire, or the Continental ExtremeContact DWS if you're looking for more of a performance tire. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tire-brand.jsp?affiliate=TZ4.
Sunday, June 29, 2014 by Greg:
Looking for the best winter handling all season tire for a 2008 Mazda3 GT 205/50R17. Quiet ride would be a plus.
What would you recommend?
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
The best all-season tire with a focus on winter traction would be either the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus or Continental ExtremeContact DWS.
Monday, July 21, 2014 by Richard:
I am looking to replace tires on a 2006 Mazda 3 w 205/50/17. I have had previous stock Goodyear RSA and Yoko S drives and they became VERY noisy after ~ 1year. Latest Sumo HTR ASP01 were better for a while. From reading it seems Pirelli P7 Cinturato all season look the best, regarding low noise. But General Altimax HP is rated well regarding noise at much lower $. Any comments on General Altimax HP?
Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Overall, the General has been very well received and stays quiet over the life of the tire. It's a great choice for the money. The Pirelli tire is also an excellent choice. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=General&tireModel=Altimax+HP&affiliate=TZ4
Saturday, August 9, 2014 by Jackson:
I have a 2007 Mazda 3 touring sedan that uses 205/50R17 tires. It originally came with Michelin tires, then I installed Kumho, and currently have Cooper tires (great tread life) that need replacing now. Since I drive a lot locally for my job and need good handling, excellent traction and tread life, what would be some tire options I should consider this time around?
Thursday, August 14, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Jackson, take a look at the Continental PureContact and Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S Plus. Both offer great traction and handling with good treadwear.
Thursday, October 2, 2014 by TC:
Have a 2012, stick-shift Mazda 3. Looking for all season rubber that deals well with rain and snow. Riding Turanza OEM P2015/55/R16 with 36K. Michelin? Other?
Monday, October 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
TC, two tires you may want to take a look at are the Michelin Premier A/S and the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. They are among the strongest all-season tires available in your size. - marshall@tirerack.com
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Greg:
I was looking at the Michelin Primacy tires for my 2013 Mazda 3. I was told they were being discontinued and the Michelin Premier was the recommended tire. Is that a good match for my car?
Friday, October 24, 2014 by Rob:
My wife has a '08 Mazda3. She's currently running the Bridgestone 205/50/17 89V. These tires don't seem to last very long and are quite noisy. Any suggestions on which tire we should move to? Thanks for any help!!!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Greg, the Michelin Premier is the replacement for the Michelin Primacy and is one of the highest rated tires in its category. It would be a good fit for the Mazda 3. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by John:
I have a 2013 Mazda 3i and looking to replace the stock Turnaza Tires. The dealership recommended the Yoko Avid Envigor, but upon reading reviews i'm a little hesitant to go with those. I live in utah and drive the canyons to ski resorts 1-2 times a week during the winter. and i drive about 25-30000 miles a year. What would you recommend or should i go with the envigor?
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Rob, two very popular options available in this size are the Continental Pure Contact and Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S Plus. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/surveydisplay.jsp?type=GTAS&affiliate=BF7
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
John, while the Envigor is not a bad choice, stronger all-season options are available. One of our best rated tires we carry is the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=PureContact+with+EcoPlus+Technology&affiliate=BF7
Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Emily:
I have a 2004 Mazda 3s with 205/50/17 tires. While 1 of the 4 was replaced about 2 years ago, I am looking for a new set to handle the great Michigan seasons. So I guess I am looking for a solid all-season tire, one that can handle some harsh winters, so traction is a plus, quiet/comfortable, and a good tread life. I know it is a more "sporty" car, but I am not a Nascar driver.
Sunday, November 16, 2014 by Wayne:
I have a 2013 Mazda sport GT and need snowflake all season tires. Drive a minimum of 19000 miles per year. What would you recommend?
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Emily, two of the most popular all-seaon tires available for this car are the Continental Pure Contact with EcoPlus Technology and the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/surveydisplay.jsp?type=GTAS&affiliate=BF7
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Wayne, the snowflake symbol is typically found only on dedicated snow tires. Of the tires offered in that category, customers have typically seen the longest wear with the Michelin X-Ice line of products. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Monday, November 24, 2014 by Tobe:
Steve, we're looking for replacement tires for our Mazda 3 that will have good traction (no snow here)and Quiet!
(there's too much road noise with the Yokohamas) What would you recommend?
Friday, November 28, 2014 by Mike:
I am seriously considering purchasing a 2015 Mazda 3 next month. Have test driven 3 different cars, am probably going to go with the iIouring trim, which has the 2.0L engine and comes with 16" wheels. Now, I know this is going to sound sacrilegious, but here goes: I love everything about the car EXCEPT the ride which is too harsh and noisy. If I buy one of these cars, I'd want to immediately replace the OEM tires with all season radials that are quieter and decrease the ride harmonic bouncing and harsh ride. Am I asking too much? Is there a good all season tire that will make the ride quieter and more tolerable without hitting the gas mileage significantly?
Saturday, November 29, 2014 by Hi :

I have a Mazda 3 2009. Last year I had a very difficult time in the winter and this year I want to avoid that if at all possible.

What is the BEST all season tire out there that works amazingly in winter
Monday, December 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Tobe, Take a look at the Michelin Premier A/S or the Pirelli P7 All Season Plus. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/surveydisplay.jsp?type=GTAS&affiliate=BF7
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Mike, Most Mazda 3s equipped with 16" wheels use the Yokohama Avid S34FV as an Original Equipment tire. These tires have not been positively reviewed and other options certainly exist that are both quiet and better riding. For a list of current front-runners in the Grand Touring All-Season category, look here: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/surveydisplay.jsp?type=GTAS&affiliate=BF7
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Hi, One of my favorites is the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. It tends to work very well as an all-season, is popular amongst consumers and is fairly cost-effective. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/surveydisplay.jsp?type=GTAS&affiliate=BF7
Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Erik:
Hello. I am in search of performance/all-season tires for my 2010 Mazda3 hatchback. After ~30k miles, the original tires have worn out. My car typically is used for a short commute (~12 mi RT/day), but I want to have good handling on long drives, particularly through the desert. Tire size is P205/50R17. My preference is that the tires be at least some what cost-effective...likely looking for $100-$200/tire. Thank you
Monday, December 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Erik, If you're looking for a performance all-season, take a look at the Continental ExtremeContact DWS or the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2. Both are well rated and are fairly cost-effective: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/surveydisplay.jsp?type=UHPAS&affiliate=BF7
Friday, December 26, 2014 by jay:
Hi , I have mazda 3 sport 2010 and I currently have falken 205/50R17. I am looking for replacement tires that need to be quiet and comfort as well as better handling. I also want to know if I get 215/55R17 , is it gonna be ok for my car ? Thank you
Monday, January 5, 2015 by Tire Rack Team:
Jay, We do not recommend, nor can we guarantee the successful use of a 215/55R17 on this car. Take a look at our consumer reviews for popular options in your factory size: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/index.jsp?affiliate=BF7
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Joe:
Hi, I have a 2008 Mazda 3 iSport 2.0L with 205/50R17 tires. I'm looking to replace all 4 and was wondering what would be the best tires for all season. Also if it would be okay to go down to a smaller size tire like the original size of 195/65R15. Thanks.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by Tire Rack Team:
Joe, Using a 195/65R15 is fine as long as it is paired with an appropriate 15" wheel. When using the 205/50R17 size, take a look at the Continental Pure Contact or the Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S+. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/surveydisplay.jsp?type=GTAS&affiliate=BF7
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by Andrew:
Hi, I have a 2012 Mazda 3 5-door i-Grand touring and am looking to replace the OE Turanza EL-400-2 tires. My tire specs are 205/55-16. I am looking for all-season tires, regardless that i live in Southern California. I drive tight around corners so I want grip, yet I still drive keeping gas mileage in mind. Additionally, in the rare occurrences when we have rain, I don't want to be hydroplaning like i have with these OE tires. What tires do you recommend i install next? I drive around 15,000 miles a year.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Team:
Andrew, Two of the best rated Grand Touring All-Season tires offered in your size are the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology and the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/surveydisplay.jsp?type=GTAS&affiliate=BF7

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