Best Tires for the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain

General Motor's mid-size SUVs, the Chevy Equinox and its GMC Terrain counterpart, have been one of America's best-selling sport utility vehicles over the past few years. Great looks and efficient power keeps this American family wagon rolling right along. With so many on the road, it's probably time for many owners to start considering new tires. Thankfully, there are many great options for these vehicle.

Currently, the top-rated Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. This tire seems to simply do it all. Right away you'll notice how quiet, smooth and comfortable it rides. In addition, it has exceptional all-season traction. As a low rolling resistance tire, you can also expect to save fuel while receiving an enhanced driving pleasure. 

Another great tire to consider is the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season. Similar to the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, this tire offers excellent ride qualities and is very nice to drive on. Designed as an eco-friendly option, the tire features an Ecoimpact icon on its sidewall to highlight its environmental compatibility where it reduces rolling resistance and tire weight to increase fuel economy and lower the vehicle's CO2 emissions.

As a good value option, take a look at the Firestone Destination LE 2. It's a relatively new tire that replaced the popular Destination LE. It features a completely revised tread design that not only looks good, but performs great. Combining long wear with a comfortable ride, the Destination LE 2 provides all-season traction, even in light snow.

Continental CrossContact LX20 with Ecoplus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Pirelli Scopion Verde All Season
Pirelli Scorpion Verde
All Season
Firestone Destination LE 2
Firestone Destination
LE 2

If the time has come to replace the tires on your Equinox or Terrain, consider these three options. If you would like to see additional offerings, shop by vehicle.


Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Alan

I like Firestone but the do not offer the LE2's in 235/60/17 which is the size for SLE with base wheel option.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Alan

As a matter of fact none of the three tires you have listed come in the factory size for a SLE Terrain with 17" wheels.
Friday, May 17, 2013 by steve

Hi Alan,
You're correct, there were a few version of this vehicle that took that size. Based on what's available in that size, I would suggest the original Firestone Destination LE, or the Goodyear Assurance CS Triple Tread. Hope this helps.
Saturday, July 27, 2013 by Alan

Thanks Steve for the recommendations. I think I am going to try Bridgestones Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia.
Sunday, February 16, 2014 by Lisa

What do you think of the Goodyear Assurance Comfortred for my Chevrolet Equinox? I see you mention the triple tread here. Is it because the Comfortred is not the best since I have a crossover/SUV? Please get back to me on your thoughts soon! Right now I am deciding between a Goodyear comfortred or the Continental CrossContact LX 20 Eco plus. Which would you suggest??
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

The CrossContact LX20 is the better choice. The ComforTred is weaker in a few areas, where the CrossContact is strong across the board.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Mitch

My Terrain's (FWD, SLT) OEM tire size is 235/55R18. I'm torn between the Continental ProContact EcoPlus and the Continental CrossContact LX20. I don't really drive on snow, but ice can be an issue sometimes during the winter (I'm in Texas).

The only reason why I'm having such a hard time is because of this:
ProContact EcoPlus:
-Comes in my vehicle's OEM size.
-Has slightly better survey results than the LX20's.
-After skimming through the reviews, most people own sedans of some type... my vehicle is a small SUV.

CrossContact LX20:
-Only comes in a +0 size for my vehicle (255/55R18). Are new rims necessary? Are these safe to use?
-Still has great survey results
-Most reviewers are using these on small-large SUVs.

Which ones are advised for my vehicle then? I don't know anything about plus size tires, and am not wanting to buy new rims. I do mostly highway and city driving, so fuel economy is a plus for me (hence why I'm looking at these EcoPlus tires). Road conditions here in Texas are mostly dry or wet (combined with oils on the road accumulated over dry periods, so wet traction is extremely important), and snow traction isn't all that important, even though we do get the occasional ice storm during the winter.
Monday, April 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

If fuel economy is a factor, then we would certainly stay with the stock size. A wider tire will cause you to lose fuel efficiency and not be any better on ice. The Continental ProContact EcoPlus would still be a great choice on your vehicle, but if you want to consider another option, we would suggest the Bridgestone Dueler HL422 Ecopia. The tire does very well in winter conditions and are also low rolling resistance.
Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Gene

i have a GMC Terrain SLE with 17inch tires 235/60/R17
I'm considering Micheline Primacy MXV4, Goodyear Assurance Tripletread or Bridgestone Duellers. What is the best tire for my truck or would you reccomend another. Price is not an issue so please suggest the absolute best.
Friday, May 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

You didn't mention any conditions that you experience on your drive, but the best overall tire for this vehicle, in my opinion, would be the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia.
Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tom

I am concidering putting a set of General Alitmax RT-43's on my wife's AWD 2011 Equinox. She does a lot of highway driving and hills to work and needs a good dry weather/snow tire. What is your opinion on this tire's performance
Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Tom, that's the top-rated tire by customers in its performance category. Great choice at a good price!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Kenny

What's the largest tire size I can go to on my wife's 2014 Chevy Equinox AWD? It has stock 225-65/17 but I would like to go bigger if I can.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Kenny, due to the tight tollerances around the suspension components on this vehicle we do not recommend the use of a large tire.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Jim

Have a 2014 Chevy Equinox with 225 65 17 all seasons. I travel to ski resorts in central PA often and feel I should get snow tires (it gets crazy up there sometimes). Is there an advantage dropping a size down to 215 65 17? More wheel well clearance for snow and such? My equinox is all wheel drive. I assume the small change will not hurt anything
Monday, October 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Jim, the drop in size would provide slightly better winter traction. As a side effect, however, it will slightly alter the rotational speed and throw off the speedometer and odometer. Additionally, there are a large amount of 225/65R17 tires available that will give you more selection to choose from. --
Friday, October 24, 2014 by Todd

Anyone looking at the Bridgestone HL 422 ecopias, I would NOT recommend. My wifes 2012 GMC Terrain has only gone 1 season with em, and they need replaced already. Massively disappointed with treadwear. I check air pressures regularly. Rotate etc...
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by John McGill

How about all Terrain tires for a GMC Terrain? I had Firestone destination AT's on my chev traverse and they were great, on pavement, gravel and snow?
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

John, what year is your GMC Terrain? Also, what size Original Equipment wheels do you have?
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by DANA

Looking to buy new tires for my 2011 Equinox LTZ. All I know is that they are 19's (?). I work in Cincinnati and need tires that go well in inclement weather. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Dana, one of the most popular all-season tires available in the 235/55R19 size is the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus:
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Nick

Is this a good tire for a 2009 Equinox? I live in Cleveland and winters are sometimes brutal. I am looking at the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A - 235/60R17 102T
Friday, November 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Nick, the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A has been a well liked tire and is offered in your size for $122/ea plus shipping. Another tire to look at in this size is the Firestone Precision Touring.
Friday, December 12, 2014 by Laurie French

Looking to buy new tires for my 2010 SLE GMC Terrain. I moved to Colorado Springs a year and a half ago and my current tires don't fit the all around weather. I'm looking at the Scorpion Verde all season plus tires (235/55-R18). Any suggestions?
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Laurie, The tire in question works quite well, however as an alternative selection, take a look at the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia.
Saturday, January 10, 2015 by Megan

I have a 2012 GMC Terrain SLE (FWD) with 17" tires. I currently have Firestone Destination LE and I have had bad luck with them (very little traction in the snow). I am looking for an all season tire to use in Wisconsin - that will get good traction in snow/on ice. Suggestions??
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Megan, Typically the Firestone Destination line-up gets very positive reviews, however if you are seeking an alternate, take a look at the Michelin LTX M/S 2.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by Cassie

I have a 2005 AWD Equinox and live in Indiana which can be brutal. What are the best tires you would recommend for an all season with no change from stock 235/60R17. I am struggling with good tires.
Friday, January 16, 2015 by Patti

The time has come to change the tires on my 2008 Chevrolet Equinox AWD sport. I live in Michigan where winters are bad. I have 235 50 18's. I need a clue on where to start.
Friday, January 16, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Cassie, Take a look at the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia.
Saturday, January 17, 2015 by Joshua Keeton

I have 2012 Chevy equinox trying to find a good tire at a decent price I do a lot of city and highway driving 225/65/17
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Patti, Take a look at the Bridgestone H/L 422 Ecopia:
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Joshua, Take a look at the Continental CrossContact LX 20 with EcoPlus Technology:
Saturday, January 31, 2015 by roy

is there anybody's all weather tires that will fit a 2012 gmc terrain sle awd 2.4
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Roy, There are plenty all-season tires available for your GMC Terrain. You can view options here:
Friday, February 6, 2015 by Greg

I have 225 65 17" on my equinox now. Have heard I should go slightly wider for winter and have been told I should get 235 65 17". Would they work on a 2012 equinox or will the half a centimetre interfere with shocks and struts. Thanks
Friday, February 6, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Greg, Narrower tires are actually preferred for winter use as they trap less snow and ice under the tires footprint. We would recommend sticking with your factory size. --
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by Deb

I have a Equniox 2011 awd. Im looking for a good tire that does well in the snow and rain. I have a very steep driveway.
Friday, April 3, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Deb, Take a look at the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology:
Monday, April 6, 2015 by David

I live in Vermont and can't get around without snow tires on my AWD Terrain. I'm about to take them off for the season. What should I put on in the non winter months? I assume I don't need an all season tire? Suggestions?
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by Christine

I'm looking for new tires for my 2010 Equinox LTZ. and I drive a lot in the city and on the highway. I do prefer all season tires. The past couple of winters has produced a lot of snow and ice. My car currently has Goodyear Viva Authority tires. They were on it when I purchased it. What tire would be best for my vehicle?
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

David, What year is your Terrain and what size wheels/tires do you have?
Friday, April 10, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Christine, Take a look at the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology:
Sunday, May 17, 2015 by Misty

I have a 2012 Equinox with Michelin latitude P225/65/R17's the road noise is atrocious! I'm looking for something to replace that has good tread ware rating but quiet. Also I live in AZ so keep in mind road Temps. Please help. The.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Misty, Take a look at the Bridgestone Dueler HL422 Ecopia and the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology:
Monday, July 6, 2015 by Jerry L. Jacobs

My wife has a 2008 Equinox LS with worn tires (size is P235 65R16). What is a good all around tire for Indiana weather that won't break the bank?
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 by MWise

have a 2010 Equinox (AWD) do a lot of driving on gravel and highway what tire do you recommend? So far the ones I have tried just do not hold up to gravel.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Jerry, For a good cost-effective option, take a look at the General Altimax RT43:
Friday, July 10, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

MWise, Gravel will wear all tires a quicker rate than pavement, however for best results, look for a tire with a high wear rating. A few that come to mind are the Continental True Contact and Michelin Defender. --
Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Jay

looking for something that's both good in the crazy torrential downpour rain that we have here in South Florida, and something that will be good for somewhat off-road on dirt roads in the tree fields . 2012 Equinox. Thanks!!
Friday, August 14, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Jay, Take a look at the Yokohama Geolander AT-S. Although all-terrain tires are not commonly found in your size, this tire is produced and specifically offers a bit more biting edge than a traditional all-season. --
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by Anthony

Hi, I'm looking for tires for a 2014 Equinox. I do plenty of highway driving, and want something that is not so loud, but can provide good gas efficiency. What are some choices you would recommend?
Friday, August 28, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Anthony, Take a look at the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus and Continental CrossContact LX20:
Sunday, September 6, 2015 by Bob

i recently purchased a2013 terrain with 235 60 r17. My wife has new tires that are 235 65 r 17. Can we swap out the tires between the two. She's trading in her car and does not want to do so with the brand new tires
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by James

I have a 2010 AWD terrain with 225/65/17 and need an all season tire thats good in the snow as well as dirt as I use it to launch a boat. I was thinking a 235/65/17 firestone destination A/T? would that work or a stock destination le2 or goodyear tripletred be better?
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Danny

What do recommend for driving in New England all year. All the different weather. 2011 Terrain Sle w/ 17" rims AWD
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by Julie

Hi, I have a 2012 Terrain SLE with 235/55/18's. I have 72,000 on the original Michelins, but am needing to find something new. I need something that does well in dry/wet/and snow/ice. Ideally, I'd like to find something that wears well since I have had such good experience with the original tires; however, since they are some of the most expensive, I thought I would see if you have any recommendations. My dealership is trying to get me to buy the Hankook Optimo H725, but the reviews on them are not very good. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance for your help!
Thursday, September 10, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Bob, Due to this tire being taller than the factory size we cannot guarantee it as a good fitment.
Thursday, September 10, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

James, While we cannot guarantee the successful use of anything larger than the factory size, a 235/65R17 seems reasonable and the Firestone Destination AT would be an excellent choice if you are looking for additional biting edge in light off road environments. --
Friday, September 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Danny, Take a look at the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology:
Friday, September 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Julie, Historically, customers have not had good success with the Optimo H725. A good bargain with good reviews that you may wish to check out is the General Altimax RT43:
Monday, November 9, 2015 by Serena

I have a 2011 AWD Chevy Equinox LT and I cannot decide on good tires. I have had the Michelin OEM tires on for a little over 60 k miles which is great but I was primarily down south and on the highway. Now I am back in Northern NY and winter are hard. The dealer recommended Goodyear Assurance Fuelmax but they don't seem like great tires. I don't plan on buying another set of tires for this car so I want them to hold up and perform well for the duration of the time I have with my vehicle.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 by paul

looking for new tires for my 2012 gmc terrain 235/60/17. what are thaughts on General altimax rt43
Thursday, November 12, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Serena, A few high mileage strong performing all-seasons that I am particularly fond of are the Continental Cross Contact LX20 and the Pirelli Scorpion Verde A/S Plus. Both can be seen here in our consumer reviews:
Thursday, November 12, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Paul, The General Altimax RT43 would be a good choice and has been well liked in both our consumer reviews and internal tests. --

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