Best Tires for the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Steve Huffman

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.

Comments on Best Tires for the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain

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. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Bridgestone&tireModel=Dueler+H%2FL+422+Ecopia&affiliate=TZ4
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. -- marshall@tirerack.com

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