Best Tires for Honda CR-V (Part One)

Over five generations, the Honda CR-V has grown from a boxy, small SUV when first introduced in 1997, to the mature and civilized mid-size crossover vehicle that it is today. As the vehicle has grown, so has it's tire and wheel size. 15-inch wheels and tires were used on the first-generation, while new CR-Vs roll off of the assembly line on 17-inch or 18-inch wheels and tires.  

Given the many changes the vehicle has undergone over the years and the many possible tire sizes that have been used, there is no single "best" tire for all years of the CR-V. Instead, we'll break down a couple of top choices in popular sizes used on the CR-V. First, I will cover the tire sizes that are commonly used on the first two generations of the CR-V made from 1997-2006. I base these choices off of our customer ratings and reviews, as well as my own experience with the tires and our tire testing program.  

Tire Size 205/70R15

 Goodyear Assurance All-Season
Goodyear Assurance All-Season
 General Altimax RT43 (T-Speed Rated)
General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

All first-, and many early second-generation models used tire size 205/70R15. In this size, top choices include the Goodyear Assurance All-Season and General Altimax RT43 (T-Speed Rated). Both of these tires feature long tread wear, a smooth, quiet ride and good traction in wet and snow. Either would make a very good choice, but in our testing and customer ratings, the General proved itself to be superior in wet traction, snow traction, handling and even features a longer tread wear warranty than the Goodyear.  You can read more about the AltiMAX RT 43 in "The All-Season General AltiMAX RT43 is Number One."

Tire Size 215/65R16:

 Goodyear Assurance Tripletred All-Season
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
 Continental TrueContact
Continental TrueContact

The first few years of the second-generation used the same tire size as the first-generation CR-V, but for 2005 and 2006, Honda began to use 215/65R16 as the standard size. For size 215/65R16, I like the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season and Continental TrueContact. These two premium touring all-season tires have treadwear warranties that are among the best in the industry. At 80,000 miles for the Goodyear and 90,000 miles for the Continental, these tires may be the only set of tires you have to buy for your vehicle. In addition, both have confidence-inspiring traction on wet roads and responsive handling. We discovered in our testing that the Continental was quieter overall, and our customer ratings indicate that it has better winter traction than the Goodyear. Given these differences, I would lean towards the Continental TrueContact, especially if you live in a northern climate.  

Shop by vehicle to check pricing and availability for these tires for your 1997-2006 Honda CR-V or similar vehicle. If you have a newer CR-V, stay tuned for part two of this blog when I cover recommendations for tires for the third-, fourth- and fifth -generation CR-V (2007 to 2017).

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