Finding A Good Tire for the Toyota Highlander

Bridgestone Dueler H/L AlenzaIf you drive a late model Toyota Highlander with 19" wheels, you have likely noticed that there are very few choices in the O.E. 245/55R19 size. In addition, the few tire options available in this size are not necessarily a great selection for most drivers based on their performance and price.

An option most people are not aware of is selecting an alternative tire size for the vehicle. Most vehicles have two or more sizes available that will fit properly without any modifications needed.

The newer Highlanders with 19" O.E. wheels can accommodate a 255/55R19 tire, which fits great and allows for better choices.

Choosing a different size tire can make many people a bit nervous because they are concerned that it may not be a good fit and cause mechanical problems with their vehicle. Luckily, we have the experience and knowledge to understand what tires work best with certain applications and this is a size that we know fits the Highlander well.

2008 Toyota Highlander

The most popular tire in this alternative size is the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza. This tire offers the best combination of traction, ride quality and tread life available for the Highlander. This is a great choice for drivers looking for a better performing and less expensive alternative to O.E. Toyota Highlander tires.


Sunday, November 27, 2011 by George Peterson

I'm looking for a affordable combination of rims and winter tires for my 2011 Highlander. Any suggestions here?
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 by Logan

Thank you for your recent inquiry. There are several good options for the Highlander. I would need a little more information such as trim level (base, hybrid, LE, Limited)and what diameter wheel you would like. The best way to cover all of this is over the telephone. Please feel free to contact me directly at 800-428-8355 x-737.
Thank you,
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 by Tamika

You recommend 255/55R19 tire as a good, safe replacement for the orginal tire. I have a 2012 highlander limited. Will your suggested tire also accommodate the orginal rim as well? What is an estimate cost for these tire and estimated tread life?
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 by Vaughn

My 2009 Highlander Limited has 31000 miles and the P245/55R19 Bridgestone H/L 400 tires need replacing. I need a tire that gets good traction in snow and better tread life then 31000 miles. What up graded P255/55R19 tire ( Michelin, Bridgestone, Pirelli Scorpion Verde) would you recommend and can I expect any speedometer and ABS problems? How does the TOYO High Country HT P245/55R19 compare to my requirements for snow and tread life?
Thursday, August 2, 2012 by M

Is this tire advice also good for a 2008 Highlander hybrid?
Monday, August 13, 2012 by louisa

This is helpful, but I'd like some specific information on the best tires for a 2005 Toyota Highlander. We live in Western Mass, where snow piles and ice are not uncommon for several months out of the year. Thank you in advance.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack

As mentioned above, one of the best rated tires in this size would be the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza. Searching by size would enable you to take a look at the other choices and read all of the consumer reviews.
Saturday, September 8, 2012 by Cathy

I have a 2010 Toyota Highlander Sport. I want really good tires. What do you recommend. I live in Virginia and get a mild to moderate amount of snow on the roads. Any suggestions? Thank you.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack

As mentioned in this blog post, we do recommend using a 255/55/19 size. Currently a Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza would be one of your best rated products.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Dean

I have a 2009 Highlander Sport and have already purchased a set of P245/55R19 winter tires. I wanted to get some inexpensive steel rims for these. Do they make them yet?
Monday, September 17, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack

While our wheel suppliers do not offer any steel wheels in this large size, we do offer some cost effective aluminum wheels as an option.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by Brad

I currently have a 255/60 R19 on my 2008 toyota highlander limited. I bought the car used and see that the factory setting is 245/55 R19. What would you reccommend as an alternative replacement tire.
Thursday, October 11, 2012 by ben@tirerack

255/55R19 is a better alternate than 255/60R19. That gives a number of good choices, including the Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza and the Pirelli Scorpion Verde.
Monday, October 29, 2012 by Sam

I am looking for replacement tires for 2009 Highlander Sport. I would prefer an 18 or even 17 size. My driving would be in MA and mostly no off roads. Want a longer treadlife and good traction.
Monday, October 29, 2012 by Ben@tirerack

Sam you can use 17" or 18" tires on the Highlander Sport, but you will need to buy 17" or 18" wheels in order to do so.
Friday, December 28, 2012 by Charles

What are the best tires to buy for my 2008 highlander limited edition? Mainly for highway and wet driving conditions. Thanks
Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack

Take a look at the Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza.
Friday, February 15, 2013 by ed

looking for advice on replacement tires for a 2008 Highlander Hybrid. I live in California, so no issues on snow orice
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack


Two of the highest rated tires would be the Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza or the Pirelli Scorpion Verde.
Sunday, March 17, 2013 by Jessi

Hi! I have a 2010 HL SE with 17" rims and I was looking into upsizing to 19x8" rims (aftermarket of course) and I have been told several different choices as far as tire sizes go. Can u explain to me what is the best choice of tire if I'm upsizing to 19x8 and what would look the best without rubbing or looking too low in profile? I like the Yokohama paradas and the Pirelli scorpion verde all season as well as the Michelin latitude tour but just am clueless to sizes. Any advice would be helpful.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by ben@tirerack

245/55R19 or 255/55R19 will fit on 19x8 wheels. Assuming the wheels are correct for the car, those sizes will fit with no issues. Links here to those sizes:,
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by Tara

I drive a 2012 highlander sport which came with all season toyo 19 inch tires. I would like to get great traction snow tires for slippery, black ice roads. What do you suggest?
Friday, September 6, 2013 by Mimi

I have a 2008 Toyota Highlander. The last time I bought new tires for my car, I bought the Dueler Alenza 255/55/r19 despite the size difference due to lack of choices. This turned out to be fine for the past 3 years or so but now needing to replaced again. There seem to be more choices available now. Should I switch back to one of the others that are 245s or is the Alenza in the 255 still your top recommendation?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Sean

I have leftover winter tires from my last truck that are 235/65r/17. Can I use these on my 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited? Your site recomends 245. I just want to know if there would be any majors risks/problems associated with a 235 instead. Thanks
Friday, December 20, 2013 by Mark

I have a 2012 Toyota Highlander Limited with the OE 245/55/R19 tires. I am looking for winter tires and find that the choices are quite limited for the 19" wheel. Will the 17" wheels from a base or sport model fit? Will it effect any of the on road handling characteristics? Thanks.
Monday, December 23, 2013 by Anthony Cuschieri

I have a 2011 Toyota Highlander with 30,000 miles & my tires need replacing.

Presently the car has P245/65R17, the manual says I should have P245/55R19 103s. Does this mean I have a 17" Rim versus a factory recommended 19" rim? Since I need new tires should I also look at putting the recommended 19" rim size? What is your suggestion??
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by cody

Has anyone had any problems driving the highlander with 255/60/19's? thanks.

I would like a bigger tire as I am off road quite frequently
Monday, November 24, 2014 by Byron Sargent

I have a 2005 Toyota Highlander with 225/70/R16 tires. What is the largest tire size that I can go. could I get 235/70/R16 or 245?
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Byron, The largest tire size we will guarantee as a fitment is 225/75R16. --
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by Gene

I have a 2011 Highlander SE V6
need to replace tires x 4
any moderate priced alternatives
Friday, March 6, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Gene, Take a look at the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology:
Sunday, April 12, 2015 by Kosta

Hi I have 2012 Highlander 4WD V6. I wonder if can I put 265/65/R17 tires on it? Thanks a lot.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Kosta, 265/65R17 is larger than we can guarantee as a fitment and may result in rubbing issues. --
Monday, October 26, 2015 by Cody

I have a 2012 Toyota Highlander limited v6 2wd. The base model tires are 245/55/19. I would like to find out if 235/55/19 are compatible and can be used on the vehicle? Thanks for any help.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Cody, While these tires may work, they are a bit small and will throw off the speedometer and odometer slightly. We would suggest staying with the factory size. --
Saturday, January 2, 2016 by Chad

For the Tire Rack Team...Question?
I replaced my original Toyo tires on a 2008 Highlander limited 4wd with Goodyear assurance and before that the brigestones 400's.
Also those Goodyears picked up so many screws and had to be patched. Tread is gone and I'm needing 4 tires again.
I actually feel the ride was better with the bridgestones.
I've read the tirerack reviews on the Perelli's vs. the Continental's vs. the Bridgestones and end up even more confused on what to buy.
Bottomline I drive in NYC and need a smooth ride but also need good grip to fight hydroplaning.
Please advise. Thx.
Monday, January 4, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Chad, If a quiet, comfortable ride are of primary importance, take a closer look at the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus. It may not have the highest score in wet traction but it is still quite good and will provide an excellent ride:
Sunday, December 11, 2016 by Rodney Manubag

I have 17 inch rims with 5 x 115 bolt pattern and an offset of 41.
I wanted to purchase snow tires from tire rack and have them
installed on these wheels for a 2010 Toyota Highlander.
Will the rims clear with the said offset?
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Rodney, The offset is just a little higher than what we list for the Highlander. It may be okay, but you will want to do a test fit.

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