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post #1 of 26
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I need new tires for my Toyota Highlander, 225/70R16. Dealer has deals on the original equipment Goodyear Integrity and on Bridgestone Dueler, but the reviews I can find don't think much of them. Won't be off-roading, I hope. Just something for northeast winter. Opinions?
post #2 of 26

www.tirerack.com

Check out www.tirerack.com, if you haven't already done it. They have many reviews and competitive prices. Sorry, I don't have a personal recommendation.
post #3 of 26
I have a Jeep with Quadratrac. It came with GoodYear SRA's
I can live with the GoodYear SRA's but am just now putting Cooper ATR's on them.

I really rely on my Jeep to get me out in the worst conditions because I snow plow in the winter and I need to get to my snow plow equipment. The GY SRA hydroplaned a lot and didn't like slushy conditions. The Firestone Wilderness AT's I had on my previous Jeep were great, but they don't make them in my size anymore(if at all).
The Cooper ATR's are what my husband has on his plow truck and my service truck and we love them.
post #4 of 26
Tire Rack is great for reviews, but their prices don't include shipping. Discount Tire Direct has a smaller selection but shipping is included. This is the mail order version of your local Discount Tire. Don't go to the Discount Tire website as the prices there are much higher. Your local Discount Tire will price match the prices on DiscountTireDirect if you don't want the mail order hassle, but you'll have to pay sales tax. In any case figure $12-15/ for mounting/balance.

As far as what tire I've had good luck with Yokohama Geolanders. Less than $100/tire from DTD. Got me through several big snows here in CO.
post #5 of 26
Whatever teh stock tires were on there, do not put them back on, they are scary in the rain. I second looking at Tire rack. Another option is...go with two tire/wheel combos and get yourself some dedicated snow tires.
post #6 of 26
Just for the record,I'm paying 122.00/ea for cooper ATR's mounted. (tire size may be a bit different for me tho-P235/65R17)
post #7 of 26
Anybody familiar with Green Diamond? http://greendiamondtire.com/

A couple folks I know who live in snow country and drive Audi Quattros say they're the best ice tire they've ever experienced that also performed well on dry pavement.
post #8 of 26
I live in Rochester, NY driving a 98 Dodge Durango (232,000) to/from Killington, Vt. most weekends. I have two seasons on studded Nokian Hakkapeliitt SUV snow tires, mounting them on all 4 wheels. They have been EXCELLENT on snow and ice and have good dry/wet road performance. Definately on the noisy side but that does come close to out weighing their performance. Studded tires are allowed in most northeastern states and in Ontario, Canada if you are not a resident and stay no longer then 30 days. You can also get this tire without studs which would be equivalent on snow, more quite on the road but sacrifice ice performance. You can obtain them online from the tirefactory (http://www.tirefactory.net/Hakkapelitta%20SUV.htm) but I would check locally first as I was able to get a better price using that path.

Good luck - Charlie
post #9 of 26
The one thing I can say for sure is don't do the Duelers. My 05 CRV came with duelers and while I managed for two winters, now that I've rid myself of them I realize what I was missing. I put some Yoko AVID TRZ's on and while I obviously haven't driven in snow yet, they are much nicer in wet conditions and much quieter on the road in all conditions. I'm coming up on 1K on these tires. I took a slight mileage hit for the stickier tires - only about .5mpg it seems - but it's worth it.
post #10 of 26
Second the Tire Factory. Just bought Hak RSI's for my son's AWD turboed Eagle Talon. $127 ea shipped. 205/50-16
post #11 of 26
Hello all, Been lurking for a while but this is my first post. I've been running Bridgestone Dueller Revo AT's for the last 60K miles including back and forth to VT almost every winter weekend. Great bite on snow, hardack and mush. Still pretty quiet on dry pavement. Treadlife not great, probably need to replace every 40K. I'm on my second set and will buy again.
post #12 of 26
the new Goodyear Wranglers. They have a very aggressive tread pattern but are quiet as an all season (which really means 3 season) radial. Amazing tire.
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by stevesmith7 View Post
Tire Rack is great for reviews, but their prices don't include shipping. Discount Tire Direct has a smaller selection but shipping is included. This is the mail order version of your local Discount Tire.
Many local places will price match Tire Rack if they have them in stock. That's what I did and saved quite a bit. What I saved on shipping paid for my mounting. I did have to pay tax though.
post #14 of 26
I put Michelin X Lt tires on my 4Runners. Good on the highway, good in snow, good off road. Good value considering the quality.
post #15 of 26
I drive up I-70 in Colorado over 50 days in the winter in my 4-Runner. I like the Big O AT tires for the following reasons:
Very high wet traction rating
Agressive tread for deeper snow
Great ride even at 85mph (on dry roads of course)

Remember 4 wheel drive and good tires dosen't make you invincible.
post #16 of 26
I got 60k out of my first set of Duellers. I have and '03 Highlander and it rides nice and smooth and quiet and I have not had any problems driving in the cold rain and snow. We take it skiing all over the northeast. I've got 8k on my second set. I like 'em.
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by falcon_o View Post
I live in Rochester, NY driving a 98 Dodge Durango (232,000) to/from Killington, Vt. most weekends. I have two seasons on studded Nokian Hakkapeliitt SUV snow tires, mounting them on all 4 wheels. They have been EXCELLENT on snow and ice and have good dry/wet road performance. Definately on the noisy side but that does come close to out weighing their performance. Studded tires are allowed in most northeastern states and in Ontario, Canada if you are not a resident and stay no longer then 30 days. You can also get this tire without studs which would be equivalent on snow, more quite on the road but sacrifice ice performance. You can obtain them online from the tirefactory (http://www.tirefactory.net/Hakkapelitta%20SUV.htm) but I would check locally first as I was able to get a better price using that path.

Good luck - Charlie
I'm a big Hakka fan, having them on both my Audi's, but if you don't want to switch tires summer/winter, then I could vouch for Michelin CrossTerrains, I got them pretty cheap at Cosco (discount buying club). I pulled the POS Cooper's off my wife's SUV and put on Michelin Crossterrain's and it made for a lot of brownie points, as she loved them in all conditions.
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Originally Posted by MrCrab
the new Goodyear Wranglers. They have a very aggressive tread pattern but are quiet as an all season (which really means 3 season) radial. Amazing tire.
My other all-time favorite was the Goodyear Wrangler GS-A. I had repeated sets of them whem I had a Chevy Blazer.
post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by Cabinfever View Post
Hello all, Been lurking for a while but this is my first post. I've been running Bridgestone Dueller Revo AT's for the last 60K miles including back and forth to VT almost every winter weekend. Great bite on snow, hardack and mush. Still pretty quiet on dry pavement. Treadlife not great, probably need to replace every 40K. I'm on my second set and will buy again.
I also like the Bridgestone Dueler REVO. Have them on a Landcruiser and a Tundra pickup. No problems in snow or with hydroplaning.
post #19 of 26
Bridgestone Dueller or Toyo Open Country A/T. both are great all season.
post #20 of 26
Uniroyal Laredo Cross Country.

These are the best all-around SUV tires I have ever purchased. Quiet, nice ride, nice looking.


http://www.uniroyal.com/about/articles/09032003A.html

http://www.1010tires.com/tirereviews...e_reviews.html
post #21 of 26
Like Phil, I wouldn't buy another set of the OE tires.

Take a look at the Goodyear Fortera Triple Tread. There are numerous good reviews on the Tire Rack web site. I put them on my '06 RAV4 to replace the OE tires which weren't that great in the rain and didn't look like they would be effective in snow. The Tire Rack classifies them as all seasons, but they are very good on snow and ice. They're quiet and comfortable enough to run year round, and they handle better than the OE Yokos.
post #22 of 26
Michelin LTX M/S. The best tire hands down. Yes it is a little more expensive but well worth it.

My first F 250 came with Goodyears and I had to replace them at 30k miles. Put Michelins on and when I sold the truck they had 55k miles on them and at least 10k more to go.

I have 45k miles on the set I am on now and don't even need to think about new tires yet. The ride is great and the tires are quiet. I used to put mud tires and stuff on trucks but they were loud, which I guess when I was 19 that was cool. I don't like the noise anymore.

The LTX also has good grip off road (no heavy thick mus or anything) and will handle mud pretty well.

Drop the extra coin and get something that will probably last longer than you will drive the vehicle before trading.
post #23 of 26
Loved the Hakka' RSis for ice and snow - worked great on my car. But we have an SUV now - not sure of which one I will try - haven't gone wrong with Hakka's though for traction, durability and performance.

Only thing is cost ...
post #24 of 26
By the way, Bridgestone has four different "Dueler" models for your SUV including the whimpy H/T that was OEM. Goodyear has sixteen different "Wrangler" models, but only one for your SUV, and that isn't their best.

You need to decide if you want a car-like tire that is quiet and comfortable, truck-like that has more stability for towing, on-off road "all terrain" for better traction in poor conditions and off pavement, real snow tires, or noisy, lumpy mud tires.

I find the tirerack ranking pretty good, then I shop around locally for the best deal. Discount Tire/America's Tire are good, but they aren't nation wide. I really like my Firestone Destination tires, and got them at 4-for-3 sale at a Firestone store. Costco often has very good prices.

Here's Tirerack's page for your size. Note that the Avon tires are a Cooper private label for Tirerack. Look at the "survey results" for each tire that interests you. The Pirelli Scorpion ATR, Michelin LTX M/S, Goodyear Fortera Tripletred look very interesting, with the Firestone Destination LE as a lower cost choice. Toyo tires are very good, but a friend that has a 4Runner doesn't like the noise of the Toyo Open Country AT. I'm not sure of Cooper's quality and tread life. I've heard more disappointed reports than good reports.


Ken
post #25 of 26
Loooove the Michelin Cross-Terrains on my 4Runner.
post #26 of 26
My pathfinder came with the Bridgestone/Firestone Dueler's stock and they are great. I go for the highway driving ones -- the off-road tires are LOUD on the highway and affect your gas mileage. I have replaced them every three years.

Never been stuck!
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