Best Toyota Prius Tires To Buy In 2019 Reviews & Buying Guide

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  1. Marine Ray

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    Helpful to know some of the choices. Thanks. Gotta say, though, that they all sound like commercials. ;)

    I think I'll be needing tires in a few months. Looks like these Toyo Nanos (OEM) on the Prime I just got with 23k miles didn't wear nearly as well as the Yokohama Avids that came on the PiP I traded in. They had over 35k on them and looked almost new.
     
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    If you like them, looks like the Kumho TA11 is on sale for $58.83/each on Amazon !
     
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    Those did look interesting. I have several months to decide. I hope!
     
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    *hangs head in shame* My 2000 Tundra still has its OEM Dunlop tires. :oops:

    Their #1 pick, the Bridgestone EP-422 is actually 3 different tires, depending on where they were manufactured. Toyota put the Japaneese manufactures ones on y Prius but the Mexican version is very different, There is also a 3rd variant with the same number.
     
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    We've been very pleased with the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422s on all of our (excuse me for saying...GASP!) Honda Hybrids. We've been getting a new hybrid every other year since 2007, putting boatloads of miles on 'em before passing them along to the kids/grandkids... typically getting 45-50K miles on each set with decent tread life left. Costco routinely has $70 off/set Ecopias which coincides with $60-$70 rebates as well.

    Except for boy-racer fanboys or drift driving maniacs, the ratings seem to bear out the Ecopias, as all others list warts of one type or another. But hey, YMMV!
     
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    Where are yours manufactured? The Japan ones are very different than the US or Mexico ones.

    Ecopia 422 Plus US and Japan variants....differences? | PriusChat
     
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    I think that's just a list that's been stuffed into a template. Nothing in there about how the tire actually made it onto the list other than the obvious "available in prius sizes"

    Some of the cons listed (because the template needed something stuffed in every blank) are hilarious.

    I think they're just hoping somebody clicks the amazon links so they can collect referral money.
     
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    I wonder why the non-OEM size Ecopia is listed at the top? Or are there any 2019 PRIUS using the size 205/55 R 16 on stock rim?
     
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    I thought Gen 4 have 15 or 17 inch rims. No 16 inch.
     
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    It is subjective as to what 'best' means here. Seems like they are going for rolling resistance in this article?

    My favorite tire by far, Michelin Defender, isn't even mentioned. In fact, we have them on both of our Prius vehicles. They are great in almost all conditions ( and get us through MN winters just fine ), and they last forever ( they have an 800+ wear rating ) :

    Search | Safercar -- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

    I figure the couple MPG we lose is more than made up by long tire wear and better handling in winter conditions.
     
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    How much is left on them? I just rotated mine at 25k miles and I have about 5” left. So I’m thinking they’ll wear out at 35k miles, right before the next rainy season which these tires perform so poorly in.
     
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    5 inches is a LOT of tread!
     
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    That isn't much of a tire review site. For good tire information and reviews, head over to TireRack.com. If you search for the OEM tire size and select the "Eco Focus" group (most appropriate for a Prime), you will see quite a different list. The top tire in the list referenced above (Bridgestone Ecopia) was near the bottom of the rankings for its group on TireRack.
     
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    Not sure what you mean by 5", but I'd guess about the same remaining life for mine. Maybe 40k in my case.
     
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    AH! 5/32!
     
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    Down from 5" ? Time to change your tires then before the value gets negative! :D
     
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    Totally agree. Had a blow-out @ 4,500 miles they claimed a "road hazard" issue & not covered, as we did not buy the extended tire warranty. Put a pair of Michelin Defenders on the front & gave us a totally 100% better driving experience. Consequently, went ahead & traded in the lousy Nano Energy tires & put the Defenders on all four corners (getting the rebate by buying 4). I do not regret the decision & it handles 100% better on the wet roads & corners we have here in NW OR. They are well worth the 1-3 mpg's we loose!
     
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    Worthless tire review. The information they present sounds like it was written by someone who thinks tires are good if they're round & black. As noted, they didn't even get the sizes right.

    One needs to define their criteria...
    ...Low rolling resistance (better gas mileage), even though there is no industry standard for what qualifies a tire to be called LRR. This may also require lightest tire weight and thinnest casing at the expense of easier punctures.
    ...Long tread life at the expense of max traction. (Michelin Defender is an example, good for SoCal.)
    ...Max traction at the expense of longest tread life. (Michelin Premier and Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady are examples, what we need here in the Pacific Northwet.)
    ...Puncture resistance--but no criteria here.
    ...Run Flat tires. I'm pleased with my Brigestone DriveGuard tires (poor snow traction).
    ...Lowest cost at the expense of long tread life and best traction.

    Every tire design is a compromise.
     
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