Needed: Recommendations for new tires.

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by Dave Watson, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. Dave Watson

    Dave Watson New Member

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    We need new tires for our 2010 Prius II. Does anyone have experience with the new Michelin Premier A/S or have a favorite tire to recommend? We live in Kansas City with the full spectrum of weather concerns. We also want to get away from the noisy Hancook's we have finally worn out.
     
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    Best winter tires
    (Prices reflect tested sizes.)

    • Michelin X-Ice X13, $120

    Our top-rated winter tire, with excellent snow traction and ice braking, and a comfortable, quiet ride.

    • Hankook I*cept Evo, $91

    A good all-around choice, combining good traction and handling on dry and snow-covered roads.

    • Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II, $116

    Excellent resistance to hydroplaning, with very good snow traction and ride comfort.

    • Uniroyal Tiger Paw Ice & Snow II, $99

    Another high scorer for snow traction, and very good stopping grip on ice.

    • Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, $114

    Excellent for severe weather and ride comfort.


    all-season tires may be all you need—especially if your car has front- or all-wheel drive. But if the tires are worn, traction will be greatly reduced in snow. An easy way to check for wear is to slide a quarter into the tread, with George’s head down and facing you. If you can see the top of his head, start shopping for tires.

    You will notice “speed ratings” on these tires that are far faster than any law-abiding citizen drives in America—never mind in the snow. A higher speed rating means better grip and handling, but sometimes at the cost of a shorter tread life.

    T speed rated (118 mph)

    These are common on older cars, with good all-weather grip and long tread life.

    • Michelin Defender, $130

    • Continental ProContact EcoPlus, $100

    H speed rated (130 mph)

    Original equipment on many newer vehicles, H- and V-speed models combine a good balance of performance in all conditions with decent tread life.

    Michelin Primacy MXV4, $138

    • Continental PureContact, $135

    V speed rated (149 mph)

    Geared a bit more toward performance, but they will do fine in the slush.

    • Continental PureContact, $145

    • Michelin Primacy MXV4, $158

    UHP all-season (150-plus mph)

    Found on many sports cars, these tires are designed more for cornering grip and steering response than ride comfort or long tread life.

    • Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, $175

    • Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season, $166

    • Hankook Ventus S1 noble 2, $165

    • Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season, $132

    • Cooper Zeon RS3-A, $153
     
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