I have always bought Michelin Tires.. tread wear is around 820 which is very good.Greetings,
I'm going to need to replace the tires on my 2010 Chrysler T&C within the next couple of months and would like to get a good performing all-season 225/65R16 radial tire. I've been shopping online but get quite confused when reading the reviews on many brands so I thought that I'd cut to the chase and ask you folks what tire you've liked for your 5th generation minivan.
Addition 9/10: First of all, many thanks for all of the great responses. To answer some questions, we're generally using the minivan for personal travel and also hauling musical instruments but not necessarily carrying a heavy load. Our winters here in Lexington, KY are usually pretty mild so a basic all-season radial should work fine. If we have really bad snow, I'll switch to my 4wd Ram pickup and leave the minivan in the driveway. I'm looking more for ride quality and good tire adhesion on dry and wet roads.
The OE Michelin Energy tires on my Van have been good and wear well.I hate Michelin.
I prefer BF Goodrich, also made by Michelin.
Michelin are good for those who drive few miles per year, but not for me.
Michelin are perfect for light vehicles, have more grip than needed. Ligh vehicles would benefit of that fact.Michelin Defender LTX is classified as Highway All Season. Here's the scoop:
"The tire's internal structure includes twin steel belts to provide the strength and durability needed to handle heavy loads.
NOTE: The Defender LTX M/S Highway All-Season tire is NOT a dedicated winter / snow tire. It does NOT meet the severe snow traction requirements and is NOT branded with the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol."
Michelin Defender T+H Standard Touring All Season may be a better choice.
"Internally, two wide steel belts are reinforced by a single ply of polyamide to stabilize the tread, improving steering response and tire life. The two-ply body casing is constructed of polyester cord to balance durability and ride comfort".
The extra polyamide tread ply seems to be more common as tire designs are updated. Some use nylon for the extra ply.
Personally, I'm looking at Canadian Tire's General Tire Evertrek RTX and Altimax Arctic12, when on sale (25% off). General is a Continental Tire Company. Evertrek RTX is pretty much the Altimax RT43.
Mine came with Kumho KH16 which I just replaced at 18k for same reason you stated. I put Goodyear Assurance Maxlife on and so far results are positive. Excellent traction in rain as well as dry roads, smooth ride and quiet.I'll be looking at buying new summer and winter tires for the van soon. I'm coming close to 200k, with a 60/40 split between summer and winter miles. In the past, I've had Michelin, Bridgestone, Goodyear, Khumo, and a few Chinese brands (studded winter tires), but I've tended to favor Michelin for summer tires, and Bridgestone for winter, as I've found they gave the best balance between treadwear and traction. I'm currently leaning towards Michelin defender LTX for summer, and Bridgestone blizzak dmv2 for winter. I currently have the factory Khumo solus kh16 for summer (impressed with tread wear, unimpressed with ride and handling), and blizzak dmv1 for the winter (a very good winter tire).
I don't know if it is still true, but because Costco has huge buying power, they have sold products with somewhat lower specifications than other places sell. Car manufacturers do the same thing too, putting a dumbed down version of a tire on new cars. So although those Costco Michelins have the same name as the Tire Rack ones, they may not be quite the same.Just in case you’re still looking to buy tires. Costco has $150 rebate on four Michelin tires. Cheaper than Tire Rack or any local Tire store. Last month I bought four Bridgestone Turanza Quiet Track with $110 rebate at Costco. These tires were rated #2 on the Tire Rack website.
I had a set of 225/65R17 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUVs put on my '09 GC this past summer, and couldn't be happier with them:Summer tires, and winter tires.
You could spend twice the money on higher end All-Seasons, and they wouldn't be as good as cheaper summer/winter tires in the temperatures and precipitation the tires were designed for. Summer tires have the best performance in wet and dry conditions above 45°, All seasons have the worst performance in wet conditions at all temperatures.
After riding a motorcycle for years, I will never, ever buy a high milage tire again. Treadwear life is the opposite of traction, by purchasing long life tires you are sacrificing grip. Better to not crash and die than to save a few bucks on more frequent tire replacements.