I need four new tires on my 2018 Infiniti QX60. It’s an SUV and I’m a slow driver. I’m not too concerned about performance. My biggest concern is noise. Give me life advice. What is the best way to go about this?
ETD recommends the Michelin CrossClimate2 and there is a $70 rebate. I’ll probably have them do that. But it’s a big investment, so I thought I should check here first.
The only thing I noticed is that the a good for light snow. So if in a climate where heavy snow is likely might be an issue. On the few times you may need heavy snow performance, it’s nice to have a tire that can handle it. I’ve had the mish before and had no problems but went the the Goodyear last time. Splitting hairs. They’re all good in the $300 variety unless you try to get hard fuel savers.
While you are on the Tire Rack website you might want to read their test results for tire comparisons. Click on Research and Advice on the top line then on Test Results. Once there narrow your search by selecting touring tires and the crossover/SUV subcategory. They test 21 tires and the Michelin CrossClimate tires are in three of the comparison tests, a total of six different tires. You might find a different tire meets your needs or it may cement your desire for the Michelins.
The best tires seem to depend on the tire size for some reason. The best 15 inch make/model may well be different than the best 17 inch. Consumer Reports publishes an article every year on tire ratings, suggest to start there. Once you decide on the options, Google to see if there are any discount offers, either from the manufacturer or from a tire vendor. Be sure to visit the vendor’s website, the discounts sometime only appear there. Since your are purchasing 4 tires, I expect you’ll find a good discount, but may have to keep looking a few months.
fwiw, I installed 4 Michelin Defender LTX (15 inch) on my truck and 4 Hankook Optimo (13 inch) tires on my Corolla a couple of years ago. Both are doing their job fine, but the Michelin is definitely the more robust of the two.
Good suggestion. I hve access to CR online through my public library account. I just log in, search for Consumer Reports, and click on the CR web link. The library subscribes and all of the county residents with a library card can read it from home.
I agree that they will not make it to 40k. At this point, with ~9k on the odometer, they have 6/32 * of tread remaining, and I will probably replace them by 4/32. However, these tires have not been as awful as some people claim. They have decent traction–both wet and dry–and they seem to ride decently, but of course, new Michelins are likely to ride even better.
*** Edited to add:**
I had mis-remembered the current tread depth. I just measured it, and it’s ~8/32, but I still see probable tire replacement w/in ~1 year.
As noted above, go to tirerack.com enter you tire size then shop by what you desire, ie quiet ride. It will then bring up tires that meet your requirements.
Where I live, my first priority is wet traction.