I have a 2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited that needs new tires. The OEM
Goodyear Eagle LS2 are not that great, I only got 29,000 miles out of them.
Because of the alloy wheels, I have heard that changing the tires too many
times wears out the rims so I am not really sure if I should get winter
tires. I live in the southern tier of NY for weather ideas. I also have never needed more
than good all seasons before.
I think that the Michelin Defenders are about the best all season. Consumer
Reports agrees. The problem is they are T speed rated and OEM is H speed
rated. Now I hardly plan to drive 100mph+ so either max speed seems fine to
me. Normally I would be concerned about the handling difference but
consumer reports claims the Defenders beat other supposedly faster speed
rated tires in their handling tests. In the past I got Goodyear tripletreads, but
they don’t make them in my car’s size. Most of the H rated tires for my car
seem to be performance / sport, so I doubt they’re great all seasons. Of course
bizarrely there are top rated winter tires, but I’m then doubling my cost for tires( at
least - with rims I’d be 3x).
So, are the Defenders safe and a good choice? The other tires I have
considered are Finnish nokian all season G3s and doing my first winter tire in
a Michelin X ice.
The issue with the Nokian’s of course is I have to go to a special shop, I can get
Defenders at Sams Club (assuming they’d install them for a really good price)…
Finally I usually trade in cars after 5 years or so, so maybe 6 more tire
swap overs in winter and summer would not wear out the alloy wheels, so then
winter rims wouldn’t be necessary, though I don’t like the added expense
of winter tires just by themselves much. However, if there really isn’t a decent
all season H speed rated tire for my car and I have to do summer performance
and winter tires, not needing rims would be nice.