“We have taken your advice and purchased Michelin Defender tires at Discount Tire.”
That was a good decision, Robert.
I purchased a set of Defenders several months ago, & I consider them to be…incredible.
While they are rated as a LRR tire, they are not one of the absolute lowest in this regard, but in exchange for a bit more rolling resistance you get excellent traction, an incredibly smooth ride, very low noise levels, very fast steering response, and very good handling.
“They look low pressure, so I will see what higher pressure can be used.”
Huh? The days of judging tire pressure by appearances has not been valid for at least 20 years.
A radial tire can look somewhat underinflated, and yet be perfectly inflated.
You need to buy a good-quality tire pressure gauge, and you need to refer to the placard affixed to the driver’s door jamb. As long as the tires are inflated to at least the same pressure as Toyota recommends on that door jamb label, then you are good to go. I prefer to inflate my tires to ~3 lbs over the recommended pressure, but that is a personal preference.
Don’t judge tire pressure by appearances, and don’t inflate them to the pressure listed on the tire’s sidewall!