New tires (Michelin Defenders?)

Wahbooza

Member
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2013 - Cx-5 GS
Hi everyone,

I have an opportunity to get a set of tires from a local big chain in Canada for a really good price using a family members employee discount.

My car is a 2013 CX5 FWD (2.0L engine) - 17" GS model

What are your recommendations (Price is all about the same):
- Michelin Defender T & H (Not really an eco tire, not sure if it will kill any kind of fuel economy on this car, does anybody have these?)
- Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Tire (I read different opinions on wet performance, but it is an eco tire)
- General Tire RTX (I can't find a lot on this tire, perhaps it is more of a Canadian branded tire?)
- Continental True Contact (if you are recommending this, what are your thoughts on the speed rating being below the OEM tire, and different shops possibly not installing it on the car)

I will be honest, I have some reservation against the Contis after my tire chain said they don't consider it a tire for my car. I am not certain if my dealer will install it, and if I got into an accident with it, I am not sure what insurance would say...

I appreciate your time in reading this and posting a response.
 
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yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
Contributor
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Plano, Texas, USA
Here are partial list of many 225/65R17 tires with specs. I still feel General AltiMAX RT43 is the best buy with excellent reviews. And Continental is a major tire company based in Germany.

Highway All-Season Tires:


Tire


Size


UTQG
Maximum
Inflation
Pressure


Tread
Depth


Tire
Weight


Warranty


Price*
Firestone Destination LE2225/65R17
102H
520 A B44 psi12/32"28 lbs.60,000 Miles
5 Years
$131.36
- TR
Michelin Defender LTX M/S225/65R17
102H
720 A A44 psi10.5/32"29 lbs.70,000 Miles
6 Years
$162.07
- TR
Yokohama Geolandar G91AP225/65R17
100H
280 B A44 psi10/32"26 lbs.OEM - None$214.25
- TR

Standard Touring All-Season Tires:


Tire


Size


UTQG
Maximum
Inflation
Pressure


Tread
Depth


Tire
Weight


Warranty


Price*
Continental TrueContact225/65R17
102T
800 A B44 psi11/32"24.3 lbs.90,000 Miles
6 Years
$128.99
- TR
Michelin Defender T+H225/65R17
102H
820 A B44 psi10/32"27 lbs.80,000 Miles
6 Years
$166.07
- TR

Grand Touring All-Season Tires:


Tire


Size


UTQG
Maximum
Inflation
Pressure


Tread
Depth


Tire
Weight


Warranty


Price*
General AltiMAX RT43225/65R17
102H
700 A A51 psi11/32"24.3 lbs.65,000 Miles
6 Years
$113.99
- TR
Yokohama AVID Ascend225/65R17
102H
740 A A51 psi12/32"28 lbs.75,000 Miles
5 Years
$130.50
- TR

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires:


Tire


Size


UTQG
Maximum
Inflation
Pressure


Tread
Depth


Tire
Weight


Warranty


Price*
Continental CrossContact
LX20
225/65R17
102T
740 A B57 psi12/32"27.7 lbs.70,000 Miles
6 Years
$128.88
- TR
Michelin Latitude Tour225/65R17
100T
720 A B44 psi10/32"25 lbs.65,000 Miles
6 Years
$155.23
- TR
Michelin Premier LTX225/65R17
102H
620 A A44 psi8.5/32"25 lbs.60,000 Miles
6 Years
$155.07
- TR
Pirelli Scorpion Verde
All Season Plus
225/65R17
102H
740 A A44 psi11/32"28 lbs.65,000 Miles$139.97
- TR

XL = Extra Load
TR = TireRack.com

Performance Category Rank from TireRack.com:

Highway All-Season Tires:
Michelin Defender LTX M/S - #2 out of 41
Firestone Destination LE2 - #6 out of 41
Yokohama Geolandar G91A - #34 out of 41

Standard Touring All-Season Tires:
Continental TrueContact - #1 out of 21
Michelin Defender T+H - #1 out of 21 (tied)

Grand Touring All-Season Tires:
General AltiMAX RT43 - #4 out of 47
Yokohama AVID Ascend - #13 out of 47

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires:
Michelin Premier LTX - #2 out of 27
Continental CrossContact LX20 - #4 out of 27
Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus - #4 out of 27 (tied)
Michelin Latitude Tour - #10 out of 27