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Toyota Highlander Tires and Wheels



  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 793
    You're right. I did mis-read your post. If I am reading this correctly, you had a set of GY integrity's that lasted 22K, Fortera's that last 28 K, and Assurance's that lasted 35K (so far). That mean you have 85K on the vehicle now - right?

    Now, let's talk treadwear warranty. The difference between a guarrantee and a warranty is subtle. A warranty is kind of like an insurance policy and the terms of the warranty spell out what happens if you don't achieve the mileage. Typically, treadwear warranties require regular rotation (to even out the wear rate differences front to rear) and that the tire show even wear across the tread face (to deal with misaligned vehicles) - and if the tire wears evenly by more quickly that perscribed by the warranty, a prorated adjustment is made based on the difference between the warranted mileage and what was actually achieved. For example, a 60K tire that only gets 40K will result in a 33% credit towards the next set of tires.

    From the tire manufacturer's perspective, it is known that this "turns per mile" thing that greatly affects the wear rate. A tire manufacturer may provide a warranty that is conservative - that is, it understates the actual average - or it may provide a warranty that overstates it. That is where the treadwear rating comes into play.

    The treadwear rating is based on a test. It is OK to understate the rating, but it is illegal to overstate it. The folks setting the warranty mileage should consider how the rating looks in portion to the warranty - but that doesn't always happen.

    But the "TPM" thing is also a pretty gross assessment. It doesn't take into account that tires also wear even when the vehicle is basically going straight. 2 years ago, my daily commute changed from a 10 mile, 1.0 turns per mile to a 12 mile, 0.5 turns per mile. I am sure I am not going to get twice the mileage out of the tires. What the TPM calculation does is give an idea if the rapid wear being experienced is the result of the way the vehicle is used.

    Based on what you've posted - 3 different tires and all more rapid that the warranty - I would suspect that this COULD be a source.
  • Thanks for the additional follow up. The "travel" in this vehicle is INDENTICAL to the travel in previous vehicles (Lexus GX470, Lexus RX330) over the prior 12 years. The benefit of living and working at the same places over that same period. The tires on those cars never wore out prematurely but then again, they were not Goodyear brand and they were on different vehicles.

    I do understand warranties and GY has given us credit for the un-used tires. In calculating backwards, it turns out that the from the 22K mark to the current ~85K mark has cost us $166.56/tire so while it is fairly aggravating to have to continually claim mileage credits, at least they are there to keep the cost somewhat viable.

    I still think that this has something to do with the truck itself rather than our driving experience. During the "Fortera" period Toyota DID perform a recall on the power steering rack on this particular car (Note: The alignment was very tight to specs the entire time so should not have been a factor but who knows).

    Since this recent post, I have learned that there is speculation by other Highlander Hybrid owners that these tires may have been designed by Toyota as too narrow as a way of getting better fuel economy at the penalty of better fuel mileage (i.e. 225 may be too narrow to permit this vehicle to get the Mfgs projected mileage out of them). Perhaps it works OK for some who have extended periods of highway travel (e.g. 1hr+ commutes to work or 4 hour trips to clients) but for my wife who has a 35 minute drive down the interstate 4 days a week and then the balance of the time short jaunts hauling the kiddos around, they just don't work the way they should.

    I'll stop my rant now and go back to shopping for replacement tires. Thanks again for the replies.
  • 2006 Highlander Had Goodyear Intregrity tires , I bought truck in 2009 and Truck han Nexgen Tires on it. Neither tire lasted past 30,000 miles

    What Tires should I look For ???? or avoid ???
    Thank You
  • j06j06 Posts: 90
    If you are looking for all-season tires... then go with Yokohoma Geolander or AVID TRZ...

    my HL has Geolander.. already 30K on it.. I think will get another 20K ...

    smooth,quiet, good in rain and light snow.. horrible for Heavy Winter..
  • j06j06 Posts: 90
    edited February 2012
    Avoid List

    Bridgestone Dueler
    Continental 4x4 Contact
    Goodyear Integrity
    Hankook Dynapro
    Michelin Symmetry
    Yokohama Geolandar H/T G92C (The one I have is Geolandar H/T-S G051 )
  • j06j06 Posts: 90
    Top All-Season Tires for HL

    Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
    Michelin LTX M/S2
    Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
    General Grabber HTS
    Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
    Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051
    Michelin Latitude Tour
    Kumho Solus KR21
    Yokohama AVID TRZ
  • lbg3lbg3 Posts: 1
    I have just put a third set of replacement tires on my 2008 (72K miles) Highlander Hybrid! I don't know if the hybrid takes different tires (245/55R19) than the non-hybrid version but I have been told that my car only takes a few different types of performance tires. It is totally ridiculous, and expensive, to have to put soft performance tires on a family car.
  • 400e400e Posts: 41
    Yes, options are limited in this size, but there are a number of options now that didn't exist a few years ago.

    I have 30,000 miles on my Toyo H/T tires with just a little wear (original tread depth 12/32nds; now at 10/32nds) so these newer Toyos should be good for more than 50-60K. Not bad!

    Especially since they have GREAT snow traction.
  • Do you have some aftermarket wheel on your Highlander? The stock wheel for a hybrid is a 17-inch wheel. 225/66-17 to be specific.
  • We purchased my 2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 4wd new. Two years later at 21,315 miles, we had to replace the Goodyear Integrity tires. The Toyota dealership put 4 new Integritys on, my mistake I know. Two years later at 45,585 miles, we replaced them at Goodyear with the Fortera tire, with a credit for the Integrity. Two & half years later at 80,000 miles, it's time to replace them again! We were advised not to drive these tires on spring break trip. We have ALWAYS had issues with the car staying in alignment, but the last set of tires seemed to help that, and Goodyear always aligned them dead-on instead of a slight toe-in that Toyota wants to do. They have been FAITHFULLY rotated every 5000 miles by Goodyear.

    I'm DONE with Goodyear!! I understand that the Highlander seems to eat tires on a regular basis, I have spoken to a few people I know that own them, they have the same issue. So, my question to everyone, what do I go with? Do I spend a lot more just to have the tires still wear out no matter what? Here are the tires (size 225/65R17) that have been suggested to me:
    Continental CCLX20 - 70k
    Continental ProConnect - 80k
    Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring - 80k
    Kumho Solus K16 - 60k
    Falken Z1EX 912 - 65k
    Michelin Tour Latitude - 65k

    Also 2 Goodyears and 1 Bridgestone, the Bridgestone Ecopia has bad reviews for even little cars!

    I appreciate any feedback you have!!
  • bob259bob259 Posts: 280
    edited February 2012
    I went with the Toyo HT's before I sold my Highlander and they were wearing great, so I would highly recommend you look at those also.
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,583

    The trick is not just to have the tyres rotated but to have a regular four wheel alignment about every 15,000 miles.

    I am now on second set of Yokohama Geolander with first set running 60,000 miles. Second set looks good for similar mileage.


  • We will probably go with either the LX 20s (due primarily to their Tirerack rating and reviews) or the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. The Ecopia don't have the best reviews but the DO have one thing no other tire has... "5 Years / Free replacement first 3 years" and based on our usage, we will be replacing them about 2.5 years and 40K miles in so that may be a way to get a free set of tires the next time

    I've had Falken's before and they are OK for the pricde but wear fairly fast. The Michelin are expensive and the Latitudes don't wear NEARLY as well as the LTXs so I don't think they are worth those $s.
  • I have 2008 Highlander Hybrid and it came with 245/55 R19 tires. When I go to and put in my year, make and model, it returns 245/65 R17s. Huh? How come? Also, my tires seem to last only two years, whether Dunlop or Bridgestone. All responses welcome.

  • ndabunkandabunka Posts: 16
    19-inch wheels NEVER "came on" the Hybrid version of this vehicle. It was ALWAYS a 17-inch wheel. It sounds like your dealer might have "added" a non-stock wheel.
  • bob259bob259 Posts: 280
    Beg to differ with you but 19" was STOCK on the limited and Hybrids and as an option wheel size from the factory.
  • ndabunkandabunka Posts: 16
    Well, I'll be. You are right. Seems odd that ANY manufacturer would put a HIGH rolling resistance wheel on a hybrid with low rolling resistance tires (LRR) as all it does is make them less fuel efficient. Apparently, Toyota capitulated to the "teenage boy" trend of slapping ever increasing sized wheels on a vehicle so it appears that y">ou are screwed... -best-replacement-tire-.html
  • I have Limited 2008 and it came with 19 inch wheels. Dealership could not would not put these wheels/tires on vehicle due to calibration of speedometer, etc. Furthermore, I discussed this with dealership and Toyota who both said if I were to downsize to 17 inch wheels and tires, my warranty would be void on my 2008 AWD Highlander. Did not know 19 inch tires would be so expensive and HARD to find a DECENT tire. A20's were junk. Now have TOYO Open Country HT with 28K miles on them. Not too bad of wear and I rotate every 6K or so. Might make it through this Spring/Summer in Michigan, but then I am looking for good replacement tires too. NOT TOYO this time though. When I was LOOKING to replace junk A20's, TOYO was about the only game in town offering 19 inch tires. Heard good things about Hankook tires and might give them a try if I can find good sale and/or rebate toward the Fall of 2012. Currently have 60,000 on my 2008 Limited.
  • Yes indeed. Tough to find a decent 19 inch tire. I have 2008 Limited with 6oK on vehicle and will be in market for tires in the Fall no doubt. Currently have TOYO set (again) on vehicle Open Country H/T. Same size as the A20's that were/are JUNK. Had to put another set of TOYO tires on vehicle when it had 31K on original because TOYO was about the only game in town having 19 inch tires. Have heard good results from past posters with Hankook tires. In my area in Michigan, you can find them on sale and sometimes with a mfg. rebate to help take the "sting" out of expensive 19 inch tires. Agree with past poster -- these came STOCK on 2008 LIMITED, period and Toyota and dealership STRONGLY advised against going to 17 inch tires and Toyota said the warranty would be VOID due to AWD and other aspects that were built around having the 19 inch tires and wheels in the first place... Don't mind the 19 inch tires, but darn, THEY are expensive. Had good luck with Goodyear Assurance triple tread tires on a Pontiac Bonneville I had in the past. Quiet riding tires, good in the snow and rain, and got pretty good rolling from them. I DO rotate around 6K, like a religion and getting ok wear from the TOYO tires, but not real big fan of them. Might try the Hankook tires in the Fall of 2008 if I can find good deal with a good looking REBATE. Happy Shopping.
  • Put Goodyear Fuel Max tires on at 32000.Only 9000 miles since but good ride ,quiet and handles well. Has not improved fuel mileage for me but this was only available tire in proper size (19")and at time was leaving on long round trip.
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