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Hyundai Sonata Tires and Wheels

My 2006 Sonata LX has Michelin 225/50x17 tires that give it a noisey and hard ride. 2007s have Michelin 215/55x17 tires. Would changing to that size or another brand improve these?
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  • vabearvabear Posts: 18
    Nope, I have a 2007 limited with the 215-55/17 and they are firm. These are low profile tires with short sidewalls and you should expect a firmer ride.
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,598
    The sidewall height on your 215-55/17 tires is probably about the same as it would be for a 225-50/17 tire. (Would have to do the math.) Someone posted a while back the calculation for determining the sidewall height based upon its % of the tire's width.

    If available, a 225-55/17, and if it fits, would give a slightly softer ride.
  • macakavamacakava Posts: 775
    Here is a link to check out dimensions of replacement tires of a different size, aspect ratio, etc that you may be interested in. To maintain correct speedo readings, you should pick a tire height very close to original tire height. Be also aware that a shorter tire would mean that the tire would have to do more revolutions to cover the same distance(i.e. engine works more) as original tires, and speedo would read faster than actual speed.

    When that time comes, I will likely buy replacement size 235-50/17. Sidewall height should be same as present 215-55/17 with about 1" wider foot print for a similar ride. The 225-50/17 has a shorter sidewall height resulting in a slightly harsher ride. Those who choose 45 or 40 aspect ratio tires must love punishing buck horse rides.

    http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/infoTireMath.dos
  • sundazedsundazed Posts: 15
    When replacing original tires, is it necessary to choose a tire of at least the speed rating of the tire being replaced? Also, what kind of mileage are members getting from the Michelin energy mxv4 s8 215/60/16R 94v tires that came with their 2006 Sonata GLs? I have gotten 37000 miles (highway and city) and the tread is down to about 4/32". Doesn't seem like much for that expensive of a tire.
  • sundazedsundazed Posts: 15
    When replacing original tires, is it necessary to choose a tire of at least the speed rating of the tire being replaced? Also, what kind of mileage are members getting from the Michelin energy mxv4 s8 215/60/16R 94v tires that came with their 2006 Sonata GLs? I have gotten 37000 miles (highway and city) and the tread is down to about 4/32". Doesn't seem like much for that expensive of a tire. I am a pretty conservative driver.
  • macakavamacakava Posts: 775
    Should be at least the same speed rating or higher for safety and performance factors.

    The referenced tire is V speed rated(remember the speedster that was clocked at 147mph in AZ?)and is good for the max speed of the car. The Sonata V6 has a measured top speed of 137mph by C & D. Tires of lower speed rating may overheat at higher than rated speeds and rupture.

    Yes most folks don't do those speeds but there is always the very few that like some excitement. Many domestic cars are speed limited to about 110mph to use cheaper, lower speed rated tires. I am glad that my 2007 Sonata Limited does not have that limitation.

    37K miles and more is great for V speed rated tires. Many/all higher speed rated (eg Z) last maybe only 15K due to their softer rubber that provides better traction.
  • I'll throw my 2 cents in here. When my Michelins wear out I probably will not go to the "V" rated tire. I don't plan on driving mine that fast again.
  • macakavamacakava Posts: 775
    It is not only higher speed capability/rating that comes with V and higher rated tires. The tire rubber compound are softer for better traction and cornering for superior handling.
  • dano13dano13 Posts: 15
    Here is my 2 cents also, the 215-60 16 Michelins on my 2006 Sonata are shot with 25,000 miles on them, never liked them from day one they pick up nails and other hwy trash like no other tire i have owned, also the ride and handeling fade after about 6,000 miles feal like driving on ballons.Drove from Florida to californa 9000 miles and wanted to see how fast i could get it up to in the desert but at 120 mph the tires did not feal safe at that speed so i backed down ,ill be getting new tires soon but will go with an H rated tire and no more Michelins for me way over priced for my money .Will do some research @ Tire rack .com before i buy.
  • dano13dano13 Posts: 15
    Here is my 2 cents also, the 215-60 16 Michelins on my 2006 Sonata are shot with 25,000 miles on them, never liked them from day one they pick up nails and other hwy trash like no other tire i have owned, also the ride and handeling fade after about 6,000 miles feal like driving on ballons.Drove from Florida to californa 9000 miles and wanted to see how fast i could get it up to in the desert but at 120 mph the tires did not feal safe at that speed so i backed down ,ill be getting new tires soon but will go with an H rated tire and no more Michelins for me way over priced for my money .Will do some research @ Tire rack .com before i buy.
  • I've had my 2006 sonata GL for about 2.5 years and have 31000mi. This winter has been especially bad, sliding around alot. My front tires are at 4/32 and my rear are at 3/32. I usually drive around 70mph, I've never gone above 90mph. They recc. V or H rated tires, but those are usually only about 40k, 50k tires. Since I don't drive too fast, I'd rather get tires that are 60k or more. Those are rated S or T. If I will never go about 90mph is there any reason for me to NOT get the S or T tires? Thanks, I'd appretiate any advice
  • I am needing to replace my original Michelin 225/50-17V tires after 39K miles and trying to find the best option. For price and 60K mileage rating, I am considering the Kumho Solus KH16 tire. Has anybody had experience with this tire or any other alternative brand? Thanks.
  • You might want to check out the Hyundai forum at www.hyundai-forums.com and look at the discussions for the NF Sonata. Several posters have commented on different tire options that have worked (or not worked) for them.
  • dump_truckdump_truck Posts: 42
    anyone else care to chime in on tire suggestions? Anyone with experience with either of the following models?

    http://www.maxxistires.com/AutomobileLight-Truck/High-Performance/MA-Z4S-Victra.- aspx

    http://www.falkentire.com/Tires/ZE-912-2
  • ergsumergsum Posts: 139
    I'm running with stock size (17" rims) Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position. Quiet for a high performance tire. No harshness and tons of grip in warm weather with some loss as temps drop below low 40's. Check reviews on Tirerack.com.
  • dump_truckdump_truck Posts: 42
    thanks for the suggestion. probably is a nice tire, but for $180/per it should be. Just can't swing that on my budget at the moment. Those are twice the amount of the tires I mentioned. I don't want the cheapest things on the road(safety is important), but almost $200 a tire seems a bit much. Lot of people seem to like the kuhmo ecsta lx platinums, but it rains a lot in pa and wet traction is one of their weaknesses.
  • ergsumergsum Posts: 139
    The Continental ExtremeContact DWS look interesting. Not much data or reviews available yet. I had ContiExtremeContacts on my previous vehicle and they also handle exceedingly well on dry, wet and Michigan snow (better snow performance than my current Bridgestones). However they were slightly noisier.
  • LASHAWNLASHAWN Posts: 303
    Hers's my 2 cents. I have a 2006 Sonata LX V6 with the 225/50r17 MIchelin MXV4 tires and it's time to replace them after 60k miles(still have about 3-4/32nd left). I got really good life out these Michelins and considered going back to them, but can't seem to get over how much they cost. Do I stay with the Michelins or go with something of almost same quailty? Suggestions anyone?
  • I'm curious if anyone has replaced the factory Hancook tires with snow tires for winter driving? This car does horrible in the snow and I need help!!!!! If so, what brand did you choose? Did you get a extra set of special rims for the air pressure so it would be cheaper to change the tires? SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!!!!!
  • pbasspbass Posts: 8
    edited August 2010
    I suggest getting a seperate set of rims for winter if you get a lot of snow. Where I live they use salt to melt icy roads so alloy rims corrode easily. I bought a set of TOYO winter tires which were excellent last winter, mounted on plain black steel wheels.
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