The latest model of Honda CRV delights with its lively acceleration, thrifty fuel economy, and excellent road manners. It also boasts plenty of storage areas and a roomy cabin. And with the right set of tires, its ride quality becomes plush and the handling enjoyable.
Small wonder then that it is the 2nd best-selling vehicle in its class globally, just behind the world’s favorite compact crossover, the RAV4. The drivers are so in love with the CRV that there were 3x as many units of this SUV sold in 2020 as there were of the Honda HRV.
Its sheer popularity is the reason why there’s no shortage of tires for the CRV. Every tire manufacturer that wants its profits to soar offers multiple options to go with it. As a result, no matter what your budget is, you can get tires specifically designed for the CRV.
To help you do just that, we’ve developed this comprehensive guide in which we’ll rate and review the top 11 tires for Honda CRV. Aside from that, we’ll also answer some of the common questions about this SUV’s tires. Read on to pick the best tires for this SUV.
#1. Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus – Best Overall
The Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus is the best tire for Honda CRV. This model is backed with an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty, the highest of any tire in this category. It also offers a quiet and comfortable ride and performs reliably in dry and wet conditions.
A symmetric tread pattern delivers nothing but good news. Its design helps the rubber soak up road vibrations and deflect noise for a comfortable and quiet ride. The tread pattern also ensures even road contact for reduced rolling resistance and improved fuel economy.
Wet performance is something this tire can be proud of. Which is surprising given that it doesn’t come with circumferential grooves, the preferred water evacuation system of most tires. Instead, it relies on parallel grooves to eject water and keep the contact patch dry.
Given that it’s a highway touring tire, you shouldn’t be surprised to note that this model is incredibly stable at high speeds. It also excels at taking feedback from the road and delivering it straight to your steering, meaning you won’t have any complaints about its responsiveness.
All of the above features might make it difficult to believe that this model has a few shortcomings. The absence of biting edges makes it unreliable on snow and ice. Yet, that flaw was something we expected – most highway tires don’t want anything to do with wintry roads.
- Market-leading 80,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Offers a quiet and comfortable ride
- Has an excellent water evacuation system
- Not designed for snow driving
#2. Michelin Premier LTX – Best Runner Up
Quiet and comfortable ride? Check. Dynamic handling characteristics? Present. Reliable performance in dry and wet conditions? Yup. In case you were wondering, all these qualities are the reason why the Michelin Premier LTX deserves a place on your CRV’s wheels.
A silica and sunflower oil tread compound balances firmness and flexibility to help this model stay useful year-round. EverGrip Technology ensures better road contact for even tread wear and improved fuel economy. It also helps extend this touring tire’s expiry date.
Unlike most touring tires, the Premier LTX has a tough sidewall, meaning you count on it to deliver enhanced steering feedback. In addition, it features dedicated rain grooves and tread block shoulders to reduce the risk of hydroplaning and offer improved wet traction.
Yet this model isn’t our top pick for the CRV.
Mainly because its treadwear warranty (60,000 miles) cannot compete with the backing our top pick has received from its manufacturer (80,000 miles). Another reason why this model is 2nd best on this list is that it costs more than the Dueler H/L Alenza Plus.
However, just because we don’t rate the Premier LTX above the Dueler H/L Alenza Plus doesn’t mean that you’d have to agree with us, especially if you use your CRV in mild wintry conditions. The Premier LTX is a better option for driving on light snow than our top pick.
- Usable in light snow
- Marvelous performance in dry and wet conditions
- Offers a quiet and comfortable driving experience
- Treadwear warranty could have been better
#3. Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady – Best All-Season
The Assurance WeatherReady costs much less than the Defender LTX M/S. It also behaves much more reliably on light snow and ice than the Potenza Dueler H/L Plus. You could thus count on this tire to strike an optimal balance between our top two picks.
In fact, this model offers two features you won’t get from either of the tires recommended above. The first of which is consistent traction throughout its life, meaning it won’t suffer a dangerous loss of traction during its last few days on the road.
A Three Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) emblem is also something our top two picks lack. This emblem is only awarded to tires that have met the rater’s strict criteria for light snow performance. As a result, you can expect this model to do well in winter.
Yet there are two reasons why this model isn’t ranked higher. Its treadlife warranty is equal to that of the Premier LTX but much shorter than the Dueler HL Alenza Plus. Furthermore, while our top two picks are quiet, this model makes audible noise at higher speeds.
Provided these two issues don’t bother you, and you’re looking for a tire whose excellent performance backs its steady reputation, the Assurance WeatherReady is a no-brainer.
- Comes with the 3PMSF emblem
- Offers excellent traction on wet roads
- Incredibly stable at high speeds
- Makes a fair bit of noise at higher speeds
#4. Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus – Best Fuel Efficient
The Pirelli Scorpion Verde ticks multiple boxes for the average CRV driver. This model comes at a pocket-friendly price, ensures superb fuel savings, and is backed with an excellent treadlife warranty. Its road manners and dry and wet performance are pretty good too.
A symmetric tread design and computer-optimized tread design join forces to help this tire stay glued to the road. The result? Reduced rolling resistance and enhanced fuel economy.
The Scorpion Verde is pretty quiet, too, thanks mainly to the sound-absorbing device placed between its multiple treads. The device, which is nothing more than a slice of rubber, absorbs road vibrations and deflects road noise, letting you enjoy the drive in total silence.
Four circumferential grooves and multiple lateral grooves carry out a fine job of evacuating water from within the tread area. Thanks to them, you can push this model to its limits, even in wet conditions, without experiencing any skidding or slipping.
All of this is not to say that the Verde All Season Plus doesn’t have any flaws. A 65,000-mile warranty might look excellent on paper, but it’s average for an all-season tire. Furthermore, its price tag isn’t something that most people can afford, a potential deal-breaker.
- Will enhance your CRV’s fuel economy
- Offers a plush and noise-free driving experience
- Gives enhanced handling and steering response
- Doesn’t come cheap
#5. Michelin CrossClimate SUV – Best All Weather
The CrossClimate SUV has everything that has made the CrossClimate series one of Michelin’s most popular among drivers of all SUVs. These include a unique tread compound, a state-of-the-art water evacuation system, and self-locking grooves with perfectly floating tracks.
Start with the unique tread compound. It has the optimal mix of firmness and flexibility to help this model perform at its best in dry and wet conditions. But the tread compound isn’t alone to credit for this. This model’s tread pattern also helps it earn its all-weather credentials.
Next comes the water evacuation system. In contrast to most all-weather tires out there, the Michelin CrossClimate SUV hasn’t chosen between circumferential and lateral grooves. Instead, it has gone for both. The result is excellent hydroplaning resistance and wet traction.
Then there are the self-locking grooves and perfectly floating traps. Both of which carry out the job most tires designate to sipes: offering reliable traction on ice- and snow-laden roads. In fact, were it not for these two design elements, we’d have chosen a different A/W model.
Unfortunately, the CrossClimate SUV has the same shortcoming that lets down multiple Michelin tires, which is a lackluster treadwear warranty. Which is a shame considering that most tires which are backed for 50,000 miles are priced much, much less than this model.
- Sure-footed performance in winter
- Outstanding braking distances on light snow
- Superb dry and wet handling
- Below-average treadwear warranty (50,000 miles)
#6. Hankook Kinergy ST – Best Budget Tire
The Kinergy ST shows that you don’t always have to break the bank to land a high-quality tire. It makes it clear that features typically associated with premium tires – superb dry and wet performance, extended treadwear warranty, and good rood manners – can be have on a budget.
A silica-enhanced tread compound is the reason why this model has a reasonably high endurance rating and can hold its own in dry and wet conditions. The tread compound has also provided this model with multi-faceted traction, one that holds in mild wintry conditions.
Hankook claims that this tire’s sidewall has been reinforced with a double filler. If true, and we see no reason why Hankook might be lying about this, the filler should make this model incredibly sturdy. This is great news for you if you intend to use your CRV for towing and hauling.
A close inspection of this tire will reveal that the ribs are concentrated in the center of the body. This is done to ensure that this model offers the same stability at higher speeds as it’s when you’re cruising around the block. You can thus safely push the Kinergy ST to its limits.
Given the above features, it should surprise nobody that the Kinergy ST’s handling isn’t the sportiest of the brunch. The feedback to the steering, provided there is any, won’t be felt at all.
- Excellent aquaplaning resistance
- Refinement is very good for a mid-range tire
- Decent levels of performance in dry conditions
- Handling isn’t the sportiest of the bunch
#7. Michelin Latitude Sport 3 – Best Summer Tire
The Michelin Latitude Sport 3 comes in two versions: standard and run-flat. While you can install both on your CRV, our vote is in favor of the former. The standard version isn’t as heavy as its run-flat counterpart and thus poses lower rolling resistance for an improved fuel economy.
A silica compound and asymmetric tread design enable this model to give the best of both worlds. Silica helps enhance the Latitude Sport 3’s road grip in dry, wet, and mildly wintry conditions. The tread design’s extended road contact will give you the confidence to push it to its limits.
High-speed stability is all but guaranteed by the trio of shoulder blocks, continuous center rib, and large tread blocks. Wide circumferential grooves minimize the risk of hydroplaning. They also keep the Latitude Sport 3’s contact patch dry for sure-footed wet performance.
A 60,000-mile treadwear warranty distinguishes this model from its summer performance siblings, most of which receive zero backing from their manufacturers. Add to it this tire’s improved fuel economy, and you can count on it to justify its higher upfront cost with a long road life and fuel savings.
- Remarkable high-speed stability
- Short braking distances for a safer driving experience
- Aggressive cornering performance
- Doesn’t come cheap
#8. Yokohama Geolandar G055 – Best Cheap Tire
The Geolandar G055 possesses all qualities that distinguish Yokohama tires from the competition. These include a pocket-friendly asking price, better wet traction than other mid-range tires, and a treadwear warranty which can compete with that of premium tires.
This means it hasn’t cut any corners to keep the asking price low. Need proof? Then you must check out this model’s all-season tread compound. Featuring high-tech polymers, the tread compound offers brilliant dry and wet traction and keeps this model useful in light snow.
As is the case with the above premium tires, the G055 features four wide circumferential grooves. What’s more, it also has two zigzag tread grooves running across the length of the tire. Both these water channels are the reason why this tire doesn’t skid or slip on waterlogged roads.
A 65,000-mile warranty is 5,000 miles higher than what you get on the Michelin tires in this review. While that doesn’t necessarily mean that the G055 would last longer than its Michelin counterpart. It’s still a very good indicator of this model’s potentially extended treadlife.
Unfortunately, there is one area where Yokohama has cut corners. The G055 is available in only 19 sizes, meaning it might not fit on all CRV trims. So, before you order this tire, make sure it’s available in the sizes that are recommended to go on your SUV’s wheels.
- Competitively priced
- Super quiet and comfortable
- Backed with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Availability in a limited number of sizes
#9. Kumho Crugen Premium KL33 – Best Low-Profile Tire
The Kumho Crugen Premium KL33 was originally developed as OEM model for Hyundai Santa Fe. Yet here we’re recommending you to install it on your CRV. That is an advice you’d do well to heed if you want to pair this SUV with a set of low-profile tires.
There’s more to this tire than sporty looks, though. The KL33 sports an all-season tread compound that offers enhanced tread life, decent dry and wet traction, and reduced rolling resistance. Kumho has molded the compound into a symmetric pattern to mute the road noise.
While its road manners certify this tire’s all-season credentials, the high-speed stability and highway handling will make you feel as if you’re driving a summer model. Which is something you don’t normally get from pocket-friendly all-season touring tires.
That said, there are a few areas on which the KL33 disappoints. Its snow traction is poor for an A/S touring tire and this model could also do with a boost in wet grip.
- Attractive low profile looks
- Dry traction and cornering grip
- Rides extremely comfortably
- Wet traction could have been better
#10. Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 – Best Winter Tire
The Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 is our top winter tire pick for Hyundai Tucson, Toyota Highlander, Kia Sorento, and many other SUVs. If this tire is good enough for such crossovers, as a CRV owner, you can count on it to keep your SUV safe in snow and ice too.
A specialized tread compound is the main force behind this model’s excellent snow performance. The compound can retain its flexibility even in sub-zero temperatures and help your CRV plow through sheets of snow and ice without jeopardizing its safety.
MultiCell Technology is next on the list of features that can be credited for this model’s excellent snow performance. This technology sees to it that the DM-V2 traps ice and snow within its treads. So that the subsequent snow-on-snow contact offers better traction.
Unfortunately, the technology covers only 55% of the tread area, meaning it won’t be of any use once your driving has eaten up half of this tire’s tread depth. Depending on how frequently you use this tire, this is something you’d do well to recall sometime in the future.
- Has superb braking power
- Offers great hydroplaning resistance
- Provides excellent traction on snow and ice
- MultiCell structure covers only the first 55% of tread depth
#11. BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 – Best All-Terrain Tire
The BFG All-Terrain T/A KO2 offers many features you don’t usually expect to get from all-terrain tires. These include a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty, enough traction for rock crawling and stability on soft and loose surfaces such as gravel, mud, and sand.
A double-thick tread compound has been reinforced with internal steel belts to minimize the risk of deformation and help this tire perform at its best on soft, hard, and loose surfaces. The combination is why this tire comes with a generous treadwear warranty.
The sidewall, which is as thick as the tread compound, won’t allow rocks, stones, or other roadside debris to pass through, thereby reducing the risk of cuts, chips and punctures. However, its thickness would be felt at the steering and would this make the ride firm.
Mud buster bars and side biter lugs keep this model going in mud and snow, respectively. And if you want to do some rock crawling, airing down this tire will go a long way. Bear in mind, though, that on difficult terrains, this model’s fuel consumption might hit you in the pocket.
- Backed with a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Highly resistant to cuts, chips and punctures
- Can be used for rock crawling
- Might get noisy at higher speeds
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of tires go on a Honda CRV?
The Honda CRV comes with a wide range of tire sizes, including 215/70R16 tires. 225/65R17 tires. 235/65R17 tires. Depending on your driving style and driving conditions, you can put on all-season, highway, summer, winter, or even all-terrain tires on your CRV.
How long should tires last on a Honda CRV?
Premium all-season touring tires should last 5, 6 years on a Honda CRV. You’d be lucky to get half that life out of a set of performance and/or summer tires. The road life of winter and all-terrain models, meanwhile, will depend on how frequently you use them.
Do you have to replace all 4 tires of the Honda CRV?
It’s recommended to replace all 4 tires of your Honda CRV at once. All 4 tires roll independently of each other, and so installing tires with different tread depths and/or designs may damage the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) of your CRV.
If you want to take full advantage of all the qualities that have made the Honda CRV one of the best-selling SUVs on the planet, it’s imperative that you pair this vehicle with the right set of tires.