It’s not a secret that I’m not a fan of CUV or SUV vehicles, but I cannot deny their dominance in today’s market. As a type of vehicle, they have been around for a while and gained traction quite a lot, thanks to certain features that people consider advantageous.
A spacious interior combined with a comfortable driving experience are only two of the several aspects that make these vehicles attractive. There are many models in this category, and today, I’ll be talking about the Toyota Venza. It’s been around for well over a decade, and it’s a popular option for people looking for a reliable and roomy mid-size SUV.
In terms of the size options, I’m taking the latest generation with 19-inch models. There are a few trim levels with 20-inch tires, and some of the tire models I’ll mention today come in said size.
#1. Pirelli Scorpion AS Plus 3
The list starts with the recently refreshed model from Pirelli – the Scorpion AS Plus 3. It’s an all-season tire, making it an excellent option for your Venza if you’re after something from the premium segment.
With the improvements over the previous model, the Scorpion AS Plus 3 offers excellent performance in dry conditions. The levels of grip and traction are excellent, and it would take a lot to get the tire to slide. Considering that we’re talking about a Venza, most owners won’t see that happening. In terms of safety, this tire doesn’t disappoint. The braking distances are very close to being the shortest in its category. Touring tires aren’t the best choice for dynamic handling, so you shouldn’t expect that. The tire is responsive enough and precise, which is what most drivers need.
Wet is where the tire shows its first weakness. For normal driving, the performance is very good. The Scorpion AS Plus 3 offers enough traction on damp roads to eliminate slip when accelerating, and the grip will help you go around a corner without any issues. Combine this with the short braking distances and excellent aquaplaning resistance, and you get an excellent performer. The problem is if you want to push it. It will deliver its performance up to a point, but it’s not the best in class in this regard.
The Scorpion AS Plus 3 is an all-season tire, so winter performance is available partially. If we’re talking about lighter conditions like shallow unpacked snow, the traction will be solid. You’ll notice a bit more slip on packed snow, but the tire still remains usable. When compared with some of its rivals, I think that it needs just a bit more.
You’re going for a touring tire, so you’ll want a model with excellent refinement, and the Scorpion AS Plus 3 will deliver. The comfort levels are excellent, and the tire deals with bumps very well. It absorbs them and softens larger holes with ease. The only thing you’ll notice is a bit of vibration when you hit a larger pothole. Noise levels are also very good. The tire is pretty quiet around town and even on the highway. Driving on rougher roads will produce more noticeable noise, but it’s not terrible.
In terms of the warranty, the Scorpion AS Plus 3 is among the best in its class. Pirelli offers the tire with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is more than most of its competitors.
- Excellent dry performance
- Very comfortable and quiet
- Excellent aquaplaning resistance
- You’ll notice some vibrations when you hit a larger pothole
- Wet traction is just a bit behind its competitors
#2. Nexen N’Priz AH5
The second model from the touring category is a tire from the mid-range segment. The N’Priz AH5 is a tire that does a lot of things right without too many drawbacks, which is what most people are after.
In dry conditions, the performance of the N’Priz AH5 is pretty decent and enough for what most people are after. As long as you’re not the world’s most aggressive driver, the grip and traction levels will be good for you. The tire won’t slip when accelerating and will go around a corner without promoting understeer. Naturally, the levels aren’t as high as with some of its premium rivals, so keep that in mind. The handling is a bit of a surprise. I wouldn’t compare it with something from the UHP segment, but it’s a decently responsive tire and offers a solid amount of feedback.
The N’Priz AH5 continues to impress in wet conditions, delivering all the performance you’ll need for a safe driving experience. There’s enough traction on damp surfaces to eliminate slip or at least minimize it if you get a bit aggressive when accelerating. The tire will handle corners relatively well as long as you don’t push it very hard. It’s also a safe tire within the mid-range segment, providing short braking distances. Also, in harsh rain, the tire’s tread pattern does a phenomenal job of keeping it stable even when you’re on the highway.
Despite being an all-season tire, the N’Priz AH5 isn’t the best when it comes to snow performance. It deals with unpacked snow decently well, offering usable levels of traction. Packed snow can cause a bit of a problem in some cases, and you’ll notice the tire slipping a bit, so you should be cautious. If you need anything more than this, especially deep snow, you should consider a proper winter tire.
As a touring option, the N’Priz AH5 is a tire that has very refined characteristics. The noise levels are on the lower end of the spectrum, especially at slower speeds. On the highway, there is a hum, but when compared with some of its mid-range rivals, it’s not too bad. The comfort levels are very good, and you’ll experience a plush ride. It will smooth out smaller bumps and cracks in the road quite well. It struggles a bit with potholes, where it softens the impact, but doesn’t mute the vibrations as well as some of its premium rivals.
The warranty isn’t the most impressive part of the N’Priz AH5. It comes with a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is average even for the mid-range segment.
- Refinement levels are very good
- Solid performance for daily driving
- Competitive pricing
- Winter performance is a bit limited
- The overall performance isn’t on the same level as the premium models
#3. Firestone Destination LE3
Another mid-range option for your Venza is a tire from Firestone. The Destination LE3 comes as an upgrade over the LE2, meaning that we’re seeing upgrades in performance, which is why you’re seeing it on this list.
When it comes to dry performance, I don’t have too many complaints about the Destination LE3. The tire delivers pretty good levels of grip and traction, and considering that we’re not talking about a performance vehicle, they’ll suffice. Since it’s not a UHP tire, don’t expect to push it hard and be happy with it. Slight aggressiveness is fine, but anything more than that, and the tire will struggle. The handling is pretty decent, considering it’s a touring tire. There is a good amount of responsiveness, but I feel like it doesn’t communicate as much as some of its rivals. To be fair, most people will be fine with this.
In wet conditions, the Destination LE3 delivers dependable performance. The traction on damp roads is pretty good, and even though you can get the tire to slip, you’ll need to get a bit aggressive for that. In normal driving scenarios, the tire offers a slip-free acceleration experience and a decent grip for going around a corner without experiencing understeer. The braking distances are short, and even though the tire won’t win any awards, they are pretty good for the mid-range segment. Driving in harsh rain isn’t an issue, thanks to the tire’s excellent aquaplaning resistance.
Like most all-season tires, the Destination LE3 offers some snow performance, but it’s limited. With this tire, you’re looking at usable traction in lighter conditions, especially if we’re talking about shallow unpacked snow. It drives well and is controllable, so as long as you don’t expect too much of it, you shouldn’t be disappointed.
Now, let’s talk about refinement. The Destination LE3 is a decently comfortable tire, offering a soft enough ride. It smooths out the smaller imperfections, as long as the road isn’t terrible. On bad roads, the tire is slightly harsher, especially when compared with the premium models. On the other hand, the noise levels are pretty low. The tire is quiet around town, and you probably won’t hear the hum. It increases at higher speeds, but it’s not intrusive.
When it comes to warranty, Firestone nailed it. The Destination LE3 comes with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is on the same level as some premium tires.
- Low noise levels
- Solid performance for daily driving
- Usable winter traction
- Not the most comfortable tire when driving on bad roads
- Needs just a bit more feedback through the steering wheel
#4. Cooper Discoverer Enduramax
We can’t have a mid-range tire from Firestone without including one from Cooper. The tire in question is the Discoverer Enduramax, a model that can handle a bit of roughness.
For daily driving, the Discoverer Enduramax is a tire that will handle dry roads quite well. The grip and traction levels are good enough to keep the tire planted as long as you don’t push it hard. It can handle a bit of aggressiveness, but it’s not a performance-oriented model, so keep that in mind. You’ll also have solid braking distances for the mid-range segment. The handling is good, as you can expect from a touring tire. It’s responsive enough for most people, but I feel that it could use a bit of an improvement in that area.
Rainy conditions aren’t a problem for the Discoverer Enduramax, as the tire delivers dependable performance. There’s enough traction to prevent the tire from slipping during acceleration. Also, the grip levels will minimize understeer. It’s not a premium tire, so you won’t be able to push it hard, but for the most part, it will be fine. With that said, there are even some mid-range models that seem to do a slightly better job. As for the aquaplaning resistance, the tire does a phenomenal job of keeping things planted and stable.
Despite being an all-season tire, the Discoverer Enduramax offers impressive snow performance. The traction in lighter snow conditions like shallow and unpacked snow is excellent, making the tire an excellent option for milder winters. It deals with packed snow quite well, so as long as you don’t need something that will do well in harsh conditions, this tire will satisfy your needs.
I mentioned roughness, so let me explain. The Discoverer Enduramax is designed with a cut and chip-resistant compound, meaning it can survive driving on dirt roads. You’ll get solid performance, and even though the Venza isn’t the best off-roader in the world, you can use it in these conditions.
The refinement is pretty good, and I don’t have a lot of complaints about the Discoverer Enduramax. It’s comfortable enough for a mid-range touring tire and deals with bumps and potholes well. There are some vibrations, but they aren’t very noticeable. The noise levels are pretty low, and the tire remains quiet around town, with a slightly noticeable hum at higher speeds.
Considering everything, the warranty isn’t too bad. The Discoverer Enduramax comes with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is behind the premium rivals but not the worst I’ve seen.
- The tire can handle hard-packed surfaces without risking massive damage
- Solid performance for daily driving
- Usable in light winter conditions
- The handling is average
- Traction on damp roads is just a bit behind some of its mid-range rivals
#5. Bridgestone Alenza AS Ultra
The Alenza AS Ultra is another strong competitor in the premium segment. It’s an all-season touring tire, so it’s another excellent option if you’re looking for a premium model for your Venza.
In dry conditions, the Alenza AS Ultra delivers all the performance you’ll need for daily driving and a lot more. The traction is very high, and you won’t notice the tire slip even in aggressive acceleration. You’ll also get high grip levels, meaning that going around a corner won’t be an adventure to oversteer. Keep in mind that it’s not a performance mode, so the levels aren’t the highest, but are enough. Even if you’re a more aggressive driver, this tire will be fine. The handling is pretty good, and the tire responds well to inputs, but I would like to see a bit more feedback.
In wet conditions, the Alenza AS Ultra continues to deliver great performance. For daily driving scenarios on damp roads, the grip and traction will be enough to prevent slip. You have some headroom to be a bit aggressive, but the tire will slip a bit easier than some other premium rivals. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still an excellent tire, but just a bit behind a few other tires. The braking distances are short, and the aquaplaning resistance is superb, so no complaints here.
Like the previous tire, the Alenza AS Ultra is usable in wintery conditions. There’s a decent amount of traction on unpacked snow and a bit less on packed one. The tire is usable, but only in lighter conditions. For deeper snow or ice, you should be looking at dedicated winter tires.
Refinement is something that the Alenza AS Ultra does well, but it’s not perfect. The comfort levels are excellent, and the tire delivers a very smooth ride. It smooths out road imperfections and absorbs bumps without transferring vibrations into the cabin. The noise levels are good but slightly more noticeable than some of its rivals. It’s fine on smooth surfaces, but there is a tad more noise on rougher roads.
If you’re after a tire with one of the longest warranties, this is the one. The Alenza AS Ultra comes with an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty, putting it ahead of the Pirelli model.
- It’s among the longest treadwear warranties in its class
- Usable on snow
- Plenty of performance in dry and wet conditions
- Needs a bit more feedback
- Noise levels are just a tad higher than some competitors
#6. Hankook Dynapro HP2
I’m mixing and matching my picks, and for the next tire, I’m going back to the mid-range segment. Hankook makes excellent tires, and the one I have for your Venza is the Dynapro HP2.
The dry performance of the Dynapro HP2 is pretty good, putting close to some of its premium rivals. You’ll have plenty of grip and traction to rely on, meaning that in daily driving situations, you won’t notice the tire slipping or struggling. There isn’t a lot of room to push it, but we’re not talking about a sporty vehicle, so most people won’t do that. The handling is pretty good, surprisingly. It responds quite well and offers some feedback. Again, it’s not a UHP tire, so most people won’t see this as a drawback.
When it comes to wet performance, the Dynapro HP2 delivers a bit disappointing results. The performance is there, and for daily driving, the grip and traction on damp roads will be fine for most people. You’ll have decently short braking distances, so it’s safe enough. The drawback here is that there are a few mid-range tires that offer better performance, meaning that it’s also a step behind the premium options. This becomes evident, especially when you ask a bit too much of the tire. In harsh rain, the aquaplaning resistance is pretty good, and the tire’s stability isn’t compromised regardless of the speed at which you’re driving.
Even though the Dynapro HP2 is a mid-range all-season tire, the snow performance is pretty good. The traction is plentiful, allowing you to drive it in lighter snow without worrying about the tire struggling. Sure, it’s not a winter tire replacement, but it’s more than enough. The performance is good, but at a certain point, you’ll notice that you’re asking too much of it, especially if we’re talking about deep snow. As for ice, it does a good enough job, but again, it’s not a replacement for a proper winter tire.
In terms of refinement, the Dynapro HP2 is good, but there are some things worth mentioning. The comfort levels are decent, and the tire does a good enough job of trying to deliver a smooth driving experience. With that said, it’s a bit on the firm side, especially when you compare it with the premium rivals. On the other hand, the noise levels are pretty good, and the tire is far from the loudest option, even in the mid-range category.
The warranty is solid as far as mid-range options are concerned. Hankook offers the Dynapro HP2 with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is good but not the best in this segment.
- Solid dry performance
- Plenty of traction in lighter snow conditions
- Low noise levels
- The ride can feel a bit firm
- Wet traction isn’t the best in class
#7. Toyo Celsius CUV
The last all-season option for today’s list comes from Toyo. We have the Celsius CUV, a mid-range tire that offers solid performance at an affordable price compared to the premium options.
Dry roads are something that the Celsius CUV doesn’t struggle with, offering plenty of performance. As a mid-range option, the tire’s grip and traction levels are solid, meaning that as long as you’re not overly aggressive, the tire will be fine. The braking distances are pretty good for the mid-range segment, meaning we’re looking for a safe option. Sure, the premium models will offer better performance, but they are also more expensive. In terms of handling, it’s not something I’ll call snappy. There is some responsiveness, but it’s noticeably slower to react even when compared to similarly priced rivals.
In wet conditions, the Celsius CUV delivers dependable, even impressive performance. Like before, you have plenty of grip and traction to rely on, meaning you won’t notice the tire slipping too much on damp roads. It’s planted and often feels like a premium tire. If you compare with back to back with the best in this class, you will notice a difference, but most people wouldn’t mind that in daily driving scenarios. The aquaplaning resistance is good, and the tire remains stable in harsh rain without a lot of issues.
Similar to the previous model, the winter performance is quite good. The Celsius CUV offers usable traction in lighter conditions, dealing with unpacked snow quite well. Surprisingly, it doesn’t struggle with packed one as much as I thought it would. Combining this with the relatively short braking distances, you’re getting a solid snow performer. There is some traction on ice, which should be fine as long as you don’t expect miracles.
The refinement is decent, but it’s not perfect. With the Celsius CUV, you’re looking at pretty decent comfort levels and a soft ride. The tire smooths the smaller imperfections well and absorbs the larger impacts without transferring too many vibrations. As for the noise levels, there are some complaints. Around town on smooth surfaces, the hum isn’t the most noticeable, but it’s far from the quietest. As you can probably guess, the intensity increases when you get on the highway or on rougher surfaces.
It’s not too bad in terms of warranty, but it’s far from the best. The Celsius CUV comes with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is solid for the mid-range segment, but there are a few tires from this category that offer a longer one.
- More than enough for what most people need
- Snow performance is pretty solid
- It doesn’t respond as well as some of its rivals
- The noise levels are average
#8. Michelin X-Ice Snow SUV
Since there’s SUV in the name, it will fit the Venza perfectly in terms of size and performance. The X-Ice Snow SUV is the kind of tire where you pay a premium price, and for that, you’ll get some of the best performance in the category.
Starting off with the dry performance, you’re looking at a very strong contender in the winter segment. The X-Ice Snow SUV is a tire that will deliver more than enough grip and traction, considering we’re talking about a Venza. For the most part, you won’t deal with slips or understeering in daily driving scenarios, leaving you with a bit of headroom. Sure, you can get a bit aggressive, but you shouldn’t expect miracles here. The tire offers very short braking distances – among the shortest in this segment. Surprisingly, the handling isn’t as poor as I thought it would be. The responsiveness is pretty decent for a winter tire, and even though you won’t get too much feedback, it’s not the numbest tire I’ve seen.
As a premium tire, you’d expect to get excellent wet performance, and the X-Ice Snow SUV will deliver. The tire’s traction levels on damp roads are excellent, giving you enough performance to accelerate without it struggling too much. You can get it to slip, but people won’t notice it in most daily driving scenarios. The cornering grip is pretty good, and the tire will hold the line nicely. With that said, there are some models within this class that will do a slightly better job. As far as the safety is concerned, I have no complaints. The tire’s braking distances are very short, and in harsh rain, the tire’s aquaplaning resistance will keep it stable even when you’re driving on the highway.
The X-Ice Snow SUV is a winter tire, and as such, you’re looking at excellent performance in snowy conditions. Driving on unpacked snow is something that the tire will have no issues with. There’s more than enough traction to prevent any slip, and even when driving in deeper snow, you’ll find that this tire is a capable performer without many drawbacks. The tire also manages to offer some of the highest traction levels on packed snow, something that some of its rivals seem to struggle a bit. All of this comes backed by some of the shortest braking distances in its class. Another area where the tire excels is the performance on ice. It’s not comparable with something from the studded segment, but as a studless tire, it offers more than just barely usable traction.
Even though we’re talking about a premium tire, the refinement isn’t the best. The comfort levels of the X-Ice Snow SUV are very good. It offers a smooth riding experience, thanks to its ability to smooth our road imperfections. The tire absorbs the initial impact of larger potholes and bumps and keeps the cabin almost vibration-free. On the other hand, you have the noise levels. I wouldn’t call this the loudest tire in its category, but it’s not the quietest. The aggressive pattern produces a roar, which I’d call acceptable. It’s not the most noticeable around town, but as the speed increases, it becomes evident that we’re not talking about a quiet tire.
The warranty is the biggest surprise this tire has to offer. Michelin sells the X-Ice Snow SUV with a 40,000-mile treadwear warranty, making it one of the rare winter tires that have one.
- 40,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Snow and ice performance is marvelous
- High levels of grip and traction on dry roads
- The noise levels aren’t the lowest in its class
- Slightly behind some of its rivals in terms of grip on damp roads
#9. Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2
You’ve read the name of the tire, Blizzak, and you can probably guess what kind of tire we’re talking about. Your Venza may need a set of winter tires, and the Blizzak DM-V2 is an excellent option.
Dry roads are something that the Blizzak DM-V2 can handle with ease. The performance is excellent, and regardless if we’re talking about accelerating or going around a corner, the tire won’t slip, even in some aggressive scenarios. With the high levels of grip and traction, you’re also getting short braking distances, meaning your safety won’t be compromised. In terms of handling, it’s not too bad. The responsiveness is quite good for a winter tire, but it may feel a bit slow when you need to make micro-adjustments.
The high praise of this tire continues in wet conditions as well. With the Blizzak DM-V2, you’ll have more than enough traction on damp roads to eliminate slip. Getting too aggressive will cause that, but most people don’t drive their 4Runners that way. It’s the same with the cornering grip. The tire holds on to the road, meaning you won’t notice any understeer unless you push it hard. Bridestone’s directional pattern does a very good job at evacuating water, resulting in excellent aquaplaning resistance.
As a winter tire, you’d expect to have superb winter performance, and the Blizzak DM-V2 won’t leave you disappointed. The tire’s pattern does a marvelous job at unpacked snow and doesn’t struggle with deep one as much as I thought it would. It’s also a pretty capable contender on packed snow, delivering plenty of performance. Even when it starts to lose traction, it’s progressive and predictable, so it won’t catch you by surprise. Ice is another aspect where the tire offers solid results. Naturally, it won’t be the same as on snow, but it’s good enough as long as you’re careful.
In terms of refinement, the Blizzak DM-V2 does a very good job, but it isn’t perfect. The comfort levels are superb, and you’ll have a smooth driving experience. It deals with bumps and road imperfections with no issues and smooths them as much as possible while keeping the vibrations at a minimum. On the other hand, the noise levels are low, and you won’t hear it too much despite the aggressive pattern. With that said, it’s not the quietest tire in its class.
- Very comfortable
- Plenty of performance in multiple conditions
- Usable on ice
- Noise levels are a bit higher than some of its rivals
- The tire feels slow when you need to make micro-adjustments
#10. Yokohama IceGUARD G075
With the premium models out of the way, my last pick is a mid-range tire. I’m talking about the IceGUARD G075, a tire that seems to offer performance comparable with some of the more expensive options but at a more affordable price.
In dry conditions, the IceGUARD G075 is a tire that won’t feel like a mid-range model. The performance is excellent, and for the most part, people will be happy with the package. There’s enough grip and traction to prevent the tire from struggling. Even though it can handle some aggressiveness, it’s not a performance tire, so keep that in mind. You can try to have some fun with it, but the Venza isn’t the sportiest option, so don’t expect to be thrilled. The good news here is that you have short braking distances, so even if you get carried away, the tire will keep you safe. As for the handling, I’d call it average, which is acceptable considering the price point. There is enough responsiveness for most people, while the feedback is muted, so you won’t get a lot of it.
When it comes to wet performance, we start to see that it’s a mid-range option. The IceGUARD G075 does offer plenty of performance for the average driver, meaning that it won’t be lacking. With that said, it is behind the premium, which becomes evident when you try to push it. The grip and traction levels on damp roads are good enough for regular driving, which is what you should be doing with this tire. It’s the same with the braking distances. Even though they are short, I wouldn’t categorize them as the shortest when compared with the premium options. In harsh rain scenarios, the aquaplaning resistance is pretty good and will keep the tire stable when driving at reasonable speeds.
The area where the IceGUARD G075 is the closest to the premium models is in snow performance. It offers plenty of traction on packed and unpacked surfaces, allowing you to drive confidently in these conditions. The tire accelerates and goes around a corner with ease, and despite not being a premium model, most people won’t feel like the tire is lacking. You may notice that if you compare it back to back with some of the best, the differences won’t be massive even then. When it comes to ice, the tire begins to struggle a bit. It’s not terrible, and you’ll get some performance out of it, but it will be just usable.
Like most winter tires, the IceGUARD G075 offers a dual personality when it comes to refinement. The comfort levels are pretty good for a mid-range tire. It deals with imperfections and bumps quite well, offering a generally plush experience. Yes, it’s not as good as the premium options, but it’s not too far behind. With that said, the noise levels aren’t the most impressive aspect of this tire. It’s not the worst option on smooth roads, but on rougher ones, you’ll hear the tread roar a bit more.
- It’s almost as good as the premium options in snow performance
- Pretty good performance in dry conditions
- The price-per-performance ratio is excellent
- There’s a noticeable roar on rougher surfaces
- Wet performance is noticeably behind the premium competitors