Honda Passport is one of my favorite mid-size SUVs. Not only because it offers more cargo and passenger space than many of its rivals. I also love this family hauler because it delivers a comfortable ride, decent fuel economy, and fairly rapid acceleration.
Yet there is one thing that I dislike about the Passport – its OEM tires. Many drivers I have talked to are also disappointed with this vehicle’s factory-installed tires. They state that the tires are prone to uneven wear and thus require early replacement.
Luckily, that is one issue this article can resolve. We’ll recommend the top 8 tires for Honda Passport that will hopefully last much, much longer than their OEM predecessors. Additionally, all the tires you see below will enhance the SUV’s road manners.
Read on to find the best tires for Honda Passport.
Best All-Season Tires
Since the Honda Passport prioritizes a smooth and comfortable ride, regardless of whether you’re cruising on the highway or moving at a snail’s pace through city traffic, equipping it with all-season tires makes sense. Here are our top all-season tire picks for this two-row SUV:
#1. Michelin Defender 2 – Best Overall
The Michelin Defender 2 ticks almost all the boxes for the average Passport driver.
On dry roads, it offers impressive grip. You can thus take full advantage of the Passport’s perky acceleration without risking your SUV’s stability. Plus, while it does produce white noise, it never gets too loud to be intrusive. A quiet ride is all but guaranteed.
The Defender 2 is also a capable performer in the rain. It boasts shorter wet braking distances than many other tires in its class and ensures quick water evacuation through the treads. As such, the risk of aquaplaning and slippage is almost negligible.
What is more, this all-season tire can also safely tackle snow. The credit for this goes to the lateral and longitudinal sipes dotting its tread. These slits have given this model the biting edges needed to provide adequate traction on snow, ice, and slush.
To further sweeten the deal, Michelin backs it with a class-leading 80,000-mile treadwear warranty. Such an extensive guarantee means that the average American driver can expect to get 5 to 6 years out of this tire, thereby getting an excellent ROI.
- Backed by an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Offers a quiet and comfortable driving experience
- Can handle mild wintry conditions with ease
- Doesn’t come cheap
#2. Michelin Defender LTX M/S – Best Runner Up
Although our top pick is available in a variety of sizes, some trims of the Passport might not be compatible with it. In such cases, the Defender LTX M/S could be the next best option, especially if your daily driving routine involves bumpy roads.
Unlike our top pick, which can only deal with minor road imperfections, the Defender LTX M/S is a tire for bad, uneven surfaces. A cut- and chip-resistant tread compound enables it to lower the risk of punctures while delivering a quiet and comfortable ride.
If you consider yourself a tire enthusiast, compare this model’s contact patch with that of your current one. This small exercise will reveal that the Defender LTX M/S has a wider-than-usual contact area, translating into superb braking power and fuel economy.
A 70,000 mileage guarantee might seem smaller compared with our top pick’s. But it’s still above average than what you get on most premium all-season touring tires.
- Exceptional dry and wet performance
- Comes with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Offers superb fuel economy
Best All-Weather Tires
If the area where you live and/or drive rarely experiences harsh weather conditions, all-season tires would be fine. However, if it sees harsh winters and you don’t want to splurge on dedicated winter tires, all-weather tires are your next best option.
#3. Michelin CrossClimate 2 – Best Overall
Three Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) rating? Check. M+S symbol on the tread? Present. Decent treadwear warranty? Yes. All these qualities make the CrossClimate 2 one of the best all-weather tires on the market and not just for Honda Passport.
What’s the significance of the 3PMSF rating? It indicates that this tire has met or exceeded the rater’s strict criteria for harsh weather performance. Put another way, you can count on the CrossClimate 2 to safely carry you through snow-laden roads.
And what about the M+S symbol? While not as trustworthy as the 3PMSF rating (as the M+S symbol is awarded by tire manufacturers and not by an independent 3rd party), it still indicates that this tire has what it takes to tackle slippery roads safely.
Finally, while most all-weather tires are prone to suffering uneven wear (all that added grip takes a toll on their tread life), the CrossClimate 2 is different. How can I be so sure? Because Michelin backs it to last up to 60,000 miles or up to 4 years.
- Comes with 3PMSF and M+S emblems
- Class-leading braking distances on snow-covered roads
- Backed by a 60,000-mile treadwear guarantee
- All-season rivals come with a longer treadwear warranty
#4. Nokian W4 GR – Best Runner Up
Coming from a tire manufacturer that coined the term all-weather, the Nokian WR G4 is the next best option to snow tires for harsh wintry conditions.
This all-weather tire offers outstanding snow traction, on par with our top pick for this category. Its wet braking distances are remarkably shot, too. So is its wet handling. You can thus count on this model to eliminate the risk of oversteering.
Another thing that impresses me about this tire is how good it is in the slush. Top-of-the-line aquaplaning resistance keeps its contact patch dry to keep this model from getting stuck.
And while it’s decent on ice, I’d still opt for a set of dedicated winter tires. Lastly, while its price tag is expensive for an all-weather tire, the 60,000-mile warranty on offer means you’d be getting an excellent return on investment.
- Snow traction is almost as good as that of winter tires
- Offers outstanding aquaplaning resistance
- Remains useful over ice, too
- Some might be put off by the asking price
Best Performance Tires
Although this two-row SUV doesn’t have much to thrill enthusiasts, it still feels zippy on the road. Also, a direct steering makes it feel nimble. If you want to maximize both qualities, consider installing any of these performance tires.
#5. Continental PremiumContact 6 – Best Summer Performance
The Continental PremiumContact 6 is one of the best summer tires on the market.
Besides enhancing your Passport’s appearance with its low-profile design, this model will improve the SUV’s handling, road grip, and responsiveness. The Passport’s steering, which some people feel is already direct enough, will feel even more responsive.
Thanks to the silica in its tread compound, this tire will enhance the Passport’s road grip. You’d thus be able to enjoy enhanced high-speed stability. Another thing that makes silica endearing to tire manufacturers is that it improves the tires’ wet traction.
A trio of circumferential grooves forms this tire’s water evacuation system. They ensure quick and effective water evacuation to minimize the risk of aquaplaning. Plus, thanks to a layer of foam inside the tread, this tire won’t let much road noise enter the cabin.
Bear in mind that this model’s drive may not be as refined as the above duo, which shouldn’t be surprising, given that it’s a summer tire.
- Offers dynamic handling
- High levels of grip and traction in dry conditions
- Very short braking distances on slippery roads
- Refinement could be better
#6. Michelin Latitude Sport 3– Best Performance Street
The Latitude Sport 3 comes in two different versions: standard and run-flat.
I’d suggest opting for the regular version for your Passport as it’s much lightweight of the two and thus offers improved fuel economy. Additionally, run-flats generally offer less driving comfort than their standard counterparts and may not last as long.
With that advice out of the way, let’s focus on what makes the Latitude Sport 3 special.
The main reason why any Passport driver may want to install this tire is improved handling, though its steering feedback may also impress you. Plus, it will make this SUV’s steering uber-responsive. This should help you execute quick lane changes.
Another thing I like about this tire is that it’s as reliable on wet roads as on dry surfaces. That is something you cannot say about most performance tires. Another thing that is a rarity among tires in this class is their manufacturer backing them to last 60,000 miles.
- Comes with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Will improve your Passport’s handling
- Boasts short braking distances on dry roads
- Long wet braking distances
Best All-Terrain Tire
While it’s by no means a serious off-roader, the Passport has enough ground clearance (8.1 inches) to get you across many miles of rough terrain without its underbody getting scrapped. That, and its towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds, may merit the installation of a dedicated all-terrain tire.
#7. Nitto Ridge Grappler A/T
The Nitto Ridge Grappler has everything to be an excellent option for overlanders and campers.
A hybrid all-terrain/mud-terrain tire, this model delivers superior off-road traction as well as usable on-road stability and grip. This enables it to rank alongside very few all-terrain tires that are as reliable on dirt, gravel, and mud as they are on paved roads.
As noted above, the Passport is rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds. What you may not know is that the Grappler A/T is available in load range E and load range F models. So, if you like pulling heavy loads with this SUV, the Grappler A/T is worth a shot.
Like any other tire with an aggressive tread pattern and pliable tread compound, the Grappler A/T provides adequate snow traction, as long as it deals with unpacked snow. On packed snow and ice, though, this tire will struggle.
Continuing the bad news, the Grappler doesn’t carry a treadwear warranty. You might say that’s expected, given its off-road credentials, but this is an expensive tire we’re talking about, and I’d have rated it even more highly if it had come with a warranty.
- Excellent option for serious off-roading
- Comes in load rating E and load rating F
- Available in 80 different sizes
- Doesn’t come with a treadwear warranty
Best Winter Tire
Do you live in a region with a harsh climate, heavy snowfall, and icy road conditions? Only dedicated snow tires (one of which is recommended below) will provide the traction needed to keep this SUV stable and under control in such conditions.
#8. Bridgestone Blizzak DM V2
The Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 is arguably the market’s leading winter tire.
A multi-cell tread compound enhances this tire’s snow traction. It does that by trapping the snow between the treads, thereby creating snow-on-snow contact for enhanced traction on snow and ice. You can thus count on this tire to safely carry you through a snowstorm.
Speaking of ice, this model won’t skid or slip on slippery surfaces, thanks to the hydrophilic coating, which keeps its contact patch free of water particles. Similarly, a large number of biting edges on the tread help this tire plow through layers of ice and snow.
The only thing I don’t like about this tire is that it doesn’t come with a treadwear warranty. That may be a deal breaker, unless you realize that rivals with a guarantee are priced higher and last as long as this model. So, even if you opt for them, things may balance out over the long term.
- Superb braking power in harsh wintry conditions
- Offers excellent hydroplaning resistance
- Excellent traction on snow and ice
- Doesn’t come with a treadwear warranty
Frequently Asked Questions
What size tires fit a Honda Passport?
Depending on the model year and trim level, the Honda Passport can come in one of many different tire sizes, including but not limited to P265/45HR20, P245/60HR18, or P245/50HR20.
What brand of tires come with Honda Passport?
The 2023 Honda Passport comes with Firestone Destination L3, all-season highway tires that are backed by a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty.
As noted above, the Honda Passport impresses passengers with its comfortable drive, competitive fuel economy, and lively acceleration. While these qualities come built-in, they can be enhanced even further or downgraded depending on the tires carrying this vehicle. It’s therefore recommended to pair this SUV with premium tires from well-known brands.