There are many reasons why Jeep Compass owners should take their tire search seriously. Start with what may happen if you get the decision right. The right set of tires can enhance the qualities that have helped this crossover scale the best-selling charts in the US.
Think of a ride that would be more agile than it currently is. Also, the ideal set of tires can keep this vehicle firmly planted on the road, boosting its highway performance. Additionally, they can take its already impressive off-road capabilities to matchless levels.
What if you ended up botching this decision? At worst, an aggravation of this crossover’s drawbacks. Of which, sadly, there are too many to mention here. But the most glaring ones include below-average ride comfort and a cabin that is quite noisy on the move.
All in all, the best tires for Jeep Compass would be the ones that can enhance the areas where this SUV is already quite good at. Plus, they should be able to mitigate its ride-related shortcomings. Luckily for you, that is precisely what our recommendations do.
Read on to find the best tires for your Jeep Compass.
Best All-Season Tires
Although the Jeep Compass is a crossover, its monocoque build makes it lighter, agile, and more manageable than conventional crossovers. As such, pairing it with all-season tires makes sense, especially if you use this vehicle for everyday driving.
#1. Michelin Premier LTX
The Michelin Premier LTX ticks several boxes for the average Equinox driver.
The first of which is superb road manners. Among all the SUV tires I have used over the years, very few were as quiet and comfortable as the Premier LTX. Even on brick roads, which is where most tires become noisy, its tread growl doesn’t become obtrusive.
Next comes its ability to stay useful over the course of 12 months. True, almost every all-season tire on the market claims to serve you 365 days a year. But the majority start struggling on the first hint of snow. Luckily, that isn’t the case with the Premier LTX.
The Premier LTX may also increase your Equinox’s fuel economy. That is something easier said than done, considering this SUV’s mileage is already above average for the segment. Yet, thanks to its low rolling resistance, this tire will reduce your trips to the pump.
A 60,000-mile treadwear warranty means that the average US driver can get at least 4 years out of tire. This estimation is based on data showing 15,000 miles covered per annum. As such, the Premier LTX’s replacement date may not arrive for quite some time.
- Delivers a refined driving experience
- May improve your Equinox’s fuel economy
- Stays useful in moderate wintry conditions
- Doesn’t come cheap
#2. Goodyear Assurance MaxLife
Start with tread life. Goodyear’s estimates put this tire’s road life at above 6 years. Why should you believe these estimates? Because the brand puts its money where its mouth is. How so? By backing this model with a class-leading 85,000-mile warranty.
Next, ride refinement. Similar to other premium all-season tires, the Assurance MaxLife has a symmetric tread pattern to absorb vibrations and deflect road noise. You can thus count on this tire to make your Equinox’s cabin less noisy as it’s on the move.
Then comes wet performance. A combination of circumferential grooves and tread blocks ensures quick water evacuation and, in turn, the dryness of the contact patch. That, in turn, is exploited by the multiple biting edges for added traction in the rain.
Bear in mind, though, that its dry handling is average. Therefore, you cannot expect it to excel in aggressive driving situations.
- 85,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Short wet braking distances
- Excellent traction on dry roads
- Average dry handling
#3. Continental ControlContact Tour A/S Plus
The ControlContact Tour A/S Plus strikes the right balance between price and performance.
A polymer-containing tread compound helps it stay useful year-round. It does so by offering a good balance between flexibility (needed for wet roads) and firmness (vital for adequate grip in the summer). Hence why it’s one of the best all-season tires for snow.
Another thing the ControlContact Tour is known for is comfort. While it may not be the quietest tire on the market, its noise levels are still pretty low. You won’t have to tolerate much noise or vibrations as long as your driving route involves paved roads.
Moreover, it exhibits excellent wear characteristics, though I wasn’t surprised to find that out. Why is that so? Because I was aware in advance that it is developed using Continental’s EcoPlus Technology. Which is highly renowned for helping tires wear evenly.
Finally, while it may not be the cheapest tire available, the ControlContact Tour A/S Plus won’t blow a hole in your pocket either. There’s one final factor that might convince you to buy this tire – it comes with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty.
- Exhibits stability in mild wintry conditions
- Backed by a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Offers great traction in wet conditions
- Not very good with heavy snow weather
#4. Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady
Have you made up your mind to equip your Jeep Compass with all-weather tires? If so, the Assurance WeatherReady should be right at the top of your wish list.
Not just because it’s quite dynamic on dry roads, something you cannot say about most all-season tires, let alone all-weather tires (which tend to prefer wet performance over dry handling). Its steering response, feedback, and straight-line tracking are right on point.
Another reason why we rate this tire so highly (case in point: it’s made it to our list of best all-weather tires in 2023) is that it performs dependably on wet roads. What does that boil down to? Short braking distances, lower risk of aquaplaning, and better traction.
Yet another factor that should make this tire highly desirable – especially to those whose driving route sees more than a fair share of snow – is that it’s 3PMSF rated. This indicates that the rater has deemed this tire fit enough to offer reliable performance in harsh weather.
However, there is one area where this tire bares its all-weather colors. A 60,000-mile treadwear warranty is average when you compare it with that of all-season tires. The best among which are backed to last at least 10,000 miles more, if not more.
- Comes with the 3PMSF rating
- Very good handling on dry roads
- Superb traction for slippery surfaces
- Average treadwear warranty
#5. General Altimax RT45
The General Altimax RT45 might not be as famous as the above tires. But make no mistake: it’s every bit as dependable in dry, wet, and cold conditions.
But why it’s not as well known? One reason is the huge (and justified) fame enjoyed by its predecessor, the RT43. That tire is so popular many dealers still stock it, even though the Altimax RT45 has been on the market for over a year (it was released in July 2022).
Luckily, the Altimax RT45 makes up in performance what it lacks in fame.
Just like its previous version, the Altimax RT45 shines in the wet department. All the things that made the RT43 one of the best tires for rain – reliable braking, less risk of slippage, more stability on slippery surfaces – can be found with this version as well.
The one area where it’s better than the tire it’s meant to replace is wear. Thanks to a flatter contour, this model suffers less edge wear than the RT43. General claims that the improvement is 10%, which, in plain English, means at least an extra year on the road.
Lastly, as is the case with the RT43, the RT45 is also backed to last 75,000 miles. A 45-day trial period (during which you can return it and get full money back) is also on offer.
- Exceptional wet performance
- 10% improvement in wear over its predecessor
- 75,000-mile treadwear warranty
Best All-Terrain Tires
If you’re looking for all-terrain tires for your Jeep Compass, the following options are worth considering. All of them can enhance this SUV’s off-roading capabilities while maintaining its highway prowess. This means you won’t have to replace them once you’re back on paved roads.
#6. Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S
The Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S isn’t your average all-terrain tire.
Want to know why? The clue is in the name. An all-season tread compound helps this model stay useful regardless of whether the roads are paved or broken. In doing so, it makes the Discoverer AT3 4S one of the best all-terrain tires for highway driving.
Highway stability is another thing that distinguishes this tire from its peers. Need proof? A mere glance at its speed ratings would be enough. The Discoverer AT3 4S is available in higher speed ratings than most models in this segment.
To further up the ante, Copper backs this model with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty. While not the best-in-class, this sort of mileage guarantee is among the highest of an A/T tire.
- Outstanding highway performance
- Backed by a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Offers superb stability at higher speeds
#7. Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015
The Geolandar A/T G015 is a Yokohama tire in every sense of the word.
Just like most tires from this brand, it offers more features than what its asking price suggests. Think of the ability to perform in harsh weather conditions, impressively short braking distances on wet roads, and an excellent ability to resist aquaplaning.
Yokohama’s engineers have designed this model’s biting edges to change their shape as the tread wears down. This is done to maximize traction throughout this tire’s long road life, so you get the same excellent traction on its 1st and final day.
Moreover, not only is its snow braking and handling 25% higher than the previous version (as proved by data). But this model also carries the 3PMSF emblem. This indicates that the tire has met the rater’s strict criteria for severe weather performance.
- Offers a comfortable ride on the highway
- Excellent traction in harsh wintry conditions
- Self-cleaning properties boost its off-road capabilities
- May wear out quickly than the warranty may suggest
Best Winter Tires
Do you live in an area where winter brings heavy snowfall? Do you use your Jeep Compass for daily commuting in such harsh weather? If so, winter tires are needed to safeguard your safety and your vehicle’s stability.
#8. Pirelli Scorpion Winter
The Pirelli Scorpion Winter is one of our top winter tire picks for Jeep Compass.
Mainly because it offers excellent stability on snow. Like models from the famous Blizzak series, it traps snow within its treads. The result is snow-on-snow contact, which, in turn, improves this tire’s traction and biting power as it rolls over snow.
The good news is that it offers similar stability on ice. The credit for this goes to the various wide channels lining the inside of this tire’s tread. These channels evacuate water and, in doing so, keep that thin layer of water away from the tire’s contact patch.
Another great thing about this tire is that it can be used even when there’s no snow on the road. An optimized footprint and unique mold are the reasons for this. Thanks to the two, you won’t have to take off this tire as the weather takes a turn for the better.
- Can easily tackle harsh wintry conditions
- Better wet performance than most winter tires
- Low rolling resistance and noise levels
- Doesn’t come with a treadwear warranty
The latest generation of Jeep Compass has nearly everything that people look for in family SUVs. However, without the right set of tires, all its qualities would suffer a hit. As such, opt for premium tires only to enjoy the best of this compact crossover.