Searching for the best tires for your Kia Sportage? Start by identifying your driving style. If you rarely push this mid-size SUV to its limits, all-season tires are worth a shot. All-season tires are also an excellent option for commuting, running daily errands, and taking road trips.
However, go for high-performance tires if you intend to exploit the Sportage’s sportiness. They might cost more and have a smaller tread life than their all-season counterparts. In return, you get impeccable high-speed stability, driving dynamics, and responsiveness.
All-terrain tires can be an option for those who frequently drive on unpaved roads. These tires have unique patterns on their rubber that make it easier to handle bumpy roads. However, (relatively) high rolling resistance means they aren’t the best fit for everyone.
Next, pay attention to where you live. Winter tires might be a non-negotiable requirement if it snows a lot where you live. With their flexible tread compounds and aggressive biting edges, such tires can safely carry you from point A to point B on snow and ice.
Best All-Season Tires
Premium all-season tires can enhance almost every aspect of your Sportage’s ride, especially if you rarely venture off the beaten path. Additionally, since these tires work well 365 days a year, you won’t have to replace them when the temperatures drop.
#1. Michelin Premier LTX
Several qualities make the Premier LTX one of the best all-season tires for Kia Sportage.
The first of which is superb road manners. I have used this tire myself and was impressed by how quiet the ride felt. Even on brick roads, there was no noticeable increase in the noise entering the cabin, indicating this tire’s excellent sound absorption qualities.
Another reason it gets my vote is that it won’t require replacement year-round. True, almost every all-season tire claims to stay useful 365 days a year. But only a few have what the Premier LTX possesses – a tread compound that stays flexible in mild-to-moderate climes.
The Premier LTX can also maximize your Sportage’s fuel economy, especially when paired with the Sportage’s Eco mode and driving smoothly around the town.
To further sweeten the deal, Michelin backs the Premier LTX with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty. This indicates that the average American driver can expect to get at least 4 years out of this tire. Which seems just about right, considering that the Premier LTX doesn’t come cheap.
- Delivers a refined drive experience
- May improve your Acadia’s fuel economy
- Stays useful in mild-to-moderate wintry conditions
#2. Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus II
Every aspect of Pirelli’s outstanding craftsmanship shines through in this tire, including outstanding fuel economy, excellent traction on wet roads, and high steering feedback. You could thus count on this tire to keep you happy and your wallet full.
Another thing I like about this tire is that it reacts quickly to steering inputs. There is minimal (if any) lag between steering movements and those of the tire on the road. As a result, executing quick lane changes (often a nemesis of A/S tires) is seamless.
Four circumferential grooves deliver even more good news. These water channels are designed to aid water evacuation through the tread blocks, even when there’s standing water on the roads. As a result, the risk of hydroplaning is almost negligible.
Yet there are areas where it could do better. For instance, while the sipes on its tread may indicate otherwise, this tire isn’t designed for snow driving.
- Offers considerable fuel savings
- Provides excellent traction on wet surfaces
- Helps you enjoy a quiet and comfortable ride
- Isn’t designed for snow driving
#3. Continental CrossContact LX 25
On dry roads, it delivers the kind of handling that minimizes body roll, even when you’re cornering at high speeds. Plus, they stay glued to the road during a sudden burst of speed. So, there won’t be any unwanted surprises the next time you go hard on the accelerator.
Its wet performance isn’t bad, either. The combination of superb wet traction and high aquaplaning resistance translates into short braking distances in the rain.
A symmetric tread pattern and all-season tread compound ensure a plush and quiet ride, though one that does take a hit the moment you push it to its limits. The same could be said about its fuel economy, which is above average as long as you drive it to the edge.
Speaking of above-average things, a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty could also be categorized as such, putting it ahead of the likes of Premier LTX, Scorpion Verde All-Season Plus II, and many other all-season tires. However, just like those two, it’s unreliable on thick snow.
- Offers decent fuel savings
- Incredibly quiet on the highway
- Comes with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Relatively long braking distances on snow-covered roads
#4. Hankook Kinergy GT
The most obvious explanation for this fondness is price. You could buy four of the Kinergy GTs, replace them with another set, and still spend less than one set of Michelins. This makes them an attractive proposition for drivers on a tight budget.
However, low asking price isn’t the only major factor behind their attractiveness. Had that been the case, models from other mid-tier brands (which cost less) would be equally popular among Sportage drivers. But they aren’t. So, other factors are also at play here.
One of which is year-round utility. Similar to models costing twice (and, in the case of Michelins, thrice) as much, the Kinergy GT tires are as useful on dry roads as in the rain. This means you won’t have to replace them when the weather turns inclement.
Another is that they come with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty. This guarantee is much longer than you get from many competitors from premium brands. Another reason why many Sportage drivers love these tires is that their refinement levels are pretty high.
- Comes at an affordable price point
- Refinement levels are excellent
- Extended treadwear warranty
- Premium all-season tires offer better handling characteristics
#5. Goodyear Assurance MaxLife
Of all the Goodyear tires for Sportage, the Assurance MaxLife is perhaps the best (at least in my opinion) for everyday driving, commuting, and running errands around town.
Mainly because its rated tread life is 30% higher than rivals. Goodyear backs the MaxLife to last up to 85,000 miles, which means you’re getting 15,000 miles more than other premium all-season tires. That too at a much lower price.
Another reason why I love these tires is that they offer a quiet and comfortable ride. Now, I know that you know of many all-season tires that claim to offer just that. But having driven the MaxLife myself, I can vouch that these tires walk the talk.
These tires also deliver an assured performance on wet roads. Also, unlike many all-season tires, they don’t wobble at high speeds and during aggressive cornering. As a result, the risk of body roll (all too familiar to Sportage drivers) is pretty slim.
All in all, if you are looking for an all-season tire that will keep going for years, the Assurance MaxLife deserves your attention.
- Class-leading 85,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Excellent grip on dry and wet conditions
- Superb high-speed stability
- Not the most responsive tire
Best High-Performance Tires
High-performance tires are worth a shot if you regularly twist your Sportage’s drive mode dial out of Eco and into Sport mode. These tires will fully exploit the added power for maximum performance on dry roads, though they may not be the best option for everyday driving.
#6. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6
The above piece of news should excite you for several reasons. First, the F1 Asymmetric 6 delivers a higher grip and sharper handling than your average performance tire. The result? Better high-speed stability, more controlled maneuvering, and shorter braking distances.
Secondly, Goodyear has equipped the Asymmetric 6 with Wet Braking Pro technology. This technology has made several improvements to the tire’s rubber and construction. All of which improve its traction and grip on wet roads.
Thirdly, while UHP tires are rarely quiet and comfortable, the Asymmetric 6 is an exception. Now, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it rivals models from Goodyear’s touring lineup. But I would say it’s much quieter than most performance tires.
Lastly, despite offering all the above features, it costs less than rivals from Michelin and Continental. Think of Pilot Sport 5 and PremiumContact 6. What more can you ask for!
- Class-leading dry braking distances
- Pretty responsive and sharp handling
- Noise levels are on the lower end of the spectrum
- Average aquaplaning resistance
#7. Michelin Latitude Sport 3
The Michelin Latitude Sport 3 is another good option for adventurous Sportage drivers.
This tire performs really well in dry conditions, no matter how fast you drive. A combination of silica-containing tread compound and special tread design makes sure of that. You can thus max out your Sportage without worrying about things going haywire.
Its steering feedback may also catch you by surprise, as you can feel every turn, twist, and lane change. To make things even more interesting, it’s super-quick to respond to steering inputs, letting you execute quick lane changes seamlessly.
All the above are qualities that you expect from ultra-high-performance tires.
What you don’t expect from them is assured performance in wet conditions. Yet that is precisely what the Latitude Sport 3 offers. Its specialized tread design and multiple grooves (channels) in the tread ensure that even on wet roads, the stopping distances remain short.
Another thing you don’t expect from UHP tires is a treadwear warranty. Fortunately, this tire is an exception. A 60,000-mile treadwear guarantee is proof of that. As such, you can count on this model to not require replacement anytime soon.
- Comes with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Will improve your Sportage’s handling
- Boosts shorter braking distances on wet roads
- Average noise levels
Best All-Terrain Tires
While not every Sportage trim is designed for off-roading, the X-Pro Prestige AWD is an exception, thanks to its high ground clearance, variety of off-road features, and standard all-wheel-drive system. Owners of this trim would thus do well to opt for all-terrain tires.
#8. Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail
Although it has been on the market since early 2019, the Wildpeak A/T Trail continues to be a popular tire among off-road enthusiasts.
One of the major reasons its popularity has stayed strong over all those years is because this tire is (almost) impenetrable to cuts, chips, and punctures. You can drive an entire journey on dirty terrains without taking any forced stops along the way.
Another is that it comes with a dual-function sidewall. One that also functions as a heat shield besides keeping the rubber protected on off-roads. The sidewall features little pores that help dissipate heat before it can build up and cause blow-outs.
Still another reason this tire is so popular among the off-roaders community is its superb traction on dirt, gravel, mud, and even rocks. Plus, it features voids for self-cleaning, thereby keeping its superb grip intact on dirty roads.
To sweeten the deal even further, Falken backs this tire with a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty. This gives this tire a huge lead over its fellow all-terrain tires, most of which come with no warranty whatsoever.
- Exceptional off-road traction
- Superb self-cleaning abilities
- Minimal risk of blow-ups
- Above-average rolling resistance
Best Winter Tires
If your area receives more than its fair share of snow, all-season tires (no matter what their manufacturer claims) might not cut it. Only dedicated winter tires will be able to safely carry you from point A to point B safely. You should thus invest in them for your safety.
#9. Nokian Hakkapeliitta R5 SUV
Nokian’s expertise in winter tires shines through the Hakkapeliitta R5 SUV.
Independent tests reveal that this model offers 3% better traction than competitors. Its stopping distances are also reportedly 5.6 meters shorter than rivals. Plus, its aquaplaning resistance (the ability to resist slippage on wet roads) is among the best in type.
Another thing you may notice about this tire is that it contains a lot of sipes. Or, per Nokian, 10% more than those of rivals. How would that benefit you? In the shape of better traction on snow- and ice-laden roads as well as shorter stopping distances.
Moreover, despite having more sipes than any winter tire on the market, this tire isn’t loud. Which is surprising, considering that there’s often a direct relationship between biting edges and road noise.
Yet another difference between this tire and its rivals (the studless ones) is that it features built-in studs. Ones that only emerge as the tread wears down and the sipes give way. As a result, you can expect it to offer unparalleled traction throughout its road life.
- Carries the 3PMSF symbol
- Delivers excellent traction on snow and ice
- Isn’t as loud as some rival winter tires
- Doesn’t come with a treadwear warranty
Frequently Asked Questions
What tires are standard on a Kia Sportage?
The 2023 Kia Sportage has multiple stock tire sizes, including:
What tires do Kia use for their vehicles?
Most Kia vehicles are equipped with Michelin or Hankook tires.
Whether you drive one of the latest trims of Kia Sportage or the older versions, a few things are guaranteed. These include plenty of space, a smooth ride, and composed handling. All these qualities make it doubly essential that you equip this SUV with premium tires. Otherwise, a notable drop in road performance and ride quality may follow.