My wife drives a 2003 4WD CRV that we bought in NJ & relocated to
Phoenix, AZ (no snow or off-road use). We are in need of replacement
tires. I noticed in a SEAR's tire ad that tires designated for SUV's
were more expensive than equivalent size passenger tires. Inasmuch as
this vehicle is a small SUV & driven only on paved city roads, could
regular passenger tires be used to improve drive comfort & save money? I
would like to have some informed opinion before I take on the inevitable
protest of the tire salesman predicting the impending doom if I go this
If you are never going to drive off road or in the snow then a more
passenger style tire as opposed to a mud & snow type makes good sense.
Your also want a tire with good heat resistance given your location and
many SUV/truck tires are not the very best in that regard. Something
with a speed rating of H or better would be a good idea.
You might try giving tire rack a call. They usually have good advice to
Thank you for your reply. Your information concerning the heat
resistance was particularly helpful & unknown to me. I already have
noted the tire load requirements(max 1499 lbs) & will now add "H" or
better for speed rating to my criteria.
The load rating and speed/heat rating are combined into a three
character identifier such as "95S". S in this case is the heat/speed
rating. You can see a chart of the rating system here:
Basically you want to have a tire with at least the same minimum load
rating as came with your car (95 for the CRV I think) and also as good
or better of a speed rating. I believe the CRV comes with S rated
tires, but I recommend H or higher for dessert conditions.
Best of luck!
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