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Best tires 2009 Santa Fe Limited ?

I know Bridgestone tires are the original tires on my Santa Fe but they are not the best rated by Consumer Reports. They actually rate the Michelin Primacy MXV4 the best but the user reviews for this tire is not good. I believe my original size is P235/60/R18. I need a non biased opinion on the best tires for this vehicle. low noise and wet non hydroplaning is important to me as is handling.

thanks for any advice.
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Since we don't know your use model (apart to guess that unless you're a NY transplant who likes to visit the relatives in upstate NY for Christmas, you won't ever see snow with a HQ in Pensacola!), that eliminates one whole category from the 'gotta have list' that opens up the options a lot.

Yes, your original Bridgestone 684II tires really are pretty awful. Forget Consumer Reports, check out Tire Rack - Your performance experts for tires and wheels for a true, crowdsourced thumbs down on this tire

The Primacy MXV4 should actually do pretty well in your climate. The major downside is the price and if you're into miles/$, the tread rating is 500, which isn't bad, but isn't exactly stellar, either. That said, it looks like Tire Rack has a sale on that tire in your size for about $53 off per corner right now ($151 each). Might be worth a long look with that $212 savings.

Here was the 'sleeper of the week' for me as I looked over the list .. something I do from time to time just to see who's got the hot tires .. Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. Not a lot of data points yet, but the early information surely does look promising, even if one were to take these into colder climates. Really righteous 107H load/speed rating and a 680 tread wear rating. You could just about stack two Santa Fe units on a set of four of these! Definitely something to look at.

For my own purposes (slightly different than yours, since I'm here in Colorado), I've been running a set of 4 Nitto Crosstek tires in the 18" size. So far, apart from a bit of noise that I caused myself by allowing them to feather a bit (rear alignment issue), zero complaints for handling and noise and wearing very, very well.
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I have the Conti Cross Contact LX. Good tire if you want to combine street and off road characteristics in one tire. Not the best on roader/off roader but good balance of both. Not noisy and most importantly very durable. It also has a rim protection lip which is against comfort but a valuable tool not only when cornering but also when parking.
Only downside is braking in dry pavement. I had to compare them with my previous Toyo Open Country which were quite good at it and also a very good tire all around as well.
Michelins are top tires. Excellent choice if you can get a good price on them.
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Thanks so much for the information. Our vehicle is in FL as noted. We mostly drive interstate travel and no off road. I am paranoid about hydroplaning in heavy rain. I wouldn't want to buy a tire with less than steller performance in a deluge as we have no snow but can get some heavy rain. I will check out the sources as noted and I can't thank you enough.

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I was looking carefully at the graph you posted for me from tire rack. The tires on my 09 Hyundai now are the Bridgestone Dueller. It is rated #6 on this graph with a higher would buy again than the #1 Continental. It was better in a number of areas than the upper 5. It looks like the Michelin I was looking at isn't even in the running. Again, thank you again for directing me and helping me. :-)
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I know someone in the past mentioned a Hankook SUV tire, that had pretty much the same tread pattern as the Hankook car tire H727,. The H727 is a really nice tire... Do a search...
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I picked up some Hankook Ventus AS tires for my Santa Fe about a month ago.

I cannot comment on noise, as the tires are cupped, but i got them used, at a VERY VERY significant discount. $80 for all 4. not lying. I was ready to order my Continental CrossContact lx20 EcoPlus tires as they are HIGHLY rated on tirerack.com, but $800 vs $80, its worth a shot.

So my ratings are in comparision to the stock bridgestones...

Ride comfort - slightly better (this is likely to improve as the cupping dissipates). They are a bit heavier but suprisingly do seem to minimize the feel of the bumps/pavement irregularities.

Steering Response - Slight improvement. enough to notice, thats about it. Doesn't seem to have that numb on center feel that the Bridgestones had (at least for me).

Rain - So far so good. tires at 9/32. no hydroplaning, traction control not turning on from stop signs or lights under moderate throttle, unlike the bridgestones did. That may just be a function of the change in tread depth.

Looks (hey, for some its important). More aggressive tread pattern, Sidewall has a good look, but tires dont like to stay black. as in, a few days after cleaning they get that faded brownish thing going on. tire shine or not.

Fuel Mileage - we have noticed right around a 1- 2 mpg drop. Tires are Not Low Rolling Resistance, and are a bit heavier than the stock tires. Tires do have a higher load carrying capacity (rating), but thats not a likely factor in anyones decision process, at least on this vehicle.

Overall I feel like its an improvement. Tire rack rated these tires right between the stock Bridgestones and the Conti's I was going to buy. I am eager to see how these do in the winter. the Bridgestones were pathetic, especially considering the Santa Fe has some weight to it.

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stock tires vrs recommended Bridgestone

The Bridgestone Dueler H/T D684 II is the stock tire for the 2009 Santa Fe the highly recommended (by tire rack) Bridgestone tire is the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia.
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Go with Michelin LTX/MS. Very smooth and quiet. Great wet and snow traction.
Incredible tread life....75-100K.
I have 245/60/18 and they are the best!
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Go with Michelin LTX/MS. Very smooth and quiet. Great wet and snow traction.
Incredible tread life....75-100K.
I have 245/60/18 and they are the best!
Whats the MPH speedo difference compared to the stock 235 tires? I would think it rides better just because of the bigger tire..
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