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A lot of the people here like the Cooper tires. I have replaced the Kumhos on my Tucson with the Michelin Primacy MXV4 tires. Nice ride and not nearly as noisy as the Kumhos. I do not know how these tires are in snow. In rain here in South Florida they work really well.
 

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I'm not really impressed with the stock Kumhos. They are a bit loud on the highway and have bad traction. I like the looks of touring tires but I want a little more aggressive like Nitto.
 

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I like those Nitto Terra Grapplers... but I don't have $700 to toss toward tires yet... and I don't know if my tire package is compatible... ironically when I traded in my 2012 GL for a 2010 Limited AWD, my tire package wouldn't transfer over... I talked them into it when i got up and walked away... I was under the impression the tire package would replace my tires when they got worn tot he safe limit.... and the front tires that came on my 2010 Limited were nearly bald. They refused to replace them so i figure a road hazard wold eventually happen by "accident". I'm still pissed about the tire thing. I want beefier off road tires anyways. I live on 2.5 miles of sugar sand dirt roads.
 

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Just picked up some Bridgestone Ecopia EP4222's from Costco ($70 off the set with their usual sale). A softer, quieter ride than the OEM Kumhos thats for sure. I live in Southern CA so snow and torrential downpours don't happen too often. But I'll see how the wet weather traction holds up (I hear its not TOO bad with this model tire...but nothing to write home about either).

Although the Kumhos lasted 45k miles and two of them probably had another 3k left on them before hitting the wear bars. I know that's not everyone's experience but just wanted to throw it out there.
 

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Replaced the CEO's 2010 Limited 18" tires at ~27k miles with Michelin Defenders. They were on sale at a tire chain, decent price, good reviews, look 'meaty' with a std slightly all season tread, and have run well for 7k miles, fwiw.

They were very quiet of course, initially, and have remained quiet for past 8 months; big improvement over oe Solus tires.

The local tire specialist joint actually got them for me, for ~$150 less for the set than TireRack...

These cars aren't exactly sports cars, so a high performance, high wear/'better handling' tire may have 'benefits' that are of little to no benefit in daily driving, imo.
GL, mD
 

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Stock or a little wider?

I had stock tires 225/60r17...I upgraded to 235/55r17 speedo error of 2.5% or about 1mph high reading at 60mph.

I went with Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tires. V speed rating, M&S. ECO plus rated tires, LRR (low rolling resistance)

These tires were the second highest Grand touring tires rated on Tirerack.com

I can say these tires put the original Kumhos to shame in traction, wear and noise levels. There is a very slight hum at 55-58mph, but that has to due with the toe in characteristics of the "tire eating" Tucson.

I would have preferred the #1 rated Michelin Primacy MXM4 (not to be confused with the MXV4) , but the tire is not made in a size to fit the 17" Tuscon.

The Michelin's leave absolutely nothing to "want" from a tire aspect, and the only issue with the Turanza's would be the price..$220 each. I would also like a softened feel when crossing highway dividers and small bumps, but great for 95% of driving.
 

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Ms. OkieRich likes the Turanza Serenity Plus Bridgestone's that I bought for the Elantra, as well. She's about convinced herself that this may be the way she goes when the OEM's on her Tucson wear out. As long as she comes up with the money... :grin:
 

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It all depends on what your preference and goal is. If you want better grip than that means shorter tire life, vise-versa for long tread life. I've gone through numerous tires and can honestly say that the most impressive tires have been Yokohama's. The price is good and the quality is excellent. I plan to replace the stock one's with the Yokohama Avid's as I have used them before (H4S model). I found that they were a great balance between good grip and good wear. I saw at the tire shop that they now have 80k treadware rated tires now which in my opinion are only worth it if you do 20k plus mileage a year as most tire life is between 5-6yrs. Your best source is Tirerack as they do a great job of comparing tires and writing great reviews which have helped me choose my vehicles tires every single time.
 

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I'm going with the new General Altimax RT-45 all seasons in the stock 235/55/18" size. I found all tires are expensive in this size. :rolleyes:

I went crazy, but had no luck in finding 16", or 17" cheap black steel rims for snow tires so I gave up looking :(

According to the tire rack, and their testing, these are one of the best new reasonable all season tires out there, with a 75,000 mile guarantee.

I still Love the Cooper CS-4 touring tires best of all, ;) but after 3 sets, I only got about 1/2 the rated mileage out of them. Time for a change. Maybe it's just the vehicle? We'll see.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=General&tireModel=AltiMAX+RT43

Tire Rack Test: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=178

I was thinking about the Michelin defenders, but they're expensive!
 

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