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CR-V New Tires - Michelin or Continental?

2011 CR-V EX-L 4WD with 30k on OEM tires.

Time to get new ones...

This car is mostly driven by my gf.
Cautious driver.
Fair mix of city and highway.
Moving to Chicago next winter so will see considerable snow.

1. Michelin Defender's (90k) for $750.
2. Continental ControlContact Tour AS (90k) for $700.

Enlighten me. Thanks!


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I ditched Michelins for Contis. You pay too much just for the Michelin name. I learned this from a Michelin dealer. I live in a mild climate so I can't say anything about which is the better winter tire.

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You need winter tires like the BridgeStone Blizzacks on a separate set of steel wheels. All season tires do not compare to winter only tires. She will feel much more confident in snow and Ice with Blizzak's.

I would get the Continental true contact tires for the rest of the time.

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You need winter tires like the BridgeStone Blizzacks on a separate set of steel wheels. All season tires do not compare to winter only tires. She will feel much more confident in snow and Ice with Blizzak's.

I would get the Continental true contact tires for the rest of the time.
Agree with this post, but I would strongly consider General Altimax Arctic winter tires. Altimax are to the Blizzaks like the Contis are to the Michelins. The only advantage the Blizzaks have is on ice. Everything else - dry road handling, snow traction, wear, price - the Generals equal or better the Blizzaks. I've driven at least one set of Blizzaks for about twenty years and I just bought two new sets of winters this year - one for a new car, one to replace a set of Blizzaks. Both were Altimax Arctics.

Check the Tire Rack or Discount Tire websites to learn how to go down 1" in wheel size, saving money and improving snow traction in the process.

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Fellas,

Ideal circumstances would be a second set of rims and snow tires...but it's just not practical for our situation right now.

She/we will be exposed to snow but not quite enough to justify snow tires...going for the best all-around all-season while taking price into consideration to some extent.

The two tires I have quoted are what's available at Discount Tire...Tire Discounters didn't really come close on price and they are also not in Chicago.

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I'd strongly recommend looking into Nokian WRG3's. They're not cheap, but are true 4 season tires and have the Snowflake designation indicating their snow performance rating I've had them on my wife's 2011 RAV4 for the last 3 years. Very highly rated, they are great on dry, wet and snow.

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I'd strongly recommend looking into Nokian WRG3's. They're not cheap, but are true 4 season tires and have the Snowflake designation indicating their snow performance rating I've had them on my wife's 2011 RAV4 for the last 3 years. Very highly rated, they are great on dry, wet and snow.

Thank you for the suggestion...especially up there in snowy WI. According to the Nokian site they don't make a 225/65-17 and my local guys don't stock them.

I have mostly narrowed it down to the two all-seasons listed and would love some confirmation from people on Continental/Michelin and even better if specific to an AWD SUV.

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Just a quick check - Simpletire.com has WRG3's in 225-65-17's and can ship to your installer (NTB, Mr. Tire.) in Columbus at $143.99 each, plus about $20 ea shipping. No need for a 2nd set of wheels makes it handy.
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If you cannot do winter tires, and many cannot, then you have the right priorities in terms of looking for better winter performance. Tire Rack rates tires for a bunch of attributes. They don't show your specific Contis but they show the Michelins being so-so in the snow, not as good as other Contis that you may want to check out. YMMV.

One other factor to consider - does she HAVE to get to work in all weather? If she's a teacher, that's one thing, If she's a nurse, she doesn't have the luxury of reporting off due to weather.

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If you cannot do winter tires, and many cannot, then you have the right priorities in terms of looking for better winter performance. Tire Rack rates tires for a bunch of attributes. They don't show your specific Contis but they show the Michelins being so-so in the snow, not as good as other Contis that you may want to check out. YMMV.

One other factor to consider - does she HAVE to get to work in all weather? If she's a teacher, that's one thing, If she's a nurse, she doesn't have the luxury of reporting off due to weather.
TireRack originally had me looking at the Defenders and the CrossContact LX20's (alternative Continental option).

The particular Continental I mentioned is exclusive to Discount Tire...the LX20 was at Tire Discounters but priced pretty high.

This would be my first time dealing with Discount Tire...appeal is they have locations in Chicago to honor repair/rotate/balance. In the past, on my parent's dime, they preferred Tire Discounters (two different stores if you're not familiar).

She will be getting her masters in dietetics for 3 years. Will include some clinical time at hospitals though nothing compared to full-time nurse.
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For reference:

1. Michelin Defender (90k) ($750)


2. Continental ControlContact Tour AS (90k) ($700)

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Michelin for sure.I own a CRV also BTW a 2014.

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Michelin for sure.I own a CRV also BTW a 2014.
Do you have Defenders on it? Mileage? Thanks for taking the time to respond.

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Went with the Continentals!

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I've bought online from both from Discount Tire Direct and Tire Rack. I think Tire Rack has a bigger selection, but I often buy on price if both have the tire I want. Don't think you can go wrong with any of the retailers discussed.

And if you like local and a local retailer stocks them, the local may match the delivered price from the online guys. I know Sears does that. Worth asking . . . .


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