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What's the best value for money tire that fits a 2014 Chevy Cruze?

What's the best value for money tire that fits a 2014 Chevy Cruze?

I currently have Firestone FR710 215/60R16 (stock tires are at 57K miles 4/12 wear) - the dealer says they could replace those for $412.13 and give me a $50 rebate. Grand total: $362.13

They also quoted me these:

Hankook Optimo H724 for $408.05 and then a $100 rebate. Grand total $308.05

Kelly Edge A/S for $358.06 (no rebate)


All of those prices are for 4 tires mounted and disposing my old tires.


I'm open to any brands AND having someone else install just want something quiet, smooth, long lasting and safe (I'm in Minnesota, and it's going to be winter soon).

Any other tires I should be looking into?

Thank you :)
 

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Best value for tire is whatever it left the factory with. GM has teams of people who already figured out that that tire gave the biggest bang for the buck.

But there are much better tires available if you're if you're willing to pay more. jblackburn mentioned a few above.

Best performance beyond that would be even more money and come from michelin, nokian, and some others.
 
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You get what you pay for as far as tires go.
 
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GM, and any other manufacturer, puts on whatever they can get a good deal on and meet their criteria of lasting just long enough that new tires will be put on before a lease is up. The GOOD OEM tires are found only on performance or luxury cars (sometimes not even those).

-FR710 - decent ride quality, quiet when new. Total bargain basement and crap tire otherwise.
-Conti ProContact - I have nothing good to say about this tire. Honda, Mazda, and other OEMs are guilty of using this one too. It's noisy, it has terrible traction in inclement weather, and it rides like a wagon wheel. But it's cheap.
-Goodyear FuelMax - great MPG. No other redeeming qualities.
 

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I see you have a couple of Discount Tires only 30-40 miles from you. Take a look at their web-site (www.discounttire.com) for tires.
 

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Original Equipment tires on most cars suck, they have no warranty. I've never had a set last over 43K mile. Even if you purchase the same brand and model of your OE tire, your new tires will be better made and have an actual treadwear warranty. I can't speak about premium brands but all the cars, SUV and such that I've purchased new (less than 25K MSRP) had sorry tires. I'm not really happy with the Hankook OE tires on my current Cruze but they are't any worse that the OE tires on the last 7 new vehicles I've had.
 

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Original Equipment tires on most cars suck, they have no warranty. I've never had a set last over 43K mile. Even if you purchase the same brand and model of your OE tire, your new tires will be better made and have an actual treadwear warranty. I can't speak about premium brands but all the cars, SUV and such that I've purchased new (less than 25K MSRP) had sorry tires. I'm not really happy with the Hankook OE tires on my current Cruze but they are't any worse that the OE tires on the last 7 new vehicles I've had.
Not always. The OEM Goodyear FuelMax Assurance actually came with a Goodyear 65K mile tread wear warranty. Yes it was separate from the B2B warranty on the car but it was still honored when I had to replace mine due to dry rot on one tire.
 

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Buying a tire, like everything else on a car, is a series of compromises. Every person's usage and preferences are different. Tires fall in various places on a series of spectrums. Do you prefer higher handling performance or longer lasting tread depth? Harder compounds in longer lasting tires also affect winter performance (negatively). How important is it that the tire is quiet? What's your driving style? What are the road conditions? Better traction often equates to lower fuel mileage, where do you fall on that spectrum? You get the point. Price figures in as another of that long series of variables. There really isn't any best tire for a car. You have to decide what compromises you are willing to make to get certain characteristics. One thing I will say is that extensive tread siping is a difference-maker for winter traction. TireRack.com is a good place to do research.

Minnesota has some pretty serious winters (I'm from Michigan, I sympathize), have you thought of using a dedicated winter tire? We have a local/regional tire store around here (Belle Tire) that will store your off-season tires for free if you buy winter tires. Perhaps one of your local stores would do something like that.
 

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Minnesota has some pretty serious winters (I'm from Michigan, I sympathize), have you thought of using a dedicated winter tire? We have a local/regional tire store around here (Belle Tire) that will store your off-season tires for free if you buy winter tires. Perhaps one of your local stores would do something like that.
I was thinking a similar thought. I plan to keep our Fuel Maxes on the Cruze because I have no need to worry about winter performance - the snow tires take care of that for us.

Definitely worth the up-front cost.
 

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Hankook Optimo H724 for $408.05 and then a $100 rebate. Grand total $308.05

Kelly Edge A/S for $358.06 (no rebate)
IVE HAD BAD EXPERIENCE WITH BOTH. HANCROOK SUCKS IN QUALITY AND LIFE UNLESS THERE SLICKS. KELY EL CHEAPO CLUB TIRE. DO YOU WANT COMFORT AND LONG LIFE, SPORTY TIRE THAT WILL BE A LITTLE MORE HARSH, WANT WAY MORE PERFORMANCE?

FirestoneÂ*Firehawk AS
 

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I've had Bridgestone Dueler HT on 2 separate vehicles with no warranty and they were sorry in rain and snow. Firestone on another vehicle with no warranty that went out of round by about 25K miles. I also was in the Firestone store when the manager had to explain to someone how OE Firestone tires have no warranty and the reasons for said situation. I've never owned a car that came with Goodyear tires, so if you do get a warranty that's great. My Hankook tires on my new cruze have no separate warranty that I can find.
 

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I will never own another Bridgestone tire if I can help it. Some of the absolute worst tires I have ever driven on.
 

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The Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tires that I got at Costco had an 80K warrenty and were great in dry and wet weather. I didn't have the car long enough to test in snow, but I can at least recommend one model of Bridgestone tires.
 

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The Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tires that I got at Costco had an 80K warrenty and were great in dry and wet weather. I didn't have the car long enough to test in snow, but I can at least recommend one model of Bridgestone tires.
Yup, I've heard good things about those. They're not a good snow tire, though.

I'd just boycott them for making so much other absolute crap.
 

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Have you looked at the General Altimax RT43 or the Cooper CS5 Grand Touring? Both of those are really good tires for the price. I personally have the Continental PureContacts on my Cruze and they are AWESOME! Well worth the extra money if you can afford it, but those would be my other 2 choices.

The Generals are probably the best value tire you can find, especially in snow traction. The Cooper CS5 Grand Touring is pretty good alternative. We have them on our Town and Country and they are wearing well and have decent traction. Make sure if you look at the Coopers beware of the CS5 Ultra Touring. I had a pretty crappy experience with them on my Cruze.

As for the Hankooks, they are just a bare basic tire meant for Granny's Camry. For the Kelly Edge, stay away from them unless you want to buy tires every year. They have really flimsy sidewalls and wear FAST.
 

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Thanks for everyone's help. I have put in a work order for them to install "Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus" on Monday for a grand total of $514.20 and then I'll get a $100 rebate on top of that so a little over $100 a tire installed, seems like a pretty good deal.
 

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Thanks for everyone's help. I have put in a work order for them to install "Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus" on Monday for a grand total of $514.20 and then I'll get a $100 rebate on top of that so a little over $100 a tire installed, seems like a pretty good deal.
You'll probably really like them. They'll get quieter after a few thousand miles, and the ride quality is fantastic.
 

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88 Supra wasn't exactly a cheap car at $28K back then, cars have darn near near tripled in price since then. Really babied my baby, tires were shot at about 30,000 miles. Have 60K miles on the replacements now, still in very good shape.

04 Cavalier came with Goodyears, none of this flying at 90 mph and slamming on the brakes or flooring the gas pedal and popping the clutch. Were worn at 27K miles, but on Dunlops, far superior snow traction and lasted 90K miles before they had to be replace, that's 90K on these tires, was at 117K on the odometer.

Thought the Cruze that came with Continentals was good, said a thread wear warranty was 80K, not much left at 40K, talked to a good Chevy dealer, no way would I get credit for these worn out tires, will have 50 millions reasons why they are worn. Put on Goodyear Assurance, think it was around 550 bucks after a rebate. First thing I noticed, is that traction control light was not popping on every two second, matter of fact, it never came on. We are in Wisconsin, kind of familiar with ice and snow.

Really don't like to save money on tires, your life is kind of dependent on them. I do look at thread wear warranty, but already know it worthless, but can find many tires with no thread wear warranty. Buying tires is like buying a lottery ticket.
 

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I can't believe nobody has mentioned Michelin tires. I pretty much stick to the Defender line. They aren't the greatest tire, but the last forever and this is what I care about most. [I do however run dedicated snows in the winter.]
 
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