Best Acura RDX Tires

Best Acura RDX Tires

One of Acura’s best selling models, the RDX combines style, performance and luxury in a compact and reasonably affordable package.

If your RDX tires are getting old and it’s time for a new set, our list of the best Acura RDX tires weighs factors like price, warranty and performance so you get the best value.

Acura RDX Tire Size

Below is a list of all the different trim levels offered on the Acura RDX as well as the tire choices equipped on each.

  • 2.0 A-Spec 255/45/20
  • 2.0 A-Spec SH-AWD 255/45/20
  • 2.0 FWD 235/55/19
  • 2.0 SH-AWD 235/55/19

Best Tire for Acura RDX (alternative)

Continental Cross Contact LX Sport

Equipped on the RDX direct from the factory the Continental Cross Contact LX Sport offers impressive performance all year round. A grippy rubber compound delivers plenty of grip on dry roads, while wet weather performance is handled thanks to large grooves that easily evacuate water and plenty of biting edges on the tread blocks. In fact, siping on this tire is impressive and results in above-average winter capability (though we still always recommend true winter tires).

Often OE fitment tires are expensive to replace, but not here. The price point is actually surprisingly good.

The only catch is the lack of a tread life warranty. That may make some buyers nervous. We suggest you’ll get between 50,000 and 60,000 miles on a set and if you’re already running them and happy with performance and tread life, we wouldn’t hesitate to re-up.


Longest Lasting Tire for Acura RDX

Goodyear Assurance Max Life

Goodyear Assurance MaxLife Review

If you want your tires to last and last, then the best option is the Goodyear Assurance Max Life. The name here says it all. These tires will stay with you for many years with a warranty of 85,000 miles.

They aren’t the sportiest tire. They are quite comfortable and quiet though.

What they really do is wear incredibly slowly.

You’ll pay a small premium over some of the top tires on this list, but for the added milage, it’s worth it.


Best Performance Tire for Acura RDX

Michelin Pilot Sport AS 3 Plus

To be fair, there are higher performance summer-only tires available for the RDX, but that just doesn’t seem very realistic. The Pilot Sport AS 3 Plus is useable all year round and it grips so well and handles so impressively you’ll think it’s a summer-only tire.

But it can definitely handle inclement weather thanks to large grooves between the treads that easily evacuate water, while a new tread compound that features more silica than before (on the Pilot Sport AS 3) means this tire now grips 28% more on snow or in cold temperatures.

Because owners are likely to push this tire to its limits the tread pattern and internal structure of the tire are designed to better distribute forces across the contact patch to deliver more grip, more predictable grip and prolong tread life overall.

These aren’t cheap tire and the 45,000 mile tread life warranty is nothing to get overly excited about, but for those who enjoy spirited driving, you won’t be disappointed.


Best Budget Tire

Kumho Solus KL21

For those who want to save on new tires but don’t want to regret it, the Kumho Solus KL21 offers decent performance at a very reasonable price.

This tire actually comes equipped from the factory on numerous Hyundai and Kia models. You might not think it’s up to the task of a premium model like the RDX and while it’s not going to blow you away, it is surprisingly good in all ways.

Making use of a silica-infused tread compound it’s able to offer both solid dry performance and maintain much of that in the wet, while at the same time resist wear. As a result it comes wth a 60,000 mile warranty. That’s not best-in-class, but it’s quite good for the price.

Beyond that it offers a ride that’s both quiet and smooth and comes highly rated by owners.


Cheapest Tire for Acura RDX

GT Radial Touring VP Plus

For not much more than $100 per tire, the GT Radial Touring VP Plus is as inexpensive as it gets. Don’t expect too much from this tire.

Dry performance is decent with a mostly-solid center tread section for turn-in response and reinforced shoulder blocks. Wet weather grip drops off quite a bit, however, and the tire loses more traction when the temperature drops. So if anything, we’d only recommend this tire if the budget it tight and you live somewhere warm.

The tread life warranty of 50,000 miles is decent for the price. And the price, again, just says it all.


Best Winter Tire for Acura RDX

Yokohama Iceguard G075

One of the more affordable winter tire options for the RDX, there are some options we could recommend that offer max performance (like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS90) but you don’t need to go to the max to get impressive winter grip.

The Yokohama Iceguard G075 is built specifically for crossovers and SUVs, with a tread pattern that’s designed to offer grip on cold clear/icy roads as well as impressive levels of grip and handling capability on snow covered roads.

It makes use of some of Yokohama’s latest low rolling resistance technology to help improve fuel economy, while the tire design is made to dissipate heat and slow tread wear.


What tires come on the Acura RDX?

Two different tire options are offered by Acura for the RDX based on the wheel sizes and the specific trim level. The standard model and SH-AWD version both come with 19-inch wheels fitted with Continental Cross Contact LX Sport. The standard and SH-AWD versions of the A-Spec trim come with 20-inch wheels and Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires.

How long to Acura RDX Tires Last?

You should expect the tires on an Acura RDX to last from 40,000 to 50,000 miles. And that’s on the high side. Neither tire comes with a factory warranty and we suspect that’s for a reason. Both are widely reported to have disappointing tread life. The standard Continental Cross Contact LX Sport should get around 50,000 miles, which isn’t terrible. The sporty A-Spec versions of the RDX get Goodyear Eagle RS-A which are poorly rated overall for everything from grip to ride quality. Their tread life is also disappointing and you should expect 40,000 miles on the high side.

Tire Buying FAQ

Where can I find the best price on tires?

There is no one answer to this question unfortunately. Sites like Tire Rack and Discount tire offer deals all the time on specific brands. You can also find deals on Amazon though they are much harder to find and often only apply to a specific size or group of sizes. Visit our Tire Deals page for more info.

When is the best time to buy tires?

It’s common that many shoppers buy tires once its already too late. At that point you don’t have a lot of choice and can often over-pay. If you’re planning ahead, generally, retailers offer significant tire deals around major holiday weekends (especially in the summer), as well as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

How much is Shipping?

Shipping is often included when you purchase tires online. Many retailers offer free shipping if you get your tires shipped to an installer that they recommend. Even if you ship to your home, Tire Rack offers free shipping on purchases over $50. And if you’re buying new tires, that won’t be hard.

How long does shipping take?

Shipping can take just a few days, or over a week in the worst cases. Often it depends on where you live. anyone in a larger urban center or living closer to a tire distribution center can get them quite quickly.

Does anyone offer mobile tire installation?

Depending on where you live, there may be numerous local mobile tire installers available. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of tracking one down, TireRack offers its own service. You don’t even have to purchase tires from TireRack to use it.

While it’s more expensive than bringing your tires to the shop, it’s also a lot more convenient. Prices start at $25 per tire.

How much does it cost to install a tire?

Generally you’ll pay between $25 and $50 per tire for installation services. This includes mounting and balancing, while using the latest tools so your rims don’t get scuffed or scraped.

Do I need to replace the tire pressure monitoring system when I change tires?

It’s not necessary to replace TMPS sensors when you change tires, but you may want to consider it. The units can fail over time due to damage or corrosion. Also, most units contain a battery and as a sealed unit, they must be replaced when the battery wears down. While most tire installers will handle sourcing these parts for you, you can also buy your own here.

Do online tire retailers offer rebates?

Absolutely! In fact, rebates are offered by most brands (even premium ones). Often these incentives are offered with other deals including up-front discounts and credit card offers.

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