Best Chevy Equinox Tires
A long-standing top seller in the compact crossover segment, the Equinox has been pleasing customers for many, many years. One of the biggest reasons for that has always been its expansive interior with plenty of room for passengers to get comfortable.
If your Equinox is in need of some new tires to keep it going, we’ve put together a list of our top picks, as well as a few alternatives.
Chevy Equinox Tire Size
Below we’ve included a list of each Chevy Tahoe trim level as well as the tires available for each trim from the factory.
- LS 225/65/17
- LT 225/65/17 or 235/50/19
- Premier 225/60/18 or 235/50/19
- RS 235/50/19
Best Tire for Chevy Equinox
Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza Plus
An improvement on the standard Bridgestone Alenza tire, that’s saying a lot. The newer Alenza Plus offers an even longer tread life, extending up to 80,000 miles for T-, H- and V-speed rated tires. You’ll find very few tires that last this long.
And while that’s great, its far from the only reason to pick this tire. Overall, its one of the quietest and most comfortable options on the market, delivering a luxurious ride quality for any vehicle.
It lacks a bit in handling compared to some premium competitors (see below) but we think that’s more than a fair trade off for the long life and refinement you get.
Pricing is on the premium side, but you definitely get what you pay for here.
Best Tire for Chevy Equinox (alternative)
Continental Cross Contact LX 25
If you are hunting for a slightly sportier ride, then we’d opt for these Contis over the Bridgestones above. With slightly less tread life (65,000 or 70,000 miles depending on the speed rating) they won’t last as long but for good reason. The tread compound is softer, allowing for better natural grip. Handling is also improved as a result of the thin tread rib that runs on the inside of the shoulder tread blocks. This gives added reinforcement under cornering.
As for the rest of the tread design, the criss-cross pattern of slits on the internal tread blocks helps in wet weather grip and gives this all-season tire better cold weather handling than most.
Longest Lasting Tire for Chevy Equinox
Goodyear Assurance MaxLife
This tire’s name really says it all. If the 80,000 mile warranty on the Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza Plus isn’t enough for you, then opt for these Goodyears which should last up to 85,000 miles.
While that is the tire’s stand-out feature, it’s by far the only impressive thing about it. In fact, the MaxLife tire is well above average in every category from handling, to wet weather grip to comfort. In fact, it’s a genuine competitor for a top pick overall.
Best Budget Tire for Chevy Equinox
Kumho Crugen HP71
Most drivers don’t demand everything from their tires. And for them, we can’t help but recommend the Kumho Crugen HP71 as a reasonable alternative to the top picks on this list.
It won’t win awards for performance in any category but it brings together an impressive collection of traits, from handling to tread life. Plus, wet weather grip (something that often suffers in more budget-focused tires) is still very good here.
Combine all this with a price that’s at least 25 percent less than the top tires in the segment and we think this is a compelling offering.
Cheapest Tire for Chevy Equinox
Sumitomo HTR Enhance CX2
By all accounts, this tire should probably be more expensive. Sumitomo isn’t a very well-known brand but it is actually the parent company of Falken Tires.
With a solid 65,000 mile tread life warranty, that alone should take away any fears that this is a “cheap” tire. Made with some of the latest tire technologies it makes use of a high-silica infused rubber compound, allowing for that long life while retaining decent dry weather grip and maintaining much of it in the wet too.
Notable on this tire are the external tread blocks which feature jagged siping for some light winter grip.
We’ll admit that you can find less expensive tires out there for your Equinox, but these are impressively affordable, backed by a quality brand and will not leave you disappointed.
Best Winter Tire for Chevy Equinox
Bridgestone Blizzak WS90
If you’re after serious winter grip, especially in the snow, your best bet is a set of Blizzaks. The Bridgestone Blizzak has long been one of the top performers in winter climates.
The extra-wide center tread section allows for excellent stability, while the closely-packed exterior tread blocks provide plenty of confidence on snow-packed roads. Plus, the channels on the tread direct slush away from the contact patch.
Siping runs in several directions on this tire, giving you grip under acceleration, braking and when cornering too!
The WS90 makes advances on the previous generation Blizzak tire by offering 30% stiffer tread blocks. As a result, it’s more responsive on clear roads too.
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.