Honda’s sub-compact marvel, the HR-V, packs plenty of interior space into a tiny package and makes it fun to drive too.
When it comes to replacing those tires, you’ll want to maintain the car’s driving dynamics, while we suspect most Honda owners will prefer to opt for a quality brand that also offers value. To that end, we’ve compiled our top choices for the best Honda HR-V tires based on performance, warranty and price.
Honda HR-V Tire Size
Below we’ve detailed a list of each Honda HR-V trim level and the tire sizes available from the factory for that trim. The tires recommended in our list below should fit all of these sizes.
LX 215/55/17 or 225/50/18
EX 215/55/17 or 225/50/18
EX-L 215/55/17 or 225/50/18
Touring 215/55/17 or 225/50/18
Best Honda HR-V Tire
Michelin Defender T+H
Michelin tires are often the best tire you can buy, but because they are also often the most expensive we don’t recommend them all that often. Here, however, you just can’t argue with the benefits.
The Michelin Defender T+H offers excellent stopping power in the dry and wet, with impressive handling dynamics – a perfect fit for the sporty little HR-V.
With one exception (see the Goodyear Assurance Max Life below), it offers the longest tread life available for the HR-V and does so at a rather reasonable price.
Best Honda HR-V Tires (Alternative)
Continental Pro Contact TX
One of the factory options on the HR-V, the Continental Pro Contact TX isn’t an overly affordable tire, but it does pack an impressive level of capability, refinement and technology.
It’s designed with an intricate tread patter than balances low rolling resistance (and therefore excellent fuel economy) with heavy siping for impressive all-weather performance. Plus, with a softer overall rubber compound it grips well in the summer too for sporty driving dynamics.
A singular drawback to this tire is its lack of any tread life warranty. You should expect to get 55,000 to 60,000 on a set, which is decent, but nowhere close to the Michelins above.
Best All-Season Tire for Honda HR-V
Goodyear Assurance Weather Ready
This is a unique offering that’s certain to appeal to some drivers. The Goodyear Assurance Weather Ready isn’t just an all-season tire, but a four-season tire and comes certified for true winter use, bearing the three-peak mountain snowflake logo on its sidewall.
As a result, if you opt for these tires you won’t have to think about swapping out for winters ever.
In addition, these tires offer impressive wet weather performance thanks to water evacuation channels that open up to become wider as the tire wears.
Dry weather performance is also impressive thanks to tread blocks that lock together under cornering to offer a larger and more robust footprint.
All of this will cost you a bit more than a standard all-season and the winter capability comes with a drawback in the life of the tire with just a 60,000 mile tread life warranty.
Longest Lasting Tire for Honda HR-V
Goodyear Assurance Max Life
The name says it all here. The Goodyear Assurance Max Life tops the longest lasting tires on this list by 5,000 miles, offering a class-leading 85,000 mile warranty.
Overall these tires perform admirably in the dry and wet, although they aren’t overly engaging. Pricing is about average.
Best Budget Tire for Honda HR-V
General Altimax RT43
Using what some might call hand-me-down technology from Continental, General Tire is able to engineer tires that offer an impressively well-rounded performance at a surprisingly low price.
There’s no one stand-out feature of this tire, but it does all things well. And it costs very little. A shrewd purchase!
Best Budget Tire for Honda HR-V (alternative)
Falken Pro G5 AS
Competing in the same performance all-season category as the Michelins and Continentals on this list, Falken Tire isn’t likely to best the industry leaders. The brand does, however, offer a compelling tire in the Pro G5 AS, which offers 80 percent of what those other tires do at fraction of the price.
Driving dynamics and braking in both dry and wet are all solid. The warranty is also decent for the price at 60,000 miles.
Cheapest Tire for Honda HR-V
If you’re not just looking for a better price, but the best price on a set of new tires for your HR-V, the Sentury Touring is the tire for you. Braking performance in the dry and wet is actually surprisingly good for this tire and owners report being pleased overall with its performance.
These tires can be had for as little as 1/3rd the price of other tires on this list, making them extremely popular.
They may only come with a 40,000 mile tread life guarantee, but for the price, you won’t mind replacing them more often.
Best Winter Tire for Honda HR-V
General Altimax Arctic 12
Packing impressive winter performance and a great price into one package, the General Altimax Arctic 12 offers numerous benefits when the snow starts falling. The directional tread pattern with a wide center tread section offers impressive stability on snow packed roads, with grip in corners, while the chevron pattern allows for easy evacuation of slush.
Heavy siping and a tread compound that resists freezing allow it to grip excellently on icy roads (or just cold clear ones) to maximum grip and braking performance.
All this and it’s extremely affordable 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.