Hyundai’s mid-size utility vehicle has long been one of the most attractive options in the segment thanks to plenty of features, a solid price point and a roomy cabin. And now with Hyundai continuing to prove it’s reliability ratings are not just a blip on the radar, there’s even more value to a vehicle like this.
When it comes time to put new tires on your Santa Fe we’ve brought together a list of tire options for you to choose from based on important factors such as performance, warranty and, of course, price.
Hyundai Santa Fe Tire Sizes
Regardless of the trim level, each Santa Fe is available in one of the following three tire sizes.
235/65/17 or 235/60/18 or 235/55/19
What Tire is Best for the Hyundai Santa Fe?
Best Hyundai Santa Fe Tire
Continental Cross Contact LX 25
One of our favorite all-season tires for crossovers and SUVs, the Continental Cross Contact LX 25 offers a near-perfect blend of performance, mileage and price. Wet and dry braking performance are exceptional. The tires aren’t overly engaging to drive, but on a more family-focused vehicle like the Santa Fe we figure that’s ok.
A 65,000 mile tread life warranty is good, though not the best you can get. However, the price point for these tires is quite reasonable.
Best Hyundai Santa Fe Tire (alternative)
Michelin Defender LTX MS
An excellent tire is so many ways, the Defender LTX MS is packed full of the latest tire technology. In particular it features low rolling resistance technology that can save up to 65 gallons of fuel over the life of the tire. As well, the brand’s Evertread technology means it retains its capability even when driven hard.
Dry braking and handling are excellent. Wet weather braking is good, though not quite as good as some rivals. Impressively, the tire has more winter capability than most all-seasons so it’s more versatile too.
In addition to all this it has a 70,000 mile tread life warranty.
So why isn’t this impressive tire our first choice? Well, it’s as simple as price. If the difference was just a few dollars, we’d pick the Michelins. Unfortunately it’s not and you will pay a premium for this tire.
That said, there are often deals available, so compare this one and if Michelin is running an offer, that can help make your decision for you.
Best All-Season Tire for Hyundai Santa Fe
Goodyear Assurance Weather Ready
Another premium tire with a premium price tag, the Goodyear Assurance Weather Ready makes a solid argument for its asking price. The real reason is that if you opt for this tire, you won’t need winter tires, or even have to think about swapping tires seasonally. A unique tread compound and tread design mean the tire is certified for extreme winter use.
To maximize the tire’s capability over the length of the tread life, the water evacuation slits in the tire actually wear wider as the tire tread wears down. This helps maintain tread life.
During more spirited driving Goodyear engineered the tire with tread blocks that lean onto each other and lock together, giving added stability in corners and under braking.
As a result of all these features, the tires handle and brake excellently in all conditions. A 60,000 mile tread life warranty is a bit on the low side, but that’s somewhat to be expected in exchange for true winter grip.
You will, however, pay for the privilege.
Longest Lasting Hyundai Santa Fe Tires
Goodyear Assurance MaxLife
The longest lasting tire available for the Hyundai Santa Fe is the Goodyear Assurance MaxLife. An overall high performer in terms of dry and wet weather all-season grip, it also surprisingly well priced. And delivering on the real promise of the tire, it gets a guarantee of 85,000 miles.
Best Budget Tire for the Hyundai Santa Fe
Kumho Crugen KL33
A practical tire that’s not a stand-out in any one category, it offers reasonable performance, ride quality and a decently long life at a modest price point. Little surprise then that Hyundai actually outfits many Santa Fes from the factory with this exact tire.
Designed with extra biting edges and plenty of siping it’s built to better tackle winter than most all-season tires.
A 60,000 mile tread life warranty is solid and the price makes this a compelling option.
Cheapest Hyundai Santa Fe Tire
Extremely affordable, the Sentury Crossover provides impressive grip for the price, at the cost of overall tire life. With a rigid center rib turn in response and highway ride are good with thick tread blocks for cornering capability.
Tread life is quite short with just a 40,000 mile warranty, although for the price, it’s decent.
Best All-Terrain Tire for Hyundai Santa Fe
Falken Wildpeak AT Trail
If you do plan on taking your Santa Fe off-roading more than once or twice then you might want to consider investing in a set of all-terrain tires. And the AT tire we recommend for such a vehicle is the Falken Wildpeak AT Trail.
Designed to deliver a better balance of on and off-road performance than most all-terrain tires, it does so by offering less of the extreme capability and more on-road driving dynamics and wet wether braking (always a down-side of all-terrain tires). Still more than capable off-road, perhaps more importantly it’s durable. That means if you do use it, the tread won’t chunk apart or wear unevenly.
And speaking of tread wear it come wth a 65,000 mile trading, which is extremely high for an all-terrain tire.
Best Winter Tire for Hyundai Santa Fe
Yokohama Iceguard G075
Best can be a relative term. In fact, even among the highest performing winer tires, there are some drawbacks. Some of the better known winter tires offer better on-snow peformance but aren’t as good on icy roads, and some offer superior ice traction but can’t compete on snow packed roads.
Then you have the Yokohama Iceguard G075 that combined heavy siping with a unique tread compound and a tread compound that resists freezing to make an extremely well-rounded tire. It also just so happens to be available at a very attractive price point.
Additional Hyundai Santa Fe Tires