Best Nissan Kicks Tires
If it’s time for new rubber for your vehicle we’ve put together a list of the best Nissan Kicks tires based on some very specific criteria. We always look at performance, handling, pricing and warranty, but with the Kicks we paid particular attention to the unique tire sizes.
Those running the 17-inch tires will find significantly fewer options available, while the 16-inch tire option opens up the list of tires considerably, both in terms of price point and overall mileage life.
Nissan Kicks Tire Sizes
Below are the different trim levels available for the Nissan Kicks as well as the tire sizes available for each model.
- S 206/60/16
- SR 205/55/17
- SV 205/55/17
Best Tire for Nissan Kicks
Kumho Solus TA31
This sporty all-season tire is sure to keep your Kicks feeling nimble. It offers good braking performance in the dry and we’re quite impressed with its grip in the wet.
Kumho actually designed the Solus TA31 as a replacement tire for luxury sedans so it offers a decently quiet and comfortable ride. Using a gripper rubber compound, handling is actually one of its best qualities.
It won’t blow you away by any means, but it’s a solid performer and comes wth a 60,000 mile tread life warranty in an attractively-priced package.
Best Tire for Nissan Kicks (alternative)
Many Kicks models come equipped with the FT140 from the factory and overall most drivers report being more than satisfied with is performance.
Large grooves between the tread sections easily clear away water while the center tread sections are divided up into quite small individual blocks to optimize gripping edges in wet conditions.
The shoulder tread blocks are rather small which limits overall handling and predictability. The only other down side is the lack of a tread life warranty. We’d say that if you currently are running a set and you’re happy with the tread life, it’s worth looking at these again. If not, the Kumhos above are the better and more reliable option.
Best Winter Tire for Nissan Kicks
Cooper Discoverer True North
Make sure your crossover has the grip it should in winter conditions with the Cooper Discoverer True North. The unique tread pattern on this tire serves several very specific functions to deliver grip no matter what winter throws your way. The interior section of the tire features tread blocks and siping that designed to deliver grip on ice, icy roads or just cold, clear roads. Exterior tread sections feature longer tread blocks with a jagged design between them to help grip on snow covered roads, while also forcing water or slush away from the contact patch for maximum grip.
Due to the Kick’s unique size they are more expensive than all-seasons so you’ll pay a bit more, but compared to the other winter tires available for the crossover, they’re some of the most affordable.
Cheapest Tire for Nissan Kicks
This incredibly affordable tire is hard to pass up based on price alone. Overall performance is mediocre at best, with decent dry grip, though wet weather performance tails off. For an all-season, it definitely under-performs in the cold or snow and we wouldn’t recommend it if you live somewhere colder.
It rides quiet and comes with a 40,000 mile tread life warranty.
Of note, this tire is only available for the 16-inch fitment on the base Kicks S.
Longest Lasting Tire for Nissan Kicks
Michelin Defender T + H
Offering impressive levels of grip and refinement you won’t be disappointed by this tire. But its best feature is overall tread life. Michelin went to great lengths to design a tire that wears more evenly over time, preventing premature wear and extending the tread life to an impressive 80,000 miles.
It’s priced on the higher side, though it’s not prohibitively expensive.
Available only in a 16-inch size for the Kicks, we wish it was available in a 17-inch fitment as well.
Best Budget Tire for Nissan Kicks
Road Hugger GTP AS
Compromise isn’t always a bad thing. Road Hugger is a budget tire brand and offers exactly what a lot of Kicks owners are likely looking for in a replacement tire.
With a silica-infused tread compound it offers a solid balance of dry and wet weather performance. It dos under-perform in colder temperatures though.
Overall handling dynamics are decent and sure to please the majority of drivers, while pricing under $100 per tire will please even more.
The only down-side we see, again, is the lack of a fitment for Kicks SR and SV trim levels with the 17-inch wheels.