Best Nissan Pathfinder Tires
One of the most iconic off-roaders turned into one of the most popular family machines in America. If you’re looking for replacement tires for your Pathfinder you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve detailed a complete list of options to suit different types of drivers and different styles of driving. From off-road options to the tires with maximum milage, we’ve compiled a list of tires based on everything from performance and ride quality, to pricing and warranty.
Nissan Pathfinder Tire Sizes
Below is a list of each available trim level fo the Nissan Pathfinder as well as the tire sizes available for that trim.
- Platinum 235/55/20
- Rock Creek Edition 255/60/18
- S 235/65/18
- SL 235/65/18 or 235/55/20
- SV 235/65/18
Best Tire for Nissan Pathfinder
Continental CrossContract LX 25
We recommend this tire quite often and it’s for good reason. It offers an excellent balance of tread life, performance and ride quality, all at an attractive price. There might be some tires that offer a bit more in one area or another, but the Continental CrossContact LX 25 really hits the sweet spot.
Dry and wet braking performance are some of the best-in-class while wet weather performance overall benefits from the heavy siping on the tread and the serrated tread blocks, with more edges for more grip.
The 70,000 mile warranty is quite good. Plus, Continental offers other warranty features like a road hazard warranty for the first 2/32-inch of tread wear as well as roadside assistance for the first three years.
Best Tire for Nissan Pathfinder (alternative)
Pirelli Scorpion Strada All Season
If you’re looking for something a bit sportier for a little more money, the Pirelli Scorpion Strada All Season is an excellent option. This tire features a center tread section that’s tied together with a thin rib, while all the shoulder blocks are interconnected for handling capability. A sticker rubber compound really makes this tire grip, though it comes at a slight cost of a reduce tread wear warranty of 65,000 miles.
Best All Season Tire for Nissan Pathfinder
Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady
We should really say that this is the best four-season tire for the Pathfinder. Goodyear engineered a custom tread compound and design that allows this tire to grip even in true winter conditions, meaning it features the three-peak mountain snowflake logo on the sidewall just like a true winter tire.
In addition, the smaller tread blocks, are designed to lock together under hard cornering or braking to eliminate the sort of wobble you might find in a conventional winter tire when braking on clear/dry roads. As a result, it also offers solid summer performance.
And in addition to all that the water evacuation channels are designed to grow larger as the tire wears down, maintaining wet weather traction.
This tire does come with a premium price tag, but when you consider never having to swap tires in the Fall and Spring any more, the price doesn’t seem so bad.
Best All-Terrain Tire for Nissan Pathfinder
Falken Wildpeak AT Trail
Since the Pathfinder moved from a true SUV to a crossover a while back it’s more designed for hauling families than for rock crawling. So if you do intent to take your Pathfinder off-road we suspect it’s not anything too extreme. Knowing this is how most crossover owners behave, Falken made the Wildpeak AT Trail tire. It’s designed for lighter off-roading such as dirt trails and gravel roads, while offering not just durability under those conditions but long life.
It’s also quieter and more engaging on-road, plus it’s certified for extreme winter use.
All this and a 65,000 mile tread life warranty at a price that’s considerably less than other all-terrain tires.
Best Budget Tire for Nissan Pathfinder
Laufenn X Fit HT
Here’s an opportunity to save a bundle on a tire that we think is underpriced. The reason it’s underpriced is because it’s from Laufenn which pretty much no one has ever heard of. This Korean tire manufacturer is actually a division of Hankook which itself is a reputable brand. And as Hankook continues to offer better and better products those tires are getting more expensive, opening up room for this sub-brand.
So, the X Fit HT is a highway terrain tire that offers a smooth and comfortable ride. Handling isn’t fantastic, but it’s more than passable. Robust shoulders help this tire stay well-planted on the road while cruising and under cornering. Plus a 60,000 mile tread life warranty is a solid price for a tire that costs almost half as much as some on this list.
Cheapest Tire for Nissan Pathfinder
Ohtsu FP0612 AS
Technically speaking the Ohtsu FP0612 AS is the cheapest tire you can buy for a Pathfinder. However, the GT Radial Touring VP Plus is only a few dollars more (literally a few). It doesn’t deliver as sporty a ride, but you’re probably not looking to take your Pathfinder to the auto-cross. The real down-side of the Ohtsu is that it’s grip comes at the expense of a tread that wears fast and as a result comes with no mileage warranty. The Touring VP Plus, however, gets a 50,000 mile warranty.
Best Winter Tires for Nissan Pathfinder
With a compound that resists freezing this tire grips in freezing temperatures, while numerous smaller tread blocks with plenty of siping helps it dig into and grip snow. Siping on the individual tread blocks runs in several directions, providing grip no matter where you’re headed. Plus, the center tread rib is continuous, making for a great highway ride in the winter with a planted feel and more immediate responsiveness to steering inputs. Plus it also helps assist in stoping capability no matter the surface.
Overall, this is a more than capable winter tire at a very attractive price point.
Longest Lasting Tire for Nissan Pathfinder
Cooper CS5 Grand Touring
For what you’re getting here, this tire is an incredible bargain. Looking quite sporty, this is actually a touring all-season tire so don’t expect a lot of handing capability out of it. Instead it delivers a quite and comfortable ride and makes for a relaxed and stable highway drive.
The silica-infused tread compound means it retains much of its dry grip in the wet with some passable winter performance. Cooper designed the sipes on the tires to stick around, meaning grip in poor weather continues on even when the tire is worn.
And that’s a good thing because you’ll be living with these tires for a long time thanks to their 80,000 mile warranty.
What Tires Come on the Nissan Pathfinder?
Below is a list of each Pathfinder trim level as well as the tires that are available on that trim from the factory.
- Platinum 235/55/20 Bridgestone Dueler HP Sport AS or Toyo Proxes A20
- S 236/65/18 Michelin Latitude Tour or Continental Cross Contact LX Sport or Toyo Open Country A25A
- SL 235/65/18 Michelin Latitude Tour or Continental Cross Contact LX Sport or Toyo Open Country A25A
- SL Rock Creek Edition 255/60/18 Continental Cross Contact LX Sport
- SV 235/65/18 Michelin Latitude Tour or Continental Cross Contact LX Sport or Toyo Open Country A25A
- SV Rock Creek Edition 255/60/18 Continental Cross Contact LX Sport
How Long do Nissan Pathfinder Tires Last?
Pathfinder factory-equipped tires range pretty significantly in terms of their real world tire life, not least of which is due to the user. That being said, some of the tires offered by Nissan do come with warranties or guidelines on their expected life based on normal use, proper rotation and inflation. Many models come equipped with the Michelin Latitude Tour which gets a healthy 65,000 mile warranty. Those same models can also come with the Continental Cross Contact LX Sport, Toyo Open Country A25A or Toyo Proxes A20. All three of these come with no warranty. The latter should see around 50,000 miles, while the Cross Contact LX Sport will be closer to 45,000 miles. (It is generally called-out by owners for its short life). Finally, some Platinum models come with the Bridgestone Dueler HP Sport AS, which is does get a shorter 40,000 mile warranty but offers improved performance as a tradeoff.
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.