Best Tires for Ford Escape
One of the most popular compact SUVs on the market, the Ford Escape has transitioned from a boxy truck-looking thing into a sleek city-styled crossover over the years. It’s focus has always stayed the same, however, offering affordable versatility, with solid fuel economy and the capability to get off-road when required.
Ford Escape Tires Sizes
Below are the different trim levels for the Ford Escape as well as the tire sizes available for each from the factory.
- S 225/65/17
- SE 225/65/17
- SE Sport225/65/17 or 225/55/19
- SEL 225/60/18 or 225/55/19
- Titanium 225/55/19
Best Tire for Ford Escape
Michelin Defender T+H
It’s not surprising to see a Michelin at the top of any best-of tire list. The Defender T+H really makes a fantastic case for itself with excellent levels of summer grip and driving dynamics mixed with above average capability in the wet, as well as colder temperatures.
It’s a true touring tire, with excellent road manners, and an extremely quiet and comfortable highway ride. Plus, it offers an 80,000 mile tread life warranty.
It’s pricier than most other tires for the Escape, but it’s worth it.
Best Tire for Ford Escape (alternative)
Continental Cross Contact LX 25
As unsurprising as it is to see a Michelin in first place, it’s also a common occurrence to see a Continental right behind it.
The Cross Contact LX 25 offers impressive wet and light winter grip thanks to its copious amounts of siping and tread divisions that give it plenty of extra biting edges. Dry weather performance is aided by the shoulder blocks that are reinforced by being connected to each other, allowing the tire to hold up better under hard cornering.
A 70,000 mile tread life warranty is near the top of the class here, so expect long life from these tires, while pricing is quite attractive.
Best Budget Tire for Ford Escape
General Altimax RT43
If you’re hunting for some replacement rubber for your Escape and don’t want to spend a fortune, we highly recommend the Altimax RT43 from General Tire. It’s extremely well-rated and well-reviewed by owners.
Ride quality, noise levels and performance are all very good. You can certainly find tires that offer more in each of these categories, but sometimes you’ll pay 50% more.
It’s backed by a 75,000 mile milage guarantee so you’ll have these tires for many years to come.
Best Long Lasting Tire for Ford Escape
Goodyear Assurance MaxLife
Goodyear is winning the race when it comes to engineering a long lasting tire. The Assurance MaxLife is the champ with a factory guarantee to reach 85,000 miles.
It’s not cheap, but it’s also not a budget tire. Not only is it the longest lasting tire you can buy our there (at least in this segment) it’s also a premium touring tire. What that means is that compared to a conventional all-season you’ll get heightened performance, particularly in the dry. It also delivers a more premium ride quality and noise-reduction technologies.
Best Winter Tire for Ford Escape
Bridgestone Blizzak DMV2
One of just a handfull of winter tires we regularly recommend, the Blizzak DMV2 is a beast in the snow. With solid cold-weather grip on clear roads, where it really shines is when driving on snow covered roads. The center tread section is a mesh of triangles giving an extremely planted and stable ride. And the heavy siping means it grips the snow amazingly well. Large shoulder blocks help in its handling capability on clear or covered roads too.
This next-generation of the Blizzak tire also offers 15 percent more tread block edges than the original, helping dig in even more for extra grip.
Best Off-Road Tire for Ford Escape
Falken Wildpeak AT Trail
One of the newer offerings in the all-terrain segment, we love this tire for what it promises and that its really built for drivers of modern crossovers.
This isn’t a tire for rock crawling or extreme off-roading in the mud. Instead it’s designed to deliver good off-road grip on dirt trails and gravel roads. In other words, it’s built for the type of off-roading you’d likely find yourself in in a crossover.
Falken designed the Wildpeak AT Trail to do this sort of driving regularly and withstand those demands. As a result, it get a 65,000 mile tread life warranty.
It’s also better on-road than most all-terrain tires, with better street manners for when you’re not on the trails.
What Tires Come on the Ford Escape?
Depending on the model of Escape, it comes with one of three different tire options. Models equipped with the 17-inch wheels run either the Michelin Primacy AS or Continental ProContact TX tires. Versions with 18-inch wheels also get the same Michelin option. Top-trim versions of the popular crossover feature the Bridgestone Ecopia HL 422 Plus.
How Long do Ford scape Tires Last?
You should expect the factory tires on a Ford Escape to last roughly 55,000 miles. Both the factory-equipped Michelin and Continental tires come with a tread life warranty of 55k and should hit that number with proper tire rotation and inflation procedures maintained.