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My Subaru Outback (Betty) is a 2016 2.5i limited with 225/60-18, which has to be the worst tire size to find across the internet. I am running Michelin Latitude Tour HP, which has lasted maybe 20,000 miles and it is time to replace them.

This discussion will be for "summer" all season tires (spring, summer, fall) because I have a separate pair of wheels with Michelin X-Ice Xi3, which are absolutely wonderful and have nothing to complain about them. Since my search did not prioritize snow/ice, I was focusing on noise, tread life, wet handling (because it rains more in the summer, duh!) :), and most importantly, fuel economy. Upon doing a LOT of looking I have come down to three different tires:

1) Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady

2) Continental TrueContact Tour

3) General AltiMAX RT43

I don't really find the need for the weatherready's as I mentioned before, I only need something for the summer (spring/fall too), but they are the highest rated tire on Tire Rack and almost everywhere else. So that pretty much leaves me with the Continental and General. Yes, I am aware that Continental makes General, but does anyone have any experience with these brands and models on a 2015-2019 outback???? I am usually a Michelin man, but their tred quality has been decreasing over the last few years, unfortunately.

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I’ve 20,000 miles on the Altimax, on a ‘17 OB. I used them 2 seasons in snow, they were excellent and are generally very good in all other conditions. I was curious as to how they would perform this winter season, but we had almost no snow this year.

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I’ve 20,000 miles on the Altimax, on a ‘17 OB. I used them 2 seasons in snow, they were excellent and are generally very good in all other conditions. I was curious as to how they would perform this winter season, but we had almost no snow this year.

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Thank you for your reply! Any word as to how noisy they are? I keep reading they have moderate tire growl compared to the TrueContact Tour.
 

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4 of the same that hold air lol.
I really like hankook optimo h724. They have little to no road noise, great for going threw snow, and rain. Just a great all around tire. I recommend them to just about anyone that asks me about tires.
 

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4 of the same that hold air lol.
I really like hankook optimo h724. They have little to no road noise, great for going threw snow, and rain. Just a great all around tire. I recommend them to just about anyone that asks me about tires.
Thanks for your reply! It looks like that is an ok tire, but it is not for my Subaru Outback. According to Hankook's website, these are the only sizes for that tire:
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Thanks for your reply and suggestion! Do you have any experience with this tire? Tire rack claims that it has moderate and almost objectable tire growl on all surfaces (so not good on the noise aspect). It is very highly rated and VERY expensive at over $200/per tire too. I understand that we have to "give some" and "take some" when comparing tires, but there has to be one out there that has the best of both worlds, at least for my needs (summer/spring/fall).
 

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Thanks for your reply and suggestion! Do you have any experience with this tire? Tire rack claims that it has moderate and almost objectable tire growl on all surfaces (so not good on the noise aspect). It is very highly rated and VERY expensive at over $200/per tire too. I understand that we have to "give some" and "take some" when comparing tires, but there has to be one out there that has the best of both worlds, at least for my needs (summer/spring/fall).
I too am a "michelin man" typically choosing their tires whenever I can. I've had Dunlop, Goodyear, Nitto, Yokohama, Bridgestone, and keep going back to Michelin. Those other brands aren't bad, but in my experience Michelin is overall a superior overall tire with some exceptions.

Sadly no I don't have direct experience with the Crossclimate tires, but others in this forum have reported good results with them. The latitudes on the other hand are notorious for bad tread wear.


I have my eye on the Pilot Sport 4 SUV myself. It's also available in 225/60-18 but it has low treadwear, which is fine for me but not what you're looking for.
 

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Welcome to the forum. There are many solid performing tires in 225/60R-18. There is no one tire that scores a 5 out of 5 in all categories but we have some test data that can help narrow down what may be the right tire to fit your needs. Our data takes into account your zip code for weather along with several other performance factors. Please let us know if we can be of assistance.
 

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The 225/60-18 OE tires went TU at around 25k. I put on a nice set of Michelin tires (purchased at DT) and they were an absolutely wonderful tire except they died well before their treadlife warranty. They didn't go much past 37k (62k total miles), IIRC.

DT was great to work with and they took care of the warranty issue. I did research ahead of time and had them install the Pirelli P7 Cinturados. This is an excellent tire, the ratings were great on tire review sites, the price was right and so far at about 78k miles, they are very good in all the areas you'd expect and want for a 3 season tire, plus they are M&S rated too. Not like a dedicated tire but lighter duty stuff for the weekend skier.

When the P7s die I will go right back to DT and order another set.
 

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I am a Michelin dealer at a large corp. Michelin owns half of us. The Crossclimate is not going to last. Tire wear wasn't near the top priority in it's all-Weather classification.
There are some, not many, decent average tires made in 225/60/18. It's size is a bit out bounds for any real performance tire. 1 "performance" tire does exist in 225/60/18 and its the G-MAX Justice by General tire. General G-Max UHP Tire Line Targets Police Market - Suppliers - Modern Tire Dealer
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I am also a Continental dealer.
 

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I am a Michelin dealer at a large corp. Michelin owns half of us. The Crossclimate is not going to last. Tire wear wasn't near the top priority in it's all-Weather classification.
There are some, not many, decent average tires made in 225/60/18. It's size is a bit out bounds for any real performance tire. 1 "performance" tire does exist in 225/60/18 and its the G-MAX Justice by General tire. G-MAX™ Justice
Thanks for your recommendation to look at the Michelin warranty. I've contacted a lot of the tire companies in my area and they agree that the quality of Michelin's have been deteriorating and the tred will not last. At this point I think I would rather try my luck with a new brand and not risk another 4 pair of michelins not lasting 20,000 miles.
 

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UPDATE: 3/31/20
Mavis Discount Tire had a reservation special going on for free mounting and balancing with lifetime rotations.

I went with the General AltiMAX RT43.

Have yet to put them on my Subaru, but will let you know when I do.

Purchased them for around $130.99 per tire (plus taxes of course and a dumb stocking fee i'm going to try and get waived) and I am also going to see if they will match the price of them on walmart.com (which is $124.00/tire). They have a price match guarantee so we will see how that goes. All in including the $50 rebate General has right now for 4 tires i'm in less than $600 (I think around $550, will let you know when I pay for them). Not too shabby i don't think.
 

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UPDATE: 4/2/20

Had 4 General AltiMAX RT43 installed at Mavis Discount Tire. I also had an alignment done as well (as my car has 87000 on it and has never had one). Walked out of Mavis paying $641 WITH the alignment AND lifetime rotations...SCORE! Plus, I get my $50 rebate in the mail through general making everything less than $600.

How do they drive? It definitely takes bumps a LOT better than the Michelin Latitude Tour HP that I had and it seems my MPG have increased as well (which could have been due to the alignment, i know). As for noise, the pavement where I live isn't the best so I will say they are quieter, but have to test on nicely paved roads to tell for sure. I feel more confident when turning as well. Basically the car goes where I tell it too without any aggressive feedback from the wheel. Will keep you all updated on how my tredlife goes. Thank for all your reccomendations.
 

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I purchased the Goodyear WeatherReady tires when Discount Tire was offering a rebate and Goodyear was also. The price was great and the tires have turned out to be outstanding for Colorado. The road noise is nearly non-existent and the traction in rain/snow is superb.
 
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