Toyota Highlander OEM Tires Wearing Out

As I’ve noted in the past, our Highlander came with Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia tires. These tires have decent reviews on TireRack (4/5 stars as of this writing), and they offer a reasonably comfortable ride, but…

They suck in terms of durability! Despite having a 5 year, 65k mile warranty, they are wearing down fast. I’ve rotated them every 5k miles based on the Toyota service schedule, but that hasn’t really helped.

As of now, after roughly 28k miles of driving, the pair that is currently on the front is almost down to the wear bars. And the pair on the back isn’t far behind. Traction isn’t great, and it’s looking like I need new tires. Already.

I guess this isn’t terribly surprising, as I’ve never had very good luck with OEM tires. But that 65k mile treadlife warranty made me think that this time might be different. Well, it’s not.

Yes, the tires are still within their warranty period, but… Treadlife warranties don’t typically apply to OEM tires on new vehicles. And if the warrant did apply, I really don’t want another set of these tires.

So… I’m now in the market for a new set of tires. If you’ve already replaced your tires, I’d love to hear what you ended up buying and how happy you’ve been with the new set.

P.S. In case you’re wondering, the LE, LE Plus, and XLE all have 18-inch wheels and use 245/60R18 tires, whereas the Limited and Limited Platinum have 19-inch wheels and use 245/55R19 tires.

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26 comments… add one
  • Rich Garcia Oct 1, 2015

    Mike, I purchased 2015 Highlander platinum model in Nov 2015. I have enjoyed reading your news letter which I find most helpful. Do not believe I received the last couple of issues. Also, do you have any feedback on a good bug reflector for the Highlander.
    Thanks.

    Rich

  • Rich G Oct 25, 2015

    Just bought a 2015 XLE. Came with Michelin Latitude Tour 245/60R18s.

  • GS Dec 7, 2015

    I had a similar experience (Own a 2013 Highlander Limited). Just got them replaced after 30K miles, because the tires seemed to be done – very little tread left.

    I did not research much, so went with the same brand again – Bridgestone D’s, but chose plus one size. The ride is very comfortable and it costed me $700.

    Next time, I need to get Michelin’s as I heard they have good longevity.
    Good luck!

  • Bob Jan 21, 2016

    Michael…as we all know OEM tires suck! There is no warranty and they are NOT made as well as aftermarket tires. This is intentional, as the $$$ hungry companies have us by the _______s.
    I am in a similar situation with my 2013 Highlander. I have Toyo Open Country tires, and they have only 50% Tread left after 18k miles
    After 1 month of investigation, I have decided on purchasing Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alensa Plus. The plus is the newer version. It carries another 10K plus warranty, and is now on sale at Firestone as an intro…buy 3 get 1 free. After adding all the road hazard, lifetime balance;etc, they were still still the best deal here in the Boston area.

    Good Luck. Let us know what you decide, and the $$$ market in your area.
    Bob

  • Captain Mac Mar 22, 2016

    I have owned Toyota’s for 40 years, almost all modells including a couple of Landcruisers, I feel the Highlander is the best value for me. I have owned three, and am about to buy a fourth. The tire issue is for real! I have always used Michelon and have been please althought they are expensive. My local garage recommended Firestone Destination LE2 stating that they are highly rated. Tirerack rates them a 4.2 star out of 5
    They are warranted for 5 year 60,000 miles! They are 2 or 3 hundred dollars cheaper that the Michelons! We will see!!!
    Here is the full review:
    http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=209

    • Bernie May 13, 2016

      I had a set of the aftermarket LE’s on a Honda pilot and the noise after 20K miles was unbearable, I made it to 30K miles and yes there was tread left but it sounded like I had the cheapest snow tires half the family did not want to ride in the vehicle with me

    • Jenny Jul 15, 2016

      Hi, I was wondering what you ended up going with? I have the 2014 Limited Highlander with Toyo tires and they are already worn down at 25K miles. 🙁 Need to purchase a new set and want to be sure I get one that will last and give a smooth quiet ride for the long-run. Any advice is appreciated! Thank you!

  • Libby Murphy Jul 19, 2016

    2013 Hylander – had to get four new tires & I have only about 17,700 miles!
    Toyota mounted Goodyear tires on my SUV. Also, had to repair something because of rust – rust. It lives in the garage but does occasionally plays in the snow.

  • Libby Murphy Jul 19, 2016

    I read other comments like: I had a similar experience – replaced tires after 30K (Dec. 7, 2015) Wow – wish I could of gotten 30K from my 2013 Hylander……

  • Denise Etris Aug 3, 2016

    I have a 2013 Highlander Limited & just purchased my third set of tires & only have 48,000 miles on the car. The ones on it when I purchased lasted 26,000. I purchased a Cooper CTS P245/55R19which is a 65,000 mile tire. I just replaced at 22,000 miles. Cooper did give me an allowance however of 66% off of another set of Cooper SRX P245/55R19. I had my service records & the tires were worn evenly. My tire guy pointed out that both sets of tires didn’t last like they should have. He questioned if it is something in the way they wear. He said the 19″ wheels are too big for this vehicle. I decided to look for comments about this & found this site. Sounds like Toyota may have an issue. I’ve had Toyota for the last 35 years & never had this issue before my highlander.

  • Bruce Aug 13, 2016

    My 2015 lander still has OEM TIRES after 50k. 30k in Miami 20k in NYC. I had duelers by Bridgestone. That’s the best I’ve done with OEM tires. And nyc roads are BAD. I’m gonna try to get same ones again. Customers Love the ride.

  • cassandra medrano Aug 21, 2016

    I had the original Bridgestone (65K) replaced at 30K; I also rotated them every 5K. I bought Yokohama (60K) as recommended at Discount tire. They wore out after 20K; I replaced those with Michelin (55K). They are now at 5/32 and need to be replaced after only 20K. The car has 70,000 miles on it, and I am shopping for a 4th set of tires–no repeat brands.

  • Larry Deaton Oct 18, 2016

    I’m having a similar experience with my 2015 Limited Platinum edition Highlander. I got around 28K on the factory tires. I’m in the process of purchasing new Michelin Premier LTX tires for them. Also having to replace a bent Chromtec rim. I’ve had good experiences with the Michelin tires and will be sticking with those.

  • David Keebler Oct 21, 2016

    The 2016 Highlander Limited Hybrid we purchased recently was equipped with Toyo open country tires. Having had these tires before, I knew they have poor traction in our rainy Oregon climate. I have replaced them with Michelin Defenders from Costco which should do much better. As a sidelight, in balancing the last tire, the adapter to the apparatus became completely stuck in the wheel center. I had to purchase a replacement wheel for $694 and was quickly reimbursed while the tire was balanced and installed.

  • Becky Nov 14, 2016

    I also have a 2014 Highlander Ltd. And was surprised that I needed new tires at 27k mi. I thought the tire store was trying to take advantage of me when i came in with a flat. He said it was not repairable and all 4 of my tires were almost in the red zone for wear. I guess he wasnt fooling! I bought 4 new Michelins and it came to $1100. (i buy the replacement warranty)

  • S Dec 14, 2016

    2015 platinum highlander
    36k and the Michelins are at the wear indicators.
    What is the next choice?

  • S Dec 14, 2016

    Same Michelins on a Honda Pilot…..80k and still have more tread left than the Highlander…..

  • petra Jan 12, 2017

    I have a Toyota Highlander 2015 now on 24 K and already need tires I purxhase them with Bridgestone tires they are no good last week snow I was sliding on the road driving because there is no thread on the tire ,But in the past I had a 2004 highlander and it was much better on tire I had it for seven years and change the tires once in those seven yrs.

  • petra Jan 12, 2017

    Toyota need to recall those Bridgestone tires they are no good on the Toyota Highlander.

  • Dean Jan 13, 2017

    2015 Highlander XLE @ 25K miles with original Bridgestone Dualer H/L tires. At the 25K mile dealer inspection, tires are at 5/32 thread depth. Thread depth on a new tire is 10/32. But the wear bars at at 2/32. There is 8/32″ of usuable thread. So a tire with 5/32 thread depth has 38% thread left. I called the Bridgestone Tech Center and talked to a tire specialist. He said there is no wear warranty on original OEM tires installed on a new vechicle. So there is no way to have the tires pro-rated when buying new Bridgestone tires. The Dualer tires are wearing away at approx 1/32 per 5K miles. This means the tires will be at the wear bars at approx 40K miles (8/32 X 5K mi). I am going to replace my tires at 3/32 thread depth (35K miles). The Tech Specialist said the car manufacturers install the cheapest tires that gives the vehicle the best ride, gas mileage, low road noise, etc. Thread wear is not high on the priority list. So Bridgestone Dualer tires will wear out at 35K to 40K miles under normal driving conditions.

  • CARL ECKERSON Mar 21, 2017

    2015 Highlander Limited Platinum, 245/55R19 Bridgestone Dueler Tires, manufactured just two months prior to my auto purchase, have 30K miles with 3/32 remaining, even though Dealer rotated every 5K miles. I’ve learned that Rubber Compounds are made different for all tires, especially the OE Tires, so will replace, once worn to wear bar, with Michelin Defender LTX (70K) or Pirelli Scorpion Verde A/S Plus (65K), both H Rated.

  • Patty Jul 27, 2017

    I am not surprised by your tire issues. I have a 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited and 30K miles and I am being told I need new tires. From day 1 I had a bad feeling with these tires, they just didn’t seem right. Now I have to purchase new tires. I am thinking of contacting Toyota directly. Let me know if anyone else has had any luck.

  • gary butti Aug 14, 2017

    2016 Highlander with 4000 miles had tire explode from overheating. Heat and wear is caused by friction which could be coming from full time 4 wheel drive ? The exploded tire was inspected by Toyota dealer and Bridgestone dealer with no explanation as to why tire overheated ? Neither one would cover warranty. The highlander is my wifes car, I am not giving up my 1977 chevy 4×4 ever !

  • Erica Aug 23, 2017

    I have a Toyota Highlander with 35,000 mi. Have the Bridgestone ORM tires, and they are very worn. Tread is almost gone. Wondering about replacing with same? Any alternative suggestions? Thanks!

    • Devin Sep 28, 2017

      I would be interested to know what other tires people have had good luck with on the highlander as well – have 2014 xle

  • Adam Oct 7, 2017

    18,000 miles into a 36,000 mile lease of a 2015 Highlander and the Bridgestone Duelers were SHOT. I’ve never had to put tires on a leased vehicle. Never again with Toyota and never again with Bridgestone.

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