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.