The Toyota 4Runner is a pretty sweet ride, it’s got optional 2WD or 4WD, it’s perfect for off-roading, and you can travel in style with friends and family. This mid-priced SUV could be yours for just $36k. Are you buying one or leasing? New or pre-owned? If you’ve made the decision to buy or lease a Toyota 4Runner, congratulations! If you haven’t made your choice yet, keep doing your research, and in the meantime, let’s discuss tires for the 4Runner.
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Let’s talk tires. In this article, we’ll discuss the top tire choices for your Toyota 4Runner. So for starters let’s discuss brand options. “You’re going to want to choose one of the bigger, more established brands when choosing a tire,” says Josh of Muzi Ford in Needham, MA “bigger brands tend to have better customer service should something go wrong with a tire, like maybe it only lasts you 30k miles or they are noisy. The smaller companies make good tires, don’t get me wrong it’s just that they don’t have the reputation and therefore the level of service required to uphold their reputation”. The best (ok, maybe a personal opinion) tire brand in the world is Bridgestone/Firestone followed by Michelin (and then some smaller brands), so those are the 2 major brands we will focus on.
Bridgestone/Firestone was founded in 1931, but let’s back up a little for a history lesson “On August 3rd, 1900, the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company was founded in Akron, Ohio” says Bridgestone website about the companies beginnings. It wasn’t until 1903 that Firestone and Rubber Company actually started making their own tires, “and by late summer of the next year, they’d developed the first mechanically-fastened, straight-sided pneumatic automobile tire.” Safe to say here that the oldest and original, is also the best! Although this article is about Toyota’s, it’s a fun fact that the first Firestone tires were actually delivered to FMC (Ford Motor Company) in 1906. By 1909, Firestone had taken a turn towards even more financial success when they started making their own wheels (aka rims). Today, Bridgestone/Firestone manufactures and supplies tires and wheels for over 15 motor vehicle manufacturers. Fast forward to 2020, Bridgestone/Firestone is now the largest tire manufacturing company in the world.
Making the top 5 choices for tires for a Toyota 4Runner are the “best” tires. All of these models (the good, better, and best) are at the top of the (very long) list of tires suitable for a Toyota 4Runner and are likely available at a retailer near you.
The Bridgestone Blizzak DM V2, a winter tire. Of 16 reviews on this newly released tire, the Blizzak DM V2 boasts 5 out of 5 stars… I’ll let the rating speak for itself.
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In the “better” category we introduce a tire from Michelin, the second-largest tire company in the world.
The Michelin Defender LTX M/S is an all-season tire with 4.3 out of 5 stars making it the second-best set of tires for your Toyota 4Runner.
The Bridgestone/Firestone Dueler H/T 684 II, an all-season tire. Of the 175 reviews, these bad boys rank in 3rd place at 4 out of 5 stars. If their rating doesn’t say it all, perhaps a review like “99,900 Yes that’s how many miles I put on a set of four original that came with the truck. I rotated them about 4 times total. Never had a problem and I probably could have kept going with them. Conditions driven: dirt road and long back country road commutes. Just got my second set” by user DailyCommuter in Gilbert, SC a 2012 Toyota Tacoma driver will spell out for you how amazing these tires are.
Finally, the “good” tires. They are 3-4 star tires and in this section, we introduce tires from General and Uniroyal
The General Grabber HTS 60 ranks in at 4 out of 5 stars based on 104 reviews, quite good for a smaller brand.
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The Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S is not yet rated but is a decent price point and a reputable brand, so that’s option #5.
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So of these 5 options discussed, which tire will you be choosing for your Toyota 4Runner? Is it one of the 5 I’ve recommended or will you be going with a different option? Perhaps you have a higher opinion of one not listed. Let us know your thoughts in the comments. And as always, buckle up and drive safely!
Source 1- https://www.bridgestoneamericas.com
Source 2- www.Toyota.com
Source 3- https://www.tirerack.com
Source 4- Carandriver.com
Source 5- Wikipedia.com
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