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We bought our Pilot touring AWD in Dec '17. 33k miles later the Continental tires are needing replacement. Does the AWD cause this or are the stock Continental tires crap? Any recommendations for a better longer lasting tire would be much appreciated!
 

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We bought our Pilot touring AWD in Dec '17. 33k miles later the Continental tires are needing replacement.
Any recommendations for a better longer lasting tire would be much appreciated!
The OEM Continental tires have a rather low UTQG treadwear rating of 480.

If treadlife is a paramount concern, then consider the Goodyear Assurance MaxLife, which has a UTQG treadwear rating of 820 and a treadlife warranty for 85,000 miles.
Assurance® MaxLife™ Tires | Goodyear Tires

 

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Really depends on your driving style and are your in city streets a lot or mostly highway. You like a cushy tire or a performance tire to rip up the highways? You want to save a few bucks or money is no issue?
 

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Really depends on your driving style and are your in city streets a lot or mostly highway. You like a cushy tire or a performance tire to rip up the highways? You want to save a few bucks or money is no issue?
Don't hold back.

We all know you're just dying to recommend this tire:
http://www.sumitomotire.com/Tires?linename=HTR A/S P02&productCode=SRV80

Or, maybe this tire:
http://www.sumitomotire.com/Tires?linename=HTR A/S P03&productCode=ASP29

Not to mention this tire:
http://www.sumitomotire.com/Tires?linename=HTR ENHANCE CX2&productCode=ENC80
 

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Lol, Trying to be objective and considerate of the OPs needs.
You forgot to mention Sumitomo HTR AS P02 is ranked #3 In the High Performance category.
It is a 600 UTQG with a 65k mile warranty, which we have proven you can get with 10k mile tire rotations and 80/20 highway/city driving. Since the OP is riding on 20in rims, this Sumitomo tire is not as inexpensive as other sizes, but at $460 a set + mount and balance. The OP might consider it seeing that paying $1000 + for tires that claim to make it to 80k miles that you may not ever see.
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Did I mention that these tires can do a 70mph curve without letting off the gas? Don't forget to inflate these puppies to at least 36psi cold for a more spirited driving style. I'm at 38psi on a 18in rim.
 
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Lol, Trying to be objective and considerate of the OPs needs.
You forgot to mention Sumitomo HTR AS P02 is ranked #3 In the High Performance category.
It is a 600 UTQG with a 65k mile warranty, which we have proven you can get with 10k mile tire rotations and 80/20 highway/city driving. Since the OP is riding on 20in rims, this Sumitomo tire is not as inexpensive as other sizes, but at $460 a set + mount and balance. The OP might consider it seeing that paying $1000 + for tires that claim to make it to 80k miles that you may not ever see.
View attachment 137989 Did I mention that these tires can do a 70mph curve without letting off the gas? Don't forget to inflate these puppies to at least 36psi cold for a more spirited driving style. I'm at 38psi on a 18in rim.
Being objective, what would you have against the made-in-USA General AltiMAX RT43?
Both Walmart and TireRack have it priced at $121.
It has an "H" speed rating, XL load range, weighs 31 lbs. and can be inflated to 51 psi.
It has a slightly deeper tread than the HTR A/S P02 and a higher UTQG rating of 700 versus 600.
AltiMAX™ RT43
 

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Being objective, what would you have against the made-in-USA General AltiMAX RT43?
Both Walmart and TireRack have it priced at $121.
It has an "H" speed rating, XL load range, weighs 31 lbs. and can be inflated to 51 psi.
It has a slightly deeper tread than the HTR A/S P02 and a higher UTQG rating of 700 versus 600.
AltiMAX™ RT43
Hey, that's a nice choice too for the price! It is interesting that it's XL rated in the Grand Touring category. Grand Touring designed for comfort and depending on the OPs needs, I'd would definitely throw it in the mix of choices.
 

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JeriPilot- as we covered in the multiple other threads on same topic if you search. What works for our needs might not be anywhere close to what you need.

Are there any other issues you are looking to improve or change? Your profile doesn't say where you live. Do you need better traction for snow/winter/ice/torrential rain? Do you take it on muddy trails for fun or to go fishing/hunting? Do you take it to the beach? Do you tow anything? Looking for quieter ride? How fast do you like to drive? Mostly highway or around town? I have friends that drive Uber/Lyft and they rack up 30k per year or more and barely leave a 20 mile radius or go over 50 mph.

IMO, and watching the Torque meter, AWD probably helps with life as the Pilot uses all four wheels when you start unlike a front wheel drive. It also does need more attention to consistent rotations so the wheels spin at same speeds otherwise you may add extra wear to the other driveline parts.

Nail Grease likes performance versions that he can get a great value cost/life for. I replaced with larger size, my aftermarket skid plate has some nice character stripes from rocks on the trails/beach and wife wants lift kit in it. I run separate winter tires and rims from November>April because of what I prefer.

Nail grease on the PSI- I started the day at 34psi with trailer loaded up. In the sun on the roads with load I was up to 41psi an hour later on all 4 when I checked.
 

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JeriPilot- as we covered in the multiple other threads on same topic if you search. What works for our needs might not be anywhere close to what you need.

Are there any other issues you are looking to improve or change? Your profile doesn't say where you live. Do you need better traction for snow/winter/ice/torrential rain? Do you take it on muddy trails for fun or to go fishing/hunting? Do you take it to the beach? Do you tow anything? Looking for quieter ride? How fast do you like to drive? Mostly highway or around town? I have friends that drive Uber/Lyft and they rack up 30k per year or more and barely leave a 20 mile radius or go over 50 mph.

IMO, and watching the Torque meter, AWD probably helps with life as the Pilot uses all four wheels when you start unlike a front wheel drive. It also does need more attention to consistent rotations so the wheels spin at same speeds otherwise you may add extra wear to the other driveline parts.

Nail Grease likes performance versions that he can get a great value cost/life for. I replaced with larger size, my aftermarket skid plate has some nice character stripes from rocks on the trails/beach and wife wants lift kit in it. I run separate winter tires and rims from November>April because of what I prefer.

Nail grease on the PSI- I started the day at 34psi with trailer loaded up. In the sun on the roads with load I was up to 41psi an hour later on all 4 when I checked.
Yes, on a warm day 42psi hot is very comfortable on High Performance tires. Especially loaded. We're always hauling something
 

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Being objective, what would you have against the made-in-USA General AltiMAX RT43?
Both Walmart and TireRack have it priced at $121.
It has an "H" speed rating, XL load range, weighs 31 lbs. and can be inflated to 51 psi.
It has a slightly deeper tread than the HTR A/S P02 and a higher UTQG rating of 700 versus 600.
AltiMAX™ RT43

That's a sick price for a 20 inch tire, it's almost 2 for 1.

On tirerack.com it's got good reviews and 11 million miles.

Usually I find anything under a million miles can be skewed.
 

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Being objective, what would you have against the made-in-USA General AltiMAX RT43?
Both Walmart and TireRack have it priced at $121.
It has an "H" speed rating, XL load range, weighs 31 lbs. and can be inflated to 51 psi.
It has a slightly deeper tread than the HTR A/S P02 and a higher UTQG rating of 700 versus 600.
AltiMAX™ RT43
Abosolute garbage. Generals have slipped belts, wharped sidewalls and uneven tread wear. I used to change tires at Sam’s Club and Generals we’re by far the worst tire you can buy.
 

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Abosolute garbage. Generals have slipped belts, wharped sidewalls and uneven tread wear. I used to change tires at Sam’s Club and Generals we’re by far the worst tire you can buy.
Lots of name brand tires that have failed.
This General had good reviews.
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In the end it’s your money. If you like a tire because this little chart is green and you’re cheap go for it. After 2 years and first hand experience of General tires I will steer clear of them.
I've never used a general tire, and your advice is noted.
There is a difference in being cheap and being a contentious buyer. Since when is an educated buyer worse than a blind follower? I've been burned by following the advise of a manager of a tire store.
For my driving style, conditions, and experience with having already used a set of Sumitomo HTR AS P02 tires, I proudly brag about the extra $500+ I have in my bank account and thumbing my nose at the big three tire makers.
My Sumitomo tires are ranked #3 in the High Performance category, and they serve my 2-3 year plan. They are excellent on the 75mph highways. Excellent cornering even when loaded. We are in mostly dry, no snow or ice conditions. They still have an SL rating and provide a comfortable ride and don't beat my struts to death. If these points are important to you, I highly recommend this tire.
 

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Honestly I make it a point to not follow the recommendations of someone I don't know when it comes to putting tires on my car. Everyone has a different opinion. Brand loyalty, budget, driving style, etc. I don't get winter weather very often and I do a lot of driving in the city. Why would I listen to your recommendations when you live in NY out in the country? (Just using this as an example)

Given that my cars are cheap to maintain in every way--nothing has broken, all routine maintenance. I don't really desire to save tons of money or find the best value when it comes to tires. I want quiet and smooth. It's an SUV not a sports car. I went cheap this time around and have been heavily disappointed...won't be doing that again. I've spent hours trying to find the best value or deal, but I've discovered it's often not worth it.
 

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I've never used a general tire, and your advice is noted.
FWIW, I've had a set of the General AltiMAX RT43 tires on a GM vehicle for about the past three years.
So far, so good.
They were made in the same factory in the Czech Republic that also produces Continental OEM tires for Mercedes, Porsche, Audi and Jaguar.
 

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I don't really desire to save tons of money
What?

It's an SUV not a sports car.
I think most SUV drivers would like to be firmly planted on the road when driving 75mph on the interstate. Especially when cornering. There is an advantage to being on High Performance tires when high speeds are allowed. You don't need to own a sports car to drive the speed limit.

I went cheap this time around and have been heavily disappointed...
What did you buy?
I've spent hours trying to find the best value or deal, but I've discovered it's often not worth it.
I don't particularly like spending hours looking for the best deal on tires either. I do enjoy talking about a good deal. All green marks on Tire Rack and more green stays in your pocket. What's not to like?
 
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