Most people think little before buying replacement tires for their Honda Accord. They just rely on the advice of fellow drivers and, in some cases, the recommendation of the tire seller, before making the purchase. The lack of time they have forces them to buy the first pair that meets their eye.
Is this a wrong approach? We aren’t going to tell you that it is. Many people we know have adopted this approach and are satisfied with the performance of their replacement tires. However, there are others, fellow drivers, whose car’s performance nosedived once they replaced its original tires.
While we cannot pinpoint the step the latter category of drivers put wrong in their search for the best tires for their Honda Accord, we’re sure that you won’t want to bet your money on the success of the abovementioned ‘hit-and-trial’ method. That’s why we have come up with this buying guide.
Read on if you want the best tires for Honda Accord with full confidence.
Best Tires For Honda Accord
All-Season Touring Tires
Michelin Premier A/S
The Michelin Premier A/S is a classic example of what drivers demand in every all-season touring tire. It contains the traction which you find in the best all-season tires and joins it with the sturdiness which only the best touring tires can provide, thereby providing a comfortable and safe driving experience.
Ever read the name of sunflower oil in anything besides your cooking items? Prepare to be surprised as the Premier A/S contains the same substance alongside the silica compound in its tread. Both these substances combine their forces to make the tire sturdy yet flexible.
Alongside the twin internal steel belts, the silica compound increases the robustness of the tread. This allows the tire to have maximum impact resistance. Sunflower oil, meanwhile, helps the Premier A/S maintain its traction in mildly cold conditions by adding flexibility to its tread.
Since this tire is available in two different speed ratings (H and V), you have the option to go either for a high-performance version or for a fuel-saving one. It also has the EverGrip technology which widens the tire’s grooves to provide excellent traction on the most demanding of surfaces.
Then comes the Comfort Control Technology whose name doesn’t fully explain what it intends to do. This technology not only makes your ride comfortable but also help the tire outlast its 60,000 miles warranty. So, you won’t need to look for a replacement for these replacement tires anytime soon.
To further sweeten the deal, this Honda Accord tire has hidden and expanding grooves that take its wet-weather performance to the next level. They effectively channel water from beneath the tire’s footprint to keep both slippage and hydroplaning at bay.
- 60,000 miles warranty
- Excellent traction on wet surfaces
- Vibrations-free driving experience
- Not designed to be driven on heavy snow
In contrast to what its name might lead you to believe, the Cooper CS5 isn’t a dedicated tire for a vehicle chain with the same name. It’s an ultra-touring tire whose budget price and high-end features have the potential to offer a lot to drivers of sedans like the Honda Accord.
Since they are designed to be driven on clean roads, touring tires generally don’t feel the need to have features that keep treadwear at bay. The Cooper CS5 is different as it contains 3D grooves that interlock with each other to increase the tread’s contact with the road.
This arrangement helps the CS5 collect two benefits. First, the greater the surface area of the tire which comes in contact with the road, the better will be its grip. So you can safely drive this tire in wet conditions. Second, with the increase in grip, this tire’s traction also gets a shot in the arm.
Having told you about the features which improve this tire’s tread life, it’s time we turn our attention to those which let you measure its tread wear. The CS5 comes with a visual indicator whose shape changes with the wear of your tire, thereby making you aware of the remaining tread life.
Furthermore, if you look closely, you’d notice that there are two ‘Wear Square’ signs – one on the inside and the other on the outside. Provided you notice that both of them are at different stages, it’s a signal that the vehicle requires realignment.
- Has a visual wear indicator
- Provides more siping at half-worn
- 3D micro-grooves stabilize the tread
- Won’t do well in winter
Michelin Primacy MXM4
The Michelin Primacy MXM4 comes with a stabilized tread area, offers a warranty of 55,000 miles and is a great option for both SUVs as well as passenger vehicles. Throw into the mix its high-speed rating of 168mph, and this has something to offer for both enthusiasts and family drivers.
Do you like your food cooked? Then you must be aware of the health benefits of sunflower seed oil. It contains next to zero cholesterol, and adapts to the flavor of your taste buds. More importantly, as the Primacy MXM4 shows us, the sunflower seed oil also increases a tire’s wet grip.
That’s right; this tire uses sunflower seed oil to improve its flexibility and, by extension, its performance in wet weather conditions. Michelin gives the entire arrangement a specific name – Sunflower Oil Helio Technology – but you don’t need to remember the name to enjoy the benefits.
Aside from that, the MXM4 has been loaded with ‘Filament At Zero Degrees’ technology. It works by placing the nylon filaments (which are inside the MXM4’s tread) at a zero degree angle. Such a mechanism helps the tire retain its original shape in the face of impacts.
Next comes the 3D Variable Thickness Sipe Technology. It provides the tire with a specific tread pattern whose biting edges help provide added grip on snow-laded surfaces. Equally useful is the ‘Comfort Control Technology’ which reduces vibrations in the vehicle’s cabin by increasing the tire’s road contact.
Lastly, the different sizes of this tire come with three different speed ratings to help you choose the one that fits your driving style. They include the H-Speed rated tires (max speed limit 130mph), V-speed rated tires (max speed limit 149mh) and W-speed rated models that you can drive all the way up to 168mph.
- Green-X certification for fuel efficiency
- Maintains its shape in the aftermath of impacts
- Speed rating of up to 168mph
Similar to other Continental tires that come loaded with technologies, you could say the same about the PureContact. These technologies are the ones allowing this tire to promise long wear, low rolling resistance, and a comfortable ride.
First things first, you get Continental’s EcoPlus technology in this tire. It benefits from the presence of Tg-F polymers and +Silane additives to provide this tire with relentless dry and wet traction. The resulting compound gives birth to a low rolling-resistance formula to save you money in fuel savings.
Alongside its four wide circumferential grooves, you get independent tread blocks and vertical ridges. This design is optimized in such a way as to maintain strong levels of grip in all weather conditions. Throw into the mix its aggressive tread design, and you can rely on this tire to enhance your vehicle’s styling.
Look closely, and you’d notice the tire having D, W, and S markings, which stand for dry, wet, and snow. If you cannot see the S marking after some time, it means the tire won’t provide enough traction on snowy roads. The same goes for the W marking, and the D sign would remain visible until the end.
You may look at it as a novelty feature, but it does have its benefits. Particularly the D sign is pretty useful as it will tell you in advance when it’s time to replace the tire. Though that isn’t going to happen soon as this tire comes with a market-high 90,000 miles warranty.
- Aggressive tread design
- Longer warranty period
- Competitively priced
- Average performance on snow
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All-Season Plus
Coming from one of the biggest and most famous tire manufacturers in the world, the Cinturato P7 is Pirelli’s first-ever ‘green performance’ tire. Does that sentence make any sense to you? It will start to once you go through the features section.
In contrast to other green tires that you see on the market, the Cinturato P7 hasn’t gone green only to give you fuel savings. While it does that as well – as this tire’s low rolling resistance lets the engine produce less power to cut down on the emissions – this tire’s preparation stage is also eco-friendly.
Want to know how? Pirelli claims that when compared to its other tires, six percent less raw materials were used in the construction of the Cinturato P7. That’s why from preparation to the driving stage, this tire will ensure having a low carbon footprint.
Moving away from all this environmental talk, and the biggest strength of this tire is its braking power. You can turn corners at high speeds and notice the tire ensuring extreme stability while also maintaining perfect steering contract and balance.
To optimize its contact with the road, this tire has been equipped with a five-rib tread pattern and an asymmetric tread design. It also has compact central blocks and wide shoulder blocks to ensure precise steering, faster cornering, and enhanced overall stability.
On top of everything else, you might find it good to know that the Cinturato P7 is a run-flat-tire. It has Seal Inside puncture technology which lets you continue driving even when the tire is punctured. This gives you an additional peace of mind when you’re driving in the middle of nowhere.
- Run-flat tire
- Excellent handling
- Superior comfort
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS
Are you a speed enthusiast? Looking for tires that could slake your thirst for crazy drives? Your search ends with the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS. This high-performance tire has everything you look for, and more, to allow you to drive at breathtaking speeds.
At the time of its release, the Potenza RE970S was one of the few Bridgestone tires that incorporated their manufacturer’s new Stealth Block Technology. What it does is blur the line between tread channels and tread blocks to create wider channels that can easily evacuate water.
This tire is also equipped with the 3D siping technology. It might have become ubiquitous of late but this technology hasn’t stopped providing benefits. It comes handy for those of you who drive at wet roads and could do with their vehicle having the extra force of grip.
Yet another area where this tire showcases its performance is its silica-based compound. This compound has taken the industry by storm ever since its release more than a decade ago. Tires that have silica show extraordinary wear properties and tend to be softer, but not at the cost of their treadwear.
The two internal steel belts of this model, which are wrapped with nylon, help increase this tire’s stability at high speeds. The sidewalls and a stiff center rib, both of whom have a hard filler, do their duty to provide an enhanced steering response.
All these features added up to let this tire perform admirably during its test drive. We fully enjoyed its ferocious grip on wet pavements, while also admiring its excellent cornering and braking power. Also, while we didn’t get the weather to test it in snow, other users who have the chance vouch for this tire’s utility in winter as well.
- Precise steering control
- Ferocious grip
- 3D siping increases grip
Michelin Pilot Sport 4
The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 is made for hardcore sports drivers who have a philosophy of taking no prisoners when they get hold of the wheel. It comes loaded with all the technologies which have made Michelin tires the first-choice for many drivers.
Let’s start with a glance at the technologies which have made this tire extremely famous. Its outer side has got a ‘new hybrid compound’ for grip on dry roads, whereas the inner part contains ‘silica and functional elastomers’ to provide the same slippage-free driving experience on wet roads.
Similar asymmetry is on offer in the tread pattern. The outer pattern has gone for the approach which makes it more suitable for dry tarmac. The inner one, as you might have guessed by now, is geared towards increasing this model’s performance level on wet roads.
Next up, we turned our attention to its belt. This tire doesn’t have steel but it has the next best thing, a blend of nylon and aramid fiber. Both these substances help this tire maintain its shape during high-pressure situations. As a result, your steering won’t lose its reactiveness.
Michelin has left no stone unturned to make this tire an attractive proposition for users. We can say that because we can see the Pilot Super Sport 4’s aesthetic appeal. It contains the logo of ‘Premium Touch’ technology which gives the tire a velvety finish, making sure the markings don’t remain subtle.
- Has aesthetic appeal
- Admirable performance under stress
- Precise steering control
- Not for extreme winter conditions
Falken Pro G4 A/S
With the addition of the G4 A/S to its ultra-high-performance lineup, Falken has provided another avenue for drivers of coupes, sedans, and crossovers. This tire aims to attract the Honda Accord crowd with its better handling, good traction, and a round-the-year enhanced treadwear.
Three features of the G4 A/S help make it a tire for 365 days. It has a silica-based tread compound that imparts the tire stability to handle the rigors of dry tarmac. The asymmetric tread design takes care of its wet performance whereas the 3D siping design allows it to handle light snow with ease.
Apart from making better its dry performance, the tread pattern of this model also lowers the road noise. It’s capable of doing that because of its variable pitch design which makes sure that even when you drive over the potholes, there’s minimum noise heard in the cabin.
To enhance its driving stability and steering responsiveness, the center and should blocks of the tread pattern play its part. The shoulder design’s large tread blocks also help with the maneuvering and cornering in all weather conditions.
Finally, the road contact which this tire maintains at all levels will low the road vibrations you’ll feel when driving and/or sitting inside the cabin. Longer tread life is also on offer with the tread design evenly distributing the driving pressure to prevent irregular tread wear.
- Good cornering ability
- Longer tread life
- Comfortable driving experience
- Wears quickly
Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT
In contrast to most Goodyear tires that you see on the racks, the Ultra-Grip Winter won’t cost you to rob a bank. This tire’s extremely competitive price tag, along with its excellent winter performance, makes it an appetizing option for most drivers.
As the saying goes, you shouldn’t try and fix something which isn’t broken. Goodyear was probably aware of it, otherwise, they might not have used the silica compound to make this tire’s tread. Silica, as you might have known by now, is used in almost all premium winter tires as it stays flexible in cold conditions.
And what benefits does it flexibility provides, you ask? For starters, the reason why all-season tires can’t do anything on layers of snow is that their tread becomes rigid on the first hint of snow. Flexible tires, on the contrary, keep moving to let you reach your journey with aplomb.
Luckily, it isn’t only the silica compound that holds the entire burden of this tire’s winter performance. It also contains 3D TredLock Technology whose siping patterns lock together to enhance cornering grip and reduce tread block flexing.
The 3D sipes are on the tire’s shoulders, whereas the center space is occupied by traditional two-dimensional sipes. Their strategic placement allows the tire to bite into snow and ice, thereby ensuring a linear grip on the slickest of road conditions.
Aside from that, this tire gives you the option to fit it with metal studs. You can do that if you want enhanced grip in snow and ice. It also has a rim protector in the shape of a thick rubber belt and circumnavigating the tire’s outer edge to protect the edges of the wheel from curbs.
- Has a rim protector
- 3D and 2D sipes
- Sweeping and counter-sweeping grooves
- Linear grip could have been better
Michelin X-Ice Xi2
Although it has been more than a decade since the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 first hit the racks, this tire’s performance has been such that its sales have refused to go off the rails.
What’s the first substance you expect to see in a winter tire? That’s right; the X-Ice Xi2 also comes with a silica tread compound. It enables the entire tire to stay flexible in the face of heavy snow to keep offering traction on ice in sub-zero temperatures.
Michelin went for its advanced tread block technology to design this tire. Featuring step grooves and Cross-Z sipes, it helps the tire effectively channel slush, water, and mud from beneath its footprint. So you can rest easy knowing that the chances of hydroplaning are next to negligible.
The independent shoulder contains micro-pumps to provide improved traction on ice and snow-covered roads. Also, the longitudinal and lateral stiffness of the tire is ensured to improve its precision, both on dry as well as wet roads.
Inside the tire, there are tiny steel belts which are further reinforced by cords to improve their high-speed capability. It contains a mountain snowflake symbol to indicate its infatuation for freezing weather and contains snow platform indicators that are visible from inside the tread grooves.
You won’t notice these indicators at the time of buying. They only make an appearance when wear has reduced the tire’s ice and snow traction capabilities. As a result, once they start to get visible, you should know that the tire’s effectiveness in deep snow won’t remain the same.
- Snow platform indicators
- Micro-pumps for added traction
- Has snowflake mountain symbol
- Dry cornering grip isn’t that good
Advantages of Best Tires for Honda Accord
Fitting your Honda accord with the best replacement tires will help you enjoy the following benefits:
Depending on its treadwear rating, a new set of replacement tires will provide your vehicle with a safety cushion for the next 60,000 to 70,000 miles of its life. They’d do that by increasing the braking, accelerating and cornering powers of your Accord.
Cars running on worn-out tires consume more fuel because these tires require the engine to churn out more power to translate its power to the ground. New tires don’t suffer from this problem and thereby help you enjoy savings in the shape of better gas mileage.
It’s its compound and tread life which determines how the tire performs in different weather conditions (i.e. dirt, rain, and snow). If you are going to mostly drive in winter conditions, you should go for ‘softer’ tires whose flexible tread patterns are great for snow.
As they offer better grip and traction on the road, new tires make driving a seamless and comfortable experience. Besides, you can also count on them to generate less noise than their worn-out counterparts.
How to tell if you need new tires?
Watch out for these five warning signs are they’re the surest indicators that your Honda Accord might need a new pair of replacement tires.
Tread depth has decreased
Experts tell us that regardless of whether we drive on dry or slick surfaces, the tread on our tires should never fall below 1.6mm (1/16th of an inch) in depth. There are tools on the market that let you measure tread depth.
However, if you act on our advice, it would only cost you a ‘penny’. Take the penny out of your pocket, and insert it head-down into the tread. If the head on the side that’s inserted remains visible, it’s time to buy replacement tires.
Excessive vibrations or noise
One of the most easy-to-grasp signs, excessive vibrations or noise will let everyone sitting in the vehicle know that the tire needs replacement. There are many reasons why tires get excessively noisy, including poor wheel alignment.
However, regardless of what the cause behind it may be, the issue that caused the vibrations in the first place may have damaged the tire or resulted in uneven tread wear, necessitating the purchase of replacement tires.
Continuously falling air pressure
Have you undertaken one too many trips to the tire air shop in the past few weeks? It’s probably a sign that the tire needs to be replaced as those who are in good shape don’t lose air pressure so quickly.
The reason why that’s the case is that worn-out tires become less resistant to abrasions. A minor prick from a roadside thorn which a new tire could carelessly ignore might cause a puncture in an old, worn-out tire
Cracks in the rubber
There are two reasons why cracks might have appeared in the rubber of your car’s tire. Either you have an aggressive driving style or you have driven the tires beyond their shelf life.
You don’t need to go back in time and identify the causes, though. What you need to do is to just buy replacement tires as there’s no mechanic who can repair the cracks that may have appeared in your tire’s rubber.
Blisters and Bulges
Tires whose outer surface has weakened beyond repair might show blisters or bulges. They are most often caused by high-impact collisions, such as running into a curb, hitting a pothole, or driving too fast over speed-breakers.
These blisters are more dangerous than what most people make of them, as they might cause your tire to blow out in the middle of nowhere. So you might want to replace the tires instantly when they appear to ensure your safety.
How to Choose the Best Tires for Honda Accord?
When choosing the next pair of tires for your Honda Accord, you have four options. Let’s discuss them briefly while also shedding light on their pros and cons.
All-Season Touring Tires
Most Honda Accord drivers choose all-season touring tires for their vehicle when looking for a replacement. That’s mainly because these tires provide good road-holding abilities, reduce the braking distances, and provide a comfortable and noise-free riding experience.
Having said that, not everything is hunky-dory with these tires. They won’t perform well if you live in an area that is exceedingly cold in the winter months. These tires have next to no features that could allow them to hold their own in snow.
Pros: Good road handlingShort braking distancesQuiet and comfortable ride
Cons: Not for snow
High-Performance Summer Tires
As their name implies, the ‘high performance’ summer tires will keep your vehicle wedded to the road at the most astronomical of speeds. You can count on them to allow you to tackle corners are high-speeds and provide excellent traction and grip in summer conditions.
However, if you use your Honda Accord for family trips, the extra price that these tires demand in exchange for their services might not fit the bill for you. That’s because their higher speed-rating makes them noticeably loud and less comfortable than all-season touring tires.
Pros: Excellent road gripGreat traction in summerHandle aggressive driving style
Manufacturers tell us that winter tires aren’t made for sedans like Honda Accord. What manufacturers don’t know, however, is that none of us like having all-season tires underneath our vehicle, as it sits tucked away in our garage because the snow on the road has made these tires ineligible for the job.
Thanks to their pliable rubber, these tires are flexible enough to maintain their grip on the slickest of surfaces. Also, they have sipes that allow them to bite through layers of snow and ice to maintain effective traction. However, their tread life is far less than other types of tires.
Pros: Great grip in snowTraction on icy roadsSafe to drive in extreme weather conditions
Cons: Small tread life
The month of September was once again a testament to the ever-growing popularity of Honda Accord vehicles. It was the month in which the Japanese car-maker was able to sell more than 30,000 Accords in the US market, setting an all-time record.
Whether you were one of the 30,000 who jumped on the bandwagon – or have the vehicle in use for years – you might be aware that its original tires won’t last forever. As a result, if you want to keep enjoying your Accord’s ride, make sure to get the best set of replacement tires.