- Best All-Season Tires for Honda Pilot
- Best All-Terrain Tires for Honda Pilot
- Best Summer Tires for Honda Pilot
- Best Winter Tires for Honda Pilot
- How to Choose the Best Tires for Honda Pilot?
What features should you look for when choosing the best tires for Honda Pilot? It is a question that all drivers have to face a few years after the purchase of this crossover. Original tires, no matter how good they come out of the factory, have a limit after which their performance starts to suffer.
Consequently, if the tires of your Honda Pilot are showing signs of wear, it’s time to replace them with new pair(s). Otherwise, if you insist on using the factory tires for as long as possible, it will only be a matter of time before the vibrations coming out of their tread will turn your crossover into a bouncing car.
Hence the reason why we came up with this review of the best Honda Pilot tires. These are models that won’t only keep vibrations from entering the vehicle’s cabin but will also have a positive impact on the crossover’s fuel efficiency, steering responsiveness, and road traction.
Read on to find the best Honda Pilot tires recommended money can buy.
Best All-Season Tires for Honda Pilot
General Grabber HTS 60
The General Grabber HTS is a replacement of its predecessor, the older HTS, and makes improvements in the areas of treadwear, comfort, and performance. Its manufacturer is of the view that this tire improves treadwear by up to 25 percent, a claim which we found to be true while reviewing this model.
One thing which is common among all General tires is that they are equipped with a lot of technologies, with the Grabber HTS 60 conforming to the norm. It is loaded with DuraGen technology which has increased this tire’s cut and chip resistance by introducing cuts in its tread.
Furthermore, to make sure that the tread wears evenly, the StabiliTread Technology of this model comes into play. What it does is simply increasing the footprint of the tire on the road. The results of this ‘simple’ arrangement are long-lasting – as it reduces the pressure on the tire to help it last longer.
Equally useful a role is played by the HTS 60’s Comfort Balance Technology. To separate the cabin of your Honda Pilot from road vibrations, this technology has covered the tire’s tread’s top layer with a cushioned layer. Together with the built-in steel plates, it has helped make your riding experience comfortable.
Moreover, you won’t be having many complaints about the wet performance of this tire. Its wide circumferential grooves play the double role of providing additional grip and channeling water away from beneath the tire’s diameter, thereby preventing hydroplaning.
On top of everything else, this all-season tire operates quietly. The credit for those goes to its Comfort Balance Technology whose introduction of a vibration-absorption sheet beneath its tread has empowered this tire to roll on while making minimal noises.
- Great wet weather performance
- Tread wears evenly
- Excellent cut and chip resistance
Michelin Defender LTX M/S
Ahead of our review of the Michelin Defender LTX M/S – which included checking its features and taking this model out for a test drive – all our experts were unanimous that this is primarily a dry tarmac tire which can hold its own on moderately wet surfaces. That’s exactly what its review confirmed.
Similar to the Grabber HTS 60 that we saw above, the Michelin Defender LTX M/S also comes loaded with technologies. The most important among them is its ‘EverTread’ Technology which empowers the tire’s inner substances to better withstand road abuse, thereby increasing its tread life.
Once you ride away from the dry tarmac – and head towards slippery surfaces – you’d notice the presence of Intellisipe Technology of this model. It increases the traction of this all-season tire by increasing the absolute number of its ‘biting’ edges, thereby ensuring your and the car’s safety on slippery roads.
Next comes the Comfort Control Technology whose name betrays its intentions. We were able to see this technology in action as our highway riding experience was smooth and quiet. Michelin claims that that’s the case because of this technology increases the on-road grip of the Defender.
As for this tire’s durability, that’s where you’d find its reinforced internal structure playing its part. It does the same thanks to twin steel belts which won’t let the tire deform under pressure. Though it would be wrong on our part to merely credit the steel belts for this tire’s long shelf life.
Instead, its Max Touch Construction delivers equal praise. It evenly distributes the forces of braking, acceleration and cornering across the entire tread area of the Defender. As a result, even with the speedometer showing a number of 3,000 miles, we didn’t find anything shocking on the tread area.
- Tough tread compound
- Added grip on wet surfaces
- Even distribution of various forces
- Not for extra cold conditions
Michelin Premier LTX
In contrast to both the tires mentioned above, the Michelin Premier LTX isn’t an all-season highway/city tire. Rather, this model is designed for those of you who have a knack of touring. That’s the reason why most of its features are those which you won’t find in normal all-season options.
How does this tire distinguish itself from all-season highway tires? For starters, by using a combo of sunflower oil and silica compound in its tread. The former is a bonding agent and thus increases the overall tire strength, whereas the silica compound adds to this tire’s flexibility to improve its traction.
As this is an all-season touring tire, Michelin has paid special attention to its traction. You can guess that by looking at its ‘EverGrip’ technology, which has tinkered with the tread design to improve the grip of this model on both dry and wet surfaces.
Furthermore, even when the tread will start to show signs of wearing, you won’t notice any reduction in the tire’s grip. And the credit for this goes to the tread’s hidden grooves. As the original grooves start to wear, their hidden counterparts tend to widen, before eventually replacing the original grooves.
Sounds fantastical, doesn’t it? Wait till you use this tire, and then you’d agree that what we’re describing here isn’t something out of a brochure. Anyways, moving on, and one more aspect of this tire which caught our attention was its durability.
Reinforced with polyamide cord, the internal steel belts of the LTX – which are also protected with a polyester casing ply – not only protect this tire but also prevent its vibrations from making their way inside your cabin, with the result that you get a comfortable and smoother driving experience.
- Enhanced grip
- Comfortable riding experience
- 60,000 miles warranty
- Short tread life
Best All-Terrain Tires for Honda Pilot
Pirelli Scorpion ATR
Designed for crossovers, SUVs and light pickups, the Pirelli Scorpion ATR are all-terrain tires that also hold their own on highway conditions. Add to the equation their sporty features which we’re going to discuss in a short while, and these tires are must-have for off-roaders.
The presence of a silica-based tread compound and asymmetric pattern should tell you everything you need to know about this tire’s emphasis on traction. While the former strengthens the tire and enhances its traction on wet surfaces, the asymmetric tread pattern ensures stability on dry tarmac.
Moreover, its lateral shoulder grooves do much more than channeling water away from beneath the tire’s footprint – a feature you cannot ignore since it prevents your vehicle from slipping on wet surfaces. The shoulder grooves also decrease the braking distance of these tires and improve their overall handling.
One terrain where the silica-based tread compound really shined was on twisty dust roads. Apart from enhancing its traction (which Pirelli tells you it would do), the compound also quietens the tire and increase its load transitional characteristics (which Pirelli doesn’t tell), thereby giving a smooth ride.
Unfortunately, we cannot say the same about the performance of these tires in the mud. The traction was slightly lower than we expected and the noise level was a notch higher. Though it more than made up for this shortcoming by its above-average performance on rocky terrains.
Summarizing everything we have said above, these all-terrain tires won’t let you have any complaints if your driving route consists of wet surfaces, rocky terrains, loose dirt and hard-packed gravel. Just make sure that you don’t test their patience in mud for long.
- Great traction on rocks
- Brilliant performance on dirt
- Quiet riding experience
- Performance nosedives on mud
Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015
In the early days of all-terrain tires, most of them were one-trick ponies. They offered brilliant performance in off-road conditions but suffered on dry tarmac. However, as the features of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 will show you, today’s all-terrain tires justify their name.
Starting with the best feature of these all-terrain tires, and their EdgeTec Grooves come into play. Supported by an open tread block design, these grooves have a high number of biting edges to let the driver know that regardless of the surface, their traction won’t suffer.
To deliver brilliant performance in off-road conditions, these tires feature steel belts, sidewall protectors and EnduroCore technology. While the first two stabilize the tire in the face of external abuse, the technology reinforces the belt construction to buffet the tire from inside.
Additionally, to make sure that these tires provide enough traction in wet and winter conditions, Yokohama has equipped them with its trademark Enduro Compound. It consists of silica and orange oil and has a positive impact not only on the tire’s traction but also on its braking and handling.
The fact that these tires have a snowflake/mountain symbol tells you everything you need to know about their extreme weather performance. This stamp is embossed only on those tires which meet RMA’s extremely high, severe snow performance criterion.
Finally, during the time these tires will be handling all these tough terrains, you won’t have to worry about getting a flat tire. You can afford to be carefree in this regard because their tread area contains a nylon cover which makes these tires more puncture resistant than your average AT model.
- Snowflake/mountain symbol
- Long-lasting tread life
- Excellent off-road traction
- Struggles on large rocks
Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain
The Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain is a great choice for drivers who spend a lion’s share of their time on dry tarmac but occasionally wander off to off-road conditions. And they don’t want to sacrifice their comfort and quiet-riding experience on either.
One of the best features that we found about this tire is that its tread compound is made of Kevlar. That’s right; the same Kevlar that is used in bullet-proof vests. Though the purpose of its usage in this model’s tread isn’t to dodge bullets, in case you had your doubts.
Tucked beneath the tread and above the two steel belts, Kevlar has replaced nylon-cord to make this tire stronger, lighter and puncture-resistant. Perhaps that’s the reason why this tire can rival summer tires (which usually last longer) with its warranty period of 60,000 miles.
Provided you still need proofs that these tires are for winter driving, Goodyear provides that by emblazoning the ‘’mountain-snowflake’’ emblem right on top of their tread. Though even if it wasn’t there, the performance of the tread would have been enough to prove that point.
To provide an additional surface on loose surfaces, the tread contains special ridges and open shoulder blocks. Both these parts perform the self-cleaning function – they shed off dirt and snow as the tire rolls. That means that there would be fewer (if any) chances of hydroplaning.
And on top of everything else, the Wrangler All-Terrain benefits from Goodyear’s Durawell Technology. It imparts cut resistance to the Wrangler’s sidewalls, above and beyond the specs. The added toughness will come handy for those drivers who loving slaloming through rocking terrains.
- Self-cleaning function
- Grip and traction on heavy snow
- Comfortable driving experience
- Questionable mud performance
Best Summer Tires for Honda Pilot
Michelin Latitude Sport 3
Best Budget Summer Tires for Honda Pilot
As you might tell by looking at the term ‘Sport’ in its name, this Michelin tire is a high-performance option for crossovers like Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. You might want it if you want world-class performance on meltingly hot summer roads.
It was way back in 2002 that Michelin came up with the first Latitude Sport tire. The world has changed a lot in the last 2 decades and so this tire has followed suit. When compared to both its predecessors, we found this tire doing well on most counts.
To demonstrate the last point with an example, consider its tread footprint. A mere juxtaposing of its specs with those of its previous model reveals that the Latitude Sport 3 comes with a 10% larger tread footprint. What does that mean in real life? Better safety in wet weather conditions.
Yet another area where this tire performs head and shoulders above those it has come to replace is its longevity. The mixture of unique rubber compound, latest-gen elastomers and silica allow this model to provide huge mileage without breaking down.
Lastly, the small tread blocks that dot its circumference do much more than lowering the rolling resistance. Instead, by decreasing the friction which the tire will encounter as it rolls ahead, the tread blocks will also help lower down your vehicle’s fuel consumption.
- Improved dry weather traction
- Better road contact
- Longer tread life
- Average gravel handling
General Grabber UHP
Best High-Performance Summer Tires for Honda Pilot
Although some of its users vouch for this tire’s performance in all seasons, we recommend that if you want to take advantage of everything that these tires have to offer, it’s best that you reserve them for summer conditions.
Starting with a glance at their tread design, it offers three specific benefits to the drivers of crossovers like Honda Pilot. First, it has an optimized design that lowers down the tread pattern’s noise levels as the tire moved forward. So you can expect to enjoy a quiet ride.
Secondly, the tread has angled grooves that won’t allow water to accumulate beneath it. The angle is such that the rate of entry of water will always be equal to that of its dispersing. That’s why dangerous phenomena like hydroplaning won’t take root here.
Thirdly, since the tread design is directional, it evenly distributes the tire’s pressure along with the tread. Add to the equation the constant road contact, and you’d realize that this model justifies its tag of an ultra-high-performance tire.
In an effort to further sweeten the deal, the inner steel belts of this model are strengthened with jointless wrapped nylon. You can get these tires in sizes ranging between 16 to 24 inches, and they are also available in four-speed ratings (T, H, V, and W).
- Excellent steering response
- Comfortable and smooth ride
- Outstanding traction
- Not for winter conditions
Best Winter Tires for Honda Pilot
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2
Best Budget Winter Tires for Honda Pilot
What is it that makes the Bridgestone Blizzk DM-V2 the best winter tires for Honda Pilot on the market? Apart from providing huge traction on snow-laden roads, these tires have a long tread life, provide excellent steering response, and have a smaller braking distance.
At the cost of sounding technical, it’s their NanoPro Tech Multicell compound which is the secret behind these tires’ brilliant winter performance. The compound does that thanks to its water-loving coating which separates water from snow, thereby improving grip and traction.
Though that’s not the only reason why these tires won’t slip in winter conditions. Their tread contains microscopic bite particles which bite into the snow to increase these tires’ grip. Also, since the Multicell compound is extremely flexible, it further lowers braking distance on ice.
Luckily, the good list of these tires’ features doesn’t stop there. To effectively channel water, snow, and slush away, they have a directional tread design. It makes full use of its aggressive block edges to rid the tire’s contact area of any substance that might affect its biting power.
To provide these tires with even more biting power, Bridgestone has provided their tread with 3D zigzag sipes. You also get a tread depth indicator which shows how much of the normal winter compound (45% of the tread) and Multicell Compound (remaining 55%) is used.
Finally, while we weren’t impressed with their rapidly deteriorating treadwear, we were also watching the aggressive driving style of our person behind the wheel. That means that unless you don’t get too enthusiastic while driving, this treadlife will comfortably outlast its warranty period.
- Excellent traction in extreme weather
- Smaller braking distance
- More biting power
- Only negative is their treadlife
Best Winter Tires for Honda Pilot
If money isn’t an object and you want the best winter tire currently available on the market, the Firestone Winterforce might just be right for you. This is a dedicated snow tire whose biting edges and extreme weather tractions make it a must-have for sub-zero temperatures.
When drivers think of winter tires, they envisage models that have inserts where they could add studs for better traction, tires with excellent cut and chip resistance and a flexible rubber compound which not only holds its own by providing excellent grip in deep snow conditions.
In case you’re wondering, the previous paragraph isn’t a figment of our imagination. All these are features of the Firestone Winterforce. This tire comes with shoulder tread blocks which increase its cornering power and road-gripping ability.
Also on offer is an aggressive directional tread pattern which improves their steering responsiveness and driving stability. The presence of high-density 3D sipes, meanwhile, further reinforces their gripping ability on deep snow-laden roads.
And to ensure that the tire doesn’t give way midway through your journey, its internal twin steel belts prevent it from deforming under pressure. At the same time, the casing on the belts helps maintain road contact and keeps road vibrations at a minimum.
- Huge durability
- Excellent winter road-gripping
- Commendable cornering power
- Enhanced hydroplaning resistance
- Performance on the dry tarmac could be better
How to Choose the Best Tires for Honda Pilot?
Although we asked this question at the start of this article, it’s in this section we’re going to give you some tips using which you can choose the best tires for Honda Pilot.
Most drivers know that the placard located on their side door indicates the size of tires that fits their vehicle. For instance, the tire size of your Honda Pilot might read 235/70R16. This string of numbers indicates tire width, the ratio of its height when compared to the width, and the tire diameter.
Some people prefer oversized tires because they think (correctly) that these tires are more comfortable. Unless you are planning to take that route, here is the list of tire sizes that will fit all Honda Pilot SE, EXL, EX, LX and Touring models.
As a driver, what are the worst weather conditions you expect yourself to face? Once you have answered this question, you’ll most likely make a choice among the following three options.
Summer tires are designed for those Honda Pilots which won’t venture off the highway for most parts of the year. These models provide excellent grim in warm weather conditions and have speed ratings that let you drive at or above 120mph. And their tread life is the longest among tires.
On the flip side, not everything is hunky-dory about these options. They have soft rubber which provides minimum-to-zero traction in cold weather conditions. So if the sun doesn’t shine in your part of the woods for most of the year, these tires shouldn’t be on your wish-list.
Unlike summer tires that can hold their own in moderate weather conditions, winter tires simply stop performing when it gets too hot out there. That’s because these tires have a special tread compound that is designed to provide more-than-average grip on slippery surfaces.
They also have more biting edges (called ‘sipes’) that allow these tires to divide the ice and bite into snow. As a result, if you take the same tires on your highway, their traction would result in noisy and uncomfortable driving experience.
You might have already guessed why the lion’s share of Honda Pilots you see running on the roads have all-season tires. These models provide the best of both worlds; they provide decent traction in slippery conditions while meeting the demands of dry roads.
Does your daily routine involve nothing but paved roads? Or do you like off-roading on the weekends? Your answers to both these questions will determine the next set of tires for your Honda Pilot.
Touring and Highway Tires
Although these tires are mainly designed for city driving, you can also use them on highway or road with minimum fuss. They separate them from other options by offering optimum braking distance on both dry tarmac and slippery surfaces, and you can also count on them to provide good fuel economy.
Furthermore, these tires either have built-in tread compounds or their manufacturers use such technologies in their construction which provide comfort both in terms of noise level and vibration. Also, as long as you don’t venture off-the-road, they’d provide excellent steering response.
Having said that, the absence of any slits in their design makes these tires useless for off-road conditions. They don’t have anything in their tread compound that will allow them to resist, let alone absorb, vibrations coming from rocks. And nor would they offer traction on dusty and gravel-filled roads.
As their name implies, ‘all-terrain’ tires are designed to be driven on all kinds of surfaces. These are models that combine the good handling of touring tires with the open-tread design of off-road ones. Hence the reason why some people choose to call them all-purpose tires.
Talking about the good features of these tires, their open-tread design stands out in this regard. It contains many interlocking elements that help the tire provide added grip on mud and rocks. They also have reinforced sidewalls that increase their load-carrying capacity.
On the flip side, their open-tread design and more biting edges make these tires extremely noisy. Also, since they have a soft rubber to provide more flexibility, the tread life of these tires is shorter, somewhere close to 40,000 miles. And their fuel efficiency is low, too, when compared with touring tires.
There are three factors you need to be aware of before choosing high-performance tires. First, they are designed for precise handling with better responsiveness and improved grip at ultra-high speeds. Is that something that you’re looking for?
Secondly, in case you were wondering, their ultra-high-speed performance comes at a cost. These tires consume more fuel, last less long, and provide less ride comfort than their all-season counterparts. Is it a sacrifice that you’re willing to make?
Thirdly, and this factor stems from the second one, these tires aren’t made for those whose routine involves riding to office in the morning and back in the evening. Instead, they are made for those who want a heightened driving experience. Is that you we’re describing?
Summarizing everything we said above, there are three things you need to keep in consideration to choose the best tires for Honda Pilot. They include your driving style, the route you drive on daily and the weather conditions in your area. Once you have identified all these aspects, come back to this article to get the best tire for your needs.