I need to replace the tires on my 2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4 cylinder. The original tires, which are now on the car, are V-rated, Michelin Energy MXV4 58, radial XSE, 215/60/R16. I got 60,000 miles out of these tires but had hydroplaning problems and problems with losing air pressure even when the car was new. I brought this to the attn of the dealer several times but it never seemed to improve.
My Hyundai service dept. told me I should stick with the same rated tires that the car came with. I read the posting on speed ratings but still don't know whether to choose the Dunlop Signature (V-rated) or the Michelin Primacy MXV4 (H-rated). The Michelin scored higher than the Dunlop but I don't know if it's wise (what I'd lose) if I went with an H vs. a V rated tire. Also, not sure if the fact that the Michelin is an MXV4 like my current tires if I'd have the same problems.The Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S (v-rated is another recommended performance all season tire that was rated a bit higher than the Dunlop.
Need to buy tires tomorrow before my long road trip for Thanksgiving? Does anyone have any advice for me on this?
You say you want to buy tires on Monday so I'll jump in even though there are more informed people out there ...First, for your car, I see no reason why you can't go to an H tire instead of the OEM V. It is interesting you have V, when many V tires are sized with ratios of 50 & smaller or require 17" or larger wheels.Second, you are looking at "Performance All Season" and I believe those tires tested are the entry level "performance" tires by the manufacturers. There are compromises - like, do you need some decent snow performance. I would go with the top 7 of the CR tested H rated tires, but you need to scan through the differences that are important to you. The Primacy MXV-4 looks like an all round winner; the Continental ContiProContact should be considered for price, but tread life is shorter than the MXV-4. (Caveat, I have not checked if available at 215/60/16.)For some people, the tie breaker is decent snow performance or tread life, and you didn't say what's important to you.If you feel you have to get tires today, you need to have (1) alternatives because the retailer may not have your size, and (2) prices vary, with one retailer competitive for some tires but over charge on another, and you either "settle" on what they have or is competitive on, or you spend the whole day shopping and waiting for installation.
Tirerack.com is a good place to do research on pricing.Be prepared to be talked into a tire you know nothing about by the retailer; often, they sell what they have, not what you need/want.