Honda CR-V is an interesting mix of a compact and a crossover. What you get as a result is a comfortable vehicle with some powerful innards – pocket cannon, if you will. Now, it’s naturally not as good to use off-road as big revving SUVs with their powerful engines and undying transmission.
Honda is still a wonderful and popular car, and since it’s somewhere in-between the two worlds, there are tons of specific treads that may appeal to certain people. Like going into the country? There are some options. Want to drive safely on highways? No problem. This list is all about various efficient tires fit for Honda CR-V.
Falken Wildpeak AT Trail
- Great off-road feel;
- Decent of-road traction;
Falken tires are almost in the same spot as CR-V itself. They are exceptional as mud tires – the adaptable generously grooved contact patch does its job well. However, they didn’t go all-in on off-road experience. This tread is aggressive, and there are many provisions for a good stable on-road grip, both in damp and dry weather.
That’s why, even if you decide to drive through the streets on it, it won’t really feel like an off-road tire. Instead, it’ll feel pretty pleasant. There isn’t too much noise, contrary to what you might expect, and the composition is very sturdy. It’s going to last for at least 100,000 km.
Yokohama Geolander AT G015
- Superb off-road handling;
- Decent on-road traction;
- Efficient in winter;
- Pretty durable
Geolander is one of the best options for a multi-function crossover that could be Honda CR-V. The tread is pretty good off-road – the void space, adaptable pattern and excess siping. However, some of these solutions are also the reason why these tires are pretty good on tarmac, even on wet and snowy tarmac.
Yes, it’s surprisingly confident in snow – courtesy of the siping and the flexible nature of this tire. It also won’t die on you that fast – the punctures protection works wonders, and its minimal lifespan is well over 80,000 km.
Geolander is a very good option for versatile driving, overall.
Pirelli Scorpion ATR
- Fine off-road capabilities;
- Decent on-road traction;
- Efficient in damp environment
- Poor in snow;
- Fast to wear
Scorpion ATR is an optimal solution for a 50-50 driving routine. If you often find yourself in the countryside but also can’t imagine leaving a paved road for long, then this is the tire for you.
Off-road parameters are decent, although thick mud, sand and other especially nasty terrain types aren’t for it. In simple dirt and gravel, they are exceptional. That, and their puncture resistance, is courtesy of the silica components.
The silica is also the reason behind their exceptional damp traction. And the pattern design itself ensures they fare well on a paved road. With that said, they could be much better in the longevity department, with only measly 60,000 km to go.
General Altimax RT43
- Exception in dry and wet weather;
- Decent handling, even in snow;
- Not viable off-road
Altimax is a tire for a different approach. They aren’t a good option if you aim to drive through the country. There isn’t enough depth or grooving for a decent digging or climbing action. On full-on off-road cars, it would be problematic, but CR-V isn’t really designed for lengthy mud trips.
These tires feel much better on tarmac – the patterns ensures outstanding performance on dry and wet land, and it’s also viable as a winter tread. Thanks to the wide shoulders grippy, they are also decent when it comes to cornering and steering.
But the sweetest advantage is that you get all of this for a fairly competitive price. And, as a cherry on top, they’ll last for more than 120,000 km in natural circumstances.
- No excess noise;
- Great on-road traction in all forms
Nitto NT421Q is an interesting case. They invested a lot into providing a first-class comfort, but still managed to ensure superior traction on dry, wet and even snowy asphalt.
Polyester components ensure the tire rides smoothly and noiselessly, while various provisions for hydroplaning reducing, grip improvement and responsiveness enhancement make sure you always feel where the car is going. You won’t be so lucky off the road with these on, though.
- Decent grip and handling
- Short life;
- Winter grip is dismal
If what you were looking for is an optimal performance for a reasonable price, then you might consider buying Sentury Crossover for your CR-V. It’s basically the cheapest you get without compromising too much quality. Basically, the summer grip – wet and dry – is pretty decent, no reason to complain.
However, the icy and especially off-road environments are forbidden for you. It will give up in an instant and you’ll be helpless. They are also not very lasting in comparison to other treads in this array. It’ll last you for about 60-70 thousand km, which is reasonable, but it can also be much better.
Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max
- Economic value;
- Decent grip;
- Handling could be better
Assurance Fuel Max is not really about performance or efficiency. Assurance family as a whole is basically an array of specifically-inclined tires. They are good overall, but everything about them is really shoved into the background, because the key advantage is, in this case, fuel efficiency.
Because the tires are responsive, light and adaptable, it takes less effort to move them forward. It translates directly into smaller fuel consumption and ecological value. If that’s something you cherish as a CR-V user, then these tires are for you. They are both good for environment and decent in practical sense, an outstanding combination.
Pirelli Scorpion Verde
- Fantastic dry grip and handling;
- Decent wet grip and handling;
- Fast to wear off
Scorpion Verde is considered a high-performance tire (with all the proper characteristics of one). However, it’s also a prominent environmental tread. Verde rolls with less resistance and, as a result, doesn’t require as much fuel as other tires of its category. Since many Honda users value environment, it’s a good pick.
Unlike many environmentally friendly tires, this one is outstanding on the road – especially on a dry summer highway. They are stable even at high speeds, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better tire from the handling perspective. The wet and icy traction are also decent, but it’s not where they shine.
Furthermore, it’s a common problem for them to wear off faster than expected, although these tires aren’t considered flimsy or weak.
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2
- Superb winter performance;
- Great handling even on ice;
- Decent grip overall
You won’t be driving off-road in this one, but it’s specialized for another very treacherous environment – winter roads. From the pattern, you can understand, that the tread is supposed to be very grippy and steadfast even on ice. There are many triangular blocks that directly translate into better grip under any circumstances.
Wider central patch also means better handling in all scenarios. The control is further bolstered by the blocky aggressive soldiers. Overall, Blizzak is going to perform very well in most situations (maybe with the exception of off-road driving), although where it really shines is the winter driving.
Michelin Defender LTX MS
- Great traction in summer;
- Great traction in winter;
- Superb handling;
- Water resistance;
- High price
Defender LTX MS is one of the best Michelin all-season tires. The pattern seems pretty standard, but it’s equally well-suited for damp, dry and snowy roads. The handling in all of these situations is superb, and it’s especially evident in rainy weather. The tread has been carefully cut to reduce hydroplaning to nothing.
You can also see that there are many smaller cuts to provide exceptional mobility and traction even on ice. With that said, you are cashing up for high quality here, and these tires may be pretty costly.
But they’ll also serve for a long time – the minimal lifespan is at about 115,000 km.