All seasons for a Camry Hybrid?

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Aug 20, 2003
The first real rains of the fall have started in Seattle. My wife came home last night and was complaining about the wet traction with her car. The tires are the OEM Michelin Energy MXV4 S8s. They have about 12,000 miles on them. My wife is pretty much out of touch with whatever she is driving. She doesn't pay any attention to odd sounds,or something that is out of the ordinary. As long as there is gas in the tank she is good to go. For her to complain about poor wet traction,there must really be something to complain about. Any recommendations for an all season with an emphasis on wet traction? I believe they're a 215/60/16.
Originally Posted By: cos
Check out the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology . The Tirerack said they were great in the wet and were number #1 in their test of "eco" tires.
Thats interesting. Minus the Ecoplus technology,these are the same Continentals that are OEM on our Outback. The Outback only has about 1500 miles on it,so I haven't formed much of an opinion about the OEM Continentals.
Hankook Optimo H727. It is a T rated tire not an H but it will be/should be fine on your Camry. $50 p/set of 4 rebate on Hankook's right now as well. The 727's are a very good tire.
The super-LRR stuff is going to be a compromise for traction. This is probably the case with the original tires. I had the same complaint about my Prius's Avid S33d tires after 15k. So, I replaced them with a set of Michelin Primacy MXV4 and the difference has been day and night after 400 miles of driving.
Lots of good choices for hydroplaning resistance. Listen and you shall hear! I am actually quite surprised that your wife isn't pleased with the Michelin's but, it is what it is! We've been pleased with the new tires on the market advertising wet traction as a priority. Think about you and your wifes criteria are in a tire as well as wet traction ability...Softer ride or better handling? Does snow come into the mix? Eco Friendly or just OK rolling resistance? How much do you want to spend?; although cost doesn't always reflect the entire package Etc., etc. Lots to think about but, there is a tire for your wifes car that will be prefect. Just make sure you do your own research and mildly take into account our personal opinions as the views of others will be vast including my own smile
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Snow traction isn't high on the list. Seattle only gets about 8" per year,and when it does snow,its typically gone in a couple hours. If its worse than that,she can always drive the Subaru. A LRR tire would be nice,fuel mileage is the main resaon she wanted a hybrid. I'll take a mileage hit,if it means better wet traction though.
Low Rolling Resistance... there is always Nokian such as: WR G2 eNTYRE Then there is the Michelin HydroEdge, which as been a solid performer (available in Green-X technology) and though not a fan of Goodyear tires, Assurance TripleTred and General Altimax HP's been a good tire also.
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