# Automotive Recommend new tires for 04 Accord EX

1. Jul 30, 2012

We have Dunlop Fierce Instinct VR's on my wife's car, which are rated highly in traction and winter driving, although their treadwear rating is a little low at only 50,000 miles. Still, we've been happy with them in a variety of conditions and they were about $95/tire on sale. Edit- keep in mind that treadwear and winter traction are competing characteristics. It all comes down to how sticky the rubber is- softer sticks better but wears faster. Tread pattern/siping plays a significant role in wet & winter traction too, but given the same tread pattern in two rubber compounds, the softer will stick better but wear faster. Food for thought... Last edited: Jul 31, 2012 12. Jul 31, 2012 ### jack action Let's start shopping on tirerack.com. Your original tire is Bridgestone Turenza EL41, 205/60R16. Important features we learn about the tire you need: Load index is 91. This is a minimum for you. My personal comment: Usually, higher is better for performance. Speed rating is V. This should be a minimum for you. Again, tires with higher rating tends to be more performance oriented. Traction and temperature are both rated A. You should never buy a tire with rating of B or C, only A or AA. Treadwear is 260. This is a very unreliable data, but still you can ballpark the type of tire with it. Usually, a higher number means long tread life, but low friction coefficient, thus low performance. You can use this calculator to get a rough estimate of the tire longevity (cannot emphasized the word rough enough). The tire is classified as a «Standard Touring All-Season» by tirerack.com Available at tirerack.com, in your size, with a V speed rating or better, 140$ or less, you get (from hi- to low-performance):

6 High Performance All Season;
9 Grand Touring All-Season (2 are over 125$including 1 with a B temperature rating. In the 7 remaining, 4 have the Low Rolling Resistance rating to enhance fuel economy); 1 Standard Touring All-Season (there are 3 models presented but they seem to be the same, all over 125$);
3 Passenger All-Season (2 are over 125\$).

Now, read descriptions and comments about those tires and go to your local tire shops, ask questions and make them talk. This is how you will make the best decision.

13. Aug 6, 2012