If you're looking for new SUV tires, there are a number of things to consider to ensure the safety and quality of your new tires – as well as a smooth and enjoyable drive. As there’s a huge variety of sport utility vehicle models available, it’s important to select the right tires to suit your specific SUV. This article will explore the things you need to consider before buying tires and why your specific category of SUV requires certain specifications.
At Continental, we’ll help you find the perfect tire to suit your SUV. Some key things you’ll want your tires to be capable of – depending on the road surface – are the following:
How to choose on-road tires:
How to choose off-road tires:
good level of robustness, so they can withstand the shock of rocks and other off-road hazards;
long-lasting quality, so your tire tread can maintain optimum grip to get you further on your off-road adventures;
ability to drive safely on a variety of different surfaces including tarmac roads;
enhanced snow and wet traction for better driving safety. Most off-road tires have m+s or 3pms to distinguish this.
Depending on where you live and the type of SUV you have, the conditions will make different demands on your tires. Below are some situations you might relate to and Continental tire suggestions.
If you live in an area where the winters are especially demanding, you may need 4WD to tackle snow, ice, mud, and steep inclines. If you can relate to this, you likely need winter tires that have an aggressive tread pattern, for grip on loose terrain – particularly wet snow and mud. These kinds of tires are also more durable as they have tougher sidewalls to absorb the impact of rocks and damage from other off-road hazards.
If your living and driving conditions reflect or are similar to this, here are some Continental winter tires to consider for your SUV:
CrossContact™ Winter: especially designed for SUV and off-road vehicles, it offers excellent traction and braking performance on snow and wet roads and with its robust sidewalls, you will be able to avoid the shock of rocks and other off-road hazards.
4x4WinterContact: also especially engineered for SUVs and off-road vehicles, this versatile tire offers excellent resistance to aquaplaning and also provides great traction and braking performance.
If you drive your crossover on tarmac roads but often switch to irregular terrains for weekends away on country gravel roads, you will benefit from an all-terrain tire with an interlocking tread design. It provides the durability to conquer dirt, gravel, and grass, but also offers a quieter, comfortable ride on paved roads.
Here are some Continental summer and all-season tires to consider for your crossover or SUV:
An electric or hybrid SUV has lower emissions, maintenance costs and engine noise. However, there is almost an additional 30% increase in the weight of electric cars due to the battery they require. This weight places a lot of strain on the tires of electric vehicles. We’ve adapted our products to fit the specific needs of alternatively powered vehicles.