I need new tires for my Subaru, but am overwhelmed by the choices
March 5, 2014 10:17 AM Subscribe
I need new tires for my Subaru, but am overwhelmed by the choices, help me understand what I am looking for?
I have a 2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport and a recent flat has made me turn to buying new tires. Googling has revealed that my tire size is P205/50R17/88V. So I understand that I need P (Passenger) tires, R (Radial) tires. But what about the V do I really need a tire that I can go 150 mph on for up to 10 mins?
Some of the tires I saw that were recommended (Michelin Primacy MXV4,Continental PureContact, Pirelli P7 Cinturato All Season) all do not appear to fit my car. It looks as if the Pirelli P9 Cinturato All Season Plus fits and gets good ratings and is around $128/tire and a friend recommended General tires (General Altimax HP Grand Touring All Season) which are around $106/tire. I am not opposed to spending money on good tires, but I am not sure what is "worth" the money. I live in Massachusetts in New England and would like tires that could handle the winters as Im not interested in changing tires back and forth from summer to winter.
What am I looking for in tires and how do I figure out which tires are best? Right now it feels like a crap shoot. My husband is also going to be getting new tires for his Toyota Rav4 soon and he is thinking of getting snow tires in case you have any thoughts on that (because he is more intense about this), but my tire needs come first since the flat :-) Thanks very much for your help in advance!