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I'm looking to buy new tires for my Honda Accord 4 door EX-L. I currently have Michelin Pilot Tires on there and don't want to do the Pilot again. I drive 30 min to work and 30 min home 3 days a week. What do you suggest?

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd HI Carman, I'm wondering if you did not like the Michelin Pilot Tires because of the speed rating of the tire. Most cars have recommended speed rating requirements for the tires being used.The car must have a tire installed that'll match the vehicle's capabilities. One of the most confusing examples of this is the late model Honda Accord. Based on the capabilities of the Accord Coupe and Sedan, this car needs a tire with a speed rating of H (130 mph) or higher. However, Honda equipped the Accord (even the 4-cylinder models) with V-speed rated (149 mph) tires which are beyond what the car actually needs. This can lead to an uncomfortable situation when trying to get H-rated tires installed. Most shops recognize and understand this discrepancy and will be glad to install H-rated tires on the Accords, nonetheless, their are many installers who have a policy not to install anything below what the car came equipped with from Honda." This being said, I have a Honda Accord that is one of my loaner cars at my shop. In the summer we run Cooper's CS4 Touring and in the winter we run Cooper Weather Master.

Julie Scroggins, Vice President, CFO at Waukegan Tire and Supply Company Inc. Hi Carman, It makes it harder to recommend a tire without the year of the vehicle and other indicators like what part of the country you live. You also stated you didn't want the Michelins again but not knowing why IE: price, wear, ride, traction makes the recommendation more difficult. But I will give it my best shot I'm assuming you have the 225/50R17 93V tires on the Honda now. Goodyear makes a nice riding tire for this vehicle in the Assurance Comfort Tread all season with a 70,000 mile tread wear rating. Also if you happen to be in part of the country where you have snow I would recommend you look at the Nokian WRG3 tire for all-weather driving. This tire has a 50,000 mile tread wear rating and will give you exceptional winter and wet driving traction. Julie

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