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Best Tires for the Honda Civic

No matter how carefully you’ve driven your Honda Civic, sooner or later you are going to need a new set of tires. This is especially true the longer you own your vehicle. Your Civic's tires are the one connection between your car and the street. To ensure proper safety and operation, we recommend you have your tires inspected regularly. If you do find yourself in need of new tires, it makes sense that you’d want to install the best tires for your Honda Civic. Here are our recommendations based on trim level, lifespan, and performance. 

Best Tires for the Honda Civic

Please note on model years: The list above and the majority of our talking points here covers replacements for the CURRENT Honda Civic -- the tenth-generation car that's been in production since the 2015 calendar year. Also important to note, a lot of this information will translate all the way back to the eighth-generation car -- 2005 to 2011. For any models that date prior to 2005, we will be able to find you the right tires as well. 

What Tires Are on My Civic?

The current Civic Sedan is available in five different trim levels (LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring). The original equipment tires -- the tires that came on your car when it was new -- are as follows:

Top Replacement Tire Brands for Your Civic

CarTalk has taken a look at tires for every Civic trim level, and they've come up with recommendations, based on tread life, wet performance, and consumer reviews:

Honda Civic LX

The original equipment tires for the Civic LX cost between $115 and $135 each to replace, depending on which brand was on your vehicle. Splitting the difference, the BF Goodrich Advantage T/A Sport is an excellent tire that receives high ratings from consumers. You can usually find these tires for $125 each, plus mount, balance, and road hazard warranty.

Honda Civic EX and EX-L

Depending upon which tire came on your Civic from the factory, replacing them typically will run you between $145 and $165 each. The Goodyear Assurance Weatherready provides excellent wet weather and winter performance and comes in at the high end of what an OE replacement tire would cost. The Goodyear Assurance Weatherready gets outstanding marks in consumer ratings.

Honda Civic Sport and Touring

Civic Sport and Touring owners are typically more interested in dry weather performance and ride quality than traction in the winter months. We recommend the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ for its dry weather performance and exceptional ride comfort on long trips. These tires typically hover in the $190 each range (plus mount and balance), compared to the OE tires, which were significantly less at $165 each.

When Should You Replace the Tires on Your Civic?

Traditionally speaking, there are two regular milestones that when reached are considered the time to replace the tires. (these milestones are applicable not only on your Civic but any car in your driveway) Your tire's Time and Mileage are said milestones. Considering most drivers today will cover between 12,000 and 15,000 miles per year, the vast majority of Civic owners are going to be past the mileage that their original equipment tires were intended to cover before age becomes a factor.

The other consideration is time. Each tire has a raised date code on the sidewall. The number begins with the letters “DOT” followed by 12 digits in three four-digit groups. The date code is the third group of four digits. To decipher the date of your tires, the first two digits represent the WEEK the tire was produced, and the second two digits represent the YEAR.

An example of this is: if your tire’s date code is 3217, that indicates the tire was manufactured in the 37th week of 2017, or sometime between September 11 and the 17th of that year.

A good rule of thumb to follow is this: once tires go beyond five years old, it’s time to consider replacing them. Tires are made up not just of rubber and steel or kevlar belts, but chemicals that help the tires resist UV rays, temperature changes, and a lot of other environmental hazards. Those chemicals start to break down after five years or so, and the tires aren’t doing the job that they need to do.

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