Tires that you’d normally purchase for your vehicle will typically fall into the classification of either Passenger or Light Truck tire. There aren’t many helpful classification tips for minivan tires. If you’re shopping for tires for your minivan, you’re going to be purchasing either passenger or light truck tires. Which ones will work best? That’s what we’re about to discuss. There are a couple of factors to consider here. Your driving conditions, where you live, and your driving habits all contribute to what type of tire you’ll need. Let’s take a look at a few of the best tires for minivans in any situation.
Best All-Season Option: Goodyear Assurance Tripletred All-Season
The Tripletred All-Season is a passenger tire strong enough and aggressive enough to be the best option for a minivan all-season tire. It features three distinctive tread pattern zones that are specifically designed to channel away water and snow. Goodyear’s Evolving Traction Grooves are an innovative technology that actually improve traction the more the tire’s tread wears down. The groove sipes start at 1/10” and grow wider the further down the tires wear. This creates a bigger channel for the siphoning of water and snow from the tire’s footprint. It also possesses am incredible 6-year/80,000-mile treadlife warranty (70,000 miles on V-rated tires).
Best Budget Option: Hankook Optimo H727
The Hankook Optimo H727’s tread pattern isn’t exactly aggressive, but it definitely gets the job done. There are four circumferential large grooves housing hundreds of tapered sipes that resist hydroplaning as well as provide exceptional traction in dry conditions. Two wide, high-tensile steel belts are reinforced by a nylon cap ply which stabilizes the tread and enhances vehicle handling as well as the tire’s durability. A set of four can start as low as $250 in certain areas, which makes it a perfect option for those on a tighter budget. Perhaps the best part of this inexpensive tire is the 5-year/100,00-mile treadlife warranty.
Best All-Season Aggressive Option: General Grabber HTS
The Grabber may be a little loud when it comes to road noise for minivan drivers, but its aggressive traction, which was designed for light trucks and SUVs, makes it the perfect option for the minivan driver looking for some serious traction in aggressive weather. The General Response Grooves provide directional guidance for enhanced steering and extra ejection of water from the tire footprint. There is some added internal cushioning that provides a softer ride, but it won’t help the added road noise on highways. Still, the heavy-duty tread blocks and wide sipes are a great addition for minivan drivers.
Best Snow Tire Option: Bridgestone Blizzak WS60
The Blizzak WS60 features a dual-compound tread which possesses the Tube Multicell compound technology. According to Bridgestone, this technology “is comprised of thousands of microscopic tubes and cells (which resemble the consistency of Swiss cheese when examined through a microscope) that wick away the water that often forms between the tire’s contact patch and the surface of snow-packed and icy roads. This flexible tread rubber compound improves the tire’s grip, allowing the biting edges to adhere to the surface with less interference.” According to several consumers, this technology works very well, and the minivan driver looking for a great snow tire should take heed.
Quietest Option: Michelin Harmony
Not only is the Michelin Harmony the quietest option available for minivans, it is one of the best wearing tires available. It features a 6-year/80,000-mile treadlife warranty, and it’s an all-season tire, which makes it a great option as the first replacement for your factory tires. Michelin’s Stress Equilibrium casing does an excellent job of resisting deformation in the footprint, and the center rib is the key to the silenced ride of the Harmony.