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Old 07-19-2018, 02:39 PM   #1
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Default Tire Recommendations for 2014 Impreza Sport Limted

Hi everyone,

I just learned that the front tires of the Yokohama Avid tires on my 2013 Impreza (original from when I bought the car new 4.5 years ago) are super bald on the inner area of the tire (I'm guessing the car is out of alignment, though doesn't feel that way when I'm driving). The rear tires are at about 50% wear. I've decided that I will replace all four tires, but I couldn't find any specific recommendations on NASIOC. Suggestions very much appreciated. Details below:

- 2013 Impreza Sport Limited
- I drive 75% city, 25% freeway
- Tire size: P205 / 50 R17
- I live in the Bay Area of CA so looking for all-year tires that do okay in some winter rain.
- Since the Impreza is a bit loud when driving, perhaps a tire that helps cut noise inside the cabin.
- There's less than 25,000 miles on my car, if that makes any difference.

Many thanks!

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Old 07-19-2018, 03:09 PM   #2
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I live in the bay area also. I went with michelin AS/3's. They're all seasons and had *WAY* better traction than my OEM summer tires for being all season tires.

They also lasted a damn good long time. I went about 60-70K miles and they were still great... but i ended up changing all 4 when i had some bad damage on them.

I ended up getting them from America's tire. they're a bit pricey being at ~$200 and up per tire... i also got their warranty that replaces the entire tire... which came in handy twice from some unfortunate road debris

i'm on my second set, of michelins and its about 60K miles again, with no sign of needing replacement. I bet i can go another 40-50K on these. I rotate tires religiously, bet that's helping the longevity a ton.
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:21 PM   #3
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For your stated mission, I have done well with Continental Extreme Contact DWS (new version is about a year old). My wife uses them year round in a FWD Tiburon, I have them on my '98 Legacy GT wagon and had them on our '99 Impreza L wagon.
Likely about $125 ea. You can check info and prices on Tire Rack.

Plan on an alignment with a before/after sheet.
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Old 07-19-2018, 06:41 PM   #4
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How cold do your winters get? How much snow do you see? Specifically, do they get cold enough where an all-season tire is essentially necessary if you are not running summer/winter sets?

I've driven the Continental DWS/DWS06 and Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ and have had outstanding experiences with both. From my own observations, I feel the Continental does quite a bit better in sub-freezing winter precipitation (its performance in light snow is so good it almost defies logic), and the A/S 3+ does better in dry. Both maintain good control in cold (non-freezing) wet and cold, sub-freezing dry. Both have long, predictable, and even treadwear when they have the correct inflation, rotation, and proper alignment - 50k+ miles is a pretty reasonable minimum expectation IMO and both have a tread warranty along those lines. Both do a good job at withstanding city driving. Both have about as good a performance as an ultra-high performance all-season gets (the Michelin really pushes the boundaries of an A/S in dry, although both certainly are inferior to most summer-only tires in this regard.) The A/S 3+ may be a tad bit quieter and comfortable, although both are good here. The A/S 3+ is expensive. The DWS is a significantly better value, and in many cases it is cheaper than mid-grade touring tires or 'high performance all-season' OEMs (the last time I purchased a set of DWS06's, it was in the 215/40/18 size and I believe it was only about $120 a tire.)

The BFG Comp A/S is another notable offering in this performance class, with a reputation of solid value vs. performance, much like the Continental DWS.
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Old 07-19-2018, 06:48 PM   #5
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get-schwifty, I live in a mild climate in the Bay area - no snow, only some rain the winter. I don't have summer or winter tires that I change out. Thanks for your suggestions.
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