Originally Posted by talon4x4
I'm just going with the stock 17" size. I think I'm going to go with the General Altimax RT43. They get a lot of great customer reviews on all the online tire sites and great reviews on Consumer Reports.
I have this [Altimax RT43] in 2256517 on a 2018.
They are also now available in 2356017 (in H rating) though, you might want to try that. (If not happy, you can always go back to the 22565, say, after a week,...assuming you use Discount Tire. You'll just have to pay again for the re-install i think, and the price difference.)
They are very responsive tires(very good handling), good in dry and wet (traction), but can be a bit "firm".
I have on a 2016, the Yokohama Avid Ascend GT, in 2356017.
Very good traction too, and tire rack says it beats the Michelin Premier A/S in the wet (a superb tire in wet conditions because i've had this Michelin too before, i couldn't make the car[Mazda 5] fishtail on a wet road even if i try very hard to). Haven't driven my 2016 in the rain yet though... but all i can say is it's like there's zero understeer (like the rav is on rails). A bit softer than the Altimax RT43, but also has less responsiveness. If you use this tire, try to drive in "sport mode" always so there's less "lag" on the steering response. On normal mode, it (Yokohama) feels like you have turned the steering wheel about "2 minutes" on a clock hand, before the wheel/tire actually turns, versus the Altimax where it feels almost "instant".
I wish i could have the responsiveness of the RT43, with the (slightly) softer ride with very assuring grip of the GT, but i think that's how things are with tires...you win on this, you give up on that. (Note that the Altimax is good in the rain too, but probably not as "superb" as the Michelin/Yoko.)
They are both very good tires, and choice will depend on how you drive and driving conditions. Price considerably cheaper than Michelins too.The Premier A/S also wears out fast. The Yoko/General wear longer [and both start with a higher tread than the Michelin]. I think the (Michelin)LTX is the proper tire (not the A/S) for the rav anyway, but i've seen same complaints about it..they wear out fast).
I'm assuming you're an XLE?
If an LE, ..maybe best to stay with the 2256517. (as the LE steel wheel is narrower at 6.5 rather than the 7 alloy of XLE)
2356017 is optimized for 7 wide, and 22565 is optimized for 6.5.
If you decide to go with the 2356017 of the Altimax, tell me as i'd like to know how that would feel. (and might use that on my 2018 come time i need to replace the 225s).
I'm happy with the 2356017 Yoko GT though(on the 2016), as that's the usual car for the kids/wife.
Happy with the Alti RT43 (on "MY" 2018) too, as i can "play" with the car more,...but i would most likely change it in the future to the Yoko GT too, because of the supposedly superb grip in the rain.
Whichever tire you use, make sure you get the H rated, not the T.