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I will soon be replacing the tires on my 2017 RAV4 LE (stock 225/65-17 size). Looking for a good all-season tire that will do okay in the occasional snow we get here in Kentucky. I have had good luck with Michelin tires in the past and wondered what their best line for the RAV might be now. We just bought my wife a 2016 Lexus RX350 which is running Hankook tires. I’m not familiar with this brand at all, but they seem to be pretty nice. As a Jeep guy, I have owned several sets of BFG AT-KO2’s, and I noticed they make that tire in my size (I imagine a P-metric instead of an LT rating). Has anyone else run those AT’s on a RAV, and would they be too noisy? Just looking for some recommendations from some other RAV owners. Thanks!
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A few months ago I was debating between the Michelin Defender T+H and the Continental Cross Contact LX25. I was leaning heavily on the LX25's but ended up going with the Michelin's because the instant rebates brought the price down below then LX25's.
 

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A few months ago I was debating between the Michelin Defender T+H and the Continental Cross Contact LX25. I was leaning heavily on the LX25s but ended up going with the Michelin's because the instant rebates brought the price down below then LX25s.
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Thanks! Haven’t heard of the Crossclimates or the Defenders, but will look into them. I used to run the X1 on cars and the LTX on SUVs. Also, I failed to mention earlier that my RAV is AWD, and I rotate every 5k, if that matters.
 

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Thanks! Haven’t heard of the Crossclimates or the Defenders, but will look into them. I used to run the X1 on cars and the LTX on SUVs. Also, I failed to mention earlier that my RAV is AWD, and I rotate every 5k, if that matters.
Mine is AWD and I will be rotating every 5k. I considered the Crossclimates as well but looking over the reviews at tires.com and tirerack.com they fell off my list.
 

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One thing worth considering is an all-weather tire which is rated for snow as well as good weather. I just picked up a set of Cooper Discoverer AT3 tires for mine a few months ago, intending to run them year-round. They do have the mountain snowflake logo so are eligible for the winter tire discount on insurance but are doing well in the summer too. They are a bit noisier on the highway than my Michelin Defenders, but especially considering the price I paid, it’s worth the small trade-off. The highway noise is not bad at all, especially if you have the roll-up cargo cover. I use mine on construction sites for work, and it’s FWD, which is why I went with an aggressive tire.

I didn’t want to use Michelins again after the Defenders - they lasted for half the miles they were supposed to, and had the normal dry rot cracking.


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One thing worth considering is an all-weather tire which is rated for snow as well as good weather. I just picked up a set of Cooper Discoverer AT3 tires for mine a few months ago, intending to run them year-round. They do have the mountain snowflake logo so are eligible for the winter tire discount on insurance but are doing well in the summer too. They are a bit noisier on the highway than my Michelin Defenders, but especially considering the price I paid, it’s worth the small trade-off. The highway noise is not bad at all, especially if you have the roll-up cargo cover. I use mine on construction sites for work, and it’s FWD, which is why I went with an aggressive tire.

I didn’t want to use Michelins again after the Defenders - they lasted for half the miles they were supposed to, and had the normal dry rot cracking.


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Coopers are a good American-made tire that a lot of Jeep guys use, especially for overlanding. I haven’t run the regular Coopers, but have run Mastercrafts, which is one of their budget tires, and they were pretty good. My mechanic gets my tires for me, and I will have him price a few options. I’m sure the Michilens will be the most expensive. I was really hoping someone on here had used the BFG-AT KO2’s on a RAV so I could get their opinion, but they may not be a good choice for a compact crossover.
 

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Coopers are a good American-made tire that a lot of Jeep guys use, especially for overlanding. I haven’t run the regular Coopers, but have run Mastercrafts, which is one of their budget tires, and they were pretty good. My mechanic gets my tires for me, and I will have him price a few options. I’m sure the Michilens will be the most expensive. I was really hoping someone on here had used the BFG-AT KO2’s on a RAV so I could get their opinion, but they may not be a good choice for a compact crossover.
I think I’ve seen some folks using them who had commented on tire threads earlier this year.


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I will soon be replacing the tires on my 2017 RAV4 LE (stock 225/65-17 size). Looking for a good all-season tire that will do okay in the occasional snow we get here in Kentucky. I have had good luck with Michelin tires in the past and wondered what their best line for the RAV might be now. We just bought my wife a 2016 Lexus RX350 which is running Hankook tires. I’m not familiar with this brand at all, but they seem to be pretty nice. As a Jeep guy, I have owned several sets of BFG AT-KO2’s, and I noticed they make that tire in my size (I imagine a P-metric instead of an LT rating). Has anyone else run those AT’s on a RAV, and would they be too noisy? Just looking for some recommendations from some other RAV owners. Thanks!
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I know you where looking for Michelin recommendations, but if I may offer a totally different manufacturer.

Bridgestone has come out with a brand new tire with new technologies that deliver on great touring capabilities and all season ratings as well.

The Bridgestone Weatherpeak would be a solid choice.

Let me know if we can further assist you in your tire purchasing journey.
 
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