The 2016 Ford Edge is available in multiple trim levels, some of which allow for multiple wheel diameter choices. The most popular tire size - P245/60R18 is used in the SE, SEL, and Titanium trims. A P245/50R20 is fitted to both the Sport and Titanium trims. A somewhat oddball tire size is the P245/55R19 on the Titanium and finally the largest tire, the P265/40R21 is available exclusively on the Sport.
18-inch tires are made by various manufacturers (due to their popularity) however the 19-inch options are Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 while the 20-inch and 21-inch are Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Seasons.
In keeping with the all-season capabilities of the mid-sized crossover ‘ute, we shall stay the course with all-season tires In general as wheel diameters increase, so do the performance capabilities and focus of these tires. Conversely, a wider selection is available in the 18” lineup and thus allows for an increased range of capabilities.
You are going to see a recurring theme here, this is by design. The Goldilocks of tires is where you have reached that point of diminishing returns. While you can spend more money and gain in overall tire characteristics, your return on investment decreases after that point. In the highly-focused 21-inch tire range, you will find many similar tire brands and models with exceedingly minute differences that yield a large price differential. This is due to the corresponding brand specifications as called for by other vehicle manufacturers - no need to pay that Bentley premium for a designation not intended for your Ford.
There are three main reasons why you will need to replace your tires:
The tread is too heavily worn and at the end of its usable life. Excessive age resulting in dry rot (the appearance of small surface cracks much like those in a dry, arid landscape) Physical damage. Tires are tough, but they’re still made primarily of rubber.
The first is easily identifiable through the tread wear indicators molded into the large circumferential voids. Once the tread is even with these wear bars, there is insufficient tread left to avoid hydroplaning (the tread leaving the surface of the road due to water) and definitely too low to help in light snow.
Regarding age, tires are more like milk than wine - they do have a best-if-used-by date. Generally, this is around 5 years, but once you can see fine to medium cracks in the sidewall and/or tread of the tire, it’s time to replace. Heavy cracking that allows you to see the inner tire construction such as the fabric cord is a strong indicator the tires are well past their prime.
Finally, damage from road hazards: We’ve all experienced this and if you haven’t, you will. Nails, screws, potholes, raised manhole covers and steel plates, curbs, etc. Alex, “What are hazards to the expensive rubber donuts on our cars?”. Some minor punctures in the tread can be repaired, but more significant damage to the tread and any damage to the sidewall will necessitate the replacement of your tire(s).
There is nothing wrong with the OE tires that come equipped on your Edge, but there is a compromise made between cost, availability, performance, and NVH (noise/vibration/harshness) characteristics from the factory. A choice to replace tires with non-original tires will depend upon what do you like and dislike about your current tires and what would you like to achieve? These factors will help shape your decision and help you decide upon what tire is best for you.
Once you’ve made your decision about which tire you’re going to go with, you have yet another option - whether or not you’re going to deviate from the factory tire dimensions. This is not something that can be taken lightly as changing the tire size can have adverse effects on the vehicle’s driving dynamics.
Overall, you will want to try and keep the overall circumference of the tire the same. There are many different complex systems that depend upon the rotational speed of your tires and your tire size can greatly affect this speed. Systems like TPMS, ABS, your speedometer and odometer, traction/stability control, transmission, and more depend upon this speed input to make decisions and can alter their operation. Due diligence upon your part is crucial if you are to properly change the tire dimensions and achieve your desired outcome.
You may want to change to a narrower tire to achieve better traction. This goes against what most people will think, but as the contact patch (the portion of the tire that meets the road surface) is decreased, the pressure is increased as the weight of the vehicle remains the same. Under dry conditions, this will not yield better traction. But in heavy snow conditions, this narrower tire will allow the tire to dig down through the snow and make contact with the road surface and that is what will help you maintain traction and thus control of your vehicle. Take this example to an extreme and imagine a pizza cutter vs a balloon-like beach tire traveling on snow and you’ll get the idea.
You may want a wider tire for aesthetics or for better traction in dry weather. In this case, a properly sized wider tire will get you more traction - in the dry. It may increase traction in the wet provided the tread can still evacuate enough water to prevent hydroplaning (there’s that word again!).
In either case, more rubber hitting the road is better for you. If your primary reason is the look, a fat, steam-roller of a tire is what you’re probably after. Be careful there too as alignment angles can be changed for the worse.
If you’re careful with your changes, you can get the performance and look you’re after!
Online tire prices are usually less than in store
It depends largely on your budget and your requirements. For budget-minded shoppers, the Sumitomo HTR A/S PO3 is a very good choice. Moving up the scale, Continental has a firm grasp on the middle ground, providing very good performance for a good price. Finally, the King of the Mountain, Michelin still occupies the top spots in all categories.
Ford uses a range of tires on the Edge, depending on the trim level, and sometimes the day of the week. On the Edge Sport, for example, your vehicle could’ve come with Hankook Ventus S1 Noble 2s, or Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-seasons.
The optimal tire pressure that should always be maintained within your tires will be displayed in a placard inside the driver door jamb. Follow factory recommendations and always remember that tire pressure will fluctuate with air temperature. This is not only affected by the ambient temperature outside but also the very act of driving will generate heat within the tire itself. Keep a close eye on your tire pressure - your tires will thank you (well, not literally). Tire pressure is an oft-overlooked aspect of tires that has such a large impact upon ride quality, tire longevity, overall performance and ultimately safety.
In general, rotating tires at every oil change is a good starting point. Should the tread depth differ significantly (more than 2 or 3mm) from front to rear, have your tires rotated. This will help extend the tread life as well as help minimize adverse wear effects from driving habits, conditions, and alignment deflection.
The one provided in your vehicle will work and is already securely mounted and out of the way. You may want to augment that kit with gloves and wipes, but the kit that you know how to use is going to be the best. Practice under good conditions how to change a tire to familiarize yourself with not only the process but the tools as well.
There are many reputable online and brick-and-mortar retailers for tires. Perform a shopping search and the first few hits will be your best bets. Compare and contrast the tire pricing and shipping costs and speed - you’ll find in the end, tire sales are so competitive that pricing will be very close amongst the top retailers.
This will vary, depending upon the distance between you and where your tires are currently residing. There are some retailers that offer free shipping. But if you do end up paying, it’s around $50-60 for a set of 4 tires.
Most on-line tire retailers will ship tires to your door or your preferred installer within a day or two.
The price of this service will vary greatly from provider to provider. Factor in labor, materials such as TPMS valve stem reseal kits, wheel weights, and tire disposal fees, a good ballpark is $30-40 per tire. You should consider the equipment being used and whether or not the operator is trained and experienced in using that machine. Even with the best tire machine and balancer, if the person using it doesn’t know how to use it well, you may not end up with a smooth ride - choose wisely.
If your vehicle is equipped with a pressure sensor that sends data back to a central receiver, you will need to replace it when either its internal battery fails (usually in about 10 years) or if it has a non-replaceable valve stem and that valve stem is damaged or corroded to failure, or if the transmitter has simply stopped responding. Some vehicles also have a sensor in the spare tire, some report a specific location (and must be re-configured if the tires are rotated) and some don’t have a sensor at all inside the tire.
Many online retailers have developed special winter-edition catalogs to make winter tire selection as easy as Eskimo pie.
If your budget and garage space allows, a dedicated winter tire and wheel package is the way to go. You won’t spend the mount and balance money twice in one calendar year and you save the wear and tear of the very process of mounting a tire to a wheel. If your fair-weather wheels have a complex (read difficult and time-consuming to clean) design, a simple and easy to clean wheel design will help make sure your wheels don’t fall prey to the ravages of road treatments.
Under most circumstances, so long as the retailer is an authorized reseller, the rebates come from the manufacturer - so yes, online and retail location tire retailers are about the same in that aspect.
Ordering your tires online vs. the shop will save you money