Best Tires for the Honda Accord

How can you find out which tires are the best replacement for the factory rubber that came on your Honda Accord? It can be tough, because when Honda built your car, they had to balance a bunch of different priorities, from cost to safety to durability. Where they landed on that spectrum might not be where you’d land, so let’s take a look at the best tires for your Accord, no matter your budget or driving style.

Have an older Honda Accord? See tire sizes for previous years.

Best Tires for the Honda Accord LX, EX, and EX-L:

Kumho Ecsta PS31 - Best budget tire

  • Low noise
  • Price
  • Cold weather performance

BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport - Best mid-priced tire

  • Wet weather performance
  • Braking performance
  • Price

Vredestein Hypertrac All Season - Best mid-priced tire

  • All-season performance
  • Low noise
  • Price
  • Availability

Best Tires for the Honda Accord Sport and Touring:

Vredestein Quatrac 5 - Best budget tire

  • All-season performance
  • Low noise
  • Price
  • Availability

Michelin Primacy MXM4 - Best mid-priced tire

  • Wet and dry performance
  • Steering response
  • Price

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 - Best superior tire

  • Outstanding performance upgrade
  • Dry weather traction
  • Cold weather performance
  • Price

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Original Equipment Accord Tires

What tires are on my Honda Accord? The current generation Accord is sold in multiple trims with several tire sizes:

  • The LX, EX, and EX-L trims come with 17-inch wheels with tires size 225/50R17. The OEM tire is either the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus or the Fuzion UHP Sport A/S.
  • The Sport and Touring trims come with 19-inch wheels and tires size 235/40R19 96V XL. The OEM tire for these models is either the Goodyear Eagle Touring or the Michelin Primacy MXM4.

Top Replacement Tire Brands for Honda Accord

No matter your budget, we’ve got a tire for you. We’ve sourced tires in both 17- and 19-inch sizes, so that you can find the right tire for any trim of the Accord. You don’t have to keep the same brand of tire that came with your car, and you can even change tire sizes to better fit your lifestyle and the way you drive:

17-inch Tires for Honda Accord

  • Budget: Kumho Ecsta PS31 - There’s a reason that Kumho dominates in the affordable tire space. Their products are consistently rated among the best, and carry excellent treadwear ratings
  • Moderately Priced: BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport - The all season tire from BFGoodrich is one of the best rated tires for the Accord at any price.
  • Cost-No-Object: Vredestein Hypertrac All Season - Vredestein’s Hypertrac tire is brand-new and has garnered good reviews in its short time on the market.

19-inch Tires for Honda Accord

  • Budget: Vredestein Quatrac 5 - Vredestein recently made its way into the North American tire market, and the Quatrac 5 is already making waves. It’s rated for severe snow conditions and has excellent customer reviews.
  • Moderately Priced: Michelin Primacy MXM4 - The MXM4 is the tire that Honda installs at the factory, but as it turns out, it’s a great replacement tire for the Accord as well.
  • Cost-No-Object: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 - While it’s true that the Sport Cup 2 is an all-out performance tire, it’s one of the highest rated tires you can buy for your Accord with 19-inch wheels. Just count on replacing them far more regularly than a “normal” tire.

When Should You Replace Tires?

There are two regular milestones that will suggest that it’s time to replace the tires, not only on your Accord, but any vehicle in your driveway: Time and mileage.

Considering most drivers cover between 12,000 and 15,000 miles per year, the vast majority of Accord owners are going to be past the mileage that their original equipment tires were intended to cover before they’ll go past the tire’s usable age.

The life of your tire can be somewhat predicted by its UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grade) rating. Tire manufacturers apply their own grades to tires for treadwear, traction and temperature. When you’re researching tires online, a UTQG will come up next to the tire name in three digits and a number (ex. 500 A A).

You can glean a bit of info from the tires by reading this rating:

  • 500 - The durability rating of a tire, compared to a control tire with a treadlife of 100. To obtain a grade, tires run on a 640 kilometer course for 11,520 km. Every 1,280 km, the tread depth is measured, to provide a projected tread life. The higher the number, the longer the predicted treadlife.
  • A - This is the Traction rating of a tire, which indicates how well a tire stops in wet conditions. The highest letter grade is AA, followed by A, B and C.
  • A - The second letter in the UTQG is the Temperature rating, which indicates how well a tire holds up to extreme heat. A is the highest, followed by B and C.

Original equipment MIchelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires on the Accord are performance-oriented and opt for traction over treadlife. They earned an awful 180 AA A UTGQ rating. Unless they are damaged, these tires could last as long as 18,000 miles before you need to replace them.

The other consideration is time. Each tire has a raised date code on the sidewall. The number begins with the letters “DOT” followed by 12 digits in three four-digit groups. The date code is the third group of four digits. To decipher the date of your tires, the first two digits represent the WEEK the tire was produced, and the second two digits represent the YEAR.

For example, if your tire’s date code is 3217, that indicates the tire was manufactured in the 37th week of 2017, or some time between September 11 and 17th that year.

Once tires go beyond five years old, it’s time to consider replacing them. Tires are made up not just of rubber and steel or kevlar belts, but chemicals that help the tires resist UV rays, temperature changes and a lot of other environmental hazards. Those chemicals start to break down after five years or so, and the tires aren’t doing the job that they need to do.

Why Not Replace with Original Equipment Tires?

There’s no harm in replacing your tires with the shoes it came with from the factory. However, depending on what kind of driver you are, there are significant reasons to purchase something different.

You only need to purchase ONE set of tires for your car every four years or so, depending on how much you drive. When an auto manufacturer purchases tires, they buy them by the hundreds of thousands. For the manufacturer, the decision to choose a supplier one brand or another comes down to a price point.

For you, your consideration may be completely different. If you could get a tire that stopped 20 feet shorter for an additional $10 per tire over the original equipment, you’d probably do it. Similarly, if there was a tire that made less road noise for a minimal investment over stock, you’d probably decide on the slightly more expensive tire (that is, unless you’re trying to drown out the conversation of your back-seat-driving spouse.)

Changing Honda Accord Tire Sizes

Depending on the year and model, you may be shopping tires to fit anything between 15-inch for older models to 19-inch wheels with various widths and sidewall sizes along the way. It is possible to change the wheel and tire sizes, but a general rule of thumb is to keep the total diameter of wheel and tire the same. So, that means that downsizing an 19-inch wheel to a 18-inch wheel would include a proportionate upsizing of the tire sidewall to compensate.

Downsizing wheels has its advantages. Benefits include:

  • Better ride quality – More rubber means more cushion for poor road conditions.
  • Cost reduction – Big tires are expensive, so moving to a smaller wheel size will mean less costly tire purchases
  • Seasonal changes – Winter and snow tires are available for a larger selection of smaller wheel sizes and the narrower footprint will provide better traction.
  • Off-road – Many people choose to downsize wheels for off-road use to increase the vehicle’s shock absorption capabilities and bump traction on loose surfaces.

On the other side of the coin, going up in wheel size has its benefits:

  • Better handling – Slimmer profile tires makes for less rubber to move around.
  • Better looks – This one’s subjective, but many people feel that larger wheels look better than smaller wheels with more rubber.
  • Better braking – Larger, wider wheels provide a bigger patch of rubber on the ground to slow the vehicle, reducing braking distance.

How to Read Tire Sizes

When reading tire sizes, it’s important to understand what the numbers mean. The Honda Accord’s 19-inch wheels come with P235/40R19 96V all-season tires:

  • 235 - indicates the width of the tire from one sidewall to the other in millimeters. This tire is 235 millimeters wide.
  • 40 - indicates the aspect ratio, or sidewall height, as a percentage of the tire’s width. In this case, it’s 40 percent or of the tire’s width.
  • R - means radial tires. Radials are the most common type of automotive tire and have fabric woven in at various angles with tread that is strengthened with additional layers of rubber.
  • 19 - indicates the wheel diameter.
  • 96 - is the tire’s load rating.
  • V - is the tire’s speed rating. V-rated tires have a maximum top speed of 149 mph.

You may have noticed that the Honda Accord’s two tire sizes have different diameters and also different aspect ratios. Generally, automakers choose tires that have the same outer diameter. This allows them to have only one speedometer setting.

Now that you know what comes on a new Accord and how to read the size numbers, let’s look at the different types of tires available to you. Depending on the type of driving you’re doing, where you live, and the weather, you have a variety of choices for tire types:

  • Touring and All-season tires - provide a smooth ride, good wet and dry traction, decent winter traction, and longer tread life. These tires are acceptable for winter use but can’t be expected to provide the traction and stopping power that a dedicated winter tire can.
  • Performance tires - are focused on providing confident handling, better wet and dry traction, and a sporty feel. Their higher grip and speed ratings come with a tradeoff of shortened tread life and reduced ride quality.
  • All-terrain tires - are built to maximize off-road traction and provide good durability overall. Their construction means more noise and less comfort on the road, but winter traction and tread wear is acceptable.
  • Winter and snow tires - are made with special rubber compounds that maintain grip and pliability when temperatures drop. They are also built with special tread patterns to maximize the vehicle’s ability to start and stop on very slippery roads.

Tires Sizes By Year

YearTrimSize
2020EX 225/50R17,235/40R19
2020EX-L 225/50R17,235/40R19
2020Hybrid 225/50R17,235/40R19
2020Hybrid EX 225/50R17,235/40R19
2020Hybrid EX-L 225/50R17,235/40R19
2020Hybrid Touring 225/50R17,235/40R19
2020LX 225/50R17,235/40R19
2020Sport235/40R19
2020Touring235/40R19
2019EX 225/50R17,235/40R19
2019EX-L 225/50R17,235/40R19
2019Hybrid 225/50R17,235/40R19
2019Hybrid EX 225/50R17,235/40R19
2019Hybrid EX-L 225/50R17,235/40R19
2019Hybrid Touring 225/50R17,235/40R19
2019LX 225/50R17,235/40R19
2019Sport235/40R19
2019Touring235/40R19
2018EX 225/50R17,235/40R19
2018EX-L 225/50R17,235/40R19
2018Hybrid 225/50R17,235/40R19
2018Hybrid EX 225/50R17,235/40R19
2018Hybrid EX-L 225/50R17,235/40R19
2018Hybrid Touring 225/50R17,235/40R19
2018LX 225/50R17,235/40R19
2018Sport235/40R19
2018Touring235/40R19
2017Coupe EX215/55R17
2017Coupe EX-L215/55R17
2017Coupe EX-L V6235/45R18, 235/40R19
2017Coupe LX-S215/55R17
2017Coupe Touring235/40R19
2017Hybrid225/50R17
2017Hybrid EX-L225/50R17
2017Hybrid Touring225/50R17
2017Sedan EX215/55R17
2017Sedan EX-L215/55R17
2017Sedan EX-L V6215/55R17
2017Sedan LX205/65R16
2017Sedan Sport235/40R19
2017Sedan Sport Special Edition235/40R19
2017Sedan Touring235/40R19
2016Coupe EX215/55R17
2016Coupe EX-L215/55R17
2016Coupe EX-L V6235/45R18, 235/40R19
2016Coupe LX-S215/55R17
2016Coupe Touring235/40R19
2016Sedan EX215/55R17
2016Sedan EX-L215/55R17
2016Sedan EX-L V6215/55R17
2016Sedan LX205/65R16
2016Sedan Sport235/40R19
2016Sedan Touring235/40R19
2015Coupe EX215/55R17
2015Coupe EX-L215/55R17
2015Coupe EX-L V6235/45R18, 235/40R19
2015Coupe LX-S215/55R17
2015Sedan EX215/55R17
2015Sedan EX-L215/55R17
2015Sedan EX-L V6215/55R17
2015Sedan Hybrid225/50R17
2015Sedan Hybrid EX-L225/50R17
2015Sedan Hybrid Touring225/50R17
2015Sedan LX205/65R16
2015Sedan Plug-In225/50R17
2015Sedan Sport235/45R18
2015Sedan Touring215/55R17
2014Coupe EX215/55R17
2014Coupe EX-L215/55R17
2014Coupe EX-L V6235/45R18, 235/40R19
2014Coupe LX-S215/55R17
2014Sedan EX215/55R17
2014Sedan EX-L215/55R17
2014Sedan EX-L V6215/55R17
2014Sedan Hybrid225/50R17
2014Sedan Hybrid EX-L225/50R17
2014Sedan Hybrid Touring225/50R17
2014Sedan LX205/65R16
2014Sedan Plug-In225/50R17
2014Sedan Sport235/45R18
2014Sedan Touring215/55R17
2013Coupe EX215/55R17
2013Coupe EX-L215/55R17
2013Coupe EX-L V6235/45R18, 235/40R19
2013Coupe LX-S215/55R17
2013Sedan EX215/55R17
2013Sedan EX-L215/55R17
2013Sedan EX-L V6215/55R17
2013Sedan LX205/65R16
2013Sedan Sport235/45R18
2013Sedan Touring215/55R17
2012Coupe EX225/50R17
2013Coupe EX-L225/50R17
2012Coupe EX-L V6235/45R18
2012Coupe LX-S225/50R17
2012Sedan EX225/50R17
2012Sedan EX V6225/50R17
2012Sedan EX-L V6225/50R17
2012Sedan LX215/60R16
2012Sedan LX-P215/60R16
2012Sedan SE215/60R16
2011Coupe EX225/50R17
2011Coupe EX-L225/50R17
2011Coupe EX-L V6235/45R18
2011Coupe LX-S225/50R17
2011Crosstour EX225/50R17
2011Crosstour EX-L225/60R18
2011Sedan EX225/50R17
2011Sedan EX V6225/50R17
2011Sedan EX-L225/50R17
2011Sedan EX-L V6225/50R17
2011Sedan LX215/60R16
2011Sedan LX-P215/60R16
2010Coupe EX225/50R17
2010Coupe EX-L225/50R17
2010Coupe EX-L V6235/45R18
2010Coupe LX-S225/50R17
2010Crosstour EX225/50R17
2010Crosstour EX-L225/60R18
2010Sedan EX225/50R17
2010Sedan EX V6225/50R17
2010Sedan EX-L225/50R17
2010Sedan EX-L V6225/50R17
2010Sedan LX215/60R16
2010Sedan LX-P215/60R16
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Honda Accord Tire FAQ

What are the best tires for a Honda Accord?

Depends on how you intend to use them. If you’re a regular everyday commuter, you could do a lot worse than the BF Goodrich Advantage T/A.

What size are Honda Accord tires?

The Accord has different sized tires depending on trim level. Most are equipped with a 225/50R17 tire, but the higher trims are equipped with 235/40R19 tires.

What tires come on a Honda Accord?

Either a Pirelli P4, a Goodyear Eagle Touring, or a Michelin Primacy MXM4, depending on trim level.

What is the best Honda Accord tire pressure?

Check inside your driver’s side door for a white and yellow label that will tell you the exact tire pressure recommendations for your Accord model. That tire pressure can also change depending on the load of passengers you’re carrying, as well as the cargo load. Note that the pressure on the tire itself is never the correct setting, but rather a maximum.

How often should I rotate my Accord’s tires?

Rotating tires is more about the tire than it is about the car. A typical rotation interval is somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 miles, though specific cars and tires may change those numbers a bit. The Accord is either a rear-wheel or four-wheel drive-based car, so the rear tires will be worn more quickly than the rears. Do not blow off this service.

What is the best Accord tire change kit?

Your Honda Accord should have come equipped with a compact spare tire and changing tools in the trunk. In this case, you already have everything you need to physically change the tire, but you may want to carry an extra roadside emergency kit with an upgraded lug wrench, jumper cables, and emergency markers just in case.

Tire Buying FAQ

Where do I shop for the best prices?

Several online retailers like Tire Rack offer regular discounts and free shipping for their tires. Their sites also have tire fit guides and pricing estimators to help you understand what you’re buying.

How much is shipping?

Most online tire retailers have free shipping or reduced shipping cost when you choose to have them installed at a partner shop. The retailer may have an arrangement with a local tire chain or installation center and can ship the tires there for free.

How long does shipping take?

Retailers like Tire Rack offer fast shipping and can often have tires to your preferred installer in as little as two days. Many others, like Discount Tire Direct, offer the same fast and free shipping. It also depends on where you live. If you’re in a large metro area, close to a distribution center, it should be relatively quick. If you live 5 miles from East Moosejaw, it might take a little longer.

How much does it cost to install a tire?

Some shops will offer free installation when you purchase tires from them, and online retailers often promote the same deal for people who choose to have installation done at one of their partners. If you do find yourself paying for tire installation, expect to pay between $15 and $50 per tire, depending on what is needed. That money pays for mounting and balancing the tire to ensure a safe and comfortable ride.

Do I need to change the tire pressure monitoring system with tires?

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is independent of your tires, but should be checked at regular intervals to ensure no damage or malfunctions are occurring. Your local tire shop can perform this check as part of normal tire rotation or installation.

Can an online retailer help me with winter tires?

Yes! You can find the right fit, tread pattern, and speed rating on nearly any online retailer’s site. They sometimes offer specials and rebates around the time when people start looking for winter tires (late fall).

If I’m changing tire sizes or buying winter tires, should I buy a wheel and tire package from an online retailer?

It’s certainly not a requirement to buy your tires and wheels from the same place, but you’re more likely to get a deal on the package if you buy from the same place. Check the retailer’s specials and make a determination from there. You may also find a better deal ordering either the tires or wheels online and buying the other component from your local shop.

Do online retailers provide tire rebates the way traditional stores do?

Yes, and in some cases rebates are offered alongside discounts on the tires. It’s important to ask questions and understand what you’re getting, so be sure to chat or call the retailer before ordering if the rebates are unclear.

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