Best Tires for the Mazda CX-5

Best Tires for the Mazda CX-5 Sport and Touring

Best Tires for the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature

Which are the best tires for the Mazda CX-5? The short answer is that it depends. The tires Mazda chose for your CX-5 from the factory may not be the best choice for your driving style or your location, but it’s important to do your research before slapping on any old tire brand.

Have an older Mazda-CX-5? See tire sizes for previous years.

Original Equipment CX-5 Tires

What tires are on my Mazda CX-5? The current generation CX-5 is sold in multiple trims with several tire sizes:

  • The Mazda CX-5 Sport and Touring trims come with 17-inch wheels and P225/65R17 tires. The factory tire for these trims is the Yokohama Geolandar G91A.
  • The CX-5 Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature trims come with 19-inch wheels and 225/55R19 tires. The factory tire for these vehicles is the Toyo A36.

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Top Replacement Tire Brands for Mazda CX-5

We’ve recommended three replacement tires in 17- and 19-inch sizes, in budget, moderately priced and cost-no-object varieties. Whether your pockets are deeper than the Mariana trench or Ebenezer Scrooge considers you a role model, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. All of these tires have ratings of four-stars or higher based on consumer surveys:

17-inch Tires for Mazda CX-5

  • Budget: Kumho Crugen HP71 - At just $114 per tire, the Crugen HP71 is a compelling choice for tire shoppers whose CX-5 has 17-inch wheels. There’s a long tread life rating and solid customer reviews to boot.
  • Moderately Priced: Goodyear Assurance MaxLife - As it turns out, $147 buys a whole lot of 17-inch tire. The Assurance Maxlife features a staggeringly long tread life rating, a great fuel economy focus, and solid customer reviews.
  • Cost-No-Object: Michelin Crossclimate SUV - The Crossclimate SUV has one of the most interesting tread patterns found on a tire today, but the tires are well reviewed and feature excellent cold weather and snow ratings.

19-inch Tires for Mazda CX-5

  • Budget: General Altimax RT43 - The Altimax has an astounding tread life rating, great customer reviews and a somewhat budget-friendly price tag to boot.
  • Moderately Priced: BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT - The Advantage T/A Sport LT is a great tire for folks that live in places where the weather can turn at the drop of a hat. It’s also got some of the best customer reviews and one of the longest tread life ratings on the market today.
  • Cost-No-Object: Michelin Premier LTX - The Michelins are not cheap, at $226 each, but the long-spoken phrase “just pay for the Michelins” is accurate. The Premier LTX combines a long tread life rating with a strong fuel economy focus.

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 CX-5, 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 CX-5 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 Crossclimate SUV tires on the CX-5 earn a decent 580 AA UTGQ rating. Unless they are damaged, these tires could last as long as 58,000 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.

Looking at reviews for tires, it’s easy to see that many people prefer to replace the OE tire with a better, more focused upgrade. The CX-5’s factory tires aren’t rated as well as many other choices, and there are several other options that last longer and have better fuel economy ratings.

Changing Mazda CX-5 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 18-inch wheel to a 17-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 Mazda CX-5’s 17-inch wheels come with P225/65R17 106V XL all-season tires:

  • 225 - indicates the width of the tire from one sidewall to the other in millimeters. This tire is 225 millimeters wide.
  • 65 - indicates the aspect ratio, or sidewall height, as a percentage of the tire’s width. In this case, it’s 65 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.
  • 17 - indicates the wheel diameter.
  • 106 - 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 Mazda CX-5’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 CX-5 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.

Tire Sizes By Year

YearTrimSize
2020Grand Touring225/55R19
2020Grand Touring Reserve225/55R19
2020Signature225/55R19
2020Sport225/65R17
2020Touring225/65R17
2019Grand Touring225/55R19
2019Grand Touring Reserve225/55R19
2019Signature225/55R19
2019Sport225/65R17
2019Touring225/65R17
2018Grand Touring225/55R19
2018Sport225/65R17
2018Touring225/55R19
2017Grand Touring225/55R19
2017Sport225/65R17
2017Touring225/65R17
2016Grand Touring225/55R19
2016Sport225/65R17
2016Touring225/65R17
2016Grand Touring225/55R19
2015Grand Touring AWD225/55R19
2015Grand Touring FWD225/55R19
2015Sport AWD225/65R17
2015Sport FWD225/65R17
2015Touring AWD225/65R17
2015Touring FWD225/65R17
2014Grand Touring AWD225/55R19
2014Grand Touring FWD225/55R19
2014Sport AWD225/65R17
2014Sport FWD225/65R17
2014Touring AWD225/65R17
2014Touring FWD225/65R17
2013Grand Touring AWD225/55R19
2013Grand Touring FWD225/55R19
2013Sport AWD225/65R17
2013Sport FWD225/65R17
2013Touring AWD225/65R17
2013Touring FWD225/65R17
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Mazda CX-5 Tire FAQ

How long do Mazda CX-5 tires last?

You should expect 50,000 miles out of a set of tires. On the outside, you’re looking at 70,000 miles, but you should always be measuring tires by tread depth, not mileage.

What size tires does a Mazda CX-5 have?

That depends on the trim level. Sport and Touring trims have P225/65R17 tires. Grand Touring and Grand Touring Reserve trims have P225/55R19.

What is the best Mazda CX-5 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 CX-5model. 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 CX-5’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 CX-5 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 CX-5 tire change kit?

Your Mazda CX-5 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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