What To Look For When Buying The Best Tires For Chevy Cruze?
Here’s some quick advice to help you buy the right tires for your Chevy Cruze:
All-season or sport traction
I highly recommend a quality set of all-season tires for your Chevy Cruze for increased wet traction and ride comfort. Otherwise known as grand touring tires, all-season treads get slightly better gas mileage when compared to summer tires, and the’re also a bit smoother over those bumps that sometimes separate road slabs.
All-terrain tires are typically made for off-road driving which you probably don’t do in your Chevy Cruze.
Road hazard warranty
No one deserves to be penalized for driving over a nail. That’s why the road hazard warranty is a significant factor to look out for. I highly recommend checking for this perk when buying your next set of Chevy Cruze tires.
Treadwear warranty protects you from extreme cases of premature treadwear. Tires on this list range from no offered treadwear warranty to 85 thousand miles (Goodyear Assurance Maxlife).
To me, the treadwear warranty is a rough estimate of how long the tires could potentially last when properly inflated and rotated. For example, the Kumho Majesty tires I recommended above as the ‘budget option’ are guaranteed for 45 thousand miles.
How Much Do Tires For Chevy Cruze Cost?
Here’s a quick cost breakdown for Chevy Cruze tires:
Four New Tires
A full set of Chevy Cruze tires fully installed costs anywhere from ~$450-$1200.
Two New Tires
~$225-$600 is a pretty reasonable price range for buying two brand new tires.
One Chevy Cruze tire costs any from ~$100-$300, Kumho Majesty 9 Solus TA91 being your cheapest option and Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R as one of the most expensive models.
What Tire Size Is Best For A Chevy Cruze?
Whatever the stock size is for your specific Chevy Cruze trim package whether it be L, LT, Premier, etc.
225/45R17 and 225/40R18 are two of the most common Chevy Cruze tire sizes, but you’ll also see 15 and 16-inch rim diameters.
How Long Should Your Chevy Cruze Tires Last?
Expect Chevy Cruze tires to last anywhere from 30 to 85 thousand+ miles depending on which brand and tire type you go with. All-season tires last the longest.
When To Replace Chevrolet Cruze Tires?
Check your tread depths during every oil change. You should also maintain constant tire pressure for the longest tread life.
Once the treads get down to 2/32” (1.6mm) it’s time to find a good set of replacement tires.
Does The Brand Matter For A Chevy Cruze When Replacing Tires?
Brand does matter because it’s a better idea to buy from places like Tire Rack among others who offer ~2-year road hazard protection.
Other Chevrolet Cruze tires you might pick are Continental TrueContact, Bridgestone Blizzak (these are a great snow tires), Michelin Defender, Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring, Pirelli Cinturato, etc.
Does the Year of Your Chevy Cruze Matter When Buying New Tires?
Yes, the 2008 Chevy Cruze featured 15-inch stock wheels, and you’ll see anything from 15 to 18-inch wheel diameters on your specific Chevy Cruze trim package (i.e., L LS, LT, Premier, Diesel).
You obviously shouldn’t spend a lot of money on an old junky Chevy Cruze that might break down, and you should most definitely buy quality for your newer Cruze (even though this car was discontinued after the 2019 model).
What Are The Biggest Tires I Can Put On A Chevy Cruze?
The biggest current tire size for Chevy Cruze is 225/40R18. Have fun putting a lift on your Chevy Cruze and adding 20-inch wheels (worse things have happened).
I love to watch people put custom suspension lifts on little cars like the Cruze, and I’ve definitely modified a few sedans myself to make room for bigger tires and more capable driving.