What To Look For When Buying The Best Tires For A Jeep Cherokee?
I have listed a few things that you want to look for when buying new tires for a Jeep Cherokee below.
The warranty that will come with the tires will be a factor in how much value you can receive from it. Suppose a manufacturer doesn’t provide treadwear, road hazards, and ride satisfaction coverage. In that case, purchasing them is more than likely not worth your time.
When a manufacturer doesn’t back their product with a solid warranty, it makes you second guess the quality of the tire. This is why lower-cost tires typically come with the least amount of coverage.
Depending on what you use, your Cherokee will determine what kind of tire category you should go with. Below, I have listed the different types and what they are best suited for.
- Touring All-Season: Best for daily drivers that put a lot of miles on their car
- High-Performance All-Season: Best for someone who likes to push the limits
- All-Weather: Similar to all seasons but are made to withstand colder temperatures for better winter traction
- Trail All-Terrain: Best for someone who is looking for an all-terrain without sacrificing ride quality
- All-Terrain: Best for someone who lives to be off-road or wants to give their car an aggressive look
- Mud-Terrain: Suited for consumers who strictly use their vehicle off-road
- Winter Tire: A seasonal option for driving in severe winter conditions
Tires are a “you get what you pay for” product. The more money you are willing to spend on a higher quality brand tire, the better performance you will receive.
Brands like Michelin, Continental, BFGoodrich, and Pirelli offer some of the best quality products, and going with their tires won’t disappoint.
Someone who wants a decent product but does not necessarily break the bank. I recommend looking at Falken, Yokohama, Goodyear, Hankook, and Nitto.
To avoid a waste of money, avoid brands you have a hard time pronouncing. Manufacturers like Nankang, Ohtsu, and Atturo offer low prices but tend to wear out fast and perform poorly.
How Much Do Tires For Jeep Cherokees Cost?
I know that price is a significant factor in anyone’s decision-making process, and nobody wants sticker shock. I compared prices across retailers like Amazon, TireRack, Discount Tire, and many more.
Here are the prices you can expect to pay for new tires.
Four New Tires
When replacing four tires on your Cherokee, you can expect to pay between $400 and $1100.
Two New Tires
If you only need two new tires, you will be looking at between $300 and $750.
Most Cherokees will be AWD (all-wheel drive). It is never recommended to replace less than four matching tires at a time on these vehicles. Replacing less than four puts the vehicle’s drive train at risk for premature failure.
If you only need to replace one tire for whatever reason, it will cost you between $100 and $350.
At a minimum, you want to replace your tires in pairs to prevent one tire from wearing out unevenly and prematurely.
What Tire Size Is Best For A Jeep Cherokee?
The Jeep Cherokee comes with a few option tire sizes from the factory. The size that comes with original equipment is best since these are the sizes the vehicle was designed to perform with.
These factory sizes include 225/60R18, 235/50R19, 225/55R18, 245/65R17, and 225/65R17. To find out what is supposed to be on your Cherokee, refer to the door placard sticker in your driver’s door jam.
How Long Should Your Jeep Cherokee Tires Last?
How long your tires will last depends on the fitment and driving habits. On average, you can expect to receive between forty and sixty thousand miles or six years of age, depending on how many miles you drive a year.
Remember to receive anywhere close to these numbers. You need to maintain your tires. Tire maintenance includes tire rotations every five to eight thousand miles, monthly air pressure checks, and annual wheel alignments.
When To Replace Tires On Your Jeep Cherokee?
It is recommended to replace your tires at either 4/32nds of the tread or at six years of age.
Some tires come with a built-in treadwear indicator. These indicators are located within the tread and are something more manufacturers are starting to utilize to help consumers become aware of the condition of their tires.
Select Continental, Goodyear, and Michelin tires will come with treadwear indicators.
Six years is how long the average rubber compound is designed to last before drying out and becoming prone to failure. Dried-out rubber becomes brittle and can blow out from something like hitting a pothole or rock.
The tire’s age can be located on the sidewall. It will be the last four digits of the DOT.
Here’s an example of how to read a DOT number. It reads like this: DOT YZCA 4O11 0822. The letters in bold are the age, with 08 being the week and 22 being the year the tire was constructed.
Does The Brand Matter For A Jeep Cherokee When Replacing Tires?
Yes, the brand will determine the quality of the tire. Name brand manufacturers offer better handling, traction, longevity, and ride comfort. If these factors matter to you, the tire brand will significantly affect them.
The brand won’t affect the safety of a tire for your vehicle as long as a tire has the correct weight carrying capacity. But keep in mind traction will be lower on off-brand tires.
Does the Year of Your Jeep Cherokee Matter When Buying New Tires?
The year of your car might be a factor in the type of tire you purchase. You want to consider how much longer you will keep the car before deciding what tires to put on.
I have seen many consumers lease the Cherokee, and when a vehicle is leased, you will likely return the car after three or four years. With a lease, the tires usually wear out towards the end of your agreement. So there’s no point in putting expensive tires on a car you’re not keeping.
What Are The Biggest Tires I Can Put On A Jeep Cherokee?
Jeep Cherokees do not have a lot of room under the fenders to squeeze a bigger tire size on them. The largest size I have seen installed on a stock Cherokee is a 245/65R17.
You may fit a bigger tire if you are willing to lift it more than three inches. Lift kits for the Cherokees tend to cause more issues like decreased fuel efficiency and irregular tire wear.
I recommend sticking with the stock size to keep your Jeep from having problems down the road.