Top 5 Best Tires For Nissan Murano [2022 Review]

By Tire Expert, Ryan Nichols
By Tire Expert, Ryan Nichols

The Nissan Murano has to be the most underrated SUV on the market. With its badass CVT transmission and powerful V6 engine, I would drive a Murano over some luxury crossover SUVs any day.

Why? Because it does offroading. You’re not going to be spending a fortune on your Murano, so you won’t be as hesitant to rally in the dirt, plus CVT transmissions allow for maximum torque at any speed when under load.

That being said, the tires you choose for your Murano heavily affect its ride quality, so choose wisely. Here’s my expert choice of the top 5 tire choices for your Nissan Murano:

Our Top Pick
Falken WildPeak A/T3W Tire Review
Falken Wildpeak A/T
4.0/5
4.0
Best Budget
Starfire Solarus HT All-Season
Starfire Solarus HT All-Season
3.0/5
3.0
Best High End
Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus
Pirelli Scorpion Verde
4.0/5
4.0
Most Economical
Continental CROSS CONTACT LX25
Continental CROSS CONTACT LX25
4.0/5
4.0
Best Tread Life
Michelin Defender LTX
Michelin Defender LTX M/S
4.0/5
4.0

Updated as of December 2, 2022

Falken Wildpeak A/T

Falken WildPeak A/T3W Tire Review
Our rating:
4.0/5
4.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
3.5/5
Ride Handling:
4.0/5
Dry Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Noise:
4.0/5
Snow Traction:
3.5/5
Ride Comfort:
3.5/5
Tread Life:
4.0/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

Falken Wildpeak A/T is my top choice because it matches the versatility of the Murano. You can drive on the highway at (relatively) fast speeds without death wobble, and you can also get sticky on those dirt roads without worrying about spinning out. It’s a natural fit.

Reasonably priced at under 200 bucks a pop, these Falkens come with a 65 thousand-mile manufacturer warranty which I find quite reasonable for all-terrain tires. For example, BFGoodrich Wranglers typically only come with a 50-thousand-mile warranty.

I’m not a huge fan of the 3D-Canyon sipe technology on these Falkens because I think it slightly reduces ride comfort and can exacerbate uneven treadwear if the car’s alignment/suspension is off (or if you don’t check tire pressures regularly). Having said that, the jagged-shaped treads on these tires will give your Murano the upper hand when you hit the dirt, sand, and snow compared to a commonly-picked all-season tire.

These tires do not perform as well as all-season tires in the rain. So if you’re a daily commuter up in coastal Oregon or Washington, you’ll want an all-season tire that has sipes designed to wick away water.

Weighing the pros and cons, these are still my top pick for the Murano because they’re specifically designed for smaller SUVs, and they give you evenly-matched performance on both highway and offroad settings.

Read our complete review for Falken Wildpeak tires to learn more.

Starfire Solarus HT All-Season

Starfire Solarus HT All-Season
Our rating:
3.0/5
3.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
3.0/5
Ride Handling:
3.0/5
Dry Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Noise:
4.0/5
Snow Traction:
2.5/5
Ride Comfort:
3.5/5
Tread Life:
3.0/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

Pretty much impossible to beat the price and quality when comparing the Starfire Solarus HT to other tires made for the Nissan Murano, and this is a very decent option for conservative commuters who drive slow and just need to replace their Murano tires with ‘something’.

Would I put these on my Murano? Only if I was extremely tight on money. They’re not that much cheaper in the extended scheme of things considering they only have a 50 thousand-mile warranty (compared to Michelin Defenders’ 80 thousand-mile warranty) and in my opinion, they’re going to decrease your ride comfort drastically because of their stiffer rubber and faster ‘T’ speed rating for safe operating speeds of up to 118 MPH.

These Starfire also have a symmetrical tread pattern, which means they pretty much only perform decently in dry conditions. On the plus side, there won’t be any miss-mounting hiccups, and you can rotate these tires any way you want if they start to wear unevenly on your Murano.

My opinion? I’d rather go with Michelin Defender LTX or something similar. They have a lower speed rating but much higher quality rubber, plus a higher quality tire will last twice as long and maintain decent performance.

But hey, you cheap buyers are always going to opt for the least expensive option, and that’s okay. This is your most reliable inexpensive option for the Nissan Murano.

Pirelli Scorpion Verde

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus
Our rating:
4.0/5
4.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
4.5/5
Ride Handling:
4.5/5
Dry Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Noise:
3.5/5
Snow Traction:
3.5/5
Ride Comfort:
4.5/5
Tread Life:
4.0/5
Value For Money:
3.5/5

Used OEM on the Porsche Macan, these Scorpion Verde by Pirelli will take your Murano’s on-road performance to a whole new level.

For mostly highway driving, Pirelli tires would be a no-brainer for mounting up to my Murano. Why? Because with these tires you can enjoy tight handling and high speeds without stressing over performance issues. They’re just over 200 bucks a pop, but the performance speaks for itself when driving with these tires because they’ll drastically improve the overall performance and agility of your Nissan Murano.

The tread grooves on Pirelli Scorpions are fantastically massive, and their slight asymmetrical design is masterful at flicking the water away from the tires in wet conditions. Unfortunately, there’s no treadwear warranty if you go with the run-flat version, but standard Scorpion Verde tires do come with a solid 65 thousand-mile warranty.

Another useful option when buying Pirelli Scorpion Verde tires is that you can purchase them as run-flats (no more switching out for the spare tire). Now, Pirellis might not give you the offroad traction that you’re looking for on your Murano, so by all means go with the Falken Wildpeaks if you’re a weekend camping warrior. Check the price and weigh your options—these Pirelli Scorpion Verde are a great high-end choice.

Continental CROSS CONTACT LX25

Continental CROSS CONTACT LX25
Our rating:
4.0/5
4.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Handling:
4.0/5
Dry Traction:
4.5/5
Ride Noise:
4.0/5
Snow Traction:
3.5/5
Ride Comfort:
4.0/5
Tread Life:
4.0/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

I’ve mounted up copious amounts of Continental tires in my, and I always find them the best tire to work with as a technician.

These Cross Contact feature and EcoPlus tread compound help add ride comfort and stability to your ride as well as wide circumferential traction grooves that create decent snow-to-snow traction (avoid icy conditions with these tires).

The ‘T’ speed rating of the Cross Contact allows them to safely ride up to 118 MPH, and you’ll notice that they grip exceptionally well when cornering compared to 90% of other tire brands.

That being said, only buy these tires if you plan on doing 90 percent of your driving on paved roads. Go with our top choice (Falken Wildpeak) Yokohama Geolander, or something similar if you want versatile on-road/offroad traction. These tires have a symmetrical pattern, meaning you can rotate them any which way, but that also means they won’t have the offroad/weather performance that an asymmetrical tread pattern offers.

I always notice the quality of the rubber when I roll these out to my bay for mounting. The sidewalls are nice and sturdy, they’re incredibly easy to balance, and my favorite part is testing out how well they grip after taking off the old tires. I highly recommend these for commuters.

Michelin Defender LTX M/S

Michelin Defender LTX
Our rating:
4.0/5
4.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Handling:
4.0/5
Dry Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Noise:
4.0/5
Snow Traction:
3.5/5
Ride Comfort:
4.0/5
Tread Life:
4.5/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

Want the longest-lasting tires for your Nissan Murano? Try the Evertread compound featured on these Michelin Defender LTX M/S tires. These run under two hundred bucks a pop, but they’ll last you much (much) longer than basically any other set of tires if you keep your alignment/suspension solid and check tire pressures regularly.

One great quality of Michelin Defender LTX tires is that they’re specifically designed for light truck and crossover vehicles, so you can pull boats and small trailers with your Murano without worrying as much about a nasty tire blowout.

One thing you’ll likely notice when switching out to Michelin Defenders is their incredibly smooth ride quality that adds a suspension cushion to your Murano. The only real downside to these tires is that they’re a bit slippery in snowy conditions (still not bad). That, and they have a slightly slower ‘T’ speed rating (max speed 118 MPH), but that’s a strategic design for making the tires softer and comfier to drive on.

Tires technologies like Maxtouch construction (which creates tread contact) with multiple lateral grooves go far beyond what you’ll get from other tires. That’s right, Michelin has names for their tire technology—that shows you how much research and funding they put into making solid tires.

So, if you’re a commuter or mostly road driver, these are about the best tires you’ll find for your Murano. But if you want better offroad and snow driving you should go with our top choice (Falken Wildpeak).

Read my complete review for the Michelin Defender LTX M/S to learn more.

What To Look For When Buying The Best Tires For Nissan Murano?

Here are a few things to keep an eye on when shopping for tires for a Nissan Murano:

Sidewall height (Aspect Ratio)

The sidewall height, or aspect ratio, is represented in the middle tire number, and you might notice that there is slight flexibility in the aspect ratio for the Murano since it’s an SUV. Remember, the bigger the middle number, the taller the tire.

Rebates

Sometimes buying the tires with the best promotion is the way to go. Never a bad idea to keep on the lookout for tire deals.

How Much Do Tires For Nissan Murano Cost?

Our cheapest option (Starfire Solarus) costs just above a Benjamin per tire, and our expensive option (Pirelli Scorpion Verde) costs just over 2 bills per tire.

Here’s a quick ballpark estimate is broken down:

Four New Tires

Expect to pay at least $500 for a complete set of Starfire Solarus tires + the cost of installation on the budget end for your Murano.

On the expensive side, expect to pay at like $900 + the cost of installation when buying Pirellis or Michelin Defender LTX.

Two New Tires

$250 + installation for Starfire Solarus, or $450 + installation for Pirelli/Michelin.

Single Tire

A single tire runs about $125 for the cheapest and $225 for the most expensive. Add the cost of installation from your local tire shop.

Remember you should never replace a single tire if you have the AWD version of the Murano (to avoid screwing up the four-wheel drive system).

What Tire Size Is Best For A Nissan Murano?

The most common tire size for the Murano is 235/65/R18, but you might notice that your Murano has 20-inch wheels (refer to the third/last tire size number) since that’s another stock size on some Muranos.

How Long Should Your Nissan Murano Tires Last?

Tire warranties for the Murano typically range from 50-70 thousand miles depending on which tire you choose. Keep in mind that proper tire pressure maintenance and vehicle alignment/suspension plays a huge role in how long your tires will last. Don’t go blaming the tire company or dealer if you’re an idiot who doesn’t remember to reinflate your tires when they lose air.

When To Replace Tires On Your Nissan Murano?

Because of its slightly taller stature, you’ll like need to replace your Murano’s tires more frequently than you would on a Nissan Altima, for example.

Frequently Asked Questions
Of course brand matters, and the model matters also. Do your research, and heed our recommendations when buying your Murano tires. Some other tire brands/models you might want to check out for the Nissan Murano include Kumho, Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 (for winter tires), Dunlop, Toyo, Goodyear, etc.
Yes, Nissan Murano wheels vary from year to year. My best advice is to match the three-number tire size on your current tires or plug your car’s vehicle make, model, and year into Tire Rack’s website for a full selection of tire sizes that will fit on your specific Murano.
I wouldn’t go any higher than the stock P235/55/R20 size.

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