What To Look For When Buying The Best Tires For Subaru Crosstrek?
Here are a couple of quick tips to consider when buying tires for your Crosstrek:
Since most of you Subaru drivers buy them for their versatility, you’re going to want tires that match the capability of the car. That’s why I’ve recommended the right types of tires (i.e., anything from that on-road/offroad hybrid to all-season/touring tires).
If you want on-road performance for better fuel efficiency, try our grand touring choices like the General Altimax RT43 or Michelin Premier A/S (check Michelin’s their Ever tread compound), but if you still want aggressive offroad traction I’d go with Yokohama Geolandar or Falken Wildpeak. High-performance tires or any other summer tires, like Michelin Pilot Sport, I don’t recommend for the Subaru Crosstrek unless you drive only on smooth highways.
The run-flat design might be something you want for your Subaru Crosstrek. For example, what if you get a flat tire on a soft dirt road where it’s hard to jack the car up to change out the spare? Runflats allow you to just drive back to the tire shop at a slower speed instead of dealing with the inconvenience of changing out the spare…
Keep in mind that the middle number (225/65/R17) is the aspect ratio and ultimately describes tire height. After you plug your Crosstrek’s year and submodel into Tire Rack’s website, look closely at aspect ratio numbers to decide how beefy of a tire you want to match up with your Crosstrek.
How Much Do Tires For Subaru Crosstrek Cost?
Spend under a hundred dollars a tire for the cheapest new tire option when buying tires for the Subaru Crosstrek.
Any high-end option for your Crosstrek shouldn’t cost more than slightly above one hundred and fifty dollars. Don’t spend over two hundred USD for Subaru Crosstrek tire; totally not worth it. There are some solid options out there for way less than that.
Four New Tires
When buying online, the low-end price for four new Crosstrek tires runs about $350 per tire, plus whatever your mom-and-pop tire shop charges for complete tire mount and balance.
Our high-end choice, on the other hand, will run you around $700 for the set, plus what your local tire shop charges to install them.
Two New Tires
Two cheaper tires should cost you around $175 for a set of two, while the high-end Crosstrek tires cost around $320 for the pair.
The only single tire you should be buying for your Subaru Crosstrek should be the spare tire. Just FYI, AWD vehicles need to have identical tire wear on both sides of the axle, so replacing them in pairs is necessary for keeping the drivetrain in good shape. Remember, these Subarus are in four-wheel-drive all the time.
Am I seeing double? Yeah, it’s kind of a bummer buying a replacement tire from the dealership or most tires shops. They’re going to tell you that you need to buy two.
What Tire Size Is Best For A Subaru Crosstrek?
The Subaru Crosstrek has 17 and 18-inch wheel sizes. P225/60HR17 and P225/55HR18 are the typical stock tire sizes, but there are a few different submodels of the Crosstrek that will yield different sizes over the years, including:
- Crosstrek Base
- Crosstrek Sport
- Crosstrek Premium
- Crosstrek Limited
How Long Should Your Subaru Crosstrek Tires Last?
I say all-season tires will last anywhere from 30-80+ thousand miles depending on how well you maintain and treat them. Please remember, if you go rallying down those dirt roads at high speeds over potentially sharp rocks, your all-season tires sure aren’t going to last you that long. On the other hand, if you mostly drive on the highway, are cautious driving offroad, and properly inflate/rotate your all-season tires, they’re gonna last a long time.
You think that only hipster college chicks drive Subaru Crosstreks, but you’re wrong. Construction estimators/contractors, retired adventurers, daily commuters, car dwellers, and many different other types of people also drive the Subaru Crosstrek.
When To Replace Tires On Your Subaru Crosstrek?
It completely depends on how you drive them, which tires you use, and if they’re inflated to spec at all times.
Considering you’ve maintained and properly inflated them over the life of your tires, if your tires have worn down evenly, you’ll need to replace them every 50-80 thousand miles, depending on the warranty and your driving style.