Choosing replacement tires for your Toyota Prius can be confusing. Not only do you need to select from the wide range of brands available, there’s also the issue of tire types, varying tread patterns, tread warranty and of course your available budget.
If your head is spinning, you’re in the right place. In this simple yet in depth review round up we have selected 7 top rated tires for Prius drivers to bring you the definitive low down on what you should buy in 2019.
For our findings at a glance, just head to the table below. For detailed reviews of each of our picks, plus full specifications, keep on reading.
Top 7 Best Toyota Prius Tires
AVG TREAD WEAR
Avid Touring S
Tour All Season
Toyota Prius Tires Reviewed
The following tires have been selected based on construction quality, tread design, function and price point.
Our testing method involves a combination of the above criteria, plus recent customer reviews and feedback on performance, as well as analysis of how each product fares against others on the market.
1. EDITOR’S CHOICE: Sumic GT-A All-Season Radial Tire
Our number one choice tire for Toyota Prius owners in 2019 is the Sumic GT-A all seasonal radial.
Balancing superior performance with good value, this tire has the quality construction you need at an affordable price point.
Features abound, the Sumic GT-A has a symmetrical 4-Rib pattern. This design feature helps to provide a more comfortable ride with greater stability and traction too.
Being an all-season tire you need it to perform well in wet weather. Here Sumic do not disappoint; the advanced tread compound enhances traction in the rain, with the circumferential center channel and lateral grooves helping to flush the water from the underside of the tire.
The result, less chance of hydroplaning and a more stable connection with the road surface.
In dry weather the Sumic GT-A also performs well. The rigid construction aids handling at high speeds, with the tread block sipping ensuring better noise reduction.
The Sumic GT-A is a top quality tire for Toyota Prius owners. Providing high level performance no matter the weather or season, this is a tire you can rely on. Highly recommended and our number one choice for good reason.
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2. Hankook Kinergy ST H735 All Season Radial Tire
Another quality all season tire to make our list is this offering from Hankook. Called the Kinergy ST H735, this aims to provide long milage with a treadwear warranty of an impressive 70,000 miles.
As a touring tire this really does excel. The dual-filler system provides low rolling resistance which of course leads to extended tread life, (hence the warranty).
An optimized tread block stiffness also increases the durability and life span of the tire.
Not only that, the more rigid center rib helps improve grip and handling, as well as brake response time in both dry and wet weather conditions.
Similar to our top pick from Sumic, the Kinergy features a circumferential 4-channel wide grooves designed to assist with traction in the wet, while ensuring more consistent water evacuation.
The all important sipe is formed in a manner to reduce road noise while adding to a smooth, more comfortable ride.
The Hankook Kinergy ST H735 is offered with a “680/A/A” UTQG rating. As well as the aforementioned 70,000 Mileage Warranty program, the manufactuerers also provide a 30-Day Free Trial, and Road Hazard Warranty too.
Hankook was very nearly awarded our top pick all season tire for Prius owners this year. Superior performance coupled with those extensive and generous warranty additions make this a great overall buy.
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3. BEST BUDGET: SUPERMAX TM-1 All Season Radial Tire
Our best budget tire for Prius owners in 2019 is the Supermax TM-1, another all season option designed to excel in both wet and dry conditions.
And for the price, a very good job it does too. Sure, Supermax are not as well known as some of the other brands in our top 5 (here’s looking at you Michelin and Yokohama), however this does not mean to say the quality isn’t there.
Features such as the reinforced rib pattern help increase overall stability, while ensuring that treadwear during long touring days on the highway is kept to a minimum.
A solid center line is all present and correct; much like other tires reviewed here, this design element aids with traction in the wet (as well as provide greater water evacuation) resulting in more pronounced handling ability and a safer ride.
The Supermax is a relatively quiet tire too, making it a good choice for Toyota Prius drivers that want to clock up the miles in comfort.
For the budget minded, the SUPERMAX TM-1 All- Season Radial is a reliable option for Prius owners.
Built to perform in both wet and dry conditions, this tire is proof that you do not need to spend ridiculous sums on a set of tires that provide the performance levels you need.
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4. Yokohama Avid Touring S All-Season Tire
The first of our well known, global brand tires in our top 7 list is the Avid Touring S All Season from the ever reliable Yokohama.
This tires benefits from the engineering know-how of the Japanese manufacturer, and has technologically enhanced features coming out of the proverbial ears.
Designed for high performance in both wet and dry condition, the Avid Touring is also built to hold its own in snowy environments too.
The tire uses Yokohama’s Tri-plex Tread Compound to help increase tread life for touring, as well as provide that greater traction in tougher driving conditions.
The symmetric tread design is molded using this compound. Other features include variable tread block on the shoulder of the tire that is designed to reduce contact noise between the tire and the road surface.
Beyond this you also have a central twin rail stability rib, that also helps reduce noise while enhancing central traction.
The list of design features goes on, (that’s what happens when you have over 100 years in the tire making game!)
The intermediate tread blocks on the Avid Touring S are constructed as tapered rain channels, this of course helps water evacuation in wet conditions. There’s also cross traction sipes to give you the much needed biting edge when driving in snow.
Finally, the internal structure of the tire includes twin steel belts and reinforced nylon belt edge strips; the end result is a tire built to last.
The Yokohama Avid Touring S All-Season Tire is an engineering power house. Using the knowledge the manufacturer has built up over the years, (and no doubt countless millions of dollars on R&D) you have a tire that has been designed with precision and great attention to detail.
While you cannot doubt the level of performance here, it does come at a price. The Avid Touring S is an expensive tire when compared to others in our top 7. For those with the budget they come highly recommended.
5. PREMIUM PICK: Michelin Energy Saver A/S All-Season Radial Tire
Our top pick premium tire for Toyota Prius owners in 2019 is the Michelin Energy Saver, another all season offering from one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tires.
Stated as the most fuel-efficient all-season passenger car tire in Michelin’s current product line-up, the Energy Saver has reduced roll resistance for a smoother, cost effective ride.
Michelin’s EnergySaver Construction alongside their unique silica-based tread rubber ensures a cooler tire in summer conditions, resulting in less treadwear and of course that greater fuel efficiency.
Another area where Michelin’s engineering know-how comes to the fore is in their comfort control technology.
Here, computer-optimized design and precision manufacturing go and in hand to create a tire that not only provides an ultra comfortable ride, touring road noise is kept to an absolute minimum.
For increased stability, traction and again treadwear resistance the tire’s internal structure includes twin steel belts reinforced by spirally wrapped polyamide.
While that may sound like scientific nonsense, the end result is a tire combines the strength, efficiency and comfort you need for a more enjoyable driving experience.
What can we say about the Michelin Energy Saver A/S All-Season Radial? If you’re looking for a tire that will save you money in the long run, (the greater fuel efficiency all adds up) while providing the stability and comfort you need as a Prius owner, this is the tire for you.
Yes it is the most expensive option in our top 7 selection, however top quality will always come at a price.
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6. Milestar MS932 All Season Radial Tire
Milestar are another budget tire manufacturer that delivers on quality at an affordable price point.
Their MS932 all_ Season Radial Tire is a good option for Toyota Prius drivers that need adequate performance in both dry and we weather conditions without breaking the bank.
Yes, some of the features found in more superior tires are absent here, and you are not buying into brand recognition by any means.
However, with a tread pattern to increase traction the in wet, and a tire construction designed to increase longevity in all season driving conditions there is a lot to like with the MS932.
Essentially it is an tire option for those that are looking for an increase in performance over the factory provided tires, yet do not require the advanced features of more premium offerings.
Overall, the Milestar MS932 all_ Season Radial is a great tire for Prius owners on a budget.
The all season nature of these tires provides that set-and-forget scenario that will suit many people. While they do not balance budget with quality to the degree of the Supermax tires reviewed above, these are still a worthy addition to our top 7.
7. Cooper Evolution Tour All- Season Radial Tire
The final tire to make our Toyota Prius selection for 2019 is the Cooper Evolution Tour All- Season Radial.
Built with an included 65,000 mile tread wear protection, this is a reliable offering from a brand whose reputation has grown considerably in recent years.
Balancing innovative fuel-efficient design, with a rigid construction that increases stability, this is a tire where performance and cost saving benefits come hand-in-hand.
The tire includes Cooper’s proprietary 3D Micro-Gauge™ siping. This extends the entire depth of the tire’s tread, which helps maintain a uniform amount of wear during the tires lifespan.
The tread pattern also features a five-rib design. This alongside the wide lateral shoulder grooves all add up to a tire that is great in the wet.
The resulting high level of water evacuation helps prevent hydroplaning. Combine this with Cooper’s Stabil edge™ technology and you have a reliable tire that will keep you safely on the road whatever the driving conditions.
Overall, the Cooper Evolution Tour All- Season radial tire is a premium option where some real thought has gone into the design and construction of the product.
For superior performance it is difficult to fault. A quality tire for Prius owners that comes highly recommended.