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My 2008 Rondo has P205/60R16 tires. The originals (Kumho) wore quickly. We’re shopping for reasonably priced replacements, with good tread wear.

There are good tires out there that are not expensive. There are actually three that I like in your size right now. They are the General Altimax HP ($115), the Continental TruContact ($128) and I have included the Hankook Optimo 4S ($138), just in case you don?t switch to dedicated winter tires. The Hankook is Transport Canada snowflake rated. The other two are all-seasons.

These prices I quote are from Canadian Tire. In fact the Optimo 4S and the Conti TruContact are exclusive to Canadian Tire. CTC also have their own Motomaster brand and the AW/H Touring ($120) is worth a look.

If you can work the phones and find a set of Toyo Versado LX ($109), it would be worth your while. It is an excellent tire and gets great mileage. Hard to find, though, because they are being phased out in favor of the Versado LX II at $20 more per tire.

My 2012 Chevy Cruze is equipped with Firestone FR710 tires – (TPC Spec 1327MS). Given we put on around 7,500 kilometres annually, what is the likely life span of our tires?

The Firestone FR710 is a middle-of-the-pack tire. In tests, it usually comes in the middle except for wet and snow traction where it drops down the list. It does, however, have a long mileage rating so should see you through 60,000 or 70,000 kilometers. The lifespan of tires is between five and seven years, so you may have to replace them before they are fully worn.

We have a 2003 Nissan Murano that needs tires. We mostly drive in the GTA. We are looking for Nokian WRG3 all-weather tires but they do not come in our OEM size P235/65R18. Would P255/60R18 sizing be okay for GTA winter driving?

The Murano has an odd tire size, so your choices are very limited. You cannot use the larger size Nokian. It is fully 20 mm too wide per tire, which is way too wide for a tire in winter for your vehicle. That?s 80 mm of extra width for the vehicle. In winter you want to go narrower, not wider, if you have to change size.

As far as I know there are no all-weather tires available in your size. In your Murano size, there is only one tire I would consider ? the Yokohama Parada Spec-X. It can handle most weather but in winter you should be on winter tires.

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