The Honda Civic is one of the most popular subcompact cars and it’s easy to see why. The Japanese bestseller offers a lot of practicality in a small footprint, while also offering a great time behind the wheel. This is a vehicle that can appeal to almost anybody, despite being very cheap to buy in the first place. The newest model is especially popular with buyers thanks to much better chassis dynamics, refined driving experience, roomier interior, and aggressive styling. A lot of publications agree that it’s probably the best vehicle in its class right now.
But, to be able to experience all of its superlatives, you also need good tires for your Civic. The best subcompact car needs the best tires available, doesn’t it? That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best tires for Honda Civic. In the list, you can find tires for almost any type of driver, and every possible condition the Civic will be driven on. It’s the definitive list of the best tires for Honda Civic, so be sure to bookmark it so you can check on it again when the time comes for changing the tires.
Here are my top ten picks for the best tires for Honda Civic of 2019:
- Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology
- Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
- Michelin Primacy MXV4
- Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position
- Michelin X-Ice Xi3
- Hankook Optimo H727
- Yokohama Avid ENVigor
- Hercules Avalanche R G2
- Ohtsu FP7000 All-Season
- Milestar MS932 All-Season
What to look out for when choosing a set of tires for Honda Civic?
The Honda Civic is a subcompact vehicle, but it comes in different sizes and flavors. That means that owners of this car vary in the way they’re driving their cars – some of them only want the Civic for the refinement and reliability, while others want it for its driving dynamics. That means that every type of driver needs a different type of tire.
The more laid-down drivers will find touring tires the best choice. Touring and grand-touring tires offer very good performance in a variety of conditions, such as dry and wet roads, in warm and cold weather. They are also very durable and are made to chew through a lot of miles. The best thing about them is how comfortable they are and how little noise they produce. If comfort is on the top of your list, a good touring tire is a must.
While we’re talking about touring tires, we must mention all-season and all-weather tires as well. Most of the touring tires on the market are all-season, but there are specialized summer touring tires as well. All-season touring tires will be a bit worse in dry conditions than summer touring tires, but they gain in the snow what they lose in the dry.
Of course, there are other types of all-season tires. The standard type of all-season tire will offer good performance in almost every situation – it should be quiet enough for highway driving, have good traction and grip in dry, wet and snowy conditions, and even have some eco credentials (so-called low-rolling resistance). All-season tires are the most prevalent type and are a great fit for almost any Honda Civic driver that just wants a tire that will fit all of his needs. All-weather tires, on the other hand, are a more advanced version of the all-season tire and should work even better in wet and snowy conditions.
However, if you live in an area with very cold and snowy winters, the best choice is a specialized winter tire. These tires not only work much better in the snow (they can save you from crash most of the time), but they’re also much better on cold pavement. Winter tires are made of a rubber that remains pliable in the winter. This helps with grip and traction in cold weather and also aids with comfort in the same conditions. Winter tires are also very good in wet and cold conditions – better than summer and all-season tires.
Snow tires are a version of the winter tires which are especially good in the snow. These tires are meant for Civic owners that live in areas with very heavy snow through the year. Snow tires have the best possible traction in snow and can make a lot of difference for the driver, giving much more confidence in the most difficult conditions.
But, what if you live in an area with mostly warm weather throughout the year? Then, a good set of high-performance tires (all-season or summer) will be a great fit for the Civic. This is also true for the more aggressive drivers, who want to explore the possibilities of the Civic in the turns. High-performance tires give a lot more grip in the corners then all-season or touring tires, but they also give the driver more feedback through the steering wheel. A good high-performance tire will make your Civic feel more like a race car than with any other type of tire. If you wondered, there are also high-performance winter tires, but we think that they’re not a very good fit for the Civic, as the Japanese subcompact doesn’t come with an all-wheel-drive option.
After we’ve exhausted every type of tire you should install on your Honda Civic, let’s which tire to choose. We’ve compiled a list of the best tires for Honda Civic, five premium, and five budget tires. Always have in mind that the best tire (the first one on our list) may not work for you, as you already learned in the text above. So, without further ado, let’s start with the list!
Top 10 Best Tires for Honda Civic
A. Premium Tires
1. Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology
Best all-season low-rolling resistance tire for Honda Civic
The PureContact with EcoPlus Technology’s name is a mouthful, but it says almost everything you need to know about it. It’s a great fit for the Civic not only because it offers good road holding in most situations, but also because it’s quiet and comfortable, and on top of that, it’s a low-rolling resistance tire that will save fuel and money on the long run. It’s really a jack of all trades tire that will appeal to a lot of Civic owners.
The Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology is an advanced all-season tire made of Tg-F polymers and +Silane additives. These materials help it achieve a very good grip on the road, make it quieter and more comfortable, and also more durable. They also help with the low-rolling-resistance that gives it its eco credentials. The Continental Traction Grooves on the other hand help with traction in snow, but you should really only use this tire in light snow. If there’s a lot of snow in your area, install a set of winter tires.
There is one other technology baked into the PureContact with EcoPlus Technology we really like – Tuned Performance Indicators. Continental has literally printed “DWS” letters on the tire, which means that it’s ready for Dry, Wet and Snow. However, over a prolonged period of time, the S will start to disappear. This means that the tire will not offer enough snow traction for safe driving and should only be driven in dry and wet conditions. Ingenious!
2. Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Best touring tire for Honda Civic
If you’re doing a lot of highway miles with your Civic, you need a touring tire. The best touring tire for the Honda Civic is the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. It offers a quiet and comfortable ride in a variety of different weather conditions, it’s durable and strong, and it’s not very expensive either. Compared to the Continental that sits on the first place on our list it lacks the eco credentials, but other than that, it’s an amazing choice for every Civic buyer.
The Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring has asymmetric tread design – a combination of independent shoulder blocks and center ribs. Thanks to that, this tire achieves great scores in almost every category – it’s good in dry conditions, very good in wet conditions, and it can even be driven on snow, courtesy of the biting edges. It’s one of the best all-season tires in winter driving conditions. Being a touring tire (it’s equipped with Comfort Layer technology), the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring is very quiet on the highway, and it’s comfortable over bumpy roads.
Despite being relatively cheap when compared to other tires, the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring is durable and should last several seasons without too much fuss. The manufacturer gives 80,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is one of the longest in the business.
3. Michelin Primacy MXV4
Best quiet and comfort tires for Honda Civic
Almost every tire on our list is quiet and comfortable, but none of them comes close to the Michelin MXV4. The French tire manufacturer is known for comfort and quietness and they really show what they’ve got with this tire. The Primacy MXV4 is the best solution if you are doing a lot of miles on the highway, as it will keep the cabin quiet and the passengers cozy and comfortable. This is all due to the Comfort Control Technology aided with computer-optimized design, that is unparalleled in the world of tires right now.
The best thing about the Primacy MXV4 is that it’s not only about comfort. This tire has a symmetrical design with notched shoulders, independent intermediate blocks and continuous center ribs, that help it achieve excellent traction and grip in dry and wet conditions. For the best possible performance in wet or snowy weather, Michelin incorporated Active Sipes, which get closer together for bigger contact patch and better grip in warm weather, or open when it’s cold for better water and snow repelling.
The Michelin Primacy MXV4 is durable as well – no need for changing your tires for a few seasons. The Advanced MaxTouch Construction really helps for more even treadwear on the whole tire, while the reinforced steel belts and spirally wrapped polyamide are BAZ (Bended At Zero degrees), which adds strength to the tire. Despite these technologies though, Michelin gives 60,000-mile treadwear warranty for this tire. It’s not bad, but competitors give even longer warranties.
4. Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position
Best high-performance all-season tire for Honda Civic
If you enjoy a more sporty driving experience and want to cut a few tenths of a second in every corner, the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position is the best choice available. This tire not only vastly improves the handling of the Honda Civic, but it’s an all-season tire as well, which means that it works in almost any condition you’ll throw at it.
The Potenza RE960AS Pole Position is made of a premium tread compound with Bridgestone’s proprietary Uni-T AQII technology that helps it achieve great traction throughout the year. The tread design on this tire is directional and we must admit that it looks very sporty, but it’s not all about the looks – it helps for better stability in the wet and enhances steering response. Your Civic will never feel as alive as it will with this tire.
In reality, the Potenza RE960AS Pole Position gives the best possible handling in dry and wet conditions, but it falls short in snow conditions. It works, but we think that you shouldn’t rely on it too much, especially in deep snow. However, despite being a high-performance tire, the Potenza RE960AS Pole Position is pretty quiet and comfortable. Sure, a touring tire will be even quieter, but this one achieves all of that while being sporty as well.
Bridgestone gives 40,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is less than a touring tire has (because of the higher speed rating), but we assure you that it will last for a long time.
5. Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Best snow tire for Honda Civic
Civic owners who live in areas with colder winters and a lot of snow (like Canada for example), need to install winter or snow tires on their vehicles. We find the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 to be the best of all winter tires for the Japanese subcompact because it offers great performance in almost every winter condition. It’s very good in the snow too, even though it’s not a snow tire, and it is great on ice. A real cold weather champion.
The X-Ice Xi3 is equipped with Michelin’s FleX-Ice silica-based rubber compound that remains flexible and pliable at lower temperatures, but it also offers enough hardness for good handling in those warmer winter days, unlike most of the other winter tires. The directional tread design is what makes this tire great in the snow, as it helps it repel and evacuate snow quickly. The variable Cross Z Sipes on the other hand help with traction on ice surfaces and provide additional stiffness for better handling. It’s no coincidence then that the X-Ice Xi3 is branded with the three-peak snowflake symbol for use in heavy snow.
The most interesting thing about the X-Ice Xi3 is that it offers low-rolling resistance for better fuel economy and reduced emissions – it meets the stringent Michelin Green X standard.
B. Budget Tires
6. Hankook Optimo H727
Best budget all-season tire for Honda Civic
If you’re on a budget, but still want a high-quality tire for your Civic, we’ve got you covered as well. The Hankook Optimo H727 is an all-season tire that’s good for almost any type of weather and one that is very durable as well. We think that it’s a great choice for slightly older Civic’s, but it’s great for newer models as well.
Hankook’s Optimo H727 is designed so that it wears evenly, which means that it will keep its performance in the long run, and there will be less need for rotation. It’s made of a custom-blended rubbed compound that improves traction in cold winter months but keeps precision and handling in warmer summer months. Being a touring tire, it’s also supremely quiet at higher speeds.
Four circumferential grooves help it resist hydroplaning – the Optimo H727 is one of the safest tires in rainy weather. The high-density sipes on the other hand help with snow traction, making the Hankook a good choice for owners who live in areas with light snow in the winter.
The best thing about the Hankook Optimo H727 is that it lasts a very long time. The manufacturer gives 100,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is something no other competitor offers.
7. Yokohama Avid ENVigor
Best value all-season tire for Honda Civic
Yokohama tires may not be the cheapest on the market, but they are still cheaper when compared to premium tires. Despite that, they offer great performance in almost every condition and are very durable as well. The Avid ENVigor is one of their best all-season models, and it is an especially good fit for the Civic.
The Yokohama Avid ENVigor has directional treads divided into five ribs that not only look sporty, but they also provide very good wet traction. This is one of the best tires out there for driving in the rain, regardless of price. It’s also very good in dry conditions, where it offers precise handling with a good amount of feedback. However, it’s not the quietest tire in the world and can become tiring at higher speeds for longer periods of time.
On the other hand, we like their performance in the snow – a set of Yokohama’s Avid ENVigor can be a good choice for owners of the Civic who live in areas with light snow.
Whatever the weather, the Yokohama Avid ENVigor is a durable tire that will last for a while.
8. Hercules Avalanche R G2
Best budget winter tire for Honda Civic
Winter tires tend to be more expensive than all-season tires, but not always. The Hercules Avalanche R G2 is a great solution for owners of the Civic who live in cold and snowy weather, such as Canada. It’s also cheaper than premium winter tires. Despite that, the Hercules Avalanche R G2 offers high-tech features that really help with performance and safety in heavy snow. Seriously, this is a tire that puts shame to most premium winter tires with its performance.
First of all, it is made of silica and clean oils for superior lateral grip at very low temperatures. The wide and narrow sipes help the tire maintain grip in light and heavy snow, while the tread blocks with jagged edges improve braking on ice and other slippery surfaces. In the real world, this is one of the best winter tires out there – it provides safe driving in the most difficult winter conditions. The Hercules Avalanche R G2 is also very durable and should last you several seasons before it loses its winter potency.
That’s no coincidence – Hercules is a Russian manufacturer, and if you trust someone with winter tires, it should be a Russian.
9. Ohtsu FP7000 All-Season
Best super cheap tire for Honda Civic
If you want to go super low budget with your tire purchasing, we recommend the Ohtsu FP700 All-Season. This tire won’t dethrone the best all-season tires out there, but it offers surprisingly good performance for the price. It costs almost half the price of premium tires, and 30% less when compared to other budget tires. This makes it a great choice for owners of older Civic’s and those with a very tight budget.
The Ohtsu FP7000 is equipped with a non-directional tread design that looks really good, but most importantly, it offers all-season traction. This tire is very good in dry and warm weather, admirable in rainy weather and it can even tackle some light snow. It’s very important to say that you shouldn’t expect performance on the level of the best premium all-season tires, but for the average Civic driver, a set of these tires will suffice. They will also not replace a proper winter tire in the snow. On the other hand, we like that the Ohtsu FP7000 offers a smooth and quiet ride, even at higher speeds.
Even though it is very cheap, the Ohtsu FP7000 is pretty durable and should last you a while – it’s equipped with dual steel belts and increased structural strength.
10. Milestar MS932 All-Season
Another cheap all-season alternative
Milestar is known for producing reasonable quality tires for bargain prices and their most popular MS 932 model is not an exception here. It’s a tire that offers good traction in dry and wet conditions, but only marginal traction in snowy conditions, even though it’s an all-season tire. For the price though, we didn’t expect more and, in all honesty, for the average driver, the Milestar should be good enough.
Even though it is very cheap to buy (less than half the price of premium tires), the Milestar MS 932 is equipped with circumferential ribs and advanced silica compound. This helps for a good balance between handling on dry roads and traction on wet roads, even in very heavy rain. The Milestar MS 932 is also designed to resist aquaplaning.
Compared to touring and grand-touring tires, the Milestar is a little bit louder at higher speeds, but nothing to worry about. And despite the very low price, Milestar gives a 50,000-mile warranty. And it’s not just that – owners around the US say that Milestar MS 932 lasts for a long time between changes, so you shouldn’t worry about durability.
With our Top 10 list of best tires for Honda Civic, we think that everyone should find the right tire for their needs. As always, ask yourself what type of driver you’re and what’s the weather like in your area before choosing. Also, when you change the tires, make sure you do that at a reputable garage and always balance the wheels. That way you’ll be sure that the tires you just bought will give the best possible performance and that you and your passengers will be safe.