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Toyota Highlander, Tires, SUV
#732 of 788 Re: Update [donnat88]
Apr 15, 2012 (3:26 am)
It is common for folks to mis-understand the LRR (Low Rolling Resistance) designation It means the tire has low rolling resistance relative to other tires of the same type - meaning the same treadwear and traction ratings.
There is a technology triangle between Treadwear, Traction (especially wet traction), and Rolling Resistance. In order to get good values for one of those properties, one or the other (or both) of the other properties has to be sacrificed.
Improvements in tread compounding can change that a little bit - which is what LRR means - but the overall relationship between those 3 things still applies.
Put another way, you should expect tires with high UTQG treadwear ratings to have worse fuel economy - and tires that give good fuel economy to have low treadwear ratings..
#733 of 788 Re: 2005 Toyota Highlander Limited ready for 4th set of tires!! [grahampeters]
Apr 15, 2012 (8:26 am)
In response to Graham - I had the alignment checked every 5000 miles with the oil changes. And it usually was always out a bit, toeing-in.
I went with the Continental CCLX20 - 70k. I have nearly 5000 miles on them after a spring break trip to Florida. They feel very nice on the road, great handling, grip, quiet, and I have seen improved gas mileage even in the city.
#734 of 788 Re: Update [donnat88]
Apr 15, 2012 (9:53 am)
We are actually getting better fuel economy out of ours (26.4 & 26.1 MPG on a recent 600 mile round trip). I had the tires Toyota factory specs (34lbs) for first leg and 40lbs for the second trip and the lower pressure actually appears to have given better performance which I found to be odd but we DID have a head wind on the return trip whereas there was ZERO wind on the way down to the beach so I don't think that the pressure plays as large a role with these newer tires. This means that we got about 1/2 mile to the gallon better with these NEW H/L 422 Ecopia's than we had been getting with the prior WORN tires. Since new aren't as efficient as worn tires, this was welcoming news to us showing that the FE should get even slightly better as they do (eventually) wear in some.
We previously had the low rolling resistance Goodyear Assurance tires and were averaging around 25.5MPG but those were actually the ones designed for a car instead of the truck because they did not make any "truck" tires back when we had bought those some 3 years ago.
Ours is a 4x4 Hybrid Limited with every option and we were fairly well loaded with luggage so I'd say that was about as good as expected. This truck has NEVER made the 31MPG that was advertised but has ALWAYS averaged above 25MPG in city or on the interstate with very little difference in fuel economy.
Note note however: I took it out after the long trip and "played around" with the economy by driving a mix of "under 55MPH" city-type traffic as I do with each set of tires I put on. I was actually quite surprised that by using hyper mile-ing techniques at these speeds that I was able to get the FE up to 32MPG (on the NAVI screen anyway). Whereas with prior tires, I could never get it anywhere over 29MPG so my bottom line is that these appear to be a pretty good choice.
Oh, one more thing. These are probably the quietest tires that have EVER been on this truck including the prior set of "car tires" that were specifically design to deaden the sound to there is a positive there as well.
#735 of 788 26 miles per gallon?
Apr 15, 2012 (7:43 pm)
Wow, mine is 2008 Highlander Hybrid but I never get that mileage even though I always check my tire pressure and put as manual says.
I always got around 23 miles per gallon and most of my commute is local.
#736 of 788 Re: 2005 highlander wheel bearings [catcin]
Apr 21, 2012 (4:25 pm)
I also have a 2005 limited Highlander and had to replace the passenger rear wheel bearing. The dealer was surprised at this also. I went back a few months later for an oil change and they said that they had three more come in with the same problem. Sounds like a common and expensive problem.
#737 of 788 Re: 2005 highlander wheel bearings [polywog]
Apr 22, 2012 (6:37 am)
How many miles was your wheel bearing issue? If 150K or so, replacement would be similar to other vehicles so not certain how much of an issue it would be if you trailer heavy or other factors as that would be common on other vehicles under similar use. Wheel bearings are hard or expensive to replace. I did the ones on my '79 celica by myself in a parking lot.
I also have not seen a lot of others with bearing problems on other forums or on this thread but perhaps I missed a post or two.
#738 of 788 Re: 2005 highlander wheel bearings [ndabunka]
Apr 23, 2012 (6:09 am)
At that time I had under 50K miles.
May 04, 2012 (11:09 am)
I've got a 06 2WD and live and drive in Fla. My first set of replacements were KH16 Kumho Solus and they now need replaced at less than 25k mi. Appreciate any suggestions.
#740 of 788 Re: Suggestions? [gulfrider]
May 04, 2012 (3:10 pm)
The suggestions are in the prior 738 messages or is 38 pages of recommendations not enough?
#741 of 788 Re: Suggestions? [ndabunka]
by steve_ HOST
May 04, 2012 (5:17 pm)
A dozen of the earlier posts were about the Kumho Solus and apparently they didn't last long enough in Florida conditions for this owner. Nothing wrong with asking for "fresher" info.