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Choosing the Right Tires for Your Honda

Whether you’re ordering them yourself or having a shop put new tires on your vehicle for you, it’s vitally important that the correct tires go on your Honda. The old adage about your tires being the only part of your car that touches the road might be a bit cliché, but it’s also true and reinforces the importance of choosing not only good-quality tires but the correct tires for your vehicle. As you look at replacing your Honda tires, you want to choose a great brand, the right type, and the right size.

Finding the proper tires for your vehicle can be pretty easy––there are numerous online tools you can use to search for the year and model of your Honda, and they’ll tell you the size to pick. But that being said, it’s always a good idea to understand this information yourself and know how to figure things out in case you don’t have Internet access. Let’s take a look at the current Honda models to see the sorts of tires they come with and use that information to understand what to look for when you’re replacing them.

Important Tire Information

Before we get into some Honda specifics, let’s take a moment to go over some of the key information you need to know about tires in general. You’ll find a lot of information about the tires on your vehicle printed right on the tires themselves––more information than you probably need, but there’s some key stuff there. Most importantly, you’ll find a long code that looks something like “P 235/40R18 91W”––some of those letters and numbers might be different, but the key is to understand each part of the code.

That first letter is just the type of vehicle it’s for––”P” is for passenger, and the numbers that follow it indicate the width of the tire followed by the ratio of the sidewall height to that width. The next letter will pretty much always be “R,” which indicates radial-ply tires, while the number after that is the size of the wheel it’s designed for in inches. Finally, the next number is a load index that indicates how much weight the tire can handle, followed by a letter that tells you the speed rating for that tire.

From this information, it’s worth looking at the width and aspect ratio (the “235/40” in our example). If you like how your Honda rides, then choose replacements with the same values. You’ll get different performance from tires with different aspect ratios, but that’s a subject outside the scope of what we’re looking at today. The wheel size is vitally important because you need to make sure any replacement tires you’re getting will fit your wheels––if you have 18-inch wheels, then make sure you get “R18” tires, or they won’t fit. Finally, the load index and speed codes are also very important, especially if you have a work truck like the Ridgeline or a performance car like the Civic Si.

Current Honda Models and Tires

2022 Civic Sedan and Hatchback

You’ll find three different tire sizes on the current Honda Civic, regardless of whether you choose the sedan or hatchback model. The LX trim features 16-inch wheels, while the EX and EX-L trims have 17-inch wheels. The Sport, Touring, and Sport Touring trims feature 18-inch wheels. All six Civic trims come with all-season tires, which is probably what you’ll want to replace them with––check the driver’s side door jamb on your Civic to find the load and speed ratings you need for your vehicle.

2022 Insight

Although there are only two trims for the Insight, each has a different wheel size: the standard EX trim has 16-inch wheels, while the Touring trim features 17-inch wheels. Both trims come with all-season tires; again, check your owner’s manual or door jamb label to see what weight and speed rating your tires should have.

2022 Accord

There are seven trims available for the Honda Accord and they split the size of wheels they have evenly between them. The standard LX, EX-L, and Hybrid versions of the Accord use 17-inch wheels, while the Sport, Sport Special Edition, Hybrid Sport, and Touring feature 19-inch wheels. That’s a pretty big size difference, so it’s important to pay attention to the trim you have, not just the model. The Accord comes with all-season tires regardless of trim, and you can check the door jamb to ensure you pick the right weight and speed rating.

An orange 2022 Honda Civic Si is shown from behind in an urban area.

2022 Civic Si

The Civic Si is a performance vehicle with a powerful turbocharged engine, so it needs appropriate tires to support it. Both trims, the standard Si and the Si HPT, feature 18-inch wheels to keep things simple, but they come with two different kinds of tires. The standard model has 18-inch all-season tires, while the HPT comes with 18-inch high-performance summer tires. Summer tires are designed for excellent grip and traction in warm weather, but they’re not great in the cold, so these are meant for performance driving under certain conditions. You should swap summer tires for winter tires if you live somewhere that gets cold weather––but for the summer, you can slap new summer tires on your Civic Si for fantastic control.

2023 HR-V

The latest HR-V has three trims and two different wheel sizes between them: the standard LX and available EX-L trims both have 17-inch wheels, while the Sport trim has 18-inch wheels. All three feature all-season tires, which are a great choice for most driving needs and a good pick for replacements. Check your doorjamb for the weight rating you need with the HR-V because it can vary depending on the trim and features.

2022 CR-V

With five trims available, there are three potential wheel sizes for the current CR-V: the LX and Special Edition trims have 17-inch wheels, the EX and EX-L feature 18-inch wheels, and the Touring has 19-inch wheels. Again, all five trims feature all-season tires, and they all come with compact spare tires. Weight ratings can vary quite a bit between these trims, so check your vehicle to be certain you get tires strong enough to support it.

2022 Pilot

The Honda Pilot has seven trims but only two wheel sizes between them: the EX-L and TrailSport models feature 18-inch wheels, while the Sport, Special Edition, Touring, Elite, and Black Edition have 20-inch wheels. You get all-season tires on these models, though the TrailSport features a “Rugged-Style” version––if you plan on taking your Pilot TrailSport off-road at all, then consider slapping some real all-terrain tires on it for better trail performance.

A white 2022 Honda Passport Elite is shown towing a UTV off-road.

2022 Passport

With the Passport, we find three trims and two wheel options: the EX-L and Elite trims have 20-inch wheels, while the TrailSport has 18-inch wheels. All three trims come with all-season tires though the TrailSport once again has a “Rugged Design” version. I’ll reiterate my advice that if you want to take your Passport TrailSport out on the trail, you should replace those with all-terrain tires for better control off-road.

2023 Odyssey

Across the five trims for the Honda Odyssey, there are two wheel sizes available: you get 18-inch wheels on the EX and EX-L or 19-inch wheels on the Sport, Touring, and Elite trims. All Odyssey trims come with all-season tires, which is a great choice for a minivan. Given the size and weight of this vehicle, it’s very important you choose tires with the proper weight rating for it––the tires it comes with are either 101 or 103, so check your doorjamb to get the right ones.

2023 Ridgeline

Honda’s popular pickup makes things very simple for you. While there are four trims available, they all come with 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-season tires. In fact, they’re all the same tires with a 105H weight and speed rating, so replacing them is quite simple. You should still double-check the doorjamb of your Ridgeline or your owner’s manual to ensure you pick the right tires for your vehicle, but it’s nice to find such straightforward consistency. Finding the correct replacement tires for your Honda isn’t difficult, but it’s important to make sure you choose ones that will keep you safe and in control on the road.