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toyowish

Hi team, currently I have what look like 195/65/15 snow tyres on second hand bought toyota wish and looking for a recommendation for replacement for NZ conditions? Previous car with Supercats had good wear but very bad stopping distance.
I drive a mix of 70 % motorway auckland plus 30% urban streets and 20km of gravel road to/from home. Looking for recommendations - fuel economy plus good stopping distance and cornering- mid-range tyres. The consumer testing rated - BFGoodrich adv drive and GT Radial Champiro 228s but a well-known Tyre shop is pushing asymmetrics like Goodyear Assurance and Dunlop enasave.
So many choices, can you please help?

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Anon

Hi there,
Yes there are many types of mid range tyres to suit a wide budget. It would come down to what meets your budget and personal requirements and in a brand you like or are willing to try. consumer may help narrow down with your personal preferences of 70% motorway- and so might want more performance/ directional / better wet weather water displacement type tyres that have good braking capabilities. You don't want to go too wide due to the gravel.

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toyowish

Thanks Cade- yes will continue the 195/65/15 as per manufacturer, and good point the other query was regarding the life of asymmetric vs directional as the most highly rec was Bridgestone Turanza ER300 via Consumer-similar with Dunlop Enasave ER300. So asymmetrics give better stopping and cornering esp in the wet but would they be also difficult to swap around with the horrendous number of flats we get out Rodney district ( 2 already this year)?

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Anon

Generally if you get a flat, you put a tyre on as a temporary measure to get you to a place of repair (it may be a space saver or asymmetrical) and so wouldn't need to swap around tyres as you would then drive to those conditions.

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toyowish

Thanks Cade,
Have settled on a Michelin energy XM2+ tyre as best all round asymmetric long wear, fuel economy and stopping distance performer.
Hope you have a great day:)

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