The Toyota Corolla was one of the top selling vehicles in 2009, with nearly 300,000 models sold. The original equipment tires were built to last anywhere from 26,000 – 40,000 miles, so it’s likely that they are due to be replaced in the near future (if they’re not already slicker than racing tires). Before reading further, it may be good to get a refresher on how to read UTQG ratings, as they are particularly useful when considering replacement tires.
This was the smallest tire size option for the car, and came standard on the Base model and was an optional size on the LE model. There were 3 different Original Equipment (OE) tires offered over the course of this model year. They included: Continental ContiProContact (400 AA A), the Goodyear Eagle LS-2 (440 A B), or the Firestone Affinity Touring (500 A B). Based on the UTQG ratings, these tires will last anywhere from 40-50k miles. They are also all touring tires, meaning they offer a relatively quiet, comfortable ride. Any of the OE tires will set you back roughly $325-$425 per set, plus installation. If you’d like to stay with the level of ride quality (or even improve it) but get longer tread wear, there are many better options in this size. The Michelin Defender (820 A B) offers a 90k mile warranty and the Yokohama AVID Ascend comes with an 85k mile warranty. Both of these are the newest tire lines to emerge from their respective manufacturers – they offer ultra-low rolling resistance (gas savers), excellent all-season handling, and some of the quietest rides in their class. They cost roughly $370-$470 per set, plus installation. A slightly more economical option would be the Cooper CS4 Touring (780 A A) – while it offers a 60k mile warranty, the UTQG rating suggests it will outlast its expected life. It’s received high handling and traction ratings in the industry, and possibly the lowest cost per mile in its class, with a price tag around $350 per set, plus installation.
This size came standard on the S model, the XLE model, and was an optional size for the LE model. The OE tires were either the Goodyear Eagle RS-A (260 A A) or the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-002 (300 A A). Both tires offer relatively low tread wear, and aren’t anything special in terms of handling or ride quality, and they come with a cost of around $450-$550 per set. If you’re looking to maintain a quiet ride and increase mileage, (just like the previously discussed size) the Yokohama AVID Ascend and Michelin Defender are great options, at roughly $500-$600 per set plus installation. There are several other worthwhile options in this size. The Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus (600 A A) is one of the quietest tires in its class and rates very high for traction and handling – runs roughly $500 per set. Slightly lower in price is the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A (560 A A) which, while the tread wear is lower than some of the other options, will still last considerably longer than either of the OE tires. It offers a smooth, comfortable ride, and excellent traction in dry, wet, and light snow conditions.
This low-profile size came standard on the XRS model. The OE tire was, again, the Goodyear Eagle RS-A (260 A A). Given the size, most of the replacement options are high performance (as is the OE tire), but almost all replacement tires will give you much better tread wear than the OE Goodyear. The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus (500 AA A) has become a benchmark high performance tire in its class – costing roughly $650/set. It combines good mileage, excellent handling, and is as quiet as a high performance tire can be. The Continental ExtremeContactDWS (540 A A) is another enthusiast favorite – with a high tread wear rating and great overall traction, the set will cost roughly $530. Some reviews say this tire isn’t the top performer in terms of cornering ability, though it does have one of the longest tread wear ratings in its class; it’s best to keep those factors in mind when considering this tire. The Cooper Zeon RS3-A (500 AA A) is perhaps one of the best value high performance tires available – with the same tread wear rating as the Michelin and extremely positive reviews by Consumer Reports, the set will cost you roughly $460, which is a steal compared to some of the other options.
Regardless of your tire size, driving preferences, and budget, be sure to check out TireVan for your 2009 Toyota Corolla replacement tires! We offer all the tires listed here, plus many others, at competitive prices and with the highest quality installation. On top of that, we bring them to you, and change them while you work or relax at home, saving you valuable time and money.
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