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I don't expect much from the OEM Falkens that comes with Ascent and plan to swap them out as soon as possible per my normal practice. After looking through some online tire sites, there are not much choices for the 20" sizes.

Has anyone replaced or upgraded their 20" tires for after market all seasons? Please tell us about the driving impressions with the new tires vs OEM. I was looking at the Michelin Premier LTX and Goodyear WeatherReady tires.
 

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I replaced the Falkens with Goodyear WeatherReady Assurance....they are exceptional in all conditions.
I would highly recommend them.
 

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When the time comes to replace the OEM Falkens on my new Ascent, it will most likely be the Michelin Defender LTX given how much I loved them on my Grand Cherokee...they wear "forever" and perform well, too. Unfortunately, I'll have to go up to the 255/50-20 to get them, however. It's only a slight difference, but it's still a taller tire. The OEM 245/50-20 just barely sticks the Ascent into the "passenger car" category and that precludes tires like the LTX.
 

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When the time comes to replace the OEM Falkens on my new Ascent, it will most likely be the Michelin Defender LTX given how much I loved them on my Grand Cherokee...they wear "forever" and perform well, too. Unfortunately, I'll have to go up to the 255/50-20 to get them, however. It's only a slight difference, but it's still a taller tire. The OEM 245/50-20 just barely sticks the Ascent into the "passenger car" category and that precludes tires like the LTX.
Check the BFG Advantage T/A pro I put them on my Sequoia instead of the Michelin LT. BFG tires are made by Michelin but the price difference was $60 a tire. The Advantage T/As so far are my top favorite my Subaru did winter Sierra ski trips this yr on Advantage T/As with 30,000 miles on them they were still good and legal tread depth. I have never had a tire that has been legal snow tread at 30+,000 miles let alone actually still pretty good too.

I like Michelin but the price and often fast wear I only put them on my SLK350 and the wifes hybrid that runs a special Michelin tire.

My trucks and the Subaru that are hard on tires get BFG’s now but I’ve tried all the popular choices over the yrs. The BFG Advantage T/As hands down have been the best.
 

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I did look at the Bridgestones, but prefer the Defender LTX. The Defenders just plain "didn't wear" on my JGC and at almost 30K looked nearly brand new with only a couple of 32nds of wear. They are the only tire I've ever had that did that. The cost difference between Michelin and BFG at Costco where I buy tires now is not significant. Our MY16 Outback Limited came with BFG Dualers and they are already in need of replacement at 30K miles. Not the same tire you reference, but pretty much the same experience I've had with a variety of brands and models, other than the Defenders. That's why I'm hoping to find a way to use them on the Ascent once the OEM tires are used up, although given my significant reduction in mileage since retiring from full time work (sales travel, too), that will be quite a while.
 

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I don't have any personal experience on this topic to share but I'll point out that tires are a product of compromise. No single tire can score 5 out of 5 in all performance areas so ultimately the right tire model for your needs will depend on the conditions in which you drive as well as the performance attributes you expect the tires to deliver.
 

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I think I will be going with the Toyo Open Country Q/T tires which is available in the 20" for the Ascent even though I'm still waiting on the my factory order. It's a replacement for the Toyo Versado luxury class tires for SUV/CUVs that are now discontinued. The Versados were good tires for my current CUV and I am happy with them. I hope the replacement Q/T's are as good.
 

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Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady....
Great traction and control wet, snow and dry.
Stiffer sidewall improves handling.
I have 18,000 on mine and they show no signs of wear.
 

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Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady....
Great traction and control wet, snow and dry.
Stiffer sidewall improves handling.
I have 18,000 on mine and they show no signs of wear.
Do these tires offer any noise reduction by chance? If so, is it significant? I am sick of how my stock 20" sound -- that resonating noise is just awful on our terrible roads here in the PNW. I realize that a smaller tire would be better in this department, but I've got to stick with the 20s.

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Check the BFG Advantage T/A pro I
Thanks to Mr. Rusty Nail and his burly cousin, Mr. Lag Bolt, starting a party and finding their way into my right rear tire at angles incompatible with plugging, it's looking like I'm going to be trying these BFG tires out. While my OEM tires have excellent tread life left, there's enough gone that I can't just buy one tire and stay within the recommended tolerance. Costco/Michelin doesn't have any Michelin models that I'd buy for the 245/50R20 and I'm not interested in springing for a set of 18" wheels fo get the Defenders I like -- they are actually are available in 245/60R18 -- nor do I want to upsize to 255/50R20 and have to deal with the spare.
 

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Ascent limited, 30000 miles and replace stock with Toyo AT 3 open country. They fell better than stock as you drive, but seems mpg suffers..
 

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I hated the stock tires and they wore out quickly. I replaced them with the Wildpeaks and so far am happy.
 

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"New Shoes Saturday"...I can drive my Ascent again. :) (fortunately, there were no conflicts with my using Professor Dr. SWMBO's MY20 Forester Limited while I was waiting for these to get to Costco. As noted above, I had several pieces of metal in my right rear OEM tire and at 7/32, one new tire wasn't going to cut it. I would have preferred a set of Defenders, but they are not yet available in OEM size so these BFG Sport TA got the nod. M&S plus the three peaks is nice...not that we get any real snow anymore here...

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"New Shoes Saturday"...I can drive my Ascent again. :) (fortunately, there were no conflicts with my using Professor Dr. SWMBO's MY20 Forester Limited while I was waiting for these to get to Costco. As noted above, I had several pieces of metal in my right rear OEM tire and at 7/32, one new tire wasn't going to cut it. I would have preferred a set of Defenders, but they are not yet available in OEM size so these BFG Sport TA got the nod. M&S plus the three peaks is nice...not that we get any real snow anymore here...

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I have my eyes on these tires. They look very promising. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts after settling in.
 

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Just put on general altimax rt43's, due to a nail ( only had 5K on the OE tires), and the OE tires just being out of spec to replace one. I did not like the Falkens, so far the Generals track much straighter, and in general ( no pun intended) are quieter on everything except for concrete, which seems to be about the same.
They seem to handle a bit better, my usual semi-daily on-ramp excursion results in no tire squeal whatsoever, whereas it would frequently happen with the Falkens. Overall ride seems about the same, but the handling is definitely better ( seems to have stiffer side walls), it hasn't transformed the car but it has made it a little more responsive which is a good thing. Plus these are more car like than truck like in their characteristics, which is what I wanted for the Ascent.
Had defender LTX xxx ( I don't remember the suffix), but had to have them replaced twice under warranty on my GLS 450, for lasting only 9,000 mi each time. And this was with swapping out winter tires yearly, and having an alignment done twice a year. In the end I kept my nokian hakkas on the GLS before I traded the car in, because I thought they handled better than the michelins, even in the warmer weather, And they certainly lasted longer, which is counterintuitive but that's how it went for me.
buying tires always sucks, because you never really know what you're going to get until after you put them on the car. Some places offer you a time or mileage trial run or exchange, But that's a hassle as well.

In the end I went with the generals for the ascent because I have experience with them on my Lincoln, not because they were cheaper, which is nice, but because they still handle great, And can do year round duty If I don't swap to my winters in time, based off my experience with these tires on my MKZ.

Anyway, good luck with whichever tires you go with. But for anyone looking for a more car like experience, the generals are a great value and great performer. I'll post somewhere further on as I gain more experience in miles with the tires.
 

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Just put on general altimax rt43's, due to a nail ( only had 5K on the OE tires), and the OE tires just being out of spec to replace one.
Weird you couldn't do just one at 5K miles, Percy. I was a "proverbial hair" out of spec for only doing one at 20K miles this past week as noted above.
 

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I have my eyes on these tires. They look very promising. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts after settling in.
Initially, they seem quiet. They have a more aggressive "look" from the side for sure. Hopefully, they will wear at least close to the positive experience I had with the Defenders on my previous vehicle...especially since they cost similar money.
 

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I considered having one OE installed and shaved to match the other three, but in the end I'm glad I got the Generals, as they improve the ride and handling enough to be noticeable, and are much better in the rain. And I know my other all-wheel drive cars, the tires also have to be within 1-2/16"..
The Generals actually improve the handling enough that the car is somewhat enjoyable to drive now ( I've said before, for us it's a nice car, but not a fun car, to drive. I feel the tires shift things little bit more to the fun category).

I was surprised after only ~5k miles and three alignments, that the Falkens were too worn.
Interesting, I drove the loaner Ascent multiple times on a straight stretch of road I go on daily, and set off the 'hands on wheel' warning almost every time, but on my Ascent, it has never happened. I wonder if there's an issue with my suspension.
 

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The level of wear you allude to in only 5K miles clearly isn't "normal", even for "the occasional set" of OEM tires. So yea...I suspect something else is amiss if alignments don't change anything for you. Keep your eyes on how your new shoes are wearing...but you already know that. :)
 
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