2009 Toyota Camry Tires
The 2009 Toyota Camry came standard with either 16 or 17 inch wheels, which vary by sub-model. If you’ve driven 30,000-40,000 miles in your 09 Camry, it’s probably a good time to start considering replacement tire options. There are 5 different sub-models, but only 2 tire size options, so we will examine the replacement tire options based on their size.
This is the most common tire size found on the Camry, and came standard on the Base, Hybrid, LE (4-cylinder and V6), and XLE (4-cylinder and V6) sub-models. All of these sub-models had 2 original equipment tire options: the Michelin Energy MXV4 S8 grand touring all season tire, and the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-002 standard touring all season tire. Both tires have low rolling resistance, a technology that makes the tires more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. However, the Michelin offers almost a 70% better tread wear rating than the Bridgestone, at 440 vs. 260 (Click here for more on US Govt.’s tire tread wear ratings). To replace the same OE Michelin tire, the set will cost roughly $700 plus installation; the OE Bridgestone set will cost roughly $550 plus installation. While the Michelin Energy MXV4 S8 has excellent handling and ride quality, it’s a bit pricey considering the mediocre tread wear rating. And although the Bridgestone is less expensive and offers low rolling resistance, it’s a far cry from great in terms of mileage and ride cushion. With over 30 different replacement tires offered by AutoSquad, there are many solid choices that offer better mileage, handling, and comfort than either one of these OE tires.
For Michelin fans, we recommend considering a switch to the Primacy MXV4. This tire has slightly better noise and handling ratings, a 41% better tread wear rating (620), offers low rolling resistance, and yet is in the same price range as the OE Michelin MXV4 S8. Other notable tires with better tread life, low rolling resistance, and excellent ride comfort include the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus (tread wear 600), the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology (tread wear 700), the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max (tread wear 580), and the Yokohama AVID Ascend (tread wear 740). These range in price from roughly $480 – $550, lowering the cost per mile, and giving you a much better value than the OE tires.
This tire size came standard on the SE (4-cylinder and V6) sub-model, and had 2 different OE tire model options: the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-002 standard touring all season tire (tread wear 260), or the Toyo Proxes J33 performance summer tire (tread wear 220). Both OE sets will cost you over $750; and both are low mileage, relatively noisy tires. It should also be noted that the Toyo Proxes J33 is a summer tire, which is not built for freezing temperatures or any winter weather. Just about any of the 60+ different tire options will be a better value than these OE tires.
The Michelin Defender (tread wear 820) will cost roughly $830 for the set, which may seem expensive at first glance but given its superior performance and tread life rating it is a better value than most other tires in its class. Other notable replacement tires in this category include the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus (tread wear 600), Yokohama AVID Ascend (tread wear 740), and Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max (tread wear 580), all offering a significantly improved tread life, fuel efficiency, and ride comfort. All of these tires range around $600 per set, and give you a bigger bang for your buck.
Now, if your car came with the summer Toyo tires, and you enjoy the sporty grip and feel of a high performance tire, then there are a few noteworthy all season options that will give you a similar feel, with better mileage, and year-round usability. The Continental ExtremeContactDWS (tread wear 540), Yokohama AVID ENVigor (tread wear 560), General G-Max AS-03 (tread wear 480), and Cooper Zeon RS3-A (tread wear 500) are all highly reputed for their performance and their tread life. They range in cost per set from roughly $460 – $660, all coming in below the OE tires in price, but offering you a much better value in every performance category.
Regardless of your tire size, driving preferences, and budget, when it comes time to replace tires for your 2009 Toyota Camry, be sure to check out AutoSquad! We offer all the tires mentioned here, plus many others, all at a very competitive price. Additionally, the professionals at AutoSquad will bring the replacement tires to you, and change them while you work or relax at home, saving you valuable time and money.
Contact AutoSquad at 877-847-3826, or visit www.AutoSquad.com to see our selection of tires and make an appointment online. Please note that AutoSquad’s service is currently available only in the Washington DC & Philadelphia metro areas.