- The Cadillac SRX has lots of good tires available, and we picked some of the best
- Some of the best are the Pirelli Scorpion AS Plus 3 and Bridgestone’s WeatherPeak
- Snow tires like Michelin’s Ice-X are a great option if you get lots of snow
- TireRack offers free shipping and a large network of installers to get the tires on for you
The Cadillac SRX is a luxury SUV designed mostly for comfort and some performance. What are the best tires available for the Cadillac SRX?
While there are many good Cadillac SRX tires available, here are a select few:
- Pirelli Scorpion AS Plus 3
- Continental CrossContact LX25
- Yokohama Geolander CV G058
- Cooper Discoverer Enduramax
- Bridgestone Alenza AS Ultra
We’ll discuss a few of the best tires options for the Cadillac SRX using data from TireRack and what we know about the Cadillac SRX. We’ll also discuss how to buy tires online and how to determine what kind of tires you need for your SUV.
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A Little More About The Cadillac SRX
The Cadillac SRX is a now discontinued SUV that at one time, was the heart of the Cadillac crossover SUV lineup. The Cadillac SRX is built with comfort and some performance in mind. The SUV is powered by a 6-cylinder engine with the option to add a turbocharger in a smaller but still quick 2.8-liter model.
The SRX is a five seat SUV, so it could carry a small family. While the typical driver’s actual use varies, we would expect the SRX to be an every day driver that can traverse any kind of weather, and with the option for all wheel drive, the SRX will handle it all well.
We think one of the biggest priorities for a Cadillac SRX driver is going to be comfort. People don’t buy luxury SUVs expecting to feel lots of bumps in the road and want the comfort that comes with paying more money for a softer more responsive suspension. The SRX is also not expected to be a SUV that will be on the race track, so while performance is indeed a factor, we won’t dedicate much time or space looking at serious performance tires.
Best Tires For Cadillac SRX
We’ll start by introducing a little methodology: We use TireRack for the ratings on our tires because they provide a lot of good data - both user opinion related and test related on many tires. We’ll go into more detail about why TireRack later. We are also going to break this down by type of tire, as you’ll expect slightly different performance out of different kinds of tires.
Crossover & Touring Tires for Cadillac SRX
Realistically, crossover and touring tires are probably the tires your Cadillac SRX came with. These offer a good overall balance of near everything and are by far the most plentiful and readily available tire for the Cadillac SRX. This also represents the most competitive category. You’ll find some excellent value here.
Pirelli Scorpion AS Plus 3
In our opinion, the Pirelli Scorpion is the pack leader because it provides the most balanced experience with your Cadillac SRX. The Pirelli Scorpion is priced at around $221 at TireRack and provides the best of many worlds. Let’s start with comfort at a very solid 9.2. The Scorpion also excels within all season tires and rates a very high 9.4 on dry and 9.2 on wet, which is great for an all season.
Pirelli’s engineering really makes their tires possible. Advanced tread compounds make the ability to respond appropriately in most weather situations, and spacing these treads out just a bit allows the Scorpion AS Plus 3 to offer just the right balance of grip and traction. The high marks in wet traction come from deep interlocked sipes that filter water and snow away and out of the path of the tire.
In recent real world tests, the Pirelli Scorpion took on some stronger contenders in the Michelin CrossClimate2 and Vredestein Quatrac Pro. In one category that we feel is rather important for the RX, the Scorpion stood out - achieving nearly a point over anyone else - in comfort! The Quatrac Pro and CrossClimate2 proved great challenges for the Scorpion in many other tests ranging from handling to the ability to stop in wet and dry conditions, but comfort was where the Scorpion truly stood out.
Continental CrossContact LX25
Very close to the Pirelli Scorpion is the Continental Crosscontact LX25. The CrossContact is rated just a little lower on dry at 9.3 and is equal to the Scorpion on dry. Comfort is an excellent 9.0 and tread wear holds up well at 9.1. The CrossContact is also priced quite competitively with the Scorpion at about $222 on TireRack.
The CrossContact achieves its high scores for comfort and traction through a couple of methods. First, Continental puts a layer of absorption under the tread to prevent you from feeling the road in a negative way, then they also design their treads to maximize comfort and help with getting a good grip. The result is tires that basically muffle themselves, which is a good start for a luxury SUV.
Continental adds a bit of bite to their tread edges to achieve good scores on wet and decent scores in snowy weather. Overall, this is a very good all season tire. When pitted against a Bridgestone Alenza and Michelin CrossClimate2, it does pretty good on cornering in wet and dry as well as braking distance overall. It’s right in the middle of the pack for actual comfort too - which is a good thing.
Yokohama Geolander G058
The Yokohama Geolander brings a bit of a twist to our selection of tires. This is not the cheapest tire at around $230 per tire on TireRack. The Geolander is also close in the park with the Crosscontact LX and Scorpion for comfort at 8.8 - and great wet and dry ratings at 9.1 for each. Tread wear though - is exceptional at 9.3.
Geolander achieves this with a symmetric five block tread pattern designed to reduce the amount of road noise produced in addition to offering a wider area of surface contact that leads to slower wear. The inside is durable with a pair of steel belts that are surrounded by a nylon layer that provides a comfortable ride that also lasts a while.
Many of the reviews and comments for the Yokohama say that this is the second or third time the driver has bought a Yokohama, and they like them for the value and longevity they bring.
In real world tests against tires that aren’t on our list, the Yokohama Geolander did well, noting that users and professional drivers said the same thing that our comfort ratings indicated: It’s not the most comfortable tire amongst normal all season tires, but it gets the job done.
Grand Touring All Season
Grand Touring All Season tires have a slightly higher standard than traditional all seasons with more emphasis on year round comfort and traction and a bit less on tread life in most cases.
As the name WeatherPeak indicates, the Bridgestone does pretty good in most forms of inclement weather, including getting a very good 9.3 on wet, and actually slightly less on dry with 9.2 - still pretty good marks overall! This is also the first time we’ll actually mention winter and snow handling because the WeatherPeak has the first numbers truly worth mentioning with a solid 9.2. You also get pretty good comfort at 8.9 and a 9.1 on tread wear, relative to its class.
Bridgestone says they put “Snow Vices” in their tires to make the most of grip when cold weather and snow strikes - their language for wide circumferential grooves makes sense, and we won’t question what “Snow Vices” are as long as it provides the traction per the rating.
In real world tests against the Michelin CrossClimate 2 and Continentals’s Pure Contact, the professional drivers noted that the biggest positives for the WeatherPeak were the ability to corner well on wet and dry, though not going at especially high speeds.
The price is a bit up there - but it still seems like a good deal at about $235 per tire on TireRack. This is overall a reasonably trustworthy tire if you live in a place with frequent snowfall or lots of rain.
Michelin CrossClimate 2
The first thing you’ll notice about the CrossClimate 2 is the rather unusual tread shapes - they are called V-shaped chamfers, and they do help with the CrossClimate maintain good balance and traction while traveling at speed in the wet and snow. The result? A very solid 9.4 on wet and dry, and a pretty good 8.8 on snow. You also don’t lose much comfort or tread life at 8.9 and 9.1
The price is kind of up there - but for people looking for sure footing year round - you might not mind spending about $250 per tire at TireRack.
If you get a chance to read the real world test on the CrossClimate2 for TireRack, they note that they tested the tire on long range electric vehicles - and that the thickness of the treads provided excellent traction overall, but affected how many miles battery powered vehicles could drive. This isn’t too relevant to the SRX, though you could see a slight drop in fuel mileage.
BFGoodrich Advantage Control
Typically, each tire we select has a combination of factors that lead to its presence on our list. In the case of the aptly named BFGoodrich Advantage Control, they make good Cadillac SRX tires simply because they are a great value at $204 per tire on TireRack.
The price isn’t the only important factor. The Advantage Control gets excellent numbers on dry surfaces at 9.3 and has very good traction in snow at 8.7. Comfort is at 9.0 and tread wear is a very solid 8.9. The only minor ‘issue’ we see is that the wet rating could use a little help though it's still a perfectly acceptable 8.8.
BFGoodrich has put wedge wall stabilizers in the Advantage Control to indeed give you more control while cornering and braking. Great tread life is provided by twin steel belts on the inside in addition to a dual layer of polyester that insulates tread noise and provides some cushion.
Real world tests also show that the Advantage Control is a great value for stopping distance - stopping at about the same distance and speed as a couple of tires of higher price including a Cooper and a General.
This is overall a great tire if you are not planning to drive in snow or rain often - or want to save a few dollars.
Ultra High Performance All Season Tires
While not commonly found for Cadillac SRX tires, some drivers might enjoy sportier Cadillac SRX tires or even tune their SUV for higher performance. Consider these sport performance tires that are only meant to be driven in good weather.
Sumitomo HTR A/S P03
This particular odd collection of numbers and letters represents one of the better ultra high performance tires in the class, with a very good 9.0 dry rating and 8.6 on wet, which is honestly better than expected in a class that doesn’t typically offer exceptional wet performance.
The biggest standout for the Sumitomo is its price comparison and overall abilities compared to the rather well known Goodyear Eagle Sport All season tires, which are considered less comfortable than the Sumitomo. At $181 per tire on TireRack, the Sumitomo is a steal against the Goodyear Eagle’s $237 price tag, though admittedly you do get better tread wear life with the Goodyear.
Snow and Winter Cadillac SRX tires
Michelin X-Ice Snow
While we only found two snow tires that fit a typical Cadillac SRX, the Michelin X-Ice tire stands out amongst other winter tires for a simple reason: Compared to its Bridgestone counterpart, the X-Ice Snow provides a more comfortable ride and better dry performance. We only bring these up because snow tires are not often well known for their overall comfort - and tend to handle less than amazing on dry conditions because they have edges that are made for snow and ice. The X-Ice snow isn’t perfect here, but it is better than the alternatives.
Part of this comes from Michelin’s Ice-X compound, which remains flexible even in cold temperatures. The best part about Ice-X is that you won’t be tempted to switch tires mid winter just to have another snowfall barrel through your area and make you want your snow tires again.
At $257, they are a good price for people who live in winter climates.
Do I Need Snow Tires For The Cadillac SRX?
Honestly, in most situations, no. Snow tires are only essential if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow - or you just don’t feel confident in the snow with all season tires. I live in the upper midwest, and have never had snow tires despite owning a multitude of vehicles not entirely designed to get through a blizzard.
The upside to snow tires is that you should have an easier time accelerating and stopping in snow, in addition to some help taking cores. A snow tire does not, however, truly help you stop in black ice or after freezing rain. This is kind of a way of saying to drive like a normal, cautious person even with snow tires. You aren’t quite invincible!
How Does TireRack Work?
We used TireRack as our links primarily because they offer lots of good tests and information about tires that help you and us make decisions about which tires to recommend or buy. There are other tire buying sites out there, but we like TireRack in particular in part because they often have special savings on new tires.
TireRack offers you the ability to either buy tires from one of their thousands of affiliates, including local mechanics and dealerships. These places can install the tires for you while charging for the labor of adding tires and disposing of your old ones - of course you can always get an oil change in the process.
The other, less commonly used option is to have tires shipped directly to you, where you can install them. I wouldn’t personally do this only because I do not have the room for 4 tires in my garage!
Did we mention that you get free shipping? It’s a big benefit considering that tires aren’t exactly small or light.
What Kind Of Cadillac Tires Should I Get?
Our best recommendation is to get the Cadillac SRX tires that you need based on how and where you drive. If you live in a place that gets little to no snow, you might be able to get a tire that doesn’t excel in wet traction. Much of the idea here is that with tires, you’ll often have to balance between a comfortable tire, a tire with great traction in all seasons, and a tire that doesn’t cost too much. Most of the tires we chose for the Cadillac SRX were included because they are generally comfortable because we think that is a high priority for a Cadillac owner.
When Should I Replace My Tires?
We would suggest replacing a tire by looking at the treads before looking at the tire’s sidewall. Of course, if the tire’s sidewall has obvious cracks, fatigues, or holes - you should definitely replace it as soon as possible! Otherwise, there are tire depth gauges out there that you can readily use to measure how much tread depth you have.
Another way to tell is through experience. I personally realized I needed new tires when I pulled up to a stop sign and had a problem so much as accelerating at a reasonable pace because the tires on the vehicle were 4 years old and were in rather poor shape. This helped me start a new search for tires right away - and a new search for tires means a safer vehicle.
You should also at least get your tires looked at if they are starting to lose air or the tire pressure monitor sensors on your vehicle indicate low air. Sometimes it is possible to just plug or patch a tire though.
Are TireRack Tests Objective Or Subjective?
Both! The numerical ratings are based on user tests - and are often pretty close in numbers though they are based on the results of what are often hundreds of thousands of surveys.
TireRack does objective tests using the same vehicles on the same courses, making the tests about as even as you can get. We would suggest consulting both kinds of tests before buying a tire, as subjective opinions can also result in people overrating a tire simply because the experience is better than they are used to.
We also suggest reading some written user reviews when choosing a tire. Thankfully, the Internet has helped much more information get out there since the time of buying a tire from the tire shop based on the rating system that the manufacturer themselves made to compare a tire to another tire from the same brand.
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