The Best Tires for a Toyota Camry LEby Richard RoweUpdated November 07, 2017
The Toyota Camry may have made its name in America being about the most bland, inoffensive car in existence, but that certainly isn't the case these days. Facing stiff competition from Honda, Nissan and General Motors, the Camry has stepped up its game in both the looks and performance arenas. But, the LE model's stock tires don't exactly contribute much to either.
The 2014 Camry LE came from the factory with Firestone Affinity Touring tires, which offered decent traction on smooth, dry roads, but moderate to utterly miserable performance in every other aspect. As of 2014, the best seller -- according to Tire Rack -- is the slightly more expensive Continental Purecontact with EcoPlus. This tire isn't just good for the Camry, or good for an economy enhancing tire -- it's currently one of the best all-season grand touring tires out there, period. The slightly cheaper Tokohama AVID Ascend comes in second place among touring tires, offering excellent performance on dry roads and good to acceptable performance everywhere else. The stock Firestones come in third among touring tires, likely because they're cheaper than the other two. Behind it are the General Atlimax RT43 and Michelin's Energy Saver A/S.
Camry drivers living in snowy and icy climates far and away prefer the superb Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, and the Dunlop Winter Max comes a close second. The Pirelli Scorpion has brand name appeal as a popular performance tire in this application. But, oddly, it doesn't offer much greater outright performance than Continental's similarly priced PureContact with EcoPlus-- which is almost certainly the best tire for this generation Camry.
Richard Rowe has been writing professionally since 2007, specializing in automotive topics. He has worked as a tractor-trailer driver and mechanic, a rigger at a fire engine factory and as a race-car driver and builder. Rowe studied engineering, philosophy and American literature at Central Florida Community College.