Looking for the best tires for your Jeep Renegade? Ask a group of people where to buy tires for a Jeep Renegade and which ones are the best ones and you’ll get a different answer from each person. Ask a much larger group of people, especially those who have purchased tires for their Renegade, and you’ll find a short list of recommended Jeep Renegade tires by consumers.
Whether you have a base model, a fully-loaded model, front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, we’ve got you covered here. Our recommendations are based on consumer surveys and tire reputations and our advice is based on your needs for your particular Renegade and how you drive it. So buckle up and let's get into some tire options.
What tires originally came with your Jeep Renegade? That depends a little on model year and a lot on wheel size. The following are for 2020 model year Renegade models with front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive in the three wheel sizes available for this Jeep:
We’re recommending three replacement options in 16-, 17-, and 18-inch wheel sizes for the Jeep Renegade. These are marked for those on a tight budget, those who need something moderately priced, and those who have no concern with cost and just want the best. So whether your wallet is tight as an angry nun’s lips or loose as Elvis’ hips, you’ll find options here.
All of these tires have ratings of four-stars or higher based on consumer surveys:
Like people, it’s mileage and time that are the two factors that have the greatest effect on your tire’s lifespan. Most tires will “mile out” before they “age out” as most drivers cover between 12,000 and 15,000 miles per year. So the vast majority of Renegade owners will wear out their tires before those tires are old enough to be retired.
Tread life predictions can be made based on the tire’s UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grade) rating. Tire manufacturers grade their tire’s wear expectation based on a formula that’s universally used in the UTQG. Near the tire’s name will be three numbers and some “ABC” lettering. This code gives the expected tread life of the tire plus indications as to its stopping power and high-temperature resistance.
While the ratings themselves are standard in the industry, they are voluntary and applied by manufacturers and are not regulated. Despite no objective oversight, though, these ratings are fairly close to reality as manufacturers are not willing to ruin reputations based on “cheats.” And the numbers are expectations, not averages or realities. So remember, your mileage may vary.
A typical UTQG rating will look like “400 A A” or similar. You can glean a bit of info from the tires from that:
The other consideration for tire life is time. On the sidewall of the tire is a raised date code. This code is usually preceded by the letters “DOT” and is required by the Department of Transportation for tires sold in the U.S. The DOT will be followed by three groups of four numbers. The first two groups indicate the tire’s chemical composition and place of manufacture. The third group indicates the week and year the tire was made.
For example, if your tire’s date code is 3217, that indicates the tire was manufactured in the 37th week of 2017, or some time between September 11 and 17 of that year.
Tires are required to be chemically stable for at least five years. Once tires go beyond five years old, compounds can begin to break down. The first to go are usually the chemicals which help with UV resistance to keep the rubber “spongy.” The next are the compounds which provide extreme weather resistance. When either of these begin to break down, the tire begins to lose effectiveness and could become a safety hazard. So when tires reach five years of age, it’s time to consider replacement.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with going with the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) tires for your Renegade. This is the easiest, most convenient way to get new tires when your originals are ready for replacement. There are, however, compelling reasons to consider other options.
Most people replace their Jeep’s tires every three to four years. Tires are a large investment and are one of the primary safety and comfort items on your vehicle. Without good rubber, your brakes won’t stop your Renegade as quickly. Without good cushion, your Jeep will feel rougher and be noisier on the road. If you off-road, live where unreliable weather is the norm, or are looking to maximize resale value, you may need something more than OEM on your rig.
The Jeep Renegade comes from the factory with 16-, 17-, or 18-inch wheels. The tire sizes required to go from one wheel to the next (up or down) are already determined for you by Jeep. So figuring out what to use if going up or down in wheel size is easy. If you’re going beyond 18 inches or under 16 inches, however, you’ll need to do some math.
The reasoning is simple: your Jeep Renegade was made to have tires of a certain diameter. Going up in size of wheel means a corresponding drop in tire height to compensate so that the overall diameter remains the same. Changing that overall diameter can have big effects on the Renegade’s drive, safety, suspension, and more. The change goes beyond just the speedometer readout and affects vehicle stability, braking, and drivetrain wear and tear. So the overall tire diameter on your Jeep Renegade should not be changed without professional consultation.
Knowing that, though, there are many reasons to downsize or upsize wheels on a Renegade.
Downsizing benefits include:
Going up in wheel size also has benefits:
When reading tire sizes, it’s important to understand what the numbers mean. The Jeep Renegade’s 18-inch wheels come with 225/55R18 with a couple of OEM options that depend on location of sale. The Eagle Sport all-season option from Goodyear is sized at 225/55R18 98V and we’ll use that as our example.
Doing some math, it’s clear that every 2020 Renegade 4WD model has a total tire diameter of about 22 inches.
It’s also important to know what the four general types of tires available are. Whatever the vehicle, whether it be a Jeep Renegade or something else, there are four general choices for on-road use:
Online tire prices are usually less than in store
Check inside your driver’s side door for a white and yellow label that will tell you the exact tire pressure recommendations for your Tacoma model. Note that the pressure on the tire itself is never the correct setting, but rather a maximum.
This will depend on the tires you’re using and each tire manufacturer will have different recommendations. A typical rotation interval is somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 miles, though specific cars and tires may change those numbers a bit. Rotation is important for both safety and tire longevity, so it’s important that it be done.
The Renegade comes with a tire changing kit, of course, that includes a basic jack and lug wrench. You may want to carry an extra roadside emergency kit with an upgraded lug wrench, jumper cables, and emergency markers just in case.
Online retailers are a good start and can make cross-comparisons easier. Many offer discounts and installation at area shops near you. Local shops may also have great deals or may even be willing to price match with online offers.
Buying online usually means shipping. Some online retailers offer free shipping with the price of the tire while others have flat rate or specific shipping, depending on what you’re purchasing and where you’re having it shipped to. Some online sellers have partnerships with local shops for installation and will ship for free.
Most shipping from an online retailer is 3-5 business days, depending on your location and the availability of the tires you’ve purchased.
This can depend on the vehicle, location, and time of year. Most shops charge between $15 and $50 for tire installation to include balancing and old tire removal. Valve stem replacement (highly recommended) is usually extra.
The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is independent of your tires. It should be checked regularly, but rarely requires replacement unless damaged. Your local tire shop can perform this check as part of normal tire rotation or installation.
Yes and often with wheel options to make the changes easier year-after-year.
Some do, yes. Some work in conjunction with local retailers while others have theirs standalone. It’s worth shopping around to find the best deal.
Ordering your tires online vs. the shop will save you money