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Ask the Expert: University Honda

By From page C3 | March 28, 2014

Original Equipment Tires vs. Non-originals

Original Equipment (OE) Tires
During the development of your vehicle, Honda engineers worked closely with the original equipment tire manufacturer to develop a tire that optimizes all the performance attributes of your vehicle. Extensive testing was done in the lab, on the track, and on the road to ensure that the tires developed for your Honda provide the right balance of performance, comfort wear and fuel economy.
No other tire goes through that same Honda development process or testing to ensure the same level of performance. When you replace your tires that were originally specified for your vehicle, you’ll maintain the same performance and enjoyment with your Honda that you’ve had since day one. For these reasons, the original equipment tire is the only tire Honda recommends for your vehicle.
Non-OE Tire Options
Your Honda dealer may have other tire options available that vary in certain specifications from your vehicle’s original tires. These tires may share some characteristics of the original tires, but because of the number of variable design characteristics, they may perform differently, potentially altering the ride comfort, interior noise, wear rate, fuel economy, steering feel, snow traction, and wet and dry handling and braking performance you may be accustomed to.


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