Pros: Backed by a 60,000 mile warranty, look great
Cons: None at all
I drive a 2005 Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner (4x2) extended cab pick-up truck. It came from the factory with some very cheap Dunlop brand tires, and they were covered under the basic 36,000 mile warranty. Around 32,000 miles, those Dunlop tires started squealing every time I took a corner going more than a few miles per hour. It got worse and worse until I finally decided it was time to buy a new set of tires.
I am on the philosophy that it is better to spend more money up front than it is to worry about spending even more money later down the road. In the case of tires, later down the road could have a very literal meaning. In other words, I didnt want to go the cheap route and just buy two tires and then find myself changing a flat on the side of the Interstate one morning. Luckily, my brother-in-law manages several Tire Kingdom stores and he cut me a deal on a set of four new Uniroyal Laredo Cross Country tires.
When I was shopping for tires, I wanted something in the middle price range. I didnt want the cheapest thing I could find, and I sure wasnt going to buy the most expensive. My brother-in-law suggested these Laredo Cross Countries, and told me his customers have been very happy with them. I ended up choosing them for two main reasons: the Uniroyal brand name, and the killer 60,000 mile warranty.
Thats right, these tires come backed with a 60,000 mile warranty. My Tacoma had a little over 40k miles on it when I added these tires, meaning I will be good when my odometer rolls past 100k. I may not even still have the truck then, considering it has taken me three years just to put 50k on it. I liked the idea of spending the money on these tires and not having to worry about buying more for a while. Most tires only come with a 50k or less warranty.
After I had these tires installed, I noticed an improvement in handling for my Tacoma. I no longer have to hear the tires squeal when cornering, and I dont feel so nervous about taking corners. I drive the Interstate to and from work every day, and those circular onramps can be scary when your tires are slipping. Another thing Ive noticed is better water traction, even when driving through standing puddles. Its been pouring down rain all day today, and I had no problems at all.
I got the same size tires as I had before, though these look a little larger because they are more square, whereas my old Dunlops were a bit more rounded. The blockier style of these Cross Country tires looks very good on my truck, and it helps to make them fill out the wheel well a little better. Some of my friends thought they were actually bigger than my old ones. Uniroyal made the Laredo Cross Country specifically for SUVs and pick-ups, and I think they look really good on my Tacoma.
Because I got these tires at a slight discount, I wont say how much I paid for them. They werent but about 10-15% more than other very similar models that didnt come with the same warranty. From what numbers I could find online, the prices run between $100-130 per tire, depending on the size.
In the end, Im very happy with my Uniroyal Laredo Cross Country tires. Ive put over 10,000 miles on them so far and have had no problems whatsoever. They still even look new and I havent noticed any signs of tread wear.
According to the Uniroyal website, the Laredo Cross Country will be available in the following sizes: