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Stock tires:
All Passport trims come equipped with Continental CrossContact LX Sport tires. The difference is only in sizes:
Sport/EX-L come with 245/50-R20 102H
https://www.continentaltire.com/product/crosscontact-lx-sport-24550r20-102h/?
Touring/Elite come with 265/45-R20 108H (108H is unconfirmed at this point but I suspect it's true as it appears to be the cheapest option)
https://www.continentaltire.com/product/crosscontact-lx-sport-26545r20-108h-0/?

Based on TireRack ratings, the Continental CrossContact LX Sport in general are not that bad. They are rated good for dry and wet. They are, however, mediocre on the snow and treadwear is not that great.

I was looking for better performing all season tires with good performance on the snow while trying not to spend money on new rims. I also tried to find alternatives with minimum impact on speedometer.
So, here are what I see to be a good alternatives to stock tires based on these conditions:

Sport/EX-L
Michelin Defender LTX M/S in 255/50-R20 109H - great overall tire, highly praised, good wet and snow traction - this would be my choice.
Also would fit:
BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT in 245/50-R20 102H - good reviews but not many of them comparing to other
tires
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus in 255/50R20 109V - more expensive because of the higher speed rating (149 mph)

Touring/Elite
Michelin Defender LTX M/S in 265/50-R20 107T - great overall tire, highly praised, good wet and snow traction
Continental TerrainContact A/T in 265/50-R20 107T - a bit more off-road oriented with still good on-road performance
https://www.continentaltire.com/product/terraincontact-26550r20-107t/?
Both above options for Touring/Elite have slightly lower maximum speed (118 mph vs 130 mph for stock tires). But I do not see this being a problem for this vehicle. Both above would be my choice depending on priorities: the first one will likely would give a better gas mileage and the second would give a better off-road performance.
Also would fit:
BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT in 265/50-R20 111T
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus in 265/50R20 106V

In conclusion: all alternative tires listed above are heavier than stock tires, from about 4 lb (Michelin Defender LTX M/S) and up to 12 lb (Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus) per tire.
 

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To give you an idea about speedometer error for these tires.
Continental CrossContact LX Sport 245/50-R20 102H specified with 699 revs per mile.
Continental CrossContact LX Sport 265/45-R20 108H specified with 707 revs per mile.

Lets assume that Passport speedometer is tuned for about 700 revs per mile (I'm leaning toward the first number as it also a standard wheel for Pilot).

Michelin Defender LTX M/S in 255/50-R20 109H specified with 691 revs per mile. So it takes about 1.29% less revs to travel a mile. So when speedometer will read 60, the actual speed would be 60.78.

Michelin Defender LTX M/S in 265/50-R20 107T specified with 683 revs per mile.
Continental TerrainContact A/T in 265/50-R20 107T is also specified with 683 revs per mile.
So it takes about 2.43% less revs to travel a mile. So when speedometer will read 60, the actual speed would be 61.43.
 

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I just got these tires for my ‘17 CRV in October. Just had a 6 inch snowfall and some ice. The CRV blasted through it like it was nothing. Quiet, comfortable, and a great A A tread rating.

Don’t pay for over priced Michelin tires. You’re just paying for the name.
 

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I've got Michelin Defender LTX M/S 225/65-R17 for my wife's '15 CR-V in October as well. :) She is also very happy with them in the snow and in the rain.

Costco. Paid $687 for 4 tires installed. Considering free tire rotation for the life of tires and replacement based on residual in case of an accident, I do not think I overpaid :).
 

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Just sharing my experiences as I sift through the forums. I had the continentals as stock when I bought my Ridgeline several years back ( 1st gen). I tried to get the dealer to swap for Michelins but they would not do it without a hefty fee. at the next replacement, i went with the Michelins I wanted originally and they were no comparison to the continentals... I was surprised. I had issues with holding air, and noise, so recently, it was time for new tires, and I went back with the Continentals. I am very happy with them. My Wife's pilot has Michelins ( Premier LTX M/S) and they have been great, so maybe I got a set of duds, but I was happy when the PP came with the Continentals. Of course, YMMV.
 

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What specific Michelin tires you've had?

So far, there are no any issues with Defender LTX on my wife's CR-V. She drove through the winter and was very pleased with performance. Yes, this winter in Boston was very mild but still we had a fair share of ice and snow. In any case, I got them from Costco and pretty sure they would take care of any issues. So far, this is the third set of tires I've got through them and my experience is very positive.

Premier LTX on another hand (based on the reviews on TireRack) are known to wear off pretty quickly. Comparing the two, the thread is much deeper on Defender LTX.

Nevertheless, there are not many options with good ratings which would fit to replace the stock tires. Do your research and get what's best for you.
 

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I had LTX M/ S2 - for what it's worth, i've been very happy with Michelins and it was just this one set. My Buddies thought I was crazy for going back to continentals vs. Michelin, but that's just how it worked out for the Ridgeline. I've had decent wear on every set - my issue was with noise and holding air. I was always filling tires when I checked the pressure. heaven forbid the air temperature changed, haha. With the continentals, I check the pressure and they're usually right where I left them - same rims and same driving habits.
 

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Stock tires:
All Passport trims come equipped with Continental CrossContact LX Sport tires. The difference is only in sizes:
Sport/EX-L come with 245/50-R20 102H
https://www.continentaltire.com/product/crosscontact-lx-sport-24550r20-102h/?
Touring/Elite come with 265/45-R20 108H (108H is unconfirmed at this point but I suspect it's true as it appears to be the cheapest option)
https://www.continentaltire.com/product/crosscontact-lx-sport-26545r20-108h-0/?

Based on TireRack ratings, the Continental CrossContact LX Sport in general are not that bad. They are rated good for dry and wet. They are, however, mediocre on the snow and treadwear is not that great.

I was looking for better performing all season tires with good performance on the snow while trying not to spend money on new rims. I also tried to find alternatives with minimum impact on speedometer.
So, here are what I see to be a good alternatives to stock tires based on these conditions:

Sport/EX-L
Michelin Defender LTX M/S in 255/50-R20 109H - great overall tire, highly praised, good wet and snow traction - this would be my choice.
Also would fit:
BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT in 245/50-R20 102H - good reviews but not many of them comparing to other
tires
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus in 255/50R20 109V - more expensive because of the higher speed rating (149 mph)

Touring/Elite
Michelin Defender LTX M/S in 265/50-R20 107T - great overall tire, highly praised, good wet and snow traction
Continental TerrainContact A/T in 265/50-R20 107T - a bit more off-road oriented with still good on-road performance
https://www.continentaltire.com/product/terraincontact-26550r20-107t/?
Both above options for Touring/Elite have slightly lower maximum speed (118 mph vs 130 mph for stock tires). But I do not see this being a problem for this vehicle. Both above would be my choice depending on priorities: the first one will likely would give a better gas mileage and the second would give a better off-road performance.
Also would fit:
BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT in 265/50-R20 111T
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus in 265/50R20 106V

In conclusion: all alternative tires listed above are heavier than stock tires, from about 4 lb (Michelin Defender LTX M/S) and up to 12 lb (Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus) per tire.
A local dealer here is putting cooper discoverer AT3's in 265/50R20 on the stock wheels. Looks pretty good.

I am also conisedering the Yokohama Geolander AT G015 and the Kuhmo Crugen HT51 in that size. They are both three peak snowflake rated. I have personal experience with the Yoko's on a Rav4 and have been happy with both snow performance and treadwear. My son has the Kuhmo's on a mazda tribute and is very pleased with both treadwear and snow performance. He has been commuting over Snoqualmie pass every weekend all winter. I think the Kuhmo is the better of the two for high speed highway based on it's temp rating. I believe it is a 720 A A tire where the Yoko is a 600 A B tire but more aggressive for off/dirt road use.

My daughter has the Dean backcounty AT which is a sister tire to the cooper and it is not as good in the snow even though it also has the three peak snowflake. They are also very loud as they have worn so I would not recommend the Cooper AT3. It is not three peak snowflake rated but we had Cooper Discoverer SRX's on my wife's CX5 that we traded for the Passport and we were very happy with them. Did not have them long enought to comment on real life treadwear.
 

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I just bought a new 2020 Elite and had the 255/50R20 Michelin Defenders put on. My speedometer stayed right on and the size is absolutely perfect for this vehicle in my opinion.
 

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I just bought a new 2020 Elite and had the 255/50R20 Michelin Defenders put on. My speedometer stayed right on and the size is absolutely perfect for this vehicle in my opinion.
I just bought a year end 2019 sport and I want to do the same. Remove the 245/50R20 Continentals and install the 255/50R20 Michelin Defenders. I asked the dealer if it would void any warranties and they just said it would cause the low tire pressure alarm to activate. Have you had that problem? Makes no sense to me.
 

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I just bought a year end 2019 sport and I want to do the same. Remove the 245/50R20 Continentals and install the 255/50R20 Michelin Defenders. I asked the dealer if it would void any warranties and they just said it would cause the low tire pressure alarm to activate. Have you had that problem? Makes no sense to me.
The dealerships are all full a bunch of tools!!
First, what are you supposed to do when the OEM tires wear out?
Buy another shitty set of Continentals? NO...

I put Michelin - Pilot Sport All Season - 275/45/R20 - tires, as well as custom wheels on mine and they have set no pressure alarms off nor caused issues. And they ride so much better than the OEM’s!
 

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I just bought a year end 2019 sport and I want to do the same. Remove the 245/50R20 Continentals and install the 255/50R20 Michelin Defenders. I asked the dealer if it would void any warranties and they just said it would cause the low tire pressure alarm to activate. Have you had that problem? Makes no sense to me.
Absolutely no problem at all. I've been running 38 PSI all around on the new tires. These defenders are excellent when it comes to snow traction also when you don't feel like running dedicated winter tires.
 

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The dealerships are all full a bunch of tools!!
First, what are you supposed to do when the OEM tires wear out?
Buy another shitty set of Continentals? NO...
Hahahaha!! ProdGirl, you are a true poet! My feelings exactly. tools! (and not capitalized on purpose because they are small tools at that!).... when I have the misfortune of having to visit "the dealer"... I tell them to touch my vehicle as little as possible and DON'T EVEN THINK OF WASHING IT!! LOL. Seriously... the TPMS is hooked up via the valve stems on the vehicles and if a secondary system is in use for traction control, there may be a band around the inside of the wheel with an additional sensor. The tires have nothing to do with it! ... And we trust these people to change our oil?! (I don't).
 

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Hahahaha!! ProdGirl, you are a true poet!

I was being as polite as possible! ??

Two different Honda dealers in two different states f’d up my Civic and CRV multiple times and I have zero trust in them. I was working out of town for about 4 months last year and just had my CRV serviced and the air bag sensor went out. I had to take it to a dealer in San Jose and threatened them to not touch anything else on my car!

Even buying my Passport, they couldn’t do that right. They knew nothing about my vehicle, I bought splash guards and they tried giving it back to me with the stock 1” or so trim piece calling that a splash guard, I had to show the service manager what a splash guard was on a ridgeline since there were no Passports to compare it to. They lost the order, I had to wait a few days for the new order, then they delivered it to me and the battery was dead in the service driveway!

Thankfully I’ve had minimal warranty repairs on all my Hondas because I’m religious about maintenance service on them thru a reputable shop.
 
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I have bought Ford's, a Dodge Ram, a Cadillac, a Chevy and a Pontiac in the past ... All terrible service departments... each with their own horror stories... and each one damaged something else on the vehicle trying to fix what was broken/non-functional. I hate dealer service just because it's so bad and so expensive. I was hoping Honda was better experience, but no so much.
 
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