Westlake SL309 Tire Review & Rating
The Westlake SL309 offers drivers a combination of all-season traction and handling to go along with the strength to haul heavier loads. Built for all types of pickups, SUV’s and vans, the SL309 is ideally suited for those looking for a tire to handle the rigors of heavy-duty use.
An all-season Silica Tech tread compound is designed to increase year-round traction on dry or wet pavement, as well as lower the rolling resistance for added fuel economy.
The M+S rated tread is also siped for added grip on wet road surfaces. Four circumferential grooves and numerous lateral grooves effectively evacuate water and reduce the risk of hydroplaning. The sipes on the SL309 further add to traction on snow and ice, although we would like to see more grip in deeper snow and hard-packed ice.
Westlake uses variable pitch tread blocks around the tire to help in reducing unwanted road noise and improving all-around ride comfort. We’ve heard several reviews from other drivers that this model is more quiet than some of the bigger brand name tires.
Inside the tread are two steel belts that increase durability. Westlake has a wide range of 15-18 inch sizes available, and all LT tires feature a Load Range E rating.
- Reliable dry/wet traction
- Treadlife is better than average
- Lower price for budget-minded drivers
- Deep snow and ice traction could be better
- Increased road noise as tire wears down
It’s hard to walk away without being somewhat impressed by the all-around performance of the SL309. For delivery drivers, construction site vehicles and anyone else who needs a tougher all-season tire, this model holds up pretty well.
Our only real concern with this tire is its winter traction and braking. Like most every all-season tire, it can struggle with heavy deep snow, freezing rain and ice. Although it is M+S rated, you won’t mistake it for a winter tire.
That said, overall the Westlake SL309 is a reliable, well built and dependable tire that is also value-priced. While you could easily argue that it falls short of the performance you would find on similar tires from Cooper, Yokohama and other larger name brands, the SL309 is one of the better second-tier models.
What Vehicles Will The Westlake SL309 Fit?
(This is not a complete list of ALL vehicles this tire will fit)
- Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Silverado, Suburban, Colorado
- Dodge Dakota, Durango, Ram, Nitro
- Ford Explorer, F-150, Ranger, Escape
- GMC Envoy, Jimmy, Sierra, Suburban, Canyon, Terrain
- Honda Element, CR-V
- Hyundai Santa Fe
- Kia Sorento, Sportage
- Mercury Mountaineer
- Nissan Pathfinder, Frontier
- Suzuki Equator, Grand Vitara
- Toyota 4Runner, Highlander
LT215/75R15 100/97Q BSW
LT235/75R15 104/101Q BSW
31X10.50R15LT 109Q BSW
185/75R16C 104/102R BSW
LT215/85R16 115/112Q BSW
LT225/75R16 115/112Q BSW
LT235/85R16 120/116Q BSW
LT245/75R16 120/116Q BSW
LT265/75R16 123/120Q BSW
LT285/75R16 122/119Q BSW
LT235/80R17 120/117Q BSW
LT245/75R17 121/118Q BSW
LT265/70R17 121/118Q BSW
LT285/70R17 121/118Q BSW
LT275/65R18 123/120Q BSW
Westlake SL309 prices range from approximately $97 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.
Warranty information unavailable at time of review.
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