The Viva 3 tire made by Goodyear is sold exclusively through Walmart and offers a simple point A to B driving solution.
On the surface, the Viva 3 looks like any other all-season tire with more or less the same tread-wear warranty compared to other tires within the range of 60,000-miles.
The Goodyear Viva 3 is the third generation tire of the Viva series, it’s been around for about 10 years already. Even though there are some unhappy customers out there, the Viva 3 would have been recalled if there were any real causes for concern.
Let’s look at the tire’s performance within a few different categories.
The Goodyear Viva 3 has wide circumferential grooves to help evacuate mud and water. Water is channeled through the tire tread to keep the tire connected to the road as much as possible in wet conditions. Goodyear is using a compound that performs well in wet and dry conditions and even in light snow.
The compounds used in this tire are flexible enough to operate in the cold winter and also durable enough to perform during the summer. The Goodyear Viva 3 has a better grip and traction than any of the previous Viva line tire models reviewed. A unique ribbed tread design provides great handling and steering response. It has a good grip and short braking distance to keep you safe.
Goodyear has optimized zig-zag tread patterns on this tire to reduce road noise while providing a smooth comfortable ride. This type of tread pattern also helps to distribute the overall treadwear.
It also uses stable shoulder blocks that provide confident handling in all-season conditions.
Goodyear Viva 3 Specifications
The Viva 3 has a speed rating of T on most sizes of this tire and an H rating on the bigger 17 and 18-inch versions. What this means is that the tires can be safely operated at speeds of 118mph with a T speed rating and 130mph for the H speed rating. Considering that 118 mph is far over any speed limit in the US, a speed rating of T or above will be totally sufficient for anyone.
Tire Load Index
The load index of the tire is the amount of weight it can handle safely. Depending on which size Viva 3 you choose, your load index will range from 82 on the smallest version and 105 on the biggest version of the Viva 3.
A load index of 82 means that the tire can take a load of 1047 lbs and on the bigger models the load index of 105 can support 2039 lbs.
Rating And Score
The Goodyear Viva 3 scored a total of 70 points out of 100 based on points given for the following categories shown in the chart below.
What We Like
- These tires are relatively inexpensive in the $60-$70 range.
- Grip on Dry and wet roads is decent for the price.
What We Don’t like
- The tread wears down quickly (Sometimes as early as 20,000 miles).
- Annoying noises and vibration once you reach 60 miles per hour.
Limited Treadwear Warranty
The Viva 3 has a 60,000-mile warranty. The Tread-wear Warranty is provided by Walmart and protects the original purchaser from premature tire wear. They will provide a pro-rata replacement if the tread wears down before reaching its warranted mileage and will be based on the date on your Walmart invoice.
This means that if you qualify for replacement tires, you will only be charged for the tread you’ve already used. The tread will be considered “used up” once it reaches 2/32 of an inch (1.6mm) in tread depth.
Goodyear Viva 3 vs Assurance Comparison
Which is the better tire, the Goodyear Viva 3 or the Assurance All-Season tire?
Both tires are close in price brand new currently which is approximately $65 to $95, with a tread pattern looking similar with the exception of the shoulder sipes.
We believe that the Assurance All-Season is a better tire though. Tread wear seems to be superior on the Assurance when reviewing consumers reports of the Viva 3 tires wearing down on occasions where less than 10,000 miles has been put on them.
Goodyear Viva 3 Tire Sizes
Final Thoughts And Recommendations
The Goodyear Viva 3 tire is an affordable tire that is available to fit 5 different wheel diameters. Performance is average on dry pavement and subpar on wet surfaces. Additionally, tread longevity and tire noise both seem to be an issue with this tire.
If you do decide to get these tires and have vibration issues, we highly suggest you go back to the installer and get them checked out before waiting for the issue to get worse.
Overall for the price, you can’t expect these tires to compare to higher range premium tires. The Viva 3 tires are a good budget option perfectly suitable for everyday basic commuting on a vehicle you don’t want to put much money into. With that being said we believe for a similar budget, the Goodyear Eagle RS-A is a better option.