We will be reviewing the budget friendly, Goodyear Viva 3 sold exclusively through Walmart. You would be hard-pressed to find anything cheaper that can get you from point A to B.
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 Viva 3 is a Goodyear built tire with some baggage. Tread longevity and tire noise both seem to be an issue with this tire.
One of the biggest complaints about the Goodyear Viva 3 is that the tread wears down a bit too quickly. Annoying noises and the feeling like it’s giving off vibrations while driving over 60 mph are a couple other issues. As a side note, if you do decide to get these tires I would highly suggest you go back to the installer and get them checked out before waiting for the issue to get worse. 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.
Now that that’s out of the way, 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 the Viva 3 are flexible enough to operate in the cold winter and also durable enough to perform during the summer. It has a better grip and traction than any of the previous Viva tire models. A unique ribbed tread design gives 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.
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? We are compiling data and will have more information soon.
Goodyear is the number 1 tire brand in North America. More Goodyear tires are fitted to new vehicles than any other tire brand. Goodyear has been making tires for over 100 years and has a huge reputation to uphold.
The Viva 3 is the third generation tire of the Viva series, it’s been around for about 10 years already. Even though there are a few unhappy customers out there, the Viva 3 would have been recalled if there were any real causes for concern. The Goodyear Viva 3 is the perfect tire for you if you’re on a serious budget and need to replace your current tires that have worn down.
It’s important to note that the Viva 3 is a budget tire and won’t compare to other more expensive options. At this price range, you’re not going to get much better and still get a reputable brand, if anything at all.
I wouldn’t recommend buying these tires to use with any high-performance vehicle. These aren’t exactly high-performance tires, they’re just meant to be used for everyday commuting, not fast acceleration, speed, and tight cornering.
In closing, if you treat these tires well they should last at least 50,000 miles and in some cases up to 90,000 miles of tread life.
Tips On How To Make Your Viva 3 Tread Last Longer
- Make sure your alignment is 100% correct. If you feel your steering pulling to either side your alignment is probably out.
- Try to only turn your steering wheel once your car is moving, if you turn your steering while the car is stationary you‘ll wear the front tires tread down quickly as it rubs against the ground.
- Accelerate slowly and brake gently to reduce your tire wear and also save you on gas.
- Taking turns at lower speeds will increase your tread life as well.
- Rotate your tires periodically to even out the treadwear in the back and front tires. Just swap the front tires with the back as the front tires will always wear down quicker.
- Make sure that your tires are inflated to the correct pressure. Over-inflation will cause your tires to wear down quickly in the middle of the tread. Under-inflation will wear your tires down on the sides. Normal tire pressure for passenger vehicles is around 30 to 35 PSI but you can check inside your doorjamb for a sticker that specifies tire pressures for specific your vehicle.
Goodyear Viva 3 Tire Size Options