You can use anything that is the appropriate size.
MajesticLeaf wrote:Does anyone know if you are required to use "eco" tires if you replace your tires on a leased Leaf? I read that on another forum and have not been able to confirm. Apparently someone got charged when they turned in their Leaf because they didn't have special "energy efficient" (or "eco") tires, like the Ecopia.
Another recent post had the Nissan lease return guide. http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=18726&start=30
Guide is here. http://www.nissanusa.com/pdf/owning/Wear_and_Use_Guide.pdf
From that here's the quote on tires.
"If you need to replace any tires, be sure they are a matching set that matches the type,
quality, size and rating of the vehicle’s original factory tires."
I'd say that LRR is a "rating". I have heard of people being dinged for the "quality" before when they buy 4 no name brand new Chinese main brand tread copy tires and are told all 4 have to be replaced. I'm guessing if someone else reported they got charged for having non LRR that it was probably only part of what was wrong with the tires. If you put on 4 brand new continentals/Michelins/Dunlop etc... that are non LRR I doubt they would mind. Lease returns are all about how the car looks on the auction block or dealer lot. People don't want to see Wanaxwing super grip XXR5000 tires on a car in a Nissan lot, they also don't want to see mis matched tires.
Your best bet is used, go on craigslist or other similar sights and look for something LRR (most all season Michelin). The guide also says 4/32 tread depth, or 40-50% of the avg tire. I've paid as low as $150 a set (on steel wheels) for name brand tires around there.