Nitto Motivo vs Nitto Invo

Both Motivo and Invo belong to the high-performance touring tire category. Motivo is an all-season tire while its competitor is a summer time. Both are being designed for high-performance and luxury vehicles to deliver a blend of ride comfort, performance, and quality.

Motivo has advanced 3D interlocking siping technology and its most durable tread construction made up of the latest silica-infused agents makes it most reliable in the dry and wet grip with better handling facility over wet pavements. It excels in load and speed segments with proven durability.

Strengthen with silica-reinforced tread compound, Invo is a blend of touring tire traits. In a way that its ripple design 3D multi-wave sipes offer its riders superior snow traction and mesmerizing superiority in dry road handling. Its latest computer-driven technology made it possible for it to provide better hydroplaning resistivity and the most comfortable rides.

Compared to Invo, Motivo is far ahead in the category of dry / wet grip, superior handling on wet pavements, and long-lasting durability with the leading advantage in load and speed segments. Whereas its opponent Invo is a beast in providing the best dry road handling facility. Invo assures comfortable rides with enhanced hydroplaning resistivity. 

Comparison Table

SpecificationsNitto MotivoNitto Invo
Tire typeHigh-Performance Touring tireHigh-Performance Touring tire
Tire seasonAll-season TireSummer Tire
Tread patternAsymmetricalAsymmetrical
Available Sizes, Inches17, 18, 19, 2017, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
ApplicationSport coupes, luxury sedans, and crossoversLuxury and high-performance vehicles
Standard limited warranty5 years5 years
UTQG rating560 AA A260 AA A
Cost (245/45R20)206 $258.85 $

Tread Design

Motivo has an asymmetrical tread pattern with four circumferential grooves, one central rib, and two adjacent tread block columns. Its central rib and adjacent tread block columns have straight and z-shaped notches. There are straight-lined and 3D-designed sipes all over the tire. The tire’s overall contact patch is more than its opponent because it has comparatively narrower circumferential grooves although its lateral grooves are comparatively wider. Its shoulder blocks are also smaller than its opponent’s.

Invo also has an asymmetrical tread pattern with four circumferential grooves but with two ribs and one tread block column. Tread blocks in the column are of multiple shapes like triangular, pentagon type, etc. There are also comparatively less dense sipes on its adjacent tread block column. Its inner shoulder block, unlike its opponent, has notches on it. But the sipes on it are comparatively less dense. Its outer shoulder block also has notches and sipes including V-shaped and longitudinal. But overall, its contact patch is less than its opponent because it has a wider circumferential. But its siping density is comparatively lesser.

Grip Comparison

Motivo would provide a superior grip on dry pavements because it has a relatively more contact patch than its opponent. And it would provide a superior grip on wet pavements because it has 3D siping patterns, which gives it the edge over its competitor.

Invo would provide an inferior grip on dry pavements because it has relatively less contact patch than its opponent. And it would provide an inferior grip on wet pavements as well because it has relatively low density siping on it.

Dry GripHigherModerate
Wet GripHigherModerate

Handling Comparison

Motivo would provide an inferior handling on dry pavements because it has relatively smaller shoulder blocks than its opponent. But it would provide a superior handling on wet pavements because it also has relatively wider lateral grooves and 3D sipes on its shoulder blocks.

Invo would provide a superior handling on drier pavements because it has larger shoulder blocks than its adversary. But it would provide an inferior handling on wet pavements because it has narrower lateral grooves and less dense sipes on its shoulder blocks than its opponent.

Dry HandlingModerateHigher
Wet HandlingHigherModerate

Hydroplaning Resistivity

Even though lateral grooves and siping density of Invo is inferior to its competitor, it would still provide better-hydroplaning resistivity than its opponent because it has a comparatively high void ratio. It is due to having relatively wide circumferential grooves compared to its adversary. That’s the reason it would win in this race.


We can analyze the durability factor of comparison between both of our contenders by looking at the data table below. 

ContendersTread DepthMileage Warranty
Motivo (245/45R20)10/32″60000 miles
Invo (245/45R20)10/32″    No

So after having a look at the above data table we can easily conclude that Motivo will lead in this segment. Because it offers a 60000 miles treadwear mileage warranty. And although its opponent Invo has the same tread depth it is far behind its rival in durability factor because it does not offer any mileage warranty.

Comfort and Noise

For analyzing the comfort zone of contenders, take a look at their tread depths. It’s because the tread depth would determine the level of comfort a tire would provide since most impacts will be absorbed by the tread blocks. As we can see that both of them have equivalent tread depth, so we can conclude that both of them would offer a comfortable journey.

A humming noise is produced in vehicles because of air particles when they get captured in the void spaces and start colliding with the tread blocks. So Invo will produce more noise than its opponent because it has a relatively more space volume for air particles to encapsulate.

So both of them would provide a comfortable ride but Motivo wins the race in the noise-producing category.

Rolling Resistance and Fuel Efficiency

The fuel efficiency of any vehicle is also dependent upon its tires. Rolling resistance hinders the tire’s movement on the road due to the friction between the tire and the road. To overcome this resistance, a considerable amount of fuel is being used by the vehicle, which actually goes to waste. This resistance would be more in a tire having a large contact patch.

Hence, Invo would be considered a better choice from a fuel-efficiency perspective.

Load and Speed

Let’s have a look at that data table below to have more idea about the contenders’ load and speed ratings.

ContendersSpeed RatingMax Speed (mph)Load IndexMax Load (lbs.)
Motivo (245/45R20)Y1861031929
Invo (245/45R20)W168991709

So it has become obvious that Motivo would be better in speed and load factors too because it has a relatively high-speed rating and maximum load-bearing capacity.


Invo is more expensive than its opponent because it provides better handling facility on dry roadways. It is a more fuel-efficient tire. Finally, with better hydroplaning resistivity it gives its riders better traction during rain as well. Prices of Motivo and Invo are $206 and $260 respectively.

Quick Summary

Nitto Motivo;

  • has a reliable grip on dry and wet roads.
  • has superior road handling abilities on wet pavements.
  • produces less noise.
  • is cheaper although it is more durable.
  • has a high-speed rating and load-bearing capacity.

Nitto Invo;

  • provides superior road handling facility on dry pavements.
  • provides a more comfortable ride.
  • has better hydroplaning resistivity.

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