Tires can make a huge difference in your car’s handling and safety. Additionally, with the right rubber, you can enjoy a more comfortable driving experience and even save money.
The right tires depends a lot on how you drive, and in what weather conditions. To help you pick, Consumer Reports has released a list of the best tires in several different categories: All Season, Performance All Season, Ultra High Performance All-Season, Ultra High Performance Summer, Winter and Performance Winter.
All-season tires are the standard equipment for most manufacturers. They’re the ideal combination of performance in wet and dry conditions. Additionally, they’re known to be very comfortable and quiet compared to performance tires.
The top 4 All-Season tires for cars are:
Continental ProContact EcoPlus+ Michelin Energy Saver A/S Hankook Optimo H727 Goodyear Assurance TripleTred
The Continental, Michelin and Hankook tires all scored a rating of 82 in Consumer Reports test, while the Goodyear tires netted a score of 80.
Performance All-Season Tires:
While All-Season tires tend to be made for everyday driving, performance tires are made for those looking for better handling and cornering performance at higher speeds. Additionally, thanks to the added grip, braking performance is improved on these tires as well.
The top 4 Performance All-Season tires are:
Michelin Primacy MXV4 Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S Nokian WR G2 Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
The two Michelin tires came out on top with a rating of 84, while the Nokian and Bridgestone each earned an 80.
Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires:
Ultra High Performance (UHP) All-Season tires have some adequate snow performance but give up wet and dry performance in the process. All this compromise is in the name of versatility.
The Top 3 UHP All-Season Tires are:
Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Cooper Zeon RS3-A Sumitomo HTR A/S PO1
All three tires had a score of 82 from Consumer reports.
Ultra High Performance Summer Tires:
These tires aren’t intended to be driven on snow or ice. They have excellent responsiveness in wet or dry conditions.
The top 4 Ultra High Performance Summer Tires are:
Michelin Pilot Super Sport Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT Michelin Pilot Sport PS2
The Michelin Pilot Super Sport was far and away the winner in this group, getting a score of 90. The other tires in the group each earned a score of 82. The Pilot Sport PS2 is known to be original equipment on several high performance vehicles. Read our review of the Pilot Sport PS2 in our Tire Buyer’s Guide here.
These tires are made specifically for handling in the snow and on ice. While they are also stable on pavement, it’s their performance during winter weather that makes these tires really stand out.
The top Winter tires are:
Michelin X-Ice XI 2 General Altimax Arctic
Consumer reports gave the Michelin X-Ice tires a superb rating of 84, while the General Altimax Arctic earned a 78. The General tires are known for their super value, that performs well above it’s price point.
Performance Winter Tires
These tires trade in some of the ice and snow traction of the winter tires for more comfortable pavement performance. These types of tires, and winter tires are prone to wearing out a bit quicker, so are recommended for drivers who are usually in winter conditions.
The top 3 Performance Winter Tires were:
Nokian WR G2 Hankook Winter Icept Evo Michelin Pilot Aplin PA3
These three tires each earned a 76 from Consumer Reports. They are far and away the lowest rated passenger car tires of the test, so it’s no wonder they’re only recommended for winter conditions. The Nokian WR G2 are known to be a winter rated tire that can be left on the vehicle year-long, making for a true four season tire.
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