Consumer Reports Best Tires of 2016

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

As the only part of your car that touches the road, tires are extremely important.

The proper tire not only affects your car’s safety and handling, but even its fuel economy. It’s difficult to shop for tires, however, with a wide selection of offerings from numerous tire manufacturers, so thankfully, Consumer Reports has tested more than 150 tire models to find the best tires available in 2016. The publication put each tire through a battery of tests, including braking, handling, hydroplaning resistance, winter traction, ride comfort and rolling resistance.

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In addition, Consumer Reports evaluated how long a tire wears by driving on them day and night for up to 16,000 miles in rural Texas. Here are Consumer Reports‘ top picks for each category.

Best All-Season Tire – Michelin Defender

Claiming the all-season tire category is the Michelin Defender, besting 16 tested models. The tire offers solid all-season grip and crisp handling and owners can expect a long tread life up to 90,000 miles.

Best Performance All-Season Tire – Continental PureContact

Those looking for more performance in their all-season tire should go with the Continental PureContact, which offers slightly more emphasis on handling and cornering grip. With impressive dry and wet braking, handling and hydroplaning resistance, the Continental PureContact is Consumer Reports‘ choice for best performance all-season tire. Although its not best in class, the Continental PureContact does provide very good tread life.

Best UHP Summer Tire – Pirelli P Zero

The best ultra-high-performance summer tire is the Pirelli P Zero, boasting a speed rating above 149 mph while delivering the ultimate in dry and wet handling. Naturally, they’re not suited for cold weather. The publication notes that like many summer tires, the Pirelli P Zero has fair tread life, but some runner-ups did last longer.

Best All-Season Truck Tire – Michelin LTX M/S2

Ideal for heavy loads on SUVs and pickup trucks, the best all-season truck tire is the Michelin LTX M/S2. Designed to perform well in most conditions, the LTX M/S2 has an impressive balance of four-season grip with very good snow traction, a quiet and smooth ride as well as excellent tread life.

Best All-Terrain Truck Tire – Hankook Dynapro AT-M

If you need something to tackle all sorts of different terrains, the Hankook Dynapro AT-M claimed top honors in the all-terrain truck tire category. The more rugged tread offers additional traction on unpaved and snowy roads and Hankook’s tire scored good or better in all test categories. It is also just one of two all-terrain tires that were tested to have excellent tread life.

Best Winter/Snow Tire – Michelin X-ice XI3

Winter is coming! OK not really, but for the cold months, you will want to grab yourself a set of Michelin X-ice XI3 tires, which offer outstanding snow traction and grip on ice along with a smooth, quiet ride.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • RWS RWS on May 11, 2016

    Consumer Reports is still not testing most of Nokian's and Vredestein's all-weather tires. These are far superior to so-called "all-season" tires.

  • Chuck Chuck on May 12, 2016

    I can tell what not to get. Yokohama YK580. POS lasted only 13,000 miles before they became dangerous on wet roads. Yokohama and Discount Tire screwed me royally