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How do you compare tire brands?

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Consumer Reports and SaferCar.gov, a website run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, are designed to help consumers compare tire brands. Many other consumer websites also provide tire brand reviews and comparisons.

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As of 2015, Consumer Reports offers reviews and ratings for a wide range of types and brands of tires. Tire ratings are broken down into different categories, including all-season tires, winter tires, all-terrain truck tires and ultra high-performance summer tires. To see the full ratings and recommended tires, one must pay a fee to become a subscriber. However, the website offers a free buying guide with information about the benefits of different types of tires.

As of 2015, SaferCar.gov offers a searchable database of more than 2,400 NHTSA-rated tire lines for passengers cars, SUVs, light pickup trucks and minivans. Its Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, or UTQGS, lets consumers compare tires based on traction performance, treadwear and temperature resistance. Users can choose a brand from the drop-down menu to see more information.

TireRack.com provides tire test results and reviews based on independent consumer surveys. The website lets consumers search tires by brand or vehicle make and model. ConsumerSearch provides reviews and ratings for various tire types and brands and includes estimated pricing. The editors analyze owner reviews and professional tire tests to come up with the best tires for all-seasons, high performance, summer and best value.

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