Tire brands that receive good ratings from experts include Michelin, Continental, Pirelli, Goodyear, Nokian, Cooper, Yokohama and Hancook. Of all tire brands available, Michelin tires routinely demonstrate exceptional performance, have long lifespans, maximize fuel economy and create a comfortable, quiet ride, say reviewers at Consumer Reports. Continental tires also earn positive feedback for superior handling and retaining grip on wet and dry surfaces.
Drivers looking for tires to suit specific needs, such as performance, all-season, winter and ultra-high performance, can find them from these top brands. From Michelin, top models for all-season tires and performance all-season tires are the Michelin Defender and Michelin Primacy MXV4. Its leading winter tires are Michelin X-ice Xi3 and Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 for performance, say reviewers at Consumer Reports.
From Continental, the ProContact EcoPlus model takes the lead for best all-season performance, and the PureContact models take the lead in the performance all-season category. Continental also offers winter, truck and ultra high-performance tires at reasonable prices.
Some companies, like Pirelli and Cooper, specialize in different types of tires. Pirelli, an Italian brand, manufactures performance tires for sports cars. Pirelli tires feature good handling and traction on wet and dry surfaces. Cooper offers tires in the all-season, winter and performance categories with excellent grip and longevity for all types of trucks.