Experts say some of the all-season tires with top ratings include the Eagle RS-A, Eagle F1 and Eagle Ultra Grip GW3 from Goodyear Tires, along with Michelin Defenders, Pirelli P4 Four Seasons tires and Yokohama Avid Ascend, notes Car and Driver magazine and Consumer Reports. The class of all-season tires breaks down into more specific categories, such as performance tires and tires that perform best at high speeds, in the rain and in winter conditions. When evaluating tires, experts consider many factors, including speed, handling, grip, tread life and comfort for drivers.
In addition to passenger car tires, Consumer Reports maintains a list of exceptional all-season tires for SUVs and light trucks. These tires offer special designs and components to meet the driving demands and safety requirements of larger vehicles.
Of the numerous all-season tires available, the tires in the Eagle series from Goodyear Tires earn above-average marks for varying driving conditions, say authors at Car and Driver. These tires fall into the performance category, which means they offer a quiet, comfortable ride and good grip. The Eagle Ultra Grip makes a good choice for driving in winter weather, while the Eagle RS-A does well in all conditions year-round.
For average drivers looking for good handling and grip on wet and dry roads, Michelin Defenders, Pirelli P4 Four Seasons, Goodyear Assurance TripleTred and Yokohama Avid Ascends make top choices. These tires offer a smooth, safe ride, but have less tread life than performance all-season tires.