The Michelin Primacy MXV4 was the top all-season tire in ConsumerSearch's 2014 rankings. Professional reviewers lauded it for excellent traction, stable handling and ride comfort, while consumer reviewers liked its durability. Other top choices were the Dunlop Direzza ZII and the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.
Summer tires improve handling in wet or dry conditions during the summer months but can't handle snowy or icy conditions. ConsumerSearch's favorite in this category is the Dunlop Direzza ZII, a tire that provides responsive steering and excellent traction under both highway and track conditions. Like most tires in this category, the Dunlop Direzza ZII is noisier, less comfortable to ride and less durable than a top all-season tire.
The Michelin Pilot Super Sport topped ConsumerSearch's survey of professional reviews of high-performance tires. Suitable for track use, the tire impressed reviewers with its balanced performance under wet and dry conditions and with its high durability and ride comfort compared to most other tires in its class.
Winter or snow tires are designed to maintain traction under icy or snowy conditions. The top tires in this category are the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, a winter tire, and the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7, a studded snow tire.
For buyers on a tighter budget, ConsumerSearch recommends the Kumho Ecsta PA31 as delivering excellent all-season performance, low noise and good ride comfort at an estimated $80 per tire, compared to $130 for the Michelin Primacy MXV4. The tire is also one of the most durable in the discount tire class.