The March 2015 Consumer Reports ranked Michelin as the best tire manufacturer, based on ratings of tire grip, handling, low rolling resistance and long tread life. Many Michelin tires are class leaders in long tread life, and Michelin offers warranties against premature wear for both summer and winter tires.
Michelin tire models ranked well by Consumer Reports include the Defender, Primacy MXV4, X-Ice Xi3 and Latitude Tour. Continental is a close second to Michelin in Consumer Reports rankings, and excellent handling and stopping grip is characteristic of this brand. Continental tires often sell for lower prices as well. Recommended models include the PureContact, ExtremeContact DW and ExtremeWinterContact.
Consumer Reports ranks Goodyear third, as many of its tires are quality, but there are a few outliers. The Goodyear Assurance Triple Thread receives high marks as an all-season tire.
Consumer Reports ranks Pirelli fourth. This is a tire brand more commonly used for exotic vehicles. The company offers some quality tires for the average car, but short tread life plagues some models. The P4 Four Seasons, P Zero and Scorpion Verde All Season Plus are all recommended models.
Consumer Reports names Hankook, Cooper, Nokian and Yokohama as manufacturers of quality tires. Hankook has high-ranked all-terrain tires, Cooper excels in truck tires, Nokian specializes in winter tires, and Consumer Reports recommends Yokohama's three-season tires.