After a year of testing and analysis, Consumer Reports has released new car tire ratings on 47 all-season and performance all-season tires models and 21 snow tires.
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All-season tires are standard on many cars today and as Consumer Reports describes them, “They are designed to provide good grip on dry, wet, and snow covered roads, along with long wear and a smooth quiet ride.” The winner in this category is the Michelin Defender which stood out with its “impressive all-weather grip, crisp handling, and very long treadwear.”
Continental TrueContact and the General Altimax RT43 came in second and third, followed by the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus which has a projected lifespan of 100,000 miles.
Performance All-Season Tires
The Continental PureContact, Michelin Premier A/S, and the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus ranked the highest in this category, but the Continental tires get a slight advantage due to their strong performance in dry and wet grip, handling, snow traction and a quiet, comfortable ride. The Pirelli and Michelin tires share many of the same qualities, along with longer tread life. Read our review of the Michelin Premier A/S.
The Michelin X-Ice XI3 and Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 are top rated, but the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 is a strong performer that offers excellent winter traction. We’ve also had the chance to test the Hakkapeliitta R2 on our BMW i3s (here and here).
Full report can be found at Consumer Reports.