We've updated our list of the top rated tires for 2023, grouped by performance category or the type of tire. We have included some top picks from Consumer Reports magazine, which don't necessarily translate to the average review score of real drivers. However, rigorous testing was performed on the Consumer Reports picks, so they deserve a mention here.
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The Ironman GR906 is our new Touring All-Season value pick for 2020. It has an excellent average rating, no doubt due in part to a very affordable price. However, reviewers give it high marks in all categories including quietness, comfort, wet and dry traction, which are all hallmarks of a good Touring All-Season tire. It does have a somewhat low 45K mile warranty for a touring tire.Read all Ironman GR906 Reviews at TireBuyer
The Michelin Primacy is one of the top selling and best rated Grand Touring tires on the market. The MXM4 is a little more of performance touring tire, with slightly less on the warranty to reflect that. Either version of the Primacy is pricey compared to others in this list, though they are widely considered to be worth the money. It is a quiet, dependable tire that lasts long and performs well in both dry and rainy conditions.
Update: The Primacy slips a little in our ranking due to reviewer complaints about the tire wearing faster than expected. As one of the more expensive GT tires on the market, we believe the tread should be able to make it to at least 60K miles for the average vehicle.Read all Primacy MXV4 (60k mile warranty) Reviews at TireBuyer Read all Primacy MXM4 (45-55k mile warranty) Reviews at TireBuyer
Update: We're not sure what's happening with the slipping ratings, but reviews seem to echo what we've seen read for the Michelin Primacy - the tires are wearing out faster than expected. We would rather get one of the tires higher up on the list just for peace of mind.Read all Premier A/S Reviews at TireBuyer
The Falken Ziex ZE960 A/S looks to be the replacement for the well-rated ZE950 A/S, though at the time of this writing, you can still buy the ZE950 A/S. It has some great reviews, and are specifically marketed for all-season weather. Early reviews from drivers show that it does provide some grip in light snow conditions. Falken's description of the ZE960:
The versatile ZIEX ZE960 A/S delivers exceptional performance and responsive handling in any condition. Flask Siping provides enhanced hydroplaning resistance and wet weather grip throughout the life of the tire, while Canyon Groove technology enhances snow traction without disrupting a smooth ride. Designed to match the performance attributes of today’s premium coupes and sedans, the ZIEX ZE960 A/S delivers confidence and control behind the wheel. Featuring up to a 65,000 mile Tread Life Warranty, the ZE960 provides drivers with safety and performance season after season.Read Falken Ziex ZE960 A/S Reviews at TireBuyer Read Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S Reviews at TireBuyer
Update 4/2/21: The G-MAX AS-05 moves up to first place in the UHP A/S category for 2021, due to slightly worsening average scores for the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp-2 A/S and the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3.
Update 12/19/17: The AS-03 isn't widely available any longer, but we would look at the successor, the G-MAX AS-05, which has excellent reviews as well.
We also like General Tire's UHP A/S offering, which came in 2nd place in Tire Rack's comparison test. It has also been widely reviewed by hundreds of drivers, so there is more history on this tire. There are also several more sizes available on the G-MAX (20-22 in.) that are not available on other models. Similar to Kumho's Ecsta 4X II, it also has a 40k mile warranty.Read all G-MAX AS-05 Reviews at TireBuyer
The Ironman All Country A/T is a well-rated, affordable option to expensive top-tier A/T tires like those offered by BFGoodrich and General. These are worth a good look with over 150 reviews available. They may not fit for larger trucks however, as we only see sizes available for 15-18" wheels.Read all Ironman All Country A/T Reviews at TireBuyer
These are probably one of Nitto's best rated tires, with high marks across the board except in the heavy snow category. Many reviewers report that it is a quiet tire as far as A/T tires go.Read all Nitto Ridge Grappler Reviews at Discount Tire Direct Read all Nitto Ridge Grappler Reviews at TireBuyer
Nittos are known as a dependable tire brand on truck websites and forums. The Terra Grapplers are a rugged, capable A/T tire - the 4.6 out of 5 average rating from over 400 drivers definitely inspires confidence.Read all Nitto Terra Grappler Reviews at Tirebuyer
This looks to be one of Ironman's best sellers, the All Country M/T mud terrain tire. With over 200 reviews, scores are excellent in every category except for noise. They're available in sizes from 15" up to 22".Read all Ironman All Country M/T Reviews at TireBuyer
The Safari TSR has excellent reviews as with the Dick Cepek Extreme Country. We would be happy with either of them, so it is up to personal preference, sizing and/or price.
Kelly's own ratings:
Firestone's mudder has excellent reviews as well, coming in 2nd place in Tire Rack's survey behind the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2, and should be slightly less expensive depending on the size. We've included it on our list due to excellent driver ratings and value.
Update: The original Destination M/T has been replaced by the new M/T2, which has solid reviews out of the gate.Read Firestone Destination M/T2 Reviews at Tire Rack