Best Rated Tires by Category

Updated 12/4/17

We've updated our list of the top rated tires for 2017, 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.

Touring All-Season

1. General Altimax RT43
4.7 out of 5 based on 292 user ratings as of 12/4/17.
The Altimax RT43 is our top pick for a Touring All-Season tire (T speed rating). It has over 230 reviews with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5, with a generous 65-75k mile warranty. It also has the most available sizes (over 80) to fit most cars and cross-over SUVs. Most car tire sizes will run under $100 per tire. It has scored well in a 2016 4-way comparison test at the Tire Rack, with good scores for dry, wet, and light snow traction (General Tire is owned by Continental Tire, which is known for their snow traction performance in All-Season tires). One negative is that there is some minor road noise, though it is quieter than most tires in the category. Check Prices and Read all Altimax RT43 Reviews at TireBuyer Check Prices on the Altimax RT43 at Walmart.com


2. Continental TrueContact
4.5 out of 5 based on 70 user ratings as of 11/27/17.
The TrueContact is more expensive than our #1 pick, but it has superior snow traction and also ranks #1 in Tire Rack's survey of Touring tires. If you drive in the rust belt and don't have separate winter tires, this is a solid choice. It also scored the highest for having low road noise. A note of caution however, some reviewers have reported that the tread wore down unusually quickly compared to other tires. Read all Continental TrueContact Reviews at TireBuyer

3. Kumho Solus TA11 Best Value Pick
4.6 out of 5 based on 105 user ratings as of 12/4/17.
The Solus TA11 is our best value pick in this category. It has a whopping 6 year/75k mile warranty, with a price under $100 per tire in most sizes. In a 2016 comparison test performed by Tire Rack, the Solus TA11 came in behind the General Altimax RT43 and Firestone Champion Fuel Fighter (we are withholding judgment on the Firestones as there are very few reviews currently), with their wish being that wet traction on the TA11 was a little better. Read all Solus TA11 Reviews at TireBuyer


4. Firestone Precision Touring
4.7 out of 5 based on 88 user ratings as of 7/20/17.
For 2017, the Firestone Precision Touring moves one spot up our list to #4. Firestone's touring tire is well reviewed at both the Tire Rack and TireBuyer. It gets good marks for rain and hydroplaning resistance, along with top 5 ratings for snow and ice traction. For the best All-Season winter performance however, we would recommend the Continental TrueContact. Read all Firestone Precision Touring Reviews at Tire Rack

5. Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring NT
4.6 out of 5 based on 153 user ratings as of 12/4/17.
Uniroyal's Tiger Paw Touring NT edges out the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus for #5 on our list. It has a solid 4.6 review rating from over 150 drivers. Also, the DOT code (8E) on the sidewall indicates that this tire is made at the Uniroyal plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama which is a plus for anyone wanting to buy "Made in the USA". Read all Tiger Paw Touring NT Reviews at TireBuyer.com

Grand Touring All-Season

1. Michelin Primacy MXV4 and MXM4 Best Seller
4.7 out of 5 based on 80 user ratings as of 11/27/17.
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. Read all Primacy MXV4 (60k mile warranty) Reviews at TireBuyer

2. General Altimax RT43 Best Value Pick
4.7 out of 5 based on 287 user ratings as of 11/10/17.
The Altimax RT43 is also a top pick in the Grand Touring All-Season category (H- and V- speed rating). It has over 200 reviews with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5, with a generous 65-75k mile warranty. It also has the most available sizes (over 80) to fit most cars and cross-over SUVs. Most car tire sizes will run under $100 per tire, making it an excellent value. Read all General Altimax RT43 Reviews at TireBuyer

3. Kumho Solus TA71 Best Value Pick
4.6 out of 5 based on 45 user ratings as of 10/12/16.
The Solus TA71 is another value pick in the GT category. It is relatively new, but has good reviews out of the gate with many reporting that it is a quiet tire, with good all-season performance including light snow capability and a 6 year/60k mile warranty. Prices are very good at just over $100 for most 17-inch sizes and under $100 for 15- and 16-inch tires. Check Prices and read all Solus TA71 Reviews at TireBuyer

4. Continental PureContact
4.5 out of 5 based on 88 user ratings as of 9/14/16.
Rated #1 performance tire pick for 2016 by Consumer Reports, due to excellent handling, dry/wet traction and hydroplaning resistance. Continental provides a 70k mile warranty. Read all Continental PureContact Reviews at TireBuyer

5. Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus
4.4 out of 5 based on 678 user ratings as of 9/14/16.
#1 rated Grand Touring tire in Tire Rack's survey of Grand Touring tires. It has the best light snow rating among the GT tire category, as well as a high score for low road noise. Do not confuse this with the Cinturato P7 All Season (no Plus), which is not rated as well. Read all Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviews at the Tire Rack

6. Michelin Premier A/S
4.3 out of 5 based on 87 user ratings as of 9/14/2016.
#2 rated Grand Touring tire in Tire Rack's survey of Grand Touring tires. It scores better in rain and hydroplaning resistance than other tires in the category, even besting the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. It also receives good scores for low road noise. Read all Premier A/S Reviews at TireBuyer

Performance and High Performance All-Season

1. Kumho Ecsta 4X II
4.8 out of 5 based on 20 user ratings as of 9/22/17. The Ecsta 4X II is actually classified as an Ultra High Performance A/S tire, but we're ranking it #1 here as it is price competitive with High Performance A/S tires. It has fantastic reviews at TireBuyer and is also a winner in multiple Tire Rack comparison tests. Read all Kumho Ecsta 4X II at TireBuyer

2. Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season
4.4 out of 5 based on 182 user ratings as of 10/12/16. This is one of our top picks for this category due to good ratings at Tire Rack and TireBuyer. It has decent winter performance, making this a good option if you can't or don't want to mount a separate set of winter tires. Goodyear provides a 6 year / 50k mile warranty. Read Eagle Sport All-Season Reviews at TireBuyer

3. Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
4.7 out of 5 based on 27 user ratings as of August 2016.
We would consider this more of a 3-season tire. It has the best scores for dry and wet weather traction, but does not score as well in snow and ice, which is why we rank it lower than the Goodyear Eagle Sport. If you require high performance and 4-season performance, aside from a separate set of winter tires, we would recommend looking at Continental's ExtremeContact, or possibly Sumitomo's HTR A/S P02 as a budget option. Read all Pilot Sport A/S 3 Reviews at TireBuyer

4. Continental PureContact
4.5 out of 5 based on 88 user ratings as of 9/14/16. This is rated the #1 performance tire pick for 2016 by Consumer Reports despite it being more of a Touring tire (indeed, some tires are now called Performance Touring). It has a 70k mile warranty, which is not the norm for most performance tires. If you do not need an true high performance tire, this is a good choice given its wet weather performance and long tread life. Read all Continental PureContact Reviews at TireBuyer

Ultra High Performance All-Season

1. BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp-2 A/S
4.9 out of 5 based on 33 user ratings as of 10/7/17.
The g-Force Sport Comp-2 A/S has the best dry handling rating in the UHP A/S category. It also has decent snow traction ratings. BFGoodrich provides a generous 6 year / 45k mile warranty. Read all g-Force Sport Comp-2 A/S Reviews

2. Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06
4.5 out of 5 based on 103 user ratings as of 9/22/17. The ExtremeContact DWS 06 has the best snow traction rating among UHP A/S tires at the Tire Rack, making this a fantastic choice for those who need a true 4-season tire on their performance vehicle. One negative is that the steering response/feel is not as good as other UHP A/S tires. Buyers should take note that numerous drivers have complained that the tires feel "squirmy" during aggressive driving. Continental offers a 50k mile limited warranty. Read all ExtremeContact DWS 06 Reviews at TireBuyer

3. Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- and Y-speed rating)
4.5 out of 5 based on 5 user ratings as of 9/22/17.
The Pilot Sport A/S 3 has the best wet handling rating in this category, albeit with a smaller sample size than the other tires here. If you frequently drive a sports or sporty car in the rain, this may be the tire for you. Also, if you can find the Pilot Sport A/S 3+, that version has improved snow/ice performance (we think Michelin should have just called it the Pilot Sport A/S 4, to avoid confusion). Read Pilot Sport A/S 3 Reviews at TireBuyer Read Pilot Sport A/S 3+ Reviews at Tire Rack

4. Kumho Ecsta 4X II   Best Value Pick
4.8 out of 5 based on 20 user ratings as of 9/22/17. Tire Rack rated the Ecsta 4X II the winner in a comparison with 3 other UHP A/S tires from Firestone, Sumitomo, and Fuzion. If you don't need the winter weather performance of Continental's ExtremeContact DWS 06, this is the UHP tire to get. Kumho also provides a 6-year / 40k mile warranty. Read all Ecsta 4X II Reviews at TireBuyer

5. General G-MAX AS-03
4.7 out of 5 based on 226 user ratings as of 10/1/16.
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-03 Reviews at TireBuyer

Max and Ultra High Summer Performance

1. Michelin Pilot Super Sport
5 out of 5 based on 37 user ratings as of 9/22/17.
This is the reigning sports car tire for both dry and wet traction. The 5.0 rating says it all. It is also #1 on Tire Rack's survey for Max Performance Summer tires. Michelin gives it a UTQG treadwear rating of 300, which is impressive considering its sticky grip. Read all Pilot Super Sport Reviews at TireBuyer

2. Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
4.9 out of 5 based on 7 user ratings as of 9/14/16.
This is Tire Rack's #1 rated tire in the Extreme Performance tire category. It is primarily suited for dry handling superiority in auto-cross, HPDE, or just canyon carving. To give you an idea of the lifespan of the tire, Bridgestone gives it a UTQG wear rating of only 200. Read all Potenza RE-11 Reviews at TireBuyer

3. BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2
4.5 out of 5 based on 57 user ratings as of August 2016.
Though this is classified as a UHP Summer tire, the g-Force Sport COMP-2 is Tire Rack's #1 rated tire in the category. Pricing is much more reasonable compared to the Max and Extreme performance tires listed above. Also, the UTQG treadwear rating is 340, which should allow you to get more mileage at the expensive of at-the-limit grip. Read all g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviews at TireBuyer

4. Firestone Firehawk Indy 500
4.5 out of 5 based on 139 user ratings as of 11/27/17.
The Firehawk Indy 500 is also a well-rated UHP summer tire. It has probably the most interesting tread pattern we've ever seen - there's even what can be best described as a lightning bolt to the outside edge. These are definitely worth a look, and are price competitive with the similarly rated BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2s above. Read all Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 Reviews at TireBuyer

SUV / Light Truck All-Season

1. Michelin LTX M/S2
4.8 out of 5 based on 2,209 user ratings as of 9/18/16.
This is one of the best selling SUV / Light Truck tires, and sits at the top of Tire Rack's survey results for the Highway All-Season category. Consumer Reports also named it their top All-Season truck tire for 2016. If you can afford them, they are the best on-road All-Season tire for your SUV or truck. Michelin has come out with the new Defender LTX M/S, but it is still relatively new (announced August 2015) and we would like to see more reviews before naming it to our list, though it should be a reliable choice if you cannot find the LTX M/S2 in your size. Read all Michelin LTS M/S2 Reviews at TireBuyer Read Michelin Defender LTS M/S Reviews at TireBuyer

2. General Grabber HTS60
4.8 out of 5 based on 31 user ratings as of 10/12/16.
This is our top pick for an SUV or truck that sees mostly city and highway driving. It has a 50-65k mile warranty depending on size, of which there are more than 60 to choose from. We recommend this as a less expensive alternative to the Michelin LTX M/S2. Read all General Grabber HTS60 Reviews at TireBuyer

3. Uniroyal Cross Country Tour
4.8 out of 5 based on 16 user ratings as of 9/5/2016.
The Uniroyal brand is owned by Michelin in the U.S., and has a high review rating like the others here. This is a good pick if you need an alternative in this category. Read all Uniroyal Laredo Cross Country Tour Reviews at TireBuyer

SUV / Light Truck All Terrain / On- and Off-Road Traction

1. General Grabber AT2
4.8 out of 5 based on 461 user ratings as of 9/22/16.
We rank the Grabber AT2 first in class due to its high 4.8 average rating from several hundred drivers. When comparing against other brands of several sizes, such as 31x10.5 and 33x12.5 on Jeeps and other trucks, the General Tires come in much cheaper for a set of 4. Features a 60k mile limited warranty. Read all Grabber AT2 Reviews at TireBuyer

2. Dick Cepek Fun Country
4.9 out of 5 based on 17 user ratings as of 9/2/16.
You may or may not have heard of this brand before (it is owned by Cooper Tire), and has excellent reviews at TireBuyer. OffRoad Extreme did an on-hands review and concluded it was a very capable A/T tire, with a tread profile almost like that of an M/T tire. Read all Dick Cepek Fun Country Reviews at TireBuyer

3. BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
4.8 out of 5 based on 55 user ratings as of 9/2/2016.
BFGoodrich's All-Terrain T/A KO2 is pricey, but has stellar reviews at both Tire Rack (#1 in category) and TireBuyer. Read all BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Reviews at TireBuyer

Truck Mud Terrain

1. BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM2
4.5 out of 5 based on 450 user ratings as of 9/2/2016.
BFGoodrich's Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 can be insanely expensive in some sizes (a set of 4 can cost over $3k!), but sits atop Tire Rack's survey results for maximum off-road traction, if you can or want to afford it. Read all BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM2 Reviews at TireBuyer

2. Firestone Destination M/T
4.8 out of 5 based on 25 user ratings as of 9/22/16.
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. Read Firestone Destination M/T Reviews at TireBuyer

3. Dick Cepek Extreme Country
4.6 out of 5 based on 19 user ratings as of 10/12/16.
This is one of the best rated M/T tires by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, which is a small brand owned by Cooper Tire. The brand specializes in A/T and M/T tires and it clearly shows, based on their reviews. OffRoad Extreme reviewed the new Extreme Country tire in depth on their Jeep and found it to be not only capable on the trail, but also quiet on the road. Read all Dick Cepek Extreme Country Reviews at TireBuyer