Top Rated High Performance Car Tires of 2021 Including Winter Replacements
Buy the right tires
Earlier we learned of the latest update of Consumer reports on their top recommended picks for SUV and truck tires. And, we’ve also learned that with Labor Day and fall just around the corner, we can expect some new car offerings to emerge. That is why now is the time to start planning ahead when researching that new car offering and deciding which tires you are going to have on your vehicle as part of the negotiation process when negotiating with a car dealer.
Thus, auto analysts from Consumer reports recently published their findings on high performance tires designed for cars in the following categories:
• All season and all season performance
• Ultra-high all-season performance
• Ultra high performance all seasons summer, winter / snow
• Winter / snow performance
What to look for in your new tires
Tires can make a huge difference in your driving and driving experience and your safety. And when looking for tires, don’t fall for the ads and tire models that a tire center can push because of the bad sellers they have to unload. Instead, be sure to base your purchasing decision less on price, and more on the impact of tire choices on braking, handling, handling, noise, and fuel economy. .
According to Consumer reports, their analysts annually test more than 40 tire models for cars, trucks and SUVs at their Consumer Reports automotive test center and on thousands of miles of public roads to determine what each model actually brings to tire buyers in terms of performance rather than relying on the manufacturer’s claims.
To see how they do their tests, here’s a YouTube video showing what their analysts are looking at in tires in what must be a car enthusiast’s dream job — getting paid to take road trips.
Car test: the one-day road trip
Tire test results
To be clear, the distinction between a performance tire and a standard tire is that performance tires are ‘grip tuned’ for enthusiastic driving and generally have a higher speed rating than standard tires, while providing better handling. and better braking capabilities.
That said, here’s a rundown of the best CR recommended car tires by category:
The best all-season tire recommended —It turns out that the Michelin Defender T + H is their first choice not only for large SUVs and trucks, but is also a great choice for many car models due to its superior dry braking, handling. route and its resistance to hydroplaning.
Priced at $ 156.99 to $ 160.99 per tire, this all-season tire offers a good overall blend of the aforementioned tire qualities when tested (it had average or better performance with each test performed), including remarkable tread life expectancy of 85,000 miles.
For a cheaper and less expensive alternative, for this class, they also have the General Altimax RT43 as a solid performance tire with an expected tread life of 70,000 miles.
Best Recommended All-Season Performance Tire –The Michelin CrossClimate2 with its unique tread designs and improved rubber compounds that increase traction over a wide temperature range have made it CR’s first choice. Unless you expect to drive your car in extreme snow conditions, there is no need to swap this all season tire for winter / snow tires when bad weather hits this winter.
A drawback of this tire, as with many tires capable of snow and ice, rolling resistance measurements indicate that fuel economy is likely to be affected. One notable shortcoming is rolling resistance, an assessment based on testing of a tire’s impact on fuel economy.
Although the expected tread life is 75,000 in comparison, CR recommends the Continental PureContact LS as a good all-season alternative performance tire.
Most Recommended Ultra High Performance All Season Tires —Aimed at premium sedans and sports vehicles, the Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate scored top marks for better handling and more responsive steering in wet and dry conditions (including braking on wet and dry surfaces) – – but does not measure as well when it comes to tread wear and ride comfort.
Fortunately, however, CR found four alternatives that came close overall offering better balance with higher ratings for life and tread comfort with the Michelin Pilot Sport A / S 3+, the General G-MAX. AS-05, the G-Force COMP-2 A from BFGoodrich / S, and the Vredestein Quatrac Pro.
Most Recommended Ultra High Performance Summer Tires —The Michelin Pilot Sport 4s offers maximum handling and braking with better grip in hot weather and on dry roads. That said, CR cautions that with reduced temperatures it loses some of its best grip capabilities and owners may want to swap out winter tires if they are traveling in snow and ice conditions.
Alternative tire choices include the Continental ExtremeContact Sport and the General G-Max RS.
The best recommended winter / snow tire —The Bridgestone Blizzak WS90 ranks better thanks to its excellent snow traction capabilities as well as its above-average dry braking qualities, hydroplaning resistance and ride comfort performance. Because this is a winter / snow tire, it has a very deep tread which allows a vehicle to handle snow much better than an all season tire, and therefore does not qualify for a comparison. accurate when considering the expected life of the tread compared to other types of tires. At a cost of $ 131 per tire, this is another reasonable tire purchase.
An alternative offered is the Michelin X-Ice Snow; however, its handling score is below average and it is more expensive.
Best Recommended Performance Winter / Snow Tire —The Vredestein Wintrac Pro is the winter-only exchange for ultra-high performance all-season and summer tires for a smoother season. CR tests show that it excels in resistance to hydroplaning, traction on snow and braking on ice; and therefore, is the first choice for the toughest winter driving conditions. As always with tires designed for snow and ice, however, its rolling resistance factor affects fuel economy.
A finalist alternative includes the Michelin Pilot PA4, but to a lesser extent when it comes to snow grip capabilities.
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Timothy Boyer is a reporter for Torque News Tesla and EV based in Cincinnati. Experienced in early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for better performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily news from Tesla and electric vehicles.