Best Car Tires for 2020
We combed expert reviews and resources to find the best tires in top categories, including all-season, budget and more.
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Every car and driver has different needs, depending on terrain, weather conditions and driving style. We considered tire type (all-season, summer or winter), load limit, speed rating and Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG), as well as customer reviews, credible sources and expert advice to come up with this list of our top picks for tires in five key categories.
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Best Tires for All Seasons: Michelin Defender T+H
Michelin Defender T+H ranks high for longevity, traction, safety and wet performance in all seasons. Reviewers love the proven tread design with Evertread compound, designed to extend tread life year-round. “Just put on second set of Defenders. Over 75,000 miles on first set. Could have gone to 80,000 but cut to one tire made it unrepairable,” says one reviewer on MichelinMan.com. “Most smooth riding and quiet tires I have ever owned. Even with this mileage still provided excellent performance in all conditions, even wet roads. Overall excellent tires in every category.” Plus they’re covered under a Michelin Promise Plan with a 60-day satisfaction guarantee.
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Best Tires on a Budget: General AltiMAX RT43
This all-season grand touring tire is popular because of its value and availability in many sizes. Tire sizes range from 13-in. to a hefty 20-in., meaning owners of compacts, sedans, vans and crossovers can purchase a reasonably priced tire for the cars they drive daily. The General AltiMAX RT43 has a limited tread wear warranty of up to 75,000 miles, and the manufacturer claims that sound wave suppression technology helps reduce road noise — a plus for a budget tire. “So far they are great tires, very quiet, smooth ride and excellent responsiveness and handling,” says one Amazon reviewer. “What sold me on them was the very high snow traction rating.”
Best Tires for Performance: Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+
Consumer Reports rates the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ a frontrunner in ultra-high performance all-season tires. The all-season tire is the middle child of the tire family, landing as a compromise between winter and summer tires. But the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ rates as “excellent” in dry braking and hydroplaning, and scores high marks from Consumer Reports for snow traction and noise and wet-braking and handling. The tire also scores 100 percent in its category on TireRack.com’s ratings survey. Plus, it comes with a healthy Michelin limited mileage warranty of 45,000 miles.
Best Tires for Winter: Bridgestone Blizzak WS90
The Bridgestone Blizzak WS90 tire shows up as one of the best tire choices in TireRack.com’s Winter/Snow ratings charts. It’s used daily by drivers in all kinds of winter weather, on compact cars, sedans, minivans and more. The Blizzak WS90 stays flexible in below-freezing temperatures, with a hydrophilic coating to grip tight to icy roads, and microscopic bite particles that act as tiny studs to improve braking and reduce slip. Bridgestone offers a lengthy limited warranty on these tires that includes a supplemental mileage limited warranty and a Buy & Try guarantee.
Best Tire Company Overall: Michelin
Consumer Reports placed a Michelin product first in three of its seven categories (summer ultra-high performance, all-season performance and all-season light truck) in 2019. Michelin has more than tripled the nearest competitor for Consumer Reports Number One rankings. And the inventor of the radial tire took the top spot in customer satisfaction in three out of four categories of the 2019 J.D. Power Original Equipment Tire Satisfaction Study, earning 91 J.D. Power awards since 1989.
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