Great Handling and Fun-to-Drive All-Season Tires

Friday, March 30, 2012 by Alex Mouroulis

When most of the grip of a summer tire is enough and you'd like to have aggressive handling for on ramps and back roads, a good all-season option is for you. Offering light snow capability and sporty handling characteristics, these tires are longer lasting than their summer counterparts. Many drivers in the northern climates run Ultra High Performance All-Season tires as their summer tires, while keeping them installed during the other seasons as they provide year-round traction.

All-season tires have come leaps and bounds in their dry weather handling. The following tires are three options I really like in the category and our Tire Survey Results reflect favorably on each selection.
 

Bridgestone RE970AS Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS
Pole Position
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S Plus
Pirelli PZero Nero All Season
Pirelli P Zero Nero
All Season


We conducted our own test comparing these tires head-to-head last summer. The Michelin tire offered the best ride quality, steering and cornering feel in the dry conditions. Bridgestone led the pack in braking feel and wet condition handling. While the set of Pirelli P Zero tires had a very confidence-inspiring feel in the slalom and allowed for a high degree of traction on our skidpad. Overall a very fast set tire. Complete results can be found by reading "Testing Bridgestone's Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire."

To see which option is right for you, shop by vehicle.

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