Looking for Quiet Tires? Check Out My Top Three Picks!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Gary Stanley

When shopping for tires, most drivers place a good deal of emphasis on quietness. No one wants to listen to a loud tire on a long trip or have to shout at their passengers to have a conversation. Tire noise can be more than just an annoyance, it can also mask important sounds that affect vehicle performance, maintenance and safety.  

For most drivers, the quietest tires are found in the Passenger All-Season, Standard Touring All-Season and Grand Touring All-Season performance categories.  

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred
Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred
Michelin Defender
Michelin
Defender
Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy
MXV4


For Passenger All-Season tires, the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred and Michelin Energy Saver A/S both received top ratings for noise comfort. While the Goodyear is not available in many sizes, the Michelin is made in quite a few popular fitments ranging from compact cars to crossover vehicles.  

In the Standard Touring All-Season category, the Michelin Defender has consistently received high praise from our customers in regards to its smooth and quiet ride. It's also designed to deliver extra long wear and all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, even in light snow. 

If you're driving a vehicle that uses tires with higher speed ratings, check out the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus and Michelin Primacy MXV4. The P7 All Season Plus is a relative newcomer with few miles reported in our surveys, but initial feedback has been outstanding. Developed to be environmentally friendly, Pirelli's EcoImpact icons confirm the tire's contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air, low noise and long wear. Michelin's Primacy MXV4 offers a quiet, comfortable ride, long treadlife, responsive handling and all-season traction. You can learn about my personal experience with this Michelin tire by reading "Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tires Installed on My Crossover."

Comments on Looking for Quiet Tires? Check Out My Top Three Picks!

Saturday, July 12, 2014 by Ira Wechter:
I recently purchased a 2011 Mercedes Benz Certified Pre-Owned SLK350 (Base Model with 18" wheels - no AMG Sport Package), and I would like to soften the ride and make the ride as comfortable and as quiet as possible. Based on the current tread remaining on the current tires, I estimate that I will probably need to purchase new tires in the next 3 to 4 months. My questions are as follows: (1) As you know, this vehicle has split size front and rear tires. Do I need to continue using different size front and rear tires (i.e., 225/40R18 or ZR18 (fronts) and 245/35R18 (rears)), or can I purchase four tires of the same size so that they can be properly rotated (not swapped)? (2) What brand(s) of tires do you recommend to enable me to achieve my goals (comfortable and quiet ride)? Do I have to stick with the high speed, ultra-high performance (Y speed) tires for this vehicle? Or, can I use a high performance tire with a lower speed rating (because I have no intention of driving this vehicle at more than 80-85 mph for any sustained length of time, and I have absolutely no desire to drive this car because of its performance capabilities. I love this car, but I want to know if I can improve the quality of the ride (in terms of comfort and the lowest noise levels possible) by using tires that are specifically aimed at my driving needs (i.e., without compromising safety relative to the manufacturers requirements). Any advice you can give me on this would be greatly appreciated.

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