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

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.  

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

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.
Monday, February 23, 2015 by NOOR harizal

I am looking for types that offer comfort & quietness during both low and high speed
Monday, February 23, 2015 by Gary

Noor,

Any of the tires I suggested in this blog are worth considering.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by John

I have a Saab 9-5 turbo, a 2006. I like to drive fast but I need quiet tires. I've been told Continental Extreme Contact or Bridgestone Potenza. Are they crazy?
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 by Gary

John,

There may be quieter options. What tire size are you using?
Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Richard Devlin

I have 2002 tundra limited and i'm looking for the quietest ride possible. can you give me some suggestions
Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Richard Devlin, What size tires are you using on your Tundra?
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by Murray Lorimer

Own a 2002 Lexus sc430 I only have 26,000 miles and use only in summer What tires do I buy wanting quietest ride being priority? Thanks
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Murray Lorimer, Are you looking for a standard or run-flat tire? Both were options for the 2002 SC430. Assuming standard tire, we would take a look at the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Bridgestone&tireModel=Turanza+Serenity+Plus&partnum=44WR8TSP&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GF3

If run-flat, it would actually be another Bridgestone tire, the DriveGuard: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Bridgestone&tireModel=DriveGuard&partnum=44WR8DGXLRFT&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GF3
Saturday, May 14, 2016 by Lee

I Have 2012 Buick enclave,I p2551 60 r19 Michelin Tires on it and i think there is too much road noise? is it the car? and what tire should i buy for wear and quite? Lee
Monday, May 16, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Lee, The Michelin Latitude Tour that came as Original Equipment is not generally considered to be a loud tire. You may have experienced uneven wear due to alignment or rotation. That being said, there are quieter tires out there. Take a look at the Pirelli Scorpion Verde A/S Plus: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireSearchResults.jsp?width=255%2F&ratio=60&diameter=19&rearWidth=255%2F&rearRatio=40&rearDiameter=17&zip-code=&affiliate=GF3

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