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
Michelin Defender
Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy

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."


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


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


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
Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Leslie

I have a 2005 Escalade ESV.
What is the recommendation for a quietest ride
Monday, June 6, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Leslie, What size are you currently running?
Saturday, June 11, 2016 by Tom

I have a 2013 Venza with 20 inch 245/50 Goodyear ATS tire that seem to be very noisy. Looking for the best alternative for a much smoother and quieter ride.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by Jerry

I have a 2011 Lincoln MKS and I was wanting to put some quiet and smooth riding tires to put on it. What do you recommends?
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Jerry, What size tires are you using? 235/55R18, 255/45R19 or something else?
Thursday, July 28, 2016 by Barry

Hello, I'm looking for very quiet/comfortable tyres (ultra high performance is not necessary) for 2012 BMW 335i e92, M sport:
225/35 R19 (F), 255/30 R19 (R)
What would you recommend?
Thank you. Barry
Monday, August 1, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Barry, Unfortunately all of the tires in a matched set of your sizes are going to be performance oriented. That being said, the best ride quality would come from the Continental Extreme Contact DW: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=ExtremeContact+DW&frontTire=235YR9ECDWXL&rearTire=53YR9ECDWXL&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GF3
Saturday, August 13, 2016 by Gary

Hi, I have a honday civic 2009 coupe, I'm looking for the most comfortable (that absorbs road impact and bumpiness) and quietest tires. Can you recomend any?

I currently have michelin harmony and they were very comfortable, but I got a flat tire on one and swaped that single one with a michelin premier AS (yea i know i'm suppose to do atleast both tires). But even then I noticed the premier AS was noiser than the michelin harmony (but the bumpiness comfort was on par).

205/55 r16

I see reviews that the Defender is quiet? How does it compare to the harmony or the premier. I also see that the pireli cinturato p7 plus all season is suppose to be quiet how does that compare to the premier or harmony?

Sunday, August 14, 2016 by rob lesser

Just purchased 1998 BMW Z3 1.9 , looking for a performance tire that has a good quiet sound rating.
What are your suggestions?
Thanks in advance
Monday, August 15, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Gary, The Defender unfortunately will not be any quieter than the Premier A/S. Check out the Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S Plus: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Pirelli&tireModel=Cinturato+P7+All+Season+Plus&partnum=055HR6CP7ASP&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GF3
Monday, August 15, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Rob, Are you looking for a summer or an all season tire?
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by Donna

Looking for quiet summer tire for 2008 Saab 9-5 sedan (not aero)
Michelin Primacy on the car now. Thanks
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Donna, Generally summer tires are going to be louder than their all season counterparts. Are you looking for a summer tire to provide dry grip for spirited driving in addition to being quiet or are you just looking for a quiet and comfortable tire?
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by Saul Schaefer

I'm looking to switch out my new Michelin Energy Saver AS tires (2017 Chevrolet Volt) due to excessive road noise; I've done this with other cars with success. Candidates are Turanza Serenity Plus, Khumo SA71; other suggestions? do you think it will make a difference with these tires/car?
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Saul, Both are quiet and comfortable tires. The better ride and noise quality however would come from the Bridgestone. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by Eagle

Hi, I'm looking to replace the OEM Michelin Primacy MXV4's on my Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE (215/55-17 93V), which are quiet. The door label says the car will take H or V rated tires. I am not a "spirited" driver and in fact drive fairly calmly to maximize MPG. I've read complaints that the Michelin Premier A/S (replacement for the MXV4) is noisy. Also looking at the Continental PureContact and Pirelli P7 Cinturado Strada (?). Will an H rated tire be quieter or offer a cushier ride? Should I be looking at less "performance" focused tires for a smoother ride when extreme performance is not my goal? Thanks.
Friday, September 30, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Eagle, There really won't be an appreciable difference in noise between H and V. However the H rated tire will give you a slightly better ride. -- sonny@tirerack.com

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