What Are the "Best" Tires?

Often times I get this question in the BMW forums: Which are the best tires for my BMW? Or for any vehicle for that matter. 

Well, that depends! Is there one best golf club to use for your next 18 hole outing? Any golfer will tell you that there is not. Is there one best tool for building a deck? Of course not. Each tool or club is designed by its maker to do certain things very well, but in the process certain compromises are made. You're not going to hit that long drive with your best putter, nor will you nail together a deck very well with your Phillips head screwdriver. The same goes for tires.

Here are just a handful of characteristics and priorities that tire engineers build into the design process of a tire :
  • Tread wear 
  • Dry grip
  • Wet traction
  • Snow traction
  • Ice traction
  • Steering response
  • Noise levels
  • Ride quality
  • Off-road traction
So what to do? Unlike having all of your favorite tools in your big rolling toolbox, it simply is not practical to have eight or more sets of tires ready for whatever condition or characteristic you are looking for each day. 

You can begin your decision process by using Tire Rack's Tire Decision Guide. It is an outstanding tool for those just starting to research their tire choice, or for those who need a quick recommendation. 

If you would like more help, have questions or just need to confirm your choice to make sure you're making a good decision, contact one of our sales specialists for assistance. 

Comments

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by James Blackmon

Can you install 22" tires/wheels on a 2010 Ford Escape. If so what is required to do so.

Thanks
Monday, March 11, 2013 by Gary

James,

Yes you can install 22" wheels on the 2010 Ford Escape using tire size 245/30R22.

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by jordan

I have 225/45zr17 on my 96 bmw 328i i bought the car a few weeks ago and i noticed the tires are rubbing on the inside of the wheel well what should i do???
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Gary

Jordan,

What is the width and offset of the wheels that you are using?
Sunday, November 16, 2014 by dr b t rao

I have 2005 nissan murano front tyres245/60/18 but I want to change my back tyres with 255/70/18 will this two combin ations work
Monday, January 12, 2015 by Frank

Would it be ok to use 245 45 18 on my 2011 Altima, even though They recommend 235 45 18.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by Gary

Frank,

245/45R18 is a bit taller and wider than we've tried to fit on the 2011 Nissan Altima so I am not sure if that size would fit.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by garylang

I am looking for a tire upgrade for my 2003 crv, it has 205 70 r15s. What kind of all terrain tire can i run on it wihtout rubbing. I never go over 50,mostly really low speeds 15-20 mph i use it to deliver mail.
Friday, February 27, 2015 by Gary

Garylang,

The only all-terrain tire that I know of in 205/70R15 is the Yokohama Geolandar ATS.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Yokohama&tireModel=Geolandar%20A/T-S&partnum=07SR5GEOATS&tab=Survey
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 by Jmz

Hi,
Can I put Michelin X-ice2 size 225/70R16 on a 2015 Honda CR-V with 225/65R17 ?
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 by Gary

jmz,

Yes, if you purchase 16" wheels to go with those 225/70R16 tires, you can use the Michelin Xice Xi2 tires in that setup.
Monday, March 20, 2017 by Ricky

Hi

I'm driving Subaru Forester 2016, is it safe if I change to 17ich front 7.5 & rear 8.5 using the same size tyres 225/60r 4pcs??
Look forward to hear from u soon.

Thank you
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Ricky, We recommend the same size tire and same width wheel for your all wheel drive system so you can keep the tires within 2/32nds of each other in tread depth with regular rotations.

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