Quiet, Comfortable and Long Lasting Grand Touring All-Season Tires

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

While I will confess to enjoying the testing of tires here at Tire Rack and detailed notes developed during our in-house track time, many customers prefer to hear how I feel about a tire's behavior during street driving. Our road tests give us valuable information on how a given tire will perform on different road surfaces at various speed ranges found in your daily commute. The road tests are performed for all tire categories and are especially helpful when making appropriate recommendations for all-season tires of which a customer will spend a vast amount of time driving on city streets and freeways.

Grand Touring All-Season tires are one of the most common types of tires found on the road today. Although they may not turn blazing fast lap times compared to dedicated summer tires, they still provide reasonably good steering response and on-center feel that's combined with acceptable treadlife. Another popular trait of these tires is there ability to soak up the miles without interrupting the driver with excessive road noise.

There are many great options in this category, however two of my favorites are the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus and Michelin Primacy MXV4.

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Recently, Bridgestone released a new tire to replace its popular Turanza Serenity. The new version, appropriately named the Turanza Serenity Plus, picks up where the old tire left off with a few improvements. Featuring an asymmetric tread pattern, this tire allows for front-to-back and side-to-side rotations and provides a good host of biting edges for use in inclement weather. Using speed ratings between H and W depending on size, the Turanza Serenity Plus also offers good handling characteristics without abusing the driver with an overly stiff sidewall. The tire's movements feel composed, direct and stable at highway speeds. Serenity Plus tires feature a 75,000-mile warranty making it an excellent buy for those looking for a mid-priced tire that'll last into the foreseeable future.

Michelin Primacy MXV4

A tried and true favorite, the Primacy MXV4 has logged more than 12,000,000 miles of consumer driven survey data and currently resides as the top-rated tire in its class. Although the tire features a high-end price point at times, it's a reflection of the quality that has come to be expected with Michelin tires. Quiet and smooth riding, the Michelin Primacy MXV4 is very deserving of its top spot. All sizes of the Primacy MXV4 feature a manufacturer's mileage warranty of 60,000 miles.

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus
Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus
Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy MXV4


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Comments on Quiet, Comfortable and Long Lasting Grand Touring All-Season Tires

Saturday, November 10, 2012 by Peter:
Are asymmetric tread patterns like the one on the Turanza Serenity Plus and Continental PureContact more likely to develop increasing noise as the miles accumulate, as compared to tires with a symmetric tread design?
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Peter,
Symmetrical and Assymetric tires both have the ability to be rotated side to side and front to back and for that reason are often favored over directional tires. While tread noise often times is determined by more than just the tires tread design, the only problematic tread designs we incur in terms of tread noise are mainly directional tires.

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