As you kick off summer travel plans, or as you make your daily commute to the office, the last thing you care to hear is unneeded road noise generated from your tires. While any tire that wears unevenly can become noisy after time, certain attributes can help a tire stay quiet throughout its lifetime and lead to a consistently pleasing experience.
When shopping for quiet tires I tend to prefer options that are non-directional. Directional tires, or tires that have a V-shaped tread design, tend to pick up more vibration against certain road surfaces. This leads to noise or a light hum that can be heard from inside the cabin. Also, directional tires cannot be rotated from side to side, therefore increasing the chance that any given tire may wear unevenly.
Tires that are symmetrical or asymmetrical in design are able to be rotated front to back and side to side, thereby increasing their lifespan and allowing them to wear more evenly. When it comes to tread noise I also look for a tire that has its tread blocks closely tied together in a tight traditional pattern. For an example of such a tread pattern, take a look at the Michelin Primacy MXV4 (pictured above). Have you ever heard a lifted truck with mud tires humming down the road? The reason for all the noise is the large amount of spacing and deflection between the rubber tread blocks and the road surface.
The following Grand Touring All-Season tires are some of the best at keeping noise to a minimum. In addition, these tires are appropriately speed rated for most of today's requirements and are available in a large number of sizes.
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
- Top-rated tire in our Tire Survey Results
- Great all-season bite
- Long mileage
- Long time customer favorite
- Good all-season bite
- High consumer ranking (currently ranked second)
- Quiet and smooth
- Works well in all seasons
- Industry leading 70,000-mile warranty
- Quiet and conservative tread pattern
- Less snow traction than Michelin or Bridgestone
- Excellent price point