Quietest Tires Available for 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

While I will not go over every facet of tire construction in one post, there are several traits that I look for that are more likely to lead to a pleasant and quiet driving experience. When looking for a quiet tire, I try to avoid tires that have large tread blocks with spacing far apart. This pattern, which is commonly seen in aggressive all-terrain and off-road truck tires, offers a huge amount of biting edges. It also tends to produce a roar as the tire travels along the road surface. A tire doesn't have to be overly aggressive to be an effective all-season option. In most cases, finding a tire with balance is best. 

Even though directional tires serve their purpose at evacuating water effectively, they also tend to have a negative effect on noise quality. This type of tread pattern also reduces your ability to effectively rotate the tire. With symmetrical or asymmetric tires, you're able to rotate front-to-back and side-to-side. With a directional tire, you may only rotate front-to-back.

Consider the following options when looking for a tire that provides a quiet ride.

Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender
Bridgestone Ecopia EP422
Bridgestone Ecopia EP422
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta 4X


Passenger All-Season and Standard Touring All-Season:

Grand Touring All-Season:

Ultra High Performance All-Season:

Take a look at our Tire Survey Results to compare options and find the tire that's right for you.

Comments on Quietest Tires Available for 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013 by kurt Scheurer:
2011 Chev Traverse AWD
Quietest Tires???
Friday, May 10, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Kurt,
Take a look at the Continental Cross Contact LX20. -Marshall@tirerack.com
Monday, June 10, 2013 by Wes:
I am trying to find the most quiet and smooth riding tires for a 2003 Toyota Highlander. Tired of the noise and stiff ride.
Thank You!
Thursday, June 13, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Wes,
What size wheels do you have on the highlander?
-Marshall@tirerack.com
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by John:
Recommendation for quietest tire for Honda Accord 2010 EX-L. These Michelins' are LOUD!!
Monday, June 24, 2013 by michael:
I have a 2005 V6 4 door Honda Accord with P205/60 R16 BFGoodrich tires on it. What are the quiets tire for this? At a good price.
Monday, June 24, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
John,
Take a look at the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus or Continental Pure Contact. -Marshall@tirerack.com
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Paul Marold:
What would be the quietest tire for a Jaguar XF? Bridgestone Turanza or Conti Pure Contact?
Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Paul,
Both of these tires are at the top of their class. When tested it is difficult to feel a large difference between either. Both would serve you well.
Friday, June 28, 2013 by Annette:
I have a 2005 Buick Le Sabre. I need a quiet tire but I also live on a gravel road so need something that will hold up (mud and snow).
Friday, June 28, 2013 by joe:
I need a set of 245-45-18 for a 2004 infiniti Q45. Main concern is quietness. Live in Northern CA with almost no snow driving. What tires would recommend.
Friday, June 28, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Joe,
Both the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus and Continental Pure Contact have done very well in recent tests and would be a good fit if you are looking for a quiet Grand Touring tire. -Marshall@tirerack.com
Saturday, June 29, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Annette,
While most all season tires that are quiet do not excel in off road or gravel conditions, you can find a complete list of survey results here: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/index.jsp&affiliate=BF7
Monday, July 15, 2013 by Michael Landrum:
I have Michelin tires on my Chrysler 300 C. I have noticed that on some sections of road the tires are quiet and then a aggravating roaring noise and wheel vibration occurs. Seems to happen on the same sections of roadway each time i travel back and forth. After a short distance the roar and vibration are gone and the ride is quiet again. Any thoughts?
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Gary Webber:
Marshall; 2004 Chevy Colorado, street driven only on So Calif. freeways, aftermarket wheels & HANKOOK VENTUS ST 275/60R-17 tires. Too much road noise for me. Want QUIET tires of the same size or very close. Don't care about rain or snow performance - it's L.A.
Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Gary,
The 265/65/17 is a much more common size and features more than 60 choices. I would recommend you take a look at some of those. -Marshall
Saturday, July 20, 2013 by Frank:
Hi I am looking for a quiet well made tire
for my 2008 tundra in 18 inch 275/65 thanks Frank
Saturday, July 20, 2013 by Adam :
I own a 2010 Honda Civic which calls for 195/65/r15
Tires. Money is an issue but we are looking for safe (especially in Florida rain) and it if possible a little more quiet than the Dunlops we have currently.
Monday, July 22, 2013 by john Jacobs:
I have a toyota '12 Corolla. Loud engine and loud tires. What would be a good tire quiet tire-John
Monday, July 22, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Frank,
Take a look at the Firestone Destination LE2 or the Continental Cross Contact LX20. - Marshall@tirerack.com
Monday, July 22, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Adam,
A few reasonably priced well reviewed tires in this size are the Kumho Solus KH16 or the Firestone Precision Touring. -Marshall
Monday, July 22, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
John,
Some of the quietest tires in your size are the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus or the Michelin Defender. -Marshall
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Suresh:
Can you recommend quiet tires for Pontiac Vibe 2009 - Thanks
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Suresh,
Some of the highest rated tires were currently have are the Continental Pure Contact, Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus, or the Michelin Defender.
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Greg:
I'm looking for a quiet, summer touring tire for my 1989 BMW 635CSI - size 225/45/17. Thanks.
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Matt:
I'm looking for the quietest grand touring tires for my 2009 Scion xB.
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Matt,
Some of the highest rated tires were currently have are the Continental Pure Contact, Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus. -Marshall
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Matt,
Two of the highest rated tires in your size, are the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus or the Michelin Primacy. Both are also backed by good mileage warranties. -Marshall
Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Henry Y:
Are the all-seasons MXV4 and MXM4s quieter than say the summer-only Primacy HPs?
Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Henry,
Yes, typically they are a bit more liked in that regard.
-Marshall
Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Mohit:
I have a Honda civic EX 2006 with Bridgestone potenza. I drive not more than 10 miles a day.. And thats only in the bay area.. They are extremely noisy and I have been recommended to get the Michelin primacy series.. But I have read reviews which says they are noisy upfront or they become noisy later after certain miles.. I need quiet tires and I am willin to invest in tire as long as they prove to be quiet and reliable.. What would you recommend I go for??
Friday, August 2, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Mohit,
Some of the highest rated tires were currently have are the Continental Pure Contact, Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus. These tires are available at a middle price point and are among the best in your popular tire size.
Saturday, August 10, 2013 by Blake Sea:
I have a Prius Plug in and the stock tires were designed for mileage and are very loud. I want the quietest tires money can buy. I was thinking MXV4 s as I had them on my last car and they were a quiet upgrade from the last tire. 195 65 15
thanks, Blake
Monday, August 12, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Blake,
Some of the highest rated tires we currently have are the Continental Pure Contact and Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus. The MXV4 would also be an excellent choice -Marshall
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by Anna:
I am looking for tires under $175/tire for a Lexus IS250, size 225/45/17. What is your receommendation for the quietest and smoothest tire?
Friday, August 16, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Anna,
Take a look at the Continental Pure Contact for $132/ea. -Marshall
Sunday, August 18, 2013 by Lori:
I really want a quieter tire that can handle a lot of snow and ice, but still can be used year round. I'm not too worried about the tread life since my 2004 Honda Pilot already has 165,000+ miles.
Monday, August 19, 2013 by Gregg:
Hello. I'm looking for the quietest possible tires for my 2007 Volvo XC90 (235/60R18). Amy suggestions?
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Gregg,
Take a look at the Continental Cross Contact LX20. It is available in your size for $160/ea. -Marshall
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Lori,
Take a look at the Bridgestone Dueler HL422 Ecopia. It is available in your size and has been well reviewed. -Marsall
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Anna,
I would chose the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus which is currently priced at $149 - Marshall
Thursday, August 22, 2013 by mike:
Marshall, Hi, I have a 99 caravan sport with 215 65 16. Should I still go with one of the three pictured above.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Mike,
While all 3 are still class leasers, you might take a look at the Continental Pure Contact or the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus. These 2 new tires are looking very promising. -Marshall
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by Sai:
2012 mustang gt with 255/40r19, looking for quietest ride, currently have stock pirellis which make terrible noise, can't hear anything other than road noise.I a, also considering 20" wheels, pls suggest quietest tires in 19" and 20" sizes
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Sai,
Some of the more popular tires available in your size are the Bridgestone S04 Pole Position and the Michelin Pilot Supersport. They are comparable summer performance tires that have gotten better reviews for comfort and noise.
Monday, September 16, 2013 by zaki:
hello, I am looking for quiet tires for my 2007 toyota sienna 215/65/16
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by Joe:
Quietest tires for a 2012 Nissan Quest. Hope they are soft too since I got stupid and my lower legs were run over by factory tires. Long healing but no broken bones.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Scott:
What are the quietest tires for a 2012 Mercedes C250?
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Scott:
What are the quietest tires for a 2012 Mercedes C250?
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Scott,
Your 17" staggered wheels will reduce your number of options, however if I were you I would take a look at the Continental DWS or the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3. -Marshall@tirerack.com
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Joe,
What size tires do you have on the Quest?
Monday, September 23, 2013 by Floyd:
Need Non-Directional tires for Subaru 2001 Std Outback Legacy, so I can rotate side to side. How do I tell which tires are directional, don't see it in specs. Need good safe handling and stopping in dry, wet, some snow/ice. Continental cross/pure contacts, supposedly this is a new size but you don't have it. Something similar that fits?
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Aaron:
08'Honda Accord v6 sedan, 225/50-17 Road noise is ridiculous. Need the quietest non-directional tire. Have MXM4's now. Thank you.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by peter:
I have a 2013 Honda Accord LX with Firestone Affinity tires. The ride can almost give you seasickness over certain road types. Driving an Altima with Michelin MXV4 is much more civilized. When I test drove Accords, I did not encounter a ride issue; don't know if the test cars had a different brand of tires. Any thoughts on whether a tire change would help.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Peter,
You may try one of the class leading tires available in your size, however the tire in question should be providing at least acceptable results.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Sunday, October 13, 2013 by Jose:
I have a 2011 Mazda 3 Sport and the Yokohama Avid S34 that came with the car are very noisy. What tire would you recommend for a 205/50R17 size? I looking for very low road noise, comfort but yet good all weather performance. I have been looking at the Continental Extreme Contact DWS but some reviews say that they are noisy. Your thoughts?
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Jose,
The Continental has gotten great reviews and would be a good choice if you are looking for a UHP all-season. If you look deeply enough at any tire you will always find some that are unhappy. The asymmetric pattern of this tire does quite well at producing low levels of noise and has always been a great tire for wet and snow.
Saturday, October 19, 2013 by April:
Hi, I have a 2012 Acura TSX that I need to purchase new all season tires for. Quietness is more important than performance. And I would like a tire that doesn't get noisier after 12,000 miles. What would you suggest?
Monday, October 21, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
April,

Some of the highest rated tires we currently have are the Continental Pure Contact and Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus. They are also competitively priced.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Rafael:
I have a mitsubishi grandis 05 with a 215/55/17. What would you recommend for a least noisy summer tire? THANKS
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Rafael,
If you are looking purely for a dedicated summer tire, one of your only options is the Yokohama S-Drive in this size.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Madalyn:
Can you tell me what tire would provide a quiet ride on a 2008 Toyota Solara SLE Convertible V6? The tire size is 215/55R17. Thanks
Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Joe:
I'm in southern california and have a 2005 Toyota Camry. The tires that are on it now are very loud.What would you recommend as quiet tire replacement for it? The size is 205-65-15...thanks
Friday, November 1, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Joe,
Two of the highest rated tires in the category are the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus and the Michelin Primacy MXV4.
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Madalyn,
Two of the best rated grand touring tires in your size are the Bridgestone Turanza Serentiy Plus and the Continental Pure Contact.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Luqman:
I have 2010 VW Passat sedan V6 4motion (AWD)
tires size 235/40/R18
Hot and dry conditions.

What options do you recommend for me for the quietest tires?
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Luqman,
The Michelin Primacy MXM4 is well liked and well priced in that size @ $164/ea.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Max:
I have 2010 Rav4 v6 4WD. Whats your recomendation for quite and durable tires - Daily driver
Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Max,
Take a look at the Continental Cross Contact LX20 or the Bridgestone Dueler HL422 Ecopia.
Friday, January 3, 2014 by julia higgins:
I am thinking about purchasing the Pure Contact tires w/ Eco plus technology for my 2003 Honda Accord LX. I read one review that said they were great except for over large bumps and potholes. Can you comment on this?
Friday, January 3, 2014 by marshall@tirerack.com:
Julia,
Most reviewers have found the Continental to be well liked in terms of ride comfort. It is currently one of the highest rated tires in the category.
Monday, January 13, 2014 by Mahi:
What tires would you recommend for lower road noise on 2012 Mazda3i Touring 205/55R16
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com:
Two of the best rated grand touring tires in your size are the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus and the Continental Pure Contact.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Jerry:
I just replaced the tires on my 2009 Accord (40,000 MILES) WITH Firestone Affinity Touring BL P215/60R16 94T 70,000 mile warranty tires.
Initially I had horrible vibrations/shuddering at all speeds. Tire dealer concurred and did what they called a higher or more extensive balance to the tires (which they would normally charge 99.00 for), which reduced the problem with vibration and eliminated the shuddering. However, the vibration while reduced is still there, and it seems every tiny blemish in the road is felt. Road noise with these tires is louder and more annoying than any tires I have ever had before, including the old tires I replaced that were showing signs of dry rot. I am contemplating a return to the tire dealer again, but not sure I have a bad tire(s), or if this is just a lousy tire model in general. I paid 90.74 a piece for these tires before all the installation and taxes brought the total to 525.00.
What are your suggestions and/or comments about these tires?
Saturday, February 15, 2014 by Jeff:
What tires (all season or summer) would you suggest for an Acura TL SH-AWD Tires 245/40R19 ?
Thursday, February 20, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com:
Jeff,
Give me a call so that we can discuss some options and further narrow down the selection. -Marshall @ ext. 4792.
Friday, May 30, 2014 by Larry:
Quiet tires for 2013 Buick Lacrosse, P235/50R18. Currently have OEM Michelin's on...they are loud. I'm looking for quiet above all other factors.Wanted Goodyear Comfortred but they don't make my size. Suggestions?
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by Vince:
Recommendation for quietest tires for 2013 Tesla S 85, 245-40R20?
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com:
Vince,
I would take a look at the Pirelli Cinturato P7 AS. While not the highest performance level, it is extremely quiet and comfortable.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com:
Larry,
Two popular options would be the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus and the Continental Pure Contact. Both are available in a 235/50/18.
Sunday, June 8, 2014 by Jake:
Hi there! I just bought a 2003 Honda accord LX, and it needs new tires pretty bad. My most important factors are quiet ride and smoothness. Search results are leaning me towards the bridgestone turanza serenity plus and the michelin PrimacyMXV4. Do you have a prefernce for my specific car? Is the Michelin a better tire for ~$25 more per tire? Thanks for your thoughts!
Friday, June 20, 2014 by Lo:
Looking for quiet tires for a 2013 Hyundai Sonata PZEV Limited P215 55r/17
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by Michael Craig:
I have a 2012 Honda Accord exl sedan. The tires are stock Michelin Pilot hx MXM4. They are SOOOOOO loud! Please help me. They only have 18,000 mile on them.I would love a quite ride. Its the only thing I hate about the car. It's just to loud.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com:
Michael,
Currently, the two highest rated tires sold for the Accord in the Grand Touring Category are the Pirelli Cinturato P7 AS+ and the Continental Pure Contact. Both of these have great mileage warranties and are well liked for being quiet tires.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 by Haroon K:
what are the quietest and smoothest tires for a 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic?
Thursday, July 3, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com:
Haroon,
What size wheels and tires do you have on the Mercedes? Is it a sport package car?
Sunday, August 3, 2014 by Ken:
Mustang 2012 v8 255/40/r20
Land rover LR2 235/55/r19
Pls suggest the most comfortable tyres for both.

Thanks
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com:
Ken,
For the Land Rover, you might take a look at the Bridgestone Dueler HL422 Ecopia or the Pirelli Scorpion Verde A/S. The Mustang is a bit more complicated due to the speed ratings found in a 255/40/20. Give me a call if you would like to discuss. Marshall @ ext. 4792
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by Andrew:
2001 Volvo S40. Im looking for tires with as little noise as possible as the biggest priority, followed by tread life and dry/wet weather grip. Florida daily driver
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com:
Andrew,
In our internal testing and consumer surveys, a tire that has been well liked for all of your desired traits is the Continental Pure Contact. It seemed to work well in the wet and is accompanied by a 70K mile warranty.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by Craig:
Need tires for my 04 Odyssey and ride and quietness is so important. Looking at Turenza Serenity and Defender. Your thoughts
Friday, October 17, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com:
Craig,
Both of these tires would be an excellent choice. Another you may wish to review is the General Altimax RT43.
Monday, November 24, 2014 by Michael :
I have a 2012 Honda accord ex-L sedan with stock michelins. I can not stand the road noise!!!!! Any recommendations on a quite tire to replace them? I reside in North Eastern Pa we do have some snow. I travel mostly hwy

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