There are basic variables that need to be considered when choosing the proper tire: balance, longevity, the tire's grip, steering response, tread noise and ride compliance are just a few. We also have to assess how the tire performs in the rain, snow or in dry conditions based on the climate where you reside. Finally, it's also helpful to reflect on the traits you like and dislike with your current tire.
Using the hypothetical situation of Freddy from Fremont, California and John from El Paso, Texas, let's determine a few good choices for their 2009 Honda Fit Sports. Freddy drives approximately 8,000 miles a year and tends to drive 15-20 mph above the speed limit and also loves to attack the exit ramps. John drives 25,000 miles annually and keeps his speedometer at the posted speed limits.
Two great choices for Freddy are the Ultra High Performance Summer Yokohama S.drive and the Max Performance Summer Continental ExtremeContact DW. Both tires offer great dry and wet grip that allow him to take curves at fast speeds.
205/50-16 Yokohama S.drive
205/50-16 Continental ExtremeContact DW
When it comes time to selecting tires for John, the following two options will be good since he has a different driving style than Freddy: the Ultra High Performance All-Season Kumho Ecsta 4X and the Grand Touring All-Season General AltiMAX HP. Both tires match John's preferences for less tread noise and better treadwear.
205/50-16 Kumho Ecsta 4X
205/50-16 General AltiMAX HP
To see how a change in your tire size can have an effect on your fuel economy, read "Tire Rolling Resistance Part 2: Defining Rolling Resistance."