What is the Best Tire for Your Car?

Friday, July 22, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
What is the best tire for your car? The reality is, there is no such thing as "the best tire." With multiple tire categories available, the trick is to find the category that is best for your vehicle, driving conditions and specific driving needs. Once the proper category is identified, choosing the best tire in that group is much easier.

Listed below are some common performance categories for passenger cars and light truck vehicles:

Passenger Tires
Extreme Performance Summer: Tires for high performance vehicles for both street and track use. Developed for drivers who want extreme dry street performance and are willing to trade some hydroplaning resistance to get it. 
Max Performance Summer: Ultra low profile, high speed tires designed for street use. Compared to Extreme Performance Summer tires, Max Performance Summer tires trade extreme dry traction for longer tread life, better ride comfort and improved wet grip.
Ultra High Performance Summer: For drivers willing to trade some handling and traction for longer tread life.
Ultra High Performance All-Season: Designed for aggressive-sporty drivers looking for handing, steering response and all-weather traction. This category is for sedans and coupes where light snow traction is required.
Grand Touring All-Season: These tires offer outstanding ride quality and very good all-season traction. Luxury sedan owners typically search for tires in the Grand Touring All-Season category for the tire's appearance as well as smooth and quiet ride.
Passenger All-Season: Tires in this category typically offer longer tread life than Grand Touring All-Seasons, but give up some wet and snow traction as well as handling. A very popular category of tires for minivan applications.

Light Truck/SUV Tires
Highway All-Season: Developed for drivers who want pleasing comfort, predictable handling and all-season on-road traction for crossovers, SUVs or pickups. 
Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season: These tires are designed to offer the lowest noise, most comfortable ride and longest tread life for smaller sport utility vehicles and crossovers.
On-/Off-Road All-Terrain: For vehicles driven primarily on the streets while needing to be a bit more rugged than a Highway All-Season. On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires are great on unimproved roads including mud, gravel and sand.
Off-Road Maximum Traction: Tires in this category are best for severe off-road conditions and recreational "off-roading."

Find your performance category with our Tire Decision Guide or shop by vehicle to find the tires that work best for your vehicle.

Comments on What is the Best Tire for Your Car?

Monday, August 6, 2012 by bill:
What is the smoothest riding tire for an AcuraTSX?
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
For the smoothest ride, look for tires in the Grand Touring All Season category. If you need help choosing a specific tire to order, please contact ben@tirerack.com

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