What is the Best Brake Rotor for Your Vehicle?

Choosing the proper brake rotor is determined by the vehicle you drive and how you drive it. The majority of vehicles produced will have solid vented rotors. However, some high-performance vehicles like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are built with slotted or cross-drilled rotors, which are also vented.

If you were happy with your stock rotor's performance and stopping power, then direct O.E. replacements such as Centric Plain 120 Series Rotors , Centric High Carbon Plain 125 Series Rotors or Brembo Replacement Rotors would be a good choice. 

Centric Plain 120 Series Rotor
Centric Plain 120
Series Rotor

Centric High Carbon Plain 125 Series
Centric High Carbon Plain
125 Series Rotor
Brembo Replacement Rotor
Brembo Replacement

Vehicles built from the factory with solid vented rotors may cause you to be unhappy with the stopping power, in that case, you may benefit from an upgraded rotor. Additionally, if you would classify yourself as a more spirited or aggressive driver I would recommend upgrading your rotors. The most common upgrade is replacing your solid rotors with either slotted or drilled rotors.

Under high heat and heavy stopping conditions, the rotor actually gets so hot that when the brake pads and rotors make initial contact, the pads release exhaust gases from road grime, water and overheating. The small air bubbles that form between the pad and rotor contribute to a spongy pedal feel. The slotting or drilling of brake rotors gives those gases a quiet way to escape; thus allowing the pad to make quicker contact with the rotor and provide you a stiffer and more precise pedal feel. Upgrades would include Brembo rotors such as the Sport Drilled and Sport Slotted, StopTech's SportStop Drilled Rotor, DBA's 4000 Series T3 Rotor and 5000 Series T3 2-Piece Rotor and Power Slot's Power Slot Rotor.


Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
Brembo Sport Drilled
Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors
Brembo Sport Slotted
Stop Tech SportStop Drilled Rotor
StopTech SportStop Drilled Rotor


DBA 4000 Series T3 Rotor
DBA 4000 Series
T3 Rotor
DBA 5000 Series
DBA 5000 Series T3
2-Piece Rotor
Power Slot Rotor
Power Slot

Whether you're looking for Brembo brake rotors or another brand, you can shop by vehicle to find the replacement option that's right for your application.


Saturday, August 25, 2012 by Jim Smith

We have a 2007 silverado classic. The rotors don't seem to stay true for very long. we drive mountian roads and I'm sure the rotors lose their temper. What do you recommend?
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by Zig

It sounds like your rotors are warping. The best solution would be to choose a cryogenically treated rotor, these rotors are first heated treated like a typical rotor and then additionally cold treated to -300°F. These rotors have been shown to last 2-3 time longer than a standard heat treated rotor and will be the most resistant to warping you can find. I would recommend the Power Alloy Cryo-Treated Rotor for your application.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Rodney Peterson

Somehow I lost Jared. I'm looking for the best disc & pads for dodge charger 07 srt8
Sunday, February 2, 2014 by cameron brown

I have a '95 Nissan 240sx SE and have done the z32 aluminum 30mm 300zx TT upgrade on the front. I do have ABS. I had brembo rotors put on back in '08 I think. They were machined and wagner quiet pads were put on just 2 and half yrs ago and the front pads are about half way down but the rotors are starting to feel warped. The rear pads/rotors were replaced with Wagner's back 2 and half years ago as well and I just replaced them last week because the pads were already past gone. I am surprised because the fronts usually go before the rears do so it caught me by surprise and didn't not change the pads soon enough. I'm wondering what the problem could be and how many times should you be able to machine rotors before replacing them?
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by Zig

It's tough to tell what's going on without seeing the vehicle and since it's a customized brake system that makes it even more complicated. The rotors can only be machined down to a certain depth assuming they're not warped or cracked. However, you'll have to go to a mechanic to have them visual inspection the rotors and pads to see what may be happening.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Bobby

I've got a 2003 chevy silverado 1500, my front brake rotors seem to be badly warped and have signs of heat checking on them. I do a lot of city driving. What do you recommend?
Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Zig

The best solution would be to choose a cryogenically treated rotor, these rotors are first heated treated like a typical rotor and then additionally cold treated to -300°F. These rotors have been shown to last 2-3 time longer than a standard heat treated rotor and will be the most resistant to warping you can find. I would recommend the Centric Plain 120 Series Cryo-Treated Rotor for your application
Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Billy

My wife's Odyssey's front rotors are warped, again. I want to replace the rotor with a quality product that won't warp as easily, will last longer than OE pads, and can handle the weight of our van when it's fully loaded and on vacation in the mountains. Should I go for slotted/cross drilled, or just cryogenic treated rotors? Do you have a specific product recommendation?
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Billy, we have seen good success with the plain faced Cryogenic rotors. While slotted rotors may have a slight cooling benefit, they also seem to accelerate pad wear. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Friday, July 22, 2016 by Kara

I have a 2004 Honda Accord EX and have always replaced the rotors with standard stock rotors. I'm due again to change them and was wondering what you would recommend for it. I live on dirt road and did not know how something else would hold up?
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Kara, It would depend on your vehicle a bit and what is available. Do you have a 4 cyl or 6 cyl? Do you have the coupe or sedan. In general, we would take a look at our Centric options: http://www.tirerack.com/brakes/brakes.jsp?make=Centric&model=Plain+120+Series+Rotors&group=Plain+120+Series+Rotors&cat=Rotors&affiliate=GF3
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Michael Boyle

What would you recommend for 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan, with regards a brake/rotor combination
Thursday, April 6, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Michael, That vehicle came with a few different brake configurations. Call us at 800-428-8355 and let us know if you have a front wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and if you have rear drum brakes. This will allow us to more accurately assess availability.
Sunday, April 16, 2017 by Barry Woods

Which particular rotor would you recommend to increase the stock stopping power of a Ford F-150? The specific model is a Lariat, 4X4. crew cab, 5.4L engine. Thanks.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Barry, We will need the year of the vehicle to give you a definitive answer, give one of our sales specialists a call at 800-428-8355 and we can help you out.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 by Daniel

I have a 2013 Camry SE 4 cyl And I have had 2 other Camrys. I drive downs alot of hills and sometimes with a lot of speed here in Oregon. Eventually my car shudders when braking, esp downhill. I don't push my car too much.... what rotor and what brake pad should i be using? Not looking for the "latest and greatest" Just a good value that will prevent all this warping/pad deposits
Monday, April 24, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Daniel, I would look at the Centric Posi Quiet Ceramic Pads with the Centric Plain 120 Series Rotors. These are a good value replacement. --archer@tirerack.com
Thursday, July 6, 2017 by Harper S.

What brake pad replacement do you recommend for a 2013 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl. ? I'm looking for pads that will perform well and last long.
Monday, July 31, 2017 by JRoger

What do you recommend for Nissan Altima 2008 Sedan 2.5 rear break and pads replacement?
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


A good Original Equipment replacement pad would be the Akebono Pro-Act Ceramic. Centric Premium rotors are also at the original equipment level and reasonable priced: https://www.tirerack.com/brakes/brakes.jsp?make=Akebono&model=ProACT+Ceramic+Pads&group=ProACT+Ceramic+Pads&partNum=ACT815&autoMake=Nissan&autoModel=Altima+Sedan&autoYear=2008&autoModClar=2.5&affiliate=GU9
Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Kbreeden

What pads and rotors would you recommend for 2003 honda pilot?
Friday, October 6, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


If you're looking for a nice upgrade over the stock brakes, the Centric Premium rotors and the Posiquiet Ceramic pads would be great options.
Sunday, February 4, 2018 by Denny M

I have a 2006 Toyota Sienna 2WD that needs the front brake discs and pads replaced. Mostly in-town driving. This has been a great van and I intend to add a hitch to do some light trailer pulling very occasionally. What do you recommend?
Thursday, February 8, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Denny, the Centric Premium rotors are an original equipment replacement quality level and are economical as well. Same quality level pads would be the Akebono Pro-Act ceramic. We offer a heavier duty truck set of pads by Hawk called the LTS Truck/Suv that would give you increased bite and stopping power but with just very occasional light towing not sure you would need them unless you are looking to improve performance.

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