The best tire for your car is...

Perhaps the most frequently asked question I encounter on a daily basis -- well, maybe a close second to "How much is this tire?" -- is "What is the best tire for my vehicle."

My answer more often than not is, "Define best."

Some people consider a tire the best because it lasts longer. To others, the best tire is one that offers the best traction on wet and dry roads. Or in snow. Or on ice. Or on the moon. Or on all types of road conditions.

The truth is, the best tire for your car is the one that best fits your application and your driving habits and conditions. Consider this: a person living in an area of the country that sees 100+ inches of snow every winter and wants to buy Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires (one of the best Max Performance Summer tires we carry) to run all year will be very disappointed with the tire's performance during the winter months. months.Similarly, a family who uses a minivan to take the kids to soccer practice will find that the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec wears too fast and hydroplanes on standing water. In both instances, two very capable, top-of-the-line tires were chosen incorrectly for their application.

And if you are buying less than a set of four tires, always replace your tires with the exact same tire that is on the vehicle right now. Even if we sold you the shiniest, most expensive, jewel-encrusted tire in the world, you will never see the full benefit from it. Tires of different brands, tread design, tread compounds, sidewall density and categories will behave differently on the road. Mixing up tires opens the window for excessive tread noise, under/oversteer, and braking issues.

So, before buying tires, do your research and ask yourself, “Self, what do I consider to be the most important features of a tire?" That way, we can make a better recommendation and make sure you are happy with your purchase from Tire Rack.


Friday, July 23, 2010 by Terry

your thoughts on a Cooper CS4 TR tire?
Friday, July 23, 2010 by Cooper

Terry, Thanks for your post. We don't offer Cooper tires so we have not had the opportunity to test them nor do we receive feedback from customers about the brand. The tire looks to be an all season touring tire. One of the more popular tires with our customers in this size is the General Altimax HP. They rank very high in our tire surveys and give a very good balance between ride, wear and all-season traction. You can see full survey results here: You can read more about the General Altimax HP here: We can also offer more specific recommendations with more information such as your vehicle, driving conditions, and what characteristics are most important to you.
Saturday, March 26, 2011 by Donna Penick

we have a 2007 dodge durango and our dodge deal put cooper tires size 26560r 18 on the front and we r interested in buying to for the back and we have looked on your web site could you please direct me in the right way Thank you Donna Penick
Thursday, June 9, 2011 by Ro

I have 2003 Acura TL tpye S. would you recommend the continentalExtreme contactDWS
Monday, October 3, 2011 by Ted Schulz


Any suggestions on a Toyota Sienna. I have looked at the suggestions from Consumer Reports. The top tires that they suggested under the "All Season S and T Rated" tires seem to have road noise issues on the Sienna, some even suggesting that because the van is so heavy it effects the performance of what are normally good tires. I run snow tires (General Altimax Artic) from mid October to Mid April. However we can see snow earlier and later than that but it is not the norm. The Van has about 90,000 on it and I think it is a great van so would like to keep it for a few more years. Any suggestions. Price is a factor but safety is higher. Thanks -Ted
Saturday, November 19, 2011 by Taryn

We put the CS4 80,000 mile tire on our Impala and they have been great! We just hit 87,000 miles on them and are just now replacing them. I think we shelled out $750ish a few years ago for them and it was well worth it!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Rich green

I have a cts awd 08 I'm wondering what the best all year around tire for my car for the best handling and ride
Thanks for the help
Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Cooper


Do you have the standard tire package on the CTS, or the 18" Performance Package?

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