Best performance all-season tire in the RAIN!

Do you know this phrase by heart? "April showers bring May flowers." Do you live in Florida or the Gulf coast and have the daily afternoon 1/2-hour downpour? Then looking at the rain traction of your tire is very important!

In early June I had the opportunity to drive on four High Performance All-Season tires and critique the wet traction.  What I found was surprising!

The four tires tested were the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S, the Yokohama AVID ENVigor, the Sumitomo HTR A/S PO1, and the Firestone Precision Sport.

Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H&V)Going into the study, I expected the Michelin to be the victor on the wet racetrack. I was wrong. The Michelin still is one of the smoothest rides, however the newcomers to the group did amazing in the rain.Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H&V)

The Yokohama and the Sumitomo were the clear winners. It was apparent on the track when coming off of the skidpad section and into a long sweeping corner that the Yoko and Sumitomo tires stuck better to the ground, while the Michelin and the Firestone allowed significant over steer.

Think of that as "wagging the tail" of the vehicle.  My vote goes to the Yokohama AVID ENVigor or the Sumitomo HTR A/S PO1!

Comments

Sunday, February 13, 2011 by PETER SCHWARTZOTT

QUESTION / I AM RUNNING A SSB CIVIC IN SCCA I AM LOOKING FOR THE BEST FULL RAIN TIRE IN THE WORLD SIZE 205/45/17 I HAVE TESTED WIDTHS AND THIN IS SUPERIOR. DO YOU HAVE DATA TO SUPPORT THIS / IT MAY BE AN INTERESTING TEST / THANKS
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by Dave. Mowry

Looking for best tires for 2013 Subaru Forester. I live in FL. Tire size 225/55/17
Friday, June 16, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Dave,

The best tire for your needs would be the Michelin Premier AS. This tire features Michelin's Ever Grip Technology so the wet traction will not fade as the tire wears. It also features a great ride quality and long life: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+A%2FS&partnum=255HR7PREAS&tab=Survey&affiliate=FK8

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