The Best Performance All-Season Tire We Ever Tested?

The new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, which replaces the Pilot Sport A/S Plus, has hit our test track and made quite an impression. Recently, we tested the tire against the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season and Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. Our test used the Y-speed rated model, however W-, H- and V-speed rated options are also available.

Michelin set out to minimize the performance trade-offs that have been typical of all-season tires up to this point. On the road, it really does give the confident feel of a summer tire, instead of that slight sense of indecision that plagues some all-season options.

On the track, Michelin has reset the bar by delivering precise dry handling and incredible wet traction. The tire's handling prowess stood out from the others with excellent ultimate traction, precision and very good composure with driving at the limit. This tire was so good during our test it tempted us to carry a little too much speed through the corners. It continued to hang on well even with a little too much slip angle, but begins to show some rapid treadwear when pushed too hard.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 - Can It Set a New Performance Benchmark for All-Season Tires?"

Comments

Sunday, November 2, 2014 by Greg Wagener

Once again, thank you for the information. I was torn between summer tires and all season tires. Problem with summer tires is that I could only use the car about 6 months of the year as I live in Wisconsin. I don't plan on ever driving the vehicle in snow nor below freezing temperatures for that matter. So I'm looking for a great handling all season that needn't excel in light snow. These Michelins sound as though they'll give me an extra 2 months of use of the car and better confidence in rain and colder temperatures.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Adam

You should consider comparing these to the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. Those (according to your tests) out perform the michelins in pretty much every way.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by hunter

Hi Adam,
The P7 is a touring tire as compared to the AS3 being an ultra high performance all season. We do not head to head test tires from different catgeories. Additonally, ambient temperature, track surface conditions, and even the cars used can vary between tests, invalidating those comparisons.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Julie Badel

I am considering the Michelin Pilot Sport for my 1990 Porsche 911 C2. Is this an "N" tire, i.e, Porsche approved?
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by hunter

hi Julie,
I would need to know what sizes you are using.
Monday, May 25, 2015 by Tim Davies

Hunter,
I agree with Adam that, according to a Tire Rack article and video, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All-season Plus was the clear winner as the best all-season grand touring tire out of the 4 directly compared against one another. The article /video was titled "Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge". The 4 tires in the combined subjective and measured test were the following:

The Michelin Primacy MXV4 Grand Touring All-season.
The Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS Grand Touring All-season.
The Pirelli Cinturato P7 Plus Grand Touring All-season.
The Continental SureContact with EcoPlus Technology Grand Touring All-season.

All tires were 215/60R16 95v and all were tested on a 2012 BMW F30 318i sedan on a local circuit of highway/local smooth and rough surfaced roads, a dry and wet U.S. test track and a snow test track in northern Sweden.
You stated in your earlier reply that Tire Rack doesn't directly compare tires from different classes ('regular all-season' vs 'ultra hi-performance all-season' tires) against one another. I'm unsure of the accuracy of your statement, given the direct comparison of the 4 tires listed above in both a written Tire Rack article as well as a video production detailing the comparison results. I'm not certain how Tire Rack classifies the above 4 tires; which are 'regular all-season' and which are 'ultra hi-performance all-season' grand touring tires. But I would suggest, since Tire Rack reviewers and test measurements clearly demonstrated the Pirelli Cinturato P7 outperformed the Continental, Bridgestone an Michelin tires, that you classify the Pirelli as a 'ultra hi-performance all-season grand touring' tire.

I hope my understanding of Tire Rack's comparison is correct since I recently ordered a set of Pirelli P7s (for my 2002 Chrysler 300M Special Edition) based on this comparison and other professional and owner reviews. Please let me know if you think I made a bad choice, thank you.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 by Jordan

the car I drive is a 2007 Hundai Santa Fe SE. I live in Utah where it just started snowing today and will continue off and on until late May.

I don't want to get snow tires, because my current tires are worn out and I don't think I'll be able to afford two new sets of tires to swap every six months.

Would you recommend these for my circumstances and with my vehicle? I am leaning towards just replacing my current worn out ones with these and using them on through next summer or so until they wear out.

Thank you
Monday, November 16, 2015 by hunter

There are better choices for an all season with a focus on winter. Send me your tire size and I will make some suggestions.
Sunday, November 22, 2015 by Katie

Following on Jordan's comment, I need to purchase all-season tires with a focus on winter driving. I have a 2007 Subaru Outback Sport, size 205/55-16. What are the best winter/snow focused all-season tires?
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by hunter

Katie,
I would look at the Pirelli P7 All Season Plus
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by River

What would you recommend to use on a Awd 3000gt for the best performance in utah? looking for a 235/40/18
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by hunter

Hi River,
The Michelin referenced in the blog would be worth considering if it is offered in your size. If not, let me know what size you are using and I will be happy to make an alternate recommendation
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by Jay

Hi Hunter,
I'm looking for the best all-season tire for my 2010 VW Jetta TDI. I currently have Hankook Ventus V4 ES size 225/45ZR17 94W. They don't make these any more or I would purchase them again. They have lasted over 4 years and 60k miles. I was told that my car doesn't like asymmetric tread patterns because they will wear unevenly. I originally had my eye on BFG G-Force Comp-2 A/S, but they seem to be fairly untested and I'm unsure about the road noise with such an aggressive pattern. Any thoughts?
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by hunter

Since the Hankkok worked well for you, I would look to the Hankook Ventus V2 Concept. That is the replacement line for what you had before.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 by Mike

What would be a good choice for an all season performance tire 205/55/r15 87v ?dar
Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Hunter Leffel

Hi Mike,
In that size I would look at the Kumho
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by Mike

Hi Hunter,

I am looking for replacement tires for my 2012 Kia Optima; size 205-65R16. Winter snow/ice driving conditions for 6 months of the year, but also long (2,000 mile) summer driving road trips. The factory tires are shot at just over 32,000 miles. Any recommendations?
Thank you.
Friday, April 21, 2017 by Hunter Leffel

Mike,
I would look at the Continental Pure Contact.
Saturday, May 6, 2017 by Mel

Looking for a reasonably priced all season tire with good wet road traction.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by Hunter Leffel

Hi Mel,
We like the General Altimax RT43 for those qualities
Thursday, May 11, 2017 by Albert

Hey Hunter,

I own a 2016 wrx with Dunlop sport maxx rt at 245/40r18. Looking into replacing these with all season tires with all weather conditions in mind being that I live in the NYC metro area. Thanks!
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Albert, The best tire for your needs will be the Continental DWS06: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=ExtremeContact+DWS+06&partnum=44YR8DWS06XL&tab=Survey&affiliate=FK8
Monday, June 5, 2017 by Ridwan

What would be the best all season and summer for the lexus IS 350 2017 F sport?
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Ridwan,

For summer, take a look at the Continental ExtremeContact. And for an all-season option, look at their ExtremeContact DWS06: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=ExtremeContact+DWS+06&affiliate=FK8
Monday, July 17, 2017 by Gloria

I need to replace the 225/45 R 17 run flats that I have on my 2011 BMW. I am looking at non run flats, and the best all weather tires for Georgia. Not trying to rob a bank to get tires, but I want a good quality tire. Any suggestions?
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Gloria,

General makes a very good grand touring all season tire at a very reasonable price called the Alimax RT43: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=General&tireModel=AltiMAX+RT43+%28H-+or+V-Speed+Rated%29&partnum=245VR7AMRT43XL&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9

If you do not have a spare tire I would also consider an inflation/ sealant kit like the ContiComfortKit: https://www.tirerack.com/accessories/detail.jsp?ID=38&category=Vehicle+Convenience+and+Safety&affiliate=GU9
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Travis

I'm in need of new tires before winter in upstate New York. I drive a 2010 Chrysler 300 touring 3.5. Thoughts on best all season tire? I'd like to get the best tire possible that would last, give good traction throughout the year and provide performance as well. Thanks for any suggestions!
Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Travis,

If you have the 225/60R18 size on your 300, I would recommend the Michelin Premier AS first then the Continental Pure Contact next as the top two grand touring tires for all season traction: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+A%2FS&partnum=26HR8PREAS&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Travis

Thanks! Those tires look great, I'll be ordering them soon.
Monday, September 18, 2017 by Mary

I have a 2013 Toyota rav4 looking for the biggest bang for my bucks. I need 4 new tires all season, quiet ride, longest tread wear, good in Buffalo snow. Any suggestions?
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Mary,

I would recommend the Continental True Contact for 'bang for the buck', long treadlife, good ride, and great in snow for an all-season tire: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=TrueContact&partnum=265TR7TRUEC&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Kent

Been looking for new tires for a 2010 Pontiac g6 gt sedan with 225/50R17. I live in the southern us and dont worry about snow, but drive on gravel road. Is there a mikd performances all season that last decent miles and handle rough terrain but provide good mpg
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Kent,

There are not all terrain tires in this size for gravel or any tire I would chose over another for gravel. For longevity and low rolling resisistance I would look at the Continental True Contact: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=TrueContact&partnum=25TR7TRUEC&tab=Survey&affiliate=GU9
Monday, November 13, 2017 by Mariam

Hi there,

I'm looking for new all season tires for my 2011 VW Jetta 225/45R17
I live in NJ but drive frequently between NJ and NYC and need something that will give me decent traction in the snow.
Any recommendations?

Thank you! :)
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Mariam,

I would recommend the Michelin Premier AS as the highest overall rated tire and great for snow traction for an all-season tire: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+A%2FS&sidewall=Blackwall&partnum=245HR7PREAS&tab=Specs&affiliate=GU9
Thursday, November 16, 2017 by peter

looking for new all season tires for 2015 subaru legacy 2.5, i have good year assurance 225/55/17 on now, but was looking into
Pirelli CintuRato P7, or
Yokohama AVID Ascend T, or maybe even
Michelin Defender All-Season wich are a bit too expensive ...
what's your recommendation? thank you!
Friday, November 24, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Peter, your Legacy with need a minimum of an H-rated tire. The P7 is not nearly as good as the P7AS+ but it is up there in price with the Michelin. For the best traction at the least cost take a look at the General AltiMAX RT43, click here for current pricing: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=General&tireModel=AltiMAX+RT43+%28H-+or+V-Speed+Rated%29&partnum=255HR7AMRT43&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by Joel

Have a Lexus gx470 what do you recommend for that?
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Joel: If you have the size 265/65R17 and wanted the highest overall rated SUV tire, look at the Michelin Premier LTX: Click here for the current price in this size: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier%20LTX&partnum=665HR7PRLTX&tab=Survey&affiliate=GU9
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Javier

I have a 2016 Cruze Lt 205/55/16 what type of tire do you recommend? I live in a desert but i do travel where it rains a lot ?
Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Javier, the Michelin Premier AS is an excellent choice for wet traction, even as it wears, and the overall highest rated tire in the grand touring category. Click below for current pricing.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier%20A/S&partnum=055HR6PREAS&tab=Survey&affiliate=GU9
Monday, January 15, 2018 by Chevaun

I have a 2012 Nissan GTR that I've just purchased 19x10 wheels for. I was looking for the best all season tires in the ultra performance area with a focus on mixed driving in sizes 285/40/19, 295/35/19. Thank you.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Chevaun, there is one all season performance tire in the size 285/40R19: the Michelin Pilot Sport AS 3+. Click below for current pricing. There are no all-season tires in the 295/35R19 and we do not show any 19-inch wheels for your car so a wheel test fitment would be advised.
Saturday, February 3, 2018 by Jack

I have a 2015 c63s seden. Looking for the all season tire but don’t know which is better because there are not much snow but raining all the time in winter and I need a kind which is good for wet and summer. can you give me some options? Thanks
Thursday, February 8, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Jack, if you have the sizes 245/35R19 and 265/35R19, there are two performance all-season tire sets available, the Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+ and the Continental Extreme Contact DWS06. Both are excellent options but there will be a slight advantage in wet traction with the Michelin but they are a sportier or firmer riding tire whereas the Continental is a little softer riding. Click below to check our most recent test results:

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=230&affiliate=GU9
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by Josh

Hello Tire Rack Team!

I have a 2014 Ford Focus SE with 215/50R17 95W size tires. Currently it has Cooper Zeon RS3-A tires that are OEM tires. I just got the car a few months ago and the tires are down to 4/32nds tread so not sure what they are like new, but seem to not grip as well in the snow and ice as the Firestone Affinity and Firestone Champion Fuel Fighter tires on my previous car did. What All Season tires would you recommend for my needs? I live in Minnesota so snow traction is desired. Thank you for your input.
Friday, February 16, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Josh, a reasonably priced all season tire, good in wet and snow,
great traction in your size would be the General Altimax RT43. See the link for current pricing.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=General&tireModel=AltiMAX+RT43+%28H-+or+V-Speed+Rated%29&partnum=15VR7AMRT43&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Sunday, March 11, 2018 by Igor

Hello Tire Rack Team!

I have 205/65/16 but I would like to go with 215/60/16, the car is Hyundai Sonata 2011. What Performance All-Season tires would you recommend for mostly wet and dry roads.

Thank you.
Friday, March 16, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Igor, some of the best performance all season tire options are not available in the 215/60R16, but what is available in best for wet traction is the Kumho Ecsta PA31. Follow the link for current pricing.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Kumho&tireModel=Ecsta%20PA31&partnum=16VR6PA31&tab=Survey&affiliate=GU9
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by Mitch

Hello!

I drive a 2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i with 225/60 R16. I live in the Pacific North West and encounter all types of weather - be it snow on roads & mountain passes, lots of rain, and long stretches of warm sunny days. I currently have Cooper tires provided by the dealership and they recommend the Cooper CS5 Grand Touring as a replacement. I was also recommended the Bridgestone Turanza Serentiy Plus. Looking for a 'bang for buck' all season tire.

Thanks!
Sunday, April 8, 2018 by Darrell Nolan

I have a 2015 Mazda CX-5 that needs new tires. I drove it mostly highway as a sales vehicle and it now has 138,000 miles going into a second set of replacement tires. I now own it as a personal car for my daughter who will drive less than 10K per year. I want good traction in rain and snow, quiet ride, and a reasonable price. Thoughts?
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Mitch, we like the General Altimax RT43 as the best 'bang for the buck' all-season tire currently, great wet traction and snow traction for an all season tire and good price point. Follow the link for current pricing:

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=General&tireModel=AltiMAX+RT43+%28H-+or+V-Speed+Rated%29&partnum=26HR6AMRT43&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Friday, April 13, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Darrell Nolan, if you have the 225/65R17, the best traction for a reasonable price would be the General Altimax RT43. Follow the link for current pricing:

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=General&tireModel=AltiMAX%20RT43%20(H-%20or%20V-Speed%20Rated)&partnum=265HR7AMRT43&tab=Survey&affiliate=GU9
Friday, June 1, 2018 by Dave

Own a Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic with 225/40/R18 tires. Replacing Pirelli run flats all season. Tires were OK but very noisy and hard riding. Looking for the best all season for some snow/ice. Thinking about giving up on run flats. What do you recommend?
Friday, June 8, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Dave, you may consider the Continental Extreme Contact DWS06 if you go away from runflats. It currently has the highest rating for winter traction in the ultra high performance all season category as well as having a good ride for a performance tire. Follow the link to see current pricing.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=ExtremeContact%20DWS%2006&partnum=24YR8DWS06XL&tab=Survey&affiliate=GU9

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