Looking for Quiet Tires? Check Out My Top Three Picks!

When shopping for tires, most drivers place a good deal of emphasis on quietness. No one wants to listen to a loud tire on a long trip or have to shout at their passengers to have a conversation. Tire noise can be more than just an annoyance, it can also mask important sounds that affect vehicle performance, maintenance and safety.  

For most drivers, the quietest tires are found in the Passenger All-Season, Standard Touring All-Season and Grand Touring All-Season performance categories.  

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred
Goodyear Assurance
Michelin Defender
Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy

For Passenger All-Season tires, the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred and Michelin Energy Saver A/S both received top ratings for noise comfort. While the Goodyear is not available in many sizes, the Michelin is made in quite a few popular fitments ranging from compact cars to crossover vehicles.  

Michelin Defender has consistently received high praise from our customers in regards to its smooth and quiet ride. It's also designed to deliver extra long wear and all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, even in light snow. 

If you're driving a vehicle that uses tires with higher speed ratings, check out the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus and Michelin Primacy MXV4. The P7 All Season Plus is a relative newcomer with few miles reported in our surveys, but initial feedback has been outstanding. Developed to be environmentally friendly, Pirelli's EcoImpact icons confirm the tire's contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air, low noise and long wear. Michelin's Primacy MXV4 offers a quiet, comfortable ride, long treadlife, responsive handling and all-season traction. You can learn about my personal experience with this Michelin tire by reading "Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tires Installed on My Crossover."


Saturday, July 12, 2014 by Ira Wechter

I recently purchased a 2011 Mercedes Benz Certified Pre-Owned SLK350 (Base Model with 18" wheels - no AMG Sport Package), and I would like to soften the ride and make the ride as comfortable and as quiet as possible. Based on the current tread remaining on the current tires, I estimate that I will probably need to purchase new tires in the next 3 to 4 months. My questions are as follows: (1) As you know, this vehicle has split size front and rear tires. Do I need to continue using different size front and rear tires (i.e., 225/40R18 or ZR18 (fronts) and 245/35R18 (rears)), or can I purchase four tires of the same size so that they can be properly rotated (not swapped)? (2) What brand(s) of tires do you recommend to enable me to achieve my goals (comfortable and quiet ride)? Do I have to stick with the high speed, ultra-high performance (Y speed) tires for this vehicle? Or, can I use a high performance tire with a lower speed rating (because I have no intention of driving this vehicle at more than 80-85 mph for any sustained length of time, and I have absolutely no desire to drive this car because of its performance capabilities. I love this car, but I want to know if I can improve the quality of the ride (in terms of comfort and the lowest noise levels possible) by using tires that are specifically aimed at my driving needs (i.e., without compromising safety relative to the manufacturers requirements). Any advice you can give me on this would be greatly appreciated.
Monday, February 23, 2015 by NOOR harizal

I am looking for types that offer comfort & quietness during both low and high speed
Monday, February 23, 2015 by Gary


Any of the tires I suggested in this blog are worth considering.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by John

I have a Saab 9-5 turbo, a 2006. I like to drive fast but I need quiet tires. I've been told Continental Extreme Contact or Bridgestone Potenza. Are they crazy?
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 by Gary


There may be quieter options. What tire size are you using?
Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Richard Devlin

I have 2002 tundra limited and i'm looking for the quietest ride possible. can you give me some suggestions
Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Richard Devlin, What size tires are you using on your Tundra?
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by Murray Lorimer

Own a 2002 Lexus sc430 I only have 26,000 miles and use only in summer What tires do I buy wanting quietest ride being priority? Thanks
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Murray Lorimer, Are you looking for a standard or run-flat tire? Both were options for the 2002 SC430. Assuming standard tire, we would take a look at the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Bridgestone&tireModel=Turanza+Serenity+Plus&partnum=44WR8TSP&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GF3

If run-flat, it would actually be another Bridgestone tire, the DriveGuard: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Bridgestone&tireModel=DriveGuard&partnum=44WR8DGXLRFT&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GF3
Saturday, May 14, 2016 by Lee

I Have 2012 Buick enclave,I p2551 60 r19 Michelin Tires on it and i think there is too much road noise? is it the car? and what tire should i buy for wear and quite? Lee
Monday, May 16, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Lee, The Michelin Latitude Tour that came as Original Equipment is not generally considered to be a loud tire. You may have experienced uneven wear due to alignment or rotation. That being said, there are quieter tires out there. Take a look at the Pirelli Scorpion Verde A/S Plus: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireSearchResults.jsp?width=255%2F&ratio=60&diameter=19&rearWidth=255%2F&rearRatio=40&rearDiameter=17&zip-code=&affiliate=GF3
Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Leslie

I have a 2005 Escalade ESV.
What is the recommendation for a quietest ride
Monday, June 6, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Leslie, What size are you currently running?
Saturday, June 11, 2016 by Tom

I have a 2013 Venza with 20 inch 245/50 Goodyear ATS tire that seem to be very noisy. Looking for the best alternative for a much smoother and quieter ride.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by Jerry

I have a 2011 Lincoln MKS and I was wanting to put some quiet and smooth riding tires to put on it. What do you recommends?
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Jerry, What size tires are you using? 235/55R18, 255/45R19 or something else?
Thursday, July 28, 2016 by Barry

Hello, I'm looking for very quiet/comfortable tyres (ultra high performance is not necessary) for 2012 BMW 335i e92, M sport:
225/35 R19 (F), 255/30 R19 (R)
What would you recommend?
Thank you. Barry
Monday, August 1, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Barry, Unfortunately all of the tires in a matched set of your sizes are going to be performance oriented. That being said, the best ride quality would come from the Continental Extreme Contact DW: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=ExtremeContact+DW&frontTire=235YR9ECDWXL&rearTire=53YR9ECDWXL&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GF3
Saturday, August 13, 2016 by Gary

Hi, I have a honday civic 2009 coupe, I'm looking for the most comfortable (that absorbs road impact and bumpiness) and quietest tires. Can you recomend any?

I currently have michelin harmony and they were very comfortable, but I got a flat tire on one and swaped that single one with a michelin premier AS (yea i know i'm suppose to do atleast both tires). But even then I noticed the premier AS was noiser than the michelin harmony (but the bumpiness comfort was on par).

205/55 r16

I see reviews that the Defender is quiet? How does it compare to the harmony or the premier. I also see that the pireli cinturato p7 plus all season is suppose to be quiet how does that compare to the premier or harmony?

Sunday, August 14, 2016 by rob lesser

Just purchased 1998 BMW Z3 1.9 , looking for a performance tire that has a good quiet sound rating.
What are your suggestions?
Thanks in advance
Monday, August 15, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Gary, The Defender unfortunately will not be any quieter than the Premier A/S. Check out the Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S Plus: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Pirelli&tireModel=Cinturato+P7+All+Season+Plus&partnum=055HR6CP7ASP&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GF3
Monday, August 15, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Rob, Are you looking for a summer or an all season tire?
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by Donna

Looking for quiet summer tire for 2008 Saab 9-5 sedan (not aero)
Michelin Primacy on the car now. Thanks
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Donna, Generally summer tires are going to be louder than their all season counterparts. Are you looking for a summer tire to provide dry grip for spirited driving in addition to being quiet or are you just looking for a quiet and comfortable tire?
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by Saul Schaefer

I'm looking to switch out my new Michelin Energy Saver AS tires (2017 Chevrolet Volt) due to excessive road noise; I've done this with other cars with success. Candidates are Turanza Serenity Plus, Khumo SA71; other suggestions? do you think it will make a difference with these tires/car?
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Saul, Both are quiet and comfortable tires. The better ride and noise quality however would come from the Bridgestone. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by Eagle

Hi, I'm looking to replace the OEM Michelin Primacy MXV4's on my Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE (215/55-17 93V), which are quiet. The door label says the car will take H or V rated tires. I am not a "spirited" driver and in fact drive fairly calmly to maximize MPG. I've read complaints that the Michelin Premier A/S (replacement for the MXV4) is noisy. Also looking at the Continental PureContact and Pirelli P7 Cinturado Strada (?). Will an H rated tire be quieter or offer a cushier ride? Should I be looking at less "performance" focused tires for a smoother ride when extreme performance is not my goal? Thanks.
Friday, September 30, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Eagle, There really won't be an appreciable difference in noise between H and V. However the H rated tire will give you a slightly better ride. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Sunday, April 9, 2017 by DL Swanson

The Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires seem to be very noisy on coarse pavement; would the Pirelli P7 Cinturado AS Plus be the quietest to use on my 2017 Malibu Hybrid?
Monday, April 10, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

DL Swanson, During our testing we have found the Pirelli P7 Cinturato AS Plus to be a great option for a quiet tire. I recommend the Pirelli as a quiet tire if it is available in your size.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 by KIM

Looking for a quiet tire for a 2010 f150 short bed.
2000 Saturn SL2
Saturday, April 22, 2017 by rich

I have a 2009 Honda CRV EXL 2WD. There is terrible cabin noise. I am looking for the quietest tire. Comfort is also a concern. What are your suggestions?
Saturday, May 13, 2017 by Brian

The Michelin MXV4 are the noisiest tires I have ever owned, bar none! I drive a 2011 Lucerne. I can't believe you picked these.
Monday, June 5, 2017 by Terry

Could you recommend a quiet tire for my wife's 2016 C300, 18" wheel.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


Take a look at the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=ExtremeContact+DWS+06&affiliate=FK8
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by Michellel

2011 Toyota Prius 195/65/15, currently have some brand of Michelin and have to "scream" at passengers or my phone.. Live VERY high on mountain in TN, rarely snow, but it happens.. Is there a tire that exists that will cover all my bases... Oh and zI travel between TN & GA bi-weekly... HELP
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


Continental True Contact would be a quiet tire with long treadlife and good snow traction, also rotating the tires frequently will keep a tire quiet throughout the life: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=TrueContact&partnum=965TR5TRUEC&affiliate=GU9
Sunday, July 2, 2017 by Ed

i have a 2013 Nissan Altima SL 2.5 that will be needing tires soon, What tires do you recommend that are the most quiet and long lasting tire for this vehicle?
Thursday, July 6, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


I show a 215/55R17 as standard on your Nissan, if so I would go with the Continental True Contact long tread life warranty of 90K and quiet and comfortable: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?message=singleSize&tireMake=Continental&tireModel=TrueContact&width=215%2F&ratio=55&diameter=17&partnum=155TR7TRUEC&affiliate=GU9
Friday, July 7, 2017 by Jeff

Looking for quietest tire for 2014 Lexus is250 rwd F sport.
F:225/40R18 (88Y)/R:255/35R18 (90Y)
Monday, July 10, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The the highest rated performance all season tires for ride quality I would recommend for your car are the Continental Extreme Contact DWS06: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=ExtremeContact+DWS+06&frontTire=24YR8DWS06XL&rearTire=535YR8DWS06XL&vehicleSearch=true&fromCompare1=yes&autoMake=Lexus&autoYear=2014&autoModel=IS%20250%20F%20Sport&autoModClar=RWD&affiliate=GU9
Thursday, July 13, 2017 by Michael

I have a 2006 Accord Coupe (4 cylinder) and am looking to get new all-season tires. Would like to obtain the best available for traction and noise. Have read that the Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S Plus, Continental Pure Contact, and Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus are all good. Would appreciate your expert advice here. Thank You.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


You cannot go wrong with any of the those premium grand touring tires. The Pirelli and Continental are newer and did a little better in the last test. Between them the Pirelli has a slight edge in ride quality and Continental better wet traction.

Friday, July 21, 2017 by Greyson Womack

I was curious what would be the quietest and most comfortable tires for the 2013 Mini Paceman S?
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


If you have the 18 inch wheel option and want an all season run-flat tire I would look at the Bridgestone DriveGuard: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Bridgestone&tireModel=DriveGuard&partnum=245WR8DGXLRFT&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by Phil

I am looking for the quietest all-season, all-year tire for my 2008 Honda Element. No off-roading, just regular street driving and highway driving. The road noise is very loud right now.
Friday, August 11, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


If you have the 215/70R16 stock size on the Element, then the quietest and best traction would be the Michelin Premier LTX: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&partnum=17HR6PRLTX&fromSurvey=true&affiliate=GU9
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by David Thomas

Need a recommendation for the quietest tire, often driven on wet roads. For work, I drive about 4,000 miles a month all over Florida, and I'm regularly on BlueTooth. It's for a 2014 Chevy Equinox LTZ, 235/55r18.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The quietest tire with good wet traction in your size and highest overall rated is the Michelin Premier LTX: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier%20LTX&partnum=355HR8PRLTX&tab=Survey&affiliate=GU9
Monday, October 9, 2017 by Salley Williams

Looking for a quiet, smooth ride for my 2015 Chevy Impala LTZ. Tire size P245 45R19DANBURY
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by ann ward

I have a 2010 New Beetle convertible that I drive only in the summer. I need to get new tires ASAP, and I am most interested in a quiet tire. Can you give me a recommendation on a quiet tire for my car please?
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The highest rated tire for ride quiet and comfort in your size is the Pirelli P7AS Plus: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Pirelli&tireModel=Cinturato%20P7%20All%20Season%20Plus&partnum=445VR9CP7ASP&tab=Survey&affiliate=GU9
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


If you have the 205/55R16 on your Beetle, the quietest tire would be the Pirelli Cinturato P7AS Plus: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Pirelli&tireModel=Cinturato%20P7%20All%20Season%20Plus&partnum=055HR6CP7ASPV2&tab=Survey&affiliate=GU9
Friday, October 27, 2017 by Ahmed

I have Lancer EX car and I have a lot of noise from car and tire, i'm searching now a good silent tire (size 205/60/16 ) what you recommend for me? Thanks in advance for your help
Friday, October 27, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The quietest tire is the Pirelli Cinturato P7AS Plus: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Pirelli&tireModel=Cinturato+P7+All+Season+Plus&partnum=06HR6CP7ASPV2&affiliate=GU9
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by Willem Leenstra

Please give me your suggestion for the quietest winter tires for a 2017 Honda Accord V6.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by Scott

Hi—2013 A3 quattro with OEM ContiProContacts in 225/45R17, and TireRack customer. Contis are terribly loud, especially over our freeways which use large aggregate. Most quiet tire with decent wet pavement traction, and okay ride over broken pavement? Thanks!
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Willem: If you are using the 215/55R17, then the quietest winter tire would be the Michelin X-Ice Xi3. Click here for current pricing: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=X-Ice+Xi3&partnum=155HR7XI3XL&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Scott: The highest overall rated tire in the grand touring category is the Michelin Premier AS. Great traction year round with a quiet tread. Click here for current pricing in your size: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+A%2FS&partnum=245HR7PREAS&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Thursday, November 30, 2017 by Glenn Morgan

I am considering buying a used 2016 Impala LTZ which currently has 20 inch wheels with Bridgestone Z rated tires. When I test drove the vehicle I couldn't believe the noise level that appears to be coming from the tires. It was suggested to me that I change the tires and go with an all-weather tire. I do live in a northern climate. Can I expect the noise to be substantially less with a different tire, or would I just be destined to tolerate a noisier tire sound level with a 20 inch wheel? Thanks for your help.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Glenn: Lower profile performance tires are going to have more tread and ride noise than taller sidewall touring tires. If you are staying with these wheels and using a 245/40R20, the best riding tire would be the Pirelli Cinturato P7AS Plus, click here for current pricing: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Pirelli&tireModel=Cinturato%20P7%20All%20Season%20Plus&partnum=44VR0CP7ASPXL&tab=Survey&affiliate=GU9
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by curt

wha is the quietest tire for my 2018 mazda 3 touring hatchback?
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Curt: If you have the 215/45R18 size, the quietest tire would be the Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus. Click here for current pricing: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Pirelli&tireModel=P+Zero+All+Season+Plus&partnum=145WR8P0ASPXL&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Friday, February 16, 2018 by Gleen

I have an Audi A4 B7 2007 wagon 2.0 turbo Quattro / AWD with 18” 8.5 wide alloys
Currently I have 235/40 and the brand is NUTON and they are super horrible noisy :(
What would the quietest sporty looking tyre you recommend please ? (Not sure if sporty + quiet is as possible combination )
Let me know. Thanks.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Gleen, you may consider the Continental Extreme Contact DSW06, it is one of quietest performance all season tires.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 by Greg DeLong

I am looking for a quiet tire for my 2009 Honda Accord. I have been reading reviews on the Michelin Defender, Michelin Energy Saver A/S, PRIMACY™ MXM4, and the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. You also mentioned the Michelin X-ICE XI3. All I want is quiet.
Sunday, February 25, 2018 by Dino Pelle

I have a 2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i. What’s the quietest most comfortable tire for my model? Thank you. Great article.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Greg DeLong, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 AS Plus was the slight favorite when it came to the quietest tire from the last testing and the customer reviews.

Follow this link to see the most recent test:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Dino Pelle, if you have the size 205/60R16 the highest rated tire for comfort and quiet is the Pirelli Cinturato P7 AS Plus, follow the link for current pricing.


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