Tire Noise: Tips to Keep them Rolling Quietly

Maany of us have purchased tires that were great when we first had them installed, only to find they get much louder as they wear down.

With a little understanding of tire technology, you can keep your tires rolling quieter for more miles. 

Tires get noisy for a couple of reasons including tread design, uneven wear and tire construction.

Tread Design: Tire manufacturers work hard to design tires that will provide good traction without sacrificing ride quality. Consideration of tire noise is commonly referred to as tire tuning. If a tire is tuned well, you should experience relatively low tire noise. Generally speaking, directional tires will get louder as they wear than those that are non-directional.  

Uneven Wear: If a tire wears in an uneven manner, its contact to the road is no longer uniform and you may begin to notice more noise and even slight steering wheel vibration. Proper tire rotation and wheel alignment will help your tires wear more evenly and reduce this effect.

Tire Construction: Performance and Touring Tires are built with different reinforcement materials that generally lead to a quieter ride, especially with Touring Tires. Also, as a tire wears down, it gets closer to the steel belt and this can increase tire noise. Think of the tires tread as sound insulation and as tread is reduced, your tires get louder than when they were new.

The best way to reduce the chance of having noisy tires is to work with an expert to better understand each tires performance characteristics. Although there are no guarantees that they will never get noisy, choosing the best tire for your needs and understanding how to care for them will help ensure you will be happy with your driving experience.


Saturday, January 7, 2012 by Gordon House

So, for low noise what do you reccommend for an 08 BMW X5 3.0si? No run flats please.
Friday, March 2, 2012 by Lowrider

Thank you for not talking down to us as is common in marketing strategies today. Yes, it is complex, but you are one of the relatively rare groups (companies?) that lays it all out there and dares consumers to think and make their own decisions. It is like a lot of other things where buying decisions have to be made. Compromises are part of the equation. People are not inherently stupid, and you pitch your findings to folks with enough intelligence to decide reasonably for themselves. That is much appreciated!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 by James

2008 Lincoln MKX, what would be the quietest tire suggestion, my road noise is unbelievable.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 by Logan Woodworth

I would be happy to assist with this question. Are you running the 18" or 20" option for your MKX?
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 by Pam

Road noise is our problem on our 2009 p t cruiser. Had goodyear, put yokohama's on there today, i swear the road noise increased. I am taking them back, did research but now do not know which other one to try. Yokohamas were recommended for incredible less amount of road noise so is Michelin Mxm4. Scared to trust the advertisement. Hopefully you can help. Tired to research other cruiser owners, but not much said about road noise. Thanks Please reply ASAP.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by Ron

Will a tire appropriate for a 20" wheel be more noisy than the same make/model tire appropriate for an 18" wheel?
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by Ben@tirerack

Noise mostly depends on the particular tire. In general, if the 20" tire is wider, it would likely be noisier. If the 20" and the 18" size are the same width, there would likely be no difference in noise if we assume the same tread pattern.
Saturday, September 1, 2012 by Bill

For my 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid, what would be the quietest tire suggestion? I'm running with Nokian Vatiiva Pwl, and they do seem noisy.
Friday, January 18, 2013 by Cindy

Pls recommend a quiet tire for my 2008 Porsche Cayenne GTS.. I have Michelin 275/40r/20 now. I am do for new tires asap
Friday, January 18, 2013 by ben@tirerack

Hi Cindy,for a quiet tire in that size I might try these: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Bridgestone&tireModel=Dueler+H%2FL+Alenza&partnum=74WR0HLALNZXL&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes
Monday, January 21, 2013 by Cindy

I currently have Pirelli 265 35R 18 97V on the rear. should I be changing size?
Friday, February 15, 2013 by Adam

what type of tire would you recommend for an 08 dodge caliber. the reduction of tire noise is a must
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by ben@tirerack

Cindy, 265/35R18 is not a size that should be on a Cayenne. That size belongs on an older 911 or Boxster.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by ben@tirerack

Adam, please email ben@tirerack.com with your tire size and request and I will be happy to assist.
Friday, March 15, 2013 by Domenic

Can I have the answer to Pam's question dated Jun 13, 2012,
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 by Pam:
Road noise is our problem on our 2009 p t cruiser. Had goodyear, put yokohama's on there today, i swear the road noise increased. I am taking them back, did research but now do not know which other one to try. Yokohamas were recommended for incredible less amount of road noise so is Michelin Mxm4. Scared to trust the advertisement. Hopefully you can help. Tired to research other cruiser owners, but not much said about road noise. Thanks Please reply ASAP.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack

What size are you using on the PT Cruiser?
Saturday, March 30, 2013 by Keith

I have a 2004 Alero with 225/50R/16 and I am getting alot of road noise any ideas on what tire would help
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack

For that size, one of our best rated tires would be the Continental DWS.
Monday, April 15, 2013 by Sally JoJo

I drive a 2009 Dodge Caliber SXT, 215/60-17. Can you recommend the best tire for noise reduction. . . it's out of control! :)
Monday, April 15, 2013 by Don

Can you please recommend quite tires for a VW TDI, Size: 205/55R16? I have a dedicated set of rims and winter tires, but a good mixed-season may be best.

Would it help reduce road noise if I also switched to a skinnier tire? Any recommendations?

Thank you in advance
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack

Some of the highest rated tires are currently a Michelin Defender or Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus. -Marshall@tirerack.com
Monday, May 6, 2013 by VSG

We just bought '14 Mazda CX5. It came with 17" Yokohama's. Are they going to be quiet on that car? If not, which will?? I have pet peeve about tire noise?
Thank you!!!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by tom

oe tires on 2010 honda accord with 50,000 miles; on most [not all] concrete pavement surfaces noise is very loud. what quiet replacement tires are recommended?
Friday, July 26, 2013 by ben@tirerack

Tom, driving on concrete will generally always be louder than asphalt no matter which tire you choose, but the quieter grand touring tires like the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity or the Michelin Primacy will help mitigate the noise somewhat.
Friday, July 26, 2013 by bill

Have had Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring tires (20555P16) on PT Cruiser for about 8 months. Road noise noticeable at first, now much worse. Tread wear is even. Any recommendations for a better tire?
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack

Two of the highest rated tires are currently the Continental Pure Contact and the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Larie

I just bought a 328i with Continental Contiprocontact tires. They are extremely loud. I thought at first it was the road but it doesn't matter what type of road of surface I am on. Any suggestions on nice queit tire. I hate road noise!
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by John

I had the tires rotated and alignment and road noise increased to point of having to talk louder. There was noticeable road noise before, but much worse, after. (2006 Toyota Sienna XLE, Primewell Valera Touring [Firestone product} 215-65-15, new 12/11, 18,100 miles) Tires look good, no side wall bulges or unusual ware. Suggestions
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Dave

I recently drove a 2013 Boxster with 20" wheels on Pirelli P0's. On some surfaces (concrete?) there was a lot of road noise. On others, very little. Reading your blog and reviews, it sounds like the 19" wheels (same width as these 20's) would not really reduce the noise, but you noted a drone with P0's. Have you tested the new Boxster's road noise level? Would it correct to assume that the wheel diameter would not change it much? Is it the P0's?
Monday, September 30, 2013 by Josh

Looking for a quiet all season tire for my 2003 ford escape mainly city driving with some highway.The tires i have now sound like a helicopter rumble when driving at any speed.They are Firestone destinations and are at the wear bar.I have been thinking of getting the new destination le2'S
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by William Dolan

I have significant tire noise on my Lincoln MKT at 44000 miles. Looking for a recommendation for a very quiet tire. It appears my tires had cupping and they were rotated every 4000 miles. The tires are Goodyear 255/45 R20. Any recommendations?
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Pam

I own a VW Touareg 2012. Road noise is now a problem. Since these are the originall tires and have over 20,000 miles, I realize I probably need to purchase new tires. Can you recommend the proper tire to reduce the road noise?
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack

One of the best rated tires in the category is the Continental Cross Contact LX20. -Marshall@tirerack.com
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Harry

Looking for quiet tires for 2005 Honda Accord 4-Cyl coupe. The current tires have ~30% left but the road noise get too much. Thanks.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by ben@tirerack

Harry, I would try these: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Primacy%20MXV4&partnum=065HR5MXV4P&tab=Survey&affiliate=HJ7

Make sure to check your tire size, as the wheels equipped on your vehicle, whether factory or aftermarket, may differ from our listings.
Monday, May 12, 2014 by Ron

What Woukd you recommend for a quite smooth comfortable ride on a 2006 VW Jetta?
Saturday, May 31, 2014 by Bombshell

I have a 2011 VW CC. It uses 235/40 R18 95H Continental tires! Love my car hate the run flat tires they came with because around 25-30000 mile range it started making noise! All the dealership said was that the tires wear in a circular motion or something which creates the noise! Further research online shows that other owners have the same problem. I wish dealerships would be more upfront and honest about these things but that would defeat their purpose I guess! I've even read that the noise is created by the cars suspension and alignment and it's a flaw with the car design. The car actually came with a spare which I'm not sure if it's a run flat but I've had an incident where there were 4 types of nails in my tire ( don't know where from) and I was happy that they could just remove the nail and it would seal back up! They were little nails not long so I didn't replace the tires. Regardless due to that incident I'm inclined to get run flats again but then I'm reading on various sites that run flats in general are noisier due to the hard sides. What do you recommend should I go with run flats again? I wonder if the car is specifically designed for run flats only if that exists at all? The new Bridgestone Driveguard tires are they good? Or is it too early to tell? I think they come with a 30 day try and drive warrantee but that may not be enough time to really know if they are noisy too no? Any advice is appreciated thanks!
Saturday, December 6, 2014 by Al

what is good winter tire with low noise but not too expensive.205/55/R16
Sunday, September 6, 2015 by Daren

Can you please recomed a tire that is quiet for my Range Rover sport SCV8 2016. I am currently running toyo proxes ST II 285 /35 r22. It has a howling on rough roads at highish speeds.
I don't mind going to a 275 22 inch.
Thursday, September 10, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Daren, Our best rated tire in your size is the Continental ExtremeContact DWS: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=ExtremeContact+DWS+06&affiliate=BF7
Monday, July 4, 2016 by Stu

I just bought a 2015 Cadillac XTS with Goodyear Eagles 245 45 19 with 27,000 miles. The tread is still very good but they are so loud on most surfaces. Only on newly repaved surfaces are they quiet. What do you recommend.
Friday, July 8, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Stu, Take a look at the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireSearchResults.jsp?filtering=true&width=245%2F&ratio=45&diameter=19&affiliate=GF3
Thursday, July 20, 2017 by Nick Marino

I own a 2015 Lexus RC350 F Sport with 11,000 miles. The car is equipped with 19" Bridgestone Potenzas which are very noisy at any speed. Any suggestions as to a quiet, all-season tire for this fantastic vehicle which, otherwise is quieter than a mouse.
Friday, July 21, 2017 by Mark Savoy

My slightly worn (15K miles) Continental Extreme Contact tires are so loud my radio can hardly drown them out. OMG what a waste of big money!!!
Friday, July 21, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


If you have the rear wheel drive with the staggered tire sizes then your only option is the summer performance or winter tires, no all seasons or the real quiet touring style tires. Of the performance tires available for your car, the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S would be the quietest: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Pilot+Sport+4S&frontTire=34YR9PS4SXL&rearTire=635YR9PS4SXL&vehicleSearch=true&fromCompare1=yes&autoMake=Lexus&autoYear=2015&autoModel=RC%20350%20F%20Sport&autoModClar=RWD&affiliate=GU9

If you have the AWD version with the 235/40R19 size all the way around then you have grand touring all season options, the quietest is the Pirelli Cinturato P7 AS+: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Pirelli&tireModel=Cinturato+P7+All+Season+Plus&partnum=34VR9CP7ASPXL&vehicleSearch=true&fromCompare1=yes&autoMake=Lexus&autoYear=2015&autoModel=RC%20350%20F%20Sport&autoModClar=AWD&affiliate=GU9
Saturday, August 5, 2017 by Jay

I own a 2011 Ford Escape XLT V6 3.0 L AWD. Road noise is too much especially on highway's. I have 2 long trips coming up and my tires need replacement. Could you please suggest something with low road noise ? All Season preferred.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


If you have the 235/70R16, I would recommend the Michelin Premier LTX for ride comfort and quiet: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&partnum=37HR6PRLTX&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by Kathy

Shopping for a new set of 245 45R18 for a 2016 Nissan Maxima. The first set were Continentals ProContact. At 42000 miles the road noise is awful. Is there a better tire or should I stay with continental. I begun to noice the road noice more around 36000 Thanks!
Friday, October 27, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


Road noise typically becomes more noticeable if the tires are not rotated regularly. If you were happy with them otherwise just rotate more frequently especially at the beginning of the tire life. That said the quitest tire would be the Pirelli Cinturato PY A/S Plus
Thursday, December 28, 2017 by curt woodward

what is the quietest tire for a 2018 mazda 3 touring hatchback. thanks for your help
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

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