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Who makes the best car tires?

A guide to how tire brands rank and their standout models

Published: March 2014

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We’re often asked that burning question, and thanks to our exhaustive test program, we do indeed have an answer. But before we did into our test findings, know that the best tire is the one that suits your individual needs for what, where, and how you drive. (See our tire buying guide and Ratings.)

No one tire is perfect. However, clearly some provide a better balance of grip, handling, comfort, and tread life—all common attributes considered by tire buyers.

Over the past three years alone, we’ve tested over 180 tire models from 23 brands in nine major categories for cars, sports cars, and trucks, including all-season, winter, summer, and all-terrain tires. All tires are rated for individual performance in areas of braking, handling, resistance to hydroplaning, winter grip, ride and noise, rolling resistance, and tread life (excluding winter tires). Overall scores are based on a weighted average of these tests, placing emphasis on safety-related aspects. Price isn’t factored into our overall score. While we consider our testing comprehensive, we don’t judge quality or general durability. (Use our tire ratings selector.)

To rank tire brands, we counted the number of times models from each brand made it into the top-five overall scores in all tire type categories evaluated in the last three years.

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