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Best Tires

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Tires

Best Tires

We tested 171 tires to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Tire based on the following criteria:

  • Handling
  • Dry braking
  • Rolling resistance
  • Ride comfort
  • Tread life
  • Noise
  • Wet braking
  • Ice braking
  • Hydroplaning
  • Snow traction

Below lists the Tires that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Tire is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Tires

Best Tire for Handling

Handling includes how well the tires gripped in an avoidance maneuver involving a swerve into the left lane and back into the right lane; wet and dry cornering grip on our skid pad; and subjective steering feel.


This Tire which tested best for Handling has the following features: Treadwear warranty, Speed rating, UTQG treadwear, UTQG traction, UTQG temperature, Size tested, Available sizes 1, Available sizes 2, Available sizes 3, Available sizes 4, Available sizes 5, Available sizes 6 and Available sizes 7.

Best Tire for Dry braking

Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.


This Tire which tested best for Dry braking has the following features: Speed rating, Treadwear warranty, UTQG treadwear, UTQG traction, UTQG temperature, Size tested and Available sizes 1.

Best Tire for Rolling resistance

Rolling resistance, measured on a dynamometer at an outside laboratory, is a factor in fuel economy.


This Tire which tested best for Rolling resistance has the following features: Speed rating, Treadwear warranty, UTQG treadwear, UTQG traction, UTQG temperature, Size tested, Available sizes 1, Available sizes 2, Available sizes 3, Available sizes 4, Available sizes 5, Available sizes 6 and Available sizes 7.

Best Tire for Ride comfort

Ride comfort reflects our on-road judgments.


This Tire which tested best for Ride comfort has the following features: Size tested, Speed rating, Tread, Available sizes 1, Available sizes 2 and Available sizes 3.

Best Tire for Tread life

Tread life is an indicator of wear potential from CR's vehicle road test on the Federal Government's treadwear course.


This Tire which tested best for Tread life has the following features: Speed rating, Tread, Size tested, Available sizes 1, Available sizes 2 and Available sizes 3.

Best Tire for Noise

Noise reflects our on-road judgments.


This Tire which tested best for Noise has the following features: Speed rating, Treadwear warranty, UTQG treadwear, UTQG traction, UTQG temperature, Size tested, Available sizes 1, Available sizes 2 and Available sizes 3.

Best Tire for Wet braking

Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.


This Tire which tested best for Wet braking has the following features: Treadwear warranty, Speed rating, UTQG treadwear, UTQG traction, UTQG temperature, Size tested, Available sizes 1, Available sizes 2, Available sizes 3, Available sizes 4, Available sizes 5, Available sizes 6 and Available sizes 7.

Best Tire for Ice braking

We tested ice braking on a skating rink from 10 to 0 mph.


This Tire which tested best for Ice braking has the following features: Speed rating, Treadwear warranty, UTQG treadwear, UTQG traction, UTQG temperature, Size tested, Available sizes 1, Available sizes 2, Available sizes 3, Available sizes 4, Available sizes 5, Available sizes 6 and Available sizes 7.

Best Tire for Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning reflects how quickly we could drive through standing water before the tires began to skim on the surface.


This Tire which tested best for Hydroplaning has the following features: Treadwear warranty, Speed rating, UTQG treadwear, UTQG traction, UTQG temperature, Size tested, Available sizes 1, Available sizes 2, Available sizes 3, Available sizes 4, Available sizes 5, Available sizes 6 and Available sizes 7.

Best Tire for Snow traction

Snow traction reflects the distance our test car needed to accelerate from 5 to 20 mph on moderately packed snow.


This Tire which tested best for Snow traction has the following features: Treadwear warranty, Speed rating, UTQG treadwear, UTQG traction, UTQG temperature, Size tested, Available sizes 1, Available sizes 2, Available sizes 3, Available sizes 4, Available sizes 5, Available sizes 6 and Available sizes 7.