Best Car Tires of 2021
CR's testing highlights the tires that shine for all seasons
Tires look simple and can easily be taken for granted, but their design can be quite sophisticated. Differences among tires can have an impact on braking, handling, ride, noise, and even fuel economy. Given how complicated tires are, choosing the right replacements can be challenging, especially if you depend on word of mouth or in-store marketing messages. That’s where Consumer Reports can help.
Our experts have crunched the data from our extensive tire test program to select the best car tires in several key categories,
Detailed ratings on these and dozens more are available if you're a CR member. The dynamic ratings chart allows you to fine-tune your selection based on criteria that matter most to you, but the best car tire picks below can steer you in the right direction. (If you own an SUV or pickup truck, we have separate picks just for you.)
How We Test
Consumer Reports tests more than 40 tire models every year, including those for cars, SUVs, and trucks. (In 2021, we bought more than 420 tires for our tests.)