Best Car Tires of 2019

CR's testing shows the ones that shine for all seasons

Toyota Camry used to test for the best car tires

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, including all-season, performance all-season, ultra-high-performance all-season, ultra-high-performance summer, winter/snow, and performance winter/snow.

Of course, detailed ratings on these and dozens more are available when you become a member, allowing you to fine-tune your selection based on the criteria that matter most to you. But these best car tire picks can steer you in the right direction. (If you own an SUV or pickup truck, we have separate picks just for you.)

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Consumer Reports tests more than 50 tire models every year for cars, SUVs, and trucks. (In 2019, we bought 520 tires for our tests.)

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We tested them at our track in Connecticut for wet and dry braking and handling, ride comfort and quietness, and resistance to hydroplaning. We evaluated each tire’s grip on ice at a nearby skating rink, and we tested snow traction in New York state. 

Because of our extensive testing, we offer buying advice based on actual miles driven, instead of government ratings or manufacturers' promises. Below you'll find our recommendations for each tire type, factoring in grip, comfort, noise, treadwear, and snow traction so that shoppers can find the best car tires for their ride.

All-Access and Digital members can find the latest, complete ratings on the tire model pages.

Best Car Tires of 2019

All-Season Tires: General Altimax RT43

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