Best Tire Brands of 2021

Consumer Reports test results reveal which companies make the best-performing tires

A variety of tire brands shown on a rack at a tire store

Tire shoppers cite brand as a key factor when they're choosing a replacement tire to buy, based on our last survey of Consumer Reports members about tires. The leading purchase considerations: All-weather grip (50 percent), brand (47 percent), and manufacturer treadwear warranty (39 percent), according to the survey, which included almost 35,000 members.

Consumer Reports’ extensive tire testing reveals that there are significant differences between brands and models, particularly in grip and tread life. To steer you in the right direction, we developed a brand rating based on individual tire tests. Brand scores are presented below for 20 of the 35 brands tested; we tested four or more models under each of these brand names.

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“The best tires shine for impressive braking and handling, hydroplaning resistance, and for all-season and winter tires, snow traction and stopping on ice are important,” says Gene Petersen, CR’s tire program manager. “By choosing a top-rated tire, drivers can often enhance the performance and safety of their car.”

The tires we test come from categories that include all-season and performance all-season car tires, ultra-high-performance (UHP) all-season and UHP summer tires, all-season SUV tiresall-season and all-terrain truck tireswinter/snow car and truck tires, and performance winter/snow tires

Below, we spotlight four standout brands and list recommended tires from each, across all the categories we test. Plus, we list the recommended models among all brands in each rated category.

See how CR members rate satisfaction by tire brands.

How We Test Tires

Ice testing to see who makes the best tires

Our tests measure performance in braking, comfort, handling, hydroplaning (when water gets between your tire and the pavement), noise, snow traction, and other important areas. We test braking on ice at a local skating rink (except for SUV and truck tires this year due to COVID-19 restrictions), and an outside lab assesses the rolling resistance of tires, which affects fuel economy. Plus, we evaluate tread life by driving thousands of miles on a road course in western Texas and use that information, along with the price we paid for the tire, to estimate a cost per 100 miles for each tire model.

Combined, this extensive information can help you find the best tires from 35 brands that include BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper, Falken, Firestone, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Kumho, Michelin, Nexen, Nitto, Nokian, Pirelli, Toyo, Uniroyal, Vredestein, and Yokohama.

A tire must excel at performance and safety in our tests to earn a Consumer Reports recommendation.

If you’re a CR member, you can access the rankings below and see our dynamic tire ratings, where you can target the tire type you’re interested in and see specific test results.

Tire Brand Report Card

Michelin

68

Continental

68

Vredestein

67

General

67

Goodyear

65

Nexen

64

Yokohama

64

Pirelli

64

Bridgestone

64

Falken

62

BFGoodrich

62

Hankook

62

Cooper

61

Firestone

60

Kumho

60

Nokian

60

Toyo

59

Sumitomo

57

Uniroyal

56

Nitto

54
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