Best Tire Brands of 2019

Consumer Reports ranks the top tire makers based on test performance

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

Consumer Reports develops a list of best tire brands by first putting individual tire models through rigorous testing to come up with special ratings.

With that data, gleaned from testing 170 tire models from 30 brands, we created a brand score.

“The best tires shine for all-weather grip, braking distances, rolling resistance, and tread life,” said Gene Petersen, Consumer Reports tire program manager. “By choosing a top-rated tire, drivers can often enhance the performance and safety of their car.”

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

Below, we rank the brands based on the brand score. We spotlight the three standout brands, listing the tires from these brands that we recommend across all tested categories. In addition, we list the recommended models from among all brands in each rated category. 

Ice testing to see who makes the best tires

How We Test Tires

In addition to those evaluations, we test braking on ice at a local skating rink, and an outside lab assesses the rolling resistance of tires, which affects fuel economy. 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.

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. This information can help you find the best tires from 25 brands that include BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper, Dunlop, Falken, Firestone, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Kumho, Michelin, Nexen, Nokian, Pirelli, Sumitomo, Toyo, Uniroyal, and Yokohama. We excluded brands that we tested only three or fewer tire models.

A tire must excel at performance and safety in our tests to earn a Consumer Reports recommendation. Become a CR member and you also can access our dynamic tire ratings, where you can target the tire type you're interested in and look at specific test results.

Tire Brand Report Card

Michelin

71

Continental

70

General

69

Pirelli

66

Goodyear

65

Nexen

65

Bridgestone

65

Yokohama

64

Falken

64

Cooper

63

Firestone

62

Kumho

62

Nokian

62

BFGoodrich

62

Laufenn

61

GT Radial

61

Toyo

61

Nitto

60

Sumit

58

Uniroyal

57
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