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Which Brands Make the Best Tires?

Consumer Reports ranks the top tire makers based on test performance

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Consumer Reports' tire experts are often asked what companies make the best tires. The answer depends on how one defines “best."

CR’s take is based on data from our extensive tire test program, with ratings on 170 models from 30 tire brands. We created an official answer to this age-old question by calculating a brand score that averages the Overall Scores of the tested models for each brand.

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

More answers can be determined from our dynamic tire ratings, where you can target the specific tire type you're interested in and look at specific test results.

More on Tires

Consumer Reports tests more than 50 tire models every year—for cars, SUVs, and trucks—putting them through up to 14 tests. Most tests are conducted by an expert team at our 327-acre Auto Test Center in Connecticut.

In addition to those, 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 brands that include BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper, Dunlop, Falken, Firestone, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Kumho, Michelin, Nexen, Nokian, Pirelli, Sumitomo, Toyo, Uniroyal, and Yokohama.

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

Below, we rank the tire brands and highlight the best tires from the leading brands.

Tire Brand Report Card

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Tire Brand Report Card

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