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Which Brands Make the Best Tires?

Consumer Reports ranks the top tire makers based on test performance

When it comes to tire recommendations, there are several go-to brands that regularly rise to the top. To determine how the leaders truly compare, we have calculated a brand score by averaging the overall scores of the tested models (the scale ranges from 0 to 100). This data comes from our extensive tire test program, which provides detailed ratings on 150 tire models from more than 25 brands.

The tires factored into these scores come from all rated categories, including all-season and performance all-season car tires, ultra-high-performance (UHP) all-season and summer tires, all-season and all-terrain truck tires, winter/snow tires for cars and trucks, and performance winter/snow tires.

We have excluded tire brands where we have tested fewer than three tires. The final scores here reveal just how competitive the market is, with scant difference between the leaders. Working through the data is a reminder that although brand perception can be a useful aid, it is more important for you to understand how the tires rank in a given category and to consider how a tire model performs. (Learn how to choose the right tires for your car.)

Our tests measure performance in braking, comfort, handling, hydroplaning, noise, snow traction, and other important areas. Plus we can also predict the tread life in miles based on our extensive treadwear test program. Combined, this information can help you find the best tires for your car from brands including Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper, Firestone, Goodyear, Michelin, Nitto, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama.

To earn a Consumer Reports recommendation, a tire must have impressed our engineers in testing and be an exemplary overall performer in its class.

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Overall score is rounded to nearest 0.5 point.
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