Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

Best all-season tires

Reviewers recommend the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season more highly than any other all-season tire. It performs well in tests on every road surface, although in prior years, it didn't handle snow and ice quite as capably as the budget-priced Hankook Optimo H727 (*Est. $90). For 2012, the TripleTred All-Season gets a new tread pattern designed to address that. The latest version TripleTred All-Season grips better in rain and on dry roads, while delivering more precise handling than the Hankook in one head-to-head test. The TripleTred All-Season carries an 80,000-mile tread-wear warranty in T and H speed ratings and a 70,000-mile tread-wear warranty in V speed ratings. (Price estimate based on P215/60R16 tire size.)
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*Est. $150 Estimated Price
Hankook Optimo H727
Hankook Optimo H727

Budget all-season tires

For substantially less cash, the Hankook Optimo H727 performs nearly as well as the more expensive Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season (*Est. $150). The Hankook tire has a better track record in snow and ice than the TripleTred (an issue Goodyear hopes to address with the 2012 TripleTred's new tread pattern), while delivering good tread life with long warranty coverage. In one recent TireRack.com test, however, the TripleTred All-Season edges the Hankook in rain and dry-road performance. Regardless, the budget-priced Hankook Optimo remains a consumer favorite in user reviews and the top option if your budget calls for a less costly all-season tire. The Hankook Optimo H727 is T-rated, with a 100,000-mile tread-wear warranty. (Price estimate based on P215/60R16 tire size.)
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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

All-season tires for performance cars

Wet-road prowess and rich driver feedback make this all-season performance tire the new favorite of experts and owners at retailer TireRack.com. Most owners say the new Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position handled its first winter well, too. The tire it replaces, the RE960AS, gripped well on all road conditions in an earlier expert test. The RE970AS Pole Position is W-rated, with a 40,000-mile tread-wear warranty. You can save money by choosing the Yokohama Avid Envigor (*Est. $140) instead, but owners say it doesn't grip quite as well as the Bridgestone in any road condition. (Price estimate based on 235/50R17 tire size.)
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*Est. $185 Estimated Price
Yokohama Avid Envigor
Yokohama Avid Envigor

Budget high-performance all-season tires

This inexpensive tire is the best budget bet for your performance car, experts say. Although it can't match the pricier Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position (*Est. $185) on any road condition, the Yokohama Avid Envigor beats three other budget-priced performance all-season tires in a recent head-to-head test, delivering the best wet and dry grip and the quietest, most comfortable ride. However, in other tests and owner reviews, it's a tale of two tires. The H- and V-rated Yokohama do fine in their lower performance category, but the faster W-rated version doesn't fare as well against its ultra-performance rivals. Owners also find the Yokohama slipperier on ice and snow than other performance all-seasons. The H- and V-rated versions carry a longer tread-life warranty: 60,000 miles, versus 45,000 miles for the W-rated version. (Price estimate based on 235/55R17 tire size.)
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Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Max-performance summer tires

For pure performance on wet and dry (never snowy) roads, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport beats all other max-performance summer tires in head-to-head tests and owner reviews. The Pilot Super Sport is suitable for sports cars and luxury performance cars, and it can only be used year-round in climates that never receive a flake of snow. A good all-season alternative is the top-rated Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position (*Est. $185). Michelin offers the Pilot Super Sport in the highest speed rating: Y (up to 186 mph). Most pure performance tires offer no tread-wear warranty, but this one does -- 30,000 miles. (Price estimate based on 235/45ZR/17 tire size.)
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