The Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season is the most highly recommended all-season tire for passenger cars. Tests indicate it delivers very good traction on both wet and dry pavement, and good grip on snow and ice. Very few all-season tires perform better on winter roads, although the budget-priced Hankook Optimo H727 (*Est. $90) does beat the original TripleTred in one snow-and-ice test. (Note that the 2012 TripleTred All-Season adds higher speed ratings and an updated tread pattern for better wet and dry grip; you may still see the older version in stores, sold as the TripleTred (minus the 'All-Season').
Owners still prefer the Goodyear to the Hankook on wet and dry road conditions, and the pricier, high-performance Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position (*Est. $185) can't match the TripleTred All-Season's higher government tread-wear grade (400 versus 740) or its longer tread-life warranty (40,000 versus 70,000 to 80,000 miles for the Goodyear, depending on speed rating). The TripleTred All-Season costs more than other highly rated all-season tires, but owners say its long tread life makes it a good value. Some owners -- and TireRack.com experts -- find the new TripleTred All-Season noisy, but other owners don't notice a noise problem.
TireRack.com experts test the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season head-to-head against three other popular all-season tires on real roads as well as dry and wet tracks. ConsumerReports.org experts haven't yet tested the new TripleTred All-Season, but their ratings of the original Goodyear Assurance TripleTred are still helpful. Owner reviews at TireRack.com often consider longer periods of time and provide more detail; we found fewer than 20 reviews for the new TripleTred All-Season, but more than 3,100 for the original TripleTred. The manufacturer's official tread-wear, heat-resistance and traction ratings, posted at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, SaferCar.gov, are also useful.
ConsumerReports.org compares the original Goodyear Assurance TripleTred with 25 other all-season tires, ranking them based on unbiased tests on dry and wet roads as well as ice and snow. Editors also recommend specific tires as Best Buys.
Review: All-Season Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Tire Rack
Editors compare four popular all-season tires -- the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season, Hankook Optimo H727, General Altimax HP and Michelin HydroEdge with Green X -- on city, highway and back roads, as well as on wet and dry test tracks. The TripleTred All-Season posts the fastest lap times on the wet and dry tracks, but there's no winter testing here.
Review: Testing the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season, Editors of TireRack.com, July 26, 2011
3. Tire Rack
Fewer than 20 owners have reviewed the new Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season at TireRack.com, but you can click on the full list of passenger all-season tires and see how both the new TripleTred All-Season and the original TripleTred (with more than 3,100 reviews) stack up against their rivals on wet, dry, snowy and icy roads, as well as for ride comfort, quietness and tread wear.
Review: Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season, Contributors to TireRack.com
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires manufacturers to test their tires for tread wear, traction and heat resistance, and to label the tires with these ratings. Goodyear Assurance TripleTred tires get a very high tread-wear rating, an A for traction on wet pavement (the maximum rating is AA) and a B for heat resistance in T- and H-rated versions. The higher-speed V-rated version has a lower tread-wear rating but the highest heat-resistance rating of A.
Review: Tire Rating Lookup, Editors of SaferCar.gov