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Tires: Ratings of Sources

Total of 16 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
As of Feb. 2012
All-Season Tire Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org subjects 26 standard all-season tires to its rigorous battery of tests. A chart ranks the tires from best to worst on 10 different measures, such as snow traction and tread life. The tests show significant differences between the best and worst tires, with some all-season tires proving to be poor performers on snow. Its detailed, unbiased tests make ConsumerReports.org the best source we found.
2. ConsumerReports.org
As of Feb. 2012
Performance All-Season Tire Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentHigh-performance all-season tires, once found mostly on luxury or sports cars, now come standard on everyday cars like the Toyota Camry, say editors at ConsumerReports.org. Performance tires handle and grip better than standard all-season tires, but they have traditionally worn out faster. ConsumerReports.org's testers drive 27 H- and V-rated performance all-season tires for 16,000 miles each to find out just how quickly they wear out. Testers also evaluate the tires' braking, traction and more on dry, wet, snowy and icy surfaces.
3. ConsumerReports.org
As of Feb. 2012
Ultra-High-Performance All-Season Tire Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests 20 Z-rated ultra-high-performance (UHP) tires designed to be driven in all seasons. These tires provide snow-and-ice grip for luxury or sporty cars, but editors say they compromise on wet and dry grip compared with summer-only UHP tires. Noise, ride quality, tread life and rolling resistance are also figured into the ratings.
4. ConsumerReports.org
As of Feb. 2012
Ultra-High-Performance Summer Tire Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentSummer-only ultra-high-performance (UHP) tires are designed to deliver maximum performance on wet and dry roads. These tires should never be driven on snow or ice. ConsumerReports.org tests 23 summer UHP tires. These tires are commonly used on luxury or sports cars, and they tend to be very expensive, although ConsumerReports.org tests some budget versions as well.
5. Tire Rack
As of Feb. 2012
Tire Test Results
by Editors of TireRack.com
Our AssessmentTireRack.com is a retail site whose staff also tests and reviews tires. Although the editors' evaluations are clear, logical and easy to read, tests are run in groups of three or four tires, and there's no overall ranking system. This makes it difficult to determine which tires are ultimately best in class. Comparison tests are conducted a couple of times a year, so the overall sampling size of tested tires is small compared to other reviewers. However, TireRack.com is usually one of the first sources to conduct expert tests of new tires on the market.
6. Tire Rack
As of Feb. 2012
Tire Survey Results
by Contributors to TireRack.com
Our AssessmentIn addition to doing its own testing as described above, TireRack.com has collected more than 150,000 consumer surveys on 443 different tire models since 1997. The scores are presented in easy-to-read charts that rank currently available tires in 13 categories (high-performance summer, all-season, etc.) Consumers report how many miles they've driven each tire and on what type of car. They score the tires on 12 measures, including ice grip and hydroplaning. Users can also read narrative consumer reviews for each tire -- usually a large number of reviews, including some that are quite thorough and thoughtful.
7. SaferCar.gov
As of Feb. 2012
Tire Rating Lookup
by Editors of SaferCar.gov
Our AssessmentThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires manufacturers to test their tires for tread wear, traction and heat resistance, and to label the tires with these ratings. Consumers can look up tires in the ratings on this website, either by brand or by rating. NHTSA offers thorough explanations of the ratings, but it does not recommend any tire over another. Defect and recall alerts are also posted here.
8. Automobile Protection Association
As of Feb. 2012
Summer Tires Ratings
by Editors of the Automobile Protection Association
Our AssessmentThe Automobile Protection Association, a Canadian nonprofit, rates three types of nonwinter car tires: all-season (both standard and touring styles), performance and high-performance. Reviews note the tires' price, performance, tread wear and noise levels. The 39 tires reviewed here aren't given a numeric rating, but the brief reviews note each tire's pros, cons and overall quality. Some newer models aren't included.
9. Car and Driver
May 2010
Track-Tire Test: BFGoodrich, Toyo, Michelin, and Yokohama Tires Rated -- Gearbox
by Aaron Robinson
Our AssessmentIf you're headed to the track, haul along a jack and a set of BFGoodrich g-Force R1s, Car and Driver recommends. They're barely street-legal (two grooves shy of a racing slick) and work like "black Super Glue," tester Aaron Robinson says. The g-Force R1 outscores the Toyo Proxes R888, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup and Yokohama Advan A048 in Car and Driver's track test,
10. PopularMechanics.com
July 16, 2010
Tire Comparison Test: What Rubber Should You Choose?
by Mike Allen
Our AssessmentWhat kind of tire should you pick? Popular Mechanics tests a tire from each of four categories -- all-season (Michelin MXM4), high-performance (Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus, regular and plus-two sizes), fuel-miser (Bridgestone Ecopia) and cheap (Republic Enterprise) -- on a BMW 328i in wet and dry conditions on Tire Rack's test track. Each tire's statistics for wet and dry braking, skidpad g's and lap times are shown to demonstrate each category's strengths and weaknesses. Mike Allen steers readers clear of the cheap tire, and he says big wheels are pointless without a suspension upgrade.
11. Which? magazine
As of Feb. 2012
Best Car Tyres
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentWhich? magazine is a U.K.-based publication that rivals ConsumerReports.org in thoroughness. Experts here run controlled tire tests for wet and dry grip, braking and handling, and they also rate tire noise, wear rate and rolling resistance. They then name the best buys in seven popular sizes, mostly in summer tires (with one all-season size). Several of the top picks are popular U.S. models.
12. About.com
Not dated
Mustang Tire Comparison: Continental, Goodyear, and BFGoodrich
by Jonathan Lamas
Our AssessmentAbout.com's guide to Ford Mustangs, Jonathan Lamas, spends a day testing four performance tires on the 2008 Ford Mustang GT. He includes the Continental ExtremeContact DW and DWS, Goodyear Eagle F1 and BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDWS. He evaluates the tires on wet and dry pavement, a road course, an oval and public roads. Each tire wins one test. Although Lamas enumerates each one's strengths and weaknesses, he doesn't pick a favorite. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
13. Choice magazine
As of Feb. 2012
Car Tyres
by Editors of Choice magazine
Our AssessmentChoice magazine is Australia's answer to ConsumerReports.org. Experts here test dozens of tires in multiple sizes, judging their braking and cornering performance on wet and dry pavement as well as noise level. Editors recommend the best tires in each size, but only one of the top picks is available in the U.S.
14. Motor Trend
As of Feb. 2012
Tire Test Search Results
by Editors of Motor Trend
Our AssessmentMotor Trend tests new-on-the-market tires at tire-company press events, trying them out on tracks (and sometimes regular roads), often in exotic locales. The write-ups are thorough, with lots of technical description from the tire companies' presentations, but these aren't objective comparison tests. The latest tests cover performance tires: the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2, General Tire G-Max and Continental ContiSportContact 5.
15. Tirestest.com
As of Feb. 2012
Tire reviews
by Contributors to TiresTest.com
Our AssessmentThis website collects user ratings of tires from all over the world. Users rate each tire in nine categories (including noise, wear, braking and traction on dry, wet and snowy roads), and some add comments. Tires are divided into categories (such as summer or all-season) and five current leaders with the best ratings are chosen in each category. Current leaders must have at least 10 reviews, with some amassing several hundred reviews. All five of the top passenger-car tires are current U.S. models.
16. CarReview.com
As of Feb. 2012
Tires Top Picks
by Contributors to CarReview.com
Our AssessmentThis site collects user reviews of tires. The Dunlop SP Sport 5000 is the top-rated passenger-car tire, averaging 4.03 out of 5 stars with 60 reviews posted.
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