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SUV and Truck Tires: Expert and User Reviews

By: Carl Laron on March 28, 2017

SUV Tires - Light Truck Tires: Ratings of Sources

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

ConsumerReports.org tests more than 15 sets of all-season truck and SUV tires. Each model is put through rigorous testing on wet, dry and snowy pavement; ice braking is tested at a skating rink. Ratings also include road noise, comfort, fuel economy and tread life. Six tires earn recommendations.

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

As part of ConsumerReports.org's comprehensive report on tires, editors test nearly 15 sets of all-terrain tires. They recommend five models after thorough testing, rating tires on factors such as handling on wet and dry pavement, road noise, braking and tread life.

Robin Stover, June 18, 2015

A team of testers rate roughly 30 all-terrain tire models on a variety of surfaces for this comparison. Each tire includes a short review and gets a score of 1 to 4 stars for performance on pavement, heavy rock, sand, snow, mud and ice. With no overall score, it's difficult to see which models rate at the top of their list, though it is useful to compare which tires excel, and which don't, under specific conditions. The site also hosts numerous single-tire reviews.

Editors of TireRack.com, As of March 2017

TireRack.com conducts expert tire tests, usually pitting three similar tires in a side-by-side comparison. A few of the tests are recent -- for example a test of crossover/SUV touring all-season tires -- but several date from 2008 or older. Some tires appear in more than one comparison.

Contributors to TireRack.com, As of March 2017

TireRack.com invites anyone to participate in its cumulative tire survey, which boasts more than 137,000 contributions since 1997, representing more than 2.5 billion miles of driving. Owners rate light truck and SUV tires in 11 categories and note their likelihood of purchasing the same tire again as well as what percentage of owners rate their tires as the best in the category. The survey includes scores for performance on dry pavement, handling in wet and snowy conditions, ride comfort and treadwear, as well as information on how many driving miles the ratings are based on.

Editors of TruckTrend.com, As of March 2017

TruckTrend.com offers reviews of SUV and truck tires, including occasional reports that reflect long-term testing. Articles are detailed and opinions are offered, though tires are not rated and opinions of whether one tire is better than another are rarely offered.

Editors of AutoGuide.com, As of March 2017

Based in Canada, AutoGuide.com regularly tests tires, including SUV and light truck tires. Reviews are hands on, testing based and often comparative. Ratings are not provided, but reviews leave little doubt about how well the tires measure up.

Editors of Four Wheeler Network, As of March 2017

Editors at Four Wheeler Network review all-terrain and other off-road tires on a fairly regular basis. Testing is hands on and well-illustrated, though discussion isn't terribly detailed. Ratings are not provided, nor are best tires named. An older, comparative test of 13 A/T tires is helpful, though it suffers from some of the same shortcomings as the stand-alone reviews on the site.

Editors of Off-Road.com, As of March 2017

This website covers everything off-road: dirt bikes, snowmobiles and four-wheelers, along with four-wheel drive trucks and Jeeps. There aren't any side-by-side tests, but individual reviews are posted for several off-road tires with testers rating performance both on the pavement and on the trail.

Contributors to 1010Tires.com, As of March 2017

1010Tires.com is an online tire retailer that also allows users to rate tire models. They list the top rated all-season light truck and SUV tires (along with other types of tires) on this review page, clearly displaying each tire's ratings and the number of owner reviews. Owners use a 5-star scale to score treadwear, noise and handling in a variety of conditions. There are fewer reviews here than at TireRack.com, but some tires amass enough feedback to be helpful.

Editors of TireTest.com, As of March 2017

TiresTest.com allows users to rate tires as part of their independent consumer survey. Editors list lots of tire brands and models; some get only a handful of reviews, or none at all, but some get dozens, hundreds and in a few cases thousands.  Owners rate tires in nine categories, including tire wear, comfort, fuel consumption and handling in wet and dry conditions. A table lists which tires are currently top rated based on at least 10 reviews.

Editors of SaferCar.gov, As of March 2017

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires manufacturers to test most tires for treadwear, traction and heat resistance, and to label tires with these ratings. Consumers can look up tire ratings either by brand or by rating. The NHTSA offers thorough explanations of the ratings, but it doesn't recommend one tire over another, and several light-truck tire lines are left out. Defect and recall alerts are also posted here.

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