What every best Tires has:
- A good warranty.
- Good road manners.
- Good grip.
Track favorite. Car and Driver names the Michelin Pilot Super Sport the best maximum-performance tire in its review, saying it has "the best balance of wet and dry performance we've ever experienced in testing." On the track, pro driver Woody Rogers with Hot Rod magazine says the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is "awesome at the front turn-in and under straight-line braking and acceleration." Owners agree, giving it tap marks for cornering stability, dry traction and steering response. Overall, experts and owners say the only tire that approaches it in terms of balanced performance on all roads and driving conditions, is the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (Est. $190 and up), a slightly upgraded version that will be replacing the Super Sport in the coming years.
Comfortable for its class. According to TireRack.com, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport's ride is better than comparable tires from Bridgestone, Goodyear and Toyo, though the Michelin lets "through a little more edge to the sharper and larger impacts." The one aspect the editors would change is a small improvement in ride comfort. The Pilot Super Sport demonstrates "less finesse and feedback" than a similar tire from Continental, says Car and Driver. Editors at TireRack.com describe tread and road noise as moderate, but owner reviews at the same site say Michelin's ride comfort is the best among tires that sit in the maximum performance class.
Excellent life span and warranty. Summer tires are constructed out of softer materials to maximize grip under all conditions except ice and snow, though this also leads to shorter life spans. The Michelin Pilot Super Sport wears well for a summer/performance tire, with many owners getting 30,000 miles or more on one set. Michelin covers the Pilot Super Sport with a six-year, 30,000-mile tread warranty. In terms of fuel efficiency, TireRack.com notes that tires in this class are generally not designed with low rolling resistance as a "high priority." In the site's comparison tests among other summer tires, the Super Sport finishes just a smidge behind the top performer in fuel consumption in two separate trials. However, ConsumerReports.org, which does not grade on a curve, rates rolling resistance to be poor.