Choosing the best tire brand for your car can be a tricky process, although an important one. There are a plenty of tire companies out there with different price points. If you want the best then you have to check whether the tire is safe, matches your car’s level of performance, and has durability. In addition, price and seasonal properties are also important. We have looking at some of the major tire companies that are out there right now, and tried to come up with the best tire brands overall.
Best tire brands 2015
Continental is one of the largest tire manufacturer founded in 1871 in Hanover, Germany. It is selected as best because of its Truecontact standard all-season tire. When selecting a tire you should keep in mind that tires are rated for summer, winter or all-season. With the true contact, you are getting a tire that runs solidly and safely in both hot and cold, icy or dry conditions. It also tends to rate very highly in steering and traction ability, and does well in wet conditions. To boot, (or should we say to tread?) it will run you a very modest penny at about 80$ per tire. This is a great choice if you are looking for an all-around tire that performs well and also has great tread life.
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The official tire brand of NASCAR and most people know this company by their name. A great thing about Goodyear is their 1-year warranty, which Goodyear promises to replace a tire inside the first 2/32” of tread wear. (See official warranty for more details) If you drive a sports or performance vehicle, you may want to go with their Eagle Sport All-Season tires as they were designed for these type of vehicles. These tires feature an all-season tread that is molded into a large surface with a more asymmetrical design to increase handling and response times. In fact the tire’s internal structure uses the same technology in the NASCAR competition. These tires are a very good value with a price tag of about 140$. Goodyear offers a wide selection of tires for sedans, small trucks, and commercial vehicles. You are getting a very high quality to dollar ratio with Goodyear.
Although not as well known as Goodyear or Continental by any stretch they are well worth mentioning. Why? Because good deals often go under the radar. Milestar is actually a trademark of TIRECO, which is a tire and Wheel Company based in the US and has been around for about 40 years. If you are on a budget and are looking for a quality all-season tire, look no further than Milestar’s MS932 Sport All Season tire. For less than 80$ you are getting a very highly rated tire, than can also take some abuse in the snow, rain, and various temperature extremes.Milestar also offers a limited warranty on their products which is based pro-rata off the wear amount on the tire’s treads. In addition, if you are looking to replace your car’s factory tires and are not looking to spend a fortune on a new set.
Not really a company many have not heard of but worth mentioning. Founded in 1900, they originally manufactured pneumatic parts of wagons and buggies. Bridgestone bought the company in 1988. They offer a couple of high performance tire lines like the Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500. These should provide generally more traction for greater steering response if you are looking for that. If you drive a Corvette, Camaro, or similar type sports car these tires may just be the perfect fit. Not a great winter tires though, this is more for burning out.
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This company was included because its mascot was just so dang cute. Based out of Clermont-Ferrand in France it’s been around since 1889 and is one if the top three largest tire manufacturers on the planet. Like Goodyear they have a warranty, which is always a big plus when you go with a larger tire company. Michelin has a wide array of tires to offer; some may be priced a little higher than average but should offer more enhancements. The Premier A/S by Michelin is a total performance tire that actually uses sunflower oil and an extreme silica to enhance handling and stopping time in cold and wet conditions. This should be helpful in many stop-n-go traffic environments where fender benders abound. A great tire choice for luxury sedans; one thing though, their summer tires do not perform well in wintery environments.
So what do those numbers on my tire mean anyway?
You may be wondering what the numbers on the side of your tire really mean. If most like likely says something like P235/65ZAR19. The P stands for passenger or the class of vehicle, the 235 is the thickness of the tire’s sidewall in millimeters, and the 65 is the height of the sidewall in terms of percentage of the section width. (So 235 x 0.65 = 152.75) The z indicates the max speed a properly installed and inflated tire can be driven. (z = highest rating) The R stands for radial construction or common automobile tire. Finally the 19 is the size wheel the tire will fit in inches. If that’s too confusing, contact your local tire dealer or car jockey for a more detailed explanation.
Each car and each driver has a different scenario when it comes to buying tires. You want to consider strongly whether you are willing to swap out your summer tires before the ice and the snow, otherwise you are probably better off with all-seasons. Each brand has their own forte’s and some seem to cater to the more performance and sports oriented market. Also, look into each company’s warranties as they all vary. I wish you luck in finding the best tire brands and make sure to read as many reviews as possible before deciding.