Best Tire BrandsMonday, June 20th, 2011
Looking for the best tire brands? You’ve come to the right spot. Here at iSeeCars, we’ve compiled a list of the top tire manufacturers doing business in North America – and they are among the world’s best-selling tire makers.
For a source, we’ve consulted Consumer Reports, which provides ratings for more than 16 major brands of replacement tires sold in the United States. Here are some of the major tire brands listed.
- Goodyear – According to the company, Goodyear claims to be the best-selling North American tire makers – and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tires. Goodyear is a major supplier of original equipment and replacement tires, selling tires for most applications. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear also owns the Dunlop and Kelly-Springfield brands of tires which, along with Goodyear tires, have been top-performing tire brands in Consumer Reports testing.
- Bridgestone – One of the three largest tire makers in the world (Michelin and Goodyear the other two), Bridgestone, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, manufactures and markets the following brands: Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton, and Fuzion tires, along with associated brands. As replacement tires tested by Consumer Reports, Bridgestone and Firestone have performed very well.
- Michelin -- With its North American headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin, a French company, owns the BF Goodrich and Uniroyal tire brands in the United States. Michelin pioneered the first radial tire and continues to be a leader in tire technology. Consumer Reports says that Michelin tires perform impressively in the publication’s all-weather tests and offer a number of models with long tread life and low rolling resistance.
- Continental – In fourth place in global and North American tire sales, Continental nevertheless offers a full complement of original and replacement tires. The company sells Continental and General tire brands. Continental is a German company and its U.S. tire operations headquarters are in Lancaster County, South Carolina.
- Pirelli – Catering to the high-end market of sports cars and luxury cars, Pirelli, an Italian company, has a U.S. manufacturing plant in Rome, Georgia. Pirelli is an original equipment supplier to domestic car manufacturers on selected models but they also offer a full line of replacement tire models to fit most models of cars and light trucks in the U.S. Consumer Reports says they have been impressed with Pirelli tires in testing for their “dry and wet grip and handling.”
- Cooper – Cooper Tires, based in Findlay, Ohio, offers a full array of tires, including Mastercraft, Starfire and Avon. Cooper is one of the top 10 tire manufacturers in the world. Cooper tires have been a standout in Consumer Reports testing among light-truck tires. Cooper tires are mostly sold by independent dealers, but they can be found online.
Other best tire brands include Kumho, a Korean tire maker that today is one of the top 10 tire manufacturers in the world, Hankook, another Korean tire maker with headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey and a technical center in Akron, Ohio, and Yokohama, a Japanese company with North American headquarters in Southern California.
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