Most people get tired of changing from summer tires to winter tires and back to summer tires every six to eight months. Paying to have your tires mounted and balanced every few months, paying the extra cost for the extra set of tires, not to mention finding a place to store the unused tires, gets to be quite a hassle for many people. That’s why most people are satisfied with simply going with a good all-season tire. These tires are built to provide quality traction and handling in the muck and slush of winter, as well as the heavy rains of spring, and still remain pliable enough to drive in the summer without the droning road noise associated with winter tires. If you look for a really good tire that you can use year-round, you’ll want to check out our list of the best all-season tires.
1. Goodyear Assurance TripleTred
The TripleTred has been the premier choice for an all-season tire for several years running, thanks to its ability to throw water, slush, and snow right out of its way, all while maintaining a smooth, reliable drivability in the summer. The shoulder blocks allow for optimal performance when cornering on dry surfaces, while the Aquachutes direct water away from the tire tread. There is also a central snow and ice zone that features a heavily-siped interlocking rib to enhance traction in snow and ice. Sizes range from 195/60R15 to 245/50R18, and they offer a six-year/80,000-mile treadlife warranty.
Works best on: Performance vehicles, Sedans, Coupes, Minivans, Crossover SUVs
2. Hankook Optimo H727
The Optimo H727 features a symmetric tread design, which means it is non-directional and can be rotated in a cross-pattern, and has four circumferential grooves to help disperse water and resist hydroplaning. The internal structure features two high-tensile steel belts reinforced by a nylon cap ply that stabilizes the tread to enhance handling. The continuous center rib actually cuts down on road noise quite well. Sizes range from 185/65R14 to 225/55R18, and it offers a four-year/100,00-mile treadlife warranty. Most people will hit the time limit before the mileage limit on these.
Works best on: Coupes, Sedans, Minivans, Crossover SUVs
3. Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin has been considered a top-of-the-line tire for decades and the MXV4 is a sign that they have no plans on relinquishing that reputation any time soon. It has a symmetric tread pattern and combines notched shoulders with independent intermediate tread blocks to improve road grip when cornering. The wide center ribs do an excellent job of dispersing water and snow in any season. Michelin’s Advanced MaxTouch Construction results in a tuned footprint that allows for a longer-lasting treadlife and even treadwear. The internal structure is Michelin’s BAZ Technology, which uses spirally-wrapped polyamide, banded at zero degrees. Sizes range from 185/65R15 to 245/45R20, and it has a six-year/60,000-mile treadlife warranty.
Works best on: Luxury sedans, Crossover SUVs, Larger sedans
4. Continental ExtremeContact DWS
The ExtremeContact DWS is an Ultra High Performance Tire and is built specifically for drivers of performance vehicles. That’s not to say that Joe Schmoe can’t use them on his family sedan, but there are probably more affordable options. Still, the DWS is in a category all its own for what it was built for. There are visible letters actually molded into the second rib of its asymmetrical design. These are the actual letters D, W, and S, and they do serve a purpose. After the S has worn away, it indicates the tire has only sufficient tread depth to perform properly in dry and wet conditions, but not snow. After that, the W will wear away, indicating the tire now has only sufficient tread depth for dry conditions. Sizes range from 195/50ZR16 to 255/30ZR24. It also features a six-year/50,000-mile treadlife warranty.
Works best on: Sports coupes, Sports sedans, Performance sedans, Sport trucks