When you buy a new vehicle, you’re fairly confident it has the best tires. But what about buying a used vehicle, or replacing tires on a car you already own? You want to be sure you have the best tires possible – without spending a fortune. What, exactly, are some of the best tires?

Where You Live and How You Drive Counts

First of all, in any consideration of the best tires for your vehicle, you have to take into account where you live and how you drive, and, especially, what you drive. If you live in Florida, you’ll need good wet-weather tires. In the northern states, consider all-season tires (and swap out for snow tires for the winter months).

There are also tires for good traction in snow, wet, and dry conditions, as well as tires for maximum traction and maximum safety (highest cornering, accelerating, and braking ability). There are tires specifically designed for SUVs and trucks, those for high-performance cars, and family coupes and sedans.

With this as preamble, here are some suggestions for best tires.

  • Goodyear Assurance TripleTred – Most recommended all-season tire for passenger cars, the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred delivers very good traction on wet and dry pavement, and good grip on ice and snow. Epinions.com posts numerous consumer reviews of Goodyear Assurance TripleTred, with an overall high product rating. Sample comments include: “Great handling 3.5 season sport tire, aggressive good looks, exceptional wet weather performance,” and “Outstanding performance under all road conditions.”
  • Hankook Optimo H727 – Need budget all-season tires? Check out Hankook Optimo H727, which reviewers say perform almost as well as Goodyear Assurance TripleTred. Offers smooth, quiet ride, good grip on all road conditions, and warranty on Optimo’s tread life, at 100,000 miles, beats TripleTred’s 80,000 miles. Tirerack.com says Optimo H727 is a tire “developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans, and crossover vehicles looking to combine good comfort, low noise, all-season traction and good tread life.”
  • Bridgestone Turanza ER300 – Original equipment on Mercedes-Benz sedans, as well as replacement tires on other coupes and sedans, the Bridgestone Turanza ER300 combines traction, handling and comfort in dry and wet conditions – but is not intended to be driven in near-freezing temps, in snow or ice. ConsumerSearch.com comments: “One expert test confirms that the Turanza ER300 does use slightly less fuel than the average summer tire… [but] like most high-performance summer tires [it] is expensive and carries no treadlife warranty.”
  • Michelin Primacy MXV4 – Need all-season tires for a performance car? The Michelin Primacy MXV4 may be a good choice. Pros include outstanding performance in all seasons, quietness, and durability. About.com’s Aaron Gold attended a Michelin press event to compare Primacy MXV4 and Bridgestone Turanzas with Serenity Technology on a pair of 2007 Toyota Camrys. Primacy MXV4 is the tire of choice on a number of new cars. Gold says: “Primacy…is designed to improve road-holding on dry and wet surfaces, and to provide better value through longer treadlife.”
  • Hankook Optimo H727 – Need budget all-season tires? Check out Hankook Optimo H727, which reviewers say perform almost as well as Goodyear Assurance TripleTred. Offers smooth, quiet ride, good grip on all road conditions, and warranty on Optimo’s tread life, at 100,000 miles, beats TripleTred’s 80,000 miles. Tirerack.com says Optimo H727 is a tire “developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans, and crossover vehicles looking to combine good comfort, low noise, all-season traction and good tread life.”

These are just a few suggestions. There are many other tire manufacturers with equally compelling products, including Continental, Dunlop, Cooper, Pirelli, BF Goodrich, and more. As always, check with your tire retailer for the best tires for your vehicle.

To look up the manufacturer’s official  tire treadware, heat resistance and traction ratings, go to the Safercar.gov website.

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