Tire Brand Report Card
2018 Consumer Reports. All rights reserved
No. 1: Michelin. Score: 72
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+
Michelin tires are at or near the top of our ratings in each of the categories in which they compete. Most models offer a good blend of grip, handling, and long wear. The recently tested Michelin CrossClimate + all-weather tire fits this mold with uncompromising performance, making it a very good choice for all types of driving conditions.
Recommended Michelin Tires
- All-season: Defender T+H
• All-season performance: CrossClimate +
• UHP summer: Pilot Super Sport
• UHP all-season: Pilot Sport A/S 3+
• Truck all-season: Premier LTX, Defender LTX M/S
• Truck all-terrain: LTX A/T 2
• Winter/snow: X-Ice XI3
• Performance winter/snow: Pilot Alpin PA4
• Truck winter/snow: Latitude X-Ice XI2
No. 2: Continental. Score: 71
Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus
Most Continental models are recommended, and all score well in our ratings. The latest all-season and performance all-season models have impressive tread life based on CR’s test.
Recommended Continental Tires
- Performance all-season: PureContact LS
• UHP all-season: ExtremeContact DWS06
• Truck all-season: CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus
• Truck all-terrain: TerrainContact A/T
• Winter/snow: WinterContact SI
No. 3: Pirelli. Score: 69
Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus
Pirelli’s ranking comes from its high-scoring ultra-high-performance and all-season truck tires. All-season and performance all-season car tires perform well, but they have slipped some in these highly competitive classes.
Recommended Pirelli Tires
- UHP summer: P Zero
• UHP all-season: P Zero All Season Plus
• Truck all-season: Scorpion Verde All Season Plus
No. 4 (Tied): Goodyear. Score 68
Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max
Goodyear all-season tires can tackle most weather conditions and have good tread life. Ultra-high-performance models rank well among their peers, and Goodyear’s Assurance WeatherReady all-weather tire had a strong showing with balanced grip and handling, and long tread life.
Recommended Goodyear Tires
- UHP summer: Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
• Crossover/SUV all-season: Assurance CS Fuel Max
• Truck all-terrain: Wrangler TrailRunner AT
No. 4 (Tied): General. Score: 68
General Altimax RT43
General is a second-tier brand for Continental that sells tires at a lower price, which makes them a bargain. General's tires sit in the upper ratings with a good blend of grip on cleared roads and in winter driving, and they have a long tread life.
Recommended General Tire
- All-season: General Altimax RT43
Recommended Tires From Other Brands
The tires below are ranked by their test scores within each category.
SUV all-season: Kumho Crugen Premium, Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia, Sumitomo HTR Enhance C/X
Truck all-season: Firestone Destination LE 2
Truck all-terrain: Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015, Nexen Roadian AT Pro RA8, Falken WildPeak A/T AT3W
Winter/snow: Cooper Discoverer True North, Hankook Winter i*Cept iZ2
Performance winter/snow: Yokohama W.drive V905
Truck winter/snow: Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 SUV, Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2
UHP summer: Nokian zLine, Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105
UHP all-season: BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S
Before choosing a tire, be sure to check its performance in CR’s ratings. We can tell you how it compares with its rivals in braking, comfort, handling, hydroplaning resistance, noise, and snow traction.