Across the board, Michelin offers nearly a perfect blend of grip, handling, low rolling resistance for good fuel economy, and long tread life. In many instances, tread wear is class-leading, and Michelin has tread wear warranties on all replacement tires, including winter and summer tires. (Most competitors do not.) However, Michelin tires can be pricey and that holds back a lot of potential buyers. It’s too bad because if you factor in the outstanding tread wear, the Michelins might be a bargain compared to other tires with a lower price.
Performance all-season:Michelin Primacy MXV4. The Michelin Premier AS is a successor and initial testing suggests a worthy one.
Ultra-high performance: Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (all-season), Michelin Pilot Super Sport (summer)
Winter: Michelin X-ice Xi3, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 (performance), Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 (truck)
Truck:Michelin Latitude Tour (all-season), Michelin LTX M/S2 (all-season), Michelin LTX A/T 2 (all-terrain)
Nipping at the heels, if not looking back at Michelin at times, Continental consistently offers high-scoring tires. Handling and impressive stopping grip on dry and wet roads are typical of this brand. As a bonus, they are attractively priced.
All-season: Continental ProContact EcoPlus (discontinued model in limited supply). The new TrueContact is being tested right now.
Performance all-season: Continental PureContact
Ultra-high performance: Continental ExtremeContact DW (summer)
Winter: Continental ExtremeWinterContact (truck). Currently being tested, the new WinterContact SI has outstanding snow traction.
Truck: Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus (all-season)
Not every model is a hit, but in the last two years Goodyear has come on strong with some recommended truck and ultra-high performance tires. All-season car tires are a bit long in the tooth; still the Goodyear Assurance TripleTread All-Season car tire is impressive. If you need an all-season tire with great snow traction, the Goodyear Assurance ComfortTred Touring is it.
All-season: Goodyear Assurance TripleTread All-Season
Ultra-high performance: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All Season, Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 (summer)
Truck: Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season, Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure (all-terrain)