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Ownership: Michelin Leads in Latest Ultra-High-Performance Tire Ratings

How to Choose the Right Car Tires

  How to Choose the Right Car Tires Buying car tires is easy. It's finding the right ones for your car that can be difficult. Get it wrong, and you can hobble your car's performance and its ability to tackle any type of weather. SiGet it wrong, and you can hobble your car's performance and its ability to tackle any type of weather.

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Michelin leads the way among both summer and all-season ultra-high-performance tires, according to our latest test results, which are available on ConsumerReports.org.

But that doesn’t mean you don’t have other brands to choose from. There are also a number of highly rated tires from BFGoodrich, Continental, Goodyear, Nokian, Pirelli, and Yokohama.

This large test group features ratings of 21 models of UHP all-season tires and 18 models of UHP summer tires. In total, hundreds of tires were tested over the past year in order to be able to rank the models in this category.

5 Simple Tips to Get the Most From Your Tires

  5 Simple Tips to Get the Most From Your Tires No matter what you put them through.​​My winter tire true-believer story: a Boston blizzard in my rear-wheel-drive '98 BMW M3 fitted with Vredestein snow tires. Six inches of snow on the Mass Pike, cars stranded everywhere. It took three hours to drive ten miles, but I never came close to getting stuck.

By definition, UHP tires have speed ratings above 149 mph. Though that may seem excessive, the speed ratings reflect higher levels of grip needed to stop, go, and corner, adding up to the promise of more responsive handling.

Summer tires offer the ultimate grip on dry and wet roads, but as the name implies, they are only suited for warm weather. UHP all-season tires can be used in most weather conditions and offer at least modest snow traction, though they trade off some of the agility and grip found in UHP summer tires.

For those who drive their sports cars and performance sedans in severe winter weather, CR tested five dedicated winter tires in the performance winter/snow tire category. These come in the larger sizes required to fit those performance cars.

Tire Test: Bridgestone DriveGuard Run-Flat All-Season Touring Tire

  Tire Test: Bridgestone DriveGuard Run-Flat All-Season Touring Tire Run-flat tires can be expensive and ride harder than standard tires, but Bridgestone hopes to address these issues with its DriveGuard run-flat all-season tire. Research Research New Used New & Used Make (e.g. Mazda) Model (e.g. CX-5) The DriveGuard tire is unique in several ways. It's the first run-flat designed as a replacement tire, not a standard fitment. Bridgestone sees a massive market of consumers who'd like the peace of mind a run-flat can give but whose cars didn't come with run-flats from the factory and who can't find the right sizes.

  Michelin Leads in Latest Ultra-High-Performance Tire Ratings © Provided by Consumer Reports

Top UHP Tires

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is the UHP summer champ, with class-leading handling, impressive braking performance, and long tread life relative to peer models. Runner-up models in the UHP summer category include the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 and the Nokian zLine. Both performed well in terms of braking and handling on our test track.

Among UHP all-season tires, the top-rated Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ balances excellent handling, strong all-weather grip, and very good tread life. Notables among the UHP all-season category include the Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus and Continental ExtremeContact DWS06. The Pirelli is well-rounded for most road conditions, and the Continental has strong braking performance and outstanding wet handling.

Leading performance winter/snow tires is the Yokohama W.drive V095. Snow traction and stopping grip on ice are exemplary, and the tire has good performance on cleared roads.

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