Performance tires aren’t just for expensive sports cars anymore. You can get them now on mainstream models like the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu. They’re designed for responsive handling and maximum grip. But they’re pricey to replace. Consumer Reports tested 40 to help you get the right ones.
Testing included both all-season tires and summer tires, which are meant for temperatures well above freezing.
In addition to performance testers evaluated tread-wear. Unfortunately ultra-high performance tires don’t wear well. The all-season tires tested only had a maximum warranty of 60,000 miles. The summer tires rarely have a warranty at all.
The Michelin Pilot Super Sport had the longest tread life of any of the summer tires tested. They go for $203 and aced the tests.
And for all-season tires, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 for $175 earned top ratings. They also have a relatively long tread-life and impressive grip.
Consumer Reports says when buying new tires, it’s best to stick with the same size and speed rating as your car’s original tires. That gives you the optimum ride and handling.