12 Best Passenger Tires Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

12 Best Passenger Tires Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Branded with the M+S symbol and capable of providing year-round traction (even in light snow), the steering response and handling capabilities of Passenger All-Season tires won’t match that of performance or touring tires. Passenger All-Season tires emphasize good wear, a plush ride, and predictable handling.

Top 12 Passenger Tires

- $43.03Bestseller No. 1
Michelin Primacy MXM4 Touring Radial Tire - P215/45R17 87V
  • Sunflower oil additive in tread compound helps provide increased traction at low temperatures for...
  • The MICHELIN Primacy MXM4 tire continues a tradition of meeting the demanding standards of the world's...
Bestseller No. 2
Federal SS657 Passenger Radial Tire-165/65R14 79T
20 Reviews
Federal SS657 Passenger Radial Tire-165/65R14 79T
  • All-season use
  • Excellent water dispersion
Bestseller No. 3
Hankook Kinergy GT Passenger Radial Tire-215/55R17 94V
  • Molded with high-grip silica compound for higher performance during winter conditions where strong...
  • Four wide circumferential channel grooves to evacuate water efficiently and enhance wet traction
Bestseller No. 4
Hankook Ventus V12 evo2 (K120) Passenger Radial Tire-275/35ZR19 100Y
  • Circumferential and Aqua jet later grooves for top-notch water evacuation
  • Noise reduction design built into the tread
Bestseller No. 6
Westlake RP18 Radial Tire-185/60R15 84H
  • 84 load index
  • Max Load LB 1102
Bestseller No. 7
Lionhart LH-501 All Season Radial Tire-185/65R14 86H
  • 1 X New Lionhart LH-501 185/65R14 86H All Season High Performance Tires
Bestseller No. 8
Westlake SU318 All- Season Radial Tire-235/70R16 106T
  • Quad-circumferential grooves for lateral traction and handling resulting in a smooth and responsive ride
  • Siping design for all-season traction whether it's dry, wet, or snowy
Bestseller No. 9
Michelin Energy Saver A/S All-Season Radial Tire - P235/50R17 95T
  • EnergySaver Construction, combined with a special type of tread rubber, keeps the tire cooler - helping...
  • MaxTouch Construction maximizes the tire's contact with the road and evenly distributes the forces of...
- $30.04Bestseller No. 10
Hankook Optimo H724 All-Season Tire - 205/75R14  95S
65 Reviews
Hankook Optimo H724 All-Season Tire - 205/75R14 95S
  • Center rib block improves handling and stability while changing direction
  • Pitch design technology reduces tire noise for a quieter ride
- $47.83Bestseller No. 11
AUTOSOCK 697 Size-697 Tire Chain Alternative
  • Temporary winter aid for passenger vehicles
  • Easy to use and store
- $38.72Bestseller No. 12
Security Chain Company SZ339 Shur Grip Super Z Passenger Car Tire Traction Chain - Set of 2
  • Shur Grip Z class S cable chains
  • Fast and easy installation with included rubber tighteners

Proper maintenance and responsible driving can maximize the mileage in a set of tires. Monthly tread inspections can inform when the tires warrant replacement, well in advance of the federally mandated treadwear indicators. And when it comes time to buy, you can use CR treadwear ratings to find tires that promise long service life.

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) have been standard equipment in all new cars since the model year 2008. Since their introduction, government studies have found that the systems have led to a significant reduction in underinflated tires on the road, benefiting fuel economy and safety.

The federal requirement stipulates that the car be able to monitor the pressure and alert the driver when it drops significantly, but it does not specify the technology. Many wheels are fitted with sensors that monitor the pressure and send the data wirelessly to the car’s instrument panel. These systems, called direct TPMS, may require batteries that must be replaced after several years, often leading to replacing the entire sensor. Some just alert of pressure loss with a warning light, but better systems provide a readout of the pressure in the tires.

How to Read a Tire Sidewall

Tires have a wealth of information encoded on their sidewalls. When replacing them, we recommend staying with the size and speed rating of your car’s original tires. Check your owner’s manual for more information.

Size: On the tire below, 215 is the cross-section width in millimeters; 60 is the ratio of the sidewall height to its width (60 percent); R indicates radial-ply construction, and 16 is the wheel rim’s diameter in inches.

Load index: Shorthand for the weight each tire can carry safely. The 94 here means 1,477 pounds per tire—pretty typical for a midsized car tire. That’s the maximum tire load.

Speed rating: A letter denoting the tire’s maximum speed when carrying the load defined by the load index—and not how fast you should drive! Standard all-seasons are usually rated S (112 mph) or T (118 mph). Climbing up the scale are H (130 mph), V (149 mph), ZR (149-plus mph), W (168 mph), and Y (186 mph) ratings. Winter tires may carry the letter Q (99 mph) or higher.

Treadwear grade: A government-required number that indicates a tire’s expected wear. A grade of 300 denotes a tire that will wear three times as well as a tire graded 100. But the numbers are assigned by tire manufacturers, not an independent third party.

Traction and temperature scores: Those scores denote a tire’s wet-stopping ability and temperature resistance. For traction, AA is best, C is worst. For temperature resistance, scores range from A (best) to C.

Manufacture date code: Every tire has a Department of Transportation number after the letters on the sidewall. The last four digits show the week and year the tire was made; for example, the digits 2315 would signify that the tire was made during the 23rd week of 2015. Don’t buy tires more than a couple of years old.

Tire Maintenance

Longer-lasting tires make safety checks more critical than ever. Many of today’s tires last 50,000 miles or more before they wear out, though heat, environment, potholes, and underinflation can weaken them.

Keep Your Tires Safe:
• Check the air pressure each month when the tires are cold (before they’ve been driven more than a couple of miles). Be sure they’re inflated to the air pressure listed on the placard on the doorjamb or inside the glove compartment or fuel-filler door. Don’t use the pressure on the tire’s sidewall; that’s the maximum pressure for the tire.
• Look for cracks, cuts, or bulges in the sidewall or tread, and replace tires that have them.
• Check for uneven tread wear, which typically denotes poor wheel alignment or worn suspension components, and has both checked by a shop. Also have your vehicle’s alignment and suspension checked before mounting new tires, to prevent them from wearing prematurely.
• Stay within the vehicle’s weight capacity listed on the doorjamb placard. Overloading makes tires run hotter, increasing the chance of failure.
• Measure tread depth with a quarter. If the top of George Washington’s head is just visible when placed in a thread groove, the tread has about a 4⁄32-inch depth. That’s enough to offer some all-weather grip, but it’s time to start thinking about replacement.

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