Best Tires of 2018

Ryan Brown ·
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We compared 10 different tire brands and styles across to identify the best tires for the most situations. For most people, the best tire will be an all-weather tire, like our top overall pick the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season. The TripleTred All-Season tires offer an 80,000-mile warranty and have different zones on the tire to handle dry, wet and icy road conditions. 

Best Overall

Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

Goodyear’s Assurance TripleTred offers excellent traction in all kinds of weather. These tires fit on passenger cars and minivans and come with an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty from Goodyear.
Best Snow Tire

General Tire Altimax Arctic

General Tire’s Altimax Arctic snow tire is available with and without studs for maximum grip in the ice and snow. These tires are affordable and are made of silica and natural rubber.
Best Value

Pirelli P4 Four Seasons

The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons all-season tire is our pick for best value because it has a long treadwear warranty and has good traction in all kinds of weather for an affordable price.
Best Overall

Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

Goodyear’s Assurance TripleTred All-Season tire is our top pick overall because of its great traction and excellent warranty. All-season tires give you traction in all types of weather, making them the best tire for people who live in areas where seasonal changes bring different driving conditions.
The TripleTred All-Season has three distinct sections of grooves and treads to give control in dry, wet and snowy weather. Goodyear advertises that this tire performs 21 percent better in slick conditions than the top all-season tires from its competitors. However, this tire doesn’t handle snowy and icy weather as well as the General Tire Altimax Arctic, our top pick for snow tires. Goodyear provides an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty for this tire, which is one of the longest warranties we found in our research. This tire also has a limited warranty which can cover the cost of a replacement tire if there is vibration or noise when driving. Additionally, you have 30 days from the time you buy this tire to exchange it for another Goodyear tire if the TripleTred doesn’t work for you. However, a directional tire like this can only be rotated from the front to the back. You don’t have as much flexibility in rotating the tires to get optimal wear.
  • Smooth ride on passenger cars and minivans
  • Claims 21 percent better traction in wet weather than other tires
  • 80,000-mile treadwear warranty
  • More expensive than other all-weather tires
  • Heavier than other all-season tires
  • Can only be rotated front to rear
Best Snow Tire

General Tire Altimax Arctic

The General Tire Altimax Arctic is our top pick for snow tires because they come with the option of inserting metal studs for additional traction. Though you have to be aware of state-by-state laws regarding the use of studded tires on roads, the option to add studs for drivers who live in states with a lot of ice is a great feature. These tires are also excellent snow tires without the studs and are made of natural and silica rubber for great flexibility and traction on winter roads.
These tires feature multiple sipes, or cuts across the top of the tire, that help it grip wet surfaces. These grooves cover 270-degrees on the tire surface, for extra grip on slippery roads. They also have directional treads that shunt the water away from the tires while increasing stability. Because these tires have directional tread, however, they can only be rotated from front to back, you can’t rotate them in a cross pattern. If you’re not satisfied with the Altimax Arctic tires, you can exchange them for another set of General Tires’ tires. These tires come in most sizes and can fit cars, vans, light trucks, crossovers and SUVs.
  • Offers 270 degrees of tire surface for traction in snowy weather
  • Can order with or without studs
  • 45-day exchange period if unsatisfied with tires
  • Studded tires can only be driven during certain months
  • Hard to find locally
  • These tires can bring down your fuel efficiency
Best Value

Pirelli P4 Four Seasons

The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus all-season tire is our top pick for best value because they come with an amazing warranty for a great price. The P4 tires have a treadwear warranty of 90,000 miles. This is one of the longest warranties we researched and it makes these tires great for commuter or touring tires.
These tires can fit on coupes, sedans and minivans, but the selection of vehicles that they fit is smaller than other tires. In our research, we also had trouble finding these tires in stores. However, you can always order them online from Pirelli or another supplier. These tires were some of the most affordable all-season tires we researched, and they have great traction in dry, wet and snowy weather. The tires have siping on the edges to help grip wet roads. Though this tire doesn’t perform as well as our top snow tire, it can handle well in wintry conditions. The two long grooves down the center of the tire help prevent hydroplaning and the tire’s design keeps road noise to a minimum.
  • One of the most affordable all-season tires we researched
  • 90,000-mile treadwear warranty
  • Silica compound tires grip well in slick conditions
  • Only fits a small selection of cars
  • These tires aren’t great for sport-driving
  • Can be hard to find in brick-and-mortar stores

Why Trust Us? 

Top Ten Reviews has been reviewing tech products, outdoor gear and software for over a decade and we’ve published reviews about the best tires since 2013. We evaluated other companies’ reviews of tires to inform some of our picks, but ultimately chose tires that we feel are the best for each of the categories.

There are dozens of tire manufacturers and it can be hard to determine what kind of tire you’re getting and what kind of service you can expect from that tire. We focused on reputable, big-name companies that offer great service, long treadwear warranties and great availability. While these tires will be more expensive than some discount tires you might find at a shop, we feel the added security of longer warranties and a well-known brand are worth the extra cost. 

How We Researched 

We compared ten different tires over five different categories to find our best picks for this guide. We looked at all-season tires, snow tires, all-terrain tires, mud tires and light truck tires. We focused our reviews on major, reputable tire brands and shied away from comparing discount tire brands.

To judge the tires, we compared treadwear warranties and price. We also looked at average reviews on Amazon and other sellers and evaluated both the good and bad reviews of our tire picks. We also searched for tires in the inventory of local, brick-and-mortar tire stores to estimate how easy it is to find our picks in stores. 

Where Should You Buy Tires? 

The biggest tire companies sell tires to smaller shops. Some bigger manufacturers like Firestone also have their own brick-and-mortar stores. If you’re looking to shop for tires in-person, we recommend looking at these national stores:

- Discount Tires
- Big O Tires
- Les Schwab
- Pep Boys
- NTB Tires

You can also order almost any tire online, and some even ship with Amazon prime. One downside to ordering tires online is that you’ll have to transport them to an auto shop for mounting and balancing – unless you have equipment to do that at home. These are some of the best online tire retailers:     

- Tire Rack
- Discount Tire Direct
- Tire Buyer

When Do You Need to Replace Your Tires? 

It’s important to visually inspect your tires frequently. Park on a flat surface and turn the front wheels in each direction so you can inspect the tread and sidewalls more easily. For your rear tires, you might have to inspect them a little at a time and drive forward to inspect the whole tire.

To see if the grooves in your tire are worn, place a penny right side up in the grooves. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, you need to replace your tires because your tread is worn.

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