10 Best All Season Tires Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Tires look simple and can easily be taken for granted, but their design can be quite sophisticated. Differences among tires can have an impact on braking, handling, ride, noise, and even fuel economy. Given how complicated tires are, choosing the right replacements can be challenging, especially if you depend on word of mouth or in-store marketing messages. That’s where Consumer Reports can help.

Our experts have crunched the data from our extensive tire test program to select the best car tires in several key categories, including all-season, performance all-season, ultra-high performance all-season, ultra-high performance summer, winter/snow, and performance winter/snow.

Top 10 All Season Tires

Bestseller No. 1
Goodyear Wrangler Radial Tire - 235/75R15 105S
548 Reviews
Goodyear Wrangler Radial Tire - 235/75R15 105S
  • Goodyear WRANGLER RADIAL OWL P235/75R15
  • Sold Each
Bestseller No. 3
Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus Street Radial Tire-P205/55R16 91T
1 Reviews
Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus Street Radial Tire-P205/55R16 91T
  • PIRELLI P4 FOUR SEASONS PLUS -P205/55R16 91T
Bestseller No. 5
Sumic GT-A All-Season Radial Tire - 195/65R15 91H
185 Reviews
Sumic GT-A All-Season Radial Tire - 195/65R15 91H
  • The symmetrical 4-Rib pattern provides superior ride and stability
  • Advanced tread compound enhances water performance
Bestseller No. 6
Falken Wildpeak AT3W all_ Terrain Radial Tire-265/70R17 115T
112 Reviews
Falken Wildpeak AT3W all_ Terrain Radial Tire-265/70R17 115T
  • All-terrain, any-weather rugged capability
  • Heat diffuser technology in the lower sidewall dissipates heat to protect the internal tire components....
Bestseller No. 7
Hankook Ventus V2 concept 2 All-Season Radial Tire - 205/55R16 V
69 Reviews
Hankook Ventus V2 concept 2 All-Season Radial Tire - 205/55R16 V
  • Solid center tracking rib - enhances braking performance and ensures optimal road contact pressure and...
  • Y-shape channels, linear grooves and MTR (Multiple Tread Radius) - effectively sweeps water away from the tire
Bestseller No. 8
Sumic GT-A All-Season Radial Tire - 205/55R16 91H
168 Reviews
Sumic GT-A All-Season Radial Tire - 205/55R16 91H
  • The symmetrical 4-Rib pattern provides superior ride and stability
  • Advanced tread compound enhances water performance
Bestseller No. 9
Hankook Ventus V2 concept 2 All-Season Radial Tire - 225/50R17 V
17 Reviews
Hankook Ventus V2 concept 2 All-Season Radial Tire - 225/50R17 V
  • HANKOOK Ventus V2 concept2 H457 - 225/50R17 XL 98V
Bestseller No. 10
Westlake RP18 Radial Tire-205/55R16 91V
228 Reviews
Westlake RP18 Radial Tire-205/55R16 91V
  • 91 load index
  • Max Load LB 1356

How We Test

Consumer Reports tests more than 50 tire models every year for cars, SUVs, and trucks. A dozen or more tests are conducted by an expert team, mostly at our 327-acre Auto Test Center in Connecticut. We also test braking on the ice at a local rink, and an outside lab assesses tire rolling resistance, which affects fuel economy.

We also evaluate tread life by driving at least 16,000 miles (on Texas roads) on each tire set, with periodic pressure checks, vehicle alignment, and tire rotation. Because of our extensive testing, we can offer buying advice based on actual miles driven, instead of government ratings or manufacturers’ promises.

Best All Season Tires Buying guide

Size

One of the most important but neglected factors about tires is the size. What makes the problem worse is that most buyers don’t know how to read tire sizes. However, it is very easy, once you get the hang of it.

The three-digit number immediately following the tire’s name represents its width in millimeters. Then, a slash separates the width from the two-digit aspect ratio. The last two-digit number, after the letter R, shows the size of the rim the tire will be fitted on.

When shopping for new tires, determine the size of the optimal tires for your car first. Also, remember to closely examine such size rating. This will help you ensure whether the tires you like will work well with your vehicle or not.

Load Capacity

Another important consideration should be load capacity. The vehicle you drive, and how much weight it carries will mostly affect the load capacity you should go for.

As a rule of thumb, the load capacity of an individual tire should be more than 1000 lbs. This is because the standard weight of an empty car is about 4000 lbs. If your tires have don’t have adequate load capacity, they may be at risk of damage.

On the other hand, greater load capacity means the weight of the tire itself will increase. It may also increase the cost. Ultimately, you will have to decide exactly how much stability you need.

UTQG

UTQG is the abbreviation for Uniform Tire Quality Grade. The ratings come in a 3-digit number and two letter grades.

The three-digit number shows is a measure of how durable the tire is. The higher this number, the more durable the tire will be. On the other hand, the letter grades show how good the tires are at offering traction and handling temperature. Like normal grades, the closer the grade is to A or AA, the better.

Fuel Economy

Recently, many tire manufacturers have begun producing high-performing tires. These tires are optimized for fuel efficiency.

According to some studies, such tires increase fuel consumption by 1.9 miles per gallon. This may not seem significant, but it can help you save fuel costs in the long run. A good set of tires should increase your vehicle’s fuel economy.

Tread Pattern

Tread patterns play an important role in how the tire interacts with the track surface. The patterns determine how easily water exits from the tires, or how much snow they catch. Such characteristics will further affect the tires’ performance under different conditions.

The other thing to look out for is whether tread patterns are symmetrical, asymmetrical or unidirectional. Each comes with its own pros and cons.

Symmetrical tread patterns allow for uniform tread wear, prolonging the tire’s lifespan. Asymmetrical patterns make the tires more versatile and adaptable. When it comes to all-season tires, avoid unidirectional tread patterns. The lack of variation in tread pattern tends to limit the tire’s adaptability, and also requires more maintenance.

Unexpected Costs

Don’t forget that simply buying the tires is not the end of it. You will have to pay for shipping and installation costs as well.

Many companies offer to deliver tires directly to a workshop of your choosing. This can help alleviate some of the cost. This is especially true for online orders. But overall, remember to factor these additional costs in, when deciding which tires to go for.

Tread Life Warranty And Road Test Period

As a buyer, it is important to understand the concept of tread-life warranty. Unlike, normal warranties, it is not based on a time period. Instead, it is measured in miles.

But keep in mind that manufacturers have strict requirements if you want to keep your warranty in place. These may include regular alignment checks and rotations etc. Keep these requirements in mind or you may not be able to claim warranty.

Can They Work In Snow

You may know by now that many all-season tires can offer traction on light snow. But there is a misconception that they can replace snow tires. In reality, this is not true.

The term “all-season” can be misleading, and even the most versatile kinds of tires have their limitations. While the all-season tires can cope with light snow, they are not suitable for heavy snow.

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