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We updated some of our top picks in September 2017. The matrix above reflects our new choices, while the content below may refer to our previous selections.
The all-season radials reviewed are ideal for cars, minivans, SUVs and light pickup trucks.
The best all-season radials focus on being quiet, meaning road noise is not excessive to those in the vehicle’s cabin. They handle and ride well in various types of weather — the driver feels they can maintain control of the vehicle.
Traction is defined by how well the tires hold the road, and it also influences handling.
The tires should hold up for as many miles as they are designed for and should come with the backing of the manufacturer in a solid warranty.
Finally, a good set of tires should not be cost prohibitive.
We have found the tires in our product matrix above to be among the best models in their class and, hence, our top picks.
Tires should not cause excessive noise when the vehicle is in motion. The ride should be quiet relative to the car. Road noise in smaller cars might seem more noticeable than in larger vehicles. The rubber on a tire meant to be driven for a considerable amount of miles will be harder, and the tire might be noisier. A softer tire – one meant to be driven for fewer miles – is usually less noisy.
The tires should help the driver feel confident in the vehicle’s ability to hold and maintain the road in all types of weather and terrain. Good tires feel responsive and help lend a vehicle the smooth ride desired and coveted by most drivers and passengers.
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The expected lifetime of the tires is an important consideration. Drivers that travel a lot of miles need tires that can do the same. Road conditions and driving habits affect how long a tire lasts, but if a tire is rated to roll for 70,000 miles, it typically should not need to be replaced at 40,000. The manufacturer’s warranty should support the tire.
The best all-season radials range in price from about $75 and up. Higher-priced models might last longer or come with technological advances (run-flat) that affect price. Tires designed for specific applications, such as those meant for luxury vehicles, likely also cost more. The cost of mounting, balancing and disposing of the old tires is extra, and should be performed by a trained professional at a reputable establishment.
If you live in an area where it snows frequently and heavily, consider investing in snow tires or chains.
We found the Hankook Optimo H724 to be an exceptionally quiet tire, and owners love this quality. Even at higher speeds, the Hankook does not make excessive noise and also remains silent during cornering or while being subjected to strain. Some customers attribute the tire’s lack of noise to a narrow tread width. A tire with a wider tread width allows more air between the tire and the road, which leads to excess noise.
Opinions on noise with respect to the Goodyear Eagle LS and are mixed. Some owners praise the tire for being quiet and for offering a noiseless ride, but the acclaim is not universal. A few users say the tire is not as quiet as desired, although they do not find it to be as noisy as some of the louder tires on the market.
Purchasing used tires can be a gamble, as you don’t always know their history or exactly how many miles they have gone.
The Dunlop Grandtrek is quiet, and this should come as no surprise. It is specifically marketed as a tire for luxury SUVs, minivans, and passenger vans. We found it to hold true to its promise on vehicles of all types and were thoroughly impressed with its ability to contain noise even at higher speeds.
According to consumer opinion, the General AltiMAX makes hardly a peep. Many users we surveyed claim that their set of AltiMAX tires are quieter than the vehicle’s original tires and lauded them for being noiseless even in snow and rain. Some owners of older vehicles report the AltiMAX makes their car feel brand-new due to the lack of noise of the tires.
We found the Continental ContiProContact SSR Run-Flat to be at the top of the spectrum when it comes to noise. Owners consistently praise how these tires drive smoothly and yield substantially less noise than other tires they have experienced. Continental brags about the ContiProContact SSR Run-Flat’s tread design as a key factor in keeping the tire quiet, and our research points to this feature being a significant advantage over most of the other tire designs.
Always be sure to check your tire pressure, especially before and after long trips. This can increase mileage and prevent flats.
We found the Hankook Optimo H724 to handle and hold the road very well. Most owners of this tire do not feel as though the vehicle drifts or wanders while driving, which makes a dramatic difference in the handling of the vehicle. A few owners were concerned about its handling on wet pavement due to the deep, straight channels in the Optimo’s tread design, but we found this design to significantly reduce the risk of hydroplaning.
The Goodyear Eagle LS rides and handles as well as one would expect for a tire from Goodyear. The tires offer a comfortable ride and handle the road with ease, even in heavy rain and in snow and slush. The Eagle LS performs especially well during sudden maneuvers such as sharp turns, making owners feel as though they are riding on performance tires.
Putting on after-market wheels and tires can affect the handling of a vehicle, as well as its fuel economy.
The Dunlop Grandtrek handles very well compared its rivals. Many customers praise the tire for its superior grip and traction, especially during inclement weather. Owners claim that its handling and comfort make the vehicle feel brand-new, and users who tows light loads find its performance particularly superior to that of other tires on the market.
Smooth and solid describe the handling of the General AltiMAX. Dozens of owners claim that the AltiMAX handles the best of any tire they’ve ever mounted on a vehicle and, as a result, swear by it for all of their tire needs. The majority of users we surveyed note the AltiMAX’s comfortable handling in wet and inclement conditions and claim that the tires far outpace their vehicle’s original equipment tires.
Across the board, the Continental ContiProContact SSR Run-Flat handles better than the original equipment tires on most vehicles as well as the other tires on our shortlist. The vast majority of owners of this tire gave it high marks for its handling in normal weather conditions, and we found the tire to be just as reliable during inclement weather conditions like rain, sleet, or snow.
Many users report getting 100,000 miles out of a set of the Hankook Optimo H724’s. Let this serve as a testament to what careful driving can do for longevity. The Optimo’s treadlife warranty, which is an indicator of the tire’s potential longevity, is five years or 70,000 miles. The Optimo’s uniformity warranty, which is a guarantee that the tires will wear evenly, is one year or the first 2/32” of an inch of wear. The workmanship and materials warranty, which covers any condition that requires a tire to be removed and is within the manufacturer’s control or labor, is five years. That includes free replacement within the first year or 2/32” of wear and is then prorated for the remaining life of the tire.
Your tread should never fall below 1/16 of an inch. As soon as you get near that level, start the process of buying new tires.
Expect about 30,000 to 35,000 miles of life from the Goodyear Eagle LS, according to the majority of owners we surveyed. This is considerably less than the H724. There is no treadlife warranty for the LS, so consider that when buying. Like the H724, the uniformity warranty is one year or the first 2/32” inch of wear. Workmanship and materials are covered for six years, with free replacement within the first year or 2/32” of wear and then prorated for the life of the tire. While this is not necessarily a high-mileage tire, it will hold up well up to its expected lifetime.
Braking suddenly or choppily can cut the life short of a tire. Always give yourself plenty of room to stop and always avoid tailgating.
Most users report getting between 45,000 and 55,000 miles from the Dunlop Grandtrek. This is consistent with the treadlife warranty of four years or 60,000 miles. Allow for the fact the Grandtrek is marketed to SUVs, crossovers, minivans, and light trucks, which are typically heavier vehicles and will exert more wear and tear on a tire. The uniformity warranty is one year or the first 2/32” of wear. The workmanship and materials warranty is six years, which includes free replacement within the first year or 2/32” of wear and is then prorated for the remaining life of the tire.
Owners usually expect a long life from the General AltiMAX, and they are not disappointed. The treadlife warranty is six years or 70,000 miles, which beats the Optimo by one year. A condition of the AlitMAX’s treadlife warranty stipulates that the rear tires are covered for 35,000 miles if they are a different size than the front tires. The uniformity warranty is one year or the first 2/32” of wear. The workmanship and materials warranty is six years, which includes free replacement within the first year or 2/32” of wear and is then prorated for the remaining life of the tire.
When you replace your tires, be sure to take your car in for an all-over inspection to make sure nothing else will negatively affect fuel economy or ride experience.
The treadlife warranty of the Continental ContiProContact SSR Run-Flat is exceptional. The S- and T-rated versions come with a six year, 80,000 mile warranty. The H-rated model is covered for six years and 60,000 miles and the V-rated model is covered for six years and 40,000 miles. The letter designates a speed rating. “S” tires can travel up to 112 miles per hour. “T” tires top-out at 118 mph, “H” tires are good to 130 mph, and “V” tires can travel up to 149 mph. “S” and “T” tires are rated for family sedans and vans. “H” tires cover sport sedans and coupes and “V” tires cover sport sedans, coupe, and sports cars. The Continental’s rear tires are covered for half of their mileage if they are a different size than the front tires. The uniformity warranty is one year or the first 2/32” of wear. The workmanship and materials warranty is six years, which includes free replacement within the first year or 2/32” of wear and is then prorated for the remaining life of the tire.
Always check your tire numbers to make sure you’re getting the right size and fit. When you receive the tires, check them over to make sure they’re in perfect condition.
The Hankook Optimo H724 is $65 per tire, which makes it one of the cheapest tires on our shortlist. Owners rave about the balance the H724 strikes between quality and affordability. It goes without saying that price is a prime concern for most people who purchase new tires, and the H724 offers an excellent value at an excellent price. Most owners we surveyed say that would not hesitate to purchase the tire again and are very happy about getting such an excellent tire for seemingly little money.
The Goodyear Eagle LS is $64 per tire. Reviews for the combination of price and quality for the Eagle LS echo those for the H724. More than with the H724, though, owners seem to be in near disbelief that a tire of such quality is available at such a reasonable price. Some clearly expected to pay much more for such a tire, although it’s possible that the Goodyear name and its venerable history in the United States might play into this.
If your tire is under-inflated, your fuel economy will be impacted and you'll spend extra dollars at the gas station.
The Dunlop Grandtrek is priced at $102 per tire and we found it to be a decent tire for the money. Again, the Grandtrek is marketed for luxury SUVs, crossovers, minivans and light trucks, so perhaps users expect to pay a bit more for their tires. Some say they are rolling their second or third set of Grandtreks, citing the combination of price and value as unbeatable.
The General AltiMAX is priced at $69 per tire, which puts it in line with the H724 and Eagle LS for value. Unlike the H724 and Eagle LS, owners say this is the best tire they’ve ever purchased for the money they spent. Customers cite the tire’s affordability when weighed against quality as a deciding factor in their purchase, and others point to overall cost savings compared to previous sets as a significant consideration. Overall, we found the AltiMAX to offer an excellent combination of price and value.
Compared to the rest, the price of the Continental ContiProContact SSR Run-Flat is high at $288 per tire. Unlike the others in this review, the ContiProContact SSR Run-Flat is equipped with run-flat technology, which clearly comes at a premium. Reviewers rave about significant online savings for the ContiProContact SSR Run-Flat when compared to purchasing a set in a local shop. Some say that they saved as much as $800 ordering a set online as opposed to through a brick and mortar outlet.
Out of the dozens of owners that we surveyed, we did not get one negative comment for the ContiProContact SSR Run-Flat.
The General AltiMAX, and it’s not even close. This is not to take away from the other tires; rather, it is indicative of the quality and value represented by the AltiMAX.
The ride is quiet and smooth, and the handling is responsive and nimble. The warranty is one of the best of the tires we reviewed - second only to that of the Continental. The AltiMAX is equipped with visual technology that explains if/when the car might need alignment. This is important because a car that is out of alignment can chew up a set of tires as quickly as poor roads. When a feature such as this is priced reasonably and can potentially save you hundreds of dollars on maintenance costs, the savings are two-fold.
While the Hankook puts up a strong fight in terms of value, it falls short in warranty and enjoyability – owners seem genuinely happy with the AltiMAX, whereas with the Optimo they feel they just bought a good tire.
Overall, the verdict is clear - the General AltiMAX is the Best Bang for your Buck.
At BestReviews, we purchase every product we review with our own funds. We never accept anything from product manufacturers. Our goal is to be 100% objective in our analysis, and we do not want to run the risk of being swayed by products provided at no cost.