The answer to your question depends on how you define "best." Is the best
tire the one that:
- has the longest tread life?
- has the best traction on dry surfaces?
- has the best traction on wet surfaces?
- has the best traction off-road?
- has the lowest rolling resistance to reduce fuel consumption?
- has the best resistance to heat buildup?
- is the quietest on the road?
A tire with good attributes in one area may be poor in another. For
example, a tire with good traction off-road is likely to be noisy, or a tire
with a long tread life may offer less traction.
Check out tirerack.com for more info on tires.
I've found that Kumho has high-quality tires at very reasonable
prices. YMMV. :-)
I've had good luck with Cooper Tire and Kelly-Springfield too.
If you want to spend more, then Michelin and Goodyear make good tires
On 27 Oct 2006 10:20:57 -0700, "FIRERUNNERNICK"
What color is the sun on your planet? ;-)
There is no one 'best' tire, just like there is no one 'best'
restaurant. There are way too many variables to even list them all -
and then there is a price consideration. There are cheap tires (that
aren't so good), and good inexpensive ones, too.
Go to a good full-line independent tire shop, and they can help you
quickly winnow down the thousands of choices available to what tire IS
the best choice for your car, the conditions you drive it in, and the
way you drive it.
If you go to a Firestone Store for example, you are most likely
going to be steered to a Bridgestone or Firestone tire, their brands.
Same thing with a Goodyear store. Even if a Michelin or other brand
would be a better choice for your needs - they don't make them, and
they will most likely push one of their own choices.
If you want input from us, you have to give us a lot more to work
with - What is your budget? Is the car 2WD 4WD or All-Wheel Drive,
and will you be doing much off-road driving? Driving in snow, sand,
mud conditions? Lots of high-speed freeway runs? Lots of twisty
mountain roads where cornering grip is important? Will you pay more
up front to get longer tread life? Do you mind a stiffer ride to get
Light Truck rated tires for longer tire life?