15 Best Tire Brands Ranked By Motor Vehicle HQ

It is no secret that selecting the ideal tire for your car can be daunting, given the wide range of brands and types available. Which is the best, then? That depends on your requirements and preferences. Nonetheless, you can be confident whichever one you choose from this list will deliver excellent performance and enduring dependability.

The top 15 tire brands in the industry include:

Michelin


Michelin tire by Manel / CC BY-ND 2.0

The tire brand that ranked top on our list is Michelin. Without a doubt, it is one of the best tire brands around. From high-performance tires to all-terrain options, they have something for everyone. Michelin is a French multinational tire manufacturer that has been producing high-quality tires. With 133 years of existence, Michelin exports tires to more than 170 nations. Not only is Michelin topping the list in quality tires, but it is also second in the number of tires produced in the world, behind Bridgestone.

Michelin offers over 50 tire brands. It is also one of the few brands that offer multiple tire brands for winter. Around the world, Michelin has a great reputation for making the best tires and, it is for this reason, it is number one on our list. The average price of a Michelin tire is between $145 and $875 per tire and between $580 and $3,500 for four. If you go for tires with ultra-high performance, you should expect to spend more.

If you own a BMW with KW coilovers, a carbon fiber hood, HRE 3 piece alloys, and an Akrapovic exhaust system, you’ll almost certainly purchase Michelin tires. The following are the top Michelin tires available right now in their respective categories:

All-Season Tires

  • Pilot Sport All-Season 4
  • Pilot Sport A/S 3+
  • Latitude Cross
  • Primacy Tour A/S
  • Premier LTX

Summer Tires

  • Primacy HP
  • Primacy 3
  • Pilot Sport 4S
  • Pilot Super Sport
  • XRV

Winter Tires

  • X-Ice Xi3
  • Pilot Alpin 5
  • X-Ice Snow SUV
  • Pilot Alpin 5 SUV

All-Terrain Tires

  • LTX A/T2

Advantages of Michelin Tires

  1. Top consumer ranking.
  2. Top quality ranking.
  3. Outstanding tire performance.
  4. Wide range of Tire Models.

Disadvantages of Michelin Tires

  1. It costs more than the average tire.

Continental


A variation of the Continental tire brand by Lesley Scott / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The next on our list after Michelin, is Continental. Even older than Michelin, the German tire manufacturer, Continental, has been in business for over 150 years and is part of a worldwide corporation that provides sub-systems for vehicles. In the 1890s, they transitioned to surface tires for vehicles after developing rubber tires for airplanes.They were the first tire manufacturer to create grooved tires for passenger vehicles. This is significant because grooves assist tires in dealing with bad weather conditions such as rain, snow, mud, and gravel, as well as extending tire life. They currently have 59 tire brands (9 additional to that of Michelin) available in the United States. Continental has a good reputation for making standard tires for SUVs and touring tires. They have a range between $70 to $240 per tire, bringing the cost of four to a range between $280 and $960 although popular models can cost more.

Continental has five major divisions: Chassis and Safety, Powertrain, Interior, Tires, and ContiTech. Top Continental vehicle tires available right now in their respective categories include:

All-Season Tires

  • ExtremeContact DWS 06
  • ProContact TX
  • PureContact LS
  • CrossContact RX
  • CrossContact LX25

Summer Tires

  • ExtremeContact Force
  • SportContact 7
  • ExtremeContact DW
  • CrossContact UHP
  • Conti Hybrid HS3

Winter Tires

  • WinterContact TS 860 S
  • VikingContact 7
  • 4×4 WinterContact SSR
  • ContiCrossContact Winter

All-Terrain Tires

  • TerrainContact A/T

Advantages of Continental Tires

  1. It has a wide range of tires that have different performances on different roads.
  2. It has an excellent range of tires for winter.

Disadvantages of Continental Tires

  1. It does not have many ranges for all-terrain and mud-terrains.

Goodyear


Goodyear tire by Sven Smets / CC BY-ND 2.0

Number three on our rankings is none other than Goodyear. Goodyear is an American tire manufacturer that has been in business since when vulcanization began, in 1898. The first Goodyear factory opened in Akron, Ohio, and is in 23 countries now. It has roughly 72,000 employees and manufactures its products in 57 facilities.

Goodyear has one of the widest range of tires with a bewildering number of 85 in everything from Eagle F1 Supercar tires down to the Radial LS, and even the most recent “Recharge tires” innovation. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is employed to transform these recharge tires based on the driving you perform.

Its winter tires are between $72 and $279 per tire making four of these tires have a range of $288 to $1,116. Its summer tires are between $127 and $939 making a total of four of these tires between $508 and $3,756, while one all-season tire goes between $72 and $449, making the four of these tires between $288 and $1,796. Excellent tire types from this manufacturer include:

All-Season Tires

  • Eagle Exhilarate
  • Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season
  • Wrangler HP All-Weather
  • Assurance WeatherReady
  • Eagle Touring
  • Assurance ComfortDrive

Summer Tires

  • Eagle F1 SuperSport R
  • Eagle F1 Supercar G:2
  • Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6
  • Eagle F1 Asymmetric SUV

Winter Tires

  • WinterCommand Ultra
  • Ultra Grip 8 Performance
  • WinterCommand SUV

All-Terrain Tires

  • Wrangler Territory RT
  • Wrangler Territory MT

Advantages of Goodyear Tires

  1. Goodyear has a nationwide retail network.
  2. It has a top-quality ranking.
  3. It has a top consumer ranking.
  4. Goodyear provides a wide winter range to choose from.

Disadvantages of Goodyear Tires

  1. They are highly expensive.

Bridgestone


A Bridgestone Eager SF-330 by 70_musclecar_RT+6 / CC BY-SA 2.0

Bridgestone is a Japanese tire company that has been in operation since 1931. Bridgestone Corporation is the world’s leading tire maker now because it purchased other companies such as Firestone in 1988. The company introduced an unusual invention in the 1950s in the form of “rayon corded” tires. This was a form of reinforcement that provided the tires additional strength and resilience than they would have had if they had been constructed entirely of rubber. Bridgestone is also recognized for redesigning winter tires in 1990 when it introduced the Blizzak Tire brand, which had nine variants at the time.

It currently has over 100 tire manufacturers to choose from, including the Potenza line, an ultra-high and high-performance tire, as well as Turanza and Ecopia for standard passenger vehicles. It has some of the most costly pricing in the world. Its best tires in categories include:

All-Season Tires

  • Potenza RE980AS+
  • Potenza RE92A
  • DriveGuard
  • Turanza QuietTrack
  • Dueler H/P Sport AS

Summer Tires

  • Potenza Sport
  • Potenza S007A RFT
  • Potenza RE-71R
  • Dueler H/P Sport
  • Turanza T005A

Winter Tires

  • Blizzak WS90
  • Blizzak LM-32
  • Blizzak LT
  • Blizzak DM-V2

Advantages of Bridgestone Tires

  1. Huge range of tires for all applications.
  2. Excellent wet and dry performances.
  3. Excellent winter performance.

Disadvantage of Bridgestone Tires

  1. Its breadth is nowhere close to other tire brands.

BFGoodrich


A BFGoodrich tire range on a Volkswagen GTI VR6 by Danny Lopez / CC BY-ND 2.0

BFGoodrich is one of the oldest tire brands having been established in 1870. It was once a part of the Michelin family of brands but has maintained a strong presence in the United States. They became a household brand when they supplied tires for the first automobile to drive across the United States. This was a demonstration of dependability and innovation. They went on to invent the first run-flat tire in 1967, which allowed a tire to travel for miles before flattening.

Since then, they have maintained the image of being a household brand and as a result, have a narrow range of twenty one tire models. The average cost of one BFGoodrich tire goes for $102. Its top tires in available categories include:

All-Season Tires

  • g-Force COMP-2 A/S PLUS
  • Radial T/A Spec
  • Advantage T/A Sport
  • Advantage Control
  • Advantage T/A Sport LT

Summer Tires

  • g-Force Sport COMP-2
  • g-Force Rival S

All-Terrain Tires

  • All-Terrain T/A KO2

Advantages of BFGoodrich Tires

  1. Excellent all-terrain tires.
  2. Excellent mud-terrain tires.

Disadvantages of BFGoodrich Tires

  1. It has a small product range.

Cooper


A Cooper Cobra Radial G/T by 70_musclecar_RT+6 / CC BY-SA 2.0

The sixth brand on our rankings is Cooper Tire which has been in operation since 1914 and aged 108 years. Cooper Tire is an American firm that designs, manufactures, promotes, and sells truck tires, as well as subsidiaries that focus on motorcycle and racing tires. They have been involved in motorsports since the 1950s.

Cooper Tires, like BFGoodrich, has a variety of 21 models, making it unable to compete effectively with large-scale manufacturers like Bridgestone. They were purchased by Goodyear in 2021. However, the brand is still one of the most economical when compared to other brands of similar quality. Its stand out tires include:

All-Season Tires

  • Zeon RS3-G1
  • Cobra Radial G/T
  • Discoverer H/T Plus
  • CS5 Ultra Touring
  • Evolution H/T

Winter Tires

  • Discoverer True North
  • Evolution Winter
  • Discoverer Snow Claw

All-Terrain Tires

  • Discoverer AT3 4S
  • Discoverer AT3 LT
  • Discoverer STT Pro

Advantages of Cooper Tires

  1. Excellent mud-terrain tires.
  2. Excellent all-terrain tires.

Disadvantages of Cooper Tires

  1. Cooper Tires have a small tire range, limiting the choices its consumers can make.

Yokohama


A Yokohama Radial 352 by 70_musclecar_RT+6 / CC BY-SA 2.0

Yokohama, which is seventh on our list, is a Japanese brand that has been existing since 1917, three years after Cooper Tires. Although the brand is of Japanese origin, it has made a name for itself in the United States due to its fine attention to details. They have modified their production method to use less petroleum while also making each tire easier to recycle at the end of its existence. They were also the first tire company to use nanotechnology in the production of its tires. Yokohama has 76 models available for US consumers. It also has several winter tires. Its most popular models include:

All-Season Tires

  • Advan Sport A/S+
  • Avid ENVigor ZPS
  • Parada Spec-X
  • Geolander H/T G038G
  • Avid Ascend GT
  • Geolandar H/T G056

Summer Tires

  • Advan Neova AD08 R
  • Advan Sport
  • Advan A052
  • Advan ST
  • AVS S/T

Winter Tires

  • IceGUARD iG52C
  • iceGuard iG53
  • Blueearth Winter V905
  • iceGuard G075

All-Terrain Tires

  • Geolandar A/T G015
  • Geolandar X-AT

Advantages of Yokohama Tires

  1. It has a vast line of all-season/touring tires.
  2. Yokohama has an outstanding performance lineup.

Disadvantages of Yokohama Tires

  1. It has poor winter performance on some all-season models.
  2. A smaller retailer network.

Pirelli


A Pirelli P Zero Corsa by Colin / CC BY-SA 2.0

Pirelli is an Italian tire company that has been in business for nearly 150 years. This firm takes pleasure in supplying tires for key European racing series like the FIA Formula One. Pirelli manufactures 63 tire types for high-performance and luxury vehicles. As a result, their tire prices are always on the high side. Outstanding tire types in their respective categories from this manufacturer include:

All-Season Tires

  • P Zero All-Season
  • P Zero Nero All-Season
  • Scorpion Zero All-Season Plus
  • Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico
  • Cinturato P7 All-Season
  • P4 Four Season Plus
  • Scorpion AS Plus 3

Summer Tires

  • P Zero Corsa
  • P Zero Nero GT
  • Cinturato P7
  • Scorpion Verde

Winter Tires

  • Ice Zero FR
  • Winter Sottozero 3
  • Scorpion Ice & Snow Run Flat
  • Scorpion Winter

All-Terrain Tires

  • Scorpion ATR
  • Scorpion All-Terrain Plus

Advantages of Pirelli

  1. Nationwide retail network.
  2. Has a wide winter tire range.
  3. Top quality ranking.
  4. Top consumer ranking.

Disadvantages of Pirelli

  1. The cost of its tires is expensive
  2. Because it was created for luxury and sports cars, it does not have mud-terrain tires.

General


General Exclaim UHP by Phillip Stewart / CC BY-SA 2.0

General Tire is an American company that has been in business since 1915. It is one of the rubber companies that helped Akron, Ohio, become an industrial powerhouse. General Tire offers 19 tire models, the majority of which are for trucks and SUVs. It also provides winter tires for SUVs, such as the Grabber Arctic, and passenger automobiles, such as the Altimax. General Tire sedan tires cost $95; about $6 less than the average price, with an SUV tire costing $151. Some great tire types include:

All-Season Tires

  • G-MAX AS-05
  • G-MAX Justice
  • AltiMAX RT43
  • AltiMAX 365 AW

Summer Tires

  • G-MAX RS
  • Grabber UHP

Winter Tires

  • AltiMAX Arctic 12
  • Grabber Arctic
  • Grabber Arctic LT

All-Terrain Tires

  • Grabber A/TX
  • Grabber AT3

Advantages of General Tires

  1. Top consumer ranking.
  2. Top quality ranking.
  3. Winter tire range.
  4. All-terrain and mud-terrain tire range.

Disadvantages of General Tire

  1. General Tire has a small retail network.
  2. Its tires have a limited performance range.

Falken

Falken tires was founded in Kobe, Japan in 1983 and is owned by the Japanese Sumitomo Rubber industries. Two years later, it reached the North American market, and five years after, it entered the European market and has since been focused on motorsport. Although the firm concentrates on ultra-high-performance goods for racing, it also manufactures consumer versions with all-season, SUV and trucks, and summer tires. The significant characteristic of these tires is their dependability at high speeds and the livery used by race vehicles. Its top tires in available categories include:

All-Season Tires

  • Azenis Fk001 A/S
  • Sincera SN250A A/S
  • Ziex ZE001A A/S
  • Wildpeak H/T

Summer Tires

  • Azenis RT615K+
  • Azenis FK510
  • Azenis RT660
  • Azenis Fk510A SUV

All-Terrain Tires

  • Wildpeak A/T Trail
  • Wildpeak A/T3W

Advantages of Falken Tires

  1. They are high-performance tires

Disadvantages of Falken Tires

  1. They have limited retailer network

Hankook


Hankook tire brand by Lance / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Hankook was launched in 1941 in South Korea as Chosun Tire Company, then rebranded to ‘Hankook” in 1968, and began selling tires in the 1990s. Since then, it has grown to become the largest tire manufacturer in South Korea. Despite its relative youthfulness in the tire industry, it is making its mark with 42 models. Its global reputation has increased significantly as a result of its radial tire and bias-ply tire production. Hyundai Motor Company, Toyota Motor Corporation, Ford Motor Company trucks, General Motors trucks, International Truck and Engine Corporation, and others now use the company’s tires as original equipment. The top Hankook tires available right now in their respective categories are:

All-Season Tires

  • Ventus S1 AS
  • Ventus S1 noble2 +
  • Ventus ST RH06
  • Kinergy 4S2
  • Kinergy GT
  • Optimo H725A

Summer Tires

  • Ventus TD
  • Ventus R-S4
  • Ventus V12 Evo2

All-Terrain Tires

  • Dynapro AT-M
  • Dynapro AT2

Advantages of Hankook Tires

  1. Hankook has an outstanding performance lineup.

Disadvantages of Hankook Tires

  1. No winter tire offering.

Firestone

Firestone tires, founded in Akron, Ohio in 1900 by Harvey Firestone, had its initial growth when they invented solid rubber side wire tires for fire engines. They quickly progressed to the production of automotive tires, eventually becoming the exclusive tire supplier to Ford Motor Company. However, financial issues began to set in and the company was eventually sold to Bridgestone, who allowed it to continue operating under its former name. The company eventually delved into racing, which helped them gain awareness and create better tires. Popular Firestone tire types include:

All-Season Tires

  • Firehawk GT
  • Firehawk AS
  • Champion Fuel Fighter
  • WeatherGrip

Summer Tires

  • Firehawk Indy 500

Winter Tires

  • Winterforce 2
  • Winterforce CV
  • Winterforce LT

All-Terrain Tires

  • TransForce AT2

Advantages of Firestone Tires

  1. They are very affordable.

Disadvantages of Firestone Tires

  1. Tire options are limited.

Toyo


Toyo tire brand by Tobias Barz / CC BY-ND 2.0

Toyo tires were founded on 1st August, 1945 in Osaka, Japan and have become a globally accepted and trusted tire brand due to the advanced technology used in making them. During the early 21st century tuning industry boom, the need for larger diameter, lower profile tires skyrocketed. Toyo was quick to respond, developing the Proxes T1s performance tires. They are also a pioneer in dynamic fitment and custom offsets for aftermarket tires. Toyo spends millions of dollars engineering their tires and uses a few technologies such as Nano Balance Technology and 3D Observational Technology.

Toyo Tires manufactures tires in four countries: Japan, the US, China, and Malaysia, and is present in over 100 countries. They are currently very highly recommended for wet conditions as they provide excellent traction in adverse situations. The starting price on an average Toyo tire goes for $100 and can go as high as $1,000 per tire. Highly rated Toyo tires include:

All-Season Tires

  • Proxes 4 Plus
  • Extensa HP II
  • Proxes ST III
  • Extensa A/S II

Summer Tires

  • Proxes Sport
  • Proxes R1R

Winter Tires

  • Observe GSI-6
  • Observe G3-Ice
  • Open Country WLT1

All-Terrain Tires

  • Open Country A/T II
  • Open Country A/T III

Advantages of Toyo Tires

  1. They are of high quality and do not wear out easily.
  2. They are relatively cheap.
  3. They come with strong warranties.

Disadvantages of Toyo Tires

  1. They do not have a lot of varieties.

Dunlop

Dunlop was founded in Ireland in 1888 with the primary objective of making a longer-lasting tire for a tricycle belonging to the founder’s son. Given the product’s success, the brand increased its output and continued to manufacture tires.

Dunlop has been participating in several racing championships, ranging from Formula One through MotoGP. The ownership distinguishes this brand from some of the others on this list. Throughout its history, it has been purchased and sold by several parent firms, culminating in its current ownership by three companies. This has aided the brand to extend more freely across America, Europe, and Asia. It currently offers quality in several categories; some of which include:

All-season Tires

  • SP Sport 7010 A/S
  • SP Sport Maxx A2 A/S
  • Grandtrek PT3A
  • Signature II
  • Signature HP

Winter Tires

  • SP Winter Sport 4D
  • Winter Maxx WM02
  • Grandtrek SJ6

Advantages of Dunlop Tires

  1. Top consumer ranking.

Disadvantages of Dunlop Tires

  1. Options are limited.

Apollo

Last on our list is Apollo, an Indian tire company that began its business in 1972. It is currently the 11th largest tire manufacturer in the world, and while Apollo tires are often viewed as average-quality when put in the same conditions as Michelin tires, it has the propensity of lasting longer.

Advantages of Apollo Tires

  1. They last relatively long.
  2. They are cheaper to get than most tires of their quality.

Disadvantages of Apollo Tires

  1. It lacks wide varieties to choose from.

How did we go about the ranking?

To determine which tire brands are the best, we examined several reliable sources and noted independent reviews, industry rating agencies, publications, and government bureaus. The methodologies used in curating this ranking include but are not limited to:

  • Consumer Satisfaction

The major criterion taken into consideration in compiling different companies to make this list is satisfaction enjoyed by the consumers of these products. One thing to keep in mind as you go through this list is to note that a brand may get strong ratings on one model and get terrible ratings on another. Hence, this ranking can also guide you when considering tires that best suit your needs.

  • Industry Professionals

In making this list, we took a survey of mechanics nationwide to understand which tires are the best in their opinion.

  • Tire Quality and Engineering

These studies examined a tire brand’s quality and how it influenced a consumer’s decision to purchase it.

  • Government Bureau

Examining the statistics reported for safety and durability.

  • Performance

The performance of tire brands on wet and dry roads, sharp braking, and durability were all evaluated and analyzed in this study.

Prices were one criterion that was disregarded. Because the price of a tire typically correlates directly with its quality, the tires with the lowest rankings were also the cheapest, and the tires at the top—which you’ll see in a second—were also the most expensive.

Factors to Consider when Buying a Tire

When it comes to choosing the right tire for your vehicle, there are a few things you need to take into account. These include:

  • Price

Several good tires on the market won’t break your budget. But, if you want the best of the best, then you should be prepared to spend a little extra money.

  • Durability

When it comes to tires, you want something that is built to last. Luckily, there are plenty of great options out there that with proper maintenance, will keep you on the road for years to come.

  • Performance

If you are looking for a tire that will perform well in all types of conditions, then make sure you choose one that is designed for your needs. All-season tires are a great option for most drivers.

All-terrain tires are a great option for those who do a lot of off-roading. Whatever your needs, there’s a tire out there that will meet them.

  • Type

Do you need an all-season tire or one that is specifically designed for winter driving? Maybe you are looking for something that can handle off-road driving. Whatever your needs, make sure you choose a tire that’s designed for them.

You might also want to consider run-flat tires in the case of tire types. Run-flat tires are designed for driving short distances at low speeds after being punctured. This implies that if you have a flat, you may still get home or to an auto shop without replacing your tire. These are often installed on new automobiles, and you may replace them with a fresh pair when necessary.

  • Size

There are many different sizes of tires, so you will need to make sure that the ones you choose will fit your vehicle. You can do this by measuring the tires that are currently on your car or truck and then comparing them to the ones you are considering.

  • Brand

As previously stated, there are numerous excellent tire companies to choose from; but with this list, your decision-making process has been simplified.

Conclusion

From the list above, it is clear that there are a variety of great options to choose from. No matter what your needs, you are sure to find a brand that meets them perfectly.

So, go ahead and take the plunge – you won’t regret it!