Tires designed to hold the road all year round
By | Last updated: October 6, 2021
Best All-Season Tires Feature

Tires, like donuts, are round with a hole in the middle. Unlike donuts, picking tires can be hard. You can’t just go back the next day and grab another one if you don’t like them. Rather than filling your hunger, tires keep you safe and secure on the road in all types of conditions, both wonderful and miserable. While there are tires designed for summer and tires for winter, for many people, the compromise of an all-season tire is a much better choice. Like a plain donut, the all-season tire is good every day, even if it isn’t your favorite.

Also like a donut, there are hundreds of all-season tires to pick from. Which one is right for you? We’re here to help with the best all-season tires for your car, crossover, or SUV. The pros and cons as well as the different features that make each of these tires ideal for your use, keeping you safe and secure in rain and light snow and giving you maximum enjoyment when the weather is warm and dry.

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1. Yokohama Avid Ascend LX

Yokohama calls the Avid Ascend LX its premium all-season touring tire. Wavy 3D sipes – the tiny grooves in the tire tread that actually do much of the work of providing traction in wet and dry – on the shoulders are there to increase traction in the winter on cold and icy roads. Wide circumferential grooves and Yokohama’s L-2 compound are intended to help prevent hydroplaning as well as stick to the pavement in the wet. A staggered and offset tread design is meant to help reduce road noise by canceling out sounds instead of amplifying them. How long-lasting are they? Yokohama offers an up to 85,000-mile treadwear warranty.

Pros/Long life, excellent wet weather tread
Cons/Some users report poor traction in snow and ice

2. Vredestein HiTrac

Vredestein might not be a household name here, but the brand is well known in Europe. The company has sold there for more than 100 years. The Hitrac is meant for drivers of cars and crossovers who value a comfortable ride and long tread life. Vredestein says the Hitrac is designed to offer low noise and a smooth ride. The tires have a tread block contour and pitch meant to reduce noise and enhance comfort, while the shoulders of the tires have grooves to add cornering response and help move water out of the tread in tough weather conditions. A 700 treadwear rating means that the tire should offer plenty of tread life.

Pros/Meant for ride and long life
Cons/No mention of snow in design mandate

3. General AltiMax RT43

The General AltiMax RT43 is a solid all-season touring tire. It is designed with Stabilitread technology, which is meant to offer a flatter and larger tire footprint that reduces tire stress and extends tread life. It has a replacement tire monitor that appears on the tire’s tread when it is time for a new set. It also has a visual alignment indicator, helping you to spot and solve suspension and tire wear issues before they destroy a set of tires or more expensive suspension components. Traction is important too, and the AltiMax RT43 offers peak anti-slip design technology that adds more biting edges for improved traction on slippery roads in all conditions.

Pros/Loaded with features like replacement and alignment indicators
Cons/Some owners in extremely wet locations report wet traction issues

4. Michelin Defender

The Michelin Defender is that brand’s standard touring tire. It uses an all-season tread compound that is focused on durability and longevity. The second-generation Defender tire, then, should offer many miles of trouble-free driving. The asymmetric pattern is designed to make the tires smooth and quiet. InteilliSipe technology uses zigzag sipes that interlock below the surface of the tread. These increase tread block rigidity and that means better feel when you’re taking tighter turns or making sudden lane changes. A high silica content helps wet traction, as do the lateral notches and circumferential grooves of the surface of the tire.

Pros/Great all-around grip, quiet, long-lasting
Cons/Trades excellence in heavy snow or in the dry for that all-around capability

5. Continental TrueContact Tour

The Continental TrueContact Tour is a standard all-season tire from that brand. That means it is for family sedans, small crossovers, and minivans, aimed at drivers looking for good traction in a wide range of conditions. The all-season tread design is symmetric, which helps with tire rotations for even wear. It has Comfort Ride Technology, a Continental tech that puts an underlay on the carcass of the tire meant to isolate the tread from the case for less noise and vibration. Lots of sipes offer grip in light snow and ice, while Continental’s DWS-embossed tread blocks let you know when the tire has worn down so that it’s no longer ideal for driving in Snow, Wet, and Dry conditions. This tire has a 800 treadwear rating, meaning that it should last for years of regular use, or many, many miles.

Pros/DWS tread indicator, 800 treadwear rating,
Cons/Less dry grip than performance tire, less snow grip than a four-season tire

6. Michelin CrossClimate2

There is no mistaking the unique tread design of the Michelin CrossClimate2. We know it looks like it might be on a toy car, but Michelin is a serious tire company, and it calls this its ultimate all-season tire. That means dry pavement stopping up to 15 feet shorter than the competition, Michelin says, but it also means 31 percent better snow traction in testing. These tires are designed to work in wet, dry, and snow, even when they’re worn and that makes them safer and more economical to run on your vehicle. The thermal adaptive tread design is meant to stay soft and pliant in the winter without getting squirmy, soft, and fast-wearing in the summer, which is why it is so good in all seasons.

Pros/A four-season tire, advanced tread pattern, strong all-weather traction
Cons/Some users say the tire is hard-riding, will not match a true winter tire in snow or a standard all-season for top dry performance

7. Cooper Zeon RS3-G1

The Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 is the latest version of Cooper’s RS3 tire. It’s an all-season tire that is designed for drivers wanting a high-performance tire that will work in colder temperatures as well as being able to handle rain and standing water. 3D micro-siping, the small grooves in the tread rubber are a mix of full depth and variable biting. That helps you maintain traction in wet weather, while the rubber compound is designed to deliver grip and responsive handling in the dry. Cooper’s Wear Square in the center of the tire helps you to monitor how much tread is remaining, letting you know with a quick look when you’re nearing time for a replacement. A 500 treadwear rating combined with a 45,000-mile treadwear protection warranty should ensure plenty of life.

Pros/Tread indicator, high traction, good rain grip
Cons/A performance tire, so expect trade-offs in noise and cold-weather grip

8. Nokian Entyre 2.0

The Nokian Entyre 2.0 is the second generation of the brand’s all-weather tire model. A premium all-season tire, it is designed to offer a smooth and quiet ride with good handling and grip in almost all conditions. It also offers low rolling resistance, which works to help improve fuel economy by requiring less energy to move the tire down the road. Polished grooves help to channel water away from the tire’s tread more quickly. Silent sidewall technology works to help reduce noise when driving by creating a zone of isolation between the tire tread and the wheel and cutting road noise. The impressive treadwear indicators show you quickly and easily every 20% of tire wear, letting you know approximately how long until you’ll need a replacement.

Pros/All-weather traction, noise quieting sidewalls, treadwear indicator
Cons/Doesn't offer the winter traction of it predecessor

9. Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady

The Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady is one of the brand’s latest all-season tires. It uses a soy-based rubber compound that should help make it more sustainable. The tire also has Goodyear’s reactive design tech with evolving traction grooves. The grooves and sipes in the tire change as the tire wears, helping to add traction to a worn tire that would otherwise disappear. Sweeping tread grooves move water from the tread to the tire’s grooves for wet traction while zigzag biting edges increase traction in cold weather and snow. The same tread blocks that adjust as they wear for better traction also bind closely together to improve handling in the dry.

Pros/Evolving traction grooves, severe winter rated
Cons/Despite mountain snowflake logo, still can't match a dedicated winter tire

10. Pirelli P4 Plus

Pirelli’s P4 Four Seasons Plus uses what the company has learned from the previous P4 to make a tire that is even better. Start with a high-silica compound meant to deliver optimal wet weather grip. The rest of the compound is designed to reduce rolling resistance and improve fuel economy. The continuous center rib design is meant to add stability and dry weather grip and confidence. Pirelli also says it helps improve on-center tire feel. An all-new tire casing with twin steel belts that are nylon-wrapped offers a more comfortable and more quiet ride. Pirelli offers a 90,000-mile treadwear warranty on this tire.

Pros/Improved traction wet and dry, strong on-center feel
Cons/Some users report sidewalls easily damaged in impacts

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36 Comments on “Best All Season Tires...”


  • avatar
    Stanley Steamer

    It doesn’t seem the author has done any real world testing here but I have experience with both 1 and 9 and their respective positions should be swapped.

  • avatar
    Nick_515

    Umm, Continental DSW06 (plus) wants a word with you.

    Hello?

    • 0 avatar
      MyNameisGroot

      Indeed. I’ve owned GoodYear, Michelin, Cooper and Continental – and by far, the Continentals are the best.

      • 0 avatar
        tonycd

        I own Conti PureContact high performance all-seasons. Not a big fan of them. Horrible deep snow traction even by the modest standards of the class, and they pound over bumps so coarsely that I initally thought I’d broken my suspension. Even the humble General Altimax performed much better on the same car.

        • 0 avatar
          brn

          tonycd, My previous tires were Continental PureContact. My most recent tires are an updated version of Continental PureContact.

          The previous versions were just about as good as Goodyear Assurance. The new version is clearly better and easily the best tires I’ve ever owned, including Minnesota winters.

          Perhaps it’s the vehicle?

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      These seem to be touring all-seasons, and the DWS06 is in the high-performance all-season category.

      I’m partial to the Michelin A/S 3+, of which I’ve had two sets (including one currently on my old Legend), and they’re the same type of tire.

      • 0 avatar
        Turbo Is Black Magic

        Can confirm the two best all season tires currently on sale are not on this list. Continental DWS 06 plus and the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 4. Just go to tirerack.com to read real test reports.

      • 0 avatar
        Nick_515

        you are of course correct, dal… but I still think the article sort of becomes irrelevant if it sticks to that category too closely.

        DSWs are terrific in wet conditions, which is more important to me than outright snow, on which they’re good for the first half of their life, and merely ok for the second half. This is why i’ve stuck with them. Also, they only cost $120 per in my configuration (245/17″) while the Michelins are 150 per or more. Do you get snow in Seattle?

  • avatar
    bradfa

    Currently, the best tires are the ones you can actually source with reasonably recent date codes when you need them. Lots of scarcity currently, at least around where I live.

    Just this weekend I got one of the last 2 Michelin Premier LTX tires left in NY state to replace a tire that had a nail too close to the sidewall for patching. From listening to other customers’ conversations, I wasn’t the only person who had issues this weekend sourcing tires they wanted/needed.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    I have the Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady on my car and I’m quite pleased with them. Very sure-footed in all weather conditions. Very grippy on dry pavement

  • avatar
    Rick T.

    I have to admit I’m not really keen on literally entrusting my life to something I’ve purchased on eBay.

  • avatar
    ravenuer

    I give a hearty recommendation to the Michelin Defenders. Put a set on my 2010 Rav4 V6. Excellent handling, traction, quiet riding. Being a snowbird, not too much snow experience.

  • avatar
    TCowner

    Regarding the first choice Yokohama, the snow traction is so bad on our Ford Focus the car is basically undrivable in the snow, am planning to replace them before the next winter with only 10K miles on them. However, I have the Continentals on two different vehicles – great tires.

  • avatar
    Brumus

    “While there are tires designed for summer and tires for winter, for many people, the compromise of an all-season tire is a much better choice.”

    If you live in an area with real winters, you are compromising your safety with an all-season (read: no-season) — a terrible decision.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @Brumus – agreed. I get away with running 10 ply winter rated tires on my F150 all year round because there is a decent selection of winter and mud & snow rated tires for pickups.
      I’ve had a set of General Grabber AT4’s, a set of Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac’s, and now as set of Yokahama Geolander GO15’s on my truck. The stock Wrangler SrA’s were junk.
      The General’s were probably the worst of the bunch on ice and wandered in pavement ruts. The Duratrac’s were surprisingly decent on pavement and amazing in mud or deep snow. The Geolander’s are weak in mud but great on ice and ride nicer than the other two.

      • 0 avatar
        Dan

        One of the Ram forums I was on back when I had one used to call those Goodyear SR-As Slide Round Anywheres. Godawful tires, you’d think they’d oiled the road.

        Weird thing to me is, to the naked eye the tread pattern on those Goodyears was a 90% copy of the Michelin MS2 and the 10% that wasn’t was the old MS1. Two tires that you never hear one bad word about.

        The lesson there, I suppose, is that the difference between good tires and bad ones is in the compound which is invisible or a millimeter here and there which is for all intents and purposes invisible too so don’t believe your lying eyes.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          The SR-A’s gave a good ride on dry pavement and worked okay on wet roads but tire life was poor. I had 50,000 km on them and they were shot. Very flat prone. Very poor in mud or off-pavement. They gave my truck a “floaty” feel when the box was loaded.

          I was amazed that the replacement price was on par with any of the better tires on the market. I guess there are suckers that stick with OEM tires.

  • avatar
    slyons

    Treadwear ratings are preposterous. I’ve never successfully gone past ~40k miles on an all season tire, and even that’s a stretch. The trouble is, once they are past half-worn, there’s not enough grip for snow.

    Due to this, we have sworn off all season tires in my household. We swap summer tires and winter tires each season. It ends up being cheaper in the long haul because we aren’t throwing away all season tires that can’t get you out of a snowy parking lot once they are half worn.

  • avatar
    Slawek

    I ordered BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO. These should be good for Summer and Winter driving.

  • avatar
    ttacgreg

    Just go to Consumers Reports, and Tire Rack crowd source ratings. One methodological the other one nonscientific. It’s amazing how often they agree on what tires are the best. Tire Rack’s multiple perfomance categories lets you make choices according to your values. I for one look for the quietest tire with LRR.

  • avatar
    C5 is Alive

    So, we get a tire ad but nothing whatsoever about the new truck unveiled 24 hours ago? Alrighty, then.

  • avatar
    sayahh

    I used to buy Defenders but I haven’t been driving much, so I might get a set of Michelin’s Pilot Sport All Season 4 when my OEM tires wear out.

    • 0 avatar
      golden2husky

      Defenders are fine for those who drive conservatively and are only concerned with maximum tread life. I found them to howl when cornering, and to be a generally disappointing tire. They suck the fun out of driving. For those who enjoy driving, Michelin’s PS4 is a great tire.

      I’d have to say even if you don’t enjoy spirited driving, a tire that has better handling and shorter braking distances is more likely to keep you from an accident. I’d gladly buy new tires every 40K of driving and not have that rear ender that would have been avoided had the car been able to stop six feet shorter. When you drive in heavy traffic all the time, even careful drivers have those occasional close calls…

  • avatar
    focal

    Pilot A/S 4 hands down is the best tire for wet and dry. If the weather is colder, get winters.

  • avatar
    tonycd

    These comments are better than useless, but they’re a grab bag of dissimilar tires. For example, the Michelin Cross Climate is a very capable tire, but it’s more similar to the Vredestein Quatrac Pro than it is to the ride-and-mileage oriented HiTrac. The latter is more like a Michelin Premier or General Altimax. As a result, this is a very incomplete guide even for those shopping in this class. As others said, Tire Rack or Consumer Reports would serve you better.

  • avatar
    eng_alvarado90

    From this list, I can only speak about the Michelin Defenders. My dad has a set in his Escape and they have held up very well.

    Also missing from this list, but I really like the BFG Advantage T/A Sport. Our 2 last sedans have used them and they have very good thread life and dry traction. Wet traction is above average but can’t speak about snow since there’s no snow here.

  • avatar
    Polka King

    Any one of these things is more than adequate for anyone who doesn’t drive like an a’hole. What I want is quiet. Which nobody asks about, nobody measures, and nobody cares. To me it would be the deciding factor because otherwise there really aren’t any bad tires any more.

  • avatar
    gmrn

    Do I spy with my little eye…a WHITEWALL on number 5?
    Hope it’s not ‘shopped in.

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