Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
The warm season for a significant part of motorists means the need to change their cars to summer tires. Having studied the extremely voluminous summer tire market, the specialists have formed a rating of the models that deserve attention to the greatest extent according to one criterion or another. And to begin with, we will describe these very criteria, as well as what should be guided by when choosing.
- How to choose summer tires
- Standard size
- Tread pattern
- Speed index
- Load index
- Frame construction
- Top manufacturers
- Rating of the best summer tires for a car
- Best inexpensive summer tires
- Nokian Tires Nordman SX
- Dunlop SP Sport FM800
- MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4
- Bridgestone Turanza T001
- The best summer tires in terms of price-quality ratio
- Yokohama Geolandar SUV G055
- Kumho Ecsta PS91
- Continental ContiPremiumContact 5
- MICHELIN CrossClimate +
- Toyo Proxes CF2
- Hankook Tire K424 (Optimo ME02)
- The best summer tires for SUVs
- Toyo Open Country M / T
- Michelin Latitude Cross
- Yokohama Geolandar A / T-S G012
- Best Quiet Summer Tires
- Michelin primacy 3
- Bridgestone MY-02 Sporty Style
- Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
- The best summer tires for fuel economy
- Michelin Primacy HP
- Continental ContiEcoContact 5
- The best summer tires for the wet
- Uniroyal RainExpert
- DUNLOP SP SPORT MAXX
- Hankook Tire Ventus V12 evo2 K120
How to choose summer tires
Automobile tires have a whole set of technical and operational characteristics, which together determine the most rational choice, taking into account also the 'external' features, such as driving style, the nature of the road surface, etc. Of all these characteristics, in most cases, the following are decisive :
- standard size;
- tread pattern;
- speed index (directly correlates with road grip);
- load index (bearing capacity);
- frame construction.
This parameter is pretty obvious in terms of choosing the right option. It is determined by the ratio of such indicators as width, height and landing diameter. The latter is quite rigidly tied to the size of the disk, and with the first two, variations are possible when choosing.
With increasing tire width, the contact patch automatically increases and, as a result, grip is improved. It would seem that this is only good, but this automatically implies heavier tires, lower dynamics of the car, increased fuel consumption, deterioration of handling on a bad road. Plus, an increase in the size of the contact patch increases the likelihood of a dangerous aquaplaning effect. Tire widths are usually measured in millimeters.
The general term 'height' refers to the vertical dimension of the profile, which is measured in% of the tire width. Conventional division into low-profile (equal to 55 percent or less), high-profile (from 60 to 75 percent inclusive) and full-profile (from 80 percent) is generally accepted. Full-profile vehicles are used mostly to equip off-road vehicles that have to overcome all the difficulties of country roads. The rest are mainly used on passenger cars.
The situation with the expediency of choosing one or another profile is as follows. There is a direct relationship – with a decrease in the profile, handling improves, but at the same time, the sensitivity of tires to a faulty road increases, up to the threat of damage to disks on especially pronounced flaws in the surface. Accordingly, it makes sense to give preference to the minimum profile only with regular driving almost exclusively on tracks with a predictable flat surface and without any special speed restrictions.
Despite all the seeming 'artistry', this is a completely physical indicator that directly affects a lot of moments, and those, in turn, determine where, when and how it is most expedient and safe to use the selected tires. There are three main types of 'rubber' pattern:
Symmetrical non-directional. This is a kind of classic, the most massive version. Very often, inexpensive tires have just such a tread, and most often it is with this equipment that cars go on sale directly from the factory. Ideal for regular routine city and highway traffic, where coverage characteristics can vary significantly. Such wheels can be swapped without problems.
Symmetrical directional. The main thing for which such a solution is appreciated is the removal of water from the contact patch 'in the blink of an eye', and with everyone being equal, more reliable interaction with the road surface. This is the best option for those who like high speeds, especially on a wet track. There is an important point – tires must be installed exclusively in the direction of rotation of the wheel, otherwise the whole effect is reduced to zero, and driving on a wet road becomes dangerous.
Asymmetric. A versatile option for dry and wet roads. Here the asymmetry is expressed in different patterns on the inside and outside of the tire. One is optimal for dry roads, the other for wet ones. The versatility is also manifested in the fact that such protectors are equally good for station wagons, and for high-speed coupes, and for SUVs. When installing asymmetric tires, you need to be vigilant – you cannot swap them, and the outer and inner sides of the tire are marked Outside and Inside, respectively.
This parameter is indicated by Latin letters, each of which corresponds to the maximum speed that can be safely developed on the corresponding tires. The step of the difference in maximum speed between adjacent indexes (up to index H) is 10 km / h.
The higher the speed index, the better the adhesion to the road surface, due to which this speed is achieved within safe limits. Also, a high speed index automatically means a short braking distance. Such tires are predominantly significantly more expensive than tires with a low speed index. Therefore, if your car has a physical limit of 180 km / h, it makes no sense to buy tires with a higher speed index. Otherwise, it is better not to save money, since the question will already concern not only speed, but also safety.
Another important characteristic that shows the maximum possible safe load that a tire can withstand at a given speed. Quite simply, this is the weight limit per wheel of the vehicle (taking into account the weight of the driver and luggage).
In abbreviated form, the correspondence of the indices to the actual load itself in kilograms per wheel is as follows:
From the data in the table, you can navigate when choosing a specific tire model. The logic is extremely simple – the more and more often you carry passengers and cargo, the higher the load index should be. It should also be chosen taking into account the technical characteristics of the car.
An important parameter according to which tires are divided into diagonal and radial. But the share of the former on the market is rapidly decreasing, and modern models are mostly radial. This circumstance is indicated by the letter R in the tire marking.
In addition, tires can be reinforced, regardless of the basic type. This will be indicated by the C (Cargo) or LT (Light Truck) marking. These tires are used on minivans, compact trucks, and vans.
Now let's take a look at the most prominent tire manufacturers in our rating.
- Dunlop Tires is the oldest tire manufacturer in the world, which still remains respected and reputable, and its products are in stable demand all over the world. The history of the company goes back to the 19th century and is closely connected with the name of no less than the inventor of pneumatic tires, John Boyd Dunlop. The quality of the products is evidenced by the fact that from the beginning of the 50s and almost until the end of the 70s of the 20th century, the company officially supplied tires for Formula-1 racing.
- Nokian Tires is a well-known and respected Finnish company with a history dating back to the 30s of the last century. The progenitor company was then called Suomen Gummitehdas Oy. At the present time, the company's engineers are developing tires for passenger cars and heavy trucks, commercial vehicles and special equipment. Serious emphasis is being placed on the development of enhanced performance tires for extreme climates.
- Michelin is one of the most recognizable French brands and, of course, one of the brightest leaders in the industry. It first entered the market at the end of the 80s of the 19th century. For over 40 years – from 1934 to 1976 – owned the French car manufacturer Citroën. It produces a wide range of products – from bicycle tires to tires for aircraft. Owns dozens of factories in nearly twenty countries.
- Bridgestone Corporation – Despite the distinctly British 'flair' in the name, it is a 100% Japanese company of gigantic proportions. Since its inception in the early 30s of the last century, the company has grown into a multinational corporation with more than 150 factories in 27 countries. The overwhelming majority of the assortment is tires for all kinds of wheeled vehicles from cars to mining vehicles, as well as for aircraft. Among other things, the company owns nine test sites in 7 countries and four technical centers.
- Yokohama Rubber Co. Is another Japanese tire manufacturer. In addition to the main product, it produces high-pressure pipes and hoses, aircraft tires, seals and other related products. First entered the market in 1917. The central office is located in Tokyo, official representations function in the countries of the Arabian Peninsula and Singapore.
- Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. Is the third 'Japanese' in our ranking of manufacturers. The company first entered the market in the early 40s of the last century. Activities are carried out in two main areas: first – the actual car tires; the second – materials for heat and waterproofing during construction and repair work. But the production of tires is still the main direction, which gives more than 70% of the income. Goods are shipped to over a hundred countries around the world.
- Kumho Tire is a tire manufacturer founded in South Korea in the 60s of the last century (under the name Samyang Tire) and is still based there. In recent years, it has been confidently among the twenty largest suppliers of world-class tires. It is part of the Kumho Asiana Group conglomerate along with the 2nd largest national air carrier Asiana Airlines.
- Hankook Tire is another Korean company that has chosen to specialize in the development and production of solid tires for various types of land wheeled vehicles. The history of the company goes back to 1941 to the progenitor company Chosun Tire. Now its representative offices operate in key countries of Western Europe, Turkey and Russia; contains five factories in China (the 6th is planned to be built) and one production in the USA.
- Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is an American company with wide international connections. Founded in 1898 in Akron, Ohio. It produces tires (for cars, racing and trucks, airplanes, agricultural and special transport equipment) and other types of rubber materials, as well as various polymers for industry and the automotive industry.
- Continental AG is a German concern, 'number 1' among European tire manufacturers and 4th place in the world. A huge corporation periodically absorbs enterprises in related areas. For example, in 2007, Continental AG acquired the Siemens VDO Automotive AG division. This automatically ranked the company in the top five of the world's largest manufacturers of automotive components.
- Uniroyal is formally an independent company, but in fact it belongs and operates as a division of the German Continental AG. Produces about 300 million tires per year for trucks, buses, and cars. It specializes in creating the most perfect and safe tires for driving on wet surfaces.
Rating of the best summer tires for a car
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Best inexpensive summer tires||1||Nokian Tires Nordman SX||RUB 3,308|
|2||Dunlop SP Sport FM800||RUB 6,970|
|3||MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4||7 160 rub.|
|4||Bridgestone Turanza T001||RUB 3,941|
|The best summer tires in terms of price-quality ratio||1||Yokohama Geolandar SUV G055||RUB 5,210|
|2||Kumho Ecsta PS91||RUB 8,840|
|3||Continental ContiPremiumContact 5||RUB 3,500|
|4||MICHELIN CrossClimate +||RUB 9,970|
|5||Toyo Proxes CF2||RUB 5,860|
|6||Hankook Tire K424 (Optimo ME02)||RUB 2,580|
|The best summer tires for SUVs||1||Toyo Open Country M / T||8 360 rub.|
|2||Michelin Latitude Cross||RUB 8,750|
|3||Yokohama Geolandar A / T-S G012||RUB 8,440|
|Best Quiet Summer Tires||1||Michelin primacy 3||RUB 6 694|
|2||Bridgestone MY-02 Sporty Style||RUB 3,790|
|3||Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance||RUB 3450|
|The best summer tires for fuel economy||1||Michelin Primacy HP||RUB 10,965|
|2||Continental ContiEcoContact 5||RUB 3,465|
|The best summer tires for the wet||1||Uniroyal RainExpert||RUB 6 480|
|2||DUNLOP SP SPORT MAXX||RUB 8,500|
|3||Hankook Tire Ventus V12 evo2 K120||RUB 7,970|
Best inexpensive summer tires
Now let's go directly to the rating and start our review with summer tires of the most affordable price category.
Nokian Tires Nordman SX
Summer tires of medium class for passenger cars with asymmetric non-directional tread pattern. The size can be selected based on the following parameters: bore diameter – from 13 to 18 inches, profile width – from 155 to 225 mm, height – from 40 to 70%. Speed indices – H, R, T, V, W. Load indices – from 75 to 102 (corresponds to the maximum load on one tire from 387 to 850 kg).
According to the results of a number of independent tests from expert communities and specialized publications, Nokian Tires Nordman SX tires showed very good results in all important parameters, only slightly inferior to premium models.
Summer tires provide high-quality grip on all types of surfaces and in different conditions. Predictable handling on wet pavement, including extreme maneuvering. As for dry asphalt, here the specialists have some questions about handling, ride and directional stability. Testers were divided regarding the speed of the transfer on wet asphalt.
- quiet enough;
- good balancing;
- high adaptation to driving on wet asphalt.
- there are claims to wear resistance.
Dunlop SP Sport FM800
Now let's take a look at asymmetric summer tires from Dunlop, focused on equipping middle-class cars. They were first presented to the public as a bright novelty in the summer of 2016. They replace the LM703 of the same series, significantly improving the performance of the previous generation.
The tires of this model are available in the following dimensions: diameter – from 13 to 18 inches, profile width from 175 to 245 mm, profile height – from 40 to 65%. Speed indexes – H, V, W, Y. Load indexes – from 74 to 102 (maximum per tire – from 387 to 850 kg).
The results of numerous independent tests indicate the stable easy handling of the car on tires of this brand, excellent grip on the road surface of any moisture, special resistance to the occurrence of the aquaplaning effect (due to the lightning-fast displacement of moisture from the contact patch due to the well-defined width of the drainage channels around the circumference) and overall satisfactory ride comfort.
Also, this model is characterized by increased stability and 'obedience' on dry asphalt, achieved due to the stiffness of the shoulder areas. The composition of the rubber compound includes silica of high dispersion, which improves adhesion to wet asphalt and increases the efficiency of fuel consumption.
- reliable adhesion to the road surface;
- effective drainage;
- increased directional stability.
- relatively noisy;
- excessive directional stability at speeds of 110 km / h.
MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4
Asymmetric ultra-high performance summer tires (UHP class) for passenger cars with a sporty 'accent'. This is one of the best models in this category of our rating. They are characterized by exceptional handling and the highest traction properties, combined with exceptional wear resistance, which means an increased service life.
These tires are produced in the following dimensions: 16-22 “in diameter, profile – 205-345 mm in width and 25-55% in height. Speed indices – V, W, Y. Load indices – from 86 to 110 (maximum load per tire – from 530 to 1060 kg).
By incorporating nylon tires and aramid fibers into the rubber compound, the manufacturer was able to achieve exceptional precision in response to minimal steering movements. This also provides outstanding directional stability.
The addition of the aforementioned aramid fiber, with its airy lightness and exceptional durability (five times stronger than steel), gives the tire of this model increased adaptability to different conditions and stability even under increased, prolonged, continuous loads.
In the rubber compound of tires, functional elastomers are optimally combined with fine fractions of silica with hydrophobic properties. This composition, in combination with the shape of the tread grooves (width and depth), guarantees flawless grip and instant water drainage from the contact patch.
- ultra-high performance;
- acceptable rolling resistance;
- low noise;
- increased steering precision;
- sidewall too soft.
Bridgestone Turanza T001
Continuing our rating are Japanese asymmetric summer tires for passenger cars Bridgestone with a wide range of assumptions regarding preferred driving style. The model was first presented to the public in 2012, replacing and improving the already very decent ER300 series with outstanding driving characteristics.
This model is produced in the following dimensions: diameter – from 14 to 19 inches; profile from 185 to 265 mm wide, 40 to 80% high. Speed indices – H, Q, S, T, V, W, Y. Load indices – from 80 to 112 (the upper limit for one tire is from 450 to 1120 kg).
Here, Japanese engineers applied the innovative patented Nano Pro-Tech technology, the essence of which is the optimal distribution of carbon particles in the rubber compound, thereby minimizing intermolecular friction, which means that tire heating and energy losses are significantly reduced.
The shape of the contact patch (more 'flat') prevents uneven wear and the widened annular grooves minimize the risk of aquaplaning. Special resonator grooves are responsible for minimizing noise, providing acoustic comfort for those sitting in the cabin. True, in fairness it should be said that 'sound' is still not the strongest side of this model.
A special feature of this model is its noticeably long runtime. For this, too, we must thank the developers who managed to achieve outstanding balance in terms of uniformity of wear and distribution of pressure.
- wear resistance and strength;
- excellent behavior on wet asphalt;
- keep the road well;
- rigid sidewall.
- wear resistance and strength;
- excellent behavior on wet asphalt;
- keep the road well;
- rigid sidewall.
The best summer tires in terms of price-quality ratio
The next group of products in the rating compiled by experts is the most voluminous. Here our experts have identified as many as six models that can be considered optimal in terms of a combination of cost, technical characteristics, endurance and quality in general.
Yokohama Geolandar SUV G055
Summer tires for medium and small crossovers, city SUVs. The model first entered the market in 2012 and from the very beginning was positioned by the manufacturer as a model with a particularly soft ride, minimal noise and an impressive service life.
These tires are available in the following dimensions: diameter – from 15 to 20 inches, profile width – from 205 to 255 mm, profile height – from 50 to 70%. Speed indices – H, V. Load indices – from 94 to 109 (for one tire maximum from 670 to 1030 kg).
In this model, the manufacturer has placed serious emphasis on environmental friendliness, which in this context directly correlates with high fuel efficiency. It was in the model described that the manufacturer first applied its innovative BlueEarth technology.
Compared to most of the 'green' tires on the market, this model performs noticeably better on wet and abundantly wet surfaces thanks to a special patented rubber compound with the addition of orange oil – a proprietary Yokohama 'trick'.
- resistance to wear;
- environmental friendliness;
- high efficiency of fuel consumption;
- confidently holds the wet road.
- quite noisy in places;
- insufficient traction on the ground.
Kumho Ecsta PS91
A special place in the ranking is occupied by asymmetric tires of the Extreme Performance class, designed for intensive use on supercars (Porsche 911, BMW M6, Audi R8, etc.). According to the manufacturer, the Kumho Ecsta PS91 provides excellent grip on dry and wet roads, good feedback and high cornering stability.
Summer tires are produced in the following dimensions: rim diameter – from 18 to 20 inches, profile width – from 225 to 305 mm, profile height – from 30 to 45%. Speed indices – H, Y. Load indices – from 88 to 107 (maximum from 560 to 975 kg per one tire).
The model was first introduced in 2013 and was immediately noticed by professionals and sophisticated drivers as something special. It has a fairly narrow 'specialization' – focused largely on use on high-speed tracks. Even the tread design with a checkered theme in the design of the sidewalls and images of racing flags speaks of this very eloquently.
Directional asymmetric tread gives exceptional handling stability and high speed performance, even in sharp direction changes. It also provides incredible grip and lightning-fast steering response.
In 2014, these tires were awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award.
- excellent handling;
- exceptional durability.
- excellent handling;
- exceptional durability.
Continental ContiPremiumContact 5
Next in our ranking are asymmetric summer tires targeted at medium-sized passenger cars and larger sports cars. The Continental ContiPremiumContact 5 model is positioned by the developers as a high-performance and maximum safe tire for any summer weather.
The range is represented by the following choice of dimensions: diameter – from 14 to 19 inches, profile width – from 175 to 275 mm, profile height – from 45 to 65%. Speed indices – H, T, V, W, Y. Load indices – from 77 to 112 (from 412 to 1120 kg maximum load per tire).
The manufacturer himself identifies three important positive aspects in this model: perfect grip and highly predictable handling, the shortest possible braking distances on different surfaces, increased driving comfort and low rolling resistance. Numerous independent tests indicate that, in general, these statements are true.
The German tire maker managed to achieve these advantages due to filigree optimized macroblocks in the shoulder sections, innovative three-dimensional edges, a combination of reinforced sides and flexible shoulders. To reduce noise, the engineers provided small Whisper Bars in the shoulder areas.
- excellent grip in dry and wet weather;
- low rolling resistance;
- quiet enough;
- overall high ride comfort.
- no distinct deficiencies were noted.
MICHELIN CrossClimate +
While forming the rating, the specialists paid special attention to this extremely interesting model. This is a symmetrical directional summer tire that is also perfectly adapted to winter weather conditions. The 2017 model is positioned by the manufacturer as an exceptionally safe tire for off-season driving.
The manufacturer offers the following dimensions: landing diameter – from 14 to 18 inches, profile width – from 175 to 245 mm, profile height – from 40 to 70%, speed indices – H, T, V, W, Y. Load indices – from 86 to 104 (max. Load per tire from 530 to 900 kg).
The predecessor of this model was the CrossClimate 'no plus'. It's a decent all-season ride, but it did pretty poorly in summer tire tests. These shortcomings in the CrossClimate + model have been eliminated. The manufacturer claims that this model's dry grip performance is comparable to that of premium tires.
Also, according to official information, CrossClimate + can be safely operated at temperatures up to + 40 ° C and a residual tread depth of less than 4 mm. This value is critical for most summer tire models from other manufacturers.
- excellent behavior on a bad road;
- reliable adhesion to the road surface;
- predictability and exceptional controllability.
- no significant shortcomings are noted.
Toyo Proxes CF2
The next position in this ranking group is the modernized model of comfortable summer tires, first introduced in 2012 as the next generation after the Proxes CF1. Focused on powerful passenger cars with an emphasis on the harmonious combination of high speed, reliability and durability.
Toyo Proxes CF2 are available in the following dimensions: rim – from 13 to 19 inches, profile width – from 165 to 235 mm, profile height – from 40 to 80%. Speed indices – H, S, V, W. Load indices – from 75 to 106 (maximum tire load – from 387 to 950 kg).
This model has been repeatedly tested by independent experts and specialized publications. Almost all of them agreed in high ratings of ride comfort, low noise level, predictability of behavior in a variety of conditions, including extreme ones.
All those qualities that are so highly appreciated by experts are embodied by the developers due to the optimal content of silica in the rubber compound, the balanced tread design, the deeply thought-out design of the bead zones of the tire in combination with a steel belt layer.
Experts recommend this model for both experienced drivers and beginners.
- wear resistance;
- predictable behavior in difficult conditions.
- a noticeable percentage of complaints about increased noise.
Hankook Tire K424 (Optimo ME02)
And completing this rating group are summer tires from Hankook Tire, which in another nomenclature classification is called Optimo ME02. It is focused on passenger cars and driving in the summer season. The manufacturer emphasizes high performance on asphalt of any humidity, as well as pleasant driving with a minimum noise level.
Available in the following dimensions: diameter – from 13 to 16 inches, profile width – from 175 to 235 mm, profile height – from 55 to 70%. Speed limit index – H (up to 210 km per hour). Bearing capacity indices – from 80 to 100 (from 450 to 800 kg per tire).
The manufacturer's specialists have thought deeply about the nature of the tread pattern in order to provide predictability and safety at high speeds in any weather. This was achieved by a combination of a V-shaped texture of the central zone and 4 extended longitudinal grooves – in case of a sudden collision with a puddle, water is drained away with lightning speed.
The shoulder area is also well thought out – a dense texture is made up of alternating rigid sections and transverse narrowed grooves. This increases the confidence of entering corners at high speeds, and at the same time minimizes the likelihood of damage to tire integrity when entering a hole or hitting a curb.
- effective drainage;
- low noise;
- high-quality adhesion to asphalt in any weather;
- high directional stability.
- too soft, weak sidewall.
The best summer tires for SUVs
Further in the rating from our specialists offer a selection of the best, in their opinion, tires for SUVs. The review includes three models from Toyo Tire & Rubber, Michelin and Yokohama Rubber.
Toyo Open Country M / T
The group opens with real 'all-terrain' summer tires for fitting full-size pickups and SUVs. They were first presented back in 2008, but the model turned out to be so successful that the manufacturer still produces it. They are characterized by exceptional flotation in a wide variety of conditions, as well as other important performance characteristics.
The following dimensions are offered: fit diameter – from 15 to 22 inches, profile width – from 225 to 325 mm, profile height – from 45 to 85%. Maximum speed indices – P, Q. Bearing capacity indices – from 108 to 128 (maximum load per tire – from 1000 to 1800 kg).
The tread has a characteristic aggressive design, the elements of which fulfill both a functional and aesthetic role. The cleverly positioned hook blocks provide a secure grip on rough terrain while ensuring acceptable performance on normal, level road surfaces.
Three-layer construction with raised flanges for durability and increased load capacity.
- extremely durable sidewall;
- quiet enough;
- good permeability in mud;
- very well off track.
- no pronounced shortcomings were noticed.
Michelin Latitude Cross
The second position in this rating group is tires manufactured by Michelin. This model is characterized by excellent flotation thanks to the Mud Catcher tread property. In the shoulder area, the tires take on an aggressive design note with the formation of a set of cutting edges, due to which the tire shows outstanding traction properties on almost any surface.
These tires are produced in the following dimensions: diameter – from 15 to 18 inches, profile width – from 185 to 285 mm, profile height – from 50 to 85%. Speed indices – H, S, T. Load indices – from 92 to 120 (maximum tire load – from 630 to 1400 kg).
When creating summer tires of this brand, Michelin uses a special rubber compound, which is produced with elements of the same technologies that are used to make tires for wheeled earth-moving equipment. Tires are capable of effectively self-cleaning from small and medium stones.
Michelin Latitude Cross developers have paid great attention to trying to minimize tire noise. The special curvature of the tread blocks and the characteristic tread pattern of the Silent Tread were aimed at this. However, according to the results of numerous tests, it must be admitted that the noise level is not the strongest point of the Michelin Latitude Cross.
- durable and reliable;
- excellent grip on the road surface;
- wear resistance.
- noticeably noisy.
Yokohama Geolandar A / T-S G012
The top three summer SUV tires in the ranking are Japanese tires from Yokohama Rubber. The model is part of the widespread AT universal tire category. Having entered the market, these tires naturally replaced the super popular but outdated Geolandar A / T (G011) model, which had been in stable demand for about 10 years.
The range includes the following dimensions: diameter – from 15 to 20 inches, profile width – from 175 to 325 mm, profile height – from 45 to 85%. Maximum speed indices – H, L, Q, R, S, T. Load indices – from 90 to 131 (maximum load per tire – from 600 to 1950 kg).
In Yokohama Geolandar A / T-S G012, the famous Japanese manufacturer has introduced a special all-terrain tread. It achieves an optimal balance of rubber softness, giving excellent grip and acoustic comfort when driving on an asphalt road, and at the same time a decent grip when passing a 'hard' dirt road. However, this rubber should not be overestimated too much, since it is still not quite suitable for extreme driving.
The rest of the model's characteristics are very good. Optimized tread blocks – stepped sides in two directions (DAN2 technology). Small grooves have a 3D structure of mating planes, the technology of rounded blocks is applied to reduce noise.
- wear resistance;
- can be installed on light trucks;
- excellent self-cleaning in mud.
- the declared reinforced sidewall does not quite live up to expectations.
Best Quiet Summer Tires
While compiling the rating, the experts singled out three tires in a separate group, in which, in their opinion, the manufacturers managed to achieve the minimum noise level. These three models – Michelin primacy 3 , Bridgestone MY-02 Sporty Style and Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance – are suitable for those drivers who place great importance on acoustic driving comfort.
Michelin primacy 3
These are comfortable car tires with an asymmetric tread design, designed for passenger cars and optimized for city driving. The model was first introduced in 2011, replacing the Michelin Primacy HP. At the same time, the latter have not lost their relevance due to other noticeable advantages.
The assortment is presented in the following dimensions: diameter – from 16 to 20 inches, profile width – from 185 to 315 mm, profile height – from 35 to 65%. Maximum speed indices – H, V, W, Y. Bearing capacity indices – from 83 to 104 (max. Tire load – from 478 to 900 kg).
Summer tires combine reliable grip in all weather conditions, decent wear resistance and low rolling resistance.
The developers managed to achieve high characteristics through the use of striking innovations and an improved composition of the rubber compound, which is based on a combination of three elastomers, a strengthening agent based on silica and a synthetic plasticizer.
The increased contact patch area maximizes efficiency in extreme maneuvering. To optimize contact with the road under increased load, special Lock-sipes with a thickness of 0.2 mm have been introduced into the tread design. When the tire rolls, they close, which increases the rigidity of the tread blocks and prevents their deformation in the contact patch.
- well 'swallows' irregularities;
- holds the road securely;
- confident braking on asphalt of any moisture.
- relatively fast wear.
Bridgestone MY-02 Sporty Style
The second position in this rating group is summer tires for medium and small cars with a sporty accent. Actually, sports 'specialization' is emphasized already in the very nomenclature of the model.
This model is produced in the following dimensions: diameter – from 13 to 18 inches, profile width – from 175 to 235 mm, profile height – from 40 to 70%. Speed indices – H, V, W. Load indices – from 82 to 95 (maximum tire load – from 475 to 690 kg).
The manufacturer himself positions this model as a universal tire for tuning. However, willingly or unwillingly, its main advantage turned out to be noiselessness, as evidenced by numerous reviews of motorists and independent tests.
The tire construction is a real achievement and pride of the Japanese manufacturer. It is called the Flat Contact Parch and is characterized by its distinctively square shoulders. This solution prevents the tires from deforming when cornering, thereby preventing uneven wear. The reinforced frame is of no small importance, preventing irreversible damage.
In the design of the shoulder part, the technique of paired blocks is used – the idea is quite standard and widespread, but extremely effective. Thus, the shoulder gets the necessary stiffness and more responsive to steering.
- perfectly balanced;
- bumps comfortably;
- strong sidewall;
- practically not subject to aquaplaning.
- faulty handling.
Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
The Goodyear model closes this rating group – a summer tire with an asymmetric tread. It entered the market in 2013, replacing the 'regular' Goodyear EfficientGrip. The manufacturer's intention in this case was to increase efficiency, but low noise turned out to be a concomitant effect, for which motorists appreciate this model.
The manufacturer offers the following dimensions: diameter – from 14 to 20 inches, profile width – from 185 to 245 mm, profile height – from 40 to 65%. Maximum speed indices – H, V, W, Y. Bearing capacity indices – from 80 to 102 (maximum load per tire – from 450 to 850 kg).
The key characteristics of the model, in addition to the already mentioned low noise, are high coupling properties and confident braking on wet asphalt, ease of rotation, fuel efficiency.
It uses the proprietary technology Goodyear ActiveBraking – active braking, giving the driver exceptional confidence while driving. Its essence lies in a special three-dimensional design of the tread blocks to increase contact between the tire and the road during a sharp brake application, as a result of which a shorter braking distance is provided in all weather conditions.
- optimal softness;
- shortest braking distance
- economical use of fuel.
- easily prone to punctures – a 'side effect' of exceptional softness.
The best summer tires for fuel economy
Now, within the framework of the rating proposed by specialists, we will pay attention to the tires that are optimal for those drivers who value the maximum economy in terms of fuel efficiency, which directly correlates with minimizing environmental impact.
Michelin Primacy HP
It is a high-speed rubber of the 'Comfort' tire. As the main advantage of the model, the manufacturer himself emphasizes the 'phenomenal handling on wet road surfaces', as well as a noticeably increased operating mileage.
Summer tires are on sale in the following dimensions: diameter – from 15 to 20 inches; profile with width from 195 to 275 mm, height – from 35 to 60%. Maximum speed indices – H, S, V, W, Y. Load indices – from 84 to 103 (maximum tire load – from 500 to 875 kg).
The aforementioned increased (up to 25%) service life by French engineers was achieved due to a uniform redistribution of pressure on the working surface in combination with an improved rubber compound.
The large contact patch area and the optimally coordinated operation of each functional tread segment provide excellent traction and minimum braking distances. The innovative ASM technology gives excellent performance during active and high-speed maneuvering in conditions of fairly dense traffic, and also helps to maintain the car's directional stability during sharp turns.
- excellent handling;
- wear resistance;
- quiet enough.
- subject to aquaplaning at high speeds.
Continental ContiEcoContact 5
The second economical model in our ranking is German summer tires from Continental AG. Here the German tire makers decided to make a high-quality and noticeable leap, so the engineers had to improve almost everything – the carcass, rubber compound, profile and tread texture.
I must say that the developers managed to implement the task, if not revolutionary, then more than noticeably. So, in comparison with the previous generation, in this model, with a shorter braking distance, rolling resistance is reduced by 20% and mileage is increased by 12%. This, as well as a number of other improvements, gives a lower fuel consumption by three percent or more, depending on conditions and driving style.
The manufacturer offers the following dimensions of this model: landing diameter – from 13 to 20 inches, profile width – from 165 to 245 mm, profile height – from 45 to 70%. Maximum speed indices – H, T, V, W, Y. Load indices – from 77 to 107 (maximum tire load – from 412 to 975 kg).
- smooth running;
- excellent handling on surfaces of any moisture;
- quiet enough;
- wear resistance.
- weak sidewall.
The best summer tires for the wet
Finally, at the end of our rating-review, we will consider the three models of summer tires, the characteristics of which, according to experts, are best suited for safe driving on wet roads.
This summer passenger tire is recognized by many experts as one of the brightest and most successful ideas of a respected manufacturer to develop and launch a series of a unique rain tire with outstanding performance while maintaining an affordable price in this class.
The assortment is presented in the following dimensions: diameter – from 13 to 18 inches, profile width – from 145 to 255 mm, profile height – from 50 to 80%. Maximum speed indices – H, T, V, W. Bearing capacity (load) indices – from 71 to 112 (maximum load per tire – from 345 to 1120 kg).
The tread pattern of this model is characteristic for the vast majority of rain tires – V-shaped directional, symmetrical. Also, these tires are characterized by an increased contact patch area, which directly positively affects road grip and stability when maneuvering. For rapid acceleration, the sharp edges of the many blocks in the shoulder areas and the central part of the tire are responsible.
In the center there is a longitudinal rib without breaks along the entire length. A characteristic feature of this element is the wavy shape of the edges, which contributes to the maximum rate of water drainage from the contact patch. In addition, such a profile of the central rib significantly reduces the level of resonant noise and vibration while driving.
- holds the road well;
- low noise level;
- practically not subject to aquaplaning.
- does not like the rut.
DUNLOP SP SPORT MAXX
The second place in the final part of the rating is taken by the summer tire DUNLOP SP SPORT MAXX, first presented to the public back in 2004, but it turned out to be successful enough not to lose its relevance to this day.
The choice of dimensions for this tire model is as follows: rim diameter – from 15 to 23 inches, profile width – from 195 to 325 mm, profile height – from 25 to 60%. Maximum speed indices – H, J, V, W, Y, Z / ZR. Load indices – from 82 to 114 (maximum load per tire – from 475 to 1180 kg).
The unidirectional multi-radius tread, combined with twin grooves, removes water from the contact patch quickly and efficiently. A separate center track has been introduced to improve dry traction and steering precision.
Heading stability is achieved through a flangeless hybrid cage that provides maximum fit and optimal contact patch, regardless of road conditions.
The composition of the innovative rubber compound for automobile rubber DUNLOP SP SPORT MAXX includes nanosilicon with an exceptionally hard structure, which significantly increases its strength, and also improves grip on asphalt.
- not noisy;
- excellent road holding on a straight line and in bends.
- weak sidewall.
Hankook Tire Ventus V12 evo2 K120
Rounding out the group of rain tires in the summer tire rating is a very interesting 'Korean' – Hankook Tire Ventus V12 evo2 K120. This model is aimed at fans of high speeds and cars that can safely develop this very speed. It was first introduced to the general public at the 2013 SEMA Motor Show as an evolution of the V12 Evo.
Dimension options are as follows: diameter – from 15 to 21 inches, profile width – from 195 to 325 mm, profile height – from 30 to 60%. Maximum speed indices – V, W, Y. Bearing capacity (load) indices – from 81 to 105 (maximum load on one tire – from 462 to 925 kg).
Summer tires of this model allow you to use all the capabilities of the car on the track, without sacrificing directional stability and driving safety. The reinforced cord and the special tread shape of the products provide impeccable handling, which has been proven in tests on the Sepang race track.
- holds the road well;
- strong cord;
- no rim protection.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.