Each year Consumer Reports polls their readers as to what kind of tires they prefer, then they put those tires through a rigorous battery of tests to determine which one is best in a variety of categories from all-season to dedicated winter/snow tires. The results found Michelin taking a number of the categories and Cooper beating out Nokian in the winter tire market.
Michelin’s new CrossClimate+ took nine categories with a total of 75 points to be crowned the top performance all-season tire. According to Michelin the CrossClimate+ offers the best of both summer and winter tires, negating the need to change out your tires twice a year. The CrossClimate+ allows for shorter stopping distance in wet and dry weather in the summer, and enhanced mobility and safety in wintery conditions. Coming in second place with 71 total points was the Continental PureContact LS.
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+
The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ took the top spot for ultra high performance all-season tire with 78 points. According to consumer Reports, the Pilot Sport A/S 3+ scored only average marks in three categories and “fair” in rolling resistance, which is a difficult aspect to balance when designing a UHP tire, but made up for this by achieving superior marks in overall handling and braking distance. The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ also scored well for hydroplaning resistance and wet braking. Second place in the UHP category was a tie between the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 and Pirelli P Zero All-Season Plus.
Cooper Discoverer True North
The Cooper Discoverer True North narrowly defeated competitors from Hankook, Continental, Michelin and Nokian. The Discoverer True North scored 70 points thanks to a strong showing in the snow traction, ice braking and ride comfort categories.
All Weather Tires
This was the first year Consumer Reports tested all-weather tires, of which the Michelin CrossClimate+ also scored the most points, followed by the Goodyear Assurance WeatherRead and the Nokian WRG4.