Best all Season tires for minivan

Top Pick Tires for 2016 - Consumer Reports

Tires are a vital part of car safety, handling, and even fuel economy. Their importance can’t be overstated. After all, tires are the only part of the vehicle that touches the road. But for shoppers, it can be difficult to parse through marketing claims in order to find the model that best addresses your needs and budget.

To help our readers make informed decisions, we put more than 150 tire models through a battery of tests, including braking, handling, hydroplaning resistance, winter traction, ride comfort, and rolling resistance—a factor for fuel economy. We also evaluate how long a tire wears, by driving on them day and night for up to 16, 000 miles apiece in rural Texas. The testing is so extensive, it takes us a full year to evaluate each major group.

In the end, we have the data that allows us to separate the best from the worst, with detailed insights into how each model performs across a broad series of characteristics, such as wet versus dry braking. Below, we highlight the standout model in each major category.

To find the best tire for your car, SUV, or truck, see our complete tire buying guide and Ratings. And check our tire brand pages for Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper, Firestone, Goodyear, Michelin, Nitto, Pirelli, Toyo, and Yokohama.

A common fitment on many new cars and trucks, traditional all-season tires offer a good blend of all-weather grip, secure handling, a quiet, smooth ride, and long tread life. All tested models in this class were T-speed rated (118 mph). These are popular choices for older cars.

Top Pick: The Michelin Defender proved to be the best overall tire among 16 tested models, offering solid all-season grip and crisp handling. Plus, based on our experience, you could expect long tread life up to 90, 000 miles.

Top Pick: The Continental PureContact has impressive dry and wet braking, handling, and hydroplaning resistance. Plus, this tire provides very good tread life, although not the best in class.

Ultra-high-performance tires have a speed rating above 149 mph, and come in sizes to fit sports coupes and sedans. The UHP Summer tires deliver the ultimate in dry/wet handling and grip, but they are not suited to cold weather.

Top Pick: The Pirelli P Zero delivers outstanding dry and wet stopping and handling attributes. Typical of many summer tires, tread life is just fair, though some runner-ups wear longer.

Top Pick: Michelin's LTX M/S2 offers an impressive balance of four-season grip with very good snow traction, a quiet and smooth ride, and excellent tread life.

Bridgestone Bridgestone B380 RFT All-Season Radial Tire - 225/60R17 98T
Automotive Parts and Accessories (Bridgestone)
  • All-season tire designed for Toyota Sienna minivans
  • Run-flat mobility in the event of a puncture
  • Special tread compound for year-round traction even in light snow
  • Symmetrical tread block design
  • Four grooves for efficient water evacuation
Michelin Michelin Defender All-Season Radial Tire - 215/65R16 98T
Automotive Parts and Accessories (Michelin)
  • MaxTouch ConstructionTM combined with the interlocking action of Michelin s Breakthrough IntelliSipeTM technology delivers impressively long wear life by providing...
  • Exceptional grip provided by IntelliSipe TechnologyTM maximizes the number of sipes within the tire, which allows you to brake confidently when you need to most...
  • The interlocking action of IntelliSipesTM creates a more rigid tread block, which allows for a reduced starting tread depth leading to lower rolling resistance so...

Related posts: