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All-Season Tire Reviews
All-Season-Tire Performance Reviews
All-season tire reviews by consumers and experts alike focus on overall performance and government ratings. The most important aspects of tire performance are those that contribute to the safety of a vehicle.
Overall Performance and Traction.The General Altimax RT has the best grip of any all-season tire ever owned by a user who posted a review at retail site Treadepot.com. Other users posting all-season tire reviews on the site admire the traction of the General Altimax RT, especially on dry pavement. Falken SN211 tires stick to the ground and keep the car very steady when turning, according to a user at Vulcan Tire Sales. Compare that to the comments of a driver at Tyre Reviews was sufficiently wowed by the Falken SN211 tires and how they handle curves to buy the same tires again whenever they need replacing.
In contrast to the rest of our picks, the Goodyear Wrangler ST, is called risky or dangerous by testers. According to a user on Tire Rack, the tire can't handle abrupt turns or acceleration, much less rain or winter weather. Drivers posting all-season tire reviews on Epinions report blowouts with no indication of wear on the tires.
Wet Weather Traction.General Altimax RT tires, the best all-season tires on our list, perform well in the rain, according to tire reviews at Treadepot.com. In a side-by-side comparison test of all-season tires Tire Rack found they topped household names with their handling and grip on wet roads. At 1010tires.com, which compiles user reviews, a driver says the tires have no trouble gripping the road even in a downpour. Another user cautions that's not the case on icy roads; however, drivers comparing tires at Tire Rack say the General Altimax RT performs well in all types of winter driving conditions.
The almost entirely positive reviews of the Falken SN211, also among the best all-season tires we researched, don't often mention how it handles in wet weather. A driver comments in a review at AudioKarma.org, however, that Falken SN211 tires maintain a solid grip on the road in light rain. The Nankang XR-611 wins praise for performing well even in the snow from a driver at retail site Discounttires.com.
The Goodyear Wrangler ST, on the other hand, is panned in reviews compared with other all-season tires. A driver comments on Tire Rack that the tire feels unsafe in the rain and a driver who posted an all-season tire review at 1010tires.com reports that it's worse in the winter than any other tire the user has had.
Noise and Comfort.The all-season General Altimax RTs receive high praise for providing a quiet, soft, comfortable ride in reviews at Tire Rack, Treadepot.com, and 1010tires.com. Likewise, the noise level of the Falken SN211 impresses drivers posting best tires reviews at online retailer Vulcan Tire Sales. One user at AudioKarma.org reports that the Falken SN211 isn't noisy even at 75 mph.
The Goodyear Wrangler ST garners praise for comfort and noise level but nothing else in a user review at Tire Rack. The tires started squealing on turns and at stop signs at about 5,000 miles, the driver says. By 15,000 miles, they behaved as if they were almost bald, prompting the driver to use four-wheel drive to accelerate from a full stop and keep from fishtailing in wet weather. Other drivers posting all-season tire reviews on Tire Rack also qualify compliments on noise and comfort with warnings about the tires' life span and traction.
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