Best All-Season Tires
"Jack of all trades, master of none." This is the perfect description of modern all-season tires, which promise to offer reliable performance year-round. Unlike what their name implies, all-season tires are heavily biased towards dry and wet road conditions, sacrificing winter traction for longer tread life. With a few notable exceptions, drivers who deal with snow, ice, and slush in the winter months are better off equipping winter tires.
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ Performance All-Season Radial Tire
Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 All-Season Radial Tire
Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 Performance Radial Tire
Michelin Latitude Tour HP Tire
Nokian WRG3 All Season Tires
The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ offers some of the top performance available from an all-season tire, with impressive grip and handling on both wet and dry surfaces. Consistently ranking high among professionals and consumers alike, these tires feature Michelin’s Helio+ Technology with adds sunflower oil and Extreme Silica Technology to increase traction at low temperatures and wet surfaces. Although these tires aren’t suited for more than occasional light snow, they are an excellent choice and our overall pick.
An excellent all-around, all-season tire. Continental’s DWS (Dry, Wet, and Snow) tires feature QuickView indicators to help quickly inform the owner the tread depth and its appropriate road condition grip. When the "S" in "DWS" is worn out, the tread is no longer sufficient for grip in snowy conditions. The ExtremeContact DWS 06 offers low rolling resistance for increased mileage, long tread life, and the price point isn’t too bad, either.
The Hankook S1 noble 2 offer a tremendous amount of performance for a relatively low price, making them a great choice for a high performance all-season tire. These tires prioritize handling and cornering traction over winter performance, so they are not meant to be driven in anything more than light snow. However, both wet and dry surface grip is very good.
The Hankook S1 noble 2 offer a relatively long tread life while being relatively low on road noise and offers a comfortable, quality ride. The blend of handling, stability, long tread life, and all-weather traction make the Hankook S1 noble 2 all-season tires an excellent and affordable high performance option.
Michelin is well known for their quality tires, ranging from high-performance summer tires to excellent winter tires. Clearly, they are also capable of providing everything in between. The Michelin Latitude Tour HP all-season tires are used as original equipment on BMW and Porsche SUVs, serving as testament to their performance capabilities.
These tires are excellent overall, with good handling in both wet and dry conditions. You can expect low levels of road noise, as well as a smooth ride. Like most all-season tires, the Michelin Latitude Tour HP does not perform as well in ice and snow. For use the rest of the year or for in areas where winters are mild, these tires are an excellent choice if you want good grip and sporty handling characteristics.
Nokian WRG3 All Season Tires
Nokian isn’t a well-known brand in North America, but they manufacture of some of the best winter tires for the harshest conditions in the world. This Finland-based company makes the WRG3, which is ostensibly the closest you can come to a real all-weather tire. That's right, the Nokian WRG3 is technically an all-season tire, but they perform better than many dedicated winter tires on the market.
Although these tires won’t deliver the same driving performance as dedicated summer tires, they offer a surprising level of high-speed handling and very little of the tread squirm associated with winter tires. Winter performance doesn’t match up to the dedicated winter tires from Nokian, but the WRG3 offers overall a good amount of grip in winter conditions.
The ride is firm but smooth, and road noise is reasonably low. While these tires won't win any awards for objective performance in any season, they offer excellent all-around traction and handling with enough of a winter bias to make them suitable for all-year use.