The Premier A/S uses new technology from Michelin for increased driving control in all weather conditions, even as the tire wears. These tires grip extremely well on both wet and dry roads, even when the tire is worn. This is one of the few tires that nearly matches its dry stopping distance when in the wet.
The Premier A/S also offers excellent hydroplaning resistance, with good handling and a smooth, quiet ride in most conditions. These tires exhibit exceptional tread life, with their low rolling resistance helping to contribute to better fuel economy overall. They’re decent on snow and ice, although a dedicated winter tire is always the best choice. If you're willing to pay extra for a tire that does everything extremely well, the Michelin Premier A/S should be a top choice.
Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tire
The Michelin Primacy MXV4 works so well that you begin to wonder why it isn't factory-issue equipment to begin with. This class of car is designed to be a comfortable, efficient family car, and the Primacy MXV4 highlights these characteristics.
These tires give the car sure-footed traction in better conditions, and allows the car to remain drivable when Mother Nature catches you off guard. Certain sizes come with Michelin's Green X label, which indicates low rolling resistance for better efficiency.
High-traction tires are generally harder-riding and noisier than the rest, but the Primacy MXV4 remains quiet and compliant, even over bad road surfaces. Although you may be turned off by the higher price tag, it's important to weigh the abilities and tread life of the Michelin Primacy MXV4 before writing it off too quickly.
General Altimax HP Tire
The tread pattern of the General Altimax HP may lead drivers to believe that this is a summer-only tire, but it’s suitable for mild winter usage as well. That's not the only trick that the Altimax HP packs as there are visual indicators everywhere which indicate how the tread is wearing.
For example, a quick glance at the misalignment indicators on the shoulder blocks can show a driver whether an alignment is needed. Also, the center rib is engraved with a 'REPLACEMENT TIRE INDICATOR' which then wears down to 'REPLACETIRE' when the tread is worn out.
The Altimax HP grips well in both dry and wet conditions, and provides a plush, quiet ride. To top it all off, the General Altimax HP is one of the most affordable tires in its class.
The Continental ProContact EcoPlus all-season tires are designed to provide all-around performance while improving fuel economy due to their low rolling resistance and lighter weight. Although users report mixed results, these tires are nonetheless excellent tires overall.
The ProContact EcoPlus tires offer a quiet and comfortable ride, with confidence-inspiring handling in most weather conditions. Like any all-season tire, these are not nearly as capable of handling winter conditions as a dedicated winter tire, but in both wet and dry conditions they offer good steering response and traction. Tread life is also excellent, resulting in an overall solid tire that is good for general-purpose use.
Nokian WRG3 All Season Tires
Nokian is not yet a well-known brand in North America, but they are the manufacturers of some of the best winter tires for the harshest winter 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. These tires will not deliver the same sort of summer driving performance as dedicated summer tires. However, 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.