Automobile Tires Ratings and Car Tires Comparison
Welcome to The Tire Reviewer. This site reviews some of the most popular tires on the market, giving you the ability to make an informed decision. A new set of tires is one of the more expensive vehicle purchases you’ll make. Furthermore, many people find it confusing to determine which type of tire they should buy. There are a lot of factors to consider, including location, climate, driving habits, and the type of car you own. Choosing the right set of tires could lead to improved fuel economy and better stopping and handling. With all this to consider, it’s no wonder that this subject is confusing. However, there’s no need to worry, as The Tire Reviewer provides in-depth tire reviews that tell you everything you need to know.
Our reviews are broken down into easy-to-read sections, letting you scan the article to only find out what you want to know. Each review explains how the tire performs, offers warranty information, describes unique features, shows tire sizes, and reveals how the tire compares to others in its class.
Instead of scanning across the Internet for snippets of information about a particular tire, find everything you need here. You’ll see the best tire reviews on every major brand name, in addition to reviews about less-popular products that are often less expensive while offering the same or higher level of performance.
This site is still growing. Over time you’ll see articles on many other automotive-related topics, such as accessories and wheel and tire cleaning products. We’re also planning on bringing you informative articles about some of the more common car maintenance topics, so bookmark our site and check in frequently as you’ll often find something new.
To make it easy on you, browse below to find our top-rated tires and top-10 articles.
Which Tire Brand is the Best?
The best tire brand depends on the type of car you have, your budget, and what you want the tire to accomplish. The best quality tires for a pickup truck probably aren’t what you’re looking for if you have a high-end performance car. Our tire reviews are listed below in manner that helps you find the best brand of tires for your needs. We won’t bother you with the worst tire brands on the market; you can rest assured that all tires we review are high-quality products, so you won’t have to worry about sorting through our reviews to find the tire brands to avoid.
Best All-Season Tires
If we had to choose one all-season tire to recommend, it would be the Ecopia EP422 Plus. Read our review here.
Some Common Tire Questions
Have you ever wondered if the tires on your car are affecting how much money you’re paying at the gas pump? Well, wonder no more, as we have the answer for you.
Have any other tire questions or looking for useful how-to guides? We’ve got you covered.
Top 10 Tire Brands and Detailed Tire Reviews and Ratings
Find the best tires from your favorite manufacturers by clicking on the company’s name below:
I know this isn’t a list of 10 tire brands, but as I mentioned earlier, this site is a work in progress. You’ll very soon see more brands in this with many more tire reviews for you to read.
How Do Tire Speed Ratings Work?
As you might guess from the name, tire speed ratings explain the maximum speed that a tire can safely be driven at before the tire doesn’t perform as expected. However, the maximum speed rating doesn’t mean that the car can or should be driven at the max rate speed, especially in bad weather or road conditions.
For example, a tire with a V speed rating can function at a maximum of 149 miles per hour before the tire would not perform like it was designed to. In the past V rated tires were the highest rated tires available, but now, there are some tires that can function at even higher speeds. Back when the speed rating V was the highest available, a tire with a V speed rating used to be a tire that could function at 149 miles per hour or more, although now that there are higher ratings, a V-rated tire has a maximum speed of 149 mph.
Let’s look at the difference between some of the more common tire speed ratings.
Tire Speed Rating H vs V
A tire with an H speed rating has a max speed of 130 mph (210 kilometers per hour), and a tire with a V speed rating has a max speed of 149 mph (240 kph). One interesting fact about the H speed rating is that that “H” used to stand for “high performance”, and this tire used to commonly be found on sports coupes and sedans. Nowadays, there are multiple speed ratings with much higher max speeds.
Tire Speed Rating H vs T
A tire with speed rating T has a maximum speed of 118 mph (190 kph), versus the 130 mph (210 kph) maximum speed of a tire with speed rating H. T-rated tires are commonly found on minivans and family sedans.
Tire Ratings Chart (Or Tyre Speed Rating Chart for Our Non-US Friends)
If you’ve ever found yourself asking what is the H or V rating on tires, then this chart is for you.
|Tire speed rating||Maximum speed||Suitable for…|
|L||75 MPH||Suitable for off-road vehicles and light trucks|
|M||81 MPH||Works fine as a temporary spare tire|
|N||87 MPH||Works fine as temporary spare tires|
|Q||99 MPH||Good for 4×4 vehicles in winter|
|R||106 MPH||Fine for heavy-duty light trucks|
|S||112 MPH||Use on vans or family sedans|
|T||118 MPH||Use on vans or family sedans|
|U||124 MPH||Acceptable for coupes and sedans|
|H||130 MPH||Often found on sports sedans and coupes|
|V||149 MPH||Found on sports cars|
|Z||149+ MPH||Found on sports cars|
|W||168 MPH||Generally found on high-end sports cars|
|Y||186 MPH||Generally found on high-end sports cars|
When Z-speed rated tires first came out, it was believed that this would be the highest tire speed rating required. While Z-rated tires can handle speeds above 149 mph, it’s not specific about the maximum speed that the tire can handle. This is why the “W” and “Y” ratings were introduced. Many tires that have a W or Y speed rating will also have “Z” in the service description, look for the other letter (W or Y) to find the maximum speed.
Sometimes, you’ll see a Y-speed rating on a tire that’s enclosed with parentheses, and this indicates that the tire has been tested to function at a top speed above 186 mph.
Tire UTQG System
Although the UTQG system was created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it’s actually the manufacturers who test and rate their tires. This means that the tire ratings are relative to the manufacturer. Because of this, it’s recommended to only compare ratings from the same manufacturer or else you may be misled. The UTQG system rates tires in three categories: traction, tread wear, and temperature.
Tire Traction Rating
Under this system, the tire traction rating determines the ability of the tire stop on a wet, straight surface, assuming controlled conditions. The rating is shown in letterform. In the order of lowest to highest, the ratings are C, B, A, and AA. This rating doesn’t take into cornering or handling under wet conditions, and the rating also doesn’t test traction in snow or ice.
Tire Wear Rating
This numerical rating estimates a tire’s longevity. It doesn’t estimate tread life or expected mileage. The rating is compared to a reference tire with a 100 score. This means a tire with a 600 rating should last twice as long a tire with a 300 rating, and a tire with a 400 score would last twice as long as a tire with a 200 score. Again, these ratings are specific to each manufacturer, so we recommend that you only compare scores from the same manufacturer. It’s also important to remember that tread life is affected by your driving habits, road conditions, air pressure, and climate, so the ratings aren’t 100 percent accurate.
Tire Temperature Rating
This rating judges a tire’s ability to dissipate heat under controlled operating conditions and resistant to heat buildup, assuming that the tire is at the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure. There are three possible scores: A, B, and C. A is the best rating, and C is the worst. Federal safety standards require that all tires have at least a C rating, however, this doesn’t mean that a tire with a C rating is bad or dangerous. A C-rated tire is perfectly safe to use. Even if you’re using a tire with an A score, it’s important to remember that outside factors, such as making sure that your tire isn’t overloaded and is at the recommended air pressure, play an important role in lowering heat buildup.
What Does Tire Load Rating Mean?
You’ll find the load range on the tire’s sidewall. This rating show the load that the tire can carry assuming that it’s at its industry-specified pressure. On passenger tires, you’ll see named load ranges, however, on light truck tires you’ll see ratings that ascend in alphabetical order. This means that the higher the letter is in the alphabet, the heavier the load and the higher inflation pressure the tire can handle.
Tires are made of rubber, of course, and cord layers that are called “plies.” Load ranges are based on an old measurement, known as “ply ratings.” In the old days, the more plies a tire had, the larger its carrying capacity was, so tire manufacturers would just list a tire’s plies to refer to its carrying capacity, and this was called the “ply rating.” However, in modern times, tires use much strong plies, which means that tires don’t have as plies as they used to. When you see a tire’s load rating, it refers to a particular ply rating, however, because of modern technology, the ply rating doesn’t accurately represent the real number of plies in the tire. Anyway, that’s a bit of history for you. If you’re just curious about what the ratings mean, refer to our chart below.
Tire Load Rating Chart (or Tyre Load Rating Chart for Our Non-US Pals)
|Load Range||Ply Rating||Max Load Carrying Air Pressure|
|Standard Load (SL)||4||@ 36 PSI|
|Extra Load (XL)||4||@ 42 PSI|
|Light Truck Tires|
|C1||6||@ 50 PSI|
|C2||6||@ 35 PSI|
|D1||8||@ 65 PSI|
|D2||8||@ 50 PSI|
|E1||10||@ 80 PSI|
|E2||10||@ 65 PSI|