12 Tire Brands For Everyday Use Tested In Detailed Video Review

When car enthusiasts want to go faster on a budget, the conversation probably starts with adding horsepower to the engine. While many start with mods under the hood, a good alternative is an upgrade from the wheels and tire department. In its latest video, Tire Reviews takes a look at 12 candidates for the best performing rubber at a competitive price.

Goodyear has granted Tire Reviews the use of its testing center in the south of France, which houses the tarmac tapes on which the company rates its own rubber. As it is located in the south of France and not in the north, the entire site is equipped with sprayers to wet the track at all times.

That said, the first dry weather performances came where, unsurprisingly, the premium brands (Goodyear, Bridgestone and Continental) produced superior lap time and feel. While the Maxxis was superior in the wet, economy brand Nokian produced very similar performance.

As the most purchased tire size is 205/55 R16, this was the standard size that experience chose for the 12 tires tested. All sets have been fitted on the same rim at the same pressure to avoid irregularities. In addition to the wheel and tire controls, they were fitted to the same Volkswagen Golf test vehicle.

With owners of these tires likely not frequenting track days, the video also featured reviews on noise and comfort. To put it mildly, Jonathan Benson of Tire Reviews has gone all out here, using the exact array of microphones Goodyear uses to test interior noise levels. While the Maxxis performed well in previous tests, it went from hero to zero in this challenge, scoring the last of twelve marks.

Besides the Maxxis, Benson recommended Falken, Goodyear and Continental tires as all-around winners. As it tends to go in the tire world, these three tires have their drawbacks. The Falken was not the most comfortable, while the Goodyear and Continental struggled with aquaplaning.

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