Unlike winter for many, we always look forward to summer. And while there’s still a little snow left on the ground, the time to shop for happy-weather tires is now.
The following is a quick breakdown of the better tire brands and models in a few key price points for you to consider. Compact and midsize cars and crossovers make up the bulk of new vehicle sales in Canada and the following list is designed to ensure that your replacement tires maintain or improve upon the performance and behaviour you’ve come to expect from your vehicle.
The price ranges are meant as a guide to gauge a budget. If your Ford Escape Titanium features the 19” wheels, you might only find tires in the lower price ranges if you’re willing to sacrifice durability, quality and handling.
Tires to consider in the $0-150 range
– Pirelli P7 All Season Plus – Comfort biased, high mileage, quiet
– Bridgestone Potenza RE980 A/S – Good water evacuation and performance, quiet
– Continental PureContact – High mileage, low-rolling resistance tire
Tires to consider in the $150-200 range
– Toyo Versado Noir – Low-rolling resistance technology, quiet, premium, high mileage
– Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Plus – Excellent wet and dry grip, longevity, very good overall choice
– Yokohama Geolandar SUV – High mileage and quiet tire, high praise from CUV owners
Tires to consider from $200 and up
– Michelin Premiere A/S – Smooth, quiet, good overall handling, fuel saver
– Pirelli P ZERO All Season Plus – High-performance all-season, higher speed rating, good handling without sacrificing comfort
– Toyo Open Country QT – For your CUV, quiet, smooth, high mileage, low rolling resistance, premium tire, excellent choice