Tires for Passenger Car or Minivan

In a way, choosing a tire brand that suits an everyday passenger car or minivan is the toughest choice you’re likely to face because just about every manufacturer offers a tire to fit those types of vehicles. Tires that fit in the passenger car class are generally constructed to reach several goals:

  • Treadlife – Many of the tires in this class are going to have tread life ratings that are in the 500 range, meaning that in testing, they lasted 5 times longer than the 100-rated control tire they were tested against. The tires we chose all beat the 500 rating
  • Traction – Most of these tires are going to be in the A range, which is good, but not the highest of AA, meaning they’ll perform well in wet and snowy conditions.
  • Temperature – These tires almost all have a B heat resistance rating, which is middle-of-the-road. They aren’t high-speed rated tires, so high-temperature ratings weren’t part of the original design brief.

All of these tires were rated higher than 3.5 stars out of 5 by consumers:

  • Budget: Yokohama Avid Ascend GT – With a 740 tread life rating, these tires are going to be in your car for a good long time. They’re around the same price as you’d find for the original equipment tires that came on your car when it was new. They feature an A traction rating and an A temperature rating.
  • Moderately Priced: Michelin Premier A/S – These 640 tread life rated tires should get you through the next three or four years without issue, and for a Michelin tire, they’re quite reasonably priced. It receives an A traction and an A temperature rating as well.
  • Price No Object: Michelin CrossClimate2 – These award-winning all-season grand touring tires offer exceptional handling and performance no matter the time of year. The CrossClimate2 innovative design features a unique tread compound which can handle dry, wet, and winter weather with rubber that stays flexible in low temperatures.

See our top tire picks for these popular models. Honda Civic, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord, Honda Odyssey, Ford Fusion, Ford Edge, Toyota Prius

Carlos G. Hill

Carlos G. Hill

Carlos joined TireReview in 2019 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire, Professional Motorsport World, Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and Crash test Technology International

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