ATLANTA (CBS46) - Ultra-high performance tires are designed for responsive handling and maximum grip and aren't just for expensive sports cars anymore. You can get them now on mainstream models like the Buick lacrosse and Chevy Malibu. But they're pricey to replace.
CBS46 partner Consumer Reports put over 40 of them through their paces at the test track in both dry and wet conditions to find the best. Here's what they look for:
"When I get in the corner, how well does the tire hold on?" says Consumer Reports tester Ryan Pszczolkowski. "When I accelerate out of the corner how well does the tire give me traction? Does it just spin? How stable, how well does the tire brake?" he added.
Testing included both all-season tires and summer tires, which are meant for temperatures well above freezing. In addition to performance, testers evaluated tread-wear.
"Unfortunately ultra-high performance tires don't wear well," says Consumer Reports tester Gene Petersen. "The all-season models which we tested only had a maximum warranty of 60,000 miles. The summer models rarely have a warranty at all."
The Michelin Pilot Super Sport had the longest tread life of any of the summer tires tested. They go for $203 and aced the tests.
And for all-season tires, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3 for $175 earned top ratings. They also have a relatively long tread life and impressive grip.
Consumer Reports says when buying new tires, it's best to stick with the same size and speed rating as your car's original tires. That gives you the optimum ride and handling.
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