If we all had what we wanted, there would be a tire that delivers great traction on wet, dry or snowy roads. It would be quiet and smooth-riding, with phenomenal traction and cornering, it’d last 100,000 miles and it would cost $20. And we’d all have a pony, and could eat all the cheeseburgers we wanted without gaining a pound.
It’s not a perfect world, of course, and we have to make choices when it comes to tires. Here’s how it breaks down (roughly):
All-season tires are sort of a jack of all trades, master of none. Their rubber formulation and tread designs means they’re comfortable and quiet, with good touring-style handling, and will usually last for a long service life. All-season tires are great in wet conditions, but unfortun ...[more]