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TOP 5 Best: All-Season Low Cost Passenger Tires ~ 2016

On a budget and looking to get the most bang for your buck?  Enter the highly competitive low cost tire market.  Typically priced within the $50 - $90 dollar per tire range, consumers are faced with an overwhelming selection from Chinese manufacturers to some American companies.  Many (not all as you will see) are from over seas and void of any mileage expectancy, fuel efficiency or any notable technology; just round, black & rubber meeting the minimum tire safety requirements.  However, there are some golden nuggets to be had with some of those great features.

Here is Tire Sniffer's TOP 5 Low Cost All-Season tire list highlighting the models we know are a cut way above the rest and worth your consideration as you maneuver through your low cost options.  These tires include some of the characteristics found in the mid - high cost tire markets like mileage warranties, silica compounds, tread pattern technology, etc.  The difference between a R,B,R (round, black & rubber) tire and one like the performers below could be a mere $10-$15 bucks per tire!  If you want that dollar to stretch a mile vs. an inch, these products are going to go the distance.

** All-season tires are not meant to be heavy winter weather performers. They are designed to provided balanced wet/dry performance, light snow traction in regions with lighter winter conditions.
** A tire's performance/expereince will vary from one vehicle to the next. The lists highligh the best performing tires based on driver satisfaction, retailer feedback & Tire Sniffer experience.
** Like any top performer list there is room for discussion. Start with our lists and sort as you see fit.

1.  Toyo Extensa A/S

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Toyo Extensa A/S

PROS: Wet traction | Cornering ability | Quiet | American made
CONS: Upper end cost within category | Snow traction is adequate

Coming in at #1 on our TOP 5 list, the Toyo Extensa A/S is the most well rounded tire tire in terms of overall performance and customer satisfaction.

Wanna squeeze all you can out of your dollars?  The Extensa A/S was built for the task.  Several technologies combine to combat irregular wear such as multi-wave sipes reducing wear while beefing up snow traction, shoulder ribbing reduces wear while increasing stability and a symmetric tread design reduces wear while enabling cross rotation and boosts all-season grip.
Our number 1 tire needs to be able to handle the wet stuff too and you'll find 4 circumferential grooves & variable pitch channels push and clear water like a boss.

** 65K or 50K limited mileage warranty depending on the speed rating of the tire (S | T & H)
** A 45 day/500 mile trial backs up your purchase.


2.  Cooper CS3 Touring

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Cooper CS3 Touring

PROS: Tread life | Quiet | American Company
CONS: Sluggish cornering |  Upper end cost within category

If you don't penny pinch too hard, for a few bucks more per tire you can have sooo much more tire for your dollar with the CS3 Touring.  Cooper has incorporated some nice technology without the premium price.  The latest STABILEDGE tech is a contrived tread compound for dry traction and boosted handling.  Circumferential grooves and 3D Micro-Gauge siping come together imparting greater hydroplaning resistance, handling and tire control.  Ensuring the tire delivers 4 season traction, a 5-rib tread pattern and lateral grooves attack wet and light snow conditions head on.

** 65K or 50K standard limited mileage warranty depending on the speed rating of the tire (T | V & H)


3.  Kelly Edge A/S

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PROS: Price | Quiet | Owned by Goodyear | American Company
CONS: Sub-par in winter conditions

The tread pattern on the Edge A/S is a tried and true design with improved grip that clears out slush and water from the tread as well as enhanced handling.  While not chalk full of technology, its price along with performance make the Edge A/S a tremendous value.

Perk - Some brands are difficult with a warranty issue BUT Kelly is a Goodyear product, who is known to be one of the easiest brands to work with when it comes to a warranty situation.

** 55K limited mileage warranty
** Eligible for Kelly's 30 day test drive program


*The Falken & Sumitomo are grouped together due to similarities.

4a.  Falken ZIEX ZE950 A/S

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Falken ZIE ZE950 A/S

Falken ZIE ZE950 A/S

PROS: Aggressive tread for traction (dry/wet/snow) | Handling
CONS: Road noise | Rolling resistance

The ZIEX ZE950 packs a technology punch.  With an asymmetrical tread design at its foundation, irregular wear and phenomenal wet & dry handling define this tire. "Canyon Sipe" technology provides increased edges enabling supreme ice breaking. A sculptured groove wall eradicates rain groove wander while boosting snow grip and a 'wide angle tread slot' specifically designed to increase snow grip by packing snow into the middle of the tire. Falken's DRT (Dynamic Range Technology) allows for the tire to grip & perform in a massive temperature range using a silica tread compound where the rubber remains flexible at low temps and high temps.

** 65K mile treadwear on H & V rated sizes | 45K mile treadwear on W rated sizes


4b.  Sumitomo HTR A/S P02

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PROS: Aggressive tread for traction (dry/wet/snow) | Handling
CONS: Road noise | Rolling resistance

Sumitomo's HRT A/S P02 is visually similar to the ZIEX ZE950 A/S and every bit as good.  They also share similar characteristics such as the asymmetrical tread pattern aimed at providing drivers with awesome wet, dry & winter grip.  Like the Falken, Sumitomo also builds in their next-generation silica tread compound delivering a consistent grip in a wide range of temperatures resulting in prolonged treadwear.  Not only is this an all-season performer, it is also a high-performance tire.

** 65K mile treadwear on H & V rated sizes | 45K mile treadwear on W rated sizes
** Free 30 day test drive

 

Both Falken and Sumitomo are Japanese made products.


5.  Hercules Tour 4.0 Plus

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PROS: Tread-life | Stiff sidewalls for handling | Traction | Very inexpensive
CONS: Rolling resistance

Our one and only Chinese made tire makes the list due to its proven track record with achieving its mileage expectancy and inexpensive pricing.

There is a nice amount of technology coming from the Tour 4.0 Plus.  It rocks the asymmetrical tread design which combats irregular wear and offers a smooth, quiet ride.  Handling was not pushed aside to accommodate a nice ride - with Cross-Block Siping, handling is its strong suit.  Like a few others on the list, you'll find the newest SILICA compound technology dramatically enhancing the tires ability to consistently grip in cold and hot conditions simultaneously offering increased treadwear as the silica compound is less susceptible to wear.  A solid ride and overall tire uniformity are achieved with a nylon over wrap.

Similar in tread design to the insanely amazing Continental ExtremeContact DWS.

** 55K limited mileage warranty
** 30 day "Trust Our Ride" program

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