Rating of the best tires for SUVs



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Tires for SUVs have a number of fundamental differences from analogues designed for passenger cars. In addition to overall dimensions, such as diameter and width, they are subject to a deeper and larger tread cut, allowing you to cover several natural traffic zones at once: classic asphalt tracks and off-road.

We have compiled an overview of the best tires for such cars, which have different advantages, depending on external factors. The choice of rubber and its position in the list is based on the characteristics, recommendations of experts and feedback from owners with practical operating experience.

The best studded tires for SUVs

MICHELIN X-Ice North 4

MICHELIN X-Ice North 4

Studded tires of the famous French brand could not help but enter the TOP of the best winter tires for an SUV. And if in the tests of such an auto publication as Motor they come second after the undoubted leader from Finland, in our rating Michelin X-Ice North 4 are rated somewhat differently due to a more gentle price load on the consumer. At the same time, the tires have an increased contact patch, and the number of studs has almost doubled compared to the previous model. The result is phenomenal controllability on the ice, and technological features made it possible to keep the noise level in the comfort zone.

In many ways, acoustic modesty was achieved due to the increased softness of the rubber. It also improved wear uniformity, which owners were quick to confirm in reviews. Studded tires are distinguished by excellent wear resistance and at the same time retain their elasticity down to -65 ° C — an indicator that is important for many Russian regions.

GOODYEAR Ultra Grip Ice Arctic SUV

GOODYEAR Ultra Grip Ice Arctic SUV

An unusual tread pattern allows studded winter tires to literally «press» into any surface and provide the highest possible traction coefficient. The spikes are not arranged randomly, as it might seem at first glance, but according to strict computer calculations, allowing you to ensure stability on icy areas in all situations on the road. The drainage channels are wide enough to cope not only with water, but also with snow porridge, so the SUV never burrows, but “rakes out” through frozen snow or melting sludge equally effectively.

The spikes and tread feature make the rubber quite noisy — many owners in their reviews talk about this, probably the only drawback. In the city, on asphalt, the tire does not behave as efficiently as in snowfalls, severe frosts, on icy sections of roads, etc. In these conditions, it demonstrates unique cross-country ability, stability and controllability at the same time. These characteristics have made the Ultra Grip Ice Arctic SUV the leader in the studded tire category.

Nokian Tires Hakkapeliitta 9 SUV

Nokian Tires Hakkapeliitta 9 SUV

If you need the best handling of an SUV on a winter road, the choice in favor of the Finnish flagship is obvious. The new Nokian Tires Hakkapeliitta 9 SUV demonstrates excellent performance on ice, perfect grip in deep snow and off-road. Owner reviews speak of only one drawback of these tires — the abundance of spikes and sipes expectedly affected the acoustic characteristics — Hakkapeliitta 9 tires for SUVs make serious noise when the wheel is running.

Neither the owners nor the organizers of the test races could find any other complaints. Users consider even the high cost to be fully justified — better grip and confidence in maneuvering on a winter road is worth it. The tires perform great both in corners and on flat roads with any surface. The dense sidewall practically “none” reduces the possibility of cuts. It has become as rare as the usual puncture for SUV tires. A set of studded tires will last the user as expected for a long time — a large price tag indicates the high quality of the rubber mixture and more than sufficient margin of safety.

The best winter non-studded tires for SUVs

Nokian Tires Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV

Nokian Tires Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV

Many people choose these non-studded “skating rinks” for urban winter and intercity routes for the balance of noise level and traction. You can safely start using them in the off-season — the meeting with the first snow or ice crust on the road will go unnoticed by the owner. Excellent cornering performance, resistance to punctures and side damage — all this was appreciated by users who chose the Nokian Tires Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV.

The ease with which this winter tire can leave an icy rut is impressive. In addition, judging by the same reviews, friction tires are economical, they behave well on wet roads. Together with the stabilization systems of the Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV, it ensures driving confidence on icy road sections. The only characteristic that confuses some users is the high cost of these tires. However, this feature is more than offset by the durability and reliability of the tire — 5 seasons is not the limit for it.

MAXXIS SS-01 Presa SUV

MAXXIS SS-01 Presa SUV

Making a choice in favor of Chinese rubber, many owners of SUVs save decent amounts. At the same time, the majority believes that the quality will be quite low (they are guided by the price and prevailing stereotypes). MAXXIS MA-SLW is the best winter tire from China, which will make owners think differently.

The deep tread with wide drainage grooves is studded with multidirectional sipes. They provide good grip on icy surfaces and wet roads. Large lugs on the sides prevent getting stuck in snow and moderate off-road. The owners note in the reviews the low noise level. At a speed of more than 140 km / h, it starts to “scour” — you have to taxi. It will not be entirely correct to attribute this feature of a non-studded tire (given the price) to the disadvantages, but it definitely will not work for lovers of fast driving.

Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2

Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2

The SUV, “shod” in Blizzak DM-V2 winter tires from the popular Bridgestone brand, will provide the owner with a minimum of anxiety when driving on city roads with various surface conditions. Demonstrating their best performance on broken asphalt, non-studded tires move extremely unpredictably on packed snow, and even more so on ice, requiring experience and skill from the driver. But for the European urban winter with minimal rainfall, they are great.

Judging by the reviews, the owners are completely satisfied with their choice. Winter tires Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 are considered one of the quietest, perfectly balanced and provide a short braking distance. The ideal characteristics of these tires for an SUV are maintained at temperatures from -5 to -30 ° C, so you should not rush to change shoes in the off-season.

The best summer tires for SUVs

Continental ContiSportContact 5 SUV

Continental ContiSportContact 5 SUV

This choice is definitely not for budget SUVs. The Continental ContiSportContact 5 SUV summer tires start at R 18 and are designed for driving safety in all road conditions. An interesting arrangement of sipes (mirror arrangement) and wide grooves, which instantly remove water and dirt from the contact patch, guarantee excellent “tenacity” of tires.

Due to the high rolling resistance, the tires are not very economical, but still give a reduction in fuel costs by a barely noticeable level of 1.4%. Most of the feedback from the owners of this rubber for the summer contains high marks for the use of ContiSeal technology in the tread design. It allows you to automatically repair minor damage to the tire, instantly sealing the puncture. Protection will ensure the stability of the SUV in case of damage to the wheel and will allow you to get to the tire shop. To do this, it is enough just to observe the speed limit of up to 60 km / h, otherwise the cylinder will completely depressurize.

GOODYEAR WRANGLER AT/SA

GOODYEAR WRANGLER AT/SA

Decent tires for the summer season. Masters from Goodyear deliberately gave the Wrangler a more aggressive off-road look in order to “close” two niches at once with one product. On the one hand, driving performance is in line with urban standards — the tires do not hum during acceleration, they hold the road perfectly and, thanks to the high tread, they feel great both in dry and rainy weather. On the other hand, the rubber is clearly ready for off-road driving — the same tread (or rather, the geometry of the grooves and height) effectively removes dirt and water from the contact zone, does not clog and generally feels in place. For powerful off-road vehicles, this means only one thing — the Wranglers can conquer medium and difficult off-road sections.

At the same time, the owners in their reviews note the low noise level, as well as excellent grip on the summer road, including during rain. Despite the universal cross-country ability and balanced price of rubber, the owners believe that the manufacturer should have strengthened the side part — when maneuvering an SUV or at high speed, the tire becomes rolled, and this can lead to loss of stability and control.

Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Despite the smooth tread lines, the Yokohama Parada Spec-X summer tire holds tenaciously on asphalt and dirt roads, allowing the driver to perform aggressive maneuvers with high precision. The central wide drainage of the tread gives a reason not to be afraid of deep puddles — together with deep sipes, it intensively removes excess water from the contact patch. Despite excellent stability, Yokohama Parada Spec-X tires are not able to confidently hold an SUV on a given trajectory at speeds above 150 km / h.

Despite the high grip, tires wear out very moderately. Even in hot summers, intensive use does not lead to visible wear of the tread. Many owners in the reviews confirm phenomenal wear resistance — tires can withstand 4-6 seasons, which undoubtedly makes this rubber the best choice. Despite the best price in the rating, there are also disadvantages: the tires are relatively heavy, and due to the large mass, there is no need to talk about any economy.

The best all-season tires for SUVs

Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015

Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015

Yokohama Geolandar A / T G015 will cost relatively inexpensively, but the owner will receive a car that accurately follows the given trajectories, easily breaks out of the rut and does not lose directional stability during rectilinear movement. But that’s not all. To the advantages of all-season tires, you can add the possibility of full use in the winter months — even on ice, an SUV on these tires remains predictable and stable.

Many reviews also positively assessed the off-road characteristics of the tire — in the off-season and summer months, due to the powerful sidewall of the tire, they can surprise with their abilities. When buying, the accuracy of casting and the quality of the rubber mixture are also striking — in all respects, Geolandar A / T G015 is in full compliance with tires from a more expensive price category.

Cooper Discoverer A/T 3

Cooper Discoverer A/T 3

Many SUV owners choose all-season tires for their cars, and the Cooper Discoverer A/T 3 is one of the best among them. Rubber does not fail its owners, both in summer and in winter. High traction and wide tread grooves allow you to confidently overcome mud obstacles on the ground, and at the same time provide an enviable resistance to hydroplaning on the road surface.

The reviews note excellent resistance to damage and moderation in tread wear. Braking efficiency is also positively noted — even on ice, this indicator gives the owner a sense of predictability and confidence. The downside of the advantages of this all-season tire is too much weight.

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Already from one appearance it becomes clear — all-season tires Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season are designed for highway-urban operation of an SUV (the size range covers the segment from R 16 to R 22) — the tread pattern is definitely not designed to withstand impassable directions. Possessing dubious patency on muddy off-road areas, on dry dirt roads in the summer they provide tolerable handling. During the winter months, the Italian all-season tire demonstrates agility in maneuvering and predictable braking on snow, and behaves confidently on wet pavement.

In the reviews, you can find a lot of positive statements about the excellent acoustic characteristics of the model, excellent course stabilization and resistance to acaplaning. The owners also positively noted the balance of the cost of rubber with its capabilities. The reverse side is also available — the tires wear out quickly.

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