Whenever we go out to buy a new set of tires, most of us look at the refinement levels they offer. Mostly, people use their cars for driving around town or longer travels on the highway, so it’s essential for them to be good in this regard.
Refinement consists of two parts – comfort and noise levels, and today we’ll be talking about the second part. As the tire rolls, it generates noise, which can be a problem. Even though tires nowadays are well insulated, you may find yourself in a situation where you hear the tire roar more than the engine.
Manufacturers are doing everything they can to keep the noise levels down. Each one has a unique technology that, in most cases, modifies the tread pattern to reduce the noise.
When it comes to marketing, all manufacturers will make some claim about having a quiet tire. While some will deliver on that, others will fail, resulting in a not-so-quiet tire. To distinguish the successful ones and help you in your search, I’ve made a list of the best 10 tires that can offer a quiet ride.
What's In This Guide?
- #1. Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack
- #2. Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus
- #3. Michelin Primacy MXV4
- #4. Continental TrueContact Tour
- #5. Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
- #6. Yokohama Avid Ascend GT
- #7. Michelin Premier LTX
- #8. Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus
- #9. Continental WinterContact TS 870 P
- #10. Michelin Pilot Alpin 5
#1. Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack
If you’ve read some of my reviews, you’ll know that this tire has a special place in my heart. The Turanza QuietTrack has been my favorite benchmark for quiet tires.
Low noise isn’t all that the Turanza QuietTrack can offer. The tire is an excellent performer in dry conditions. As a grand touring tire, the grip and traction levels are higher than the standard ones, meaning that you can push it a bit before it starts to let go. In addition, the tire can deliver some of the shortest braking distances in its class. The handling is acceptably responsive, while the feedback may sometimes feel a bit muted.
As a premium tire, the Turanza QuietTrack delivers premium-like performance in wet conditions in most cases. The grip and traction levels are more than enough for daily driving. You won’t have as much breathing room as in dry conditions, but you won’t feel like the tire is lacking. One area it does lack a bit is the braking distances. While they are short, some of its rivals fair better in this regard. On the other hand, the aquaplaning resistance is excellent, and the tire remains stable even at highway speeds.
In winter, the Turanza QuietTrack is a usable tire if the conditions are right. In shallow snow, you can expect acceptable levels of grip and traction, so you may want to be cautious with your driving style. Going for anything harsher and the tire will begin to struggle.
Refinement is the key feature of the Turanza QuietTrack, which is where it shines. The noise levels are the lowest in its class, regardless of the speed or surface. For the most part, thanks to the insulation in modern cars, you won’t hear the tire. Comfort levels are also very good, as the tire easily smooths out road imperfections. If you hit a larger pothole, the jolt will be well absorbed, and you won’t notice vibrations in the cabin.
The Turanza QuietTrack doesn’t disappoint in the longevity department as well. Even though it’s not the longest treadwear warranty on the market, with 80,000 miles, it’s near the top.
- Excellent grip and traction levels in dry and wet conditions
- Superb refinement
- Long treadwear warranty
- Not the most affordable option
- Braking distances on damp roads aren’t the shortest
#2. Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus
The Turanza QuietTrack is a replacement for the Turanza Serenity Plus, so you’re thinking, “why is it on this list when it’s not better?”. Even though the predecessor isn’t superior, in terms of noise levels, it’s close, plus I already mentioned it in my list of the best budget tires.
Despite being an older model, the Turanza Serenity Plus does exceptionally well in dry conditions. The grip and traction levels are high, making it an excellent choice for daily driving. Getting aggressive with it is something that won’t be a wise choice. While it has short braking distances, which is a good thing, the handling is average. You won’t get the most responsive experience, and the feedback won’t be too pronounced.
Once it starts raining, the Turanza Serenity Plus won’t be so competitive with modern models. Yes, the grip and traction levels are good for normal usage, but the limits aren’t particularly high. On a positive note, the braking distances are very short. While we’re talking about safety, I have to commend the excellent aquaplaning resistance, making the tire stable in heavy rain.
Snow performance with the Turanza Serenity Plus is usable in a pinch. Even in lighter conditions, the premium tire falls behind the best all-season models. The most you can get out of it is acceptable traction in shallow and unpacked snow.
The age doesn’t seem to affect the score the Turanza Serenity Plus can get in terms of refinement. Even though the noise levels aren’t as low as its successor, but come very close. You’ll also get high comfort levels, as the tire can easily absorb bumps and eliminate almost all of the vibrations.
In terms of warranty, the Turanza Serenity Plus is on the same level as the previous model. Bridgestone offers it with an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is near the top in this category.
- High levels of refinement
- Performance in dry conditions is excellent
- Very stable in heavy rain
- Handling dynamics aren’t as good as some modern tires
- Snow performance isn’t the best
#3. Michelin Primacy MXV4
While I’m talking about older models, I have to mention the Primacy MXV4. Like the previous one, it’s over a decade old but is still a solid option if you want a quiet tire.
On dry roads, the Primacy MXV4 still delivers pretty good levels of grip and traction. You won’t have any issues with accelerating or going into a corner, even if you do it a bit enthusiastically. Safety is another area where the tire delivers positive results. Even though the braking distances aren’t as short as the latest models in Michelin’s lineup, they are still quite short. In terms of handling, you’re looking at a decently responsive tire with a good amount of feedback through the steering wheel.
Like the previous tire, you’ll notice its age from the wet performance. The Primacy MXV4 is still very good for daily driving, thanks to the high levels of grip and traction. As for braking distances, even though they aren’t the shortest, they are still very short. The aquaplaning resistance is one area where the tire is still competitive, thanks to which stability isn’t an issue in heavy rain.
When compared to other all-season tires, the Primacy MXV4 wouldn’t be my first choice. Sure, there is a usable amount of traction in light snow, but it doesn’t feel as planted as some of the newer models. Packed snow causes a bit more problems, as you’ll notice the tire struggling slightly more for traction.
Moving on to refinement, which is the key element for this list, the Primacy MXV4 is still an excellent option. The noise levels are near the top, regardless of the tire’s age and the surface you’re driving on. Comfort levels are also very good, thanks to the tire’s ability to absorb bumps and minimize vibrations.
The weakest point of the Primacy MXV4 is the warranty. The tire comes with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is not on the same level as the rest of the premium models.
- Dry performance is excellent
- High comfort and low noise levels
- Superb aquaplaning resistance
- Not the longest treadwear warranty
- Traction and grip on damp roads aren’t the best in class
#4. Continental TrueContact Tour
A manufacturer that often gets associated with being the affordable premium option is Continental. The company has many excellent models, but the one with the lowest noise levels is the TrueContact Tour.
As a premium model, the TrueContact Tour isn’t the most impressive option. Yes, the grip and traction levels are excellent for daily driving, but the tire doesn’t allow you to push it, which is a shame. The handling characteristics are quite decent, and you’d be able to have some fun if the grip levels were just a bit better. Also, the tire doesn’t shine in the braking department. Despite the short braking distances, there are other tires that can offer shorter ones.
Continental is known for making excellent performers in wet, which is evident from the TrueContact Tour. This is one of the best touring tires for driving in wet conditions. With high levels of grip and traction, it’s a tire that won’t disappoint even if you push it. There’s no issue with that, as the tire delivers some of the shortest braking distances in its class. Many critiqued it for having 3 circumferential grooves, but Continental tuned them to deliver excellent aquaplaning resistance.
Like most premium all-season tires, the winter performance is limited but usable. The traction levels are decent in lighter conditions, and you shouldn’t have too many problems. Harsher conditions than these are where the TrueContact Tour will begin to struggle a lot.
As a touring tire, Continental made this tire an excellent one. The TrueContact Tour provides high levels of comfort but may seem just a tad stiffer at times. On the noise side of things, the tire is very quiet around town and produces just a slight hum at higher speeds. The worst you may hear is a faint thump if you hit a pothole.
When it comes to warranty, the 80,000-mile one that Continental offers puts the TrueContact Tour near the top with most of its premium competitors.
- Superior wet performance
- Noise levels are excellent
- 80,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Dry performance isn’t the best
- Will struggle in harsher snow conditions
#5. Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
As part of the Assurance lineup, Goodyear has multiple options depending on which aspect is the star of the show. Since we’re talking about refinement, I’ve chosen the ComforTred Touring for this list.
The Assurance ComforTred Touring is one of those tires that gets the job done without too much fuss. There’s plenty of grip and traction, and with the short braking distances, it’s a tire that can handle daily driving and a bit more. One area where the tire doesn’t perform too great is the handling. Sure, it may be responsive enough for most drivers, but enthusiasts will find it a bit slow and will struggle to get some feedback out of it.
Rain is something that won’t hurt the performance of the Assurance ComforTred Touring. In damp conditions, the grip and traction are more than enough for a driving experience without any slip. Even if you push it a bit, the tire will continue to feel stable and planted. Speaking of stability, thanks to the excellent aquaplaning resistance, you won’t notice any twitching when driving in heavy rain.
Driving over the white stuff is doable but not something you should rely too much on. The traction is decent in lighter conditions, and the tire won’t struggle too much. Driving over packed snow isn’t ideal, as the performance takes a hit, and anything harsher than that and the tire becomes useless.
The tire is called ComforTred, meaning the comfort levels are superb. It irons out smaller imperfections easily and remains planted and stable after hitting a larger hole while eliminating the vibrations. Noise levels are also very low, making the tire very quiet around town or on the highway. One thing to note, some owners have mentioned that the noise levels have increased a bit as the tire wears down.
Similar to a few previous premium tires, you’re getting an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty. It may not be the longest, but it’s pretty close.
- One of the most comfortable tires in its class
- Dry and wet traction is superb
- Excellent aquaplaning resistance
- Handling isn’t as dynamic as some of its rivals
- While it’s usable in light snow conditions, the performance isn’t the best
#6. Yokohama Avid Ascend GT
In the grand touring segment, Yokohama has a model which sometimes flies under the radar. The Japanese manufacturer has made some excellent tires over the years, and the one for this list is the Avid Ascend GT.
The performance you’ll get in dry conditions is very good, putting the Avid Ascend GT near the top. As a grand touring tire, you’re getting a whiff of performance which is evident from the high levels of grip, traction, and stability. While it’s not a performance model, it offers a lot more than what most people would need. There’s also the handling, which is quite responsive, similar to the best in this category.
Wet conditions are something that the Avid Ascend GT will tackle with ease. The grip and traction levels are excellent, enabling the tire to stick to damp roads and eliminate slip. It’s not impossible to do that, but it won’t happen too often unless you’re really aggressive. The tire is also very safe, which you can notice from the short braking distances and excellent aquaplaning resistance.
The Avid Ascend GT is a tire that will provide surprisingly good performance in shallow and unpacked snow, and that’s as much as it can do. Driving on packed snow is noticeably worse, while any harsher conditions are something you should completely avoid.
One of the many areas where the Avid Ascend GT can deliver positive results is refinement. The comfort levels are excellent, as the tire manages to smooth things out. Even hitting a larger pothole won’t result in a harsh jolt accompanied by many vibrations. In terms of noise levels, it’s very close to the Turanza QuietTrack. Around town, there is no noise in the cabin, and a faint hum may be heard at highway speeds.
Warranty is an area where the Avid Ascend GT isn’t superior. The tire comes with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is more than some Michelin models but not as much as what Pirelli or Continental has to offer.
- Very quiet
- Dynamic handling
- Plenty of performance in dry and wet conditions
- Struggles over packed snow
- The warranty isn’t as long as some of its premium rivals
#7. Michelin Premier LTX
Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten CUV and SUV owners. Even though you could find sizes from the previous tires that can fit, here’s one that’s designed specifically for larger vehicles. Even though Michelin has multiple options in this category, the one suited for this list is the Premier LTX.
In this segment, the Premier LTX is a tire that won’t disappoint in terms of grip and traction. The performance levels are excellent for daily driving and even having some fun and pushing it. Regardless if you’re accelerating more aggressively or throwing it into a corner, the tire will deliver. Then there’s the handling, which, even though it isn’t as good as something from the Pilot Sport lineup, is well responsive, and you’ll have a good amount of feedback.
The positive performance continues even in rainy conditions. Michelin nailed the Premier LTX, and the tire has among the highest levels of grip and traction on damp surfaces. You can get aggressive with it, and it won’t start to slip. Even at the limit, it’s very easy to control and will remain stable. Another positive side of the Premier LTX is the aquaplaning resistance which enables the tire to drive in heavy rain at higher speed with ease.
Winter performance is the most limiting factor of any all-season tire, and that’s the case with the Premier LTX. The tire delivers usable traction in lighter conditions, which is not on the same level as a proper winter tire.
Refinement is the area where the Premier LXT really shines. Driving over uneven roads is no problem, as the tire smooths them out. For the harsher stuff, it softens up blows and jolts while preventing vibrations from entering the cabin. Then there are the noise levels, which are among the lowest in this class. You can drive at higher speeds or on rough roads, and the tire will still remain pretty quiet.
The only area where the Premier LTX falls a bit short is the warranty. Michelin sells the tire with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is far from the class-leading models.
- Responsive for a touring tire
- Refinement is superb
- Plenty of performance for dry and wet conditions
- Among the more expensive models
- The treadwear warranty is average
#8. Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus
The second touring all-season tire for CUVs and SUVs for today is the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus. We know that Bridgestone makes some very quiet tires, and this one is no exception.
While the dry performance may not be on the same level as the Michelin, the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus is still a solid performer. The traction is excellent for accelerating without slip, and the grip will get you around a corner without any issues. Handling is also very good, and the responsiveness levels are almost as good as the Michelin model. It’s stable and easy to control even when you’re driving on the limit.
There are some tires that may struggle in rainy conditions, but the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus isn’t one of them. The tire provides high levels of grip and traction on damp surfaces and has short braking distances. Like in dry conditions, it’s easy to control at the limit, but keep in mind that it isn’t a performance tire, so the limit isn’t too high. There’s also the excellent aquaplaning resistance which keeps it stable when driving in heavy rain.
The Ecopia H/L 422 Plus does many things right, but it struggles in snowy conditions. Even though all-season tires are designed for limited performance, this one is average. The tire may struggle to find traction in the lightest conditions, where the snow is shallow and unpacked. With this in mind, the tire will struggle even more in harsher conditions like deep or packed snow.
On a positive note, the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus is among the most well-refined touring tires you can fit on your SUV or CUV. It can absorb anything from small bumps to larger potholes with ease. Yes, you will notice when you hit a large pothole, but it won’t be a harsh experience, and there won’t be any vibrations. The noise levels are also very low, making this among the quietest tires. You may hear a slight roar over rougher roads, but even then, it’s on the lower end of the spectrum.
Warranty is an aspect that the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus does better than the Michelin model. Bridgestone offers the tire with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, which may not be the most, but it’s still above average.
- Short braking distances
- Excellent wet and dry performance
- Refinement levels are high
- Responsiveness levels are just a bit behind the Michelin model
- Snow performance is poor
#9. Continental WinterContact TS 870 P
You probably didn’t expect a winter tire on this list, but considering how limiting all-season tires can be, I had to include two of these. My first pick is the WinterContact TS 870 P which, even though it’s a bit more on the performance side, the noise levels aren’t terrible.
In dry conditions, the WinterContact TS 870 P will provide very high traction and grip levels. They aren’t the highest, the last tire does that, but this one is very close. Not only is it an excellent option for daily driving, but you can also push it without worrying about the tire letting go. A tire that can be pushed needs to handle well, and this one ticks the box. The responsiveness levels are better than most winter tires, and you won’t be driving with a numb steering wheel.
Like most Continental tires, the WinterContact TS 870 P excels in wet conditions. On damp roads, the grip and traction levels are excellent, and you won’t have to worry too much about the tire slipping. In addition to that, its braking distances are among the shortest in its class. Finally, we have the aquaplaning resistance, which is among the best. One area I found the tire lacking a bit was handling. It handles great, it’s responsive and provides feedback, but near the limit, it may get a bit of a handful. Most people won’t experience this, so it’s not a major drawback.
As a winter tire, the WinterContact TS 870 P is a good performer but falls slightly behind some of its competitors. The tire deals with light snow marvelously and won’t struggle too much with the deeper one. Handling is also pretty decent, as the tire is easy to control and remains planted. The slight downside is similar to in wet conditions; near the limits, the tire becomes a bit uneasy.
Despite being a performance-oriented winter tire, the WinterContact TS 870 P is a well-refined option. As a winter tire, you are getting some low noise levels, which is a very positive thing. For the most part, you won’t hear it too much around town, and there is a slight hum when driving at highway speeds. The comfort levels are also outstanding, which is a bit surprising considering the tire’s nature.
The biggest drawback of the WinterContact TS 870 P is that it doesn’t come with a treadwear warranty, unlike its direct rival from Michelin.
- Plenty of grip and traction in dry and wet conditions
- Very short braking distances
- Excellent aquaplaning resistance
- Handling isn’t the best when you’re driving on the limit
- No treadwear warranty
#10. Michelin Pilot Alpin 5
The last tire on this list is, you guessed it, the Pilot Alpin 5. Michelin’s latest addition to its performance winter lineup brings a lot of improvements over its predecessor, resulting in an overall better tire.
Tires from the Pilot lineup are among the best in their class, and that’s the case with the Pilot Alpin 5. The tire offers high levels of traction for accelerating and plenty of grip for cornering in dry conditions. Combine that with the shortest-in-class braking distances, and you have a winner. In terms of handling, the tire is excellent. Very responsive with plenty of feedback through the steering wheel, just what you’d want from a tire of this caliber.
In rainy conditions, the performance is a bit mixed. The Pilot Alpin 5 does pretty well on damp roads, offering plenty of grip and traction while keeping the braking distances short. With that said, it falls a bit short when compared to its rivals. One area where Michelin’s model shines is the aquaplaning resistance. Out of all tires in this class, this one can remain the most stable at higher speeds.
When it comes to snow performance, the Pilot Alpin 5 is again at the top. Even though the differences aren’t massive, Michelin’s tire outperforms Continental one’s in every metric. You’ll get excellent traction in shallow and deep snow. In addition to that, the handling characteristics remain superb, and the braking distances are the shortest in this category.
Refinement is another area where the Pilot Alpin 5 delivers mixed results. On the positive side, the noise levels are quite low, maybe a bit lower than the WinterContact TS 870 P. Comfort, on the other hand, is not as good. Don’t get me wrong, the tire is far from harsh, but it doesn’t feel as smooth as the Continental one, especially in terms of eliminating vibrations.
The best part about the Pilot Alpin 5 is the warranty. Michelin is the only manufacturer that offers it in the winter performance segment, meaning that you’re getting 30,000 miles of treadwear warranty.
- Superior snow performance
- Marvelous aquaplaning resistance
- Dry performance is among the best
- Not the most planted handling feel in wet conditions
- Comfort levels could use a bit of work