Despite the popularity of other types of vehicles in recent years, I still believe that sedans are the most common type on the streets. Sure, there may be more popular options, but sedans are near the top.
New or old, every car needs a new set of tires eventually, so today, I’ll be talking about that. Specifically, I’ll outline the best 10 tires you can buy for a sedan. In many cases, all-season tires are more than enough for most people.
With this in mind, today’s combination will include sedans and all-season tires, meaning that all models you’ll see here are all-season ones. As for the size, there is a large variety, so double-check if a model would fit your sedan before buying them.
#1. Michelin CrossClimate 2
In the world of all-season models, the one that most people praise as the best is the CrossClimate 2. Michelin is known for making excellent tires, and this one is no exception.
The CrossClimate 2 is a grand touring tire, so the dry performance is excellent. It offers high levels of grip and traction, far more than most people would need with their sedans. You have short braking distances, which round up the package, making it an excellent option. Pushing the tire isn’t something you should do, but it won’t struggle too much. Sure, it’s not a UHP tire, so don’t expect wonders. Plenty of performance is on the table, so you won’t feel it struggling too much. The biggest issue is the handling. Responsiveness isn’t something it lacks, considering the category, but you won’t get a lot of feedback.
Wet performance is another aspect where the CrossClimate 2 won’t let you down. On damp roads, the traction is more than enough for the tire to eliminate slip, even if you get a bit happy with the gas pedal. The grip levels are more than enough for normal driving, but once you push it past its limits, you’ll find it to be prone to understeer. It’s stable, planted, and with short braking distances, giving you the confidence you need for a safe experience. The V-shaped tread pattern does a marvelous job evacuating water, offering excellent aquaplaning resistance.
As an all-season option, you’ll get decent performance on snow. The CrossClimate 2 is near the top in its class for driving in snow, but it’s no replacement for a winter tire. For the most part, you will get solid performance in lighter conditions, regardless if it’s packed or unpacked snow. With that said, you should expect it to start struggling in a deeper one. A positive side is the fact that you get short braking distances.
Refinement is what a grand touring tire is all about, and the CrossClimate 2 delivers on this front as well. You’ll have some of the best comfort levels on the market from a tire that will smooth out the smaller imperfections and soften the larger potholes. In terms of the noise levels, they are near the quietest in this category. Around town, the tire barely makes any noise, and you’ll hear most at highway speeds.
The biggest disadvantage the CrossClimate 2 has over its competitors is the warranty. With a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty, it’s far from the shortest in the grand touring segment, but there are models with a longer one.
- Very usable on snow
- Dry and wet performance is excellent
- Comfort and noise levels are among the best in class
- Average treadwear warranty
#2. Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack
I mentioned that the noise levels of the previous tire are good but aren’t the best. Well, the Turanza QuietTrack mitigates the problem and is one of the quietest tires on the market, despite its age.
Starting off with the dry performance, the Turanza QuietTrack is a tire that will deliver without any problems. The traction levels are high, so even if you get a bit aggressive, the tire won’t slip when accelerating. We can say the same thing about the grip levels, which will easily take your sedan around a corner. You can push it past its limits, resulting in a safe understeer, but most people wouldn’t go that far. The handling is solid, and you won’t feel like you need more. You’ll get decent responsiveness and feedback, which is a bit more than what the previous model had to offer.
The Turanza QuietTrack delivers excellent results in wet conditions but not in all aspects. The tire’s grip and traction levels on damp roads are excellent, keeping it planted even if you push it near its limits. It will remain easy to handle and won’t catch you by surprise. With that said, you should be mindful that the braking distances aren’t the shortest in this class. Going back to the positive sides, we have the aquaplaning resistance. The tire will have no issues with stability even at higher speeds, thanks to its ability to evacuate water from beneath it.
Winter conditions aren’t ideal for an all-season tire like the Turanza QuietTrack, but it’s not bad. You can expect decent performance in lighter conditions, which will be fine for people living in areas with mild winters. The performance on unpacked snow is solid, but the tire will struggle a bit on packed one.
The area where the Turanza QuietTrack excels is refinement. I’ve praised this tire for its low noise levels, and it’s still the best. The tire is quiet in most conditions, even when we’re talking about highway speeds or rough roads. You’ll also get high comfort levels. It can smooth out most of the road imperfections while eliminating or minimizing the vibrations transferred in the cabin. Even with large potholes, the initial hit will be soft and won’t upset the car too much.
Finally, we have the warranty, which is another positive side of the Turanza QuietTrack. Bridgestone offers the tire with an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is among the highest in its class.
- Among the highest refinement levels
- Excellent all-round performance
- Decent traction on unpacked snow
- It will struggle a bit on packed snow
- The braking distances on wet roads are slightly longer than the best-in-class models
#3. Continental PureContact LS
As part of the premium segment, we have a model from the German manufacturer Continental. The PureContact LS is a tire that delivers some of the best performance in this class, but the main advantage is the price point, which is slightly lower than some of its competitors.
The dry performance of the PureContact LS is superb, which is what you’d expect from a premium tire. It offers plenty of grip in the corners, remaining stable even when you drive at higher speeds. The same can be said about the traction, which will eliminate slip even in more aggressive scenarios. While it’s not a performance tire, the responsiveness is pretty solid, meaning you can have some fun with it up to a point. Safety is a crucial aspect of the tire, evident from the short braking distances. One area where it doesn’t do so well is feedback, which is its weakest point.
Continental makes tires that are among the best in terms of wet performance, and the PureContact LS is no exception. On damp surfaces, the tire bites in, delivering high levels of grip and traction. They are enough for daily driving scenarios, meaning there’s plenty of overhead room until you reach its limits. In the grand touring segment, the tire delivers some of the shortest braking distances even when compared with other premium rivals. The tread pattern’s ability to evacuate water results in excellent aquaplaning resistance.
The PureContact LS will offer usable performance in winter but not in all situations. As an all-season tire, you can expect decent traction on shallow unpacked snow, similar to the rest of the premium lineup. Packed snow can be slightly problematic, but it can be used. Going for anything harsher than this will disappoint, as the tire isn’t a dedicated winter one.
Refinement is another area where the PureContact LS provides excellent results. It easily smooths out road imperfections and smaller holes while eliminating most of the vibrations. In the worst-case scenario, you may feel some vibrations when you hit a pothole, but even those are on the lower end. The noise levels are on the lower end, making the tire nearly as quiet as the Turanza QuietTrack. Even on the highway, the tire will remain quiet.
Regarding the warranty, the PureContact LS is solid but not the best. With a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, it’s somewhere in the middle of the premium segment.
- Superb wet performance
- Well refined
- Decently responsive
- It doesn’t offer a lot of feedback
- Limited traction in harsher snow conditions
#4. Yokohama Avid Ascend GT
As good as the previous models are, some people put a larger emphasis on the price, which is where the Avid Ascend GT comes into play. The tire is a premium model, but the package comes at a slightly more attractive price.
The performance you’ll get from a touring tire like the Avid Ascend GT is more than enough for daily driving scenarios. In normal conditions, the grip and traction levels will be plentiful to eliminate any slip and keep the tire stuck to the road. You can push it if you want to have some fun, and the tire will deliver. Remember that this isn’t a performance tire, so it will let go sooner. In the handling department, the tire is a textbook touring model. It offers solid responsiveness but lacks feedback.
Wet performance is another area where the Avid Ascend GT won’t disappoint. The tire’s traction levels are very good on damp roads, meaning that you’ll have minimal slip even if you’re a bit more aggressive. It’s a similar story in the corners, as the grip levels will keep it in check. In addition to these two, you’ll get short braking distances, so safety isn’t a concern. Additionally, the water evacuation properties of the tire are pretty good, so the aquaplaning resistance is excellent.
Like most of the all-season models in this category, snow performance is usable but nothing spectacular. The Avid Ascend GT will be fine in lighter conditions, especially if we’re talking about unpacked snow. If the snow is packed, the tire will slip more but remain acceptably usable. For harsher conditions, you shouldn’t rely on it too much, as it’s not a replacement for a proper winter tire.
Looking at the refinement levels, you get a tire that’s close to the leaders in this class. The Avid Ascend GT is a tire with no problem smoothing out road imperfections and softening up large holes. It does that with ease while keeping the vibrations to a minimum. The noise levels are pretty good, and the most you’ll hear from it is when you’re driving over a rough surface.
Considering the price is slightly lower than its competitors, I cannot fault the warranty. The Avid Ascend GT comes with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is more than what you’d get with the Michelin model.
- Dry and wet performance is excellent
- Priced slightly lower than some of its competitors
- Safe and stable
- The treadwear warranty is behind the best in class
- Snow performance is slightly above average
#5. General AltiMAX RT43
Going to the more affordable models, we have one in the mid-range segment. General makes solid tires that won’t put a massive strain on your budget, and the AltiMAX RT43 is no exception.
Considering that we’re talking about sedans, the AltiMAX RT43 is a tire that will satisfy your needs on dry roads. The tire’s grip and traction levels are excellent for this class, making it one of the better performers in the mid-range segment. There’s more than enough traction to eliminate slip when accelerating, and the grip levels will keep it in check around a corner. Combining this with the short braking distances, you get a safe tire. In the handling department, the tire is surprisingly well responsive. With that said, it’s not the most communicative, so you won’t feel too confident pushing it to its limits.
When it comes to wet roads, the AltiMAX RT43 is a tire that’s among the better performers in the mid-range segment. It puts the power down without any slip in normal conditions and is decently manageable when you get too aggressive. The grip levels are very good, and it won’t understeer too much unless you really throw it in a corner. As far as aquaplaning resistance is concerned, thanks to the tread pattern, the tire will remain stable even when driving at highway speeds.
The weakest point of the AltiMAX RT43 is its winter performance. Even though it’s usable, it falls behind the best in this category. The tire delivers a solid performance as long as you’re driving on unpacked and shallow snow. Driving over a packed one is a struggle, the tire will slip a bit more, and the braking distances will be slightly longer. Considering that we’re not talking about a dedicated winter tire, this one shouldn’t be used in the most extreme scenarios.
On the other hand, we have refinement, which is almost at a premium level. The AltiMAX RT43 does an excellent job at smoothing out road imperfections and softening larger potholes. You may notice some vibrations in extremer situations, but they aren’t too pronounced. The noise levels are also on the lower end, making this a very quiet mid-range tire. On the highway, there is a hum, which gets drowned out by other noises around you.
General nailed it with the warranty, another aspect of the AltiMAX RT43 that puts it near or above some premium models. The tire comes with a 75,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is impressive considering it’s a mid-range option.
- 75,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Superb refinement levels
- Excellent performance on dry and wet roads
- Not the best winter performer
- There’s almost no feedback through the steering wheel
#6. Kumho Solus TA71
As a direct competitor of the previous tire, we have one from Kumho. The Solus TA71 is a mid-range touring option offering plenty of performance at an affordable cost.
The performance on dry roads with the Solus TA71 is excellent. It’s a tire that will provide you with solid levels of grip and traction that will be far more than what most people would need in daily driving scenarios. Even though it’s not a tire that I would categorize as the stickiest, you can push it a bit to have some fun, as long as you keep in mind that it’s a touring tire. Even when you reach its limits, the tire will remain easy to handle. There is some responsiveness to it, but like most touring tires, the feedback is almost non-existent.
Driving on wet roads isn’t something that the Solus TA71 will struggle with. The tire has a good amount of traction on damp roads to keep it from slipping during acceleration. It’s not on the same level as the premium models, so getting too aggressive won’t be a fun experience unless you’re into that kind of activity. The aquaplaning resistance is pretty good for a mid-range tire. With this in mind, you shouldn’t expect the same performance levels as the premium rivals.
Similar to the previous model, the performance on snow isn’t the best. The Solus TA71 offers usable traction on snowy surfaces, and it seems to do a better job at it when the snow is unpacked. You can drive it on a packed one, but it’s barely acceptable. The performance will be poor in harsher conditions, like most all-season models.
The refinement levels of the Solus TA71 are pretty good for a mid-range model. It does a very good job in terms of comfort, ironing out the road imperfections. With larger holes, it absorbs them nicely, so you won’t feel too many vibrations in the cabin. On the noise side of things, at lower speeds, it’s very quiet, and there isn’t too much noise on the highway. The only time you’ll hear it is on rougher roads, and even that’s not terrible.
Unlike the previous model, the warranty isn’t as good. The Solus TA71 comes with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty which is more than what Michelin offers, but there are better models in the mid-range segment than this.
- Decent handling characteristics
- Performance is pretty good for a mid-range tire
- Usable on unpacked snow
- Almost no feedback through the steering wheel
- Treadwear warranty falls a bit behind some of its direct rivals
#7. Hankook Kinergy GT
The last mid-range touring tire for today is the Kinergy GT. Similar to the previous two models I mentioned, this one won’t excel in every metric, but it will deliver solid performance without being a massive strain on your budget.
If you’re driving normally, the Kinergy GT will be a tire that will satisfy your needs to the fullest. The grip and traction levels are high enough to eliminate any slip or understeer, and this tire will suffice for most drivers. This comes with short braking distances, so there aren’t too many complaints. That said, compared to the premium models, you will notice that the performance levels are slightly behind. Once you start to push it, you’ll notice that the responsiveness isn’t the best, and you won’t get a lot of feedback from it.
In wet conditions, the Kinergy GT is, again, good enough but behind the premium options. For everyday driving, the tire offers solid traction on damp roads, sufficient to drive slip-free, and the same goes for the grip levels. Pushing it too much will reveal that it’s not a premium tire, but surprisingly comes very close, especially when we’re looking at the braking distances. They are shorter than some of the mid-range rivals. I can say the same about the aquaplaning resistance, which keeps the tire stable even at highway speeds over deeper water patches.
As good as things seemed, the Kinergy GT doesn’t do so well in snowy conditions. The tire is usable if the snow is fresh and unpacked, so you can expect to get some decent performance out of it. In deeper snow, you’ll notice it struggling a bit more than most people would be comfortable with. It’s a similar story over packed snow, where the tire doesn’t have enough traction to be considered great.
Things improve when we look at the refinement levels. The Kinergy GT is a tire that won’t generate a lot of noise. It’s quiet at most speeds, so this is something that most sedan owners will find as a positive trait. The most you’ll hear from it is over rougher roads, but it won’t be obnoxious even then. In terms of comfort, this is a tire that won’t disappoint. The comfort levels are pretty good, and it smooths out almost anything without transferring tons of vibrations into the cabin.
Another aspect of the Kinergy GT that deserves high praise is the warranty. With a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, it outperforms most of the mid-range models in this category and some premium ones.
- Excellent refinement
- Plenty of performance for daily driving
- Longer treadwear warranty than some premium models
- Not the most dynamic tire in the mid-range segment
- The performance on snow isn’t the best, even in its class
#8. Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus
Moving away from the touring options, we have the all-season performance tires. This part of the list starts with the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 Plus, which is among the best you can get.
Unlike most of the tires I mentioned so far, the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus will excel in dry conditions. The tire has some of the highest levels of grip and traction on dry roads, offering a lot more. In daily driving scenarios, you probably won’t notice a massive difference, but that changes when you start to push it. The levels are much higher than any touring tire, and you can get the most out of your sporty sedan while keeping things safe. The handling is among the best there is, offering a very responsive nature and plenty of feedback through the steering wheel, and you won’t notice a ton of flex in the sidewall.
Continental is known for excellent wet performers, and the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus is no exception in some cases. The tire’s ability to stick to damp roads is excellent, thanks to the high levels of grip and traction. You can accelerate aggressively without too much wheel spin, and going around a corner won’t be a terrifying experience. With that said, there are some downsides. The aquaplaning resistance is decent and safe, just as are the braking distances. As good as that sounds, they aren’t the most impressive part of the wet performance, as some of its rivals do a better job.
As a performance all-season model, you’d expect some usability in snow conditions. The ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus offers solid levels of traction in lighter conditions over unpacked snow. Things are usable enough over packed one, but the tire will struggle a bit more in aggressive scenarios.
Even though UHP tires aren’t the best in terms of refinement, the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus isn’t the worst. The tire offers solid comfort levels, and it softens up some road imperfections. It’s not a touring model, but it’s not the stiffest tire here. The noise levels are pretty good, especially at slower speeds. There’s barely any hum, which is a good thing. With that said, at higher speeds, you’ll notice the tire a lot more.
The biggest surprise is in the warranty segment. As a UHP tire, the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus comes with a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty, which isn’t too far off from some of the touring models on the market.
- Superb handling
- Traction on dry and wet roads is among the best
- Decent comfort levels
- Wet braking distances fall a bit behind some of its rivals
- The aquaplaning resistance isn’t the best in class
#9. Michelin Pilot Sport All-Season 4
Michelin and Continental are age-long rivals, so as a direct competitor of the previous tire, we have the Pilot Sport All-Season 4
In dry conditions, the Pilot Sport All-Season 4 is a tire that’s among the best in terms of performance. You’ll get some of the highest levels of grip and traction, keeping the tire sticking to the road without any issues. Regardless if we’re talking about normal or aggressive driving scenarios, there aren’t too many situations where the tire will disappoint. One of those is in the most aggressive conditions. Don’t get me wrong, the tire is excellent, but you’ll notice it’s not a track-focused weapon at a certain point. As a result, even though it handles excellently, the responsiveness levels are a bit behind some of the best in class.
Wet roads are another aspect of the Pilot Sport All-Season 4 that won’t disappoint. On damp surfaces, the traction and grip levels are far more than what most people would need in normal driving conditions. You can even push it and have some fun, especially if you have a rear-wheel drive car. Regarding safety, the tire has some of the shortest braking distances in its class and has excellent aquaplaning resistance.
The Pilot Sport All-Season 4 is an all-season model, so you will get some usable performance on snow. Like most of its rivals, the tire’s best performance will be on shallow and unpacked snow. You can expect it to struggle a bit more on packed one, but still remain usable. The tire won’t deliver the performance you’ll need for harsher scenarios.
Considering that we’re talking about a UHP model, the refinement levels won’t be the best, but Michelin managed to make it decent in this regard. Even though there is some harshness to the tire when compared with the touring models, it’s not too bad. It softens up some of the bumps and road imperfections without too many vibrations. In terms of noise levels, the tire is quiet enough at slower speeds, but you’ll notice it a bit more on the highway or over rougher roads.
Regarding the warranty, the Pilot Sport All-Season 4 doesn’t do as well as the Continental model. Michelin offers the tire with a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is decent, but not the best in the premium segment.
- Decent snow performance
- Excellent performance on dry and wet roads
- Short braking distances, especially on wet roads
- Not the most affordable option
- The handling is slightly behind some of its rivals
#10. Kumho Ecsta PA51
The last tire on this list will be an affordable all-season UHP model from Kumho. I’ve chosen the Ecsta PA51 as a tire that can deliver pretty good performance while remaining more affordable than the premium options.
In dry conditions, the Ecsta PA51 will deliver excellent performance, considering it’s a mid-range option. There’s enough grip and traction to satisfy most enthusiasts, enabling them to have fun on a twisty road. Track use is on the table, as long as you don’t expect the best possible performance out of it. The tire also handles very well, offering excellent responsiveness and plenty of feedback. One area where it falls a bit short is the braking distances. They are short and safe, but there are some better performers even in its segment.
Driving in wet conditions with the Ecsta PA51 is a good experience. On damp roads, the tire traction levels are plentiful to eliminate slip when accelerating, even in aggressive scenarios. Around a corner, the grip levels will keep the tire on the correct path and avoid understeer. The braking distances are, again, slightly longer than the leaders in the mid-range category. In harsh rain, the stability is pretty good, as the tire provides excellent aquaplaning resistance.
The Ecsta PA51 is an all-season tire, so most people would expect some usable performance. Unfortunately, the tire doesn’t do so well in some situations. The traction on unpacked shallow snow is pretty good, and the tire can accelerate without too much slip. With that said, the tire doesn’t back that up with high grip levels, so the tire won’t be as planted in the corners. In terms of safety, the tire isn’t terrible, but the braking distances are slightly longer than its rivals.
Looking at the refinement, we see that the Ecsta PA51 has a dual personality. The positive side is the noise levels. As a performance-oriented model, the tire remains relatively quiet even when driving it on the highway. The comfort levels are the side that some people won’t like. It’s not overly harsh, but it doesn’t absorb bumps and smooth out imperfections like the premium models I mentioned.
The area where the Ecsta PA51 is on a similar level to some of the premium models is the warranty. Kumho sells the tire with a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is the same as the Michelin model and slightly less than the Continental one.
- The handling is dynamic
- Snow traction is solid
- There’s plenty of performance
- The comfort levels aren’t the best
- In dry and wet, the braking distances are slightly longer than some of its rivals