The automotive industry is filled with multiple vehicle types, offering various advantages depending on your needs. Even though crossovers and SUVs seem to be a popular options, I feel that sedans are still a very common choice for many people.
Plenty of manufacturers still make them, and today’s list will cover something from the premium segment. In this list, I’ll be talking about a model from Acura, the luxury brand of Honda. It’s the TLX, and I’ll present you my picks for the best tires for it.
I’ve taken the latest generation of TLX, which has been on sale since 2021. In terms of sizes, I’ll be covering most of the lineup with the 18- and 19-inch tires. Keep in mind that this doesn’t include the Type S model. To be fair, some of these tires may come in 20-inch sizes.
#1. Michelin CrossClimate 2
Since Acura is the luxury version of Honda, it’s natural to want something premium for your TLX. My first pick comes from the grand touring segment, and it’s the CrossClimate 2.
Looking at the dry performance, it’s clear why we consider this tire to be one of the best. The CrossClimate 2 delivers phenomenal performance in dry conditions, giving you more than what you’d need for most driving conditions. There’s even enough grip and traction to push it and have some fun if you want to. The tire’s braking distances are excellent, cementing itself near the top. As for the handling, you have two sides to consider – the responsiveness, which is excellent for a touring tire, and the slightly muted feedback.
Things don’t change too much in wet conditions, and the CrossClimate 2 continues to be an excellent choice. The tire deals with damp roads excellently due to the high levels of grip and traction. Thanks to those, you won’t notice the tire slipping even if you get a bit carried away. Being able to stop in a short distance is crucial in these conditions, and the tire doesn’t disappoint. In hard rain conditions, the V-shaped tread pattern does a phenomenal job of clearing water from beneath the tire, offering excellent aquaplaning resistance.
Unlike many tires in this category, the CrossClimate 2 comes with a 3PMSF rating, so the snow performance is pretty good. The tire deals with unpacked snow like a champ, and you may even find it usable in deeper patches. Packed snow isn’t a massive problem, and even though you can get it to slip, it won’t be as bad as with other tires from this category. Keep in mind that it’s an all-season tire, so this performance is available in lighter conditions.
Another aspect of the CrossClimate 2 that deserves high praise is the refinement. You’re looking at a very comfortable tire, meaning the ride will be as plush as possible. It can deal with anything from road imperfections to potholes with ease and keep the vibrations to a minimum. It’s the same story with the noise levels. The tire is quiet at slower speeds, even when you’re driving on rougher surfaces. There is a hum at highway speeds, but you’ll only notice it if you look for it.
I feel like the warranty is the weakest point of this tire. The CrossClimate 2 comes with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty, which isn’t the longest in this segment.
- Plenty of performance in dry and wet conditions
- 3PMSF rating for solid snow performance
- Quiet and comfortable
- You won’t have a lot of feedback through the steering wheel
- The 60,000-mile treadwear warranty is behind some of its rivals
#2. Pirelli P7 AS Plus 3
Next on my list is another premium grand touring tire, which is from Pirelli. The P7 AS Pus 3 is a tire designed mainly for low rolling resistance without a massive sacrifice on performance.
The dry performance of the P7 AS Pus 3 is excellent, and like the previous tire, you’ll get more than what you’d need in most cases. There’s plenty of traction to prevent the tire from slipping on acceleration, and the cornering grip will allow you to push it and have some fun. The braking distances are also very short, putting it up on the ladder with the Michelin model. I especially like the handling, which is pretty dynamic for a tire from this class. It’s responsive and sharp, meaning you can have fun on a twisty road.
Uncordially, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine when it comes to wet performance. The P7 AS Plus 3 is a solid performer in these conditions, which should be fine for average drivers. With that said, you won’t have a lot of headroom to push it if you’re an aggressive driver. The grip and traction levels on damp roads are behind some of its rivals, just as are the braking distances. Don’t get me wrong, the tire does a very good job, but not the best. I can also say the same about the aquaplaning resistance. Sure, it’s stable in harsh rain, but not as stable as some of its rivals.
When it comes to snow performance, the P7 AS Pus 3 goes back to being excellent. The tire deals with light conditions very well, offering enough traction on packed and unpacked snow to make it a usable option in these conditions. As an all-season tire, there is a point where the conditions will be harsh enough, and the tire will start to struggle. It means that deep snow, very low temperatures, or ice are things that this tire won’t handle well.
Refinement is something that the P7 AS Pus 3 does very well. The tire offers low noise levels, which is what you’d expect from a premium touring tire. Regardless of whether you’re driving around town or on the highway, the hum won’t be too noticeable, and the tire will remain acceptable and quiet on rougher roads. The comfort levels are excellent, and you’ll get a smooth ride. Small imperfections aren’t a problem, as this tire can iron them out quite well. With larger potholes, the initial hit is dampened, and the tire will absorb most of the vibrations.
Unlike the previous one, the warranty of the P7 AS Pus 3 is pretty good. You can get the tire with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is pretty good for the grand touring segment.
- Phenomenal dry performance Plenty of performance in dry and wet conditions
- Sharp and responsive handling 3PMSF rating for solid snow performance
- High comfort levels
- The overall wet performance is behind the best-in-class models
- There are some more affordable options in this class
#3. Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive
Next on the list of premium touring tires, I present one from Goodyear. The Assurance ComfortDrive is definitely a model that won’t disappoint in terms of performance, but it’s not a perfect one.
If the roads are dry, the Assurance ComfortDrive will offer all the performance you’d need for daily driving your TLX. The grip and traction levels are pretty high, which is what you’d expect from a premium tire. As a result, tire slip is almost non-existent, even when you get a bit aggressive. The cornering grip is equally impressive, meaning you won’t notice too much understeer unless you throw it into a corner at very high speeds. To keep you safe, the tire offers short braking distances and remains very controllable even when you start to approach the limit. Speaking of control, the handling is average. The tire isn’t the most responsive of the bunch, and you won’t have too much feedback, so it’s not a tire that you’ll be pushing hard.
Things remain impressive even when you’re driving in wet conditions. The Assurance ComfortDrive deals with damp roads very well, offering high levels of traction preventing too much slip, while the cornering grip will keep you from driving straight with the steering wheel turned. This comes backed by braking distances, which are among the shortest in the premium segment. The tire also does a phenomenal job in harsh rain. It offers excellent aquaplaning resistance, meaning the stability isn’t compromised even at higher speeds.
Winter performance is where the Assurance ComfortDrive disappoints. As an all-season tire, I wasn’t expecting the best performance, but I hoped to be a bit better. The grip and traction levels are noticeable behind several tires from this class. It’s a similar story with the braking distances. Even though they are short, they aren’t near the shortest. The tire will be acceptable in lighter conditions, but you will notice a bit more slip, especially if you compare it with other tires. Like many all-season tires, performance on ice is available, but only in a pinch. It’s not a winter tire, so don’t expect comparable performance.
The Assurance ComfortDrive does decently well in terms of refinement, but it’s not a tire that will excel. On the comfort side of things, the tire deals with bumps and road imperfections well, offering a smooth ride. It can dampen potholes well, but it seems to struggle to absorb the vibrations as well as other premium touring tires. As for the noise levels, while I’m on the topic of potholes, the tire will produce a noticeable thump. That aside, I don’t have many complaints about the noise levels. They are low, and the hum won’t be intuitive even at highway speeds.
In terms of warranty, it’s identical to the previous one. The Assurance ComfortDrive comes with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, meaning that it does a pretty good job in this segment.
- Grip and traction levels are more than enough for daily driving
- 70,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Low noise levels
- Winter performance is behind its rivals
- Doesn’t absorb vibrations as well as some of its rivals
#4. Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack
If you’re looking for one of the quietest tires on the market, this is an excellent option. The Turanza QuietTrack has been considered the best in terms of refinement, but it also doesn’t lack in terms of performance.
Dry roads are something that the Turanza QuietTrack will have no issues with. The tire offers very high levels of grip and traction, which helps it remain planted on the road. As a result, the tire will have no issues with regular driving and will handle some aggressiveness. In addition to that, you’re also looking at some of the shortest braking distances in this category. Even though the tire has enough to be pushed, the handling isn’t particularly fun. It’s responsive enough and offers decent feedback, which won’t excite many enthusiasts.
The Turanza QuietTrack continues delivering excellent performance in wet conditions as well. You’ll have dependable traction on damp roads, which will help keep the slip to a minimum, even during aggressive acceleration. The same goes for the grip levels – they’re high and will minimize understeer as long as you’re not overly aggressive. When it comes to the braking distances, they’re short and safe, but there are a few models that can stop better. For the aquaplaning resistance, the tire does a phenomenal job in harsh rain and remains stable without any issues.
I’d say the Turanza QuietTrack is good for winter performance, but nothing to write home about. The tire deals with shallow unpacked snow decently well, and the traction is good enough to be usable. Packed snow can be problematic in some situations, so you’ll need to be careful with your input if you want to use it in these conditions. The tire is fine in lighter conditions but is still behind the best-in-class models.
Refinement is what the Turanza QuietTrack is all about, and it does that marvelously. The noise levels are the lowest in the grand touring segment, thanks to which the tire’s hum is almost unnoticeable even at higher speeds. Comfort is another thing that this tire offers. The ride is smooth and plush, thanks to the tire’s ability to iron out imperfections and smaller bumps. Going over potholes isn’t a terrible experience, as the tire dampens the impact and keeps the cabin vibration-free.
The warranty is another big plus for this tire. Bridgestone offers the Turanza QuietTrack with an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is among the longest in this segment.
- Long treadwear warranty
- Marvelous refinement
- Plenty of performance on dry and wet roads
- There are a few models in this class that are a bit better on snow
- Wet braking distances aren’t the shortest in its class
#5. Michelin Primacy Tour A/S
The CrossClimate 2 isn’t the most affordable option, so what if you want a slightly more affordable Michelin tire? In that case, you should consider the Primacy Tour A/S, which may not be perfect, but it’s also not as expensive.
If the roads are dry, the Primacy Tour A/S will deliver all the performance you need without any hesitation. The traction and grip levels are high enough to keep the tire from slipping in normal driving conditions and a bit of aggressiveness. It’s not a UHP tire, so you won’t have a blast on a track, but you may have a bit of fun here and there. In addition to that, you have short braking distances to rely on to keep you safe. The handling is solid but not perfect. You will get good levels of responsiveness, making this a dynamic tire. Unfortunately, the feedback is a bit muted, even when compared to some of its rivals.
The Primacy Tour A/S is a tire that won’t disappoint in rainy conditions. There’s more than enough grip and traction to prevent slip in daily driving scenarios and you’ll have short braking distances to keep you safe. The tire will handle some aggressiveness, and it will be fine. With that said, once you start approaching the limits, it may become a bit restless. As long as you’re not driving your TLX like you stole it, you won’t have any issues. Another situation where the tire won’t have any issues is the stability in harsh rain. The aquaplaning resistance is excellent, thanks to the tread pattern’s ability to evacuate water from beneath it.
Concerning winter performance, the Primacy Tour A/S does a pretty good job in lighter conditions. As long as the snow is shallow, the tire won’t struggle to deliver the necessary traction for daily driving. The traction on packed snow is also pretty decent, and even though you can get it to slip, it’s not the worst experience in the world. All of this comes in a package with short braking distances, making this a safe tire in these conditions.
As a premium tire, you can expect the Primacy Tour A/S to offer high levels of refinement. The noise levels are very low, and the hum the tire produces is almost unnoticeable when driving at slower speeds. On the highway, it’s a bit more pronounced, but it’s not too loud and gets drowned out by wind or engine noise. The comfort levels are pretty good if you’re a fan of a slightly stiffer ride. It deals with bumps or road imperfections quite well, but in some cases, you find it to be a bit harsh, which isn’t a massive issue for some people.
The warranty is the weakest part of the Primacy Tour A/S, considering it’s a premium option. It comes with a 55,000-mile treadwear warranty, meaning that it’s behind even some mid-range models.
- Excellent dry and wet performance for most driving scenarios
- Low noise levels
- Responsive for a grand touring tire
- The treadwear warranty is behind some mid-range models
- Not the best option to push hard in wet conditions
#6. Yokohama Avid Ascend GT
The last of the grand touring models on today’s list is a mid-range one. With the Avid Ascend GT, you’re looking at a solid balance between price and performance, which is what some people may be after.
Dry performance is something that the Avid Ascend GT offers in abundance, considering it’s a mid-range tire. The grip and traction levels are high for this class of tire, meaning that there aren’t too many situations when it will slip. Naturally, it’s not a UHP tire, so don’t expect it to excel on a track, but you can have some fun with it if you want to. To be fair, in some areas, I feel like this tire does a better job than some premium rivals. This becomes evident from the handling as well. The tire’s quite dynamic, considering it’s a grand touring option, offering enough responsiveness and acceptable feedback.
Despite being a mid-range tire, the Avid Ascend GT doesn’t struggle in wet conditions like some of its rivals do. The tire deals with damp roads very well, offering dependable performance, which is enough for most people. It’s not a tire with the most grip and traction in the industry, but the levels are high enough to deliver a safe driving experience. Speaking of safety, the tire’s braking distances are very short, in some cases shorter than some premium competitors. I can say the same about the aquaplaning resistance. The tire remains stable even at higher speeds when driving in pouring weather conditions.
Another area where the Avid Ascend GT delivers solid performance is in winter conditions. The snow traction is pretty decent as long as you’re not asking too much of it. It’s a usable tire in lighter conditions, meaning that as long as the snow is shallow, it won’t struggle too much. You may notice a bit more slip on packed surfaces, but only when you get a bit aggressive. In addition to everything, the tire also offers short braking distances.
The refinement levels of the Avid Ascend GT are very good for a tire from the mid-range segment. You’re looking at a tire that delivers a plush ride thanks to its ability to smooth out a good amount of road imperfections. Going over potholes also isn’t an issue, and the hit is dampened, and you won’t notice too many vibrations from going into the cabin. The noise levels are also very good for this category. It doesn’t produce a lot of noise, and the hum isn’t too pronounced, even when driving at highway speeds.
When it comes to warranty, the Avid Ascend GT is pretty good. The tire comes with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty, putting it ahead of some premium competitors.
- Dry and wet performance is pretty good
- Well refined
- Dynamic handling characteristics
- Some models offer better performance on snow
- You won’t have a lot of feedback when you’re pushing it to the limit
#7. Kumho Majesty 9 Solus TA91
My last all-season pick for today’s list is another mid-range tire from Kumho. The Majesty 9 Solus TA91 is another great tire that balances performance and cost, similar to the previous model.
The tire delivers plenty of performance in dry conditions, making it an excellent option for daily driving. With the Majesty 9 Solus TA91, you’re looking at plenty of grip and traction, meaning that as long as you’re not too aggressive. The tire has some room to push it if you’re the type of driver who likes a bit of aggressiveness. You also have the short braking distances to rely on to keep you safe. Surprisingly, the tire is pretty dynamic for a mid-range touring option. The responsiveness is pretty good, and it’s light and easy to maneuver. As for the feedback, the on-center feel isn’t the best, but it’s not a massive issue.
Driving in wet conditions is something that the Majesty 9 Solus TA91 deals with well. The traction on damp roads is pretty solid, and you won’t have to deal with too much slip. Going around a corner isn’t an issue, as the tire’s grip is more than enough for daily driving scenarios. As for the braking distances, they are short, which are shorter than many of its mid-range rivals. In harsh rain, the tire offers excellent aquaplaning resistance, meaning that the stability isn’t compromised.
Winter performance is something that the Majesty 9 Solus TA91 doesn’t do too well. The traction on snow is usable, but it’s not something spectacular even when compared with similarly priced models. It deals well enough, as long as you’re not too aggressive with it. You won’t have a lot of room to push it, and I didn’t find this tire particularly acceptable on icy surfaces.
I’m going back to the strong side of this tire, and that’s the refinement. The Majesty 9 Solus TA91 offers a comfortable ride as it smooths out or softens bumps and potholes. You may notice some vibrations here and there, but it’s not a massive issue. In a worst-case scenario, you’ll need to drive on a very bad road to notice some bounciness. The noise levels are also excellent, and the most you’ll hear from this tire is a hum. It increases a bit in intensity on rougher roads, and that’s the most you’ll hear from it, at least in terms of intrusiveness.
The warranty of the Majesty 9 Solus TA91 isn’t the best, even when compared with other mid-range models. You can get the tire with a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is average for this class.
- Comfortable and quiet
- Very responsive
- Plenty of grip and traction in dry conditions
- The treadwear warranty is behind several mid-range models
- Winter performance is average
#8. Michelin X-Ice Snow
The last 3 tires on this list will cover models with winter performance in mind, starting with a premium option. My first pick is the X-Ice Snow, a tire that I’d rate as one of the best in its class.
If the roads are clear and dry, the X-Ice Snow will offer all the performance you’ll need for daily driving scenarios. It’s not a UHP tire, but the grip and traction levels are more than enough, even if you’re a slightly aggressive driver. Getting too carried away will get it to slip, but you’ll have short braking distances to keep you safe. The handling isn’t the strongest side, which is the case with most winter tires. It’s not particularly responsive and doesn’t provide a lot of feedback, so enthusiasts won’t be too happy to push it hard.
Like many premium tires, the X-Ice Snow deals with rainy conditions excellently. The grip and traction levels on damp roads are high, meaning that the slip or understeer will be kept to a minimum. I have to point out that you will need to be mindful of the limitations in these conditions and don’t expect the same performance as in dry. This tire also offers short braking distances and excellent aquaplaning resistance, so I don’t have any complaints here.
The “ice” and “snow” in the name are justified, as the X-Ice Snow offers exceptional performance in these conditions. Snow isn’t an issue in any shape or form. As a result, the tire will offer plenty of traction on packed and unpacked snow, as well as slush. To keep things in check, the tire’s braking distances are short and remain controllable even at the limit. When it comes to ice, I have to say that it’s not a terrible performer. Sure, it’s not a studdable tire, but it deals decently well in these conditions.
Refinement is something that the X-Ice Snow does well. The noise levels are quite low for a winter tire. There is a faint hum around town, which most people wouldn’t notice too much. At higher speeds, it becomes noticeable, so that’s my only slight complaint. The comfort levels are excellent, thanks to the fact that this is a relatively soft tire. It can absorb bumps and impacts well and prevent most of the vibrations from entering the cabin.
The best part about the X-Ice Snow is that unlike most of its rivals, there is a treadwear warranty, which has you covered for 40,000 miles.
- Excellent snow and ice performance
- Grip and traction levels on dry and wet roads are superb
- It’s not the most responsive tire of the bunch
- The hum at higher speeds is a bit noticeable
#9. Continental VikingContact 7
As a direct competitor of the previous tire, we have one from Continental. The VikingContact 7 is another model that I praise for being excellent at what it does.
Similar to the previous tire, the VikingContact 7 delivers superb performance in dry conditions. The tire’s ability to claw to the road is excellent, meaning that you have high levels of grip and traction to rely on. As a result, the tire can accelerate or go around a corner without breaking a sweat. I was also impressed by the short braking distances, making this an excellent performing tire. Even though it can handle some aggressiveness, it’s not designed for that, so don’t expect miracles. The handling is solidly responsive and offers a decent amount of feedback, which is fine for most people.
Rain is something that won’t cause any problems for the VikingContact 7. The tire deals with damp roads very well, offering plenty of traction. It means that you can accelerate without the tire slipping. The cornering grip is also pretty good, so the understeer will remain something you won’t experience. Like before, the tire has some limitations, so don’t expect it to do something that’s impossible. My only complaint is the braking distances. As short as they are, I feel like they don’t quite match the rest of the performance, mainly because they fall behind a couple of models in this class. One thing I cannot fault is the excellent aquaplaning resistance.
The VikingContact 7 was made with winter performance in mind, and it doesn’t disappoint in this regard. On snow-covered roads, the traction will come in abundance, offering all the performance you need for daily driving and more. The tire deals with any kind of snow with ease, remaining planted and easy to handle in these conditions. Throw in the short braking distances, and you can understand why I consider it to be among the best. Like the previous tire, there is some ice performance, which is a big plus in my book.
As for the refinement, the VikingContact 7 does a very good job, and most people will be happy with it. The comfort levels are very good, and you’re looking at a plush ride. It won’t have too many issues with smaller or larger bumps, and the only slight complaint is that the tire doesn’t like bad roads too much. The noise levels are low for a winter tire. Naturally, there is the roar, but even in the worst possible cases, I’d still call it a quiet winter tire.
- Winter performance is excellent
- The tire offers plenty of grip and traction for most people
- Decently quiet
- The comfort on bad roads is somewhat hindered
- Doesn’t offer the shortest in class braking distances on damp roads
#10. Falken Eurowinter HS01
My last pick for a winter tire is one from the mid-range segment. The Eurowinter HS01 is a tire that comes at a lower price point when compared with the other two, meaning that it’s another option that balances price and performance.
In dry conditions, the Eurowinter HS01 offers more than enough performance for daily driving. The tire’s grip and traction levels are pretty good for a mid-range model, meaning you’ll get good performance if you’re not the world’s most aggressive driver. It can handle getting pushed a bit, but not as much as its premium rivals. The tire also delivers short braking distances, which is an important aspect in terms of safety. When it comes to handling, I feel like this tire is average. Winter tires aren’t overly responsive, but this one is behind even some mid-range rivals.
The Eurowinter HS01 is a tire that will provide the necessary performance to keep you safe in wet conditions. It combines plenty of grip and traction with short braking distances. It’s a mid-range tire, meaning that it won’t be on the same level as the premium options, but in this category, I feel like it does a pretty good job. You may not have a lot of room to push it, but at least it won’t disappoint in daily driving scenarios. One thing I found impressive was the aquaplaning resistance. The tire remains stable in harsh rain, and it does that better than even some premium options.
As good as everything sounded so far, the Eurowinter HS01 is a slightly disappointing winter performer. The tire deals with snow well enough to be a good choice for people looking for a dependable daily driver. It offers a good amount of traction on unpacked snow, and even though it feels like it’s struggling on packed one, I still wouldn’t call it terrible. It’s the same thing with the braking distances. They are short, but not the shortest. Although it’s behind some mid-range models, it’s still a solid performer in these conditions.
Regarding refinement, the Eurowinter HS01 follows the traditional trend of winter tires. It means that you’re looking at excellent comfort levels. The tire offers a plush ride, thanks to its ability to smooth our road imperfections. It also absorbs bumps pretty well and keeps most of the vibrations from entering the cabin. As for the noise levels, it’s a winter tire, so it’s not particularly quiet. Some options in the premium segment are quieter, but not this one. The hum is noticeable a bit, even at slower speeds, which turns into a mini roar in some situations, like driving on rougher roads.
- Excellent aquaplaning resistance
- Solid performance in daily driving conditions
- High comfort levels
- Not the quietest tire of the bunch
- Average performance on snow