Are your Chevy Spark tires due for an upgrade? One way to tell is by paying close attention. Tires needing replacement are much noisier in their final stretch than when they were brand new. Spent tires also make lots of vibrations, resulting in a bumpy ride.
Notice the above signs but cannot decide on the replacement? All-season tires are an ideal option if you want to enhance the Spark’s built-in qualities, which include above-average fuel economy, agile road handling, and a fairly easy ride in the city.
However, summer or high-performance tires will be needed if you want to make the Spark’s ride perkier. These tires offer superb high-speed stability, cornering grip, and straight-line tracking. You can thus count on them to improve this car’s performance.
In need of tires that can offer a safe ride on snow and ice? Winter tires are a no-brainer. These tires’ specialized tread compound (which remains flexible no matter how low the temperatures drop) and biting edges keep them firmly planted on the road.
Best All-Season Tires
There are various reasons why you may want to install all-season tires on your Chevy Spark. Think of good performance in a variety of weather conditions, the chance to hit this vehicle’s EPA-estimated fuel economy, and no need to install separate sets of tires for different seasons.
#1. General Altimax RT45
Why would Chevy Spark drivers want to put the Altimax RT45 on their car?
Start with the fact that this tire is brand new. Released in June 2022, the Altimax RT45 contains the latest technologies that distinguish General Tires from the competition. As such, you can count on it to improve the Spark’s ride in more ways than one.
Take, for instance, its dry performance. For an all-season touring tire, the Altimax RT45 performs decently when the sun is shining. It allows you to brake, accelerate, and corner without slipping. Quick lane changes are also quite easy to execute.
The RT45 will also make your Spark a reliable performer in the rain. The reason why I’m pretty sure about this is because its wet braking distances are lower vis-à-vis competition.
To further sweeten the deal, this tire won’t need replacement when there’s snow on the roads. A combination of open shoulder slots and circumferential grooves sees to it that this tire can safely carry you from point A to point B on snow-laden roads.
And the best thing about this tire? General backs it with a 60,000 to 75,000-mile treadwear warranty, indicating up to 5 years of road life.
- Exceptional dry and wet performance
- Offers decent stability on packed and unpacked snow
- Up to 75,000-mile treadwear warranty
#2. Michelin Premier AS
If you prefer our top choice but believe there are better options in the same price range, Michelin’s Premier AS might confirm your judgment.
At the time of writing, there isn’t much price difference between the Premier AS and Altimax RT45. True, this tire costs more than its counterpart from General. But the price difference appears negligible once you compare the prices of other tires of these brands.
And you might want to pay the difference. Why is that so? The Premier AS outperforms its competitors in many areas. The first of which is ride quality, with this model offering a much more refined and noise-free ride than General’s flagship A/S touring tire.
Wet and light-snow performance is another area where the Premier AS fares better, although the difference is negligible. Think of slightly shorter braking distances in the rain, a nominally higher water evacuation rate, and marginally better traction on snow.
Why, then, you might be wondering, is the Altimax RT45 our top pick?
As noted above, this tire comes with a warranty that could touch the 75,000-mile mark. In contrast, the Premier AS is only backed to last 60,000 miles. Also, while the Altimax RT 45’s size range help it cover all trims of the Chevy Spark, that isn’t the case with the Premier AS.
- Quiet and comfortable ride
- Can handle mild wintry conditions
- Superb wet traction
- Average treadwear warranty
- May not fit every trim of the Chevy Spark
#3. Yokohama Avid Ascend GT
Impressed with what our top two picks have to offer but still want more options before making a decision? In that case, the Avid Ascend GT deserves to be on your shortlist.
Hailed as one of the best tires for sedans by one of my colleagues, the Avid Ascend GT shows why it deserves such high praise. It not only offers a super-quiet and comfortable ride. But this tire does that at a price point many other tires fail to match.
Similar excellent performance is on offer on wet roads. This tire’s circumferential grooves do an excellent job of evacuating water and keeping the contact patch dry. This, in turn, is exploited by the 3D sipes on its tread. The result is reliable braking in the rain.
Moreover, the Avid Ascend GT is one of the few tires that care for your pocket as much as they care for the environment. The credit for this goes to Yokohama’s BluEarth Technology, which lowers rolling resistance to reduce fuel emissions and boost mileage.
Best of all, Yokohama offers this tire with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty, 5,000 miles higher than what you’re getting on some sizes of the General Altimax RT45 and all sizes of the Michelin Premier AS.
- Available at a budget price point
- Low rolling resistance for superb fuel economy
- Surprisingly comfortable ride for a pocket-friendly tire
- Average snow performance
#4. Bridgestone Ecopia EP 422 Plus
If you Google the query ‘best Chevy Spark tires Reddit’, one tire that would keep popping up in the recommendations would be the Ecopia EP 422 Plus.
One can guess that might be because Redditors know how fuel-efficient this tire is. Estimates by Bridgestone put its rolling resistance at 23% lower than its previous model. This means that you can count on it to reduce your trips to the pump.
This tire’s refinement may also have impressed its users. Many drivers I have personally spoken to – who have used this tire – were bullish about its road manners. Most of them were particularly impressed about its ability to keep quiet on broken roads.
The EP 422 Plus also does well in the snow, as long as it’s shallow and unpacked (which is another way of describing snow scattered by the traffic). Unfortunately, you’d have to slow down to enjoy the same level of stability when the snow is still packed.
There’s one final reason why you may want to take the Redditors’ word and install this tire – it’s backed to last 75,000 miles (or as high as our top pick).
- Incredibly fuel efficient
- Quiet and comfortable ride
- 75,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Might not be the best tire for extremely harsh weather
Best High-Performance Tires
Given the fact that the Spark is relaxed at highway speeds and makes lane changes without feeling twitchy, pairing it with performance tires makes sense.
#5. Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus 3
When Pirelli launched the P Zero AS Plus 3 in July 2023, I was expecting this tire to beat the competition in more ways than one. Thankfully, it proved me right.
Despite being an A/S high-performance tire, the P Zero AS Plus 3 delivers the kind of bite you mostly get from summer UHP tires. This tire stays glued to the road under hard breaking, confidently scrubbing speed as you change lanes or take sharp corners.
Steering feedback is pretty sharp as well, meaning you’d get an excellent feel of what is going down there on the road. Fortunately, its steering response is amazingly fast, letting you execute quick lane changes while retaining complete control over your car.
Pirelli says that it’s not just on the track where this tire impresses. Compared with the Scorpion Zero AS Plus (yes, Pirelli skipped the AS Plus 2 name), this tire is reported to offer 4 percent better wet braking. Braking in the snow has been jacked up by 20 percent.
This tire also has a new tread compound (although Pirelli doesn’t tell us exactly what it has put in the tread compound). However, to its credit, it has put its money where its mouth is. How? By slapping this model with an excellent (for its class) 50,000-mile treadwear warranty.
- Delivers lots of feedback to the steering wheel
- Lets you execute quick lane changes with confidence
- Best-in-class 50,000-mile treadwear warranty
- May not be the best performer in cold weather
#6. Kumho Ecsta PA31
The Kumho Ecsta PA31 isn’t your average all-season ultra-high-performance tire.
Mainly because your average A/S UHP tire is too dedicated towards extreme performance. The Ecsta PA31, on the other hand, also offers quite a bit of refinement. You can thus count on it to offer the best of both worlds.
Another reason this tire is different is that it gives you the kind of confidence in the rain that drivers typically associate with all-season tires. Plus, thanks to the thick density of sipes on the tread, it offers a surprising amount of grip on snow and ice.
A 50,000-mile treadwear warranty further distinguishes this model from rivals. Most of these don’t come with any guarantee whatsoever, let alone one that rivals that of mid-range A/S tires.
Unfortunately, it isn’t just the good things that set this tire apart from competitors. For example, you don’t typically associate a lackluster cornering grip with UHP tires. Yet that is precisely the area where this tire falters.
- Offers a comfortable driving experience
- Spectacular performance on wet roads
- Excellent braking distance and performance
- Cornering grip could be better
Best Winter Tires
If your driving route sees more than its fair share of snow, all-season tires may not be able to cut it. What you need instead are dedicated winter tires. These tires come with specialized tread compounds that keep the rubber soft no matter how low the temperatures drop.
#7. Bridgestone Blizzak WS90
If there’s one thing every driver can agree upon, it’s that the Bridgestone Blizzak WS90 are the market’s finest snow and ice tires.
A specialized tread compound is the primary force behind this consensus. The tread compound doesn’t let this tire’s rubber harden up, no matter how adverse the weather conditions become.
Bridgestone’s MultiCell Technology is another reason this tire is so famous. This technology sees to it that the WS90 traps snow, generating added friction on frozen roads for better traction.
The 3PMSF symbol on this tire’s tread further certifies this model’s snow-driving credentials. This symbol is only awarded to tires that have met the rater’s strict criteria for snow driving.
- Superior traction on thick snow
- Carries the 3PMSF symbol
- Wears less quickly than rival winter tires
- No treadwear warranty
#8. Michelin X-Ice Snow
The Michelin X-Ice Snow is as adept as the Blizzak WS90 at handling snow and ice. Yet there are areas where this tire fares better.
Take, for instance, its V-shaped tread pattern. The tread pattern features dedicated channels to evacuate water and slush from within the tread area. The result? Improved snow and wet traction.
Then comes its silica-based tread compound. Besides staying flexible in sub-zero temperatures (a non-negotiable for any snow tire), the tread compound lowers the tire’s rolling resistance. You can thus expect to get a high fuel economy for a dedicated winter tire.
A 40,000-mile treadwear warranty creates further distance between the two tires. However, to be fair, the Blizzak WS90 isn’t the only winter tire that comes without a mileage guarantee. Around 99% of models in this category fall in the same category.
- Offers better handling and traction at speed
- Delivers a quite ride regardless of the weather conditions
- Class-leading 40,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Asking price may blow a hole in your pocket
Although Chevrolet has decided to discontinue Spark, this car’s budget asking price means owners won’t be in a hurry to trade in this car anytime soon. As such, it makes sense to pair this car with tires that won’t require replacement anytime soon.