Summer tires for Executive and Large Family Cars should have balanced qualities: be quiet, comfortable and economical on city roads. And also should provide reliable grip, confident handling and full car control on the highway at high speed.
We’ll talk about 15 best rated Ultra High Performance Summer tires for Mid-Size & Full-Size Cars with rim’s sizes from 16″ to 18″ at different price category.
One of the new products from the Japanese manufacturer that replaced the Bridgestone Turanza T001 Evo in 2018. The model received an asymmetric tread pattern, is available in a huge range of sizes and is used as factory equipment for some Lexus models.
In tests, it demonstrates good fuel economy, high wear resistance and good dry and wet performance. A decent choice for urban use and long trips.
The 2017 model from the German concern combined at once two products: Premium Contact 5 and Sport Contact 5 (both were winners in various independent tests many times). The tire provides a quiet and comfortable ride maintaining excellent productivity at high speeds. Compared with its predecessors it has 15% greater wear resistance and 10% lower noise.
A good choice for those, who want the optimal balance of comfort and sporting character.
A relatively old model in English brand lineup (replaced the predecessor Dunlop Fast Response in 2013) that has not lost its popularity so far and is able to compete properly with many premium brands.
The tire demonstrates balanced high results in braking and handling on dry and wet and also offers high fuel efficiency and wear resistance.
The novelty of the summer season 2019 that replaced Goodyear Asymmetric 3 in the product line. In comparison with its predecessor the tread pattern has not changed significantly – the same asymmetry with wide longitudinal grooves. However, the engineers noticeably worked out the composition of the rubber compound, improving the braking properties of tires on wet asphalt without compromising wear resistance and fuel economy.
It is definitely a decent model to set on your car.
An asymmetric tread summer tire from a Korean manufacturer replaced the Hankook Ventus Prime 2 K115.
Despite the fact that Hankook is a relatively young brand and its products belong to the middle price category this model competes with premium brands like Continental, Dunlop, Michelin and others. In tests it demonstrates good braking and handling on dry and wet that is combined with an affordable price, high comfort and low noise, makes it an excellent choice for everyday use.
A premium summer tire with an asymmetrical tread pattern.
One of the features of the model is the use of Dynamic Response technology. This is an additional layer of aramid-nylon filaments that preserve the area of the spot of contact of the tire with the road at ultrahigh speeds.
The tire has repeatedly participated in various independent tests, where it became a winner and received high expert ratings. Therefore, it is an excellent choice for anyone who prefers comfort and safety at high speed.
Nokian Hakka Blue 2
Premium summer tire with an asymmetric tread pattern is designed for Passenger cars.
It was introduced in 2017 and is the second generation in the Hakka Blue line. To ensure high performance on wet and in rain, Dry Touch 2 technology is applied in the tire – special lamellas that remove moisture from the contact spot to wide central ribs. It also uses proprietary «Nokian Tires Coanda technology» that directs and accelerates the drainage of water from the wheel and maximizes the car’s resistance to aquaplaning.
“Green” summer tire with asymmetric tread pattern that continues the legendary Cinturato P7 product line.
This is one of the few models in the world that, in several sizes, has received at the same time the highest “A” rating in rolling resistance and wet handling. At the same time, its wear resistance in comparison with its predecessor was increased by an average of 10%.
A good choice for an economical ride within the city roads and on a highway.
Summer tire with asymmetric tread pattern from a Dutch manufacturer owned by Indian Apollo. Although the model was introduced back in 2012, it still has not lost its popularity and is a constant participant in comparative tests.
The tire combines high resistance to aquaplaning with confident traction on a dry and wet. A decent choice for the city and high-speed travel on the highway.
Like previous Vredestein, Yokohama was launched in 2012.
To make driving more precise and responsive, Japanese engineers used «Matrix Rayon Body Ply» proprietary technology borrowed from sports tires from auto competitions. It is also worth to notice separately the composition of the Sport Compound 5S rubber compound, which includes three polymers at once that increase wear resistance and grip on a wet, as well as reduce rolling resistance.
The summer “rain” tire with an asymmetrical tread pattern from the Belgian company Uniroyal. It was launched in 2013. Its main feature is proprietary “Shark Skin Technology”, which significantly increases tire’s straight and lateral aquaplaning resistance.
In test it shows good results not only on the wet asphalt, but also on dry. Well priced, balanced and comfortable tire for everyday using.
Another tire in the rating from a Japanese manufacturer with an asymmetric tread pattern.
Despite the modest price, the tire looks decent against the background of premium competitors and offers a good ratio of characteristics. If you do not want to overpay for the brand and get a reliable level of security – without a doubt Falken deserves your attention.
2017 novelty from the German brand replacing its predecessor in the product line. The model is not particularly distinguished by outstanding results but it offers the best price-performance ratio and therefore deservedly takes place in the ranking.
Model of 2018 with an asymmetric tread pattern from a subsidiary French manufacturer Michelin.
Among its main advantages – it’s an affordable price, low noise level, comfort, high wear resistance and fuel economy. Brake performance qualities and handling are average but generally safe.
It is a budget and reliable solution for a quiet ride in the city.
And in the end of the rating, the tire of a Taiwanese manufacturer, presented on the European market in the summer season of 2016. Its place in the ranking is well-deserved: at a modest price, it shows not worse results (sometimes even better) than many premium brands. For example, in a test from the German publication Auto Bild Sportcars in 2019, its dry braking distance was only 0.6 meters longer, than the leader – the Italian Pirelli.
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