The Best Quiet Tires for 2018

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We are all in agreement that it is much more relaxing to enjoy a comfortable and quiet ride while traveling down the highway. How that is achieved can vary from one make and model of automobile to another, but it is also affected by the tires on your vehicle. The right tires can provide a smoother and quieter ride, but there are a wide variety of tires on the market, so choosing the right ones can be a challenge.

How do you select quiet tires for your car? We will explain that to you in our buyer’s guide, which will lay out the components necessary for a tire to perform quietly and how they are integrated into various types of tires. In addition, our review of ten quiet tires will give you an opportunity to examine how the features and components we discuss in our buyer’s guide are implemented by various tire manufacturers.

Our objective with this article is to provide enough information to allow you to make a well-qualified decision when it comes time to purchase those quiet tires you’ve been needing and wanting. So, let’s go ahead and take a closer look into what makes one set of tires perform quieter than another set of tire.

 

Why do you need quiet tires?

Road noise is an irritant, especially when it is continuous during an extended trip. Though other factors contribute to road noise, your tires can make a big difference when it comes to reducing that noise, the tension and irritation, allowing you to enjoy a more relaxed and comfortable trip.

 

How are quiet tires best used?

Purchasing quieter tires will help reduce road noise, but how your tires are used also contributes to the noise level. Here are a few of the best uses of tires that will help make them quieter:

• Driving at lower speeds reduces road noise.
• Properly inflated tires with the right PSI makes them quieter.
• Proper maintenance including: balancing, alignment and rotation will help promote better tread wear and keep those quiet tires functioning in the way they were designed.

 

What are some features to look for in quiet tires?

Making quieter tires has been an engineering objective since tires were first put on a car. Though new discoveries and new technology are being applied by manufacturers on a regular basis, there are a few general features that make some tires quieter than others.

Tread Blocks

Tread blocks are the first area of concern when it comes to reducing tire noise. Highway tires tend to have varied and smaller tread block sizes, which help to eliminate some of the noise, though they give away a little bit in traction. Larger tread blocks, which provide more traction in all terrain, mud terrain and snow tires, but which create more noise.

Voids

The spaces between the tread blocks are called voids. Smaller voids are used in quieter highway tires, because they help to dampen noise. All terrain, mud terrain and snow tires have wider spaces between the tread blocks in order to get more traction, but they are noisier.

Channels

Channel is the term used to describe the grooves which run the entire circumference of the tire tread. These grooves are put into place to help reduce tire noise and tend to show up on highway tires, but are absent in all terrain, mud terrain or snow tires, because they do not contribute to traction.

Shoulders

The shoulders on a tire are the edges of the tire’s treads. Their shape can also make a difference to the noise level of tires. Semi-closed or sloped shoulders are found on highway tires and reduce noise levels. Open shoulders, which are typically used on all terrain tires are a bit noisier. Aggressive, open shoulders, which are nearly square tend to be used on mud terrain, snow and heavy-duty tires because of their ability to improve traction, but they add to tire noise.

Other Factors

Though these four factors are the major components which add to or take away from tire noise, there are a few additional factors to keep in mind when it comes to tire noise. Here are those factors in brief form:

• Narrower tires make less noise in the same way that a smaller drum makes less noise than a larger one.
• Softer rubber composition can reduce noise as well.
• Tires that are toward the end of their tread life make more noise because there is less of a cushion between the belts and the road.
• Unevenly worn tires also are noisy because the built-in performance features no longer function in the same balance to reduce noise.

Keeping these factors in mind, you will be able to make a better qualified examination of various brands and models of tires in order to find the set of tires which will best fit your needs. Let’s compare some of those brands and models now.

 

 

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Radial Tire

Mid-level luxury and luxury cars as well as SUVs and minivans can benefit from both traction and a quieter ride using Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Radial Tires. Better traction in snow and rain conditions and longer tread wear are features of these tires. They also provide lower rolling resistance for decreased friction. You will get better fuel economy as well as better handling in wet or dry conditions with these tires.

The Good

• Three channels design is included with these tires.
• They feature an asymmetrical tread block pattern.
• They have semi-closed shoulders.

The Not So Good

• The voids in these tires vary from small too large.
• These tires are designed for a broader range of autos and don’t really address specialized needs of touring cars.

A Great Choice If…

You are looking for an all-season radial, which fits a wider variety of vehicles maintains traction while reducing tire noise. You might not be happy with these tires if you have a more specialized auto.

 

 

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Continental PureContact Radial Tire

Silica-enhanced, all-season traction and tuned performance are features of Continental’s PureContact Radial Tire. The addition of silicone to the rubber enhances tread wear and reduces pattern noise. Vertical ridges in the channels also help to promote snow traction. Twin steel belts help to absorb road vibrations caused by surface irregularities. These tires are weight-optimized to reduce friction with the road.

The Good

• Silica enhanced rubber improves tread wear and reduces pattern noise.
• Three groove design and asymmetrical tread blocks are present.
• Voids between tread blocks are smaller.
• Semi-closed shoulder design as well.

The Not So Good

• Wear life on these tires is going to be a little shorter.
• These tires are not going to be as good in wet weather and snow as some.

A Great Choice If…

You live in an area where the extremes of weather aren’t a extensive and put less mileage on your car annually. You won’t be as happy with these tires if you put a lot of miles on your car in wet or snowy weather.

 

 

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Michelin Primacy MXV4 Radial Tire

Michelin’s Primacy MXV4 Radial Tires are part of their Grand Touring All-Season line created for coupes, sedans, minivans and crossover SUVs. They have a long tread life and are designed to reduce road noise while improving traction in wet weather and light snow. The materials and tread design of these tires are optimized to reduce vibration and fiction with the road while offering plenty of biting edges for better traction.

The Good

• Excellent channel design for reduced noise.
• Asymmetric tread blocks with small voids are present in this tire.
• Rounded profile is also present.
• Design components add to the tire’s quietness.

The Not So Good

• This tire will not provide great traction in snow.
• Won’t hold up under long-term wear.

A Great Choice If…

You do not put a vast amount of mileage on your vehicle on an annual basis and don’t tend to drive in snow. You won’t be happy with these tires in winter conditions.

 

 

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Hankook Optimo H727 All-Season Radial Tire

This standard touring tire, the Hankook Optimo H727 All-Season Radial Tire was also created for coupes, sedans, crossovers, minivans and SUVs with the goal of combining low noise, longer tread life and all-season traction. Optimo H727 tires include four circumferential grooves to help get rid of water and prevent hydroplaning on wet roads. Its high-density sipes enhance traction in light snow and its symmetric tread design helps to reduce road noise and improve tread wear.

The Good

• Well-rounded, semi-closed shoulder design for reduced noise.
• Four channels and asymmetrical tread blocks are present.
• The voids between tread blocks vary, but are decent.

The Not So Good

• Designed for a wider variety of vehicles, so won’t address a specific type of car’s issues well.
• These are not going to work well in snowy conditions.

A Great Choice If…

You need a more generic tire which is likely to reduce noise better than most. You won’t be happy with this tire if you do a lot of winter driving.

 

 

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Michelin Energy Saver A/S All-Season Radial Tire

Also among Michelin’s All-Season Radial Tires is the Energy Saver A/S, which is a tire designed for hybrid and fuel efficient autos. Though their reputation is for greater fuel economy, these tires still provide decent wet and snow traction without giving up too much in noise level. These tires are optimized for less friction and lower noise. The addition of silica in the tread compound also increases tread wear and enhances traction.

The Good

• Semi-closed shoulders are present on this tire.
• This tire has four channels and asymmetrical tread blocks.
• The voids between tread blocks are small.
• Optimized silica tread material will reduce friction.

The Not So Good

• This tire is for a very specialized type of vehicle.
• These tires won’t work well in the snow.

A Great Choice If…

You drive a hybrid or fuel efficiency model car. You won’t be happy with these tires in the snow and they really won’t do well on cars for which they are not designed.

 

 

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Goodyear Assurance Comfortred Touring Radial

A premium passenger, all-season tire created for luxury coupes and sedans is the Goodyear Assurance ComforTread Touring Radial. Longer tread wear with year-round traction are the primary objectives of this tire’s design, but it makes use of super-shock absorbent rubber between the steel belts and treads to add additional insulation against road vibration from uneven surfaces. Lower friction and road noise is accomplished through an asymmetric tread design and circumferential grooves.

The Good

• Nicely rounded shoulders and four channel design on this tire.
• Asymmetrical tread blocks with decently small voids between them.
• Additional rubber belts between steel belts will also help reduce road vibration.
• This tire is built for better traction as well as longer tread-life.

The Not So Good

• These are not adequate snow tires for extreme winter conditions.

A Great Choice If…

You drive a touring sedan or luxury sedan. You won’t be happy with these tires in extreme winter weather.

 

 

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Bridgestone Dueler H/T 684 II All-Season Radial Tire

This Bridgestone Dueler H/T 684 II All-Season Radial Tire was designed for light trucks, SUVs and crossovers for all-season wear and traction. It features a rounded casing profile for a smoother ride while also providing notches in the grooves to encourage better snow traction as well as an asymmetrical tread design to encourage a quieter ride.

The Good

• Rounded casing profile will encourage a quieter ride.
• Four channel design will also help reduce road noise.
• This tire will provide better snow traction than many of the others in this review.

The Not So Good

• The tread blocks are a bit too symmetrical and the voids between them are a little wide.
• This tire won’t work on sedans and passenger cars.

A Great Choice If…

You drive a light truck, SUV or crossover and are subject to more frequent winter conditions. You won’t be happy with this tire on a sedan or passenger car because of the road noise.

 

 

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Goodyear Eagle LS-2 Radial Tire

Another all-season radial with a smooth, quiet ride is the Goodyear Eagle LS-2. This tire features four circumferential grooves to help evacuate water for better wet traction, an asymmetrical tread block pattern and sequence, and rim protection to prevent damage from accidental curb impact and scrapes. In addition, this tire has a rounded shoulder profile for better noise reduction.

The Good

• The well-rounded shoulders and four channel tread pattern on this tire will reduce road noise.
• The tread blocks are asymmetrical and the voids between them are small.
• This tread on this tire will wear will and you will get greater longevity out of this tire.

The Not So Good

• This tire won’t be great in extreme snow and ice conditions.

A Great Choice If…

You want a long-wearing tire that is quiet and will handle most wet weather and some snow. You will not be happy with this tire in extreme winter weather.

 

 

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Cooper Discoverer H/T Plus All-Season Tire

Light trucks, SUVs and sport trucks were not left out of the mix when it comes to quieter, touring tires with the Cooper Discoverer H/T Plus All-Season Tire. It provides the all-season touring option of a quieter ride without sacrificing too much traction. This tire’s dual channels and asymmetrical tread block design helps to make it a quieter tire than the typical all-terrain types that are put on these models of vehicles, but you will give up some traction.

The Good

• The two channel design will help reduce road noise.
• This tire includes an asymmetrical tread block design with small voids between them.
• There is still enough of a closed shoulder and symmetry to the treads to give them traction.

The Not So Good

• The shoulder on this tire is a bit more closed, so it will be some noisier.
• These tires won’t work on passenger cars and sedans.

A Great Choice If…

You want a quieter ride in your light truck, SUV or sport truck, but don’t want to give away too much traction. You won’t be able to use this product if you drive a passenger car or sedan.

 

 

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Dunlop Grandtrek AT20 All-Season Tire

The Dunlop Grandtrek AT20 All-Season tire rounds out the selection in this review. This tire is designed for luxury SUVs to provide a quieter ride. Multiple grooves and a multi-pitch tread design help to contribute to reduced tire noise as well as maintaining all-weather traction. Dimensionally stable polyester has been added for tire uniformity as well as a smoother ride with much lower vibration.

The Good

• The added feature of dimensionally stable polyester will help provide less road noise.
• The four channel pattern and multi-pitched tread design will also keep down the noise.
• You will still get good wet weather and decent snow traction for your SUV with these tires.

The Not So Good

• The voids between the tread blocks are a bit wide for producing a quiet ride.
• These tires will not work on any vehicle but an SUV.

A Great Choice If…

You have a luxury or higher-end SUV and want a smooth ride without completely sacrificing traction. You will not be happy with this tire on any vehicle outside the class for which it was designed.

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