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Top 2023 Summer Tires for Cars and SUVs

It’s difficult to not fall for inexpensive tires thinking that a “tire is a tire”

  • Tire price increases have steadied and demand is expected to be very strong.

  • AKA, the sooner you place an order and make an appointment, the better.

  • As always, a good set of summer tires means performance, safety, and efficiency.

The reality is that a set of good tires can and will make the difference between a fun and safe summer road trip and the very opposite. At this point, spring is already a few weeks old and if you haven’t started thinking about your summer tires, here’s your wake-up call.

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Investing in a good set of summer tires is essential. They are created to provide excellent handling on dry and wet roads, along with enhanced grip and improved fuel efficiency – that’s if you select the right ones. It can be daunting to select a good set of tires for several reasons including pricing and availability.

When it comes to tires, going for bargain brands is usually nothing more than a temporary fix. Indeed, money will be saved at first, but the compromises may include sub-par performance and faster wear. Sometimes, it pays to pay a little more upfront.

Here is a quick list of the top tire brands and models available for purchase at the moment. Our selection includes the top five options for compact cars, midsize cars, and crossovers, as these categories make up a significant portion of new vehicle sales in Canada.

Quick tip before getting into the list: Shop for your new winter tires now.

Top 5 replacement all-season tires for cars

Bridgestone Potenza RE980 A/S – Good water evacuation and performance, quiet.

– Michelin Pilot Sport A/S – Provides an ideal compromise between high-performance capabilities with both excellent wet and dry grip, longevity, and very good overall choice.

Nokian zLine – Responsive, good wet and dry grip, durable and very quiet.

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– Pirelli P7 Cinturato All Season – Comfort-biased, high mileage, quiet.

Yokohama Advan Sport A/S+– Very good wet and dry grip, quiet, and long-lasting.

Top 5 replacement performance tires for cars

BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp 2– Impressive grip, good wet handling.

Bridgestone Potenza RE050 – Impressive water evacuation and performance.

– Continental ExtremeContact Sport – Very good wet and dry grip.

– Michelin Pilot Sport 4S – Possibly the best overall high-performance tire.

NOTE: Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 – Anticipated replacement to the 4S. Available in limited sizes for the moment but will likely once more be the best overall high-performance tire.

– Pirelli P Zero (PZ4) – Exceptional wet and dry grip, very responsive. 

Top 5 replacement SUV tires

– Continental CrossContact LX25 – Quiet, long-lasting, good wet and dry handling

– Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive – Quiet, comfortable, good wet handling

– Michelin Defender LTX – Very good wet and dry grip, long-lasting, and lower rolling resistance.

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– Nokian Outpost APT – Robust, very good wet grip, smooth, comfortable, long-lasting.

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus 2 – Smooth, comfortable, and long-lasting.

The temptation to save 25% or even 33% (or more) per tire is difficult to resist but understand you will always get what you pay for. In other words, durability, performance, and safety are all compromised. Top-tier tire companies invest huge amounts to develop and make tires that meet and exceed requirements. And these are your best picks.


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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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