Whenever you begin looking at new tires for your particular vehicle, you will quickly notice ones that are classified as touring tires and those that are all season tires. So, what is the difference between the two? Is one better than the other? Here’s a look at the answers to these and a few other questions you might have.
It was only a few years ago that tire manufacturers came out with this style. They are not the same as their all season counterparts. Instead, they have been developed to provide a level of comfort and performance that is a step up from a regular radial model.
They generally offer much better high speed handling and a smoother ride. On a side note, they may not be classified as a high performance tire, but they do provide much better traction in the rain or in winter weather conditions.
You find touring tires on many of your luxury cars, minivans and SUV’s. If you do a lot of highway driving then this may be the best solution to go with. Although a bit more costly, they have excellent treadwear and most have 60,000 to 80,000 mile warranties.
All Season Tires
This style of tire has been around for many years now. They have a unique “all weather” tread design that provides you with the best in year round handling and driving, regardless of weather conditions. If you live in areas that see a lot of rain, snow and ice, then this might be your best option to go with.
The tread on an all season radial is designed with more sipes to push away the water on rain or slush covered roads, yet roll along nicely on dry pavement.
Although not built for performance style handling and cornering, these tires are a solid all around favorite of most drivers.
Which Tire Is Best?
Honestly, each one has its own unique characteristics and market. I can not say that one is truly better than the other in certain conditions. It really comes down to where you live, what type of vehicle you have, and how you drive it.
If you live in an ever changing climate, the all season model is for you. If you are looking for increased comfort and highway performance, the touring model is a great choice.