What Are The Best Summer Tires For 2021?

Spring has arrived and it’s time to swap your winter tires for summer or all-season tires. Some people don’t think it’s necessary, but driving on winter tires in summer does pose some safety risks, which is why we recommend buying summer or all-season tires for optimal safety all summer long, regardless of road conditions.

With so many models available, finding the right tires can feel overwhelming. We’ve made a list of the top 5 summer and all-season tires. The tires on our list are top sellers chosen based on customer reviews.

* The following tires are compatible with subcompact cars, compact cars, sedans and minivans, as well as some small crossovers and compact SUVs.

Michelin DEFENDER T+H: Synonymous with durability

One of the top-selling Michelin products, this tire has proven its worth. The Defender T+H is designed to deliver a quiet, comfortable ride thanks to its Comfort Control TechnologyTM, which makes it quieter than the average tire. Its MaxTouch ConstructionTM helps maximize tire contact with the road during braking and acceleration, making this a long-lasting touring tire. Combining performance and safety, the Defender T+H provides excellent traction on both wet and dry roads.

Key features:

  • Good treadlife
  • Quiet, comfortable ride
  • High performance

In a nutshell:

  • Price: Starting at $129.99
  • Warranty: 6 years / 130,000 km*
  • Test drive: 60 days*

*See manufacturer for details

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Goodyear ASSURANCE MAXLIFE: Zero compromise

The tread design on the Assurance MaxLife tire makes for enhanced stability and less rolling resistance. Its tread is designed to provide optimal performance on wet and dry roads. Deep grooves expel water, reducing the risk of hydroplaning. The tire also has a tread wear gauge that lets you check tread wear at a glance. All these features make it a reliable, long-lasting tire.

Key features:

  • Fuel economy
  • Good traction in wet and dry conditions
  • Integrated tread wear gauge

In a nutshell:

  • Price: Starting at $142.99
  • Warranty: 140,000 km*
  • Test drive: 30 days*

*See manufacturer for details

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Yokohama AVID ASCEND GT: Tamer of wet conditions

The Avid Ascend GT is quiet and offers excellent ride comfort and uniform wear. Its new TriBlend compound delivers excellent traction in all conditions. The asymmetric groove arrangement in the tread provides greater braking performance in wet conditions. It is extremely responsive and handles well, making for a safe, comfortable driving experience. 

Key features:

  • Excellent traction in wet conditions
  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent handling

In a nutshell:

  • Price: Starting at $113.99
  • Warranty: 5 years / 110,000 km*
  • Satisfaction warranty: 30 days*

*See manufacturer for details

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BFGoodrich ADVANTAGE CONTROL: A safe, long-lasting tire

This is a new BFGoodrich tire. Its Computer Optimized Footprint provides long-lasting treadlife. The tire’s Next Generation g-Wedge Sidewall StabilizerTM provides comfortable handling. Aqua-FlumeTM Technology disperses water for excellent traction in wet conditions and less hydroplaning. Combining safety and durability, the tire provides high quality at a reasonable price.  

Key features:

  • High quality at a reasonable price
  • Safe handling
  • Excellent traction and braking in wet conditions

In a nutshell:

  • Price: Starting at $101.99
  • Warranty: 6 years / 120,000 km*

*See manufacturer for details

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Cooper CS5 ULTRA TOURING: For stability

This tire is synonymous with stability. It’s great in all conditions, wet or dry. The tread design provides uniform wear for long-lasting treadlife. Its 3D Micro-GaugeTM siping provides good traction during acceleration, braking and cornering. It provides a stable, safe and quiet ride.

Key features:

  • Good stability
  • Uniform wear for long-lasting treadlife
  • Excellent traction in all weather conditions

In a nutshell

  • Price: Starting at $104.99
  • Warranty: 130,000 km*
  • Test drive: 45 days*

*See manufacturer for details

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Traction - dry road

Dry-road traction is a tire's ability to brake effectively and respond well to the steering wheel on dry roads.

Traction - wet road

Wet traction is a tire's resistance to hydroplaning and its ability to provide safe driving in wet conditions.

Traction - snowy road

Snow-covered road traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely snow-covered pavement.

Traction - icy road

Ice traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely ice-covered pavement.

Durability

Durability refers to how many kilometres a tire can go before it stops performing.

Comfort/noise

Comfort refers to the ride quality of a tire and the noise it emits on the road.