Sometimes car mechanics jokingly refer to tires as the most important component on a vehicle, and we’re here to tell you – with a completely straight face – that it’s true. Not only do tires affect handling and speed, but they also affect more subtle driving characteristics like comfort, interior noise, and fuel economy. Most importantly, tires can affect safety in enormous ways. Either positively, by helping maintain control in dangerous situations, or negatively, by being prone to blowouts and damage. So it’s absolutely vital to do your due diligence before ordering a new set.
All season tires are the biggest product line in the industry, as they are designed to perform well in a broad range of conditions. With our lineup, we’ve worked hard to select the best all season tires for this year under $100.
- Features to Consider in a Set of All Season Tires
- Best Cheap All Season Tires 2021 (Under $100)
- 1. Vercelli Strada 2 All Season Tire
- 2. Westlake All Season RP18 Radial Tire
- 3. Ohtsu FP7000 All Season Radial Tire
- 4. Goodyear Wrangler Radial Tire
- 5. Cooper Evolution Tour
- 6. Milestar MS932 Sport All Season Radial Tire
- 7. Uniroyal Tire Paw AWP II
- 8. Travelstar UN33 All Season Tire
- 9. Westlake SA07
- 10. Goodyear Eagle RS-A Radial Tire
- 11. SUPERMAX TM-1 All Season Radial Tire
Features to Consider in a Set of All Season Tires
Check your owner’s manual to see exactly what diameter wheel comes stocked with your car. When you buy a tire, make sure that you get a model with the proper wheel diameter and other specifications that your vehicle requires. In the U.S., wheel diameter is typically listed in inches.
Just driving around town, the most apparent characteristic of the tires will simply be how they drive. How do the brakes feel? Do you have traction when cornering and accelerating? Comfort and stability should also be taken into account when evaluating performance.
Keep in mind that all season tires are not meant to be perfect from a driver’s standpoint, as they’re optimized for lifespan and all-weather conditions. So if the tire feels a little duller than what you’re accustomed to, it’s because the manufacturer is trying to account for all conditions in just a single tire.
Inclement Weather Performance
Tire performance can be notably affected by adverse weather, and different tires are optimized for different driving conditions. Depending on what type of climate you live in, you should pay particular attention to how a tire performs in snow or rain.
Some tires on this list make sacrifices elsewhere to eke out performance advantages in rain or snow. Although those who live in warm, dry climates might not need to look for a tire with good bad-weather performance, if you live in an area that frequently gets snow and/or rain, make sure to get a tire that’s designed to function in all conditions.
If you drive long distances at high speeds, it’s important to understand what characteristics your tires will have under highway conditions. Above 55 mph, two main driving characteristics are generally affected: comfort and noise. We’ve evaluated each tire on these performance features, so if you frequently drive many miles on the highway, make sure you’re seeking out a tire that performs in demanding high-speed situations.
Treadwear is the word used to describe how many miles a tire will last on the road until it needs to be replaced. This usually has a negative correlation with performance, as higher-performance rubber is softer, and therefore wears out faster.
Many larger tire brands will offer a treadwear warranty as an incentive to purchase their products. This number will let you see the potential expected life of a particular tire. If your tread wears out, necessitating replacement before the promised mileage, the manufacturer will refund the purchase price of the tire.
Some manufacturers have more comprehensive warranties that cover the workmanship of the tire and will refund you if the product has any defects. Others include a uniformity warranty, which covers any unusual vibration or noise. We’ll address these warranties on a case-by-case basis.
Best Cheap All Season Tires 2021 (Under $100)
Tire Size: 16 inches to 22 inches
Topping our list is the Vercelli Strada, an all-round, all season pick that places an emphasis on excellent performance. The tire is made of rubber with a high silica content, which gives it low rolling resistance that contributes to great fuel efficiency. Simultaneously, the rubber compound delivers better grip, which aids in braking and steering performance.
The design of the tread itself is oriented towards high-speed stability. The tire has a channel in the middle, branded as a ‘center rib format.’ The tire also has ‘siping’, which is a factory process that puts shallow, visible cutouts into the rubber. This increases traction in wet conditions. Overall, the tread design helps with steady rolling at high speeds, and the sipes contribute to performance in suboptimal conditions. The tire also offers a very quiet ride, so it’s a great pick for drivers doing a lot of highway miles.
Handling is fantastic and the tires grip the road well during sharp, fast turns. The one area this tire is lacking is wintery conditions—while the rubber is great for handling in normal circumstances, the rubber is too hard to function at a maximum capacity during the winter. This might challenge the all season category, but we think this tire holds up good enough, as the performance is still above average for an all season tire even in winter.
A whole set can be bought for well under $300, so while they’re at a mid-range price for this list, they’re well below average for all tires. We like the low profile of the rubber itself, and we think it contributes to a great aesthetic. If you care about looks, you’ll like these.
Vercelli offers a no-questions-asked, free-replacement limited protection policy. If their tires become unusable due to the fault of the manufacturer within the first year, the tire will be replaced with a brand new Vercelli. Usable life expectancy for these tires is 45,000 miles, which is a little below average for this list.
Tire Size: 13 inches to 16 inches
Westlake is a small manufacturer distributed by the U.S.-based TireCo Inc. In the All Season RP18, they pursue the touring tire market, which is a segment of the market targeted at commuters and long-distance drivers. Some of the great features on this particular model are its minimal road noise, good comfort, and excellent wet grip.
The company used a symmetrical tread pattern when creating this tire. It is designed with four grooves running around the entire circumference. These grooves are optimized for even tread wear, which will help you maximize the tire’s life expectancy. The grooves also contribute to the tire’s excellent performance in both wet and snowy conditions. In fact, one of this tire’s strongest features is its rainy weather performance. Those who drive frequently in wet conditions should consider this tire, although we also liked the Travelstar UN33 for its great performance in the rain.
Wet weather grip translates across somewhat to snowy performance, and these tires handle moderately well in icy and snowy conditions, although they still don’t perform as well as a true winter tire. One small issue with this tire is its tendency to lose tire pressure a bit quicker than other models, but not by much. It just means you’ll have to check the PSI a little more often. Fuel efficiency is about average. Without a doubt, the number one benefit is price, and for most sizes you can pick up a full set for well under $200.
The Westlake RP 18 has an average life expectancy of about 55,000 miles. For the inexpensive price, we think this is fantastic. Just three sets will take you all the way to the average life expectancy of a car. While we anticipate a slightly longer lifespan, the warranty guarantees 45,000 hassle-free miles.
Tire Size: 14 inches to 19 inches
The Ohtsu FP7000 is an excellent performing tire that is priced affordably. While most budget-oriented tires are produced in China, this set is made in Japan, and the brand itself has a reputation for high quality. The tire has built-in treadwear indicators.
The tread itself is non-directional, which means the tire can function effectively no matter which way it is mounted. Due to this non-directionality, when the tires are rotated, they can be rotated in either direction. Since tires wear unevenly, multiple rotation patterns help to maximize life expectancy. This non-directionality does make some compromises with tread design, and thus it has poor winter weather performance.
On the outside edge of the tire there are v-shaped grooves, and on the inside edge is the same pattern pointing the other way. The grooves in the tire and the rubber used help reduce tread turbulence, which in turn provides a smooth and quiet ride. The grooves are particularly deep for an all season tire, which also yields increased traction in rainy conditions, making the tire particularly resistant to hydroplaning.
This tire is designed with specific size constraints in mind, so it’s important you buy the proper fit for your wheel and car. If you try to make this tire run on an inappropriately sized wheel, you risk the potential of a blowout. Although tread life is good, the quality of the rubber is less than stellar and there is often premature cracking of the tire surface.
Life expectancy is quoted at the wide range of 35,000 to 80,000 miles. Ohtsu offers a tread warranty that is backed by its parent company. They also guarantee tire uniformity with no unusual noise or vibration – for the first 2/32 inches of wear. They guarantee materials and workmanship free from defects for the first year or 2/32 inches as well.
Tire Size: 15 inches to 17 inches
Most picks we have in our lineup are made for passenger sedans. This tire is unique for going after the all season market in a different category, pickups and light trucks. For this reason, they come in bigger sizes and those who drive smaller cars should look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a great option for smaller, performance-oriented vehicles, check out the Goodyear Eagle.
The Goodyear Wrangler utilizes two layers of kevlar between a steel center belt in its construction to add stiffness and support. This creates a rigid tire, which improves handling, but comes with the downside of decreased comfort and elevated noise.
Wet handling is a big consideration for this tire as well, and performance is stellar for low-speed driving in the rain. At highway speeds, though, the tires begin to falter in the wet. Even in dry conditions, they struggle to maintain highway speeds. You can also see this manifest itself in the mileage per gallon, and you might notice a drop in highway miles per tank after installing a set.
Although it’s technically an all season tire, this rubber maintains a connection to its off-road roots by utilizing an aggressive tread that optimizes traction. It’s by no means a tire meant for off-pavement use, but it does offer more traction than other all season models. This thick tread also helps with winter weather performance; this is the tire on our list that does best in snow and ice.
These tires are rated for 50,000 miles but that number can be affected by speed, how often you monitor the pressure, and what kind of surfaces you normally drive on. Considering that most drivers who choose this tire might be driving fewer highway miles, you might see a longer lifespan.
Tire Size: 14 inches to 18 inches
Cooper is a storied tire manufacturer, with over 100 years in business and a well-earned reputation in racing. That’s not to say these tires are meant for Daytona, though—the Cooper Evolution is firmly a touring model meant to hold up during extended use. In fact, all sizes are guaranteed to at least 60,000 miles.
Even though Cooper has an emphasis on racing, this tire is far from the best performing in our group. The tread is relatively shallow and mostly meant for road use. Steering is mediocre, although more than adequate for most city driving. Fuel efficiency is good due to the low relief profile of the tires.
Although the Cooper Evolution lacks in sport performance, the manufacturer still places a strong emphasis on safety considerations. Braking is great and rain performance is more than adequate due to the tire’s hydroplane-resistant design. Running the tires in the snow is fine, but if you live in a climate that gets more than a couple of inches per year, you might want to consider buying a set of winter tires to supplement this set.
Where this tire really begins to excel is during long-term use. The 3D micro-gauge tread is specifically designed for even wear, which will keep the tire working effectively and consistently even above 60,000 miles. The compound of the tire emphasizes both fuel efficiency and durability, although ride noise and comfort in highway conditions isn’t fantastic. Depending on exactly which size you purchase, the tire is guaranteed to between 60,000 and 65,000 miles.
At the end of the day, longevity is what makes these tires worth it. You’ll pay a little more, with each set costing around $300 depending on the size you choose, but in terms of miles per dollar, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option.
While most sizes are guaranteed to 60,000 miles minimum, some versions are warrantied to 65,000 miles. There’s a uniformity warranty for the first 2/32 inches of wear, but unfortunately, no official warranty protecting owners from defects.
Tire Size: 14 inches to 20 inches
The Milestar MS932 is a sportier touring option meant to provide a tire with a long life span for performance sedans. These tires can also be installed on a small crossover for those looking to get a performance-oriented ride in a small SUV.
The tread is optimized for performance and water dispersion, and this tire does well in all conditions, maintaining traction and turning performance in the wet and in the dry. Wide grooves around the circumference of the tire help avoid hydroplaning and keep the car stable at highway speeds.
One thing we didn’t see other manufacturers pay attention to was aerodynamics. They utilized principles of airflow when they designed the surface, as well as the curvature of the tire itself, in order to help maximize efficiency. These features make the Milestar MS932 one of the most fuel-efficient tires in the bunch, and those looking to save gas will be well served by this option. While it comes in a wide variety of sizes, it also comes in three speed variations, each which is rated for progressively faster highway driving. Purchasing your tire based on your planned driving speed will also help you save at the pump.
Snow is an issue here; the fuel-saving rubber doesn’t work well in snow and becomes almost undriveable on ice. These tires are rated to a higher tire pressure, so the extra inflation doesn’t help either. At the end of the day, though, if you’re driving in a warmer climate this set of rubber will save gas while delivering extra performance—just don’t take them skiing.
As a touring tire, this set is guaranteed to a higher mileage, in this case rolling all the way up to a mileage warranty of 50,000 miles. That’s a long haul.
Tire Size: 14 inches to 22 inches
A subsidiary of the famed manufacturer Michelin, Uniroyal has been producing midrange offerings alongside the industry giant since 1990. Their focus is on the budget side of mainstream offerings, but their access to Michelin’s engineering and supply chain means that they can produce fantastically featured options at lower prices than competitors.
This brings us to the Tiger Paw AWP II. AWP here stands for ‘All-Weather Performance,’ and it’s true—the Tiger Paw maintains good grip and braking even in rainy and snowy conditions. This is thanks to a combination of the thickly grooved tread and the type of rubber used, which adds silica and carbon black to create a durable yet grippy compound. The mix of components yields a slightly softer tread, which is grippy but more susceptible to wear.
The tire is great for highway driving, it has remarkable noise dampening properties and gives a comfortable ride. Our only major complaint is the price tag. Four of these tires will set you back around $400, which sounds pretty steep next to a great budget tire like the Westlake RP 18. That being said, these tires are guaranteed to 75,000 miles, which tops our list.
Uniroyal’s mileage guarantee for the Tire Paw is number one on our list at 75,000 whopping miles. They also offer a uniformity warranty for the first 25% of the tire’s life, and a 45-day test drive policy.
Tire Size: 16 inches to 20 inches
The Travelstar UN33 is a high end, road-capable tire that maintains good performance in adverse conditions. This means that you can use it for day-to-day driving, but it will also function if you need to do some light driving on dirt, gravel, or snow. It’s designated ‘P’ for passenger vehicles, but we also see it being a good fit for crossovers and small SUVs. The tread pattern is asymmetrical, which helps with grip, braking, and wet weather.
Speaking of inclement weather, this tire functions fantastically in rain and snow. It’s still nowhere near a winter tire or an offroad-specific tire, but for maintaining mostly all season characteristics, this is one of the most versatile options. We’d recommend it to drivers located in rural settings and northern climates.
The rubber itself is relatively hard—this tire accomplishes its impressive multi-surface, multi-condition performance solely utilizing tread design. It’s still important to be aware that you’re driving an all season tire, but you can definitely get away with more than is typical on this set.
The cons here are typical for a tire with a more aggressive design. They wear out a bit quicker than average, and they’re both less comfortable and noisier than road-exclusive options. Lastly, fuel economy is worsened due to the thick profile of the tread. They come in at a mid-range price, well below $100 per tire, which is cheap but not quite in the same category as the least expensive offerings.
It’s disappointing that these tires are only guaranteed to 40,000 miles, but keep in mind the benefits of the all-round tread. Sacrifices have to be made somewhere, and this is where you pay the price of excellent all season handling even off road. Unfortunately, there’s no uniformity guarantee, nor is there a workmanship and materials warranty.
Tire Size: 16 inches to 20 inches
Westlake continues to expand its presence across the all season market with its latest offering, the SA07. With this tire, Westlake goes after a slightly different niche than with their other offering, the Westlake All Season RP18. While that tire is labeled a standard touring tire, offering good all-around performance at a budget price point, this tire is labeled in the performance touring category, with touring characteristics along with a performance vibe. You’ll feel this extra capability on the road and in your wallet; the tires typically come in at around $300 for a full set, depending on what size you need.
The SA07s still have one foot firmly in the touring category, offering excellent noise control and comfort on the highway. These features come by way of a slightly softer rubber, although this means long-term durability is compromised. But that’s to be expected with a sportier tire, and this set will still get you a guaranteed 45,000 miles.
Some of the performance features touted by Westlake are increased lateral stability and traction. The tire has a thick groove in the middle which helps the tire remain planted and will increase stability at both low and high speed. Traction comes courtesy of the fantastic tread and the horizontal sipes (factory-made cuts in the rubber) that help with grip during acceleration, cornering, and braking.
While these tires make some performance improvements on the first Westlake offering, we don’t feel like the price jump up is necessarily worth it unless you’re doing lots of highway driving in a more performance-oriented sedan. But for someone doing plenty of miles in a sporty car, this is a better-performing touring option that won’t break the bank.
All Westlake tires are guaranteed to 45,000 miles, but often you can get another 5,000 – 10,000 miles out of a set quite safely. Due to the soft rubber of these tires, the SA07s will probably fall short before the 50,000-mile mark.
Tire Diameter: 15 inches to 20 inches
Although this is one of the best performing tires in demanding circumstances available, it makes some sacrifices with its bad weather performance to get there. The tire is targeted at drivers of sportier coupes and high-end sedans, but there’s definitely still a practical side to this rubber. It offers predictable handling while being fun to put through the paces. The soft tire shoulder offers an increased cornering grip. It’s also classified as a touring tire, which means it’s meant to last for thousands of miles.
The construction of the tire is asymmetrical, so the outside edge looks different than the inside edge. This means that it’s a unidirectional tire, so make sure to be aware of that when during installations and rotations. Ride quality is fantastic and this tire helps keep the cabin very comfortable during drives. As far as road noise is concerned, this rubber is notably louder than many other offerings, but not so loud that it’s a nuisance.
The only issues with this tire come during inclement weather. Goodyear did design the tire with wide lateral grooves in the tread pattern for wet traction, but these tires don’t perform nearly as well as others on this list do in the damp. If you’re in a climate with frequent rain, consider a set of Westlake All Season tires, which are our top pick for wet weather. Snow performance is the same, and these are designed for just a little bit of light snow, nothing more. All in all, we think this tire is a great option for those driving sportier vehicles in milder climates.
There’s no mileage guarantee on the treads of these tires, but you can expect to get about 40,000 miles, a little below average for this category. Goodyear does offer a generous six-year free replacement policy for workmanship and materials, even if the defects become apparent after a long time. They also guarantee uniformity of the tire for up to a year.
Tire Size: 13 inches to 18 inches
Another all season touring offering in our list, you’re guaranteed to get an excellent lifespan out of these long-wearing tires. The set has an extended mileage warranty, and the design of the tire all but assures your tire will last even beyond the quoted mileage. They come at a fair price, too, with a whole set costing just about $200.
The company that makes this tire, Horizon, also cites safety as a strong emphasis on this product. They accomplish their goal by creating a tread that is meant to provide even wear, good braking performance, and blowout resistance. The tires wear evenly, especially when they are taken care of, rotated frequently, and their air pressure is monitored.
The downside here comes in terms of performance. The steering feels slightly sloppy and sluggish, especially at speed. The tires are simply not designed for exacting, demanding drivers. And that’s ok—this tire is for a different crowd. Although you won’t be taking these out to the track anytime soon, it’s not like they’re a nightmare to drive on. For just getting around town, this set is fine.
Rain and snow performance is average, but not anything to write home about. This tire also comes in a whopping 42 versions, so you’re all but guaranteed to find the size that you need for your sedan or small car.
This tire stands out in terms of durability, and it’s guaranteed for 50,000 miles and 5 years. They also have a standard warranty that protects from defects in workmanship and materials in the first year of use. No guarantee for tire uniformity, though, so if you end up with a vibration or a noisy tire, you’re on your own.