I voted for both Michelin and Yokohama. All of the (automobile*) tires I have purchased in the past ten years have been one or the other and I have been impressed with both. I have been disappointed with the other brands I have purchased purchased prior.
That being said, you really need to consider not just the brand of tire, but the “model” as well, as nearly all manufacturers will sell different “models” of tires with their brand name on them.
Tires are one item that I have decided not to try to save money on. Figuring they are to last 3 to 5 years, trying to save $100-250 on a set saves me less than $10/month. Not much, IMO, to avoid tire problems.
I pay attention to the treadwear rating, traction rating, temperature rating, and speed rating. Treadwear needs to be high to make the purchase make economic sense. For traction, I rarely drive in snow or ice, so I am more concerned about traction in water. Temperature, because I don’t drive in snow, I do drive in heat, so they have to be able to take the Texas roads. For speed, it really depends on the vehicle. I have a Chrysler 300M and a BMW 750iL. On the Chrysler, I use S or T (112-118 mph), but the V12 in the BMW can pull, so I won’t use less than H (130 mph). Not that I drive that fast in either vehicle, but they will go that fast and I really don’t want to deal with tire problems when I’m passing on a two-lane highway (about the only time I’d go over 80 in either vehicle).
*On the motorcycle, I’ll only run Metzler. The original tires were Dunlop and I was not happy with them. I put on a set of Metzler Marathon 880s and haven’t bought anything else. I don’t experiment much with tires.
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