15 best cheap tires for your money

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Your tires are a big part of what keeps you and your family safe on the road. You want to be sure you get the best cheap tires for your ride when you’re on a budget.

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Money expert Clark Howard says he always buys tires based on price and has never had any problems with them. But he does offer this warning: “Don’t buy from a low-volume dealer. The tires might have sat for so long that they could be rotted out.”

To ensure you’re buying your tires at the right place, take a look at our article detailing the 10 best places to buy tires.

Meanwhile, on the question of which tires to buy, Consumer Reports recently took a look at more than 150 tire models and put them through the ringer.

After driving on many of them constantly for up to 16,000 miles in rural Texas, the magazine named its top picks across several categories:

15 best cheap tires for your money: Table of contents

Best All-Season Tire

General Altimax RT43

General Altimax RT43-T

  • Tested tread life: 80,000 miles
  • Speed rating: 118 miles per hour
  • Size tested: 215/60R16
  • Price: $86

Michelin Defender

Michelin Defender

  • Tested tread life: 90,000 miles
  • Speed rating: 130 miles per hour
  • Size tested: 215/60R16
  • Price: $122

Best Performance All-Season Tire

Michelin CrossClimate +

Michelin CrossClimate +

  • Tested tread life: 75,000 miles
  • Speed rating: 168 miles per hour
  • Size tested: 215/55R17
  • Price: $171

Continental PureContact LS

Continental PureContact LS

  • Tested tread life: 90,000 miles
  • Speed rating: 149 miles per hour
  • Size tested: 215/55R17
  • Price: $128

Best Ultra-High Performance Tire

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ 

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+

  • Tested tread life: 45,000 miles
  • Speed rating: 186 miles per hour
  • Size tested: 225/40ZR18
  • Price: $152

Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus

Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus

  • Tested tread life: 50,000 miles
  • Speed rating: 186 miles per hour
  • Size tested: 225/40R18
  • Price: $126

Continental ExtremeContact DWS06

Continental ExtremeContact DWS06

  • Tested tread life: 50,000 miles
  • Speed rating: 186 miles per hour
  • Size tested: 225/40ZR18
  • Price: $147

BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

  • Tested tread life: 45,000 miles
  • Speed rating: 168 miles per hour
  • Size tested: 225/40ZR18
  • Price: $116

Best All-Season Truck Tire

Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus

Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus

  • Tested tread life: 65,000 miles
  • Speed rating: 118 miles per hour
  • Size tested: 265/65R17
  • Price: $153

Michelin Premier LTX

Michelin Premier LTX

  • Tested tread life: 40,000 miles
  • Speed rating: 130 miles per hour
  • Size tested: 265/65R17
  • Price: $181

Firestone Destination LE 2

Firestone Destination LE 2

  • Tested tread life: 65,000 miles
  • Speed rating: 112 miles per hour
  • Size tested: P265/65R17
  • Price: $148

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus

  • Tested tread life: 65,000 miles
  • Speed rating: 118 miles per hour
  • Size tested: 265/65R17
  • Price: $177

Michelin Defender LTX M/S

Michelin Defender LTX M/S

  • Tested tread life: 85,000 miles
  • Speed rating: 118 miles per hour
  • Size tested: 265/65R17
  • Price: $170

Best All-Terrain Truck Tire

Continental TerrainContact A/T

Continental TerrainContact A/T

  • Tested tread life: 65,000 miles
  • Speed rating: 112 miles per hour
  • Size tested: 265/70R17
  • Price: $159

Michelin LTX A/T 2

Michelin LTX A/T 2

  • Tested tread life: 85,000 miles
  • Speed rating: 112 miles per hour
  • Size tested: P265/70R17
  • Price: $199

Final thought

When you’re looking for the best cheap tires, it’s helpful to have some guidance to sort the good picks out from the bad ones.

Once you’ve made your mind up on the best tires for the money for your budget, you’ve got to decide where you’re going to get them installed. We’ve got guidance to help you there, too!

Here’s our list of the 10 best place to buy cheap tires.

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