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Summer tire rating 2022, tests "Behind the wheel"

Summer Tires


  •  Before summer tire prices skyrocket, it's time to decide what to put on your "swallow". And this difficult task will be helped by Za Rulem experts, who have tested summer tires from different manufacturers.

  •  The tests were carried out at the AVTOVAZ test site, and the Skoda Octavia with ABS and ESP turned on acted as a carrier vehicle.

And we present to you summer tire rating 2023 according to the tests "Behind the wheel", where we have included this year's novelties and popular models that have won many awards and positive customer reviews.

Top 10 best summer tires of 2023

10. Goodyear Efficient Grip Compact

Goodyear EfficientGrip Compact – Opens 2023 Summer Tire Rankings

  • For passenger car
  • Summer tires
  • Size 195/65 R15
  • Speed index T (up to 190 km/h)
  • Load index 91 (615 kg)

  •  These tires have demonstrated good directional stability and predictable behavior on wet pavement. In addition, they are "little" in terms of fuel consumption at a speed of 60 km / h.

  •  However, you can’t call them soft, and the pilots of “Behind the Wheel” had comments on handling on a dry road.

Pros: economical, quiet tires, go well in puddles and mud, predictable behavior with careful maneuvering at speeds up to 130 km / h.

Cons: mediocre grip for its price segment, harsh.

9. Toyo Proxes CF2

Toyo Proxes CF2

  • Purpose: for a passenger car
  • Seasonality: summer
  • Spikes: no
  • RunFlat technology: no
  • chamber: no

  •  One of the best summer tires in 2023 from a well-known Japanese manufacturer is characterized by reduced fuel consumption up to 60 km/h, high acoustic comfort and excellent directional stability.

  •  But the Toyo Proxes CF2 brakes on dry asphalt worse than those of the participants above on the list, and the handling on dry pavement is mediocre.

Pros: soft and quiet, forgiving pits and has good grip even at high speeds.

Cons: long braking distance on dry pavement, do not drive fast on dry pavement.

8 Nokian Nordman SX3

Nokian Nordman SX3

  • Summer tires
  • Speed index V (up to 240 km/h)
  • Load index up to 97 (730 kg)
  • Tread pattern type asymmetric

  •  This model is designed for small family cars, and differs in three things:

  1. Softness.
  2. Acoustic comfort.
  3. Good drainage.

  •  The latter was achieved thanks to Coanda technology.

“The curvature of the tread blocks on the inner shoulder of the tire directs and accelerates the outflow of water from the longitudinal groove into the transverse groove and then brings it out. We apply the well-known Coanda effect, based on the property of the flow to change direction depending on the shape of the surface. The Coanda effect is also being successfully used in other industries, for example, to improve the aerodynamics of the wings of aircraft and Formula 1 cars.”, said Marko Rantonen, Development Manager for Nokian Tires.

Pros: predictable behavior on dry and wet roads, soft, most wear-resistant summer tires.

Cons: expensive.

7. Yokohama BluEarth-Es ES32

Yokohama BluEarth-Es ES32

  • Purpose: for a passenger car
  • Seasonality: summer
  • Spikes: no
  • RunFlat technology: no
  • chamber: no

  •  Another Russian-made summer tire boasts good handling on various types of road surfaces and sufficient directional stability to make the picky Za Rulem experts give a thumbs up.

  •  They have slight complaints about the handling of the car, "shod" in Yokohama BluEarth-Es ES32 when performing extreme maneuvers on wet surfaces. However, if you are not going to drift or race on these tires in the rain, then go for it.

Pros: low price, medium hardness, quiet, tenacious road holding.

Cons: extreme driving on wet asphalt is not for these tires.

6. Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005

  • Summer tires
  • Speed index Y (up to 300 km/h)
  • Load index up to 112 (1120 kg)
  • Tread pattern type asymmetric

  •  In various tests, Turanza T005 showed fast wet braking and excellent aquaplaning resistance.

  •  Thanks to four even grooves and a slightly modified tread pattern (rounded edges of blocks, etc.), the machine, “shod” in Turanza T005, effectively removes water from the contact patch even at high speeds.

  •  As for fuel efficiency, according to this indicator, the Japanese woman became the winner in the ADAC tests.

  •  Two more advantages of this model are softness and comfort during the trip. At the same time, the sidewalls are strong enough so that you do not have to worry about cuts during the trip, for example, on large gravel.

Pros: quiet, excellent handling in the rain, economical, wear-resistant.

Cons: price, dubeet at temperatures close to zero.

5. Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde

Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde – the best directional stability at high speed

  • Purpose: for a passenger car
  • Seasonality: summer
  • Spikes: no
  • RunFlat technology: optional

  •  This is the right choice for those looking for a predictable, quiet summer tire that won't let you down during extreme manoeuvres. In reviews on Yandex.Market, Pirelli products are praised for their insensitivity to rutting and excellent handling even on wet roads.

  •  However, in addition to good qualities, this rubber also had disadvantages. Among them, increased fuel consumption at a speed of 60 km / h, low ride smoothness. In addition, the testers did not like how long the Cinturato P1 Verde slowed down on dry pavement.

Pros: confident grip, impeccable directional stability, excellent road holding in corners.

Cons: very soft, do not accelerate quickly, “eat” fuel.

4.Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4 best summer tires according to customer reviews

  • Summer tires
  • Speed index Y (up to 300 km/h)
  • Load index up to 105 (925 kg)
  • Tread pattern type asymmetric

  •  This tire is regularly ranked among the best summer tires according to various specialized publications and organizations – from Za Rulem to Teknikens Värld, ADAC and Autozeitung.

  •  What it is very good at is dry braking.

  •  But on wet surfaces, the Michelin Primacy 4 does worse.

  •  However, the rubber resists hydroplaning very well and, according to drivers, is very responsive to drive. These tires have thick, but not rigid beads, they perfectly “eat up” bumps when driving.

  •  Michelin Primacy 4 can be called a balanced option in all respects, and the only thing that slightly darkens the picture is the high price.

Pros: tires are perfectly balanced, quiet, comfortable to drive on different road surfaces, moderately soft.

Cons: expensive, small pebbles are stuffed into the tread.

3. Hankook Ventus Prime 3

Hankook Ventus Prime 3 – best wet braking

  • Purpose: for a passenger car
  • Seasonality: summer
  • Spikes: no
  • RunFlat technology: optional
  • chamber: no

  •  These Hungarian tires seem to be designed specifically for driving on wet roads. It was on it that they showed the best result, beating the rubber Japanese, Russians, Thais and other opponents. But the Ventus Prime 3 also succumbed to dry pavement without much resistance.

  •  And if it weren’t for some light remarks regarding directional stability, as well as the gluttony of tires at a speed of 60 km / h, they would be worthy of the first place in the ranking.

Pros: Very grippy, rides smoothly and fast, great in puddles and predictable handling on dry and wet roads.

Cons: these tires have internal noise, average directional stability.

2 Nokian Hakka Green 3

Nokian Hakka Green 3 – summer tires, new for 2023

  • Summer tires
  • Speed index W (up to 270 km/h)
  • Load index up to 101 (825 kg)
  • Tread pattern type asymmetric

  •  This model is positioned by the manufacturer as premium, environmentally friendly and economical. It allows you to reduce fuel consumption, and has a large range, which will be appreciated by owners of electric cars and hybrid cars.

  •  The wear resistance of the C grade is 35% higher than that of its predecessors, and it will be able to last a season longer. It was created using a mixture of Hakka Green Hybrid with a high content of silica and natural rubber, as well as the addition of rapeseed and olive oil. All this allowed to increase the elasticity of the tire and improve rolling resistance.

  •  Hakka Green 3 is the softest summer tire in the ranking, excellent resistance to hydroplaning at speeds up to 90 km per hour, has a high level of acoustic comfort and is predictably good on dry pavement. She has virtually no weaknesses.

Pros: quiet, very wear-resistant, responsive to steering, predictable on wet and dry pavement, keeps track, economical.

Cons: expensive, slightly booming on granular asphalt.

1. Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental PremiumContact 6 – the best summer tires 2022

  • Purpose: for SUV / for passenger car
  • Seasonality: summer
  • Spikes: no
  • RunFlat technology: optional
  • chamber: no

  •  If your priorities are acoustic comfort and excellent handling on dry pavement, then you won’t find a better tire than these tires, according to Behind the Wheel.

  •  Broken into first place among the best 2023 summer tires for crossovers and passenger cars, and beating 15 other competitors, these tires promise impeccable road performance. For this, they can be forgiven for their love of food, that is, high fuel consumption at 60 km / h, and not the best ride. Yes, and the price could be less, but the tires are not to blame here.

Pros: the quietest summer tires, predictable behavior, cornering confidently, gently overcoming bumps, no aquaplaning.

Cons: high price, imperfect ride.

Summer tire test "Behind the Wheel": results

  •  Since the publication “Za Rulem” tests tires at the height of summer, when car owners have already purchased summer tires, we take the results of last year’s summer tire test as the basis for the rating, 2022 is the best time to purchase them, since the models have been tested and received a lot of feedback.

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What are the best summer tires to buy in 2022

  •  The chart below shows tire value for money, with red for overpriced tires and green for underpriced tires. In the ranking, we have replaced Nokian Hakka Green 2 with Green 3 and Nordman SX2 with SX3 as these are new tires with improved performance.

Value for money summer tires 2022