The Best All Weather Tires for Honda Civicby Richard Rowe
If all you want is all-out performance, you could buy a specialized high-performance "summer" tire, but these often come with serious limitations on traction in anything but ideal conditions. Whether it snows where you live or not, eventually it is going to rain, so all the performance in the world isn't going to do any good if you don't make it home.
Yokohama Avid TRZ
Performing almost as well in most ways as more expensive tires, Yokohama's Avid is a value for it's reasonable $85 price. The Avid uses a somewhat soft rubber compound that wears well on lighter cars like the Civic, but you may find it less than ideal if your ride is on the heavy side. Even so, the Avid comes with a standard 80,000 mile warranty, and has very good resistance to hydroplaning.
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred
In spite of it's high price ($102 at tires-easy.com), the TripleTred is one of the most popular and best reviewed tires in the sport-compact market. The TripleTred offers excellent traction in wet and dry conditions and, despite its somewhat high price, owners say its 80,000 mile warranty makes the TripleTred a great value for the money.
The Extreme Contact is the tire of choice for those who want performance on a budget, and is a true all-season tire. At $61 (Tire Rack), this tire is just as capable on dry roads as it is on ice and snow. Although some report that this budget performer has a tendency to wear out a little sooner on dry roads than its competition (60,000 mile warranty), most who have tried it report that the tire's winter performance and all-season capability more than justify the additional wear and tear. If you don't need the Conti's winter grip, then you might want to consider the somewhat more expensive Primacy MXV4.
Michelin Primacy MXV4
The MXV4 is classified as an all-season tire, but its tread pattern and low profusion of water sipes (channels) makes it more ideal for dry-road conditions. This tire has a tread compound and pattern that offers a steady-state grip, predictable break-away, good recovery and quick reflexes. The MXV4 balances its performance with long tread wear (60,000 mile), and consistently scores high marks for its quiet and comfortable ride. At $184 (Tire Rack), this rolling stock is a long way from "budget," but may be a good choice for those who need an all-season tire with 95 percent of any summer-tire's performance.
Richard Rowe has been writing professionally since 2007, specializing in automotive topics. He has worked as a tractor-trailer driver and mechanic, a rigger at a fire engine factory and as a race-car driver and builder. Rowe studied engineering, philosophy and American literature at Central Florida Community College.