upfront. I’m not a huge fan of Michelins. I know a lot of folks are. They often don’t have the features i seek in a tire, and the vast majority of tires I’ve bought have not been Michelin.
that said, the two brands I’ve experienced the most vibration-free and alignment-neutral driving with are:
the most notable issues I’ve experienced have been:
- continental (minor, I really liked the tires and could buy again). (steering wheel was aligned to center but vehicle had uneven steering just off-center until tires were replaced, and the centering characteristic moved with rotations). Reviews of the time suggested they had problems with runout across several models.
- firestone - bought 4 destination LE, first generation. 3 of the 4 couldn’t be balanced. Firestone dealer replaced all 4 after they couldn’t balance them. (again, I bought two more sets of LEs because Firestone took care of the issue very nicely).
- uniroyal - visibly non-circular in shape when measured while spinning. Oddly, road force balancing masked it on the rear, but when mounted up front, it was a harried mess while steering.
the Yokohama tires I have now are the most transparent tire I’ve ever owned. I’ve never experienced a ride so effortless down the interstate, and this is on a stiffly sprung pickup.
the Michelins we just put on both of our other cars seem just as precise, but there is still something in the Yokohama tires that seems more … unobtrusive?
I’ve primarily purchased Bridgestone. I like their upper models, but they can end up requiring more weight to balance than you’d want to see.