Looking for a quiet tire

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Great discussion and I appreciate all of the input!

I'm taking a hard look at the BS Quiet Track's currently. Many on Tirerack report dismal longevity however that would not be a deal breaker to me with an 80k warranty. One set season would be fine with me (approx 40k/year, the remaining 10-15k on the winters).

I've had the first and most recent generation of CrossClimate's and both were fantastic for weather and wear, however the "rumble"/ coarse tread pattern was annoying at highway speeds in a very quiet car (Chevy Volt) so I'm hesitant to go back. It's highly possible that I won't hear it due to the increased noise in the Sonata (still a very comfortable, quiet car).

Currently running Conti Sport Contact+ on my wife's Q5 and they are great but I think much of that can be attributed to the solid platform of the car and its crazy complex German suspension.

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Another vote for the Continental TrueContact Tour tires. On top of being extremely quiet, they are great in the rain too.

Another superb tire is the PureContact LS from Continental.
 
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There are several very quiet tires on the market and many mentioned here from members experience and test data.
If you're looking for the most quiet tire(as quiet being the only factor), you may find that difficult to obtain. What is most quiet on a test vehicle may be different on your vehicle.

Look of a tire(s) that are quiet along with other aspects in the performance areas such as ride, handling, braking, wet weather/snow etc., that best fits your needs & wants for longevity, driving style & climate. And how you want tire to transform your vehicle or help your vehicle do better in certain areas. Keeping in mind that this IS NOT going to be life altering.
This may sound difficult but it's not. Take your time, you'll find the right tire. ;)
 
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Complex stuff! I guess lots of wide tires with stiff sidewalls, still manage to be relatively quiet, and some aren't!
One additional thought:

There is road noise and that would be worse for wider tires. Research into tire noise tries to eliminate that as a factor. They tend to do noise research in semi-anechoic rooms or on polished concrete.

The tires that I've had experience with are; new BFG G-force KDW on a SRT-4 Neon test drive, which was rumbling right through the car on good smooth pavement! Maybe they were at 50psi or something, or poly bushings, it seemed stock but I didn't look underneath? Good grip but too noisy for DDing.
BFG sport comp 2's on my Focus which were quiet on good pavement, but seemed to be louder on rough surfaces than an all-season would be, no rumble though. Ran them for 3 summers with no complaints.
Michelin Hydroedge on a 2006 CRV, pretty loud on smooth pavement and very loud on rough surfaces. Part of it was the CRV but those tires liked to sing as they got older.
The OEM Bridgestone Duelers on the Outback 225/65R17's have a bit of a narrower contact patch than the same tire available from Bridgestone, and every other tire in that size I've looked up the specs for. Our Xice2 winters are nearly 1" wider on the road. I assume Subaru did this for mileage and NVH?
Rolling resistance is dependent on how much tread rubber is in a tire, so it shouldn't be a surprise to find that an OE tire has a narrow tread width.
 
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The quietest tire I have ever driven on are Pirelli Cinturato P7 Plus 2. I think they were replaced by a newer model though and who knows if they still are as quiet. My Michelin CrossClimate 2's are pretty darn quiet as well. They do make some noise when braking though due to the tread pattern.

I think you may want to take a look at the Bridgestone Turanza QuieTrack as they are still being made and are designed to be quiet.
I put the Pirelli Cinturato P7 Plus 2 on my Accord for 3 season. One big main reason was the ratings for noise and the video's on TireRack. I also put the the Pirelli Scorpion Verde AS plus 2 on my daughters CRV's and I can say that on the CRV they are definitely quieter then the Michelin Defender T&H that was on it but they were older and worn.

On my Accord the P7's are like night and day over the Goodyear WeatherReady that was on it. They are very quiet with nice ride, good in rain and handling that I do on daily commutes.

Both Pirelli have been replaced with new models AS plus 3.

The QuietTrack on TR has comments on being a bit louder in a quiet group of tires. On my old '07 Sonata I put Michelin Primacy MXV4 and they were also nice and quiet but really lost wet grip at about 1/2 life. They were good before that.

I like the new Michelin CC2 BUT I would recommend getting an asymmetrical pattern tire instead that you can cross rotate in case of any odd wear from alignment/use. Once that starts it gets worse quickly. Crossing can help even out the wear which can't be done on directional tires.

You could also call TireRack and Discount Tire to ask recommendations. Then read ALL the reviews on those options. Post and Read on Hyundai-Forums.com as they might have more experience on your vehicle.

Update your profile on where you live and might be buying from. Some places have a 30 day or longer satisfaction "test" that if you don't like them you can swap for a different model (normally from same brand). You might find a fellow forum member close that might let you drive their Sonata Hybrid as a test with other brand tires on it. You might find someone that has 215-55-17 Pirelli P7's on Hyundai Elantra rims that get used on an Accord but sitting in a shed currently ;) .
 

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I am looking for a quiet tire for my daily 2017 Sonata hybrid.

A little background. I have a weird left inner ear disease that limits the clarity and frequency range that I hear. I hear highly distorted mid-range tones amplified and "warbly". I hear perfectly fine in my right ear.

I drive the car about 1k miles per week for business on a mix of city, interstate highway and back roads with varying quality of beat up road surfaces. Although I drive a lot, I'll handle less tread life for quietness if needed. I'm used to replacing tires about once a year.

The car in general is solid and quiet, however the resonance at highway speeds or on coarse roads from the Goodyear Weatherready tires that I recently purchased the car with are wearing me out each day. I'm looking for a quality 3-season tire that is going to be good for reducing road noise. I have a set of Nokian's that I'll use for winter conditions.
215/55/17

Thanks!
See if you can fit a 65 aspect ratio tire to your wheel? ex 215/65/17. Try a Michelin energy saver tire. Quiet, good mpg, not a long wearing tire. Buy from Discount tire and get a pro rate if it wears out early. .02 p.s. Goodyear comfort treads are pretty quiet.
 
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I would not trust a Tire Rack recommendation. I purchased some new wheels last year and wanted to get some premium tires. I was lamenting over Michelin, Continental and Pirelli’s.

I called and spoke to a “specialist”. He said hands down the Conti PureContact LS was the smoothest, quietest tire in the grand touring segment. What a mistake. On anything but super smooth pavement the Continentals assault my ears and ride terrible. It’s not tread noise, it’s the road hum/rumble these tires transmit into the cabin. Also, you feel every pebble in the road (they’re inflated to the recommended 33 psi on my door tag). On a good note they’re amazing in the rain and handle more like a performance tire than grand touring.

I should have gotten the Pirelli P7 AS.
My other wheels have Kumho TA91’s and these are SILENT and much more compliant compared to the Conti. I’m a very picky guy when it comes to tires and these Kumhos impress everywhere except snow traction. These are super comfortable.

Michelin has slipped a bit in recent years. Treadwear is not like they used to be and the dry cracking of the rubber is disturbing for a tire in this price range. No experience with their new Cross Climate tire but it gets rave reviews.
 
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CarDocDude...adjust your tire PSI to your liking. That's what I do without going too far off of the door jamb recommendation. To me, this door jamb recommendation is just that. This doesn't mean that it's perfect for me!

I'm on my second set of the Pirelli P7 Cinturato A/S PLUS and I can say that although they're a quiet tire, they're not the quietest tire I've owned, I don't care what TR & CR say about this tire being quiet. But well, they are acceptably quiet.

The quietest tire I've owned(for me) were the Michelin Primacy MXV4 that came OE on my Altima. But in some tests, they're not the quietest, the MXV4 just rate as a quiet tire. To my ears & feel, the MXV4 were serene and took road bumps so well that I though I was driving a luxury car.

On certain road surfaces the P7 can get a bit loud too and I am happy with my purchase decision and the price that I paid for the P7s but, this particular set has disappointed me just a tiny bit. The thing is, there are louder tires. :oops:
 
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CarDocDude...adjust your tire PSI to your liking. That's what I do without going too far off of the door jamb recommendation. To me, this door jamb recommendation is just that. This doesn't mean that it's perfect for me!

I'm on my second set of the Pirelli P7 Cinturato A/S PLUS and I can say that although they're a quiet tire, they're not the quietest tire I've owned, I don't care what TR & CR say about this tire being quiet. But well, they are acceptably quiet.

The quietest tire I've owned(for me) were the Michelin Primacy MXV4 that came OE on my Altima. But in some tests, they're not the quietest, the MXV4 just rate as a quiet tire. To my ears & feel, the MXV4 were serene and took road bumps so well that I though I was driving a luxury car.

On certain road surfaces the P7 can get a bit loud too and I am happy with my purchase decision and the price that I paid for the P7s but, this particular set has disappointed me just a tiny bit. The thing is, there are louder tires. :oops:
Just curious are they P7 2’s or 3’s?
I’m feel the same as you about TR and CR ratings. Bottom line is everyone’s ears are sensitive to different frequencies and such, not to mention the particular car the tires are on can make a difference. I have a 2nd generation Chrysler 300C Hemi RWD which has a stately and frighteningly quiet ride with every tire I’ve had on there except Continental. It’s quieter than my brothers E class from which the original 300C was engineered off of back in 2005.
I tried 30psi cold but my car is just too heavy, the sidewalls look like they’re going flat. I really did not notice any difference at that pressure. One thing I might note is the Continental tire is significantly lighter than any other tire I compared it to (as are the wheels, a combined 11 pounds per assembly). Someone told me a heavy tire will mitigate noise better? 🤷🏻‍♂️
Also, it’s no secret the car makers spec the tires for their cars. GM, Benz, BMW, Porsche and Audi all have specific marking on the sidewalls to denote a tire grade. For example; a side wall with a “TPC” spec imprinted on it is a GM spec. A Michelin with MO is Mercedes, AO Audi, etc. I saw some OE Continentals off an Audi with an actual foam liner about an inch thick inside the tire to mitigate noise. Some have “tweaked” tread designs and compounds.
I tried to get Tire Rack to exchange the Continental for the Pirelli AS 3 but they wouldn’t hear it. Considering I’ve been buying ALL my tires from TR since 1988 (probably 30+ sets over the years, if not more). I was a bit upset. I’m not buying there anymore, I’ll spend more money and go somewhere where they give you a “test drive” period on your tires. Tires are a 30,000 mile commitment.
Thanks for your input CharBaby 👍🏼
 
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Mine are actually the P7 Gen 1. I bought them on TR Closeout for ~$100/ea in my exact size & speed rating(V). TR had a few other sizes on closeout.
It is my second(actually 3rd)set. I had another set on a Mazda3 & a Mitsubishi Outlander. But still, the Gen 1 were always rated as one of the quietest tiers in their segment. And they are quiet. I may be driving on harsher pavement lately so I am being a bit critical. They're perfectly fine.
 
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Great discussion and I appreciate all of the input!

I'm taking a hard look at the BS Quiet Track's currently. Many on Tirerack report dismal longevity however that would not be a deal breaker to me with an 80k warranty. One set season would be fine with me (approx 40k/year, the remaining 10-15k on the winters).

I've had the first and most recent generation of CrossClimate's and both were fantastic for weather and wear, however the "rumble"/ coarse tread pattern was annoying at highway speeds in a very quiet car (Chevy Volt) so I'm hesitant to go back. It's highly possible that I won't hear it due to the increased noise in the Sonata (still a very comfortable, quiet car).

Currently running Conti Sport Contact+ on my wife's Q5 and they are great but I think much of that can be attributed to the solid platform of the car and its crazy complex German suspension.

Thanks!!
I currently have BS quiettracks on my Mercury Milan. They are quiet and handle well, good in light snow. However, they aren't as quiet as the previous tires, BS Turanza Serenity Plus. They were silent. Would I buy the quiettracks again? Yes, have had them on for 2 yrs. now.
 
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CarDocDude...adjust your tire PSI to your liking. That's what I do without going too far off of the door jamb recommendation. To me, this door jamb recommendation is just that. This doesn't mean that it's perfect for me!

I'm on my second set of the Pirelli P7 Cinturato A/S PLUS and I can say that although they're a quiet tire, they're not the quietest tire I've owned, I don't care what TR & CR say about this tire being quiet. But well, they are acceptably quiet.

The quietest tire I've owned(for me) were the Michelin Primacy MXV4 that came OE on my Altima. But in some tests, they're not the quietest, the MXV4 just rate as a quiet tire. To my ears & feel, the MXV4 were serene and took road bumps so well that I though I was driving a luxury car.

On certain road surfaces the P7 can get a bit loud too and I am happy with my purchase decision and the price that I paid for the P7s but, this particular set has disappointed me just a tiny bit. The thing is, there are louder tires. :oops:

Funny you would mention the Michelin Primacy MXV4. I put a set of those on my previous 2011 Hyundai Sonata. There were nothing special. Only slightly quieter than the OEM Kumho tires. They made an annyoing rubber ball rebounding noise over expansion joints in the road [like a bouncing dodge ball noise]. After about 20,000 miles they were horrible in the rain and became very sketchy even in a dusting of snow. They wore like iron, however, and were nowhere near being worn out from a tread depth perspective even after 45,000 miles of use.
 
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Tough to beat the Kumho KU27 LX Platinum at Walmart for $79 (free shipping, not stocked in stores). I just bought 8 for myself to have in stock. Like everything else, they were 10% cheaper 2 months ago when I got them. Good looking, quality, quiet tire.

 
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Funny you would mention the Michelin Primacy MXV4. I put a set of those on my previous 2011 Hyundai Sonata. There were nothing special. Only slightly quieter than the OEM Kumho tires. They made an annyoing rubber ball rebounding noise over expansion joints in the road [like a bouncing dodge ball noise]. After about 20,000 miles they were horrible in the rain and became very sketchy even in a dusting of snow. They wore like iron, however, and were nowhere near being worn out from a tread depth perspective even after 45,000 miles of use.
Yes, the MXV4 were terrible in the wet.
 
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Tough to beat the Kumho KU27 LX Platinum at Walmart for $79 (free shipping, not stocked in stores). I just bought 8 for myself to have in stock. Like everything else, they were 10% cheaper 2 months ago when I got them. Good looking, quality, quiet tire.

I had a set of those years back and they were decent tires. They were the reason I decided to try the TA-91.
 
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