Adding a very detail post about my car, but this can be used for anyone looking for new tires.
TL,DR Worth buying the higher price, rated “better” ($70-85 avrg) or “best” ($80-100 avrg)? Actually better and safer?
Buying at discount tire with warranty. All season 185/65r/14. Got recommended Michelin defender, continental controlcontact tour (made only for this company, similar to other conti) and I was looking at pirelli p4 4 season. All rates “Best”. Also a falken sincera and kunho k12 rated " better."
More details below
Need to replace 2 all season tires, decided to replace all of them on a 99 Toyota (150k miles). Currently have basic tires (Goodyear viva 2, came when bought car). They have worked fine during the Colorado winters, but are not the best for heavy snow. I am a careful winter driver. Since have a little more money and driving more for work (city/highway/little mountain driving), I decided that I should upgrade my tires. After looking at reviews the best rating tires (good, better, best), see some complains similar to the ones on the lower quality tires. Of course customer reviews means that you don’t know how the person drives.
Desire/complains: current tires have thin sidewalls; That is how I had to replace one of them. Safe and good driving on snow. Speed rate of T or around, no need for performance tires. Smooth ride would be nice but safety comes first.
Car also in need of new battery since current is 2008 and is starting to have slow start-cranks. Winter is coming!
Thank you. Any help appreciated!