7 Car Tires Under $100

It is widely understood that a vehicle’s tires affect both its performance and safety. What is less understood is how a tire does this. Pneumatic tires have come a long way from being just simple protection for the wheels. Today’s tires are designed to perform general functions and are built in specific ways to achieve them.

Tires function to support a vehicle load, with construction being an important factor in maintaining the air pressure needed to carry an automobile’s weight This same construction also allows a tire to absorb shocks and vibrations before being further absorbed by a car’s suspension. Another function of tires is to deliver the power your engine creates to move an automobile. Tire design also supplies traction and influences braking performance. Finally, maneuverability and stability are delivered by the tires.

All tires are marked with a series of letters and numbers that supply important information about tire size. This system is universal, having been adopted by tire manufacturers around the world. These codes supply tire width, aspect ratio, wheel diameter, load index, and speed rating. Tire width is given in mm while the wheel diameter is expressed in inches.

The U.S. Department of Transportation requires that all tire manufacturers label their product with UTQG ratings (Uniform Tire Quality Grades). The information on this label indicates a tire’s tread wear, traction, and temperature resistance. Treadwear ratings are assigned by the manufacturers based on tests they conduct and are used to for relative comparisons between their tires. Traction and temperature ratings are performance specific grades (in the form of letters) that indicate braking distance and a tire’s resistance to heat.

Understanding these things will now allow us to review the good and bad for seven tires with differing characteristics, performance, and prices.

Good Year Wrangler Radial Tire

There are two main classifications of tires, radial and bias ply. The Goodyear Wrangler is classified as the former. Radial tires have flexible sidewalls and less vibration. The flexible sidewalls supply a more stable connection to the road. Less heat is generated by the layout, extending the life of tires like the Wrangler. With less resistance, radial tires reduce fuel consumption.

Tires like the Goodyear Wrangler are often Original Equipment on light and medium pickups, trucks, or vans. The Wrangler is a Highway All-Season light truck tire that should offer both long wear and versatility in many seasonal conditions. Coming in only one size with some limits on warranty are the only real negatives about the Good Year Wrangler Radial Tire.

The Wrangler radial comes in one size: P235/75R15. The style of the sidewall is outlined white letters. The Service Description indicates that the Load Index is 105=2039 pounds (925 kilograms) per tire. The Speed Rating is “S”=112 miles per hour (180 kilometers per hour). The Wrangler has a rating for UTQG: 300 A B. This tire has a bit higher price point than some, which is expected from a radial tire.