WASHINGTON-The Vogue CBR VII 60V and General XP2000X4 radials are still the ``Best Buys'' in passenger tires, according to Consumers Digest magazine. In its November/December issue, the magazine used the most recent Uniform Tire Quality Grading System ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to indicate the ``Best Buys in Radial Tires'' to its readers. NHTSA published the latest UTQG grades in June.
The Vogue CBR VII 60V and the General XP2000X4 combined high treadwear grades with ``A'' ratings in both traction and temperature resistance, making them the outstanding tires for the money, according to Consumers Digest. These tires also held that position based on the previous UTQG figures, issued in November 1992.
With a treadwear score of 440, the Vogue tire led the list; the General radial was second at 380.
Another Vogue tire, the Twin Tread, tied for third with the BFGoodrich Comp HR4-2 and the Medalist SRX+4 60/65. Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. manufactures tires for Vogue Tyre & Rubber Co. Medalist tires are made by Michelin North America.
Bernd Frangenberg, executive vice president of the General Tire passenger and light truck division, was ``quite pleased'' with the Consumers Digest listing.
Although the magazine publicized these tires as the best all-around value, there are dozens of tire models with higher treadwear grades. The June listing from NHTSA contained 37 tires with UTQG treadwear grades of 500 or higher, compared with five in the November 1992 ratings.