YONKERS, N.Y.—The Pirelli P400 Touring was rated tops in performance in Consumer Reports' latest comparison of all-season tires. According to an article in the magazine's February issue, the Pirelli P400 Touring outperformed its competitors in braking, cornering and resistance to hydroplaning—performance criteria the publication deemed most important in the case of all-season tires.
Tests also evaluated the tires on their riding comfort, noise and rolling resistance. However, the results of these tests were not given as much weight in the magazine's overall scoring.
The article makes no mention of the tires' performance on snow and ice—something that obviously would be of interest to all-season tire users in colder climates.
Tested in size P185/70R14 against other all-season tires, the Pirelli P400 Touring brought CR's 1996 Ford Contour GL from 60 mph to a stop in 137 feet on dry pavement and from 40 mph to 0 in 66 feet on wet pavement with the car's anti-lock braking system working, and 89 feet without ABS.
By comparison, the No. 2 ranked Dunlop SP40 A/S took 142 feet to bring the car to a stop on dry pavement, 69 feet in the wet with ABS and 92 feet without.
The lowest scoring tire in the braking tests was the General AmeriÃG4S, which required 12 more feet than the top-rated Pirelli P400 to stop on dry pavement and eight more feet on the wet, both with and without ABS.
The Pirelli P400 Touring excelled in the above factors weighted most heavily in the publication's test scoring and was given an ``excellent'' rating overall. ``But it isn't particularly quiet and it rides firmly,'' CR said.
The No. 2-rated Dunlop SP40 A/S received a ``very good'' rating based on its overall score as did the third-place Goodyear Regatta and fourth-place Cooper Lifeliner Classic II.
Among the other passenger tires tested were (in order of their respective scores): the Kelly-Springfield Navigator 800S; Firestone FR680; General AmeriÃG4S; Michelin XW4; Goodyear WeatherHandler; and the BFGoodrich Advantage—all of which were rated ``good'' overall.