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5 Most Popular Budget Tires

May 2, 2021

 

Look, not everyone is able to fork out $1K+ for a set of summer tires every few summers. We get it. So, we've done all the research and street testing for you. This Top 5 Popular Budget Tires list has some super underrated tires that'll surprise you on the road AND keep your wallet happy. 

Better yet, every tire on this list is in stock and ready to roll. Pun intended. 

 

Quick Links:

- Nitto NT555 G2

- Nankang NS-25

- Nitto Neo Gen

- Hankook Ventus V2 Concept 2

- Lexani LXUHP-207

 

CHECK OUT OUR TIRE GUIDE

 

1993 TOYOTA SUPRA TWIN TURBO

 

 

Nitto NT555 G2

Nitto

 

The Nitto NT555 G2 is a fantastic bang for your buck summer performance tire with a super aggressive tread pattern that everyone loves. If you need performance for your daily driver, the NT555 G2 offers great performance in both dry and wet conditions as well, even under hard braking.

 

CHECK OUT THE NT555 G2

 

2008 CHEVROLET COBALT SS

 

The NT555 G2 is a 320 treadwear tire that will help with grip under heavy acceleration and breaking. This means that the NT555 G2 will be the perfect tire for powerful RWD cars like the Mustang or Camaro. In fact, Nitto actually focused on RWD platforms when constructing this tire, so if you're RWD, this is probably one of your best options!

 

READ: CAN YOU RUN STAGGERED ON AWD?

 

2018 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS

 

The NT555 G2 starts at $602 for a 225/45/17. One of the most popular sizes we see is the 255/35/20 running for $711. For a tire that has a super aggressive tread pattern, offers great traction under hard braking and acceleration, and has the build quality of Nitto to back it up, this tire covers all the bases. 

 

GET THE NT555 G2

 

2013 AUDI A3 TDI

 

 

Nankang NS-25

Nankang

 

Next up we have the Nankang NS-25 which is a performance-oriented all-season tire meaning it will be able to perform well in most weather conditions. The really attractive part of this tire is that it has a higher speed rating than a lot of other all-season tires and still allows you to drive in adverse weather conditions.

 

READ: TRUTH ABOUT NANKANG TIRES

 

2006 MAZDA RX-8 BASE

 

Essentially, the NS-25 will offer OE performance without having a huge price tag. These tires can be had for around $652 for a set of four 235/35/19 placing it at a very competitive price point when compared to other all-seasons.

 

GET THE NANKANG NS-25

 

2016 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT HIGHLINE

 

 

Nitto Neo Gen

 

Nitto

 

Like the Nankang NS-25, the Nitto Neo Gen is a performance all-season tire. However, the Neo Gen features a silica-reinforced tread compound with a unique tread design that allows the tire to maintain a quiet, comfortable ride without compromising the performance. 

 

SHOP THE NITTO NEO GEN

 

2015 SCION FR-S BASE

 

We see this tire pretty often on modified vehicles and the main reason is that the outer part of the tread is wider than a lot of other tires which means that if you're running negative camber, the Neo Gen will give you more tread life than its competitors.

So, if you're looking to run more of a show-type of fitment, we suggest grabbing a set of these! 

 

READ: 4 TYPES OF FITMENT

 

2015 FORD FOCUS ST

 

The Nitto Neo Gen starts at $461 for a 204/45/16 size. The most popular size of the Neo Gen that we see is the 235/40/18 that'll run you $688. Not bad at all for a tire that's continued to be very popular among the enthusiast community. 

 

CHECK OUT THE NITTO NEO GEN

 

2015 FORD FOCUS ST

 

 

Hankook Ventus V2 Concept 2

Hankook Tires

 

The Hankook Ventus V2 Concept 2 is another performance-orientated all-season tire with some pretty good credentials. 

The Ventus V2 Concept 2 provides very consistent performance, responsive handling, and steering, and has a fairly comfortable road noise level, unlike some all-seasons. 

 

SHOP THE HANKOOK VENTUS V2 CONCEPT 2

 

2018 SUBARU WRX BASE

 

The Ventus V2 Concept 2 features a directional tread pattern with small grooves on the side of the tread blocks which help in reducing that road noise we all dread.

This budget-friendly summer tire is also equipped with Hankook's "Kontrol Technology" which is designed to improved performance, safety, comfort, and provide better fuel economy paired nicely with a longer mileage carbon rubber compound. 

 

2018 SUBARU WRX BASE

 

Overall, the Ventus V2 Concept 2 is a pretty solid tire that has everything you need for a comfortable, yet sporty driving experience

For a 195/50/15, you're looking at $339 which is less than $85 per tire! Their most popular size is a 225/40/18 for $493. For that low of a price with its solid performance record, this tire is definitely worth grabbing for the summer months!

 

GET THE HANKOOK VENTUS V2 CONCEPT 2

 

2015 BMW 328I XDRIVE BASE

 

 

Lexani LXUHP-207

Lexani

 

Lexani is a lesser-known brand, unlike the other brands we've discussed like Hankook and Nitto. But don't let that scare you away.

The Lexani LXUHP-207 has some serious grip for a summer performance tire at its price point. 

 

SHOP THE LEXANI LXUHP-207

 

2016 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA CLUB

 

The LXUHP-207 has a dedicated summer performance rubber compound that gives it an awesome grip on dry pavement. This summer tire also does pretty well on wet and damp roads too so rainy days shouldn't stop you from cruising. 

If you were a fan of the Federal SS595, this might be a good option for you also due to its comparable grip-to-cost ratio.

 

GUIDE TO FEDERAL SS595 REPLACEMENTS

 

2013 HONDA CIVIC SI

 

One particular element of this tire that gets a lot of people interested is the semi-aggressive "V" shaped tread pattern. This adds to that grip-to-cost ratio that's important to measure on a budget tire like this. 

In fact, the Lexani LXUHP starts at $472 for a 205/40/17! The most popular size that we see is the 235/40/18 for only $476. That's a killer deal. 

 

CHECK OUT THE LEXANI LXUHP-207

 

2019 HONDA CIVIC SI

 

We hope this guide took some of the research off your plate. All of these tires offer solid performance; it's likely you'll see these tires at upcoming car meets/shows! 

What's your go-to budget-friendly tire for the summer months? Let us know in the comments to help an enthusiast out! 

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