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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!