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What’s the difference between passenger and performance tires?

For the purpose of this article, we’re going to assume you’re not interested in participating in motorsports, or driving a high performance vehicle. As someone who cares most about getting from A to B safely, the original equipment (OE) or passenger tires that your new vehicle came equipped with give you a quiet ride with optimal handling.

Passenger tires also feature high mileage ratings and offer the best bang for your buck. Within this category, there are all-weather and all-season tires. All-weather tires are designed for year round use. All-season tires provide a smooth ride, long wear and adequate traction on dry and wet weather conditions.

But since you asked, here’s the low-down on performance tires. They are designed for more specialized driving habits and also have a few sub-categories. Basic performance tires have low speed traction for vehicles such as muscle cars, street trucks and vans. Touring tires feature enhanced performance and are designed for many of today’s late model luxury vehicles. High-performance tires have a lower profile, stiff sidewall and wide foot print for improved cornering response, lower rolling resistance and increased tread stability. Ultra high-performance tires are designed for today’s most sophisticated sedans and sport cars. They deliver the ultimate control and response at speed with a smooth quiet ride.

So now you know! If you have a question, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or pop into your nearest Kal Tire location. We love talking tires!

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