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Any thoughts on which is better for city & highway driving in the south?

We've been running Goodyear tires for years, but the latest replacements (Assurance Comfort Tread) are riding bumpier than the ones (same brand & item) we took off. The tire dealer recommended Yokohama (H rated - same as the Goodyears).

I've never ran Yokohamas before. Do the ride rough or smooth?
 

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Ran Yokohamas on my company truck for several years, very smooth, averaged 50K miles out of a set. Very quiet--but they are on a pickup truck, 16" wheel, large sidewalls....noise/ride does not change regardless of pavement...No issues, in fact, now, I use Yokos on all company vehicles. I've also got Firestone, Cooper, and Michelins on my personal vehicles---no complaints on noise or bumps---the Michelins are loud or quiet depending on the pavement, but they are also 255/35---skinny sidewall---

Alot of the "rough vs smooth" depends on tire size, no matter what brand. If you have large wheels with little rubber band tires, you're going to feel every pebble in the road. The larger the sidewalls, the smoother the ride.
 

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Alot of the "rough vs smooth" depends on tire size, no matter what brand. If you have large wheels with little rubber band tires, you're going to feel every pebble in the road. The larger the sidewalls, the smoother the ride.
These are 225/60R16. That's not too bad of a sidewall height for a smooth ride, is it?

I've ran Goodyear tires for many years, but this is the first time I have had an issue with them. The dealer said he's had more complaints, over the past two years, with the Goodyear brand than with Yokohama, however, I did find some negative reviews about road noise...

 

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Unless you need bleeding-edge performance too, my sweet spot is a good touring tire. They're generally designed to be very quiet and give much better tread life. Personally, I've had good experience with the Coopers.
 
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Cooper FTW! Got them on the Special
 

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Tirerack has various Cooper tires in the 225/60R16 size with prices between $92.99-106.99 each. All Touring tires.
 

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I tend to go for the sportier tire models. In the last few years, I’ve had Yokohama Avid Envigor (in fact I have a full sized spare right now), pirelli p zero all season plus, and goodyear eagle all season. I recommend the pirellis over those 2 previously mentioned. The yokos were good, but I didn’t feel they were something to brag about, and probally the smoothest of those 3, and probably because of that, I felt somewhat less input feedback from the road. I don't know. I currently have the goodyears. I liked the pirellis better, too bad they are now Chinese, but, hey...what’s not made in china nowadays?.
 

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Generally, "sportier" in a tire means larger tread blocks with little to no siping. Large. un-siped tread blocks eventually lead to cupping and noise resulting in hating the tires for the last 1/3 to 1/2 of their otherwise-usable tread life. That's my jaded take on "sporty" tires based on trying a couple of sets a few years ago and abandoning them way early. Lincoln freed the slaves the day I changed my tire priorities and switched to touring tires, and I never looked back. IMO, life gets messed up by thinking you have to have bleeding-edge performance.
 

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Followup...

We finally decided upon the Yokohama Tornante tires (2) installed on the front. We could tell a difference almost right out of the garage with a smoother ride around town. Highway driving was fairly smooth, but the noise level is somewhat louder than the Goodyear Assurance Comfort Tread.

The rear Goodyears have at least a year or two left on them, but I am not sure if I will be replacing them with more Tornante tires or not. My wife is happy (it's her car) with the Yokohamas however. We will be taking a trip to Winston-Salem next week, so the tires will get a good workout then.

I rarely complain about tires. The last time I experienced a stiff ride was with a set of Kelly Springfields about 20 years ago. I called Kelly, and they agreed to replace all four at no charge, and the problem was solved. I've gotten good service from Michelin, Bridgestone, Kelly, and Goodyear tires over the past 35 years. I'll research the Coopers, and it is good to know they are made in the USA! The Tornantes are made in the USA too, so that's a plus.
 

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Looking at the tread design and UTQG of 740AA, looks like a good high-end touring tire.
 

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