Time to replace the oem Contis and am a bit bewildered by the number of choices out there. Any members care to share their current choices in an all season replacement tire? Looked at the Rack but they don't carry Cooper Zeon's Ford's new oem choice.
The Cooper Zeon RS3-A in 215/50/17 can be had at discounttiredirect.com for $97.00 each. They generally have good reviews online, but keep in mind they only have a 40,000 mile tread wear warranty, and performance in snow may not be as good as other performance tires. I have them on the used 2013 SE hatchback I bought about three weeks ago. The Zeons perform just fine, but mine are a bit noisy. Other comments I've read online have said the same thing about road noise.
In my experience, the higher mileage warranty tires tend to give a harsher ride. Harder rubber compound I would think. When I had the 16" wheels on my Focus I switched the OEM ContiProContacts with Conti PureContacts. The PureContacts had better wet and snow traction, but the ride was quite a bit harder.
Some more research on this site and others have led me to pare the list down to (I hope) Michelin Premier A/S, as Primacy line will be discontinued, Conti DWS, or Cooper Zeon RS3A. Visited tire installers and of course they talk up their favorite house brand or whatever they have in stock. It is also amazing that there are so many out there that know very little about what they are selling. (It must be better because it costs more mentality lol) Foe comparison purposes I felt that the Conti OEM's were good, not stellar, in bad weather and I always felt they rode a bit hard and were a bit noisy at highway speed. If you have another brand please let me know.
I thought the Coopers on mine are relatively quiet, but then I have no experience with other tires on this car. They are certainly not objectionally noisy, IMHO. Haven't been in snow with them yet, but they have good handling, wet and dry, and a decent ride comfort.
Well, I'm the tire specialist at the Ford dealer I work at, and in my experience, I would recommend either the Uniroyal TigerPaw touring at the lower price point, they are an awesome wearing tire, and since Uniroyal is a Michelin company, they have a great warranty and customer service team. If you wanted to pay a little more, the Cooper Zeon RS3-A are great, I love them on my car, or I really like the Michelin Premier A/S. They are new, and have tread that changes as the tire wears. I know a couple customers that have them and love the way they work in the rain. What size wheels are on your car?