Tire Concerns: Wet traction and road noise in All Season Radials
(Tacoma, WA, USA)
I'm getting ready to purchase new 225/55-17 tires for my 1993 Cadillac Seville (base model) that weighs 3625 lbs and has 4-wheel discs & 4-wheel ABS.
I live in an area where we get a higher than usual amount of rain, sometimes very heavy. So I'm looking for a decent tire that will handle well on wet highways since I live near and drive on so many.
I also want a tire that will grip well from a standing start and not break loose too easily. But everytime I find a tire I think will be good, I encounter reviews that claim the tires I'm thinking about are really loud.
Maybe I can't have both wet-weather traction AND a quiet tire, I'm not sure. This is the reason for my question.
Would a tire with bigger blocks and bigger gaps between them have less wet traction and/or more noise than smaller blocks and smaller gaps? One thing I notice in reviews are how many opinions are like night and day! One tire might have half the people saying they get better traction than any tire they ever owned, but the other half of reviews might say they got the worst traction! I'm losing my mind!
Here are the tires I've pretty much narrowed down my choices to. I'd prefer a performance All-Season but would settle for a nice Touring tire. Any advise on quietest and best wet traction would be appreciated.
BF Goodrich Traction T/A
General Exclaim UHP
Bridgestone Potenza G019 Grid
Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS
Goodyear Eagle F1
Goodyear Eagle LS2
Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S
Riken Raptor HR
Riken Raptor ZR
Yokaham Avid Envigor