Is there a less-expensive alternative, or just Michelins? The original Goodyear tires that came with the car gave 22,000 miles service.Only 22,000 miles? My sports car tires do better than that. Michelin is the best tire in **** near every class. They charge you a pretty penny for them though. For tires, make AND model do matter. I have a set of Continental's on my truck (can't remember the model) and they wear like concrete. I had a set of Continental's on a car I used to own (different model tire but same make!!!) and they barely lasted 10,000 miles. I find that tires that are in hotly contested categories (ie customers expectations are high) are the best. Those tires get the most R&D.