Headquarters: Dongying, China
Mirage is a Chinese brand of budget tires. The story is old as hills, but the Chinese treads are usually very well-made in present. You might actually give them a try, but be wary that these are not a low-cost panacea to all your driving problems. They are only good because they are cheap.
So, the minimal cost is about 40-50 USD, but there are potentially (if you can find them, that is) pricier options. For the Chinese make, it’s an average price. In fact, the usual Mirages cost like minimal-cost Bridgestone treads. Compared to the big American and European brands, this price is half of what most people pay for a piece.
Although, you don’t really get what you pay for – they are generally just slightly worse than average Bridgestone or Conti treads. Their wear is the most prominent problem, although they can also misbehave on precarious surfaces. In general, they are pretty effective and even comfortable.
They are quiet, smooth and, when it comes to actively driving them in urban surroundings, they are largely good. They drive on dry with ease, and the wet mostly doesn’t get them any trouble. On ice, Mirage treads can suffer, especially if you bought cheaper all-season treads and not some specifically winter options.
They also have a problematic wear resistance. While the treads themselves can survive for 40,000 at worst (much better if you’re cautious). But if you actively try to puncture them, they’ll die then and there. That’s why you should stay away from rough terrain, problematic roads and drive with as little aggression as possible.
All of it is why you have to be extra thoughtful about picking your tires from this brand. It’s better to buy two sets – summer and winter – and drive carefully. This way, you’ll pay off your investments many times over.
If you think it’s too much to bother with them, you will have a point. Being on alert for potential tire-killers can be tiring. Because of it, buying them should be a balanced decision. If you do decide to buy them, they might just serve you very well for a long time.