Ceramic vs. Semi-Metallic Brake Pads: Which is best?

Perhaps the least exciting but most important aspect of any car, truck, or SUV is not how well it gets going, but how well it can stop. Everyone always wants to know the horsepower rating, the 0-60 times, the payload or towing capacity, all the exciting numbers. None of this matters if the brakes aren’t good. That is until they begin to wear out and they do start singing their awful high-pitched screams. When you hear that telltale noise you know it’s time to have them replaced, but the question is do you go with a Ceramic or Semi-Metallic?

These two formulas have been tossed around for ages, but a clear winner has never emerged. The answer is quite simple: There isn’t one. Both pads have their own set of strengths and weaknesses, and it’s important to know what those are when selecting your next set of brakes. They’re both going to stop the car when you press the pedal, but how they behave and what their long-term effects look like is where they start to differ.