Selecting new brake pads for your car is more of a balancing act than you might realize. While nearly any modern brake pad will provide adequate performance and good stopping power, most people are looking for something a little bit better than "decent." Unfortunately, there's no such thing as the single perfect brake pad. Like many components on your car, brake pads are the product of numerous design trade-offs. Improving one quality might mean losing a little bit on another or simply paying more to buy a pad with fewer downsides.