For starters I would avoid a tire designed for light trucks and SUVs.
The stock rubber is used as a jack of all trades and master of none. Good year round all season traction, higher mileage, performance, etc. It sacrifices in some areas to gain in others. Question is do you want a drag radial like a Street E.T. (probably overkill in your application) or a good overall corner carver? I run a set of 285's KDW 2s out back on a 10" wheel. They are not the greatest for straight line traction but extremely predictable under load in corners.
Toyo, Nitto, BFGoodrich, Pirelli and all the major manufactures offer very good compounds and tread designs. Selecting anyone of these will mostly come down to preference. Are you willing to pay a higher price for a sticky "R" compound that will not give you as many miles as some of the other compounds?
The decision really comes down to what you are willing to sacrifice in your tires. My car is not a DD and is stored in the winter so I can get away with putting a set of extreme summer performance tires on since it will not have to get me to work in the snow or other less desireable conditions for a rear wheel drive car.
Try to avoid simply looking for the widest tire possible to squeeze on your rim. You may actually compromise performance by putting a tire on the wrong size wheel. Tire manufacturers will offer an acceptable wheel width range and normally indicate the optimal size. Try and hit that optimal size but definitely stay within the recommended range. Going outside fo this range can result in a loss of sidewall performance or a reduction in your contact patch. Each manufacturer may vary in recommended sizes. Goodyear may recommend that a 255 be mounted on an 8" wheel while Toyo recommends the same size tire be mounted on an 8.5". Not all tires are made the same.