Do I Really Need Winter / Snow Tires on a Four-Wheel Drive Vehicle?

Every winter season I'm asked, "Do I need winter tires on my four-wheel drive vehicle?" Your four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle can indeed see a significant benefit by installing a set of winter / snow tires.  It's a common misconception that a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle will not see much benefit from winter tires. This couldn't be...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

I LOVE these tires! When I bought a used 2007 Mazda CX-9 a couple of years ago, the 20-inch OEM tires needed to be replaced immediately. I researched options on some Mazda forums and the Yokohama Parada Spec-X tires kept coming up, so I purchased a set. These have been the best tires on any car I've ever owned. The ride is luxurious, soft and surprisingly...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN S.4.

I have a 2004 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro. I went through 2 sets of OEM Pirelli P-6 tires during the first 60K of this car's life. The Pirelli's are good tires but they don't last too long and they were a bit noisy, so I decided to give something else a try. I had recently purchased some 20 Yokohama Parada Spec-X tires from TireRack for my Mazda CX-9 and LOVED...  Read More

Steel Wheels in Stock for VW GTI

The current Volkswagen GTI is one of the most popular cars in the hatchback segment. It usually comes equipped with either summer tires from Bridgestone or all-season options from Pirelli or Dunlop. While these tires work well in the warmer months, they do not have much focus on snow traction. Which means purchasing a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package is...  Read More

Bridgestone's Potenza RE970AS Pole Position is Setting the Standard

For the last couple of years, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS has consistently been highly rated by our customers in the very competitive Ultra High Performance All-Season category. With our most recent test, we have found a new leader worthy of attention, the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. The Ultra High Performance All-Season category is...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Very good so far. It's only rained once since I got them, but it handled standing water very well. My driving is probably 75% highway. They are quiet and predictable at speed. Wearing OK and evenly so far. I had a set of DWSs on my Audi A4 quattro as well and they handled the snow just fine. These tires are a great value and won't disappoint!   Read More

Sound Tire Advice: Kumho Ecsta 4X is a Great Tire

I received the following email from a customer this morning: "Gary, I'm looking for tire recommendations for my 2009 Audi A4 Premium Plus, 245/45R17. My priorities for the tire are as follows: Noise Ride Steering Price Car has original Goodyears with 25,500 miles. Experience vibration at 75mph after 15 minutes at speed. I still have the original control arms. What...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

High 5 corvette owners. I own a 2005 c6 z51 corvette with auto transmission A-4. I changed the gear ratio to 3.42, callowway cold intake, 170 degree theromstat and complete 2007 Z06 exhaust from manifolds to npp mufflers. A dyno tune resulted with the injectors being, 95 percent of with 5 percent remainding for upgrades. At the track with factory Goodyear...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S (W-Speed Rated)

Cornering Stability is amazing. These tires inspire confidence. I have never had them lose traction in a corner. Dry traction is great. I have a 400 HP car and it takes intentional hard acceleration to lose traction. I took them to the drag strip and launching from idle they didn't lose traction. They also handle hard braking very well!Wet traction is also...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

This tire worked excellent on my 2003 Audi A4. The Wintersports easily cut through the snow on the way up to the mountians. In fact, they grip so well it was had to have a little fun with them in the parking lot. They had just that much bite. The only thing I did not like about them was the super soft sidewall. Of course they are a winter tire, but quite...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

I am the service manager at a small high-end import shop, and after a short conversation with Jerry my Tire Rack Rep. I reluctantly tried a set of the LX Platinum for a customer with very picky taste but wanted to try a cheaper alternative he was a regular so I obliged him. He still stops by at least once a week on his lunch break to thank us for turning him...  Read More

Pirelli All-Season Tires

The first set of tires that I got from Tire Rack was the Pirelli P Zero Nero M+S. At the time they were one of the top Ultra High Performance All-Season tires available. Pirelli's track record over the past decade has been extremely impressive in this category.They logged three first place finishes in our comparison testing back in 2003, 2004 and 2007 before...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Just had these tires installed on my 2010 A4, they replaced a set of OE Pirelli P-Zeros which had terrible tread wear but fantastic grip. After about 10,000 miles they were extremely noisy. These Continentals are much much quieter, I now only hear the wind noise as I'm driving down the highway. Traction is fantastic in wet and handles really well in dry. I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

These tires get up to temperature really quickly, reward the driver with sharp steering input and when the grip breaks away it does so evenly. Noise is slightly meat grinder-esque, especially as they wear, but not uncomfortable. Tread life could be better but you can't have everything when you're going for top tier performance.When I had some of these on my...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 Run Flat (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Just a so so tire. I have sport package on my car but I am not driving like a mad man at this time so I have not tested the limits. My biggest issue with this tire is it is turning brown, keeps getting worse. You can't scrub the brown off and make tires look like new and you have to use tire dressing to conceal. Recently I saw a number of other up market...  Read More

Enkei Introduces the New Raijin in Hyper Silver, Black and Gunmetal

Enkei has been best known for offering high-quality wheels that are lightweight and durable for smaller sports cars. Recently, the company introduced the Raijin wheel that features the classic split-spoke design for larger sport sedans and even SUVs in an 18" diameter.   The Enkei Tuning Series Raijin combines the very desirable spoke design that has become a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

THEN: I had Pirelli's P6 Four Season's when I initially purchased my Audi A4, but the tread was almost ¾ gone on the rear tires, and probably ½ depleted on the front. Nothing particularly impressive about the Pirelli's I owned. They did look visually appealing, but they were quite loud on the freeway; actually the noise was almost unbearable! They could have...  Read More

Michelin X-Ice Xi2: Second Season Review

My first impression of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 can be found in my blog post "My Story on Winter Tires."The tires are well into their second winter season, and despite the relatively fair winter weather this year, we received some significant snowfalls that could have created some very tricky driving conditions. Fortunately, my Michelin X-Ice Xi2 winter / snow...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

First, this is a modified 850 GLT; chipped, cold air induction w/K&N filter, IPD blue springs, sway bars, yellow Konis, and right now sporting the autotragic. As you might correctly surmise, I am a somewhat feisty driver. These tires are 225/40-17's on the Sport 5-spoke F7 7.5x17 wheels. I haven't had a tire off to weigh the wheels, but I would be very...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport 3

I was awe-struck to find the one of the WORLDS top-rated performance tires as OE on my Ford Focus Titanium. My friend with the Audi A4S was equally awed. The performance of these (trying hard to rate just the tires) tires just makes the car. Drove thru standing water...not so much as a quiver...straight and true. There is no appreciable road noise, even at...  Read More