Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2006 Acura RSX Type S
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Rock Tavern, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
December 16, 2013

Tires are pretty new but have already put on 1500 miles and I'm very pleased with them. I also want to comment on the service that TireRack provides - extremely helpful, very prompt delivery. Had a Road Hazard claim that was addressed very quickly. Have purchased from TireRack many times and will continue to use them.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2004 Acura MDX
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Miles driven on tires: 65,000
Location: Revere, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 65,000 Miles on Tires
December 14, 2013

These tires are a great value. I was able to get 65k miles with proper rotation, air pressure and alignment. I am going to order another set. Don't hesitate if you are thinking about buying a set.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.18
 
 

2011 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Lemont, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2014

I drive in the Chicago Suburbs. The first hint of snow and traction control and ABS are in full force, even with moderately plowed streets.
Tread wear is still good. On dry pavement the tires are fine and corner well.
No way would I recommend buying this tire if you have to deal with inclement weather.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.6
 
 

2007 Acura MDX
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Miles driven on tires: 29,000
Location: Union City, TN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 29,000 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2014

Put tires on at 84,000 miles,kept tires rotated and balanced every 5,000 miles...tires had to be replaced at 112,000 miles. We went with continental cross contact lx20 Eco based on reviews on Tire Rack .com

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2004 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 600
Location: Kansas City, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 600 Miles on Tires
December 06, 2013

Second set of ExtremeContact DWS tires I've purchased for my vehicles - Acura and Honda. This is a great year round tire. Perfect for DWS conditions. Price is affordable, comfy ride, steering response and traction in all weathers is great. Just had a couple inches of snow and these performed GREAT. Waiting for the heavy snowfall to give am update. Spirited driving here and there and I know my tires - and these exceed my expectation for an all season tire. If you're looking for all-season performance and drive your car NORMALLY, then this is a great tire for you. Some negative reviews I've seen on this tire are from people who try to "race" or drive the crap out of these tires. These aren't racing/all terrain racing tires. Sidewalls are kind of soft/thin (but I believe Continental made them that way to help dissipate heat during the summer months). Steering response is good but don't expect them to respond like a racing tire. Keep these rotated about every other oil change and you're set to go. These tires have long life from having them on my first car.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.67
 
 

1998 Volvo S70 T5
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
December 06, 2013

These are the quietest tires I have ever owned. They also handle extremely well. I have 160,000 miles on the car and do all types of driving. I have had many other brands that were way more expensive on the car and these are the ones I now recommend to everyone. My buddy put them on his Acura TL, and he's hooked.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2007 Acura RDX
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Florissant, MO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

Going through 3rd winter with these tires on OEM rims (only used during winter months). Just traveled through the middle of winter blast 4 days ago (had total of 10+ inches of snow by end) with no problems (slower driving of course) compared to all seasons. Confidence increased when traveling during snow and ice with these tires. Great tire!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL42

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza EL42 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2007 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 71,355
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 71,355 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2014

These were OEM tires on my Acura. I have enjoyed them. I will probably look for a softer and quieter ride in my next set as most of my driving is highway. I drive very aggressively at higher speeds and love the handling and traction. They don't squeal or slide easily at all. PSI maintained at 37 cold throughout the life and I'm just hitting the wear bars now. They wore perfectly evenly across the tire- Surprisingly, actually…. They do seem noisy to me, but I have encountered newly paved roads, which made them silent, so its possible they are just sensitive to road surface more than others. I'd consider buying them again, but for the price, I believe there are better choices for my driving. I'm in CA so snow and even rain lately hasn't been a factor.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2005 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 16,000
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 16,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2013

Trying these tires out on my Odyssey Touring (changed the OE wheel/tire combo to some Acura MDX wheels & regular tires). Previous set of regular tires were Bridgestone Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza's. These Yokohama's have given me better steering response and overall grip in both wet & dry conditions. Road noise is only slightly worse than the Bridgestones. Treadlife will not be as good as the Bridgestones (I got over 50,000 miles on the Bridgestones; I'm thinking these Yokohama's might not make 40,000). I've also noticed a drop in my overall fuel economy (usually 22 mpg w/ the Bridgestones, around 20.5 with these Yoko's).

Overall a good tire that gives a nice, sporty feel. I may end up going back to the Bridgestones when these wear out, though I'm not 100% sure about that at this point.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.67
 
 

2005 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Hanover, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
December 03, 2013

I used to have the 960's on my car and I loved them! The handling was so remarkably improved over the OEM Michelin grand touring tires. I got 50,000 miles on them before switching to the Continental DWS tires due to the cost of the 960's creeping up higher than I liked. The Conti's were pretty good espcially in the rain and light snow that we get in Maryland. The performance aspect suffered a little especially during cornering, but overall they were a good tire. One of the Conti's developed a bubble in the sidewall (naturally right after the manufacturers warranty had run out). I purchased a replacement from Tire Rack and they were kind enough to not charge me shipping due to the closenee of the warranty expiration. I got about 50K miles out of the Conti's before switching to the 970's as they were on sale and i missed the performance aspect of the 960's. The 970's have been great so far and and I love the tighter handling theuy provide. I must comment, however that these tires are definitely noisier than the Conti's. It's not unbearable or anything like that (yet), but considerably noticeable after the Conti's. I only have 1500 miles on them, so I will update after I get some more miles on them and see how they hold up this winter. Don't get me wrong, I love the tires... I cant remember if the 960's were loud or not, but the Conti's may have spoiled me as far as noise. I would by these tires again based on how they are holding up so far, but if noise is an issue for you then you may want to look into the Conti's.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.14
 
 

2004 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Daytona Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
August 03, 2011

I just had these tires put on a 1000 miles ago after a chunk of my old tire came off for no reason. Bridgestone bought me this set with no hassle but that's a different story. These tires felt great after being mounted on the car. However they were a bit squrimy and did require frequent correction for the first few hundred miles. But after the 500 mile break in period these tires are SIMPLY AMAZING! Continental has made a great tire! They grip well in the wet and dry and as well give an EXCELLENT ride. The sidewalls on this tire are a bit soft and that does impact the steering response a tad, but nothing to severe. The average driver wouldn't even notice a difference!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38

2004 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Tulsa, OK
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2011

Just went through an unexpected blizzard within the last month and I must say these tires performed quite admirably! I purchased these tires mid-December knowing the Ling Long's that came on the vehicle wouldn't be able to handle any snow since there were the absolute worst tires I have ever had on a vehicle and could barely handle dry pavement. The Ling Long's had a very decent looking tread pattern, but that is the only good thing I can say about them. Anyways, about the DWSs, I had narrowed my search down to these and a set of Sumitomo's HTR A/S P01. The only real reason I chose the Continentals over the Sumitomos was due to availability. I have yet to find anything wrong with the DWSs. They handle great on dry pavement, haven't really noticed much hydroplaning (though it has been a dry winter in OK) and are, as stated before, great on snow and ice. These tires also greatly improved the horrid torque steer that was abundantly apparent with the Ling Long's. I also noticed a marked improvement in road noise and comfort. I would HIGHLY recommend these tires to anyone, especially anyone with an Acura TL with a 6-speed manual transmission, GREAT TIRES!!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Signature (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Signature (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.5

2007 Acura MDX
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Daytona Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
August 03, 2011

The Dunlop SP Sport Signatures are really a mixed bag of features. The dry traction and response to inputs are really good for a tire meant for an SUV. In the dry its not easy to get the tires to spin, even when taking a turn WAY to fast for passenger comfort. Wet traction and hyrdoplaning resistance are good but not as great as they could be. In the wet the tires find grip and struggle to sometimes, esp in heavy downpours. The ride comfort is also fairly mixed; it absorbs bumps fairly well but once the tires start wearing they certainly get nosier. I'm at about 1/2 tread life and the tires are pretty noisy, noisy to the point where sometimes it's difficult to have a conversation depending on the road surface and speed. Would I buy them again, probably not because of the excessive noise from them.

Yokohama's PARADA Spec-X is a Proven All-Season Performer for Your SUV

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Currently sitting at the top of our survey results in the Street/Sport Truck All-Season category, the Yokohama PARADA Spec-X continues to impress SUV and light truck owners with superior wet and dry traction, as well as a quiet ride. Available in sizes ranging from 17" up to 28" wheel diameters, the PARADA Spec-X has built a strong reputation over its life by using a directional tread pattern and wide center grooves to resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction. Recently, Yokohama added more sizes to provide owners of "modern" muscle cars with confidence in year-round conditions, even light snow. Now, vehicles like the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro can trade their fast wearing Original Equipment tires for extended life and improved comfort.

The range of available sizes means the PARADA Spec-X can be used on a variety of vehicles including:

  • Late-model GM SUVs
  • Cadillac Escalades
  • Chevrolet Suburbans 
  • Acura MDX and RDX
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Mazda CX-9

For more insight on this tire, read our customer reviews to see what drivers are saying about their experience with the Yokohama PARADA Spec-X,

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2007 Acura MDX
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
November 26, 2013

Just got these tires on 07 MDX. Ride quality is superb. Road noise reduction almost 100% from the old set of Michelin Energy. Will update when more miles are on these tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2006 Acura RL
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: McCordsville, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 16, 2013

Great tire so far. Road noise sometimes their depending on pavement but overall still a great tire!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P6 Four Seasons

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P6 Four Seasons Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2003 Acura 3.2TL
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Largo, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

This tire is flat out amazing! Over the course all my car ownership, I've changed out various kinds of tires, and this by far is the best I've had so far for the price. 25k miles later, they perform just as well if not better as new. The ride is smooth, fairly responsive, and fairly quiet. The best part however is the traction! Both dry and wet traction is pretty amazing. Wet traction shines, as you really gotta try to spin the wheels for them to spin on these boots & dry traction is even better. I've never managed to accidentally peel off, they just stick to the road and give a real sense of confidence. I would no doubt buy them again once these wear out, however would probably go for a 205/55 or 50, as the cornering stability just isn't as nice as 55/50 height. Nevertheless, I can take a 25mph steady speed turn and the car feel stable. On a 55, the same turn can be taken with 30mph.
I do recommend this tire, definitely!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.6
 
 

2006 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Levittown, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
November 12, 2013

Never done a review before but so far these tires have impressed me enough to post up my findings thus far. I have had them for almost 30k miles and they have been great in all types of conditions. I even work on a job site and going on stone driveways and contractor's off road areas and they have held up great so far.

 

Best Brake Pads for Low Dust

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Are you tired of constantly cleaning ugly, black brake dust off of your factory or aftermarket rims? If you're willing to give up a small amount of braking capability, you can use ceramic brake pads - which will go a long way in reducing how often you need to clean your rims. These pads produce less brake dust and the dust is a lighter color that doesn't show up on wheels as badly. Ultimately, this leads to wheels maintaining a cleaner appearance.

Many vehicles come from the factory with ceramic brake pads. Most Acura, Lexus and many Honda brake pads are ceramic. Three of the best manufacturers of low dust ceramic brake pads are Akebono, Centric and Hawk.

 Akebono Euro Ceramic
Akebono Euro Ceramic
Pads
 Centric Posi Quiet Ceramic
Centric Posi Quiet Ceramic
Pads
 Hawk Performance Ceramic
Hawk Performance Ceramic
Pads


If you're looking for a little extra stopping power out of your low dust pads, I would lean toward the Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads as they are rated a bit higher for stopping power. However, all ceramic pads offer the following advantages over most of today's standard pads:

  • Very low dust
  • Improved braking over many inexpensive pads
  • Extremely quiet
  • Extended pad life
  • Increased rotor life
Shop by vehicle to find a recommended set of low dust brake pads.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2007 Acura TL Type-S
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Miles driven on tires: 23,000
Location: Long Beach, CA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 23,000 Miles on Tires
April 28, 2013

I have gotten 20K miles on these tires over 3.5 years and am down to the wear bars in the middle. Some of this wear is due to running too high pressure and wearing the middle out somewhat prematurely. Tires performed very well, some corners that I've taken were impressive. Driving was mostly city and congested freeway, but have made several trips up to the mountains where I was able to have a little fun in the TLS. The tires have been pretty noisy on some surfaces for the last year. This is probably too much tire for my driving habits.