Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2004 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Warren, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
April 25, 2014

Purchased the Conti's after a set of Bridgestone RE 970's. The Bridgestone's handled great, but always had too much vibration, even with road force balancing, and wore out after 20k miles. Overall, much prefer the Conti's. They are smoother, quieter, and deliver better gas mileage (+10-15% better highway). They don't handle corners as well as the Bridgestone's--they have a softer sidewall--but are better in so many other ways that I prefer them overall. Currently have 8k miles on them and they are wearing well. Highly recommended.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.83
 
 

2011 Acura RDX
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Chester, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

I am a bit perplexed by this set of DWS tires. My last set, purchased in 2012, were much better. The current set, purchased about a month and 2000 miles ago, are extremely disappointing. I am experiencing too much vibration and noise, the tires don't seem balanced at all, and most importantly, the vehicle feels downright unstable at highway speeds. It seems to squirm constantly, feeling like it's moving side to side and makes handling difficult and unpredictable. I really don't know what to make of this, other than maybe I got a bad batch, or maybe Continental changed this tire. Either way, I am hoping I can return these and get something else because I certainly do not care for this tire and I want my excellent-handling vehicle back.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2008 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2014

Previous tires were Michelin Pilot HX MXM4. Switching to Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 was what this car needed. The grip and "Turn In Response" is like night and day to the previous tire. Tried them in the wet, and they are very good. Not too noisy considering it's a performance tire. Stiffer ride than previous tire, but that's OK. Speed rating is 186mph, not that this car will do that, but let's just say these tires feel smooth and responsive at high speeds. Love these tires. Would buy them again in a minute.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ102

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.17
 
 

2000 Acura Integra LS
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Bloomington, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
May 01, 2014

I've had these for about 2000 miles now, with a very evenly combined city / highway mixture, having just completed a 1000 mile road trip. I was initially very attracted to the price of the DZ102, but was slightly concerned about how they would perform in wet conditions, especially after reading several reviews regarding the performance of the DZ101. These tires absolutely love warm conditions, and stick very well to dry pavement, with fantastic feedback at highway speeds, and in city driving as well. Under wet conditions, the tires didn't flinch. They have great feedback, and allow only the slightest amount of give when they're pushed hard, but have a very linear feel to them that gives you plenty of notice when they're on the edge. They're very quiet on the highway, with minimal road noise; it's not imperceptible, but still remarkably quiet. These made the car feel very planted, and I didn't notice any 'tracking' or 'squirming', although I made sure to get an alignment immediately afterwards.

So far, great tire for the price. I'll update my review after I've covered some more miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2008 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Elgin, SC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

Picked this tire to replace the OE Michelin tires which had started to culp at 30,000 miles .. dealer and independent shop both said nothing they could do ... I had rotated at 5,000 miles faithfully. This tire is quieter, rides better and is excellent in the rain. This is my wife's car and I keep it in tip-top condition. Ready to put the same tire on my 2006 RSX-Type S!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2005 Acura Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 700
Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 700 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

Live in Calgary but had tires shipped to Great Falls and installed there. I wanted a quiet tire that had great handling and these certainly fit the bill. Had Michelin Pilot Sport A/S on before and although a great tire , don't work well with the TL suspension. ( Outside edges wear off rapidly) . These tires handle every bit as good and are quieter . Thats important to me given our lousy roads here. Comfortable ride too. Haven't driven in the wet yet and I have winter tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.88
 
 

2005 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Viera, FL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

After 15,000 miles the tires howl on any smooth pavement. They pump a lot of air. It sounds like an 18 wheeler.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.71

2006 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 2,200
Location: Kansas City, KS
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,200 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2011

If you're looking for great all season with emphasis on great snow traction, this tire is it. When there's a snow on the ground, I would get little worried when I come to a dead stop with steep hill but this tire has abosolutely no issues starting from that position. Just grabs on to the snow/road. And for the dry condition, it's not noisy compared to my original equipped tire so works out great. As far as tread life goes, I've only had it for few months so hope it lasts for awhile. Highly recommend this tire. I'll be buying another set for my wife.

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

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75

2008 Acura MDX
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Baltimore, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
December 09, 2011

Tires have been great for the first 15,000 miles. No sign of hydroplaning or loss of grip in rain. No snow yet but will have better idea after this winter. Great tire and very economical. As quiet and comfortable as my OEM Michelin Latitude HP and MUCH less expensive.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2010 Acura TL SH-AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 650
Location: Newtown, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 650 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2014

The DWS is in a different league as the original Michelin. While the DWS is slightly noisier than the OEM Michelin, it more than makes up for it in how much better it absorbs bumps and shocks to the wheel. Also, with the Michelin's, even though the TLS is all wheel drive I could easily spin the tires while shifting in to 2nd gear and could shake them loose coming out of tight turns (upon acceleration) I could not make these Continental tires break loose under the same conditions. The Continentals are cheaper and have been a best buy for me for the TL AWD. Also, the Michelin's were horrible in snow. I actually have to use snow tires to get anywhere. While I expect these Continental's to perform better than the Michelin's in light snow, I already have a dedicated set of snow tires that have the sever snowflake rating for the heart of winter.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2010 Acura TL SH-AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Meridian, ID
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2014

This is an awesome tire. Michelin has really come up with an upgrade with the offset tread pattern. It is giving us very good wear, cornering, and wet and dry traction, ride and they look great too.

Best All-Weather Tires for Mazda CX-7

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Are you looking for a great all-season tire for your Mazda CX-7? Then you should take a look at the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and Michelin Primacy MXV4. For crossover vehicles like the Mazda CX-7, Acura RDX and Nissan Rogue, consider the top tires from the Grand Touring All-Season and Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season performance categories.  

I've had the Michelin Primacy MXV4 on my Mazda CX-7 for two years. This tire has provided my vehicle with a very smooth and quiet ride, good handling and great wet traction. The Primacy MXV4 offers a large improvement over the factory installed Goodyear Eagle RS-A. My wife and I can hardly believe the difference! For more information on this tire, read "Great Deal on 235/60R18 Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tires."

 Michelin Primacy MXV4
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MXV4
 Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with
EcoPlus Technology


While you're shopping for tires for your CX-7, be sure to strongly consider the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, which is currently the top-rated tire by our customers in its category. Reviewers consistently praise the tire's ride quality, as well as great wet and snow traction. 

If you need additional help choosing the right tire for your CX-7, take a look at our Tire Decision Guide.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2008 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 18, 2014

These are a great tire for the price and are a major upgrade from the OEM Bridgestones the car came with. These tires are smoother, quieter and more fuel efficient than my previous tires. It's been a tough snowy winter and these tires never failed to get me where I needed to go. Dry traction is good with excellent wet traction. Treadwear is even but a little to early to judge tread life. Based on my experience to date I would buy these tires again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2009 Dodge Journey
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Lansing, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2014

I purchased these tires at a great price and picked them up Jan 21st 2014. I had them installed in South Bend. It literally drove through a blizzard to get them. Indiana highway made people get off 80/94 that day. Anyway. the way up was slippery, i drove slow. On the way back an Acura MDX spun out in front of me. i stopped in time to avoid the accident. Less than 20 miles in it helped avoid an accident. true story. Any how. I had a new macho confidence with these tires. I tested them like a madman. driving faster than what would be safe for the conditions. But it drove amazingly. Note: i don't condone reckless driving, it was dumb to do and i got lucky. But, it gripped perfectly. I dont have 4WD but it felt like i did. I used to have a set of Nokians on my Lancer years back and these compare about the same. Very quiet so far. absolutely love them. i will update my review when i get more miles. but so far amazing.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2002 Acura RSX
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Miles driven on tires: 2,050
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,050 Miles on Tires
March 24, 2014

One of the best tires I have purchased for the price range. Very quiet on smooth roads as you would expect. Have not had much opportunity to drive on wet roads so I cannot rate their handling in the wet, but I would expect them to perform as rated and tested by Tire Rack. Would recommend these tires and would buy them again if I had to.

New Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus Versus Dueler H/L Alenza for Crossovers and SUVs

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Back in 2004, the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza was introduced to premium crossover and SUV drivers as the premier tire of choice. Always a good performer in our Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category, it has been praised by our customers for its quiet ride, great wet traction, wear and good looks. Appropriate vehicle applications and Original Equipment fitments include the Cadillac Escalade, Acura MDX, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML Class, Lexus RX, Buick Enclave and the new Cadillac ATS and ELR. For more on this tire's great reputation and feedback, take a look at "Best Tires for a Street-Driven SUV." 

Bridgestone is known for continually pushing the envelope, and ten years later, has introduced a new and improved version of the H/L Alenza. This new tire is the Dueler H/L Alenza Plus. 

This new version maintains the same appearance, popular sidewall design and efficient tread pattern of the current Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza. That is where the differences end. H/L Alenza Plus tires have a new tread compound that Bridgestone states will improve on the tire's fuel economy by reducing rolling resistance by up to 10% compared to the previous version of the tire without sacrificing wet, dry or snow traction. Bridgestone has also upped the ante for treadwear by offering the tire with an 80,000-mile limited treadwear warranty!

If you're in the market for a premium, quality replacement tire for your crossover or SUV, don't overlook the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta PA31 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2007 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2014

The Kumho ECSTA PA31 is probably the best passsenger car tire I have ever bought and I'm 48 years old. I have driven this tire on a 2007 Acura TL for 10,000 miles and it has been nothing short of outstanding. I drive 280 miles a day, 3 to 4 days a week from the Eastern Allegheny mountains to the Pittsburgh airport. Through driving rains, dry roads, sleet and snow, you name it. I always wondered what my car would be like if it had AWD. Now I know, this tire is SOLID!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2001 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 29,000
Location: New London, NH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 29,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2014

We live in the :snow belt" of New Hampshire. Not only do we see snowfalls measured in feet, but blowing snow, sleet and freezing rain is all too common. I've owned all the "popular" brands that promise the world, and charge about the same. I was disgusted in the hype when the performance was falling so far short of what was promised.

Then I bought the General Altimax Arctics. After the very first snowfall, my wife and I realized these low-priced snow tires were different. We both smiled as we trekked up and down snow covered hills and valleys with ease. The grip was incredible. As we continued with the Altimax Arctics, we found them really well-mannered on the bare streets and highways as well.

Fast forward 3 years to January 2013. A major snowstorm was predicted for the evening of the New England Patriots Playoff Game. My wife, kids & I left home to attend the Playoffs Party at friends of ours at the opposite end of the road. When we left our heated garage, the were 4" of fresh, heavy wet snow already on the ground. As we headed home later that evening, the snow was now at about 8", with no snow plow in-sight. Since we live at the top of the hill, the family set-out to travel home. I has a lot of confidence in the tires, but thought there was no way we would make it home, UPHILL THE ENTIRE RIDE, with the road not plowed. Not only did these tires get us there, they climbed the hill in our driveway as well! This is after clocking 25,000 miles on them.

We cannot say enough about these tires. We have since switched to General Tires for our other cars as well (Acura TL-s and BMW 330ci convertible.

IF YOU NEED SNOWS, YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THESE GENERAL ALTIMAC ARCTICS! Sorry Blizzak's. Sorry Nokian Hakapalitas. Sorry Good Year & Michelin. General is tops in the snow!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.25
 
 

2006 Acura MDX
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2014

These tires were terrible on our 06 MDX. Loud and rough, gas mileage dropped noticeably by 2 mpg. Wear was uneven, and no matter how many trips to dealers and shops, always seemed slightly out of balance and alignment slightly off. After 35,000 miles, I replaced them with Michelin Lattitudes. Night and day difference.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta PA31 Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2004 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: North Wales, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

Fantastic "Jack of All Trades" tire. For the price, you get an excellent tire. Dry and wet grip is pretty good. Snow grip isn't the best but far from the worst for an A/S tire(that's reserved for Conti DWS in my experience). What really stands out in the snow is the tire grip limit speaks too you the whole time giving you the confidence you need.