Longest-Wearing Z-Rated Performance Tires

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Gary Stanley

What can drivers of sports cars and high performance vehicles with low profile, Z-rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tires do if they want to have longer wearing tires? In the past, the best a driver could hope for, in regards to treadwear, was an option that lasted approximately 20,000 miles. This was the case for so long that it has become a common misconception that all low profile tires or tires with a high speed rating have rapid treadwear. On the contrary, there are options available with long treadwear ratings. Three of the best to consider are the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 and Continental ExtremeContact DWS.  

 Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
 Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2
Hankook Ventus S1
noble2
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3


The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 has the best dry grip and quickest steering response among the three and comes with a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty. Both the Continental ExtremeContact DWS and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 feature 50,000-mile treadwear warranties and perform a little better in light snow conditions compared to the Pilot Sport A/S 3. All three tires are made in a variety of sizes. Now, even drivers of sports cars like the Chevy Corvette and Ford Mustang can find tires with higher treadwear.  

Shop by size to view all options available for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2007 Mazda MAZDA3 s 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 29, 2014

The Pirelli Cinturato is by far the best tire I have installed on my Mazda3. I had Michelin's prior to this purchase and they were good, but the Pirelli rides smoother and grips the road better in my opinion. I'm finding that all the positive reviews for this tire are true. I was a little nervous... never bought a Pirelli before, but so far it has lived up to all the hype given and the nice rebate made this purchase much easier to make. If this tire performs great in the snow like reviews have mentioned, this purchase will be a home run. The Michelin's were slippery on snow from the beginning and a big challenge to keep on the road in these conditions. I'm hoping the Pirelli's can do a better job in the winter. If you go with these tires, I think you will be happy you did.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2014 MINI cooper s
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Miles driven on tires: 727
Location: Reno, NV
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 727 Miles on Tires
July 29, 2014

The tire is true to its name. Hit road debris, tire went flat, and still had another 15 miles to dealer. Tire held its own with a major hole in the sidewall, made it safe and no issues. Nice to not be stuck on the side of the road, subjected to who knows what? Peace of mind is well worth the price.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

1999 Ford Ranger Super Cab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
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Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
June 25, 2014

I know I'm comparing apples and oranges having swapped out a set of old Destination A/T all terrain tires that were so old that they were literally rotting apart. The old square edge tire were noisy and not good at all in snow and ice. It was a huge difference putting on these LE all season tires with the weird, squiggly tread pattern. But WOW are they quiet and smooth riding compared to the old off roaders! And then there was winter, WOW again! The old "All Terrain" tires often embarassed me on icy roads slipping and sliding all over the place in my XLT "off road" equiped Ranger 4x4! Now with these LE tires I can hardly justify engaging the 4 wheel drive in snow, they are that good! And today I just enjoyed the peace and quiet of these tires as they whispered down the road! Like driving on air.

Which Tires Last the Longest?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Gary Stanley

As a consumer shopping for tires, there are many important attributes and characteristics that you should take into consideration. For example, some tires have better wet traction for rainy days, while some are designed to handle winter's toughest conditions. There are tires that focus mostly on maximum dry grip on the race track, and others that are meant to provide a smooth and quiet ride.

Some of these characteristics may be more important to your particular situation than others, but one question that is almost always asked is, "How long will my tires last?" This may even be the most important feature in your tires if you drive many miles on a yearly basis. If you're a driver who has a long daily commute and takes long road trips, consider the following options from a few of our popular performance categories. 

Passenger All-Season

 Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
 Goodyear Assurance ComforTred
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred


Standard Touring All-Season

 General AltiMAX RT43
General AltiMAX RT43
 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender


Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season 

 Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
Alenza Plus
 Continental  CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


In order to get the most wear out of your tires, be sure check your tires' air pressures often and keep them inflated to your vehicle's recommended pressures. You'll want to check and adjust the pressure first thing in the morning before rising ambient temperatures, the sun's radiant heat or even driving short distances temporarily warms the tires. For more maintenance tips to increase your tires' performance, life and durability, read "Air Pressure: When and How to Set."

Best Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires in Size 275/55R20

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Gary Stanley

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires are common for those looking for aggressive tread patterns and some off-road traction. However, many drivers aren't looking for off-road traction and instead drive mostly on the street. These drivers would rather have a tire with a smoother and quieter ride with longer wear. This is what makes tires in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category so appealing to them. The best two options in this category for tire size 275/55R20 are the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza.

CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Bridgestone Dueler
H/L Alenza


If winter traction isn't a priority for you based on the area you live in, I'd suggest the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza for its smooth, quiet ride and outstanding wet traction. Are you going to experience winter conditions while on the road? Are you concerned about snow traction? You don't have to sacrifice much in the way of snow traction when you purchase the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. It provides very good snow traction for an all-season tire, even better than some all-terrain tires.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is currently ranked first in our tire survey results. It has the highest ratings in the following areas compared to other options in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category:

  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Light snow traction
  • Ride comfort

Curious to see what other drivers are saying about their experience with the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology? Take a look at some of our customer reviews

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2007 Mercedes-Benz C280 4Matic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 92,000
Location: Fort Washington, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 92,000 Miles on Tires
July 21, 2014

I've only had these tires for one month but I have to say they are the best tires I have purchased. I have always purchased Michelin, Goodyear or Firestone's and the Pirelli are by far better. They are so quiet and provides a very smooth ride. Will definitely purchase these from now on. Can't wait to test them during this coming winter.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2010 Ford Edge SEL
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Herndon, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
July 18, 2014

I recently replaced the Michelin Latitude Tour tires that came with my Ford Edge with these Pirelli Scorpion Verdes and so far am very impressed. They actually feel more smooth than the Michelins and a slightly quieter ride. Haven't noticed any improvement on fuel mileage but that's not a major concern. I can say comparing these and the Michelins, for me these are a better tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2013 Subaru Outback
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Miles driven on tires: 450
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 450 Miles on Tires
July 16, 2014

I was going to report on this tire at 1000 miles but now at about 450 miles there is much to say. The ride continues to improve and is getting quieter. Handling especially in the dry is also better and the Outback is approaching "tossable" when it comes to going through curves. For those who know the DC beltway (I-495) near the Moron Temple, I can now take those curves at near 70 MPH and the car tracks beautifully.

My first experience with wet braking was good. The tires slid but much less than the OEM Continentals. Dry braking is better and the stopping distances are shorter.

Fuel economy has suffered a bit down about 1 MPG but this is a fair trade off to significantly improved handling and a car that is more fun to drive.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2003 Lexus ES300
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: La Crosse, WI
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 11, 2014

This is the 3rd set of tires on this car and they are by far the smoothest, quietest and best handling. The original Michelin tires were ok so I purchased a set of Goodyear Asssurance Touring. The Goodyear tires were ok to begin but the last 20,000 miles were extremely loud and the ride was very rough. I was begining to think about getting rid of the car after riding in newer quieter cars but I decided that a new set of tires may change my mind. After driving the first mile with this set on, I love how the car rides and handles. It is as if I am driving a new car again. I am very happy with these so far.

Marketer Becomes Tire Tester

Monday, July 14, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

After three-and-a-half years on the job, I finally got the call I was waiting for: a chance to be a Tire Rack tire tester! Along with other members of the Tire Rack marketing team, this was OUR opportunity to get behind the wheel of our test BMWs and develop our own opinions on tire performance and truly understand what it takes to get our findings out to our customers.

Having already experienced the Real World Road Ride portion of our tests, I was prepared to look for a tires’ ride, noise and light handling qualities across a variety of conditions. The second part of testing, the Performance Test Track Drives, occurs on our track, and was what I had been waiting all these years to do.

We can see the track from our offices in marketing, we thought we knew what to expect, we were both nervous and excited. As one of our designers said, “I see our testers driving faster than I would want to go. The unfamiliarity of driving another’s car with someone else riding alongside me makes me uncomfortable.”

No worries. We weren't going to be competitive. (The photo at right proves we did take it pretty seriously though)

We got into the cars, we were told to drive at a level that made us comfortable. What made ALL of us comfortable was driving on the set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports. The tire allowed us to feel like we were in control of the car and have some fun behind the wheel as we slalomed a few cones, took some turns at speed and navigated the skid pad (And did I mention this was all done while our track's sprinkler system kept the course covered in water?). When it came to the Sumitomo Touring LS T tires we also tested, it was a completely different story. We were able to feel the vast difference in performance and gain a deeper respect for the testers out there all season doing what they do while listening to the car and the tires so they can accurately report on performances wins and losses.

Here's my rookie review of the two tires.

When driving on the Pilot Super Sports, I felt as if I could driver faster and take turns at speeds I typically don’t, as the tire gave me that much confidence. Now on the Sumitomo, I was braking much sooner to prepare for a turn. If I didn’t I would end up in the grass (even though I didn’t end up in the grass, I can’t say the same for some of my co-workers).

We didn't do a full test on the wet and dry course. And we're by no means expert testers like our sales specialists (who are our test drivers). But rest assured, you're in good hands when you're relying on the test results you read on the tires we offer. Our testers do this all season long and they've got my respect. And trust.

Here are our expert test results and more about our testing program.