Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, June 9, 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.

Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82

2007 GMC Envoy 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: South Bend, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
June 06, 2014

For the winter this tire is the best tire I have ever bought. I bought these tires for winter driving only. The one problem with these tires is on dry pavement and when you have the transfer case in Auto or 4 wheel the front tires fight against the rear tires causing a popping sound and feel in the front end. I have taken it to my auto dealer and had the front differential and transfer case torn apart and inspected and found no problems. The dealer put on some less aggressive tires and there was no popping sound. With these tires you need to drive in 2 wheel when you are on dry pavement.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.92

2009 Lexus GX470
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Groveland, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

Car came with Dunlop tires. I cannot believe Lexus put those tires on this car. I got rid of them at 25K. I have a 2000 LX 470 and have always been happy with the LTX M/S. These tires are even better. There is nothing bad about this tire. Bought at Tire Rack. Had dealer mount 'em. Better everything: handling, ride, traction and even gas mileage. I hunt, so in addition to city/highway, I do cornfields, creeks and every other type of off-road driving that can be found in the Midwest. The only thing that keeps me from buying a Range Rover Sport is that I cannot find these tires for that truck. I still have my LX 470 and still use the LTX M/S on that truck (it has 287K). I'm not necessarily a Michelin freak. My wife has a Lexus RX and I'm putting Continentals on that. But for the larger SUVs, the LTX M/S is fantastic tire. I like the M/S 2 better than the M/S, but they don't make it for the '00 LX470. When my friends are stuck in their Range Rovers, I'm going strong, mainly because of the traction these tires afford. On the highway, rain, snow, and sun, the tires handle well and are quiet. I'm 63 and have driven a car/truck farther in reverse than most have driven in forward. These tires are simply the best. If they make 'em to fit your vehicle, buy them. You will thank me. I promise. And I don't work for Michelin or anybody else in any auto related industry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

Thursday, January 17, 2013 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.

Michelin Latitude TourReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.36

2012 GMC Terrain
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Miles driven on tires: 13,000
Location: Janesville, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 13,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2012

First, I keep my tire pressure front at 38-40psi and rear 36-38psi year round and rotate every 10,000 when I make synthetic oil change at dealer. Been that way for years. Also, our Terrain is AWD and recently put in three 50lb salt bags in the rear to weigh it down for our snow season. This is a premature evaluation, but wanted to write what have discovered about this tire thus far: Interstate speed in heavy rain - Rated a 7. Dry Conditions - Rated a 7. Recent 4" snow - Rated a 6. Noise - Rated a 7. Ice Traction - Rated a 3. Everybody knows this is an ALL Season Rated Tire. You want snow traction, buy a set of Blizzak's. In Snow conditions, I suggest 38-40 PSI in the fronts for FWD to get more bite and possibly better wear.

My Mustang, w Auto, has 4 winter Blizzak's and keep 38-40 psi on all 4 with 120 lbs in the trunk, for 6 years. I blow by everybody with such stability.

I plan to report again when I have 30,000 on these OEM Latitudes.

Keep Your Fusion Moving Even When It's Freezing: Winter / Snow Tires for the New Ford Fusion

Monday, December 10, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Although it's no DB5, the new 2013 Ford Fusion sure has a luxury vibe. Initial reports from the automotive press indicate this vehicle performs as well as it looks.

Have you just picked up a 2013 Ford Fusion? In addition to its styling and performance, I'm sure you're impressed with the Fusion's safety features. In a collision, your Fusion protects your family with airbags in the front, side and also at knee level. If you live in an area that experiences harsh winter conditions, four dedicated winter / snow tires will give you the traction, confidence and safe feeling you need to handle roads covered in snow and ice.

Winter / Snow Tire Sizes

The Fusion's Original Equipment tire comes in one of the following sizes: 215/60R16, 235/50R17, 235/45R18 or 235/40R19. With a curb weight of 3,615 lbs. (2.5 liter Auto S), most Fusion drivers are best served by a 215/60R16 tire size. 215/60R16 is narrow enough to cut through moderate and deep snow, but wide enough for packed snow, ice and dry roads.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Ford uses the valve stem direct TPMS system, which you can purchase sensors for $32 per wheel. Your Fusion won't automatically learn the new sensor codes, therefore a Ford dealer will have to initialize them as you switch back and forth between your winter and all-season/summer tires. Are you installing the wheels and sensors yourself? Then the the optional Ford TPMS Triggering Tool is really a must as it allows you to initialize the sensors.

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package (Steel Wheel)

While it's a close decision, I prefer 215/60R16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Studless Ice & Snow tires on 16x6.5 50mm offset steel wheels at $860* plus shipping.

215/60-16 Michelin X-ICE Xi3 Studless Ice and Snow
215/60-16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
16x6.5 50ET Black Painted Steel Wheel $58*
16x6.5 50ET Black Painted
Steel Wheel $58*

Winter/ Snow Tire & Wheel Package (Alloy Wheel)

For those who prefer a little more style for winter, I'd recommend the 16x7.5 5-108 48mm ET silver painted Sport Edition SE-16 on the same 215/60R16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 at $1064* plus shipping.

215/60-16 Michelin X-ICE Xi3 Studless Ice and Snow
215/60-16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
16x7.5 48ET Silver Painted Sport Edition SE-16 $109*
16x7.5 48ET Silver Painted Sport Edition
SE-16 $109*

With the weather changing, be ready by creating your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today.

*Prices subject to change

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Friday, April 13, 2012 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 Scorpion Ice & SnowReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27

2010 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Canon City, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2011

Negotiated with M-B dealer to substitute these NON runflats for the factory set. I am glad I did.
In Colorado my biggest challenges are snowpacked and icy roads more than deep snow, with occasional bouts with the dreaded Black Ice. These tires are exceptional in those conditions, with much better road feel than my General Altimax studded, Michelin x-Ice2 and Blizzaks on other autos. I didn't pray for the day when I could finally get my winter tires off! Very impressive.
I started in November 2010 and experienced "all of the above" at a variety of temperatures from water on ice to powdery and frigid to black ice on I-80 at 75 mph with surprise BIG crosswinds. Exceptional tires that reduced the white knuckle cross country experience.
These tires are also pretty sporty in the dry, so I thought I'd wear them through the summer months because my 8-mounted-tires-per-vehicle habit has caused me to run out of winter tire storage.
We had lots more than usual 90+ temps, but the tread didn't melt away like other dedicated winter tires.
I have 6/32 tread left, which projects out to about 24,000 miles. Not bad for a winter tire pressed into hot summer service. We'll see if they get noisy when they get under 5/32, and how well they work in the wet.
We tow a 27' travel trailer and the tires are very stable with a load - inflated to the M-B recommended pressure of 38 lbs.
I also spent several days four wheeling on the legendary Ouray, Colorado extreme passes and I was really surprised how well the tread worked on rocks and other obstacles. Especially impressive on slick rocks in the rain! (Deflated to 28 psi.)
These are great tires for the difficult to predict Colorado driving conditions.

Best All-Season Tires for the Honda Accord

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by Steve Huffman
The Honda Accord has been one of America's best-selling cars for decades. With great styling and ample room for passengers to go along with excellent fuel economy, the Accord is a staple on the American highway. And, when the time comes to replace tires, Accord drivers should take a look at the following all-season options.

If you're in an area like the Northeast or Midwest that receives its fair share of snow, then consider the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. This tire has superior all-season traction and as its name entails, the tire offers a very smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. This Grand Touring All-Season option is currently the top-rated tire in our Tire Survey Results.

Maybe you're looking to make your Honda a little more responsive? Then check out the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. This Ultra High Performance All-Season tire has superior handling and cornering, as well as great traction. This summer, when we compared a set of these Bridgestone tires against three competitors, the RE970AS Pole Position came out on top. A detailed report of our testing can be found by taking a look at "Testing Bridgestone's Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire."

Finally, if you're looking for great value, the General AltiMAX HP is the tire for your Honda. This General tire is one of the most popular all-season tires for the Accord as it offers excellent all-season traction, a smooth and comfortable ride and typically, tire prices for the AltiMAX won't break the bank.

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS
Pole Position
General AltiMAX HP
General AltiMAX

When you're looking at auto tire dealers for your next set of Honda tires, be sure to shop by vehicle to find the proper set for your driving needs.

C6 Corvette Tires and Wheels (Part 1: Tires)

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
I was talking to one of my Corvette customers the other day and he told me that in his Corvette club most members buy their Corvette Rims and New Automobile Tires from Tire Rack. By far the most popular tires I sell for this car personally are the Firestone Auto Tires, we are also one of the largest Goodyear Tire Dealers and I often sell the Original Equipment Goodyears for this car as well. But for people who don't want the O.E. Corvette Goodyear tires the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Run Flat tires are the most popular. People tend to like them because they are very high performance tires comparable to the Goodyears and usually less expensive.

FH Wide Oval Run Flat

Check back next week for my post on Corvette Rims to go with these tires!

Auto Tire Stores: Who Do You Trust?

Monday, November 30, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
When it comes time to buy tires online, your options are wide open. There are a number of auto tire stores online, and as you click from one to the next, you'll find information—and sometimes, a complete lack thereof. But when you visit Tire Rack, you'll get all of the information you want from a car tire dealer—and then some—in a user friendly format: one that's clear, concise and relevant. One of our previous customers said it best:

"No doubt, I will continue to do business with Tire Rack. Best product information and best pricing." 

That's proof that we strive to be your go-to auto tire store. It's about giving you expert advice on and sharing our detailed experiences with the products we sell. It's customer service, and ours is award-winning. And we're in business for you—to make sure your vehicle is outfitted with the tires it should be. 

Shop by vehicle today.

Purchase car tires from Tire Rack!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Why? As one of the top auto tire dealers, Tire Rack's team of experts want to make sure you can purchase performance car tires with confidence.

It can get confusing—there are a number of things to consider when selecting the right tire. Here are a few:

• If you only need to replace one tire, it's important to make sure that the replacement is identical to the other four tires on your vehicle. One oddball tire can throw everything off. Including your safety.

• When replacing two out of the four tires on your vehicle, select a pair that matches your existing tire. However, a pair similar in size and type can also work. You'll want to install these on the rear axle, though. (And be sure to find out why your previous tires needed to be replaced. You may have an alignment issue.)

• Determine your worst and everyday driving conditions. If you use more than one set of tires and wheels (for instance, you switch to winter / snow tires seasonally), then your decision gets easier. If you must stick with one set, then you'll want to pick a tire that suits your needs in almost any condition: city traffic, snowfall, rain, mountains...it all affects your tires so you'll want to balance performance accordingly.

If you think about these things, you'll find it easier to purchase car tires. And when you shop by vehicle, we'll show you the tires that will be a perfect fit on your vehicle.

But if you need a little help, our Tire Decision Guide or sales specialists can be handy resources for performance recommendations.

Buy Continental Auto Tires at Tire Rack

Monday, October 26, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Whether you've had them before or are interested in trying something different, Tire Rack is a Continental tire dealer that can help you buy an ideal set of Continental tires. Start by selecting your vehicle's make, model and year or contact us directly. We are a team of specialists, and we're ready to give you fit and performance advice.

A few Continental tires we might recommend depending on your vehicle: 

  CrossContact LX        ContiProContact       ExtremeContact DWS

Sharing Tire Information

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 by Tim Joines
When I started selling tires in 1988 they were almost exclusively found in a store and it was difficult to find performance tires.
                                                                                                          (Tire Ad from the 90s)

1990 Tires advertisment for Tire Rack in Car and DriverThe Tire Rack was different. We offered in-depth advice
on the best tires for a customers driving needs and a
large selection (for the time) of performance tires and
wheels. We could also tell customers not just what is
the largest size tire and wheel package, but what is
the best size for their car.

We offered information by phone or in one of our tire
or Autoweek.  As you can see on the right from an ad from the early 1990s space limits the amount of information we could offer up front.

With the rise of the Internet we were able to offer a huge advance in the information about our products.
We started with better photos and details in 1996.

Since then we've added:

-Larger tire photos
-Tire Testing results
-Customer generated tire survey results and reviews
-Full tire specifications 
-Side by side option to compare performance tires
-Original equipment car or truck tires by specific vehicle listing exact tire make and model
-Best selling tires for a car or truck

Our sales specialists are great resources also. After viewing all the tires for sale for your car you still may need more help making a choice. Our tire experts can help you finalize your tire choice quickly and easily. They have driven on a wide selection of the tires we offer on our tire test track and in real world drivingg situations.

Our reps have also spoken with other customers who have owned your car or truck. When you need Honda Accord tires  or Chevrolet Impala tires  or Ford GT or an E36 BMW M3 Lightweight  we can help you make the best tire choice for your driving needs.

The Tire Rack started different than other tire dealers and we continue to work to maintain our leadership in auto Tires and Wheels and in offering the information to help make the right choice in replacement tires.