Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

I use these to navigate upper midwest winters. I need to get out in the winter, cant call in when it snows. There are about 10-15 days a year when I am in brisk snowing conditions, with occasional white outs. Since I value my life, my automobile, and know how idiotic some other drivers are in this weather, these are pretty much essential. They make snow feel...  Read More

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

I'm impressed: I raced automobiles, and am sensitive to everything from the engine to tires. Since I wanted the softest, quietest riding tire for the Escalade (opposite of the track), I ended up going with these. They are super quiet, reduced noise by at least 30 per cent and are very comfortable. It is even quieter than when new. Also, the guys at Tru-Line...  Read More

Best All-Terrain Tire Choices for 275/55R20 Size

Not too long ago, 20-inch tires were rare, exotic and mostly reserved for high-end European SUVs or show vehicles gracing the cover of automobile magazines. Those that were available were ultra high performance tires, often with little to no all-season traction and wore very quickly. This is not the case today. In fact, 20" tires are an option on many...  Read More

Upgrade Your Vehicle's Performance with Brembo Brakes

Brembo is the brake component manufacturer many race teams, enthusiasts and daily drivers depend on to give their vehicle the increased braking performance they demand. To Brembo, racing is the most advanced experimental laboratory for assessing the success of its products. Teams equipped with Brembo brakes have won hundreds of automobile and motorcycle...  Read More

Mixing Run-Flat Tires with Non-Run-Flat Tires? Read This First!

A frequently asked question on BMW forums is in regards to replacing run-flat tires with conventional non-run-flat tires. There is much debate about this topic. In fact, I have a blog post titled "Ditching Your Run-Flat Tires for Non-Run-Flat Tires on Your BMW? Read This First!" that you might want to check out if you're considering making the switch to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion ATR

Came standard on my King Ranch - very familiar with Pirelli, we have Pirelli tires on 3 fine German automobiles, including their respective sets of winter tires. These are quiet and smooth, even at highway speeds. Handling is superb in the dry and still pretty good in the wet. Sure they spin now and again when you pull away from a standstill in the wet, but...  Read More

Sway Bars: A Cost-Effective Suspension Upgrade

One of the most simple, yet beneficial upgrades you can make to your suspension set-up is an improved sway bar. Available in front and rear matched kits, or as stand alone front or rear units, sway bars are a great way to reduce unwanted body roll under cornering loads. If your car is well balanced from the factory, a full sway bar kit is likely the way to...  Read More

Yokohama's AVID Ascend Built with Orange Peels?

Yokohama introduced the AVID Ascend in a variety of popular sizes for most passenger car and minivan applications. The AVID Ascend is Yokohama's first mass-produced Grand Touring Touring All-Season tire in the United States to feature their Orange Oil technology which uses oil extracted from renewable orange peels to improve treadlife, fuel efficiency and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

After installing these tires on my wife's 2004 Toyota Sienna it felt like a new van again. The tires ride better than anything we've had on before and they're quiet. It was definately an amazing change in the automobile.   Read More

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

Best tires I have ever bought in my 50 years of buying tires! I rode on the factory installed Dunlop Sport 5000 tires and was disappointed that Hyundai would install such a hard riding and noisy tire on their luxury vehicle. After buying the Yokohama Avid Ascends, my Hyundai Genesis rides like a true luxury automobile like I expected when I bought it. I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3

Spent considerable time researching best winter tire for my heavy weight ml550. The WT M3 is new and not many reviews, so it was a leap of faith based on what I did find. The tire is just plain exceptional! Grip is excellent, yet I have not experienced deep snow yet. The stability and steering response is considerably better than the OEM Conti 4x4 tires that...  Read More

General AltiMAX Arctic vs. Firestone Winterforce

Are you still researching winter / snow tires? Well, Thanksgiving has just passed us by and it's time to pare down your list and decide what tires are right for your vehicle. And to help you with your decision, take a look at two options available in the Studdable Winter/Snow category: the Firestone Winterforce and General AltiMAX Arctic. Firestone...  Read More

Value All-Season Car Tire Options

Tires in the Standard Touring All-Season category offer lower speed ratings like S (112 mph) and T (118 mph). These tires are known for longer mileage - usually greater than 50,000 miles of service life. They are not an aggressive handling group of tires due to their lower speed rating. However, you'll receive the benefit of a smoother and more comfortable...  Read More

When is The Right Time to Replace Tires?

While the legal minimum of 2/32" of remaining tread depth indicates a need to replace tires, should you buy tires even if part of Lincoln's head is covered when using a penny to measure your tire's tread depth? Take a look at "Measuring Tire Tread Depth with a Coin" to see how U.S. coins can be used in place of a tire tread depth gauge.If you live in an area...  Read More

Checking Tire Pressure

Are you checking your tire’s air pressure?The Tire Rack Street Survival teen driving schools are developed to provide a controlled environment for young drivers to learn car control through experiencing their vehicles’ handling and stopping capabilities. One year we decided to do a test and got out our air gauge to measure the tire pressure on the...  Read More

MSW Wheels for Your Winter / Snow Tire and Wheel Package

Many customers ask for an economical wheel choice for their Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel package. The MSW wheel line fits the bill. MSW makes a simple alloy wheel that is inexpensive and looks good on your vehicle. Available in a wide variety of sizes that fit many of today's automobiles, you can get the look you want at an attractive price.Here are two...  Read More

Snow Tires: Two vs. Four and Why Four is the Only Way to Go!

There is a great difference in traction capabilities between winter / snow tires and all-season or high performance tires (especially on ice). You can imagine there is the potential for a loss of control when one end of the car performs very well and the other end just seems to have a mind of its own. Our tests have proven that again and again.Consider the...  Read More

O.Z. Racing Ultraleggera HLT Centerlock Now Available for Ordering

Since creating its first wheels in 1971, O.Z. Racing has established itself as a leader in the world's light alloy wheel industry. O.Z. Racing produces standard equipment wheels for some of the most exclusive automobiles in the world including Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Aston Martin and Lotus.Tire Rack is proud to announce the addition of the...  Read More

How to improve your ride quality. Lexus IS250 and OE tires.

Tires are designed for different uses and with different features and benefits. Occasionally, I will talk to a customer with a brand new vehicle, who after driving it for a while realizes he/she isn't thrilled with the ride quality of the O.E. tires. Usually the complaint is that the ride is too harsh, especially when going over bumps.There is a post right...  Read More

Street Survival needs your help!

Tire Rack Street Survival is up for a significant grant from the Pepsi Foundation as part of the Pepsi Refresh Project! Your vote puts Street Survival in the running for one of ten grants worth $25,000—so please click here to help support this wonderful program.Tire Rack and BMW CCA Foundation, a non-profit organization, joined forces to create the Tire...  Read More