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: 7.91
 
 

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 65,000
Location: Flemington, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 65,000 Miles on Tires
May 06, 2014

These tires lasted 65,000 miles before they finally needed replacing. The D/W/S indicator is an easy way to tell how much life is left ("D" was the only indicator still visible at the time of replacement) Great cornering, decent braking right up to the time of replacement.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Milwaukee, Wi
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2011

I've seen a decent amount of snow in milwaukee this year and these tires are just outstanding. With the power of the STI I have broken them loose but they were still gripping the entire time, and the wheel spin was due to the amount of salt the city is dumping this year. I thought they might be a little squishy in a hard cornering situation but wow was I wrong, stiff and responsive through hard braking and acceleration. Deep snow traction is well above average for a long lasting all-season tire like these, if your not sure if this is the tire for you in a snowy type environment then go buy snow tires and waste your money every winter replacing them. I do plan on taking these to the track in spring, will update on that when the time comes. The big thing about these tires are the price, for $600 I'll gladly buy these again considering what was on the car when I bought it from the dealership...245/40R18 Dunlop SP Sport 600 which run about $220 a piece if I'm not mistaken and only last for 20000 miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza G 019 GridReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
November 12, 2009

G 009's preceded these latest Bridgestones. So far, excellent in all aspects. Dry Handling, cornering and braking are excellent. Wet handling is phenomenal--We drove 6 hours in varying degrees of rain and never a question about control. In fact, the further we drove the more I realized how indiscernible wet and dry traction compared with each other. Slightly noisy when dry, but then again this is a very heavy car when measured against the footprint of the tire.



I'm looking forward to winter to test the snow performance. Considering the G 009's winter performance on this wagon with rear drive and traction control were near unstoppable, I'm expecting the G 019's should out do their predecessors.



More later!



We've experience none of the owner related problems the folks from MN with the Passat can't seem to get sorted.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

1995 BMW M3
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Miles driven on tires: 6,900
Location: Gettysburg, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,900 Miles on Tires
June 14, 2014

Absolutely the BEST Max Performance Summer tire! I have these tires on my 95 ///3, and they actually "transform" the handling of my ///3 to unlimited potential. The feeling whilst driving with these tires is that of a roller coaster. Meaning going around corners, exit/entrance off ramps, rides like my ///3 is "On Rails". Driving makes you want to go faster and these tires feel as if they have no speed limit. Braking is excellent in dry & wet. Driving sideways is must with these (only for the real drivers please :)). One of my favorite features of this Michelin Pilot SS (245/40-17)is that whenever my tires get "Armor All-ed" the shine pops and stays. In addition to; the usual handling (dry & wet), ride comfort, noise, tread-wear, gas mileage etc...the Michelin Pilot SS = Absolutely the BEST Max Performance Summer tire!!!

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: 9.78
 
 

1985 Porsche 944
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Pittsboro, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2014

Replaced a set of Yokohama AVS. I have noticed improved braking, ride, wet traction, and noise levels....truly improved the overall handling of an already excellent handling old car. I enjoyed the same kind of improvements when I installed the same tires in my 2001 Lexus IS300. I highly recommend These tires. I will try them on my 2009 Lexus RX350 next.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 7,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 7,500 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

These things murder snowy, slushy, and icy roads. Obviously you have to drive to conditions but these tires make winter driving safe and easy. When no one else is on the road, I sometimes try to make my car spin out on snow covered roads and I've never been able to do it unless I pull the e-brake and turn off traction control. The only time I had trouble is going up a steep grade at a stoplight when the road was a sheet of ice. I still got up, but it was a pretty slow start.

This is a snow tire, so they'll feel a bit clunkier on dry roads but this is not what they were made for. However, they are not at all dangerous on dry or rainy roads as long as you drive smart. Keep in mind the review rating is for a snow tire and is not compared to all seasons or summer tires. I don't know why people bash all season tires on their snow traction. Of course they are going to ----!

If winter weather is a concern to your travels, get blizzaks especially if you have a family. Keep yourself right side up in the winter. These transform a snowstorm from a headache into a smile.
 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2006 Porsche Cayman S With Standard Brakes
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Geneva, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

Best possible street tire for the Cayman S. Quiet, comfy, sticks like glue, great in the rain. I did a couple of brisk "instructor" sessions at Road America in the Fall on this set and they didn't even show wear. They were as fun as the track only tires I usually use. No loss of fun at all with this "street tire". When you total up the coupons, they're as cheap as bargain brands. I may very well buy a second set for track-only.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2001 Subaru Outback Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Frenchtown, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
May 21, 2014

Bought a set of these for my Subaru outback because I was not happy with the winter traction, braking and steering in snow with the all-season radials. The michelin winter tires transformed the car! Traction was improved, but the biggest difference is braking, straight line stability and cornering in snow or slush. With all season tires the subarus have a tendency to want to go straight in curves, not so with the winter tires, its like driving on a dry road. My confidence in winter driving increased greatly, to the point where I would have no hesitation to pass someone or drive faster in the snow than I could with the all season radials. The tires are a bit louder than ASRs and noisier when roads are wet, although the noise level decreased somewhat as the tires got more miles on them. I used these for winter only on a separate set of rims, so easily got 5 years out of them and they still have decent tread left on them!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2010 Chrysler Town and Country
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Fayetteville, AR
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 30, 2014

My Mini Van is modified for my needs and is Wheel Chair accessible. Making it so, requires many modifications that effects many aspects adversely as well as driving dynamics. Traction in wet, ice & snow is a top concern for my needs and these tires performed very well for me. I live in Fayetteville AR and it's very hilly and since it does not snow a lot, when it does so the town is not well equipped to dell with it. We did get our fair share this past winter and I was very pleased on how these tires performed in fresh and untouched snow of 5 or more inch snow. It is holding well on tread wear and preforms well in rain and such. Noise and comfort are not my main concern since these are well compromised due to all the modifications, but these do as well if not better than what were the factory tires, I have a little over 40000 on the van and about 10000 on these tires. Predictable braking and handling perfomance and I'm not pushing it anyway, and the price was very good(-:

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus ST RH06

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus ST RH06 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2008 Infiniti FX35
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
May 16, 2014

These tires have been great from the moment I had them installed. After 30,000 plus miles, they still have more than 50 percent tread. Wet road traction has diminished a bit since new, but is still very good; this is normal with performance tires in my experience. That said though, I can still corner with confidence on dry roads without braking. I'm not sure why they are only rated as summer tires because they got me through two winters and handled the snow much better than the seasons I replaced. They're still fairly quiet up to this point and also impressive is at how well these tires have stayed in balance. This will absolutely be on the top of my list when it's time for new tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiForceContact

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiForceContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2011 Porsche 911 GT3
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: San Carlos, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 21, 2014

I bought these Conti race tires for the first time to replace the Micheline PS2s on my 2011 GT3. My typical street able track tire has been RA1s or R888s from Toyo, but I was looking for something quieter. Long story, but I wound up cording my PS2s at the track and being forced to get R888s, so I have a perfect day 1 comparison of R888 vs these Contis. R888s grip well but have massive "tread squirm" under braking and cornering that makes it feel like the car is going to oversteer. Very disconcerting! They also sound line a helicopter on the highway.
Day 1 on the Contis and, amazingly NO tread squirm. The car felt terrific in turn in, mid-corner, on exit, and under braking. I broke 2 min for the first time at Thunderhill. They sound like a normal street tire on the highway (maybe a touch louder) and ride better than R888s. I even ran into some rain on the way home and they gripped great and evacuated the water fine(although there was no standing water). So after 1 day on the track I cannot say enough good stuff about them.
On the back roads they are also perfect. They are so grippy, yet tail out slides are easy to do.
Overall best street able track tire I have had!

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

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Marinette, WI
Driving Condition: Average
 

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

My Jetta Sportwagen came standard with 17" Conti ProContact tires. They were well used up by 50,000 miles. I liked the Conti tires due to good responsiveness and cornering/braking. The Contis were always quite poor in snow, but since I also have a 4x4 available, not a big issue.

The first thing I noticed with the Pirellis is the sudden quiet on the highway! It is difficult to quantify how much quieter the P7s are than those Contis, but the difference is almost shocking. The P7s are great on wet and dry roads and they still provide good feedback in corners. The P7s are obviously better in snow than my worn out tires, but better than the ProContacts ever were in snow. The P7s are NOT great in snow however, so don't think of that as a ringing endorsement. It's more of a "they don't absolutely ----." If you need snow tires, get snow tires people.

I love these P7s because of the quiet, smooth ride, great handling and feedback and somewhat improved snow performance. The P7s are just a better tire in every category in my mind. I thought the Contis were great until I got the P7s.

Continental TrueContact: Strong All-Season Performance and Longevity

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Summer testing season is underway and one of our latest tests is quite promising for Continental's newest entry to the Standard Touring All-Season market. Tested against several of its competitors, the new Continental TrueContact posted the fastest lap times of the group in the wet and also featured the shortest stopping distances in our 60-0 mph braking test. Long known for good wet performance, Continental continues the trend with this new high mileage offering.

Coupled with strong wet performance, the TrueContact features mile warranties between 80,000 and 90,000 miles depending on speed rating. TrueContact tires use an all-season tread compound that features Continental's Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. The compound is molded into a symmetric design that provides continuous tread contact with the road to enhance steering response and handling while three wide circumferential grooves promote hydroplaning resistance and wet traction.

During our short time with the tire, it seemed to deliver on the goals of good road manners plus excellent wet traction. Take a look at "Continental TrueContact Introductory Drive" for a more complete look at this new potential class leader.

Is the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Building a Lasting Legacy?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

This past weekend the sports world saw two champions add to their legacy. The new U.S. Open champion added another major title to his resume, and the San Antonio Spurs won their fifth N.B.A. title since 1999. There’s something to be said about consistently being on top – a place that’s familiar to the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2.

Since its premiere in our survey results back in February 2013, the tire has only known one spot: on top. It has been the top-ranked tire in the Ultra High Performance Summer category because it receives high marks in several areas: hydroplaning resistance, cornering stability and dry traction.

Honed by decades of BFGoodrich g-Force racing where success on the street begins with winning on the track, the tire is used by the Ford Racing High Performance Driving School at Miller Motorsports and Skip Barber Racing for their schools and race series. With racing technology successes incorporated into its design, the g-Force Sport COMP-2 delivers sharp steering response along with wet and dry grip without sacrificing treadwear.

“Accelerate faster. Corner harder. Brake shorter.” This bold statement from BFGoodrich was what we were to expect from the tire when we received it for testing back in July 2012. It definitely impressed! During our time with the tire, it delivered impressive traction, especially in the wet. We determined that it is a very capable Ultra High Performance Summer tire that was ranked first, as it beat out the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport, Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 and Yokohama S. drive.

What will the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2’s legacy be when all is said and done? With 17 straight months in first place, it appears it will be go down as one of the best Ultra High Performance Summer tires.

When you buy a set of four BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 tires before July 12, you can receive a $70 MasterCard Reward Card.

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

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.22
 
 

2010 Dodge Journey
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Saline, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

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

The factory Kuhmo Solus KH16 tires were getting pretty close to done by 40k miles. As the Kuhmos were lousy performing and obviously didn't wear well, I was looking at the Goodyear Assurance. However, the Goodyears were considerably more expensive than the Kuhmos and didn't review even as well. Then I saw the P7 as new in this size, about the same price as the Kuhmos, and decided to give them a try. (The 800AA rated Conti TruContact was not yet available in my size but might be a good comparison, albeit more expensive.)

What an upgrade! The Journey is not exactly a handling machine, but the P7s made it feel like a totally different car. Far better dry, wet and snow traction, braking and handling, much quieter and gives a better ride. The only drawback was a drop in highway mileage of about 2-3 mpg, which was somewhat surpriasing given the EcoImpact rating of the P7. Probably due to the Kuhmo compound being rock hard - and as such, sacrificing pretty much all performance qualities for a better OEM mileage rating.

It remains to be seen how the P7s wear - but if they wear well, there is no question I would by these again. Highly recommended!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29

2008 Ford F150 Lariat Super Crew 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Munster, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
September 19, 2010

PRO’s these are probably the best highway tire I have ever had. I’ve made several 600+ mile trips and am impressed with the highway manners of these tires. They are quite on all road surfaces, the wet traction is excellent (starting, stopping & turning) and these tires will go straight on the highway regardless of the crown. This past weekend we were driving in the middle of nowhere IA in a thunder storm. As we crested a hill, we spotted an accident that required emergency braking. I was looking for a bailout path however didn’t need it because these tires gripped so well, in the rain, we safely came to a stop with room to spare. These tires are slightly larger than the BFG’s that were on the truck which makes them look good. If you drive mostly on the highway or don’t mind a very firm ride, these tires should be on the top of your list.



CON’s, these tires are stiff. I drive on several streets that are more akin to a series of patches than a paved road. These tires will beat up both you and your truck. On roads that are rough you will feel every dip, bump & crack. I have aired my tires down to 34 lbs on all corners hoping to get some cushion from the bad roads. I am worried when the cold weather sets in, these tires will be too hard. If you drive in conditions where a softer or more forgiving tire are preferred, these tires should go at the bottom of your list. The BFG Rugged Trails were better on these roads.



TEST’s, installed the tires had 34.7 lbs front & 37.5 rear. I wasn't happy so I aired up to 40, it was worse it felt as if the axles were welded to the frame and my speedo was off 1.5 mph compared to my gps. I lowered the pressure down (in increments) to 35 (Ford's Recommended Pressure). Now I'm at 34.5. This gives me the best ride for both highway & city driving. This is also the pressure we had when the emergency stop was required. I’ll update after we get some snow and cold.

Kumho Ecsta PA31: All-Season Traction at a Great Price

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Ecsta PA31 is Kumho's newest introduction to the High Performance All-Season performance category. It's also currently ranked number one in our survey results. Ecsta PA31 tires are typically at a price-point that's a little lower when compared to similar options. These tires would be a great choice for drivers of mid-level sports cars, sporty coupes and high-performance sedans, such as BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and others.

Designed to provide high performance handling in wet and dry conditions, the tire also delivers Kumho’s unparalleled combination of ride comfort, low noise and all-season traction, even in light snow.

 Kuhmo Ecsta PA31
Kuhmo Ecsta PA31
 Kuhmo Ecsta PA31
Kuhmo Ecsta PA31


Ecsta PA31 tires feature an advanced technology tread compound that blends high performance handling and all-season traction with long treadwear. Its compound is molded into a mildly directional tread design that promotes even wear, responsive steering, cornering stability and braking traction in all-season conditions. The directional tread design’s four circumferential and multiple cross grooves help expel water quickly to resist hydroplaning and improve wet weather traction.

If your drive demands a tire with a performance edge, quiet ride and all-season traction, and you're looking to get the most performance for your dollar, take a look at the Kumho Ecsta PA31!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Whitney Point, NY
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

I decided to buy winter tires just before the first forecast snow storm in my area. I live in upstate NY. The in-stock selection was low, the service manager suggested I try the Winter Maxx. I've never previously owned a set of Dunlop's, but with the only alternative available to me being the "house brand" I told the manager I'd take the Dunlops. I have not regretted that decision for a moment.

First off, the ride is very good for a snow tire with aggressive tread. Any decent snow tire is going to have some more noise and be bit rougher than all-seasons, but in the case of the Winter Maxx the drop-off in ride quality was very slight. If I was told I had to ride these all year I could handle it. Steering responsiveness takes the biggest hit, but is still within acceptable limits.

My usual commute to work takes me across two valleys before I get to the highway that takes me into town. That means I have to climb out of two valleys. Both of the hills I climb get brief sunlight so they are often snow covered for days following a storm. This is my first season without four wheel drive in many years. I was a little nervous that my VW Passat would not get me up the hills that I needed to climb in order to get to work. I'm happy to report that neither the Passat, nor the tires let me down. Not once during the winter did I fail to make the climb up the two hills, and for those who may not know, we had a very rough winter in upstate NY relative to recent years. Traction was very good and the car tracked extremely well. I would also mention that the second hill that I climb is particularly challenging as there is a sharp curve just prior to the steepest part which limits the approach speed. Braking performance was also very good as I have to go down the same hills in the evening that must climb in the morning.

Tread wear has been minimal so far. Tires were rotated twice during the winter and I'm fanatical about tire pressure. Worth every penny, would buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,711
Location: State College, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,711 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

This is a great tire, but not great for this car and my driving style. I sized this -1 (factory OEM is 17"), and in doing so created the majority of my "gripes" I have with this tire. The size I bought it in has been discontinued.

I have been using snows for the past 20 years, and I've tried Blizzaks, Generals, Firestones, Goodyears, Dunlops. I average around 7K a year driving in the winter on snows.

Good: The tire is an exceptional snow tire. Period. Snow to this tire is a traction additive. Deep snow, slush, light snow - not a problem. The tire hangs on very well when set on a singular course in the dry. Reasonably quiet. Stable under braking.

Bad: If you're a normal driver (commuter), *obey* the speed limit, etc. 95% of the bad won't apply to you. Because it is an exceptional snow tire, it leaves a lot to be desired in the dry. This tire is heavily siped so the tread-blocks are squishy. Full throttle acceleration isn't advised.

The web is full of comments of people complaining about the soft sidewalls, which I didn't heed. The sidewalls are *soft* and as a result I feel the tire compress over bumps before the car does. Somewhat unsettling if your car is stiffly sprung like the WRX is as you feel it "pogo" over transitions. Should you need to do a quick transition at highway speeds it is a sphincter clinching event. Just plan on hitting whatever you're trying to avoid if you're doing anything over 40 - the tires are easily overwhelmed.

Conclusion:

- A GREAT SNOW TIRE
- Very soft sidewalls - not intended for "sportier" or "firmly damped" cars.
- Surprisingly good tread wear - I wore off less than 2/32nds in 6711 miles of driving.
- These are not Blizzaks - on ice you're pretty much on your own unless you get studs. Given the price, I wasn't expecting them to match a Blizzak's performance.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.56
 
 

2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Edina, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

These tires seem fine in deeper snow, but are poor on ice, and terrible in dry conditions, especially when it is warmer. Lots of tread squirm, especially if you have to make a sharp maneuver on top of braking. Very sketchy dry road stability and poor steering input and sharpness. Only driving in deep snow? They are fine, but others are too, and the others do not squirm excessively in dry conditions. I would have bought Blizzaks again, but seems they were no longer made in the size I wanted. So Michelin...lots of work to do. How can you make Pilot Super Sports so good, and these so poor?