Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
May 05, 2014

Purchased these tires to replace the OE Bridgestone Turanza EL 400-2 marginally worn tires, because of their poor wet handling performance in standing water at highway speeds. In my first 2500 miles with the Continental Pure Contacts, they performed flawlessly in heavy downpours at 70 MPH, and in dry conditions are smoother and quieter-riding than the OE Bridgestones, confirming what others had reported in spite of an agressive tread pattern. Fuel economy so far appears slightly better as well based on a 2500 mile road trip for which I kept detailed records. I was also considering the Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S Plus, but was concerned that the treadpattern didn't appear to have as significant lateral grooves to evacuate water as the Continentals. I find they are notably more responsive than the OE tires, and would recommend them to anyone who appreciates a quiet, smooth riding tire that also has a high performance capability. My performance reference is based on many years of driving BMWs with high performance tires, and while the Passat does not have the balance and suspension of a BMW, these tires make it a much better car.
I cannot comment on treadware or winter driving characteristics at this point. I have snow tires on dedicated rims, but the "shoulder" seasons give us early or late snow events that are a reality where we live, and I have interrupted a return home trip, stopping overnight at a hotel when an early Fall snowstorm of only 2" made continuing with the OE Turanzas, a hazardous undertaking. From other reviewers' comments respecting snow performance of the Continental Pure Contacts, I would likely have been able to safely continue in a moderate to light snowfall. Extremely pleased so far.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 2,600
Location: Juneau, AK
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,600 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2014

So I ran this tire this last winter up here in Juneau, AK. When I bought my car it came with summer performance tires that they would not switch out at the dealership for an all season tire. So when I got these put on it was a night and day difference! I was glued to the ice, snow, and slush! They where great no matter the road conditions. The sidewalls where a little soft in cornering but they are winter tires not summer street tires so I can't really complain there. These tires are loud due to all the siping they have on the tread blocks. They also pick up every piece of gravel on the road. But if you are looking for a performance studless winter tire these are the tire for you. Just remember not to run them year road. They need to be switched during the warmer summer months.

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: 9.43
 
 

2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK320 Cabriolet
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Altavista, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 28, 2014

The Bridgestone portenza were driving me nuts they were so loud, now with these tires it's whisper quiet down the highway I go. The perelli
Cinturato plus tires also have good heavy feel and handle wonderfully on all surfaces I'm sold on these and would definitely buy them again.

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: 8.91
 
 

2005 Mazda MAZDA3 s 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
May 12, 2014

These tires are incredible. We had some pretty bad snow this last winter in Calgary and these tires allowed my car to travel down roads it had no business going down. Been through a few seasons on them now and they've never failed me. Solid solid winter tires.

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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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 Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2011 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Sport Package
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Location: Olivette, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
May 13, 2014

Did considerable research about replacements for the OEM Bridgestone RE050 runflats which had poor treadlife, hard ride quality and concern with four season performance. Considered runflat and nonrunflat. Read very good reviews from TireRack testing and other owners and chose the RE960A/S RFT. Ride quality was a huge improvement. They don't tramline like the RE050's, and like the safety of having RFT. I'm not tracking the car but enjoy sporty driving and the handling has been great.

The Best Run-Flat Tire for Your Passenger Car: Bridgestone's DriveGuard

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Imagine you're on a family vacation traveling with your spouse and children. After a long day of activities, you are heading back to the hotel for some relaxation. The whole family is tired and just ready to get out of the car. Just a few more miles on this busy highway and you'll be there. Suddenly, you hear the sound of a tire blowout.   

With conventional tires, the above scenario involves pulling over to the shoulder and calling for help. You are stuck until help arrives. Or if you were prepared enough to have checked your spare tire's pressure and savvy enough to change your own flat tire, you could attempt to install the replacement yourself. Even a car enthusiast will realize that changing a spare on the shoulder of a busy highway at night is far from ideal.  

Instead, you now have a choice. You can either choose to pull over, or you can continue driving for up to 50 miles at 50 mph. Wouldn't you rather drive your family to safety and simply deal with the problem when it's more convenient? With the new Bridgestone DriveGuard, you get to make that choice!

The ability to decide what's best for you is what having a run-flat tire is all about. In the past, most run-flat tires were stiff riding, fast wearing summer-only tires that were designed for use on a short list of specific vehicles. This is not the case when it comes to the new Grand Touring All-Season tire from Bridgestone. It offers a great ride, all-season traction and a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty. 

Thanks to mandatory tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) on most newer vehicles, you can use the Bridgestone DriveGuard on many common 2008 and newer passenger cars like the Ford Fusion, Honda Civic, Honda Accord, VW Jetta, Toyota Camry and Toyota Corolla. Shop by vehicle to see if the DriveGuard is recommended for your car.

Continental TrueContact Replaces ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Continental has been on a roll! First, they introduced the ExtremeContact DWS which quickly became a customer favorite in our customer survey data. This Ultra High Performance All-Season tire set the bar for winter snow traction in its category while still being competitive with good wet and dry traction.  

Next, Continental released another winner with the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. This tire is currently ranked number one in our Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category. It's praised by customers for its outstanding combination of ride, wear and traction in a variety of weather conditions.  

Recently, the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology equaled or bested the top Grand Touring All-Season tires from Michelin and Bridgestone while coming in at a lower price-point. For more information on this tire, read "Continental's PureContact with EcoPlus Technology vs. ContiProContact."

Now, Continental is set to have another big winner, this time in the Standard Touring All-Season category, with the new TrueContact. This new tire is replacing the ProContact with EcoPlus Technology. The ProContact with EcoPlus Technology is ranked second in the category. Will the new TrueContact be able to claim the top spot?  

 Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology
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TrueContact tires have vertical ridges in the circumferential grooves to improve snow traction, as well as Continental's Comfort Ride Technology to provide an even smoother ride. These features and other improvements include a treadlife warranty of 90,000 miles. Is the TrueContact right for you? Search by vehicle and find out!

Introducing the Bridgestone DriveGuard - A Perfect Choice for the Safety-Minded Driver

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The thought of being stranded on the side of the road trying to change a flat tire while traffic's whizzing by is an agonizing situation for just about any driver. Bridgestone hopes to change this scenario by offering the new DriveGuard Grand Touring All-Season self-supporting replacement run-flat tire. Designed to satisfy drivers looking for a longer wearing, better riding option to replace Original Equipment run-flat tires, the tire is also an option for safety-minded drivers whose cars were not originally available with run-flat tires.

The safety and piece of mind with owning a run-flat tire can now be offered on many mainstream vehicles like the Camry, Accord, Civic, Corolla and others. It's important to note that all vehicles must be equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Featuring Bridgestone’s latest run-flat technology, DriveGuard tires offer almost the same riding comfort as conventional tires while providing temporary extended mobility for a distance of 50 miles at up to 50 mph even after a puncture has allowed complete air pressure loss. DriveGuard tires can help drivers better manage their busy schedules by avoiding becoming stranded in a rural area, on a crowded expressway or in inclement weather because of a flat tire.

Choose to keep moving! Let the Bridgestone DriveGuard give you the confidence to handle almost any driving situation.

Shop by vehicle to see if the Bridgestone DriveGuard is offered for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.62
 
 

2003 Audi RS6
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Location: Eugene, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 7,500 Miles on Tires
June 05, 2013

Purchased for all season wet use. Very easy break-in with multiple rebalances as tires settled in. Tires hold balancing quite well, however.
Biggest complaint is the poor ride quality- tried various tire pressures from 35PSI to 43PSI (OE spec is 36psi to 49PSI). Went with 35 series instead of 30's but can only surmise it helped any. Wanted the higher load index (100) to hopefully prevent flat spotting- no such luck. Takes a couple miles to "warm" up. The RE962's were even worse (different size).
The Audi is heavy and powerful (4260lbs; 515hp/500tq) and generally naws thru tires rather quickly, especially on the front. The 275 width on 9.5" wheels doesn't seem to have helped much, if at all, since the circumfrential grooves just get bigger, reducing the foot print. Had Michelin Pilot's (old) that bubbled, so got the B-stones. Immediately noticed the stearing vagueness, but hoped once the tires wore down a bit, steering response would return. No such luck. Alignment is perfect, done at a european race shop.
The dry limit seems a bit low to me, even when setting the car up long as possible to load the tires. Transient response is numb and a bit mushy (even at higher PSI), but are consisently predictable, at least it's safe.
These tires are rated 2nd on TR, but would say it's a d-i-s-t-a-n-t 2nd place. Overall, I should have anted up for the Michelins, or Conti's if I wanted to "save". Friend of mine has the same car with the new Michelin Pilot Sports-- loves them.
-----Even called B-stone, but there's no tread warranty and customer service was impersonal with people seemingly flipping pages to figure out the answer. I'm a serious car "guy" and expect and hope someone on the other end can hold a reasonable technical dialogue and know basic info off the cuff. Think I'd rather deal with the French for serious performance tires. The S-04's are a good choice for someone that has low-ish high performance aspirations. 3rd and last set of B-stones....

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2012 Subaru Legacy Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 650
Location: Waterford, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 650 Miles on Tires
March 29, 2013

Huge difference in ride, noise level, responsiveness,over the OEM Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02 Standard Touring All-Season tires that came with my 2012 Subaru Legacy. My work commute of 18 miles covers city,(5mi)Interstate I-95,(8mi) winding country back roads(5mi)
These tires are rated for 70k, i`ll dance in the streets if i get 45-50k.
So far with only 1800 miles on my car (got it with 14 miles last month) combined driving 24.7-26.1Mpg Hwy 29.03Mpg @70-73speed
The VR rated Conti tire vs the HR rated Conti tire gets better wet traction according to a leading consumer magazine and its only 2.00 more!! per tire
The only negative: the set of tires the store got were made in Mexico not USA as i thought they would of been.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

1989 Ford Taurus SHO
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Ooltewah, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

I purchased this tire based upon test results. Tire Rack has always provided great tests, no other tire store that I know of provides this service. They really liked this tire because it gripped like a Summer tire, but was an all-season tire.
Well, the grip is really good. But the tire has two big faults.
1. Tire squeal! This tire squeals loudly way before it starts to lose traction. I can be well under control and people around will look to see who is about to have an accident. The tire grips very well, but complains loudly while doing it. I cannot get anywhere near the limit of this tire without drawing huge amounts of attention to myself.
2. This tire is one of the worst tires I have had with regards to steering responsiveness. This tire is so slow to respond that the car feels like I'm driving a boat. I will admit that I have just come off some of the best tires I have ever had (Bridgestone RE01, this tire was the most responsive tire I have ever had on my SHO. The Bridgestone made my car handle like a Porsche). These Kumos have such a soft sidewall. The response from the sidewall is almost 1/2 second late. Breaking is fantastic, and the tire is hard to spin on takeoff, but turn in is slower than my grandmother! I am having to buy a new tire because I miss judged the response time of this tire and hit a curb and cut a gash into the sidewall. I have been traveling this road for 12 years and this is the first time I have ever hit that curb! Not a happy camper!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.88
 
 

2014 Toyota Highlander
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Cranston, RI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

The tire is pretty average all around. Decent handling on dry pavement and steering responsiveness and good stability cornering. Everything else is just average and uninspiring. THe snow and ice handling is below average for an all season. Plenty of slipping and the TRAC control and VSC come on regularly due to what seems like a hard compound, a tread design with no siping and smaller spacing in the tread blocks. It does not compare to the Michelin LTX I had on my older Highlander in terms of all season performance. I will likely purchase those again before next winter or maybe the Continental Cross Contact LX 20.

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

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Fairfield, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

My first 400 miles have seen a lot of snow. These tires have decent traction--the tires will dig the snow and propel you forward pretty well without invoking the traction control too much, as opposed to just spinning and struggling to move. In straight lines accelerating and braking, these tires are pretty good. I drove on a nasty, snow-covered Chicago expressway and felt confident. I merged lanes through a lot of messy snow without losing any control. These tires did pretty well on hard-packed rural roads too. In the snow, my primary complaint was turning corners and driving on on-ramps/off-ramps like a cloverleaf. It tended to push the car forward rather than navigate cleanly through the turn. You really have to watch that with these tires. Overall, I'd rate these tires as good in snow. Not great, but for an all-season tire the Cinturatos are above average.

On dry surfaces, I felt connected with the road, like the tires gripped really well. However, these are not the smoothest tires I've ever driven. They're better than the OE Bridgestone Turanza EL-400-02 tires that came on my car and these Cinturatos are as quiet as any tire I've experienced. The Cinturatos reduced the harshness on unsmooth surfaces the EL-400s really struggled with, and the Cinturatos go over pot holes and gaps surprisingly well, but you definitely feel bumps and ridges in the road surface. It can be a little unsettling on highways that have heaved a lot. These tires are good with regard to smoothness, but I expected more.

I have had minimal experience on wet surfaces at this point--always snow and ice or dry roads--so I really can't comment on that yet. Nor have I driven them enough to comment on treadwear.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2003 Mazda Miata LS
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Knoxville, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2014

This set replaced a set of RE01R's. I drive them very aggressively in the east Tenn/NC mountains. Incredible traction off the line and in the corners. Have been caught out in deluges without problem. After sitting for a while they do need a few miles to even out. I've pretty much worn them down to slicks after 5000 miles but I expect that with my driving style with these tires. I am ordering another set. I do have a set of more "reasonable " all season tires for daily/off season driving. My car is supercharged with moderate suspension upgrades.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2013 Subaru Legacy Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: El Paso, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2014

The Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tire is much better than the Potenza RE92A OE tire, and worthy of an early switch. The difference is night and day. I have a 2013 Subaru Legacy that I really like, but over the course of 32,000 miles I grew accustomed to feeling a rigid almost jolting ride as well as all the road imperfections Texas has to offer. The vehicle has now been transformed. I noticed an immediate improvement in braking, highway performance, steering response, quietness, acceleration, and even driving over speed bumps. My mileage also went up by about 1 MPG, and every little bit helps. I currently have almost 3,000 miles on the set and highly recommend. They seem to be wearing exceptionally well. I chose these over the Michelins due to other customer ratings, and the overall cost/value. I will also say that the car can easily accommodate a larger size if you want to fill up the wheel wells and gain a little more ground clearance; I opted for the 235/50R17. As grand touring all season tires they have nice curb appeal as well -dressing up the vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Eau Claire, WI
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 20, 2014

I have tried several types of winter tires (including Dunlop and the very good Bridgestone Blizzaks) but these Michelins are the best by far. When first mounted in the late fall while the roads were still clear, it was very obvious that the tires had a deeper and softer tread than all-season tires - in particular the tires felt much more compliant over pot holes and poor road surfaces. I actually checked and rechecked tire pressures thinking that the tires were all down a few psi but they were all right at 34. Turns out that the tires just have a very compliant sidewall and that contributes to their excellent performance in real winter conditions. Wide, high perfomance summer tires with stiff, low-profile sidewalls deliver sharp handling on warm, dry and smooth race tracks but they are a disaster when the road conditions are less than perfect. I belive that Michelin enginneered the x-ice sidewalls to provide a less punishing ride on rough ice covered roads, and in so doing, found that the tread maintains constant contact with the road for better traction. The x-ice tread pattern provides excellent grip with minimal road noise and the rubber compound seems much more durable than that of the competition. I expect to get at least one additional winter out of this set! I live at the top of a hill, half a mile up a 14% grade in a snow belt. Highly recommended for anyone that really needs snow tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27
 
 

2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Cohoes, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

This review is of my WS70s bought this winter, but also my WS50s which I bought in 2007. Both sets of Blizzaks have been absolutely awesome and to be honest, I can't tell the difference between them. If you have never driven on proper winter tires then you will be astonished. When I bought my Mustang (305bhp/320lbft rear wheel drive) to use in upstate New York, everyone said I would need another vehicle for the winter. One lone friend told me that all I needed was good winter tires. He directed me to Tirerack. On my all-season (Ha) tires, the car was pretty much undriveable on ice and snow. With these studless ice and snow tires I have NEVER had any problem, and I'm a skier, so that means getting to the Mountains just after the storm. In six winters, I have seen at least ten accidents unfold in front of me in snowy or icy conditions and have never been concerned that I was going to become part of the accident. The car steers, accelerates, corners and brakes with great confidence. It would be a lie to say they have the ultimate grip of a summer tire, but they turn an unuseable car into a very good winter vehicle.

The only time these tires have caught me out is on wet pavement. On two occasions (in six years) they span up unexpectedly whilst accelerating pretty hard in second gear (The car is a Standard), but that was really my fault.

It is worth noting that in retrospect, I should have replaced them last year. The WS50s did about 30,000 miles and I expect the WS70s will be similar. The performance in ice was undiminished, but they started to struggle in snow because of insufficient tread-depth. I replaced them with about 3/16 of tread remaining. I'm sure this is less than Bridgestone recommend.

Best Tires for Subaru Outback

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Gary Stanley

If the tires on your Subaru Outback are nearing replacement, be sure to check out the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. While many drivers associate Pirelli with producing ultra high performance tires for exotic high-end sports cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini, they also make outstanding all-season touring tires. In fact, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus is currently ranked number one by our customers in the Grand Touring All-Season performance category.  

The tire's great balance of traction, handling and ride quality to go along with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty make the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus an ideal match for many Subaru Outback drivers.  

Take a look at what Outback owners are saying about their experience with the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus:

"So glad I did my research with Tire Rack and compared the tires side-by-side. After a full week of research, I went with the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus and the difference is amazing. The noise level from my previous Bridgestone Potenza is a 180. The Pirelli is hands down the best tire I've owned!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Subaru Outback Wagon 

"This tire has amazed me since it was installed 10,000 miles ago. Immediately, I noticed a difference in decreased road noise and increased ride comfort over the O.E. Continental. It has been a great tire while driving in heavy rain and an equally as great tire when taking corners a little faster than you should." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

"I bought these tires a month ago to replace tires damaged by road debris. These are by far the best tires I've had on this car, including O.E. Potenzas, Kumho Solus KH16 and two sets of General AltiMAX HPs. These Pirellis are amazing. The car is noticeably quieter and rides smoother - it's like a new car. We have had a snowy winter so far in Connecticut, so I have had many chances to test these on snow and ice. Truly impressive." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean

While you're thinking about tires, check your tires' air pressure since they can lose 1 psi per month. To learn more about this important safety issue, read "Winter Air Pressure Versus Summer Air Pressure."

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.