New Dunlop Winter Maxx Tires Installed on My Car

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Gary Stanley

After three years of faithful service, my Michelin X-Ice Xi2 winter / snow tires have finally worn to the point where they needed to be replaced. While they were not bald, the tread depth had worn to about 4/32nds of an inch, which is more shallow than recommended for effective snow traction. Tires at low tread depths can only "nibble" into snow instead of biting through it to find grip. And with this brutal winter season still in full swing, I decided that it was time to be safe rather than sorry. Check out more information about how tread depth can affect snow traction by reading, "Do My Winter / Snow Tires Have Another Year in Them?

Dunlop has been producing studless winter tires for well over a decade beginning with the original Graspic DS-1. Subsequent generations of DS-2 and DS-3 models were well received and popular value-priced Studless Ice & Snow tires. These tires were known for their great deep snow and slush traction, but in general, fell a bit short in packed snow and ice traction compared to the competition from Bridgestone and Michelin. This gap in packed snow and ice traction seemed to be all but closed until Dunlop's introduction of the Winter Maxx.  

The roads were still covered with snow on the day I installed the tires on my 2009 Infiniti G37x Coupe. With a good mix of packed snow and ice, as well as loose snow and fresh powder on some roads, I was able to put the Winter Maxx tires through their paces. I can say with confidence that the tires are at least as good as my old Michelin X-Ice Xi2 tires. If you're considering buying a great set of dedicated winter / snow tires for your vehicle at a great value, be sure to take a look at the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2002 Dodge Durango R/T
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Miles driven on tires: 700
Location: Johnstown, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 700 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2014

Amazing tire! I've never used a snow tire before, but these are impressive. When I received them, I was a little concerned because the tread pattern didn't seem very aggressive. But all concerns disappeared with the first snow. I'm used to driving on very wide all-season tires that were great in the rain but sometimes a little scary in the winter. With the Blizzak DM-V1s, I feel like I can go anywhere and barely even notice the snow. We've had a couple significant snows and a few more days with minor snow or ice since I bought the tires, and I couldn't be more impressed with their performance. In fact, I used to sometimes play a little on icy roads when no one was around (slide on purpose), but I can't even break these loose without getting completely crazy. Wish that I had made the switch to snow tires years ago, but I'll be buying these from now on.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6
 
 

2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV
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Miles driven on tires: 300
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2014

Changed to dedicated snows on std 18" Caddy wheels in Nov 2013, not expecting to get much use this season. However, multiple snow and ice storms for SE Pennsylvania have really let me appreciate these tires. Off rad at BSA Camp they handled 6" of snow with 1/4" of Ice on top without a hick-up. The city and highway driving during the storms was uneventful(gotta love that). Performance for these tires has been been as advertised by most reviewers. I hope to get 3-4 seasons out of them without dry rot becoming a problem. I will update this review at the end of the 2014 winter season.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2007 Volvo S60 R
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Plymouth, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2014

Definitely like these tires so far. They replaced a set of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S and have way more grip in the dry and wet. These are all season tires and for these tires the compromise is grip in snow. The R is big and heavy and these tires don't do much to help it stop and turn in the snow (it accelerates fine due to the AWD). I definitely knew this before purchasing this tire as the car is not driven in the snow often, and I prefer the dry/wet grip for spirited driving.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 2
 
 

2013 Honda Accord Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2014

Owned the WS60 on a honda accord 2000 and I felt like I was driving a 4X4. I would drive the accord over the suv I owned. Now I have upgraded to a Honda accord 2013 and the WS70 tire is horrible. One of biggest mistakes I have made. This tire is useless in light snow or snow in general. I am an average driver and care more about getting to my destination safely then speeding and wiping out. However this tire leaves me feeling like my car is ice skating on light snow. Drove it in deep snow and thought I would need a tow truck to get up a small hill. All the great things you have heard about Blizzak have gone out the window with these new tires. DO NOT BUY or even think twice about buying these tires unless you want to total your car. Then by all means buy them and start car shopping. I bought these tires for this season and am ready to throw them out.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.38
 
 

2003 Toyota Camry LE
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Location: Hamden, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2014

I live in New England and have used all-seasons for decades. I finally decided to get real snow tires...these Blizzaks are amazing. My first drive in snow was today, about 6 inches of thick wet snow. People around me were spinning, stuck, sliding but my Camry felt like a Hummer. These tires chomped through everything flat out astonished me. I had no idea modern snow tires made such a difference, most of the time the road felt like dry pavement, the worst spots felt like I was driving on sand.

I plan on switching back to all-seasons in the spring and keeping these in the garage. BTW, based on today's experiences I just purchased a set of these for my Corolla.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2013 Subaru Outback
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Miles driven on tires: 1,800
Location: Greeley, CO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,800 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2014

I've used them on city, mountain, and interstate roads in dry, heavy rain, and moderate snow and ice conditions. They provide ride comfort and handling similar to my Conti Procontacts, which are excellent 3-season touring (not high performance) tires. Blizzaks are very slightly noisier. Excellent on packed snow, on mixed snowy/slush/icy highways, and at icy intersections. They provide great assistance, but you can still slide if you do not exercise common sense. They are also a very satisfactory touring tire for the 90% of our Colorado Front Range winter driving that is on clear, dry roads. I haven't used them in deep snow yet. Past Blizzak experience on a SAAB 9-3 was the same. Those became a bit less grippy on ice after 4-5 seasons, but they remained a very good all season touring tire for fairly spirited driving. Blizzaks are everything I hoped for in a dedicated winter tire.

 

Which Type of Winter / Snow Tire Is Right for Me?

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Like anything else that relates to your car, tires are available in a variety of models that can be fine tuned to best match what you need. Selecting the best tire starts with narrowing your search to one of our Performance Categories, which Tire Rack has developed by using our own test results, customer survey results and manufacturer recommendations. These Performance Categories help focus your search by comparing tires with similar characteristics, allowing you to choose the best tire for how and where you drive. For dedicated winter / snow tires, there are three categories to choose from.

Studless Ice and Snow

In this category, tires use aggressive tread patterns and the latest high-tech rubber compounds to provide ice and snow traction similar to traditional studded snow tires. Customers that focus on this category are looking to get the best snow and ice traction possible, with the understanding that when the roads are clear, your high speed handling will be a little less responsive than a traditional all-season tire. A few options to consider in the category, include the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Dunlop Winter Maxx and Continental ExtremeWinterContact.

Performance Winter / Snow

Options from the Performance Winter / Snow category feature tires with tread patterns and rubber compounds that are tuned to improve dry and wet traction, along with high speed handling. Drivers that aren't expecting to see heavy or persistent accumulations of snow and want a tire that will handle and perform more like the performance tires the vehicle most likely came with when new will benefit from a Performance Winter / Snow tire. If this sounds like your style of driving, then take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D.

Studdable Winter / Snow

Studdable Winter / Snow tires are designed to allow the installation of optional metal studs to enhance ice and snow traction. Customers that focus on this category are looking for a low cost winter tire option and are willing to allow for more road noise and less comfort than Original Equipment tires. Studded tires are often subject to state laws that dictate when (or if) they can be used, so always check local laws before selecting a tire from this category. Tires in this category include the Firestone WinterForce UV, General AltiMAX Arctic and Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter.

Take a look at our Winter Tire Decision Guide to help you choose the best tire for handling winter conditions. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Caribou, ME
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2014

After going off the road twice this winter, I decided to ditch the all season tires in favor of dedicated winter tires. I purchased the recommended wheel/tire package from Tire Rack and couldn't be more pleased. The difference in braking, handling, acceleration and traction was immediately noticeable and dramatic. We have severe winters herein Northern Maine and the roads often remain icy or with hard packed snow for weeks. Temperatures can reach -40F. Do yourself a favor. All season tires don't work in Northern climates even if you have a 4 wheel drive or all wheel drive vehicle. Service from Tire Rack was 1st rate. The wheels arrived in 3 days all mounted and balanced. I couldn't be more pleased.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Insignia SE200

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Insignia SE200 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

1997 Toyota Tercel Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 18,385
Location: Englewood, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 18,385 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

After more than 3 years & some of the more severe winters this tires perform at its best, Really good traction, very good All-season tires ideal combination of performance in wet and dry conditions. Additionally, they’re very comfortable the and very good quality.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2008 BMW 335i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: North, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2014

Usually I would have written a review sooner, but I wanted to have a season behind me with these tires. Started the end of March, 2013, and went until the beginning of November.

Except for the OEM Bridgestone RF's, these were the first Summer tires I have had on this car. I had been using Michelin AS Pluses and they were terrible. My fault and another review for this problem. Anyway, I also have the Sport Package on this can and have replaced shocks/struts with Bilstein HD's. I thought I had made a BIG mistake doing this UNTIL I bought the Super Sports mounted on OZ Alleggeritas. HaHa, this combination is perfect for this car.

I recently tested a 2014 335i Sportline, etc., and realized that my 5 year-old handled and rode just as well as the tester. Wow, and this was with 15,000+ miles on the tires (and 120,000 miles on the car). Truly, all is well!

No need to look any further!!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2006 Ford Expedition XLT 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Tariffville, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
February 02, 2014

I only have a short time on the tires. I planned on driving the Expedition 1000mi a year but it might be more now that I've driven it a bit.

I used the vehicle during a pretty bad snow storm, rain, and of course in dry conditions. I also got to drive the OEM tires on the Expedition before this one. I also got to drive a similar year Explorer with all season tires in the snow back to back with the Expedition (same 1/4 mile in snow/sleet-then-frozen road conditions).

For winter use in the Explorer with all seasons (OEM tires) not only did the Explorer not respond well to any steering or braking input but on our very steep driveway the Explorer slid off the pavement and into the grass/deep-snow. I also had a hard time keeping the Explorer from sliding to the right due to the crown of the road (base layer of frozen sleet covered with hard pack snow, plus it was snowing). I was switching vehicles so I parked the Explorer and drove back the Expedition. Absolutely no problems accelerating, stopping (I did a brake check). I also went up and down our driveway to see if I'd have the same situation sliding down the driveway since the next morning I'd have my family in the Expedition. Not only did I have total control (this is literally 5 minutes later) but I could actually stop directly on the steep part of the driveway.

I also forgot to put it in the auto 4WD mode because I forgot - I drove it in 2WD (aka RWD) without any problems early the next morning.

The tires are also much quieter than the (not sure of age) OEM tires, respond significantly better on the few exit ramps I've taken, and are noticeably more comfortable. I'm very happy with the tires and would get them again.

Note: This is my first SUV so although I enjoy driving it's been interesting learning how a larger SUV drives/handles. Previously I've owned a large van along with regular compact cars, but I'm not used to the slower response of the large SUV.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 5 Door
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2014

These are definitely the best all season low profile tires I have come across. I have had Nitto, Michelin and Bridgestone tires and these take the cake when it comes to all season low profile tires. They last pretty long to; I have about 20,000-25,000 miles on them and they are at 6-7/32 still. I've driven in all kinds of snow and rain storms and had nothing but confidence. The only thing I can say negatively about these tires is that they have gotten a little loud recently, but if you ask me that is kind of normal for all seasonal tires but they are definitely the quietest snow tire I ever had. I would recommend these tires to anyone who has low pros, drives daily, drives in all kinds of weather and care about the look of the tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2014 Infiniti QX70
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Huntington, CT
Driving Condition: Average

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

These are truly excellent tires. Given their size, they do an amazing job in the snow. What it more amazing - for as well as they handle icy, winter conditions, they are a delight in the dry. For as aggressive as the tread pattern is with it's deeply grooved configuration, I was expecting quite a bit of sacrifice in dry weather cornering and other characteristics. Quite surprisingly, these tires are not only quiet for snow tires, they are on par in this measure with the Bridgestone all season OE fitment. Sure, they're a bit softer and not as crisp in the corners, but quite smooth just the same. And, for all of that, you could still drive up the side of a building with them- traction is amazing. I've owned just about every other mainstream brand of snow tire, and while there are many good ones out there, for winter performance, nothing beats a Blizak!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2010 Infiniti FX35 AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Brookfield, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 19, 2014

So far the tires are great. They have excellent grip when accelerating in the snow and surprising very good on dry roads. One of the better winter tires I've driven. Stopping power on snow has been excellent and a great improvement over the Bridgestone All Season. Ride comfort is great but I'm coming from 20" all season rims. Road noise I think is normal. I typically have the stero on so I'm never to worried about noise. For those interested these are meant for winter time only. I personally will be switching back to all seasons for the spring. So far so good and Extremely pleased with my purchase. I will buy these again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2006 Honda Civic EX Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

If you live in any of the snow states, these tires are a must. It transformed my little open diff fwd economy car into a snow hungry monster. For light snow, I can drive pretty much like it's dry. In heavy snow, I can still plow through with great stability especially when changing lanes on the high way.

Recently my area had about 18" of snow, and my car was able to plow it's way from my driveway onto the street without any problem. My neighbors thought my Honda had awd..

No your AWD with all season tire will not out perform a 2WD vehicle with proper snow tires. You may able to get off the line a little faster, but you'll just end up in a ditch faster. Blizzak offer you better traction ALL around. Acceleration, braking, and cornering.

I'm on my third season and I still have over 9/32" of thread left. It's going to be a while before I have to replace it.

There are down sides, such as dry response and grip. You feel instantly the soft sidewall of these tires compare to AS or summer tire. I got white knuckled once taking a corner aggressively like I would on my AS tire. I only gave this tire a 5/7/6 in the dry category.

However, just looking at the snow performance alone, I give this tire 10/10!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.57
 
 

2012 Infiniti G37 Sedan
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
October 02, 2013

I just purchased these tire to replace the OEM Bridgestone RE050 summer performance. I have never purchased Hankook before. The OEM tires were in a different category so I know I can not compare them as it's more apples to oranges. My goal was to achieve all season drivability with minimal loss in performance. The Hankook did not have any reviews when I purchased so I took a chance. I only have 500 miles on the tires but here is what I can tell you. First, the tires are kind of ugly in my opinion, the sidewall is very busy with large lettering, a little NASCAR to me. Tire noise is low, and the tires are light, six pounds lighter than the OEM. The side walls are very soft, almost feel like neoprene, very odd. Tramlining from the OEM tires are gone, they track very straight. The tires do not react very quickly to steering inputs. The turn-in is liner. If you are taking a long turn under acceleration, you can feel the rear end squat and shift reducing driver confidence. I have noticed a significant increase in MPGs in both city and highway driving. Straight line performance is decent, grip fairly well. Decent tire if you are not performance driving, but slightly better than just all season, but not UHP A/S. I will update as the tires break in and/or break down.

 

Best Tires for Nissan Maxima

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Gary Stanley

The Nissan Maxima has been a popular sports sedan for many years due to its great combination of luxury features, sporty handling and room for full-sized adults to fit comfortably in the back seats. I've owned two Nissan Maximas and have fond memories of them. One thing I learned firsthand is that the type of tire you install can make a big difference on this car.    

Some tires can create very annoying road and tire noise, especially at highway speeds. Tires with poor grip and a slow steering response rob the Maxima of its fun-to-drive factor. Choosing an option from either the Grand Touring All-Season or Ultra High Performance All-Season category can improve the vehicle's ride. 


Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3

 

 Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology
Continental PureContact with EcoPlus
Technology
 Bridgestone Turanza Serentiy Plus
Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
Plus


If you're an aggressive driver or you just prefer sportier handling and a quicker steering response, consider two Ultra High Performance All-Season tires: Continental ExtremeContact DWS and Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3. Are you someone who can sacrifice some handling and sporty driving for a softer, quieter ride with longer wear? Then focus on the Grand Touring All-Season options: Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology and Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus.

The Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology has performed especially well. To view more about this tire, check out "Continental's PureContact with EcoPlus Technology vs. ContiProContact."

Three Grand Touring All-Season Tires for Your Vehicle

Friday, January 17, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Looking to make your commute more enjoyable with better ride quality and comfort? With the average worker commuting more miles to get to their job, many drivers are trading sport handling for a quieter ride and improved comfort. When searching for these characteristics, consider the following three Grand Touring All-Season tires.

The Cinturato P7 All Season Plus is Pirelli’s Grand Touring All-Season option designed for those with touring and luxury cars looking for tires that offer predictable handling, everyday comfort, reduced noise and all-season traction. It features Pirelli's EcoImpact icon confirming its environmental contribution to energy efficiency, lighter weight and low rolling resistance. An asymmetric tread design allows for standard tire rotation patterns and offers great dry handling with wet road and wintertime traction.

Continental's contribution to the performance category is their PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. Keeping luxury and performance sedans, sport coupes, and small crossovers in focus, the tire is designed to balance long wear, a comfortable ride and low rolling resistance with wet grip and all-season traction. The PureContact's asymmetrical tread design features Tuned Performance Indicators molded into the outboard shoulder to alert drivers of the tire's potential performance in various weather conditions. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions, as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire only has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only


Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season
Plus

Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
Plus


With mid-level and premium luxury cars, crossovers and minivans in mind, the Turanza Serenity Plus reflects Bridgestone's ultimate in luxury, elegance, and comfort. This tire offers longer wear, greater snow traction and lower rolling resistance, which contributes to better vehicle fuel economy. A unique feature of this tire's asymmetrical tread design is its Resonance Noise Attenuated (RENOA) silencer grooves designed to reduce acoustic tones.

Shop by vehicle to find the all-season tire that's right for you!

What's the Best Handling Performance Snow Tire?

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Many car enthusiasts like to use their performance vehicles all year long, but for those that live in colder climates, there's a challenge: the Original Equipment summer tires can't provide grip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In Europe, the standard is to have a set of performance tires for the summer and a second set of performance tires for the winter.  

One of our recent tests compared the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60, Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 to see which one would provide the best balance of performance and winter grip.

To best evaluate the tires' traction levels on ice, we headed back to a hockey rink to measure 60' acceleration times and stopping distances from 12 mph. The Bridgestone and Michelin nearly tied for the quickest times and shortest stopping distances. However, all four were able to beat the figures of any all-season tire.

Before winter arrived in the Midwest, we loaded up the tires and went to a winter test facility in Sweden. While there, we measured each tire's ability to accelerate and brake in light snow, as well as gather subjective ratings of how each tire feels while driving through several inches of groomed snow on a handling course. The Michelin and Pirelli both proved to be responsive and stable when called upon at highway speeds, with the Dunlop and Bridgestone just a little behind. Similar tests were performed on our track when ambient temperatures were in the upper 30°F range to replicate conditions found during the winter season, with both the Michelin and Pirelli tires leading the way.

When all the results were examined, the numbers proved that the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 delivers the best balance of performance in this group, driving well on the road plus providing good ice and wet traction. Pirelli's Winter Sottozero 3 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D both have good ice and wet traction and nearly matched the Pilot Alpin PA4's handling on the road. The Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 takes a more focused approach by also providing good ice traction, but it just doesn't have the wet road grip or clear road handling stability of the other three tires.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing Performance Winter / Snow Tires: Which have the Right Balance of Performance?"