Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2008 Nissan Armada SE
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Midlothian, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 07, 2014

Only about 500 miles on these so far, so this is pretty much just initial impressions made to date. This is my fourth set of Duelers, third of which were Alenzas and first of the new Plus series. I had Michelin Latitudes on prior to this current set largely because they were on sale for less than the Alenzas last time around and I figured heck, they're Michelins. What could go wrong? Evidently, alot! Never liked them and couldn't wait to switch back to the Bridhestones!

All of that said, these new Alenzas are the new Plus series. The first plus is they now sport an 800 treadwear rating. They are now a "low rolling resistance" design, so my only concern will be wet traction as they wear. We'll see as wet traction is just fine new. Other impressions so far: very smooth ride and very quiet. My last set of Alenzas were good, but not great in the ride and noise department. The trade off was handling over ride with those. That said, these do seem to have traded off a little bit on the handling and steering response for the improved ride, but they are still light years ahead of the forementioned Michelins in balancing ride and drive characteristics without giving up too much on either one. Our Armada is nice to drive again and we could not be happier at this point! Stay tuned for more reviews after we get some real miles on them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.67
 
 

2005 Acura TL
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Location: Hanover, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
December 03, 2013

I used to have the 960's on my car and I loved them! The handling was so remarkably improved over the OEM Michelin grand touring tires. I got 50,000 miles on them before switching to the Continental DWS tires due to the cost of the 960's creeping up higher than I liked. The Conti's were pretty good espcially in the rain and light snow that we get in Maryland. The performance aspect suffered a little especially during cornering, but overall they were a good tire. One of the Conti's developed a bubble in the sidewall (naturally right after the manufacturers warranty had run out). I purchased a replacement from Tire Rack and they were kind enough to not charge me shipping due to the closenee of the warranty expiration. I got about 50K miles out of the Conti's before switching to the 970's as they were on sale and i missed the performance aspect of the 960's. The 970's have been great so far and and I love the tighter handling theuy provide. I must comment, however that these tires are definitely noisier than the Conti's. It's not unbearable or anything like that (yet), but considerably noticeable after the Conti's. I only have 1500 miles on them, so I will update after I get some more miles on them and see how they hold up this winter. Don't get me wrong, I love the tires... I cant remember if the 960's were loud or not, but the Conti's may have spoiled me as far as noise. I would by these tires again based on how they are holding up so far, but if noise is an issue for you then you may want to look into the Conti's.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7
 
 

1998 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4cyl
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Location: Winnipeg, MB
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2013

Costco had these tires on sale for a decent price, so I bought them based on this site's reviews. Up here in Manitoba we have snow & ice on the roads 5-6 months of the year & temperatures that can get as low as -40F. I do a lot of highway driving to get to work, but I live in the city. These tires exceeded my expectations for both city & highway driving. No word of a lie, they pretty much handled like an a/s tire in the summer. The only downside was the noise level...when driving on a road with no ice or snow they hummed like a set of mudders on a truck. This is my first set of winter tires, but I was very impressed & will never again sport a/s tires in the winter.

 

Deciding Between Run-Flat and Non-Run-Flat Tires

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Colin .

Many vehicles come equipped with run-flat tires from the manufacturer. Our sales specialists receive many calls from drivers asking if they can replace their run-flat tires with non-run-flat options. There are a few pros and cons when it comes to changing to a non-run-flat tire.

Pros:

  • Conventional tires are typically less expensive
  • Better ride quality
  • Longer lasting

Cons:

  • Many vehicles don't have a spare, therefore you won't be able to drive when you get a flat
  • When leasing a vehicle, many companies often require vehicles sold with run-flats be returned with them

Switching to conventional tires will not negatively affect the vehicle and will fit on Original Equipment wheels. Also, for those that don't have a spare, take a look at the Continental ContiComfortKit that seals and inflates tire punctures. It's capable of comfortably sealing typical tire punctures that make it possible for you to complete your drive home, to work, an important appointment or a tire repair facility. The ContiComfortKit combines a powerful, high-volume, 12-volt air compressor, integral pressure gauge and a latex liquid sealant packaged in a compact, lightweight unit that's easy to store in your vehicle.

I have experienced first-hand the differences between non-run-flat tires and run-flats. The BMW I owned came with 18" wheels and Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFT tires and I switched to 19" wheels and the Sumitomo HTR Z III. Normally, increasing the wheel diameter has a negative impact on ride quality, however I thought the conventional tires on larger sized wheels actually rode a little better than the 18" run-flats. 

To find the tire that works best for your car, shop by vehicle.

Complete Your Corolla with the Right Set of Winter / Snow Tires

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Although Prius and Camry sales continue to climb, Toyota may still be best known for its reliable, economical and affordable Corolla. Not only did the Corolla put Toyota on the map, it still reigns as one the world's best-selling cars.

Have you joined the many with a new Corolla in your garage? Your Corolla has been engineered for durability and dependability, however snowy and icy conditions will challenge your all-season tires. No worries, a set of dedicated winter / snow tires is all you need to keep your Corolla steadfast and dependable in winter's harshest conditions.

Winter / Snow Tire Size

The Corolla is shod with 195/65R15 (L Trim Level) or 205/55R16 (LE and S Trim) tires as Original Equipment sizes. As covered in "Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?", the relatively lightweight Corolla will benefit from a skinnier size.

When should you run a narrower size and how narrow should you go? Going to a narrower tire is especially helpful if you drive in deep snow. For example, Green Bay, Wisconsin averages 53.9" snow per year; if you're a Corolla driver in this area, narrower 185/65R15 tires are better at cutting through moderate and deep snow. At 24.5" in overall diameter, the 185/65R15 is about 1/2" smaller. This negligible difference in ground clearance and speedometer error (2% error) is trumped by the ability of the narrower tires to cut through snow.

For areas at a higher risk of ice storms and less of seeing deep snow, 195/65R15 is best. 195/65R15 is 25" in overall diameter, which is the same as the Original Equipment. This size offers a better balance for a winter weather mix of ice, wet roads and an occasional snowstorm. If you're a Corolla owner who resides somewhere like Cincinnati, Ohio (average snowfall of 22.1"), stay with 195/65R15.

"Green Bay" Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

With the Corolla XRS phased out, all Corolla trim levels are tuned for a balance of ride comfort and safe handling. The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70's packed-snow and glare-ice grip provide the ultimate safety in the worst conditions. Therefore, the optimum winter package including this tire is the 185/65R15 option on black painted steel wheels at $576* (excludes TPMS sensors) plus shipping.

185/65-15 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70 $88*
185/65R15 Bridgestone Blizzak
WS70
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel Wheel $56*
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel
Wheel


"Cincinnati" Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

The ideal "Cincinnati" Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package is the 195/65R15 Blizzak WS70 on black painted steel wheels at $600* (excludes TPMS sensors) plus shipping.

195/65-15 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70 $94
195/65R15 Bridgestone Blizzak
WS70
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel Wheel $56*
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel
Wheel


*Prices subject to change

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin DefenderReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.27

1998 Buick Lesabre
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
December 05, 2012

The ride quality went down, the noise level went up. I have hat these on My 1998 Buick LeSabre and can't stand them. The wet traction is awful. I was coming around a turn on a on ramp and was accelerating faster as I was at the end of the turn going around 15mph's on wet pavement, then my tires broke loose and the car wanted to go strait. All together I think it's foolish to buy a 90,000 tire. The higher the mileage the warranty is, the harder the rubber will be. If you want traction you want a softer tire.I will have a slightly used set for sale soon. Then I will go back to the BridgeStone Insignia SE200's. Those are exceptional, especially for the price.

Looking for the Best Winter / Snow Tire for 2012-13?

Friday, October 26, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

As the 2012 winter season quickly approaches, many members of our sales team took to the ice rink to compile measured data regarding starting and stopping distances on glare ice. In our tests, we reviewed several winter / snow tires and got a feel for each tire's bite capabilities, lateral handling grip and breakaway limits.

These winter tires feature softer compounds than all-seasons that allow them to stay flexible when temperatures plummet. This flexibility allows the tire to grip even the most slick of surfaces. In addition to this helpful compounding, winter tires are designed with aggressive tread patterns and tread depths for additional biting edges.

During this year's testing, two tires really stuck out as my favorite performers:

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

This fourth generation of the iconic Blizzak line did many things well during our testing. Utilizing a soft compound with metallic flakes known as micro bite particles, this tire seemed to be the most responsive in terms of starting and stopping distances. Before reaching the fixed braking zone, the Blizzak WS70 reached a higher speed than its competitors and slowed at an impressive rate. While the tire tended to be a bit on the noisy side, its slight tread noise is justifiable given its excellent performance figures. This is a dedicated winter tire that gets down to business.

Developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans and crossover vehicles, Blizzak WS70 winter / snow tires provide traction on winter's slushy, snow-covered and icy roads. Due to the traction capabilities of these tires, Bridgestone recommends using them only in sets of four to provide the best handling characteristics and tire performance.

Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Replacing the extremely popular X-Ice Xi2, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 did not disappoint. While at the ice rink, I found the tire to be near equal in terms of performance when compared to the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70. Designed to provide predictable handling in cold, dry, and wet wintry conditions, the tire is an excellent choice for drivers seeking an aggressive dedicated winter tire. Similar to many other Michelin products, these tires are expected to wear quite well and are the only snow tire in the Studless Ice & Snow category to offer a manufacturer's treadlife warranty.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3


While many of the tires tested this year would make for a fine winter performer, these two giants continue to get my support. Both brands are extremely reputable, make high quality products and push the envelope of winter performance with each new product launch. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Friday, October 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5

1988 Porsche 928 S4
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Location: Pawleys Island, SC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
October 09, 2012

Called the Tire Rack to order a different tire because stock size is NLA from most manufacturers. Sales Advisor informed me about the Bridgestone RE-11 in my size. I have not had good prior experience with Bridgestone, but since this was the ONLY performance tire in this size I decided to give it a try. My FIRST spirited driving on them was at the Tail of the Dragon in NC/Tenn. and I am completely happy with this tire. It was quiet on the hgwy on the way to Deals Gap, rides comfortably, and grips like Gorilla Glue in the turns. Braking was improved over the Dunlops replaced, and 180+ degree turns at 45 MPH could not break them loose or even make them squeal.(not so for the Michelin Pilot Sports on the front). I will be buying a set for the front end in the next few days. I could not be happier about the performance, ride or noise of these tires. EXCELLENT PRODUCT. Note: my 88 928S4 has 340 HP and a "light" rear end and there was no hint of looseness or impending break away with the Bridgestones even under heavy acceleration in 2nd & 3rd gear uphill on the Tail of the Dragon.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza SerenityReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25

2008 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 85,000
Location: Wesley Chapel, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 85,000 Miles on Tires
June 08, 2012

Replaced OEM Michelins at approx. 62,000 miles. Those were OK tires, but they always seemed to be really loud. As those tires wore down I could hardly hear on my mobile phone. I had my dealer parts dept. order thru Tire Rack and charge me the same price that I would of paid for them ordering direct. Tires arrived fast and it was a painless process. I rotate every 5,000-7,000 miles and the tread life is at the point now where I have to get a new set. I drive a lot of Highway miles and have my trunk ususlly loaded heavy with sales literature and samples, but that has not diminished the wear pattern at all. These tires seem to be quieter than the OEM tires and have kept my gas mileage averaging around 30 mpg. I have never been able to get more than 33.5 mpg, but that's probably just the car itself. I would definately recommend this tire to anyone of my family and friends. My new set will be the Turanza Serenity Plus, maybe I can squeeze 90,000 miles from them and a little better gas mileage.

Looking for the Best Autocross Tires?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Choosing the best tire is one of the most important factors of a successful autocross season. Racers spend lots of time and energy in extracting every ounce of horsepower and torque from their engine, and sometimes forget that all of this power is useless unless it can be effectively transferred to the track. There are four small patches of rubber that play the most important role in determining your vehicle's level of performance.  
 

There are two distinct groups of autocross tires. The first group is made up of dedicated track tires that are DOT approved, but are never intended for street use. Drivers using these tires want maximum dry grip and will have separate wheels to install at the track. I believe the best tires in the Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only category are the Hoosier A6, Hankook Ventus Z214 and Kumho Ecsta V710.
 

Hoosier A6
Hoosier A6
Hankook Ventus Z214
Hankook Ventus Z214
Kumho Ecsta V710
Kumho Ecsta V710

 

The second group of tires is for the autocrosser who's willing to sacrifice some dry grip in order to have a tire they can drive to and from the track. In the Extreme Performance Summer category I like the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11, Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec and Hankook Ventus R-S3.

 

Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
Bridgestone Potenza
RE-11
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec
Hanook Ventus R-S3
Hankook Ventus
R-S3

 

I think these tires are the best choices in each group because of their dry traction and steering response are some the highest rated by customers who have used the tires. Unlike shopping for any other tire, these are the two most important attributes to an autocross tire. Anything else like ride comfort or road noise is ancillary to your autocross needs.
 

Whether you're looking for Hoosier tires for sale, Hankook reviews or to buy Dunlop tires, our website offers you everything you need to have the best autocross season!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak W965

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak W965Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.1

2008 Ford F150 XLT Super Cab 4wd
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Location: Edmonton, AB
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 35000 Miles on Tires
January 26, 2012

I use these tires mostly for work duty with my F150. Sales guy convinced me to get the heavier ply due to all the trailer pulling I do (~40% of the miles). I drive everything from highway to back roads and plenty of offroad as well. (Seismic lines, farm fields, frozen ATV trails, etc). Tires have been quite impressive up until for the first 25 thousand miles or so. After that, the really soft grippy compound is worn and the tire is more like and all season with more ice snipes. Tires have been very tough, no flats even though I regularly pull sticks and branches out of my frame, bumpers, grill, etc. They are definitely a heavier tire and take a little more steering and power to move but well worth the trade off for heavy duty use. I will likely get at least 50k miles out of the set but if extreme winter performance is required I would have replaced around 30k miles.

So in summary, great HD tire, good wear, bit heavy. Worth the money IMO.

Test of the Titans

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 by Gavin Carpenter

It's the middle of January and customers are already calling in about Max Performance Summer tires. Nothing can brighten the day of a tire specialist more than the sweet smell of summer rubber in the winter!

As a sales specialist that tries not to be too hasty in recommending a tire, I like to have the opportunity to test it, get customer feedback and give the tire time to "stretch its legs" in the real world and see how it stacks up for the long haul. The following tires are heavy hitters in the Max Performance Summer performance category. They're streetable, trackable and still comfortable enough to work on a commuter vehicle or a high-end supercar. Last June we had the opportunity to test each tire and see how they perform against one another:

To summarize, each tire performed well during the test, however the Michelin Pilot Super Sport did very well in comparison. The Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Positions came in second, with the Continental ExtremeContact DW in third and the Pirelli PZero at the Conti's heels. Take a closer look at the results by viewing this chart that's a part of "Clash of the Titans: Testing Two New Max Performance Summer Heavy Hitters."

Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04
Pole Position
Continental ExtremeContact DW
Continental ExtremeContact
DW
Pirelli PZero
Pirelli
PZero

Here's a look at what some customers are saying about their experiences with each tire:

Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position:
"...These tires were everything I needed them to be. A vast improvement over last year's run with the all season ultra high performance tires from Pirelli. Nothing wrong with the Pirellis just not as good as these tires in highly spirited driving in the mountains. These S-O4 pole position tires were quite, sticky, and performed when I needed them." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Audi TT Coupe Quattro

Continental ExtremeContact DW:
"Tire Rack's test results and customer survey results are accurate: the best qualities of the DW are very good ride quality, extremely low noise, and superior wet traction. It took about 1,000 miles to break these in, before which the ride felt slightly too smooth. Since then, the drive has firmed up a notch and gotten more sporty..." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 MAZDA3

Michelin Pilot Super Sport: 
"Made my Porsche so much better! Dramatically improved ride comfort and decreased noise level. Like a totally different car." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera

Pirelli PZero:
"...After reading all the good test results I was expecting a good tyre and boy did it deliver , the precision of this tyre is mind boggling , it gives such a good feel through the steering and the grip is just immense , it rides very well for a Max performance tyre..."
-- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 BMW 645Ci Coupe Sport Package

Michelin Pilot Super SportLast year was the first year the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position and Michelin Pilot Super Sport were available, so I had some reservation on recommending either without some customer feedback. This year, you can count on me recommending both, but the Michelin is definitely my top pick due to its poise and comfort as a streetable tire and also as a tire that can take what you and your car can dish out on the track or street. The Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position is a close second. The Continental and Pirelli would be the top picks if you're looking for a slightly more comfortable tire, but are willing to sacrifice in the area of performance.

Interested in more results from our testing? Watch our test results video from this summer's "Clash of the Titans."

What is the Best Tire Brand for You? We Can Help!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by Doc Horvath
Tire RackIn a global economy, shoppers have more options than ever at their fingertips. From toasters to tires, products can be manufactured and shipped all over the world at a competitive price. And, when it comes to tires, how can you choose the most reliable and cost-effective brands? Let us help. 

Over our 32-year history, Tire Rack has developed close relationships with well over a dozen different tire manufacturers, including globally-respected brands like Michelin and Bridgestone to high quality but smaller companies such as Kumho and Yokohama. With every delivery to our warehouse and all shipments to our customers, tires are closely inspected for potential issues. Also, if an issue develops after the sale, we can work with you to get the issue resolved over the phone with the help of one of our friendly customer service representatives, via email or with the help of one of our independent Recommended Installers.

Regardless if you're looking for a new set of performance SUV tires, suspension parts, ceramic disc brake pads or more, we are sure to have what you want at the price you desire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE92

Thursday, December 8, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE92Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.78

2005 Honda Civic LX Sedan
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Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 52000 Miles on Tires
December 05, 2011

This is OEM tire on my 05 Civic. It's more sporty than I expected with quick response in mu daily drive. Never have any problem or hydroplaning on this set. This set has 50000 miles on them and they still have 5/32 left. I typically replace them at 3/32, soot may have another 8000 left. Some of the reviews here have too high an expection on it. It depends on driving styles and good rotation more than anything else. For OE tire, they are better than continental touring contact I have before. Will probably buy another set if on sale.

2011+ Ford Focus Tires and Wheels for Winter

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
Due to the Ford Focus Steel Wheelrecent sales success of the popular and newly redesigned Ford Focus, many customers have been calling in exploring their options for dedicated winter / snow tires.

This hot new hatch and sedan, dependent on trim level, came with 15"-17" wheel fitments and several different Original Equipment tire selections. Regardless of model and trim levels, the modern Ford Focus shares the same brakes and wheel hubs. This allows us to recommend and supply a large number of wheel fitments including steel wheels (car rims).

This season, Tire Rack's recommendation for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package mirrors my own personal choice: the low-cost option of a 15" steel wheel paired with the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 tire is a hard to beat combination of performance and affordability. Of course, alloy wheels are available for those looking for a more aesthetically pleasing setup.

And if you could use some extra help on whether to choose an alloy or steel wheel, read "Alloy vs. Steel Wheels in Winter Tire & Wheel Packages."

Best Run-Flat Winter / Snow Tires in 225/45R17

Friday, October 21, 2011 by Gary Stanley
If you have a 2006-2011 BMW 3 Series, odds are you're considering run-flat winter / snow tires in 225/45R17. For the upcoming winter season, there are only two options left in stock: the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT and Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT
Pirelli 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT
Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT

How Do They Compare? 

The Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT would be a noticeable step down in terms of snow and ice traction but would provide better dry grip and steering response compared to the Blizzak LM-25 RFT. In other words, a set of Blizzak LM-25 RFTs would offer your vehicle better winter traction than a set of these Pirelli car tires, but not quite as much dry grip and handling. 

While both options are quality tires, if you live in a light snow area and prefer a tire with better dry grip and faster steering response, but are willing to give up some snow and ice traction to get it, then you should purchase the Sottozero Serie II RFT. However, if you see more mixed conditions, or simply want a safer tire for better traction on ice and snow-covered roads, then I'd suggest the Blizzak LM-25 RFT.

Decision is Made, What's Next?

Buy tires online through Tire Rack, of course. Or, as always, contact one of our sales specialists for pricing and availability. Need an installer? Learn more about our Recommended Installer program by checking out my blog titled, "How Does Our Recommended Installer Program Work." 

Better yet, select a combination of winter / snow tires and rims (wheels) to create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package so you can do the installation yourself.

All-Season Tires for Handling Water

Friday, October 21, 2011 by Alex Mouroulis
With winter on its way, parts of the country will experience wet conditions instead of or on top of snow. When it comes to tires, it's important to understand that there are always compromises. A particular tire may have certain performance characteristics, however there are residual effects to those advantages. Tires that are directional offer excellent hydroplaning resistance and as a result of not being able to rotate side-to-side, they do tend to get noisier as they wear. Of the three tires listed below, only the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position is a directional tire.

Another feature that contributes to a tire's water handling capabilities is compounding. Silica is a common additive to tires to increase their grip levels in water. Silica infused rubber also resists getting firm in the last half of a tire's life. Hydroplaning is one of the last things we want to experience as drivers and to better understand how your tires affect your ability to drive in wet conditions, read "Hydroplaning: The Roles Tires Play."

Each time a tire is brought up to its operating temperature by driving is known as heat cycling. A heat cycle is completed when the vehicle has been parked after driving and the tires return back to a cooler temperature. As a tire ages and the amount of heat cycles increase, often times the rubber becomes firmer and less compliant as a result. Silica infused rubber resists the firming tendency due to heat cycling.

Below are a few of the all-season tires that have good wet handling capabilities:

Dunlop SP Sport Signature
Dunlop SP
Sport Signature
Michelin Primacy MXM4
Michelin Primacy
MXM4
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position
 
We tested each tire on our closed track that was watered heavily by sprinklers to simulate standing water. All of our sales specialists tested the aforementioned tires by driving one of four identical BMW 3 Series test vehicles. To see how we test the tires that we recommend, check out "Tire Rack's Tire Testing Program."

And, if you're looking for all-season tire reviews, take a look at the Tire Test Results to see how each tire performed, then shop by vehicle to find the tire that works best for your vehicle.

Blizzak Winter / Snow Tires

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 by Gary Stanley
Bridgestone's Blizzak winter / snow tires are among the best in the industry. The Blizzak isn't just one tire, but an entire line of winter / snow tires that encompass many different models. Take a look at three of the most recommended Bridgestone winter tires: 

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70: If you're looking for a winter / snow tire that offers maximum ice and snow traction while providing the most safety in winter conditions, this is the model to consider. The WS70 is developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans and crossover vehicles looking for traction on winter's slushy, snow-covered and icy roads. Personally, I used these Bridgestone car tires for two seasons on my 1997 Audi A4 quattro and loved them. These A4 tires were able to navigate me through the harsh Indiana winters with no problem.

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60: The LM-60 is appropriate for drivers who are willing to trade some ultimate ice and snow traction for better dry road grip and faster steering response. This tire is common to use in light snow areas or simply by drivers who want a more sporty feeling winter / snow tire that still has acceptable snow traction.

Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 : This Blizzak model is very similar in traction to the WS70 but comes in larger sizes for trucks, SUVs and luxury crossovers. The DM-V1 is designed with a focus on ice traction and braking, as well as wet road handling and hydroplaning resistance to provide wintertime driving confidence. This is the tire I currently use in the winter for my 2009 MAZDA CX-7.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Blizzak LM-60
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Blizzak DM-V1

For more information on how Bridgestone Blizzak tires live up to their reputation, read "Bridgestone Blizzak FAQs."

When you're looking for Bridgestone tires for sale this winter, be sure to check out our entire selection of Bridgestone Blizzak winter / snow tires.

Test Review of Blizzak WS70

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 by Hunter Leffel


Bridgestone Blizzak WS70A co-worker of mine recently relayed the following account of a road trip he took last winter. As a sales specialist at Tire Rack, he had great experience testing the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 and was able to compare its characteristics to the WS70 he installed on his vehicle. Here is his story:This past winter, I embarked on a 1200-mile (round-trip) drive with the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 at full tread depth. With the tires installed two days prior to me leaving, I thought this would be a great opportunity to provide a comparison to the previous generation, WS60.

Leaving Indiana, there was a huge snowstorm that made me glad I had a new set of winter tires. Throughout the state I was able to avoid approximately four or five accidents, one of which was directly in front of us and quite scary. The traction and control in the snow was great, but not a huge difference from the WS60.

As we entered Kentucky, the temperature was still cold, but the roads were dry. With the opportunity to test the tire's road noise, I noticed a big improvement when compared to the WS60. I also noticed that as I hit patches in the road with bumps, that the handling was better as well. 

Coming into Tennessee, the temperature was anywhere between 30 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The roads were in great condition, as I felt they were smooth and without potholes. I had flashbacks of driving in the Black Forest along the Germany and Austria border, except I was not in a Porsche, rather a 2004 VW Jetta 1.8T manual transmission.

After reaching my destination, I believed the tires did pretty well! I did notice some delay in the "switchback" from one direction to another in 'S' curves but overall very impressed with the Blizzak tires; especially considering how hard I pushed them on a stock suspension with 12/32nds tread depth. Once I was anchored in a curve, they felt confident and stable. I am very impressed, and was able to see all major winter conditions in the first week of driving, which allowed me to make a great comparison. And I must say these are now my favorite winter tire.

Better fuel economy with low rolling resistance tires? Not right away!

Thursday, June 30, 2011 by Doc Horvath
Tire Test Results Using 2009 Toyota Prius
With the growing popularity of Hybrid vehicles, most tire manufacturers (including Goodyear, Michelin, Bridgestone and others) are offering replacement tires with lower rolling resistance to further improve fuel economy. 

While our last complete test has a great deal of information to help distinguish the different models from one another, the question remains: How much difference will I see once a low rolling resistance tire is installed?

One thing to bear in mind is that, initially you may not see an improvement over your last set of tires. At full tread depth, the switch to new tires will typically result in an increase in rolling resistance of about 20%, which would translate into a potential 2% to 4% decrease in mpg. Only as the tire wears will your numbers improve.

Another thing to consider is a new tire at full tread depth will have a slightly larger overall diameter than the tire it replaced, so yoTire Test Results Using 2009 Toyota Priusur revolutions per mile will change and give the appearance that fuel economy has dropped. For example, a Toyota Prius getting approximately 50 mpg just before replacing its worn-out tires may be reduced to 47.25 mpg with new tires of the same brand, type and size, even if all driving conditions were identical.

In the end, it's important to choose a tire that best meets your needs and to have a little patience to reap the rewards of your decision!

For more information, review our tech article titled, "Understanding Corporate Average Fuel Economy" or talk directly with one of our sales specialists.