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 Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2008 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 18, 2014

These are a great tire for the price and are a major upgrade from the OEM Bridgestones the car came with. These tires are smoother, quieter and more fuel efficient than my previous tires. It's been a tough snowy winter and these tires never failed to get me where I needed to go. Dry traction is good with excellent wet traction. Treadwear is even but a little to early to judge tread life. Based on my experience to date I would buy these tires again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.91
 
 

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2014

I highly recomend this tire for 2013 Land cruiser owners in the winter. I've had a great experience with them this winter in St. Louis MO.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2006 Porsche Cayman S With Standard Brakes
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Hingham, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2014

Drove these tires from Spring thru Fall last year including 1 autocross and 6 track days. Performed and wore much better than the Michelin PS2's they replaced. Stiff sidewalls were a big plus at the track, but the ride quality and noise were still acceptable on the street. Very predictable cornering at the track and easy to modulate at the limit although you need to watch tire pressures which rise quickly at the start of each day.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2007 Ford Crown Victoria
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Huber Heights, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2014

Have had this tire on several vehicles and am very happy with it, especially under icy conditions. This winter (2013-14) has been especially icy in the Midwest.

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2010 Infiniti EX35 AWD Journey
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Little Rock, AR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 04, 2014

It came as OE for my infiniti which is AWD. I am researching tires for my other car as unfortunately I sold my infiniti, over this last snow storm my new car slipped and ran into curb causing lots of damage. Any case I used to drive on these tires in snow and quater inch ice. Actually I was the designated driver for my co workers as they usually got stuck at home due to ice. I live up a hill and had no major trouble getting in and out with significant ice on the road and no one else on the street even trying to attempt the drive.
The reason I chose to write this review was most infiniti EX owners are unhappy with this tire. I had a very different experience with them.
The road noice was better then average. They seemed to absorb pot holes well. Dry and wet traction was above average ( never really could slip them despite quite aggressive driving ) ---- near close to Bridgestone potenza pole one my BMW 535i ( which is the highest rated tire for that car), another comparison I can do is for the duler sport AS which are again OE on Infiniti JX AWD (highly rated on tire rack surveys ) again these Dunlop beat them hands down in snow and ice traction. I suspect duler sport AS might be some better in summer/ dry conditions.
I suspect some folks expect too much from their all season cross over tires. They are not summer performance tires. My suspicion is that owners of small cross overs with powerful engines think that their cars should perform like sports cars they really are not , the chassis is too soft (for compliant ride) center of gravity is too high. Infiniti EX will never perform like a BMW 335i or 535i all of these have v6 motors and about 300 horses to spare. That is one reason I swapped EX with a S5 which is sitting at a body shop.
I usually don't write reviews but reading these mixed reviews about dunlops I felt like I needed to share my thoughts/experience.

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

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2006 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Arlington, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

I have a set of Summer tires and Winter tires so I only use these during the summer months or after the last snow. I drive 55 miles each way on the highway. These tires have great handling and but are a little bit noisy on the road and provide a little bit of a harsher ride than my winter tires. I expect this and have no issue with it as these tires perform great in the rain and on dry pavement. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good summer tire as the prices has gone down on Tire Rack recently and might be a good alternative to the other tires out there.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion STR A

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion STR A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2005 Chevrolet Silverado K1500
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Miles driven on tires: 72,000
Location: Hanford, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 72,000 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

I have been pleased with the Pirelli Scorpion STR tires. They have worn very well and I have not had any issues with them. I have several puncture repairs though so I recently replaced the Pirelli's with Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus tires. The Bridegestones have a better ride, but only time will tell if these wear as well as the Pirelli's did.

Choosing Between Performance Winter / Snow Tires and Studless Ice & Snow Tires

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Gary Stanley

As a moderator of several forums, I have received many questions on snow tires this winter. Recently, a customer had a question about choosing between Studless Ice & Snow tires and Performance Winter / Snow tires:

I’m getting ready to order winter tires and wheels. My concern is that here in Denver, we can have big changes in temperatures. It’s not uncommon to be able to wear short sleeves during February and March, while the ski resorts are getting pounded less than 80 miles away. Given the temperature range, are there any brands I should stay away from that get squirmy when it gets warmer? 95% of my driving is in the Denver area. I only have two clients in the foothills just west of town.

Here was my response to his question:

Most of the tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact and Michelin X-Ice Xi3 will have slower steering response in warmer temperatures, and thus, feel a little squirmy. Of these choices, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 feels the least squirmy, but would still give you outstanding snow and ice traction for the times you have to drive on snow-covered roads. 

If you move to a Performance Winter / Snow tire like the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 or Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D, you'll find that these tires have more responsive handling even in warmer temperatures. Unfortunately, there's a noticeable step down in snow and ice traction when compared to Studless Ice & Snow tires.

Are you trying to make a similar decision? You may want to lean towards one of the more aggressive snow tires like those listed above if one or more of the following are true :

  • Your geographical area gets heavy snowfall and/or lake-effect snow.
  • You are often driving on packed snow and ice.
  • You are willing to give up some dry grip and steering response for maximum winter traction.
  • You are a newer driver or want more confidence when driving in winter conditions. 

Choosing between these two performance categories may be difficult and is mostly a personal preference choice for the trade-off between snow traction and dry road handling. When making your decision, keep in mind what are the worst conditions you'll experience. This is the time when you will need traction the most!  You can read about my experience with winter tires by reading, "My Story on Winter Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Carrollton, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2014

Very quiet and smooth riding tires. My only thing is my milage has dropped about 2 mpg from 44 to 42 not a big deal But. The ride is Much better than the stock Hankook so the trade off is ok. FYI

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2014 Volkswagen Jetta
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Miles driven on tires: 3,300
Location: South Bend, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,300 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

We went from a 4wd Jeep to a 2wd Jetta the day before we got our first big snowfall of the season. Blizzak WS70 tires on my Jetta took me places in snow I would go to only in my Jeep. It gave my wife a level of confidence of driving I have never seen in her before in her 15 years of winter driving. There is a lot of talk about the tire being loud, which I don't find it to be a loud tire. Regardless, if it was or gets loud, it would be the trade off of having superior traction in harsh environments. The tires handle the wet and standing water very well. The steering response is good, but not great. Another trade off for having superior traction when you need it. -you don't buy winter tires for steering response, you buy them for traction in the worst environments. Amazing tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

1999 Saturn SL2
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: De Pere, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2014

The ratings for ice and snow reflect once or twice I had theses on instead of my Blizzaks. Otherwise theses are excellent tires. I already have purchased another set for my Subaru Legacy GT. These tires have more grip available than the Saturn had power to overtake them. Highly recommended.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2004 Toyota 4Runner 4wd Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Greenwood Village, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2014

I have these tire on both my Toyota 4Runner and on my Lexus GX here in Denver.
Quite and comfortable on trips to the Colorado mountains and great in snow and on off-road trails, including muddy ones. I've put about 40,000 miles on 4runner and 35,000 on the GX and both are about due for replacement. Clearly not the longest lasting, but I'll head out into any conditions with these tires that Colorado can throw at me. So I'm buy them again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Rolling Prairie, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 08, 2014

For a light car with small tires, it did very well this snowy NW Indiana winter. My third vehicle with Blizzaks, one set on my 4 wheel drive pick-up and the other on wife's Hyundai Tucson. Lose a little agility over regular tires, but that is to be expected.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Carving Edge

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Carving Edge Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2012 Subaru Legacy Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Wilmington, VT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
March 08, 2014

The Subaru's all-wheel drive probably played a big part but these Pirellis are so far the best winter tires I've tried. Even better than Bridgestone Blizzaks that I've had on other Subarus, which themselves were excellent winter tires. The Pirellis have fantastic grip on packed snow and slush. The only time I experienced slight wheel spin was on glare ice. I also commend Tire Rack on their quickness of delivery. It usually took a few days on previous orders but this time I placed my order early afternoon one day and UPS delivered the following day. Can't get any better than that.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

1998 Volkswagen Beetle
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location:  
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
March 06, 2014

Bought a set of Blizzaks for my daughter's New Beetle in November. Her first reaction was, these tires are great and I don't slide or spin anymore when it rains. Then she drove in the snow and was thrilled that the car ahead of her was spinning wheels trying to get up a hill and she didn't slide or spin once, just went right up the hill. With the winter we've had here in Maryland, this was the perfect winter to have a set of dedicated winter tires. And if SHE notices the difference, they have to be an incredible tire for winter driving. We will go back to all-seasons for spring, summer and fall, but these tires will be on my "snow" vehicles from December through March every year.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2014 Honda CR-V EX-L
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Woodmere, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 04, 2014

Excellent tire for winter. This is my second set of blizzacs with rims from Tire rack. Rims and tires great and arrived perfect. I cannot say enough good things about tire rack. I recommend the blizzacs to everyone that I know. Tire only good for 3 or 4 winters as it wears fast if no snow on the ground. Only good for 10-15K miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2007 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Aurora, OR
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2014

I Was amazed by this tires capability in snowy conditions. Within the limitations of driving responsibly in winter conditions the tire excelled on ice, freezing rain, fresh snow, fresh pack and icy packed snow. Changing lanes by driving over snow and slush berms was a much more stable experience than I expected. Over all I am very impressed by this tire and it seems to give me several more MPG than there tires on the car previously. Measured by Scanguage.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75
 
 

2010 BMW 328i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Holyoke, MA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

I,ve had these tires for a short period,the ride comfort is very good almost feels like a conventional tire. The road noise is a different story these tires are noisey almost pickup truck noise.I'm hoping warmer weather brings a softer tire and less noise.I had the continental ssr all season run flats less noise but harder ride overall the bridgestone is a good tire but they need to fix the tire noise