Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

1986 BMW 735i
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Miles driven on tires: 250
Location: Wayne, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2014

2014 In Northern New Jersey, so far has been bringing a snowstorm almost every week, 2 ice storms too. All my cars are (RWD) rear wheel drive and are very bad in snow driving conditions so i decided to buy the Firestone Winterforce tires with Studs installed on all 4 of them just in time before the major snowstorm we had on 2/13/14. I took my e23 BMW 5pd manuel on roads and steep hills that my car could never climb and those firestone winterforce gave so good traction in the snow, i was going almost the speed limit (40mph) of the road, climbing steep uphill through i say 5" of snow on an unplowed road. Actually had fun driving in the snow with no fear of getting stuck, lol. These tires saved me $28,000 from buying an AWD SUV do to harsh weather conditions this year. Also tried driving on black ice in parking lot at work and studs of tires griped through the ice at minimum slippage. Just speachless for 27 year old RWD. Also posted 2 video's on YouTube of my car going through the snow, "Snow Day Cruising BMW 735i (E23)" and video links ; http://youtu.be/HlMoVmECtA8 , http://youtu.be/Stfgt74w0P4

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Franklin, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

I bought my used 2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible in January 2014 from a local car dealership here in southwest Ohio. It came with Firestone Firehawk GTA-2 195/55R16 tires that had about 75% of the tread wear remaining. There was light snow on the ground when I drove my new purchase home. With just a couple inches of snow/ice on my driveway, I literally got stuck with the front tires just spinning. I researched this Firestone tire on the internet and discovered that it was poorly rated for anything except dry roads even though it is suppose to be an all season tire. Some reviewers even classified the tire as dangerous in snow and on wet roads. Since my adult children would also be driving this car, I knew that I had to get these tires off the car immediately. After extensive research on www.tirerack.com, I decided on these Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 tires. They had a nice balance of performance and price. I had to order this tire in size 205/55R16 since it was not made in the recommended size 195/55R16. I was not thrilled with my limited choices of other tires in size 195/55R16. There was plenty of clearance for this Hankook tire on the vehicle and it only caused a 1.8% speedometer error (an actual 61 mph reads as 60 mph on the speedometer). I decided to write this review of this tire's performance on the Mini Cooper since one had not been posted. With this tire, there was an immediate and dramatic improvement in ice and snow traction. My Mini Cooper is now a fun little snow machine. Traction on dry roads is outstanding and wet road traction is now also excellent. Ride quality has improved by being significantly less harsh. I wanted the more compliant sidewall of this tire to improve the comfort of the Mini Cooper's stiff ride and was willing to sacrifice some handling characteristics to achieve that goal. I am not what anyone would classify as a spirited driver but to my surprise, I found the tire's handling also to be excellent.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2001 Mercury Cougar V6
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Reading, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

This is my first set of Goodyear tires in a very long time. I have been running winter tire/summer tire combo for 14 years now. I've had Dunlop Graspics, Hankook Icebears for the past 5 years, Firestones witerfire, and so far these have been the best so far. My Abs hardly comes on compared to running on an all season tire. I would pass 4x4 and all wheel drive cars. I've gone by people stuck up hills and I just keep on trucking. I travel the PA turnpike and local roads to work and these tires haven't let me down. Pennsylvania has been hit hard with snow and these tires have been very good to me. Especially for the cost.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2013 Chevrolet Cruze
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Belvidere, IL
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2014

I was worried about spending money on wheels and tires for a car that has good wheels, and tires with lots of tread. I was also worried I would not get bang for my buck.I needn't have worried.TIRE RACK MADE MY BUYING EXPERIENCE FLAWLESS!!!!I've had over 60 cars with all kinds of tires and listed my driving style as easy going but,I was working these hard to see what they will do and am impressed.8 inches of loss snow,hard packed snow,and ice,no problem.braking is what I was most concerned with and braking is excellent.There is more noise,not much,steering has a different feel,it is not a bad feel,just different.I ordered these at7:30 am central Monday delivered at 1:30 pm Tuesday!!!!Shipping,packing,speed,quality,did I mention TIRE RACK is the BEST, the only thing that could have been better is if it where free.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2006 Honda Civic EX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: North Canton, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

Buy this tire.

I bought these tires near the end of summer after my General Altimax HP tires gave me a nice long service life. I decided to go with this Firestone model because of the low cost and good reviews. My initial impression of the tire is that they are very quiet and offer good wet and dry performance. The fuel economy is about 1mpg better than the Altimax, which is negligible.

I always hesitate to write a review of a tire because for me, the winter performance is why I buy an all-season tire. I live in the Canton, Ohio area, so we get a decent amount of snow during the winter months. We recently had a good snowstorm that gave us icy conditions one day, light snow the next, and heavy snow the day after that. Please keep in mind that all of my driving was around town and not out on the freeway.

In the icy conditions, the tire performed like I expect any tire to perform: terrible. That is perfectly fine with me because I don't like being "that guy" that feels invincible because he has snow tires and/or AWD. I drive slow and try to get there in one piece. This tire got that job done for me.

In light snow, the tire did a great job. From a stop, there was the expected wheel spin that a non-snow tire provides, but it was less than what I anticipated. I never felt like I was going to slide through an intersection when the time came to stop, either. Granted, I drive slower in the snow and start braking at least 500' from a red light. The tires did not let me down in those panic situations where the light suddenly turns yellow, and I have to make a snap decision to try to brake or to potentially run the red.

In deep snow the tire did a great job as well. The performance was surprisingly similar to the light snow performance.

In all situations, I think that I would have trusted this tire on the freeway to get me to my destination, provided I would slow down for the conditions.

I would buy this tire again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75
 
 

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

Best value high performance tire out there! 22K trouble free miles driving I-95 in South FL. Both wet and dry handling has been great, even in rainstorms. Road noise is no different than the Dunlop OEM's. Treadwear is what I expected for a high performance tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

1999 Audi A4 1.8T
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Auburn, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
February 01, 2014

Great tires, had these on my A4 with upgraded turbo and brakes. With everything working together these tires held up fine. They are still going strong. Their wear rate is unbelievable. I drove these tires year round in new england. I had a choice of buying winters or just saying screw it, so I just used these in the winters also. They were not the best in heavy snow, but I did manage through 3 inches of snow fine. During highway snow storms and city. **Also just because I said I drove it in snow does not mean you should.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 6,800
Location: Hackettstown, NJ
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 6,800 Miles on Tires
February 04, 2014

Had these tires installed in early November 2013 and have driven in sufficiently varying conditions to write an initial review. Plain and simple, these are the best d@mn tires I've ever driven on in rain, snow and ice. There is a peace of mind you get with these things that no matter how bad the snow gets, you WILL get home. They laugh at rain. From time to time, they feel a bit "wobbly" in cornering but it's livable. Mileage seems pretty good, but that's relative in a gas-guzzling Ford Exploder. I'll check back in another 5000 miles to comment on treadwear, but so far, so good. Tire Rack pricing and shipping was excellent as usual. Highly recommend the Road Force Balance as it made the truck as smooth as the day I bought it.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.07
 
 

2004 Ford Explorer Limited 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Hartford, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I did extensive research on Tire Rack and elsewhere before buying the Destination LE2s, and they have lived up to their accolades. On my 2004 Explorer Limited V8 4WD, they have provided great traction in all weather, including New York/New England snow, and give a smooth, quiet, and confident ride. Highly recommended.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67
 
 

2002 Dodge Ram 1500 QuadCab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 70,000
Location: Mannford, OK
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 70,000 Miles on Tires
February 02, 2014

Made 70000 with a little tread left. Ran across Denver on I70 unplowed pulling a trailer in 6 inches of snow and 20 miles west up in mountain in deeper snow to 9000 ft. elevation with no problem. Bought a second set without shopping. Beat the OEM Good Years in every category. Were rated 50k and got 70K with ease. Best tires I ever had, and I am 77 years old. LOVE EM!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Greenwich, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I took delivery of the Sportwagen in October 2010. The OEM tires were new when they faced their first snowy season in Connecticut. I was constantly checking tire pressures because the handling in the lite snow and dry was terrible. I resigned my self thinking, "Be glad with the TDI but the Sportwagen is no handler.

This winter is above average for snowfall in Connecticut and the driving on uncleared roads is mission critical for me; getting my four year-old daughter safely back and forth to school. I decided to get dedicated snows for the winter. I've had Blizzaks, Dunlops even Firestone studded tires on other family cars. I liked what I read about the Michelin X-Ice3's and decided to try them. The Michelin X-Ice3's replaced the OEM all-season Hankooks. What a difference! I keep anticipating a slide or skid, but the X-Ice3's have raised the bar when driving in the snow.

OK, you would expect them to be way better than OEM All-Seasons in snow. But, the real surprise was that the X-Ice3's have better grip than the OEM tires did in both dry and rainy conditions. No more loss of traction when accelerating.
I've changed my mind, the Jetta TDI is a pretty good handling car. I expect the Michelins to wear longer than the Blizzaks I had. Come the spring I intend to treat the Sportwagen to a set of summer-performance tires; probably Michelin's.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2013 Chevrolet Cruze
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Belvidere, IL
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

better ride than factory tires ,low noise,no droning though.I would say three times the traction in snow and ice as O.E.M. all seasons and worth the money.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.93
 
 

2003 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 Ext
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

It was time to replace my stock Bridgestone Dueler at's with 80k miles on them on my Z71 4x4. Went with the Destination LE 2 based on the awesome tire rack reviews. Should have stuck with Bridgestones. These tires are poor in the snow. If you live in Naples Fl these would be a great tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2005 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 32,857
Location: Avondale, AZ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 32,857 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

I’m getting ready to order my second set of these. They’re much better than the Goodyear OEM tires. They’re quieter, they track rock solid (on the highway, the Goodyears required continual steering input to keep on track), very good wet/dry traction, and impressive tread wear (I’ll have over 33,000 miles on them when they’re replaced).

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.1
 
 

2011 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Andover NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2014

The noise level of these tires is not much higher than the Pirelli's I have for the summer. I can feel a slight differance in stability but the ride is not bad at all. Get into the nasty stuff and they are simply amazing on the Audi. I have a Nissan Titan 4x4 with new Firestone destination tires also. The Audi with the Blizzaks puts it to shame in the snow and ice. Great winter tires!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2013 Honda Pilot
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

Had to replace the OEM Michelin Primacy MXV4 at 17k miles. Love these Firestones.

Only 200 miles, but we've already had dry and wet roads, light snow, slush, deep powdery snow and ice. This tire is a beast. Only condition I haven't experienced yet is heavy rain at highway speeds. I'm hopeful that wear holds up well.

Ride comfort and ride noise is outstanding, and really surprising given the performance. Best tire on any SUV I've had in the past 13 years.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone FR710

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone FR710 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.73
 
 

2012 Chevrolet Cruze
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Miles driven on tires: 62,700
Location: Newton Falls, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 62,700 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

These are the OEM tire that my car came with.

The winter traction is horrible! These tires are borderline dangerous in the winter. I am going today to get a different set of tires after 62k miles and 2 winters.

Tread life is awesome, the tires are wearing evenly and are a true 65k mile tire as advertised.

If you live in a southern state without snow then I would own these tires, but if you have to drive through one snow per year I would not recommend them.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Dayton, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

Put my first 1,000 miles on this tires and so far I've been very pleased. Had a hour and half highway trip on them and they road smoothly with little to no road notice changing
from concrete to asphalt surfaces. We live in the Mid west and have had wet pavement to snowfall every week since buying the Destination LE 2. These tires have performed as advertised...they grip better than expected. Felling much safer on these than the Yokahomas's .

 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.08
 
 

2012 Chevrolet Suburban 1500
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Cicero, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

I've owned five Suburbans since 1994. By far, this has been the best all-round tire I've ever had on a Suburban. They have great wet and snow-covered road traction, they are quiet and they have outstanding stopping capabilities. This is my first Firestone tire that i have ever purchased. I will give them a second look for my other vehicles. Thank you FIrestone, you hit it out of the park
with this one.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax ArcticReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2001 Infiniti I30
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Miles driven on tires: 15
Location: Hartford, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2011

Just had these installed this morning with a fresh coating of light, slick snow on the roads. My drive to the shop on my old, severely worn Michelens was putrid. The car spun its wheels with the smallest of acceleration, even on just wet roads...the snow was like an ice rink. After getting the General's put on, the difference is unbelievable. Even on steep inclines with slippery hard pack, I didn't loose traction at all even under heavy acceleration. For a car with no traction control, I was in dire need of a good performing snow tire and these have initially proven to exceed my expectation. Compared to the Firestone Winterforce tires I ran the past two winters on my previous vehicle, I can tell already these out-perform them, at least in terms of traction. The Firestones were on a car with T/C and even still had troubles finding grip in slick conditions on accelerating from a dead stop. Still have yet to try the Generals in anything deep, but I have every confidence they will handle it with ease.

The only thing I have noticed thus far that I would take away points for is that the car doesn't track quite as well with these on it. Going on a straight line there is some sway to adjust for, though nothing overly worrisome, and the steering response is a bit loose. However, that said, these are snow tires and my only expectation from them is to handle winters worst, not win races.

Time will tell the ultimate conclusion on these things, but initial impressions indicate that these tires are the real deal...and at a price that you can't complain about. Buy them, you wont regret it!!