Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57
 
 

2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6L Direct Injection AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Hialeah, FL
Driving Condition: Average
 

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

These tires are better in every aspect that the one that came with the car. Better at the noise level, on wet roads and the dry traction is super.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2003 Cadillac Deville
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Miles driven on tires: 3,200
Location: Neillsville, WI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,200 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2014

I have General Altimax HP's on three vehicles now (Cadillac Deville, Volvo S80 & VW Passat W8) & am very impressed on all fronts. The Caddy was recently driven from the east coast back to WI during the last bout of winter storms & the Generals had me sure footed on ice & through snow. They also held the big cruiser on the road through the mountain curves of PA, VA & WV, there were times I was pushing it a bit hard into them & the Generals never protested. I am sure there are better tires out there, but for the price & dependability thus far on three vehicles I'll definetly purchase them again & again.

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 Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2008 Cadillac STS V6 AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

The tires I ordered have a wide profile. The Cadillac came with even wider tires as standard equipment, which is not good on snow & ice. It was suggested by Tire Rack when I ordered new wheels to get a narrower tire than what this hard riding Cadillac came with. I did order slightly narrower tires than what comes standard on this car. I wish I would have ordered even narrower tires. I do feel much more secure with these ice/snow tires than the balloon tires that were on the car. The tires that were on the car were nearly new with deep hard tread. Still not good in this Wisconsin winter. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 are as quiet as regular tires and seem to handle corners like regular tires. They are great compared to other winter tires I have had while driving on dry roads & at freeway speeds. I've had snow tires for winter driving continuously since 1987 or perhaps before. However, in deep snow I think a wider lug pattern would be better. I am not concerned about getting stuck as this is an AWD car. Stopping and cornering in the crappy weather we have still concerns me. The traction control still kicks in more than it should on bad roads and at times there is sideways slipping. I have not noticed wear yet on the tires and only estimated my actual miles driven; it may be higher. If I had to choose tires again I may have gone with cheaper ones with wider lugs. I've had Dunlap Graspics and Blizzak tires for years on prior vehicles. In deep snow I think the other tires are better. Hard to say about handling on ice as this Cadillac has too wide of a tire. A previous Cadillac and my Avalon did well with narrower winter tires that seemed to have softer tread & wider grooves. That is a Cadillac thing that the STS has too wide of a tire requirement. Maybe an engineer in Detroit can think about tire profiles for winter driving and that most people don't need to have rock hard suspension.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.33
 
 

2012 Cadillac CTS-V
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Elk Grove Village, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 11, 2014

Considering there is 560HP going through a 255 winter tire instead of the usual 285 hi performance summer tire, its obvious that aggressive driving is not going to be the same. But I'm not complaining. Its been snowing in Chicago ever since I put these on. The roads are either a snowy, slushy mess, or wet/ icy, or have a slippery layer of salt the few times its been dry. These tires have cut through the snow brilliantly. I used to have a WRX; I can almost say this car has not been an hindrance in this weather. Ice and salt performance has been great with a good amount of feel making it easy to predict when the rear end is going to let loose. Nice tires!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.89
 
 

2002 Cadillac Seville STS
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Sterling, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

I've put around 5,000 miles on these tires. They have good neutral handling with good turn-in and they are comfortable riding. But they are VERY loud. I hear them all the time and it's very annoying. Sounds like I have a bad set of snow tires on all 4 wheels. First set of all season ultra performance tires I've had so maybe that's the reason. I wouldn't buy another set.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2006 Cadillac CTS-V
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 04, 2014

Great tire... lives up to the reviews. Not noisey at all on my CTS-V, quiet on the highway. Very good wet and dry grip. The response on these tires is better than summer tires I've had before. Very good on-center feel and the car reacts instantaneously to inputs. Good acceleration grip with 400hp, difficult to spin the tires. Was able to pull 1.03G around a cloverleaf and the tires had not even begun to make noise, and that was in 28 degrees. Have not used them in the summer yet though but I imagine they will be even better than they were in cool weather. HUGE NOTE - these tires will not get you through a real winter. I am in MN and use winter tires but got stuck with these in a few inches of unplowed city streets. They do work well enough to get you around on packed snow and ice but unless you have AWD these tires WILL leave you stranded on any type of snowfall. Other than that these are awesome tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour HP

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude Tour HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2012 Cadillac SRX AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 19,000
Location: Kulpmont, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 19,000 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2014

I don't know if it's the car or the Tires? My 2012 SRX, All wheel Drive is the best riding car I ever had. In Snow, I tried to get stuck in snow, but the Tires never Slipped once, and PA had a Record year for Snow Fall! After 19,000 miles the tires are about half gone, I will be buying the same tires when the time comes!

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
Location:  
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 Blizzak WS70

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8
 
 

2010 Cadillac CTS Sedan 3.0L RWD
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Morgantown, WV
Driving Condition:

Average


Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 03, 2014

I was concerned about buying a rear wheel drive while living in the Northeast where we experience a lot of snow. Today I drove it in in one of the worst snow storms I have ever been in and these tires were awesome. Confidence inspiring and sure grip is the best way to describe them- I am sold on them and highly recommend them.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.56
 
 

2007 Cadillac Escalade AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Pasadena, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2014

I have driven only 2k on these tires , some snow ,ice, light and heavy rain.
I live in Maryland,so I get a wide variety of weather. These tires seem to do well in any of the conditions described. However , I have not yet tried them out in very hot temps. I do believe they will do well.

Thanks to all of the Tire Rack people that assisted me with my order.
They are the best people to work with . THANT YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
I am not one to say thank you unless I mean it .
Seriously, Thanks.

 

Yokohama's PARADA Spec-X is a Proven All-Season Performer for Your SUV

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Currently sitting at the top of our survey results in the Street/Sport Truck All-Season category, the Yokohama PARADA Spec-X continues to impress SUV and light truck owners with superior wet and dry traction, as well as a quiet ride. Available in sizes ranging from 17" up to 28" wheel diameters, the PARADA Spec-X has built a strong reputation over its life by using a directional tread pattern and wide center grooves to resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction. Recently, Yokohama added more sizes to provide owners of "modern" muscle cars with confidence in year-round conditions, even light snow. Now, vehicles like the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro can trade their fast wearing Original Equipment tires for extended life and improved comfort.

The range of available sizes means the PARADA Spec-X can be used on a variety of vehicles including:

  • Late-model GM SUVs
  • Cadillac Escalades
  • Chevrolet Suburbans 
  • Acura MDX and RDX
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Mazda CX-9

For more insight on this tire, read our customer reviews to see what drivers are saying about their experience with the Yokohama PARADA Spec-X,

Best Winter Tires for Snow for Crossovers and SUVs

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Crossovers and SUVs are a very popular vehicle segment and are available from smaller vehicles like the Ford Escape and Nissan Murano, to larger SUVs such as the Chevy Suburban and Cadillac Escalade. There are even high performance models like the Porsche Cayenne and Infiniti FX that have acceleration rivaling that of sports cars.  

Most owners of these vehicles aren't buying them primarily for their off-road capability or 0-60 times, but instead for their desire of a balance of utility, comfort and performance. They also want good all-season traction, including during the winter months. To get the most winter traction, the best option is to install a set of winter / snow tires because they provide much better snow and ice traction compared to their all-season counterparts.

Which winter tires are the best for snow and ice traction for your crossover, light truck or SUV? 

 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
 Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter


I would take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 and Pirelli Scorpion Winter. Between the two, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 has better snow and ice traction. Pirelli's Scorpion Winter is a slight step down in snow and ice traction compared to the Blizzak, however it does have better dry road traction and quicker steering response for the days when the roads are dry. These tires aren't just available for SUVs and crossovers, but also make great winter truck tires. 

For more information on the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, read "Winter Truck Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2010 Cadillac STS V6 RWD
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Miles driven on tires: 4,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,500 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2013

Tires hold up well in all conditions

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Owings Mills, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2013

These set of Yokohoma tires are money well spent. Excellent total ride so far. I drove to South Carolina the first week after my purchase and I can say my truck has never road any smoother and quieter!!!!!

 

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

2007 Cadillac Escalade AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 39,000
Location: Stillwater, OK
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 39,000 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2013

This is going to be my third set of these tires, I drive city, country, and off road with this Escalade, I love these tires, I have only one complaint, they do not come close to 65000 mile ability, noise,stability,toughness,and traction all above average, to excellent, Im a commercial Realtor so I use my vehicle daily, in many driving conditions, would I repurchase this tire, yes, absolutely, safety, and noise are my two concerns, this tire is excellent in both areas..I moved from another major manufacturer to Bridgestone, especially the Japanese tires on all three of my other vehicles, their superior products........

 

High Mileage Tire Offering from Michelin

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Michelin, one of the most respected names in the business, has always been a brand that's associated with excellent wear and long treadlife. While the company previously offered the Harmony and HydroEdge with Green X with 80,000-mile or higher treadwear warranties, these products have been consolidated and replaced with the Defender. Like its predecessors, the Defender has been extremely well received in regards to excellent treadlife, low noise and a good ride.

The Defender is available in 38 sizes to fit many of today's passenger cars and light-duty crossover vehicles. It features a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty and has proven itself as a capable all-season option. Currently ranked as the top tire in the Standard Touring All-Season category, the Defender receives high marks in the following areas:

  • Dry Traction
  • Steering Response
  • Ride Comfort
  • Treadwear
  • Hydroplaning Resistance
  • Cornering Stability
  • Wet Traction
  • Noise Comfort

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the Michelin Defender:

"These are the best tires I have ever purchased. They run quiet and have a soft ride. There is no slipping or sliding on turns and they feel like they are glued to the road." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2010 Toyota Prius IV

"Fantastic tire. Definitely the best tire I have ever had. Extremely quiet, stable and a great ride." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Pontiac Vibe

"The Defenders are quiet and have amazing traction in Oregon rain. No hydroplaning and I get 36 mpg on the freeway. They are on our 2009 Toyota Camry XLE. I'm now buying them for our Cadillac! I have never been more pleased with a tire purchase." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Toyota Camry XLE

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2008 Cadillac STS V6 RWD
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Edmonton, AB
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 27, 2013

This Tire, compared to the Pilot HX MXM4 this car came with is Fantastic. The car almost rides like a Cadillac should, close to Novocain Numb. Mind you there is a very small, and I mean very small, loss of steering response. Gas mileage in town is up about 2 mpg. Going from a 50 series to a 55 series with a 1/2 inch increase of sidewall hright probably helps a bit too.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2006 Cadillac SRX AWD V8
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Crescent, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2013

I purchased this tire after speaking with a customer service representative when I asked for a viable option to the factory Michelin Pilot tires. I have been nothing short of delighted with these tires. They have a slightly harder tread compound than the Pilots did they maintain the cornering stability of the Michelins. Overall, I feel that they driver better than the Michelin Pilots and offer a better value due to better treadware and come in at a lower price point. I would enthusiastically recommend that you consider these tires as an excellent performing, outstanding value replacement tire for heavier SUV's that are used on-road.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2010 Cadillac CTS Sedan 3.6L AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Fremont, NE
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
March 08, 2013

I have driven 25,000 miles on these OEM tires. They seem to be wearing pretty well and I should get another 20,000 miles at least. They handle well on dry pavement without too much noise. Some road noise is noted on grooved pavement. Ride is smooth, although the CTS has a pretty firm suspension with the Performance package, so it is a little hard to tell. Wet handling has been good, no white knuckle moments noted. We have had a couple of snows this winter and I have been pleasantly surprised by how well the tires have done on packed snow/ice. I have not driven in deep snow very much due to the low ground clearance of the CTS. AWD certainly helps the traction in this car. Stability at high speeds (85+) is good. I run them inflated to 36 psi all around.