Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2003 Cadillac Escalade AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Seattle, WA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
May 25, 2014

I'm impressed: I raced automobiles, and am sensitive to everything from the engine to tires. Since I wanted the softest, quietest riding tire for the Escalade (opposite of the track), I ended up going with these. They are super quiet, reduced noise by at least 30 per cent and are very comfortable. It is even quieter than when new. Also, the guys at Tru-Line in Bellevue, WA did the best alignment I've seen on any vehicle. Amazing what a difference that makes.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.45
 
 

2000 Cadillac Seville STS
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Miles driven on tires: 55,400
Location: Central Point, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 55,400 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2014

I managed to get over 50,000 miles out of these tires, and they wore very evenly. There is very little siping left once down to just above the wear bars, so wet and ice/snow traction suffers greatly once you are near the end. Dry traction remains great of course. Up to the 40,000 mile mark the tires were great in all conditions, and should be considered the benchmark for all season tires for mid-size sedans. I have ordered a set of Kumho Ecsta PA31 for the next go around, as my Caddy STS just isn't ready to die yet with 159,000 miles. I would recommend these Michelins for those that can afford them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.71

2005 Cadillac STS V8
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: North Adams, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
April 17, 2012

These came with my car. They had no noticeable wear when I got the car, and I drove them for 7,000 miles and they had no noticeable wear. The reason I got rid of these tires was because they hydroplane extremely easily and should not be driven in rain, even the most mild sprinkle is unsafe with these tires. I know I'm far from the only person who has had the problem with these tires.

There was a light sprinkle and I very lightly tapped my gas, I wasn't gunning it or anything and I went across the road and an oncoming car barely had enough time to stop before anybody was killed. I called the local tire shop, ordered winter tires early and had them get rid of these. The Blizzak WS60s that I replaced them with not only were much safer, but were quieter, and rode better. I would assume leave them on the car all year round.

I picked up some Continental ExtremeContact DWs for summer tires, and those too are cheaper and ride much better.

Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere -- it might save your life.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2010 Cadillac CTS-V
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Lake Placid, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 03, 2014

As this is the second set of fronts and third set of rears on my V in 25K miles they are in all ways superior to the PS2s that they replace with exception of ride, as they are a bit harsher than the PS2s but well worth the minor annoyance as they stick and handle better than the PS2s ever did in their short lives.

Best All-Terrain Tire Choices for 275/55R20 Size

Monday, June 30, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Not too long ago, 20-inch tires were rare, exotic and mostly reserved for high-end European SUVs or show vehicles gracing the cover of automobile magazines. Those that were available were ultra high performance tires, often with little to no all-season traction and wore very quickly. This is not the case today. In fact, 20" tires are an option on many popular trucks, SUVs and domestic and import crossovers. 

Of the 20" sizes that are used, one of the most common is 275/55R20. This size is often used on SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Suburban, Ford Expedition and GMC Yukon. Trucks that commonly use this size include the Chevy Silverado, Dodge Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and can even be used with 20" wheels on newer Toyota Tundras. 

A popular misconception is that one can't find more aggressive On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires in this size. This performance category is one of the most effective in snow traction and light off-road capability in a tire that can be used year-round. Many of the best all-terrain tires on the market are available in this size, such as the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar and Michelin LTX A/T 2.   

 Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
 Michelin LTX A/T 2
Michelin LTX
A/T 2


If you're looking for a more street friendly ride and longer wear, I'd suggest the Michelin LTX A/T 2. It compares quite favorably to a long-time favorite that you can learn about by reading, "BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO vs. Michelin LTX A/T 2." For more aggressive snow and off-road traction, consider the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar as your top choice.  

Does your vehicle require a different tire size? Shop by size and view the complete selection available for your vehicle. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2005 Cadillac STS V8
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 16, 2014

I've only had these tires for a week, but wow what a difference! I got this car with the OE Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 and was shocked by it's poor performance. With traction control on in the rain, it was normal to have the car hesitate as the rear tires fought for traction. With TC turned off, well, it was a wild ride indeed. Lots of fun but very dangerous for the inexperienced. Snap oversteer ruled the day. In the dry the Michelins were a little better but still very overwhelmed by the Northstar's torque. I've been itching to try a good set of Extreme Performance or Max Performance tires on this car since I got it but waited until the Michelins were used up. I can say that these DWs have transformed the car. It's rained several times in the past week so I've had several opportunities to try out the wet traction. Where normally with TC off (that's how I drive) I would get severe oversteer with normal throttle application (meaning no aggression whatsoever) on turns with very slick asphault, these Contis just bite like crazy. I have to get very aggressive to induce some slip, and when I let off, they come back into line beautifully.

On the highway, at speeds approaching 70 - 80 mph, there is a little vibration in the steering wheel, especially as the tire comes up to temp. They are noticably more noisy than the Michelins but that's to be expected. Ride comfort is good but the stiffer sidewalls are definitely felt. Not a bad thing in my opinion but conservative buyers should be aware. I read a recent review from a Jetta owner giving these tires a bad review stating that turn-in is poor and that he can feel the sidewalls squirming and the only thing I can think of is that his width is way off compared to his wheel width. There is no reason why the experience he describes would happen with properly matched tire widths.

I'll update later as I get more miles on these tires but so far so great!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour HP

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude Tour HPReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1

2007 Cadillac SRX AWD V8
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Miles driven on tires: 21,000
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 21,000 Miles on Tires
September 01, 2012

Fantastic tire in the wet. Far superior to the OEM Goodyears. Quiet, smooth, and wear well. I expect 45k on these...worth the money.

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
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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
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2014

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

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the 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,