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 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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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.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.78
 
 

2009 Toyota XLE
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Salem, OR
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2013

I switched from Michelin (can't remember the model name)because of the road noise. 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 with the 4-cylinder engine. I'm now buying these for our Cadillac! I have never been more pleased with a tire purchase.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36

2006 Cadillac DTS
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Burlington, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2013

Excellent tires. Wonderful traction, especially on black ice. These Michelins are so good, you need to watch your rear view mirror because other vehicles likely will not be able to brake as well as you can.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated)

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2005 Cadillac CTS
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Miles driven on tires: 5,800
Location: Taylorville, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,800 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2013

Replaced Goodyear triple-tred with Eagle GT and find that this tire exceeds my expectations in all weather. Not a true snow tire so the one time we had heavy snow it was just fair - but got us through w/o trouble. Great tire at very reasonable price..

Ultra High Performance All-Season: Balance of Handling and Treadlife

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Are you a driver who's looking for a high speed rated tire with responsive handling? Would you like these characteristics without also having to purchase a set of dedicated winter tires? Then an Ultra High Performance All-Season tire might be the right option for you.

This class of tires allows for predictable handling at the limit, good amounts of dry traction and several options make excellent all-season performers. Even consumers in warmer climates that don't need an all-season by necessity have found comfort in the longer treadwear that this performance category provides. While mileage expectations will vary, UHP all-season tires typically last about twice as long as dedicated summer tires.

Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS


If this sounds like a category of interest, take a look at the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position and Continental ExtremeContact DWS. The Potenza RE970AS Pole Position is Bridgestone's flagship tire in the category and combines high speed capability with all-season traction for sophisticated sports cars, sport coupes and high performance sedans. A series of circumferential and lateral grooves help pump water and slush through the tire's footprint to enhance hydroplaning resistance, wet road and light snow traction.

Continental's ExtremeContact DWS satisfies year-round driving needs by blending dry and wet road performance with light snow and slush traction. The tire receives high marks in several areas, but really stands out in the light snow and deep snow traction ratings. Compared to the other options in the category, it has really separated itself in winter performance; this is a big reason why the tire is ranked number one in our Tire Survey Results.

As the top two tires rated in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, each receives their fair share of praise:

"These are the best tires I have ever used! It doesn't get any better for an all-season performer. I've never written a review on any product, but I felt that strongly about these tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Jaguar X Type 3.0 V6 Sport (Continental ExtremeContact DWS)

"This tire is so much better than the Original Equipment. They have dramatically improved traction in all conditions with the biggest improvement being in the wet and light snow. I love the improved cornering and braking. If you're like me and consider your tires to be a key safety component on your car, you will appreciate these tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Cadillac STS V8 (Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position)

Special Sale on Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season in 255/40R19

Friday, February 22, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season is a premier Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire. It has continually been ranked in customer surveys and internal tests as a perennial favorite. This eco-friendly option features a quiet and smooth ride, as well as some of the highest marks in wet traction according to "Testing the Newest/Popular Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires".

Scorpion Verde All Season tires mold a silica tread compound into an asymmetric tread design that features an optimized rubber-to-void ratio and uniform contact patch to blend dry road traction and performance with uniform wear. Four wide circumferential grooves displace water to resist hydroplaning and improve wet traction while longitudinal siping for lateral stability on loose surfaces and high-density lateral siping enhance wet and wintertime traction.

 Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season
Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season
 Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season
Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season


The Scorpion Verde All Season is labeled as a Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire because most of the sizes offered cater to mid-size SUVs. However, with many SUVs today being based off of successful car platforms, the tire can go on a wide range of vehicles. I have had many customers use the 255/40R19 on high-end luxury sedans with great success. This would include luxury sedans/wagons like:

  • Audi Allroad
  • Audi A6
  • Audi A8
  • Buick Lacrosse
  • Cadillac CTS Sedan/Wagon
  • Volvo XC70 (Cross Country)

Shop by vehicle to see if the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season is offered for your SUV or luxury sedan and take advantage of the current sales price of $135 per tire in the 255/40R19 size.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Ice & SnowReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88

2008 Mazda CX-7
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
August 21, 2010

Wow, after I have replaced my old Goodyear Eagle RS-A (pretty good OEM tires), i was so surprised by my new Scorpions with its comfort level at first, with very soft and nice ride, and almost no noise in the car. I have Mazda CX-7 and it is a very noisy car itself, Japan cars don't have such good noise isolation as American (let's say Cadillacs or even Chryslers) or German (BMWs or Mercedes's). So comfort level was first and biggest surprise of Pirelli Scorpio Ice&Snow. Then Wet Traction is just superior. I usually drive 85-90 miles per hour in US, i would say always, does not really matter dry, rain or snow (sorry guys, i have no speeding tickets for 16 years, I know how to talk nice to troopers and police, so i am lucky on this side). I am from Europe, so in Germany for example I am driving up to 160-170 MPH (if car allows, usually if BMWs-170MPH, Volvos-160MPH, Opels-156MPH). So with these new Scorpios I would drive up to the its limit with no concerns, even on the wet road. Nice nice tires, probably once of the best I have ever used o my cars. I belive that I have found the best tire for the Mazda CX-7. Will see how it will wear out with time, but as of today I am very happy with these Scorpions.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2001 Cadillac Deville
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Payson, UT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2013

I love these tires. They are quiet and very smooth. I drove them through rain and snow and have been amazed how well they grip and handle. I had a Jaguar that had pirelli's on it and when I saw how affordable these were I grabbed a set. I love to see people react when I tell them I had pirellis installed. These tires are worth it.