Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.1
 
 

2008 Chrysler 300 DUB Edition
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Miles driven on tires: 4,500
Location: Pickerington, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,500 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2013

I purchased my Continental Extreme Contact DWS in October from Tire Rack and I can honestly say the purchase through Tire Rack and the tires themselves has been the best experience. I have a 2008 Chrysler 300 limited DUB Edition which I honestly love. As mch as I love my car , which will be classic someday , it is rear wheel drive with all chrome wheels that only will allow performance tires . By the way I live in snowy Columbus, Ohio. Last winter was "dangerous " riding on my Goodyear RSA's. Like many of you reading this review with the winter coming and remembering my fear last winter everytime it snowed , I started looking for an all season tire that was best in the snow in August. After reading many reviews on many sites, though they were the most expensive, I narrowed my purchase down to the Michelen Primacy MXV4 and the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. I made my decision in October. The experience at Tire Rack was so painless that I ordered the tires on a Friday and had them installed on a Saturday at a Tire Dealer less than a mile from my house. Here is the best part, the 1st snow in Columbus hit the 1st week of December , 6 inches the 1st day and 5 the next day. If this had been a year ago , I would stayed home and never left the garage. However, this year, I was absoultely amazed at how good the ttraction is for a rear wheel drive car in the snow. The difference is day and night . The fear of "snow is gone, thanks to these tires. The ride is smooth and amazingly quiet and the braking and driving on wet payment is firm and compliant. These tires were expensive and my only negative thing to say about them is that when it is cold they seem like they weigh alot and steering is sluggish until they warm up. If you have a rear wheel drive car and live in a snowy climate, and want a quiet ride, and good traction without compromising performance these are the tires for you. I am more than pleased and will definitely buy these again from Tire Rack again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2010 Mazda Mazda5
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Sheboygan, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2013

After replacing the factory Toyo's with only 26k with Yoko's now 10k dealer recomended tire. Now running blizzaks for winter.These tires are amazing... If you are looking for a witer tire because your car ----s in snow, look no further!!! Maby I'm in shock because my Yoko's ----ed sooo bad. I'm not a review kind of guy, but thought I share anyway .Also noticed there are 5 or 6 other Mazda 5's in my area running the same combo.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL Edition Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2011 Dodge Durango
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Miles driven on tires: 25,600
Location: South Plainfield, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,600 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2013

Tires gave me a lot of problems from day 1 when I bought the car. There was impossible to drive this car on highways with speeds 70 mph and up ** 350 miles on it , these tires were putting my Durango in so much vibrations that I had a feeling that car is going to faul apart ** dealer could not replaced them for any other brand so he was just trying balanced them. After balancing all set 5 times ( 3000 miles on tires) let say he finally did it I decided to keep them on but I am not driving faster then 80mph on highways. Overall it is decent tire , good handling and braking in 6" of snow, good wet traction, good dry traction. Over 25000 miles on this set and lots of tread left but I am sorry Goodyear I can not wait to switch to Michelins or Continentals.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision TouringReviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Altoona, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2013

First of all, I ordered these on the 15th, and received them at my front door on the 16th!
Keep in mind, this was through UPS standard shipping. Completely blew my mind.
Granted, I haven't put many miles on this set, but I can say that they are a definite improvement from the stock Michelins that came on the car when we bought it new from the dealer.
Excellent traction, and extremely quiet tires.
This is my first time buying tires online, and will not be my last!
I'd strongly recommend them to anyone interested in a good quality tire at a great price point.
I shopped around town for quite some time and these exact tires ranged anywhere from 700.00-500.00, and that's without installation.
I took them to a local installation center, and for less than $50.00, they recycled my old tires, and mounted, balanced, and installed them for me.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude Tour Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.36
 
 

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Miles driven on tires: 23,000
Location: Danbury, CT
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 23,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2013

WARNING: These tires came as original equipment on my 2011 Jeep Grang Cherokee with proper maintainance and tire pressure, I only got 23000 miles from these tires. Completely worn out. When i caontacted the dealer they said that this was uncommon and that on similar cars the tires wore out as soon as 12000 miles!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.20

2010 Volkswagen CC
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2013

So I have this tire only for 500 miles, but I am writing initial review. Later, after several thousands miles I will do follow-up.
These tires are replacing horrible Kumho Ecsta Platinum LX tires I had on VW CC since I bought a car. Those were installed by dealer, so I thought, OK I will drive them untill I wear them out. What a mistake. After 12,000 miles two tires developed flat spots, started to coup, became extremely noisy. Anyway, after some 18,000 miles, of which 6,000 were pure torture, I decided that it was enough.
I got these Pilot Super Sport because I wanted summer tires, which is appropriate for European vehicle. In Europe, from where I am coming, cars come with summer tires not all season tires, and then in winter we switch to winter tires. Here in the U.S. it seems most of the people for some reason love all season tires.
Anyway, Michellin's were drastic improvement. I could feel improvement immediately in handling and braking. Improvement in handling was drastic, but in braking was amazing. The brake pedal now feels stiff, no changes in stiffness during driving like with Kumho's. Since I got Pilot Super Sport, ABS did not activate at all for now, although I drive spirited. Hard accelerations do not result anymore in spinning for no reason, and ride, oh well, it does not seem like I am driving any more on four rolling rocks.
I will do follow-up after 5,000, 10,000 and later. So far, they live up to their reputation.
Here in Southern California there are few rainy days, so I cannot say anything yet on the wet performance, but I believe it will be equally impressive.
If you plan to buy new performance tires, do no look further then Pilot Super Sport!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, February 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Doylestown, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2013

Drove in my second snow storm first one was with Nexen "all season" tires that the dealer put on and all I can say is I almost crashed at least 5 times. Abs constantly kicking on and sliding all over the place. Second snow storm with the Michelins on. Well phrases like glued to the road and amazing came to mind. These tires are the most amazing snow tires I have ever driven. They make my Tiguan into a snow beast! This car is used by my son and daughter primarily and i now feel 100%better about them being out with snow and ice. Total confidence and a very worthwhile investment! Thanks to tire rack for making it easy and fast shipping!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.27
 
 

2007 Chevrolet Impala LT Sedan 3.9L V6 Engine
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Toledo, OH
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2013

I negotiated a new set of tires from the dealer that I bought my car from tires as part of the deal to buy the car I knew nothing about the tires but I figured that they were not going to be the greatest given what I had to go through to get him to buy them. When I asked the service advisor were they any good he assured me that they were even after I offered to pay the difference in price between those and a better set. I have had these for 2.5 Ohio winters (luckily last winters was very mild) and they are horrible in snow and ice my traction control light is always coming on when I accelerate from stop and the tires are always spinning and struggling to gain traction on pavement driving and stopping on light snow is very tricky and almost impossible in heavy snow in the summer on dry pavement they are great but anything else they are unacceptable from a safety standpoint. I bought a set of Goodyear Weatherhandlers for my previous 2002 Impala and they were great and I was looking to purchase another set before I did some research and found out about the Michelin Defenders and I am looking to purchase a set within the next few weeks (hopefully before the next snowfall) If you can help it spend more money if you live in a rainy or snowy area (unless you are a thrill seeker) you will be happy that you did.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek Touring A/S

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Grandtrek Touring A/SReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6

2013 Lexus RX 350
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Union City, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2013

I got my RX350 for 2 months and the cars originally came with Michelin Latitude Tour HP. However, Michelins are just too stiff and whenever the car hits the bump, it is like a concrete tire hitting a solid bump and shock just sent straight to my neck.

Dealer agreed to swap Dunlops from one of their 2013 RX loaner to mine. Ride comfort difference is immediately noticed. Bumps are softened and no more harsh shock to my neck.

3rd gen RX suspension is stiffer than 2nd gen for sure and I still feel bumps. But with Dunlops, ride is softened well over bumps even on bad San Francisco roads. Road noise is louder than Michelins but it is still ok. Steering feel a bit less responsive than Michelins. However, ride comfort is my top priority. Will buy again if these tires can last 40K miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax ArcticReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.4

2007 Infiniti G35X Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2013

This tire would not balance on my car...period!!
The dealer had to use 24 & 26lb weights (which is unheard of) and they still wouldn't balance. I don't know how many people had the same issue, but i definetly wouldn't reccommend them for the G35x.

Infiniti owners, save yourself the trouble and get bridgestone blizzaks.
They're not as soft as the generals and handle better as a result.
They also seem to have better quality control!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy MXV4 PlusReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67

2011 Buick Lucerne
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Miles driven on tires: 39,000
Location: Yates Center, KS
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 39,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2012

These were the O.E.M tires on our Lucrene when we purchased it at 23k miles. My wife has driven it for seven months and has put about 16k additional miles on it, so these tires have 39k miles on them. The car developed a tremor when driving and we took it to the dealer and one of the tires had gone bad, and we were told that all the tires were almost down to the wear indicators and would need replaced soon. The tires drove really well, and the ride was very quiet. Because of the drought it never was driven in heavy rain or snow, so no opinions were given on those types of driving. Gave a below average on tread wear since they wore out before the 45K mile rating. We replaced them with the Michelin Primacy MXV4 because of the ratings they received on the TireRack Consumer Survey Results and their longer tread life warranty.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Mobile, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
December 12, 2012

I bought these tires last week to replace GoodYear F1 (steel belted showing). I bought this car a couple of months ago. The F1 was at the end of their life, so I can't comment on those. The Continental traction is great for everyday driving and accelerating. Handling is awesome even on wet roads. I can't comment on snow because we rarely get snow. It is probably in the 40's now and I raced a Trans Am red light to red light, easily taking him. The traction was great if you don't dump the clutch or drop the hammer. 540 HP at the wheel and something it gotta give. The second round with the Trans Am. I come to a stop because of traffic and he changes lanes. So he gets the jump coming around me. So I dump the clutch and drop the hammer. My brand new Continental extreme contact start spinning, the back end start fish tailing and then it hooks up and lauches me. These are great all around tires for everyday driving. I'm not a track driver but I enjoy the occasional street race. It is evident to me that I require two set of tires. These for everyday travel and a set for road racing. I will look to purchase a set of 555's and rimes for the rear. The supercharger is a beast and so far nothing has fully hooked up. If it ever does this thing will lauch into outer space. I have a stock set of SVT rimes, so no one carries a road racing tire in 19in rimes. I hope this helps your choice on purchasing these tires. Tire Rack purchase was flawless. I highly recommend tire rack and I search for two weeks on line before purchasing my tires from tire rack. Several places advertise no shipping but when you compare prices that is a false statement. My tires arrived in two days with standard shipping. These guys are awesome, even the local tire dealers recommend tire rack. They can't come close to touching these prices.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.64
 
 

2006 Hyundai Azera Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Bloomdale, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
December 31, 2012

I read the reviews and made the decision to purchase the Kumho Ecsta 4x tires. They have been a good tire not great, but good. I don't drive fast, race rallies, or abuse tires, but the wear on these tires is very, very, excessive. After 17,000 miles I'm down to the wear bars on two of my four. According to the tire dealer it was my fault that I did not rotate the tires at the specified 5,000 mile interval. I waited a bit to long and did a rotation at 11,000 miles. Still I have never seen a tire wear this excessively just because I missed a rotation. They have worn evenly because of having the car aligned when they were rotated. Would I recommend these tires to someone, probably not. And since I failed to rotate the tires at the required 5,000 mile interval, the Kumho warranty does not apply. My fault, but in my opinion the tires should of lasted much longer than 17,000 miles, they are a 40,000 mile tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LE Sport

Monday, January 14, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta LE SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2000 Mercedes-Benz E55
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Southeast, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 01, 2013

Ok, this is a follow-up review of the tire since I have approximately 10k on them now.
This tire has, so far, been great. Int he 10k that I've have had them, I have only had to get them rebalanced once, even then, the vibe was barely noticeable and only at higher speed (70+).

Dry traction: Great. The tire is very responsive with no real surprises. I can blast through some 90 degree corners full throttle exit and the car doesn't miss a beat; doesn't slide, doesn't shimmy or anything. Straight line acceleration could be a bit better, however, with my rear tires being at -2.0° camber, it's no surprise that it doesn't hook the greatest.
Dry braking is excellent. These tires make it stop on a dime (be mindful of the people behind you so you don't get rear-ended).

Wet: Still very good. Wet driving is very good. The tire instill confidence that you're very well adhered to the road. Wet braking is as good as dry, which was very surprising. Wet cornering is predictable. I don't drive spirited when wet so there were no surprises with these tires. Straightline acceleration is as it was before, with less than half throttle, traction control freaks out until I let off. So no change there.
Hydroplaning resistance is also great, went through a torrential downpour didn't slide at all.

Wear: with approximately 10k on these, there really isn't much wear to speak of (I had the car aligned right after getting the tires). Still more than 70% tread left. I'm getting some slight chopping on the fronts, but that's from the piss-poor dealer alignment (had to take it back 5 times and it's still not right).
People that are getting really poor treadwear from these tires either (1)driving on underinflated tires, or (2)didn't align their car after getting new tires or (3)both.

Snow and ice: Got "caught" coming home in some light snow and ice. Don't even think of driving on the snow with these. No traction whatsoever. Although, there didn't seem to be any problems on ice.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Monday, January 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin DefenderReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75

2008 Honda CRV EX-L
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Hewlett, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
November 30, 2012

I bought my 2008 CR-V as a certified preowned car from my Honda dealer in 2011. It was in mint condition, had every possible option, and only 23,000 miles on it. HOWEVER, it had those ---awful Bridgestone Duelers that my '97 CV-R came with when I bought it brand new. My mechanic, who checked it out before I bought it, noticed that it had two different models on the front and back. The front tires were pretty much brand new and the back at about half life. I couldn't wait to get them off my car! They handled ok, but were noisy and the ride was so-so, on the rough side. I noticed the car would make a wooo wooo sound when driving and had the dealer check it out, but found nothing wrong with the bearings, axle, brakes, etc, so figure it was the tires. The older tires were getting pretty bad, starting to crack, etc and I HAD TO get new ones. I looked for months at this tire and that tire, getting rave reviews on the one hand and horrible reviews on the other. Finally I found these with nothing other than pretty much great reviews. I realize they are a fairly new model and there aren't any reviews with more than just a few thousand miles on them, but I thought I'd give them a go anyway. I love them so far. Very quiet and very smooth riding, in particular on asphalt. I feel like I'm riding on a cloud. They handle very well and I was just able to drive on them in a nice rainstorm, even deliberately going through a big puddle and they were great! I got them just after our small snowstorm, therefore can't say how they'd handle snow. So admittedly, this is a "first impression" review, on only a couple of hundred miles of driving, but so far, so good. I'm anxious to see how I feel after many thousands of miles of driving on them, and feel pretty confident I'll still be a happy camper. Only time will tell.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact SSR

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact SSRReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.36

2009 Mini Cooper
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Miles driven on tires: 48,000
Location: Springfield, MO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 48,000 Miles on Tires
December 23, 2012

I was getting the Mini's annual check-up, oil change, etc., when the Mini dealer asked me if I'd like to go ahead and replace 4 tires. His exact words were, "It's time for your third set of tires." The car at the time had about 39k on it, and it was my first set - the garage manager was stunned. He didn't believe me asking again if I had every changed the tires - no. This is the first set and they have life left in them. I bought my own torque wrench and socket and rotate them myself about every 5k or so. Frankly it makes it easier to clean the wheels. Driving for us is average around town with about 4 or 5 1,500 mile highway trips tossed in. We don't drive agressively and don't do curvey roads more than usual. ONE NOTE: One of the tires has suffered three flats, all puncture wounds, all debris from road including one object that was literally 1/4" square. All three times I was able to have tired repaired with no issues. here's the kicker - all three punctures were within 5 inches of each other on the SAME tire over about 15 months' time. I wish my luck were that good on the lottery.

It's now time to buy again and my wife said, "Why wouldn't you buy these tires?" I guess that settles it. I'm very pleased.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama S.drive

Monday, December 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama S.drive Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57
 
 

2002 Mazda Miata LS
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Montgomery, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 22, 2012

I ordered these tires on 12/12 and the were delivered to the local Goodyear dealer on 12/14, as promised (they have an excellent relationship with Tirerack). I had to have all weather tires since this is my daily driver and living in the South we get quick, short notice rain showers, especially in the warm months (10/12 months). This car weighs 2500 lbs...there in NOTHING that will keep it from hydroplaning; you just have to slow down. I looked for weeks at LOTSA tires and tire reviews. On paper, the Yokohamas were the best, by far. Well, they are better than expected. When these wear out I will buy another set! Graet tires, great service, great price ($600;
ordered/installed/lifetime B/R).

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105

Monday, December 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75

2008 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Lawrenceville, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2011

These came on my certified pre-owned Audi A4. The dealer installed them prior to delivery. Maybe it's the Quattro system on my car, but I had zero trouble driving on inch-thick ice and snow at moderate highway speeds (50 mph). I was very surprised at this, as these tires do not make obvious claims about being good in snow/ice by the way the tread pattern was designed. They were a little noisy when brand-new, but they seem to have gotten quieter and smoother after initial break-in. I think a set of Continental ExtremeContact DWS will be in order next time around. I had those on my old BMW and they were AMAZING, but I would not be opposed to having these Hankooks again. I already have a giant screw in one, so it's likely ruined. I recommend road hazard tire coverage if you live in Atlanta, lots of rubbish in the roads here.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Signature CS

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Signature CSReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2010 Honda CR-V EX
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Miles driven on tires: 25
Location: DC Metro, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25 Miles on Tires
October 31, 2012

Less than 50 miles, too soon to provide any meaningful rating so will update as we accumulate mileage. But this is to provide a history, and no better place to start than at beginning.

About 12k mi/year, combined DC Metro beltway & city. My wife & toddler's car.

Day after hurricane Sandy...less than thrilled with wet traction on the OEM Bridgestone Duelers and replaced at 32K. Planned on getting new rubber anyway before winter arrives.

Came to tirerack.com first and reviewed and filtered and sorted everything out. Tire dealer didn't have my first choice (Goodyear Tripletreds) in stock so, like an impatient customer, went with second choice: Dunlop Signature CS. We immediately feel huge improvement in wet grip during constant rain. It's like night and day, however it is compared to poor factory OEMs. But already feel more confident.

Will update at meaningful intervals. Thank you.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity PlusReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12

2013 Subaru Legacy Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Binghamton, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
December 03, 2012

Stock tires on 2010-13 Subaru Legacy with 17" alloy wheels are the Turanza EL400-02. They were reasonably acceptable on my 2010 Limited model, however, for 2013, the Legacy's suspension was tightened up to decrease body roll by 40%, resulting in an ultra-stiff & harsh ride except on only the smoothest of roads. The base model with 205/60/16 tires isn't as harsh but the 17" 50 series tires on the Premium & Limited models pick up an excessive & unacceptable amt of road feel & roughness. After several trips to the dealer & mucho correspondence with Subaru of America, I decided, at only 3K miles, to take them off and replace them with the new Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tires. The difference was amazing - the vehicle is transformed - I've lost only a minimal amt handling compared to the stock EL400 & the car still handles way better than comparable '13 Altima, Accord, Camry, Sonata & Optima - all of which I test drove, the Serenity Plus tires are not only quieter but most importantly take the edge of the feeling of getting your teeth knocked out at every expansion joint or patch in the road for a smoother more comfortable ride. Never in my 53 years have I ever had a new set of tires in the same size make such a positive and profound difference in a vehicle. If you're unhappy with the ride of your 2013 Legacy - I highly recommend the switch, you won't go wrong. Haven't rated them for snow yet, but wanted to get this up asap in case anyone's been as frustrated as I have been with the 2013 suspension changes. If you have a similar mid-size car like those mentioned previously with low profile tires - my guess is that you'd be even more satisfied with upgrading to the Serenity Plus - as many previous Michelin owners here on this blog have attested to.