Longest-Wearing Z-Rated Performance Tires

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Gary Stanley

What can drivers of sports cars and high performance vehicles with low profile, Z-rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tires do if they want to have longer wearing tires? In the past, the best a driver could hope for, in regards to treadwear, was an option that lasted approximately 20,000 miles. This was the case for so long that it has become a common misconception that all low profile tires or tires with a high speed rating have rapid treadwear. On the contrary, there are options available with long treadwear ratings. Three of the best to consider are the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 and Continental ExtremeContact DWS.  

 Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
 Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2
Hankook Ventus S1
noble2
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3


The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 has the best dry grip and quickest steering response among the three and comes with a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty. Both the Continental ExtremeContact DWS and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 feature 50,000-mile treadwear warranties and perform a little better in light snow conditions compared to the Pilot Sport A/S 3. All three tires are made in a variety of sizes. Now, even drivers of sports cars like the Chevy Corvette and Ford Mustang can find tires with higher treadwear.  

Shop by size to view all options available for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2004 Toyota Camry SE V6
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Miles driven on tires: 60
Location: Oxford, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 60 Miles on Tires
July 29, 2014

Ok, I just got these tires so this is my very initial experience with them. I got them because the Michelin tires on my wife's car had gotten so noisy and wanted something other than Michelin's as the last 2 sets had done the same thing (very noisy after 12K miles. We had more than 12K on both sets of course but had to deal with the noise for a long time. Bad thing is I read the reviews here for the first time a few minutes ago about this tire being noisy so I hope I haven't got into the same situation again. However, driving on these Goodyear's so far has been pleasant and very quiet. They have a soft ride even with the tire pressure at 35lbs here in the North Carolina in July. News flash for some of you. Don't expect any tire to live up to it's warranty. I used to love Michelins but they ain't what they used to be. Oh, those old X-Radial tires were wonderful but not so much the newer styles I've experienced. A couple years ago I picked up a young guy who ran out of gas fresh out of the military. He was heading home up north. His father had worked for Michelin and he told me the same thing, that they weren't what they once were. I don't know that I'm better off buying these yet than with a Michelin but from my past experience I definitely don't think I'm worse off. I'll report again when I have some real miles on them. Good luck in your selection.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.83
 
 

2010 Land Rover Defender
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Miles driven on tires: 47,000
Location: Brisbane, AU
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 47,000 Miles on Tires
July 23, 2014

I love these tyres, mud tyres that can do anything and tuff as nails as well. These tyres have been fitted to my daily driver work truck for 3 years now. So weekdays I drive the stop start of the city traffic carring a reasonable load as a tradesperson. On the weekends we go 4x4ing and often run them at 22psi over all sorts of terrain. On holidays to list just two, have driven a GVM 3.5T truck through 2 deserts for 3 weeks at a time on 15psi. Gone cross country with them, have run over tree stumps, sticks, base ball size rocks at 50m/h, smashed them on corrugated roads for hour upon hour. Cut them badly from incorrect pressures on gibber stone and shale, hours upon hours of black top high speed at gvm, and occasionally had to give me everything they have for emergency braking; and never had a puncture or failing of any sort. I would say I still have 10,000 mile left in them with decent usable off road tread, or an easy 15 500 on the black top. They are getting a noisier the balder they become, but I think all muds are the same. I have them balanced every rotation at 6000 mile and use the 4psi rule with them. A big thumbs up from me.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.25
 
 

2006 BMW M3 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Brunswick, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
July 30, 2014

Bought these to replace my "m" spec'd continentals that I swore lasted at best 8,000 miles. Great tire for dry traction, decent for rain but the tread life on these tires were even worse than the continentals, (7,000 miles) Now it's just the rears I'm talking about the fronts are still at 50%. This car is driven by my wife and is driven very easy so I can't blame the driving style. In the end I bought 2 rears yesterday because I wouldn't buy miss matched tires so I think I'll get another 8,000 out of the fronts and by then these super sports will need replaced again. I do think M3's eat rear tires thou. I'm looking to replace my viper tires soon and will more than likely go with super sports also.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial T/A Spec

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Radial T/A Spec Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2006 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Carver, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
July 18, 2014

I bought these three years ago along with a new set of rims. Shipping from Tirerack was great, and I loved that they came inflated, on the rims. I just slapped them on the car. They handled well, I always felt like they performed great. They are now producing a wumpwumpwump sound at medium speeds, so I'm thinking about replacing them. They still have 3/32" tread, which might not be enough for a Minnesota winter (depending on which kind we get this coming year). I wish I had gotten 60000 miles like some people did. Our driving is probably 1/3 city and 2/3 highway, as 2 of the 3 years we lived out away from heavy traffic. I was initially concerned a little that these were specific tires for Camaros, but when I bought them they had such an awesome price that I couldn't pass them up. Now the price is double what I paid for the first set. Of course I wish I could get the same price again, but I doubt that's going to happen anytime soon. They also look really nice with the rims I got with them. But any other tire is going to have to be a lot cheaper, or have just awesome ratings in order for me to switch to another model. I will say that because these are wider than stock, I was a bit nervous when I was pulling a pop-up camper and the tires were so close to the fender. That duty is now delegated to our pickup truck so that's no longer a concern. Buying both rims and tires from TireRack is so convenient, I wish I could afford to do that every time.