My #FirstCarMoment

Michelin's new campaign has us going down memory lane to the time we got our first car. Whether it was handed down to you by your parents, or you worked a few jobs to earn it, none of us will forget the feeling of owning our first car. I got my first Jeep as a Christmas present back when I was in college and home visiting my parents. It was Christmas morning...  Read More

Track & Comeptition DOT Tires That Should Only Be Used on the Track

Are you looking for more grip than the sticky tire options covered here? Track & Competition DOT tires give you the highest level of grip, but their lighter carcasses, shallower tread depths and gummy compounds also make them too fragile for street use. Street use will also expose them to more heat cycles eventually causing severe drops in grip level. These...  Read More

More Grip for Your 2015 Ford Mustang Fastback GT Performance Pack

As we saw for ourselves at Willow Springs, Ford has done an awewsome job with brand new S550 2015 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack! As you can see in the video, the driver had a great lap, but even the best cars can desire more grip. How about swapping on some custom fit closeout matte graphite 20x10 ET40 Hotckis Y-Sports on Extreme Performance Summer...  Read More

Best Performance Summer Tire Values

Many of us are bargain shoppers. We're always on the lookout to get the most for our dollar. This is the case when it comes to shopping for tires. We want the best tire for the best prices. Take a look at the following options when you're shopping for a new set of tires this summer. Extreme Performance Summer Hankook's Ventus R-S3 (Version 2) has proven to be...  Read More

The Best Tire Choice for Your Mazda 3

As far as options go in the compact car segment, the Mazda 3 offers a competitive package that is more visually pleasing than some of its rivals and is also a fairly pleasurable car to drive. While it certainly will not set any track records, the car has many strengths that make it a popular choice among consumers on the road today. Due to the high...  Read More

Best Tires for the Nissan Altima

If you're the proud owner of a Nissan Altima, you already know that this car has a great combination of sporty handling, interior space and amenities that provide a great value. Whether you have the roomy sedan or the sporty coupe, the type of replacement tires you choose can have a large effect on the handling and ride quality of this car.   Some sporty tires...  Read More

The Quietest and Most Comfortable Tire?

With an unparalleled combination of a silky smooth ride and a noise level to match, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus has charmed its way onto many of our customers' vehicles. At over two million miles reported, the tire has rocketed to the number one position of our survey results. As one of the Tire Rack's test drivers, I wholeheartedly agree. Many...  Read More

New Lightweight Track Wheel from MOTEGI RACING

Anyone who has spent a Saturday at an autocross event or a road course knows that lighter is better. Lighter is especially better when referring to unsprung weight. Unsprung weight is anything not supported by the suspension of your vehicle such as wheels, tires and brakes. As one of the best bang-for-your-buck upgrades, a set of dedicated lightweight...  Read More

The Best All-Season Run-Flat Tire for Your TPMS-Equipped Vehicle

Do you or a spouse travel on business? Maybe you have a child just learning to drive or perhaps leaving for their first year of college. If you do, you certainly want what we all want: for them to be as safe as possible. Bridgestone spent a decade developing a tire for just these types of situations. The DriveGuard is the first run-flat tire designed...  Read More

Sticky Tires for Your Fast Car: Tires You Can Drive on the Road and Take to the Track

Are you ready for autocrossing? Looking to do some lapping days at your local track? Participating in the Silver State Classic in September? Maximize your fun by picking the right tire for your car and the events you're going to run. There are essentially four types of sticky tires you should consider for your days at the track:   Extreme Performance Summer Str...  Read More

One of These Things is Not Like the Other!

Often times, you'll see two different listings for seemingly identical tires, but they have two different prices. What in the world is going on with that? Tire manufacturers will give different part numbers to the same model of tires if the tires have a different sidewall styling, speed rating, load index or O.E. designation. These differences in the tires...  Read More

What Does 'XL' Stand For?

Customers are often curious about the 'XL' designation that they see next to the size of certain tires. Because XL is commonly used as an abbreviation for extra large, many of them think that the XL tire will be a different size. When talking about tires, XL really means extra load. These tires can use higher air pressure to support more weight than a...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport

If you were to check out customer survey results for the top two tires in the Max Performance Summer category, you would find that the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is currently ranked number one. I've used a set on my own vehicle and you can learn about my experience by taking a look at "Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires Installed on My Car." The second...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

I bought these tires for my 2005 Ford Crown Victoria after several winters of getting stuck on a level surface with one inch on snow on it. This car is probably the worst possible vehicle to drive in winter conditions, so I thought it would be a good test vehicle for these tires. So far here in cleveland we have had rain, snow, ice, and slush. These tires...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Tire Rack's delivery was faster than what I was expecting! I've used Tire Rack for years and recommend them several times throughout the year. I live near Akron, Ohio, USA, and have had these Generals for a year now. They're GREAT! I use four of them on an AWD Impreza. I drive in the city, on the highway, and occasionally on grass, dirt, or mud. I have them...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

These Tires are awesome this is the first dedicated snow tire I have ever owned so I have nothing else to compare it to but all the reviews I saw on them convinced me to try them out and I couldn't be happier. I have not been able to get these tires to loose traction on cornering or anything else short of smooth ice but what does grip ice? short of using...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Still running the AT2's I bought in early 2010 for my Honda Pilot. Though nearing the end of their useful life and likely to be replaced this upcoming spring, they still have tread and have never left me disappointed. Road noise has been a bit much on the highway, but never excessive. Deep snow traction has been phenomenal, and I've pulled numerous cars and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Had these tires put on 45 days ago - use my car for business travel, a lot of highway but city and sidestreets. Noticable difference in handling and ride - slight hum that has diminished over the last 500 miles. Tire installer said the tread was aggressive - which I take to mean a slight trade-off on road noise verses traction in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Dynapro HT RH12

I just replaced my aging Michelin tires with this set from tire rack. A week after we had our first snowstorm in northern NJ. The tires handled the snow with no issues. I saw a lot of 4x4 SUVs sliding up one hill by us and I had no issues at all. In the dry the tires are very quiet and the steering response is similar to the Michelins, which were a lot more...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Bought the DWS Conti's for my C5 Corvette based on reviews and I've also had a set on a BMW M3 that I drove year round. They are very,very quiet and they ride much nicer than the OEM run flats. The softer sidewall results in steering response that is not as sharp as summer tires, but once you turn in, the tires grip well and are predictable. Traction is...  Read More