Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.64
 
 

2011 Toyota Camry
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Blakeslee, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
September 20, 2013

Okay, I am not into the rogue specifics of tires as I am not a mechanic nor car expert, just a commuting, high-mileage, everyday driver. I purchased these as a part of a closeout deal and the Turanzas I wanted were not in stock. Before purchasing, I read reviews online and found more good comments than bad - I simply should've listened. I drive an everage of 45k miles annually; therefore, I get considerable use out of my tires. These tires are extremely and uncomfortably loud (I did not recognize what a loud tire was until I had these). I am not impressed with their performance on wet roads and definitely not in the snow. I've had them for about 8 months and they are already cupping and showing signs of uneven wear. My car shimmies when braking from high speed. I was told I needed new struts (although they are not leaking), but I believe it is these horrible tires contributing to their own wear. They have been rotated at least 3 times since purchase. I see now why they were discontinued..Pure garbage! Now I have to purchase new tires and these will barely be a year old.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2001 Lexus IS300
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Kansas City, KS
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

I bought this set after reading reviews online and was more geared towards reliability. After getting them installed, I could tell right away how much quieter, responsiveness, and clean (with a notable brand name) looking this set is. I haven't put that much time on these tires and the weather here in KS is pretty unpredictable. I will always have backup tools and stuff for crazy snow/ice days but just to make it home with these tires will boost my confidence. I will re-evaluate again after having some time behind the wheel and going to places where I can really get on them without fear of slipping on ice/snow. It's like driving a new car almost since the tread noise has made it really quiet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67

2001 Ford Escape 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 46,000
Location: Phoenixville, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 46,000 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2013

I bought four of these tires in November 2010. At the time, I didn't know how many more times our Escape would be able to pass inspection. I'd had great results with Michelin Cross Terrains, but didn't want to spend the extra money that Michelins would cost.
The Generals worked very well for us. We drive on the "spirited" side, with a pretty even mix of interstates, back roads and city streets, and occasional gravel roads and farm fields. Traction, steering, handling, braking, noise, everything has always been excellent. The tires always responded predictably, with no significant decrease in performance as they aged.
Three years later, the Generals are almost done, but they still have some useful life left, maybe another 5,000 miles. I had them out twice recently in significant snowstorms, and felt safer and more secure with them than with the newer all-seasons on my rental car. Part of that is the nature of the two vehicles (Escape 4WD vs. Toyota Camry FWD), but even with traction control and the other 2012 technology the Camry has, the Escape (and its older tires) still felt safer.
I would probably buy another set if we were keeping the Escape. For the money, I don't know of a comparable tire that would work better for this vehicle than the Generals. If money were no object, I might consider the Michelin LTX M/S 2. I had an older generation of this tire on my pickup years ago; they were tremendous, and I understand the newer generation is even better. But they are pricey, about $180 each for the Michelins in the Escape size, vs. $100 or so for the Generals.
Tire Rack is my number one source for tire information, and my number one choice when it's time to buy. Their prices are competitive, I love their test reports, and the surveys and reviews are the most comprehensive I've ever seen. When I have questions, their representatives always come through. I don't even consider any other online tire suppliers, there's no need when Tire Rack does such a nice job.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2008 Honda CRV LX
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Towaco, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2014

The perfect winter tire. I replaced my all-seasons with a set of these and now I can drive with confidence in the snow. I researched snow tires to death before I decided on these and it was a great decision. When I'm buying tires I spend almost too much time researching online because of the high expense and I want the best for my money. You cant beat the price for the performance. I priced out local shops for 17" tires for my CRV and I ended up saving money by downsizing the wheel to a 16"and going with a rim/wheel combo from tire rack. So far the performance is perfect given the limits of my FWD car. Driving up steep hills with these in FWD will still spin your tires but I can at least pass people that don't obviously have winter tires. My biggest concern with snow and ice driving is cornering and BRAKING! Last week I had to brake hard at a stop light on snow and the ABS didnt even activate. The tires did their job. On the cornering, I still use great caution but I have not had any problems with these so far. If your trying to decide on which snow tire is better than the other and are stuck on a few different brands, stop wasting your time and but the Arctic's!.

 

Tire Testing is Underway

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Tire testing is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job. It's also a big part of what sets Tire Rack apart from other online retailers. While we can't drive every tire on the market, we make an effort to drive as many of the leading tires as possible in each market category.

When you call Tire Rack to purchase your tires, you'll speak with an expert who has a wealth of experience driving on a wide variety of tires.

Every couple of weeks, while the weather is nice, we take four identical cars, mount each one with a different tire, and run back-to-back testing on both the road and track. Road testing allows us to sample ride quality and noise characteristics while experiencing handling characteristics relevant to everyday driving. Since the testing is on public roads, we drive at moderate speeds and do not test the limits of the tires' capability.

After road testing, we move on to the more exciting segment of the test: the track evaluation. Hot lapping in wet or dry conditions on our test track pushes the tires to their limits and is especially valuable for enthusiast-oriented tires.

All of our sales specialists take part in the driving portions of testing, while a few members of our tire information team handle the instrumented testing to measure braking distances on wet and dry surfaces. Look for our latest test results as soon as they are ready. We have results pending for the Grand Touring All-Season and Extreme Performance Summer category that should be going live in the next few weeks.

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

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2009 Scion xD
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Puyallup, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
April 24, 2013

After reading online about another Scion XD owner getting the Pirelli P7 Plus in 215/55/16 I decided to try them out. WOW! What an incredibly smooth, and well handling tire. My little Scion no longer feels bouncy, or harsh over bad roads. I glide down the road with precision steering control. A much appreciated change in my cars handling, and ride comfort. And, I too, really like the look of the 215/55 w/Motegi wheels on my XD.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88
 
 

2009 Volvo C70 T5
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Annapolis, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
March 19, 2013

After having Pirelli's on my Volvo C70 that were horrible, I am exceedingly pleased with the MXM4's. The car rides like a new vehicle. Great control on wet roads with a crisp and comfy ride on dry. Very quiet too. My husband did not like to drive the car before because the Pirelli's were a rough ride. Now he loves my car! Cannot recommend these tires enough - 5 Stars! Complements also to Tire Rack as the service online and over the phone was superb. Second time happy customer that will be back!

 

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 Pilot Alpin PA4

Monday, February 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73

2012 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Manhasset, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2013

I cannot believe there are no reviews on this tire anywhere online!

When I was searching for winter tires for my M3 I really wanted a tire that would get me through light or heavy snow, but with a strong emphasis on not sacrificing dry cold conditions.

I was tempted to go with a Blizzak LM-60, but there were a few reasons I decided not to.
1. The factory recommended tire for the M3 is a Pilot Alpin 3 (since 2008), this could be considered the newest update, so that held some weight.
2. I could not break myself away from the fact that the PA4 is V speed rated and the Blizzak H rated. Am I going to drive 150 in the snow? no I am not... but the Pilot Alpin is designed for speed, so that has to trickle down for every day driving performance.
3. I also like the Assymetrical design of the tire and the snow sipes which are angled (most likely for snow turning performance, and I feel this really helps the snow grip performance when turning.

The size I chose was 245/40 r 18 which I decided because I wanted to have the exact same size front as the summer setup. The factory recommends 235 but this has not at all been an issue.

The PA4 is wider than other 245 tires by just a few mm's according to the specs.
I mounted them square on 4 identical 9.5 inch wide wheels for rotation purposes, and there is enough side wall tire that the wheel is not sticking out.

They drive safely in ice/snow and grip well, but have a tremendous amount of grip in the cold dry, and do not at all feel like they sacrifice steering response or grip from the factory summer sport michelins. (when driving in the cold)

I chose the Michelins PA4 over the LM-60 because to me COLD dry and wet driving performance is more important and actually measurable to me. Face it, if the snow gets deep enough eventually any low car is going to get stuck, so for just a few inches of snow a few times a year, why give up all of that FUN dry grip performance?

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZPReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5

2007 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Land O Lakes, Fl
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
June 21, 2012

What a difference! I had a missed matched pair of Dunlops on the front and Nittos on the back when I bought the car used a year ago. Road noise is down at least 50% although the Z51 package does not help matters which is fine with me. Straight line traction and braking is fantastic. Cornering is predictable and grip is light-years better than the junk that was on the car. This is my fifth Corvette,I had a '62,'64,'70, and 84 previously. I am now realizing what a C6 can really do with the proper tires. Doing business with Tire Rack was fantastic, the tires were shipped the same day I ordered them online, and the shop had them the next day. Follow up tracking was great. I shopped these tires for months and Tire Racks comparisons and reviews were the best in making my decision.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2

2005 Honda Pilot EX
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Dallas, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
June 18, 2012

Bought a used 05 Honda Pilot 6 months ago that had Goodyear Integrity tires (OEM specs). Everywhere on the internet these tires are rated very poorly. So even though these had about 5 - 10 k tread remaining I decided to get new tires. I was torn between the Michelin LTX M/S2, Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season. There were not enough reviews on Tirerack.com for the Continental and Pirelli tires - hence it looked like Michelins the most trustworthy choice to make.

Shopped around for prices and finally got - what I consider a very good deal (one local chain shop did a price match with an online seller)- and had the tires installed 2 days ago. I could not believe the difference - it was like night and day. The steering suddenly became sooo... much lighter. The car used to pull to the right with no uneven wear on the tires. I had gotten the tires rotated to try to fix this but that didn't help. With these new Michelins that problem suddenly vanished and I feel that I am driving a totally different vehicle.

Tire noise has been a revelation - in the sense that it almost does not exist. Only now do I realize how horrible was the tire noise in the old GY tires. I also find myself using a lighter foot on the gas. It's too early to tell but I am confident that I will be getting a little better mileage with these tires.

Will come back and update this review (or write another one) after I have had these tires for longer.

Regards
Sanjay

Information About Rebates and Promotions

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Tire manufacturers often use rebates to help attract buyers to their brand. Tire Rack participates in these special offers when possible. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive regarding rebates and promotions:

Q: Does the tire I want have a rebate available? Products that have a rebate or special offer will generally be noted right on the screen when you're viewing the product's price. If you want to see an overview of current promotions, see our special offers page.

Q: Is the dollar amount of the rebate for a set? Or for each tire? The rebates generally apply to a set of four tires. In most cases, if you qualify for a $50 rebate, this would mean you'd receive a Reward Card valued at $50 by mail-in rebate.

Q: I have different sizes on the front and rear of my car, does that still count as a set of four? Yes, it does. As long as the four tires are the same model and for the same vehicle, they count as a set of four.

Q: I reside outside the United States, do rebates still apply to me? Most rebates apply to U.S. residents only, as determined by your billing (not shipping) address. APO addresses are generally considered part of the U.S. Check the official terms and conditions page of the offer for specific details.

Q: I bought two tires last year and want to buy two more now. Does that count as a set of four? The four tires must be purchased during the current rebate period to qualify.

Q: There is a rebate on my tires, but the price in the cart is the regular price. What is going on? Most of the tire makers have mail-in rebates. After you order, watch your mailbox. You should receive the rebate form in about 1-2 weeks. Fill it out and submit it to receive the advertised offer.

Q: If I buy more than one set, do I get more than one rebate? It depends on the terms and conditions set by the manufacturer. Make sure to read them carefully if considering multiple sets to determine your eligibility. We make all of the terms and conditions available online.

For more information on special offers and promotions, visit our FAQ section.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Thursday, May 31, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.22

2005 Ford Focus ZX5
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Edmonton, AB
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 23, 2012

Bought these to replace my OE Pirelli P6 All Seasons. The new set of Kumho Ecsta 4X (+1 size) is terrific - a clear step up from the Pirelli's in nearly every regard. They're a bit of a harder ride (might be due to the +1), but the dry traction is spectacular and the steering response is exceptional. Excellent on-centre feel and great communication through the wheel.

The Ecsta 4X is quiet on smooth pavement but on poor roads, not so much.

We had a bit of a late snowstorm last April, a couple weeks after I had the tires mounted (I use dedicated winter tires here in Alberta). The Ecsta 4X's highly asymmetric tread seems to contribute to poor cornering on snow/ice, although straight line traction (including braking) is acceptable for an all-season tire. I definitely would not recommend this tire for use year-round in Canada or the regions with serious winter conditions.

Probably the best thing about the Ecsta 4X is the price. Far cheaper than my car's OE tire, despite being clearly better. Ordered online from Canada, the shipping and other non-product fees constituted about 1/3 of the total price but still far cheaper than buying locally. Great deal, Tire Rack!

Bilstein versus KONI Shocks

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Gary Stanley

As many sports cars have been coming out of storage and back into their summer wheel and tire set-ups, I've been getting a lot of inquiries about replacement performance shocks. Shocks play a vital role in a vehicle's handling characteristics. Replacing worn shocks with a new set of performance shocks not only will increase handling, but also improve the responsiveness and shorten braking distances.

Looking at the options offered by KONI and Bilstein is a good place to start your search. With lifetime warranties offered and decades of producing durable and rugged shocks, you'll be very excited with the performance they bring your vehicle.

While both brands produce great products, KONI's shocks have the added benefit of a product that's adjustable for rebound. Stiffer settings mean more responsive handling, while softer settings give a smoother and more comfortable ride. This allows the enthusiast to tune the shock to their personal preference in regards to this compromise.

And if new tires are also needed, take a look at all our special offers available.

If you're looking to buy shock absorbers online, be sure to shop by vehicle.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6

2003 BMW X5 3.0i
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Miles driven on tires: 20
Location: Folsom, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20 Miles on Tires
March 31, 2010

Just put these on my 2003 X5 3.0 Sport this morning. Took them out for adrive to get a feel for them having come off of Michelin Latitude Tour HPs. I ran the Latitude's for 42k miles which is high for this tire on the X5 (negative camber kills inside treads).



While early, the difference between the Latitude and Envigor is, the Michelin has a slightly softer sidewall giving a more supple ride whole the Envigor has a slightly stiffer feel. Turning is super easy on the Envigor and you can easily feel the tread set in a full turn while accelerating.



On bumps, again the Envigos is slightly more stout while the Latitudes has a little more cushion. Having the Sport suspension on the X5 I am okay with this difference as it does not make the ride uncomfortable or harsh.



Braking grip feel good, very similar the Latitudes. Acceleration felt normal, good grip and no squealing or slippage.



I bought the Envigor base upon what I was reading online about the tire and it abilities. For $100 less per tire than the Latitude's I believe Yokohama is delivering high value to the market with the Envigor.



Being a business person, one can assume that 30% the cost of a product is advertising expense. So with the Latitude costing around $260 per tire for my car, that means $75 per tire can be advertising which means the value proposition difference between the Latitudes and Envigors is pretty close.



Overall, with such a short ownership experience to date, I am happy with my initial impression and will report back over time. If I get another 42k miles from these Envigors I will consider my choice fabulous as I saved over $300 choosing the Yokohama Envigors over the Michelin Latitude Tour HPs.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

1996 Volvo 850 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: AUSTRALIA, XX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2012

I purchased these mostly to take advantage of the strong Aussie dollar and also because my tyre size is a bit uncommon here and subsequently choice is less and cost is more.
In the end bought a superior tyre online for less than an average one from a shop. Shipping was pretty expensive I thought but that's the norm it seems buying online from the states. On the plus side,the tyres were dispatched and landed down under in just a couple of days which I thought was pretty impressive.
I wouldn't call myself an aggressive driver but still, don't mind throwing it about a few corners (we've all got our faves don't we)on the odd occasion.
The tyres have worn pretty well which I would attribute to getting a dynamic wheel alignment following fitting as advised by my mechanic. Grip, cornering and wet performance are excellent and they coped with 1 in 100 year rain event we had at Christmas time wonderfully which is just what I needed as had all the family in the car at the time.
Unfortunately I hit a pretty nasty pothole at speed while on a country trip and when I inspected it at my destination, saw that the tyre had a rather large egg in the sidewall. Subsequently, a couple of weeks later my daughter hit another pothole with the same wheel and she blew. (The tyre that is. My daughter wouldn't do that. She's a nice girl.)
Unfortunately the shipping cost for two tyres is nearly the same as four and while I was keen to get some more Conti's, it just wasn't economically feasible :( I have replaced two of the Conti's with a Falken Z92 so we'll see how that goes.
If i have to buy a full set again I'll be looking at Tire rack. If I just need one or two, it's probably more economic to buy local but you takes your chances as far as choice.
Drive Safe
Longy

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3DReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91

2008 Acura RL
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Miles driven on tires: 38000
Location: Mount Vernon, IA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 38000 Miles on Tires
January 20, 2012

These are the best tires I have ever owned, have tried Pirelli, Blizzak, and others, but for the Acura RL, these have been the best. Online to purchase a new set of Dunlop Winter Sport 3D...will never change for this car...Dunlop wins for this family!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, January 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2009 Mazda MAZDA3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 5000
Location: Ottawa, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5000 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2010

I bought these tires after researching them online and finding numerous positive reviews and then I saw the latest Consumer Reports winter tire test that rated them 2nd overall and that clinched it. These tires are rebranded Gislaved NordFrost 3's made in Germany by Continental (Continental owns both the Gislaved and General Tire brands).



I've used many winter tires over the last 20 years (Bridgestone WT-02, Michelin Alpin, Blizzak WS-50, Dunlop Winter Sport M3, Blizzak WS-60) and price independent these are without a doubt the best overall with the WS-60 a close second. When you factor in the price of these versus the WS-60s it's not even close.



They have very little noise, ride is excellent, actually even better than my all seasons as I went from 205/50R17 to 205/55R16 for the winters on separate steel rims. If somebody dropped you into the car and asked what type of tires it had you probably would never guess they were winter tires. Of course, not being performance winter tires you do give up some dry traction (most noticeable on the on-ramps) but they are the least "feeling" winter tires I have owned with the exception of the Dunlops, however the Dunlops did not inspire the same level of confidence as the Altimax when the weather turned nasty. They are very stable on the highway and do not exhibit some of the mushiness that affects many winter tires. I can't comment on wear as I've only had them 3 months however if I get at least 3 winters I'll be happy. I only managed 2 winters out of the very soft WS-60s and once the multicell compound wears away on those (55%) you are back to a standard winter compound negating a good portion of their ice traction.



Deep snow, packed snow and ice traction are all very good with the Generals, I have to really slam on the brakes to even engage the ABS. Backing up a sloped driveway after a freezing rain storm I did not slip once. Unlike snow tires of old, wet traction is also very good with no sense of hydroplaning on

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Thursday, December 29, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2002 Kia Spectra
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Miles driven on tires: 1500
Location: BUNKER HILL, WV
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1500 Miles on Tires
November 07, 2011

I bought the used Spectra for the gas milage and it came with a fairly new set of tires. Theses tires went 40,000 miles and still had tread left. The handling and road noises were troubling to the point of constant initial checking for loose ball joints, CV joints and rear wheel bearings. Had to be those tires. But they would not wear out. Finally, at 40,000 miles I checked with Tire Rack online and the Hankooks appeared to be the logical choice for an inexpensive car like the KIA.

All road noise gone. Handling is as good as one would expect and wet/dry traction is excellent.

With only 1500 miles so far and no snow events yet a full review isn't possible but I no longer dread driving this car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, December 29, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax ArcticReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73

2006 Honda Civic SI Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 15000
Location: Westlake, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15000 Miles on Tires
December 02, 2011

I was nervous about buying this tire at first, but after reading reviews here and elsewhere online, I decided to take the plunge just before Winter of '09. After two whole winters (and starting a third), the snow performance of these tires continue to leave me satisfied. I have intentionally put my little FWD Civic in nasty situations (unplowed parking lot after 12" of snow? why not!) and have never gotten stuck with these tires on the car. I've owned Hakkapelittas, and Blizzaks, and the Altimax Artic is a comparable contender to both at a fraction of the price.

The biggest detractor from these tires is their sidewalls. I expect a bit of softness in a snow tire, but these go to extremes. My car feels like it's "floating" at highway speeds, and requires some extra wheel input to keep it straight. When it's dry out, taking turns at speed in these tires will leave you guessing every time. Throughout the turn, the tires never settle, so you're constantly on edge trying to manage through the turn. Steering response is horrid as the sidewall turns to mush from any inputs. That said, lateral grip is impressive for such a cheap tire once you can tame the sidewall.

Overall, once you get the hang of the poor sidewall performance, the snow and ice performance makes you forget you ever doubted the tire.