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

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2007 Mazda MAZDA3 s 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 29, 2014

The Pirelli Cinturato is by far the best tire I have installed on my Mazda3. I had Michelin's prior to this purchase and they were good, but the Pirelli rides smoother and grips the road better in my opinion. I'm finding that all the positive reviews for this tire are true. I was a little nervous... never bought a Pirelli before, but so far it has lived up to all the hype given and the nice rebate made this purchase much easier to make. If this tire performs great in the snow like reviews have mentioned, this purchase will be a home run. The Michelin's were slippery on snow from the beginning and a big challenge to keep on the road in these conditions. I'm hoping the Pirelli's can do a better job in the winter. If you go with these tires, I think you will be happy you did.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.38
 
 

2007 Mercedes-Benz E550 4Matic Sedan Sport Pkg
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Boylston, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2014

In general, these are probably good - perhaps great - tires. However, mounting and balancing to get good ride quality has been challenging (my installer has the most current road force balancing equipment, and has spent a lot of time trying to optimize it, and yes, also checking to ensure the wheels themselves aren't bent). Still, there is far more NVH than there should be for a high quality of tire like this.

Tire wear has been good, but not great. Then again, it's a heavy car. Normally the wet and dry traction is quite good, but I've noticed wet traction gets a bit more sketchy when it's colder outside.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.11
 
 

2000 Ford Ranger 2wd XLT
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Portland, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
April 30, 2014

I spent about six months researching tires, finally chose the Destination LE2's, and they've been a great choice for the price. They're quiet and responsive on dry, wet, and mildly snowy roads. I didn't have to deal with any deep snow last winter but I don't have any reason to believe they'd be a problem. I haven't experienced any significant change in fuel milage. They handle well with an empty bed or with a cord of firewood, in the city or on the highway. Finding good road tires for a Ranger can be a challenge depending on how you use your truck, but I think most owners would be as pleased with these as I am.

How to Choose the Correct Track Tires

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Are you heading to your first driving school or lapping day? Or are you already a track veteran who's looking to go even faster? Whenever you go to the track, having the right set of tires is essential to going fast, being safe and having fun.

What type of tires do you need to bring for a track event? Depends on the type of event, the expected conditions and the resources available to you.

Take a look at your available options:

Street Tires 

Some people run their cars on the track with the same tires they use on the street. If you're already driving high performance tires, that set may work for you on the track. This scenario works best when you're attending beginner driving schools, casual lapping days or other events where the focus is more on polishing your skills rather than setting fast lap times. Street tires are not recommended for track use, and driving them in a track environment will most likely void their warranty. Keep in mind that if you overdrive them into corners, you could easily render them useless after only one day at the track. An example of this type of tire is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

Pros of Running Street Tires:

  • Convenience
  • Price
  • Can drive to the track safely.
  • Most street tires perform well in the rain.

Cons of Running Street Tires:

  • Performance - These tires aren't as fast in dry conditions as track tires.
  • Longevity
  • Getting home - What happens if you lose a tire on the track? Do you have an option for getting home?

Extreme Performance Tires

These options are really a subset of street tires, but they're designed to take the abuse of occasional track days. They have more focus on dry traction and responsive handling. Extreme performance tires can be used on an enthusiast oriented daily driver, or mounted on separate wheels for track use. An example of this tire is the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R.

Pros of Extreme Performance Tires:

  • Grip - Better performance than regular street tires.
  • Durability
  • Value - Last longer at the track than normal street tires.
  • Convenience
  • Versatility

Cons of Extreme Performance Tires:

  • Competition - Drivers are at a disadvantage compared to drivers who use dedicated track tires.

Streetable Track Tires 

There are some tires that are essentially track tires, but can be driven to and from the track. They would wear out very quickly if driven daily on the street. These tires will generally have enough tread pattern to handle damp pavement, but will be very prone to hydroplaning. An example of this type of tire is the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo.

Pros of Streetable Track Tires:

  • Grip - These tires will outgrip extreme performance tires.
  • Convenient - If you can swap wheels at home, but your car won't carry a second set of wheels to the track, this can be the perfect solution.
  • Versatility - Some of these tires can work as an intermediate tire for damp or drying track conditions.

Cons of Streetable Track Tires:

  • Give up a little grip compared to the most specialized options.
  • Few miles of use as a street tire.
  • Hydroplaning can be an issue if caught in the rain.

Specialized Track Tires

Track tires provide the ultimate in grip. They discard most streetability characteristics in order to deliver the very best lap times. With lots of grip and shoulders that are generally more square, these tires can be more challenging to drive at their limits. They should be mounted on separate wheels and installed at the track. An example of this type of tire is the Hoosier A7.

Pros of Track Tires:

  • Performance - If you are racing to win, track tires are the way to go.
  • Easiest way to turn faster lap times.

Cons of Track Tires:

  • Track tires won't work in the rain. You need a separate set if rain is a possibility.
  • More challenging to drive at the limit.
  • Often requires suspension modification or a specialized set-up.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Long Beach, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
May 02, 2014

The Goodyear tires my Challenger came with were loud and didn't handle particularly well. These Firestone Wide Oval Indy 500 tires are great performing tires and are reasonably priced. They look good too. I am on my second set of them. After less than a year on the Goodyears the car came with, the first set of Firestones lasted 2 years and the current set is approaching 1 1/2. I've never been in the snow and don't intend to. They are fine in the rain, though they are definitely made for dry streets.

The 2014 Tire Rack One Lap of America is Underway

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Springtime at Tire Rack means it's time for the annual One Lap of America challenge. Inspired by the legendary Cannonball Run, this year marks the 31st running of the event. The 2014 schedule consists of 3,200 miles of driving and 19 timed events over the course of eight days.

Besides the page on our site that features details about this year's incarnation of One Lap, we'll also be posting updates on Facebook.

To take part in this grueling test, contestants equip their vehicles with some of the stickiest street tires available, typically from the Max Performance Summer and Extreme Performance Summer performance categories. Cars, drivers and tires will be tested over a wide range of conditions and events, so they'll need to display consistency, versatility and durability.

If you were entered into the event, what tires would you install on your vehicle?

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Whitney Point, NY
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

I decided to buy winter tires just before the first forecast snow storm in my area. I live in upstate NY. The in-stock selection was low, the service manager suggested I try the Winter Maxx. I've never previously owned a set of Dunlop's, but with the only alternative available to me being the "house brand" I told the manager I'd take the Dunlops. I have not regretted that decision for a moment.

First off, the ride is very good for a snow tire with aggressive tread. Any decent snow tire is going to have some more noise and be bit rougher than all-seasons, but in the case of the Winter Maxx the drop-off in ride quality was very slight. If I was told I had to ride these all year I could handle it. Steering responsiveness takes the biggest hit, but is still within acceptable limits.

My usual commute to work takes me across two valleys before I get to the highway that takes me into town. That means I have to climb out of two valleys. Both of the hills I climb get brief sunlight so they are often snow covered for days following a storm. This is my first season without four wheel drive in many years. I was a little nervous that my VW Passat would not get me up the hills that I needed to climb in order to get to work. I'm happy to report that neither the Passat, nor the tires let me down. Not once during the winter did I fail to make the climb up the two hills, and for those who may not know, we had a very rough winter in upstate NY relative to recent years. Traction was very good and the car tracked extremely well. I would also mention that the second hill that I climb is particularly challenging as there is a sharp curve just prior to the steepest part which limits the approach speed. Braking performance was also very good as I have to go down the same hills in the evening that must climb in the morning.

Tread wear has been minimal so far. Tires were rotated twice during the winter and I'm fanatical about tire pressure. Worth every penny, would buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2013 Dodge Challenger
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Annville, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2014

Great tire, feels like OE on dry pavement, soft and plyable under freezing conditions but firms up on hiway and over 40 degrees. Only got stuck twice in snow over 5" deep (my fault) Better on ice than deep snow. Treadwear is what you would expect from a winter tire. Might get 4 seasons out of them if you take them off as soon as the temp stays over 45 degrees. Pricey, but the $70.00 rebate helps.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2011 Honda Insight
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Hastings, MI
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2014

I drive 60-100 miles daily on 2-lane 55mph country roads in Michigan. Having a small hybrid is a challenge in the winter. This is the 2nd winter I have used these tires, and I think that I will use these in the spring this year and ride them until they wear out and then replace them in the late fall with some new snows. I like them enough to replace with the same model from michelin. These performed great in deep snow, this winter has been the snowiest since the 1950's here in michigan and if the frame wasnt dragging, then I would drive to work. Noise is alittle louder than I thought, but they handle well with/without snow, much better on dry pavement than the OEM tires. Wear is fine, just that they loose their winter grip while still having plenty of tread remaining. That is why I will use these as my nice weather tire at the end of their life.