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

Tuesday, April 8, 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.

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 General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2010 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Malverne, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2014

Drove from Long Island, NY to Mont Tremblant, Quebec to ski. Road was dry to Mont Tremblant, keep speed at 75 to 80 mph. However, trip home was challenged with mix of snow, rain and hail - lots of it. Kept speed at 50 mph driving on rain/ snow / hail mix. Drove faster when it was just rain @ around 75 mph. Tires handled well. Comfortable and quiet. Round trip was around 1,000 miles. Drove on I 87 (NYS) and 15 (Canada) and 117 (Canada). Anyone who has driven this path knows the road goes up and down and twist and turn at times. overall great tires.

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2010 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Lake Villa, IL
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2014

After 10,000 miles, I'm impressed with these tires. While not as tenacious as studdable snows, these tires dont suffer from the noise issues with which studdable snow tires are burdened. The ride comfort is a fair trade, as these tires still provide very nice light and deep snow grip, and they seem additionally competent on the ice.

This was a tough winter with lots of opportunities to drive in challenging conditions. I drove through deep snow, across hard packed snow, two inch thick ice on the freeway. My Prius tore through it all. 7 plus inches of unplowed snow posed no issue. I drove at over 60 mph on two inch thick ice (just east of Lake Michigan) and found myself laughing at how easy it was.

What's more, and this is why I find myself buying Michelin tires over and over again, the tires are remarkably quiet in the dry. Although I have a separate set of summer wheels and tires (purchased from Tire Rack) I could easily run these tires with few issues. But I won't.

For those of you who drive a Prius or other hybrid, or are simply concerned with the mileage impact, I have found these tires, which are LRR, to be very good. I can easily average over 50mpg with my Prius in the warm, on fair weather tires. With these winter tires, I found my mileage to be closer to 44. How much of the decline is attributable to the tires, and how much is attributable to the cold weather, I cannot be certain. But now that it's a bit warmer, Ive seen my mileage climb back up to 50mpg, even though the winter tires are still mounted.

I would definitely buy these again, and I would recommend them. I hope this review has been helpful.

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

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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

2003 Subaru Outback Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2014

Tires are basically brand new but from the minute I got in the car and drove away I knew I made the best decision I could have buying these tires. We immediately took a trip from our town of St. Michaels Md. to Washington D C and it was pure bliss. The car felt, and sounded, like a new car again. Absolutely the best tire I have ever rolled on. Quiet, and I mean quiet, comfortable, and responsive to every urging of the steering wheel.
I obviously can not comment on tread wear yet but I am pretty confident, well, hopefull. It would be a shame if the tread wear was lacking when everything else about this tire is so stellar.
Response was great. The car responded immediately to the steering wheel, not having the usual delay of new tires with the increased tread squirm delay. Driving in D C can be a challenge at times and one is often forced to make some very last minute decisions and moves in traffic and as always I was forced to execute several of these and the tires performed like a Dall Sheep high in the Rockies, so sure footed and always under complete control. I expect them to only get better with a little break in. My wife could even tell a difference and believe me, if she noticed a difference, there is a BIG difference. She also commented on the quietness of the tires, so again, big difference.
These are the very first Pirelli tires we have ever had and I have to say, we are very impressed.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Miles driven on tires: 48,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 48,000 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

Most reviews of the P Zero tire seem to come from owners of sporty cars and from residents of northern states (why? this tire is not for winter driving!). Here in Florida, on our VW Tiguan we get the performance and traction we expect, though wet surfaces do slightly challenge this tire. At 48K miles I estimate we still have 10K left on the tread. Overall, a tire that lives up to our expectations of a summer tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.11
 
 

2010 Subaru Legacy Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Bellevue, WA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2014

These are great tires. I have been waiting for snow to see how they do and just had the opportunity. They did a great job! it handled well, no sliding or loss of traction and went around many cars who were stuck. I selected these tires based on the snow rating and found it was great. Even though we don't get much snow in Bellevue, WA when we do the conditions can be bad and for drives it can be a challenge. This past snow was bout 2" and it was below freezing so under the snow was ice. The tires drove through the snow very easily and when I was caught going up an incline where other cars were stuck or sliding I just drove around them with no traction issues. The tires are a little noisy but so far I would highly recommend them.

 

Good Tires From Kumho, Hankook, Sumitomo and General

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

In the tire game, Kumho, Hankook, Sumitomo and General may not be common household names to some, but our testing and customer feedback proves they make some great tires. How do they do this? Specialization. 

The vehicle market is so diverse, making it a huge challenge for a single tire manufacturer to engineer the right tire for every car, SUV, crossover and light truck. It's not easy to fine-tune tires appropriate for the Ford F-150, FIAT 500 and the vast spectrum of vehicles in between. The end result is specific tires dominating in specialized areas.

Are you searching for great steering response, good wet grip and value in a sporty size? If so, the Kumho Ecsta 4X needs to be on your list. Do you put heavy emphasis on treadwear and light snow traction? Take a look at the Hankook Optimo H727. When looking for a 315/35R17 tire for the back axle of your muscle car, it's hard to beat the Sumitomo HTR Z's combination of value and performance. Finally, if you're looking for a tire at a reasonable price, with good wet grip and a cool tread design, check out the General G-MAX AS-03.

Ultra High Performance All-Season Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Standard Touring All-Season Hankook Optimo H727
Hankook Optimo H727
Ultra High Performance Summer Sumitomo HTRZ
Sumitomo HTR Z
Ultra High Performance All-Season General G-Max AS-03
General G-MAX AS-03


To learn more about what tire is a good match for your vehicle, read "Selecting the Right Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.44
 
 

2009 Infiniti G37 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Kennesaw, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

Thought it appropriate to write a review after managing through Snowmageddon in Atlanta on January 28, 2014. These tires are about 2 months old and replaced Yokohama Avid ENVigor's that were on the car when I bought it used about 15 months ago. To say these Primacy's are an upgrade over the Yokohama's is an understatement. The Yokohama's are VERY noisy, and had modest dry traction--especially cornering--and even worse wet traction, despite an aggressive tread pattern. The Michelin's are very quiet, comfortable sneakers for my G37S are even are more than admirable through spirited take-offs and cornering on wet and dry pavement here in the ATL. However, when challenged with our great snow/ice event this week, showed their vulnerabilities. Snow traction was fairly good (we only got 2"), but on the icy conditions beneath the snow, they were horrible. I managed to keep it out of ditches and off of bumpers and made it home unscathed, but without my northern, snow-driving capabilities (from PA), not sure I would have pulled it off (in a high-torque, rear-wheel drive, staggered fitment) without them! Love my Michelin's 363 days a year. But any more frozen stuff here in the ATL, and I'm not sure they would be the choice. So, if you are reading this from anywhere above the Mason-Dixon, you may want to think differently!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6
 
 

2014 Dodge Challenger
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Lawrenceburg, KY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

I gave the tire an 8 for comfort due to "flat-spotting" on cold mornings. Tire feels like a truck tire for the first few miles in cold weather. Otherwise, absolutely silent on the road and very smooth. Traction in rain and snow is superb. I drive a Dodge Challenger and I come from the 4x4 world. This is my first car in 12 years. So honestly I didn't expect it to do well in snow at all being a rear wheel drive car. But these Michelin Pilot tires have really surprised me. We are currently in the middle of one of our worst winters in my lifetime and I haven't been stuck once yet. This morning other front wheel drive cars and two wheel drive trucks couldn't get out of my neighborhood. My rear-drive Challenger made it out. Completely the opposite of what you'd expect. I think these tires are fantastic in snow and ice. They have really made me a believer. They are also very good in the rain. I've never spun the tires or felt the car beginning to hydroplane. Honestly, these tires are really great in all conditions. I'm not a Michelin fan because they are usually overpriced but these things are great. Quiet, fuel efficient, and very good in snow and ice so far. Hopefully they wear well as the years pass.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Sedan
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
January 06, 2014

Since putting on the tires just after Thanksgiving I have had an opportunity to test them in very challenging winter road conditions. I have thus far experienced snow covered highways, black ice, and a mixture of snow and ice. The tires have remarkable traction yet at the same time offer excellent dry pavement handling and ride quality. These tires are a 9+ on a scale of ten.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Golf R
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Bel Air, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
December 15, 2013

Having had considerable experience with Dunlop's D3 winter radial on two previous cars, I was curious to see how the D4 would perform on my 2013 VW Golf R. In a word, the new D4 is outstanding.

I had my tires installed in early November, before serious winter weather set in here in Maryland. I noticed immediately that while they were a little less precise in their steering feel than my Michelin Pilot summer tires, they delivered excellent wet and dry traction in cold weather, with no loss of ride comfort and no increased noise level over the Michelins.

However, the acid test for these tires would have to be snowy conditions; after all, that's why I bought them. On Sunday, December 8, I drove from Long Island to my home in Maryland in a serious snowstorm. What would have been a 3 hour trip in good weather became a 7 hour challenge, mostly due to accidents on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Through it all my Golf kept going, with the Dunlops delivering superb traction and excellent steering feel on both fresh and plowed snow. When I got near my home, I went to an empty parking lot, and stopped in about 6" of fresh, moderately wet snow. I engaged first gear, let out the clutch, and punched the throttle...and without drama or excitement, the Golf simply gathered speed and moved straight ahead. I did this several times, with the traction control on and off, and the tire performed equally well. (Yes, with the TC off, I could sense a difference, and a little wheelspin, but it was insignificant.)

Numerically rating a tire like this is tricky: In the non-snow categories, I compared these Dunlops to my summer Michelins. In the winter/snow category, I compared them to my previous Dunlop D3s. In both catergories, they are outstanding, and I will definitely buy them again! :-)

 

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
 
 

2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS Coupe
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2014

These tires are simply amazing. I have recommended them to all my friends and the ones who have followed my advice have been pleased as well. I am simply blown away by their level of grip. In fact, they grip so good in the snow that it almost takes the fun out of winter driving!! Amazingly enough even in the dry these snow tires will surprise you with their grip. I use these tires as my dedicated winter wheels but on warm winter days with no snow I do not feel at all nervous to hit a back road and carve a few corners. These tires are up to the challenge. They are super tough, offer a great value, and do not seem to wear down at all! I absolutely cannot recommend them enough. I will continue buying these tires over the competitors offerings for my future vehicles.

 

Yokohama's PARADA Spec-X is a Proven All-Season Performer for Your SUV

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Currently sitting at the top of our survey results in the Street/Sport Truck All-Season category, the Yokohama PARADA Spec-X continues to impress SUV and light truck owners with superior wet and dry traction, as well as a quiet ride. Available in sizes ranging from 17" up to 28" wheel diameters, the PARADA Spec-X has built a strong reputation over its life by using a directional tread pattern and wide center grooves to resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction. Recently, Yokohama added more sizes to provide owners of "modern" muscle cars with confidence in year-round conditions, even light snow. Now, vehicles like the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro can trade their fast wearing Original Equipment tires for extended life and improved comfort.

The range of available sizes means the PARADA Spec-X can be used on a variety of vehicles including:

  • Late-model GM SUVs
  • Cadillac Escalades
  • Chevrolet Suburbans 
  • Acura MDX and RDX
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Mazda CX-9

For more insight on this tire, read our customer reviews to see what drivers are saying about their experience with the Yokohama PARADA Spec-X,

What's the Best Handling Performance Snow Tire?

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Many car enthusiasts like to use their performance vehicles all year long, but for those that live in colder climates, there's a challenge: the Original Equipment summer tires can't provide grip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In Europe, the standard is to have a set of performance tires for the summer and a second set of performance tires for the winter.  

One of our recent tests compared the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60, Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 to see which one would provide the best balance of performance and winter grip.

To best evaluate the tires' traction levels on ice, we headed back to a hockey rink to measure 60' acceleration times and stopping distances from 12 mph. The Bridgestone and Michelin nearly tied for the quickest times and shortest stopping distances. However, all four were able to beat the figures of any all-season tire.

Before winter arrived in the Midwest, we loaded up the tires and went to a winter test facility in Sweden. While there, we measured each tire's ability to accelerate and brake in light snow, as well as gather subjective ratings of how each tire feels while driving through several inches of groomed snow on a handling course. The Michelin and Pirelli both proved to be responsive and stable when called upon at highway speeds, with the Dunlop and Bridgestone just a little behind. Similar tests were performed on our track when ambient temperatures were in the upper 30°F range to replicate conditions found during the winter season, with both the Michelin and Pirelli tires leading the way.

When all the results were examined, the numbers proved that the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 delivers the best balance of performance in this group, driving well on the road plus providing good ice and wet traction. Pirelli's Winter Sottozero 3 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D both have good ice and wet traction and nearly matched the Pilot Alpin PA4's handling on the road. The Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 takes a more focused approach by also providing good ice traction, but it just doesn't have the wet road grip or clear road handling stability of the other three tires.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing Performance Winter / Snow Tires: Which have the Right Balance of Performance?"

Best All-Season Tires of 2013

Thursday, January 2, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

It's been a great year for tires with many new performers coming to market. At the top of the all-season are a handful of newcomers and some repeat winners. Listed below are some of the top all-season performers for 2013.

Grand Touring All-Season

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

  • What We Liked: Civilized road manners and stable dry handling
  • What We'd Improve: A bit more traction and handling in wet conditions
  • Conclusion: This tire ups dry handling a little without compromising ride quality too much

Continental Pure Contact with EcoPlus Technology

  • What We Liked: Civilized road manners and stable dry handling
  • What We'd Improve: A bit more traction and handling in wet conditions
  • Conclusion: This tire ups dry handling a little without compromising ride quality too much

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia


Passenger All-Season

Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

  • What We Liked: Very good ultimate traction
  • What We'd Improve: Reduce tread noise and increase snow traction a little
  • Conclusion: A capable tire for drivers who put a priority on traction

High Performance All-Season

Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S

  • What We Liked: Composed road manners
  • What We'd Improve: A small improvement in wet traction
  • Conclusion: A class-leader that holds its own against the new challengers

Ultra High Performance All-Season

Continental ExtremeContact DWS

  • What We Liked: Comfort out on the road
  • What We'd Improve: Handling precision and steering response
  • Conclusion: Delivering a good blend of road manners and handling, with a reputation for very good winter traction

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

  • What We Liked: Good overall traction and quick steering response
  • What We'd Improve: Ride comfort and handling balance when driving at the limit
  • Conclusion: Perfect for the driver who prefers quick steering response

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season

Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

  • What We Liked: Responsive handling and excellent traction, especially in the wet
  • What We'd Improve: Soften the ride quality just a little bit and increase snow traction
  • Conclusion: A very capable tire that trades some fuel efficiency for an advantage in wet grip

Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

  • What We Liked: Quiet and comfortable road manners and good snow traction
  • What We'd Improve: A moderate increase in wet traction
  • Conclusion: A good choice for drivers who don't want to worry about their tires 

Shop by vehicle to find the all-season tire that's right for you!

Tire Alternatives and Options for Your 2009 and Newer Honda Fit Sport

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

Time for new tires on your beloved Honda Fit Sport? The Original Equipment size of 185/55R16 offered two options, the Bridgestone Turanza EL470 and Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S. Regrettably, but not all that unusual for Original Equipment, they do not fare that well in our customer survey results. Looking for some other options? Then consider changing the tire size to 205/50R16. This size is only .1" taller and about 3/4" wider than the original tire. It will mount onto the factory wheel and fit without rubbing or other fitment issues.

In this alternate size you will find many options from all-season tires to summer performance tires. To learn about the different performance categories tires fall in and find the one that's right for you, read "What Tire Performance Category Do I Need?

General Altimax HP
General AltiMAX
HP
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS
Fuzion Touring
Fuzion
Touring


General AltiMAX HP  

A long-time favorite, this Grand Touring All-Season tire features a directional pattern for better wet grip and comes with a 55,000-mile treadlife warranty. It was developed to be a smarter tire for smarter drivers by addressing many of the treadwear quality and year-round traction challenges faced by drivers of today's sedans and coupes. This tires is a great bang for your buck!

Continental ExtremeContact DWS

The ExtremeContact DWS is for the Honda Fit Sport owner who's more of a spirited driver. This Ultra High Performance All-Season tires is currently ranked first in its category and delivers very good winter traction.

ExtremeContact DWS tires feature Tuned Performance Indicators -- visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder to alert drivers of the tire's performance levels. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions, as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire only has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" have worn away, the remaining "D" shows the tire only has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions.

Fuzion Touring  

For the value minded customer, this is a quality product from Bridgestone. This affordably priced tire is designed to blend good treadwear, a quiet ride and all-season traction on dry and wet roads, as well as in light snow.

To view more options available for your Honda Fit Sport, shop by size.

Looking for a Gift for Your Car Enthusiast? Try Our Gift Guide!

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Some people are just hard to shop for,  which can make the Holiday gift giving a challenge. Luckily, the Tire Rack Gift Guide can recommend the right gift for any budget!

You can look for gift ideas based on price. For example, you can get stocking stuffers for under $25, an Adjustable Torque Wrench for under $50 or shop by vehicle and find the car enthusiast in your life's dream set of tires and wheels.

Are you having trouble deciding on what to purchase? A Gift Certificate is truly the ultimate gift. We offer them in any amount, deliverable by mail, as a paper certificate, or as an email, which can be sent directly to the recipient!

  • Available in $25.00 to $5,000.00 amounts
  • You may include a personal message
  • Standard shipping is free (when sent via postal mail)

We have gift ideas that are a sure fit. For the garage. For the car. For the enthusiast. Place your orders by December 19, 2013 to ensure they are arrive in time for Christmas!

What Type of Wheel Should You Buy for Winter?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

When purchasing a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, choosing a wheel can be a challenge for some. We offer aluminum alloy wheels for almost every vehicle and steel wheels for select vehicles. Are you having trouble deciding on what wheel to pick? Take a look at the tips below to help you decide which type of wheel suits your winter driving needs.

Aluminum Alloy Wheels

  • Stronger than a steel wheel and weighs less
  • More styles available to help enhance the look of your vehicle
  • Allows for more brake clearance
  • Manufactured to precise standards to meet exact fitment and performance needs
  • Require more maintenance to protect finish against elements such as salt and sand

Steel Wheels

  • Black or silver finish depending on the application
  • Wheel covers available to help enhance the style
  • Less expensive option compared to alloy
  • Meets basic needs of someone looking for a winter package without maintenance of alloy wheels

Our steel and aluminum wheel options will accept factory tire pressure monitors which will come pre-installed. All necessary hardware is included at no cost, as well as complimentary Hunter Road Force mounting and balancing. Tackle winter's elements this year by creating your own Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package!

Do Studdable Winter / Snow Tires Come Studded?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

"When I purchase a set of Studdable Winter / Snow tires, will they arrive studded or unstudded?" All studdable winter tires we sell can be sent with or without studs installed. It's important to note that only new tires that have never been driven on can be studded. Tires already driven on cannot be studded nor re-studded.

Studdable Winter / Snow tires without studs are still effective winter tires and many drivers choose not to stud them. If you desire a higher level of traction due to challenging conditions, studs can be added to any tires in this performance category for a $15 charge. 

When placing your order online, simply check the box to add studs when prompted in the checkout.  Because studdable tires are manufactured with different tread depths, studs are manufactured in different lengths that must be matched to the depth of the holes molded in the tire. We will select the correct gauge of stud for your specific tire and ship them out with the studs pressed in.

A Studdable Winter / Snow tire's tread is often lubricated to facilitate stud installation, therefore a special tool is inserted into the molded hole, spreading the tread rubber, and inserting the stud towards the bottom of the hole and retracting. With the stud inserted, the tread rubber compresses around the stud's flat head and cylindrical housing to hold it in place. Because it takes some time for the lubricant to evaporate and the tread rubber to securely compress around the stud, new studded tires require a break-in period.

Some states prohibit studded winter tires completely or restrict them to seasonal use. Check with local law enforcement officials to confirm restrictions in your area.

To learn more about using studded tires in the colder months, read "Studded Tires for Winter Driving."