Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, March 3, 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.

Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2014

2010 Chevy Colorado 4wd, 235/75-16. Rural Vermont, all road-types, and these are first-class winter tires, I got 3 winters out of them and there is still enough tread for most of another.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
December 16, 2013

I have only had these tires on my 2011 Chevy Cruze for 200 miles, but it's been in dry, wet, and snow. They are a bit louder than the standard tires, which is to be expected. They totally transform winter handling in the Cruze. I have to work VERY hard to get the traction control to kick on with these tires on - I simply have grip. I am able to come to a stop in 8 inches of snow on teh road, and start up again with no problem. Handling in the snow is fantastic. I made an effort to put the car sideways in an un-plowed parking lot, at speeds up to about 15mph - couldn't do it. At least initially, I'm VERY happy with these tires. To be clear, I bought wheels and TPMS sensors as well, so I have the factory alloys for sping/summer/fall, and these snows on a set of steelies for winter.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Transforce AT

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Transforce AT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8
 
 

2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 73,000
Location: Harrison, AR
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 73,000 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

I put these Firestone Transforce A/T on my wife's Toyota 5 years ago. Now she has 73,000 miles on them and I think they are good for another 12,000 miles.I also put a set on my Chevy puck up and they have over 50,000 on them. We are very happy happy happy with the Transforce A/T's and Firestone tires. I have and will recommended them to everyone I see. Great job Firestone!!! You have earned a customer for life!!!

 

Black Rock Steel Wheels are Perfect for Your Truck

Friday, January 17, 2014 by Gary Stanley

We're proud to announce that we carry Black Rock steel wheels. Manufactured in California, these wheels are specifically engineered for serious off-road and rock climbing applications with fitments available for Jeeps, SUVs and lifted trucks.

Black Rock offers heavy gauge steel wheels that are clear coated and painted black with center caps included at no additional charge. The wheels won't chip or crack and provide a rugged style that also looks great. Some of the more popular fitments for these wheels include the newer Ford F-150 trucks, Ford Expeditions, Chevy Silverado trucks and the Dodge Ram. Also, we offer some of their wider, low offset off-road fitments.


Black Rock 937 Type 8P Steel

Black Rock 942 Type D Steel 17x8


For more steel wheel options for your vehicle, take a look at "Steel Wheels Available at Tire Rack."

Best Winter Tires for Snow for Crossovers and SUVs

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Crossovers and SUVs are a very popular vehicle segment and are available from smaller vehicles like the Ford Escape and Nissan Murano, to larger SUVs such as the Chevy Suburban and Cadillac Escalade. There are even high performance models like the Porsche Cayenne and Infiniti FX that have acceleration rivaling that of sports cars.  

Most owners of these vehicles aren't buying them primarily for their off-road capability or 0-60 times, but instead for their desire of a balance of utility, comfort and performance. They also want good all-season traction, including during the winter months. To get the most winter traction, the best option is to install a set of winter / snow tires because they provide much better snow and ice traction compared to their all-season counterparts.

Which winter tires are the best for snow and ice traction for your crossover, light truck or SUV? 

 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
 Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter


I would take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 and Pirelli Scorpion Winter. Between the two, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 has better snow and ice traction. Pirelli's Scorpion Winter is a slight step down in snow and ice traction compared to the Blizzak, however it does have better dry road traction and quicker steering response for the days when the roads are dry. These tires aren't just available for SUVs and crossovers, but also make great winter truck tires. 

For more information on the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, read "Winter Truck Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5

2005 Acura RL
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Miles driven on tires: 11,200
Location: Chevy Chase, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 11,200 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2013

Impressied when first mounted; even more impressed 11,000 miles later. I have yet to try these tires in snow but, otherwise, they're a fine match for my Acura RL. The ride is remarkably quiet for any tire let alone one with a visually complex tread pattern. They balanced beautifully (Hunter Road Force 9700) and provide excellent straightline stability at highway speeds. The tires are more sensitive to road crowns than the previous Michelin MX4, causing a bit of pull depending upon the pitch of the crown.

They are a home run for my Acura RL. I couldn't be more pleased.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09

2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Nazareth, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
February 13, 2013

The tires have been used on my 2006 VW Jetta TDI for approximately 40k. I have read all the reviews specific to this Continental Extreme DSW tire. Personally, this tire is the best performance "all season" tire for THIS car. However, having said that, I will tell you that I base my air pressure on the "tire" manufactures suggestioned recommendations -up to 51 psi and NOT the car manufacturer. I run with 43 psi in my tires and do NOT experiense the sidewall flexing some say exists with the tire. I blast through standing puddles and lake type puddles without a problem. I go on and through snow with no problem and go around cars in snow like it is dry pavement. Again, it maybe due to the "car" characteristics i.e. low, solid, feels wide stance etc. The only complaint I would have is the tire tread longevity but really, to obtain the kind of handling in wet, dry and snow this tire will give you, different softer type compound has to be used by the manufacturer. Because I treasure the best all round tire to be on my car, I will choose this tire again because my research does not show at this time another tire exists that is better in the area of wet, dry, cornering and snow like this tire. As a matter of fact, it's time to buy my 16 year old daughter tires on her 2005 Chevy Cobalt and this is what I will order. I'll be right behind her in the replacement of these tires on my VW Diesel that keeps on going strong.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43
 
 

2003 Chevrolet S10 Extra Cab 2wd LS
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Miles driven on tires: 4,900
Location: Pittstown, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,900 Miles on Tires
April 30, 2013

These tires are the best tires I have had on this Chevy S10 as far as the ride and handling. With only 4900 miles on them I can't comment on wear yet. I also can't comment on winter traction because I have four Firestone Winterforce tires I install for the winter.

 

Looking for 10 Ply Tires? They're Now Called Load Range E Tires.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Heavy duty 3/4-ton and one-ton trucks, such as the Chevy Silverado 2500, Dodge Ram 3500 and Ford F-350 typically require heavy duty tires. A Standard Load tire doesn't have enough load capacity to match these vehicles properly. 

I frequently receive phone calls from truck owners looking for 10 ply tires. However, modern heavy duty tires no longer have ten plys. Many years ago, heavy duty tires were built to carry more load capacity by increasing the number of cotton plys in the carcass of the tire. The more cotton plys the tires had, the more load capacity they could safely carry. As tire technology has progressed, materials stronger than cotton began to be used to create stronger plys used in the tire's construction. 

Therefore, tire manufacturers no longer needed to increase the number of plys in their tires to carry extra loads, but rather increase the strength of the plys. For example, a tire that once needed ten plys, may now only have two or three actual plys. Lighter and stronger tires can now be made using fewer plys in a tire's sidewall. The tire industry also changed the way they label heavy duty truck tires. Even though some may still refer to the old system, it's been updated. When shopping for new tires, you can use this simple chart to refer to the modern term for load capacity ratings on heavy duty tires used on 3/4-ton and one-ton pickups and SUVs. 

  • 2 ply = Standard Load
  • 4 ply = Extra Load
  • 6 ply = Load Range C
  • 8 ply = Load Range D
  • 10 ply = Load Range E

For more information on this topic, take a look at "Load Range E 10 Ply Tires for Heavy Duty Use."

Best Price on Michelin Tires for Toyota, Honda, Nissan and More!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Gary Stanley

When asked about which brand of tires are associated with quality, many think of Michelin. Their reputation is well deserved. For decades, Michelin has been an industry leader in tire technology, making some of the best tires that money can buy. While they make outstanding performance tires, like the Pilot Super Sport, Michelin may be best known for producing some of the smoothest and quietest riding all-season tires on the market.

Not everyone is looking for the best handling and steering response, instead many drivers simply want a tire that's quiet, safe and will last for a long time. For those who are looking for the best price on Michelin tires, check out a couple of the lowest priced options in two popular sizes.

205/65R15

This is a commonly used tire size for a mid-size sedan such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, Ford Taurus and Chevy Malibu. The best priced Michelin tire in this size is the Defender. Michelin's Defender is an outstanding Standard Touring All-Season tire with long wear, great traction and a quiet ride. For more information on this tire, read "Michelin Defender Review and Test."

235/70R16 

Many SUVs, trucks and crossover vehicles use this common 16" tire size, including the Ford F-150, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe and various Jeep models. In this size, the lowest priced Michelin tire is the Latitude Tour. This tire, back in early 2012, was one of my top choices for vehicles being driven on the street only. It's still a top contender for those who don't take their vehicles off-road. 

 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender
 Michelin Latitude Tour
Michelin Latitude Tour


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Goodyear vs. Michelin Performance Tires

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Gary Stanley

There are many rivalries in today's competitive world: Chevy versus Ford, Coke versus Pepsi and Burger King versus McDonald's may come to mind when thinking of two prominent companies within an industry. When it comes to tires, Goodyear and Michelin is one of the most common rivalries.

In some categories, such as the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season, the Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season ranks just a bit higher than Michelin's competing tire, the Latitude Tour. In other categories that include performance tires, Michelin's tires often rank higher. For example, in the Max Performance Summer category, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is on top. I was so impressed by this particular tire that I bought a set for my own car. My experiences with the tire can be found by reading, "Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires Installed on My Car." The Pilot Super Sport also picked up a win against Goodyear's Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 last summer during our testing. You can see how well the Michelin tire performed by taking a look at "Testing Max Performance Summer Tires."

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
 Goodyear F1Asymmetric 2
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2


So, who really has the better tires? When it comes to performance tires, Michelin is tough to beat right now. However, the tire market is fast paced and new technology is constantly pushing the performance envelope further. When changes are made, you can always count on us to provide you with the best tire options for your vehicle.

Great Chevrolet Silverado Tires

Friday, April 26, 2013 by Steve Huffman

"Like a Rock." Chevy's full-size pickup keeps on trucking. The truck has evolved through the years, but one thing remains the same: dependability. Loyal owners hold on to their truck for many years, even through multiple sets of tires. Is it time to look for new tires for your Silverado?

If you're in the market for a new set, It's hard to go wrong with Michelin. That's why the Michelin LTX M/S2 is my favorite Highway All-Season tire for the Silverado. Besides its excellent ride qualities, including low noise and a comfortable ride, the LTX M/S2 has great all-season traction. The tire is also offered with a dependable 70,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Are you looking for a more aggressive tire? Take a look at the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Firestone Destination A/T. This tire has been the top-rated option in the category for many years. The Destination A/T looks good while providing great off-road traction. It is tied or at the top of several performance ratings in the category, including:

  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Cornering stability
  • Dry traction
  • Steering response
  • Ride comfort
  • Noise comfort

One of the best value options for your Silverado is the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051. It provides a combination of comfort, handling and year-round traction, even in light snow. With over 28 million miles reported, the tire continues to stay in the the top ten of our Tire Survey Results.

Michelin LTX M/S 2
Michelin LTX
M/S2
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Firestone Destination
A/T
Yokohama Geolander H/T S
Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S
G051


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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2003 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 Reg
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Bentleyville, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
April 12, 2013

I PURCHASED THIS TIRE FOR MY CHEVY TRUCK AND I HAVE A SNOW PLOW TO KEEP MY DRIVEWAY AND MY NEIGHBORS DRIVEWAY CLEARED. THIS TIRE REFUSES TO SPIN AND SLIP IN ANY DEPTH OF SNOW. IT'S UNBELEIVABLE. IT ALSO DRIVES QUIET AND RESPONDS ON A DIME. THESE ARE THE BEST TIRES I EVER HAD ON A TRUCK AND I HAVE HAD MANY TRUCKS IN MY LIFE TIME. ON THE HIGHWAY THEY ARE QUIET AND HANDLE SUPERBLY.IV'E HAD THEM FOR TWO SEASONS ALREADY AND THEY STILL LOOK BRAND NEW. I CAN'T EVEN SEE ANY TREADWEAR. I WILL BUY THESE TIRES AGAIN.THANKS FOR LISTENING. HAVE A SAFE ROAD AHEAD.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.77
 
 

2009 Ford Expedition EL 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Catonsville, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 05, 2013

I had two sets on a 1999 Chevy Suburban with excellent results 65,000 miles. When I purchased the Expedition, the O.E. Continentals came off and the Destination AT's wee installed. Quiet, great wet and dry traction, great snow traction. They will pack up some in mud. This tire is an excellent value.

 

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

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Goshen, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2013

Excellent street-able mud tire, good wear if you keep them rotated and monitor pressure. They cut through deep snow like they are heated. Good self-cleaning characteristics in deep mud, like most other tires, they cake up in deep/wet heavy clay.

Note regarding other reviews: Ignore idiots that can't spell, type in all CAPS and put "C" load range tires on 3/4 & 1 ton pickups. Consider the source.

I've had multiple sets of BFG M/T on vehicles and they've never let me down. If you get stuck with these you either don't know how to drive, or were doing something stupid. If you're experiencing poor wear (and are marginally smart enough to run appropriate pressure and rotate frequently), your junk vehicle probably needs suspension work. If you like Chevy's and Goodyear M/Ts... well, I can't help you, cause you can't fix stupid.

 

Best Tires for the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Steve Huffman

General Motor's mid-size SUVs, the Chevy Equinox and its GMC Terrain counterpart, have been one of America's best-selling sport utility vehicles over the past few years. Great looks and efficient power keeps this American family wagon rolling right along. With so many on the road, it's probably time for many owners to start considering new tires. Thankfully, there are many great options for these vehicle.

Currently, the top-rated Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. This tire seems to simply do it all. Right away you'll notice how quiet, smooth and comfortable it rides. In addition, it has exceptional all-season traction. As a low rolling resistance tire, you can also expect to save fuel while receiving an enhanced driving pleasure. 

Another great tire to consider is the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season. Similar to the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, this tire offers excellent ride qualities and is very nice to drive on. Designed as an eco-friendly option, the tire features an Ecoimpact icon on its sidewall to highlight its environmental compatibility where it reduces rolling resistance and tire weight to increase fuel economy and lower the vehicle's CO2 emissions.

As a good value option, take a look at the Firestone Destination LE 2. It's a relatively new tire that replaced the popular Destination LE. It features a completely revised tread design that not only looks good, but performs great. Combining long wear with a comfortable ride, the Destination LE 2 provides all-season traction, even in light snow.

Continental CrossContact LX20 with Ecoplus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Pirelli Scopion Verde All Season
Pirelli Scorpion Verde
All Season
Firestone Destination LE 2
Firestone Destination
LE 2


If the time has come to replace the tires on your Equinox or Terrain, consider these three options. If you would like to see additional offerings, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera TripleTred

Monday, January 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera TripleTred Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.3
 
 

2004 Buick Rainier CXL AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Branson, MO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2013

I have never had good luck with Goodyear tires. Due to the Buick having this size and the small amount of available choices, I went with the Triple Tred due to the reviews on TireRack. I have been impressed with these Goodyears. I did consider them for my 2004 Chevy Dually, but went with a tried and true favorite of Michelins.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2012 Chevrolet Cruze
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Clinton Township, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2013

These tires are on my wife's Chevy Cruze and she is very happy with them. We have already had a couple of heavy snows this season and the Michelin X-Ice tires have performed well (better than the Bridgestone Revos on her previous car). They are pretty much indistinguishable from the OEM AW Michelins that came on the car in the noise & handling departments and may actually ride better as the originals are low profile tires. Hopefully these tires will wear better than the Revos, but it is too early to tell......

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone FR710

Monday, January 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone FR710Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.55

2012 Chevrolet Malibu 4cyl
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Miles driven on tires: 23,000
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 23,000 Miles on Tires
December 24, 2012

23000 miles on a 2012 Chevy Malibu around Pittsburgh PA. I would not recommend these for any type of snow or wet weather driving.

Where Do I Find the Load Rating?

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

The load range branded on a tire's sidewall helps identify how much load the tire is designed to carry at its industry specified pressure. A good rule of thumb is that the Load Index of your new tires be equal to or greater than the Load Index of the Original Equipment.

In most cases, passenger vehicles will use one of three different ratings:

  • Standard Load - Either nothing is branded on the tire's sidewall or it may be branded Standard Load and identified by an SL in their description, as in P235/75R-15 SL.
  • Extra Load - P-Metric tires branded Extra Load are identified by an XL in their descriptions, as in P235/75R-15 XL.
  • Light Load - P-Metric tires branded Light Load are identified by an LL in their descriptions, as in P285/35R-19 LL.

Light trucks, such as the Chevy 2500 and Ford F-350, use a different system that utilizes a letter in ascending alphabetic order. The deeper into the alphabet you go, the higher the load rating. The letter replaces the old ply rating system with a load range E being equivalent to a 10 ply. Since light truck tires are often available in multiple load ranges, the appropriate load range is identified immediately following the size's rim diameter in our descriptions.

We recently added a new filter option that allows you to limit the results, when applicable, to a specific rating. When the search results are listed after you shop by vehicle, you can then find the filter section for load rating on the left side of the page. 

To gain a better understanding of load ratings, read "Load Range/Ply Rating Identification."