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 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 Goodyear Wrangler AT/S

Friday, January 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler AT/SReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5

2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Okeechobee, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
December 07, 2012

This is my third set on my 02 chevy Tahoe. Absolutely love these would recommend these to anyone. Will be buying more. Just make sure you rotate every 5-7K miles and these will last a long time.

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."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle LS-2

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle LS-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.73
 
 

2007 Chevrolet Silverado K1500
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Miles driven on tires: 60,160
Location: Anamosa, IA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 60,160 Miles on Tires
December 04, 2012

rotated tires every 5,000. replaced with quarter tread still available but winters here. 60,000 miles on a truck and pulling trailers and some heavy loads isn't bad. just poor performance off road. bad choice for chevy to use on 4wd but held up any how. can't complain for factory tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone FR710

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone FR710Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2011 Chevrolet Malibu 4cyl
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Miles driven on tires: 34,987
Location: Blairsville, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 34,987 Miles on Tires
November 08, 2012

This was the factory tire installed on my 2011 Chevy Malibu. For almost 35K, I thought it did well. Even though its rated for 60K, there is no way to achieve that in Western, PA with all the hills. Tire performed well in the light snow and rain. Once they had 26K on them, I really noticed issues on wet roads. For the price, I would consider purchasing again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14

2008 Dodge Magnum
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Miles, IA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
November 05, 2012

Bought my car with 36K miles on the original Goodyear Integra tires... after adding 20K I had almost stopped driving it because of tire noise. Rotated, constantly checked pressure and the noise was still horrible. The tires still had 3/16"+ of tread, no cupping, blocking... just noise. Finally gave up and bought the Hankook tires and on the way home from my installer I heard my exhaust at cruising speed for the first time. The only outside noise I get now is from the grooves between concrete sections of highway and the wind. I can't overstate the change... I drive Hwy 52 in NE Iowa, it follows the Mississippi so there are some serious curves. I run only slightly over the speed limit but I almost totally refuse the kick the cruise off for any of the curves and these tires have some serious cornering grip. I know I've barely broken them in but the car's going dormant for the winter so it'll take a while to build up mileage and I couldn't wait to tell how impressed I am with these tires. I have a Chevy Suburban also and when it needs tires they'll be Hankooks, no hesitation.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination M/T

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination M/TReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2

1981 Chevrolet K10 4wd Pick-up
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: SMITHVILLE , TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 06, 2012

I OWN A FULLY RESTORED 1981 CHEVY SHORT BED K10 WITH A BUILT 350.THE TRANNY IS ALSO BUILT WITH A HIGH PERFORMANCE PUMP AND STALL,AND IS EQUIPED WITH 308 POSI MILITARY DANA AXLES.I DRIVE THIS TRUCK HARD AND NEARLY EVERYDAY.I ALSO USE THE TRUCK FOR STRETCHING FENCE ,PULLING LOGS,CAR SHOWS,AND HAVE TAKEN IT TO THE MOUNTAIN TWICE.EVERY CHALLENGE I HAVE GIVEN TO THESE TIRES THEY HAVE PASSED.THEY STILL LOOK BRAND NEW AND THE TREAD WEAR IS UNREAL.I EXPECTED THEM TO SHOW WEAR ALREADY AND THEY HAVE NOT.I BOUGHT THESE TIRES A YEAR AND A HALF AGO AND HAVE YET TO EVEN PUT AIR IN THEM.I GUESS THE MOST SUPRISING THING IS THAT THERE IS NOT VERY MUCH ROAD NOISE AND THEY RIDE SMOOTH.NEEDLES TO SAY MY NEXT SET OF TIRES WILL BE THESE.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8

2007 Honda Civic SI Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Laramie, WY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2010

I ordered these tires a week ago. Installed them on a Saturday, drove 160 miles on dry roads and was amazed at how quiet they were, not noticably louder than my summer Yokohama performance tires. The next day I took them for a spirited drive up a twisty canyon road (still dry) and was even more amazed at how they cornered, much better stability than my old Blizzak tires. Then last night we recieved 4 inches of snow, the difference in handling in my car is amazing. The summer tires spun on everything, these don't seem to want to let go, I have to WANT VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) to engage, otherwise they just grab on and go, even ABS won't engage, the tires don't slide.

These are the first tires I've put on my Civic Si, but they make it a whole new car in the snow, can't wait for some mountain driving to really put them through the paces. I'd definately choose them over the Blizzaks I had on my old car (Chevy Cobalt).

I put 4 on the car, the back end stays attached to the road just as I would expect, even through slick turns. Great tire. Highly recommended.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.7
 
 

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic
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Miles driven on tires: 5,500
Location: Stamford, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,500 Miles on Tires
November 01, 2012

This is a good tire for the typical family sedan. It has good traction, is quiet, and performs well in the rain. It has seen limited light snow, but did handle well. So far, for the money, it was been a very good investment. It certainly exceeds the original tires on the Chevy.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.47

2007 Nissan Crew Cab 4x4
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Miles driven on tires: 60,000
Location: Tucson, AZ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 60,000 Miles on Tires
September 17, 2012

This survey is based on my driving conditions and I am not comparing this tire to Z rated tire. I used my 1st set BFG KM2 and lasted over 60,000mi. I changed them for safety and gave them to my brother with 7/32 left for his work truck. First, be realistic that is not H+ Rated tire for speed/racing, I drive 75mph avg Hwy and no problem at all, even same gas milage than stock street tires. Never had a flat tire on this set and I go off-road every month. I rotate and balance them regularly for better lifetime but depends on driver/owner and if you do Extreme 4x4 where you really wear them quicker for fun. For me BFG KM2 is perfect on Hwy, Sand, Mud, Snow, Rocks, Wet or Dry, I have pulled out from snow/sand/mud bigger 4x4 (Chevy, Tundra, Land Cruiser, Jeep) and no problem with tire traction. Works great for what I do/need and far better than street tires many are using (defined as off-road tires); same reason I pulled them out because not having the right tires for the place using them. Be realistic that no M/T tire will be great/perfect for speed and traction on ice as many tires, get chains for safety and better 4x4 driving; I have used my chains once and big difference when snow/ice specially at night.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial T/A Spec

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Radial T/A SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2011 Chevrolet Camaro LT
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Miles driven on tires: 25,288
Location: WHITE CASTLE, LA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,288 Miles on Tires
August 15, 2012

THESE TIRES WELL EXCEED MY EXPECTATIONS, PERFORMANCE WISE & ECONOMY WISE. MY CAMARO AVERAGES 26.5 MILES TO THE GALLON.I CONTRIBUTE THAT TO CHEVY TECHNOLOGY AND THE TIRES THEY CHOOSE TO PUT ON THIS CAR. GREAT PAIR, THIS IS AN EXCELLENT TIRE . DEFINITELY BUY THESE TIRES AGAIN.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Friday, August 31, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone WinterforceReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45

1998 Chevrolet Astro
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
August 10, 2012

This is a tremendous tire! I bought two rear tires for my 98 Chevy Astro Cargo van RWD! So, this is really important, REAR WHEEL DRIVE only, and CARGO, meaning nothing in the back, not even the carpet, ultra light back and of this van. Bought two only because they were very cheap, and I just didn't want to believe that the tire is that good as all the reviews are very very good here for it. So I wanted to make sure if the tires are really that good and then buy 2 more. So, winter in Chicago, not to much snow as it should be but still, this van, totally empty cargo area, was doing just as good as in summer with completely dry streets. No skidding, I entered parking spaces that were not cleaned of snow with no problems getting out. Starting from a red light with absolutely no problems, in fact I leave all the vehicles behind skidding and trying to get a good grip. The only problem is the variety of tire size, but that's, I guess, how they maintain low price. Because now for my 12 Dodge Grand Caravan I have to figure a size to put since they dont make it in 235/60/16.
So I definitely recommend this tire to everybody looking for a winter tire. Noise is acceptable for a winter tire (in fact, like I said, I got only plain metal in the back, there's no carpet or any isolation to reduce road noise (cargo minivan))

Which Street Legal Drag Radial Racing Tires to Buy

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 by Gary Stanley

Do you have a high-powered Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustang or modified car that you want to take to the drag strip? If so, you might be interested in a tire that is designed to be driven on the street, as well as at your event. 

Drag racing radials have softer sidewalls and tread compounds in order to maximize grip in straight-line acceleration that's typical when launching a car from a stop at a drag racing strip. 

Toyo Proxes TQ
Toyo Proxes
TQ
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A Drag Radial
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A Drag Radial
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A Drag Radial 2
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A Drag Radial 2


BFGoodrich's popular g-Force T/A Drag Radial is available in a variety of sizes and comes in two tread patterns depending on the size. The classic tread pattern is known as the T/A Drag Radial 2 while the more modern tread pattern is simply called the g-Force T/A Drag Radial. Toyo's Proxes TQ (which stands for "Top Qualifier") is available in more limited sizes and one tread pattern.

Note that while drag racing radials are street legal, the soft sidewalls they feature often result in reduced cornering grip and stability in street driving. 

Shop by size or by vehicle to see which models are available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

1990 Chevrolet K1500 4wd Pick-up
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Miles driven on tires: 65,000
Location: Hartford, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 65,000 Miles on Tires
July 27, 2012

I use my truck to commute to and from work, and in all kinds of weather. When my last set was getting low on tread, I realized I bought these tires about 65K to 75K miles ago!
During the NE winter of 2010-2011, I frequently drove wife and myself into work; at this point these tires had 35-45% tread left. That winter hit us so hard and unexpected, the highways weren't even plowed sometimes. So I ended up cutting my own path in 6-12 inch snow drifts on the interstate at 35-55mph depedning on the depth of snow. I just bought a new pair and am dying to go play in the snow! Its true the ride isn't Cadillac-smooth [brand new they are great] but I'm driving an old Chevy pickup so take that with a grain of salt. The price is pretty steep upfront, but unless things change with Firestone, I may never buy another brand for my truck. Bottom line, I'd refer these tires to my friends/family and anyone else I know.