High Quality and a Value Price with the BBS SR

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

BBS' name is world renowned for making high-quality wheels. With years of success in motorsports, BBS is dedicated to pursuing the highest level of technology and then applying this experience to the street.

 BBS SR - Anthracite Painted
BBS SR Anthracite Painted
 BBS SR - Machined w/ Graphite Accent
BBS SR Machined with Matte Graphite Accent


The SR is one of their newest and most affordable cast aluminum monobloc wheels, made using one-piece counter pressure cast technology and optimized by FEM analysis. Using FEM analysis and computer simulations, wheel properties are determined and optimized during the design stage. Prototypes have to demonstrate their quality on laboratory test benches under extreme conditions. During series production, an effective quality assurance system guarantees that each wheel is of first-rate quality. All BBS SR wheels are currently manufactured in BBS's state-of-the-art facility in Germany.

BBS SR wheels are available in 16" - 19" sizes and offered in anthracite painted and machined with matte graphite accent finishes. Vehicle fitments for the wheel include BMW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and other foreign and domestic models.

Shop by vehicle to see if the BBS SR is a fit for your application.

Introducing the Goodyear Assurance All-Season

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Assurance All-Season is Goodyear’s entry-level Passenger All-Season member of their Assurance family of tires. Developed for drivers of family sedans and minivans, the tire provides confident all-season traction and delivers Goodyear's value by combining attractive pricing, long wear and year-round traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, even in light snow. Currently, all sizes of this tire are made in the United States.

 Goodyear Assurance All-Season
Goodyear Assurance All-Season
 Goodyear Assurance All-Season
Goodyear Assurance All-Season


Features and Benefits of the Goodyear Assurance All-Season:

  • Multiple biting edges offer great all-season traction
  • Wide tread grooves help evacuate water and slush for enhanced wet traction
  • Optimized tread pattern reduces road noise for a quieter ride
  • Large stable shoulder blocks for confident dry and wet handling
  • 65,000-treadlife warranty

If you're looking to get the best performance at a great price, backed by a company with over 100 years of tire building experience, consider the Goodyear Assurance All-Season. Shop by vehicle and see if the Assurance All-Season is offered for your application.

How Does Ordering Tires Online Work? Find. Deliver. Install.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Here at Tire Rack, we're always thinking about tires! We make it easy to find what's right for your vehicle, get it delivered fast and we'll also help you choose an installer.

Find

  • Our test track is truth serum for tires and allows us to provide reliable data, test results and reviews.
  • In addition to tire tests, we have maintained an independent consumer survey to allow drivers help each other by sharing their long term tire experiences.
  • With our large selection of tires, wheels, suspension products, brakes and more, we have something for almost every driver.
  • Side-by-side comparison of tread patterns, consumer survey results, reviews and independent test results are available so you can research and find the tires that are right for how and where you drive.
  • Shop by vehicle and view the exact fitments available for your application.

Deliver

  • Most deliveries are made within one business day.
  • Shipping quotes are available online and via phone.
  • Free shipping for all brakes, suspension and other parts and accessories orders over $50.

Install

  • We can ship directly to your home, office or one of our 8,000+ Recommended Installers.
  • Per our Price Pledge program, all independent Recommended Installers agree to display exact quotes for installation services based on tire aspect ratio. Additional or optional related installation fees are also displayed. 

Trailer Tires Offered at Tire Rack

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Now is the time of year to get our campers, RVs and utility trailers out of storage and ready for summer trips. Before hitting the road, you need to look at the tires' wear and age. You'll also need to see if there are any bubbles, tread separations or cracks.

Our experience has been that when properly stored and cared for, most street tires have a useful life in service of between six to ten years. Unfortunately, no one is absolutely sure of how long tires will last because of many variables. Heavily loaded tires equipped on vehicles stored outdoors in sunny, hot climates and only driven occasionally face some of the most severe service conditions and potentially have the shortest calendar lifespan. In contrast, lightly loaded tires on vehicles parked in garages and driven daily in moderate climates experience some of the least severe service conditions and potentially have the longest lifespan.

If you need to replace tires on your camper, RV or utility trailer, take a look at the Power King Towmax STR, Goodyear Marathon Radial and Kumho Radial 857.

 Power King Towmax STR
Power King Towmax STR
 Goodyear Marathon Radial
Goodyear Marathon Radial
 Kuhmo Radial 857
Kumho Radial 857


Towmax STR tires feature a symmetric tread design with a solid center rib to provide constant rubber-to-road contact to enhance highway stability, traction and wear. The tire’s internal structure features twin steel belts (15” and 16” sizes are reinforced with a nylon cap ply that further stabilizes the tread to increase durability). The Towmax STR’s rounded profile and polyester cord body are designed to help smooth out the trailer's ride.

Marathon Radial tires feature a rounded profile to enhance ride quality and a symmetric tread design with a solid center rib to provide constant rubber-to-road contact that delivers dependable highway stability, traction and long-lasting wear. Internally, the Marathon Radial features twin steel belts (with select sizes reinforced with nylon cap plies) that stabilize the tread to increase traction and durability.

The Radial 857 features a 4-rib design to provide dependable highway stability, traction and durability. It also has twin steel belts that stabilize the tread to increase traction, while a 2-ply, polyester cord body helps even out the trailer's ride.

If your camper, RV or utility trailer is due for a tire upgrade, be sure to shop by size and compare the trailer tires available for your application.

Wheels and Tires Made in the USA!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

When choosing the right tire or wheel, a very important part of the selection process for some consumers is finding out where the product is made. The following products are a few of our most popular that are exclusively made in the United States.

When looking for tires for your truck, take a look at the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac or Dick Cepek Fun Country. Both tires can be driven on and off the road, and provide great traction while you play hard. As for wheels, the Black Rock line offers durable and affordable steel options that are manufactured in California.

 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac
Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac
 Dick Cepek Fun Country
Dick Cepek Fun Country
 Black Rock Wheels
Black Rock Wheels


Are you the owner of a coupe, sedan, van or crossover vehicle? Then take a look at the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A or Dunlop Signature II. Both of these Grand Touring All-Season tires offer excellent traction, even in light snow. They're also offered with an exceptional treadlife warranty.

If you're currently shopping for a tire or wheel that is manufactured in the United States, give any of these choices a consideration. You can also click on the "Specs" tab on a product's page for any tire and our website will display the country of origin for the tire.

Shop by vehicle and find the tire that's right for your application.

Best Tires for Chevrolet Camaro

Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Chevrolet Camaro is one of my favorite American muscle cars. I think the car has a nice blend of old school style and new age design. Two of the most popular packages would be the RS and SS which provide optional 20" staggered tires and wheels. The Camaro RS and SS came from the factory with 245/45R20 in the front and 275/40R20 rear Pirelli P Zero Max Performance Summer tires.

When it comes to replacing tires on the Camaro, many drivers love the summer tires and look to go back to the equivalent level of grip and treadlife when choosing a replacement set, while others don't drive as aggressively and want a tire that provides a better ride and much longer treadlife.

Pirelli P Zero
Pirelli P Zero
 Continental Extreme Contact DW
Continental ExtremeContact DW


If you're a Camaro owner that loved how the car performed when new and are happy with the ride and treadlife of a summer tire, take a look at staying with the Original Equipment. The tire offers excellent dry road traction. If you want to try something new, consider the Continental ExtremeContact DW which provides noticeably better wet traction and lower road noise.

 Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
 General G-Max AS-03
General G-MAX AS-03


If you're a Camaro owner who wants the best ride and longest treadlife at the expense of some grip, or would like to occasionally drive the Camaro in light snow, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS or General G-MAX AS-03 are both great options. Each tire would offer better treadlife over the Pirelli summer tire, along with the ability to drive the Camaro in freezing temperatures and light snow.

If it's time to change the tires on your RS or SS Camaro be sure to consider what you want most from your tires and choose something that best fits your everyday driving needs. For more help shopping for Camaro tires, read "Looking to Buy the Best Tire, But Not Sure Which One? Tire Rack Has the Answer!"

Are Your Chrysler PT Cruiser Chrome Wheels Looking Bad and Struggling to Hold Air?

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Chrome wheels were a very popular option on the PT Cruiser and they made a nice addition to the retro looking car. However, most owners are now finding out that chrome is not a maintenance-free wheel and is never recommended for use in winter conditions.

Chrome wheels have no protective coating and if used in wintry conditions, or if not frequently washed, they can start to look oxidized or hazy and the chrome finish will begin to peel. This isn't only an esthetics problem, but many find the peeling causes problems with the tire sealing properly to the wheel which can cause a slow leak. Having the tire removed from the wheel and cleaning the bead area of the wheel can help in some cases, but the problem most often always returns.

We offer many low-cost options for replacement that provide a more durable finish. When replacing wheels on the PT Cruiser I recommend to use a painted or clearcoat finish in order to achieve a more durable finish which is more suitable for all-season use.


MSW Type 14

Sport Edition SE-17

RIAL Como


Some of the more popular replacement wheels include the MSW Type 14, Sport Edition SE-17 and RIAL Como. Each option is offered with a silver painted finish with a five-spoke design similar to a wheel that would have come on the car new.

If your chrome wheels aren't looking good or are having trouble holding air, shop by vehicle to find a new durable option for your PT Cruiser.

Michelin's Premier A/S Features New EverGrip Technology

Friday, May 30, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Michelin's newest Grand Touring All-Season tire, the Premier A/S is designed to be "Safe When New. Safe When Worn." The Premier A/S is replacing the widely popular Primacy MXV4. Premier A/S tires aim to give drivers unparalleled traction, whether the tire is new or worn down.

The Michelin Premier A/S uses an extreme silica and sunflower oil enhanced tread compound to increase traction in wet and cold temperatures. This compound is molded into a symmetric tread design featuring a continuous center rib flanked by notched intermediate ribs and linked shoulder blocks to deliver straight-line tracking and responsive dry-road handling.

Michelin EverGrip Technology adds Expanding Rain Grooves around the tire’s circumference and Emerging Grooves across the shoulders. As the tire wears, the Expanding Rain Grooves widen while Emerging Grooves open up across each shoulder block to help retain more traction in wet and wintry conditions.

The tire offers Michelin Total Performance that utilizes innovative technologies to bring multiple performances together. Combining stopping power, driving control, promised weather appropriateness and enhanced fuel efficiency, Michelin Total Performance tires reduce the influence of traditional trade-offs normally associated with tires. Michelin Total Performance is a promise of Michelin tire excellence.

We had a chance to test the tire when new, as well as when the tread depth was worn down to 5/32". For a recap of our test, read "Michelin Premier A/S Introductory Drive."

Introducing the New Hoosier A7

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Hoosier has long been the gold standard when looking for the best racetrack and autocross tires. This season they have launched the new DOT A7 Radial. The tire replaces the widely popular Hoosier A6 and aims to set the bar even higher.

DOT A7 Radials are Racetrack & Autocross Only tires developed for drivers who compete in autocross, time trial and hillclimb events in dry conditions where responsiveness and high levels of grip at lower operating temperatures are desirable. A7 tires are also used for road racing on lightweight cars or when competing in cool ambient temperatures where Hoosier's R6 Radials can't be brought up to favorable operating temperatures.

These tires incorporate a new tread compound designed to extend wear and useable heat cycles, as well as experience less “fall-off” during a long run and less degradation over the life of the tire (compared to A6 tires). The tread compound is molded into a slick tread design interrupted only by five-dash circumferentially oriented grooves alternating outboard and inboard.

 Hoosier A7
Hoosier A7
 Hoosier A7
Hoosier A7


Beginning with a tread depth of 4/32", they will not require shaving for competition, however they'll benefit from a minimal scuff-in prior to their first run. We can provide a heat cycling service for an additional $15 per tire, so when you receive your new A7 tires they will be track ready.

The new A7 tires are in stock and ready for race season. Shop by size and see if there is an A7 tire offered for your track car today!

Kumho Ecsta PA31: All-Season Traction at a Great Price

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Ecsta PA31 is Kumho's newest introduction to the High Performance All-Season performance category. It's also currently ranked number one in our survey results. Ecsta PA31 tires are typically at a price-point that's a little lower when compared to similar options. These tires would be a great choice for drivers of mid-level sports cars, sporty coupes and high-performance sedans, such as BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and others.

Designed to provide high performance handling in wet and dry conditions, the tire also delivers Kumho’s unparalleled combination of ride comfort, low noise and all-season traction, even in light snow.

 Kuhmo Ecsta PA31
Kuhmo Ecsta PA31
 Kuhmo Ecsta PA31
Kuhmo Ecsta PA31


Ecsta PA31 tires feature an advanced technology tread compound that blends high performance handling and all-season traction with long treadwear. Its compound is molded into a mildly directional tread design that promotes even wear, responsive steering, cornering stability and braking traction in all-season conditions. The directional tread design’s four circumferential and multiple cross grooves help expel water quickly to resist hydroplaning and improve wet weather traction.

If your drive demands a tire with a performance edge, quiet ride and all-season traction, and you're looking to get the most performance for your dollar, take a look at the Kumho Ecsta PA31!

Introducing the Bridgestone DriveGuard - A Perfect Choice for the Safety-Minded Driver

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The thought of being stranded on the side of the road trying to change a flat tire while traffic's whizzing by is an agonizing situation for just about any driver. Bridgestone hopes to change this scenario by offering the new DriveGuard Grand Touring All-Season self-supporting replacement run-flat tire. Designed to satisfy drivers looking for a longer wearing, better riding option to replace Original Equipment run-flat tires, the tire is also an option for safety-minded drivers whose cars were not originally available with run-flat tires.

The safety and piece of mind with owning a run-flat tire can now be offered on many mainstream vehicles like the Camry, Accord, Civic, Corolla and others. It's important to note that all vehicles must be equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Featuring Bridgestone’s latest run-flat technology, DriveGuard tires offer almost the same riding comfort as conventional tires while providing temporary extended mobility for a distance of 50 miles at up to 50 mph even after a puncture has allowed complete air pressure loss. DriveGuard tires can help drivers better manage their busy schedules by avoiding becoming stranded in a rural area, on a crowded expressway or in inclement weather because of a flat tire.

Choose to keep moving! Let the Bridgestone DriveGuard give you the confidence to handle almost any driving situation.

Shop by vehicle to see if the Bridgestone DriveGuard is offered for your application.

Do I have to Put Run-Flat Tires on My BMW?

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

When it comes to tires for a BMW, many aren't pleased with the harsh ride and short treadlife of the Original Equipment run-flat tires. However, many owners are unsure if they're able to make the switch to a standard tire. The answer is not as difficult as you might think.

BMWs can make the switch to non-run-flat tires, the same is true when switching to dedicated winter tires. It's important to note that in most cases, the vehicle did not come with a spare tire. If you decide to make the switch to non-run-flat tires, a road hazard would leave you stranded on the side of the road without a spare to put on the car.

A solution to this issue is to purchase the Continental ContiComfortKit. The kit is capable of comfortably sealing typical tire punctures, making it possible for you to complete the drive home, to work or to a tire repair facility. It combines a powerful, high-volume, 12-volt air compressor, integral pressure gauge and a latex liquid tire sealant packaged in a compact, lightweight unit that's easy to store in a vehicle.

Another option worth considering is buying a full-size matching spare tire and wheel. Going this route essentially creates a set of five tires that will last longer than just four. The spare should be integrated into the vehicle's tire rotation from the beginning, as this will wear out the spare tire before it becomes too old.

The choice to switch to non-run-flat tires boils down to your comfort level. If having a tire failure and being on the side of the road until roadside service arrives or changing a spare on a busy highway are things you could never cope with, then staying with run-flats is probably best for you. If you're confident changing a spare tire in only a matter of minutes or waiting for roadside service is not a big deal, then you may be someone who could easily make the switch to a non-run-flat tire.

To view available non-run-flat tire options for your BMW, shop by vehicle.

Best Brake Pads for 2014? It Could Be Brembo's New Offering

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

All brake pads produce dust as they wear. However, there are some pad materials that create a less noticeable dust and don't make your wheels look like they're covered in tar. A newer form of friction material, called ceramic composite, creates a light-colored dust that's much less noticeable and is less likely to stick to your wheels. Ceramic pads are quieter and easier on brake rotors. These pads can also extend brake life beyond a semi-metallic pad.

New this year are the Ceramic Brake Pads from Brembo. The pads are available to fit most popular sporty sedans and coupes like BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Designed and engineered to enhance braking power, Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads minimize braking distances while offering a quiet and safe braking experience on a variety of road conditions. Original Equipment Direct Moulding Pressing Process provides a proper and accurate fit. The positive molding process uses extreme pressure to compress friction materials and provide balanced bonding to the backing plate. Each pad is then thermal scorched following Brembo's O.E. specifications to lessen running-in and fading.

Brembo's multi-layer ESE (Elastomer - Steel - Elastomer) red shim, clearly identifying the pads as Brembo pads, dampens noise and minimizes vibrations. Additional noise dampening is handled by the backing plate which also acts as a heat shield to reduce heat transfer to the caliper.

If you're looking to change the pads on your vehicle and want an alternative to black brake dust, take a look at the Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads. When changing brake pads, it's a good time to change brake wear sensors and maybe time to consider changing your brake fluid. Don't forget you'll get free shipping on all brakes, suspension and other parts and accessories on your order over $50.

Looking for Lightweight Track Wheels at a Great Price? The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is Your Answer

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Autocross and track season are quickly approaching and many racers have already begun to plan for upcoming races and events. As most enthusiasts know, switching out your vehicle's heavy, factory steel or alloy wheels is one of the easiest performance upgrades to your track vehicle. By switching to a lighter weight wheel, your car will instantly feel quicker and respond better compared to your stock wheels. The rotational force to get a lighter weight wheel to move and stop is less, therefore the engine and braking system of the car can respond quicker. Reducing the unsprung weight will also reap benefits when cornering, as the shocks and springs will have less weight to dampen during rebound and compression.

Typically, the answer to a lighter wheel is purchasing a fully forged alloy wheel, however, this option can become expensive for some. There are many highly engineered cast alloy options that are more affordable and provide a great bang for your buck.


Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Black Painted

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Bright Silver Paint

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Gold Painted

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Special Brilliant Coating


Enkei Racing Series' RPF1 uses a revolutionary MAT Process to make lighter weight wheels. MAT is a technology for producing an aluminum wheel by combining Enkei's MAP (Most Advanced Production) and flow-forming forging technology. MAP is a highly automated system. Each process is connected in a single-piece flow system that transports wheels from the melting process, through heat treatment and on to machining. The process of spinning the rim vs. casting it to both shape and elongate it produces a finer, more even aluminum structure and ensures the wheel will remain lightweight and strong. The complete MAT process has a drastic impact on the microstructure of aluminum and results in outstanding improvement of the mechanical property of the material.

As wheels and tires become larger, use of the MAT process to manufacture wheels becomes even more important. In order to reduce weight under a vehicle's suspension, larger wheels must remain light. Enkei Racing Series' new generation of 10% - 15% lighter weight, forged MAT wheels are strong and retain optimum anti-flex properties.

The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is offered in black painted, bright silver paint, gold painted and special brilliant coating finishes for a wide assortment of vehicles like BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Honda. Shop by vehicle to see if the Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is offered as a performance upgrade for your track car.

Looking to Buy the Best Tire, But Not Sure Which One? Tire Rack Has the Answer!

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Buying a new set of tires can be a bit overwhelming, but luckily Tire Rack has the right tools and information to make your buying experience easy. Our Tire Decision Guide allows you to enter your vehicle's make, model and year, then answer a few questions about how you drive. After that, we will narrow down your choices and lead you to the tires that are right for you. The Tire Decision Guide will also provide you with the following information:

  • Easy-to-compare results
  • Short list sorted by performance category
  • Includes our top recommendations

Selecting the right tires for your vehicle is an important decision. Your safety, as well as driving enjoyment over the next few years and thousands of miles will be determined by this decision. The information provided in the Tire Decision Guide and the advice/recommendations from the experts at the Tire Rack will ensure you select tires that match your vehicle...and the way you drive it!

If you've got your tire search narrowed down, but want some additional help in selecting your next set of tires, check out our Tire Test Results, Tire Survey Results and Tire Reviews to help you feel confident you have made the right choice. Before placing your order, be sure to verify the correct tire size for your vehicle by checking the vehicle's door placard.

When you start shopping for your next set of tires, make sure to take advantage of our Tire Decision Guide and other useful tools we offer to make selecting the best tire easier than ever!

Looking for the Best Wet Traction from an All-Season Tire?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Driving in the rain can be a nerve-racking experience on its own, but factor in having a tire that's bad in wet conditions and you can have a recipe for disaster. We have the ability to test tires on our track when it's dry, as well as wet. This is important because there can be a very significant difference when it comes to wet traction between competing tires.

When it comes to choosing a tire with great wet traction and hydroplaning resistance, Tire Rack has a long list of tests we've performed ourselves. In these tests, we highlight important factors such as wet braking, wet steering response and wet cornering g-Force. Also, view customer surveys as they are very helpful when trying to identify which tires provide the best wet traction.

 General Altimax RT43
General AltiMAX
RT43
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3
 Continental Pure Contact with EcoPlus Technology
Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology


If you're looking for an all-season tire with great wet traction and hydroplaning resistance, take a look at the General AltiMAX RT43, Michelin Pilot A/S 3 and Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. All three choices have tested very well during our in-house tests and are continually rated highly by customers for their wet traction capabilities.

To learn more about the importance of having a tire that can handle wet conditions, read "Hydroplaning: The Role Tires Play."

Our Customers Have Rated the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus the Best Grand Touring All-Season Tire

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Our most recent customer survey results have placed the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus as the highest-rated Grand Touring All-Season tire. Grand Touring All-Season tires place an emphasis on providing a luxurious smooth, quiet and comfortable ride while maintaining an optimal amount of traction in inclement weather.

 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All  Season Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus
 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All  Season Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus


Developed to be environmentally friendly, Pirelli’s EcoImpact icons confirm the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus’ contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air, low noise and long wear. Designed to be driven in diverse weather conditions, the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus features lower weight, less rolling resistance and reduced noise while enhancing wet braking and year-round traction, even in light snow.

Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tires use a tread compound that features low oil and high-silica content to reduce braking distances and rolling resistance. This compound is molded into an asymmetric tread design that blends dry handling with wet road and wintertime traction. A continuous outboard shoulder promotes steering response while the pitch sequencing and phasing of multiple inboard tread block sizes reduce pattern noise. Four wide circumferential grooves help evacuate water to increase hydroplaning resistance while engineered lateral and longitudinal sipes increase the number of biting edges to enhance wet road and wintertime traction.

To improve high-speed durability, handling ride quality and wear, the tire’s internal structure features twin, lightweight steel belts reinforced by variable-tension spirally wrapped polyamide. The tire features a progressively flexible sidewall to cut down on deformation and unnecessary dispersal of energy, thereby reducing rolling resistance.

If you drive a luxury touring vehicle and would like a smooth and quiet tire with great grip, consider the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus.

Best Replacement Tires for the Honda Odyssey

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

When shopping for tires for the Honda Odyssey most customers tend to look for tires that are quiet, comfortable riding and provide good traction in snow and on ice. Because of the large open space inside the cabin of the minivan, road noise is always an issue. Choosing the right tire can really make a big difference.

A few great options to consider when replacing tires on your Honda Odyssey include the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring, Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and Firestone's Precision Touring. All three provide the best blend of ride/noise comfort, all-season traction and price.

 Goodyear Assurance ComorTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
 Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
 Firestone Precision Touring
Firestone Precision Touring


Goodyear's Assurance ComforTred Touring features a mildly asymmetric tread design that combines independent shoulder blocks with notched intermediate and center ribs to blend dry and wet road traction and handling. Four wide circumferential grooves evacuate water from under the tread to enhance wet traction while the tread grooves, notches and sipes form biting edges to deliver all-season traction in light snow.

The tire's internal construction includes a super shock absorbent Comfort Layer of rubber sandwiched between the tread and steel belts to insulate vibration and impacts with expansion joints, potholes and bumps. It also features Goodyear's dual-layer ComfortEdge sidewall supports to provide a balance of ride comfort and handling.

CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology tires from Continental use an all-season tread compound featuring their Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. The compound is molded into a symmetric tread design with notched outboard shoulders, independent intermediate tread blocks and continuous center ribs to blend on-road steering response and straight-line stability with reduced noise and enhanced ride comfort. All sizes of the CrossContact LX20 come with a flanged lower sidewall to help reduce the possibility of curb damage to expensive wheels.

The Precision Touring is Firestone's Standard Touring All-Season tire developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, family minivans and crossover vehicles looking for year-round capability and comfort. Affordably priced, the tire is designed to blend long treadwear, a quiet ride and all-season traction on dry and wet roads, as well as in light snow.

Precision Touring tires mold a silica-enhanced all-season tread compound into a symmetric design featuring wide shoulders flanking interlocking ribs to provide dry road response and handling. Four circumferential grooves help guide water through the tire's footprint for wet traction while multiple notches and sipes provide the biting edges to enhance traction in light snow. The tire's structure includes twin, high tensile steel belts on top of a polyester casing to deliver strength, ride quality and handling.

Be sure to check out our test results and customer survey reviews to help you make a decision on what tire is best for how and where you drive.

Is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology the Best Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire? Our Customers Think So!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The main concern of many crossover and SUV customers is traction, treadlife and road noise, not always in that order. Continental's CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is a tire that rates highly in all of these key areas.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, currently ranked first in our survey results, is Continental's ecologically friendly Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire developed to help crossovers, sport utility vehicles and light-duty pickup trucks perform on the highway and in mild off-road conditions. It's designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces, while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow.

 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


Continental uses an all-season tread compound featuring their Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. The compound is molded into a symmetric tread design with notched outboard shoulders, independent intermediate tread blocks and continuous center ribs to blend on-road steering response and straight-line stability with reduced noise and enhanced ride comfort. Four circumferential grooves enhance wet traction while Continental’s Traction Grooves (featuring ridges in the outboard grooves) promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow traction.

To view the performance ratings for the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, take a look at "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire."

Hankook Ventus S1 noble2: Great Performance at a Value Price

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Ventus S1 noble2 is the newest Ultra High Performance All-Season tire offered from Hankook and a recent Tire Rack test showed the tire to be one of the best in its performance category. In our test, "Testing Value-Priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires," the Ventus S1 noble2 proved to be a top performer in key areas like ride comfort, road noise and wet traction. We compared Firestone's Firehawk Wide Oval AS, the General G-MAX AS-03, Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2.

 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2


The Ventus S1 noble2 (H452) is developed for drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans looking to combine on-road performance with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Designed to provide Hankook's ideal ultra high performance all-season balance, the Ventus S1 noble2 blends handling and cornering performance with all-season traction, even in light snow.

Ventus S1 noble2 tires use hybrid compound technology silica that combines wet road traction with lower rolling resistance and longer treadlife. This compound is molded into a sophisticated semi-rib asymmetric tread design that features notched outboard shoulders, intermediate and center ribs to deliver responsive handling and stable cornering in dry conditions. Four circumferential grooves and inboard Aqua Hydro Block technology provide efficient wet traction and braking. Carving edge grooves and 3D sipes promote wet road and wintertime traction without abandoning dry road response and handling.

If you're looking to get the most tire for your money, the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 is definitely a great performing tire at a value price.