Best Bridgestone Blizzak Winter Tires

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by Colin .

Bridgestone makes some of the best winter / snow tires on the market. Their tire models are divided into two basic categories, Studless Ice & Snow and Performance Winter / Snow.  

Studless Ice & Snow

Blizzak DMV1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70


The Blizzak WS70 and Blizzak DM-V1 are in the Studless Ice & Snow performance category. If you're in need of the best traction and are willing to give up some handling, then you would want to consider these options. The steering response and cornering of these tires will be less precise, but their traction, particularly on the ice, is excellent. These are great choices for people who live in areas that see severe snow and ice or have to drive up hills.   

Performance Winter / Snow

Blizzak LM60
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Blizzak LM32
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32


The Blizzak LM-60 and Blizzak LM-32 fall in the Performance Winter / Snow category. These tires offer handling and steering response that's more like a non-winter tire. However, they won't provide quite as good snow or ice traction as tires in the Studless Ice & Snow performance category. Performance Winter / Snow tires are really good options for the driver who lives in an urban area where the roads aren't typically covered in deep snow or ice or for those who live in an area that doesn't see severe winter conditions.

To find the winter / snow tire that's best for you application, shop by vehicle.

Best Winter Tires 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013 by Colin .

As we enter into the winter months, it's important to have tires that will give you the best traction possible. The following tires should be considered by drivers who experience harsh winter weather and travel on snow- and ice-covered roads.  

Bridgestone

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 is still one of the best winter / snow tires on the market. It rates highly in ice traction against other leading winter tires and also provides excellent snow traction. Bridgestone also offers a similar tire marketed toward trucks, sport utility vehicles and crossovers, named the Blizzak DM-V1.

Blizzak DM-V1 tires use Bridgestone's Multicell Z compound featuring microscopic bubbles and tubes to absorb the thin film of water that forms as tires run over packed snow and ice, while micro bite particles contribute to the edge effect that improves grip on packed snow and icy surfaces. It also incorporates advanced 3D Wash Board Z Sipe technology that increases both block stiffness for handling in the dry and increases the biting edge effect on frozen surfaces.

Michelin

Michelin's leading winter tire is the X-Ice Xi3. This Studless Ice & Snow tire was developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, family vans and small crossover vehicles that are looking for ice and snow traction along with predictable handling in cold, dry and wet wintry conditions. It also meets Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance and confirms the tire's contribution to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions of CO2 gases. The X-Ice Xi3 is designed to take on ice and snow while providing lasting winter performance.


Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Dunlop Winter Maxx


Dunlop

Dunlop is offering a new tire this year with the release of the Winter Maxx. We tested the tire on ice and it performed well. After comparing the tire against the Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact and Michelin X-Ice Xi3, we determined the tire matched with the best tires on ice. 

The Winter Maxx's Digital Rolling Simulation technology helps optimize tread pattern stiffness to enhance footprint pressure distribution for improved grip. Snow platform indicators are molded into the Winter Maxx tread grooves to inform the driver when beneficial ice and snow traction will be reduced as the tread wears away. Winter Maxx tires also are designed to increase confidence in cool and cold driving conditions as they enhance traction in slush, snow and on ice.

General

The AltiMAX Arctic has been around for many years and is still one of our popular sellers. We have tested the tire studded and unstudded and it delivers excellent wintertime traction in the snow and on ice. For its price, it's a great value for many drivers.

To view all winter options available for your car, shop by vehicle.

Steel Wheels for Winter Tires

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Colin .

Steel wheels are a popular option for drivers who experience harsh winter conditions. One of the main advantages to using a steel wheel compared to an alloy wheel is price. Because they cost less, they allow customers who wouldn't typically consider buying wheels with winter tires, the option to do so. Other descriptions of steel wheels that help drivers make their decision, include:

  • Typically available in black or silver finish
  • Basic styling can often be updated with wheel covers
  • Meet the basic needs of drivers who want the convenience of a winter tire package without the additional cost of an alloy wheel

The best way to see if we have steel wheels for your vehicle is to create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. After you enter your vehicle information, you'll be able to see if we have them available for your application. Steel wheel are not available for every vehicle.

If you would like dress up the appearance of your steel wheels, take a look our selection of wheel covers

Michelin X-Ice Xi3 vs Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Colin .

The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 are two of the best performing and most popular winter / snow tires. Even though both are in the same Studless Ice & Snow performance category, each possesses different qualities that may make one better suited for your winter driving needs. The Blizzak WS70 and X-Ice Xi3 rate very well in our customer surveys, however our in-house testing did bring their differences to the surface.  

Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Xice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3


Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

We found the ice handling and braking of the WS70 to be superior to the Xi3. When it came to handling in the snow, both were very close, but the Blizzak had better stopping results. The Blizzak also had a better ride quality, while the Michelin showed more precise clear road handling. Each option produced some tread growl up to about 55 mph then dissipated as the speeds increased.

 Michelin X-Ice Xi3

On the ice and snow, the Michelin winter tire didn't stop as quickly as the Bridgestone, but it did provide quicker acceleration times. In terms of ice traction, the X-Ice Xi3 didn't navigate turns as well as the Blizzak. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 did the best of minimizing compromises and feeling more like an all-season tire.

For a complete recap of our tests and to learn more about each tire, read "Testing the Newest Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires."

Best Winter / Snow Tires for a BMW 335i

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Colin .

Just like any vehicle, a BMW 335i will really benefit from running winter tires during the colder months. Even if you own the all-wheel drive model, a winter tire will help you steer and stop with confidence in snow and on ice. The most popular winter tires we offer to BMW customers come from Bridgestone, Michelin and Dunlop. Offerings in this category for the 335i are divided into two performance categories.


Performance Winter / Snow

Tires in this category will keep a lot of the handling you enjoy from your 335i but still provide very good winter traction. The main disadvantage to performance winter tires is that they won't have the same level of ice and snow traction as Studless Ice & Winter tires. If you live in an area that doesn't see large amounts of snow and ice or where the roads are normally plowed, this may be the best category for you.  

Studless Ice & Snow

Studless Ice & Snow tires are designed for drivers who want to maximize snow and ice traction without using winter tire studs (if you're interested in studded tires, check out tires in the Studdable Winter / Snow category). These tires will maximize your snow and ice traction by trading in some handling in dry and wet conditions. Some models exhibit this more than others, but none of them offer the precise steering response and cornering stability as a Performance Winter / Snow tire.

Purchasing a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package will give you the convenience of switching your tires on your own and ability to downsize your wheels and tires. Downsizing often reduces your overall cost and opens up more options in winter tires. Also, narrower tires will give you better winter traction than a wider option, so if you have a staggered wider rear set-up, switching to a square narrower set-up will help.  

For more help selecting the proper winter tire, read "Size Selection of Winter / Snow Tires."

Deciding When to Put on Winter Tires

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Colin .

On my way into work last week, I noticed the road crews had put salt down due to some early season ice. Here in South Bend, Indiana, we've also experienced some light flurries. However, I will not be putting on my winter tires until later in November because highs this week are expected to reach the low 60s. If I lived somewhere like Rapid City, South Dakota that has already shoveled out of one storm and is expecting another, I would be driving on snow tires. 

Since tire tread depth is one of the key elements to a winter tire's performance, it is best to maximize their life by only using them when necessary. A winter tire will start to lose quite a bit of its traction once it's worn down to approximately 6/32" of remaining tread depth. Many winter / snow tires have a "snow platform" molded into their tread to show you when it's time to replace them. Also, as a tire wears, it loses its tread design features that provide its biting edges. For example, look at the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 (photo above) at full tread depth and you will see the grooves and siping that give this tire its traction. Those will gradually disappear as the tire wears.

What makes a tire like the Blizzak so special during the winter months? It features dual tread compounds consisting of outer tread cap and underlying base compounds. When viewed through a microscope, the outer Blizzak Multicell compound resembles the appearance of Swiss cheese because it has millions of uniformly distributed microscopic pores that are constantly being exposed as the tread surface wears. In addition to providing thousands of miniature biting edges, the tire's pores help wick away the thin layer of water that often develops on top of snow packed and icy roads, allowing the biting edges to better adhere to the surface for more traction. The underlying base compound is a standard winter tread compound.

While there is no exact date for installing your winter / snow tires, factoring in the temperature and first snowfall are good indicators of when it's time. Don't own winter / snow tires? Shop by vehicle and find the set that's right for how and where you drive.

Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013-2014

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Colin .

Now's the time to purchase your winter / snow tires! Winter tires are offered in three performance categories: Performance Winter / Snow, Studless Ice & Snow and Studdable Winter / Snow.

Performance Winter / Snow tires are for drivers who want enhanced dry road handling and are willing to trade some snow and ice traction to get it. Studless Ice & Snow tires are designed for those who want to maximize snow and ice traction without the inconvenience of using winter tire studs. Studdable Winter / Snow tires provide basic snow traction and/or the additional security by adding optional winter tire studs to enhance traction on ice.

Bridgestone

The Blizzak WS70 and DM-V1 are ranked highly in the Studless Ice & Snow category and continue to score well in our customer feedback. We've been the largest single source of Blizzak studless winter / snow tires in the United States since their introduction in 1993 and have always been impressed with their traction on ice and in snow.   

Dunlop

Dunlop is replacing their very popular Performance Winter / Snow SP Winter Sport 3D with the SP Winter Sport 4D. The tires were developed for sports cars, coupes and sedans that come from the factory equipped with low profile tires mounted on large diameter alloy wheels. They provide dry, wet and snow-covered road competence by delivering traction throughout winter's cold temperatures. Also, when you purchase a set of four SP Winter Sport 3D or 4D winter tires before the end of the year, you can receive a $60 mail-in rebate. View special offer details here.

Michelin

In the Studless Ice & Snow category, take a look at Michelin's X-Ice Xi3, and if you own a light truck or SUV, consider their Latitude X-Ice Xi2. Both tires provide good ice and snow traction, along with predictable handling in cold, dry and wintry conditions. The X-Ice Xi2 meets Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance that contributes to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions from CO2 gases.

View all the brands of winter / snow tires we carry and find the one that's right for your vehicle.

Who Makes the Quietest Tires?

Friday, October 18, 2013 by Colin .

One of the most important aspects people consider when selecting tires is how quiet they are. Drivers want to be able to enjoy conversations with the people in their vehicle or some nice tunes, not the sound of their tires.  

When looking for quiet tires, take a look at the options available in the following categories:

Michelin makes some of the best and quietest tires on the market, including the Defender, Primacy MXV4, Primacy MXM4 and LTX M/S2. The Defender and Primacy tires are geared toward passenger cars, crossovers and minivans. Aside from their quiet ride, the Defender has a longer treadlife, but won't offer as good of handling as the Primacy options. LTX M/S2 tires are geared toward trucks and sport utility vehicles and are offered with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty. 

Bridgestone offers good quiet options with the Turanza Serenity Plus, Ecopia EP422 and Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. Both the Turanza Serenity Plus and Ecopia tires provide quiet rides, however if you're looking for better traction, consider the Serenity Plus. All three Bridgestone tires reduce rolling resistance to help enhance your vehicle's fuel economy.

In the Grand Touring All-Season category, the top tire is currently Pirelli's Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. One of the reasons the tire is ranked so highly is because it has the highest ranking in noise comfort.

When looking for tires in the Highway All-Season performance category, take a look at the Firestone Destination LE 2. It's currently ranked second in the category and is tied for first with the Michelin LTX M/S2 for quietness. The Destination LE 2 also receives high marks in hydroplaning resistance, wet traction, dry traction and ride comfort.

View our Tire Survey Results to help you find the tire that's best for you. When looking at the results, you can filter by noise comfort to see the quietest tires.

Picking the Best All-Season Tires for Snow

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Colin .

When it comes to driving in the snow and on ice, nothing provides you better traction than a set of dedicated winter / snow tires. If you live in an area that only receives light snow, you may be able to get by with all-season tires. The following options are some of the better performing all-season tires in wintry conditions.

In the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, the best winter performance has come from the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. The tire features Tuned Performance Indicators with 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 and wet roads, as well as light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicate the ExtremeContact DWS has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. Finally, after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" lets drivers know the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only. 

Another Continental tire that offers good traction in light snow is the PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. It's designed to balance long wear, a comfortable ride and low rolling resistance with wet grip and all-season traction, including light snow. Independent tread blocks are siped to provide additional biting edges with Continental's Traction Grooves to promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow traction.

If you're looking in the Standard Touring All-Season category, consider the Firestone Precision Touring. Currently the second ranked tire in the category, it receives high marks in the following areas:

  • Light snow traction
  • Deep snow traction
  • Ice traction

If you own a crossover or SUV, take a look at Bridgestone's Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. This Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire enhances vehicle fuel economy by reducing tire rolling resistance while delivering year-round traction, even in light snow. The tire features four circumferential grooves that help water flow from under the footprints to resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction while notches and sipes increase the edges that bite into light snow.

Shop by vehicle to view the options available for your car.

When to Put on Winter / Snow Tires

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Colin .

Starting this time of year, our team receives one question fairly often: "When should I put my winter / snow tires on?" The basic guideline is to change your tires when the average temperature gets into the 40 degree Fahrenheit range.  

Doing so will help maximize your snow tire's treadlife and ensure you're prepared for an early winter storm. A winter tire's tread depth is critical to its performance. Take a look at the pictures below, the new tire on the far left has max tread depth and you can see all the tread pattern features that make it grip the snow and ice. The middle tire is worn to about 6/32" and it is at the point where it'll start to lose its winter traction effectiveness. Finally, the tire on the far right is worn to 2/32" and will offer very poor winter performance.  

If you use a summer tire, we would suggest you switch to your winter set even if winter conditions aren't forecasted because the compound on that type of tire loses much of its flexibility in the cold and could result in loss of vehicle control even if the roads are dry. To learn more about how the proper snow tire can help you this winter, read "Tread Depth - Why Too Little is Never Enough."

Run-Flat Tire Symbols

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Colin .

Some drivers assume they have run-flat tires because their vehicle didn't come with a spare tire. This isn't always the case and there are letters on run-flats that designate them as this type of tire. The letters will vary from tire to tire and brand to brand. Below you will find examples of the letters or wording on tires that manufacturers use to let customers know they're run-flat tires:

  • Bridgestone and Firestone - RFT
  • Continental - SSR
  • Dunlop - DSST or ROF
  • Goodyear - EMT or RunOnFlat
  • Michelin - ZP
  • Pirelli - Run Flat
  • Kumho - XRP

Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Continental ContiSportContact
5P SSR

Dunlop SP Sport 4000T
DSST


Now that you know if you have run-flat tires on your vehicle, the question becomes: Do you want to keep them, or switch to non-run-flat tires? I receive many calls from drivers asking about switching to non-run-flats tires. Many customers look at non-run-flats because of the higher cost of run-flat tires, limited options and harsher ride quality. However, the comfort of knowing you won't be stranded on the side of the road with run-flat tires brings many drivers peace of mind. On average, run-flat tires can be driven up to 50 mph for 50 miles without pressure. Also, if you're leasing a vehicle with run-flat tires, you will most likely need to return it to the dealership with similar tires.      

Shop by vehicle to view all tires, including run-flat options, available for your application.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 vs. Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Colin .

The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 are two of the best winter / snow tires on the market. Many drivers wonder what features separate the two options. As you can see from the pictures below, their tread designs look similar, but there are differences that separate them from one another.  

X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
 
X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70


Ice Testing

Our ice test measured each tire's 60' acceleration in seconds and 12-0 mph stopping distance in feet. The WS70 took 4.17 seconds in the acceleration portion and took 31.1 feet to stop. Michelin's X-Ice Xi3 took 3.86 seconds and 32.5 feet. We also performed a subjective 90-degree ice cornering test and saw the Blizzak maintain its control throughout the turn, while the Michelin slid a few feet wider than the Bridgestone.

Snow Testing    

Our snow testing measured distance covered during 0-12 mph acceleration with traction control on and 12-0 mph stopping distance in feet. The Michelin reached 12 mph in 26.2 feet and stopped in 54.1 feet. Bridgestone's Blizzak WS70 reached 12 mph in 27.6 feet and stopped in 53.5 feet. 

Road Testing

On our 6.6-mile loop of expressway, state highway and county roads, we found the Michelin handled more like an all-season tire. In contrast, the Blizzak didn't handle quite as well and required more steering input when changing directions. They both had a similar level of road noise, however the Blizzak did have a better ride quality over bumps.

In summary, the Blizzak has an advantage in ice traction and ride comfort and the X-Ice Xi3 is a little better in clear road handling. Either option would be an excellent choice to satisfy your winter driving needs. For a complete recap of our test, check out "Testing the Newest Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires."     

Michelin Defender vs. Primacy MXV4

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Colin .

When looking for an all-season option from Michelin for your passenger vehicle, consider their Defender and Primacy MXV4. The Standard Touring All-Season Defender has a treadlife warranty of 90,000 miles for T- and H-speed rated models and an 80,000-mile warranty for the V-rated tire. We have already tested the tire at and around our headquarters and really liked its road manners and handling. It scored lower on wet and winter traction compared to some of the other tires we tested. The Defender is currently ranked number one in its category.    

Michelin's Grand Touring All-Season Primacy MXV4 is offered with a 60,000-mile treadlife warranty. It scored highest during our "Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge" test and performed good enough to receive the best overall ranking. It's high marks for road comfort and quietness set it apart from the rest. 

Defender
Michelin Defender
Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy MXV4


The main differences between the two is that the Defender will last longer, while the Primacy MXV4 will provide better all-season traction. Both tires offer great ride quality and low tread noise. Also, all Defender sizes feature Michelin's Green X technology, however only certain sizes of the Primacy MXV4 feature it. Green X branded tires are designed to have low rolling resistance to help obtain better fuel efficiency. 

View all Michelin tires and find the one that works best for your vehicle.

Best All-Season Tires for Snow

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Colin .

It's late summer and I am already taking calls from drivers asking which tires have the best winter traction. As you may already know, using winter / snow tires will give you the best winter traction. Since not everyone wants to or needs a dedicated set of winter tires, drivers who can use all-season tires in areas that see only light snow should consider tires in the following categories: 

After you select the performance category, you can filter based on winter performance and your tire's size. 

If you live in an area that receives its fair share of snow and ice, you can't beat the performance of a set of dedicated winter / snow tires. Remember, all-season tires are a compromise intended to provide acceptable traits under a wide variety of conditions.

Using our Winter Tire Decision Guide will help you narrow down your choices and lead you to the tires that are right for how and where you drive this winter.

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

Start with the Winter Tire Decision Guide and find the all-season tire that's best for you.

Michelin Defender Reviewed

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Colin .

The Michelin Defender has been on the market since last year and is a very popular choice for drivers looking for a good touring all-season tire for their family car, minivan or small crossover.  

Defender tires have a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty for T- and H-speed rated options and an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty for the V-rated tire. They also enhance fuel economy by meeting Michelin's Green X low rolling resistance objectives. 

Defender
Michelin Defender
Defender
Michelin Defender


Currently ranked as the top tire in the Standard Touring All-Season category and receives high marks in the following categories:

  • Hydroplaning Resistance
  • Dry Traction
  • Cornering Stability
  • Ride Comfort
  • Noise Comfort
  • Treadwear 

The Defender performed well during our testing. We really liked how well the tire handled and rode. It had very low road noise and was quiet while driving over bumps. The tire also handled very well with quick steering response and precise cornering. When it came to wet traction, the Defender was not quite as good as the other tires tested. At the limit, it didn't feel as controllable as the other tires. 

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing Passenger and Touring All-Season Tires."

Best Tires for a Honda Odyssey

Friday, August 23, 2013 by Colin .

Many Honda Odyssey owners want a tire that has long treadlife, good traction and a quiet ride. When looking for tires that work best for your Odyssey, it's important to remember that different trim levels and model years use different tire sizes, therefore you'll want to verify what size your vehicle uses first. Consider the following options when it comes time for new tires on your Honda Odyssey. 

Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology - This Standard Touring All-Season tire is offered with an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty. It's designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and provide very good all-season traction. Continental's PROactive Edge Technology brings more active edges into the contact patch to promote foul-weather traction while allowing the pattern elements to transfer smoothly from edge to edge to minimize road noise.

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus - Designed to provide Bridgestone's ultimate in luxury, elegance and comfort, the Turanza Serenity Plus blends long wear with dry, wet and wintertime traction, even in light snow. The tire is one of the highest rated options in the Grand Touring All-Season category.

Michelin Primacy MXV4 - Like the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus, the Primacy MXV4 also rates very well in the Grand Touring All-Season category. It's offered with a 60,000-mile treadlife warranty and excels in ride quietness and smoothness. To see how this tire performed during our testing, watch "Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge."


Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
Plus

Michelin Primacy
MXV4


Firestone Precision Touring - Available with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty, this tire provides year-round capability and comfort. In our testing the tire was a little noisier compared to its competition, but is ranked very highly in its category. It receives high marks in the following areas:  

  • Treadwear
  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Cornering stability
  • Dry traction
  • Steering response

General AltiMAX RT and HP - These value-priced options are strongly worth considering. The RT model comes with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty, while the HP H-speed rated version has a 55,000-mile warranty and the V-speed rated version offers a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty. Both models combine reliability, comfort and treadlife and are a good choice for your Honda Odyssey.  

View our Tire Decision Guide to help you determine the best tires for how and where you drive your Honda Odyssey.

Are Yokohama Tires Good?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Colin .

Yokohama has been around for many years and makes very good options to fulfill your tire replacement needs.

In the Max Performance Summer category, they recently introduced the ADVAN Sport V105. It's developed for the drivers of high-powered sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans who want an increase in agile handling with a more comfortable ride. Based on technology fostered through participation in motorsports and development at the Nurburgring Circuit in Germany (one of the world's most grueling race/test tracks), the tire is designed to promote dry traction and handling.

If you're shopping for something a bit more extreme, then take a look at the ADVAN Neova AD08 R. It's Yokohama's latest Extreme Performance Summer offering and provides an even higher level of dry traction and handling, while giving up some treadlife and ride quality compared to the ADVAN Sport V105.  

If you are looking for an all-season option that offers sporty handling, the AVID ENVigor is available in H- or V- and W-speed ratings. While the tire doesn't offer the high traction and handling attributes of summer tires, it'll last longer and give you some winter traction versatility.

Another all-season option to consider is the AVID TOURING-S. This Standard Touring All-Season tire is developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans and minivans and is engineered to provide good traction, excellent ride qualities and long treadlife.  

For those of you who own a truck, crossover or sport utility vehicle, Yokohama offers the Parada Spec-X. Based on survey results, the tire is rated number one by consumers in the Street/Sport Truck All-Season category. Two additional light truck/SUV tires worth considering, include the Geolandar H/T-S G051 and Geolandar A/T-S

View all Yokohama tires and find the one that's right for how and where you drive.

Best Replacement Tires for the Run-Flats on C6 Corvettes

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by Colin .

Many Corvette owners ask about switching to non-run-flat tires for multiple reasons, including cost, selection and ride quality. For standard C6 sizes, there are a number of excellent non-run-flat options to choose from with the 245/40R18 size in the front and 285/35R19 in the rear.  

The best performance tires in terms of handling and traction are the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. Both options will give you superior handling, cornering, braking and acceleration in the dry and wet. Between the two, our testing showed the Michelin as the reigning king of the Max Performance Summer category.  

If you don't need the highest performance and want more of a value-priced tire, the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110, Continental ExtremeContact DW and Sumitomo HTR Z III would be good tires for your Corvette. Each tire will deliver good performance at a lower price point.

Some Corvette owners need an all-season option and Michelin's new Pilot Sport A/S 3 improves upon their A/S Plus in just about every category. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season is another great choice that offers responsive handing and very good wet and dry traction. It offers confidence-inspiring all-season traction for those who want to drive their vehicle any time of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


To view all options for your C6 Corvette, shop by vehicle.

Tire Tread Direction

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by Colin .

Tires come in a variety of tread designs. The three basic tread designs and examples are listed below:


Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position (Directional)

Michelin Primacy MXV4 (Symmetric)

Michelin Pilot Super Sport (Asymmetric)


One of the most common questions I receive about tire tread design has to do with asymmetric tires. Their tread design makes it look like the tires on one side of the vehicle are rotating in the wrong direction. As long as the side stating "outside" on the sidewall is mounted facing you, then they are correct. Even though they may look wrong, the tires are engineered with different tread features and compounds across the tread design to optimize handling, wet and dry traction and ride quality.  

All of these types of tires can be rotated but not equally as well. Symmetric and asymmetric tires can be rotated front-to-back, back-to-front and across. Directional tires cannot be cross rotated unless you have them remounted for the other side of the vehicle.  

With regards to mixing tire types, it's always best to identically match tire models on the front and rear of the vehicle. If you have to substitute the tire for a different model, at least try to get the same tread design to ensure you receive the safest and best performance out of your vehicle.

To gain a better understanding on the differences between tread designs, read "Tire Tread Patterns."

Finding the Best Tires for Your Nissan Maxima

Thursday, July 25, 2013 by Colin .

Nissan's Maxima can take a variety of different tires from several performance categories. The first step to determining the best tires for your Maxima is to confirm the tire size. Next, you'll want to research and find what performance category fits what characteristics you desire in your new set of tires. Take a look at the following categories, along with some top choices in helping you determine the best tires for your Nissan.

While all options may not be available in your size, visit our Tire Decision Guide to help you determine the best tires for how and where you drive.