Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2007 Mazda MAZDA3 s 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
June 11, 2013

These replaced well worn Yokohama s.drives in the same size, mounted on Mazda CX7 OEM wheels 18x7.5". The s.drives had 35K hard heat soaked miles on them, were zigzag cupped on the insides (bad rear toe) and very thin inside compared to outside, perhaps from the MZ3's stock negative camber. Noise and dry grip are dramatically improved, as is the ride comfort, keeping in mind that any new tire replacing a worn and heat cycled tire will almost always be quieter, grippier and softer riding. The Las Vegas heat is brutal on tires, and it so seldom rains I cannot comment on and wet performance. I also can't comment on tread wear as of yet. So far and am very pleased I spent the extra $1 per tire over a new set of s.drives. This was all thanks to Tire Rack's excellent customer survey system. As I look back at all of the Yokohama tires I have purchased here at Tire Rack it seems all Yoko's get extremely noisy with age. Maybe a brand trait? I only thank the Good Lord that Tire Rack does not have a button to click on that tells you how much money you have spent total on tires in your life time!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.88
 
 

2014 Toyota Highlander
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Cranston, RI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

The tire is pretty average all around. Decent handling on dry pavement and steering responsiveness and good stability cornering. Everything else is just average and uninspiring. THe snow and ice handling is below average for an all season. Plenty of slipping and the TRAC control and VSC come on regularly due to what seems like a hard compound, a tread design with no siping and smaller spacing in the tread blocks. It does not compare to the Michelin LTX I had on my older Highlander in terms of all season performance. I will likely purchase those again before next winter or maybe the Continental Cross Contact LX 20.

Best Tires for Subaru Outback

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Gary Stanley

If the tires on your Subaru Outback are nearing replacement, be sure to check out the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. While many drivers associate Pirelli with producing ultra high performance tires for exotic high-end sports cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini, they also make outstanding all-season touring tires. In fact, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus is currently ranked number one by our customers in the Grand Touring All-Season performance category.  

The tire's great balance of traction, handling and ride quality to go along with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty make the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus an ideal match for many Subaru Outback drivers.  

Take a look at what Outback owners are saying about their experience with the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus:

"So glad I did my research with Tire Rack and compared the tires side-by-side. After a full week of research, I went with the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus and the difference is amazing. The noise level from my previous Bridgestone Potenza is a 180. The Pirelli is hands down the best tire I've owned!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Subaru Outback Wagon 

"This tire has amazed me since it was installed 10,000 miles ago. Immediately, I noticed a difference in decreased road noise and increased ride comfort over the O.E. Continental. It has been a great tire while driving in heavy rain and an equally as great tire when taking corners a little faster than you should." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

"I bought these tires a month ago to replace tires damaged by road debris. These are by far the best tires I've had on this car, including O.E. Potenzas, Kumho Solus KH16 and two sets of General AltiMAX HPs. These Pirellis are amazing. The car is noticeably quieter and rides smoother - it's like a new car. We have had a snowy winter so far in Connecticut, so I have had many chances to test these on snow and ice. Truly impressive." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean

While you're thinking about tires, check your tires' air pressure since they can lose 1 psi per month. To learn more about this important safety issue, read "Winter Air Pressure Versus Summer Air Pressure."

New Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus Versus Dueler H/L Alenza for Crossovers and SUVs

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Back in 2004, the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza was introduced to premium crossover and SUV drivers as the premier tire of choice. Always a good performer in our Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category, it has been praised by our customers for its quiet ride, great wet traction, wear and good looks. Appropriate vehicle applications and Original Equipment fitments include the Cadillac Escalade, Acura MDX, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML Class, Lexus RX, Buick Enclave and the new Cadillac ATS and ELR. For more on this tire's great reputation and feedback, take a look at "Best Tires for a Street-Driven SUV." 

Bridgestone is known for continually pushing the envelope, and ten years later, has introduced a new and improved version of the H/L Alenza. This new tire is the Dueler H/L Alenza Plus. 

This new version maintains the same appearance, popular sidewall design and efficient tread pattern of the current Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza. That is where the differences end. H/L Alenza Plus tires have a new tread compound that Bridgestone states will improve on the tire's fuel economy by reducing rolling resistance by up to 10% compared to the previous version of the tire without sacrificing wet, dry or snow traction. Bridgestone has also upped the ante for treadwear by offering the tire with an 80,000-mile limited treadwear warranty!

If you're in the market for a premium, quality replacement tire for your crossover or SUV, don't overlook the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus.

Choosing Between Performance Winter / Snow Tires and Studless Ice & Snow Tires

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Gary Stanley

As a moderator of several forums, I have received many questions on snow tires this winter. Recently, a customer had a question about choosing between Studless Ice & Snow tires and Performance Winter / Snow tires:

I’m getting ready to order winter tires and wheels. My concern is that here in Denver, we can have big changes in temperatures. It’s not uncommon to be able to wear short sleeves during February and March, while the ski resorts are getting pounded less than 80 miles away. Given the temperature range, are there any brands I should stay away from that get squirmy when it gets warmer? 95% of my driving is in the Denver area. I only have two clients in the foothills just west of town.

Here was my response to his question:

Most of the tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact and Michelin X-Ice Xi3 will have slower steering response in warmer temperatures, and thus, feel a little squirmy. Of these choices, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 feels the least squirmy, but would still give you outstanding snow and ice traction for the times you have to drive on snow-covered roads. 

If you move to a Performance Winter / Snow tire like the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 or Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D, you'll find that these tires have more responsive handling even in warmer temperatures. Unfortunately, there's a noticeable step down in snow and ice traction when compared to Studless Ice & Snow tires.

Are you trying to make a similar decision? You may want to lean towards one of the more aggressive snow tires like those listed above if one or more of the following are true :

  • Your geographical area gets heavy snowfall and/or lake-effect snow.
  • You are often driving on packed snow and ice.
  • You are willing to give up some dry grip and steering response for maximum winter traction.
  • You are a newer driver or want more confidence when driving in winter conditions. 

Choosing between these two performance categories may be difficult and is mostly a personal preference choice for the trade-off between snow traction and dry road handling. When making your decision, keep in mind what are the worst conditions you'll experience. This is the time when you will need traction the most!  You can read about my experience with winter tires by reading, "My Story on Winter Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09
 
 

2013 Mazda MAZDA5
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Ellisville, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2014

Has been a great tire so far. I have had extreme contacts before and did not hesitate to try a new conti on my wife mazda. Made a huge difference compared to the crap OEM. Actutally took those Bridgestones off at 30k because they just didn't feel safe in the wet and could not move in the snow. Highly recommend the conti's!

New Dunlop Winter Maxx Tires Installed on My Car

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Gary Stanley

After three years of faithful service, my Michelin X-Ice Xi2 winter / snow tires have finally worn to the point where they needed to be replaced. While they were not bald, the tread depth had worn to about 4/32nds of an inch, which is more shallow than recommended for effective snow traction. Tires at low tread depths can only "nibble" into snow instead of biting through it to find grip. And with this brutal winter season still in full swing, I decided that it was time to be safe rather than sorry. Check out more information about how tread depth can affect snow traction by reading, "Do My Winter / Snow Tires Have Another Year in Them?

Dunlop has been producing studless winter tires for well over a decade beginning with the original Graspic DS-1. Subsequent generations of DS-2 and DS-3 models were well received and popular value-priced Studless Ice & Snow tires. These tires were known for their great deep snow and slush traction, but in general, fell a bit short in packed snow and ice traction compared to the competition from Bridgestone and Michelin. This gap in packed snow and ice traction seemed to be all but closed until Dunlop's introduction of the Winter Maxx.  

The roads were still covered with snow on the day I installed the tires on my 2009 Infiniti G37x Coupe. With a good mix of packed snow and ice, as well as loose snow and fresh powder on some roads, I was able to put the Winter Maxx tires through their paces. I can say with confidence that the tires are at least as good as my old Michelin X-Ice Xi2 tires. If you're considering buying a great set of dedicated winter / snow tires for your vehicle at a great value, be sure to take a look at the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 07, 2014

I have always believed that Blizzaks are the best winter tires you can get. My car feels planted and surefooted with these tires. There is no excessive ABS and traction interventions when I am driving. I am very impressed as how smooth the tires are on the highways and on the back roads. It is comfortable and still provides excellent steering feel unlike the older Bridgestone Blizzaks. It handles better then my all season Michelins. The road noise is average for winter tire. The traction in light snow is fantastic! Even in deep snow, my car can claw through the pack snow plus ice without getting stuck. Compared to Dunlop Wintersport 3D and Michelin Pilot Alpin Pa4 which are also performance oriented tires, the Blizzaks have better handling with better snow capabilities unlike the former two tires. I highly recommend these tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2010 Mazda CX-7 i
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Hubertus, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
December 28, 2013

These tires are GREAT! The Mazda only has ONE tire available for it (the OEM Bridgestone Duellers), and there was NO WAY I was going to get another set of those! This meant I had to change tire size, and these were a good choice when compared to the factory 215/70-17 size.

The day they were installed, it was cold and rainy out. The tire rode like they were on rails! Since then, it has snowed, rained, snowed LOTS, freezing rain, and cold, dry days. I cannot believe how well these tires perform! We just drove 3000 miles over Christmas, and the ONLY time I didn't feel very confident was the glare ice conditions (with rain) driving thru MO before Christmas. All other conditions were as if it were a pleasant, sunny day!

For the price of these tires, you CANNOT go wrong. It was even better that the Tire Rack installer I chose even installed them for free! I now recommend both Tire Rack and the general Altimax RT43s to everyone! I hope General doesn't change them before I need another set again!

As an aside, I see these can be had in 13", too. My MG Midget may be getting a set this spring as well!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2013

Had these for barely over a year, and have driven in everything from Thunderstorms, to white-out snow, to 110+ degree heat. Wear has been very even, with no flattening or dead spots to create vibration. Snow traction was very important to me in CO, and they've performed admirably. They break loose predictably, brake well, and hold a line even through wet or chunky snow. They're very quiet compared to the Bridgestone's I previously had, and eat up hwy miles with aplomb. I highly recommend.

 

Which Type of Winter / Snow Tire Is Right for Me?

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Like anything else that relates to your car, tires are available in a variety of models that can be fine tuned to best match what you need. Selecting the best tire starts with narrowing your search to one of our Performance Categories, which Tire Rack has developed by using our own test results, customer survey results and manufacturer recommendations. These Performance Categories help focus your search by comparing tires with similar characteristics, allowing you to choose the best tire for how and where you drive. For dedicated winter / snow tires, there are three categories to choose from.

Studless Ice and Snow

In this category, tires use aggressive tread patterns and the latest high-tech rubber compounds to provide ice and snow traction similar to traditional studded snow tires. Customers that focus on this category are looking to get the best snow and ice traction possible, with the understanding that when the roads are clear, your high speed handling will be a little less responsive than a traditional all-season tire. A few options to consider in the category, include the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Dunlop Winter Maxx and Continental ExtremeWinterContact.

Performance Winter / Snow

Options from the Performance Winter / Snow category feature tires with tread patterns and rubber compounds that are tuned to improve dry and wet traction, along with high speed handling. Drivers that aren't expecting to see heavy or persistent accumulations of snow and want a tire that will handle and perform more like the performance tires the vehicle most likely came with when new will benefit from a Performance Winter / Snow tire. If this sounds like your style of driving, then take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D.

Studdable Winter / Snow

Studdable Winter / Snow tires are designed to allow the installation of optional metal studs to enhance ice and snow traction. Customers that focus on this category are looking for a low cost winter tire option and are willing to allow for more road noise and less comfort than Original Equipment tires. Studded tires are often subject to state laws that dictate when (or if) they can be used, so always check local laws before selecting a tire from this category. Tires in this category include the Firestone WinterForce UV, General AltiMAX Arctic and Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter.

Take a look at our Winter Tire Decision Guide to help you choose the best tire for handling winter conditions. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

1999 Toyota RAV4 4-door 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 3,900
Location: Bossier City, LA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,900 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2014

My car initially came with Bridgestone Dueler 687's. That's an OK tire. My last set was the Bridgestone Dueler H/T 687 II's. VERY good tire, at least for this car! This tire had an aggressive, yet quiet tread design with a wider than average footprint, which made for good stability when cornering. LOVED this tire, but they have been discontinued in my size. This was very upsetting. After a few weeks of research, the tire of choice kept coming back to the Dueler H/L Ecopia 422's. My initial complaint was the squishy feel on the road and the narrow tread, as compared to the Dueler H/T's they replaced. Once the tires got about 500 miles on them, they became run in and felt much better.

I am now in love with this tire! They are much lighter in weight, very quiet on all road surfaces, and have good wet traction. Snow traction is INCREDIBLE, as is ice traction!! I live in Louisiana and recently drove up to Chicago. Never once did snow, slush, or ice become an issue, even in emergency maneuvers!! Mind you all, this was during the "Polar Vortex" event.. My RAV4 is two wheel drive. I even pushed an AWD Equinox (equipped with Michelin Latitude tires) through an on ramp with 4-5 inches of snow accumulation to get back onto I-55!

I am beyond impressed with the performance of these tires and not only will I probably buy again, but I Highly recommend this tire if you own a Crossover/SUV/Midsize Truck!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.11
 
 

1995 Mazda Miata
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Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

Compared to the other Dunlop, Bridgestone, Hankook and current Continental ExtremeWinterContacts I've used on various RWD sports cars, these are without a doubt the worst winter tire I've purchased in the last 15 years.

They're completely adequate in snow and I don't have any complaints. I might go so far as to call them pretty darn good.

The problem is that on cold (<40F), wet pavement they have no grip and are completely unpredictable. If you've driven a pure high-performance summer tire on cold wet pavement, these feel even less secure. Worse, once the car starts to slide, it really doesn't want to stop. In three weeks I've had more "OH SPIT!" moments than in my past 5 years of driving combined.

My Miata on these things makes my more-than-twice-as-powerful M3 on Continental ExtremeWinterContact tires feel like a Subaru. On wet pavement, it's gone from a car that can be tossed and caught ad infinitum to a total widow-maker that starts to squirm around even under normal driving.

In short: good in the snow, remarkably horrible in the wet. Better than an all-season, I'm sure, but there are MUCH better tires for the money.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2014

Had OEM Bridgestones Turanza 400 EL a mediocre all weather touring tire. It is unfair to compare as the Michelin is a performance tire but the Michelin is an all weather. I have to say after driving in three snow situations the Michelins were not a compromise. Not snow tires but at least as good as the OEM's.The handling performance is excellent and excellent in dry and wet conditions too. These tires eat up slalom like curves. Overall I am very happy and am enjoying my drives thanks to great tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2007 Acura RDX
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Florissant, MO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

Going through 3rd winter with these tires on OEM rims (only used during winter months). Just traveled through the middle of winter blast 4 days ago (had total of 10+ inches of snow by end) with no problems (slower driving of course) compared to all seasons. Confidence increased when traveling during snow and ice with these tires. Great tire!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2006 Honda Civic EX Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

If you live in any of the snow states, these tires are a must. It transformed my little open diff fwd economy car into a snow hungry monster. For light snow, I can drive pretty much like it's dry. In heavy snow, I can still plow through with great stability especially when changing lanes on the high way.

Recently my area had about 18" of snow, and my car was able to plow it's way from my driveway onto the street without any problem. My neighbors thought my Honda had awd..

No your AWD with all season tire will not out perform a 2WD vehicle with proper snow tires. You may able to get off the line a little faster, but you'll just end up in a ditch faster. Blizzak offer you better traction ALL around. Acceleration, braking, and cornering.

I'm on my third season and I still have over 9/32" of thread left. It's going to be a while before I have to replace it.

There are down sides, such as dry response and grip. You feel instantly the soft sidewall of these tires compare to AS or summer tire. I got white knuckled once taking a corner aggressively like I would on my AS tire. I only gave this tire a 5/7/6 in the dry category.

However, just looking at the snow performance alone, I give this tire 10/10!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.57
 
 

2012 Infiniti G37 Sedan
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
October 02, 2013

I just purchased these tire to replace the OEM Bridgestone RE050 summer performance. I have never purchased Hankook before. The OEM tires were in a different category so I know I can not compare them as it's more apples to oranges. My goal was to achieve all season drivability with minimal loss in performance. The Hankook did not have any reviews when I purchased so I took a chance. I only have 500 miles on the tires but here is what I can tell you. First, the tires are kind of ugly in my opinion, the sidewall is very busy with large lettering, a little NASCAR to me. Tire noise is low, and the tires are light, six pounds lighter than the OEM. The side walls are very soft, almost feel like neoprene, very odd. Tramlining from the OEM tires are gone, they track very straight. The tires do not react very quickly to steering inputs. The turn-in is liner. If you are taking a long turn under acceleration, you can feel the rear end squat and shift reducing driver confidence. I have noticed a significant increase in MPGs in both city and highway driving. Straight line performance is decent, grip fairly well. Decent tire if you are not performance driving, but slightly better than just all season, but not UHP A/S. I will update as the tires break in and/or break down.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2003 Volvo S60 2.4
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Location: Hampstead, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2014

I've owned a lot of cars and a lot of different tires: Michelin, Dunlop, Continental, Pirelli, Semperit, Bridgestone, Falken, Goodyear, BF Goodrich, Firestone, Uniroyal. The only tires I've ever owned that were a close match to these were a set of Semperit M-401's I owned back in the late 70's. I put these tires on my front drive Volvo S60. I drive fairly hard and I have yet to get a squeal out of these on a curve on dry pavement. The car is like it's on rails. Very solid on wet roads where they feel almost as secure as on dry pavement. I've experienced no indication of hydroplaning. They will lose traction a bit when starting up quickly on wet pavement, but squeal almost like they would on dry pavement when doing so. We've been having a bit of a wild winter here in the mid-atlantic and I've gotten caught out in some fairly substantial snow several times over the past few weeks. A couple of times I've had to stop on steep hills behind other cars that have gotten stuck. In every case I've been able to wait for traffic to clear and drive right around the stuck car(s) with little effort, at times having to use the uncleared shoulder to get through. They aren't snow tires, but they're darned close. These replaced a set of Michelins and I've seen no noticeable change in fuel economy, but the car noticeably rides and handles better. Compared to the Michelins they replaced these tires seem to ride more smoothly over small imperfections, but slighty more harshly over large bumps and potholes. They are very quiet. I'm not able to rate tread life as I've only had them for a couple of thousand miles, but I am so impressed that I wanted to get this review out on the web for the benefit of others. Highly recommended.

 

What's the Best Handling Performance Snow Tire?

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Doc Horvath

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2006 Ford F150 Lariat Super Crew 4wd
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 12,500
Location: Smyrna, DE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,500 Miles on Tires
January 07, 2014

Wow, with 215,000 miles on the truck I have bought my fair share of tire, but these take the cake. In the summers I surf fish and find these tires (although not rated) as superior in sand. In the winters we routinely travel to upstate NY and VT and while we have only been once this year and only had them in deep snow and ice 3 or 4 times this year, WOW they are great!! Traction is awesome, hardly need 4wd but when enabled I don't think anything can get these tires spinning. NO complaints, perfect tires, I have owned the factory Pirelli's and Bridgestone Duelers they cant compare to the performance of these tires. If you are on the fence, BUY them. About ready to purchase same set, different size, for my 08 Outback.