Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone DriveGuard

These have been on the car for only a week, so the jury is still out on longer-term satisfaction, but I can confirm the maker's claim that they ride like non-run-flat tires. HUGE difference (improvement) in feel through the steering and seat-of-the-pants. If you live where roads can be choppy and you're tired of the harshness of the OEM Goodyears or...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A

After wearing out my second set of Falken Azenis RT615 on my MR2 I tried this example from the latest batch of uber-tires and I have been blown away. My MR2 SC has Ground Control coilovers with custom spring rates and the ride was tolerable but harsh on fairly smooth california roads. The RE11A trumps the grip of the Azenis by a substantial margin, and at...  Read More

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

I rated driving style as average as my teenage son drives the car primarily. We did attend Street Survival when only had about 500 miles on these and the car handled remarkably well. Last couple of autocross runs, my son (driving only about 2 months at the time) 'hand timed' laps were only about 1 second slower than some of the Instructors hopped up cars.Othe...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone DriveGuard

Think 8/10th - The tires were purchased to replace OEM Conti-s on my BMW 335i. The Conti-s lasted 20K miles, a big improvement over the OEM Conti-s I had on my 2008 911 which lasted less than 12,000 miles. The DriveGuards are a compromise in favor of value - $900 a set compared with the Bridgestone S001s that the BMW dealership recommends, which are $1600+ a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

My Toyota Rav4 2006 Sport V6 originally came with Bridgestone Dueller tires. I had to replace them by 35,000 miles, which are not exactly a long lasting set of tires. Perhaps you thought I drive really hard and all City driving. That could be it except I was able to get 95,000 miles out of my Yokohama Parada Spec X tires! Just a quick review. As you can...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Purchased these tires for a spare set of rims I had in December. Put them on and we had no snow until late January here in MA. Now we're going on 5 feet of snow. These are on my wife's Equinox and she loves them. I've noticed they are outstanding in the snow, slush, and even DEEP snow these tires really help the car power through. What a difference compared...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

I drive my car HARD! I replaced the OE Bridgestone RE-050A (Non-RFT) at 12,000 miles. It was down to the wear bars, perhaps a bit pass it. Near the end of life the OE tire got noisy and started losing grip.As soon as I put the Poleposition S-04 tires on the car I noticed how much more grip it had and how much quieter it is, especially with a convertible...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Dry traction has decreased noticeably as I've gotten to the end of tread life, otherwise, these have been good tires. I'm a little disappointed in the tread life; I was expecting better as compared to the Bridgestone run-flats but tread life is about the same: 15,000 miles and they are done!   Read More

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

My initial impression on dry roads only is extremely positive. This was a night and day difference from my admittedly worn Michelin Energy MXV4 tires (discontinued). Even if I were to compare this tire to the Michelins as new, I would say that these ride much softer and they absorb potholes and road imperfections much better. These tires are significantly...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32

I researched tires for my car which previously have Potenza 970 AS. I just experienced the worst winter since 95 in Boston. My Potenza had been impotent in winter condition so I decided to replace it initially with another A/S tires. I went with Continental Extreme Contact DWS A/S which is actually good in after Snow storm condition. But me and my wife are...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package vs. Buying Winter Tires Only

You've decided that dedicated winter tires are the right choice for you. After doing your research, you decided to go with either the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 or Michelin X-Ice Xi3 to increase your driving confidence and safety. Next, you must decide if you want to simply purchase tires to mount on your current wheels, or buy a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel...  Read More

Is the General AltiMAX Arctic the Best Studdable Winter / Snow Tire?

With recent snow falls still making news, many of us our reminded that we still have many weeks (and months in some areas) of winter driving left this season. To see if February is still a good time to purchase winter tires, take a look at "Is it Too Late to Buy Winter / Snow Tires?" ¬† The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80, and Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Bridgestone...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

I have a few thousand miles, and been in heavy downpours, icy roads, light and heavy snow, and some warm days too. These tires surpassed my expectations in the snow. I drove when in a few inches, and also in 8-12 inches of snow. The grip excellent in snow, and even on my driveway after a snow melt and then a quick refreeze created a long thick ice covered...  Read More

Four Common Winter / Snow Tire Myths and Facts

With many drivers looking to purchase their first set of winter / snow tires, we've been receiving many questions about the overall performance of snow tires. To help customers better understand winter tires, take a look at the following myths about these tires. Myth #1: Snow tires are only needed on the drive axle of a vehicle.¬† Fact:¬†Dedicated winter /...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

I have tried the (oxymoronically named) ultra high performance all season tires from the following major brands: Bridgestone, Michelin, and Pirelli--before trying the Hankooks. The Hankooks are understated in their abilities, but come through when called upon to respond to diverse conditions.Yesterday, when a ladder fell off a truck on the highway in...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

This tire is far better than the factory run flats when it comes to grip and ride comfort. This tire allows me to use much more of the cars power in 1st and 2nd gear than the factory tires did,and there is no road noise at all compared to the run flats.   Read More

How Long Do Summer Tires Last Compared to All-Seasons?

As a moderator of several forums, I was recently asked the following question in a forum in regards to the wear of summer tires compared to all-season tires: "Gary, I currently have Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport tires (Ultra High Performance Summer) on my car. However, I do a lot of long-distance travel, and I am thinking that it may be better to get...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

The tire was just fine in the snow, the car would go until it would drag bottom then it would start to struggle but would keep going for a bit. I can't comment much on ice but prolly as good as any other non studded tire. The sidewall is soft for any kind of driving with a fast pace and the dry handling is non existent compared to any summer tire but what do...  Read More

Ice Traction Comparison Between All-Season and Winter Tires

You may already know how much more traction winter tires provide on snow-covered roads compared to all-season tires. However, what about icy surfaces? Many drivers think that no matter what tire you drive on, nothing can help you on ice. The truth is that accelerating, cornering and stopping are all dramatically improved with winter tires, even on the...  Read More

Tire Rack Now Publishes Run-Flat Tire Survey Results

First-generation run-flat tires left many drivers wanting more from their tires. The harsh ride associated with run-flats caused many to look for replacements as quickly as they could. For those who decided to stay with the tires, they did so only for the peace of mind they provided in case of a flat. Run-flat tires are praised, though, because they...  Read More