Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Have driven 1300 miles so far and I am very impressed. These are the quietest tires I have ever owned and they provide a very smooth ride. The sidewalls are a little soft in hard cornering, (they are not performance tires) but they handle well. Wet traction is very good while driving and cornering, but sometimes has slip in initial acceleration from a stop....  Read More

The Best Extreme Performance Summer Tires Tested on the Track

Back in 2011, we discussed Extreme Performance Summer tires in "What are Extreme Performance Summer Tires?" Though the category itself is still the same, the players have changed. When it comes to Extreme Performance Summer tires, the tires have the following benefits and compromises: Benefits Very fast steering response with lots of steering wheel feedback Sup...  Read More

Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 Test Video and Summary

In a recent post, "Continental ExtremeContact DWS Replaced by ExtremeContact DWS 06", we compared and contrasted the older Continental ExtremeContact DWS against the replacement version, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06. To summarize, the new ExtremeContact DWS 06 addressed a common complaint of the older version of the tire feeling slow to respond to...  Read More

The All-New 2016 Mazda MX-5 Tested on Our Track

As a longtime owner of a first-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, I have been very excited about the upcoming 2016 model. The new 2016 MX-5 is often referred to by its production code "ND" in the automotive community as opposed to the previous generation 2006-2015 model's production code of "NC". The design of the new generation MX-5 has been impressing drivers...  Read More

Is the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R the New Extreme Performance Summer Champ?

Do you love to drive? Do you have a fun car that comes out for track and autocross weekends or do you simply relish the curvy roads of your daily commute? You should consider the sticky grip and razor sharp steering response of an Extreme Performance Summer tire. Last year, the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec tested out to be the top performing tire in...  Read More

Is the Bridgestone DriveGuard Right For You?

Compared to conventional run-flats, the Bridgestone DriveGuard rides better, while offering better value and wear. As a tire that can also be installed on some vehicles that didn't come equipped with run-flats as Original Equipment, many could be skeptical to the idea of switching to run-flats on their vehicle. Isn't a flat when most of us notice our tires...  Read More

Yokohama Geolandar Crossover Tires vs Light Truck SUV Tires

Yokohama has been known for their high performance tires amongst enthusiasts in the industry for decades. Tires like the popular S.Drive and its predecessor, the AVS Intermediate, have a special place in the memories of many high performance drivers.   Yokohama offers much more than performance tires. Whether you're looking at touring tires for the family...  Read More

More Grip for Your 2015 Ford Mustang Fastback GT Performance Pack

As we saw for ourselves at Willow Springs, Ford has done an awewsome job with brand new S550 2015 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack! As you can see in the video, the driver had a great lap, but even the best cars can desire more grip. How about swapping on some custom fit closeout matte graphite 20x10 ET40 Hotckis Y-Sports on Extreme Performance Summer...  Read More

Best Performance Summer Tire Values

Many of us are bargain shoppers. We're always on the lookout to get the most for our dollar. This is the case when it comes to shopping for tires. We want the best tire for the best prices. Take a look at the following options when you're shopping for a new set of tires this summer. Extreme Performance Summer Hankook's Ventus R-S3 (Version 2) has proven to be...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport

If you were to check out customer survey results for the top two tires in the Max Performance Summer category, you would find that the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is currently ranked number one. I've used a set on my own vehicle and you can learn about my experience by taking a look at "Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires Installed on My Car." The second...  Read More

Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire

Designed with the driver in mind, the ADVAN Sport A/S is Yokohama's newest and arguably best addition to the Ultra High Performance All-Season category.  In a class ripe with fantastic options, the Yokohama proves an able challenger with a very attractive price-point. Our internal testing has proven this tire to be a formidable competitor to category...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3: A Year in Review

Launching last year with much anticipation was Michelin's latest entry to the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, the Pilot Sport A/S 3. Having secured a spot in our internal test last summer, we quickly found this tire to be extremely competitive in both the dry and wet. With the sharpest handling and best communication of the group, the tire...  Read More

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Replaced by ExtremeContact DWS 06

Since its introduction six years ago, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS has topped our customer survey data in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category. Its best-in-class snow traction, along with good wet traction and wear has made it the go-to tire for many drivers in the Snow Belt who need more snow traction out of their performance all-season...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

I bought these tires for my 2005 Ford Crown Victoria after several winters of getting stuck on a level surface with one inch on snow on it. This car is probably the worst possible vehicle to drive in winter conditions, so I thought it would be a good test vehicle for these tires. So far here in cleveland we have had rain, snow, ice, and slush. These tires...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

These Continentals have been the best tire I've put on my Civic in the 7 years I've had it. They were very well balanced from the factory and require little balancing on installation, especially compared to the Khumos I had which were really bad in that respect. Wet performance is night and day from regular all-season tires. I live in a state where we don't...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

This is my first set of snow tires. I've always used all season tires, but never again. I put them on in November. I was a little worried that they would be rough or loud on dry pavement, but they are nice and quiet. Of course handling isn't as good as normal summer tires on dry pavement, but the compromise is acceptable. Snow is where these tires are worth...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

I put these tires on both my Colorado and my wife's Patriot. The performance simply cannot be beat. I run these four months out of the year in Ohio, then I switch back to my Revo 2s. The price of the combo comes out to about $100 extra per year over having one set of tires, but that is pocket change compared to an accident.   Read More

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

Purchased the Pilot A/S 3 91V-rated to replace ContiPro Contact SSR 91H run flats. I carry a spare in the trunk.Conti lasted about 25-30k and were gone. Run flats give you piece of mind but they were noisier than Pilot - I noticed it from the beginning I installed these on. Pilots are also provide a softer ride over small bumps and anomalies on a road; Conti...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental TrueContact

I had these tires on our 2003 Chrysler T+C. We've used Contis for the past 75K miles and we love them. You get more for your money compared to Michelin and they perform even better. We have three children and these tires made us feel safe in the winter. I know there are millions of reviews out there, but these tires are so worth it. We recently bought a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

These tires replaced Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position that replaced the OEM Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 on my Acura TSX. The Michelins had poor dry traction as the tires aged and were just ok in snow. The Bridgestones were excellent in all aspects except the winter season. They were terrible on ice or light/heavy snow, to the point that I needed to...  Read More