Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2004 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 46,000
Location: Dexter, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 46,000 Miles on Tires
May 22, 2014

I drive mostly highway, some city and average 35K miles per year. True all-season performance, tread-life and price are most important to me.

I'm toward end of life on my second set of these exact tires, DWS 235/45 R17 94W. Hands-down best value for performance all-season tires that actually perform well in snow. They perform well in dry for most spirited drivers, with a bit of softness in hard cornering. Excellent in wet, inspiring confidence and resistant to hydroplaning. Best performing all-season tire in snow I've researched and experienced near this price point. These tires do not interfere with max gas mileage, as I went above my max HWY MPG several times (31 MPG), appropriately driving my vehicle.

For UHP all-season, these tires are at max level for tread-life, compared to others in their class and are capable of achieving max tread-wear life (50K miles), if rotated properly and tire pressure maintained. I found these tires do need to be rotated every 5-7K miles to achieve max life. First set, I rotated every other oil change (14K miles) and only achieve 45K of 50K. This second set, I'm on point to hit 50K, if not a bit more.

In regards to performance, I have no complaints. My only complaint is with respect to comfort, specifically noise. These tires do develop a noticeable road noise in 2nd-half of tire life (both sets). I go back to these tires because of the true all-season performance, price and tread-life, as these are more important to me. I just completed tire research for a 3rd set of tires for my vehicle and will be purchasing these DWS again, as they were my top choice again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza G 019 GridReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon
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Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
November 12, 2009

G 009's preceded these latest Bridgestones. So far, excellent in all aspects. Dry Handling, cornering and braking are excellent. Wet handling is phenomenal--We drove 6 hours in varying degrees of rain and never a question about control. In fact, the further we drove the more I realized how indiscernible wet and dry traction compared with each other. Slightly noisy when dry, but then again this is a very heavy car when measured against the footprint of the tire.



I'm looking forward to winter to test the snow performance. Considering the G 009's winter performance on this wagon with rear drive and traction control were near unstoppable, I'm expecting the G 019's should out do their predecessors.



More later!



We've experience none of the owner related problems the folks from MN with the Passat can't seem to get sorted.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

2013 Subaru BRZ
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2014

Unless you always drive in warm summer conditions this is the tire for you. Essentially comparable to the Michelin PS 2 but with cold weather bare road traction matching a winter tire down to freezing point (wet or dry). Have not tried them in snow or on ice yet but the previous A/S + I run as a summer tire on my SAAB are excellent in snow or on ice around freezing temperatures and this tire is rated more highly by Michelin themselves for cold weather performance. These are no longer "no season" tires. I now fit all season tires to all of our cars for our summer driving conditions and use full winters for our extreme winter conditions. I drive in mountainous western Canada and summertime daytime temperatures can often be as low as 5C (40F). Until the road gets above about 7C (45F) ultra high performance summer tires do not get warm enough to really perform. These new all season tires get warm enough to perform properly on roads that are at freezing temperatures. Truly amazing tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2006 Ford F150 XLT Super Cab 4wd
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Location: Hixton, WI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

I purchased these tires used from a friend who is a very reputable auto mechanic. I didn't know whether they would be very good to run in the winter as the tread was down to only about 25%. However after going through one of the worst winters here in Wisconsin. I was very surprised how well they performed. I would have preferred more tread but they pulled me through all the deep snow and ice covered roads with no problem at all. I am running into a bit of a problem when running in rutted roads during a rain storm. They want to hydroplane some but there almost down to the wear bars so I mostly attribute it to that. I would certainly highly recommend buying a set of these tires. I suspect I should be able to run them a while longer however am looking at buying a new set. The price for a new set really is fairly affordable compared to other tire brands. Before this set I ran a set of Uniroyal Laredo tires which didn't even make it past 35,000 before they needed to be replaced. With the Bf Goodrich tires I haven't run into any problems with irregular wear due to alignment issues which I struggled with on my last set. Overall I am pleased to say that by picking this tire you will make a good choice for your hard earned dollar. For a more aggressive tire you will be pleased with how quiet they are while running down the road.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.22
 
 

2013 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Location: Newport News, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,300 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

These tires are OEM, so I have nothing to compare to. So far the worst performance was in the light snow and ice we've had this winter, where I'm driving about 10-15 mph and the car going virtually straight ahead when I turn the wheel. Keep in mind this car has stability control, ABS and is FWD. I can't say I've been impressed with that. Nevertheless they've performed well in dry and wet conditions so far. I feel they've handled well given the cars handling ability. It would be easier to provide a better review if I had other tires on the car to compare to, so some of my ratings are guesses. If I can I will update this review after a while.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2005 Cadillac STS V8
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Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 16, 2014

I've only had these tires for a week, but wow what a difference! I got this car with the OE Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 and was shocked by it's poor performance. With traction control on in the rain, it was normal to have the car hesitate as the rear tires fought for traction. With TC turned off, well, it was a wild ride indeed. Lots of fun but very dangerous for the inexperienced. Snap oversteer ruled the day. In the dry the Michelins were a little better but still very overwhelmed by the Northstar's torque. I've been itching to try a good set of Extreme Performance or Max Performance tires on this car since I got it but waited until the Michelins were used up. I can say that these DWs have transformed the car. It's rained several times in the past week so I've had several opportunities to try out the wet traction. Where normally with TC off (that's how I drive) I would get severe oversteer with normal throttle application (meaning no aggression whatsoever) on turns with very slick asphault, these Contis just bite like crazy. I have to get very aggressive to induce some slip, and when I let off, they come back into line beautifully.

On the highway, at speeds approaching 70 - 80 mph, there is a little vibration in the steering wheel, especially as the tire comes up to temp. They are noticably more noisy than the Michelins but that's to be expected. Ride comfort is good but the stiffer sidewalls are definitely felt. Not a bad thing in my opinion but conservative buyers should be aware. I read a recent review from a Jetta owner giving these tires a bad review stating that turn-in is poor and that he can feel the sidewalls squirming and the only thing I can think of is that his width is way off compared to his wheel width. There is no reason why the experience he describes would happen with properly matched tire widths.

I'll update later as I get more miles on these tires but so far so great!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2010 Lincoln MKZ
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Location: Mantachie, MS
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
May 26, 2014

My car came oem equipped with 225/50/17 tires. To give my car a better 'stance', I up'd the tires size to a 55 series so the 'fender-to-tire' distance wouldn't be so large. In doing so, the Optimo727 was my pick of choice since it was a well rated cheap tire that had good wear numbers. Boy am I glad I did! The factory Michelin tires couldn't even start to compare in ride comfort to these tires. The 727s made my car actually ride like a Lincoln should. They are whisper quiet, buttery smooth on the highway, handle great on dry corners, and have a nice tread design. Even after 20k miles, these tires look new! With the way I drive, I can easily get 70k from these tires. This past January I had the opportunity to drive this car from north MS to Detroit, Michigan to the auto show. While on my trip, snowy roads plagued the entire journey. These tires performed flawlessly throughout it all. Not once did I feel uncomfortable driving at 70mph on the snow. I bet I saw 30 cars and trucks go into the median, but I felt secure with these tires. These tires have definitely made me a believer in the Hankook brand, and I look forward to purchasing another set when these wear out. I've read on here where people whine and complain about how noise gets more pronounced as these tires age... So?! Doesn't everything get a bit louder as it gets worn? If I can get 60-70k reliable well performing miles from a set of 'cheap' brand name tires, I promise I'm not gonna complain about it going "woopwoop". And I'd like to bet that the ones who DO complain about their Prius's tires getting a bit noisy with age, are probably the same kinda people who complain about how their FlipFlops give them sores when they go jogging... Ya gotta match the product to the situation it's gonna be used in! This is a soft riding luxury touring tire meant for heavier vehicles. Not a Low Rolling Resistance hybrid tire for light cars! I'll Happily slap on another set of these bad boys when the time comes. They're great!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2008 BMW 535i Sedan
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Location: Boulder, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
May 30, 2014

Yes, yes, yes! Thats all that needs to be said, but I'll explain my love for these tires. I've driven ~30,000 miles on the PSS in my 535i and I absolutely love them! I purchased a 2007 335i a few weeks ago and its sitting on Hankook Ventus V12 Evo's, which don't even compare.
Due to the sport package on each car the tires can't be rotated. My first set of PSS's lasted ~15k miles in the rear. I have 15k on my 2nd set of rears and they still have at least 35% tread left. I'm at 30k on the fronts and they're down to ~20% tread but the grip is still unbelievable.
Even with the worn down fronts the Michelin PSS tires have better turn-in, stability, and both wet/dry traction than the Hankook Ventus V12s. They're also quieter and more comfortable. My 535i out-handles the 335i despite its heavier weight all because of the Super Sports.
I can't wait for these trashy Hankook's to wear down - which should be quickly due to poor tread wear - so I can put Michelin PSS tires on my 335i too! Michelin really blew the competition to pieces on this one as no other Max Performance tires have this much grip & composure.

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

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2009 Honda Fit Sport
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Location: Easton, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 15, 2012

I am a Michelin Hydroedge fan. I drive diesel VWs so I purchase tires that are comfortable at higher inflations (40+psi) and great handling tires so that I can maintain momentum through turns. This is critical to my high MPG driving style. The Hydroegde is about as good as it gets in that department since they are low rolling resistance tires (LRR), the ride is still comfortable over 40 psi and they offer handling performance of a high performance tire even though they are listed as a passenger tire. Unfortunately they are not available for my Honda Fit. I was faced with only 5 choices for my car, and the brand new Dunlop 7000 tires that came with the car felt like bricks. Wet weather performance is terrible on the Dunlops. So, the Yokohama Avid Ascend was it. They intrigued me with the Orange Oil, LRR, Made in the USA and Blue earth advertizing. But the proof is where the rubber meets the road. The tires are scary... at first. At recommended inflations (30-32 psi)the new tires are very inconsistent and sidewalls are soft. They have grip in dry and wet, they are comfortable and quiet on the road, but until they wear in, the first few miles of driving are scary. The back of the car felt loose until the tire grabbed which is unsettling. I felt this in the Goodyear Triple tread also when they were new so I gave it a couple of days and after a couple of heat cycles these too felt better. The installer set them at 30 psi. Once the tires settled in I experimented with pressures and found 41 in the front and 36 in the back provides neutral handling through turns. 40 front and back made the car very tail happy as the outer and inner inch of tread of the rear tire was not touching the road. At 35 the sidewall was too soft moved a lot. Once they are set properly I find them to be comfortable, quiet and grippy tires- very good in the rain. Definitely feel like LRR tires compared to the Dunlops, the car feels more stable and sporty- but they are no hydroedges.

How to Choose the Correct Track Tires

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Are you heading to your first driving school or lapping day? Or are you already a track veteran who's looking to go even faster? Whenever you go to the track, having the right set of tires is essential to going fast, being safe and having fun.

What type of tires do you need to bring for a track event? Depends on the type of event, the expected conditions and the resources available to you.

Take a look at your available options:

Street Tires 

Some people run their cars on the track with the same tires they use on the street. If you're already driving high performance tires, that set may work for you on the track. This scenario works best when you're attending beginner driving schools, casual lapping days or other events where the focus is more on polishing your skills rather than setting fast lap times. Street tires are not recommended for track use, and driving them in a track environment will most likely void their warranty. Keep in mind that if you overdrive them into corners, you could easily render them useless after only one day at the track. An example of this type of tire is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

Pros of Running Street Tires:

  • Convenience
  • Price
  • Can drive to the track safely.
  • Most street tires perform well in the rain.

Cons of Running Street Tires:

  • Performance - These tires aren't as fast in dry conditions as track tires.
  • Longevity
  • Getting home - What happens if you lose a tire on the track? Do you have an option for getting home?

Extreme Performance Tires

These options are really a subset of street tires, but they're designed to take the abuse of occasional track days. They have more focus on dry traction and responsive handling. Extreme performance tires can be used on an enthusiast oriented daily driver, or mounted on separate wheels for track use. An example of this tire is the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R.

Pros of Extreme Performance Tires:

  • Grip - Better performance than regular street tires.
  • Durability
  • Value - Last longer at the track than normal street tires.
  • Convenience
  • Versatility

Cons of Extreme Performance Tires:

  • Competition - Drivers are at a disadvantage compared to drivers who use dedicated track tires.

Streetable Track Tires 

There are some tires that are essentially track tires, but can be driven to and from the track. They would wear out very quickly if driven daily on the street. These tires will generally have enough tread pattern to handle damp pavement, but will be very prone to hydroplaning. An example of this type of tire is the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo.

Pros of Streetable Track Tires:

  • Grip - These tires will outgrip extreme performance tires.
  • Convenient - If you can swap wheels at home, but your car won't carry a second set of wheels to the track, this can be the perfect solution.
  • Versatility - Some of these tires can work as an intermediate tire for damp or drying track conditions.

Cons of Streetable Track Tires:

  • Give up a little grip compared to the most specialized options.
  • Few miles of use as a street tire.
  • Hydroplaning can be an issue if caught in the rain.

Specialized Track Tires

Track tires provide the ultimate in grip. They discard most streetability characteristics in order to deliver the very best lap times. With lots of grip and shoulders that are generally more square, these tires can be more challenging to drive at their limits. They should be mounted on separate wheels and installed at the track. An example of this type of tire is the Hoosier A7.

Pros of Track Tires:

  • Performance - If you are racing to win, track tires are the way to go.
  • Easiest way to turn faster lap times.

Cons of Track Tires:

  • Track tires won't work in the rain. You need a separate set if rain is a possibility.
  • More challenging to drive at the limit.
  • Often requires suspension modification or a specialized set-up.

The New Hoosier A7 Versus the Hoosier A6

Friday, May 30, 2014 by Gary Stanley

For many years, drivers looking for race-winning performance in an autocross tire turned to the Hoosier A6. Not only are Hoosier race tires high quality, competitive products, they're made right here in Indiana. Building on the success of the Hoosier A6 is the all-new A7.  

Hoosier's A7 is a DOT-legal slick tread design with alternating five-dash circumferential grooves interrupting the solid grip surface. In addition to the new look of the five-dash grooves, the A7 features a new tread compound designed to extend wear and useable heat cycles. The tire is also designed so that it has less “fall-off” during a long run and less degradation over the life of the tire compared to the previous A6 version.   

The tire's internal structure features a symmetric construction that uses two lightweight steel belts reinforced by a spirally wrapped circumferential nylon cap ply under the tread on top of two nylon cord casing plies. It features a rim recess design on all sizes. Additionally, its symmetric tread design and internal construction allows the tire to be mounted on either side of the car (and later be remounted inside out to further extend its life).

To learn more about tires offered from Hoosier, read "Hoosier Tires Made in Indiana!

2014 One Lap of America Winners Trust Michelin

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Catesby Jones’ and William Taylor’s 2010 Nissan GT-R came up a little short in the 2012 and 2013 One Lap of America, but this year was a different story as they won their first overall victory. Not only did they have the best vehicle, they were again this year driving on the top-rated tire from our Max Performance Summer category – the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

Pilot Super Sport tires are designed to allow sports cars, sporty coupes, performance sedans and supercars to achieve their full potential in dry and wet conditions. Jones and Taylor would agree, as they were able to best the competition in the Wet Skidpad portion of the competition, too. 

These tires are truly for the driver who cares about how tire technology enhances their vehicle’s performance and safety. They are engineered to deliver durability, handling and traction while increasing treadlife. The tires are also comparatively light, with a weight savings of up to 10% compared to other tires of similar dimensions. This reduces unsprung weight to improve handling.

It’s not just the winners of the 2014 One Lap of America who love this tire, our customers do, too. Currently, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport has the highest rankings in the following areas of our survey results:

  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Cornering stability
  • Dry traction
  • Steering response
  • Ride comfort
  • Noise comfort
  • Treadwear

Watch “Latest vs. Greatest Max Performance Summer Tires” to see why the Michelin Pilot Super Sport can make this summer your most enjoyable driving experience.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.67
 
 

1993 Ford Mustang
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Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
May 10, 2014

I had these tires on my 1993 mustang that I use for autocross when it was still in stock condition. My biggest complaint about this tire is the road noise. When compared to a tire like the old Toyo Proxes4, the Comp 2 is terrible for road noise and comfort. However, performance wise for what they are I would say they are the best in the category. I trashed these tires doing autocross. They do not like heat, but no tires at this level do. What impressed me most about this tire is how much grip it still had when it was worn to just about nothin'. I run the Rival now on a very modified 1993 mustang. There is no comparison. The Comp 2 is a very great street tire and can handle more than anyone can throw at it without committing a felony. I can't give these tires a fair treadwear rating because I trashed them, and nearly trashed a set of Toyo proxes4 immediately after just because they are simply not designed for the demanding heat cycles of road racing/autocross. I would recommend this tire to anyone who daily drives their sports car. This is a great tire, just not a track tire. It is predictable and precise.

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!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2001 Audi Allroad
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Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

Excellent tire. I have put them through the paces in all weather through a fall and winter in Minnesota. Having another Allroad in the house with sport and snow tires to compare these to, I have to say that these tires gave me no reason to switch to snow tires this year on my daily driver. They respond amazlingly in deep or light snow, are predictable and true on ice, and handle excellent in the dry and wet.
My only small objection is that they tend to feel slightly wobbly when cornering at higher speeds, for instance 40mph+ on a tight cloverleaf.
For all around performance, reliability, treadwear, etc. this is one of the best tires money can buy.
Combined with the AWD of the Allroad, this tire was truly unstoppable this winter!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2011 Toyota Prius
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Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2014

I live at 7,000 feet in Colorado on a dirt road (and 100 yd gravel driveway.) We've just been through one of the most extreme winters in decades, with -27 temps and plenty of snow. My wife (a nature photographer) and I also drive extensively around the USA, often in bad weather and to... unusual :) destinations.

These tires have been incredibly wonderful, restoring the sense of rock-solid reliability on any road surface or weather conditions that I used to get in our old Subaru Impreza. I did notice a small MPG hit compared to the OEM tires, perhaps 2mpg, but that's a price I am willing to pay.

Now after 35k miles, I am sensing the tires will not come close to the 80k mile warranty. That would be sad, but I'm not willing to give up the performance for more mileage. I'd rather be able to drive safely and avoid sliding into a ditch or another vehicle :)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2007 Ford F150 FX2 Super Cab 2wd
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Location: Surrey, BC
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Initial Review, 43,500 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

Installed on my 2007 F-150 FX2; very nice tire and best bang for the $ in an area like ours [British Columbia by the coast] where rain and snow or ice and dry weather are all unpredictable and can be encountered all during the same day of driving; even in June! Sometimes they will thump for the 1st km or so but are fine when they warm up.
I went over the Coquihala Pass in a January snow storm and passed several vehicles with snow tires that were stuck [not that the
Spec-X are a winter tire but I was happily surprised]. They tracked well [excellently!] through icy ruts even though the 275/55s are wider than most other vehicle tires on the road [so like they were a tad wider than the ruts]. 200 lbs of sand in the back of the empty truck box keeps them working in snow & icy conditions.
In the rain [and we get lots here]; they are superb; no kidding; you'd think you were on dry pavement; hit a big puddle at 120 km/hr and they haven't ever hydroplaned yet.
Cornering: I think the truck would roll over before they would lose traction; I had to learn that the Spec-Xs were better than my vehicle & its suspension and my driving capabilities.
Noise: they are on a truck not a Lincoln Town Car; what can one expect? Having said that: they do not differ with the original tires.
I have a reprogramming chip [and some other mods] and set the maximum vehicle speed to 120 m/hr; I am happily here to report the Spec-X's just cruise along and track well at high speeds; again tire performance & quality exceeds the vehicle's aerodynamics.
Would have liked to see 60K out of them but they have worked well and lasted twice as long as the original Pirelli's our F-150 came with.
I am looking for another set soon; will likely buy the 305/50R20s instead of the 275/55R20s I now have.
Compared to other tires; the Spec-X out rotates other tires in traction, wear and comfort in all settings and I'd agree with that rating.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.56
 
 

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Itasca, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 14, 2014

Chicago had a brutal 2013/14 winter, so these tires hit the full gamut from light to deep snow, packed to fluffy and ice. Compared to the OEM Bridgestone tires, these blew them out of the water. They are a little louder, but not that much. Gas mileage stayed about the same. Compared to other tires for this vehicle, these didn't break the bank and have performed better than expected.
Beware, Firestone dealers will try to get you to do everything under the sun whether your vehicle needs it or not. Just get the tires. If you get the credit card, you have 6 months to pay it off in full. Really good deal.
 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda5
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Alameda, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2014

Living in Germany where snow tires are required during the winter months. I am running Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S tires the rest of the year. I can compare them to each other. The Michelin tires are by far the best tires I have ever put on any of my cars for warm or wet driving. But when it is cold (40 degrees or lower) or icy, the Conti's are mind-blowing. I am 45 years old and grew up driving in snow and ice covered steep, curvy mountain roads. The Conti winter tires brake and handle astonishingly well on snow and ice. They are superior to the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S in very cold temps on both wet and dry. They have two weak spots. First, when pushed hard in sustained turns, they fall off suddenly and dramatically, which is forgivable for winter tires that perform so well as intended. Second, at high speed in a strait line the car is very unsettled. It just won't track straight. My my oldest son eventually gets queazy.
This comes on at about 60mph and gets worse all the way to 'can't go any faster" mph. The Autobahn is smooth as freshly Zambonied ice and yet the exhausting high frequency instability is ever present. (tried rotating tires, no effect)
Bottom line:
Astonishingly good winter traction in cold dry, cold wet, snow covered and ice covered roads. If you travel at high speeds for long periods of time, maybe look at another tire.

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

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2011 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Benton, AR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2014

These Michelins replaced the Pirelli P Zero Nero all seasons that originally came on my GTI and they have exceeded all my expectations. I cannot recommend them enough! I was dead set on summer tires at first, but someone told me to check these out and a month of research later I bought the Michelins.

I started autocross this year and I'm topping the GS class after 2 events with these tires against guys with more experience - some with max performance summer tires! They still can't believe a 500 rated tire can be that sticky.

Ride and noise: The Pirellis were pretty good but the A/S3s are noticeably better.
Dry traction: Way, way more grip than the Pirellis. Just as fast on the track as similar cars with 200 treadwear rated tires.
Wet traction: As good as the Pirellis were IN THE DRY.
Cold temps: No noticeable drop-off in grip compared to warmer temps.
Snow and Ice: I'd call them manageable. In light to medium snow, they were fine. On ice, I can't recommend them. I just barely made it up a ramp to an interstate overpass to get home after a couple hours of freezing rain.

Other than snow and ice traction, the only other negative comment I have is I think the sidewall could be a little stiffer. Even with 45 psi, the front tires were wearing past the shoulder indicator on the track.

If snow and ice traction is a priority for you, choose another tire. If you don't see a lot of snow and just want an excellent all-around year-around tire, look no further.