Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental TrueContact

I usually buy Michelin tires, but this is my first set of Continentals. So far I have found these tires meet all of my criteria. Extremely good handling in both wet and dry conditions. They are very quiet. Very good braking performance. Competitively priced. Does it sound I'm happy with this choice - yes I am! I will update the review, including wear factors...  Read More

The 2016 Tire Rack One Lap of America is in the Books

2016 marked the 33rd running of the Tire Rack Brock Yates One Lap of America. The charitable, extreme challenge, street-legal road rally race for driving enthusiasts is an event of endurance and vehicle preparation. This year’s event covered 2,827 miles over seven days! As is tradition, the race kicked off and ended at our headquarters here in South Bend,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival S

We use these tires for autocross only with only a few commuter miles. We co-drive a 1999 Mazda Miata modified for prepared for competition with 225/45/15 Rival S tires mounted on 15 x 9 wheels. We have 111 competition runs on these tires now, with very little tread remaining on the inside and outside shoulders of the tires. We run a lot of negative camber...  Read More

Michelin Defender LTX or Michelin LTX Premier: Which is Right for You?

Michelin recently introduced two new tire lines, the Premier LTX and Defender LTX M/S. Both tires are available in some of the same sizes, so a common question is, "Which one is the better choice?" For starters, these are both great tires and we expect many years of rave reviews to come. The Premier LTX features Expanding Rain Grooves and Emerging Grooves...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R

I purchased these tires to run on the front of an H-Street class Honda Civic Si. They were used in a final local event (wet) and the state championship (NCAC) in November which I won and was the highest PAXed FWD car. After two events this year they are already corded about 60 runs total. Wear is horrible on this camber limited car, which does have Honda...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus

I've been very surprised at how capable these tire are. My car came new with Pirelli Corsa 'steetable track & competition' tires, which are not recommended for near-freezing temps. I wanted to drive the car year-round so I needed some cold-weather tires. In the Tire Rack comparison test it was phrases like very nice balance of on-center precision and...  Read More

Having Your Cake and Eating it Too with the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+

The age-old problem with all-season tires has been that they tend to be a jack-of-all-trades, but master of none. A few years ago, Michelin sought to address this issue head on when they released the Pilot Sport A/S 3. The A/S 3 was intended to provide the performance of a summer tire but with the winter capabilities of an all-season. I was one of the first...  Read More

General Grabber HTS 60 Impresses

How do you improve upon a tire that already had so much going for it in dry, wet and wintry conditions? The General Grabber HTS was, for many years, one of the best performers in the Highway All-Season category, offering impressive ride quality, road manners and excellent wet traction. As time went by, however, the competition stepped up their game to catch...  Read More

General’s AltiMAX Arctic Has Marched to the Top and Never Left

The General AltiMAX Arctic has been at the top of our Studdable Winter / Snow performance category consumer ratings and reviews for quite some time. With high rankings in deep and light snow traction, ride comfort and treadwear, it’s easy to see why. AltiMAX Arctic tires are pinned to accept optional TSMI #12 silver-colored metallic winter studs, however...  Read More

New Sizes for the Streetable Track & Competition Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R

Were you hoping to find more choices in your size for the track? This December, Pirelli channeled their inner Santa Claus and released many new sizes for the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R. The Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R made a name for itself by being the tire of choice the most track-ready fifth-generation Camaros. A maniacal effort to cut weight coupled with...  Read More

Best Tire Choices for the Subaru Outback

Introduced in 1994, the Outback has become a favorite among people looking for utility in both space and capability. While the Subaru all-wheel drive system is revered, especially in utilizing the available grip in snow, that grip is still ultimately limited by the tires. For more insight on this, be sure to check out "I Have Anti-Lock Brakes and Traction...  Read More

Tire Rack's Free Road Hazard: The Best Deal in the Tire Business

As of September 18th 2014, Tire Rack offers free Tire Road Hazard Program on most passenger tires we sell. This is an incredible value at no cost. Every year it seems we get several calls from customers that had a run in with a pothole and came out on the other side with sidewall bubbles or maybe even a complete blowout.  This is always a frustrating...  Read More

Michelin Premier vs. Defender

Founded in 1889, Michelin has been one of the foremost names in the tire industry. Both time and technology have marched on, but Michelin's commitment to manufacturing the highest quality tires has stayed the same. In arguably the most competitive segment of the tire industry, the Touring All-Season category, Michelin offers two top performers in the Premier...  Read More

How We Evaluate Tires on the Test Track

If you've ever researched tires online, you've probably come across one of our tests. Have you ever wondered exactly how we do it? What our test course looks like? Here are some of the highlights and a video that show you exactly how a typical test lap goes. A few of the key aspects include:  Identical vehicles Three to four different tires per test Over 800...  Read More

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 vs Blizzak WS80

As stated in "Sneak Peek at the New Bridgestone Blizzak WS80", Bridgestone has all but dominated the Studless Ice & Snow performance category with their Blizzak line of winter / snow tires. Their multicell winter tread compound dramatically increases winter traction in slippery conditions so much, that it changed perception of what a snow tire can do. These...  Read More

All Hail the King: Bridgestone's Blizzak DM-V2 Impresses on the Ice

With a four-wheel drive truck or SUV, you have a notable advantage accelerating in slippery conditions when compared to most passenger cars. However, even the most capable all-wheel drive vehicles shod with all-season tires will find difficulty compared to two-wheel drive passenger vehicles equipped with dedicated winter / snow tires. If you want the absolute...  Read More

Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 or Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus, Which One's Right for Me?

Getting the call to head to out to the paddock for new tire testing always brings a smile to my face. And why wouldn't it? You want me to go really fast on a track and push the latest and greatest tires to their limit?  Thank you! Believe me, finding those traction limits with the test cars is a ton of fun and it shows us which tires deliver the goods at the...  Read More

Dunlop Signature II: A Consumer Favorite for a Reasonable Price

If you drive a car that accepts a Standard Touring All-Season tire and aren't looking to break the bank on your purchase, you may want to take a look at the Dunlop Signature II. While this tire can not quite keep pace with class leaders such as the Continental TrueContact, the Dunlop Signature II offers good all-season performance, is relatively quiet and...  Read More

First Impressions of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2

Bridgestone has historically lead the way in winter condition traction. The more Mother Nature expresses her fury, the happier Bridgestone's winter tires seem to be. In the crossover, sport utility and small truck markets, the Blizzak DM-V1 has been the go-to tire. This fall brings us the all-new Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2.   We took our SUV test vehicles...  Read More

Introducing Bridgestone's Blizzak DM-V2: The Tire to Beat for Winter 2015?

For the past several years the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 has been our highest consumer rated tire among a strong field of competitors in the Studless Ice & Snow (Light Truck) market. While it seems illogical to discontinue such a well liked product, history has proved that the Blizzak line of tires seem to evolve and rarely, if ever, take a step back....  Read More