Longest-Wearing Z-Rated Performance Tires

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Gary Stanley

What can drivers of sports cars and high performance vehicles with low profile, Z-rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tires do if they want to have longer wearing tires? In the past, the best a driver could hope for, in regards to treadwear, was an option that lasted approximately 20,000 miles. This was the case for so long that it has become a common misconception that all low profile tires or tires with a high speed rating have rapid treadwear. On the contrary, there are options available with long treadwear ratings. Three of the best to consider are the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 and Continental ExtremeContact DWS.  

 Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
 Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2
Hankook Ventus S1
noble2
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3


The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 has the best dry grip and quickest steering response among the three and comes with a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty. Both the Continental ExtremeContact DWS and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 feature 50,000-mile treadwear warranties and perform a little better in light snow conditions compared to the Pilot Sport A/S 3. All three tires are made in a variety of sizes. Now, even drivers of sports cars like the Chevy Corvette and Ford Mustang can find tires with higher treadwear.  

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Best Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires in Size 275/55R20

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Gary Stanley

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires are common for those looking for aggressive tread patterns and some off-road traction. However, many drivers aren't looking for off-road traction and instead drive mostly on the street. These drivers would rather have a tire with a smoother and quieter ride with longer wear. This is what makes tires in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category so appealing to them. The best two options in this category for tire size 275/55R20 are the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza.

CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Bridgestone Dueler
H/L Alenza


If winter traction isn't a priority for you based on the area you live in, I'd suggest the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza for its smooth, quiet ride and outstanding wet traction. Are you going to experience winter conditions while on the road? Are you concerned about snow traction? You don't have to sacrifice much in the way of snow traction when you purchase the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. It provides very good snow traction for an all-season tire, even better than some all-terrain tires.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is currently ranked first in our tire survey results. It has the highest ratings in the following areas compared to other options in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category:

  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Light snow traction
  • Ride comfort

Curious to see what other drivers are saying about their experience with the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology? Take a look at some of our customer reviews

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, July 21, 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.

Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

1985 BMW M6
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Hagerstown, MD
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
July 14, 2014

This is proving to be a great tire. Drove in a blinding rainstorm at 70 mph with no hydroplaning. Road noise is almost non-existent and ride is excellent. For the price you can't beat this tire. It is as good, if not better, than any tire I have owned and this includes Michelin, Yokohama, Pirelli and Continental. I don't plan to drive this car in snow but did want a tire that would perform well in cold temperatures.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2011 Ford Transit Connect Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 17,500
Location: Darien, CT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 17,500 Miles on Tires
June 20, 2014

2011 Ford Transit Connect - OEM - about 7/32" tread remaining no at 17,500 miles. first 2 winters tires performed almost like snow tires! excellent. This past 2013/14 Conn. Winter
not as good as tread worn approx 25 - 30% Otherwise excellent tire for the vehicle in all conditions.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo
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Miles driven on tires: 11,500
Location: Waterford, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 11,500 Miles on Tires
June 16, 2014

These tires came on my BMW 328i GT xDrive. We just had a horrific winter here in Michigan and these tires were awesome. The snow was so deep the bottom of my car was dragging and my bumper was pushing the snow, and it still never felt like it was anywhere near loosing traction or spinning. The car never feels like its searching for traction. I can't say how the tread wear is going as I haven't measured the tire, but after 11,500 miles they still look like they have nearly as much tread as when they were new. I work at a BMW dealership, and the 3 series normally come with these or the Continental ContiProContact tires. These are 100% better in the snow and wet. The have a surprisingly comfortable ride for a Run Flat tire too.

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

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Boulder, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
June 06, 2014

I've now driven these tires across almost every hwy in Southern CO, as well as across KS, MO, AR, TX, and NM. Temps have ranged everywhere from -25 up to 115 and not a single problem. They aren't the quietest tire I've ever used, but the ride quality is very good and they are very predictable corning. My MPG has actually improved by 1-1.5 as they've worn down a bit.

On wet roads w/o standing water, they perform admirably, but I have noticed some splashiness when hitting shallow puddles and such. It's never alarming, just noticeable. Tread wear has been perfectly even with no flat spots developing.

In winter, I've made it over every road surface attempted without a hairy moment. That includes the like of Red Mountain Pass, Wolf Creek Pass, Monarch, and even up over Rabbit Ears. The only issues have been with heavy, packed snow in parking lots, and that's as much to do with my car as the tire itself.

Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this tire. It's performed beyond my expectations.

My previous tires were the Bridgestone Dueler's as comparison, and they were just slightly better in the dry, but the Conti's have been MUCH better in Rain/Snow.

Best Tires for Chevrolet Camaro

Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Chevrolet Camaro is one of my favorite American muscle cars. I think the car has a nice blend of old school style and new age design. Two of the most popular packages would be the RS and SS which provide optional 20" staggered tires and wheels. The Camaro RS and SS came from the factory with 245/45R20 in the front and 275/40R20 rear Pirelli P Zero Max Performance Summer tires.

When it comes to replacing tires on the Camaro, many drivers love the summer tires and look to go back to the equivalent level of grip and treadlife when choosing a replacement set, while others don't drive as aggressively and want a tire that provides a better ride and much longer treadlife.

Pirelli P Zero
Pirelli P Zero
 Continental Extreme Contact DW
Continental ExtremeContact DW


If you're a Camaro owner that loved how the car performed when new and are happy with the ride and treadlife of a summer tire, take a look at staying with the Original Equipment. The tire offers excellent dry road traction. If you want to try something new, consider the Continental ExtremeContact DW which provides noticeably better wet traction and lower road noise.

 Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
 General G-Max AS-03
General G-MAX AS-03


If you're a Camaro owner who wants the best ride and longest treadlife at the expense of some grip, or would like to occasionally drive the Camaro in light snow, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS or General G-MAX AS-03 are both great options. Each tire would offer better treadlife over the Pirelli summer tire, along with the ability to drive the Camaro in freezing temperatures and light snow.

If it's time to change the tires on your RS or SS Camaro be sure to consider what you want most from your tires and choose something that best fits your everyday driving needs. For more help shopping for Camaro tires, read "Looking to Buy the Best Tire, But Not Sure Which One? Tire Rack Has the Answer!"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2005 Audi A6 3.2 Quattro Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Coralville, IA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
June 04, 2014

Fantastic tire!!! Replaced a set of Cont DWS - nice tire but started getting really noisy about 35,000 miles. This tire goes through all kinds of weather with no difficulty - snow is no problem at all. Noise is low, ride is fantastic and they are wearing like iron. I do drive mostly highway but they have already out performed the DWS, Goodyear F1 allseason, and Altimax I had previously. I think the XL makes a difference on the Audi - Highly recommend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2009 Honda Fit Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Kansas City, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
June 04, 2014

Okay, bought thise with a set of Enkie PF-01's in 15" so my wife would be happier with the ride. At first I lost about 7 mpg gas mileage. They take quite a while to break in but mileage has slowly increased back to around 42 on the highway (I got used to the 47mpg with the Continental DWS's at 70mph- calculated, not the computor). The Enkie's are a half inch wider & I've lost very little cornering power. These Defenders flat go in the snow. Having a door dent repaired I was left with Hankooks mounted on a Kia. That thing would slide completely through an intersection at less than 10 mph on packed snow. My Fit would easily stop at the same intersection from 35mph with the Defenders. i have boosted presure to 39psi trying to improve mileage but it takes away the ride characteristics. Handling is great, wear is great, steering turn-in is reasonably good, dry & wet cornering is admirable. The steering response saved me major repairs when I dodged a deer on I-49 in the middle of the night. Most other cars would have hit it for sure. Good tires, just plan on poor mileage until they're broken in. Tire Rack is the only place to go, received these tires/wheels in 48 hours from ordering.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2012 Lexus CT 200h
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Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
June 04, 2014

The Lexus CT200h is the Lexus version of the Toyota Prius. The Prius has been noted as being terrible in the snow. I was concerned, but bought the car anyway, figuring that snow tires would make a difference. They have made a HUGE difference. The car has a continuously variable transmission CVT, and I don't know how that relates to Traction Control. But I can tell you my experience on the road with it.

This last winter in Chicago was difficult. LOTS of snow, wet slidey snow, packing so that it was slippery at stops. I drove early in the morning and late at night, before the plows had a chance to clear the streets. I was driving on virgin snow, deep 6" - 8" and more when it drifted. The car drove solidly all winter. I NEVER got stuck, I NEVER had trouble starting out, even if I was on a hill, NEVER had problems changing lanes at posted speeds - yes, posted speeds. I was able to easily drive through those spaces in the intersections where snow has been pushed into high drifts by the plows or passing cars. No problems. I NEVER got stuck, or had to rock my way out of a bad situation. I just drove my car. And it just took me where I wanted to go. No drama, no issues. Isn't that why you buy snow tires?

I have always been a firm believer is snow tires for winter. Spending $800 on tires and spare wheels for this car was a ---send. It drove like a tank all winter long, easily keeping up with the 4WD behemoths on the road, driving wherever I wanted. You won't be disappointed by using this tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2012 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 4,500
Location: Littleton, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,500 Miles on Tires
June 05, 2014

These are a great 3 season tire. If you live in areas of frequent and prolonged snow/ice and I would pair these with snow tires.

I was down to getting either this tire, the Continental Extremecontact DWS or the Michelin Pilot A/S 3. At the time of purchase the Michelin had a lot or reports of a harsher ride and increased noise. The Continental had reports on the audizine forum of a weak side wall and multiple members experiencing a blown side wall. The biggest complaint on the Bridgestone was poor performance in the winter.

I have a separate winter tire for use from November to April here in Colorado. However, I did not want to use a summer only tire due to our occasional late spring snow storms and the occasional summer snow storm in the mountains. I also wanted a tire that would have better tread wear then a summer only tire.

I am very happy with this tire. The steering response is very crisp. Road noise is minimal or at least not beyond a normal level the degrades from your drive. Cornering is great when I am aggressive in the corners, off/on ramps or around the roundabouts. I have never felt more connected to the road in wet weather then I do with with this tire.

I only have two bad comments on this tire.
1) yes the winter/snow/ice ability is poor to average on this tire. If you are cautious you will do fine, but coming from snow tires and using these in one of our recent spring snowstorms and I was reminded quickly that you can't be aggressive in the snow with these.
2) I get flat spots on these when I park overnight. Its less evident when the weather is above 80 degrees F. It takes about 1 mile till the tires round out again.

Overall a great tire that I would buy again. I took off a set of Pirelli P6 all seasons with only 10,000 miles on them because they were so loud and harsh. These tires are so much better.