Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2010 Toyota Camry
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Miles driven on tires: 3,300
Location: Markham, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,300 Miles on Tires
November 27, 2013

Purchased a set just before driving from Toronto to Florida and back. Based on the other reviews and a good sale price, they seemed like the right choice. This review is strictly based on the 3300 miles driven over a 2 week period.

Weather / Traction
We covered three seasons during this drive. Light snow/slush/rain going through the Poconos and New York State in both directions; and, fall turning to summer conditions as we went from the Carolinas into Florida. It felt like very solid dry pavement driving, even in the snow and the rain. I held back from giving them a 10 in a few cases only because the conditions weren't extreme enough to see how they would do when really pushed.

Mileage
If you have read the literature, you know that tires are based on a lot of tradeoffs. You don't get the highest mileage on tires that provide really good grip. I keep my tires pumped pretty hard (37 psi in this case) and that helps the mileage a bit. I ended up with 35.8 mpg on this trip which is about average for this car. Driving at 80 mph on many long stretches (with a heavily loaded car) isn't consistent with great gas mileage. On a previous trip to Florida (with fairly new Sailun tires), I got closer to 40 mpg but that was on a different route with slower average speeds.

Comfort
I like how they ride. Especially with the higher psi, you get quite a bit of noise going over significant bumps but I'm used to that so it didn't bother me.

Overall
I am very satisfied with their performance so far. I felt very confident in their performance with the extended periods at high speeds. I have no regrets and would certainly buy them again based on what I have seen to-date. Time will tell on other topics like tire wear.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.67
 
 

2005 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Hanover, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
December 03, 2013

I used to have the 960's on my car and I loved them! The handling was so remarkably improved over the OEM Michelin grand touring tires. I got 50,000 miles on them before switching to the Continental DWS tires due to the cost of the 960's creeping up higher than I liked. The Conti's were pretty good espcially in the rain and light snow that we get in Maryland. The performance aspect suffered a little especially during cornering, but overall they were a good tire. One of the Conti's developed a bubble in the sidewall (naturally right after the manufacturers warranty had run out). I purchased a replacement from Tire Rack and they were kind enough to not charge me shipping due to the closenee of the warranty expiration. I got about 50K miles out of the Conti's before switching to the 970's as they were on sale and i missed the performance aspect of the 960's. The 970's have been great so far and and I love the tighter handling theuy provide. I must comment, however that these tires are definitely noisier than the Conti's. It's not unbearable or anything like that (yet), but considerably noticeable after the Conti's. I only have 1500 miles on them, so I will update after I get some more miles on them and see how they hold up this winter. Don't get me wrong, I love the tires... I cant remember if the 960's were loud or not, but the Conti's may have spoiled me as far as noise. I would by these tires again based on how they are holding up so far, but if noise is an issue for you then you may want to look into the Conti's.

 

Deciding Between Run-Flat and Non-Run-Flat Tires

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Colin .

Many vehicles come equipped with run-flat tires from the manufacturer. Our sales specialists receive many calls from drivers asking if they can replace their run-flat tires with non-run-flat options. There are a few pros and cons when it comes to changing to a non-run-flat tire.

Pros:

  • Conventional tires are typically less expensive
  • Better ride quality
  • Longer lasting

Cons:

  • Many vehicles don't have a spare, therefore you won't be able to drive when you get a flat
  • When leasing a vehicle, many companies often require vehicles sold with run-flats be returned with them

Switching to conventional tires will not negatively affect the vehicle and will fit on Original Equipment wheels. Also, for those that don't have a spare, take a look at the Continental ContiComfortKit that seals and inflates tire punctures. It's capable of comfortably sealing typical tire punctures that make it possible for you to complete your drive home, to work, an important appointment or a tire repair facility. The ContiComfortKit combines a powerful, high-volume, 12-volt air compressor, integral pressure gauge and a latex liquid sealant packaged in a compact, lightweight unit that's easy to store in your vehicle.

I have experienced first-hand the differences between non-run-flat tires and run-flats. The BMW I owned came with 18" wheels and Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFT tires and I switched to 19" wheels and the Sumitomo HTR Z III. Normally, increasing the wheel diameter has a negative impact on ride quality, however I thought the conventional tires on larger sized wheels actually rode a little better than the 18" run-flats. 

To find the tire that works best for your car, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL EditionReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.25

2007 GMC Acadia SLT FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 43,496
Location: Bossier City, LA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 43,496 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2013

This tire came with my new car, i drive 80% highway 20% city at first 38,000 miles traction were reasonably good when raining no complain, but shortly there after its wet traction is getting worst and worst. I now live in southern states so i don't have snow to worry about, but if i were still live in Chicago,IL i would have replace these tires already. If they can't give me good traction when wet its definitely not going to make it through snows. I will try to stretch another 6,500 miles out of it and reach 50,000 miles before i will get another set of tires. Next set would probably be the Continental Cross Contact LX20 or the Goodyear Assurance CS Triple Tred depending on which set is on sale.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude Tour Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2009 Lexus GX470
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Miles driven on tires: 30
Location: Elmhurst, NY
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 30 Miles on Tires
December 16, 2012

I have Lexus GX460. Original tire Dunlop is noisy, gooey, soft but bouncy, handling also an issue, I have balanced the tires with Road Force still shimmy. Finally I ditch that Dunlop bought a set of Continental the ride is harsh, same noise level as Dunlop handling not better either Road Force balance can't do straight the wheel still shimmy, just 3 months I ditch that Continental too. I decided goes for Michellin as many friend recommended. Done. Mounted and Road Force balance again, wow the handling is tight on curve , soft yet majestic. Going thru bump with easy. Drive above 65 MPH for half miles sec straight like a glass No More Shimmy. Get it while on Sale. I should have bought this tire at the first place. Just mounting and Road Force balance on my Dunlop and Continental can buy a pair of this tire. Lesson learned the hard way.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KH25

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KH25Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.6

2012 Hyundai Veloster
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Coquitlam, BC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
August 23, 2012

These came stock on my Veloster. I really think this is a sales tactic - radius put unbelievably loud tires on a new car to try and sell the under coating package to 'quiet the ride'. I've driven dozens of vehicles from compacts to HD trucks and these tires are louder than anything I can remember. It was embarrassing to show off my new car when I couldn't even hear the passengers over the road noise. Even on perfectly smooth, new asphalt they are still very loud. I will be getting Continental DWS or Yoko Acids next - radius these would be on my car already if I could get someone to buy these tires from me...

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.86

2008 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Edwardsburg, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 18, 2012

I bought these tires on the recommendation of the sales rep., the original tires I inquired about were out of stock and would not be available for 3 months.
So far they seem to perform okay, they have a low grade growl however. Noticeable but not excessive. Initially my fuel consumption went up,lost about 2 mpg, but after three or four weeks it seemed to resume as it was prior to installing the tires.

Test of the Titans

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 by Gavin Carpenter

It's the middle of January and customers are already calling in about Max Performance Summer tires. Nothing can brighten the day of a tire specialist more than the sweet smell of summer rubber in the winter!

As a sales specialist that tries not to be too hasty in recommending a tire, I like to have the opportunity to test it, get customer feedback and give the tire time to "stretch its legs" in the real world and see how it stacks up for the long haul. The following tires are heavy hitters in the Max Performance Summer performance category. They're streetable, trackable and still comfortable enough to work on a commuter vehicle or a high-end supercar. Last June we had the opportunity to test each tire and see how they perform against one another:

To summarize, each tire performed well during the test, however the Michelin Pilot Super Sport did very well in comparison. The Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Positions came in second, with the Continental ExtremeContact DW in third and the Pirelli PZero at the Conti's heels. Take a closer look at the results by viewing this chart that's a part of "Clash of the Titans: Testing Two New Max Performance Summer Heavy Hitters."

Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04
Pole Position
Continental ExtremeContact DW
Continental ExtremeContact
DW
Pirelli PZero
Pirelli
PZero

Here's a look at what some customers are saying about their experiences with each tire:

Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position:
"...These tires were everything I needed them to be. A vast improvement over last year's run with the all season ultra high performance tires from Pirelli. Nothing wrong with the Pirellis just not as good as these tires in highly spirited driving in the mountains. These S-O4 pole position tires were quite, sticky, and performed when I needed them." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Audi TT Coupe Quattro

Continental ExtremeContact DW:
"Tire Rack's test results and customer survey results are accurate: the best qualities of the DW are very good ride quality, extremely low noise, and superior wet traction. It took about 1,000 miles to break these in, before which the ride felt slightly too smooth. Since then, the drive has firmed up a notch and gotten more sporty..." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 MAZDA3

Michelin Pilot Super Sport: 
"Made my Porsche so much better! Dramatically improved ride comfort and decreased noise level. Like a totally different car." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera

Pirelli PZero:
"...After reading all the good test results I was expecting a good tyre and boy did it deliver , the precision of this tyre is mind boggling , it gives such a good feel through the steering and the grip is just immense , it rides very well for a Max performance tyre..."
-- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 BMW 645Ci Coupe Sport Package

Michelin Pilot Super SportLast year was the first year the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position and Michelin Pilot Super Sport were available, so I had some reservation on recommending either without some customer feedback. This year, you can count on me recommending both, but the Michelin is definitely my top pick due to its poise and comfort as a streetable tire and also as a tire that can take what you and your car can dish out on the track or street. The Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position is a close second. The Continental and Pirelli would be the top picks if you're looking for a slightly more comfortable tire, but are willing to sacrifice in the area of performance.

Interested in more results from our testing? Watch our test results video from this summer's "Clash of the Titans."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 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.

Continental ContiProContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2005 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 1700
Location: daytona beach, fl
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 1700 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2008

This review is for the benefit of other hypermilers considering replacement tires for their Prius. At 30k miles I replaced the OEM Goodyear Integrity tires with the same size Continental ContiPro Contact in 185/65x15. The Integrities were LOUD over anything but the absolute smoothest pavement and the Contis are an improvement in both noise and ride harshness at the same inflation pressure. Driven repeatedly over the same route my fuel mileage has decreased approx 5% or 3-4 mpg using both the MFD and ScanguageII. The last several tanks on the well-worn Goodyears were at 66-67 mpg and the first three tanks on the Contis have been 63 mpg. The odo and speedo have changed slightly compared to GPS so I think larger tire diameter accounts for about 1% of the mileage drop. It is possible that winter fuel blend might account for some of the drop and I will update this review if I find that to be the case.



I can't comment on handling or traction other than to say it's completely adequate...'cuz it's a Prius and I drive it like, well, a Prius. I will say that noise level and ride harshness is improved compared to the Integrities.



High praise for TireRack. $45/each on sale and shipped promptly.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Friday, December 16, 2011 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.

Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

1999 Volkswagen Cabrio
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Cohasset, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
December 13, 2011

These tires are a close out (12/13/2011) and looks like not many are left, so I may be writing only for posterity. In the winter, I drive this car 2.5 miles to the train station and back daily (it's actually my wife's summer car...my summer car is in the barn, an '86 vette vert). With our long & steep driveway, I need a decent snow tire. Because of the ragtop, I was most concerned about noise. So after one week and about 50 miles, I can definitely say that these tires ARE QUIET !!! Much quieter than the goodyear non-snow's that were replaced. There has been no snow or rain yet so I can't offer opinions on the traction side. Dry handling seems fine, but given this car's lack of power, it's pretty hard to push these tires to the edge. If these are still for sale at the end of the season, I'll update this review. If you are concerned about road noise, these tires have none...choose them. If you want road noise, don't choose these.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, December 16, 2011 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.

Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2009 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4500
Location: Prospect Heights, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4500 Miles on Tires
December 13, 2011

Great Tire.....Huge improvment from OEM Conti Pro Contact tires......Although I live in the Chicago Area....these tires havent seen deep snow yet (they will) and if the performance in snow is anything like light snow or moderate to heavy rain, I'll surely have no complaints....and on top of everything else they were very cost effective...in fact they were inexpensive when you consider other tires in this class selling for almost twice what I paid....I think I caught a Tire Rack sale and paid less than $130 per tire.......I would definately buy these again for my MB C300 sport 4matic and would recommend them and Tire Rack (the only place to buy tires as far as I'm concerned)......

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons

Thursday, December 15, 2011 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.

Pirelli P4 Four SeasonsReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2004 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 1500
Location: Madison, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1500 Miles on Tires
November 29, 2011

This tire "prematurely" replaced a set of Continentals that were so loud my van sounded like a dump truck. At 80,000 miles I thought it was time to trade my van that is how bad it was. However, after installing the Pirelli P4 tires, my van is so quiet now on the road I think I am driving a 7 series BMW. The difference is startling as noticed by my wife, brother and family. Tire rack offers 2 different versions of this tire (same name different tread wear rating). I purchased the version with higher tread wear version which incidentally is was for sale at $101 per tire... at the time of writing it is being offered for $100 per tire. I drove 8 hrs on the highway with these in rain and dry conditions and the tires performed flawlessly. I highly recommended these tires! Thank you Pirelli!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE92

Thursday, December 8, 2011 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.

Bridgestone Potenza RE92Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.78

2005 Honda Civic LX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 52000
Location: Herndon, VA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 52000 Miles on Tires
December 05, 2011

This is OEM tire on my 05 Civic. It's more sporty than I expected with quick response in mu daily drive. Never have any problem or hydroplaning on this set. This set has 50000 miles on them and they still have 5/32 left. I typically replace them at 3/32, soot may have another 8000 left. Some of the reviews here have too high an expection on it. It depends on driving styles and good rotation more than anything else. For OE tire, they are better than continental touring contact I have before. Will probably buy another set if on sale.

Best 20" All-Season Tire for the Chrysler 300

Friday, December 2, 2011 by Steve Huffman
For the past few years, the 300 has been one of Chrysler's best sellers. Since it shares the same platform as the Dodge Challenger and Charger, many of these models like the SRT8 and R/T from Dodge came stock with the 20" Goodyear Eagle RS-A. And for models that weren't equipped with this size, many customers upgrade their wheels and tires to the desirable 20". You might say this sedan was made to roll on 20s. 

Many customers looking for new Chrysler tires need the best all-season traction since many of the models came in rear-wheel drive, such as my own (a few models were offered in AWD). So when it comes time to choose the best 245/45-20 all-season option for the 300, I often recommend the Continental ExtremeContact DWS or the Yokohama Parada Spec-X.

The Continental has excellent all-season traction and an asymmetric tread designed to provide great handling. It's W-speed rated in this size and is very quiet and comfortable, especially for an Ultra High Performance All-Season tire. If you want to see what others think of this tire, take a look at some Continental tire reviews of the DWS in our Consumer Reviews.

The Yokohama tends to be an excellent value pick. It also has great all-season traction and features a directional tread design to help against hydroplaning. The tire comes in a V-speed rating to go along with its stylish looks.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Yokohama Parada Spec-X
Yokohama Parada Spec-X

If you need additional help selecting the proper tire for your vehicle, contact one our sales specialists today!

General AltiMAX Arctic vs. Firestone Winterforce

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Are you still researching winter / snow tires? Well, Thanksgiving has just passed us by and it's time to pare down your list and decide what tires are right for your vehicle. And to help you with your decision, take a look at two options available in the Studdable Winter/Snow category: the Firestone Winterforce and General AltiMAX Arctic.

Firestone Winterforce
Firestone Winterforce
General AltiMAX Arctic
General AltiMAX Arctic

While a set of these Firestone auto tires and General winter tires can be studded ($15 per tire), most drivers are better off running them unstudded. Our testing found that driving without studs gives most drivers a better balance of snow traction, dry and wet road performance and ice grip.

Both tires are good choices but the General AltiMAX Arctic outperforms the Winterforce in many areas. The Firestone and General tires are comparable in moderate and deep snow, however the AltiMAX Arctic performs better in dry road handling, packed snow, ice and wet grip. Although all winter tires have tread noise, the AltiMAX Arctic has the added bonus of being significantly quieter. Customers agree with our test results as well, as this winter / snow tire is currently the top-rated tire in our Tire Survey Results.

General is owned by German tire manufacturer Continental, who supplies Original Equipment tires to many automobile manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen. So it's really no surprise that the AltiMAX Arctic is engineered so well to be a set of General truck tires for light duty applications, as well as a set of winter / snow tires for your SUV, coupe, sedan, minivan or crossover.

And whether you decide to purchase a new set of General AltiMAX Arctic tires or are looking for a set of Firestone tires for sale, use our Upgrade Garage to help you make an informed decision.

ContiSportContact 5P - The P Stands for Performance

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Continental ContiSportContact 5PAs a discerning driver of a high-end, performance-oriented vehicle, you want more than just the status that comes with the ownership. You also want the excitement generated by the high horsepower combined with top-level handling on the most demanding roads.

The flagship Continental ContiSportContact 5P delivers all the driving pleasures a performance driver could want. When pushing the limit, you need to know that the tire will be there for you to keep you glued to the road while cornering and hard braking in both wet and dry conditions.

Throughout the year Continental reviews feedback from performance drivers. They took the data that they gathered to design the ContiSportContact 5P, which targets the following key areas:
  • Short braking distances on dry and wet roads
  • Exceptional steering and handling
  • Maximum grip and stability when cornering 
When you're looking for Continental tires for sale, each ContiSportContact 5P tire is tuned for specific axle applications and each size is identified as "Front/Both Axles" or "Rear Axle Only." The tire's 3rd generation design combines rigid center tread ribs with flexible tread blocks that promote great steering response, cornering and braking adhesion. Cornering precision and steering are also improved by the ContiSportContact 5P's Zero Degree Hybrid Belt Technology. Finally, Black Chilli Technology features an innovative type of racing-ground carbon black that ensures speedy warm-up and provides a stickier and larger contact patch, which results in shorter stopping distances.

Looking for Mercedes Benz tires? The ContiSportContact 5P was used as Original Equipment on the C63 AMG. What about Audi tires? This Max Performance Summer selection was installed as the O.E. tire on the TT RS. And the Continental ContiSportContact 5P is an appropriate fit for drivers of the world's most prestigious high performance sports cars, coupes and sedans.

Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors for Your Car or Truck

Monday, August 15, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
RequTIre Pressure Monitoring Systemsired on all new vehicles produced since 2008, tire pressure monitoring systems are quickly becoming a permanent staple in the automotive industry. For over 20 years, these sensors have worked there way into vehicles, allowing the driver to quickly access or receive warnings about their tire pressures. Along with road hazards, under inflation is one of the leading cause of tire failures.

With options available from Beru, Continental, Lear, TSW, and more, we're dedicated to providing you with the correct Original Equipment sensors for your car and truck at a great price. When you shop by vehicle to purchase wheels, you can also purchase sensors that are compatible with both your vehicle's TPMS as well as the wheel you have selected. 

For more information on TPMS, read "Tire Pressuring Monitoring Systems" or contact one of our sales specialists.

Do you need the General Altimax HP or RT?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Founded back in 1915 in the tire capital of the world, Akron, Ohio, General Tire has a long and storied history in the United States. They became a very popular brand in the U.S. in the 1970's and 80's with their famous tag line: "Sooner or later, you'll own Generals." In 1987, Continental Tire acquired the brand and has been supplying some very highly regarded tires that have stood the test of time. In this segment, I want to focus on two of these, the General Altimax RT and HP:

General Altimax RT
General Altimax RT
General Altimax HP
General Altimax HP

Key Features & Benefits for both tires:
  • Visual Alignment Indicators (VAI) - By alerting the driver of possible misalignment, this feature can help extend tread life.
  • Acoustic Modulation Sound Technology (AMST) - This benefits the driver by suppressing sound waves to give you a quieter ride.
  • Twin Cushion Silica Tread Compound - Through combining low and high density compounds, you will experience a smoother and more comfortable ride. The high density tread provides long life and vehicle isolation, while the low density helps to absorb vibrations caused by the road.
  • Reactive Contour Technology - Road conditions vary and this feature will give you confidence by reacting to those changes to maximize tire contact with the road. This also helps to maximize the tire's tread life.
  • Both also carry a 45-day buy and try program. The HP has a 55K mile tread life warranty on H-speed rated and 45K mile on V-speed rated versions. The RT carries a 70K mile tread life warranty.
A feature exclusive to the HP tire only is Replacement Tire Monitor Technology. The center rib of the tread has the words: "Replacement Tire Monitor." As the tire wears this changes to read: "Replace Tire."

The General Altimax RT is a top 10 rated tire in our Tire Survey Results. It performs particularly well in the wet and dry categories. While the General Altimax HP is a top 5 rated tire with about three times the reported miles of those rated higher.

Which tire is best for you will depend on your vehicle, driving style and environment. For more information, contact one of Tire Rack's sales specialists.

Winter Wonderland

Monday, August 9, 2010 by Spencer Diaz
Thinking about winter tires? Wondering what the difference is between a winter / snow tire and an all-season tire, and whether of not you will need them?

The first thing to understand is that it is never really too soon to be thinking about winter weather. While it may still be warm outside, fall is on its way, and with it the first shipment of winter tires comes along. Why look this early? Winter tires are usually only produced once a year, and that's it. Unlike all-season tires, or even summer tires, we will usually only receive a set amount of winter tire applications; then after that it will be another year until we get more. Not a year goes by that someone looking for a specific winter tire has to settle for something different in November because the sales volume for that tire exceeded that of our received shipment. 

Does a winter tire really work that much better than an all-season tire in wintery conditions? Plain and simple, yes. Winter conditions are a complete culmination of freezing temperatures, snow, slush and ice, usually mixed with some blend of unpleasantness that makes road conditions a possible hazard for any driver, no matter the skill. A typical all-season tire will have a rubber compound meant to be a jack-of-all-trades style and formula, thus giving the driver the ability to drive in all temperatures and all conditions, albeit not with optimum traction in each. Its design incorporates some siping (all the little lines located on the tread) that help assist with biting in slick conditions, but these are minimal as winter grip is not the all-season tire's primary concern. Dedicated winter tires, however, incorporate a rubber compound that stays soft in the most freezing conditions. That, along with an exceptional amount of siping throughout the tire, allows it to have many more biting edges than any all-season tire would. 

So, you may be asking yourself, "What kind of winter tires do I need?" That really depends on the vehicle, its size and how you choose to drive. For many vehicles, we offer a choice between Performance Winter / Snow tires, Studless Ice and Snow and maybe a few Studdable tires as well.

While studded tires are only allowed in some states, people looking for studded tire-like grip without studs will go into a Studless Ice and Snow tire. These tires promote features like squared shoulder blocks, deep tread and extra-heavy siping to give the absolute best possible grip for wintertime. They are available in low-speed rated designs as their primary concern is the best possible traction in the worst possible conditions. 

Many of the most popular Studless Ice and Snow winter tires are:These models will shift slightly for light truck and SUV applications, but will adhere to the same primary functions.

The most popular Performance Winter tires are:The difference in performance on all of these selections comes down to what you want most out of the tire itself. Each has its own emphasis, which may include traction, longevity, handling and feel, that will cause one selection to be a better choice for the way you drive than another.

Reading survey results and checking out consumer reviews will help you make these decisions and ensure that you will get the best possible fit for your vehicle.

Original Equipment tires Vs. Aftermarket tires

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 by Connor Klink
A good percentage of the customers that I talk to with newer cars always seem to be unhappy with the O.E. (Original Equipment) tires that came on the car. One of the most common tires that I see on performance-oriented sedans is the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4. This tire is designed as a Grand Touring All-Season tire that will provide a smooth comfortable ride quality and low noise levels. The problem is that people make the assumption that since the tire is on a car with a lot of power then it must be a performance tire. Surprise! You just bought a car that can go really fast but doesn't offer great handling. This is a situation where maybe the vehicle manufacturer might have offered more than one option for the Original Equipment tire or you may need to purchase a tire that is more suited to your needs.

If you tend to be the type of driver that likes taking the highway interchanges faster than may be posted or when you find an open stretch of road you like to let the ponies under the hood loose then you should most likely be driving on performance-oriented tires. An example of some popular performance tires are the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position, Michelin Pilot Sport PS2, Continental Sport Contact 3, or the Yokohama Advan Sport

However if ride comfort is the most important characteristic to you then you probably should be looking for a touring all-season tire to provide a smoother ride.  An example of some touring tires would be the Michelin Primacy MXV4 Plus, Bridgestone Turanza SerenityKumho Ecsta LX Platinum, or the  Continental Pro Contact.

Most vehicle manufacturers use tires to meet a specific type of characteristic for the vehicle they are designing. Regrettably those characteristics may not always match your style of driving. This is where Tire Rack sales specialists like myself come in. We can help you determine what type of tires may suit your needs better than the tires that came on your car or truck.