All-Season Tires for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

Friday, March 7, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

With sophisticated all-wheel drive, traction control and weighing 5,622 pounds, you'd expect the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG to dominate in the snow. Surprisingly, this isn't the case because there are no all-season or winter tire choices made in the vehicle's 275/50R20 Original Equipment size. 

Do you own one of these amazing SUVs, but a few inches of snow have you sliding? It's time to get creative with your next tire purchase. 285/50R20 is about 1/2" wider, 3/10" larger in overall diameter, and meets the G63's Load Carrying capacity requirements and fits on the Original Equipment AMG rims. Going with the 285/50R20 size provides you with many dedicated winter / snow and all-season tire options. Snowbelt drivers who want their G63 to excel in the snow should install a set of snow tires.

Even those who reside in a warmer climate, such as Atlanta, should consider all-season tires for their Mercedes-Benz. For a great combination of wet grip, decent light snow traction and good overall handling, the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is hard to beat. Another great option to consider is the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus.

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Continental CrossContact LX20 $168*
Continental CrossContact LX20
with EcoPlus Technology
Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus $233*
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
Alenza Plus


For more assistance in finding a good set of tires for your vehicle, read "Selecting the Right Tires."

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

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Bloomington, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

Replaced the oem Michelins at 44,000 miles. I put on the Continental Extreme ContactDWS tires which were good, but only lasted 35,000 miles and were rotated every 7,000 miles and became loud after 30,000 miles. I now have the Pirelli's and they are far superior to the Continentals and Michelins. We had a bad winter with a lot of snow and some ice, best tire I have ever had for an all season tire, I am thrilled. I expect them to last better than the Continentals. These tires are very quiet so far and handling is fine, these are not for racers, but these are the best commuter tires I have owned. I have had 90 cars in my lifetime, and these tires truly impress me. I have not seen any fuel economy benefit relative to the other tires I have had on this car, but the car now has some miles and age to it. Strongly recommend these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

2008 BMW X3 3.0si
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

Great tire, they're about used up so I'm buying a new set. Performs well in this snowy winter we've had, does well in dry and wet as well. Highly recommend this tire. On the X3 with sport package, there is an offset, I just run 245/45/19s front and rear, no problem at all.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2008 Infiniti G35X Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Potomac Falls, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2014

Hands down the best winter/snow tire you can purchase if your car can mount 17' wheels. I just traveled up the east coast during this past week's major snow storm that hit the south/mid-atlantic (2/13/14) and I never had a moment where the car felt out of control or that I could not traverse a patch of snow or ice. My experience is that of a car with AWD so that being the case these tires made it feel as though I was on a regular surface when trouncing through half a foot of powdery snow.

These tires can give a sense of over confidence though, because they're so good at stopping you and at getting traction specifically. This doesn't mean you're impervious to very deep snow or won't get your car stuck doing something stupid. What it means is that you're more capable of getting around in heavy snow with these tires then arguably any other set here on Tire Rack. Yes, they are that good.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: American Fork, UT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2014

Not a bad tire, I replaced the stock Pirelli P Zeros with these because of the reviews I read concerning their good all season traction, and specifically winter capabilities. They definitely aren't as sticky as the Pirelli's in dry weather, but they still stick pretty good, a great trade off for me considering how horribly the P Zeros handle in snow.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2014

I live on the prairies in Canada where the temps are averaging -25* Dec - March. We get lots of snow and lots of ice in town and on the highways. I bought the car in May and this was the first winter. I was nervous to use these tires as everyone here has winter tires due to our conditions. I was blown away by the traction and grip these tires have! I cant speak to what they would be like after, say 30000miles, but now they are great. I still most likely will purchase winter tires largely due to not wanting to ruin my good rims.

Overall I think they are great and I drive in some severe cold, snow, ice and slush 6 months of the year!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2009 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Atlanta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2014

I bought the Conti DWS after much deliberation and comparison research. I am glad to say these tires still exceed my expectations for most performances even after 10,000 miles – especially considering their price. They do tend to flat spot a little after being parked with hot brakes, but their blend of comfort and street type handling is very good. The steering has a small amount of on center delay, but the rate of steering response off center is actually quite quick, linear and appropriate for a Z rated tire. I am also impressed with the relatively long tread wear life available. DWS traction levels in wet or dry conditions are quite high, but slightly down from the highest priced summer tire levels available, but that’s to be expected from an all-season tire. In other words, the traction levels and long tread wear life available are really pretty darn good. If you want sticky summer tires for the track then look elsewhere. If you want well over twice the wear life of the best Z rated UHP summer tires with better comfort, decent steering, and fairly high traction levels (which should please most folks unless your are heading to the track) then this tire is for you. I have had no problems with irregular tread wear nor hydroplaning, but I did notice some low volume, mild tread pattern noise (hum) when the tires were new. Snow traction is good though be careful not to think your driving on winter tires. I found I still had to feather the throttle at red lights. Keep in mind the DWS is not a winter tire, but is a true all-season tire - rather than a three-season tire (like the other guys sell and yet still call them all-season tires). Based on the tire rack survey ratings, it appears other reviewers have noticed the good level of snow traction available from the DWS. Be advised the DWS uses a single ply body casing to help it achieve ride compliance. After 5000 miles the tires needed to be rebalanced. Best balanced, Z rated, all-season, UHP tire on the market today.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2011 Volvo XC70
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Leesburg, VA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

This is an initial review and first impression. I'll post more detail when we rack up more miles. Most initial reviews tend to be relative, meaning the first impression tends to be based on comparison to the previous tires. These PureContacts (235/50/18 97V) replaced OEM Michelin Latitude Tour HP tires, which performed well with good tread life, even tread wear, and quiet ride. Their primary downfall was less than secure handling in winter conditions.

Out of the gate, these Continentals are very good. The ride is quiet, at least as quite or more so than the Michelins. They ride firm as a new tire, but not excessively so. We've driven them in light snow and wet conditions with no problems. Steering response is noticeably improved, but this is a Volvo with the comfort chassis and it's never going to be sporty.

I researched tires in great detail for weeks and went back and forth before choosing these tires. In the end, there were two tie breakers: the 60-day buy and try guarantee plus the consistent reviews and tests showing this tire has excellent handling in wet and light snow. It didn't hurt that these also were the least expensive of the top rated grand touring all season tires. For a family car, it's important for a tire to earn its keep when you need it most, which is during poor weather conditions and emergency braking. This has been a great choice so far.

 

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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.4
 
 

2010 Ford F150 Lariat 4x4
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2014

The first winter and about 15,000 miles with these tires were actually pretty good. However, the second year and an additional 20,000 miles have proven to be a bit too much for them. The tires are constantly losing traction in all kinds of snow/ice and the snow remains packed into the treads despite efforts to keep them clear. I pretty much have to stay in 4x4 mode all the time in order to maintain proper traction and control. The tires are rotated every 5,000 to 6,000 miles. No complaints during dry conditions. Not sure if they are going to last the warranty miles.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.9
 
 

2004 Ford Taurus SE Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Lisle, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2014

When I got these tires as a Christmas gift, the salesman remarked that they were "an awful lot of tire" for my Taurus. But, sometimes, too much of a good thing is exactly what you need, even if you dont have to drive like Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon..This tire doesn't care if the pavement is dry, drowning in a downpour, covered with slush or underneath a bed of clean, powdery snow.from a dusting to several inches. Beautifully smooth, quiet ride. My car sits outside and the brutal cold of this 2013/14 winter didn't bother it, either. There were no flat spots from sitting 8-10 hours in subzero temps-they just roll with it. Excellent control and handling on the unplowed, powder-covered or snow-packed roads here in the Chicago burbs. These are simply the best overall tire I've had regardless of weather or driving conditions for a passenger car

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2009 Honda Accord Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Overland Park, KS
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2014

I've had these tires on my '09 Accord V6 for a couple of years now. They are very smooth on the highway, and I have not felt any hydroplaning with these tires in the rain; light or heavy. Gone through a couple of snowy midwest winters, and they are very good in the snow, especially deep snow. The responsiveness of the car improved substantially when I switched from OEM Michelins to these tires. I like them so much I plan on buying a set for my wife's car soon.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2009 Toyota RAV4 Base Model 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 2,300
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,300 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2014

Will go ahead and post my initial impressions:

These Contis immediately improved the overall ride over my previous tires (Uniroyal Tiger Paws). I've only had them on a few months but have been able to go through the paces through Idaho winter. Really really impressed with snow and hard packed ice road traction. Very confident in wet or dry handling.

Fairly quiet and smoothes out the RAV as best they can ;) I'm thinking this is an excellent choice for a small SUV doing mostly paved road driving. Will update again when I get some decent mileage.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2006 Ford Focus ZX4
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Gregory, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
February 04, 2014

I drive roughly 40k miles a year and have tried many tires. These by far have been the best. Michigan weather range is a large one, lots of rain and snow mixed with the usual stuff. The other Continental Eco tires were good, but these are noteably better across the board. GREAT winter traction, even with ~50k these tires are surprising the crap out of me. Great tread wear as well. Very good tire all around and will most likely be repurchasing them the next time around, which would be a first.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2012 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Bolton, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

This is my third set of DWSs. I had them on my Subaru, and recently changed the tires on my GTI from Pirelli PZero Nero to these because The Pirellis were awful in the snow. We got a foot of snow yesterday and the Contis handled it admirably! For a high performance tire the snow traction is outstanding. This is the only all-season tire I've used that could truly handle all seasons. The dry handling isn't as razor-sharp as a high performance summer tire, but it's a minor trade off. I'd rather drive safely all winter and be able to corner at 8/10ths in the summer than skate around all winter just to be able to run at 9/10ths in the summer. I believe this is the best possible tire choice for year round high performance. The only thing better would be having a dedicated set of summer and winter wheels, but I am completely satisfied with the DWS under all conditions. Ride comfort improved, too.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2012 Ford Flex Titanium
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Clarkston, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

First reaction to these tires was, why is my car so much quieter? Apparently the OE Goodyear tires contributed more noise than I realized. Ride conform was also noticeably improved. If this were the only reason I purchased these tires, then this would be enough. But I was even more impressed with winter driving experience as I drove immediately to northern Michigan for the Sno*Drift rally which lead me down many snow and ice covered two track roads, which it handled with ease. Temps were in the low single digits and below zero and traction in snow or on pavement was excellent. The return trip south on expressway, I was able to use the snow covered left lane with confidence. At this early stage of ownership, very happy. Looking forward to judge performance on dry roads in warmer weather.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2005 Pontiac Vibe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Plymouth, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2014

Keep in mind these tires went on a light 2 wheel drive car and they are all season tires. I was looking for a tire that would get a Pontiac Vibe out of the barn during northern Indiana winters without going to full blown winter tires. First of all, this is the 4th set of tires I have had on this vehicle and I put them on in the summer. They absolutely ROCKED! The best ride all around this car has ever had. It was like driving a totally different vehicle. Then came old man winter and these brutal Polar Vortexes. Once again, this is a low clearance 2 wheel drive car and NO tire will be a lifesaver on ice unless you get a studded one. Regardless, I have been impressed. I haven't gotten stuck in any snow that the car didn't bottom out on. I have not have any slide outs much less any slide offs. It obviously can't compete with my 4x4 Jeep and I obviously have to drive like I am on snow and ice and not like the idiots you see on the evening news, but odds are that I will replace them with the exact same tires when these wear out. Plus, they make them just a few miles up the road from my house so I am supporting the local economy!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2008 Ford Fusion
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: DeKalb, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
February 01, 2014

We bought these tires in Oct based on research on Tire Rack, it was an excellent decision! Right off the batt the ride was comfortable and relatively quiet, during hard cornering or panic stops they stick. I Im an average driver but from time to time i do push my car close to its limit and im not worried about loosing it, off ramps, sweeping turns and such feel good. But the BIG impression is the snow ability of this tire, this winter has been bad from Dec on snow after snow ive been pleased on local and expressway roads with little to 8'' (before the bottom is dragging) of snow or slush and hard pack you have confidence in the traction you have, my wife even said she felt that way and she hates driving in the snow. Now ice is a little different its not a snow tire but it is better than other tires ive had in the past. I will buy these again, I wish there was a greater selection in sizes for my other cars ( Mercury Marque and old Accord)

 

Which Type of Winter / Snow Tire Is Right for Me?

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Like anything else that relates to your car, tires are available in a variety of models that can be fine tuned to best match what you need. Selecting the best tire starts with narrowing your search to one of our Performance Categories, which Tire Rack has developed by using our own test results, customer survey results and manufacturer recommendations. These Performance Categories help focus your search by comparing tires with similar characteristics, allowing you to choose the best tire for how and where you drive. For dedicated winter / snow tires, there are three categories to choose from.

Studless Ice and Snow

In this category, tires use aggressive tread patterns and the latest high-tech rubber compounds to provide ice and snow traction similar to traditional studded snow tires. Customers that focus on this category are looking to get the best snow and ice traction possible, with the understanding that when the roads are clear, your high speed handling will be a little less responsive than a traditional all-season tire. A few options to consider in the category, include the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Dunlop Winter Maxx and Continental ExtremeWinterContact.

Performance Winter / Snow

Options from the Performance Winter / Snow category feature tires with tread patterns and rubber compounds that are tuned to improve dry and wet traction, along with high speed handling. Drivers that aren't expecting to see heavy or persistent accumulations of snow and want a tire that will handle and perform more like the performance tires the vehicle most likely came with when new will benefit from a Performance Winter / Snow tire. If this sounds like your style of driving, then take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D.

Studdable Winter / Snow

Studdable Winter / Snow tires are designed to allow the installation of optional metal studs to enhance ice and snow traction. Customers that focus on this category are looking for a low cost winter tire option and are willing to allow for more road noise and less comfort than Original Equipment tires. Studded tires are often subject to state laws that dictate when (or if) they can be used, so always check local laws before selecting a tire from this category. Tires in this category include the Firestone WinterForce UV, General AltiMAX Arctic and Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter.

Take a look at our Winter Tire Decision Guide to help you choose the best tire for handling winter conditions. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

1998 Toyota Sienna XLE
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

I tried getting through the winter on Continental's ExtremeContact DWS, but too often the minivan was sliding around. The ExtremeWinterContacts have a bunch more grip on snow covered roads. I ordered a set of 5 to use the fifth as a full-size spare, and the asymmetric tread pattern allows a full 5 tire rotation. I could probably have gone with the smaller base model Sienna 205/70R15 size, but the 215/65R15s handle quite well. Even the dry road handling is much better than the junky all-seasons that came with the van. This is the third winter season on them and there is still good traction. I ran them last weekend at an ice trial on a frozen lake, and they performed quite decently on the ice. They do seem to be wearing a bit quicker than other winter tires I've had, but some of that may be do to the Sienna being a larger vehicle.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75

2005 Dodge Magnum RT Rear Wheel Drive
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Cabot, AR
Driving Condition: Spirited

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

I have only to compare these to the OEM continentals and some Cooper CS4 T rated. These hands down handle better wet and dry than my previous 2 sets. Yes they are more noisey than both OEMs and the Coopers but the feels of the car is much more direct and with no reduction in ride quality. I live in Arkansas so very mild winters as far as snow but it still gets into teens in winter so i didnt want summer and winter tires just an all season that would perform better than the previous tires and these deliver. Very fun on streets and curvy roads. The tires are very audible at there limits so its easy to drive spiritedly with out going too far. This is a big car but these tire seems to handle it well. As far as noise mine are no louder than the day i put them on. I did have to raise the psi of the tires by 3psi a piece to correct a little feathering on the 2nd row of lugs rotated and the wear stopped. Had an alignmet performed at install. Would recommend for anyone who doesnt want an all out summer tire but more than your all season.