Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.92
 
 

2009 Lexus GX470
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Groveland, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

Car came with Dunlop tires. I cannot believe Lexus put those tires on this car. I got rid of them at 25K. I have a 2000 LX 470 and have always been happy with the LTX M/S. These tires are even better. There is nothing bad about this tire. Bought at Tire Rack. Had dealer mount 'em. Better everything: handling, ride, traction and even gas mileage. I hunt, so in addition to city/highway, I do cornfields, creeks and every other type of off-road driving that can be found in the Midwest. The only thing that keeps me from buying a Range Rover Sport is that I cannot find these tires for that truck. I still have my LX 470 and still use the LTX M/S on that truck (it has 287K). I'm not necessarily a Michelin freak. My wife has a Lexus RX and I'm putting Continentals on that. But for the larger SUVs, the LTX M/S is fantastic tire. I like the M/S 2 better than the M/S, but they don't make it for the '00 LX470. When my friends are stuck in their Range Rovers, I'm going strong, mainly because of the traction these tires afford. On the highway, rain, snow, and sun, the tires handle well and are quiet. I'm 63 and have driven a car/truck farther in reverse than most have driven in forward. These tires are simply the best. If they make 'em to fit your vehicle, buy them. You will thank me. I promise. And I don't work for Michelin or anybody else in any auto related industry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2007 Nissan Pathfinder S
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2014

I love this tire, this is my second set of these.
I had them on my 1997 Nissan Truck and knew they would be perfect on our 2007 Pathfinder.

The dealer installed the Dunlop AT20 on to the vehicle before we purchased it.
After a couple of months they were promptly removed and replaced with the Bridgestones.
I feel sorry for the poor souls that bought those tires from me because they were horrible.

These tires shine in all conditions.
Snow: check.
Rain: check.
Dry: check.

Put these tires on your SUV/truck, you won't be sorry.

 

Stop Slipping in the Snow! The Optimal Snow Tire Solution for the 2014 Audi SQ5

Friday, January 3, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Did you get a 2014 Audi SQ5 to fill your need for compact crossover speed? With 354 hp and 346 ft-lbs of torque channeled through Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive, you've got the power to haul.

All good fun until the weatherman calls for some snow. Now, you find your SQ5 slipping and sliding instead of stopping on a dime. You have stressfully discovered that your Original Equipment 255/40R21 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GTs (most common O.E. tire) are lacking snow grip. No worries, with just a few clicks on our website, your SQ5 will be good to go in the snow.

Winter / Snow Tire Size

Your Original Equipment Dunlops are not going to perform in snow because their summer compound turns brittle at cold temperatures coupled with a tread size consisting of large tread blocks without biting edges and sipes. A few of you may need to tweak your snow tire widths, but most snowbelt drivers are best served by staying with 255 width tires. The SQ5's 4550 lb. curb weight limits the utility of going skinnier, especially given the spirited nature of many SQ5 drivers.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

As you enter your SQ5 make and model information in our website's Upgrade Garage, we'll ask whether or not you have rubber or metal valve stems. Please go out to your SQ5 and tug at your valve stems. If they move they're rubber, if they don't, they're metal. If they're rubber, your SQ5 uses the ABS-based Indirect TPMS, if they're metal, you'll need Direct TPMS sensors available at $81 per corner. Neither system requires dealer initialization.

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

255/50-19 Michelin Latitude X-ICE Xi2 $265*
255/50R19 Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2
Bright Silver Sport Edition WX5 $159
Bright Silver Sport Edition WX5


I like the Studless Ice & Snow Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2's balance of ice and packed snow grip combined with decent dry road handling. The Sport Edition WX5 provides good value along with being a great match to the SQ5's overall styling.

Now you've got the power and control to make your SQ5 handle anything winter may bring.

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

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4
 
 

2013 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Vermilion, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2013

New car 2500 mile and these tires flat spot. The dealer is great and fixing the problem by giving me new tires a different brand. The car starts off each day with the bump bump for a mile or so when the tire warms up they seem to perform better. just not a good tire and very aggravating.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Integrity

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Integrity Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2008 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: South Burlington, VT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2013

My new Honda Pilot SUV came equipped with Goodyear Integrity tires. When it came to time to replace the tires, I decided to replace them with the same exact tire since I was happy with their pass performance. After getting the new Integrity's put on, I noticed a road noise that I never heard before. I gave the tires a week, but the road noise did not go away. I went back to the dealer and they heard the noticed the noise too. The dealer re-balanced the tires, checked my wheel bearings, etc. But that did not help. I called Goodyear to ask for a refund under their 30 day drive policy, they said they do not refund money, they will only put me in another GY tire. GY decided to put another set of Integrity tires on. Well that did not help either. I asked GY for a refund again, they said no. Then GY wanted to put on Dunlop Signature tires. Since the dunlop tire cost sligthly more they gave me a minimal upagrade price I would have to pay. After they put the dunlops on, the price all of a sudden went up substantially. I said I did not what the tires. Then GY said they would refund all my money and take their tires back. At this point I was just feed up, I paid the difference and kept the dunlop tires. I've had the dunlop's for a few weeks and they are fine, I like them and there is no road noise. I think that Goodyear had a bad batch of Integrity tires because both sets had the same problem of noticable road noise.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek Touring A/S

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Grandtrek Touring A/SReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6

2013 Lexus RX 350
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Union City, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2013

I got my RX350 for 2 months and the cars originally came with Michelin Latitude Tour HP. However, Michelins are just too stiff and whenever the car hits the bump, it is like a concrete tire hitting a solid bump and shock just sent straight to my neck.

Dealer agreed to swap Dunlops from one of their 2013 RX loaner to mine. Ride comfort difference is immediately noticed. Bumps are softened and no more harsh shock to my neck.

3rd gen RX suspension is stiffer than 2nd gen for sure and I still feel bumps. But with Dunlops, ride is softened well over bumps even on bad San Francisco roads. Road noise is louder than Michelins but it is still ok. Steering feel a bit less responsive than Michelins. However, ride comfort is my top priority. Will buy again if these tires can last 40K miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, January 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 9,000
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 9,000 Miles on Tires
November 28, 2012

We placed these tires on our car one day after picking it up at the dealer. We knew that the RFT (Dunlop SportMax) would be Very stiff and would be dangerous in winter, so we went with the Conti DWS. Excellent tire! Understand that it is not going to handle like the summer only performance tire... But it is easily 80% of the way there. Steering isn't the immediate harsh imput of a true summer performance tire but it is still very quick. They stick like glue in sharp turns. After 9000 miles the tires still looked like new with no noticeable tread wear. Our car was totaled by huricane Sandy and we ordered the identical car from BMW.... And we will be placing Conti DWS on the new one as well. Very Satisfied Customer.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Signature CS

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Signature CSReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2010 Honda CR-V EX
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Miles driven on tires: 25
Location: DC Metro, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25 Miles on Tires
October 31, 2012

Less than 50 miles, too soon to provide any meaningful rating so will update as we accumulate mileage. But this is to provide a history, and no better place to start than at beginning.

About 12k mi/year, combined DC Metro beltway & city. My wife & toddler's car.

Day after hurricane Sandy...less than thrilled with wet traction on the OEM Bridgestone Duelers and replaced at 32K. Planned on getting new rubber anyway before winter arrives.

Came to tirerack.com first and reviewed and filtered and sorted everything out. Tire dealer didn't have my first choice (Goodyear Tripletreds) in stock so, like an impatient customer, went with second choice: Dunlop Signature CS. We immediately feel huge improvement in wet grip during constant rain. It's like night and day, however it is compared to poor factory OEMs. But already feel more confident.

Will update at meaningful intervals. Thank you.

Don't Let Ol' Man Winter Slow That New Accord Down: Winter / Snow Tires For 2013 Honda Accord

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Have you been waiting for a new Accord? Well it's time to visit your Honda dealer because the new 2013 Honda Accord is in town. 

Honda's done a great job with both the Accord Coupe and Sedan. I love how they've tweaked the styling on the Coupe, but still maintained its aggressive sporty look. If you've recently picked up a new Accord, your next step is to make sure your new Honda is ready for winter.

Winter / Snow Tire Sizes

Depending on trim level, your Accord Sedan's Original Equipment size will consist of one of the following sizes (model in parenthesis):

The standard Coupe is equipped with 215/55R17 tires.

When it comes time to purchase your winter / snow tires, what size should you get? Every driver's situation and preferences will vary, but a 215 width tire is narrow enough to cut through moderate and deep snow, yet wide enough to handle hard-packed snow, ice and dry roads.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Honda has changed over to the indirect ABS-based TPMS sensor so you don' t have to worry about adding and initializing direct TPMS sensors when you change wheels.


Studless Ice & Snow Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

I feel that the optimum Studless Ice & Snow combination for most drivers is a set of 215/60R16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3s on 16x6.5 50mm offset black painted steel wheels with wheel covers at $813* plus shipping. The X-Ice Xi3 offers a good combination of ice grip with dry road handling. Also, most sizes of the tire meet Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance. This confirms the tire's contribution to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions of CO2 gases.

215/60-16 Michelin X-ICE Xi3 $136*
215/60R16 Michelin X-Ice
Xi3 $133*
16x6.5 50mm offset Black Painted steel wheel $58*
16x6.5 50mm Offset Black Painted Steel Wheel $58*


Performance Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

For a great tire and wheel combination using a Performance Winter / Snow tire, consider the 215/55R17 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D on 17x7.5 45mm offset silver or black painted MSW Type 22 wheels at $1100* plus shipping. The Winter Sport 3D's tread design handles the deep snow, but the larger outside shoulder tread blocks allow a spirited driver to enjoy his/her Accord on better days.

215/55-17 Dunlop SP Wintersport 3D $170*
215/55R17 Dunlop SP Winter Sport
3D $167*
17x7.5 45mm offset Silver Painted MSW Type 22 $108*
17x7.5 45mm Offset Silver Painted MSW Type 22 $108*


2013  Honda Accord FAQ:

  1. I see two black painted steel wheels available, which one should I purchase? Select the 50mm offset version that's closer to your Original Equipment wheel's offset. The other option is 6.5" wide with 42mm offset. For reference, the Original Equipment 17" wheel is 7.5" wide with a 55mm offset.
     
  2. The description of the 215/55R17 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D says "AO Audi", what does this mean? It means this tire is Audi's generic winter / snow tire suggestion. Audi feels the Winter Sport 3D's dry road ability matches up well with the handling capabilities of an Audi. However, this tire works well on a wide variety of sporty vehicles.
     
  3. I live out in the country and need a skinnier tire size for more emphasis on deep snow traction, what size should I run? I would suggest 205/65R16.

*Prices subject to change

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 5 Door
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Miles driven on tires: 21,000
Location: South Lyon, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 21,000 Miles on Tires
August 21, 2012

These are the 2nd set of summer tires for my daily driver. They are stickier and marginally quieter than the original Dunlop SP600s. These are great on the dry. On the track, they're almost as sticky as R-compound tires. They're a bit noisy, but not as bad as the Dunlop 600s, which sound like 4 bad wheel bearings (I actually took my car into the dealer just to make sure it wasn't the wheel bearings-that's how loud the SP600s are).

On the wet, they're okay. I don't believe on driving at the edge of tire grip in wet weather, but I do care about hydroplaning. These handle standing water pretty well. I haven't been caught in snow with these tires.

Getting over 20,000 miles (2 summers) for me is pretty good. This includes a couple of track events. I buy the stickiest street tires I can for my 944Turbo and my STI, and 20,000 is always my target. These at least met that goal for me.

I would definitely buy these again as daily driver/track tires, except that I love trying out different tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.17

2008 BMW 535i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Hampton, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
August 02, 2012

Replaced the OME Dunlops with 33k on them and what a difference! Read reviews from various sights and blogs and choose this brand. Initial drive home from the dealer remimded me of the 1st time I drove it home brand new. Comfort and noise level amazing, held up well to cornering offramps and on center steering very responsive. Tire profile looks good! Tire rack is definately the cream of the crop when it comes to research and unbias reviews. Customer service second to none. Had tires delivered in 2 days with no special shipping requirements. They kept me informed from the initial email to the conformation delivery email. Their prices are very resonable compared to other sights and well stocked. Avid buyer from tire rack, with 2 benz and 2 bmw's they are my prefered choice for tires when I'm reaqdy to change shoes beacuse their testing is proberly the best in the business. 1st review but I've purchase tires before with no issues. Will follow-up with additional feedback. These tires are deserving of the #1 rating in the UHP AS category. PS: Don't forget to get an alignment when mounting and road force balancing.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S PlusReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73

2011 Jaguar XKR
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Miles driven on tires: 6,500
Location: Lake Forest, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,500 Miles on Tires
April 30, 2012

This is my second set on my second Jag Convertible. I didn't care for the OEM Dunlop Sport Maxx's as they have absolutely no winter traction. So I have my dealer swap them off for these at delivery. With My Pilot A/S's, I feel like I'm in a little 4X4 come winter, though this last winter was only fair as the very few snows we had were wet snows and the tires do far better in deep snow or very cold 'dry' snow. Compared to the Summer tires though, there is no comparison. These last 35-45,000 miles compared to 18-22,000 miles for the Summer tires. I like that. To all the reviewers who say they get noisey... Have any of you ever heard of an alignment machine? The only noise that builds is due to chopping. Chopping is caused by one thing and one thing alone, a poor alignment or old suspension components which lead to this. I suppose its easier to blame the tire than the driver. I highly reccomend these tires, have never had an issue and will buy again and again. I am eyeing the Conti DWS Extreme Contact's though I must say, as I like the pricing and have heard good things there as well. Competition, isn't it a wonderful thing.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Graspic DS-3

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Graspic DS-3Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09

2008 Dodge Avenger
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Hubertus, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2012

I bought my Dodge just before Christmas, and the dealer had installed these tires on it new prior to my purchase. I didn't ask for them, and had I chosen new tires for the car, they'd have been an all-season tread instead of dedicated winter tires (as now I have to buy yet another set of tires and probably wheels for the other 3 season). Even though this is WI, I have never run snow/winter tires on any vehicle as there tends not to be a real need other than days it's snowing. Our roads tend to be cleared quickly.

I found these tires to be a nice tire. The ride is fine, the noise level is low, the traction in non-snow conditions is fine, and snow traction is no better or worse than the all-season tires I've run in the past. Granted, I know how to drive in poor, snowy conditions, but these winter tires did not turn my Avenger into a 4x4 by any stretch of the imagination.

I will run them until they are worn out, and then they will not be replaced. It's not that they are a poor choice for a tire, I simply do not need winter tires. The Kelly Navigator Golds I had on my Impala were as good in the snow and cold, rode a bit better, and performed WAY better on dry and wet pavement.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta ASX

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta ASXReviewer's Overall Rating: 4

2003 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Decorah, IA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2008

This tire shouldn't be considered a "All Season Tire" It's unfortunate that the Audi dealer I purchased the car (Sept'07) from installed these 235/45/17. There horrible in any amount of snow! Thus in order too use the Audi I was forced too purchase a complete new set of winter tires (Dunlop Winter Sport 3D's) 215/55/16 also a new set of 16" wheels. The Dunlops are working out great. It's just ashame that I had too spent close too $900. additional in order too use the car during the winter. I plan on using the Kumho's just for Spring,Summer and Fall.

How to Tell if You Have Run-Flat Tires

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Many new cars are equipped with run-flat tires. These tires give the ability to keep driving on a tire that has lost air. Typically, self-supporting tires maintain vehicle mobility for 50 miles at speeds up to 55 mph. The exact ratings will vary by tire and vehicle. 


Car dealers often fail to mention to customers that their tires are run-flats or may mistakenly indicate that a car has run-flat tires when it does not. To find out whether your car has run-flat tires, check the sidewall. 


The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed a universal symbol for self-supporting run-flat tires, represented by a flat tire continuing down the road: 

Run Flat Tires - Tech Article

In addition, tire manufacturers have special branding to indicate run-flat capability. The following is a list of the branding used by manufacturers we carry:  

See an example of a tire with run-flat branding here (Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST CTT - Original Equipment the Nissan GT-R). The DSST CTT branding is near the 12 o'clock position on these Dunlop car tires. The ISO pictogram is immediately to the right.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx DSST RunOnFlat

Thursday, January 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx DSST RunOnFlatReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.12

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 16000
Location: Charlotte, Nc
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 16000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2011

Came with my X5. Very disappointed that the tires started getting very noisy at 14k miles. Went to the dealer who told me they only last 15-20 k miles and showed my tires at/ near wear bars. New tires once per year at $500 each!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental 4x4 Contact

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental 4x4 ContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.25

2010 Volkswagen Touareg 2
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Miles driven on tires: 19450
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 19450 Miles on Tires
January 18, 2011

These tires were original equipment on my 2010 Touareg TDI. Drove the car home from the dealer in a big MN winter storm and raved about the new SUV being the most stable and confidence inspiring vehicle I’ve ever driven in snow. Head and shoulders above the Subaru Outback and Honda Pilot, which were both great. Made the RWD BMW 530i I traded in seem like a bad joke (even with Dunlop performance snows). However, this second winter, the Contact 4x4s are down to 6/32 tread depth. They are now treacherous in snow or ice conditions. The advanced 4WD, weight, and traction control of the Touareg help the car launch ok and feel moderately stable underway, but there is huge understeer when turning and nearly zero braking action in anything slippery. In addition, these tires ride hard, and hammer the suspension. Tire wear is unacceptably bad as well. Looking at $1,400 to replace set of tires after less than 20,000 miles. That is 7 cents per mile, or $3.50 worth of tire to go to work and back. Fuel is only $7! Very similar in ride and handling to the Conti Contact CH95 which came standard on BMW sedans for years. Handles ok, and performs fine when new. Decent grip and turn-in in dry conditions. Very poor in snow after a few miles, and tread wear about half of what you expect from a comparable Michelin. Why did you do this to me VW? Why? Planning to go to Michelin Latitude Tour HP for round #2. Wish me luck.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Thursday, December 8, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Ecopia EP422Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.57

2009 Honda Fit Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 2000
Location: New Orleans, LA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 2000 Miles on Tires
December 06, 2011

These tires, in size 205 50 R16, replaced the stock 185 55 R16 OEM Bridgestone Turanza EL470 supplied with 2009 Honda Fit (Sport trim level).

The two biggest improvements are in ride comfort and fuel economy. Whether it's the tire or just the larger footprint and changed sidewall geometry (the 205 is about a half inch wider on each side of the stock 6" Sport wheel), potholes and sharp ridges are much smoother under this tire. THe tire is also somewhat quieter, except when driving on pavement with rough aggregate or grooves (as in the Houston area, for example). On such surfaces, tire noise is slightly higher than OEM.

Hydroplaning resistance is good, though I was able to induce it on rutted highway pavement with standing puddles (US 31 in AL, south of Montgomery).

AT stock pressure, the tires felt soft and unstable at highway speeds. Increasing the pressure to 39 PSI on all four wheels eliminated that problem, and the stiffened ride is still better than stock Turanza OEM (which apparently are now only available as a dealer part; only the Dunlop OEM remains available as a replacement tire). The go-kart steering responsiveness of the Fit Sport with stock 185 tires is reduced by the wider tires, but it's a minor change. The wider tire feels much more robust in hard cornering, especially over irregular pavement, provided that they are run at higher than stock pressure.

Fuel economy on the road increased by a full 4 MPG at 70 mph, from 34 to 38 consistently. On recent road trips with brand new tires, mileage would not dip below 38 mpg even with some hard driving and urban segments. CIty mileage seems unaffected, but not enough data has been collected. (OEMs were also run at 38-40 PSI).

Second-generation Fit Sport owners despairing over replacing the stock size should know that Honda supplies the 205 50 R 16 on the Mugen wheel. The Mugen wheel 1/2" wider than the stock Sport wheel, but nearly the same offset. No clearance issues experienced here.

New Tires for Your NSX

Friday, October 28, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Supercars are great but supercars that you can drive every day are even more special. A shortlist of everyday supercars would consist of the Acura NSX, the C5, C6 Z06 and the 911 GT3. All great cars, but the NSX is more of a rare bird since the Z06 and GT3 share styling cues with their stablemates. The NSX's wheel sizes are relatively small compared to current supercar sizes, therefore it can be a bit of a challenge to find tires that are NSX worthy. Here's a guide on some of the available options.

1991-1993 Acura NSX O.E. Sizing

The O.E. Yokohama ADVAN A022 used on the 91-93 NSX was discontinued in 2007. Fortunately, when the time comes for your Acura tires to be replaced, there are four great Extreme Performance Summer options available in the 205/50-15 (front) and 225/50-16 (rear) sizes.

Yokohama Advan Neova AD08
Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec
Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec
Kumho Ecsta XS
Kumho Ecsta
XS

All of these extreme performance tires offer great dry grip, however I personally prefer the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 for its remarkable handling predictability. While every tire will lose its grip if you drive fast enough, the AD08 won't surprise. A set of these Yokohama performance tires will provide plenty of feedback so you always know where you are with the car. During testing, the performance tires review showed the tire had laser-sharp steering response and a balance of wet and dry traction. Also, while we were taking the time to compare performance tires we noticed the ADVAN Neova AD08 had the most consistent range of times compared to the other tires.

The RE-11 is the most refined tire of the four. It has a good ride comfort and relatively low tread noise, along with great grip and overall handling. A set of these Bridgestone performance tires will improve your vehicle's steering response, as indicated by the 9.3 rating in our Tire Survey Results. And customers enjoy a set of Bridgestone Potenza tires, as the RE-11 is currently the top-rated tire in the Extreme Performance Summer category.

The Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec is a great value choice. If you're looking for Dunlop tire dealers who can help you find good performance while saving some extra money, take a look at our inventory of Dunlop sport tires. 

The Kumho Ecsta XS offers the best dry cornering grip but lacks the wet traction of the other tires. Also, the tire did not perform as well as the the other three options in ride comfort, noise comfort and overall road rating.

And, the Yokohama and Dunlop tire are both great options for the 2002-2003 NSX, with the Yokohama being my preference for this vehicle. Find your preference and the tire that is best for your vehicle when you shop by vehicle.

A few Dunlop tires worth mentioning.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
As your Dunlop tire dealers, Tire Rack has over 70 different Dunlop car tires on the shelf. And while that may seem a bit intimidating to anyone wishing to buy Dunlop tires, rest assured we'll help you out. Starting with a few recommendations:

SP Sport Maxx TT (Max Performance Summer)
Gain enhanced feedback and driving precision, thanks to a motorsport-inspired tread compound that blends dry and wet road performance. Multi-Radius-Tread Technology distributes footprint pressure, which eases the transition between driving in a straight line and taking a corner.

SP Sport Signature H&V (High Performance All-Season)
For great performance throughout the year! The tread compound features a Dry Performance Sector that enhances steering and cornering, and a Wet Performance Sector with Hydro-Paddle Technology that moves water to minimize hydroplaning. And thanks to straight sipes across the entire footprint, winter traction is a given.

Signature CS (Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season, Light Truck/SUV)
Handling is predictable, ride is quiet and comfortable, and traction exists on wet and dry roads. Even in light snow. Evaqua Grooves help make this an all-season tire by evacuating water and slush from the tread. Internally, VersaLoad Technology maintains the shape of the tire's contact patch for consistent performance.

See all Dunlop tires.