Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2007 Chrysler Pacifica
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: West Des Moines, IA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
December 10, 2013

I have this tire on all family vehicles and three vehicles of my adult children on wheels using from December through March in Iowa. Your surveys indicate it is either tied for superior to any and all other winter tires you sell and I would strongly agree with those surveys. I have used this tire for so many years the it used to be named Winterfire. I have referred this tire to many others, to many to cound after allowing them to drive my car when I have them mounted. Every single one of them eventually purchase this tire for their autos. My wife's 1999 Dodge Intrepid FWD has them and it surpasses performance of most 4WD vehoicles under any winter condition it Iowa. Anyone and everyone who lives in a area with winter conditions should consider this tire or at a minimum another winter tire from your seletion.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Monday, November 5, 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.


Firestone Destination A/TReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38

2007 Honda Pilot EX AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 27,000
Location: Manlapan, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 27,000 Miles on Tires
October 23, 2012

I purchased these from TR in Dec-2011, replacing the factory tires. These tires now have as much miles on them as the original factory tires that gave out at 27k. I think they are good for another 20k. The only con that I can think of for these tires is lower MPG, a worthwhile trade off for a much better grip on the road. I have also not seen these type of AT tires on any other Honda Pilot. I have now noticed that these tires are bumpy when cold, especially when you the SUV has been sitting for a few days. They do warm up fast, but I would hate to have it parked at the airport for a few days in Jan and have to drive back home on the hwy at 2 AM. They have been smooth and quite till recently but are getting a little noisy and bumpy even even on a relatively smooth road. The first winter I had these tires we had a lot of snow and they performed exceptional on snow and ice. The auto 4WD hardly ever came on in deep snow or uphill, or at least not as much as it did with the factory tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

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.

Firestone Destination A/TReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73

2005 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 50000
Location: Lewistown, MT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 50000 Miles on Tires
November 08, 2011

I did a lot of research before buying this tire. It turned out to be an excellent choice. On snow and ice I always have the Auto 4 on no matter the tire so never had a slipping problem. The only time the tire was not up to the task was in deep, hard packed, drifted snow, but few tires are. They had 50,000 miles on them when I replaced them with Firestone Destinations MT's for the winter. I would have put the AT's back on in the spring as they had plenty of tread left on most of the tire, but my suburban developed an alignment problem and wore the inside tread down too much. The algnment was not the tires fault, but mine for hitting potholes too fast.



I think Tire Rack should have a rating on deep, hard packed, drifted snow since that is where I have seen most AT tires fail. I went to a MT for that very reason as we have 2 miles of it to get through. I have yet to see an AT tire have too much trouble with powder snow unless the vehicle is pushing the snow with the front of the vehicle.

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.

C6 Corvette Tires and Wheels (Part 1: Tires)

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
I was talking to one of my Corvette customers the other day and he told me that in his Corvette club most members buy their Corvette Rims and New Automobile Tires from Tire Rack. By far the most popular tires I sell for this car personally are the Firestone Auto Tires, we are also one of the largest Goodyear Tire Dealers and I often sell the Original Equipment Goodyears for this car as well. But for people who don't want the O.E. Corvette Goodyear tires the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Run Flat tires are the most popular. People tend to like them because they are very high performance tires comparable to the Goodyears and usually less expensive.

FH Wide Oval Run Flat

Check back next week for my post on Corvette Rims to go with these tires!


Big fan of Firestone car tires? You're not alone.

Friday, March 5, 2010 by Tire Rack Team

Firestone car tires have always held a prominent place in the tire industry, thanks to the brand's presence on the race track in Indianapolis and on real roadways almost everywhere. It's a history of solid performance, and it's a tradition that continues today.

As you search for that perfect set, you'll want to look at some of our Tire Rack Consumer Reviews—we've got quite the stock for Firestone auto tires. For example, if you're looking for Miata tires, you'd find notes like the following:

"[The Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval is a] very nice tire—plenty of grip and steering feedback as well as being quiet and offering great ride quality! As soon as these tires were mounted, I had to get used to the huge REDUCTION in corner-entry understeer! Cornering is quite good. They corner and stop very well." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, MX-5 Miata, CA

Of course, there's more where that came from. You'll want to search by vehicle make, model and year to get specific feedback.



Want to buy Firestone tires?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 by Tire Rack Team

If you've made the decision to buy Firestone tires, we'll tell you up front that you've made a good decision. Part of the Bridgestone family, another brand known for excellence, Firestone auto tires have built a reputation for being reliable and dependable on and off the track.

Our team of performance specialists perform extensive tests on a lot of the tires we sell, including Firestone tires. We want to know how they handle so that we can help you make the right decision. Here's a few we find particularly noteworthy:

               
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