Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2001 Mercury Cougar V6
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Reading, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

This is my first set of Goodyear tires in a very long time. I have been running winter tire/summer tire combo for 14 years now. I've had Dunlop Graspics, Hankook Icebears for the past 5 years, Firestones witerfire, and so far these have been the best so far. My Abs hardly comes on compared to running on an all season tire. I would pass 4x4 and all wheel drive cars. I've gone by people stuck up hills and I just keep on trucking. I travel the PA turnpike and local roads to work and these tires haven't let me down. Pennsylvania has been hit hard with snow and these tires have been very good to me. Especially for the cost.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2013 Chevrolet Cruze
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Belvidere, IL
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2014

I was worried about spending money on wheels and tires for a car that has good wheels, and tires with lots of tread. I was also worried I would not get bang for my buck.I needn't have worried.TIRE RACK MADE MY BUYING EXPERIENCE FLAWLESS!!!!I've had over 60 cars with all kinds of tires and listed my driving style as easy going but,I was working these hard to see what they will do and am impressed.8 inches of loss snow,hard packed snow,and ice,no problem.braking is what I was most concerned with and braking is excellent.There is more noise,not much,steering has a different feel,it is not a bad feel,just different.I ordered these at7:30 am central Monday delivered at 1:30 pm Tuesday!!!!Shipping,packing,speed,quality,did I mention TIRE RACK is the BEST, the only thing that could have been better is if it where free.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Greenwich, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I took delivery of the Sportwagen in October 2010. The OEM tires were new when they faced their first snowy season in Connecticut. I was constantly checking tire pressures because the handling in the lite snow and dry was terrible. I resigned my self thinking, "Be glad with the TDI but the Sportwagen is no handler.

This winter is above average for snowfall in Connecticut and the driving on uncleared roads is mission critical for me; getting my four year-old daughter safely back and forth to school. I decided to get dedicated snows for the winter. I've had Blizzaks, Dunlops even Firestone studded tires on other family cars. I liked what I read about the Michelin X-Ice3's and decided to try them. The Michelin X-Ice3's replaced the OEM all-season Hankooks. What a difference! I keep anticipating a slide or skid, but the X-Ice3's have raised the bar when driving in the snow.

OK, you would expect them to be way better than OEM All-Seasons in snow. But, the real surprise was that the X-Ice3's have better grip than the OEM tires did in both dry and rainy conditions. No more loss of traction when accelerating.
I've changed my mind, the Jetta TDI is a pretty good handling car. I expect the Michelins to wear longer than the Blizzaks I had. Come the spring I intend to treat the Sportwagen to a set of summer-performance tires; probably Michelin's.

 

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 Firestone Destination LE 2

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.33
 
 

2005 Honda Pilot EX
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Miles driven on tires: 4,500
Location: Chicora, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,500 Miles on Tires
December 30, 2013

I bought these tires based solely upon the reviews and survey data found here on TireRack.
We drive on unpaved b-roads here often, many of which do not receive any winter maintenance. Understanding that this is not a snow-purpose tire, I still have yet to get stuck. I'm quite pleased. As far as ride comfort and quiet go, in MY case, this tire is DEAD SILENT. I've replaced the wheel bearings and CV's on my 190,000 mile Pilot so I've got nothing filtering or molesting the tires' noise (if they were to make any) and The Pilot with these tires installed is the most serene place I can find. Our 2012 Equinox? Noisy. 2011 Silverado? Noisy. '06 Legacy GT? Noisy. Pilot? SNOOZE CRUISE. Kids can hear the DVD player without headphones, I can carry a conversation with my 3rd-row passengers, and when I'm the only occupant the tires STICK in the turns. The Pilot isn't a sports car, but it has Honda DNA and these tires certainly don't let it down.

They do kinda ---- in the mud, though. I'll take the trade-off.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.67
 
 

2012 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition:

Average


Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2014

Decent snow performance. I'm not sure what to make of the people who seem to claim that they have little to no slippage in snow with the tire. Don't expect miracles. I did and I'm a little disappointed.

In deep snow, the tires are good enough to clear the snow out of the way. I don't fear getting stuck in 4 inches of snow like I did on all-seasons. I don't hesitate to park in the curb lane in 4+ inches of slushy snow. In lighter snow, it's very good. Good acceleration, braking, and cornering. Still some slippage but it's minimal. On packed snow or ice, the wheels slip a decent amount but it's predictable. Braking, especially, seems much better than all-seasons.

With these tires, the behavior--especially on packed snow--is very much more sensitive to driver inputs. Any braking or acceleration during any kind of cornering can cause the car to lose traction. I even experience lift-off oversteer on occasion (not used to that in a FWD car). It takes some getting used to trusting the tire to grip and braking when you might want to.

Tires are much quieter than I expected (not studded). They have a lot of flex when new--there's a noticeable delay between turning the wheel and turning.

Break-in period is FOR REAL! It snowed the day I had them installed and then multiple times in the first couple of weeks. The performance was worse than my bad all-seasons were for the first couple of snow storms. They slowly improved over the first 500-750 miles. At (a little over) 1000 miles on them, they don't seem to be improving any more.

Overall, they're better than all season tires, no doubt. This is my first set of winter tires. I'm glad I got them and they're a good price. I'll probably try out a different winter tire next time to see if other tires perform better.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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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.

 

Hankook Ventus S1 noble2: Great Performance at a Value Price

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Ventus S1 noble2 is the newest Ultra High Performance All-Season tire offered from Hankook and a recent Tire Rack test showed the tire to be one of the best in its performance category. In our test, "Testing Value-Priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires," the Ventus S1 noble2 proved to be a top performer in key areas like ride comfort, road noise and wet traction. We compared Firestone's Firehawk Wide Oval AS, the General G-MAX AS-03, Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2.

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The Ventus S1 noble2 (H452) is developed for drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans looking to combine on-road performance with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Designed to provide Hankook's ideal ultra high performance all-season balance, the Ventus S1 noble2 blends handling and cornering performance with all-season traction, even in light snow.

Ventus S1 noble2 tires use hybrid compound technology silica that combines wet road traction with lower rolling resistance and longer treadlife. This compound is molded into a sophisticated semi-rib asymmetric tread design that features notched outboard shoulders, intermediate and center ribs to deliver responsive handling and stable cornering in dry conditions. Four circumferential grooves and inboard Aqua Hydro Block technology provide efficient wet traction and braking. Carving edge grooves and 3D sipes promote wet road and wintertime traction without abandoning dry road response and handling.

If you're looking to get the most tire for your money, the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 is definitely a great performing tire at a value price.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone FR710

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone FR710 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.73
 
 

2012 Chevrolet Cruze
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Miles driven on tires: 62,700
Location: Newton Falls, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 62,700 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

These are the OEM tire that my car came with.

The winter traction is horrible! These tires are borderline dangerous in the winter. I am going today to get a different set of tires after 62k miles and 2 winters.

Tread life is awesome, the tires are wearing evenly and are a true 65k mile tire as advertised.

If you live in a southern state without snow then I would own these tires, but if you have to drive through one snow per year I would not recommend them.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2003 Chevrolet Venture
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: York, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2008

I bought these last winter and they were cheapper last year so they most of sold alot of them but anyway these are some good cheap snow tires and they worked on my van so well i just bought 2 more for my wifes car.I think these tires can not be beat for the price ride,a little noise as these snow tires hum a little but remember bad in the day the good old town & counrt snow tires would be loud but you know they were saying give me some snow,these arent that loud but the best snows i have seen as you can no longer get the town sound tires,now if you get out to west MD around deep creak lake theres a place that recaps tires with saw dust,i got a set 1 year and it was the best ice tire i ever had,but if you spund the wheels ( i was 18 then)you could see chunks of your tire flying in the air so they only lasted that winter but they were the best ,anyway you can beat these for the price,I will by them again as long as they keep making them!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination ST

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination STReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12

2006 Mercedes-Benz R350
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Memphis, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
December 09, 2011

I've never really been a fan of the asymmetrical tread designs, so was a bit nervous about getting these tires. I have tried many tires on my Mercedes R350 and these Firestones are at least as good as the Michelin Latitude Tour HP and better than the Continental 4X4 Contact. The ride they give is very solid but smooth. Handling is excellent, given the large size of the car. Best of all, these Firestones are FAR less expensive than Michelins or Conitnentals. If you have a luxury crossover SUV don't hesitate to try these tires.

My car eats tires in 30,000 miles (been through Conti, Michelin and Pirellis). I'll report back about how these wear over time.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2008 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2014

Switched from the OEMs and it was like driving a brand new car. For my minivan I was looking for a very quiet and smooth ride with long tread life, and these definitely deliver that. They really soak up road cracks and rough patches, and road noise is very quiet. After 12,000 miles the treads still look like new. However I get a sense that fuel economy is a bit lower on these, but haven't verified that yet.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax ArcticReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2001 Infiniti I30
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Miles driven on tires: 15
Location: Hartford, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2011

Just had these installed this morning with a fresh coating of light, slick snow on the roads. My drive to the shop on my old, severely worn Michelens was putrid. The car spun its wheels with the smallest of acceleration, even on just wet roads...the snow was like an ice rink. After getting the General's put on, the difference is unbelievable. Even on steep inclines with slippery hard pack, I didn't loose traction at all even under heavy acceleration. For a car with no traction control, I was in dire need of a good performing snow tire and these have initially proven to exceed my expectation. Compared to the Firestone Winterforce tires I ran the past two winters on my previous vehicle, I can tell already these out-perform them, at least in terms of traction. The Firestones were on a car with T/C and even still had troubles finding grip in slick conditions on accelerating from a dead stop. Still have yet to try the Generals in anything deep, but I have every confidence they will handle it with ease.

The only thing I have noticed thus far that I would take away points for is that the car doesn't track quite as well with these on it. Going on a straight line there is some sway to adjust for, though nothing overly worrisome, and the steering response is a bit loose. However, that said, these are snow tires and my only expectation from them is to handle winters worst, not win races.

Time will tell the ultimate conclusion on these things, but initial impressions indicate that these tires are the real deal...and at a price that you can't complain about. Buy them, you wont regret it!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Sport

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2000 Toyota Avalon XL
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

Well what can i tell !!! its winter 2014 in New York im the happiest buyer !!! This tires are not soft like Pirellis and not as quiet too .
But i must tell you this are the best traction tires i ever had on Sedan . Hard rain is only a matter of visibility ! Never hydroplaned on Highway or city !!! Now its winter not that bad but i dont even clean snow on my parking lot ! just the car !:) Because those tire a hard you need lil more time for them to warm up and it much softer for me its like 2-3 miles!!!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2003 Volvo S60 2.4
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Hampstead, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2014

I've owned a lot of cars and a lot of different tires: Michelin, Dunlop, Continental, Pirelli, Semperit, Bridgestone, Falken, Goodyear, BF Goodrich, Firestone, Uniroyal. The only tires I've ever owned that were a close match to these were a set of Semperit M-401's I owned back in the late 70's. I put these tires on my front drive Volvo S60. I drive fairly hard and I have yet to get a squeal out of these on a curve on dry pavement. The car is like it's on rails. Very solid on wet roads where they feel almost as secure as on dry pavement. I've experienced no indication of hydroplaning. They will lose traction a bit when starting up quickly on wet pavement, but squeal almost like they would on dry pavement when doing so. We've been having a bit of a wild winter here in the mid-atlantic and I've gotten caught out in some fairly substantial snow several times over the past few weeks. A couple of times I've had to stop on steep hills behind other cars that have gotten stuck. In every case I've been able to wait for traffic to clear and drive right around the stuck car(s) with little effort, at times having to use the uncleared shoulder to get through. They aren't snow tires, but they're darned close. These replaced a set of Michelins and I've seen no noticeable change in fuel economy, but the car noticeably rides and handles better. Compared to the Michelins they replaced these tires seem to ride more smoothly over small imperfections, but slighty more harshly over large bumps and potholes. They are very quiet. I'm not able to rate tread life as I've only had them for a couple of thousand miles, but I am so impressed that I wanted to get this review out on the web for the benefit of others. Highly recommended.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce UV Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2006 Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 34,570
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 34,570 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

As I stated, I have more than 34K miles on these tires which are just on the rear of my Colorado 2 wheel drive. Tread life has been very good, even on just rain covered roads, but these tires have got me through two very bad snow storms here in Saint Louis. The last one was just about two weeks ago and I was going back home during the early morning hours before the plows had a chance to hit the pavement. These tires just dug into the snow and got me up two of the steepest hills we have in our area that are Interstate roads. Some cars were just stuck half way up the hills, where I was just going right along. I was worried at first, before the storm had hit that I had already worn thru the compound that gives me the traction in the snow, but these tires just kept me going. Firestone has my back with these tires, I just hope they don't discontinue making them and at the price that The Tire Rack sells them for, it is a win, win situation for me. I plan on buying another pair to put on the rear of my truck and move the ones that are on the rear to the front, that is how much tread I have left on these tires!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.27
 
 

2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Tdi Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Genoa, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
December 02, 2013

I had a set of the previous Firestone Winterfire tires on the car for 7 winters before one developed a bubble. Tread still had 50% depth. They were a non-directional "block" style tread. Noise was moderate, dry handling was like dancing with a drunk fat chick, but the snow traction was outstanding.

The current Winterforce tires I installed to replace them appeared like the dry handling would be improved with the directional tread pattern and also the noise level would be lower. Indeed, the dry handling is better (although still pretty queasy) but the snow performance is not as good and even worse, the tires howl like a set of Dick Cepek Crushers. I rotate every season and suspension/alignment are good, but even a low speeds they send a growl throughout the cabin.

I put up with the noise because they provide vital winter traction, but I won't buy them again.

 

You Really Do Need Four Snow Tires. Running Just Two Isn't a Good Idea.

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Ben Rooney

We always try to educate drivers about the need for matching tires on all four corners of their vehicle. Ideally, all four will always be the same, but the biggest chance for unstable or downright dangerous handling comes from mixing winter tires with non-winter tires in snowy and/or icy conditions.

You can see our test of a mixed set of snow tires below, demonstrating potential hazards under controlled conditions. Real world experience bears this out. I just heard from one of my colleagues about a customer who needed two additional winter tires to complete a set of four.

The customer came to our Indiana distribution center this past weekend wanting to purchase two more Firestone Winterforce tires for the rear of his vehicle. He had purchased a pair of 205/70R15 Winterforce tires elsewhere and had them installed on the front axle of his front-wheel drive Buick. After having the tail end pass him and exploring a ditch, he came to us looking for two more to complete the set. He is now a convert to the wisdom of 4 matching snow tires.

To see exactly what the customer experienced, watch "Why Gamble With Winter Tire Selection When Four of a Kind Always Beats Two Pair?"

The front-wheel drive car experiences oversteer as the front wheels turn, while the rear wheels want to keep going straight. On a rear-wheel drive car, with snow tires on the rear only, the results are different, but also not good:

To learn more about why you should install a set of winter / snow tires on your vehicle, read "Four Winter Tires...The Only Way To Go."

Who Makes the Quietest Tires?

Friday, October 18, 2013 by Colin .

One of the most important aspects people consider when selecting tires is how quiet they are. Drivers want to be able to enjoy conversations with the people in their vehicle or some nice tunes, not the sound of their tires.  

When looking for quiet tires, take a look at the options available in the following categories:

Michelin makes some of the best and quietest tires on the market, including the Defender, Primacy MXV4, Primacy MXM4 and LTX M/S2. The Defender and Primacy tires are geared toward passenger cars, crossovers and minivans. Aside from their quiet ride, the Defender has a longer treadlife, but won't offer as good of handling as the Primacy options. LTX M/S2 tires are geared toward trucks and sport utility vehicles and are offered with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty. 

Bridgestone offers good quiet options with the Turanza Serenity Plus, Ecopia EP422 and Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. Both the Turanza Serenity Plus and Ecopia tires provide quiet rides, however if you're looking for better traction, consider the Serenity Plus. All three Bridgestone tires reduce rolling resistance to help enhance your vehicle's fuel economy.

In the Grand Touring All-Season category, the top tire is currently Pirelli's Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. One of the reasons the tire is ranked so highly is because it has the highest ranking in noise comfort.

When looking for tires in the Highway All-Season performance category, take a look at the Firestone Destination LE 2. It's currently ranked second in the category and is tied for first with the Michelin LTX M/S2 for quietness. The Destination LE 2 also receives high marks in hydroplaning resistance, wet traction, dry traction and ride comfort.

View our Tire Survey Results to help you find the tire that's best for you. When looking at the results, you can filter by noise comfort to see the quietest tires.

Picking the Best All-Season Tires for Snow

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Colin .

When it comes to driving in the snow and on ice, nothing provides you better traction than a set of dedicated winter / snow tires. If you live in an area that only receives light snow, you may be able to get by with all-season tires. The following options are some of the better performing all-season tires in wintry conditions.

In the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, the best winter performance has come from the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. The tire features Tuned Performance Indicators with visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder to alert drivers of the tire's performance levels. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry and wet roads, as well as light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicate the ExtremeContact DWS has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. Finally, after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" lets drivers know the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only. 

Another Continental tire that offers good traction in light snow is the PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. It's designed to balance long wear, a comfortable ride and low rolling resistance with wet grip and all-season traction, including light snow. Independent tread blocks are siped to provide additional biting edges with Continental's Traction Grooves to promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow traction.

If you're looking in the Standard Touring All-Season category, consider the Firestone Precision Touring. Currently the second ranked tire in the category, it receives high marks in the following areas:

  • Light snow traction
  • Deep snow traction
  • Ice traction

If you own a crossover or SUV, take a look at Bridgestone's Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. This Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire enhances vehicle fuel economy by reducing tire rolling resistance while delivering year-round traction, even in light snow. The tire features four circumferential grooves that help water flow from under the footprints to resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction while notches and sipes increase the edges that bite into light snow.

Shop by vehicle to view the options available for your car.