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, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2005 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Bloomfield, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

I bought these tires in 2012 I had them studded. I live in the country and have never misses work. They do great on my 05 Mustang Gt I had all 4 studded and I drive 50 miles back and forth to work every day. They do great in ice covered roads. As long as the snow is not past the bumper it dose great. Every one I work with can't believe that I drive a mustang in the winter if it wasn't for the tires I couldn't. With good all season tires in snow u can put it in first and not even give it gas and the tires will spin, but not with the snow tires. Not sure how they would be without studs but they are amazing with. This is the second season and are wearing well for studded snow tires. I have always been able to go on any road that I needed to. Great price

 

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 Winterforce

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: West Des Moines, IA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2009

Excellent tire!!! Have been through several 6-10" snow storms in the first 1000 miles and tires have performed better that expected. Have used Blizzaks for many years and tried these based on price and feel that they are at least equal to Blizzak performance. Highly recommended for heavy snow areas. No experience with highway travel yet, but since they utilize Bridgestone technology I don't anticipate any concerns.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone FR710

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone FR710 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.64
 
 

2009 Saturn Aura XR
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Fishers, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 20, 2014

Just replaced the OEM Firestone tires with another set at 61,000 miles. Tires were quiet except for the last couple of thousand miles, grip is ok for low rolling resistance.Please with these which is why I bought the same again. Good price

 

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 Destination LE 2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2009 Ford Escape 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Toronto, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2012

1000 miles on these so far, have tried in a light snow and they performed very well. I replaced Cross Terrains that were worn down and hard by 45,000 miles. These tires are quieter and more far responsive in the wet than the Michelins, but they do transfer road irregularities a bit more than the Cross Terrains. Another Escape review mentioned this - perhaps it is due to a new tire vs a worn out one. It isn't horrible by any means but the road thumps and bumps are more pronounced. However, for almost half the price, they seem like a good match for the Escape.

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

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2006 Scion xB
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Pownal, ME
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
November 26, 2013

By far the best winter tire I've ever used. I currently have a set on both our Scion xB and Focus Wagon. Phenomenal traction in all snow and slush conditions. A better value and better tire than the set of Blizzaks we used to run. They were a good tire. These are EXCELLENT tires. Don't let the lower price fool you.

 

Hankook's Ventus S1 noble2 Will Impress You

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Our most recent test of value-priced Ultra High Performance All-Season tires pitted the well established Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS and General G-MAX AS-03 against the new Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2. Both Goodyear and Hankook had strong performers in the category, but have recently updated and improved their products to get a jump on the competition. 

In order to evaluate each tire's high performance capability and every day manners, we subjected all four to both our Performance Test Track Drives and Real World Road Rides. On our 4.1-mile loop of expressways, state highways and county roads, we're able to get a sense for how each tire will perform in real world conditions, like those most of our customers experience on their daily commute. The variety of pavement, conditions and legal speeds puts each tire through its paces and helps determine overall ride comfort, road noise and handling characteristics. General's G-MAX AS-03 proved to have the most responsive feel on the highway with the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 a very close second. Goodyear's Eagle Sport All-Season and the Firestone tire were not that much behind the others, but neither were quite as crisp compared to the General. Beyond handling, the Hankook led the way for the best comfort and least amount of road noise in the group. 

On our 1/3-mile test track, we can replicate extreme maneuvers in both wet and dry conditions normally experienced during an abrupt emergency avoidance move. When driven to the limit of our test cars' capability (and our driver's ability), the Hankook continued to lead the field in dry conditions, with the General and Hankook very similar in wet conditions. In a departure from our expectations, the Goodyear and most notably the Firestone struggled to find grip and provide great handling on our well soaked track.

With all the scores tallied, the Ventus S1 noble2 edged out the veteran General G-MAX AS-03 for the win. For a full recap of our test, read "Testing Value-Priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires."

Best Tires for a Honda Odyssey

Friday, August 23, 2013 by Colin .

Many Honda Odyssey owners want a tire that has long treadlife, good traction and a quiet ride. When looking for tires that work best for your Odyssey, it's important to remember that different trim levels and model years use different tire sizes, therefore you'll want to verify what size your vehicle uses first. Consider the following options when it comes time for new tires on your Honda Odyssey. 

Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology - This Standard Touring All-Season tire is offered with an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty. It's designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and provide very good all-season traction. Continental's PROactive Edge Technology brings more active edges into the contact patch to promote foul-weather traction while allowing the pattern elements to transfer smoothly from edge to edge to minimize road noise.

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus - Designed to provide Bridgestone's ultimate in luxury, elegance and comfort, the Turanza Serenity Plus blends long wear with dry, wet and wintertime traction, even in light snow. The tire is one of the highest rated options in the Grand Touring All-Season category.

Michelin Primacy MXV4 - Like the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus, the Primacy MXV4 also rates very well in the Grand Touring All-Season category. It's offered with a 60,000-mile treadlife warranty and excels in ride quietness and smoothness. To see how this tire performed during our testing, watch "Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge."


Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
Plus

Michelin Primacy
MXV4


Firestone Precision Touring - Available with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty, this tire provides year-round capability and comfort. In our testing the tire was a little noisier compared to its competition, but is ranked very highly in its category. It receives high marks in the following areas:  

  • Treadwear
  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Cornering stability
  • Dry traction
  • Steering response

General AltiMAX RT and HP - These value-priced options are strongly worth considering. The RT model comes with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty, while the HP H-speed rated version has a 55,000-mile warranty and the V-speed rated version offers a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty. Both models combine reliability, comfort and treadlife and are a good choice for your Honda Odyssey.  

View our Tire Decision Guide to help you determine the best tires for how and where you drive your Honda Odyssey.

Best SUV Tires

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Despite rising fuel costs, Americans still love their SUVs. While many SUVs may never make it off-road, they still haul families anywhere, including the grocery store, family vacations and soccer games. When it comes to keeping your precious cargo safe, nothing could be more important than the the only thing keeping your SUV in contact with the road. Consider the following options when looking to for new tires.

When making a short list of the "best" tires in a performance category, you will almost always find an option from Michelin. This particular case is no different. Michelin's LTX M/S2 is one the best tires on the market and is a prime example of why Michelin has such a great reputation. It simply does it all with superior wet and dry traction, fantastic handling and great winter traction in light snow. In addition, the tire offers a very nice ride to go along with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Another great option to take a look at is the Firestone Destination LE 2. This tire is quite comparable to the Michelin, but is available at a lower price. Similar to the LTX M/S2, it offers excellent year-round traction and has great ride characteristics. Early customer surveys show the Destination LE 2 performs a little better in winter elements.

Finally, Continental's CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is worth considering if you're an SUV owner. The tire has similar characteristics to the Firestone and Michelin options, but is offered in larger, hard-to-find sizes. It also has low rolling resistance technology to help with fuel consumption.

Michelin LTX M/S 2
Michelin LTX
M/S2
Firestone Destination LE 2
Firestone Destination
LE 2
Continental CrossContact LX 20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09
 
 

2009 Nissan Xterra S 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 60,000
Location: Lewiston, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 60,000 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

This is the second set of Firestone Destination A/T tires I have purchased. For the money you can not beat this tire. I have owned 2 Nissan X-Terra's and the OEM's lasted less than 40,000 miles before being replaced with the Firestone Destination A/T. In both vehicles they lasted approximatley 65,000 miles. I am just starting to look at pricing a new set (I won't even look at another tire). Honestly you will not be disappointed with this tire in wet, dry, snow and especially for the life of the tire.

 

Best Tires for Honda Odyssey

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Is it time to replace the tires on your Honda Odyssey? If so, consider the following all-season options for your minivan. My favorite tire for this vehicle continues to be the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. This tire certainly lives up to its name. It's a premium Grand Touring All-Season tire that provides excellent ride qualities, including superior comfort and low tread noise. In addition to a great ride, the tire offers fantastic all-season traction and long treadwear with a 70,000- or 80,000-mile treadlife warranty depending on speed rating.

Another great option for the Odyssey is the Michelin Defender. Although it is only made in the 235/65R16 size for this van, it's still a very popular choice. The Defender is currently the top-ranked Standard Touring All-Season tire in our customer survey results. This tire also has superior all-season traction and comes with a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty. Designed to help enhance fuel efficiency, Defender tires meet Michelin's Green-X low rolling resistance objectives.

Finally, the Firestone Precision Touring is a good value priced option for Odyssey owners. This tire performed very well in our testing with good grades in wet traction and stable handling. Customers really enjoy the tire, as it sits is second place in its category, only behind the aforementioned Michelin Defender.


Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring

Michelin
Defender

Firestone Precision
Touring


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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

2007 Dodge Charger SRT-8
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Miles driven on tires: 1,050
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,050 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2013

Excellent tire! Very much better than the replacement Firestone 500 Police, Kumho's, and particularly, the Goodyear Eagles Z-rated that came on the car. I had a tread separation on one of these at 24,000 miles - inexcusable on a Z rated tire at highway speeds. The Kumho's handled excellently, and probably gave slightly superior dry traction vs. the new Pilots, but were toast in 16M miles, which is ridiculous. Love all aspects of the Pilots to date. Well worth the very premium price.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2002 Honda CR-V
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Springdale, AR
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
April 12, 2013

Tires are used on 2002 (manual trans) and now 2003 (automatic) Honda CRV AWD, these tires are a very cost effective, albeit somewhat noisy, way to get winter traction in snow and slippy conditions. Moderately aggressive tread pattern, durable, softish compound still wears much better than I expected (4th winter now still in very good shape especially considering they spend almost all od their time on dry or rainy roads, the car is the primary "got to get to work car" hence snows over all season tires in our somewhat unpredictable though not usually severe winters) studdable if you need it for lots of ice traction and pretty dang inexpensive. We had a 17" snow over night not long after I got these meats and the little CR-V was a TANK, I expected wheelspin but got so much traction I "plowed" the local street as a real plow never comes and also used the trucklet with these tires to clear the gutters for the snowmelt to be able to get to the drains. I purposely tried to beach the little CR-V but the tires pulled right through both the powdery snow then the melting slop with ease. These tires rock for the price and are pretty stout and long wearing in my opinion (about 15000k miles so far and look like they have still several winters left). Do be aware of noticeable tire noise/drone though. Just add stereo and forget it...

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone FR710

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone FR710 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
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Miles driven on tires: 75,500
Location: Elkton, MD
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 75,500 Miles on Tires
March 29, 2013

These came original on my 2011 cruze. I put 140 mi / day almost every day. Currently down to 3/32nd tread so i am looking replace these. Dealer told me it was 180/tire. it is much cheaper here. i have had 2 holes since i bought the car one a 25,000mi and one recently. put a simple plug in and no issues. Drove threw snow and rain with out any issues. For the price these are a really good tire. Deffinatly will be buying another set soon.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2008 Subaru Forester 2.5 X
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Rockaway, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2013

Good tires for good price. They are not performance tires, not the best in cornering. Great on snow & wet road. Most surprising is that they are quieter that all season firestones I have for summer driving. I do not want to say that they are quiet but they are not noisy either. They are very good for mountain & every day driving in light & deep snow. Very good handling & steering. Over all I give them 9 from 10.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75
 
 

1998 Land Rover Discovery SE7
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Diamondhead, MS
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
March 09, 2013

Great tire at a great price. definitely recommended.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.6
 
 

2011 Toyota RAV4 4wd 4cyl
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Billerica, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 08, 2013

Needed to replace the OE tires on my 2011 Rav 4. The tires that came with the car the Toyo Tires were bad bad bad in snow. So checked around, If I wanted a well rated, name brand tire, they were very expensive. And no name store brand tires were cheaper but the treads were not that impressive and could not find any info on them far as ratings. So i looked again and ran into these Firestone Destination LE 2 tires here on tirerack and the ratings were good.. So I Went to a Firestone shop and got a set of 4 of the Destination LE 2 tires under $600 bucks installed! Beating the no name tires by 20 bucks! So far so good I'm very happy with the Destination LE2 tires. They just saw snow for the first time (over 6 inches plus of snow) and do very well for an all season tire. Stopping going down hill, climbing up hill and turns in snow are good. Tires hold on with very little slipping. So if you want a 60,000 mile all season tire for your SUV that can take on the snow too but not rip you off in price.... I would really consider these tires..