Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk GT

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 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 Firehawk GT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.55

2008 Toyota Camry SE
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2013

i originally purchased these tires, because it was on sale. buy 3 get one free. these tires improved my cars handling compared to the oe tires but the treads dont last at all. after 35k its about time to replace them. the tire noise is also excessive. You practically have to use your outdoor voices to have a conversation in the car. would not recommend it at all.


Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision TouringReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.44

2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: St Paul, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2013

Get yourself a pair pronto!! Bought these tires on sale from Firestone for 83.00/tire to replace the horrible Yokohamas. Couple of days after I purchased these tires, a mini blizzard came through MN and these tires delivered excellent driving stability, accelerated control from dead stop, no slipping on green light. These tires are supple in cold weather, unlike bricks (Yokohamas)I had before. In addition, the precisions provided continuous traction in medium snow fall (3-4 in). Excellent traction on wet roads as well. Have not tested in freezing rain, but I am sure they'll perform great for the non-aggressive driver.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor

Thursday, September 27, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27

2004 GMC Sierra K2500HD Ext Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 65,000
Location: Ramona, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 65,000 Miles on Tires
September 23, 2012

I tow alot 3rd set of tires purchased for my 2500HD (BFG T/A orginal then Firestone Destination) purchased these GoodYear SA on the dealership recommondation they have been the best tires for this truck, only got 25K each from the others. I am now at 115K and have about 12k to the wear indicator. I found running them at 70psi was best, towing or not, waiting on the Fall tire sale to purchase a new set. BZ GOODYEAR


Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.91

2006 Chevrolet Silverado K1500
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Anchorage, AK
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
July 21, 2012

I recently purchased 4 Firestone Destination LE-2..This tire got recommended to be by the sales person .Ive always had michelins on my truck due to my huge mileage of any tire I buy. I decided to go with these firestones because 1) the cost and 2) the durability. I drive about 1000 per month and I am in a cold climate but drive almost 80 percent highway.I was tired of getting new tires and paying well over $1000 for michelins..from the wear Ive seen I will definitely buy this tire again. It has been 5000 miles and not one 32/nd tread has been lost. It get s excellent wet weather resistance and excellent ice traction. Love it. And I saved 200 bucks buy buying them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk GT

Thursday, April 12, 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 Firehawk GTReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.75

2002 Honda Accord Sedan EX V6
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Norfolk, Va
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
April 12, 2012

This tire was recommended by the salesman at the store I purchased them from. He really made them sound awesome. The tire was not a good choice for my vehicle, but was a good sale commission for him. Over the life of these tires, first thing I noticed was a drastic drop in fuel efficiency. Second thing was noise. Third was how quickly the tread lost depth. For my car, the tires were so loud, that after a qualified mechanic has replaced a wheel bearing, the test drove the car, then checked all the other wheel bearings. The noise of the tires was much like the noise of a bad wheel bearing. I didn't want to be disappointed, however I was. I have replaced them with the Yokohama AVID ENVigor. Where have they been all my life!!

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.

How Does a Tire Rack Sales Specialist Shop for Tires?

Friday, September 2, 2011 by Ben Rooney
This week, I wanted to take the opportunity and share how I shop for tires. In this case, I am looking to replace tires on my lovely fiancee's Jeep. She has a 1998 Grand Cherokee Laredo that is her daily driver as well as our vehicle of choice for camping expeditions.

For a 4WD vehicle that sees more Midwestern winters than any sane person could want, snow traction is important. Some of our camping adventures involve unfamiliar dirt or gravel roads and steep grades, so a bit of off-road capability is also a must. And price, as always, is a consideration.  

The winter and off-road needs lead me right away to the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain category. But I want to keep the car somewhat civil for all the daily driving on regular streets, so we can't go crazy with oversized mud tires. In the stock size, 225/75R15, there are six all-terrain tires. The General Grabber AT 2 is a fun tire, but they are backordered right now in this size, so we cross them off the list.  

If we look at the Tire Survey Results, two candidates are at the top: the Firestone Destination A/T and Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61. Survey results are excellent on both, but the Firestone has maintained its excellent results over 18 million miles and counting, while the Kumho has yet to crack a million miles of results. We'll go with the Firestone Destination based on their well-documented track record.  
General Grabber AT 2
General Grabber
AT 2
Firestone Destination A/T
Firestone Destination
Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61
Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61

So how does a Tire Rack sales specialist shop for tires? Likely a lot like you: identify what is needed, find the available options, evaluate a few of the top choices and make a decision.  

Stay tuned to see how my tire choice worked out.   

Best Wet Traction Tires for Wet Roads

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Gary Stanley
Spring showers bring May flowers..and wet roads! Much of the country is having a very wet spring this year, so many drivers can identify with this problem. Whether you're driving a BMW 3 series, a Toyota Camry or a Chevy Suburban, wet traction is important. Will a new set of tires with great wet grip and treadwear improve your confidence when driving in the rain? Definitely!

If you're slipping and sliding in the rain and looking for tires with outstanding wet traction, then refer to this list of some of my top picks in various tire categories :

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Grand Touring All-Season: Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500
Ultra High Performance Summer: Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus
Ultra High Performance All-Season: Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus
Yokohama Avid ENVigor (H&V)
High Performance All-Season: Yokohama Avid ENVigor (H&V)
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Crossover/SUV All-Season: Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Shop by vehicle to see which tires work best for your vehicle, or contact one of our sales specialists to help guide you into a great choice for your driving style and conditions.

TEST RESULTS: Ultra High Performance Summer Tires

Friday, July 16, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
We like to play with our tires.

Not only does it make our job fun, it gives us the ability to really get to know a tire. And the more we know an individual tire, the easier it is for us to help you find the perfect set. We recently tested four Ultra High Performance Summer tires—the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport, Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500, Kumho Ecsta SPT KU31, and the Yokohama S.drive. All of which are made to provide sports coupes and sedans with a good blend of dry and wet street performance, plus a sporty sense of handling. But could each of these really do just that?

We mounted them on our BMW E92 328i coupes and took to the open road and our closed loop test track. Without a doubt, our sales specialists preferred the Yokohama S. drive for its "responsive handling and reasonable road manners," but everyone agreed that it could use a little more wet grip. That said, it did prove most efficient in terms of fuel consumption as it helped us get 27.8 miles to the gallon.

Read "Testing Ultra High Performance Summer Tires" for complete test details. If you're interested in purchasing any of the four tires for your vehicle, just shop by vehicle.

We Test Drive

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 by Grant Edwards
At Tire Rack, our advice involves the entirety of the automotive experience. Sales specialists receive continuing product education and participate in test driving experiences.

Recently I had the opportunity to drive and compare the Firestone Precision Sport, Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S, Yokohama AVID ENVigor, and Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 tires side-by-side.

I found the the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 and Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S to be the most comfortable and noise reduced, while the Firestone Precision Sport and Yokohama AVID ENVigor to have excellent handling and steering. 

This experience means that when you call us for advice on tires and before we recommend tires to you we are also saying "Yes!" to road-testing these tires and sharing our experiences with you.

The full report of these tire comparisons will be available online soon!

Tire Testing has begun at Tire Rack for 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 by Henry Carlson
This week we have started tire testing. We will be testing the following tires: Firestone Precision Sport, Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S, Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 and the Yokohama AVID ENVigor.  These are in the class of High Performance All-Season tires.

On Friday I will test all four on the street and highway course and then next week I will push them to their limits on our test track. All but the Michelin are new tires this year, so it will be interesting to see how they all stack up. By having everyone on the sales team test tires we offer an advantage that no other tire distributor has -- hands on experience with the tires we sell.

I will follow up after testing is complete.

Got snow? Get Firestone snow tires.

Thursday, February 18, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
It's that time of year again. We're riding the fine line between winter and spring. Some of you are hoping winter is done until December, wondering if it'll ever stop. And if that's you, then we'd like to recommend some Firestone snow tires.

The Firestone Winterforce Studdable winter / snow tire consistently ranks at the top of our Tire Survey Results. Our customers like it, citing excellent snow traction. In fact, it currently ranks second out of four other tires in its category. (See chart.) We tested the tire ourselves and found that it does, in fact, provide excellent traction in the snow.

But if you ride the other side of that fine line, we've got plenty of Firestone tires for sale that'll give you that same excellent traction on roads that are done with snow.

Search by vehicle to create a list of suitable options.

Winterforce: The Winter / Snow Firestone SUV Tires

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Firestone's Winterforce studdable winter radials offer outstanding value at an affordable price. Perfect for crossovers and SUVs, these winter / snow tires work great on sedans, vans and light-duty pickup trucks, too.

An aggressive tread pattern features tread blocks that are siped and stepped. The high-density siping enhances grip in loose snow while intermediate and shoulder tread blocks come ready for studs to enhance traction on hard-packed snow and ice.

Tire Rack's testing helps us learn more about an individual tire's performance in comparison to others like it. These tests were performed using the Winterforce:

• "Winter Testing at the Arctic Circle: Studdable Winter / Snow"
• "Technological or Traditional Traction for Ice and Packed Snow?"

To see if these Firestone snow tires fit your vehicle, check the available tire sizes.

Or, you can search by vehicle or tire size. This will get you a list of Firestone tires for sale—which may or may not include the Winterforce, depending on your vehicle. But that's the point, really. The tire has to be an exact fit for your vehicle. And we'll know.