Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Fuzion Touring (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Fuzion Touring (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2012 Ford Focus Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2014

These tires were installed less than 1 month ago, so I can't testify to their longevity. However, I am very impressed so far with their performance. Since installing, the car has been driven regularly in rain/snow/ice weather conditions. These tires provide excellent traction and handling on side roads as well as the interstate. For driving in wet/winter weather, I recommend these tires. As for treadwear and longevity...only time will tell. Stay tuned!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2013 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Vacaville, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2014

Ever since I got these tires I have been so glad that I got them because the tires I had before where the original ones and they were supposedly were the best one on the market but I tell you what Hankook tires are so much better they should be the ones put on new cars.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2010 Ford Focus SE Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 15,213
Location: Buckley, WA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 15,213 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2014

Great tire, no discernible wear and they have had 3 trips up and down the west coast, relatively quiet even on an economy car like the 2010 Focus.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2013 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Vacaville, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2014

The tires I had on my car when I bought it brand new were the worst tire ever I tell you what the Michelin Pilot Sport should not be put on any car because by the time I hit 20000 miles I needed new tires already. What a difference in the ride comfort and noise level of these Hankook tires I can hear my radio now without having to have the volume turned up.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2006 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Saint John, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

We did have the Goodyear Triple Tread on our 2004 Honda Odyessy and it has performed extremely well. Our primary focus was to find an all season tire that perfomed very well in the rain or snow. The Triple Tread on the 2004 Odyessy exceded our expectations. The 2004 Honda sized tires did not create ANY noise issues, and we are pleased with the ride and safety handling on this van. When our 2006 Honda Odyessy needed new tires the Goodyear Triple Tread was a first choice, even though we considered the Michelin tires. We did get the Goodyear for the 2006 Honda in the 16inch stock size and I drove them home and could not believe the noise level! In this 16 inch size the interior noise level is louder than a truck tire. On the 2006 Honda these tires do handle well and are very good in light to medium snow. They do drive very well in the rain, but the noise level is way too high for a all season tire. If I had to do it over I would not choose this same tire. I do hope that Goodyear does look into the design of this tire (in the 16 by 225 version) and modify it to reduce the sound. I would easily give up some tread life to reduce the sound..Thx

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2013 Ford Focus ST
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Miles driven on tires: 20
Location: Watertown, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20 Miles on Tires
February 08, 2014

So I just bought this car and I needed winter tires badly, and I had them studded for extra peace of mind when I came here to tire rack and bought a winter tire package with steel wheels as these are just for winter and don't need fancy wheels covered in snow and crap all winter. I installed these very recently and first impression were good from the looks in person. I took them for a drive as soon as I installed them with our roads being completely covered in packed snow on plowed roads and 4-7 inches of powder on unplowed roads. We have recently received 18 inches of snow in the last 3 days and these tires take it all on without issue. The only time I had to slow down was when the front bumper was hitting the fresh powder on the roads (6 inches deep powder) and was blowing up and covering my windshield and I couldn't see. I stopped several times on snow covered hills and my car just walked op the hill without issue. Being located in Watertown, NY we get a lot of lake effect snow and it can hit at a moments notice and I spent the most part of my day testing theses tires out. Stopping was easily done as long as you don't just mash on the brakes as to be expected with any tire the ABS kicked in but still stopped controllably. Deep snow wasn't an issue, some icy roads are easily manageable, packed snow covered roads were a cinch and I really enjoyed driving in the fowl weather with these tires. No white knuckles for this guy just ease of travel as I was back to feeling safe and confident behind the wheel with these shoes on the car. Now my car has quite a bit of torque for a Front Wheel Drive vehicle that I was concerned about but the traction control worked well and the tires gripped well. These tires were cheapest offered for my car and I was skeptical as I usually go for blizzaks but these I think perform at the same level easily. I would buy these again without worry and knowing they are lower priced than the other competitors just made it easy to choose

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09
 
 

2012 Ford Focus Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 7,500
Location: Mayville, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 7,500 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2013

These tires continue to impress me. The Pure Contacts give me much more confidence in the snow and ice the the OE Pro Contacts did. The tires still ride smooth and quiet and tread wear seems to be even though I am overdue for a rotation. Will definitely look into buying these tires again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2006 Ford Focus ZX4
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Gregory, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
February 04, 2014

I drive roughly 40k miles a year and have tried many tires. These by far have been the best. Michigan weather range is a large one, lots of rain and snow mixed with the usual stuff. The other Continental Eco tires were good, but these are noteably better across the board. GREAT winter traction, even with ~50k these tires are surprising the crap out of me. Great tread wear as well. Very good tire all around and will most likely be repurchasing them the next time around, which would be a first.

 

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 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2013 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
December 31, 2013

Excellent moderate to heavy snow traction. Reasonably good dry handling traits but always take off when temperatures reach the 50-60F range. With traction control and ABS braking this tire does everything and more of what you expect from a winter tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2013 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Port Huron, MI
Driving Condition: Average

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

My first impression of these tires was that they were incredibly quiet and handled much like the all season Continentals that were stock on my car. My last car(Nissan Maxima) was much heavier, and the Toyo snow tires on it seemed to bite a bit more aggressively into a few inches of packed snow at 5 degrees. That could be a factor of the heavier car or the larger tread blocks on the (much noisier) Toyo's.

 

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 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2008 Ford Focus S Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Independence, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2014

This is my third set of Blizzaks.. any two wheel drive car should run them in the winter. I have had them on a Honda Civic, Ford Crown Vic and the current Focus. absolutely use all 4 for balance and run only as a winter tire..

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2012 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Osceola, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2014

This is the first inaugural season for the Dunlop Winter Maxx tire. Admittedly, I was a bit apprehensive in committing to a purchase knowing the lack of testing/reporting related to this Dunlop model. The price alone translated into a great value as long as the winter traction and confidence were to follow.

After installing the tire, I have had my share of winter adversity which has included freezing rain, 12+ inch snowfalls, sub-zero temperatures, 50 degree days and everything in between. The Winter Maxx tire has proven itself trustworthy in all types of road conditions. The tread can use a little more grip during acceleration in the snow and ice, but delivers an enormous amount of confidence under braking and cornering. Lateral transfer in the snow or wet/dry conditions is predictable and smooth. The tire translates into a quiet ride comfort and is very stable at highway speeds. The tread is showing no signs of wear after the first 1500 mile rotation.

Overall, I have felt this tire to be a great value. For those who like to see a significant history reported on a tire before consideration, break out of your comfort zone and be the first on the block to try the Dunlop Winter Maxx. The tire will not disappoint and you will also have fun telling others about your decision.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2007 Ford Focus ZX3
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Haydenville, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

I put these snow tires on my teenage daughter's Ford Focus after she slid off the road last winter with her stock tires. The differance was amazing. The car sticks to the road even in snow and ice conditions. We live in the Western Mass and my daughter commutes to collage in all kinds of weather. The tires have given me peace of mind. They are quiet and handle well on the back roads that my daughter takes to school. I highly recommend them!

 

Don't Let a Little Snow Stop Your Ford Fiesta ST

Friday, January 24, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Did you visit your Ford dealer to test drive a Focus ST but end up with a 2014 Fiesta ST instead? You can't go wrong either way, however it's hard not to be swayed by the Fiesta ST's amazing power-to-weight ratio. 197 horsepower moving a mere 2,720 pounds gives you go-kart handling with plenty of power.

This is all fun until winter, as the vehicle's low curb weight and 205/40R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Max Performance Summer tires make winter driving almost impossible.


Winter / Snow Tire Size:

There will be some variance in sizes depending on where you live, but most Fiesta ST drivers are best served by running 185/60R15 in the winter. This size gives you a footprint that's about 1" narrower, while maintaining the same overall tire diameter. Narrower tires will cut through moderate and deeper snow while providing good grip in packed snow and on ice.

Wheel Choice:

Ford does an amazing job channeling all that power without losing the battle to excessive torque steer (the tendency of a vehicle to veer straight ahead under hard acceleration). Ideally, you'll want to stay close to your 17x7" Original Equipment wheel's 47.5 mm offset. In theory, a significantly lower offset wheel will add torque steer. 

Tire & Wheel Package

Using the above information, if I had a Fiesta ST, I'd order a set of 185/60R15 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tires on 15x6" 47mm offset steel wheels.

185/60-15 Studless Ice and Snow Michelin X-ICE Xi3 $103*
185/60R15 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
15x6 47ET Steel Wheel $50*
15x6" Steel Wheel


View all winter options available for your Ford Fiesta ST and create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today!

Best Tires for Nissan Maxima

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Gary Stanley

The Nissan Maxima has been a popular sports sedan for many years due to its great combination of luxury features, sporty handling and room for full-sized adults to fit comfortably in the back seats. I've owned two Nissan Maximas and have fond memories of them. One thing I learned firsthand is that the type of tire you install can make a big difference on this car.    

Some tires can create very annoying road and tire noise, especially at highway speeds. Tires with poor grip and a slow steering response rob the Maxima of its fun-to-drive factor. Choosing an option from either the Grand Touring All-Season or Ultra High Performance All-Season category can improve the vehicle's ride. 


Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3

 

 Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology
Continental PureContact with EcoPlus
Technology
 Bridgestone Turanza Serentiy Plus
Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
Plus


If you're an aggressive driver or you just prefer sportier handling and a quicker steering response, consider two Ultra High Performance All-Season tires: Continental ExtremeContact DWS and Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3. Are you someone who can sacrifice some handling and sporty driving for a softer, quieter ride with longer wear? Then focus on the Grand Touring All-Season options: Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology and Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus.

The Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology has performed especially well. To view more about this tire, check out "Continental's PureContact with EcoPlus Technology vs. ContiProContact."

Three Grand Touring All-Season Tires for Your Vehicle

Friday, January 17, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Looking to make your commute more enjoyable with better ride quality and comfort? With the average worker commuting more miles to get to their job, many drivers are trading sport handling for a quieter ride and improved comfort. When searching for these characteristics, consider the following three Grand Touring All-Season tires.

The Cinturato P7 All Season Plus is Pirelli’s Grand Touring All-Season option designed for those with touring and luxury cars looking for tires that offer predictable handling, everyday comfort, reduced noise and all-season traction. It features Pirelli's EcoImpact icon confirming its environmental contribution to energy efficiency, lighter weight and low rolling resistance. An asymmetric tread design allows for standard tire rotation patterns and offers great dry handling with wet road and wintertime traction.

Continental's contribution to the performance category is their PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. Keeping luxury and performance sedans, sport coupes, and small crossovers in focus, the tire is designed to balance long wear, a comfortable ride and low rolling resistance with wet grip and all-season traction. The PureContact's asymmetrical tread design features Tuned Performance Indicators molded into the outboard shoulder to alert drivers of the tire's potential performance in various weather conditions. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions, as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire only has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only


Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season
Plus

Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
Plus


With mid-level and premium luxury cars, crossovers and minivans in mind, the Turanza Serenity Plus reflects Bridgestone's ultimate in luxury, elegance, and comfort. This tire offers longer wear, greater snow traction and lower rolling resistance, which contributes to better vehicle fuel economy. A unique feature of this tire's asymmetrical tread design is its Resonance Noise Attenuated (RENOA) silencer grooves designed to reduce acoustic tones.

Shop by vehicle to find the all-season tire that's right for you!

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.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport 3

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport 3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.62
 
 

2013 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Framingham, MA
Driving Condition: Average

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

Maybe will get 25,000 miles off of these summer only tires. They handle and feel pretty good, but they are very noisy. Seem to get great gas mileage from them.