Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

I confesses that I seldom write reviews, though I benefit from them, but these tires are so good, I have to do this. If you have read all the other reviews, as I did, you know there is general agreement on certain qualities, but a few complaints. The key fact in this is SOFT SIDEWALLS, which in turn affects all other properties. I plan to briefly confirm...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Had summer performance Goodyears on my Focus ST - purchased car in February, 2013. Hardly any snow last winter, but when the temp was under 35 degrees, they would SLIDE. Put these on in ealr November, and what a difference. In cold weather these things STICK, and in light snow they are really amazing. A little road noise, but not a whole lot worse than the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport 3

I have a Focus ST with a full stage 3 engine package, suspension package and upgraded brakes. I belong to the local ST club and we do spirited mountain runs, track days and autocross. Since this car is also my DD I was going to go with the F1's but due to a mistake by my local tire store I ended up with these (long story). I have to say that these tires are...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier A7

I have run many track tires and by far these hoosier A7s are the stickiest most predictable compound ever. I run the 275/35/15 on a 2200lb, 215 front wheel horsepower supercharged Focus (yes,a Ford Focus) on all 4 corners and first time out set the Super Unlimited track record (1:48.7 seconds) at a 14 turn,2.3 mile road course (Whiskey Hill Raceway in...  Read More

KONI's FSD Damper Set Can Do It All

When customers call in to Tire Rack for advice on parts, we always ask qualifying questions to focus our suggestions on the customer's wants and needs. For example, when selling tires, we will ask the customer what characteristics are most important to them, i.e. ride comfort, steering response, dry traction, longevity, etc. Very often, the initial response...  Read More

What to Buy When the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is Backordered

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is an outstanding tire. It combines top-tier wet and dry traction with responsive handling, making it a benchmark in the Max Performance Summer category. Unfortunately, it has been out of stock in many sizes this summer. So what do you do if the Super Sport has an indefinite backorder in your size? It depends on why you wanted...  Read More

Sticky Tires for Your Fast Car: Tires You Can Drive on the Road and Take to the Track

Are you ready for autocrossing? Looking to do some lapping days at your local track? Participating in the Silver State Classic in September? Maximize your fun by picking the right tire for your car and the events you're going to run. There are essentially four types of sticky tires you should consider for your days at the track:   Extreme Performance Summer Str...  Read More

Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire

Designed with the driver in mind, the ADVAN Sport A/S is Yokohama's newest and arguably best addition to the Ultra High Performance All-Season category.  In a class ripe with fantastic options, the Yokohama proves an able challenger with a very attractive price-point. Our internal testing has proven this tire to be a formidable competitor to category...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Very impressive. I've had these, Firestone Winterforce, and Blizzak WS-80's. The overriding plus is great slush and ice traction, coupled with a quiet highway road. It's hard to rate absolute performance vs. the WS-80's, since these are on the FWD Focus while my WS-80's are on the beastly (in the snow) AWD Subaru. But in braking and cornering, and general...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

You'll see 75,000 above and go huh? Well, that's because I bought one set, drove 40,000 miles on them, then purchased another set. I've driven my Camaro across the country from Washington, DC to Seattle, from DC into Canada, from DC to Maine, as well as DC to down south. From tackling the streets of Washington, DC, Boston, New York City, Chicago, Seattle,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

The set of four Continental Pure Contacts I purchased for my 2012 Honda Accord was one of the best decisions I have made. These tires provide a good, comfortable ride and the car handles quite nicely. The real test has been the last couple of months in snow country, which was my primary focus when buying these tires. In the snow, these tires perform very...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

I put them on my daughter car. The tires are great. The ford focus is a light car it was'nt made for deep and heavy snow   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

I bought a used 2009 Focus that had Hankook tires on it. After driving the first winter on those tires I was certain that this car absolutely rots in any snow driving. It is a light vehicle with low profile tires. Not the best combination. Last summer it was time for new tires. After reading reviews of tires that fit this car, the choice was clear--Pirelli...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

My Mazda 3 Drives like a dream with the proper tire inflation. After 28000 miles iI still have 8/32 of tread left on my Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. For the money this tire can't be beat.Today however i perched a set of Michelin Premier A/S for my Ford Focus (Was offered a deal i could not pass up on them) It will be fun to compare them with the Cinturato...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Tires preformed 50% above expiation, never had a tide that preformed as survey says it will so far spring like weather here in Roxboro nc. haven't driven them in heavy rain yet. looking fore ward to trying them in snow,ice and a heavy rainaverage driver. will buy these tires for other 2 cars. I think they out preform my wife michilan tires she has on her...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Tire Rack if you are reading this, THANK YOU!Wow. What an amazing tire. For those with short attention spans, great grip, cornering, and treadwear with NO noise. I'm serious. I live in DC so we get a mix of summer, rain, snow and ice driving. When I bought these I replaced a nearly bare set of tires. These have great snow traction, from a stop or steering...  Read More

Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires: Which is the Best Choice?

The Ultra High Performance All-Season category has seen tremendous growth in recent years and makes a good amount of sense for a large percentage of our customer base. With a focus on both performance attributes and reasonable treadlife, this performance category appeals to enthusiasts who desire balance and year-round use out of a single set of tires....  Read More

Differences in Tire Speed Ratings Explained

A frequently asked question that myself and other Tire Rack sales representatives receive daily is one concerning the speed ratings of tires and what speed ratings mean. While you likely will never encounter speeds beyond that of your tires' capabilities, it's important to understand everything else a speed rating can tell you when making your purchase...  Read More

Lower Your Car and Keep a Great Ride with Eibach Lowering Springs

Now that fair weather is just around the corner, many drivers are starting to focus on the performance and handling capability of their sporty cars. After upgrading tires, a vehicle's suspension is the next area of improvement that yields great results for the money. For most, a set of lowering springs from Eibach may be the answer.  Benefits of lowering...  Read More

Yokohama ADVAN Sport A/S: A Solid Ultra High Performance All-Season at a Good Price

Last year, Yokohama introduced an addition to their Ultra High Performance All-Season line-up with the ADVAN Sport A/S. Unlike previous Yokohama models, this tire features an asymmetric tread pattern that allows it to be rotated side-to-side, as well as front-to-back on non-staggered applications. During our internal testing, the ADVAN Sport A/S held its...  Read More