Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport 3

Friday, December 6, 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.

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.

 

Why Won't My Tires Work in the Snow?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

A majority of drivers on the road utilize a single set of tires for year-round use. As the winter season is approaching, some will discover a severe lack of traction. Why is this?

Let's start with the most surprising of possibilities, you could have a set of summer tires installed on your vehicle. This is a very popular set-up when purchasing a European vehicle. We are even seeing some performance vehicles manufactured in the United States coming to market this way, for example, the Ford Focus ST and Chevrolet Camaro SS. It can be a real shocker the first time you head out on a damp, cool morning to find yourself going sideways through a roundabout. A summer tire can lose upwards of 40% of its grip in temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another possibility can come from simple wear and tear. In order to achieve what many will feel is acceptable snow traction, you need a tire with tread depth over 5/32". To put this in perspective, most all-season tires start at 10/32". Wet traction diminishes around the 4/32" mark and tires are considered legally worn out at 2/32". If your tires were working last year, there's a chance they could not do as well this year. To learn more about the proper tread depths to handle weather conditions, read "When Should I Replace My Tires?"

Lastly, new vehicles are coming with wider tires. Wider isn't your friend when it comes to snow traction. The wide tires are dispersing the weight over a broader area (less pounds of weight per square inch) and the tires are in effect floating on the snow. How do you fix this? Minus Sizing helps you during the winter months because it combines taller profile tires with smaller diameter wheels to help with snow traction. When purchasing your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, choose a narrower tire. For additional help selecting the proper winter / snow tire, take a look at "What are the Different Types of Winter / Snow Tires."

Best Ford Focus Tires

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Steve Huffman

One vehicle that has done well for Ford is their fuel efficient Focus. This car recently went through a makeover and has a very sleek design. Many owners will keep their car for thousands of miles and will need to replace their tires. Below are a few good options to consider when the time comes.

Are you looking to improve your vehicle's fuel economy? One of the top tires would be the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. This Grand Touring All-Season tire offers a very quiet and comfortable ride. Featuring a silica-enhanced, all-season tread compound, the PureContact with EcoPlus Technology incorporates Continental's Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads.

Do you want to improve the handling of your Focus? Then take a look at the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2. It combines on-road performance with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Providing Hankook's ideal ultra high performance all-season balance, the tire blends handling and cornering performance with all-season traction, even in light snow.

Finally, with winter quickly approaching, consider the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 as a dedicated winter / snow tire. I use this tire on one of my vehicles and have been able to drive through any winter condition with total confidence. Once you drive on a snow tire like this, you'll never go back to all-season tires for winter driving. The Blizzak WS70's flexible rubber compound significantly improves the tire's grip in cold conditions, while the bite particles attached to the tubes scratch at packed snow and icy surfaces for traction.

Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology
Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Hankook Ventus S1
noble2
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak
WS70


To view all options available for your Ford Focus, shop by vehicle.

Winter Test Results for All-Season Tires

Thursday, October 3, 2013 by Ben Rooney

During the summer, we test a wide variety of tires in wet and dry conditions. While we can't test every tire in every category, we focus on the newest and most popular tires in order to deliver the most relevant results. Testing in winter conditions is a bit more challenging. Winter here in South Bend, Indiana is unpredictable, and it's rare that we have consistent temperatures and snow surface on our test track in order to obtain repeatable results.

To perform a portion of our winter tests, we go to a local hockey rink to test the latest winter tires on the ice. This facility provides a consistent surface and allows us to fairly compare the tires under controlled conditions. However, ice is only one component of winter traction. In order to offer more insight into which tires are best in the winter, we have taken a number of tires to a testing area in northern Sweden. To learn more about our experiences in Sweden, watch "Winter Testing at the Arctic Circle: Introduction."

Winter results are also added to existing tire tests for all-season tires, such as this test of some of the top Grand Touring All-Season tires. When it comes to winter driving, you can't beat the traction provided by a dedicated winter / snow tire. If you live in an area where all-season tires can get you by, our test results will help you find the right tire. Regardless of where you reside, shop by vehicle to view all options available for your car.

Best Tires for the SUV or Crossover That Stays on the Street

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Let's be honest. The majority of drivers of SUVs and all-wheel drive crossover vehicles rarely, if ever, take their cars off-road. Most of their driving involves the daily grind of commuting and the everyday errands of life. Many trips involve going to the grocery store and the occasional visit to the home improvement store. 

Street-oriented drivers did not purchase their vehicles to handle off-road conditions such as loose rocks, steep elevations and deep mud. Off-road enthusiasts will focus on aggressive tires found in the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain and Off-Road Maximum Traction performance categories. However, most crossover and SUV drivers are looking for tires that can deliver all-season traction, good treadwear, respectable ride quality and long treadlife. Tires that best deliver these results fall into the Highway All-Season and Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season categories.

Highway All-Season

Michelin LTX M/S2
Michelin LTX M/S2
 Firestone Destination LE2
Firestone Destination LE 2


Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season

 Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season
Pirelli Scorpion Verde
All Season
 CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus
Technology


All four tires in the photos above are highly rated in our customer survey results. Of these tires, the Firestone Destination LE 2 represents one of the best values for the dollar available today. For more information on this tire, read "Firestone Destination LE Replaced by the New Firestone Destination LE 2."

To view all tires available for your crossover or SUV, shop by vehicle.

Continental's Best Tire for Your SUV is the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Doc Horvath

With larger SUVs still in high demand, tire manufacturers continue to fine tune their lines to offer quiet and comfortable options, but now with an added improvement in fuel economy. In an effort to minimize the pain most SUV owners feel at the gas pump, Continental has integrated their EcoPlus Technology found in the ProContact passenger car tire into the popular CrossContact LX SUV and light truck model to give us the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology uses an all-season tread compound and a symmetric tread design to combine precise steering response with reduced tread noise and good ride comfort. Continental’s Traction Grooves promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow grip in wintry conditions. All these benefits combine with a focus on fuel efficiency to create a winning package!

With just over one million miles reported, our customers have rated the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology near the top of the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category with a high number of favorable reviews, too.

In our most recent test, the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology proved to be the best with a superior rating for handling and traction, especially in wet conditions. For a complete recap of our testing, read "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiSportContact

Thursday, August 15, 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.

Continental ContiSportContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2002 Ford Focus SVT
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Powder Springs, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

Great general purpose tire for sport handling on the road under many conditions.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Tuesday, July 30, 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.

Continental ContiProContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.64
 
 

2012 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 12,500
Location: Etobicoke, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,500 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2013

This is my fourth Ford Focus I lease these cars and have enjoyed their european handling, I've had a set of Firestone Fire hawks and Pirelli p-6 original equipment tires both the pirelli and firehawks handled the Canadian winters very well but these tires are the worst for winter driving, I was stuck in a winter storm, I never get stuck like this the car wouldn't move even with the traction control in the off position, However it is a quiet tire and it handles the rain very well but in the snow take the tires off and get a good set of snow tires.

 

What are the Quietest Tires?

Friday, July 5, 2013 by Colin .

Are you looking for a quiet tire? Today's tire manufacturers know many drivers want something they can drive, not hear. That's why they spend many resources designing tires that try to minimize it. Take a look at some quiet options from a few popular performance categories.

Generally speaking, if a person stresses they want a tire that is quiet, I would direct them to a Grand Touring, Standard Touring or Passenger all-season tire. In the case of sport utility or truck tires, I would tell drivers to consider options in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season or Highway All-Season categories. Tires in these categories tend to prioritize low noise through optimizing their tread design.    

As an example, the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus uses specially designed grooves to reduce acoustic tones. If you compare the Bridgestone to a Michelin Pilot Super Sport (Max Performance Summer) tire, you can see the tread design differences. The Michelin's focus is wet and dry traction, along with handling. It's designed to maximize those qualities at the expense of others, such as tread noise. Pilot Super Sports aren't noisy, but they won't be as quiet as a tire like the Turanza Serenity Plus.  

The same thing would apply to SUV and truck tires. An On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction tire, like the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac, with its large tread blocks and open spaces won't be as quiet as something like the Michelin LTX M/S2, which is part of the Highway All-Season category.


Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
Plus

Michelin Pilot Super
Sport

Goodyear Wrangler
DuraTrac


As tire technology improves, so do the products. Most modern tires have good road noise levels, therefore the differences between categories is getting narrower. An easy way to look at how different tires rate in their category is to look at our tire survey results. After selecting a category, you can sort by attributes, such as noise comfort, to help you decide which tire is best for you.  

Wheel Options for Your 2013 Ford Focus ST

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

We know the Focus ST has enough power to be fast, but can it use a style infusion?

My colleague Joe recently picked up a tangerine scream Ford Focus ST. It's a great color for the car, but Joe wasn't equally thrilled with the Original Equipment wheels from day one. After scanning his options in our Upgrade Garage, he narrowed down is choices to the following 18x8 5-108 45ET options:

They're all good options, however Joe decided on the Sparco Assetto Gara with a matte graphite silver finish. The wheel provides the perfect contrast to the car's bright tangerine scream finish while matching up with the vehicle's black trim. Joe now has the combination of speed and style he was truly looking for.

2013 Ford Focus ST FAQ:

1. What's the width and offset of my Original Equipment Focus ST wheels? The wheels are 18x8 with a 55mm offset (ET).

2. How do I add a new set of tires to my wheel purchase? Create a Tire & Wheel Package. First, pick the wheels you would like for your Focus ST. Next, you will be given tires that are a match for your vehicle. It's that simple! Also, mounting, balancing and any required hardware are included at no additional cost. 

3. Will my Focus ST automatically recognize my new TPMS sensors? We offer O.E. TPMS sensors, however you'll need to initialize them since each sensor has a unique serial number. You can either have your dealer do this (labor charges may apply), or use the FORDTRIGGER tool.

What are the Quietest Tires Available for 2013? Find Out Here!

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Gary Stanley

In a recent post, "Best Tire Brands for Long Treadwear", some of the longest wearing tires were discussed and how treadlife is one of the most important factors that consumers consider when deciding which tires to buy. In addition to treadlife, tire noise is a major factor to most drivers when selecting a new set of tires. Who wants to listen to the drone of a loud tire during a daily commute or road trip. Besides being a nuisance, loud tire noise can keep a driver from hearing other sounds that can affect vehicle maintenance and safety.

Tires that generally make the least amount of noise typically come from the following performance categories:

  • Standard Touring All-Season
  • Passenger All-Sean
  • Grand Touring All-Season

Many years ago, summer tires were the quietest tires available while all-season tires were louder due to their more aggressive tread patterns. Tire technology has come a long way and the market has changed. Newer summer tires are now primarily focused on high levels of grip, handling and quick steering response, with less focus on road noise. All-season tires are now the best choice for those after a quiet ride. The following tires are some of the top picks for low road noise in three of the quietest categories:

 
 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender
 Hankook Optimo H727
Hankook Optimo H727
 
 
 
 
Stop putting up with loud tires! Shop by vehicle to find a quiet set of tires for your car, truck or crossover.

Top Five Reasons to Use All-Season Tires in Summer

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Many enthusiasts have separate winter / snow tires for the colder months. They do this because they want the benefit of extra snow and ice traction. Drivers realize that all-season tires aren't nearly as good in snow and on ice as a dedicated snow tire. 

Using this same logic when it comes time to replace non-winter tires, many customers ask specifically for summer tires. Makes sense, right?  Well, this isn't the case for everyone. For someone who isn't an aggressive driver or does not drive a sporty vehicle, the benefits of all-season tires may be worth considering.

Any vehicle can benefit from the increased dry grip and faster steering response of a summer performance tire. However, here are some reasons why an all-season tire may make sense for you:

  1. Longer treadwear - Most all-season tires are designed for longer treadwear than summer tires. Many drivers will see their all-season tires last two to three times longer.
  2. Quiet ride - You might be thinking that all-season tires would be louder than summer tires, but this is a common misconception. While one can find relatively quiet summer tires, today's summer performance tires focus more on grip and handling performance. 
  3. Smoother and softer ride - Most modern summer tires have a stiffer sidewall for better handling compared to most all-season tires. 
  4. Lower price point - Many of today's summer tires are packed with the latest tire technology and are typically more expensive than all-season tires in most sizes.
  5. Longer warranty - Depending on the size, all-season tires can have wear warranties as high as 90,000 miles. Very few summer tires offer a treadwear warranty.

Regardless if you have summer or all-season tires, you need to know the right time to put them on. To find out when the best time is, read "When Should I Take Off My Winter / Snow Tires?". 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Wednesday, April 17, 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.

Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2013

These are the best snow tires I've owned, over an 8 car career so far. They handle snow and ice just fine, and drive like good all seasons when on dry roads (which is most of the time, even in the middle of a VT winter). My ratings are all for a SNOW tire, not a sticky summer tire. But even considering they are a snow tire, I think they handle almost as well as a good quality all season, and I drive my Mazda pretty hard. I'm replacing the Mazda with a Ford Focus ST, and plan on getting a set of these for the ST. I'm sold.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, April 1, 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.

Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2007 Ford Focus ZX4
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Merriam, KS
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 20, 2013

Bought these to replace my all seasons for winter--we had 2 huge storms and these were awesome--my focus was a whole new vehicle--I found myself going where 4WD pickups with the wrong tires were getting stuck. And the best part--utterly comfortable on dry roads--though a could tell a negative difference once temps were above 45 .
For a winter tire overall excellent!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax RT

Monday, April 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax RT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2012 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: East Peoria, IL
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2013

Time will tell with the tires. From the other reviews I read before my purchase I'm sure that these will be a good tire for my purpose.
I purchased these with new ENKEI M52 hyper black wheels and the combination looks great on my black car. I ordered on a Saturday , received 2 that Tuesday and the other 2 that Wednesday, all in perfect condition.

 

Trailer Tires Available at Tire Rack

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

While the main focus for Tire Rack remains light duty passenger vehicles, we have expanded our trailer tire selection to further cater to the enthusiast with utility trailers, boat trailers and car trailers. For trailers using 14"-16" modern metric fitments, we offer the Goodyear Marathon Radial and Power King Towmax STR in many 6, 8, and 10 ply load ranges.


Goodyear Marathon Radial

Power King Towmax STR


Trailer Service tires feature heavy-duty constructions and accommodate higher inflation pressures to provide the load capacity necessary to match many trailer applications and payloads. Their stiffer sidewalls help control sway for enhanced towing stability and they offer more bruise resistance than typical passenger tires. These heavy-duty, special purpose trailer tires are not meant for use on cars or trucks. Tires in this performance category are not UTQG rated.

Goodyear's Marathon Radial is designed specifically for use on travel trailers, pop-up campers, boat trailers and fifth wheel trailers used for hauling everything from race horses to racecars. Developed to make towing a trailer more enjoyable, the tire is more economical while making it easier to take your big "toys" with you on the weekends.

Also developed specifically for use on travel trailers, pop-up campers, boat trailers and fifth wheel trailers, the Power King Towmax STR delivers dependable and long-lasting, on-highway service for towed trailers.

Shop by size to see if a Trailer Service tire is available for your trailer.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H725

Tuesday, March 19, 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.

Hankook Optimo H725 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.45
 
 

2010 Ford Focus SE Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: White Haven, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2013

These tires came stock on my Focus. They had to be replaced at 20000 miles. Very poor treadwear.

 

New Extreme Performance Summer Tires for 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Steve Huffman

2013 is a great year for enthusiasts of high performance cars looking for street tires that are trackable. This year we are excited to offer three new Extreme Performance Summer tires. These tires primary focus is going to be on extreme dry grip for spirited or competitive driving such as autocrossing. We can't wait to get a chance to test them at our facility this spring!

While we haven't had a chance to test the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival on our track, we did have the chance to drive on it at NOLA Motorsports Park near New Orleans and the feedback was very positive. The tire was very easy to drive on, had excellent responsiveness and is designed to wear very well over the course of a competitive event. It has the 200 UTQG treadwear rating that is required by many sanctioning bodies.

The next new tire for 2013 is the Dunlop Direzza ZII. This tire is replacing the Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec. Compared to its predecessor, it's designed to have better responsiveness, as well as an improvement in wet and dry grip. Also offered with the 200 UTQG treadwear rating, the Direzza ZII is available in a variety of hard-to-find smaller sizes. Last fall, we tested a production-spec set of Direzza ZII tires against the Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec and found that Dunlop hit the mark with this new offering as it was faster and more predictable in the dry and wet. For a complete recap of our test, read "Dunlop Direzza ZII Introductory Track Drive."

Bridgestone's Potenza RE-11A is replacing the previous model, the Potenza RE-11 in 10 sizes. This newer tire has an updated rubber compound designed to improve wet and dry traction. While sharing the same tread design, the Potenza RE-11A adds an exclusive tread compound that combines silica with a new long-link carbon black that increases road contact and abrasion resistance while promoting tread rubber flexibility across a range of cool to hot temperatures. The internal construction includes a custom asymmetric shape that helps distribute footprint pressure more evenly.

BF Goodrich g-Force Rival
BFGoodrich g-Force Rival
Dunlop Direzza ZII
Dunlop Direzza ZII
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A


Are you a serious driving enthusiast looking for dry road response, traction, handling and high speed capabilities? If so, take a look at our Extreme Performance Summer tires and find the one that's right for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Monday, March 18, 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.

BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75
 
 

2012 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

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

I've had several different summer tires on various cars over the years and these are best ones I've had by far. The steering response is crisp and the tires are very predictable, which makes blasting down back roads extremely fun. Wet traction isn't the best, but it's by no means bad or even dangerous. Tread wear is pretty good for summer tires that have been driven on fairly aggressively, I expect I can get one more summer out of them.

I've recommended these to everyone that's asked me about summer tires, for the price they can't be beat.

 

Best Tires for Your Ford Focus ST

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by Steve Huffman

When Ford decided to bring the Focus ST to the United States, VW GTI and other hatchback owners finally had an American option. The Focus ST offers a lot of fun and performance at a very affordable price. At nearly 250 horsepower and 266 lb-ft. of torque, the ST packs quite a punch. ST owners will be looking for ways to enhance the performance and capabilities of this turbocharged pocket rocket. As we know, tires are an easy way to accomplish this.

Right off the assembly line, the ST comes with a very nice tire. As far as an Original Equipment tire goes, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 was a smart choice by Ford. This is a Max Performance Summer tire that does a nice job transferring all that power straight to the pavement. Are there better tires out there? Yes, let's take a look.

If you want to keep a super sticky summer tire on the ST and improve upon the O.E. Goodyear, then go with either the Michelin Pilot Super Sport or Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. These tires rank first and second in the Max Performance Summer category. Both options receive high marks in almost every category, including cornering stability, steering response and ride comfort.

Maybe you're in a climate where you'll need or want an all-season tire. After all, if those Goodyears wore out too soon, moving to an all-season tire typically gives you more treadlife. If that sounds like something you'd prefer, I would suggest the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. This has been our top-rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tire for quite awhile.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super
Sport
Bridgestone Potenza S04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole
Position
Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS


All these tires are available in the stock size, however if you want to go with a slightly more aggressive size, there's no problem stepping up to a 245/40R18. Shop by vehicle to find all tire options for your Ford Focus ST.