Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, February 7, 2014 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 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.

 

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

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.

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

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 Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2006 Scion xB
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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.

 

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."

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.