Firsthand Product Review: Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2

Earlier this year, my wife an I set out to purchase a SUV. After driving several different models we decided on a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Having driven on Bridgestone Blizzak tires for years on smaller passenger cars and having tested them multiple seasons during our yearly ice rink tests, I was curious to try out the new Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2....  Read More

Affordable Snow Tires for Winter Driving

In "Affordable Tires for an Economic Choice," we discussed the Kumho Solus KR21 and Hankook Optimo H727. These all-season tires are offered in many sizes and are available for a variety of different applications. They also are a great value for all-season tires for areas with no or very light snow. If your area has moderate to heavy snowfall or if you are...  Read More

Comparing the Continental ExtremeContact DWS vs the ExtremeContact DWS 06

What are the differences between the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 and the previous-generation DWS.   The original DWS was widely popular from the day it hit the market about six years ago. Still flirting with the number one spot in our customer ratings, Continental certainly recognizes they have a good thing going. Realistically they have no reason to...  Read More

Fun in the Snow: Winter / Snow Tire Options for Your 2015+ Subaru WRX

Speed or practicality? With the Subaru WRX you don't have to choose just one, you get both. However, if you live in the snowbelt, you'll need a set of dedicated winter tires to get your WRX ready to handle winter's toughest conditions. Winter / Snow Tire Category As covered in "Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?", tire engineers are challenged...  Read More

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 vs Blizzak WS80

As stated in "Sneak Peek at the New Bridgestone Blizzak WS80", Bridgestone has all but dominated the Studless Ice & Snow performance category with their Blizzak line of winter / snow tires. Their multicell winter tread compound dramatically increases winter traction in slippery conditions so much, that it changed perception of what a snow tire can do. These...  Read More

Best Value Winter Tire

We often use the term "bang for your buck" here at Tire Rack when describing the best product for the money. Few options better illustrate the concept better than dedicated winter / snow tires. Though all winter tires provide a noticeable advantage over even the best all-season, there is still a marked disparity between the least capable winter tire and the...  Read More

Getting Ready for Winter 2016: Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

Remember last winter? Will this winter be just as bad? Predictions will be made but nobody really knows. The best course of action is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. There is no simple rule of thumb on whether or not to run winter / snow tires. If you're in a region that normally averages over a foot of snow, you should strongly consider...  Read More

Bridgestone DriveGuard: A Year in Review

This time a year ago, little was known about the Bridgestone DriveGuard, a tire that's currently our best-selling run-flat option. Over the course of a year, this tire has proven itself in a wide array of weather conditions, has been subject to internal testing and has climbed to the very top of our consumer reviews. While perhaps having a slightly harsher...  Read More

Best Passenger and Standard Touring All-Season Tires in the Snow

Are your all-season tires up to the task of getting you to where you need to go this winter? All tires need three things in order to provide effective winter traction. Tread depth - Industry experts and even some governmental agencies recommend a minimum of 6/32nds of an inch of tread depth for driving in the snow. Tireswith low tread depth are reduced to...  Read More

Do I Need Studless Ice & Snow or Performance Winter / Snow Tires?

When it comes to choosing your next set of winter / snow tires for a passenger vehicle, there are two main winter tire performance categories for you to consider, Studless Ice & Snow and Performance Winter / Snow. Studless Ice & Snow tires deliver the best ice and snow grip in the industry. Intended to be a friendlier alternative to studded solutions, we...  Read More

Hub Centric vs. Lug Centric Wheel Fitments

"What are these plastic (or metal) rings that came with my wheels?" "Why didn't my wheels come with hub centric centering rings?" The terms "hub centric" and "lug centric" describe the method used to center a wheel on a vehicle's hub to prevent vibration. Most Original Equipment wheels are built with the same centerbore diameter as the hub diameter on the...  Read More

Winter is Coming Part 2: Performance Winter / Snow Tires

Performance Winter / Snow tire consumers generally live in areas that receive little or no snow accumulation, but experience freezing or near-freezing temperatures. The benefits using these tires are twofold. First, drivers get an increase in snow and ice traction, but unlike a Studless Ice & Snow tire, where you are keenly aware you are driving on a winter...  Read More

Introducing Bridgestone's Blizzak DM-V2: The Tire to Beat for Winter 2015?

For the past several years the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 has been our highest consumer rated tire among a strong field of competitors in the Studless Ice & Snow (Light Truck) market. While it seems illogical to discontinue such a well liked product, history has proved that the Blizzak line of tires seem to evolve and rarely, if ever, take a step back....  Read More

Best Tire Recommendations for the Toyota Camry

In the early 1980s, the Camry was introduced into the North American market as Toyota's mid-sized sedan. Many iterations of the car have been produced, including coupes, wagons and convertible versions of the car. While body styles have come and gone, the Toyota Camry has always been known as a reliable vehicle with very broad appeal. It's often one of the...  Read More

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 Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

The old tires were Continental CrossContact LX, they were good for the price I paid. I ran over 40K miles on that set, compared with the OEM Dunlop 5000 that I could manage 20K miles at max. This Bridgestone set is good in general, it did something better than Continental such ride, and wet traction, but it is not that good in cornering in the curve like...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

The tread wear is terrible. I'll be lucky to get 20K out of these tires. All other aspect of the tire are great, but looking at the initial reviews 2yrs ago, (new tire at the time) and tread wear ratings, I expected 2x this life for the $. The initial reviews were misleading! Sorry, tire rack.I'm going to Generals since these are wearing fantastic on my...  Read More

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

Sidewall gives a little while cornering or higher g-load off ramp speeds, but overall I am very pleased with this set of tires. Far superior in all weather conditions to date compared to my last set of Goodyear.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2

I just recently installed the BFG KO2's on my 2011 Ford F-150 5.0. So far I pretty much have nothing but good things to say about this tire. I'm pretty easy-going in my driving, so I haven't really push these tires to their limits on or off R so I haven't really push these tires to their limits on or off road. The three immediate differences that I noticed...  Read More

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

I have a 2005 SLK 350 that had the Bridgestone Potenza's on it since it was new, while these are great tires they also cost. I myself read reviews on the G-Max tires and liked what people had to say, so I took a chance and bought them, I am so happy with these tires in all aspects, handling, road noise, the general look of them, and the fact that I was able...  Read More