Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

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.

Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8
 
 

2002 Honda CR-V
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Cranston, RI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2014

These tires are fantastic. We live in Rhode Island and just experienced a major snow storm. All I can say is that these tires made my CR-V handle the snow with ease. My wife even commented on how great they were in a recent downpour. Plus they make the CR-V ride so quietly and comfortably! I had purchased a set of Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max that were on sale locally and returned them because they were LOUD and rode rough, not to mention I didn't like how they made the CR-V handle. If you own a 2002-2006 CR-V, the only tire I would suggest for your vehicle is the Michelin Defender. This model of CR-V (02-06) is known to be loud, and the Defenders drastically reduce any road noise you hear. Ironically when I returned the Goodyears, the salesperson asked if I had previously owned Michelins. When I told her I did she said I had been spoiled by the quality of the Michelins and that is why I hated the Goodyears! It only took me a minute after having the Michelins installed to instantly feel the difference. And believe me - the difference is HUGE! I haven't had them long enough to judge the treadwear, but I know the CR-V is hard on tires and I will not get the full 90k miles out of them. My last set was a set of Michelin X radials with an 80k mile rating and I got 50k out of them. I don't care about that - the increased ride comfort, safety and performance over the many years I will have them is well worth the sacrifice in warrantied mileage. Overall, I think Michelin hit a home run with these new Defenders. Thanks to the folks at Tire Rack for their great service and recommendation.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

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.

Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.1
 
 

2007 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Etters, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

I really like this tire for my 07 Honda Odyssey. The tire was one of the best I had on the car as far as handling goes, very good in dry and rain for this style of car. It is OK in the snow but no all season tire is as good as a snow tire, they just don't compare. This tire has good steering response. The original tires were Dunlops (just OK but would never buy again) and then I tried Goodyear Assurance Triple Treads (very bouncy, poor handling, good mileage, would not buy again). I cannot rate on tire wear (not enough mileage). So far it has given me the firmest best handling I have had on the car but it is a Honda Odyssey so the car has limits. These tires on an all wheel drive would probably give better results (I have an Audi). The tires were supposed to give better gas mileage but I did notice any difference.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

I don't understand what other people are saying, these tires are amazing!! The snow traction is incredible compared to my previous 2 sets of tires, I was flying by everyone on a light snow here in Milwaukee. The noise level and comfort level is great, I no longer have to ramp up my volume to 40 just to hear the radio on the freeway. I now can set it to about 30, plus everyone who drives in my car now, comments how quiet it is.

I would definitely buy these tires again.

 

Best All-Season Tires of 2013

Thursday, January 2, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

It's been a great year for tires with many new performers coming to market. At the top of the all-season are a handful of newcomers and some repeat winners. Listed below are some of the top all-season performers for 2013.

Grand Touring All-Season

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

  • What We Liked: Civilized road manners and stable dry handling
  • What We'd Improve: A bit more traction and handling in wet conditions
  • Conclusion: This tire ups dry handling a little without compromising ride quality too much

Continental Pure Contact with EcoPlus Technology

  • What We Liked: Civilized road manners and stable dry handling
  • What We'd Improve: A bit more traction and handling in wet conditions
  • Conclusion: This tire ups dry handling a little without compromising ride quality too much

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia


Passenger All-Season

Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

  • What We Liked: Very good ultimate traction
  • What We'd Improve: Reduce tread noise and increase snow traction a little
  • Conclusion: A capable tire for drivers who put a priority on traction

High Performance All-Season

Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S

  • What We Liked: Composed road manners
  • What We'd Improve: A small improvement in wet traction
  • Conclusion: A class-leader that holds its own against the new challengers

Ultra High Performance All-Season

Continental ExtremeContact DWS

  • What We Liked: Comfort out on the road
  • What We'd Improve: Handling precision and steering response
  • Conclusion: Delivering a good blend of road manners and handling, with a reputation for very good winter traction

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

  • What We Liked: Good overall traction and quick steering response
  • What We'd Improve: Ride comfort and handling balance when driving at the limit
  • Conclusion: Perfect for the driver who prefers quick steering response

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season

Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

  • What We Liked: Responsive handling and excellent traction, especially in the wet
  • What We'd Improve: Soften the ride quality just a little bit and increase snow traction
  • Conclusion: A very capable tire that trades some fuel efficiency for an advantage in wet grip

Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

  • What We Liked: Quiet and comfortable road manners and good snow traction
  • What We'd Improve: A moderate increase in wet traction
  • Conclusion: A good choice for drivers who don't want to worry about their tires 

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

What's the Best All-Season Tire for Snow? Our Snow Traction Test Results Will Help You Decide.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Gary Stanley

The days are getting shorter, as well as colder. Yes, winter is just around the corner. Are your tires in good enough condition to make it through another winter season of driving in snow and on ice? If your tires' tread depth is less than 6/32", you may want to consider a new set for better snow traction. Winter tires need adequate tread depth in order to bite into the snow to find traction. Tires with shallow tread depths will have a much more difficult time getting through snowy conditions. 

When it comes to driving during the colder months, winter / snow tires perform the best. Winter tires, like the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, provide much better winter traction than even the best all-season. To see how well this Bridgestone winter tire performed for me, read "My Story on Winter Tires."

If you've considered snow tires and still decided to go with an all-season set for year-round use, you're still concerned about which one offers the best snow traction. We recently tested a few of the top tires in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category that will help you in your shopping process.


Bridgestone Dueler H/L
422 Ecopia

Bridgestone Blizzak
DM-V1

Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


The Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia offered quiet and comfortable road manners to go along with good snow traction. We determined that Goodyear's Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season is a good option for all seasons and Pirelli's Scorpion Verde All Season is a well-tuned tire that's a pleasure to drive but could use a little bump in snow traction. Another choice to consider that wasn't a part of this test is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

For a complete recap of our test, take a look at "Testing the Newest/Popular Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires."

Alternative Options to Tire Chains

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Depending on where you live, you may be familiar with how to use tire chains. Quite a while ago, government agencies that oversaw roads cutting through mountain regions required vehicles to use tire chains before proceeding through a mountain pass. Although they increased traction for the type of tire technology at the time, they were cumbersome and inconvenient to install during a storm.

In the 1990s, a new standard was developed to help consumers identify and purchase a tire that offered a higher level of traction in harsh winter conditions. Tires were now to be branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol. In addition to tire chains, winter / snow tires meeting this performance standard are considered traction devices, allowing drivers to get through the passes. Listed below are some light truck/SUV options that are branded with a mountain/snowflake symbol. These tires offer a higher level of winter traction without the requirement of using snow chains.

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season

On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction

To learn more about the mountain/snowflake symbol, read "How to Confirm a Winter Performer."

Best Minivan Tires

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Steve Huffman

In the early 1980s, Chrysler introduced the Dodge Caravan. More than thirty years later, the Caravan and many other minivan models can be found on the road shuffling families from school, to the grocery store and back home again. These vans quickly replaced the station wagon and have never looked back. Today, Chrysler, Honda and Toyota make up a large portion of the minivan market in America. When looking to replace tires on your minivan, consider the following options.

One of the best tires for a minivan is certainly the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. This is one of our top-ranked Grand Touring All-Season tires. As the name entails, this is a very smooth, quiet and comfortable riding tire. It also has superior all-season traction and has a very long lasting treadlife.

An option to consider from Michelin is their Defender. Currently the highest rated Standard Touring All-Season tire, it provides excellent year-round traction. This tire has also been designated by Michelin as one of their Green X options, which is engineered to provide better fuel economy. It's also one of the longest lasting tires, as it's offered with a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Another great option for minivan drivers is the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. While Dueler tires are typically meant for light trucks and SUVs, many of the new minivans are using larger 17" and 18" sizes. This tire makes a great option if you fall in this category. Not only does it have great year-round traction, but it's also a low rolling resistance tire that will help improve your MPG.

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Michelin Defender
Michelin
Defender
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia


Shop by vehicle to view all options available for your minivan.

Best Tires for Ford Taurus

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Steve Huffman

The Ford Taurus has been around for many years and has come a long way since its debut in the late 1980s. Today's version is very sleek, efficient and powerful, while being popular with many drivers. The new Taurus comes with several different factory tire sizes, including 17", 18", 19" and even 20", depending on what trim level you have.

If you use tire size 235/60R17 or 235/55R18, take a look at Goodyear's Assurance ComforTred Touring. This is a highly rated Grand Touring All-Season tire that has excellent ride qualities, including a very quiet and comfortable ride. It also has fantastic year-round traction to go along with long treadlife.

Does your Taurus have the tire size of 255/45R19? If so, then I would suggest the Michelin Primacy MXM4. Like the Goodyear, this tire is also rated highly within the Grand Touring All-Season category. The tire combines all-weather handling and traction with good noise and ride comfort. It also meets Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance that indicates the tire's contribution to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions for CO2 gases. For more information on the low rolling resistance capabilities of this tire, read "Michelin Green X."

If you have the SHO model and/or use size 245/45R20, the new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 is an option you should strongly consider. We expect this to be our best selling Ultra High Performance All-Season tire before too long. Michelin claims this all-season tire has better dry grip than many leading dedicated summer tires. That's saying quite a bit and if you have a 365hp SHO, because you want as much grip as you can get. Plus with the benefit of all-season traction, you have year-round confidence to go along with a 45,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring
Michelin Primacy MVM4
Michelin Primacy
MXM4
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3


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

17" Alternate Size for the Dodge Journey

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

Is your Dodge Journey equipped with 19" tires? Then take a look at alternate sizing options by reading "Tire Alternatives and Options for Your Dodge Journey."

Since I wrote that blog post, I have been asked about different tire size options for the 225/65R17-equipped Journey. For this particular model, I would suggest looking at 235/65R17 as an optional size. These will be about a half-inch wider and taller. What this does is open up some different top-rated tires to install on your Dodge Journey. 

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Sumitomo HTR A/S P01
Sumitomo HTR
A/S P01
Firestone Destination A/T
Firestone Destination
A/T


If you're looking for a tire that offers a quiet ride and comes with a long treadlife warranty, take a look at the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. It combines independent shoulder blocks with notched intermediate and center ribs to blend dry and wet road traction and handling. The tire's internal construction includes a super shock absorbent Comfort Layer of rubber sandwiched between the tread and steel belts to insulate vibration and impacts with expansion joints, potholes and bumps. 

To really step up the wet and dry performance for more spirited drivers, the High Performance All-Season Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 is worth a look. The tire uses Sumitomo's high-tech materials and manufacturing methods to blend high performance with year-round traction, including light snow.

Are you looking to do some off-road driving? Then consider Firestone's Destination A/T. It's designed to meet the needs of drivers who desire the look and performance needed for on- and off-road driving. Destination A/T tires are designed to blend an all-terrain tread design with a comfortable ride.

Regardless of your driving style, shop by size and view all 235/65R17 tires.

In Search of the Best All-Season Tires

Thursday, June 6, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

Everyone has their own list of important attributes when it comes to selecting the right all-season tire. For example, some drivers prefer longer treadlife, while another thinks ride quality is the most important. Also, when talking to customers about all-season tires, most put extra emphasis on the winter season component.

If you prefer using one set of tires all year, the best tire can vary depending on where other tire characteristics rank. In some cases, the vehicle and tire size needed can also help direct us towards a particular performance category. For a look at the differences between performance categories, read "What Tire Performance Category Do I Need?"


Goodyear Assurance
TripleTred All-Season

Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring

Firestone Destination
LE 2


Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season (Passenger All-Season)

With three distinct tread zones targeting to provide traction in dry, wet and snowy conditions, Goodyear has a winning combination that earns top marks from our customers. Designed with Goodyear's Evolving Traction Grooves, the tire generates more rain, slush and snow traction longer into the tire's life compared to tires with conventional sipes. The tire is currently ranked number one in our tire survey results.

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring (Grand Touring All-Season)

For the touring/performance car, the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring is receiving high praise from drivers. With tread warranties in the 70,000 to 80,000-mile range, this tire is definitely worth a second look. With tread depth being a key component to snow traction, customers indicate this tire has strong performance throughout the life of the tire. This Goodyear tire currently has over four million miles reported, which includes over four winter seasons.  

Firestone Destination LE 2 (Highway All-Season)

For your SUV or pick-up truck, the recently revised Firestone Destination LE 2 is king of the category. While there hasn't been many miles reported on this tire, the Destination family of tires has been providing great options to drivers for years.

What are the Quietest Tires at Tire Rack?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Typically, you'll find the best riding tires in the Grand Touring All-Season category. Currently, the top-rated tire in this category is the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus. This tire offers a quiet, premium ride combined with great handling and outstanding all-season traction. The tire is designed to provide Bridgestone's ultimate in luxury, elegance and comfort.

Another quiet tire to consider is the Michelin Primacy MXV4. This tire has been around for a few years and is a proven option for those insisting on a tire that has the least amount of noise. It is currently ranked second in the Grand Touring All-Season category and has received high marks in the following areas:

  • Dry Traction
  • Ride Comfort
  • Noise Comfort
  • Treadwear
  • Cornering Stability

Finally, take a look at the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. This tire lives up to its name as it is an extremely comfortable and quiet riding tire. Like the other models mentioned above, it also has top-rated all-season traction to go along with long treadlife.

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
Plus
Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy
MXV4
Goodyear Assurance ComforTread Touring
Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring


If you're tired of driving noisy tires, you can't go wrong by selecting the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus, Michelin Primacy MXV4 or Goodyear's Assurance ComforTred Touring.

Comparing Michelin vs. Goodyear Tires

Friday, May 24, 2013 by Colin .

Michelin and Goodyear both make very good products and offer a large selection of tires for driver's cars, trucks and SUVs.

In the Grand Touring All-Season category, Goodyear offers the Assurance ComforTred Touring while Michelin provides customers with the Primacy MXM4. As you can see below, Michelin's offering performed better in our testing. "There's not much that needs improvement" sums up how much we liked this tire during our time with it.

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring

  • What We Liked: Responsive steering
  • What We'd Improve: Wet traction
  • Conclusion: A good choice for drivers wanting to blend responsive handling with good road manners
  • Latest Test Rank: 3rd
  • Previous Test Rank: Not previously tested

Michelin Primacy MXM4

  • What We Liked: Excellent wet traction and good road manners
  • What We'd Improve: There's not much that needs improvement
  • Conclusion: A very capable Grand Touring All-Season tire
  • Latest Test Rank: 1st
  • Previous Test Rank: Not previously tested

When it comes to Max Performance Summer tires, Michelin has the Pilot Super Sport and Goodyear designed the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2. Here again, the Michelin scored better in our tests. It is also the top-rated tire in its category. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 hasn't logged enough miles to be added to our Tire Survey Results. However, speaking to customers, many have provided a positive review of their experience with the tire. 

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

  • What We Liked: Impressive traction, especially in the wet
  • What We'd Improve: Sharpen steering response and handling predictability just a little bit
  • Conclusion: A good option for drivers who emphasize wet traction
  • Latest Test Rank: 3rd
  • Previous Test Rank: Not previously tested

Michelin Pilot Super Sport

  • What We Liked: Impressive ultimate handling blended with reasonable road manners
  • What We'd Improve: A small improvement in ride comfort over the bigger impacts
  • Conclusion: An impressive tire that continues as the performance benchmark for the category
  • Latest Test Rank: 1st
  • Previous Test Rank: 1st (June '11)

In the Passenger All-Season category, Goodyear's option, the Assurance TripleTred All-Season, is currently the top tire. Customers like it for its hydroplaning resistance, wet traction, dry traction and ride comfort. The tire will get a good run for its money from the newer Michelin Defender.

Both manufacturers offer great tires. Shop by vehicle to see all Goodyear and Michelin tires available for your application.

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.

Goodyear vs. Michelin: The Grand Touring All-Season Tire Showdown

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

Many tire buyers know Goodyear and Michelin as two nameplates synonymous with quality, but it can be difficult to compare these premium brands head to head. The Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring and Michelin Primacy MXV4 are one such case as both tires are considered benchmarks of being the smoothest, quietest and longest wearing Grand Touring All-Season tires on the market today. Choosing between the two can be a daunting task. Both the options have been perennial favorites among our customers.

 Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
 Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy MXV4


The Assurance ComforTred Touring features a mildly asymmetric tread design that combines independent shoulder blocks with notched intermediate and center ribs to blend dry and wet road traction and handling. Four wide circumferential grooves evacuate water from under the tread to enhance wet traction while the tread grooves, notches and sipes form biting edges that deliver all-season traction in light snow.

Its internal construction includes a super shock absorbent Comfort Layer of rubber sandwiched between the tread and steel belts (that provides on average, 20% more cushion than standard auto tires) to insulate vibration and impacts with expansion joints, potholes and bumps. The tire also features Goodyear's dual-layer ComfortEdge sidewall to provide a balance of ride comfort and handling.

Primacy MXV4 tires feature an all-season tread compound molded into a symmetric design that combines notched shoulders, independent intermediate tread blocks and continuous center ribs. Michelin's Active Sipes alternately lock together and open as needed to provide increased biting edges that grip the road to provide all-season handling, especially in rain and snow.

Advanced MaxTouch Construction results in a tuned footprint shape that allows for long-lasting, even treadwear while their Comfort Control Technology uses computer-optimized design and precision manufacturing to reduce vibrations and road noise to deliver a comfortable ride. The tire's internal structure includes twin steel belts reinforced with Michelin's BAZ Technology (spirally wrapped polyamide, Banded At Zero degrees) to reinforce the Primacy MXV4's twin steel belts and provide high-speed durability while enhancing ride comfort.

In our most recent Tire Test Results, we said the Assurance ComforTred Touring was, "A good choice for drivers wanting to blend responsive handling with good road manners" and the Primacy MXV4 was, "A Grand Touring All-Season tire that is a pleasure to drive every day." Before you decide between a Goodyear or Michelin tire, be sure to view our Tire Test Results, Tire Survey Results and Tire Reviews on both tires to see which one will best suit your driving needs.

Goodyear vs. Michelin Truck Tire Comparison

Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Ben Rooney

In the first installment of my Goodyear versus Michelin comparison, I focused on car tires. Now, let's take a look at the truck and SUV tires offered by these two heavyweights of the tire industry.

Category: Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season

Contenders: Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season vs. Michelin Latitude Tour

Verdict: Goodyear wins this close match-up with superior traction in wet and wintry weather. The same aggressive tread that helps it gain better traction in the worst weather conditions comes with a trade-off in ride and noise comfort. Customers who value a luxury ride and do most of their driving in moderate climates may find that the Michelin suits them better.

Category: Highway All-Season

Contenders: Goodyear Wrangler RT/S vs. Michelin LTX M/S2

Verdict: The Michelin LTX M/S2 wins this category by a wide margin. It's consistently rated near the top of the category for an excellent all-around combination of ride, traction and treadwear.

Category: On-/Off-Road All-Terrain

Contenders: Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor vs. Michelin LTX A/T2

Verdict: Michelin's LTX A/T2 squeaks ahead with better balancing, road manners and longevity with traction on loose surfaces. The Goodyear has a more aggressive tread and would be a more popular choice for those who spend more time off the pavement.

Category: Off-Road Maximum Traction

Contenders: Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar vs. Michelin (none)

Verdict: The highly capable Goodyear wins this one unopposed.

Roundup: In this very close match-up, Michelin wins two categories, while Goodyear also wins two. These categories were extremely close and selection often come down to a driver's preference.

Goodyear vs. Michelin Performance Tires

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Gary Stanley

There are many rivalries in today's competitive world: Chevy versus Ford, Coke versus Pepsi and Burger King versus McDonald's may come to mind when thinking of two prominent companies within an industry. When it comes to tires, Goodyear and Michelin is one of the most common rivalries.

In some categories, such as the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season, the Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season ranks just a bit higher than Michelin's competing tire, the Latitude Tour. In other categories that include performance tires, Michelin's tires often rank higher. For example, in the Max Performance Summer category, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is on top. I was so impressed by this particular tire that I bought a set for my own car. My experiences with the tire can be found by reading, "Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires Installed on My Car." The Pilot Super Sport also picked up a win against Goodyear's Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 last summer during our testing. You can see how well the Michelin tire performed by taking a look at "Testing Max Performance Summer Tires."

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
 Goodyear F1Asymmetric 2
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2


So, who really has the better tires? When it comes to performance tires, Michelin is tough to beat right now. However, the tire market is fast paced and new technology is constantly pushing the performance envelope further. When changes are made, you can always count on us to provide you with the best tire options for your vehicle.

Best Tires for Honda Odyssey

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Is it time to replace the tires on your Honda Odyssey? If so, consider the following all-season options for your minivan. My favorite tire for this vehicle continues to be the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. This tire certainly lives up to its name. It's a premium Grand Touring All-Season tire that provides excellent ride qualities, including superior comfort and low tread noise. In addition to a great ride, the tire offers fantastic all-season traction and long treadwear with a 70,000- or 80,000-mile treadlife warranty depending on speed rating.

Another great option for the Odyssey is the Michelin Defender. Although it is only made in the 235/65R16 size for this van, it's still a very popular choice. The Defender is currently the top-ranked Standard Touring All-Season tire in our customer survey results. This tire also has superior all-season traction and comes with a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty. Designed to help enhance fuel efficiency, Defender tires meet Michelin's Green-X low rolling resistance objectives.

Finally, the Firestone Precision Touring is a good value priced option for Odyssey owners. This tire performed very well in our testing with good grades in wet traction and stable handling. Customers really enjoy the tire, as it sits is second place in its category, only behind the aforementioned Michelin Defender.


Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring

Michelin
Defender

Firestone Precision
Touring


To view all tire options for your Honda Odyssey, shop by vehicle.

What are the Best Tires for My Honda Odyssey?

Friday, May 10, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

Since 2005, the primary size found on the Honda Odyssey has been 235/65R16. Due to the overall size ,weight and higher center of gravity than a car, the Odyssey's tire wear can be disappointing to some. The following popular options can help deliver better performance, ride quality and longevity than the Original Equipment.

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring
Continental Cross Contact LX20
Continental Cross Contact LX20
with EcoPlusTechnology
Michelin Defender
Michelin
Defender


Goodyear's Assurance ComforTred Touring has been a favorite with our customers for a few years. Sitting solidly in third place in the Grand Touring All-Season category, the tire carries an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty. The Assurance ComforTred Touring features a mildly asymmetric tread design that combines indepedent shoulder blocks with notched intermediate ribs to blend dry and wet road traction and handling. Four circumferential grooves evacuate water from under the tread to enhance wet traction while the grooves, notches and sipes form biting edges to deliver all-season traction in light snow.

"I have had these Goodyear tires on my van for 31,000 miles now (90,000 currently), have balanced them every 5,000 miles and they are in excellent condition! No cupping, no road noise, plenty of treadlife left!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Honda Odyssey

The Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is a newer entry to the market that quickly became a best seller. Designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces, this Continental tire provides long wear and all-season traction.

"I drive the family van quite hard and the grip and handling of these Continentals is far better than the O.E. Michelins." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2010 Honda Odyssey

Michelin's Defender is the latest high mileage tire entry from the manufacturer and carries a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty. Currently ranked number one in its category by our customers, it appears Michelin has hit another home run with this offering. Defender tires enhance vehicle fuel economy by meeting Michelin's Green-X low rolling resistance objectives.

"This is the best tire I have ever purchased. Hands down!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Honda Odyssey

Best Tire Brands for Long Treadwear

Thursday, May 9, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Not too long ago, finding a tire with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty was not easy. Modern construction methods, advanced tread compounds and other technology has lead to tires that can wear for even longer. With treadwear warranties on some replacement tires approaching 100,000 miles, they may even outlast your car! 

Achieving long treadlife requires more work than simply installing the tires and driving. Proper maintenance of the tires' inflation pressures, tire rotation and keeping your vehicle aligned all play a role. In fact, manufacturers require that the tires are worn down evenly in order to qualify for treadwear warranty coverage. Find more information about this by reading "The Good, the Bad and the Impossible Regarding Treadlife Warranties."

Here are some of my top picks for tires that feature a long treadwear warranty, while still maintaining acceptable levels of grip and ride quality:


90,000-Mile Treadlife Warranty or Longer

 
Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender
Hankook Optimo H727
Hankook Optimo H727

80,000-85,000-Mile Treadlife Warranty

 
Goodyear Assurance Comfortred Touring
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Pirelli P4 Four Seasons
Pirelli P4 Four Seasons

70,000-75,000-Mile Treadlife Warranty

 
General AltiMAX RT
General AltiMAX RT
Dunlop Signature
Dunlop Signature


To see if these tires are available for your car, SUV or crossover, shop by vehicle.

Best Tires for a Toyota Sienna

Friday, May 3, 2013 by Steve Huffman

For over a decade, the Toyota Sienna has been a very popular minivan for American families. Toyota's dependability, comfortable ride and ample room has kept these vans on the road for years. Many owners have logged well over 100,000 miles on them and have purchased multiple sets of tires for their vehicle. Like most vans, these vehicles are charged with hauling families, groceries and sports equipment all over town. Families will also use the minivan to travel long distances while going on vacation. The drivers of these vans are typically looking for great all-season traction, long lasting treadlife and a comfortable ride.

One of my favorite tires for this vehicle is the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. First of all, this tire has fantastic all-season traction. Also, as the name suggests, it offers exceptionally good ride qualities, including a very smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. They are long lasting with an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty in the T- and H-speed rated versions, and a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty for the V-speed rated model. If this sounds like the tire for you, take advantage of our special offer.

Another great option for the Sienna is the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. Although this tire is marketed as a Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire, Toyoto uses popular SUV sizes on their newer Siennas and this is definitely one of the best tires in the size. Like the Goodyear mentioned above, this tire also offers great all-season traction and comes with a 65,000-mile treadlife warranty. The advantage with this tire is that it is Bridgestone's low rolling resistance tire, which means it will provide you with optimum fuel economy.

If you're looking for a good value option, consider the Yokohama AVID Ascend. This Grand Touring All-Season tire features Yokohama's Orange Oil technology and is branded with their BluEarth eco-friendly identification. It's designed to blend long treadwear, low rolling resistance and all-season traction, even in light snow.

Goodyear Assurance ComfortTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422
Ecopia
Yokohama AVID Ascend
Yokohama AVID
Ascend


Shop by vehicle to see all the tire options available for your Toyota Sienna.