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

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2005 Dodge Durango ST V8 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Springfield, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2012

Perhaps the best set of tires I've had on an SUV. Yesterday was this first I've had them out in any type of snow or slippery conditions and I must say I am impressed. They seemed very good in the snow and slush and refrozen ice on the roads. I was able to engage the antilock brakes but only because I was actually trying; under normal driving I doubt the ABS would have been used -at least in the snow. In a short period of time I became confident that these tires would provide the traction I was looking for. I've had Michelin's M/T and this Durango came with Goodyears. The Goodyears were OK and the Michelins were very good, however these Continentals are almost as good in the snow as the Michelins and superior to the Goodyears (in all fairness the Goodyears had 20K miles on them when I bought the Durango and the Michelins were used on a different vehicle). In some ways, these Continentals are better than the Michelins; they are quieter on the road and because the sidewalls on the Continentals are a bit softer, they do not require near the steering input the Michelins require and are therefor easier to drive on longer trips. The softer sidewalls do not distract at all from stability though. I pull a 5500lbs camper and these Continentals are stable and predictable -no complaints. All in all, for an SUV that is used for towing, and for city and highway in moderate snow, slush, and some ice; I'd say these are as good as, if not better than anything I've driven on, and they are less expensive than some other brands too. So far I'd say I would definitely buy them again but I'll let you know if that changes in the next 50K miles.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2007 BMW 530xi Sedan Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Great Falls, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
March 06, 2013

My preferred repair shop convinced me to buy these tires more than two years ago when the OE tires were done (Goodyear or Michelin), and I agreed after reading many positive reviews on Tirerack. The improvement in handling on dry and wet surfaces was immediately noticable and remained that way through the life of the tire. I have since put Bridgestones on my wife's SUV and will consider them for any other vehicle. These tires ride quietly and smoothly, and really grip the road well.

 

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.

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID TOURING-S

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID TOURING-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.64
 
 

2008 Pontiac Vibe 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 24, 2013

I bought these tires for their price and decent reviews. It is a great tire in the winter and after 20,000 miles the tread has been great for this past snowy winter in Mpls. I think my mpg has reduced a little compared to the OE Goodyear RS-As, but the winter traction has been impressive as well as the amount of tread still left after 20k miles. For a similar vehicle (hatchback, small SUV, etc.) I would purchase again.

 

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 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


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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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Integrity

Wednesday, April 10, 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.

Goodyear Integrity Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2008 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: South Burlington, VT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2013

My new Honda Pilot SUV came equipped with Goodyear Integrity tires. When it came to time to replace the tires, I decided to replace them with the same exact tire since I was happy with their pass performance. After getting the new Integrity's put on, I noticed a road noise that I never heard before. I gave the tires a week, but the road noise did not go away. I went back to the dealer and they heard the noticed the noise too. The dealer re-balanced the tires, checked my wheel bearings, etc. But that did not help. I called Goodyear to ask for a refund under their 30 day drive policy, they said they do not refund money, they will only put me in another GY tire. GY decided to put another set of Integrity tires on. Well that did not help either. I asked GY for a refund again, they said no. Then GY wanted to put on Dunlop Signature tires. Since the dunlop tire cost sligthly more they gave me a minimal upagrade price I would have to pay. After they put the dunlops on, the price all of a sudden went up substantially. I said I did not what the tires. Then GY said they would refund all my money and take their tires back. At this point I was just feed up, I paid the difference and kept the dunlop tires. I've had the dunlop's for a few weeks and they are fine, I like them and there is no road noise. I think that Goodyear had a bad batch of Integrity tires because both sets had the same problem of noticable road noise.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera TripleTred

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera TripleTredReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2006 Honda Pilot EX AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Berlin, Germany, GE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2010

I purchased these to replace the OEM Goodyear Integra, which were average but slippery. I had hydroplaning issues with those and slid on acceleration from stops on wet pavement. However, these Fortera TripleTreds are AWESOME. I need a good all-weather tire for my Pilot that I could use in bad weather at high speed on the German autobahn. I put them on in October and have gone through the fall and winter with them happily. They provide outstanding traction and stability in all conditions. I first noticed that they didn't slip on wet leaves or paint stripes when driving in town in the fall. I have since riven them in heavy rain, ice, and snow in town and at over 105 MPH on the autobahn. They perform perfectly at all speeds and vehicle weights and give me total confidence. They brake well, corner well even when loaded, and they are sure-footed cat's paws even on ice and snow. Sure, every tire will slide some if you turn sharply on glazed ice or brake suddenly on black ice; but these grip better than anything I've ever driven, on any vehicle. I trust my family's safety with them even at very high speed. I have also done anti-terrorist performance driving training. These TripleTred tires are what I want on my vehicle for max performance that could literally save my family's life. Even with shipping, they were cheaper to buy from Tire Rack and ship to a military APO than to buy autobahn-capable SUV tires in Germany. I will definitely buy them again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67
 
 

2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L
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Miles driven on tires: 5,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,500 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2013

ABSOLUTELY AMAZED BY THE TRACTION COMFORT AND STABILITY THESE TIRE PROVIDE. I CROSS 5 MOUNTAINS TO GO TO WORK AND ROUTEINLY PASS SUVS W/ ALL SEASONS TIRES. I HAVE A LOT OF WINTER DRIVING EXPERIENCE AND HAVE TRIED MANY TIRE COMBINATIONS, HOWEVER THESE ARE SUPERIOR. AND I HAVE NOT STUDDED THEM! AS ALWAYS THANKS TIRE RACK

 

Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated) Review

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Gary Stanley

If you ask a random person to name a few tire brands off the top of their head, odds are one of the first to come to their mind is Goodyear. Goodyear tires come as Original Equipment on many makes and models of cars, trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles. In addition to being one of most well-known brands worldwide, Goodyear makes some of the top tires on the market in various categories.

An oldie but goodie, the Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated) is still holding its own against the competition in the High Performance All-Season category. It's currently ranked fourth out of seventeen tires in our Tire Survey Results. During our in-house testing, we liked the tire's reasonable ride quality and good winter weather traction.

The Goodyear Eagle GT has an asymmetric tread pattern so you can rotate them for longer treadlife and help maintain an even treadwear for a quieter ride. To learn more about tire rotation, see my blog post titled "Should I Rotate My Tires?"

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about the Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated):

"These babies are sweet. I've got 20,000 on a set of four and it's like I'm riding on rails still. Treadwear looks normal for my "spirited" driving, probably 50-60% left and looks totally even. For my mom's Hyundai we ordered the Kumhos... On my Mustang I just couldn't do it. Goodyear Eagle GT's go a lot better on Sally."  -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2000 Ford Mustang Convertible.

"Good price, a great tire and good wet road and dry road ride." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Honda Accord Sedan EX V6.

"These are my second set of Goodyears. Old set went over 40,000 miles, much better than the Original Equipment which I only got about 12,000 miles out of. I also tried Yokohamas, which were good but extremely noisy and went about 30,000-35,000 miles; so the Goodyears are great and superior to the other two and I recommend them on your small car." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2005 Suzuki Reno LX.

Shop by vehicle to see if the Goodyear Eagle GT is available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance ComforTred TouringReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12

2004 Toyota Highlander 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Pembroke Pines, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 12, 2013

Goodyear has done everything it has promised with this nice riding touring tire. My highlander came with a set of Goodyear Integrity...terrible tire in the wet! They definitely performed well with respect to getting decent MPG but that was about it. I replaced them with a set of Goodyear Assurance Comfor Tred Touring tires and I couldn't be happier. My MPG did drop 1-2 MPG but this car-based SUV drives much, much nicer. These tires are very quiet, smooth and handle bumps in the road very well...a comfortable, stable and safe ride. Two thumbs up Goodyear!!!
I am now looking at a set of Assurance CS Triple Tred All-Season for my Tacoma...will let you know how they fare in a few months.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT SUV

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT SUV Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8
 
 

2010 Toyota 4Runner V6
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Lake Arrowhead, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
December 30, 2012

size=275 55 20 I've run Pirelli Scorpians, Bridgestone Blizzaks before and they are great winter tires. These Ultra Grip Ice tires are even better. They outperform the Scorps and Biizzaks at all levels on my 4Runner. The real test locally is Daley Canyon Rd. A grade that starts from 5,350' to 6,000' in about 1/2 mile. It's a hard incline in the snow and ice to ascend. These tire excel going up it whether there is snow, slush or ice.. Even more important IMO is the braking power. I'd say they offer about 20% more than the awesome Scorpians and Blizzaks. That's saying something. They corner extremely well on freshpak and moderately hardpack snow. Frankly, these tires make the 4Runner run on ice and snow like a winter beast. I can pull up to stop signs quickly, stop without sliding when other cars slip a few feet or more. If you want to regain some of the control you lose in the winter, these are the tires for you. BTW, these are the upgrade size for the 4Runner Limited. They look better, offer more road contact and only change your speedometer 1 MPH at 50 MPH because they are almost the exact same diameter.

 

Best On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Tires in Snow

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Dedicated winter / snow tires perform better than non-winter tires on snow- and ice-covered roads. The downside is that winter tires aren't designed for year-round use, therefore an additional set of tires is needed.  

In light of this, some light truck and SUV drivers choose to compromise and use one set of tires all 12 months of the year. Many will choose a tire from the Highway All-Season or Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category because of their quiet ride and long wear. 

However, for drivers who are willing to deal with more road road noise and slightly reduced road handling, On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires are worth considering for their better snow traction. On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires (commonly referred to as A/T tires) typically have snow and ice traction that's better than street all-season tires but fall short of the winter performance of a dedicated winter / snow tire. 

Which of the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires have the best snow traction? The following are my top three choices:

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
BFGoodrich All-Terrain
T/A KO
General Grabber AT2
General Grabber
AT 2
Goodyear Wranger SilentArmor
Goodyear Wrangler
SilentArmor


As you can see, all three tires have a fairly aggressive tread pattern with many small tread blocks and multiple sipes for better snow, ice and off-road traction. Based on our extensive customer survey data, the General Grabber AT 2 has higher ratings for deep snow traction, light snow traction and ice traction, while being a bit louder and slightly stiffer riding than the other two options. However, these differences were separated by very few points, so it's hard to go wrong with any one of these tires. 

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experiences with the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO, General Grabber AT 2 and Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor:

"I bought these to replace my Original Equipment which honestly were horrible in snow. I slid everywhere, even in the rain. Bought these (BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO) and it is like a whole different truck. I love these tires and will buy them for every truck I ever own as long as they stay this good. Have had them on for about 10,000 miles and they still look new, and I am what they call an aggressive driver. I really love these tires. If they made them to fit all my vehicles, I would buy them for all of them. Best tires I have come across for my truck hands down! Buy them, you won't be disappointed." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Ford F150 XLT Super Cab 4wd (BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO)

"These tires are amazing! i just put a new set on my truck because I was so happy with the performance of the last set. I live in rural North Dakota, so they get plenty of time to play in the mud, gravel and snow. My tire size is mountain/snowflake rated and I see why. They go through deep snow. When it starts snowing in town and you see all the other cars unable to get traction, I can keep it in two-wheel drive and go like it's dry pavement. Even blizzards can't slow them down!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1999 Nissan Frontier XE 4wd (General Grabber AT 2)

"Best tires I have ever bought! Awesome traction in any condition: wet, dry, snow and even ice. Goodyear hit a home run with this design. 5 stars. I can't say enough good about this tire." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review (Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor)

Shop by vehicle today and upgrade your vehicle's snow and ice traction!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmorReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.87

1998 Ford Expedition 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 60,000
Location: NE, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 60,000 Miles on Tires
December 31, 2012

Best tires I have ever bought for anything. Had Firestone Destination LE's on when I bought this SUV. Got about 25k miles on those. Those were a bit more quiet, not that these wranglers are loud, but the LE's were dead silent. The Firestones had a slight edge on steering response also, but not really noticeable. These goodyears had a 50k mile tread warranty, and I will exceed that by 20k miles I think, more if I run them on the wear bars in the summer. roughly 3 times the miles I got out of the LE's. They are quiet, only a slight hum on concrete roads, but overall I would rate them very quiet. Awesome traction in any condition, wet, dry, snow, even ice they do fairly well. Like any tire, it is very important to rotate these to get the miles out of them. I would buy these for any truck, they have a load range E version too. Myself and my brother in law have tried other versions of Goodyear wranglers, and in my opinion most of them are sub par, BUT the silent armors are truly fantastic. Goodyear hit a home run with this design. 5 stars, A+++ can't say enough good about this design.

Non-Winter Tires That Meet the Industry's Severe Snow Service Standards

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

Sever Snow service symbolQualified winter / snow tires have the mountain/snowflake marking on their sidewall. In short, it indicates a higher level of winter capabilities, including traction in snow and on ice compared to an all-season tire. The spirit of the marking is intended for dedicated winter solutions, however there are a few models out there that meet or exceed the threshold and sport the severe snow mountain/snowflake symbol.

Listed below are the non-dedicated winter / snow tire options that meet the severe snow service requirements with the mountain/snowflake symbol. Currently, the only options are for SUVs and light trucks. The following tires can be great solutions if you want a higher level of winter element traction without swapping tires back and forth twice a year. Certain sizes of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO and General Grabber AT 2 do not have the mountain/snowflake symbol and those sizes can be found under the "Specs" tab.

On/Off Road All-Terrain

On/Off Road Commercial Traction

I am a firm believer in the dedicated winter solution, and have been installing winter tires on my personal vehicles for years. There is one exception to that, and that is the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac on our pick-up. It's as close to a winter tire that I have used.

To find the right tire for your vehicle and how you drive, shop by vehicle.

Alternate 19" Tire Sizing for Dodge Journey Now Available

Friday, January 4, 2013 by Doc Horvath

While the new Dodge Journey has been well received, one thing that hasn't been popular is the optional 19" tire size that comes equipped on many of the vehicles. While the Original Equipment options have done well, many Journey owners have been left wanting more. 

In the 225/55R19 size, we recently added the Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max. It's designed to provide year-round, all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, including light snow, as well as offer reduced rolling resistance to enhance vehicle fuel economy over the tire's lifetime. The tire comes with a 65,000 mile treadlife warranty.

We also know the slightly wider 235/55R19 to fit many of the Original Equipment wheels. 235/55R19 is 0.4" taller (overall) and 0.2" wider at the contact patch, for a mere 1.4% difference in diameter compared to the Original Equipment. 

The 235/55R19 size offers a full complement of all-season tires primarily for crossovers and SUVs that offer long life and a comfortable, quiet ride. Best sellers to consider are the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia and Yokohama Parada Spec-X.

Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max
Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel
Max
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422
Ecopia
Yokohama Parada Spec-X
Yokohama Parada
Spec-X


Like the Assurance CS Fuel Max, Bridgestone's Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia helps enhance fuel economy by reducing tire rolling resistance. Combining year-round traction, handing and comfort, the tire is also developed for drivers of sport utility vehicles. We tested the Bridgestone and Goodyear options against a third tire and the results can be found by reading "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires."

The Yokohama Parada Spec-X features a more aggressive directional tread design aimed at drivers that are willing to sacrifice some durability for enhanced wet traction at higher speeds. This Street/Sport Truck All-Season tire is currently ranked number one in our Tire Survey Results. Customers give the tire high marks in many categories, including dry traction, cornering stability and ride comfort.

To find all tire options that are a match for your Dodge Journey, shop by vehicle.

Severe Snow Rated On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Tires

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Most often, one of the biggest concerns when replacing tires is winter weather performance. If you're the owner of a light truck or SUV and need an On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire that can perform to an exceptional level in winter conditions, then choosing a tire branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol will assure you have the very best winter traction offered.

In 1999, the U.S. Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and the Rubber Association of Canada (RAC) agreed on a performance based standard to identify passenger and light truck tires that attain a traction index equal to, or greater than 110 (compared to a reference tire which is rated 100) during the specified American Society for Testing and Materials traction tests on packed snow. The new standard helps ensure that drivers can easily identify tires that provide a higher level of snow traction.

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires typically have as much capability off the road as they do on the road. These tires feature multifaceted tread blocks to help deliver traction in any direction on gravel roads and dirt trails, as well as are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol indicating their ability to provide all-season versatility, including traction in snow.

Currently, three well-received options in this category include the General Grabber AT 2, Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor, and BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO. Certain sizes of these tires display the mountain/snowflake symbol for severe snow service requirements and will be suitable for all-season use.

 General Grabber AT 2
General Grabber AT 2
 Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor
Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor
 BF Goodrich All-Terrain TA KO
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO


The General Grabber AT 2 has a chip- and tear-resistant tread compound molded into an aggressive, symmetric tread design featuring five rows of independent tread blocks that blends on-road handling with off-road traction. Its internal structure includes twin steel belts on top of a two-ply polyester cord body to combine strength and durability with a quiet ride.

Wrangler SilentArmor tires feature Goodyear's Durawell rubber compound molded at the base of the tread grooves to increase resistance to stone/rock drilling. The tire's internal structure is designed with an Armor Zone that consists of twin, high-tensile steel belts that are reinforced by a layer of DuPont KEVLAR cord to combine strength with comfort.

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires are designed to deliver go-anywhere traction along with outstanding durability and great wear. The tire is ranked in the top ten of our Tire Survey Results and our customers have great things to say about it, including the owner of a 2003 Ford F150 Super Crew 4wd who says "This is my fourth set of BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires. These tires are rugged. Despite the rugged tread design, they are quiet on the highway. They will get you anywhere you want to go: sand, mud, light snow, deep snow...bring it on!"

NOTE: While most General Grabber AT 2, Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor and BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires meet the industry's severe snow service requirements (and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol), selected tires do not. Specific tires/sizes not meeting the industry's severe snow service requirements are identified with a "Not Rated For Severe Snow" notation under the Sizes & Pricing, as well as the Specs tab.

To find the tire that's right for your on-road and off-road travels including snow-covered roads, view all On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle LS-2

Monday, December 24, 2012 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.


Goodyear Eagle LS-2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.36

2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca H6
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 60,000
Location: Columbia, SC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 60,000 Miles on Tires
December 21, 2012

These tires replaced the stock tires (also Eagle LS2's) at about 55k miles on my wife's B9 Tribeca. Now we're at about 115k miles on the car, so about 60k on the tires. The tires still have about 3/32 or 4/32 left on them and I anticipate making it to about 65 or 70k on these tires. I don't get all the negative reviews of these tires--it's as if we've gotten tires from different production runs than others who hate these tires. They've been adequate in all situations except snow and ice. They are terrifying to drive in even light snow and I would never put these through a harsh winter (not an issue here in SC). They ride quietly and comfortably, they handle well enough for an SUV, they're adequate in the wet and dry, and they seem to be wearing remarkably well and evenly. They seem to be nail magnets, probably due to the 255 section width and perhaps the rubber compound. All in all, we've been satisfied and may purchase again.