Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Thursday, July 31, 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.

General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Ford Focus SE Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Mount Vernon, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 26, 2014

I have recently installed these tires on my Focus and they are great! They are better than the Goodyear Eagle RS-A's that I previously had. I have only had them for about a month but so far, they have been stellar in heavy rain as well as dry roads. These tires inspire confidence and I will buy these tires again. Hopefully I get more mileage out of these than I did with the Goodyear's. The Goodyear's were good for the first 20k miles but then the performance exponentially declined shortly after. Thus far, the Altimax's have proven themselves better than the Goodyear's that they replace. Updates to follow after I put more mileage on them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2004 Toyota Camry SE V6
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Miles driven on tires: 60
Location: Oxford, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 60 Miles on Tires
July 29, 2014

Ok, I just got these tires so this is my very initial experience with them. I got them because the Michelin tires on my wife's car had gotten so noisy and wanted something other than Michelin's as the last 2 sets had done the same thing (very noisy after 12K miles. We had more than 12K on both sets of course but had to deal with the noise for a long time. Bad thing is I read the reviews here for the first time a few minutes ago about this tire being noisy so I hope I haven't got into the same situation again. However, driving on these Goodyear's so far has been pleasant and very quiet. They have a soft ride even with the tire pressure at 35lbs here in the North Carolina in July. News flash for some of you. Don't expect any tire to live up to it's warranty. I used to love Michelins but they ain't what they used to be. Oh, those old X-Radial tires were wonderful but not so much the newer styles I've experienced. A couple years ago I picked up a young guy who ran out of gas fresh out of the military. He was heading home up north. His father had worked for Michelin and he told me the same thing, that they weren't what they once were. I don't know that I'm better off buying these yet than with a Michelin but from my past experience I definitely don't think I'm worse off. I'll report again when I have some real miles on them. Good luck in your selection.

Which Tires Last the Longest?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Gary Stanley

As a consumer shopping for tires, there are many important attributes and characteristics that you should take into consideration. For example, some tires have better wet traction for rainy days, while some are designed to handle winter's toughest conditions. There are tires that focus mostly on maximum dry grip on the race track, and others that are meant to provide a smooth and quiet ride.

Some of these characteristics may be more important to your particular situation than others, but one question that is almost always asked is, "How long will my tires last?" This may even be the most important feature in your tires if you drive many miles on a yearly basis. If you're a driver who has a long daily commute and takes long road trips, consider the following options from a few of our popular performance categories. 

Passenger All-Season

 Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
 Goodyear Assurance ComforTred
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred


Standard Touring All-Season

 General AltiMAX RT43
General AltiMAX RT43
 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender


Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season 

 Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
Alenza Plus
 Continental  CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


In order to get the most wear out of your tires, be sure check your tires' air pressures often and keep them inflated to your vehicle's recommended pressures. You'll want to check and adjust the pressure first thing in the morning before rising ambient temperatures, the sun's radiant heat or even driving short distances temporarily warms the tires. For more maintenance tips to increase your tires' performance, life and durability, read "Air Pressure: When and How to Set."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2012 Nissan Juke SL
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Erlanger, KY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 20, 2014

Recently replaced the Goodyear Eagle RSA's that came from the factory with these Hankooks. HUGE Improvement! Very impressed with them over the first approx 1000 miles that they have been on the vehicle. Quieter than the Goodyears, just as smooth as the Goodyears, and much better traction (both dry and wet, no experience with snow yet). Was a bit worried about this purchase at first, since the survey sample size was much smaller than the similarly rated (but much more expensive) Conti's, plus the price for these Hankooks seemed too good to be true based on the performance ratings. As always, TireRack provided great info, and I don't regret the purchase decision for an instant! I would definitely buy another set of these.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2007 Mercedes-Benz C280 4Matic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 92,000
Location: Fort Washington, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 92,000 Miles on Tires
July 21, 2014

I've only had these tires for one month but I have to say they are the best tires I have purchased. I have always purchased Michelin, Goodyear or Firestone's and the Pirelli are by far better. They are so quiet and provides a very smooth ride. Will definitely purchase these from now on. Can't wait to test them during this coming winter.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.13
 
 

2002 Mercury Mountaineer 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Hanford, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
June 16, 2014

Switched from Goodyear Eagle LS tires, never going back. These tires are by far superior in handling, treadwear and overall performance. I then put some on my Daughters car, what an improvement. Don't waste your money on any other tires. You get what you pay for. These may cost a little more but perform and last MUCH more than others.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Ford Fusion
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Blue Grass, IA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
June 18, 2014

These tires ride like a dream! It came time to replace my Goodyears on my 08 Fusion. Whom ever thought a Fusion needed a speed rated tire was mistaken... Thru the help in Tire Rack reviews, I searched touring tires with the nessary speed rating. You can't go wrong with this Continential pure contact. It's whisper quiet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2009 Infiniti M35x
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Naples, FL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
July 03, 2014

Great tire so far,very quiet,all I hear is my exhaust. Handling and grip is excellent. Driving in serious heavy rain and no worries. So far this tire has exceeded my expectations, for the money I think it's a great value. So much difference from the OEM Goodyear RSA (which are the crappiest tires ever made). I feel much more confident in my car's handling with these tires and so much more comfortable. As long as the treadwear is good I will definitely buy another set. Thanks to all the other reviews on this tire that helped me decide on buying them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2003 Lexus ES300
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: La Crosse, WI
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 11, 2014

This is the 3rd set of tires on this car and they are by far the smoothest, quietest and best handling. The original Michelin tires were ok so I purchased a set of Goodyear Asssurance Touring. The Goodyear tires were ok to begin but the last 20,000 miles were extremely loud and the ride was very rough. I was begining to think about getting rid of the car after riding in newer quieter cars but I decided that a new set of tires may change my mind. After driving the first mile with this set on, I love how the car rides and handles. It is as if I am driving a new car again. I am very happy with these so far.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2007 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4cyl
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
July 07, 2014

Purchased these tires approximately 2 weeks ago. Had them installed to replace BF Goodrich tires. I have had Michelen/BF/Goodyear on this car. WOW. I can say I made the right choice. The ride is smoother and road noise is 100% gone%. Steering is very responsive. I had no idea what I had became a custom too. Handling in high speed curves is also awesome. The Accord feels better than new & handles perfectly. To make this even a better story. My gas mileage has improved by 2 MPG. That is with full AC on daily..

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2012 Volkswagen Touareg
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Vail, AZ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
June 25, 2014

Awesome tire. My VW Touareg TDI came with Goodyear LS2. replaced at 27,000 goodyear was chunking on the outer tread-blocks. These Pirellis blow the Goodyears away!!! Super Quiet, feels like Im driving on glass, smooth, responsive, tons of traction, looks awesome better MPG these tires have the whole package

Introducing the Goodyear Assurance All-Season

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Assurance All-Season is Goodyear’s entry-level Passenger All-Season member of their Assurance family of tires. Developed for drivers of family sedans and minivans, the tire provides confident all-season traction and delivers Goodyear's value by combining attractive pricing, long wear and year-round traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, even in light snow. Currently, all sizes of this tire are made in the United States.

 Goodyear Assurance All-Season
Goodyear Assurance All-Season
 Goodyear Assurance All-Season
Goodyear Assurance All-Season


Features and Benefits of the Goodyear Assurance All-Season:

  • Multiple biting edges offer great all-season traction
  • Wide tread grooves help evacuate water and slush for enhanced wet traction
  • Optimized tread pattern reduces road noise for a quieter ride
  • Large stable shoulder blocks for confident dry and wet handling
  • 65,000-treadlife warranty

If you're looking to get the best performance at a great price, backed by a company with over 100 years of tire building experience, consider the Goodyear Assurance All-Season. Shop by vehicle and see if the Assurance All-Season is offered for your application.

Trailer Tires Offered at Tire Rack

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Now is the time of year to get our campers, RVs and utility trailers out of storage and ready for summer trips. Before hitting the road, you need to look at the tires' wear and age. You'll also need to see if there are any bubbles, tread separations or cracks.

Our experience has been that when properly stored and cared for, most street tires have a useful life in service of between six to ten years. Unfortunately, no one is absolutely sure of how long tires will last because of many variables. Heavily loaded tires equipped on vehicles stored outdoors in sunny, hot climates and only driven occasionally face some of the most severe service conditions and potentially have the shortest calendar lifespan. In contrast, lightly loaded tires on vehicles parked in garages and driven daily in moderate climates experience some of the least severe service conditions and potentially have the longest lifespan.

If you need to replace tires on your camper, RV or utility trailer, take a look at the Power King Towmax STR, Goodyear Marathon Radial and Kumho Radial 857.

 Power King Towmax STR
Power King Towmax STR
 Goodyear Marathon Radial
Goodyear Marathon Radial
 Kuhmo Radial 857
Kumho Radial 857


Towmax STR tires feature a symmetric tread design with a solid center rib to provide constant rubber-to-road contact to enhance highway stability, traction and wear. The tire’s internal structure features twin steel belts (15” and 16” sizes are reinforced with a nylon cap ply that further stabilizes the tread to increase durability). The Towmax STR’s rounded profile and polyester cord body are designed to help smooth out the trailer's ride.

Marathon Radial tires feature a rounded profile to enhance ride quality and a symmetric tread design with a solid center rib to provide constant rubber-to-road contact that delivers dependable highway stability, traction and long-lasting wear. Internally, the Marathon Radial features twin steel belts (with select sizes reinforced with nylon cap plies) that stabilize the tread to increase traction and durability.

The Radial 857 features a 4-rib design to provide dependable highway stability, traction and durability. It also has twin steel belts that stabilize the tread to increase traction, while a 2-ply, polyester cord body helps even out the trailer's ride.

If your camper, RV or utility trailer is due for a tire upgrade, be sure to shop by size and compare the trailer tires available for your application.

Wheels and Tires Made in the USA!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

When choosing the right tire or wheel, a very important part of the selection process for some consumers is finding out where the product is made. The following products are a few of our most popular that are exclusively made in the United States.

When looking for tires for your truck, take a look at the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac or Dick Cepek Fun Country. Both tires can be driven on and off the road, and provide great traction while you play hard. As for wheels, the Black Rock line offers durable and affordable steel options that are manufactured in California.

 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac
Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac
 Dick Cepek Fun Country
Dick Cepek Fun Country
 Black Rock Wheels
Black Rock Wheels


Are you the owner of a coupe, sedan, van or crossover vehicle? Then take a look at the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A or Dunlop Signature II. Both of these Grand Touring All-Season tires offer excellent traction, even in light snow. They're also offered with an exceptional treadlife warranty.

If you're currently shopping for a tire or wheel that is manufactured in the United States, give any of these choices a consideration. You can also click on the "Specs" tab on a product's page for any tire and our website will display the country of origin for the tire.

Shop by vehicle and find the tire that's right for your application.

Introducing the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Within the past year, many consumers were disappointed to learn that the popular Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor they had grown to love had been discontinued. Always well liked for its good road manners and capable all- terrain abilities, many feared the replacement would not live up to its predecessor.

Goodyear erased those worries with the introduction of their Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar. Featuring a host of sizes and a tread pattern that closely mirrors the SilentArmor, this new tire has indeed lived up to the expectations of Goodyear loyalists and currently holds the top spot in our consumer driven surveys for On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires. More durable than many other all-terrain tires, the tire's internal structure includes twin, high-tensile steel belts reinforced by a spirally wrapped layer of next-generation DuPont Kevlar cord to combine strength with comfort (Pro-Grade belts feature thicker steel cords reinforced by two layers of spirally wrapped DuPont Kevlar cord).

Last August, we had an opportunity to test the tire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, one of America's top areas for outdoor recreational activities. Goodyear provided several on-road and dirt-road experiences behind the wheel of a variety of SUVs and pickup trucks in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains. During our time testing the tire, we came away impressed with the tire's steering response and traction on dirt. It also provided good grip, predictable handling and capable stopping traction in both wet and dry conditions. For a complete recap of our test, take a look at "Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure Preview."

The Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar is made for most light trucks and features and an abundance of E-Load range options for 3/4-ton and 1-ton applications requiring Extra Load carrying capacity.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.22
 
 

2010 Dodge Journey
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Saline, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
June 11, 2014

The factory Kuhmo Solus KH16 tires were getting pretty close to done by 40k miles. As the Kuhmos were lousy performing and obviously didn't wear well, I was looking at the Goodyear Assurance. However, the Goodyears were considerably more expensive than the Kuhmos and didn't review even as well. Then I saw the P7 as new in this size, about the same price as the Kuhmos, and decided to give them a try. (The 800AA rated Conti TruContact was not yet available in my size but might be a good comparison, albeit more expensive.)

What an upgrade! The Journey is not exactly a handling machine, but the P7s made it feel like a totally different car. Far better dry, wet and snow traction, braking and handling, much quieter and gives a better ride. The only drawback was a drop in highway mileage of about 2-3 mpg, which was somewhat surpriasing given the EcoImpact rating of the P7. Probably due to the Kuhmo compound being rock hard - and as such, sacrificing pretty much all performance qualities for a better OEM mileage rating.

It remains to be seen how the P7s wear - but if they wear well, there is no question I would by these again. Highly recommended!