I recently had a conversation with a customer who was calling to order tires for a Honda minivan. He was asking for the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3. My first response was, "that's a great tire sir, but can I ask why you want to put it on your minivan?" He response revolved around his friend who has a Corvette and loves the tire, and he wanted to have the same joy that his friend displayed.
So lets talk about the right tire for the right car. An apple and an orange are both fruits, but when you are done eating them, the taste they leave in your mouth is completely different. There is a time and a place for the racer minivan, but it seems to be rare, but don't doubt...it happens!!
When selecting a tire, it is as important as selecting a shoe. You have to ask yourself what you want the tire to do for you. Do you want it to have long treadwear? Do you need all season traction? Are you bothered by road noise? How about comfort? There is more to tires then being round black and holding air. Afterall you wouldn't go jogging in your "gators" would you?
So after talking with the customer, I discovered that he was looking for a long lasting tire, that was all season capable, and wouldn't roar on the road. This pretty much ruled out the Goodyear. After talking with him at length, the Yokohama TRZ seemed as though it was going to be the best fit. With an 80k treadlife warranty, all season capability, and a very quiet comfortable ride, I don't think he could go wrong!
He still got his fruit, just made sure it was the right one for the right taste! When chosing tires, there is a lot more to consider than is it a "good" tire or not? The real question should be, is it a good tire for the application.