Highway All-Season Tire for your SUV, Pickup Truck or Van

Saturday, April 9, 2011 by Henry Carlson
Yokohama Geolander H/T-S G051The Yokohama Geolander H/T-S G051 is a Highway All-Season tire designed to provide comfort, handling and year-round traction, even in light snow for sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks and vans.

The Geolander H/T-S G051 tires feature a symmetric tread pattern that provides a quiet ride with excellent all-season capabilities for drivers that do not go off-road.

During our testing, the tire was found to be very comfortable and quiet, while performing well in our dry traction and steering response categories. Take a look at our Tire Survey Results for the Highway All-Season category.

Shop by vehicle to see which tires work best for your vehicle.

Looking for an Ultra High Performance Summer Tire?

Friday, April 1, 2011 by Henry Carlson
Bridgestone Potenza RE760 SportThe Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport is an excellent Ultra High Performance Summer tire designed for drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans.

The tire is developed to deliver sharp response with traction in wet and dry conditions, however like all summer tires, the Potenza RE760 Sport is not meant to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, on ice or through snow. During my test track runs with the Potenza RE760, I found the tire to be very responsive with good traction in wet conditions.

Another great feature is its asymmetric tread pattern, which allows the tires to be mounted on either side of your vehicle.

Shop by vehicle to see which tires work best for your vehicle.

Looking for an excellent Off-Road Maximum Traction tire?

Saturday, March 26, 2011 by Henry Carlson
Dick Cepek Mud CountryDick Cepek's Mud Country is an Off-Road Maximum Traction light truck tire designed for enthusiastic pickup truck and sport utility vehicle drivers looking for tough radials in large sizes.

The tire is developed to combine on-road handling with off-road traction. Stepped tread blocks increase self-cleaning for improved mud traction, while the siped tread lugs provide better grip on smooth surfaces. The Mud Country radial's internal structure features twin steel belts reinforced by spirally wrapped nylon on top of three-ply polyester sidewalls for a full six plies of reinforcement under the tread for strong and tough on-road and off-road characteristics.

Shop by vehicle to see which tires work best for your vehicle.

Hankook Ventus evo K110

Friday, March 18, 2011 by Henry Carlson
Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110The Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 is an affordable Max Performance Summer tire developed for sport cars, sport coupes and high-performance sedans.

The Ventus V12 evo is developed to combine comfort and control in dry and wet conditions. Like all summer tires, the Ventus V12 evo is not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice. Wide circumferential and Y-shape lateral grooves direct water through the tire's footprint to help resist hydroplaning.

During track sessions, I found the Ventus V12 evo to be very responsive in cornering and overall track handling.

Shop by vehicle to see which tires work best for your vehicle.

General Tire Altimax HP

Saturday, March 12, 2011 by Henry Carlson
General Altimax HPThe General Tire Altimax HP is designed to address many of the treadwear quality and year-round traction challenges faced by the drivers of today's sporty sedans and coupes. The Altimax HP is developed to provide reliability and comfort, as well as year-round traction, including in light snow.

Featuring a Twin Cushion Tread compound that places high-density silica-enhanced, all-season top compound above a low-density foundation compound, the Altimax HP combines year-round traction and long wear with a comfortable ride.

During track testing sessions, I found the Altimax-HP to be a very quiet tire during highway driving.

Shop by vehicle to see which tires work best for your vehicle.

Looking for A Max Performance Summer Tire?

Friday, March 4, 2011 by Henry Carlson
Sumitomo HTR Z IIIThe Sumitomo HTR Z lll is designed for sports cars, sporty coupes and high performance sedans.

Showcasing Sumitomo's technical resources by providing high-speed handling stability along with traction on dry and wet roads. Like all summer tires, the HTR lll is not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.

During track testing sessions, I found this tire to be one of the best values in its category.

Shop by vehicle to see which tires work best for your vehicle.

Spring is Just Around the Corner

Saturday, February 26, 2011 by Henry Carlson
Tire & Wheel PackagesWhen you purchase a set of tires and wheels as a package, your tires will arrive pre-mounted to save you time and money. Tire & Wheel Packages from Tire Rack are shipped ready to mount and include the necessary hardware.

Before making your selections, we suggest you take a look at the Upgrade Garage option on tirerack.com. This feature takes your vehicle's make, model and year and creates a virtual representation of the real thing. As an online shop, Tire Rack understands the importance of "try before you buy."

Our special offers make a variety of different tires available at discounted prices, so start building your Tire & Wheel Package today.

In the Mood for Autocross and Track Events?

Thursday, February 17, 2011 by Henry Carlson

Hoosier A6Hoosier has excellent Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only tires for autocross and road racing events.

The A6 Radials are designed to compete in autocross, time trial and hillclimb events in dry conditions where responsiveness and high levels of grip at lower operating temperatures is desirable. Starting with a tread depth of Hoosier R64.5/32", they will not require shaving for competition, however they will benefit from a minimal scuff-in prior to their first runs.

The R6 Radials are developed for drivers that compete in road racing events where high levels of grip and responsiveness in dry conditions are desirable. Beginning with a tread depth of 4.5/32", they do not require shaving for competition, however they will benefit from heat cycling before competition to enhance wear and provide more consistent performance.

All-Season Tires for Sporty Coupes and Sedans

Friday, February 4, 2011 by Henry Carlson
Bridgestone Turanza SerenityDesigned to combine the ultimate in ride and noise comfort with great year-round traction, the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity is a great option for your sporty coupe or luxury performance sedan.

The Turanza with Serenity Technology tires have three circumferential and multiple lateral grooves in the tread pattern that help evacuate water to resist hydroplaning. The tire's internal structure design enhances handling, high-speed capability and ride quality while minimizing weight.

To see which tires work well for your sporty coupe or luxury performance sedan, shop by vehicle.

Bridgestone Dueler A/T REVO 2

Saturday, January 29, 2011 by Henry Carlson
If you drive a crossover, sport utility vehicle or pickup truck, then consider the Dueler A/T REVO 2 from Bridgestone.
Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2The Bridgestone Dueler A/T REVO 2 was designed to combine all-terrain ability, on-road aptitude and year-round traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions.

Its symmetric tread pattern and sweeping lateral grooves help resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction, making it is one of the safest all-terrain tires on the market.

To see which all-terrain tire fits your vehicle, shop by vehicle

Are you looking for a great Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire?

Friday, January 21, 2011 by Henry Carlson
Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole PositionIf you are looking for a great Ultra High Performance All-Season tire, then consider my favorite, the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position. For drivers of sports cars, sport coupes and performance sedans, this tire provides the ride comfort and low noise you expect from members of Bridgestone's Potenza family.

The Potenza RE960AS Pole Position features Bridgestone's UNI-T AQII Technology.  This technology uses advanced compound and construction features that enhance and preserve wet traction even as the tire tread wears down.

The RE960AS provides year-round flexibility by offering excellent handling in dry conditions, as well as offering you a safe ride on wet roads and in light snow.

Looking to buy replacement tires for an SUV that never goes off-road?

Friday, January 14, 2011 by Henry Carlson
Bridgestone Dueler H/L AlenzaIf you are looking for replacement tires for your SUV and you never go off-road, then I have the tire for you.

The Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza is an excellent Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire developed to provide enhanced wet traction over the life of the tire by using Bridgestone's UNI-T and/or UNI-T AQII technology. This technology features dual layer tread compounds that resist normal tread hardening during the life of the tire by helping to offset the effects of heat and wear on wet traction.

Another great feature is the symmetric tread pattern of the Dueler H/L Alenza designed to enhance ride comfort and highway stability but still provides traction in stormy weather (including in light snow) and a quiet ride.  

Tire Rack Has a Wide Variety of Tire Testing Video

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 by Henry Carlson
You can view a wide variety of tire testing in our Video Center.

Featured tires include Exteme Performance Summer tires, Max Performance Summer tires and Ultra High Summer Performance tires as well as Ultra High Performance All-Season tires. We also show Grand Touring All-Season tires along with Standard All-Season tires.

Video is also available for winter / snow tire testing. Other great videos to watch include how we test tires on the road, on the track and during panic stopping.

So please...browse our Video Center.

As Temperatures Fluctuate, So Does Your Tire's Air Pressure

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 by Henry Carlson
During winter months the temperature can be 40 degrees Fahrenheit one day and below zero just a few days latter.

A change of 10 degrees Fahrenheit in air temperature will change your tire's inflation by about one psi (up with higher temperatures and down with lower).

You might think that your tires support the wieght of your vehicle, but they do not. It's the air pressure inside them. Maintaining proper air pressure is a must if your tires are to provide the best handling, traction and durability.

We have several excellent air pressure gauges to help you maintain proper psi and ensure the best performance and safety your tires can provide.

It Looks Like a Long Snowy Winter

Saturday, December 18, 2010 by Henry Carlson
It's early winter and we have already had a great deal of snow all across America. We have a good supply of winter / snow tires available in most sizes. So if you are still thinking about buying winter tires this season, act quickly.

My favorites are the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and the Michelin X-Ice Xi2, but check out all of our winter tires and test results for yourself.

Blizzak WS70 (Studless Ice & Snow)
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Michelin X-Ice Xi2 (Studless Ice & Snow)
Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Michelin X-Ice Xi2
Don't wait any longer; it looks like it's going to be a very long winter.

After you buy tires from Tire Rack where do you go for installation?

Friday, December 10, 2010 by Henry Carlson
Buying tires online? Where will I go for installation? Won't the local tire shop be upset that I didn't buy the tires from them? Will they charge higher installation prices because I didn't buy them from their shop? 

Tire Rack has a Recommended Installer Program. We can ship right to the installer of your choice and save you the hassle of dragging your tires to the shop. Pre-screened to ensure quality service, Tire Rack's independent Recommended Installers are happy to assist you with installation.

To find an installer in your area, search by ZIP Code.

Are you still deciding if you need winter tires?

Saturday, December 4, 2010 by Henry Carlson
Are you asking yourself do I really need winter tires?

The primary concern that our customers express is that they don't want to get "stuck" in the snow (or in the ditch) during the winter.

If you live in a city located at the extreme edges of the snow belt, relatively new all-season tires will probably be just fine. But if you live in the northern part of the country the odds change as you put on a few years of wear on your all-season tires. 

Tread compound makes a major difference in grip in cold temperartures.  One tire can't be the fastest on the track, most controllable in the snow, and longest wearing. Only winter tires are designed to excel in the colder temperatures, slush, snow and ice that many parts of the country experience for three or more months a year.

Read our Winter Tire FAQs to help you understand more of the benefits of winter / snow tires.

Tire Storage Accessories

Friday, November 12, 2010 by Henry Carlson
After you buy your winter tires and wheels, how will you store your summer tires? Tire Rack has a variety of storage accessories that are both attractive and protective. Seasonal Tire Totes are sold in pairs and Wheel Felts protect from nicks and scratches. They are designed to work perfectly with the Tire Totes.

Need a place to store your summer tires? Our Tire Garage will free up extra space in your garage or storage area and keep tires clean and dry while the wall-mounted Tire Storage Rack, with a 400 lb. weight capacity, saves floor space.

Winter / Snow Tire and Wheel Packages

Friday, November 5, 2010 by Henry Carlson
If you are thinking about buying winter tires for your vehicle, you might want to also buy wheels for a complete winter package.

Down size your wheels for the winter months and get better traction with a narrower tire than the O.E. size.

Another benefit to buying a complete package is the money you will save twice a year for dismounting and mounting your tires.  This will also cut down on the chances of damaging a wheel or tire.

Our preferred winter package, available for most vehicles, makes it easy to decide. You can build your own package, too. Start here.


Studless Ice and Snow Tires

Thursday, October 21, 2010 by Henry Carlson
If you live in the snow belt and want the best traction in both snow and ice, I suggest that you
use a Studless Winter /Snow tire.

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 are two of the best Studless Winter / Snow tires we carry.

These tires are both excellent in snow, but are also excellent on ice. I tested both of them on an indoor ice rink and they both were excellent in accelerating, braking and cornering -- even better than a studded snow tire.

Take a look at our test results.