Testing Max Performance Summer Tires

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 by Henry Carlson
This week I tested the Continental ExtremeContact DW, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric, the Kumho Ecsta LE Sport and the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Max Performance Summer tires.

The Goodyear and the Kumho had the stiffest ride and the Michelin and Continental had a fairly decent ride considering that they are Max Performance Summer tires.

The Kumho was the noisest of the four but it wasn't bad. The Michelin was the best in the area of handling which is suprising since it also had a decent ride.

My first choice would be the Michelin followed by the Continental, then the Goodyear and finally the Kumho.

Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 by Henry Carlson
This week I tested the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity, the Continental ContiProContact, the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring and the Michelin Primacy MXM4 Grand Touring All-Season tires.

Compared to Standard Touring All-Season tires, all four of the Grand Touring All-Season tires were much more responsive in cornering and lane changes.

I found the Bridgestone and the Michelin tires to be the best in the area of handling with the Continental and Goodyear about a half step lower. All four tires were very quiet with the Goodyear just a bit noiser on the highway. In the category of ride comfort, again all four did very well with the Goodyear just a bit stiffer.

Testing Standard Touring All-Season Tires on our Test Track

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 by Henry Carlson
This week I tested the BFGoodrich Premier Touring, the Firestone Precision Touring, the General AltiMAX RT and the Yokohama AVID Touring S, Standard Touring All-Season tires.

They all handled very well for their category. Whenever the tires broke away on the track, you could easily regain control.

In the area of braking and handling, I found the Firestone, the General and the Yokohama to be neck-and-neck with each other. I would rank the BFGoodrich just a bit below the other three.

Watch for complete test results online.

Testing Standard Touring All-Season Tires

Thursday, August 26, 2010 by Henry Carlson
This week I tested the BFGoodrich Premier Touring, the Firestone Precision Touring, the General Altimax RT and the Yokohama AVID TOURING-S, Standard Touring All-Season tires.

I was impressed with how quiet all four tires were on the road course. The ride comfort of all four tires was very good to excellent. Considering the fact that these tires are in the category of Standard Touring All-Season tires, they all did very well in the area of handling. I did find the BFGoodrich and the Firestone to be a bit better than the other two in the handling category though.

Testing Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires on a Wet Track

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 by Henry Carlson
Today I tested the Kumho Solus KL21, the Michelin Latitude Tour HP and the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires.

I pushed the tires to their limits on our test track which is always interesting when the sprinkler system is on and you slide through some of the turns.

For handling in the corners and braking, I found the Kumho and Pirelli dead even, but the Michelin handled better in both cornering and braking under wet conditions and gave me more confidence as a driver. 

Watch for complete test results online.

Testing Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires

Thursday, August 12, 2010 by Henry Carlson
This week we finished testing the Kumho Solus KL21, the Michelin Latitude Tour HP and the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season, Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires on our 6.6 mile road course. The weather was partly cloudy and 90 degress. 

I found all three tires to be fairly quiet with the Kumho just a bit louder than the Michelin and Pirelli. The Michelin had the best handling of the three but they were all very close in this area. As far as ride comfort, I thought that the Pirelli was just a bit better than the the other two but all were very good.

Next week I will be on our test track with these same tires and will report with my findings.

Snow Tire Testing on an Indoor Ice Rink

Thursday, August 5, 2010 by Henry Carlson
Today I tested the Bridestone Blizzak WS70, the Continental ExtremeWinterContact, the Dunlop Graspic DS-3 and the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Studless Ice and Snow tires.

The test took place on an indoor ice rink and let me tell you that it's always a fun learning experience to be able to test these tires back-to-back on glare ice.

All four tires were good in acceleration and braking with the Continental and Michelin tires at the top of the scale followed by the Bridgestones and Dunlops. In the area of handling and cornering on ice, I found the Continental to be first and the Michelin second with Bridgestone close to the Michelin and the Dunlop in fourth place.

Please be advised that even the lowest ranked studless snow tire is twice as effective on ice compared to any all-season tire.

Watch for complete snow tire test results online.

Snow Tire Testing in the Summer

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 by Henry Carlson
This week I tested snow tires on our 6.6 mile road course. I know this sounds strange -- it was 85
degrees and sunny -- but it gives us a good chance to see how these tires handle in warm, dry conditions (because the roads aren't always full of snow throughout the winter season).

I tested the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact, Dunlop Graspic DS-3 and the Michelin X-Ice Xi2, Studless Ice and Snow tires.

All four tires had a very good ride and were also very quiet. The best handling of the four were the Michelins and the Dunlops. The Continentals and the Bridgestones were a bit squirrelly under these conditions.

Later this summer we will test these tires on an indoor ice rink. Watch for complete test results online.

Suspension Products at Tire Rack

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 by Henry Carlson
Tire Rack not only sells tires, but has a large selection of suspension parts for your vehicles.

We carry Eibach Springs, H&R Springs, Bilstein Shocks and Koni Shock Absorbers just to mention a few.

Eibach lowering springs give your vehicle a great look and maintain good ride quality while enhancing cornering performance. So if you are looking to give your vehicle a more sporty look and at the same time improve its handling, you should consider Eibach.

Please check out all of our suspension products.



Testing Ultra High Performance All-Season tires.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 by Henry Carlson
This week, I tested the Dunlop SP Sport Signature, Pirelli PZero Nero All Season, Sumitomo HTR
A/S P01
and the Yokohama AVID ENVigor, Ultra High Performance All-Season tires.

On our 6.6-mile Read World Road Ride, the weather was sunny and 89 degrees. I found all four tires to have good handling and they were all very quiet, except the Pirelli, which had a slight hum. The Sumitomo had the best ride and the Pirelli was a bit harsh.

On our Performance Test Track Drive, the weather was hot and humid and the track was dry. I found all four tires to be comparable in handling, cornering and braking and was impressed with all of them considering that they are all-season tires.

Watch for our completed test results online.

How do we test tires at Tire Rack?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 by Henry Carlson
Our tire tests consist of two parts.

First, we drive on a 6.6 mile Real World Road Ride to get a feel for a tire’s comfort, noise level and handling on all types of road surfaces. Next, we push the tires to their limits during our Performance Test Track Drives. This allows us to test a tire in the areas of emergency braking and steering responsiveness. Our purpose-built track also has a sprinkler system so we can test the tires in rain-like conditions.

Having the opportunity to test tires allows Tire Rack’s sales specialists to understand the best tire for a customer’s unique driving style and vehicle.

Want to learn more? You can watch videos about our tire tests online.

Testing eco-oriented Passenger All-Season tires.

Thursday, July 1, 2010 by Henry Carlson
Last week, I tested eco-oriented Passenger All-Season tires -- the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, Goodyear Assurance Fuel MaxKumho eco Solus HM KR22 and the Michelin HydroEdge with Green X -- on our 6.6 mile road course.
 
The road course was dry, sunny and temperatures were in the low 70s. I found all four tires to be very comparable in ride quality and noise. In handling, only the Kumho was a bit sluggish. The other three tires handled well for passenger tires.

Later, I was on the test track where conditions were sunny, dry and 79 degrees. I found the Michelins to be the best in braking and handling, the Kumho was the worst and the Continental and Goodyear fell in the middle.
Overall. I would place the Michelin first, the Continental second, the Goodyear third and the Kumho fourth.

Look for complete test results online soon.

Testing Complete for Street/Sport Truck All-Season Tires

Thursday, June 17, 2010 by Henry Carlson
We just completed testing the three Street/Sport Truck All-Season tires pictured below.

The Road Ride portion of our test took place on a 6.6-mile loop of expressway, state highway and country roads. Because the weather was partly cloudy and dry, I was able to listen for noise differences between the tires and felt the Kumho was somewhat noisy. In handling, the Pirelli was the best of the three tires.

firestone destination st
kumho ecsta
pirelli  scorpion zero







After testing the tires on the street, it was on to the Performance Track Drive portion of the test. I drove them on our test track that was wet from a recent downpour. The Pirelli tires were the best in handling and braking and the Kumho tires were the worst in cornering. Overall I rank the Pirelli first, the Firestone second and the Kumho third.

Complete Tire Rack team test results are online.

Testing Complete for Ultra High Performance Summer Tires

Thursday, June 10, 2010 by Henry Carlson
I have finished testing the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport, Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500, Kumho Ecsta SPT KU31 and the Yokohama S.drive Ultra High Performance Summer tires.Tire Testing on our track

On our 6.6 mile road ride, the weather was partly cloudy, 72 degrees and the roads were dry. I thought all of the tires were fairly quiet but the Firestone was the quietest of all four. The Yokohama had the best ride quality and the Firestone was the best handling.

The conditions on the test track were just perfect for pushing these summer tires to their limits, it was 80 degrees and dry. It was an absolute blast!! All four performed very well, but the Firestone was a bit better in braking and overall response in cornering.

Overall, I'd place the the Firestone first, the Yokohama second, the BFG third and the Kumho fourth.

Watch for the complete test results online that will include the wet handling results.

This week we are testing Ultra High Performance Summer tires

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 by Henry Carlson
This week I will be testing the BFGoodrich G-force Sport, Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500, Kumho Ecsta SPT KU31 and the Yokohama S. Drive.

     Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500    Kumho Ecsta SPT KU31    Yokohama S. Drive

I am scheduled to complete the road drive tomorrow and then push these summer tires to their limits on our test track (which is the best part of the testing) on Friday.

The new tire in the group is the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500.  I am looking forward to seeing how it compares to the others.

I will follow up after testing is complete.



 

Testing Complete on High Performance All-Season tires

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 by Henry Carlson
I just finished testing the Firestone Precision Sport, Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S, Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 and Yokohama AVID ENVigor High Performance All-Season tires.

On our 6.6 mile road course, the weather conditions were light rain so the roads were wet which made it difficult to test for noise levels. I found the Firestone to be the best handling of the four and I was also impressed with its ride comfort.

After the run on our test track I pushed the four tires to their limits on a wet track and found the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 to be the best in all areas of wet handling and braking.

Overall, I'd place the Sumitomo first, Firestone second, Yokohama third and Michelin in fourth.

Watch for complete team test results online.

Tire Testing has begun at Tire Rack for 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 by Henry Carlson
This week we have started tire testing. We will be testing the following tires: Firestone Precision Sport, Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S, Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 and the Yokohama AVID ENVigor.  These are in the class of High Performance All-Season tires.

On Friday I will test all four on the street and highway course and then next week I will push them to their limits on our test track. All but the Michelin are new tires this year, so it will be interesting to see how they all stack up. By having everyone on the sales team test tires we offer an advantage that no other tire distributor has -- hands on experience with the tires we sell.

I will follow up after testing is complete.

Why ask Henry about tires?

Thursday, May 6, 2010 by Henry Carlson
Hi! I have worked at Tire Rack for over 13 years. Part of my job is to test the tires we sell on both the highway and on our test track where I push the tires to their limits in both dry and wet conditions. I test all kinds of tires from Standard Touring All-Season tires, High Performance All-Season tires to Extreme Performance Summer tires. Some of my favorites are the Bridgestone and Firestone performance tires that handle great even in wet. By testing tires I am able to inform customers about the differences in handling as well as noise and comfort levels. I have even tested snow and ice tires in an ice rink!

If you drive a BMW, Porsche, Acura, Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, SUV, mini-van, pick-up truck or anything in between, I can put you into the best tire and price for you and your vehicle.

Tire Rack also carries a large selection of aftermarket wheels that will enhance the appearance and handling of your vehicle in addition to brake pads and rotors as well as suspension parts.

So why ask Henry about tires? The answer is his over 13 years of tire testing experience. During those 13 years I have seen great improvements in all brands of the tires we sell. Visit our website and if you have any questions please contact me at 800-461-5527 ext. 351 and I will be happy to discuss your tire needs.

Henry's bio post

Thursday, July 9, 2009 by Henry Carlson
I have been a sales rep at The Tire Rack since 1997 and have seen many improvements in
tire technology since then.  I get to test tires on the highway and then push them to their
limits on our test track.  Which is a great way to really feel how the tires handle and then rely this knowledge to our customers to help them  select the best tire for their style of
driving.