Testing Max Performance Summer Tires

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...  Read More

Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires

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...  Read More

Testing Standard Touring All-Season Tires on our Test Track

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...  Read More

Testing Standard Touring All-Season Tires

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...  Read More

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

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...  Read More

Testing Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires

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...  Read More

Snow Tire Testing on an Indoor Ice Rink

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...  Read More

Snow Tire Testing in the Summer

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, Dunlo...  Read More

Suspension Products at Tire Rack

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...  Read More

Testing Ultra High Performance All-Season tires.

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...  Read More

How do we test tires at Tire Rack?

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...  Read More

Testing eco-oriented Passenger All-Season tires.

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...  Read More

Testing Complete for Street/Sport Truck All-Season Tires

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,...  Read More

Testing Complete for Ultra High Performance Summer Tires

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.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...  Read More

This week we are testing Ultra High Performance Summer tires

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.              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...  Read More

Testing Complete on High Performance All-Season tires

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...  Read More

Tire Testing has begun at Tire Rack for 2010

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...  Read More

Why ask Henry about tires?

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...  Read More

Henry's bio post

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 theirlimits 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...  Read More