Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2009 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Clinton, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2014

I've used many tires in the last 35 years, usually I go for high performance, but long lasting tires. Out of all the tires I've bought the Potenza RE970AS Pole Position were hands down the very best tires I've bought, dry and wet traction, hydroplaning resistance, steering responsiveness, and cornering stability, exceed every all weather tires and some well known dedicated summer tires. Period. I never drove them in the snow, but in cold weather (15-40 degrees)they became a little slippery when being pushed hard, but always very predictable. In the dry or wet, cold or hot, you always knew what these tires were doing. Fairly comfortable for the type of tires they are (UHP, and reasonably quite, the only annoying sound came from the slap of expansion joints. I will definitely buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2003 Dodge Durango 4WD
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Osceola, WI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2014

Just went through one of the worst winter storms in Minnesota/Wisconsin. Had to drive to the airport in Minnesota. These tires handled the ice on the freeway very well. The Off ramps were not plowed on the way home. The first off ramp to not be plowed was getting off of I-694 to HWY 36 snow was at least a foot deep. Yes I put my trusty Dodge Durango in 4H and and let er rip, I had my doubts about this tire and no longer do handled that off ramp like a champ. Then came the fun part.... I live in rural Wisconsin and when I got close to home ...no roads had been plowed, again had to put the old Durango in 4H and plow through about a mile and a half of snow drift that were about four feet high, it was a scary ride but these Firestone's did not have a problem with the high drifts and got me home bottom line. I was thinking of getting a pure A/T tire but now know these LE 2 tires out performed what I thought they could do. Nice tire !! If they keep it the same I will be buying these tires again when the time comes no need to research again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Fuzion Touring (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Fuzion Touring (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2004 BMW 325xi Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,500
Location: Bayonne, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,500 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2014

Can't beat this tire for the price. Its not great at any one thing, but is good to very good in general. I wasn't looking for high performance, so this tire exceeds my needs. During our 15+ inch snow, the tire did well with minor slips and still rides nicely on the highway in the summer.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2002 BMW 525i Sport Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: La Crescent, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2014

Like how PA4 communicates to driver in ice or snow conditions. First winter on the PA4 but has proved grippy and secure. Can tell when tire will break away on fresh or packed snow and what it takes to bring it back. More sophisticated than an average snow tire. In times past used Nokian, Blizzack, Dunlop, and many standard or high performance snow tires on various vehicles. Thus high expectations, even though there are few reviews of PA4. Interesting that Porsche had been involved with development too. We usually have traction control devices engaged in cars --on mode– when entering harsh weather. Recently, however, have been turning off DSC in Bimmer sport-wagon, as control and performance of vehicle seems even better with PA4's. Car handled better without using DSC. Added control with such throttle response has been fun and added new dynamic. Generally enhanced winter driving experience in the 5 Series wagon with sports suspension. Rear wheel drive BMW has been easier to drive fast in snow and ice latley, yet with more control. Car more predicable now. Cornering to date has been superb in dry/wet conditions and the sidewall feels firm while offering quiet, comfortable ride. Have not pushed tires too hard yet, as want to give belts and rubber break in period. Yet already feels like an Ultra High Performance tire with intriguing winter capability. Have not yet finished testing and haven’t been in really deep, heavy snow, but if these are first indications of what to expect then we're excited. For higher performance, lower clearance vehicles this should be a serious candidate for winter consideration. Looking forward to also trying the Michelin Xi-3 on other cars, as we are also big fans of the Conti Extreme Winter Contact which was very impressive on a Saab we own. That and the PA4 seem like the real leaders currently. Shall report back as we find out more about PA4 on BMW. Thus far does seem like a game changer in winter segment. Thanks Tirerack.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2009 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Atlanta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2014

I bought the Conti DWS after much deliberation and comparison research. I am glad to say these tires still exceed my expectations for most performances even after 10,000 miles – especially considering their price. They do tend to flat spot a little after being parked with hot brakes, but their blend of comfort and street type handling is very good. The steering has a small amount of on center delay, but the rate of steering response off center is actually quite quick, linear and appropriate for a Z rated tire. I am also impressed with the relatively long tread wear life available. DWS traction levels in wet or dry conditions are quite high, but slightly down from the highest priced summer tire levels available, but that’s to be expected from an all-season tire. In other words, the traction levels and long tread wear life available are really pretty darn good. If you want sticky summer tires for the track then look elsewhere. If you want well over twice the wear life of the best Z rated UHP summer tires with better comfort, decent steering, and fairly high traction levels (which should please most folks unless your are heading to the track) then this tire is for you. I have had no problems with irregular tread wear nor hydroplaning, but I did notice some low volume, mild tread pattern noise (hum) when the tires were new. Snow traction is good though be careful not to think your driving on winter tires. I found I still had to feather the throttle at red lights. Keep in mind the DWS is not a winter tire, but is a true all-season tire - rather than a three-season tire (like the other guys sell and yet still call them all-season tires). Based on the tire rack survey ratings, it appears other reviewers have noticed the good level of snow traction available from the DWS. Be advised the DWS uses a single ply body casing to help it achieve ride compliance. After 5000 miles the tires needed to be rebalanced. Best balanced, Z rated, all-season, UHP tire on the market today.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Elkhorn, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 08, 2014

I couldn't get up my driveway with the street tires. On goes the Blizzak's and it's like driving on dry pavement. Great snow / ice tire. The car feels a little loose on dry pavement and gas mileage has dropped off a hair but I would expect that vs. a high performance street tire. Great product. Do yourself a favor and switch to snow / ice tires if you want the comfort of feeling safe during the winter months.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2012 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Bolton, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

This is my third set of DWSs. I had them on my Subaru, and recently changed the tires on my GTI from Pirelli PZero Nero to these because The Pirellis were awful in the snow. We got a foot of snow yesterday and the Contis handled it admirably! For a high performance tire the snow traction is outstanding. This is the only all-season tire I've used that could truly handle all seasons. The dry handling isn't as razor-sharp as a high performance summer tire, but it's a minor trade off. I'd rather drive safely all winter and be able to corner at 8/10ths in the summer than skate around all winter just to be able to run at 9/10ths in the summer. I believe this is the best possible tire choice for year round high performance. The only thing better would be having a dedicated set of summer and winter wheels, but I am completely satisfied with the DWS under all conditions. Ride comfort improved, too.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2013 Subaru Outback
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Miles driven on tires: 1,800
Location: Greeley, CO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,800 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2014

I've used them on city, mountain, and interstate roads in dry, heavy rain, and moderate snow and ice conditions. They provide ride comfort and handling similar to my Conti Procontacts, which are excellent 3-season touring (not high performance) tires. Blizzaks are very slightly noisier. Excellent on packed snow, on mixed snowy/slush/icy highways, and at icy intersections. They provide great assistance, but you can still slide if you do not exercise common sense. They are also a very satisfactory touring tire for the 90% of our Colorado Front Range winter driving that is on clear, dry roads. I haven't used them in deep snow yet. Past Blizzak experience on a SAAB 9-3 was the same. Those became a bit less grippy on ice after 4-5 seasons, but they remained a very good all season touring tire for fairly spirited driving. Blizzaks are everything I hoped for in a dedicated winter tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2003 Buick Lesabre Custom
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Fanwood, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I purchased these tires for my mother’s car mostly with winter weather driving being my main concern, as I tend to use it for commuting to work in snowy bad weather. This car, with the right tires, is a TANK in the snow. It’ll go and stop in anything! After prior bad experience with Good Year tires, I knew I wanted a quality tire from Pirelli or Michelin, so after a lot of research on TR I settled on these tires and was delighted to get a rebate at the time. As for the tires, they’re great. I just had this car in some serious snow storms here in NJ this winter and I commute to Morristown through the Great Swamp, which has tight turns with no shoulder and steep hills and the tires performed great. The one snow day it took me 1.5 hrs to go less than 2 miles in the severely unprepared roads and saw at least 10 accidents, with SUVs hitting snow ploughs, cars in ditches, 5 cars daisy chain crashed together, mult wrecked cars on flat beds going past me, SUVs just sliding down hills with the wheels turned full lock, and tractor trailers just parked on main roads, yet this car with these tires just kept on going with no drama. When you experience driving like this, you take your tires very serious. I plan on getting rid of the worn out POS Good Year Integrity tires on my father’s other Buick with these very same tires. They’re that good, the price isn’t too bad, they ride nice, and the mileage life is high. When it comes to tires, it’s your life, your insurance rates, and the headache of a car accident. Don’t get cheap!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2011 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Avon Lake, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2014

Have been a Tire Rack customer for almost 20 years. Have purchased about 200 tires in that time! These P Zero Nero's are the first Pirellis....don't know why. I drive fast and I don't care much about tire wear because I buy speed rated tires and change them out by 30,000 miles. Live in Ohio so I buy High-Performance All Season tires. This winter has delivered approximately 5' of snow and it's only February!! Had to write a review...these tires are simply the best tires I have owned for snow and wet!! Can say for sure they beat Pole Positions(and they are properly rated higher)in bad weather. I have them at 7 or better in snow/wet. I am confident you would find them dead quiet and smooth at....let's just say around twice the legal limit. Can't wait to put them on '13 Tiguan AWD and '11 328ix!! Thanks Tire Rack! I'll be back!!!

 

Which Type of Winter / Snow Tire Is Right for Me?

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Like anything else that relates to your car, tires are available in a variety of models that can be fine tuned to best match what you need. Selecting the best tire starts with narrowing your search to one of our Performance Categories, which Tire Rack has developed by using our own test results, customer survey results and manufacturer recommendations. These Performance Categories help focus your search by comparing tires with similar characteristics, allowing you to choose the best tire for how and where you drive. For dedicated winter / snow tires, there are three categories to choose from.

Studless Ice and Snow

In this category, tires use aggressive tread patterns and the latest high-tech rubber compounds to provide ice and snow traction similar to traditional studded snow tires. Customers that focus on this category are looking to get the best snow and ice traction possible, with the understanding that when the roads are clear, your high speed handling will be a little less responsive than a traditional all-season tire. A few options to consider in the category, include the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Dunlop Winter Maxx and Continental ExtremeWinterContact.

Performance Winter / Snow

Options from the Performance Winter / Snow category feature tires with tread patterns and rubber compounds that are tuned to improve dry and wet traction, along with high speed handling. Drivers that aren't expecting to see heavy or persistent accumulations of snow and want a tire that will handle and perform more like the performance tires the vehicle most likely came with when new will benefit from a Performance Winter / Snow tire. If this sounds like your style of driving, then take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D.

Studdable Winter / Snow

Studdable Winter / Snow tires are designed to allow the installation of optional metal studs to enhance ice and snow traction. Customers that focus on this category are looking for a low cost winter tire option and are willing to allow for more road noise and less comfort than Original Equipment tires. Studded tires are often subject to state laws that dictate when (or if) they can be used, so always check local laws before selecting a tire from this category. Tires in this category include the Firestone WinterForce UV, General AltiMAX Arctic and Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter.

Take a look at our Winter Tire Decision Guide to help you choose the best tire for handling winter conditions. 

Hankook Ventus S1 noble2: Great Performance at a Value Price

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Ventus S1 noble2 is the newest Ultra High Performance All-Season tire offered from Hankook and a recent Tire Rack test showed the tire to be one of the best in its performance category. In our test, "Testing Value-Priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires," the Ventus S1 noble2 proved to be a top performer in key areas like ride comfort, road noise and wet traction. We compared Firestone's Firehawk Wide Oval AS, the General G-MAX AS-03, Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2.

 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2


The Ventus S1 noble2 (H452) is developed for drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans looking to combine on-road performance with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Designed to provide Hankook's ideal ultra high performance all-season balance, the Ventus S1 noble2 blends handling and cornering performance with all-season traction, even in light snow.

Ventus S1 noble2 tires use hybrid compound technology silica that combines wet road traction with lower rolling resistance and longer treadlife. This compound is molded into a sophisticated semi-rib asymmetric tread design that features notched outboard shoulders, intermediate and center ribs to deliver responsive handling and stable cornering in dry conditions. Four circumferential grooves and inboard Aqua Hydro Block technology provide efficient wet traction and braking. Carving edge grooves and 3D sipes promote wet road and wintertime traction without abandoning dry road response and handling.

If you're looking to get the most tire for your money, the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 is definitely a great performing tire at a value price.

Non-Run-Flat All-Season Tire Option for BMW X5 (20" Wheels)

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

One of the most difficult vehicles to outfit with all-season tires is the BMW X5 and X6 with staggered 20" wheels. Unfortunately, with the 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tire sizes, there aren't any run-flat options up to the task of performing in snowy conditions.

Luckily, for drivers willing to step away from a run-flat tire, Continental offers a fantastic choice. Their ExtremeContact DWS (DWS for Dry, Wet and Snow) has been one of our highest rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tires for quite some time and is available for the X5 and X6. While some tires in the category don't perform well in cold temperatures, the DWS has the highest ratings in the category for light snow and deep snow traction.

The ExtremeContact DWS features Tuned Performance Indicators -- visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder to alert drivers of the tire's performance levels. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire is only suitable for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only.

To view all tire options for your BMW, shop by vehicle.

Looking for Quiet Tires? Check Out My Top Three Picks!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Gary Stanley

When shopping for tires, most drivers place a good deal of emphasis on quietness. No one wants to listen to a loud tire on a long trip or have to shout at their passengers to have a conversation. Tire noise can be more than just an annoyance, it can also mask important sounds that affect vehicle performance, maintenance and safety.  

For most drivers, the quietest tires are found in the Passenger All-Season, Standard Touring All-Season and Grand Touring All-Season performance categories.  

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred
Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred
Michelin Defender
Michelin
Defender
Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy
MXV4


For Passenger All-Season tires, the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred and Michelin Energy Saver A/S both received top ratings for noise comfort. While the Goodyear is not available in many sizes, the Michelin is made in quite a few popular fitments ranging from compact cars to crossover vehicles.  

In the Standard Touring All-Season category, the Michelin Defender has consistently received high praise from our customers in regards to its smooth and quiet ride. It's also designed to deliver extra long wear and all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, even in light snow. 

If you're driving a vehicle that uses tires with higher speed ratings, check out the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus and Michelin Primacy MXV4. The P7 All Season Plus is a relative newcomer with few miles reported in our surveys, but initial feedback has been outstanding. Developed to be environmentally friendly, Pirelli's EcoImpact icons confirm the tire's contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air, low noise and long wear. Michelin's Primacy MXV4 offers a quiet, comfortable ride, long treadlife, responsive handling and all-season traction. You can learn about my personal experience with this Michelin tire by reading "Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tires Installed on My Crossover."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8
 
 

2002 BMW 540iA Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Yakima, WA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

This is a follow up now that I have more miles on these tires. I am still lovin these tires. This is the original equipment tire for this car and the only tire that feels right. I tried other brands of tires always with negative results. If you own a 5 series BMW don't try to second guess the BMW engineers. I have driven in light snow and ice with no problems. These are not Winter tires and you must use caution as with any other all season tire. Handling is excellent and steering response is superb. The best of all the tires I tried on this car including Continental and Yokohama. No balance issues at all. These tires are straight and true. This tire is the best compromise between high performance and touring. I would say it leans more toward the performance feel with excellent manners.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
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Miles driven on tires: 38,000
Location: Buffalo, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 38,000 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2014

Dear concerned all-season high-performance tire buyers,
As many of you know it is not cheap to buy tires in rare sizes that can handle all weather conditions, much less give you extended tread wear life. I recently purchased my second set of these tires to trudge through my 4-season situation in Buffalo, NY. Now don't get me wrong I love my town but its weather changes everyday, it can range from slush to deep snow to a flood zone to beautifully sunny in less than 2 days. With all of that said I purchased 4 g-max tires to replace my OEM Dunlop sport tires around late 2011(which the Dunlops wore insanely fast, and couldn't handle wet roads much less snow). At the time I considered spending some extra cash and getting a set of continental extreme DWS tires, because at that time the g-max was a brand new tire with little to no reviews. I had an eclipse before the lancer with General Altimax tires on it and was very pleased, so I went the G-Max route. I couldn't have been happier with this tire for the price and its ability to handle dry, wet, and snow with still getting 38,000+ miles out of them, and only had to change them when I hit a large crater in the road we call potholes here and blew out a side wall. The wet condition handling is AMAZING. Never once have I hydro-planed even through large puddles at highway speeds. Snow handling is well above average for a high-performance tire, and dry cornering is also very good but what shines for this tire is it multi-function ability and its value. Needless to say I bought another set as I mentioned and just put them on today it feels like I'm driving a new car again, such a great feeling. And as a frequent Tire Rack customer and review reader I felt it was my time to finally give a little info back. Happy driving!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2008 Honda CRV LX
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Towaco, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2014

The perfect winter tire. I replaced my all-seasons with a set of these and now I can drive with confidence in the snow. I researched snow tires to death before I decided on these and it was a great decision. When I'm buying tires I spend almost too much time researching online because of the high expense and I want the best for my money. You cant beat the price for the performance. I priced out local shops for 17" tires for my CRV and I ended up saving money by downsizing the wheel to a 16"and going with a rim/wheel combo from tire rack. So far the performance is perfect given the limits of my FWD car. Driving up steep hills with these in FWD will still spin your tires but I can at least pass people that don't obviously have winter tires. My biggest concern with snow and ice driving is cornering and BRAKING! Last week I had to brake hard at a stop light on snow and the ABS didnt even activate. The tires did their job. On the cornering, I still use great caution but I have not had any problems with these so far. If your trying to decide on which snow tire is better than the other and are stuck on a few different brands, stop wasting your time and but the Arctic's!.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7
 
 

2008 Lincoln Navigator 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Kildeer, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2014

We live in the upper Midwest and drive a large SUV. I bought these Continentals some weeks ago and now have a few thousand miles on them. The overall traction/performance is excellent and exceptional in snow, even fairly heavy snow, as well as in wet conditions. We also find the performance exceptional regarding road noise; these are the quietest tires I've owned, exceeding the Michelin Latitude Tours I recently purchased for my daughter's SUV. My only caution to a prospective buyer would be the ride comfort. These are high performance tires, higher than some people would want, and you do feel road imperfections more than on other tires. Too early to comment on tread wear.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2006 Honda Civic EX Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

If you live in any of the snow states, these tires are a must. It transformed my little open diff fwd economy car into a snow hungry monster. For light snow, I can drive pretty much like it's dry. In heavy snow, I can still plow through with great stability especially when changing lanes on the high way.

Recently my area had about 18" of snow, and my car was able to plow it's way from my driveway onto the street without any problem. My neighbors thought my Honda had awd..

No your AWD with all season tire will not out perform a 2WD vehicle with proper snow tires. You may able to get off the line a little faster, but you'll just end up in a ditch faster. Blizzak offer you better traction ALL around. Acceleration, braking, and cornering.

I'm on my third season and I still have over 9/32" of thread left. It's going to be a while before I have to replace it.

There are down sides, such as dry response and grip. You feel instantly the soft sidewall of these tires compare to AS or summer tire. I got white knuckled once taking a corner aggressively like I would on my AS tire. I only gave this tire a 5/7/6 in the dry category.

However, just looking at the snow performance alone, I give this tire 10/10!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Signature (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Signature (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57
 
 

2011 Jeep Patriot
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: West Caldwell, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
November 09, 2013

After wearing out the stock Firestone Affinity Touring 215/60-17 tires in 28,000 miles
I switched to Dunlop Sport Signature in the 235/55-17 size. This is roughly the same
diameter as stock and a bit over 3/4 inch wider, but there's plenty of fender clearance,
doesn't protrude past the outer fender, and fits the stock 17 x 6.5 inch wheels
perfectly. The first thing I noticed is the Dunlops are a bit stiffer than the Firestones, this is to be expected since they are in the Ultra High Performance All
Season category vs. Standard Touring. This doesn't translate to a rough ride as much as
a slightly "busier" ride because the roughness of the road surface is transmitted to the body. Bigger disturbances like lane markers don't get transmitted at all ( you hear
them but don't feel them through the steering wheel ) so it must be sidewall stiffness transmitting high frequency road roughness. That said, they are just as comfortable,
corner better ( better feel ), and are more stable in the rain due to the larger
channels. I've used Sport Signatures on my Sebring JX Convertible and PT Cruiser with
similar excellent results, so trying them on my Jeep was a natural choice even though
they weren't available in the exact size. I'll update the review after the snows come,
but it should be fine given my earlier experience with my PT Cruiser and the fact that
the Firestones are so abysmal in the snow.