Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.7
 
 

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Dubuque, IA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

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

I have been very impressed with these tires. I was looking for a tire that would perform well in snow, but would also be quite and comfortable. I have driven on these tires for about two months now and I have found the noise levels are not incredibly low as I had hoped. My Civic had the OE Goodyear Eagle RS-A's before I bought there General's and I noticed a change in noise levels, but it wasn't nearly as much a reduction as I was expecting since at highway speeds the tire noise is still significant (party a civic issue.) On the other hand the tires are much more comfortable ant there Goodyears. The most noticeable area is the minor bumps and cracks in the road. These General's take the edge right out of them.

On the snow these tires have performed better than I expected. There is still slippage and wheel spin, but significantly less than I have had with any other tire on any car I have driven. I also find slides and wheel spin is easily controlled. I find these tires have made it significantly easier to travel in the snow and it is much safer. I would recommend these tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2006 Honda Civic LX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 250
Location: Baie Verte, NB
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
December 20, 2013

Just bought these tires. The day after I put them on, we had about 14 or 15 inches of snow come down very quickly. I drove down an un-plowed highway and i didn't even need to slow down. In fact, the only problem I ran into was that sometimes the car didnt have enough power to maintain speed at some of the really bad spots. I drove into 3 very long driveways where the snow was at least 4 inches above my bumper, and the car just pushed on through. I was even able to back up, spin the car around, and drive off with no problem whatsoever. They give off a little bit of noise, but nothing to complain about by any means. Braking response is fantastic, and so is cornering in the snow. The only thing i really notice with these tires that you could say would be a negative would be that on perfectly dry pavement, they feel what could best be described as sloppy, as if the car was full of water sloshing back and forth. Other than that, i can't see anything i could complain about. Now, they are brand new, so we'll see how they are after a few thousand kilometers, but I think I will be pleased until the day I have to take them off.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2009 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Oconomowoc, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
December 30, 2013

first purchase of winter tires highly satisfied would recommend to anyone honda civic now handles great in winter driving conditions

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.73
 
 

2004 Honda Civic Si Hatchback
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Columbia, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
November 27, 2013

I knew going in that the Conti's have very soft sidewalls thus diminishing the crisp turn-ins. I wanted a slightly more compliant ride and thought that I could live with the compromise. After 20k miles, I can tell you that I don't like these tire. The initial response is so vague that it's hard to determine what is happening between the tires and the road. It's taken some of the joys out of driving a nimble car. However, the wet traction continues to be excellent and even performs well in light snow. The ride is good and the noise level is low but I believe now there are other tires that provide all of those features while providing much sharper response and more ultimate dry grip.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2005 Audi A6 3.2 Quattro Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Somers Point, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

First, I put these tires on my wife's 2004 Lexus RX330 and my daughter's 2008 Honda Civic. I tested these tires on both cars for months. My ProContacts were at 2/32 after 30,000 miles and Continental gave me some money back on those. These tires perform better or equal to the ProContacts at a lower cost. Yesterday we had a snow storm, the tires never broke or threw me to the side in slush. The can be mushy during high speed cornering, but I run my pressure at 39 front and 37 rear so this helps. They are a little noisy but not anything that should stop you from purchasing. I think it might be the large outer blocks that create some noise. In the rain, they don't hydroplane, and it gives you a good confidence feel at high speed. The tread wear seems acceptable so far, on the Audi, Lexus and Honda. The DWS all still showing even after 12,000 miles on the Lexus. I have not noticed any balancing or vibration issues on all 3 vehicles. My tire shop has a very good balance machine, so this might help. This is my 3rd set purchased of Continental PureContact's so if that tells you anything. One more point, I have not noticed any mileage increases on all 3 vehicles. I think it saves fuel over time, so nothing to note on fill ups.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2002 Honda Civic EX Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Harrison, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
December 12, 2013

Great tire for the price and love the traction.

 

Pirelli Makes Some of the Best Winter Tires for 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Pirelli doesn't just make performance tires like the P Zero line, they also produce world class winter / snow tires for a range of vehicles from small cars and high performance sports cars to large SUVs, trucks and crossover vehicles. So, whether you need affordable studded snow tires for your Honda Civic, performance snow tires for your BMW 3 Series or tires for the family's SUV for ski trips, Pirelli has you covered!

 Pirelli Winter Carving
Pirelli Winter Carving
 Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter
 Pirelli Winter SottoZero 3
Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3


The Pirelli Winter Carving is a Studdable Winter / Snow tire made in a variety of sizes for those looking for a traditional studdable snow tire. With or without studs, the Winter Carving represents a great value in a traditional studdable winter tire. Note, that while studded tires are not the quietest tires, they do offer great snow and ice traction. To learn more about about using studded tires, read "Studded Tires for Winter Driving."

Pirelli's Scorpion Winter is an outstanding choice for crossovers, trucks and SUVs. It features an Ecoimpact icon branded on the sidewall to highlight the tire's contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air and low noise. The tire is designed to deliver low temperature wintertime driving performance by combining predictable handling on dry and wet roads with traction in snow and on ice.

Drivers looking for a high performance winter tire that will provide some winter traction for better dry road grip and steering response should consider the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3. The tire was developed with the philosophy that winter tires must perform in a variety of unpredictable weather conditions.

All three tires feature aggressive, directional tread patterns for great water and snow/slush evacuation. Looking for winter aftermarket alloy wheels or steel wheels to mount your winter tires on? Check out "Steel Wheels Available at Tire Rack" for some great options.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.83
 
 

2008 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 14, 2013

Tires were purchased to maintain the handling potential of the car. The tires are not smooth, that said, the suspension of the car contributes to the roughness of the ride. I am perfectly satisfied with the ride and expect such a ride with the car and the superior handling tires. I purchased the tires after they were discounted after a newer model was introduced. I did not need state of the art performance tires and the discounted price allowed me to purchase what I consider a high end performance tire. I would buy these tires again (for the discounted price). I no longer autocross but expect my car to be auto cross capable and these Bridgestone's provide the capability.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.18
 
 

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,300
Location: Avon, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,300 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2013

Tire size is 205/55-16. I normally do not post reviews this early but in the one month I have been driving this tire it has been through every possible road condition except extreme heat. It has experienced temperatures between 14 and 75 degrees F, heavy snow, extreme downpours, high-speed city driving and long road trips. With less than 500 miles on them, these tires allowed my best ever fuel economy recorded to date on my car during a recent long trip: 38 mpg (previous best was 37.4 on the OEM tires). Amazing wet road grip even on rain-flooded grooved pavement. Only on wet painted lines have I been able to make these break free by getting stupid with the gas pedal. On dry pavement they provide a nice increase in handling precision over the OEM tires. The ride is on the firm side, but not harsh. I run dedicated winter tires ( Bridgestone Blizzaks ) due to the high number of miles I put on the car for work but I did run the Serenity through some of the late winter March storms to hit the Cleveland area. In deep salted slush so common on Cleveland roads they are excellent, actually putting the Blizzaks to shame. But on untreated snow more than 1/2" they lack any amount of lateral traction while cornering and can barely claw through snow in a straight-line. On packed snow expect your traction control and ABS to be constantly working. If snow is a very real part of your winter driving and you rely upon all-season tires to get you through these are not for you. But as a 3-season tire the Serenity Plus is excellent: great wet and dry traction, great fuel economy and decent handling. It can handle the late-spring or early-winter storms and the resulting thick salted slush that is so common throughout North East Ohio roads. I would definitely consider buying these tires again. Mounting these tires have actually caused me to put on hold my plans to trade the car, they made that much of an improvement in the over-all ride and handling.

 

Are All-Season Tires Enough for Winter Driving If I Have Front-Wheel Drive?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Doc Horvath

As front-wheel drive cars were first marketed to the United States, one of the major selling points from the manufacturers was that traction would be enhanced by having the weight of the engine over the drive axle (especially in snow). With this in mind, many drivers feel that all-season tires on a FWD vehicle is all you need this winter. To put this statement to the test, we took two identical Honda Civics to a local hockey rink and ran them through a series of acceleration, braking and cornering tests.

We equipped one car with the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 to represent the Studless Ice & Snow category and the other with the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02, the Standard Touring All-Season option that has been used as Original Equipment by Honda.

Acceleration tests on the ice began with the test cars sitting with their rear tires on the goal line. Allowing the vehicle's traction control to help the driver maximize tire grip, the drivers accelerated as fast as their tires would allow and noted the time they took to cover the 60-feet distance to the center of the ice rink.

The Studless Ice & Snow tires benefited from their superior ice traction and activated the vehicle's traction control less. It only took them 4.505 seconds to complete a run, with their 1.5-second faster acceleration times representing about a 25% improvement over the all-season tire's 6.045 second run.

In a separate test, we measured the distance it took the tires to bring the car to a complete stop from 12 mph (20 km/h). The car's speed was stabilized and the driver fully applied the brakes to engage the vehicle's four-wheel disc anti-lock braking system (ABS) until the vehicle came to a complete stop. When equipped with all-season tires, the car's ABS engaged relatively easy and it took an average of 53.6 feet to stop the Civic. The Studless Ice & Snow tires provided more grip and actually squealed against the ice whenever the ABS activated, bringing the car to a stop in an average of 35.1 feet (34% improvement). Their 18.5 feet shorter stopping distance was over a car length improvement compared to the all-season tires.

To simulate turning at a slippery intersection, our team also drove each tire around a 90-degree right-hand corner marked by traffic cones that represented the outside edge of a driving lane. The Studless Ice & Snow tires offered a secure feel and reached a cornering limit of 11 mph (18 km/h) as they completed the corner without hitting any of the cones. Even with Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) active, testing showed the all-season tires could complete the corner without hitting any cones at a maximum of 8 mph (13 km/h). 

For a complete recap of our test, watch "Are Front-Wheel Drive and All-Season Tires Enough for Winter Driving?"

What are the Best Tire Brands?

Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

With millions of vehicles sold in the United States last year ranging from FIAT 500s to Ford F-150s, drivers have a myriad of choices. Shouldn't they also be able to have their tires their way, too? In a perfect tire world, every tire manufacturer would engineer the optimal tire for every car and driver. However, the market is very large and competitive, and instead of a few brands dominating all segments, there are all-stars that excel in their niches.

Even though Michelin was the first tire company to commercialize the radial tire back in 1948, all major tire manufacturers have the same core technology, such as radial ply construction, steel belts, etc. They often use the same or similar materials with some noteworthy exceptions, for example polyamide. As you research tires, judge a tire by how well it's been engineered for your specific needs.

Taking a look at the hypothetical case of Maria from Burnsville, Minnesota, she drives 16,000 miles per year in her 2009 Honda Civic EX Sedan which came with the 205/55R16 Original Equipment size. Her daily commute consists of two miles of suburban roads before hopping on the interstate for 25 miles of highway driving to reach work. She normally drives about five miles above the posted speed limit and has never received a speeding ticket.

What does Maria need in her tires?

  1. Snow grip - It's Minnesota! Running dedicate winter / snow tires during the winter is the best choice for her during the colder months.
  2. Wet grip - Spring showers will cause her to need adequate wet grip to brake, corner and accelerate properly in the rain.
  3. Treadwear - Since Maria drives quite a bit, she's needs a tire that combines good treadwear and has enough grip to stop quickly.
  4. Low tread noise and a good ride -  She's in her car over one hour each day, she needs a tire with low tread noise and the ability to ride well over bumps. Tire noise is heavily dependent on vehicle design and ride compliance will inherently be challenged in short wheelbase cars.
  5. Relative efficiency - One reason she got the Civic was because of its fuel efficiency. It would be helpful to have a tire that's engineered for efficiency even though tire choice is only a partial factor of fuel economy with speed, air pressure and other things coming into play.  

What tire is best for Maria? Based on our summer and winter testing, I would recommend the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422. To find the tire that's best for you car, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (W-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.25
 
 

2008 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Bowie, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2013

I'm on my second set of these tires. I got 45k out of the first set and I'm over 25k on this second set with plenty of tread left, not even close to the wear bars.

 

What Are the Best Wheels for a 2013 Polished Metal Metallic Honda Civic Si Sedan?

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Great handling, fast enough to get to work on time, a dipstick, sunroof and the ability to run 225/45R17 tires as a natural size, that's what I wanted in my next car that was replacing my BRZ.

I just got back from Cocoa, Florida in my new 2013 polished metal metallic Honda Civic Si Sedan, so everything is good to go with my new Honda, right? Not quite, as I'm not a huge fan of the 17x7 45mm offset Original Equipment wheels. I also have a set of 225/45ZR17 Michelin Pilot Super Sports in my basement, which leaves me halfway to the set-up I desire. How do I know when I've found the right wheel? It's the option that provides a combination of function, style and finish. 

Function:

In a perfect world, I'd want the same offset as the Original Equipment, because in theory, a lower offset wheel will add torque steer to a front-wheel drive Civic Si. I prefer a 45mm offset wheel, however it'll knock me out of the stock autocross class (those heading to Nationals in Lincoln are no doubt relieved). A wider wheel will enhance steering response. Lighter wheels will effect braking and acceleration. With respect to function, I want a lightweight, 45mm offset wheel.

Style:

Wheel preference is ultimately in the eye of the beholder, therefore I need to pick a style I like. If I had to pick a few words to describe the overall styling theme of the 2013 Honda Civic Si, they'd be: angular, edgy and sharp. Wheels with rounded, organic styling that might look great on an Audi TT won't work on my Civic Si.

Finish:

The polished metal metallic Civic is essentially a medium shade of metallic grey. My vehicle's color will play a major factor in the wheel I ultimately end up choosing.

Potential Choice:

As of right now, I'm leaning towards the 17x8 45ET Enkei Tuning Series Tenjin with a gunmetal with machined lip finish. It's wider, has the same offset as the Original Equipment and doesn't weigh more than the wheel currently on the vehicle. The spoke's edges are squared, not rounded. Its gunmetal finished center almost matches the color of my Honda. Also, the wheel gives me the function, style and finish I'm looking for!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID TOURING-S

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID TOURING-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2005 Honda Civic EX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 99,999
Location: Ridgefield Park, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 99,999 Miles on Tires
April 05, 2013

I constantly put 400 miles a day on my tires. The miles are mostly highway with the ocasional cutting through traffic through some side streets. I could not have been happier with my purchase and would recommend these tires to anyone who wants long lasting tires. The only reason why my tires gave out at 102000 is because I hit a couple of pot holes during my side street detour. A lump formed on the side wall of the tire and 4,000 miles later it blew. I strongly believe that if I would have never had the bubble, the tires would have lasted another 40,000!
*your text box wouldn't let my put 102,000 so I had to put 99,999K miles

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2008 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Berea, KY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 29, 2013

These tires were installed on a 2008 Honda Civic Sedan. These are by far the quietest tires that have ever been on this vehicle. It feels like a different car! Next time I need tires, I will be looking for these first.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.78
 
 

2003 Honda Civic EX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Cottage Grove, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
April 15, 2013

Just getting ready to take these off for the summer. This is my wife's vehicle but we drove together 100 miles yesterday in snow/sleet/freezing rain, mostly highway, windy/gusty conditions. Honestly with a cross wind I was a little disappointed, I had to constantly correct to maintain a line... I've a set on HT all season on a Toyota celica and haven't noticed any quirky type handling like this on that car. I'm not sure if this is the cars fault or the tires. I'll add another review at the end of summer concerning the handling.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.7
 
 

2006 Honda Civic LX Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 70,000
Location: Somerville, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 70,000 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2013

I like in North/Central New Jersey and previously drove in and around PA. I do a lot of highway driving now. I would describe myself as a "spirited" driver. I have 70K on these tires. They are the only tires I have ever purchased for my car after the OEM tires wore at 35K and my car has 105K on it today. I just took my Civic to the dealer last night and the service manager at the Honda dealer told me my tires were basically new at 6-7s. So I would highly recommend these tires. They are reasonably priced and worth it. I drive in snow, ice, rain and sleet. I never miss work for weather so I drive in some tight situations. The tires haven't let me down.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.4
 
 

1993 Honda Civic Si Hatchback
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Charles Town, WV
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2013

My little Civic is very comfortable with this tire. Originally bought for winter, but has performed so well all season I don't think I will change back to another tire. Plenty of tread to get me through summer, come November I will be buying another set, thanks Tire Rack.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.89
 
 

2007 Honda Civic LX Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Fairfax, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2013

These are the best tires I have owned -- including Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone on Saab, BMW, Accord. These are my first Contis. I thought they were freaks that would degrade after wear-in, opposite other tires. They were amazing right out of the box. And they got better. I had top of the line Bridgestones. These are miles better in every category. Particularly wet traction (you can feel them slice through puddles) and dry cornering (sticky and plenty of warning before gradually letting go). Quiet too. There is nothing I don't like about these tires. Still early for true tire wear veal, but looks good so far. How did Conti do it? Most tires are trade-offs in different performance categories. These don't trade off anything. If I can get only 30k miles, they will be replaced by another set.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, April 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2012 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4,837
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,837 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2013

I ordered 2 sets of these tires ( both studded, hence the lower dry traction score and noise ) with new steel rims, one set for my brother who has the identical vehicle. I have just over 7780 kms on these, ordered October 15th, installed on the 22nd of October.

These tires are AMAZING in the snow, and equally competent on ice with the carbide studs. Wear seems to be non-existant, however I haven't measured the tread depth. The only downside to having studded tires though is the noise, which is more annoying at lower speeds in town, as well as reduced traction braking and accelerating on dry road in the winter.

With the traction control off, you can break them loose in wet snow, but it takes a bit of throttle to do so. With traction control on, this car is like a 4x4, I managed to climb about a 25 degree incline with about 5 inches of fresh wet snow ( back lane that didn't get plowed ) without losing forward momentum, although the traction light was flickering.

If you live in the snow belt, you need these tires. If you also have a lot of ice in the winter ( melt/freeze cycles + rain and snow ) you need them studded. What a difference over driving most of my life on all seasons.