Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2012 Honda Civic Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Ruther Glen, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2014

Anybody who says these tires ---- doesn't know how to drive. I've had these tires on my car since new and had nothing but great response, comfort and even traction on light snow and ice. I also tear it up going up and down the highway. These have been by far the best tire for my ride. Highly recommended for all seasons and all types of real drivers.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2006 Honda Civic EX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: North Canton, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

Buy this tire.

I bought these tires near the end of summer after my General Altimax HP tires gave me a nice long service life. I decided to go with this Firestone model because of the low cost and good reviews. My initial impression of the tire is that they are very quiet and offer good wet and dry performance. The fuel economy is about 1mpg better than the Altimax, which is negligible.

I always hesitate to write a review of a tire because for me, the winter performance is why I buy an all-season tire. I live in the Canton, Ohio area, so we get a decent amount of snow during the winter months. We recently had a good snowstorm that gave us icy conditions one day, light snow the next, and heavy snow the day after that. Please keep in mind that all of my driving was around town and not out on the freeway.

In the icy conditions, the tire performed like I expect any tire to perform: terrible. That is perfectly fine with me because I don't like being "that guy" that feels invincible because he has snow tires and/or AWD. I drive slow and try to get there in one piece. This tire got that job done for me.

In light snow, the tire did a great job. From a stop, there was the expected wheel spin that a non-snow tire provides, but it was less than what I anticipated. I never felt like I was going to slide through an intersection when the time came to stop, either. Granted, I drive slower in the snow and start braking at least 500' from a red light. The tires did not let me down in those panic situations where the light suddenly turns yellow, and I have to make a snap decision to try to brake or to potentially run the red.

In deep snow the tire did a great job as well. The performance was surprisingly similar to the light snow performance.

In all situations, I think that I would have trusted this tire on the freeway to get me to my destination, provided I would slow down for the conditions.

I would buy this tire again.

 

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 Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.09
 
 

2001 Honda Civic LX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Valparaiso, IN
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
January 06, 2014

After only 45K on a 80K tire Im down to 3/32 tread already. This car is my baby and I dont abuse it. With a little snow dusting I cant get up my driveway. The dealer sole me these as best thing ever, will maintain traction until completely worn etc. I paid huge $$ for these things and they are crap. I am filing tread wear claim with Goodyear, so far response not overwhelming. Have to play hot potatoe with them and dealer, she couldnt get through to dealer so I have to make contact again! They should take it from here. This will no doubt be my last Goodyear product ever. Goodyear, because they are good for ONE YEAR!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.4
 
 

2006 Honda Civic EX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 60,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 60,000 Miles on Tires
December 09, 2013

In general I thought these were good tires. I kept them for about 60,000 miles before finally replacing them. The first couple of years they were quite comfortable with respect to noise but in towards the end of their life became unbearably loud. They performed pretty well on dry pavement (for a Honda Civic at least) and on wet roads as well. I always felt that they were disappointing on snow and ice though.

 

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 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2008 Ford Focus S Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Independence, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2014

This is my third set of Blizzaks.. any two wheel drive car should run them in the winter. I have had them on a Honda Civic, Ford Crown Vic and the current Focus. absolutely use all 4 for balance and run only as a winter tire..

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2011 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Plantsville, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2014

My daughter's car. She had Dunlop DS-3 but after 2 winters complained of ABS and traction control always coming on. Told her it was easier and cheaper to switch tires than switch cars, so went with the LM32. She calls them magical. Outstanding traction under all weather conditions. She now drives with confidence. Now Dad can sleep at night.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2007 Honda Civic EX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 60,000
Location: Dublin, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 60,000 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2014

I drive about 100k miles a year. These tires have 60k miles on them now. I drive and GPS for maps. This car has driven all over this region of the US. The General Altimax RT43 is EXCELLENT in every weather situation I have been in.

The tires look to have about 5/32 tread depth left all around. I rotate them every 10k. They are very comfortable, handle great, don't hydroplane, are great in the snow and ice. They are actually like snow tires, they don't lose traction in the snow, even with the miles I have on them. Absolutely the best "budget" tire I have ever had. I will take these over the Goodyear and Michelin tires I have had any day. I really recommend these tires to anyone in any climate.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.3
 
 

2003 Honda Civic LX Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

Excellent tire in the cold, wet, and light snow. This time is probably the best "all season" tire I've used because it's legitimately good in poor conditions. Slightly more noise than average. The dry response and grip of the car is significantly less than my previous (inexpensive) all seasons.

 

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
Location:  
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 SP20 FE

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP20 FE Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Bethesda, MD
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2014

we had these for 35K on our 2003 civic hybrid. at about 8 years they still had tread but a couple of the tires went out of round as we did not drive the car frequently now and then. Decided to put new ones on the car after a lot of reading of reviews. They are great on the civic hybrid. great traction even when taking hard corners fast and on/off ramps (hybrid has lots of torque on the lower end and its got a pretty good suspension for handling) and there is no slippage, squealing or handling issues. Never had an issue with the tires on rain or light snow/ice on the old or new set of tires. I cant think how people must be driving to get them to have traction issues, maybe a heavier/larger car, but ive never come close to it breaking away at all.

they are a harder sidewall so not as coushie of ride as other radials, but not bad at all. road noise is minimal, its a pretty light and thin walled car, not a luxury ride. so far milage has stayed at around 45 winter and closer to 50 in the summer (can get better, just most driving is short and worse for decent mpg) on the new set, so no initial hit on the new tires i can see.

happy camper.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax ArcticReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8

2007 Honda Civic LX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Rochester, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 02, 2011

I drive an 07 Civic in SE MN. The ride on snow, ice, and slush was terrible with factory tires. My back end would fish tail going 70 on a straight I90 if the wind caught it right with moderately plowed freeway. It didn't matter the amount nor type of snow/slush/ice, this car was not meant for winter driving. I'd ended up driving 40-55 around large bends due to lack of trust. Passing was out of the question if the median had any amount of snow. I'd lose traction. Driving on packed snow was very stressful, even straight. I am a competent driver in all conditions and have even spent four years on the autobahn. This Civic was the second worst car I'd ever driven in winter, only after the old crap rear wheel drive Buick with bald tires I had in high school. The front wheels of the Civic never lost traction, but the back wheels, forget it.



My mechanic's wife had the same car as me, but next model up. He told me about snow tires and the Generals. I read through the reviews here. I was interested in the Michelins, but went with Generals on my mechanic's positive feedback from many of his other clients.



Wow, what a huge difference! We finally got a bunch of snow the last week or two and I've been able to drive it on many different roads. I no longer fish tail whatsoever going 75-80 (to test) on packed snow! I can dart in and out of the median snow and slush with complete confidence. At the same high speeds, I have total traction around all the bends. There is no slipping when accelerating to pass.



Tires will spin from a stop on icy roads, but no fish tailing and it catches traction soon enough and off I go. Turns in town, no problem.



I actually seek driving on the snow with these tires!



Sound is about the same as factory tires, if not a little less. Tires do feel soft cornering, but never feels out of control. You can feel it side to side a tad on dry roads, but never felt loss of control.



Only 500 miles so far. First snow tires ever.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR T4

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR T4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.44
 
 

2008 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 86,000
Location: Lanexa, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 86,000 Miles on Tires
December 03, 2013

I bought these for my commute car, 2008 Civic Hybrid. Religiously rotated them every 4500 miles and they still have decent tread at 86,000 miles! Best lasting tire I have ever had. The Bridgestone Tires my car came with lasted 36K before they were cupped and tread started showing! I keep 40psi in the sumitomos and my mileage stayed between 45-48mpg.

 

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
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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.