I Have a Staggered Vehicle, Can I Go Back to a Square Set-Up?

The industry's trend of offering vehicles with different size tires in the front and rear (staggered) continues. This can be a frustration point for some unsuspecting consumers. First, tire choices can be fewer than hoped when trying to find two different sizes that match in the same brand. Second, prices on the larger rear pair can be more than expected....  Read More

Are You Looking to Graduate from Your BMW Run-Flat Tires?

BMW has a long standing preference of equipping their vehicles with run-flat tires. The benefit of not being stuck on the side of the road with a flat is attractive to a few people. However, the majority feel there may be a compromise in ride quality, noise levels and performance. Is moving away from run-flats right for you? Since most vehicles with run-flats...  Read More

17" Alternate Size for the Dodge Journey

Is your Dodge Journey equipped with 19" tires? Then take a look at alternate sizing options by reading "Tire Alternatives and Options for Your Dodge Journey." Since I wrote that blog post, I have been asked about different tire size options for the 225/65R17-equipped Journey. For this particular model, I would suggest looking at 235/65R17 as an optional size....  Read More

Tire Aging: How Old is Too Old?

The life span of a tire can vary greatly depending on how it is used. Contrary to popular belief, infrequently used tires can result in a shorter life than one that is used daily. As such, I frequently speak with people with low-mileage tires that need to be replaced. Of course they are disappointed, as most people relate tire life to number of miles driven....  Read More

Finding the Best Brake Rotors

We offer a number of rotor options, including plain, slotted and drilled. Take a look at the differences between each option and determine which style is right for your vehicle. Most vehicles come with a plain rotor from the factory. If you have been happy with the performance of your factory brakes, take a look at the product line from Centric. Their rotors...  Read More

What Are the Best Replacement Tires and Size for the Honda Fit Sport?

Time for new tires on your beloved Honda Fit Sport? The Original Equipment tires in the 185/55R16 size were available with two options, the Bridgestone Turanza EL470 and Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S. These tires, however, didn't fare all that well in our customer survey results. With that in mind, consider the following offerings in the 205/50R16 size. This...  Read More

In Search of the Best All-Season Tires

Everyone has their own list of important attributes when it comes to selecting the right all-season tire. For example, some drivers prefer longer treadlife, while another thinks ride quality is the most important. Also, when talking to customers about all-season tires, most put extra emphasis on the winter season component. If you prefer using one set of...  Read More

Michelin Once Again Dominates the One Lap of America in 2013

Tire Rack is proud to have continued our title sponsorship of this year's One Lap of America event. One Lap consists of 17 timed events over 8 days. In total, competitors traveled over 3,400 in just over a week. It is a true test of endurance and performance For the third year in a row, the overall winner's vehicle was equipped with the Michelin Pilot Super...  Read More

What Size Rims or Wheels Fit My Car?

Upgrading the wheels on a car is one of the most popular modifications drivers like to make. It allows you to add a personal touch, while also helping it stand out in a crowd. What wheels will fit on your car? Simple. Just use our shop by vehicle feature and we'll show options that are guaranteed to fit your vehicle. In some situations, our site will also let...  Read More

What are the Best Tires for My Honda Odyssey?

Since 2005, the primary size found on the Honda Odyssey has been 235/65R16. Due to the overall size ,weight and higher center of gravity than a car, the Odyssey's tire wear can be disappointing to some. The following popular options can help deliver better performance, ride quality and longevity than the Original Equipment. Goodyear AssuranceComforTred...  Read More

How to Find the Best Tires for Your MAZDA3

The MAZDA3 came to the market in 2004 as a replacement for the Protege. It was later redesigned in 2010. With a number of configurations and trim levels offered, there are various tire size options in play. The first step will be using our shop by vehicle feature and verifying the size of tire that's on your vehicle. The following tires are some of the more...  Read More

How Old Are the Tires I Buy?

Most people may have never thought about the age of their tires until recently. Now, many informed consumers have become concerned with the age of the tires on their vehicle, as well as the age of the tire(s) they're purchasing. What is a reasonable age for a tire when making a purchase? Tire Rack works with many global manufacturers from around the world....  Read More

Where is a Tire Built?

I am often challenged by customers to provide country of origin information on their tire of interest. I say challenged because, well, it can be challenging. While Tire Rack makes every effort to track this information, all of the major tire manufacturers take the view that we are in a global economy. As such, we have found the same tire in the same size can...  Read More

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Returns to the Number One Spot

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS has been a customer favorite for almost five years. It has stood the test of time, especially with its good ratings in winter conditions. Bridgestone's Potenza RE970AS Pole Position was the latest entry to threaten Continental's number one ranking. We put them up against each other in a test cycle where we run them on a...  Read More

Hankook's Newest Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire: Ventus S1 noble2

Hankook has started to release their latest entry into the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, the Ventus S1 noble2. Developed for the drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans, the tire is being released in a myriad of sizes and wheel diameters. This includes sizes between 16" and 20" diameters and widths ranging from 205mm up to...  Read More

BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Approved for SCCA Autocross Events

There's quite a bit of excitement among the performance enthusiasts for the new Extreme Performance Summer BFGoodrich g-Force Rival. Trying to regain the "King in the Dry" reputation that BFGoodrich achieved with the now-discontinued g-Force T/A KD, the g-Force Rival is being released size by size as production is completed. For SCCA autocrossers, this...  Read More

Firestone Destination LE 2 or Michelin LTX M/S2?

Michelin's LTX M/S2 had the lineage as the "best" Highway All-Season tire as it debuted and maintained the number one slot in our Tire Survey Results. That is until recently with the debut of the Firestone Destination LE 2. It has, at least for now, positioned itself as the new favorite of our customers. A couple points of interest in relation to the...  Read More

Can My Run-Flat Tire Be Repaired?

It can be quite a surprise to owners of vehicles equipped with run-flat tires that many shops will not repair a seemingly innocuous puncture. Tires are the only thing touching the ground on your vehicle, so they are integral to safety. As such, sometimes situations that seem manageable, can become quite complex and even frustrating for the consumer. There's...  Read More

Select Tires with the Mountain/Snowflake Symbol

The three critical components for snow and ice traction were covered in-depth in one of my previous blog posts. Again, they are: Tread design Tread compound Tread depth Now that you understand the how behind winter traction, what actually determines a tire as being a winter / snow option? It comes down to whether or not the tire is branded with the mountain/snow...  Read More

Non-Winter Tires That Meet the Industry's Severe Snow Service Standards

Qualified winter / snow tires have the mountain/snowflake marking on their sidewall. In short, it indicates a higher level of winter capabilities, including traction in snow and on ice compared to an all-season tire. The spirit of the marking is intended for dedicated winter solutions, however there are a few models out there that meet or exceed the...  Read More