The Best Performance All-Season Tire We Ever Tested?

The new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, which replaces the Pilot Sport A/S Plus, has hit our test track and made quite an impression. Recently, we tested the tire against the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season and Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. Our test used the Y-speed rated model, however W-, H- and V-speed...  Read More

Buying Winter / Snow Tires and Wheels Can Save You Money

There is no question a dedicated winter / snow tire dramatically increases your vehicle's traction in snow and on ice. While it can be an investment to equip your vehicle with a winter set-up, it by no mean leads to a higher cost of ownership.First, two sets of tires will reduce the frequency of replacement since the mileage is divided amongst the sets of...  Read More

Steel Wheels for the Ford F-150

We have recently added a winter steel wheel option for the best-selling vehicle in America, the Ford F-150. We offer the wheel for many trim levels starting with 2004. In fact, we have two options for drivers to choose from for their F-150. Basic steel wheel   Black Rock 937 Type 8P Steel Black Painted The basic option is a plain steel wheel that you can pair...  Read More

Expanded Steel Wheel Offerings at Tire Rack

One of the most requested items during the colder months is steel wheels for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. While we attempt to cover as much of the demand as possible, unfortunately as more new vehicles are standard equipped with alloy wheels, the availability of a steel wheel has become difficult over the years. There's some good news as we have...  Read More

What are the Different Types of Winter / Snow Tires?

When it comes to choosing your next set of winter / snow tires for a passenger vehicle, you'll choose an option from one of three performance categories. Studdable Winter / Snow - Tires in this category are designed to accept an optional metal stud to enhance ice traction. Drivers can run these tires without the studs and they tend to be a very good snow...  Read More

What Tire Pressure Should I Be Using?

An area of confusion for many of us is, "What's the correct air pressure for my tires?" Using the correct air pressure delivers many benefits, including performance and fuel economy. During the rotation of the tire, heat is generated, especially when the leading edge of the tread makes initial contact with the road (deflection). Having too much deflection,...  Read More

I Just Blew Out a Tire on My AWD Vehicle, Do I Have to Replace All Four Tires?

All-wheel drive vehicles offer advantages for traction especially in wet and snowy conditions over traditional two-wheel drive models. Unfortunately, since all four wheels are connected, a single blow out or non-repairable puncture can become an expensive proposition. When you install a new full tread depth tire with other tiresthat have less than the new,...  Read More

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