Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.09
 
 

2006 Infiniti M35 Luxury Package
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Manalapan, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

I have 2500 miles on these tires, as this is my winter set up, went from Yokohama S4( great tire)to this as I have another set of rims and tires (20In with General G Maxx, noisy tires)so these would only be winter all season for me. they are VERY quiet, ride very nice and handle ok, the Yoko's were the better but these are ok. I also had Conti DWS Extreme that I did not like and took off the car! These tires are as good if not better than the DWS. The Hankook s really surprised me in this category. I don't think you will be disappointed. we have had 4 major snow storms, ice and frigid temps since I had these.....

New Dunlop Winter Maxx Tires Installed on My Car

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Gary Stanley

After three years of faithful service, my Michelin X-Ice Xi2 winter / snow tires have finally worn to the point where they needed to be replaced. While they were not bald, the tread depth had worn to about 4/32nds of an inch, which is more shallow than recommended for effective snow traction. Tires at low tread depths can only "nibble" into snow instead of biting through it to find grip. And with this brutal winter season still in full swing, I decided that it was time to be safe rather than sorry. Check out more information about how tread depth can affect snow traction by reading, "Do My Winter / Snow Tires Have Another Year in Them?

Dunlop has been producing studless winter tires for well over a decade beginning with the original Graspic DS-1. Subsequent generations of DS-2 and DS-3 models were well received and popular value-priced Studless Ice & Snow tires. These tires were known for their great deep snow and slush traction, but in general, fell a bit short in packed snow and ice traction compared to the competition from Bridgestone and Michelin. This gap in packed snow and ice traction seemed to be all but closed until Dunlop's introduction of the Winter Maxx.  

The roads were still covered with snow on the day I installed the tires on my 2009 Infiniti G37x Coupe. With a good mix of packed snow and ice, as well as loose snow and fresh powder on some roads, I was able to put the Winter Maxx tires through their paces. I can say with confidence that the tires are at least as good as my old Michelin X-Ice Xi2 tires. If you're considering buying a great set of dedicated winter / snow tires for your vehicle at a great value, be sure to take a look at the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2008 Infiniti G35X Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Potomac Falls, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2014

Hands down the best winter/snow tire you can purchase if your car can mount 17' wheels. I just traveled up the east coast during this past week's major snow storm that hit the south/mid-atlantic (2/13/14) and I never had a moment where the car felt out of control or that I could not traverse a patch of snow or ice. My experience is that of a car with AWD so that being the case these tires made it feel as though I was on a regular surface when trouncing through half a foot of powdery snow.

These tires can give a sense of over confidence though, because they're so good at stopping you and at getting traction specifically. This doesn't mean you're impervious to very deep snow or won't get your car stuck doing something stupid. What it means is that you're more capable of getting around in heavy snow with these tires then arguably any other set here on Tire Rack. Yes, they are that good.

 

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: 8.82
 
 

2005 Infiniti G35X Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2014

After completing 2 years with these tires on my G35x Sedan, I am a very satisfied customer. Living in Chicago and dealing with tough weather is a breeze in this set. Little road noise and handles any weather condition like a champ.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2009 Infiniti M45
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2014

Only have 500 miles on these, but what a HUGE improvement over the OE Potenza RE050's that came on this car. The DW's noticably smoother & quieter with no noticable loss of cornering ability or control. Best of all the horrid tramlining this car is notorious for is completely gone! Have not driven in the rain yet, so can't comment on the wet handling. So far, 2 thumbs up - price was very reasonable too.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2004 Infiniti FX35
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Palos Heights, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2014

I bought these tires last year, and naturally, here in the Chicago area, it didn't snow at all!

But this year Chicago and north central rural Illinois has been a real testing ground for this tire. Having an all wheel drive vehicle certainly helps quite a bit, but these tires add a level of confidence that I've never experienced in any vehicle before. Extremely good traction on wet surfaces, in bitter sub-zero temperatures, both light and medium snow, as well as the large mounds that leave many vehicles plowed in the parking space on Chicago's side streets. I was amazed at just how well this tread compound handles icy conditions too.

Very good performance at highway speeds... smooth and quiet ride. I don't know how long the tread will last, but I use these tires only during the ice and snow seasons, so I expect to get a few more years out of them. Very highly recommended!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2005 Infiniti G35 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 07, 2014

This is my second set of Blizzaks for my Infiniti. I have never gotten stuck or stranded
with my rear wheel drive Infiniti in 8 years of driving during MINNESOTA winters.
I think that statement says it all.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.36
 
 

2010 Infiniti G37x Sedan Anniversary Edition
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Tulsa, OK
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 07, 2014

Installed these shortly after buying the car second-hand. It had Michelin Pilots that were a couple of years old- still had some life left but they were lame. I didn't realize HOW lame until I bought the Bridgestones!

My previous G37 Sedan had Hankooks and understeered pretty badly. So did this new one with the Michelins. I assumed it was the car.

Then I had the Bridgestones installed the day before a terrible ice storm hit Tulsa. I got to test their winter performance immediately and was quite impressed. It was a couple of days before I got to try them on a dry road with no sand. In a word- amazed.

Very impressed with these tires so far. Their performance in the wet and snow is pretty astounding since they aren't "winter" tires. But in the dry they work great also. I'd definitely recommend these.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.44
 
 

2009 Infiniti G37 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Kennesaw, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

Thought it appropriate to write a review after managing through Snowmageddon in Atlanta on January 28, 2014. These tires are about 2 months old and replaced Yokohama Avid ENVigor's that were on the car when I bought it used about 15 months ago. To say these Primacy's are an upgrade over the Yokohama's is an understatement. The Yokohama's are VERY noisy, and had modest dry traction--especially cornering--and even worse wet traction, despite an aggressive tread pattern. The Michelin's are very quiet, comfortable sneakers for my G37S are even are more than admirable through spirited take-offs and cornering on wet and dry pavement here in the ATL. However, when challenged with our great snow/ice event this week, showed their vulnerabilities. Snow traction was fairly good (we only got 2"), but on the icy conditions beneath the snow, they were horrible. I managed to keep it out of ditches and off of bumpers and made it home unscathed, but without my northern, snow-driving capabilities (from PA), not sure I would have pulled it off (in a high-torque, rear-wheel drive, staggered fitment) without them! Love my Michelin's 363 days a year. But any more frozen stuff here in the ATL, and I'm not sure they would be the choice. So, if you are reading this from anywhere above the Mason-Dixon, you may want to think differently!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2011 Infiniti G37x Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Canal Winchester, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

So far, this has been an excellent tire for the AWD Infinity. Very good performance for the price. Maintains traction in wet & snow. I find the dry road noise level to be completely acceptable on smooth pavement.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.91
 
 

2007 Infiniti M35 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 24,000
Location: Schaumburg, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 24,000 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2014

NOT recommending for winter driving. Even with AWD car difficult to manage winter driving.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx A1-A A/S

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx A1-A A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6
 
 

2011 Infiniti G37 Coupe Journey
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Miles driven on tires: 21,000
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 21,000 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

These tires are horrible even in slightly damp weather. Long sweeping turns in the rain are scary at this point, let alone sharper turns. The car does not hydroplane, rather it slips sideways on the turns. On top of that, this car has way too much power for these tires. Even on a straight road when accelerating from a moderate speed (from 40mph up to 50mph), the tires are easily spinning. Not sure if it is the car or the tires or both, but despite being properly aligned, the car seems to wander in the lane and catches grooves and ruts in the road easily. The only plus is that they seem to wear very evenly.

These definitely rank as some of the worst tires I've ever had on a vehicle with only one other exception in 20 years. They are OEM, and I can't wait to replace them SOON.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

1995 Lexus LS400
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Apollo Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2014

I have been riding on Bridgestone tires for years. I wanted a tire rated for a quiet smooth ride for the 1995 land yacht, and I have not been disappointed. Tire wear is non-existent, handling in wet and dry is great. I recently purchased a '10 Infiniti G37 sedan and when the tires on the G need replacing I am going to purchase the Serenity Plus.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2014 Infiniti QX70
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Huntington, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2014

These are truly excellent tires. Given their size, they do an amazing job in the snow. What it more amazing - for as well as they handle icy, winter conditions, they are a delight in the dry. For as aggressive as the tread pattern is with it's deeply grooved configuration, I was expecting quite a bit of sacrifice in dry weather cornering and other characteristics. Quite surprisingly, these tires are not only quiet for snow tires, they are on par in this measure with the Bridgestone all season OE fitment. Sure, they're a bit softer and not as crisp in the corners, but quite smooth just the same. And, for all of that, you could still drive up the side of a building with them- traction is amazing. I've owned just about every other mainstream brand of snow tire, and while there are many good ones out there, for winter performance, nothing beats a Blizak!

 

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: Not Rated

2001 Infiniti I30
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Miles driven on tires: 15
Location: Hartford, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2011

Just had these installed this morning with a fresh coating of light, slick snow on the roads. My drive to the shop on my old, severely worn Michelens was putrid. The car spun its wheels with the smallest of acceleration, even on just wet roads...the snow was like an ice rink. After getting the General's put on, the difference is unbelievable. Even on steep inclines with slippery hard pack, I didn't loose traction at all even under heavy acceleration. For a car with no traction control, I was in dire need of a good performing snow tire and these have initially proven to exceed my expectation. Compared to the Firestone Winterforce tires I ran the past two winters on my previous vehicle, I can tell already these out-perform them, at least in terms of traction. The Firestones were on a car with T/C and even still had troubles finding grip in slick conditions on accelerating from a dead stop. Still have yet to try the Generals in anything deep, but I have every confidence they will handle it with ease.

The only thing I have noticed thus far that I would take away points for is that the car doesn't track quite as well with these on it. Going on a straight line there is some sway to adjust for, though nothing overly worrisome, and the steering response is a bit loose. However, that said, these are snow tires and my only expectation from them is to handle winters worst, not win races.

Time will tell the ultimate conclusion on these things, but initial impressions indicate that these tires are the real deal...and at a price that you can't complain about. Buy them, you wont regret it!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL42

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza EL42Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.9

2004 Infiniti G35 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 27,000
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 27,000 Miles on Tires
October 23, 2007

This tire has been decent for an OEM. Car started to tire pull/drift to the right recently. Gotten noisier at the same time, too. All tires still wearing evenly. Tread life remaining: 2X the wear bars, but winters coming and the rains making em a bit slippery. What little ice/snow Ive driven on, its not a good feeling (slip-slip-slip)Even though theyre an ok tire, Ive always done better with non-OEMs for performance and price. Ive had great experience with Khumos on other vehicles. Its a great tire even w/o considering its price.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.57
 
 

2012 Infiniti G37 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
October 02, 2013

I just purchased these tire to replace the OEM Bridgestone RE050 summer performance. I have never purchased Hankook before. The OEM tires were in a different category so I know I can not compare them as it's more apples to oranges. My goal was to achieve all season drivability with minimal loss in performance. The Hankook did not have any reviews when I purchased so I took a chance. I only have 500 miles on the tires but here is what I can tell you. First, the tires are kind of ugly in my opinion, the sidewall is very busy with large lettering, a little NASCAR to me. Tire noise is low, and the tires are light, six pounds lighter than the OEM. The side walls are very soft, almost feel like neoprene, very odd. Tramlining from the OEM tires are gone, they track very straight. The tires do not react very quickly to steering inputs. The turn-in is liner. If you are taking a long turn under acceleration, you can feel the rear end squat and shift reducing driver confidence. I have noticed a significant increase in MPGs in both city and highway driving. Straight line performance is decent, grip fairly well. Decent tire if you are not performance driving, but slightly better than just all season, but not UHP A/S. I will update as the tires break in and/or break down.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2011 Infiniti G37x Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10 Miles on Tires
December 19, 2013

Although so far I haven't put many miles on these tire, my review is mainly on my experience with TireRack. I've been buying tires from here for about 13-14 years and my experience has always been excellent! The tires almost always arrive early, if not on time and the prices can't be beat. I would, and do, recommended TireRack to everyone.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL42

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza EL42Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.9

2004 Infiniti G35 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 27,000
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 27,000 Miles on Tires
October 23, 2007

This tire has been decent for an OEM. Car started to tire pull/drift to the right recently. Gotten noisier at the same time, too. All tires still wearing evenly. Tread life remaining: 2X the wear bars, but winters coming and the rains making em a bit slippery. What little ice/snow Ive driven on, its not a good feeling (slip-slip-slip)Even though theyre an ok tire, Ive always done better with non-OEMs for performance and price. Ive had great experience with Khumos on other vehicles. Its a great tire even w/o considering its price.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H431

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H431Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

2013 Kia Optima
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: O'Fallon, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 12, 2012

After reading all the negative comments about excessive noise and terrible wet traction I was a bit aprehensive about these tires. Admittedly I have only 2,000 miles on the car but so far here are my observations:
Noise - They are no noisier than the Michelin's on the Infiniti M35x I traded in on the Optima. I do not find the road noise excessive in any way. The car is actually quieter than my wife's Infiniti EX35 riding on Michelin's. Thay may be more a function of the car than the tire but noise is not an issue.
Wet Traction - Had a mjor rainstorm yesterday and went out looking for puddles and standing water. Found plenty with no problems whatsoever. I cruised on the highway at 65-70 with no feeling of lack of control at all. Hit several large puddles at 45 mph on a back road with no evedence of hydroplaning at all.
Snow - Can't help you here. Haven't driven it in snow yet but I'd be surprised if they were as bad as several reviewers have stated.
Am I happy with the tires? So far - Yes. Would I buy them again - probably not as I really like Cooper Tires and I usually buy them as replacement when I need tires.
So any of you out there who have these tires on your car - don't fret. They should do just fine unless they are really terrible on snow, whcih I have not been able to evaluate yet.