Kyle at the Tire Rack

My name is Kyle and I am a retail sales representative at the Tire Rack.  In my position with the Tire Rack, I participate in the many tire tests we perform on our test track using our BMW and Porsche test vehicles.  These tests allow us to experience a tire both on the street and in a performance setting.  In this blog I will try to share some of my...  Read More

Continental ExtremeContact DW

The Continental ExtremeContact DW (DW for dry and wet) is developed for drivers of sports cars, sports coupes and performance sedans, the tire provides serious performance on both dry and wet roads. The ExtremeContact DW is designed to deliver good ride quality but is not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice. Test...  Read More

Tire Storage

  With your winter tires properly installed on your vehicle, where have you been storing your summer tires? Spring will be here before we know it; what are you going to do with those winter tires? Storing tires in an airtight bag and away from direct sunlight are just a couple of simple steps that should be taken. A cool and dry location, such as a...  Read More

Michelin LTX Winter Tires

Michelin has recently added the LTX Winter to their line of light truck/SUV Studless Ice and Snow tires.  The LTX Winter is offered in six popular E load (10 ply) sizes geared toward medium and heavy duty vans and pickups. Similar in looks to the popular all-season Michelin LTX MS2, the LTX Winter features Michelin's cold weather W/Max tread compound...  Read More

Continental ExtremeWinterContact Offered in LT (10-ply) Sizes

The Continental ExtremeWinterContact is a great winter option for 3/4- ton and 1-ton truck applications requiring the use of E Load Range tires. Continental currently offers seven LT sizes covering most popular applications.  The winter compound maintains flexibility in colder temps while the high density siping provides multiple biting edges to enhance...  Read More

Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

The Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D continues to be a top choice in the Performance Winter / Snow category of tires.  It features Dunlop's reactive silica mixing process to help the tire remain flexible at colder temps for increased winter traction. The SP Winter Sport 3D also utilizes three types of high density siping to enhance snow/ice traction in addition to...  Read More

General Altimax Arctic Winter Tires

The General AltiMAX Arctic continues to be a solid leader in the Studdable Winter / Snow tire category. The tire offers exceptional winter traction at a reasonable price.The AltiMAX Arctic uses a center stability rib to aid in straightline stability in addition to a directional tread design to aid in water and slush evacuation. Studs can also be added...  Read More

Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Winter Tires

The Michelin X-Ice Xi2 proves to be a top choice in the Studless Ice and Snow winter category of tires.   The tire features Michelin's FleX-Ice rubber compound that offers flexibility at colder temps for increased winter capabilities and firmness at higher temps to improve dry road handling and stability.   Recent tests have shown its winter capablities...  Read More

General Truck Tires

If you're in the market for new truck/SUV tires, chances are General Tire has you covered. The options below offer solid performance in addition to a reasonable price.       Grabber UHP (Street/Sport Truck Summer) This tire is M+S rated but not great in the snow. The main focus here is handling with an emphasis on wet and dry traction. Grabber HTS (Highway...  Read More

Sumitomo Summer Performance Tires

Looking for summer performance at a reasonable price? Take a look at options currently available from Sumitomo. Sumitomo HTR Z III  (Max Performance Summer) The HTR Z III will be the higher performer of these two options aiming to offer the best blend of dry and wet traction for the street.  Sumitomo HTR Z II  (Ultra High Performance Summer)Don't need max...  Read More

Get a Grip with the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

The Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 continues to be a strong contender in the Extreme Performance Summer category of tires. The Potenza offers plenty of dry grip for autocross or track events yet still enough road manners and wet traction to use as a daily driver. I recently attended the Bridgestone Racing Academy just outside of Toronto. The Van Diemen formula...  Read More

PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades

Looking for wipers that last? The PIAA Super Silicone Wiper is a great option. I installed a set of the PIAA blades on one of my vehicles in October of 2005 and I'm still using them today. Compared to several other brands I've tried in the past, I'd have to say the PIAA has been my favorite. Learn more about PIAA blades or click here to see if a set is...  Read More

Continental ExtremeWinterContact: A Comfortable Ride with Plenty of Traction

This will be the second winter season Tire Rack is offering the ExtremeWinterContactfrom Continental. I've had several chances to drive on this tire and feel it offers the best ride and noise comfort of the Studless Ice and Snow category. The Continental is also more responsive in handling and doesn't feel as sluggish compared to other Studless Ice and Snow...  Read More

A Couple Favorites for your SUV

Looking for new all-season tires for your SUV or light truck? Consider the General Grabber HTS (shown top right) or the Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza (shown top left). Both tires offer great wet traction and ride comfort and are considered top picks in the Highway All-Season category. I've had good experience with both tires in the past and both consumer su...  Read More

Michelin LTX M/S 2: A Great Addition to Highway All-Season Tires

Michelin has recently replaced most sizes of the original LTX M/S with the LTX M/S2. The original version has been a solid performer over the years and the LTX M/S2 is proving to be a nice replacement. The newer tire continues to offer a smooth and quiet ride with decent all-season performance for the category. The tire is now available in 39 sizes for a...  Read More

Pontiac Grand Prix GXP: All-Season Tire Options

Tire options for the GXP have been limited to the Original Equipment sizes due to the unique wider front tire set-up. Many drive the vehicle in winter conditions and need a better option than the factory Max Performance Summer tires. I'd recommend taking a look at these three all-season options currently offered in the Original Equipment sizes: Bridgestone...  Read More

BFGoodrich Truck Tires

Smooth roads, rough roads or no roads at all: Tire Rack and BFGoodrich have your light truck and SUV needs covered. Compare the tires below to see which one is right for you. Long Trail T/A Tour All-Terrain T/A KO                                                         Mud-Terrain T/A KM2       Read More

Top Performers in Extreme Performance Summer Tires

If you want the most dry traction in a tire that you can live with on the street, Extreme Performance Summer tires may be your best bet. You will sacrifice a little noise comfort and wet traction, but in exchange you will have dry handling that can't be beat. Here are a few options: Bridgestone Potenza RE-11, Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec, Yokohama...  Read More

Time to rotate your tires!

One of the most important things that can be done to extend tire life is proper and frequent rotation. Tires that wear evenly will perform better and help keep noise at a minimum as the tire ages.   This chart will be adequate for most vehicles on the road. There are, of course, a few exceptions. Performance tires and performance vehicles may or may not...  Read More

Installing your new tire and wheel package?

Installation of your new package can be fast and easy, and better yet, can be done right at home. You will receive a copy of our installation guide also shown at the instructions link below. A few simple tools, in addition to a few simple instructions, and installation will be a breeze.    A lug wrench, torque wrench, and a sturdy jack and set of stands...  Read More

Firestone Destination Truck/SUV Tires

From the highway to the roughest of terrain, the current family of Firestone Destination tires offers a choice for any truck or SUV driver.   Destination LE: A good blend of handling, comfort, and performance for on-road/highway conditions.  Destination A/T:  A more rugged design for on- and off-road (all-terrain) conditions. The A/T is a nice option...  Read More