Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2008 Lexus RX400h
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Miles driven on tires: 5,100
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,100 Miles on Tires
April 06, 2014

I drive my SUV pretty hard (pretty much drive it like a AWD car) and these tires are so good, I have nothing to really say about them. They do everything as expected with no surprises. Traction in both wet and dry have been very good. Better than I expected for such a high UTQG rated tire. I haven't had a chance to drive in snow yet but hopefully that will happen soon and I'll update my review to add that. I would DEFINITELY recommend these for "city slicker" SUV's.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.33
 
 

2013 Lexus ES 350
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Indio, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2014

I bought these to replace Bridgestone Turenza that were not worn out but were noisy and did not feel safe in all conditions. The Michelin MXM4's are quiet but allow the feel of the road to come through in a positive way. They are a very comfortable tire and just right for cruising in the Lexus.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN S.4.

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN S.4. Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

1993 Lexus LS400
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Miles driven on tires: 21,000
Location: La Crosse, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 21,000 Miles on Tires
April 30, 2010

Ordered for Lexus several years ago and have been happily surprised with minimal wear. Tires still look new. Excellent grip and very comfortable. Gave us the best ride we ever had on our LS 400. Handles very well, good turn in and really responsive. Rotated and balanced normally. At higher speeds we were surprised the tire was silent. Really feels secure dry or wet. Lexus should have put S.4 on car from day one. We will buy tire again if needed, but am thrilled if we ever go to sell car the tires sure look in excellent shape and give a great ride. If you have a heavy luxury vehicle and want a superb tire this is it.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2012 Lexus CT 200h
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Vienna, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

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

I am a Michelin man. But the factory tire wore out on my CT200H and I was not pleased, dealer said that factory puts on "substandard" tires and the replacements (same model) would be better. Sure they would... So I put on the P7's. Wow, these guys give the best ride I have had in a long time. Smooth, quiet and responsive. Fuel economy is negligibly lower, but made up for in the better ride.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2001 Lexus IS300
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Kansas City, KS
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

I bought this set after reading reviews online and was more geared towards reliability. After getting them installed, I could tell right away how much quieter, responsiveness, and clean (with a notable brand name) looking this set is. I haven't put that much time on these tires and the weather here in KS is pretty unpredictable. I will always have backup tools and stuff for crazy snow/ice days but just to make it home with these tires will boost my confidence. I will re-evaluate again after having some time behind the wheel and going to places where I can really get on them without fear of slipping on ice/snow. It's like driving a new car almost since the tread noise has made it really quiet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.92
 
 

2009 Lexus GX470
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Groveland, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

Car came with Dunlop tires. I cannot believe Lexus put those tires on this car. I got rid of them at 25K. I have a 2000 LX 470 and have always been happy with the LTX M/S. These tires are even better. There is nothing bad about this tire. Bought at Tire Rack. Had dealer mount 'em. Better everything: handling, ride, traction and even gas mileage. I hunt, so in addition to city/highway, I do cornfields, creeks and every other type of off-road driving that can be found in the Midwest. The only thing that keeps me from buying a Range Rover Sport is that I cannot find these tires for that truck. I still have my LX 470 and still use the LTX M/S on that truck (it has 287K). I'm not necessarily a Michelin freak. My wife has a Lexus RX and I'm putting Continentals on that. But for the larger SUVs, the LTX M/S is fantastic tire. I like the M/S 2 better than the M/S, but they don't make it for the '00 LX470. When my friends are stuck in their Range Rovers, I'm going strong, mainly because of the traction these tires afford. On the highway, rain, snow, and sun, the tires handle well and are quiet. I'm 63 and have driven a car/truck farther in reverse than most have driven in forward. These tires are simply the best. If they make 'em to fit your vehicle, buy them. You will thank me. I promise. And I don't work for Michelin or anybody else in any auto related industry.

New Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus Versus Dueler H/L Alenza for Crossovers and SUVs

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Back in 2004, the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza was introduced to premium crossover and SUV drivers as the premier tire of choice. Always a good performer in our Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category, it has been praised by our customers for its quiet ride, great wet traction, wear and good looks. Appropriate vehicle applications and Original Equipment fitments include the Cadillac Escalade, Acura MDX, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML Class, Lexus RX, Buick Enclave and the new Cadillac ATS and ELR. For more on this tire's great reputation and feedback, take a look at "Best Tires for a Street-Driven SUV." 

Bridgestone is known for continually pushing the envelope, and ten years later, has introduced a new and improved version of the H/L Alenza. This new tire is the Dueler H/L Alenza Plus. 

This new version maintains the same appearance, popular sidewall design and efficient tread pattern of the current Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza. That is where the differences end. H/L Alenza Plus tires have a new tread compound that Bridgestone states will improve on the tire's fuel economy by reducing rolling resistance by up to 10% compared to the previous version of the tire without sacrificing wet, dry or snow traction. Bridgestone has also upped the ante for treadwear by offering the tire with an 80,000-mile limited treadwear warranty!

If you're in the market for a premium, quality replacement tire for your crossover or SUV, don't overlook the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2004 Toyota 4Runner 4wd Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Greenwood Village, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2014

I have these tire on both my Toyota 4Runner and on my Lexus GX here in Denver.
Quite and comfortable on trips to the Colorado mountains and great in snow and on off-road trails, including muddy ones. I've put about 40,000 miles on 4runner and 35,000 on the GX and both are about due for replacement. Clearly not the longest lasting, but I'll head out into any conditions with these tires that Colorado can throw at me. So I'm buy them again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2006 Lexus IS250
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Denver, CO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

Having spent 5 days up at Winter Park, CO in February where every day there was about 2-5 inches of snowfall, and that the roads are primarily ice/snow packed with my "all season" Bridgestone Potenzas (which are an excellent 3 season tire), I quickly made the investment to put on the Michelin Alpins PA3 based upon reviews here. I'm back up here at Winter Park with these set of tires and there has been a significant difference - no sliding, excellent braking, and not once has my electronic stability control warning indicator come on. There are many steep, icy, snow pack hills, which these tires handle very well going up and coming down (reasonable speeds about 30 MPH). Previously my Bridgestone Potenzas would be sliding all over the place. I'm a believer.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2008 Lexus IS250
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: Kendall, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
February 13, 2014

I live in Western, NY, and travel for work in WV,OH,PA,VA. These Tires can handle as much snow as my car can push. The Tires Handled perfectly the day after I bought them PA 219 was closed for Trucks, bc of the icy/ heavy snow condition on the Mountains. Most the roads that night I traveled weren't plowed or pre-treated (i.e) Sand, Salt,Brine). There was parts of the road that had up to 18"+ it drifted. The tires are very affective in wet, mudding, ice, light/deep snow and ice. I would keep these tires on all year round on my AWD. I've had them for just about a year now, and they still handle like the day I bought them.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 07, 2014

I have always believed that Blizzaks are the best winter tires you can get. My car feels planted and surefooted with these tires. There is no excessive ABS and traction interventions when I am driving. I am very impressed as how smooth the tires are on the highways and on the back roads. It is comfortable and still provides excellent steering feel unlike the older Bridgestone Blizzaks. It handles better then my all season Michelins. The road noise is average for winter tire. The traction in light snow is fantastic! Even in deep snow, my car can claw through the pack snow plus ice without getting stuck. Compared to Dunlop Wintersport 3D and Michelin Pilot Alpin Pa4 which are also performance oriented tires, the Blizzaks have better handling with better snow capabilities unlike the former two tires. I highly recommend these tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

1998 Lexus GS400
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Miles driven on tires: 2,400
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,400 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2014

These are one of the best dedicated winter tires I have ever used. Traction, ride & noise level are second to none. Well worth the extra cost when you get caught in a blizzard miles from anywhere or anyone.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6
 
 

2002 Lexus SC430
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Miles driven on tires: 19,000
Location: Jupiter, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 19,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

I wore this set of tire out in 18,000 miles of mostly low speed in town driving. Very unpredictable in the wet and very low mileage before they were worn out.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2007 Lexus LS460
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Austin, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

Just installed these yesterday so this is an initial review. I'm recently retired from the tire and auto service business so you can bet I'm pretty picky about tires. These Primacy MXM4's replaced a set of HX MXM4's that had given good service. I found a great installer through Tire Rack that had a Hunter road force balancer and a clean, modern shop. The new tires all had the same manufacturing date of the 49th week of 2013 from a US plant. Fresh tires indeed!

I was pleasantly surprised by how well these tires balanced out. Road force variation was extremely low. One of them took no balance weight at all, the others only needed minimal weight ( 15, 25 and 35 grams total). This speaks well of the tire quality and the quality of the original equipment Lexus wheels.

The new tires drove perfectly. Absolutely zero vibration, shimmy or directional pulling. That is real important to me. I was the go-to guy for ride and alignment complaints at work. Sure glad I don't have to deal with it on these tires. I replace my own tires at about 5/32" so the old HX MXM4's were in their dry road handling prime. The new Primacy's at full tread depth don't feel quite as grippy or responsive but they are so quiet on textured surfaces and so smooth over surface imperfections that the trade-off is well worth it. I'm sure grip and responsiveness will improve with a bit of wear and scrubbing in. Overall this is an outstanding tire for this car.

 

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.

 

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Still Number One

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Having been on the market for over a year-and-a-half, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport still reigns supreme as the highest-rated tire in the Max Performance Summer category. While certain tires may occasionally hold the top spot for a few months, it's quite a rare feat to see such prolonged dominance. 

Frankly, I'm not surprised as this tire was a favorite among the staff during internal testing. Turn-in is crisp, the tire feels nimble, has great breakaway characteristics and an amazing grip level for a 300 treadwear street tire. While sometimes a little higher in price-point than others in its class, this tire really does deliver it all. In addition to being a solid performer, it has also received superior scores for treadlife, ride quality and noise quality. 

Here is a taste of what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the tire:

"The best tires I have ever used for road handling, performance and wear!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Lexus GS450h

"These are by far the best tires I've ever had. They're quiet and soft. Great ride. Excellent value." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S

"Excellent tires! I'm able to corner without hesitation and full confidence. The steering response is great and the tire wear is excellent. I will be buying these tires again, no doubt!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Audi A5 3.2

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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.

 

Best Brake Pads for Low Dust

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Are you tired of constantly cleaning ugly, black brake dust off of your factory or aftermarket rims? If you're willing to give up a small amount of braking capability, you can use ceramic brake pads - which will go a long way in reducing how often you need to clean your rims. These pads produce less brake dust and the dust is a lighter color that doesn't show up on wheels as badly. Ultimately, this leads to wheels maintaining a cleaner appearance.

Many vehicles come from the factory with ceramic brake pads. Most Acura, Lexus and many Honda brake pads are ceramic. Three of the best manufacturers of low dust ceramic brake pads are Akebono, Centric and Hawk.

 Akebono Euro Ceramic
Akebono Euro Ceramic
Pads
 Centric Posi Quiet Ceramic
Centric Posi Quiet Ceramic
Pads
 Hawk Performance Ceramic
Hawk Performance Ceramic
Pads


If you're looking for a little extra stopping power out of your low dust pads, I would lean toward the Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads as they are rated a bit higher for stopping power. However, all ceramic pads offer the following advantages over most of today's standard pads:

  • Very low dust
  • Improved braking over many inexpensive pads
  • Extremely quiet
  • Extended pad life
  • Increased rotor life
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Dunlop SP Sport Signature Still a Top Choice in the High Performance All-Season Category

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

With tire technology advancing quickly these days, it's rare to find a model of tire that stands the test of time and remains competitive in its category year after year. First introduced over six years ago, the Dunlop SP Sport Signature is one of those tires. Even after this many years, it continues to hold its own against newer tires in the High Performance All-Season category. If you're looking for a great all-season performance tire at a good price, the Dunlop SP Sport Signature is for you!

With over 2.6 million miles reported, the tire is currently ranked third in our survey results. This is a higher ranking than other popular tires including the Yokohama AVID ENVigor, Goodyear Eagle GT and BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S. The SP Sport Signature is often praised for its good road feel, quick steering response and great combination of wet and dry traction. 

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the Dunlop SP Sport Signature:

"These have been such fantastic tires that I am now on my third set. Great dry weather traction and awesome treadwear. I have been very pleased with these tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Infiniti G35 Sedan

"These tires handle great. I have almost no road noise and they handle great on wet pavement. Even with my aggressive driving habits they wore perfectly. They were a great buy for the money." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2001 Lexus ES300

"The Dunlops have transformed my car. I've gone from such noise to such quiet and smooth riding and handling. For a car with 280,000 miles on it, the difference is astounding. I'm very happy with the purchase of these tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1998 Honda Accord Coupe EX V6

For more information on this tire, read "The Dunlop SP Sport Signature Continues to Impress." 

Best Tires for a Lexus RX350

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Lexus' mid-size SUV, the RX350, has been one of their best sellers for quite some time. It's very popular, stylish and reliable. Many have been on the road for a long time and are in need of new tires. If your RX350 is due for a new set, consider the following options.

Most RX350 vehicles came equipped with the 225/65R17 size. There are many great options in this size, but one of my favorites is the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza. This tire has been a top seller for many years and is Bridgestone's premium SUV tire. It offers excellent all-season traction, a quiet and comfortable ride and comes with a 65,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Some RX350s came with 235/60R18 tires. If your vehicle has this size, I would suggest taking a look at the Michelin Primacy MXV4. This is a strong contender in the Grand Touring All-Season category. Like the Bridgestone, it also has a smooth ride, great all-season traction and is offered with a 55,000-mile tread life warranty.

There are a few versions of the vehicle that came with a 235/55R19 tire. Options in this size are a little more limited. However, based on what's available in this size, I'd recommend the Yokohama Parada Spec-X. The tire combines impressive looks and confident handling with year-round traction in a wide range of weather conditions, including in light snow.

Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Michelin Primacy MXM4
Michelin Primacy MXV4
Yokohama Parada Spec-X
Yokohama Parada Spec-X


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