Good Tires From Kumho, Hankook, Sumitomo and General

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

In the tire game, Kumho, Hankook, Sumitomo and General may not be common household names to some, but our testing and customer feedback proves they make some great tires. How do they do this? Specialization. 

The vehicle market is so diverse, making it a huge challenge for a single tire manufacturer to engineer the right tire for every car, SUV, crossover and light truck. It's not easy to fine-tune tires appropriate for the Ford F-150, FIAT 500 and the vast spectrum of vehicles in between. The end result is specific tires dominating in specialized areas.

Are you searching for great steering response, good wet grip and value in a sporty size? If so, the Kumho Ecsta 4X needs to be on your list. Do you put heavy emphasis on treadwear and light snow traction? Take a look at the Hankook Optimo H727. When looking for a 315/35R17 tire for the back axle of your muscle car, it's hard to beat the Sumitomo HTR Z's combination of value and performance. Finally, if you're looking for a tire at a reasonable price, with good wet grip and a cool tread design, check out the General G-MAX AS-03.

Ultra High Performance All-Season Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Standard Touring All-Season Hankook Optimo H727
Hankook Optimo H727
Ultra High Performance Summer Sumitomo HTRZ
Sumitomo HTR Z
Ultra High Performance All-Season General G-Max AS-03
General G-MAX AS-03


To learn more about what tire is a good match for your vehicle, read "Selecting the Right Tires."

Is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology the Best Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire? Our Customers Think So!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The main concern of many crossover and SUV customers is traction, treadlife and road noise, not always in that order. Continental's CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is a tire that rates highly in all of these key areas.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, currently ranked first in our survey results, is Continental's ecologically friendly Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire developed to help crossovers, sport utility vehicles and light-duty pickup trucks perform on the highway and in mild off-road conditions. It's designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces, while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow.

 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


Continental uses an all-season tread compound featuring their Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. The compound is molded into a symmetric tread design with notched outboard shoulders, independent intermediate tread blocks and continuous center ribs to blend on-road steering response and straight-line stability with reduced noise and enhanced ride comfort. Four circumferential grooves enhance wet traction while Continental’s Traction Grooves (featuring ridges in the outboard grooves) promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow traction.

To view the performance ratings for the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, take a look at "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7
 
 

2000 Ford Ranger 2wd XLT
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Wauconda, IL
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 03, 2014

13 year old truck and these are the best tires I've ever had. With or without sandbags in the back, traction ----ed until I got these tires! I can power through snow like I had chains on. Recently we had 13 inches of snowfall and I had no problems. With my previous tires, anything more than light snow and I would be stuck--literally. If my truck lasts that long, I DEFINITELY will be buying these again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 2
 
 

2013 Honda Accord Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2014

Owned the WS60 on a honda accord 2000 and I felt like I was driving a 4X4. I would drive the accord over the suv I owned. Now I have upgraded to a Honda accord 2013 and the WS70 tire is horrible. One of biggest mistakes I have made. This tire is useless in light snow or snow in general. I am an average driver and care more about getting to my destination safely then speeding and wiping out. However this tire leaves me feeling like my car is ice skating on light snow. Drove it in deep snow and thought I would need a tow truck to get up a small hill. All the great things you have heard about Blizzak have gone out the window with these new tires. DO NOT BUY or even think twice about buying these tires unless you want to total your car. Then by all means buy them and start car shopping. I bought these tires for this season and am ready to throw them out.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2006 Honda Ridgeline
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 06, 2014

Nice tire, needed something better in the snow than the michelin's. Really impressed with its performance in the snow, it is louder than the michelin's and maybe rides a bit harder. I cannot speak to its longevity, or traction loss over time, but early signs are it is a great tire if you need an allseason with more traction for a light SUV/truck

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SR-A

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Goodyear Wrangler SR-A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.8
 
 

2013 Dodge RAM EXPRESS
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Mount Washington, KY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2014

These tires came stock on my 2013 Dodge Ram Express single cab short bed. And as a general rule of thumb, factory tires 9 times out of 10 are not the optimal tire for the vehicle and the GoodYear Wrangler SR-A is no exception. Although the ride is pretty good, but in light snow they get the job done but nothing to write home about, throw a little ice in the mix and I started thinking about new tires. My truck only has 5000 miles on it and the first upgrade I plan on are new tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion ATR

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Pirelli Scorpion ATR Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.33
 
 

2006 Land Rover LR3 SE
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Dayton, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
December 29, 2013

This tire works very well on my LR3 - apparently not so on ford F-150ish trucks. They are very quiet. Traction in the wet and light or hard-packed snow is very good. Have not seen any anomalous tread wear or change in road noise. Very happy with this tires.

 

Upgrade Your Vehicle's Performance with Brembo Brakes

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Brembo is the brake component manufacturer many race teams, enthusiasts and daily drivers depend on to give their vehicle the increased braking performance they demand.

To Brembo, racing is the most advanced experimental laboratory for assessing the success of its products. Teams equipped with Brembo brakes have won hundreds of automobile and motorcycle racing championships in such internationally recognized racing organizations as Formula 1, CART, NASCAR, FIA World Rally and Superbike.

Their race-inspired braking systems and components are used as Original Equipment on the world’s finest passenger cars and light trucks. Vehicle manufacturers using Brembo components include BMW, Porsche and Ferrari, along with specific applications for such automobiles as Mercedes-Benz, Dodge Viper and the Ford Mustang Cobra.

 Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
 Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors
Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors


Tire Rack offers Brembo pads and rotors for most vehicles which are a simple upgrade to your vehicle's performance and style. We also offer Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads, as well as Brembo Replacement Rotors, Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors and Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors.

Brembo Sport Drilled Rotor:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and highway driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Bold, aggressive appearance

Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and track driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Race-ready look

Shop by vehicle and view the full line of brake products offered for your driving needs. When it comes time to find the best braking components for your vehicle, consider upgrading your performance with Brembo brake pads and rotors.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

General AltiMAX RT43 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88
 
 

2001 Toyota Tacoma 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Guilford, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

I have a Toyota Tacoma 2 wheel drive. I put these tires on because the lightness of the rear of the truck made it slip and slide and break loose on corners when the road was slick. that's all gone now. the unique tread design includes little fish hook like cuts which attracted me to the tread design. My choice was justified. Even with light snow on the roads I have a confident feeling of total control. I'm telling everyone who will listen what I think of these tires. I will buy them for my other vehicle when it becomes necessary.

 

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: 8.91
 
 

2008 Hyundai Veracruz
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

I rarely take the trouble to write positive reviews, but after my experience yesterday I had to give these tires a nod. I drove about 250 miles in a snow storm in temps below 15degF, highway and local driving. Roads were a mix of wet where salt had melted snow, packed snow, slushy snow, probably some ice underneath. Virtually every possible condition. Combined with AWD on my Hyundai, these tires performed flawlessly. Cars were spun out, drivers were crawling along with their hazard lights on. I was able to drive up 55 mph, in the lanes that hadn't been well-plowed, passing trucks and cars, with confidence. Never lost control, car remained stable, tracked steering input very well. I had wondered if it was worth the money for dedicated snow tires...I'm not wondering anymore. These are killer snow tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.85
 
 

2013 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Buckhannon, WV
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2014

I mostly drive highway and city to go to and from work and do some light dirt/gravel driving on weekends , these tires are a great all around tire for all conditions. Will defiantly consider buying these again for my truck however I doubt I will need any for awhile!

 

Yokohama's PARADA Spec-X is a Proven All-Season Performer for Your SUV

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Currently sitting at the top of our survey results in the Street/Sport Truck All-Season category, the Yokohama PARADA Spec-X continues to impress SUV and light truck owners with superior wet and dry traction, as well as a quiet ride. Available in sizes ranging from 17" up to 28" wheel diameters, the PARADA Spec-X has built a strong reputation over its life by using a directional tread pattern and wide center grooves to resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction. Recently, Yokohama added more sizes to provide owners of "modern" muscle cars with confidence in year-round conditions, even light snow. Now, vehicles like the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro can trade their fast wearing Original Equipment tires for extended life and improved comfort.

The range of available sizes means the PARADA Spec-X can be used on a variety of vehicles including:

  • Late-model GM SUVs
  • Cadillac Escalades
  • Chevrolet Suburbans 
  • Acura MDX and RDX
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Mazda CX-9

For more insight on this tire, read our customer reviews to see what drivers are saying about their experience with the Yokohama PARADA Spec-X,

Goodyear's Wrangler All-Terrian Adventure with Kevlar Does it All

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar is Goodyear's newest On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire slated to replace the highly popular Wrangler SilentArmor. Last year, Goodyear provided us an opportunity to experience this tire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, one of America's top areas for outdoor recreational activities. They offered several on-road and dirt-road experiences behind the wheel of a variety of SUVs and pick-up trucks in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.

Most notably, our team felt the tire provided a quiet and comfortable ride. Also, the tire's open shoulders and multi-faceted tread blocks delivered predictable steering response and traction on dirt.

 Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar
 Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar


Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar tires are developed for light truck drivers looking to combine on-road competence with off-road versatility. Offered in Standard Load sizes for half-ton vehicles, the tire is also available in Pro-Grade Load Range E sizes for three-quarter and one-ton pick-up trucks, vans and SUVs that regularly haul or tow heavy loads.

This new addition to the Goodyear line-up features a longwearing, specialized rubber tread compound (Pro-Grade tires use an even more chip- and chunk-resistant tread compound that enhances wear in high-torque applications). These compounds are molded into a multi-faceted symmetric tread design that combines rugged looks along with on-road comfort and off-road traction. Open shoulder blocks and traction ridges at the base of the outboard circumferential grooves help clear mud and snow (Pro-Grade tires meet the industry's severe snow service requirements and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol).

If you're in the market for an On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire that can deliver superior ride comfort and road noise, while combining off-road versatility then consider the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar.

Best Winter Tires for Snow for Crossovers and SUVs

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Crossovers and SUVs are a very popular vehicle segment and are available from smaller vehicles like the Ford Escape and Nissan Murano, to larger SUVs such as the Chevy Suburban and Cadillac Escalade. There are even high performance models like the Porsche Cayenne and Infiniti FX that have acceleration rivaling that of sports cars.  

Most owners of these vehicles aren't buying them primarily for their off-road capability or 0-60 times, but instead for their desire of a balance of utility, comfort and performance. They also want good all-season traction, including during the winter months. To get the most winter traction, the best option is to install a set of winter / snow tires because they provide much better snow and ice traction compared to their all-season counterparts.

Which winter tires are the best for snow and ice traction for your crossover, light truck or SUV? 

 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
 Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter


I would take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 and Pirelli Scorpion Winter. Between the two, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 has better snow and ice traction. Pirelli's Scorpion Winter is a slight step down in snow and ice traction compared to the Blizzak, however it does have better dry road traction and quicker steering response for the days when the roads are dry. These tires aren't just available for SUVs and crossovers, but also make great winter truck tires. 

For more information on the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, read "Winter Truck Tires."

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 vs Blizzak DM-V1

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Owners of crossover vehicles, small SUVs and even full size cars with large outside diameter tire fitments often call to ask which one of Bridgestone's popular winter / snow tires would work best for their vehicle. For many applications, there may be only one of Bridgestone's Studless Ice & Snow tires offered in a given size, however there are certainly exceptions.

For example, if you own a newer model Honda CRV which employs the use of 225/65R17 tires, you'll find two models of Blizzak tires that are suitable for your SUV. While you could purchase either and be very well suited, there are differences between them.


Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1


The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 is designed for lighter vehicles such as small and mid-sized cars and features an extremely soft compound designed to give these vehicles every traction advantage available. The tire is also T-speed rated to provide a more responsive steering feel at speed and retain a more acceptable degree of stability when being pushed into corners. Make no mistake, T-speed rated tires will not set dry track records, however most drivers appreciate the responsiveness they offer when compared to Q-,R- and S-speed rated options.

In contrast, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 is designed for SUVs and light trucks and may wear slightly better than the WS70 when used on a heavier vehicle. The larger tread blocks and slightly less directional design will also more closely resemble that of a "truck" tire. The most negative trait of the DM-V1 is its relatively low R-speed rating. Aside from having a lower top speed of 106 mph, the DM-V1 will not handle as sharply as the T-speed rated WS70. Both make an excellent winter tire option that can handle the snow and ice winter throws at you.

To further research these two tires, take a look at our Tire Survey Results.

Incredible Pricing on the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI Snow Tire

Friday, November 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

For a limited time, we're able to offer extremely low pricing on the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI in the select size of 225/70R16. Priced at $67 per tire, or $268 plus shipping for a set of four, this tire will move fast as we head into the busy winter months. 

This Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow tire offers a large amount of biting edges, while its symmetric tread pattern features an optimized sip. It was developed for the drivers of crossovers, SUVs and light-duty pickup trucks looking for the ability to get where they need to go in the worst wintry weather. Winter Slalom KSI tires provide traction that's ready to handle winter's cold, wet, slushy, snowy and icy roads.

Featuring a unique micro-pore rubber compound mix that provides a grip mechanism to generate traction on ice and snow, the tire doesn't compromise much in terms of wet grip. The tire's internal structure includes twin steel belts on top of a polyester casing, while BFGoodrich's ETEC System (Equal Tension Containment) of spirally wrapped nylon provides a consistent footprint and maximizes tread area contact to enhance winter driving control.

When the Winter Slalom KSI is approximately 50 perfect worn, a winter tread depth indicator molded into the tire's design lets you know the remaining tread depth is reaching the end of its ability to provide beneficial snow traction. It's also recommended that drivers install this tire in sets of four only.

Act now before this tire is gone!

What are the Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013? Find Out Here!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Which are the best winter / snow tires for 2013? The answer will depend on your driving style, model of vehicle and the winter conditions you experience.

Studless Ice & Snow 

Studless Ice & Snow tires deliver maximum snow and ice traction when conditions are the most severe. These tires will give up some dry grip and steering response compared to higher performance winter / snow tires. Their rubber compounds have technology that keeps them soft and pliable even in sub freezing temperatures in order to give you great winter traction. Tires in this performance category have more aggressive tread patterns and often more tread depth to help them bite through the snow. 

They are available for nearly all types of vehicles from small cars like the SmartForTwo, all the way up to full sized SUVs such as the Ford Expedition. Drivers who purchase Studless Ice & Snow tires typically drive in the central to northern regions of the snowbelt or in higher altitudes. Studless Ice & Snow tires are also an excellent choice for new drivers that need extra confidence when driving in wintry conditions. A few top choices in the category for 2013 include the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 (for light trucks, crossovers and SUVs).

 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
 Bridgestone Blizzak DMV-1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1


Performance Winter / Snow 

Performance Winter / Snow tires give up some ultimate snow and ice traction for better dry grip and faster steering response. The tread patterns on these tires aren't quite as aggressive as Studless Ice & Snow tires and often have shallower tread depths which leads to more responsive handling. 

Tires in this performance category are made for a wide variety of vehicles, from performance sedans such as the BMW 3 Series, to larger performance vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne. Drivers who purchase performance snow tires often drive higher performance vehicles, and many drive in areas where snow is less frequent or where snow removal is very good. Despite their bias towards more performance, they still have much better snow and ice traction than an all-season tire. Some top tires in this category include the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4, Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D and Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32.  

 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
 Dunlop Winter Sport 4D
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D


Are you having trouble deciding between Studless Ice & Snow and Performance Winter / Snow tires? Then take a look at "Should I Buy Performance Winter / Snow Tires or Studless Ice & Snow Tires?"

 

Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013-2014

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Colin .

Now's the time to purchase your winter / snow tires! Winter tires are offered in three performance categories: Performance Winter / Snow, Studless Ice & Snow and Studdable Winter / Snow.

Performance Winter / Snow tires are for drivers who want enhanced dry road handling and are willing to trade some snow and ice traction to get it. Studless Ice & Snow tires are designed for those who want to maximize snow and ice traction without the inconvenience of using winter tire studs. Studdable Winter / Snow tires provide basic snow traction and/or the additional security by adding optional winter tire studs to enhance traction on ice.

Bridgestone

The Blizzak WS70 and DM-V1 are ranked highly in the Studless Ice & Snow category and continue to score well in our customer feedback. We've been the largest single source of Blizzak studless winter / snow tires in the United States since their introduction in 1993 and have always been impressed with their traction on ice and in snow.   

Dunlop

Dunlop is replacing their very popular Performance Winter / Snow SP Winter Sport 3D with the SP Winter Sport 4D. The tires were developed for sports cars, coupes and sedans that come from the factory equipped with low profile tires mounted on large diameter alloy wheels. They provide dry, wet and snow-covered road competence by delivering traction throughout winter's cold temperatures. Also, when you purchase a set of four SP Winter Sport 3D or 4D winter tires before the end of the year, you can receive a $60 mail-in rebate. View special offer details here.

Michelin

In the Studless Ice & Snow category, take a look at Michelin's X-Ice Xi3, and if you own a light truck or SUV, consider their Latitude X-Ice Xi2. Both tires provide good ice and snow traction, along with predictable handling in cold, dry and wintry conditions. The X-Ice Xi2 meets Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance that contributes to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions from CO2 gases.

View all the brands of winter / snow tires we carry and find the one that's right for your vehicle.

Best Studded Winter/Snow Tires

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Steve Huffman

It's that time of year again. Time to get ready for the inevitable snow and ice that awaits drivers in Canada and parts of the United States. Tire Rack has several winter / snow tire options for just about any vehicle. Some drivers, however, prefer a studded tire. These tires do particularly well in rural and mountainous areas, as well as places that see their fair share of packed snow and ice. Studs can provide better bite on ice. If you're looking for one of the better studded winter tires, consider the following options.

Our most popular Studdable Winter / Snow tire is the Firestone Winterforce. This tire has been around for several seasons and has a proven track record. It has a very aggressive and deep directional tread design that helps it plow through the elements.

General's AltiMAX Arctic is another great option worth looking at. This tire does so well on its own that many drivers decide to drive on them without using studs. It can accommodate the use of optional metal studs and is designed to offer high levels of traction at low temperatures.

New for the 2013 winter season is the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter. Here is another deep, aggressive and directional treaded tire capable of taking on the winter elements. Designed for coupes, sedans, minivans, crossovers, SUVs and light-duty pickup trucks, the tire allows for alternating rows of optional metals studs that can be added in the shoulder and intermediate tread blocks to increase traction on hard-packed snow and icy roads.

Finally, Pirelli's Winter Carving can be studded to give you the additional traction you're looking for. While designed to accept tire studs, it can also be used without studs if desired. Winter Carving radials are designed to perform in wet and dry conditions, as well as enhance overall traction in snow and on ice.

Firestone Winterforce
Firestone
Winterforce
General Altimax Arctic
General AltiMAX
Arctic
Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter
Goodyear Ultra Grip
Winter
Pirelli Winter Carving Edge
Pirelli Winter
Carving


Always be sure to install Studdable Winter / Snow tires in sets of four.

Alternative Options to Tire Chains

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Depending on where you live, you may be familiar with how to use tire chains. Quite a while ago, government agencies that oversaw roads cutting through mountain regions required vehicles to use tire chains before proceeding through a mountain pass. Although they increased traction for the type of tire technology at the time, they were cumbersome and inconvenient to install during a storm.

In the 1990s, a new standard was developed to help consumers identify and purchase a tire that offered a higher level of traction in harsh winter conditions. Tires were now to be branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol. In addition to tire chains, winter / snow tires meeting this performance standard are considered traction devices, allowing drivers to get through the passes. Listed below are some light truck/SUV options that are branded with a mountain/snowflake symbol. These tires offer a higher level of winter traction without the requirement of using snow chains.

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season

On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction

To learn more about the mountain/snowflake symbol, read "How to Confirm a Winter Performer."