One of These Things is Not Like the Other!

Often times, you'll see two different listings for seemingly identical tires, but they have two different prices. What in the world is going on with that? Tire manufacturers will give different part numbers to the same model of tires if the tires have a different sidewall styling, speed rating, load index or O.E. designation. These differences in the tires...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Bought in April 2010. Noise picking up around 20k mi as well as tramlining. Now at 25k. Some inner shoulder wear but that is unavoidable in the front of the sc430, even though my alignment is set up for max tread life. Have been rotated regularly. Rolling noise sound was getting bad enough that I began to wonder if the bearings were shot; instead rebalancing...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season

Overall I'm impressed with these tires. I was concerned with how they handle in the snow and I was considering snow tires but these tires combined with the Audi Quattro make it impossible to get stuck. I drove through unplowed parking lots with 7 snow with no problem. treadwear is good. I had a couple of problems with blisters from hitting pot holes but that...  Read More

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

I bought a used 2009 Focus that had Hankook tires on it. After driving the first winter on those tires I was certain that this car absolutely rots in any snow driving. It is a light vehicle with low profile tires. Not the best combination. Last summer it was time for new tires. After reading reviews of tires that fit this car, the choice was clear--Pirelli...  Read More

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

I searched for a tire that had better Ride, Noise, & Tread-wear, as rated by the customers. I purchased this set because I needed 20 tires to go with the Helo Chrome wheels. I preferred the OEM Tesla 19 wheel Vs the OEM 21 higher performance/lower profile tire because of the Wear factor and Road Noise. I also do not believe there is any advantage to low...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

Purchased these tire along with some 16 wheels as a winter set up for my IS300 and I'm happy with my investment. Is300 is a small RWD car and getting around in the snow on all season tires last year was scarry not to mention potholes ruined two of my low profile 17 tires. Two days after putting these on I had to drive through about 2 of unplowed frozen...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero

IF you drive an Audi, I would highly recommend the Audi R01 Blackwell tires. They perform amazing and are even one of the quietest low profile tires I have ever driven. They perform amazing in dry warm summer conditions and very well in the rain. I will definitely buy again.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Bought these tires from tire rack because of several reasons; First was price, @ $86 dollars a piece how could you go wrong, next was warranty, which comes with a 24 months hazard warranty, plus the tires are 6 years 50,000 miles tires, I didn't have to pay sales tax for the tires being from PA, I did have to pay for shipping, but the tires arrived next day...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

This was the only size Hankook made to fit my 7x15 rims. They dropped the convertible car 1 in ride height, lowered the rear ratio 10% to 3.60:1 which is excellent in all respects. The improvement in handling is very intertaining in a stock car. Well under 6 seconds 0-60 now and have to feather the gas on launch to keep from smoky burnouts. Once these tires...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

This tire is bordering on R-compound-like performance, but in a streetable summer tire. Dry performance is simply astounding, and even in extremely heavy rain, these tires were more composed than anything I've ever driven in - at freeway speeds where other cars had to slow down due to the standing water, these never hydroplaned once.Treadwear does not appear...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2

When I purchased these tires they were not yet available to the public. My purchase was based on reviews and testing done at the Baja Fresh. I knew they were more then capable in an off road scenario and even in snow. The fear was that they would be noisy and perform just plain awful on the highway.These tires over exceeded my expectations. They look really...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c

I put these on as my winter set on my gen coupe and even though the car is not made for winter with these tires on its one of the beat winter cars I've had. They have amazing traction in snow even being wide low profile tires. Dry grip is also good, my only complaint is wet traction. If the roads are wet these things are like gliding on ice and the smallest...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3

I have the Dunlop Winter Sport M3s on the OEM 18 wheels, in sizes 225/45VR18 in the front and 255/40VR18 in the back. These are truly outstanding snow tires. They are the best - I think - for a car like my E46 M3. We had a snowstorm (around Thanksgiving) and several freezingrainstorms. The tires behaved beautifully. The traction control light never came on...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta XS

I am using these tires in sizes 275/35WR18 in the rear and 245/40WR18 in the front, on the BMW OEM 18-inch rims. They are wider than the stock tires and, in fact, they are the widest tires that will fit on the OEM rims. My M3 has several modifications, including Dinan Stage-III suspensions and "CSL" competition brakes.After 3000 miles the tires are not very...  Read More

What You Need to Know About Low Profile Tires

"I have 245/45R17 low profile tires on my car, and I want to make sure these new tires I'm looking at are low profile, too. Also, can I replace low profile tires with 'regular' tires?" These two questions are asked often by customers we deal with when discussing tire options. If the tires you're looking at purchasing are the same size, in this example it...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

The Grabber had such a good track test by Tire Rack that I wanted to try them. The stock tires were lower profile which requires a higher tire pressure than the Grabber which makes the ride harder and louder. The Grabber provides much better traction than the stock Pirelli tires in the rain, snow, mud and sand. We have an average annual rainfall of 60, and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

I was dreading putting snow tires on my car, knowing that it meant swapping my low profile 18s for 16s, but these tires are fantastic. Not only do they handle the Maine winter weather with ease (and this winter thus far has been rough), but they are pleasant to drive on dry pavement. The steering responsiveness is better than any other 16 snow tire that I've...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

I had a set of Pirelli tires on my 04 Mazda3 s5door. Once they warmed up, I had traction through almost any corner I found on the roads. But the cons of the tire made me look elsewhere. 1st, they had an enormous amount of road noise. Not quite as bad as being back in my old Jeep, but you still had to raise your voice to carry on a conversation, or turn the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

I purchased these in 1/9/09 so these have almost 4 winters on them. I purchased them because this is the car my bride drives 15 miles to work each day. One day I pulled out of my driveway with less than 2 of snow, (using 3 month old BS Turanza Serenity A/S tires. I was shocked the car had no control when starting from a stop; directing me toward the curb. I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Brand new. Still have mold release grease on them. They need a couple of thousand miles to get at least scuffed a bit. Bought these, as their predecessor tires, Michelin Pilot Sport AS Plus XL were great. I expect these to be even better, as they're 5 years further along the engineering timeline. I just haven't had enough time to really break them in, drive...  Read More