Best Performance Winter / Snow Tires 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

A Performance Winter / Snow tire provides the perfect blend of excellent snow and ice traction, while providing great dry road steering response and handling. These tires were originally developed for winter driving on European highways where high-speed driving on clear roads must be combined with traction on snow-covered roads. They're available in many of the low sidewall profiles, large wheel diameter sizes used on sporty coupes and luxury sedans, as well as several crossover and sport utility vehicles.

 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60


Currently, two tires that rank very highly in overall winter performance are the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D and Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60. Both of these tires have high marks in light snow, deep snow and ice traction. However, both of these tires are being replaced and phased out by newer and improved models in the 2013 winter season. The newest Dunlop is the SP Winter Sport 4D, while the new Bridgestone model is the Blizzak LM-32. Both are built off their successful predecessors and are expected to be top winter performers as well.

 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
 Pirelli Winter Sottozero
Pirelli Winter Sottozero


When it comes to dry performance, the top tires in the category are the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 and Pirelli Winter Sottozero. These two tires provided the highest level of dry road steering response and handling, but still have a dedicated winter rubber compound for enhanced snow, ice and cold weather driving.

So, if you drive a high performance vehicle which will experience snow, ice and freezing temperatures, but don't want to take the fun out of your daily commute, look for a Performance Winter / Snow tire for your vehicle today!

With Bad Weather Coming, Make Sure Your Wiper Blades are Ready

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Just like with your tires, it never hurts to be proactive and replace your wiper blades before harsh weather arrives. In most cases, it's easy to tell when your wiper blades are starting to fail as they start to smear or push rain across the windshield instead of wiping it away cleanly. We carry efficient and durable options from PIAA and Valeo that either match your Original Equipment or exceed your current blades in design and efficiency. 

Valeo's ULTIMATE® Wiper Blades feature an aerodynamic design that provide more than 1,500 continuous contact points across the blade that help it minimize the chance that ice or snow will accumulate and affect the blade's performance. Their blades perform so well that they're used as Original Equipment on Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and General Motors applications.

We also carry PIAA wipers, as they use a revolutionary process to infuse their blades with Silicone to maximize durability and effectiveness. PIAA offers their Super Silicone technology in both the traditional frame design (one with a sporty air spoiler to improve high speed performance), as well as the low profile frameless design.

To see what wiper blades are available for your application, shop by vehicle.

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.

How Do I Know What Kind of Tire I Need?

Thursday, July 25, 2013 by Doc Horvath

With summer driving season in full swing, many of our customers are looking for the latest and greatest technology in either summer or all-season tires.  Within each family of tires, we use performance categories to help differentiate the level of performance expected from any given tire.

Summer Tires

Extreme Performance Summer - For drivers who want extreme dry street performance and are willing to trade some comfort and hydroplaning to get it.

Max Performance Summer - You want an unsurpassed blend of dry and wet street traction and handling and only tires in this category will do.

Ultra High Performance Summer - Tires in this category provide a good blend of dry and wet street performance when "re-tiring" your sports coupe or sedan. They also offer responsive handling and crisp steering response. 

High Performance Summer - Low profile tires that provide responsive handling and crisp steering in both wet and dry conditions. 

Grand Touring Summer - Are you looking for a blend of dry and wet street performance along with responsive handling, noise and ride comfort? Then this category is for you. These tires are often used as Original Equipment and place more emphasis on handling and high-speed capabilities than Standard Touring tires.
 

All-Season Tires

Ultra High Performance All-Season - Branded with the M+S symbol, these ultra low profile tires provide year-round traction, even in light snow, through tread designs and compounds that remain more flexible in cold weather to help blend all-season traction with good handling and high-speed capabilities.

High Performance All-Season - Tires in the High Performance All-Season category provide all-season versatility to drive your sports coupe or sedan in different weather conditions, including light snow.

Grand Touring All-Season - These tires are capable of providing year-round traction (even in light snow), while blending a performance tire's appearance with passenger tire's smooth, quiet ride. They're often used as Original Equipment and place an emphasis on handling and high-speed capabilities compared to Standard Touring tires.

Standard Touring All-Season - Do you need a tire that can give you all-season versatility along with enhanced handling and treadwear? If so, then take a look at tires in the Standard Touring All-Season category. Tires in this category are typically available in lower speed ratings and higher aspect ratio sizes. They often place more of an emphasis on ride comfort and treadwear than Grand Touring tires.

Passenger All-Season - While the steering response and handling capabilities of tires in this category won't match that of performance or touring tires, these tires emphasize good wear, a plush ride and predictable handling.

For more information on performance categories, review this page to learn more about the type of tire that best fits your needs.

Raised White Letter Tires - How Can I Get the Classic Look Back?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Throughout the sixties and seventies, the popular choice for muscle car and hot rod owners was a raised white letter tire. At that time, 14" wheels were considered the norm, and 15" wheels were the low profile alternative. Now that fewer cars are being equipped with either size wheel from the factory (and as fewer muscle cars are on the road), availability of raised white letter (RWL) tires is getting tough. Goodyear, Firestone and Dunlop have all ceased production of their RWL options, leaving BFGoodrich to carry the banner with the popular Radial T/A

Radial T/A tires feature the familiar RWL design on one sidewall (plain black letters on the other) and a quiet symmetrical tread design to allow for maximum flexibility for rotation. Its all-season rubber compound is designed for predictable handling and light snow traction, but with an emphasis on long treadlife. The high modulus sidewall stabilizers are designed to improve steering response without a sacrifice of comfort. Just like most muscle cars, the Radial T/A isn't intended for ultra high performance driving and handling. 245/55R18 Radial T/A tires feature the classic redline stripe, but just like the RWL tire, there aren't plans for production in additional sizes.

View all available sizes for the BFGoodrich Radial T/A and see if one is a match for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 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 ArcticReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73

2004 Honda Civic Si Hatchback
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Selden, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2013

I live in Long Island NY and we just got hit by the blizzard, where I live got hit the hardest and we got 34" of snow. I work 40 miles away from home and I left during the worst of the storm. I was passing stuck suv's and trucks left and right. I cannot believe how great these tires are. As I was passing cars that were stuck I can just see them staring at me wondering how is that little civic passing my 4wd suv? well all I can say is winter tires, that's how. I did not get stuck once, going up hills and through deep unplowed roads. I am sold on these tires for life and I will always buy them from now on. If you have a lowered civic, or just a basic fwd car I HIGHLY suggest these. Everyone knows how bad this blizzard was and these tires made it great for me. I was even passing plow trucks that got stuck. I have these tires in low profile 215 45 17 tire size so I can imagine how much better they would be with a larger sidewall but these are the best winter tires money can buy!! Highly suggest you buy them if you have a fwd car or truck!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2002 Audi S4 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Spokane, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2013

The quietest and best ride quality low profile tires I've owned so far. And the treadwear is by far the best. All that and they're comparable performance-wise to other brands of low-pro's I've used.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.09
 
 

2011 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2013

These came stock on the 19" x 8.5" rims of my 2011 Mustang GT. I drive 6-speed with 3.55 gears, so the rear tires get a bit more shock treatment than that of an automatic.

Brand new, the tires are great. You almost can't get them to break traction short of turning the traction control off and dumping the cluth after reving up to red line. But after doing that a few times, you will find the traction/stickiness of the tire will have depleted.

They are still good all-around tires, but after a few months of driving, they lose their launch traction.

I have already replaced two sets (four tires total) in the two years that I have had the car and am about to replace another set on the rear. That would mean that about every 10,000-13,000 miles, they need replaced. The tread is not down to the cords or anything, but you can feel a major difference in the performance at the 10k wear point.

Road noise is pretty minimal for a low-profile tire and the ride is comfortable as the suspension on the GT with these tires rides very well. There seems to be a bit of roll/softness in cornering, but if you know your car well enough, you know what you can and can't do and the tires stay fairly firm. I will buy them again for all year tires, but I will probably switch to something stickier for Summer track action on street tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8
 
 

2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 Sedan Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 37,000
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 37,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2013

Absolutely the best low profile tires I have owned. The noise level is almost non existing, the tread wear is the best I have seen in nearly 15 years of driving.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.83
 
 

1997 Jaguar XJ6
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Miles driven on tires: 270
Location: San Jose, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 270 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2013

An extremely comfortable "V" rated tire that is quiet and handles wet to dry asphalt without issues. Rolling resistance is excellent,not much pedal needed to get car going. Was going over 2 inch pot holes with NO drifting into the other lanes. Solid as expected but the sidewalls could be a tad tighter for unexpected corners. Overall I turned down the Avid s4 due to comfort, Michelin pilot sport no low profile on this heavy car and the michelin primacy MXV4 was not in the price these were for the same performance. The Bridgestone RE97AS is exactly what I was looking for in a Cross Touring tire. Will buy again in 2-3 years since they are priced extremely well.

 

What Are the Longest Lasting Run-Flat Tires for a C6 Chevrolet Corvette?

Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

In 1953, Chevrolet introduced America's first true sports car with the revolutionary sleek look of the Corvette. American's have been enamored with this vehicle ever since its humble beginnings when there was no manual transmission made that could handle its unbelievable 150hp. Things have changed since every model came with a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission to the roaring 430hp V8 used in today's C6 models. Most current C6 Corvette (2005-2013) models are equipped with run-flat tires.

 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus
ZP
 Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT
Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT


Frequently I hear from C6 Corvette owners: "What are the longest lasting run-flat tires?" Switching to an all-season rubber compound can significantly increase treadlife. For instance, the Max Performance Summer Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP has a UTQG rating of 220, while the Ultra High Performance All-Season Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP has a much higher UTQG rating of 500. Many C6 Corvette owners are willing to give up a bit of ultimate grip in order to switch to run-flat tires that can wear upwards of 30% longer. The two most popular Ultra High Performance All-Season run-flat replacement tires are the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP and Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

The Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP (Zero Pressure) is the Ultra High Performance All-Season run-flat tire member of Michelin's Pilot family of low profile, high-speed tires. Developed in the Original Equipment sizes for Chevrolet Corvette C-5 and C-6 coupe and convertible sports cars, the Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP is designed to temporarily support the weight of the car even after a loss of air pressure, as well as combine enhanced all-weather performance, wet grip and treadwear along with year-round traction, including in light snow.

Bridgestone's Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT tire is developed for drivers looking for enhanced ride quality and all-season traction for sports cars, sports coupes and performance sedans originally equipped with O.E. run-flat tires. It features Bridgestone 3G RFT Technology designed to offer almost the same riding comfort as conventional tires while providing temporary extended mobility for a distance of 50 miles at up to 50 mph even after a puncture has allowed complete air pressure loss. Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT tires provide year-round driving flexibility by offering predictable handling, traction and control on dry and wet roads.

When it's time to replace the tires on your Chevrolet C6 Corvette, be sure to shop by vehicle and view the list of longer wearing all-season run-flat tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2004 Mercedes-Benz E55
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Miles driven on tires: 7,500
Location: Helena, MT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,500 Miles on Tires
March 16, 2013

I am starting on the second season with these tires. My car is stored most of the cold months. I am happy with how these tire hold up to rough roads and very aggressive driving I do. These are very low profile tires in a staggered formation on my AMG- 245/35/19 front and 275/30/19 rear. The quietness and traction they provide is outstanding. I have been in a few hard rain storms and maintained 75-80mph to test the traction, hydroplaning, and they felt very capable. The Michelin's feel very confident at high end speeds. I believe the warranty on these is 30,000 miles. I don't expect them to last that long with my driving style, though if i were to get 20,000 on them, I'd be happy. I will most likely try these tires on a track day in the future. They are worth the money!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.36
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 32,105
Location: Westville, IN
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 32,105 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2013

These tires came as OE on my 2010 VW Golf TDI. They were smooth and very little noise for a low profile tire. After about 25,000 miles noise and poor wet weather handling came to play. At 32,000 miles I had to replace them due to wear. I have always achieved 50,000 to 70,000 on different sets of tires. I thought this was odd but after reading some of the other views, I am not alone. I am a very conservative driver so I was surprised. After reading reviews on TireRack I am trying another set of Continentals, the PureContact DWS. They are rated as a best seller and the ride after 3,400 miles iis great. Night and day ride quality. I will have to post how they perform on mileage at another time. I would not recommend the Continental ContiProContact to anyone looking for tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2013

Ok people I am going to be straight forward as I see people complaining about this tire. Look it is pretty much the cheapest tire you will get off tire rack. If you want quailty then pay more. You get what you pay for. Overall it is a good tire. I have only put 100 miles on them so this is a glimpse and I will do another review in the furture. It performs great during the dry but have not had them in the rain yet. It does not snow too often where I live so I cannot say about its snow ability. The tire is a little loud when driving and is not the smoothest of rides. I have even babied them and its still a rough drive. I'm not the best driver so I am used to it. C'mon people its a low profile tire of course its not going to be smooth. I am just hoping I get better tread wear than the other reviews. The way I drive I am probably going to eat through the tread anyways. I think it is more of a track tire than a daily driver. It would be perfect for a car that is only driven on the weekends. Just my opinion.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 11,178
Location: Montville, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 11,178 Miles on Tires
March 03, 2013

After 9 months and less than 12K miles, both front tires blistered on the sidewall. Potholes are the norm in the northeast, however in forty-nine years of driving, I've never had side-walls fail. I've had lots of low profile tires, but these side-walls are dangerous. The tires performed fine otherwise, but I would not buy them for use in the northeast.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73

2007 Chrysler 300C All Wheel Drive
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Binghamton, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2013

Pros: Amazing on wet roads, even on driveable flodded roads, it feels like no water at all; amazing winter traction for an all season tire; amazingly comfortable ride for a low profile tire; very nice physical appearance.

Cons: Went 5 times for tire balancing; still no luck. Got no problem with my car whatsoever. Tends to bounce and shake on high speeds.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 2.09
 
 

2012 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 8,700
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,700 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2013

After 8700 miles on the OEMtire a bubble grew on the sidewall. VW sent me to dunlop sent me to just tires and it was a big cluster and no warranty coverage. Worst experience with a tire in my life. Dunlop and VW are pretty much worthless in working things out. I have low profile potenzas on my other car and I've never had a problem with those. Dunlop tires are not worth your time

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Monday, January 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25

2008 BMW 550i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 16,000
Location: Arlington, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 16,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2013

Just had service done to my car and was told that the inside of my current Hankook Ventus rear tires are worn to the belts after 16K miles. Absolutely not surprised considering the low tread rating and the excessive camber of the BMW's sport suspension setup. Front tires still have enough life left to probably last as long as the 2 new rears. Performance-wise, these tires are outstanding. Very quiet ride and they provide very good feedback. The soft compound really does strike a good balance between a compliant ride with a low profile, quite operation, and fantastic grip, unfortunately at the expense of tire wear. I plan on adjusting out some of the camber to as neutral as possible but still within spec for my replacement tires and I should see an improvement in tire life. Otherwise, you can't beat this tire for the price. I may try something different next time (Continental or Michelin, both with better treadwear ratings and equal performance, but more $$), but I'll always keep these as an option.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2012 Chevrolet Cruze
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Clinton Township, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2013

These tires are on my wife's Chevy Cruze and she is very happy with them. We have already had a couple of heavy snows this season and the Michelin X-Ice tires have performed well (better than the Bridgestone Revos on her previous car). They are pretty much indistinguishable from the OEM AW Michelins that came on the car in the noise & handling departments and may actually ride better as the originals are low profile tires. Hopefully these tires will wear better than the Revos, but it is too early to tell......

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle GT (W-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle GT (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.9
 
 

2004 BMW 530i Sedan Sport Pkg
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: Detroit, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2012

Excellent tire! Living in Michigan, I wanted a sport orientated tire that would still get me to work during the two or three snowstorms we have a year in Michigan. These fit the bill. They handle great for an all season, good wet and dry performance and really compliment the excellent handling characteristics of a 5-series BMW. With a semi-powerful RWD car that has the sport package (Lowered by an 1" and low profile tires) I was pretty concerned about winter performance and debated getting dedicated snow tires, but I'm glad I didn't. These are VERY adequate in snow. We just had a 6" dumping here and the car was fine. Don't get me wrong, I had to take it slow, drive carefully, and be gentle on the throttle and brakes, but for ultra high performance all seasons + RWD, these are a great tires. I even made it though some major drifts without an issue. If you do your part driving, these tires will do theirs. At the end of the day yes, all season tires are a compromise, but for someone like me who drives a sports sedan in an area that sees serious snow only a few times a year, and someone who doesn't want to deal with the hassle and extra expense of doing summer and winter tires and wheels... these tires are a perfect compromise.