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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Replaced the OEM with these Michelin Defenders and Wow - Smooth and Quiet! My wife even mentioned she never knew tires could change a car much - Smooth - She calls em MmushyMellons (in a good way meaning quiet and smooth)... With 18K on en they still brand new... Looks like they'll wear very well. Pretty nice for a low profile touring tire   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

I am highly pleased with this tire. As always, any of us are hesitant at times of buying something new, especially tires. So many to choose from, and all at competitive pricing. Once our first good snow fell that was significant, 12 over night and a total of well over 2' in two days, i was shocked at how well these tires performed. Overall traction is...  Read More

Longest-Wearing Z-Rated Performance Tires

What can drivers of sports cars and high performance vehicles with low profile, Z-rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tires do if they want to have longer wearing tires? In the past, the best a driver could hope for, in regards to treadwear, was an option that lasted approximately 20,000 miles. This was the case for so long that it has becomeĀ a common...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax RT

Excellent in all applicable categories, haven't had them long enough to rate them for winter performance. I will append my review next spring, but I expect performance will be extremely good. They are super quite, and have surprisingly good lateral stability for not being a low profile tire.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Excellent tires! On my A5 I'm able to corner without hesitation and full confidence. I got 245/35-19s and ride comfort is adequate, which is expected on low profile tires, but on smooth pavement these tires are not bad at all initially, after putting 30K+ miles on them noise is starting to become louder, but still, nothing horrible. Steering response is...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

I purchased this tire after I ruined a set of Dunlops by mistake. I used to be a dedicated Bridgestone before buying the Dunlop just to save a few dollars. Bad mistake. Anyways onto the review of this tire. Simply put, best Bridgestone tire I have ever owned. This tire is listed as a summer tire but I have used them in snow and had no trouble at all. It...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Replaced the 19 inch dunlop low profile (5000 sport) that came with car with 17 inch allow wheels and the new michelin premeier. Could not take the road noise and harsh ride from the oem dunlop sport 5000. Ride is much better, quieter and far smoother. Road noise is lowered and the harsh, bone jarring ride, on highways with potholes or all types, is vastly...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Believe it or not I drive my 911 year round. The factory Dunlop tires performed well in the dry, decently in the rain, but wear very quickly and were quite noisy. I had the Michelins installed on an aftermarket set of forged wheels lighter than stock. Right away the noise level was drastically reduced. Also, I could get the Dunlop tires to break away if I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

I've had them long enough to have driven in almost every condition on road, including deep snow, ice, heavy rain, dry highway, secondary roads with tight turns, and some highway cruising. I don't have any meaningful off-road experience to report.These tires transformed the ride and tire noise levels to those of near car tires in our 2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

This is a phenomenal tire. It combines excellent grip and handling with decent ride quality. They are very quiet, especially for low profile tires. These tires replaced the Bridgestone RE050a Runflat tires that originally came with my car. They are much better than the RE050a tires in every way. They last about as long as you'd expect a high performance...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

I have tried several types of winter tires (including Dunlop and the very good Bridgestone Blizzaks) but these Michelins are the best by far. When first mounted in the late fall while the roads were still clear, it was very obvious that the tires had a deeper and softer tread than all-season tires - in particular the tires felt much more compliant over pot...  Read More