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 become 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

Max Performance Summer Tires for 2014

Here in South Bend, Indiana we are nearly thawed out from a brutal winter and it is time to start considering what tires to run this summer. For enthusiasts with cars that are driven on the street as opposed to the track, this usually means selecting a tire from our Max Performance Summer category. Max Performance Summer tires feature advanced ultra low...  Read More

What Causes Tire Bubbles?

After this year's harsh winter, the roads are worse than ever. I've not only seen many stranded motorists parked next to potholes they've hit, but single replacement tire requests have been more frequent lately. While a bubble can be caused by a handful of scenarios, the most common is impact damage such as hitting a pothole.   Tiresare made of specialized...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

I bought these tires a couple months ago, based on the test ratings on this website. As usual, the Tire Rack ratings were dead on! I drive (on average) about 2,000 miles per week, and live in west Michigan. Due to the unpredictable nature of Michigan weather, I needed a tire that performed well in all weather conditions. These tires do everything they say...  Read More

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

Recently purchased these tires to replace the factory Michelen tires. I have noticed an immediate reduction in road noise with these tires, and the comfort over pot marked roads has been a great improvement. Today, in Columbus Ohio (2-5-14) we received 6 of snow with a layer of ice over top of it over night. The tires handled it with an amazing amount of...  Read More

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

I purchased a 2013 Toyota Prius Five model in November 2013 and replaced the OEM Toyo tires immediately based on the reviews of the Toyo's on Tire Rack. I selected the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tires based on the reviews on Tire Rack. I drive between 1000 and 1250 miles per week because of my job. I drive both highway and city miles. During the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

These are definitely the best all season low profile tires I have come across. I have had Nitto, Michelin and Bridgestone tires and these take the cake when it comes to all season low profile tires. They last pretty long to; I have about 20,000-25,000 miles on them and they are at 6-7/32 still. I've driven in all kinds of snow and rain storms and had nothing...  Read More

Are You a Spirited Driver? Know Before Deciding on Which Winter Tire to Purchase.

As you make your winter / snow tire choice based on performance categories, reviews and input from our sales specialists, it's also helpful to do some self-scouting on how you drive. For example, if you tell our Tire Decision Guide that you're shopping for tires, it'll ask you some of the following questions: Will this vehicle be driving in the snow? Do you...  Read More