Sumitomo's Affordable Performance All-Season Tire Just Got Better

Sumitomo traces its roots back to its relationship with Dunlop that started in 1909 and has been engineering and producing world-class tires now for decades. In the late 1990s, Sumitomo and Goodyear formed a joint venture in which the two manufacturers would produce tires for each other. In a way, you can think of Sumitomo as the "Goodyear of Japan."  For...  Read More

Lower Your Car and Keep a Great Ride with Eibach Lowering Springs

Now that fair weather is just around the corner, many drivers are starting to focus on the performance and handling capability of their sporty cars. After upgrading tires, a vehicle's suspension is the next area of improvement that yields great results for the money. For most, a set of lowering springs from Eibach may be the answer.  Benefits of lowering...  Read More

Best Time to Switch from Winter Tires Back to Summer Tires

It has been a long, cold winter for much of the United States this year. With the recent warm-up in some places, it's understandable that many drivers using winter tires are tempted to swap them off for their summer or all-season tires.   Why the rush to remove winter set-ups? Many drivers are concerned that their winter tires will wear out quicker during...  Read More

New Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R vs Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A

Bridgestone is a leader in the area of research and development in the tire industry. It's no wonder that their Potenza RE-11, and its successor, the Potenza RE-11A have been top-rated Extreme Performance Summer tires since their initial releases. If you aren't familiar with this category of tires, take a look at "What are Extreme Performance Summer...  Read More

Best Tires for the Toyota Sienna Minivan

The Toyota Sienna has been one of the most popular minivans for over a decade. It's no wonder, as the Sienna is a spacious, comfortable, safe and reliable vehicle with great resale value. If Toyota's family hauler of choice has a common complaint among many of its drivers, it is that many have found the Original Equipment tiresto be lacking. Two of the most...  Read More

BBS SR vs. All-New O.Z. Racing Omnia

Not long ago, BBS released a lower priced option with their SR wheel. Rather than lower the quality, BBS kept costs low by offering just a few select sizes and simple finishes. The results were phenomenal for drivers as they got a great deal on a high quality wheel at a low cost compared to similar European-made wheels. If you aren't familiar with the BBS...  Read More

Kosei K1 Racing Versus New Kosei K5R

Are you looking for a strong, lightweight wheel for autocross events? In the past, you would look no further than the Kosei K1 Racing wheel. Designed for track use, the Kosei K1 Racing meets many of the demands of the weekend warrior racer. Whether you are a driver participating in HPDE track days, driving schools or even just autocrossing, the Kosei K1...  Read More

Best All-Season Tires for the Honda Civic

If you're the owner of a newer Honda Civc, then you probably already know that the Original Equipment tiresare tuned for a quiet and soft ride. However, they're not among the best choices for all-season traction in wet and snowy conditions. While it is great to have the best tires, many drivers prefer to have affordable tires that represent a good value for...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package vs. Buying Winter Tires Only

You've decided that dedicated winter tires are the right choice for you. After doing your research, you decided to go with either the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 or Michelin X-Ice Xi3 to increase your driving confidence and safety. Next, you must decide if you want to simply purchase tires to mount on your current wheels, or buy a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel...  Read More

Is the General AltiMAX Arctic the Best Studdable Winter / Snow Tire?

With recent snow falls still making news, many of us our reminded that we still have many weeks (and months in some areas) of winter driving left this season. To see if February is still a good time to purchase winter tires, take a look at "Is it Too Late to Buy Winter / Snow Tires?"   The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80, and Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Bridgestone...  Read More

Four Common Winter / Snow Tire Myths and Facts

With many drivers looking to purchase their first set of winter / snow tires, we've been receiving many questions about the overall performance of snow tires. To help customers better understand winter tires, take a look at the following myths about these tires. Myth #1: Snow tires are only needed on the drive axle of a vehicle.  Fact: Dedicated winter /...  Read More

Is it Too Late to Buy Winter / Snow Tires?

The winter season of 2014-2015 has been a tumultuous one! First, we had a very early cold snap with several inches of snow in early November. This caught many drivers off guard and forced quite a few drivers to install their winter / snow tires a few weeks ahead of schedule. Following that early chill and snowfall was nearly a month of unseasonably warm...  Read More

Second Season with Dunlop Winter Maxx Winter Tires

Last year, I purchased Dunlop Winter Maxx tires in the middle of winter for my 2009 Infiniti G37X coupe. These tires replaced the Graspic DS-2 and performed very well in their first season of use. But, how would they perform in season two?  So far, this winter season has provided me with a variety of conditions in which to further evaluate these tires....  Read More

How Long Do Summer Tires Last Compared to All-Seasons?

As a moderator of several forums, I was recently asked the following question in a forum in regards to the wear of summer tires compared to all-season tires: "Gary, I currently have Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport tires (Ultra High Performance Summer) on my car. However, I do a lot of long-distance travel, and I am thinking that it may be better to get...  Read More

Michelin Tires Make a Great Choice for Almost Any Vehicle

Michelin is recognized by many as one of the top car and truck tire manufacturers in the world. They are the company that created the first radial tire and have been at the cutting edge of design and technology ever since. Many of their tires rank at or near the top of nationally recognized tests and customer survey data. Depending on the tire's performance...  Read More

Can My Winter Tires Last Another Season?

The early snowfall this season caused many drivers to think about the condition of their tires sooner than they might normally. Drivers who use dedicated winter / snow tires should check the tread depth of their tires every year. Simply because a tire "looks like it has good tread" doesn't mean that the tire is suitable for driving safely in...  Read More

Ice Traction Comparison Between All-Season and Winter Tires

You may already know how much more traction winter tires provide on snow-covered roads compared to all-season tires. However, what about icy surfaces? Many drivers think that no matter what tire you drive on, nothing can help you on ice. The truth is that accelerating, cornering and stopping are all dramatically improved with winter tires, even on the...  Read More

Three Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the Car Lover in Your Life!

When you think of Tire Rack, you likely think of our extensive information and selection of tires and wheels. You may have even purchased a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for your car to help conquer the snowy conditions this season. Did you know that we offer more than just tires and wheels? In fact, we have a variety of automotive accessories that...  Read More

What Air Pressure to Use When Changing from Run-Flat Tires to Non-Run-Flat Tires

"I've decided to get rid of my run-flat tires that came as Original Equipment on my 2009 BMW 335i Coupe Sport Package and make the switch to non-run-flats. I've heard that I should use higher air pressure, is this true? If so, what tire pressure do you recommend?" As a moderator of several BMW forums, this is a question I receive often. Switching from...  Read More

New Finish Now Available for Value-Priced BBS SR

With over thirty years of experience, BBS produces some of the highest quality motorsport and street wheels on the market. BBS wheels are famous for their robust designs and lighter weight for increased performance on high-performance vehicles.   While the cost of engineering, designing and testing a BBS wheel does translate into a more expensive wheel...  Read More