The Best Tire Choice for Your Mazda 3

As far as options go in the compact car segment, the Mazda 3 offers a competitive package that is more visually pleasing than some of its rivals and is also a fairly pleasurable car to drive. While it certainly will not set any track records, the car has many strengths that make it a popular choice among consumers on the road today. Due to the high...  Read More

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

Tonight I had my first chance to test out these tires in real snow conditions. Mother nature left a fresh 3 inches of snow at 22 degrees for my hour and a half commute home. Driving on the state highway I was moving along with ease and confidence at about 45-50 mph while other drivers were going around 40. In my Mazda, I've had Yokohamas, Continentals, and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

Have them on my Odyssey Touring. First season with them with several snow storms in Eastern Ohio. They have handled everything that winter has thrown at us thus far, minus 2 inches of solid ice in our alley (we weren't able to back in to our garage as normal, instead had to pull straight in). Wet, dry, and light and deep snow traction have been great and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

I lived 3 years in Maine and 7 now in Wisconsin. Driven everything from compact FWD cars to AWD SUVs. I had never considered buying winter tires because I never had any issues. This winter I decided to give them a try since I am spending a bit of time traveling to the Lake Superior and Michigan UP areas. I have to say that the difference was noticeable...  Read More

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

My Mazda 3 Drives like a dream with the proper tire inflation. After 28000 miles iI still have 8/32 of tread left on my Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. For the money this tire can't be beat.Today however i perched a set of Michelin Premier A/S for my Ford Focus (Was offered a deal i could not pass up on them) It will be fun to compare them with the Cinturato...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z III

I am on my 2nd set of these tires and will be purchasing a 3rd real soon. Tirerack reviews led me to this tire, as well as it's price. I live in South Louisiana, so I see lots of heat, rain, and absolutely zero snow, so summer tires is all I need. The Mazda3 is known to have a harsher ride than most, due to it's performance oriented suspension, so regardless...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Needed snows for this extra-snowy upstate NY winter, and chose these because I have been very happy with them on my 2006 Mazda3 hatchback for the past 3 winters. It's difficult to tell the car has snow tires - these are very quiet, don't squirm or lose grip, and take turns almost as well as the OEM all-season Yokohama tires. In snow they have been very...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

Just got this set on the Mazda 3 - so far, super good. LOTS of highway driving and I'm loving the smooth and quiet ride - but this is a bit of a wolf in sheep's clothing - they handle GREAT. I upsized a bit mainly for looks and possible gas mileage improvement but that has remained about the same. The looks, on the other hand - are very aggressive - love the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Great tires! Mazda 3's with a manual transmission are known to wheel hop when accelerating from a stop on a wet surface, but that all goes away with these tires. Still have 7-8/32 on the front and 8-9/32 on the rear. Will definitely buy again.   Read More

How to Prepare for Your First Track Session in Four Simple Steps

Today is a great day to be an automotive enthusiast. Perhaps more than ever before, road courses across the country are opening their gates to any and all drivers looking to experience the thrill of driving on a track. Combine this level of access with the increased performance of today's vehicles and it's possible to have more fun than ever before for less...  Read More

Buying Tires for Your Mazda 3? View All Options Here!

The Mazda 3 is a fantastic little car with a great power-to-weight ratio and good gas mileage. It's no wonder that it is so popular with sports car enthusiasts and average daily drivers alike. Below are some top picks for tires in the various sizes that the Mazda 3 has had over the years. If you see a tire listed below for a size that is different than the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Generally a nice tire but very noisy on my Mazda. Louder than any snow tire I've had including the General Altimax used for 3 consecutive winters.Had tires rebalanced and alignment done.I like the comfort for its class. But the noise is intolerable. One tire was returned for a defect that made handling scary. I can't recommend the tire.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (W-Speed Rated)

Let me begin by saying that I always read these reviews with an open mind. But I never know how to really take them. So I write this strictly as a comparison between the tire that came on my car and the Goodyear eagle sport. My mazda 3 came with Yokohama avids in 205/50 17. The cars handling made up for what the tires lacked. The Yokohamas didn't do anything...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus (H- or V-Speed Rated)

These tires came stock on my 2014 Mazda3 iSport 5dr hatch man. I have enjoyed them so far. After 2200 miles they sound and feel the same as when I test drove the car and fell for it. These tires are by no means VERY quiet (as were my Cooper CS4's on another vehicle) but they are not exactly noisy either. There is some tire noise, but it is not objectionable...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02

This tire came on my 2013 Mazda 3.. the car feels like a racing GoKart.. I love this car because of these tires...and the 6 speed and 43MPG... but the tires make this car feel like a super sports car...I love these tries...   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

I am a longtime Blizzak owner. The first set I owned was in 1998 for my Mazda Protege. It's amazing how Bridgestone continues to improve what I regard as the best winter season tire available. I've used DM1V's on my trucks and WS on my cars and crossovers for nearly two decades. They generally last 3 seasons before the multicell compound is broken down and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c

These are excellent tires for mixed winter conditions. The road to our local ski area climbs 3000+ feet in 16 miles of 2 lane curvy road from sagebrush desert to the pine forest. In the last two days, the road conditions include dry, wet, ice, wet snow, compacted snow, hard packed snow, and new snow on top of all of the above... Two cars rolled into the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P6 Four Seasons Plus

Connecticut driver New tires came on a preowned mazda 3 Hatchback.Tires slip on wet pavement when taking off from stop. First experience in snow was a disaster. Couldn't get up small hill, had to back down and try another route. Never felt safe or comfortable driving in wet or snow. Already looking for alternative tires, even though lots of tread left. Tires...  Read More

Taking Your Mazda Miata to the Next Level

The Mazda Miata has long been a crowd favorite with driving enthusiasts. While it's an amazing vehicle, the level of excitement can be taken to the next level with the right equipment.    Tires are a top priority and the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec and Hankook Ventus RS-3 (Version 2) are both favorites. When we tested each last fall, the ZII Star Spec...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

I owned a set of Michelin X-Ice on a different car several years ago,and was happy with those, so thought it was worth trying these again.We just mounted a set of 4 new 215/60R-17 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 on our Mazda 6 and the car performs as if it's four wheel drive. We have been through all kinds of ice and snow here in upstate NY, and these tires are great....  Read More