Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 2050

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 2050 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.12
 
 

2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
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Miles driven on tires: 19,700
Location: Herndon, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 19,700 Miles on Tires
July 07, 2014

OEM tires on my Mazdaspeed3 . Overall not as bad as you hear. I consider them to be an average tire at a premium price . Will not buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 65,000
Location: Flemington, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 65,000 Miles on Tires
May 06, 2014

These tires lasted 65,000 miles before they finally needed replacing. The D/W/S indicator is an easy way to tell how much life is left ("D" was the only indicator still visible at the time of replacement) Great cornering, decent braking right up to the time of replacement.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2008 Mazda MAZDA5
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Roanoke, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
May 18, 2014

We liked these tires quite a lot. They have worn fairly evenly and have had a normal service life. We've had to repair several punctures but they continue to do well. No issues with balancing or other unusual symptoms. Replaced the original Toyo's that came on this vehicle. It's now been 3+ years and they are starting to crack in places and are ready for replacement. We will consider them again. Pricing in this size tire is always difficult because you will not get anything of value for less than $100+ per tire. So we will see what's out there and if these make the cut they will certainly be considered again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2005 Mazda MAZDA3 s 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
May 12, 2014

These tires are incredible. We had some pretty bad snow this last winter in Calgary and these tires allowed my car to travel down roads it had no business going down. Been through a few seasons on them now and they've never failed me. Solid solid winter tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2005 Mazda MAZDA3 i 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

I bought these tires because I drive at least 300 miles/wk, a lot of highway driving, but I also wanted something that would be good in snow (I live in Philly) and rain. I researched a lot of tires and these stood out from all of the rest.

My little Mazda has a pretty loud cabin to begin with, but these tires definitely help quiet it down. The ride is super silky smooth, and they take corners and stops really really well.

I drive pretty quick all of the time and these tires hold up against my style of driving AND i have noticed a slight improvement with my gas milage (Not a placebo, I actually record all of my milage and fill-ups or work so I know my MPG ).

If you're looking for an all around good tire for all seasons, try these.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.14
 
 

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Islip, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
June 30, 2014

Killer for autocross, immediate improvement in feel, grip and lap times. Also a better street tire than the OEM Bridgestone it replaced on daily-driven 2010 Miata. Mileage too low to yet comment on tread life, but appears to be wearing normally.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3 (Version 2)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus R-S3 (Version 2) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.62
 
 

2001 Mazda Miata Special Edt.
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Dauphin Island, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 14, 2014

VERY good adhesion. Fairly noisy on the highway, not as lethal in the rain as I expected (a pleasant surprise). Got the wheel & tire package mounted, balanced & delivered for about $1000. I will use these for Autocross ONLY. I could not be happier.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Nashville, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
July 02, 2014

These tires were an amazing step up from the Sdrives and F1 ASY2 tires that I had before. Went from top 10 Pax in my region Autox (100drivers) to top 5 raw and occasionally winning pax for the day. I will be taking them to a National tour event later this year as well.

For a FWD car the extra tread around the sidewall is a tremendous help. The response, braking and stability is all excellent. Would/will buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8
 
 

2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Centreville, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
May 21, 2014

Easily the best tires on my MS3 so far.

OEM tires on my car were Pirellis; I'm not sure what model. They lasted for roughly 18k miles. Cornering was terrible and noise levels were awful. The growl they produced could almost drown out the running engine.

Afterwards, I went to Kumho Ectsas which grip significantly improved; however, the noise level and ride comfort wasn't all that great. After hitting a pretty substantial pothole with my second set of Ecstas, a bubble appeared in the inside wall of the front right tire and since that set had around 45k on them, I decided to move to the Pilots.

Best decision I have made in a long while. The tires run super quiet and feel like you're riding on a cloud. Grip is amazing in dry weather and is exceptional in wet, snowy, and packed snow conditions. Cornering is tight, launches are crisper and overall ride comfort is amazing. Some of the greatest tires I have ever driven.

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

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2012 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: LaRue, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
June 23, 2014

SO much better than OE bridgestone! Too early to tell on tread wear, but should be good, based on previous Pirelli experience.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2004 Mazda MAZDA3 s 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Blue Ash, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
June 03, 2014

Did lots of reviews on TireRack before making my purchase. Bought a set of 18" RX8 wheels for my mazda3 and needed a set of tires to go with. After extensive research these are the tires I chose.

First thing to note, the tires are concave, as in the rim is 'poked' out from the tire. i absolutely LOVE this. it makes the rims stand out much more than most cars on the road. Most cars have tires that are rounded outwards, and most tires have a 'rim gaurd' that protects your rims from road rash. Yes, you are more prone to scratching your rims with these tires, but i am a very careful driver and I make a point to avoid any scratching. The effect of these 'inward' tires portray is outstanding and i love looking at these rims every day.

Tread pattern is definitely neat.. asymmetrical but it looks cool compared to other conventional designs.

Third, this is my first set of brand new tires. I went from a set of Grand Touring Toyo tires to a lower profile Continental tire. I really have not much experience with other tires to compare or base my judgement on but i will say handling is like a charm. Sharp turns get cut thru like a knife thru butter, grip is excellent, not a lot of tire screech unless youre really pushing it. keeping them clean isnt a hassle, and the wear seems pretty good and i drive somewhat harder than most people.

Overall, im VERY happy with the purchase i made even though they were expensive. Never settle for cheaper tires, you get what you pay for and it really shows (my last car had cheap tires). Save up, do your research and buy a good set. They are an investment in your fun, and your health.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.56
 
 

2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Edina, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

These tires seem fine in deeper snow, but are poor on ice, and terrible in dry conditions, especially when it is warmer. Lots of tread squirm, especially if you have to make a sharp maneuver on top of braking. Very sketchy dry road stability and poor steering input and sharpness. Only driving in deep snow? They are fine, but others are too, and the others do not squirm excessively in dry conditions. I would have bought Blizzaks again, but seems they were no longer made in the size I wanted. So Michelin...lots of work to do. How can you make Pilot Super Sports so good, and these so poor?

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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 548
Location: Naples, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 548 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2014

This is my 3rd set of tires on my 2007 Mazda Miata (51,500 miles). My MX-5 feels and responds better than it ever did. Drives better than when it was new. I love these tires. They have made driving hugely fun again. Cornering is great, acceleration is improved, ride comfort is much better (my wife even commented on this) and they are relatively quiet. Highly recommend these for a Miata.

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

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Birmingham, AL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
April 17, 2013

When I got these tires I didn't realize they came with no treadwear warranty. I didn't expect to get very many miles out of them but I have been pleasantly surprised by them. I have just over 20,000 miles on them as of this writing. When the were new they felt a little "squirrely", especially on grooved pavement but that feeling went away after about 200 miles. Wet traction has been exceptional and these tires inspire as much confidence as can be had when hitting a large puddle at speed. As they've worn I do detect a little more road noise but that could just be me getting old. I think I'll get at least 25,000 out of this set, possibly more. They are good tires for the cost (for my needs).

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2007 Mazda MAZDA3 s 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
June 11, 2013

These replaced well worn Yokohama s.drives in the same size, mounted on Mazda CX7 OEM wheels 18x7.5". The s.drives had 35K hard heat soaked miles on them, were zigzag cupped on the insides (bad rear toe) and very thin inside compared to outside, perhaps from the MZ3's stock negative camber. Noise and dry grip are dramatically improved, as is the ride comfort, keeping in mind that any new tire replacing a worn and heat cycled tire will almost always be quieter, grippier and softer riding. The Las Vegas heat is brutal on tires, and it so seldom rains I cannot comment on and wet performance. I also can't comment on tread wear as of yet. So far and am very pleased I spent the extra $1 per tire over a new set of s.drives. This was all thanks to Tire Rack's excellent customer survey system. As I look back at all of the Yokohama tires I have purchased here at Tire Rack it seems all Yoko's get extremely noisy with age. Maybe a brand trait? I only thank the Good Lord that Tire Rack does not have a button to click on that tells you how much money you have spent total on tires in your life time!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus AS RH07

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus AS RH07 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2007 Mazda CX-9
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Miles driven on tires: 63,000
Location: Redlands, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 63,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2014

Best tires I ever owned. I check the inflation on my tires every week, rotate them at every oil change and have my alignment checked once a year. I could easily get another 3,000 miles out of them if I wanted, but the tread is down to the wear bars. My only problem is nobody carries them so I have to special order. Worth the wait. The stock Goodyear tires only last 28,000 miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2012 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Wapato, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2014

Love these tires. Not too noisy. They are touchy-responsive with a stiff sidewall. Resist to slipping on the road, ultra grippy for people who like to drive swiftly. Handling in fresh snow (FWD) is great, I only had problems when the snow was too deep for my vehicle.

Traction is unsatisfactory in compacted snow or ice, but better than a summer tire. I recommend having studded tires.

My MPG average lowered to 26.9(Sport A/S 3) from 27.9 (OEM, which I deem acceptable.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2005 Mazda MAZDA6 s Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

Wow. Fantastic. Expectations met and then some. I upgrade from Hankook Ventus V12's and even though these tires are in the same class, the PSS is a revelation. The PSS were a little noisier than I thought they'd be when I first got them, but the noise is of a different quality, lower frequency but not boomy, so it is not an issue. Compared to the V12's, the PSS feel like suction cups going down the road; my car has never felt this planted before. I first put them on the day before I went down to Tail of the Dragon, so they were immediately pushed to their limits. At the limit, they do not squeal; the V12's squealed quite a bit even when they had grip in reserve. Grip was noticeably increased in all situations. I even ran them in a torrential downpour the 4th day I had them; never felt a loss of grip once in heavy rain. Even the reduction in feedback from the wheel during the rain was noticeably less than the loss of feel for the Ventus V12's. These tires are multi-talented wonders. They ride more comfortably, although that could be related to running slightly lower pressures than I ran on my V12's.

The only gripes I have is that for my particular setup, steering response seems dulled. I am going to try slightly higher tire pressures this summer to see if that can remedy that without reducing ride quality or the incredibly planted feel they gave. Also, grip is noticeably less, although still very progressive, when the temperatures head south. Compared to the V12's, grip falls off quicker below 50 degrees. A shame because Michigan can bounce between 30 degree mornings and 60 degree days in the spring and fall. But overall, these are excellent tires I would recommend to anyone wanting to run a summer tire, regardless of price, which is also not bad for a Michelin. This feels like a pinnacle product, I can't wait to see where they go next!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2012 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Rosemont, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 05, 2014

These tires are so much better than the Yokohama Avid that came with the car. They are quieter over rough pavement, grated bridges, highway cruising, and any other road issues. There is no slipping when taking high speed turns. I don't think I could get better tires at the same or higher price.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2004 Mazda MAZDA3 s 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Ponca City, OK
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2014

Replacing Yokohama S.drive summer tires that were old on my lowered Mazda3 5-door. I tend to accelerate and brake rather hard and take my turns quickly.

The Yokohama's were like driving on railroad tracks: direct and instantaneous response to all input. From what I've gather reading the comments, this is due to very stiff sidewalls. I liked this quality because it gave me supreme confidence at speed and in traffic conditions.

Moving to the Hankooks I was first impressed with the complete and utter lack of noise and the vastly smoother ride. This is a trade-off, and overall a positive one. I liked the directness of the feel of the S.Drives, but I also find the slightly muted road feel doesn't isolate me too much on the Hankooks, and the quiet in the cabin makes it easier to hold conversations on dates (other car is a van and my wife and I like pretending we're still young on dates, hence my car's the one to take) and allows me to run the radio a few clicks lower.

Quick slalom moves at speed are perhaps the biggest change, and the one I like least. While the Yokohamas would quickly and surely change the car's direction, the Hankooks see to lag rather substantially, and with repeated left-right-left-right swings, they average out the trajectory rather than making each directed turn.

As others have noted though, normal turning is still OK, and the lag is minimal in normal turning. Right now, as I'm still trying to get a feel for the Hankook's handling, I haven't been as brave taking some of the smaller-radius turns on my commute at previous speeds. However, I have not felt any lateral slip, none whatsoever, so once I get the feel down, I anticipate being able to take these curves at effectively the same speeds as the S.Drives.

In short: They're softer than Yokohama S.Drives, mostly in a good way if that's what you need. If you value absolute handling precision above all else, these are not for you. But the Hankooks are quite nice if you value the tradeoff.