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

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Reno, NV
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

We only have about 2000 miles on these tires but they are a huge improvement over the previous Continental Extreme contact DWS. The biggest improvement is the decrease in road noise. The Mazda 3 is a loud car on the highway, I believe, due to a lack of sound deadening but these new Pirelli tires make the it far better than before. The traction in the dry is great and we have yet to test them in snow. Stand by for an update., but very happy so far and we will be putting these tires on the Subaru Outback too!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.1
 
 

2014 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 3,750
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,750 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2014

These tires may be the best winter tires I've ever owned. They don't lose as much dry weather performance as other aggressive snow-tread tires I've owned, but still have fantastic snow and ice traction. They also don't have such squirmy steering response as other aggressive snow tires I've had. They do an excellent job of giving great snow, ice, and cold traction without losing too much steering and handling abilities.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.11
 
 

2011 Mazda I touring
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Danbury, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2014

These tires a re a perfect pairing for the Mazda 6. They were a little sticky until they broke in a bit but now I have 3k and they are great. Quiet smooth ride great handling and cornering. I have not had any issues in the rain. The icing on the cake is I have driven in about 8 snow storms so far. I have a combined highway, city and rural Ct. commute through some very winding hills and valleys with 9% grade. I have made it through each unscaved. My latest was driving through the recent Noreaster. Part of which was on a highway that had not been plowed with about 6 inches of snow. I was able to drive 35~50 mi per hour through a blinding snow not because I was trying to prove anything I just wanted make sure I did make it through. (There were only 2 other cars both 4 wheel drive no where near me.) I saw some reviews that said these tires were no good in the snow....I beg to differ. I never would have even attempted driving in the snow with the stock Michelin's. Great job Han kook.

 

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

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75
 
 

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

Best value high performance tire out there! 22K trouble free miles driving I-95 in South FL. Both wet and dry handling has been great, even in rainstorms. Road noise is no different than the Dunlop OEM's. Treadwear is what I expected for a high performance tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.85
 
 

1999 Mazda B3000 SE Cab Plus 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Wayne, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2013

I've got 8000 miles on these tires and just got through 3x back to back winter storms in New Jersey (avg. 6 - 10 inches snow) and these tires are AMAZING! I've got a 2wd truck without a locking differential so this should be the worse in the snow. With these tires I don't even realize I'm in slippery snow! I can get moving without any issues, stopping is pretty good (still have to be cautious as it is still snow...) and I never got stuck even on 30 degree inclines with 4+ inches of snow. Road noise is minimal on the highway and so far tread wear is great. Love these tires!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82
 
 

2002 Mitsubishi Galant ES 4cyl
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: North Brunswick, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 04, 2014

I could not believe the handling in the snow & ice with these tires. I have been able to maintain pretty good control while driving the local roads which were not plowed real well. Also, taking it slowly, the tires performed rather well on ice covered roads. Stopping in the snow was not an issue either so far. They seem to grip as I am cornering as well. I am not use to having such a tire and would recommend getting these tires. By the way, they are T rated but was able to put them on my Mazda MPV too, go to their website to check if it can be an alternative to use.

 

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

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

After 4000 miles i still have 90% tread so i am happily suprised. Good corvering stability and Great wet/dry traction. Will go with these tires again for the price. Just cant be beat

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Wendell, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

I love these tires so much, I'm about to purchase my 3rd set. They're a perfect match for a midsized "family" sedan and spirited driving.

They enhanced the handling, cornering, and steering response of the OEM tires but still provide an impressively smooth and quiet ride. Wet and dry tractions is terrific. On empty country back roads I can push the car aggressively around corners and the tires will hang on. Though the car's suspension plays a role, these tires won't abruptly "hop" around corners if you hit a bump mid turn. They stay planted and when they do break away, they break smoothly with plenty of warning so you can get the rear end in check. Fuel mileage has not taken a noticeable hit with these more aggressive tires. On 5 hour+ highway trips, they're quiet, smooth with no impact harshness over expansion joints and road irregularities. With 5,000 mile rotations and keeping PSI around +3PSI factory setting, they have worn perfectly evenly on all four corners.

The only downside is that I can only get about 30,000 - 35,000 miles out of them despite the 50,000 mile tread life warranty. Around 30,000 wet traction begins to decrease noticeably. While OK in a straight line on wet highways, sudden/hard turns will make the handling squirrelly. But they're still OK to drive and not bad considering 75% of the tread and the top sipes and grooves are worn. With the down pours we get here on occasion, I would rather have fresh tread so I’ll replace them soon. Fortunately they're reasonably priced and a much better value compared to similar tires. Would I put these on an M3 or Mustang? No. But a Mazda 6, Accord, Optima, Camry SE, etc... most definitely a great match.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.11
 
 

1995 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

Compared to the other Dunlop, Bridgestone, Hankook and current Continental ExtremeWinterContacts I've used on various RWD sports cars, these are without a doubt the worst winter tire I've purchased in the last 15 years.

They're completely adequate in snow and I don't have any complaints. I might go so far as to call them pretty darn good.

The problem is that on cold (<40F), wet pavement they have no grip and are completely unpredictable. If you've driven a pure high-performance summer tire on cold wet pavement, these feel even less secure. Worse, once the car starts to slide, it really doesn't want to stop. In three weeks I've had more "OH SPIT!" moments than in my past 5 years of driving combined.

My Miata on these things makes my more-than-twice-as-powerful M3 on Continental ExtremeWinterContact tires feel like a Subaru. On wet pavement, it's gone from a car that can be tossed and caught ad infinitum to a total widow-maker that starts to squirm around even under normal driving.

In short: good in the snow, remarkably horrible in the wet. Better than an all-season, I'm sure, but there are MUCH better tires for the money.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2013 Mazda CX-9
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2014

I bought these for my wife as I wanted her to be absolutely safe driving my kids around in the winter/snow and WOW do these tires ever live up to that expectation. I've had a few different sets of snow tires in my lifetime and these are by far THE BEST I've ever had. As men often do, I have tried several times to break traction in some pretty hairy wintery/snowy conditions and you have to seriously work hard to do that.

I'm actually jealous because I have Dunlop Winter Sport 3Ds on my vehicle and that don't even come close to performing as well as these Blizzaks do in the snow and ice. I can't emphasize enough how well these tires do with both acceleration and deceleration/braking. These tires defy physics in my opinion. I can't say enough good things about them. Would DEFINITELY buy these again. In fact, these will probably be the only winter tires I will buy going forward.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Graspic DS-3

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Graspic DS-3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2000 Mazda Protege ES
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
December 09, 2013

We were looking for a reliable winter tire that could handle a variety of conditions. We found it the Dunlop Graspic DS-3. With snow on the ground now, and messy city streets, we're pleased with the tire choice we made.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2014 Mazda CX-5
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Putnam Valley, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 03, 2013

I was going to wait until the snow flew to review this winter tire but I'm so happy about my choice that I figured I'd give an initial pre-winter conditions review. Let's just say the only area I dinged them was noise level and if 9.5 was an option I would've chosen it but in whole numbers I had to go 9. This tire is just awesome especially considering how much sidewall I added vs. my 19" OEs. Very stable, no squirm and if I could have rated wet traction an 11 I would have- simply phenomenal tire maybe the best I've owned (Pirelli, Nokian included) bar none but let's see how they handle snow and the way this tire handles I'm not expecting miracles there (not super gummy like a blizzak) but for my less than severe needs could possibly be the perfect winter tire- one that I'd be completely happy running all year. With AWD I imagine I'll have plenty of grip to get to where I need to go safely unlike many ppl with AWD who believe they're invincible in a snowstorm with crummy A/S's when nothing could be further from the truth.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Signature (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Signature (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 09, 2011

Excellent tire. I bought the tires before winter arrived here in Wisconsin, and I have been impresssed. Handles well in snow and dry traction is great.



Compared to the original OEM Goodyear tires, I can now sucessfully drive in snow. The improvement is amazing as I hardly notice any slipping in light snow.



The only drawback is that the tires are bit on the noisy side, not quite as bad as the OEM Goodyear's but still a bit too loud on the freeway.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza G 019 GridReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.6

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2009

To say I am disapointed in these tires is an understatement. I too replaced my Goodyear RSAs with this tire. I had the G009 on my Protege and loved them. These were supposed to be an improvement over those. That reality is completely contrary. The tires are loud and make the car feel like it has cement shoes. Steering is clumsy and heavy. The worst part is that we can't get the tires balanced properly. I am bringing it back for the 5th time to have the balancing checked. The car shakes over 45 MPH to the point that I can see my passenger seat shaking. This translates staight up into the wheel. Driving at highway speeds is deplorable. The tires are a vast improvement for winter over the Goodyear tires, but the ride comport pales in comparison. The Goodyears had a better ride and were quieter.



UPDATE: Bridgstone replaced all 4 tires at not charge. This has been a tremendous improvement. There is no more shaking of the car nor shimmy in the steering wheel. I definitely had a bad set of tires. Surely it was just one of the 4 causing the issue. There is still a bit of a "howl" from about 45 - 60 mph. I can live with this, as I atribute it to the tread pattern. However, the car still feels heavy and not as nimble. When these wear out, I'll do more research. With such an odd sized tire, it's difficult to find a wide variety of tires from which to choose.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

I don't understand what other people are saying, these tires are amazing!! The snow traction is incredible compared to my previous 2 sets of tires, I was flying by everyone on a light snow here in Milwaukee. The noise level and comfort level is great, I no longer have to ramp up my volume to 40 just to hear the radio on the freeway. I now can set it to about 30, plus everyone who drives in my car now, comments how quiet it is.

I would definitely buy these tires again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

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

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 13, 2013

I bought these tires for my son's car last year because he had performance tires that would not do for the winter. The difference in snow between his car and our other vehicles with all season tires was amazing! We ended up using his car all winter when snow was an issue. Never had any problem with these tires in any conditions. In fact, the final straw in deciding to get these tires for my own Madza for this year came when we were inching along in a blizzard one day and my son blew by us in the left lane! I just had my own set put on my car this week, and am looking forward to driving in winter now.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: New Market, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013


Ive had these tire on for just over 10K miles from spring into fall and they have been great so far. I cant report on their performance in snowy conditions as they have not seen winter yet. Dry traction, handling, and rain have been outstanding. I wasn't sure about the claims of better mileage from "eco plus" type tires but on a recent trip from Maryland to South Carolina the car recorded its best MPG ever--almost 2 mpg better than previous best with similar cargo and destinations. Tread seems to be wearing well and looks like it will perform as advertised--only time and more miles will tell. Previous tires were the original equipment Goodyear Eagle RSA's that went 20K and a set of Michelin Pilot Sports that went just over 30K. I'd take the PureContact EcoPlus over either of the previous tires any day.
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Original equipment tires were Goodyear Eagle RSA and went 20K. Replaced those with Michelin Pilot Sports and they gave

 

Best Tires for MAZDA3

Friday, November 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

The MAZDA3 is a very popular vehicle that you can spot on today's streets and highways. It achieves good gas mileage, has a low cost of ownership and makes for a good daily driver. While the car is known to have many strong points, it has also been known to have a lack of sound deadening and isn't the quietest vehicle to drive, especially at highway speeds.


Bridgestone Potenza
RE760 Sport

Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3

Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology


In fact, road noise is the single most common complaint I receive from MAZDA3 owners as they begin their quest for replacement tires. As such, the following list consists of tires I recommend to MAZDA3 owners based off the expectations of comfort, low tread noise and acceptable levels of treadlife.

If you're also in the market for a set of wheels for your MAZDA3, then create a Tire & Wheel Package.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2007 Mazda MAZDA3 i 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2013

Awesome tire. Delivers an extremely smooth, comfortable and quiet ride unlike other winter tires. It does a great job in the winter. Good grip overall.

 

What are the Best Tires for a Mazda3?

Monday, July 8, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The Mazda3 has always been known for its sharp handling and performance orientated drive train. These cars are as much fun to drive as some higher priced high-end sports cars for a fraction of the price. Mazda's lineup has always appealed to the enthusiast crowd with most models geared toward performance engines, crisp handling and a sleek sporty styling.

When it comes time to choose tires for your Mazda3, why not pick a tire that complements the attributes Mazda built into this fun-to-drive model. The most common sizes for the Mazda3 are 205/55R16 and 205/50R17.

 Michelin Pilot Sort A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sort A/S 3
 Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS


For all-season use, the best two choices come from the Ultra High Performance All-Season category: the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 and Continental ExtremeContact DWS. The Michelin provides unsurpassed dry and wet road traction which exceeds even some of today's best dedicated summer tires. Continental's ExtremeContact DWS has long been a great performer with the highest levels of snow and ice traction offered from an all-season tire.

 Bridgestone Potenza S04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
 Continental Extreme Contact DW
Continental ExtremeContact DW


When it comes to dedicated summer tires that provide high levels of dry and wet weather traction, the favorites are the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position and Continental ExtremeContact DW. Bridgestone's Potenza S-04 Pole Position is truly a well-rounded choice that provides the very best dry and wet performance but does not sacrifice ride comfort or road noise. The Continental is a great summer performer with good steering feel and wet road capability. It also has one of the highest rankings for treadwear in the Max Performance Summer category.

When it comes time to replace the tires on your Mazda3, choose one that allows you to unlock the fun your vehicle was designed to offer. Shop by vehicle to view all of the tires available for your Mazda3.