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 Yokohama AVID S34D

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID S34D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.1
 
 

2010 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: State College, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2013

OEM equipment for my used Mazda 3 S GT hatchback, seems to have pretty good responsiveness in cornering but wear is fast (I have put about 2K on them and they have a total of 17K and have already worn down to about 4/32") So I am probably going to replace them before winter. As a side note, I have only driven in a little bit of snow conditions but was very unimpressed with their traction (almost got stuck tuning around in a driveway with a 10 degree up angle to the road and a little packed snow over gravel)

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2008 Mazda MAZDA5
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
April 13, 2013

The Bridgestone Turanza Serentiy was purchased a few years ago as a summer set of tires for our 2008 Mazda 5 wagon. As spirited drivers who value handling capabilities, this tire has delivered in terms of dry and wet traction, cornering and a decent-looking tread pattern. Having driven over 3 summer seasons (60,000 kms+) with them, I would recommend these tires. My only gripe would be the road noise with reduced tread depth. The basis for selected only 'probably' under the "Would you buy it again" field is to simply try something new.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2010 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Paso Robles, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2013

I replaced some very noisy Yokohama Z-rated tires with these V-rated tires. I don't see any difference in handling, but the steering effort feels lighter, and there is way less noise.

 

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
April 24, 2013

Haven't had them long, but so far they have exceeded my expections. They are extremely quiet and are quite responsive on curvy, hilly roads.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, May 13, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2005 Mazda MAZDA3 s 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Ada, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
April 26, 2013

Overall, a pretty solid tire. I put about 25,000 miles on this set, regularly rotated, and they did me proud. I live in Ohio, so snow is an inevitability, but it's not frequent enough to need dedicated winter tires in my opinion. So a good set of winter-capable all-seasons is a must, and I think these meet that requirement. Rain traction is also excellent, even if you hit a huge patch of water, these tires would shed it near instantly. Cornering is a bit mushy, the sidewalls aren't very stiff, but I never noticed terribly due to how nimble my Mazda 3 was.

Overall I would recommend this tire to anybody who has an average driving style, but if you're aggressive, you will hate the mushiness through the corners.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.75
 
 

1995 Mazda MX-3 GS
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Miles driven on tires: 130
Location: Delta, BC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 130 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2013

I used these April 21, 2013 at a Vancouver, British Columbia autocross event. The weather ranged from sunny to cloudy, damp to rain, and the tires stuck like glue in all of it. I was expecting them to not do great in wet conditions, but as long there is no standing water/puddles, the tires are great. They do hydroplane above 90 km/h in standing water, but I've had slightly worn all seasons that performed worse. There is a lot of tire noise at speeds below 50 km/h, but it gets less noticeable at higher speeds. The ride quality is also not great, but high noise and low ride quality is expected in a tire with capabilities as high as this one. The tread wear from autocross appears to be better than the Kumho Ecsta 4x all-seasons I used in very wet winter autocross events. I highly recommend these tires for anyone looking for a new autocross tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Mazda MAZDA6 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 600
Location: Cranberry Township, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 600 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2013

Just got through the break-in miles, so this is an early review. These replaced Continental DW tires (30,000 miles, over three years) that became very noisy after 15,000 miles. The Bridgestones are incredibly quiet and smooth-riding - much nicer than the OEM Michelins, my prior summer tire, the Conti DW (when new), or my other set of aftermarket rubber, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 winter tires. Until the mold release compound wore off, they felt uneasy on the highway, but now they're much better at tracking straight at speed. They respond faster to steering corrections than the Conti DW. (The DW in this size are 2009 production, and I didn't want to get old stock.)

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2000 Mazda Miata SCCA STR Class
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: New Castle, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
April 26, 2013

I bought these BFGoodrich Rival tires for use as Autocross only on an NB miata using 8" wheels. The 205/50R15 size has a slight stretch on this size wheel, making for a stiffer sidewall at lower pressures for better turn in response. I have a limited number of miles on the Rival since it is not driven at all on the street, but have competed in 6 full Autocross events on the tire(6-9 runs/event at an average of 60seconds/run).

The Rival is stiff, but compliant over bumps and does not give a harsh ride. Wear is exceptionally good. When paired with the proper amount of camber, and heat cycled correctly, there is no chunking of the tread blocks it it wears very smoothly and slowly. The Rival is plenty noisy, when cornering, but relatively quiet when traveling in a straight line. This noise is necessary for helping determine the grip available mid-corner.

Turn in is immediate, the low and wide treadblocks reduce tread squirm and the sidewalls are stiff. Traction is very good, and has a very smooth and predictable break-away. The Rival has helped improve my straight line braking ability and trail-braking as well.

As a final comparison, I had been competing in the STR class at my local Autocrosses and finishing regularly between 5th and 10th place overall on a summer tire. On the BFGoodrich GForce Rival, I have been consistently part of the top 3. The Rival is just that good. And it will be even better when paired with a properly stiff suspension.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Sanford, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2013

Went from the OEM 225/45/18 Hankook Optimo H431 on OEM 18x8 to 245/35/19 Michelin PSS on 19x8.5 wheels. I'm very ocd when it comes to proper air pressure. I use nitrogen and run 38psi, 3psi over oem to optimize for proper load rating. Even though I drive a 4-door sedan, I drive it spirited! The PSSs in my honest opinion is an incredible tire in all aspects. I use to race BMWs and Mazdas in SCCA and know a little about racing. Hence, this tire has great turn-in and allows for sustained control cornering with little push. The variable contact patch seems to just bite the harder I engage cornering and handles the car's weight transfer during cornering, maximizing lateral grip. Wet weather handling is great, however our rainy season has yet to hit us down here in central Florida. In the rain that we have had the tire does very well in both handling, hydroplaning, and breaking. I've driven on Goodyear's F1, Bridgestone's S04, and Conti's Contact DW & DWS. Looking forward to updating this review after I put some mileage on the tires. Stay tuned!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiSportContact 3

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiSportContact 3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Mazda CX-7
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 14, 2013

These tires will not give up their traction, my ABS will not activate, the car just comes to an immediate halt. On curves, everything inside my car will slide before the tires do. They never have, not even on highway 'decreasing radius' exit ramps. Beware they have no traction on snow or ice.

 

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

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2013

These are the best snow tires I've owned, over an 8 car career so far. They handle snow and ice just fine, and drive like good all seasons when on dry roads (which is most of the time, even in the middle of a VT winter). My ratings are all for a SNOW tire, not a sticky summer tire. But even considering they are a snow tire, I think they handle almost as well as a good quality all season, and I drive my Mazda pretty hard. I'm replacing the Mazda with a Ford Focus ST, and plan on getting a set of these for the ST. I'm sold.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5
 
 

2006 Mazda MAZDA3 s 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 60,000
Location: Broken Arrow, OK
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 60,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2013

These were great for the first 20,000 miles, then comfort, ride, and noise went downhill fast. At about 55,000 miles they were so loud and rough that I thought my car needed shocks, motor mounts, and sound proofing. At 30,000 miles one tire failed and came apart inside. Treadwear was good all the way to 60,000, but like I said, everything else went to crap after 20,000.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.56
 
 

2012 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 19,000
Location: Keizer, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 19,000 Miles on Tires
April 05, 2013

Not understanding all the hate for this tire. Most likely it's because they come standard on 2010 thru 2013 GTI's and drivers who never experience sub-zero temperatures and snow have no need for an A/S tire on a high-performance car. As a result, they compare this tire to either max or extreme performance summer tires.
However, comparing this tire to the Kumho ECSTA 4X A/S tires on my son's Mazda 3, I would rate them at least as equals, and probably a bit better when below zero.
Additionally, using a regular rotation period of 5k miles, these tires demonstrate fantastic wear resistance. Currently at 19k miles and less than 50% wear. Very quiet on the freeway as well. The only negative is the braking and cornering traction in the wet should be a little higher.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2009

Well this is a pretty crappy tire. It doesn't accel in any category that I can tell. The wet traction (where it's supposed to shine) is not all that good. Neither is the dry. The noise is ---awful now that they are about 60% worn down.....all in all it's not really any good.



I'll go back to a Fuzion ZRi or BFG G-Force Sport before this again. The ONLY redeeming quality was the now gone rebate I got.



These are like the Kumho Ecsta SPT only worse in every way by a slight amount...except price...much pricier per mile.