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 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
Location:  
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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2012 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Bartlett, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

Great Snow Tire. Acceleration, braking and cornering are very good. I find them to be just as quiet as the OEM Summer tires. I have two Mazda-3 vehicles: one with the 4Ds one with the 3Ds. The 4Ds seems to have improved braking over the 3Ds, the other attributes are similar (I can't tell any difference). These tires love the wet snow, they rip through it with ease. They handle the hard pack snow well. They are less effective in the light powdery stuff when it gets over 3 or 4 inches. On the highway they are quiet, predictable and do not wander. Very happy with my purchase of the 4Ds.

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
Location:  
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 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 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 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
Location:  
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.