Best Tires for the Mazda CX-5 and CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 and CX-5 are Mazda's mid-sized and full-sized crossover SUVs for the North American market. Despite their roomy interiors, these stylish crossovers have surprisingly nimble handling which makes them fun to drive. When the time comes to choose replacement all-season tires, consider the top tires from the Grand Touring All-Season and Crossover/SU...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

This tire is amazing...I have had two sets now on my Mazda Miata and have been extremely pleased with their performance. For daily driving, they are great. For autocross, they are just amazing! The dry grip is the best I have experienced in a street tire, and the wet grip to me is still pretty good. Wear has been very good for this type of tire, particularly...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

So my wife any I were just about ready to get rid of our Mazda 5 because of how bad it is in the winter; we ----ed it up and spend $800 for tires and rims from Tire Rack - INCREDIBLE!!! We were told 6-8 days and they came in 2 DAYS, mounted, balanced, and even had stickers saying what side to put the tires on. I am a decent mechanic and I think those silly...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

I use this Mazda CX7 in all weathers around Pittsburgh, with occasional road trips to up-state New York, Canada, and across Ohio. Winters cold, snowy, and icy. Spring fall rainy, Summers can be very warm. Generally pleased with the all round performance and noise levels, which help make this vehicle fun to drive. However, had hoped to get more than 30,000...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

I live in mile hi steep mountain terrain. We had a heavy 18 snowfall with only minimal snow plowing done before I had to drive 'down the hill'. Decided this would be a great test to see how my new Altimax Arctic snow tires would preform so launched out without putting tire cables on, which I was sure I would need. Trees & power lines down everywhere making...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

I held off on reviewing this tire until I had a few miles on this set. I now have almost 20,000 miles on them and they look like new. I had Michelins on my Mazda 6 prior to replacing them with the Generals. I have replaced Michelins in the past because I found them to be terrible in the rain and snow as well as noisy when cornering. The Altimax tires corner...  Read More

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

We installed a set of these tires before taking a long trip (4000 miles) mostly highway. We replace a set of Fierce Instinct VRs that cupped badly but lasted 40k miles. Compared to those tires, these have a very high level of grip in dry and wet conditions. The ride feels like we just took 40k miles off the car. Noise levels are higher than what I suspect...  Read More

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

Bought a set of these P7s to replace the notoriously noisy Turanza EL400-02's that came on my used 2012 Mazda 3. The reduction in noise level on the highway was stunning and that alone was enough to be worth the cost. Then I took them for a spirited drive on my favorite hilly road nearby where they were smooth, stable, and predictable. And just last night I...  Read More

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

Bought these to replace the extremely noisy Bridgestone Turanza's that came factory with my 12' mazda3 iGT. I upgraded to 17 matte anthracite MOMO revenge wheels in the process (factory size for Mazda3 sGT) to give a more aggressive look as well as cut down on the sidewall to increase handling. I STRONGLY recommend doing this to anyone with $ to do so. This...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 5000 Symmetrical

I don't understand the other reviews I've read regarding this tire. I have 57,000 miles on my 2014 Mazda 6. I had some hydroplaning issues when the interstate was flooding but otherwise, considering the mileage I have on these tires, I've been very satisfied. Not sure if the lack of traction in the 9 month long winters here in Minnesota is due to the...  Read More

Top All-Season Tires for the Mazda 3 and Honda Civic in 205/55R16 Size

The Mazda 3 and Honda Civic are very popular compact sedans (and coupes in the case of the Honda Civic Coupe) due to their combination of sporty handling, reliability, fuel economy, features and fun-to-drive factor. With such a broad appeal comes a large selection of tires catering to the popular 205/55R16 size that's commonly used on these cars in the most...  Read More

The All-New 2016 Mazda MX-5 Tested on Our Track

As a longtime owner of a first-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, I have been very excited about the upcoming 2016 model. The new 2016 MX-5 is often referred to by its production code "ND" in the automotive community as opposed to the previous generation 2006-2015 model's production code of "NC". The design of the new generation MX-5 has been impressing drivers...  Read More

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

New Lightweight Track Wheel from MOTEGI RACING

Anyone who has spent a Saturday at an autocross event or a road course knows that lighter is better. Lighter is especially better when referring to unsprung weight. Unsprung weight is anything not supported by the suspension of your vehicle such as wheels, tires and brakes. As one of the best bang-for-your-buck upgrades, a set of dedicated lightweight...  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 General Altimax Arctic

This is the second set of Altimax arctics I have purchased. The first set was on a Mazda and were run for 4 snow seasons or approx 35000 miles. The tires performed flawlessly in the snow. Traction was greatly improved over the all season tires they replaced. Tire noise was at a minimum, far better than most other snow tires. Overall, I rate these tires about...  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