Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2007 Mazda MAZDA6 i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Rochester, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
July 22, 2014

These were a huge improvement over the Mich. stock tires. I will buy a new set mainly because of their excellent handling and traction. I was getting cut off on the highway doing 70, and all I did was a slight turn of the wheel; the response was perfect--no swaying and no need for heavy breaking. That was the day I swore I'd buy them again. I still have about 5 or 7K left, and they still handle nicely, but with road trips coming up I will replace them tomorrow. They've provided me with over 30K miles of safety and great handling.

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 Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Fair Oaks, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
June 15, 2014

I replaced the original Bridgestone run flat tires and immediately noticed a huge improvement in steering response, softer ride comfort, and cornering. I highly recommend these tires. I will never go back to run flat tires.

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 Michelin Premier A/S

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2014 Mazda Mazda6
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Madison, CT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
May 19, 2014

Replaced the 19 inch dunlop low profile (5000 sport) that came with car with 17 inch allow wheels and the new michelin premeier. Could not take the road noise and harsh ride from the oem dunlop sport 5000. Ride is much better, quieter and far smoother. Road noise is lowered and the harsh, bone jarring ride, on highways with potholes or all types, is vastly improved. Interesting to note that the steering response is somewhat firmer, with more resistance, and that is also improved over the stock tires, because it is more natural, with better road feel. All in all a great choice for highway cruisers like me.

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 Dunlop Direzza ZII

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

1994 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2014

I have these on my supercharged and coilover'd '94 Miata that is strictly a nice-weather car, thus why I can't rate wet characteristics. I have had Potenza RE750s and the set before buying the ZIIs were Potenza RE-11s. The RE-11s were way above the RE750s, and I wore the RE-11s clear down to the rears being completely smooth and looking like go-cart tires... I don't put many miles on this car and those tires lasted 5 years, and due to lack of a garage at the time, they were subjected to very low temps, so the compound was not the best - I decided to destroy them at a local drift event to give me a reason to buy new tires.

That said, I mainly use my Miata as a driver but also I do a lot of very spirited backroading, tarmac rally stages, if you will. I was going to just throw another set of RE-11s on it, but a few friends that autocross suggested I take a look at the ZIIs. After reading reviews, I chose them. Got them from TireRack within 24 hours of ordering!

Now that they're worn in a bit, I'll say, THESE TIRES ARE GREAT! The grip... all the grip. Taking clover-leaf exit ramps with only scrubbing off a few MPH is fantastic! On the backroads, they do work and instill confidence. Very predictable tire. Ride quality is great, very smooth. There is a bit of a howl from these, not sure if it'll worsen or get better as my Miata has some camber from being lowered... but at the end of the day, it's a sports car, sacrifices have to be made. These do feel a bit squishy at times compared to the RE-11s, and I miss the RE-11s appearance - those are much wider tires and the sidewall with a 205/50 on a 6" wide wheel looked awesome... the ZIIs look like a 'normal' tire in comparison, but this also explains the ride quality improvement over bumps.

I'd definitely buy these again. I'm going to take care of these as far as temperature goes and I expect many years out of them. -MazKid

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 Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2009 Mazda CX-9
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Miles driven on tires: 1,333
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,333 Miles on Tires
May 28, 2014

With just 1,333 miles it is probably too early to make a profound judgement, but based on the limited milage I would have to say that currently I am very satisfied with the overall qualities of these tires. I did quit a lot of research on line and talking with tire folks at retail level before I made this tire choice.

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.

Michelin Replaces Primacy MXV4 with the New Premier A/S

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Michelin is known in the tire industry and by drivers worldwide for their technology and innovation. In 1946, Michelin produced the first radial tire. In 1992, Michelin introduced high silica rubber compounds and Green X technology. Continuing to develop new and exciting products, this year Michelin released the first tire with Evergrip Technology, the Premier A/S.  

What is Evergrip Technology? Simply stated, it reduces the rate of decline in wet traction. The Michelin Premier A/S retains more of its outstanding wet traction as it wears down. 

There are three main components to how this helps the tire perform:

  • Sunflower oil additive in the rubber compound maintains wet traction even in lower temperatures. 
  • Extreme silica acts to further improve wet traction throughout the life of the tire.
  • Emerging Grooves widen as the tire wears, reducing hydroplaning.  
 Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy MXV4
 Michelin Premier A/S
Michelin Premier A/S


This technology is so effective that Michelin is choosing the Premier A/S as the replacement tire for its top-of-the-line Grand Touring All-Season option, the Primacy MXV4. Already an outstanding tire, I installed the Primacy MXV4 on one of my own vehicles. You can read about my experience with this tire in a post titled, "Best All-Weather Tires for Mazda CX-7."

Why did Michelin place such a focus on wet traction? Keep in mind that accidents are more likely to happen on wet roads compared to dry. Drivers rank the ability to stop when a tire when is worn compared to when new as a top consideration when they're purchasing a new set of tires. The Michelin Premier A/S delivers that additional margin of safety when you need it the most!  

Shop by vehicle to see if this tire is available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2000 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Forked River, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
June 01, 2014

Went from the Star Spec to these and have blown alway my track times.Tto be honest I also went from the 7 inch wide rim with the 205 to the 9 inch wide 225 rivals. But a second difference on Jefferson 1.1 mile course is huge and feel it's more the tires then the increased width.

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 BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.17
 
 

1999 Mazda Miata SCCA STR Class
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Sun City, AZ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
June 03, 2014

Very good tire . . . Remained good through out life... we had very even wear