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: 7.91
 
 

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 65,000
Location: Flemington, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 65,000 Miles on Tires
May 06, 2014

These tires lasted 65,000 miles before they finally needed replacing. The D/W/S indicator is an easy way to tell how much life is left ("D" was the only indicator still visible at the time of replacement) Great cornering, decent braking right up to the time of replacement.

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 Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2005 Mazda MAZDA3 i 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

I bought these tires because I drive at least 300 miles/wk, a lot of highway driving, but I also wanted something that would be good in snow (I live in Philly) and rain. I researched a lot of tires and these stood out from all of the rest.

My little Mazda has a pretty loud cabin to begin with, but these tires definitely help quiet it down. The ride is super silky smooth, and they take corners and stops really really well.

I drive pretty quick all of the time and these tires hold up against my style of driving AND i have noticed a slight improvement with my gas milage (Not a placebo, I actually record all of my milage and fill-ups or work so I know my MPG ).

If you're looking for an all around good tire for all seasons, try these.

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 Dunlop Direzza ZII

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

1999 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Poulsbo, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
May 05, 2014

I picked these up from Tirerack knowing I wanted an extreme summer tire. I had them delivered with a set of silver TRM C1M 15x7 30 offset wheels. Both the wheels and tires look fantastic. While I have had limited opportunities to experience the grip, I fully expect them to perform beautifully. A 20 minute track session in the rain was actually enjoyable as I felt supremely planted even with the wet conditions. And one autox in the dry with the tires barely scuffed went well with little drama. My '99 Miata is running on new Tein coil overs so it will be interesting to see how the tires perform this summer as the various track days that are coming up. But, I am very pleased with the tires except just one little thing....they do tend to sing a bit around 65-70 mph. So the comments regarding noise are spot on. Sad to hear they are being replaced with new versions from Dunlop, but I would buy them again in a heartbeat. Very satisfied!

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 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
Location:  
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

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 Dunlop Direzza ZII

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

1991 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 65
Location: Westport, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 65 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

Fantastic tire. Very, very sticky in the dry. If your temps are near 40F, they're just blocks of rubber; but you already knew that if you're researching summer tires. An astonishing amount of grip in aggressive off & on ramp and back roads carving. Haven't taken the car to auto-x yet with the tires, but I'm looking forwards to it since the street driving hasn't been anything but rewarding so far. Looking forwards to seeing how quickly I can find their limit on the course.

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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 548
Location: Naples, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 548 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2014

This is my 3rd set of tires on my 2007 Mazda Miata (51,500 miles). My MX-5 feels and responds better than it ever did. Drives better than when it was new. I love these tires. They have made driving hugely fun again. Cornering is great, acceleration is improved, ride comfort is much better (my wife even commented on this) and they are relatively quiet. Highly recommend these for a Miata.

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 Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda5
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Alameda, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2014

Living in Germany where snow tires are required during the winter months. I am running Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S tires the rest of the year. I can compare them to each other. The Michelin tires are by far the best tires I have ever put on any of my cars for warm or wet driving. But when it is cold (40 degrees or lower) or icy, the Conti's are mind-blowing. I am 45 years old and grew up driving in snow and ice covered steep, curvy mountain roads. The Conti winter tires brake and handle astonishingly well on snow and ice. They are superior to the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S in very cold temps on both wet and dry. They have two weak spots. First, when pushed hard in sustained turns, they fall off suddenly and dramatically, which is forgivable for winter tires that perform so well as intended. Second, at high speed in a strait line the car is very unsettled. It just won't track straight. My my oldest son eventually gets queazy.
This comes on at about 60mph and gets worse all the way to 'can't go any faster" mph. The Autobahn is smooth as freshly Zambonied ice and yet the exhausting high frequency instability is ever present. (tried rotating tires, no effect)
Bottom line:
Astonishingly good winter traction in cold dry, cold wet, snow covered and ice covered roads. If you travel at high speeds for long periods of time, maybe look at another tire.