Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.92
 
 

2009 Lexus GX470
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Groveland, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

Car came with Dunlop tires. I cannot believe Lexus put those tires on this car. I got rid of them at 25K. I have a 2000 LX 470 and have always been happy with the LTX M/S. These tires are even better. There is nothing bad about this tire. Bought at Tire Rack. Had dealer mount 'em. Better everything: handling, ride, traction and even gas mileage. I hunt, so in addition to city/highway, I do cornfields, creeks and every other type of off-road driving that can be found in the Midwest. The only thing that keeps me from buying a Range Rover Sport is that I cannot find these tires for that truck. I still have my LX 470 and still use the LTX M/S on that truck (it has 287K). I'm not necessarily a Michelin freak. My wife has a Lexus RX and I'm putting Continentals on that. But for the larger SUVs, the LTX M/S is fantastic tire. I like the M/S 2 better than the M/S, but they don't make it for the '00 LX470. When my friends are stuck in their Range Rovers, I'm going strong, mainly because of the traction these tires afford. On the highway, rain, snow, and sun, the tires handle well and are quiet. I'm 63 and have driven a car/truck farther in reverse than most have driven in forward. These tires are simply the best. If they make 'em to fit your vehicle, buy them. You will thank me. I promise. And I don't work for Michelin or anybody else in any auto related industry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2007 Lexus LS460
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Austin, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

Just installed these yesterday so this is an initial review. I'm recently retired from the tire and auto service business so you can bet I'm pretty picky about tires. These Primacy MXM4's replaced a set of HX MXM4's that had given good service. I found a great installer through Tire Rack that had a Hunter road force balancer and a clean, modern shop. The new tires all had the same manufacturing date of the 49th week of 2013 from a US plant. Fresh tires indeed!

I was pleasantly surprised by how well these tires balanced out. Road force variation was extremely low. One of them took no balance weight at all, the others only needed minimal weight ( 15, 25 and 35 grams total). This speaks well of the tire quality and the quality of the original equipment Lexus wheels.

The new tires drove perfectly. Absolutely zero vibration, shimmy or directional pulling. That is real important to me. I was the go-to guy for ride and alignment complaints at work. Sure glad I don't have to deal with it on these tires. I replace my own tires at about 5/32" so the old HX MXM4's were in their dry road handling prime. The new Primacy's at full tread depth don't feel quite as grippy or responsive but they are so quiet on textured surfaces and so smooth over surface imperfections that the trade-off is well worth it. I'm sure grip and responsiveness will improve with a bit of wear and scrubbing in. Overall this is an outstanding tire for this car.

 

Goodyear vs. Michelin: The Grand Touring All-Season Tire Showdown

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

Many tire buyers know Goodyear and Michelin as two nameplates synonymous with quality, but it can be difficult to compare these premium brands head to head. The Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring and Michelin Primacy MXV4 are one such case as both tires are considered benchmarks of being the smoothest, quietest and longest wearing Grand Touring All-Season tires on the market today. Choosing between the two can be a daunting task. Both the options have been perennial favorites among our customers.

 Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
 Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy MXV4


The Assurance ComforTred Touring features a mildly asymmetric tread design that combines independent shoulder blocks with notched intermediate and center ribs to blend dry and wet road traction and handling. Four wide circumferential grooves evacuate water from under the tread to enhance wet traction while the tread grooves, notches and sipes form biting edges that deliver all-season traction in light snow.

Its internal construction includes a super shock absorbent Comfort Layer of rubber sandwiched between the tread and steel belts (that provides on average, 20% more cushion than standard auto tires) to insulate vibration and impacts with expansion joints, potholes and bumps. The tire also features Goodyear's dual-layer ComfortEdge sidewall to provide a balance of ride comfort and handling.

Primacy MXV4 tires feature an all-season tread compound molded into a symmetric design that combines notched shoulders, independent intermediate tread blocks and continuous center ribs. Michelin's Active Sipes alternately lock together and open as needed to provide increased biting edges that grip the road to provide all-season handling, especially in rain and snow.

Advanced MaxTouch Construction results in a tuned footprint shape that allows for long-lasting, even treadwear while their Comfort Control Technology uses computer-optimized design and precision manufacturing to reduce vibrations and road noise to deliver a comfortable ride. The tire's internal structure includes twin steel belts reinforced with Michelin's BAZ Technology (spirally wrapped polyamide, Banded At Zero degrees) to reinforce the Primacy MXV4's twin steel belts and provide high-speed durability while enhancing ride comfort.

In our most recent Tire Test Results, we said the Assurance ComforTred Touring was, "A good choice for drivers wanting to blend responsive handling with good road manners" and the Primacy MXV4 was, "A Grand Touring All-Season tire that is a pleasure to drive every day." Before you decide between a Goodyear or Michelin tire, be sure to view our Tire Test Results, Tire Survey Results and Tire Reviews on both tires to see which one will best suit your driving needs.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

2007 Ford Crown Victoria
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Bryson City, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 07, 2013

I have always prefered a Michelin tire, and have had great service from them over the years. The prices are high, and I have wondered if part of that is paying for the name? A few years ago, we purchased a new truck with General tires on it, and the tires performed flawlessly. In fact those 11 year-old Generals were are currently on a farm trailer, and show no signs of dry rot, or other problems. After much thought, I decided to give these Generals a try. These tires are very quiet and smooth. They have great resistance to hydroplaning, which is a feature that I like a lot. The tires are not great in the snow, but than a V-8 powered RWD car is not so great in the snow either. I have a designated AWD winter vehicle, so winter traction does not matter to me. We live in the mountains with lots of winding roads, and tires get punished around here. I have the car set up with a stiff aftermarket suspension, so it rides harsh and corners like a sports car. The car no longer handles like a traditional Crown Victoria. Infact this car has seen an AutoCross track more then once... The OE tires where very soft and the car had a tendency to oversteer with them on it. These tires take the curves very well. So far they have passed the test. I plan to purchase three more sets, one for my wife's Crown Vic, and two sets for our two vintage Pontiac Trans AM show cars. For the price, nothing else compares. General seems to have hit the mark!

 

N-Spec Tires for Your Porsche

Friday, April 19, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

Porsche vehicles are known throughout the auto industry as one of the most highly engineered driving machines. Their engineers meticulously analyze every aspect of the vehicle's execution from weight savings and balance, all the way down to how the tires perform.

Porsche vehicles from 911 Carreras to Cayennes have tires that are specifically engineered for the vehicle through collaboration between tire manufacturers and Porsche themselves. Original Equipment Porsche tires are commonly referred to as N-Spec tires because the sidewall of the tire will be branded N0, N1, N2 or N3 and so on. The "N" is the designation for Porsche approved tires and the corresponding number identifies the version, with the higher number assigned to newer generations of the tire.

For instance, if you shop by vehicle and look at the 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe, when you choose "View Original Equipment Tires" the website will display all of the tires that may have come on the vehicle as Original Equipment from Porsche. You will find on the list the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 N2, Pirelli P Zero N2, Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N0, and Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N1.

 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 N2 Porsche
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 N2 Porsche
 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N1 Porsche
Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N1 Porsche

 

 Pirelli P Zero N2 Porsche
Pirelli P Zero N2 Porsche
 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N0 Porsche
Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N0 Porsche


For more information, read "Porsche N-Specification Tire Approvals."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4 ZP

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 ZPReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2008 BMW 328xi Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Denver, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2013

Just got these on my 2008 328xi to replace the stock Continentals. Honestly wish I would have done this sooner. The Conti's are very hard and rough in comparison. Since the car has sport suspension I know I'll still feel every bump in the road, but at least now on the big potholes jar your teeth lose. And as anyone in Denver will attest there are plenty of potholes to test this out on. The ride is also a lot quieter now as well. I'll update again once I get more miles on it, but for now they seem great. Hats off to Southeast Auto for the great install job!

Bling on a Budget: 19x9.5 Chrome Sport Edition ST5 Marked Down to $79 for Your S6

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

One vehicle that really stood out to me at the Detroit Auto Show was an ibis white Audi with traditional chrome wheels.

It's hard to find the right finish for a white car. Silver tends to blend too much with the body color. While a grey or black finish might contrast too much. I tend to believe chrome stands out on a larger white luxury car without being over the top. Wheels are a personal taste and you should go with the look you want.

If you drive an Audi S6 and you like the look of a chrome wheel, then you're going to love the savings on the Sport Edition ST5 marked down from $248 to a closeout price of just $79*.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Sport Edition ST5
Sport Edition ST5


Of course a great deal on wheels isn't complete without the right tire. The 265/35R19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport offers exceptional grip with decent wear for the Max Performance Summer category. Developed for the driver who cares about how tire technology can enhance their vehicle's performance and safety, the Pilot Super Sport delivers durability, handling and traction while increasing treadlife. For just $1516* plus shipping your Tire & Wheel Package will be mounted, balanced and shipped ready to install.

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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All SeasonReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62

2001 BMW 325i Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 47,000
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 47,000 Miles on Tires
January 20, 2013

I originally tried the P Zero because of a Tire Rack special and a significant price differential to the comparable Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 A/S. These are great tires! Very quiet with a comfortable ride and (in my opinion) better than average dry grip. I even took these to a car control clinic and one auto-cross event and they managed pretty well. These are definitely worth a try if you're looking for a high-performance all-season tire with good wear characteristics.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude TourReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.36

2012 GMC Terrain
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Miles driven on tires: 13,000
Location: Janesville, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 13,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2012

First, I keep my tire pressure front at 38-40psi and rear 36-38psi year round and rotate every 10,000 when I make synthetic oil change at dealer. Been that way for years. Also, our Terrain is AWD and recently put in three 50lb salt bags in the rear to weigh it down for our snow season. This is a premature evaluation, but wanted to write what have discovered about this tire thus far: Interstate speed in heavy rain - Rated a 7. Dry Conditions - Rated a 7. Recent 4" snow - Rated a 6. Noise - Rated a 7. Ice Traction - Rated a 3. Everybody knows this is an ALL Season Rated Tire. You want snow traction, buy a set of Blizzak's. In Snow conditions, I suggest 38-40 PSI in the fronts for FWD to get more bite and possibly better wear.

My Mustang, w Auto, has 4 winter Blizzak's and keep 38-40 psi on all 4 with 120 lbs in the trunk, for 6 years. I blow by everybody with such stability.

I plan to report again when I have 30,000 on these OEM Latitudes.

Keep Your Fusion Moving Even When It's Freezing: Winter / Snow Tires for the New Ford Fusion

Monday, December 10, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Although it's no DB5, the new 2013 Ford Fusion sure has a luxury vibe. Initial reports from the automotive press indicate this vehicle performs as well as it looks.

Have you just picked up a 2013 Ford Fusion? In addition to its styling and performance, I'm sure you're impressed with the Fusion's safety features. In a collision, your Fusion protects your family with airbags in the front, side and also at knee level. If you live in an area that experiences harsh winter conditions, four dedicated winter / snow tires will give you the traction, confidence and safe feeling you need to handle roads covered in snow and ice.

Winter / Snow Tire Sizes

The Fusion's Original Equipment tire comes in one of the following sizes: 215/60R16, 235/50R17, 235/45R18 or 235/40R19. With a curb weight of 3,615 lbs. (2.5 liter Auto S), most Fusion drivers are best served by a 215/60R16 tire size. 215/60R16 is narrow enough to cut through moderate and deep snow, but wide enough for packed snow, ice and dry roads.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Ford uses the valve stem direct TPMS system, which you can purchase sensors for $32 per wheel. Your Fusion won't automatically learn the new sensor codes, therefore a Ford dealer will have to initialize them as you switch back and forth between your winter and all-season/summer tires. Are you installing the wheels and sensors yourself? Then the the optional Ford TPMS Triggering Tool is really a must as it allows you to initialize the sensors.

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package (Steel Wheel)

While it's a close decision, I prefer 215/60R16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Studless Ice & Snow tires on 16x6.5 50mm offset steel wheels at $860* plus shipping.

215/60-16 Michelin X-ICE Xi3 Studless Ice and Snow
215/60-16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
$125*
16x6.5 50ET Black Painted Steel Wheel $58*
16x6.5 50ET Black Painted
Steel Wheel $58*


Winter/ Snow Tire & Wheel Package (Alloy Wheel)

For those who prefer a little more style for winter, I'd recommend the 16x7.5 5-108 48mm ET silver painted Sport Edition SE-16 on the same 215/60R16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 at $1064* plus shipping.

215/60-16 Michelin X-ICE Xi3 Studless Ice and Snow
215/60-16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
$125*
16x7.5 48ET Silver Painted Sport Edition SE-16 $109*
16x7.5 48ET Silver Painted Sport Edition
SE-16 $109*


With the weather changing, be ready by creating your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today.

*Prices subject to change

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: SOUTH HAVEN, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
September 11, 2012

Absolutely stunningly good tire. I have these on two cars and they are excellent, much quieter than competitive tires, exceptional grip in dry and wet. In the auto cross they are progressive and stable, turning in lap times that are ahead of all other street tires. These tires are as good as they come, they are wearing beautifully, on both my STi and S4 they are ideal tires for summer. Cornering speeds on these tires are higher than any other street tire I've used.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: ONEIDA, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
August 15, 2012

Porsche 993's are notorious for rear tire wear. I have a conservative street alignment, and got 11K miles out of my first set of Hankooks on the rear. These tires replaced a set of Michelin Pilot Sports. A full set of four Hankooks, cost as much as a pair of rear Michelins. For street use, and the occasional auto-x, Hankooks are the best IMHO.

Great wet and dry weather performance, very low road noise, and the car rides smooth. Ride quality is certainly a very subjective thing naturally, afterall...my 993 is lowered, and has adjustable sways and a strut brace. That being said, it rides better than my wife's 2012 Mini Countryman S ALL4..thos e---- runflats you know.

Highly reccomend these tires, great value, long wear, and very predictable road characteristics.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6

2011 BMW 335i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
June 15, 2012

One thing I didn't realize about my 335 was that I'd be changing the rear tires every 15K. Then I was even more scared when I realized that the stock Brigestone Potenza RFT's were 860 bucks for two tires. I started researching and found a bunch of tires that were non run flats that were much cheaper. Great! Then I found some that people love to AutoX with and were only 200 bucks a piece! Awesome! I autox from time to time and was stoked. I debated on the whole run flat thing, but the consensus among anyone that knows anything is that run flats ----. So I jumped. I put the Hankook Ventus V12's on.

I was pumped, it was supposed to be a superior sticky AutoX tire that was quieter and softer for 50% the cost. WOW. So I started driving on my new tires. Definitely quieter. Definitely good grip. Pulled on to the highway. All of a sudden the car starts tramming hard. Then the back end starts flapping in the wind like I had marshmellows on the back. They were terrible. I had no idea how anyone under the age of 65 liked those tires. Horrible. I was then told that nothing will suit my fancy other than run flats if I wanted that stiff responsiveness. So I researched and found these guys.

What a difference. Better performance than runflats, quieter, grippier, excellent steering response and cheaper. Not by much, but cheaper. A definite no brainer. Best tire for the money.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup ZP

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport Cup ZPReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.62

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 390
Location: Long Beach, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 390 Miles on Tires
June 13, 2012

Significantly better than the OEM Goodyear EMT's, but lack of tread is scary. Ride and noise better than expected, gives the GS the same feel as the Z06 Carbon edition. On the GS, almost impossible to break loose, very stable and predictable. A great autocross
tire, time will tell on tread ware. Certainly, the Goodyears 220 Tread ware rating is a joke, as I 've never gotten even 20K miles out of them- they get stiff and greasy long before tread is gone. I think the Michelins TW 80 rating may be almost equal.I'd be happy with 10K miles from these (without auto crossing them).

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta LX PlatinumReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8

2005 BMW X3 3.0I
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
March 28, 2012

I have less then 100 miles on these tires but so far the ride is better then my OEM Michelin's, I will add to review with more miles under my belt. I want to say that the whole sales process and instalation through a third party worked perfect. I odered my tires on a Friday and the instalation location, a sears auto, recieved them on Tuesday. I am in chicago and the Tire Rack dist facility is in South Bend Indiana, but still excellent service. The sears auto service was quick and very resonably priced at 48.00 for all four. Overall I am very please with Tire Rack and their choice in third party installers.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Friday, April 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Ice & SnowReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27

2010 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Canon City, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2011

Negotiated with M-B dealer to substitute these NON runflats for the factory set. I am glad I did.
In Colorado my biggest challenges are snowpacked and icy roads more than deep snow, with occasional bouts with the dreaded Black Ice. These tires are exceptional in those conditions, with much better road feel than my General Altimax studded, Michelin x-Ice2 and Blizzaks on other autos. I didn't pray for the day when I could finally get my winter tires off! Very impressive.
I started in November 2010 and experienced "all of the above" at a variety of temperatures from water on ice to powdery and frigid to black ice on I-80 at 75 mph with surprise BIG crosswinds. Exceptional tires that reduced the white knuckle cross country experience.
These tires are also pretty sporty in the dry, so I thought I'd wear them through the summer months because my 8-mounted-tires-per-vehicle habit has caused me to run out of winter tire storage.
We had lots more than usual 90+ temps, but the tread didn't melt away like other dedicated winter tires.
I have 6/32 tread left, which projects out to about 24,000 miles. Not bad for a winter tire pressed into hot summer service. We'll see if they get noisy when they get under 5/32, and how well they work in the wet.
We tow a 27' travel trailer and the tires are very stable with a load - inflated to the M-B recommended pressure of 38 lbs.
I also spent several days four wheeling on the legendary Ouray, Colorado extreme passes and I was really surprised how well the tread worked on rocks and other obstacles. Especially impressive on slick rocks in the rain! (Deflated to 28 psi.)
These are great tires for the difficult to predict Colorado driving conditions.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
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Miles driven on tires: 15,500
Location: West Babylon, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,500 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2012

second set of mich a/s/plus far superior than original rsa more noise but better grip turning/and wet.these tires throw so much water when its raining u can"t follow / it crazy water back there// much better- took about 5/6000miles to settle in and became more of a drivers type tire have @ 15/16k with rotation and now I hope to get my moneys worth . Typicaly I change tires @ 30/35k on all my cars this tire is a confidence builder can grip/ stop/ run w/ the best out there 145mph+ in the heat of fla/tx/nv az they roll good and smooth in upstate NY & maine in the winter just all around good: alignment & balance the major factor to ware/ rotate@ 6k not running more than 3/4 to 1.25 oz/on 2- 1 w/.25 - 1/w .5 totals on all 4 don"t know what to get next I've been in the auto buss/for over 40 years. this tire is worth the money and the ride...

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Thursday, January 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2010 Buick LaCrosse 3.0
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Miles driven on tires: 51000
Location: Anniston, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 51000 Miles on Tires
January 03, 2012

I was reading reviews of different tires trying to find a good one for less money and I can't. The only thing I see is that Honda Accords must eat tires badly. Most of the neg. reviews come from Hondas and volvos. I have between 4/32 and 5/32 left with more than 51k on mine and they ride GREAT! I will find the best price I can and stick with these. I ran a SEARS auto center for a while and became a believer in michelin truck tires when a customer came in with nearly 200k on a set of M/S tires on a pickup. Now I believe in these after having them on this smooth riding buick.

215/45-17 Tires for Your Toyobaru

Thursday, December 8, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
After what seems like decades on the concept car show circuit, Toyota and Subaru are beginning to release production versions of the Toyobaru. The Subaru BRZ and Toyota FT-86 (Scion FR-S in North America) are premiering at the Tokyo Auto Show. On paper, the Toyobaru checks all the right boxes with rear-wheel drive for proper handling, proper engine placement for balance and low weight for overall performance. 

Along with showing the car at the Tokyo Auto Show, the Toyobaru partnership lent out a few test cars. The consensus is that Toyota and Subaru have really hit one out of the park, way out of the park, like beyond Waveland Avenue. 

Right now, hundreds of driving enthusiasts are dreaming of the Toyobaru that'll soon be parked in their garage. If they're truly hardcore, then they are already dreaming about the vehicle's tires, too. We know the Toyobaru will run 215/45-17, but it isn't clear what Original Equipment tire will be picked.

What if the 215/45-17 O.E. tire chosen for the Toyobaru isn't what I'm looking for, what should I purchase as a replacement? Subaru plans to sell the BRZ at a higher price point relative to the FR-S. Hopefully, this will allow Subaru to equip the vehicle with a set of the Dunlop SP Sport 600 on the production BRZ. These Dunlop performance tires are the Original Equipment on the 2011-2012 Subaru Impreza STI and their reputation was honed as the O.E. on the 2008 Nissan GT-R, and Nissan used the SP Sport 600 on their record-breaking Nurburgring runs.

The Scion FR-S will be priced more aggressively so Toyota may try keep the car in budget by using the 215/45-17 Grand Touring All-Season Michelin Primacy MXM4, O.E. on the Lexus CT 200h. Fortunately, there are several 215/45-17 tires suitable for the Scion FR-S. If I'm going to spend money on a new car, I'd want to great tires at a good price.

215/45-17 Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec
215/45-17 Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec
215/45-17 Hankook RS-3
215/45-17 Hankook
R-S3
215/45-17 Kumho Ecsta XS
215/45-17 Kumho
Ecsta XS

The Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec ($143*), Hankook R-S3 ($129*) and Kumho Ecsta XS ($129*) are all good choices but I'd select the Z1 Star Spec for it's versatility. It has great steering response, awesome dry grip and it performs decently in the wet. The Hankook RS-3 is slightly quicker in dry conditions, but gives up a lot when it comes to wet grip. The Kumho has great dry grip but has a numb steering response relative to the RS-3 and the Z1 Star Spec. They also suffer from average wet grip. 

Thank you Toyobaru for taking the road less traveled and letting us take our roads a little bit faster.

*Prices subject to change

When Should I Put on My Winter / Snow Tires?

Thursday, December 1, 2011 by Gary Stanley
While winter is not quite hWinter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packageere for most, it is coming. Is it too early to install your winter / snow tires? I get this question often and the answer varies depending on a few factors. In my opinion, the most important issues to consider are climate and the type of winter / snow tire that you're using. 

Climate is arguably the most important factor in deciding when to install your winter snow tires. A driver in Alaska would install their winter tires earlier in the year than a driver in Illinois (and leave them on longer into the spring, as well). This is not only because some areas get snow before other parts of the country, but due to the fact that temperature also plays a role. It's a good time to consider installing your winter / snow tires when average highs are consistently below 50º Fahrenheit. 

Most winter tires are designed to operate in lower ambient temperatures and may wear more rapidly when driven aggressively on warm pavement. This is especially true for more severe-duty winter / snow tires that we categorize as Studless Ice and Snow, including the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Michelin X-Ice Xi2

As mentioned above, Studless Ice and Snow tires like the Blizzak WS70 tend to wear more rapidly in warmer temperatures due to their soft compound and heavily siped tread patterns. Performance Winter / Snow tires like the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 can handle higher temperatures with less rapid tread wear compared to Studless Ice and Snow tires. Therefore, one can install Performance Winter / Snow tires earlier in the year and leave them on longer with less effect on wear. And to see how these winter performance tires perform, check out our Tire Survey Results.

If you don't yet have a winter tire setup, check out our snow tire prices and create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for the ultimate in convenience, as you can install them yourself without waiting in line at auto tire stores.