Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 Test Video and Summary

In a recent post, "Continental ExtremeContact DWS Replaced by ExtremeContact DWS 06", we compared and contrasted the older Continental ExtremeContact DWS against the replacement version, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06. To summarize, the new ExtremeContact DWS 06 addressed a common complaint of the older version of the tire feeling slow to respond to...  Read More

What Does "ZR" Mean?

Tire sizes have letters in them, but they don't always have the same letters. You're probably familiar with the "P" or the "LT" that sometimes shows up at the beginning of the size, and the "R" right before the wheel size, for example P245/40R18 or LT315/70R17. But what does it mean when the tire says "P245/40ZR18"? For that, you need to know a little bit...  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

What to Buy When the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is Backordered

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is an outstanding tire. It combines top-tier wet and dry traction with responsive handling, making it a benchmark in the Max Performance Summer category. Unfortunately, it has been out of stock in many sizes this summer. So what do you do if the Super Sport has an indefinite backorder in your size? It depends on why you wanted...  Read More

Best Performance Summer Tire Values

Many of us are bargain shoppers. We're always on the lookout to get the most for our dollar. This is the case when it comes to shopping for tires. We want the best tire for the best prices. Take a look at the following options when you're shopping for a new set of tires this summer. Extreme Performance Summer Hankook's Ventus R-S3 (Version 2) has proven to be...  Read More

Best Tires for the Nissan Altima

If you're the proud owner of a Nissan Altima, you already know that this car has a great combination of sporty handling, interior space and amenities that provide a great value. Whether you have the roomy sedan or the sporty coupe, the type of replacement tires you choose can have a large effect on the handling and ride quality of this car.   Some sporty tires...  Read More

Sticky Tires for Your Fast Car: Tires You Can Drive on the Road and Take to the Track

Are you ready for autocrossing? Looking to do some lapping days at your local track? Participating in the Silver State Classic in September? Maximize your fun by picking the right tire for your car and the events you're going to run. There are essentially four types of sticky tires you should consider for your days at the track:   Extreme Performance Summer Str...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport

If you were to check out customer survey results for the top two tires in the Max Performance Summer category, you would find that the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is currently ranked number one. I've used a set on my own vehicle and you can learn about my experience by taking a look at "Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires Installed on My Car." The second...  Read More

Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire

Designed with the driver in mind, the ADVAN Sport A/S is Yokohama's newest and arguably best addition to the Ultra High Performance All-Season category.  In a class ripe with fantastic options, the Yokohama proves an able challenger with a very attractive price-point. Our internal testing has proven this tire to be a formidable competitor to category...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3: A Year in Review

Launching last year with much anticipation was Michelin's latest entry to the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, the Pilot Sport A/S 3. Having secured a spot in our internal test last summer, we quickly found this tire to be extremely competitive in both the dry and wet. With the sharpest handling and best communication of the group, the tire...  Read More

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Replaced by ExtremeContact DWS 06

Since its introduction six years ago, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS has topped our customer survey data in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category. Its best-in-class snow traction, along with good wet traction and wear has made it the go-to tire for many drivers in the Snow Belt who need more snow traction out of their performance all-season...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

If you don't believe the hype with these tires, then you need to try them and boy will you be a believer. After having the front suspension components replaced on my 650i equipped with 19 genuine BMW Style 167(M6) wheels(245/40ZR19 and 275/35ZR19) along with a weighted alignment, it is literally like day and night when it comes to responsiveness and...  Read More

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

Exceptional tires. Great cornering in dry and wet. I'm really impressed in the wet traction. Lots of comfort driving in these tires. Well worth the money. The ride is much smoother than the stock run flats.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Purchased the Pilot A/S 3 91V-rated to replace ContiPro Contact SSR 91H run flats. I carry a spare in the trunk.Conti lasted about 25-30k and were gone. Run flats give you piece of mind but they were noisier than Pilot - I noticed it from the beginning I installed these on. Pilots are also provide a softer ride over small bumps and anomalies on a road; Conti...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

Put these on my wife's car because Blizzaks were sold out and cheaper than Michelins. Nokians weren't available at the time, so I figured I was settling with this tire. I've been pretty surprised. These are on my wife's Volvo, which is FWD until it needs all wheels, with very nanny-ish traction and stability control. The car is completely stable with these...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2 ZP

Still only halfway through the first winter with these tires, although it has been a typical Chicago winter with ice and snow, and they are performing well.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

One of the best performance tires available and I wouldnt hesitate to take these onto a wet race course as the Wet traction is even more amazing to me than the dry traction. For the performance capability of the tire, The treadwear is fantastic and I fully expect to get 30,000 miles out of a set of tires.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Given the compromises of an all-season tire over a dedicated summer or winter tire (which is usually what I have to choose), these tires are the best all-seasons I've ever had. They have excellent wet/dry cornering grip and brake very well. They almost feel like dedicated summer tires. Surprisingly, they do all this and manage to be very quiet. They also...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Good durable tire for the road and some track use. Predictable. Good in the wet. Durable.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Fun Tires!! I was able to drive in 4- 5 inches of snow and the traction is just amazing. It's hard to brake the tires loose. I had to find a empty parking lot and turn off traction control. The tires also feel great on the dry or wet roads. If your looking for a great high performance snow winter tire I would strongly recommend. Let it snow!   Read More