Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, February 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Doylestown, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2013

Drove in my second snow storm first one was with Nexen "all season" tires that the dealer put on and all I can say is I almost crashed at least 5 times. Abs constantly kicking on and sliding all over the place. Second snow storm with the Michelins on. Well phrases like glued to the road and amazing came to mind. These tires are the most amazing snow tires I have ever driven. They make my Tiguan into a snow beast! This car is used by my son and daughter primarily and i now feel 100%better about them being out with snow and ice. Total confidence and a very worthwhile investment! Thanks to tire rack for making it easy and fast shipping!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82

2010 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 88,000
Location: Forest Hill, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 88,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2013

OME and recently turned 88,000 miles and my Acura dealer said I have at least 30% treadwear remaining. Awesome tires!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.27
 
 

2007 Chevrolet Impala LT Sedan 3.9L V6 Engine
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Toledo, OH
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2013

I negotiated a new set of tires from the dealer that I bought my car from tires as part of the deal to buy the car I knew nothing about the tires but I figured that they were not going to be the greatest given what I had to go through to get him to buy them. When I asked the service advisor were they any good he assured me that they were even after I offered to pay the difference in price between those and a better set. I have had these for 2.5 Ohio winters (luckily last winters was very mild) and they are horrible in snow and ice my traction control light is always coming on when I accelerate from stop and the tires are always spinning and struggling to gain traction on pavement driving and stopping on light snow is very tricky and almost impossible in heavy snow in the summer on dry pavement they are great but anything else they are unacceptable from a safety standpoint. I bought a set of Goodyear Weatherhandlers for my previous 2002 Impala and they were great and I was looking to purchase another set before I did some research and found out about the Michelin Defenders and I am looking to purchase a set within the next few weeks (hopefully before the next snowfall) If you can help it spend more money if you live in a rainy or snowy area (unless you are a thrill seeker) you will be happy that you did.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin DefenderReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82

2003 Toyota Camry LE
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Syracuse, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2013

After only a couple of years of horrible experience with dealer recommended/installed Goodyear Integrity, I had to replace them yet again. This time I discovered TireRack and chose these tires. I was initially biased with the name, commercials and high ratings, and had high hopes and bought them over snow tires last winter. Well, it has been a very good ride on the highways and city roads. But, it was obnoxiously noisy for many months. After about a year now, it sounds eerily quiet and feels like a luxurious ride (due to (0F) cold air? worn out treads? didn’t check on that!). It is quite good on snowy roads as well. It slides but is very controllable. I am happy with them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek Touring A/S

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Grandtrek Touring A/SReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6

2013 Lexus RX 350
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Union City, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2013

I got my RX350 for 2 months and the cars originally came with Michelin Latitude Tour HP. However, Michelins are just too stiff and whenever the car hits the bump, it is like a concrete tire hitting a solid bump and shock just sent straight to my neck.

Dealer agreed to swap Dunlops from one of their 2013 RX loaner to mine. Ride comfort difference is immediately noticed. Bumps are softened and no more harsh shock to my neck.

3rd gen RX suspension is stiffer than 2nd gen for sure and I still feel bumps. But with Dunlops, ride is softened well over bumps even on bad San Francisco roads. Road noise is louder than Michelins but it is still ok. Steering feel a bit less responsive than Michelins. However, ride comfort is my top priority. Will buy again if these tires can last 40K miles.

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy MXV4 PlusReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67

2011 Buick Lucerne
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Miles driven on tires: 39,000
Location: Yates Center, KS
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 39,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2012

These were the O.E.M tires on our Lucrene when we purchased it at 23k miles. My wife has driven it for seven months and has put about 16k additional miles on it, so these tires have 39k miles on them. The car developed a tremor when driving and we took it to the dealer and one of the tires had gone bad, and we were told that all the tires were almost down to the wear indicators and would need replaced soon. The tires drove really well, and the ride was very quiet. Because of the drought it never was driven in heavy rain or snow, so no opinions were given on those types of driving. Gave a below average on tread wear since they wore out before the 45K mile rating. We replaced them with the Michelin Primacy MXV4 because of the ratings they received on the TireRack Consumer Survey Results and their longer tread life warranty.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.29

2006 Chevrolet Silverado K1500
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Miles driven on tires: 11,400
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 11,400 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2013

These tires have never ridden very well. There's a slight shimmy at 70+ MPH. I've had them rebalanced several times, and inspected, they tell me there's nothing wrong with them. I had the GM dealer replace the two front wheel bearings, inspect the suspension, no issues. The truck has only 47,000 miles on it. I won't buy these again, and may replace them before they wear out.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Monday, January 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin DefenderReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75

2008 Honda CRV EX-L
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Hewlett, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
November 30, 2012

I bought my 2008 CR-V as a certified preowned car from my Honda dealer in 2011. It was in mint condition, had every possible option, and only 23,000 miles on it. HOWEVER, it had those ---awful Bridgestone Duelers that my '97 CV-R came with when I bought it brand new. My mechanic, who checked it out before I bought it, noticed that it had two different models on the front and back. The front tires were pretty much brand new and the back at about half life. I couldn't wait to get them off my car! They handled ok, but were noisy and the ride was so-so, on the rough side. I noticed the car would make a wooo wooo sound when driving and had the dealer check it out, but found nothing wrong with the bearings, axle, brakes, etc, so figure it was the tires. The older tires were getting pretty bad, starting to crack, etc and I HAD TO get new ones. I looked for months at this tire and that tire, getting rave reviews on the one hand and horrible reviews on the other. Finally I found these with nothing other than pretty much great reviews. I realize they are a fairly new model and there aren't any reviews with more than just a few thousand miles on them, but I thought I'd give them a go anyway. I love them so far. Very quiet and very smooth riding, in particular on asphalt. I feel like I'm riding on a cloud. They handle very well and I was just able to drive on them in a nice rainstorm, even deliberately going through a big puddle and they were great! I got them just after our small snowstorm, therefore can't say how they'd handle snow. So admittedly, this is a "first impression" review, on only a couple of hundred miles of driving, but so far, so good. I'm anxious to see how I feel after many thousands of miles of driving on them, and feel pretty confident I'll still be a happy camper. Only time will tell.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2005 BMW 325i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Dayton, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
December 05, 2012

Very responsive tire,very quite,great cornering,so far have not had any problems.Seem to be better as i put more miles on them.Any tire needs 5000 to 7000 miles for a break in period. I've read other reviews saying they noisy, i suggest to them to have there tire dealer check to see if they have other issues like a bent rim/rims or balancing issues before slamming a tires performance.I reccomend highly. The best set of tires i've ever driven on, and i can say that because i;ve been around awhile.

 

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.

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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity PlusReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12

2013 Subaru Legacy Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Binghamton, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
December 03, 2012

Stock tires on 2010-13 Subaru Legacy with 17" alloy wheels are the Turanza EL400-02. They were reasonably acceptable on my 2010 Limited model, however, for 2013, the Legacy's suspension was tightened up to decrease body roll by 40%, resulting in an ultra-stiff & harsh ride except on only the smoothest of roads. The base model with 205/60/16 tires isn't as harsh but the 17" 50 series tires on the Premium & Limited models pick up an excessive & unacceptable amt of road feel & roughness. After several trips to the dealer & mucho correspondence with Subaru of America, I decided, at only 3K miles, to take them off and replace them with the new Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tires. The difference was amazing - the vehicle is transformed - I've lost only a minimal amt handling compared to the stock EL400 & the car still handles way better than comparable '13 Altima, Accord, Camry, Sonata & Optima - all of which I test drove, the Serenity Plus tires are not only quieter but most importantly take the edge of the feeling of getting your teeth knocked out at every expansion joint or patch in the road for a smoother more comfortable ride. Never in my 53 years have I ever had a new set of tires in the same size make such a positive and profound difference in a vehicle. If you're unhappy with the ride of your 2013 Legacy - I highly recommend the switch, you won't go wrong. Haven't rated them for snow yet, but wanted to get this up asap in case anyone's been as frustrated as I have been with the 2013 suspension changes. If you have a similar mid-size car like those mentioned previously with low profile tires - my guess is that you'd be even more satisfied with upgrading to the Serenity Plus - as many previous Michelin owners here on this blog have attested to.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Thursday, November 29, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27

2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 46,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 46,000 Miles on Tires
November 26, 2012

These tires came with my Cadillac and have provided excellent wear and performance. There is still quite a lot of tread remaining and they do not show any cracks. However one of the tires has developed a annoying whomping sound like it has a flat spot and a scrubbing feeling while turing and accelerating. The whomp is especially noticable at city speeds (30 to 40 MPH). I had the dealer balance and rotate the tires but it just moved the noise to another part of the car. I had an independent mechanic inspect them and he affirmed that the was a high spot in one of the tires. These tires have a lot of tread on them however I find that I have to replace them if I am to enjoy the quiet and smooth ride of this Cadillac.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmorReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.47

2002 Freightliner Sprinter 2500
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Lapeer, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
October 29, 2012

My newest tire on our Sprinter van, following the OEM Michelin LTX A/S (so-so), and the Michelin LTX M/s (very nice road tire). This time I was looking for a tire with better light and deep snow traction, without giving up the road characteristics that I really liked in the Michelin LTX M/S tires we were replacing. I found that in the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor. We are very pleased with these tires. Compared to the Michelin LTX M/S tires, they have a stiffer sidewall, so steering responsiveness is better. The price you pay for this, however, is sometimes severe tramming on highways that have deep truck grooves. These tires want to climb those ruts so constant steering attention is required. On flat roads (no truck grooves) they are very well-behaved on the highway. Traction is exceptional with these tires. When I first bought them, I had them siped (like I had done on the Michelin LTX M/S to improve snow traction), and while they were great in snow, on our dirt roads and with the torque of the diesel motor, we were starting to rip chunks out of the tread blocks. The tire dealer I bought them from admitted they should not have siped these tires (don't do it if you buy them - read on) and replaced them for free for me after about 10,000 miles. Even without siping the treads, these tires were much improved in snow, especially in deep snow, compared with the Michelin LTX M/S (which were siped). They are slightly noisier on the road than the Michelins, but the improved traction makes it worth the tradeoff for me. Right now I only have 20,000 miles on them, but they are wearing very well. I'll have to wait and see if we get 80,000 miles out of them like we did with the Michelin LTX M/S tires we replaced. Overall, I'd rate this as the superior tire for any state that gets snow. For warm-weather states, I'd recommend the Michelin LTX M/S, unless you drive in mud or sand a lot.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX A/T 2

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.77

2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Sunapee, NH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
November 05, 2012

These Michelins have given great service. There is plenty of tread left and the overall performance is about what you'd expect from Michelin.I have never been disappointed with this brand. I have used them on three of my wife's cars and all have given good value.
On this truck I am primarily looking for good treadwear, low noise and decent wet/snow and dry traction.This tire delivers. Keep an eye on the inflation and rotate them at about 5k miles and they should last a long while. I waited to write this review til I had some time/miles on them and there is still plenty of tread left to get through this and probably next winter.
I replaced 10 ply Goodyear Silent Armor Pros, from a local dealer, that did not go 30k. So trust Tire Rack, (I've bought many winter tires, brake parts and shocks from them), and Michelin.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin DefenderReviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2006 Toyota Sienna LE Fwd
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Toronto, On
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
October 20, 2012

Our Sienna hasn't been wearing these Defenders long, but they are an improvement over the off-brand tires we had previously (unmatched set). Quiet on highway and good wet traction. Fuel mileage marginally better so far. HOWEVER, we had a warranty claim within the first 1,000 miles when one tire blew out the sidewall. The opening was jagged, which indicates it was not cut. Dealer was good about replacement, though we paid the install. This kind of thing shakes your confidence in the product. All our vehicles wear Michelins, though I'm wondering if I should have bought the orange-oil Yokohamas.

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

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.45
 
 

2008 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 9,600
Location: Greensburg, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 9,600 Miles on Tires
October 24, 2012

Less than 10K and Michelin is pro-rating due to dry rot and deterioration. There are chunks coming off of the tread too. I had to use a Michelin dealer to achieve the pro-rate and obtain new tires (which were deemed dangerous and defective by Michelin and the dealer). Sadly, I am now finding that I have to pay for another mount and balance (not covered by the pro rate)as well as another large chunk of change for the four tires. If it weren't for the fact the car is going to be traded next year and I get nothing if i don't replace with the same tires I would purchase another brand. I would like to note that this has nothing to do with Tire Rack. They shipped a new (checked the mfg date)fresh tires to me when I bought them 2 years ago. This is all on the manufacturer.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination ST

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination STReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2004 Lincoln Aviator
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Malvern, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
October 18, 2012

I bought this car with only 13000 miles on the original Michelins which were so mushy and squealy when driven quickly on back roads that I had to make a change or sell the car. I upgraded the wheels to 18x9's all around and put Toyo Proxes S/T's, which transformed the car into a sports car. The Toyos lasted 45000 miles and were incredible in all weather, including snow, but rode a bit rough and made a bit of noise. I put the Firestones on due to their Tire rack rating, as Toyo discontinued the tires I had. The Firestones handle wet driving as good as the Toyos, which is outstanding, are very good in the dry, with just a bit less crispness on turn in, but ride and noise are the best combination I've found yet in a tire which drives this well in all conditions. For a 5000 lb vehicle to drive this well takes a really great tire. I'm looking to buy a new Grand Cherokee Overland and I asked the dealer if they would swap out the OEM Goodyear Forteras for the Firestone S/T's - they laughed of course. You can't beat these for an all-weather SUV ... at any price

Don't Let Ol' Man Winter Slow That New Accord Down: Winter / Snow Tires For 2013 Honda Accord

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Have you been waiting for a new Accord? Well it's time to visit your Honda dealer because the new 2013 Honda Accord is in town. 

Honda's done a great job with both the Accord Coupe and Sedan. I love how they've tweaked the styling on the Coupe, but still maintained its aggressive sporty look. If you've recently picked up a new Accord, your next step is to make sure your new Honda is ready for winter.

Winter / Snow Tire Sizes

Depending on trim level, your Accord Sedan's Original Equipment size will consist of one of the following sizes (model in parenthesis):

The standard Coupe is equipped with 215/55R17 tires.

When it comes time to purchase your winter / snow tires, what size should you get? Every driver's situation and preferences will vary, but a 215 width tire is narrow enough to cut through moderate and deep snow, yet wide enough to handle hard-packed snow, ice and dry roads.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Honda has changed over to the indirect ABS-based TPMS sensor so you don' t have to worry about adding and initializing direct TPMS sensors when you change wheels.


Studless Ice & Snow Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

I feel that the optimum Studless Ice & Snow combination for most drivers is a set of 215/60R16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3s on 16x6.5 50mm offset black painted steel wheels with wheel covers at $813* plus shipping. The X-Ice Xi3 offers a good combination of ice grip with dry road handling. Also, most sizes of the tire meet Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance. This confirms the tire's contribution to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions of CO2 gases.

215/60-16 Michelin X-ICE Xi3 $136*
215/60R16 Michelin X-Ice
Xi3 $133*
16x6.5 50mm offset Black Painted steel wheel $58*
16x6.5 50mm Offset Black Painted Steel Wheel $58*


Performance Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

For a great tire and wheel combination using a Performance Winter / Snow tire, consider the 215/55R17 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D on 17x7.5 45mm offset silver or black painted MSW Type 22 wheels at $1100* plus shipping. The Winter Sport 3D's tread design handles the deep snow, but the larger outside shoulder tread blocks allow a spirited driver to enjoy his/her Accord on better days.

215/55-17 Dunlop SP Wintersport 3D $170*
215/55R17 Dunlop SP Winter Sport
3D $167*
17x7.5 45mm offset Silver Painted MSW Type 22 $108*
17x7.5 45mm Offset Silver Painted MSW Type 22 $108*


2013  Honda Accord FAQ:

  1. I see two black painted steel wheels available, which one should I purchase? Select the 50mm offset version that's closer to your Original Equipment wheel's offset. The other option is 6.5" wide with 42mm offset. For reference, the Original Equipment 17" wheel is 7.5" wide with a 55mm offset.
     
  2. The description of the 215/55R17 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D says "AO Audi", what does this mean? It means this tire is Audi's generic winter / snow tire suggestion. Audi feels the Winter Sport 3D's dry road ability matches up well with the handling capabilities of an Audi. However, this tire works well on a wide variety of sporty vehicles.
     
  3. I live out in the country and need a skinnier tire size for more emphasis on deep snow traction, what size should I run? I would suggest 205/65R16.

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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Monday, October 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.27
 
 

2004 Ford Econoline E150
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Hunter, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
September 26, 2012

Previous tire - Michelin ltx - got 95000 miles, no problems . The Generals are about 2/3 worn out at 25000 miles. Two of the tires cannot be balanced to be vibration free - tried 3 times including expensive road force balancing ($100) General wanted me to send tires to factory at my expense to be evaluated, even though tire dealer told them they couldn't be balanced. The General can kiss my okole.