How to Choose the Correct Track Tires

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Are you heading to your first driving school or lapping day? Or are you already a track veteran who's looking to go even faster? Whenever you go to the track, having the right set of tires is essential to going fast, being safe and having fun.

What type of tires do you need to bring for a track event? Depends on the type of event, the expected conditions and the resources available to you.

Take a look at your available options:

Street Tires 

Some people run their cars on the track with the same tires they use on the street. If you're already driving high performance tires, that set may work for you on the track. This scenario works best when you're attending beginner driving schools, casual lapping days or other events where the focus is more on polishing your skills rather than setting fast lap times. Street tires are not recommended for track use, and driving them in a track environment will most likely void their warranty. Keep in mind that if you overdrive them into corners, you could easily render them useless after only one day at the track. An example of this type of tire is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

Pros of Running Street Tires:

  • Convenience
  • Price
  • Can drive to the track safely.
  • Most street tires perform well in the rain.

Cons of Running Street Tires:

  • Performance - These tires aren't as fast in dry conditions as track tires.
  • Longevity
  • Getting home - What happens if you lose a tire on the track? Do you have an option for getting home?

Extreme Performance Tires

These options are really a subset of street tires, but they're designed to take the abuse of occasional track days. They have more focus on dry traction and responsive handling. Extreme performance tires can be used on an enthusiast oriented daily driver, or mounted on separate wheels for track use. An example of this tire is the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R.

Pros of Extreme Performance Tires:

  • Grip - Better performance than regular street tires.
  • Durability
  • Value - Last longer at the track than normal street tires.
  • Convenience
  • Versatility

Cons of Extreme Performance Tires:

  • Competition - Drivers are at a disadvantage compared to drivers who use dedicated track tires.

Streetable Track Tires 

There are some tires that are essentially track tires, but can be driven to and from the track. They would wear out very quickly if driven daily on the street. These tires will generally have enough tread pattern to handle damp pavement, but will be very prone to hydroplaning. An example of this type of tire is the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo.

Pros of Streetable Track Tires:

  • Grip - These tires will outgrip extreme performance tires.
  • Convenient - If you can swap wheels at home, but your car won't carry a second set of wheels to the track, this can be the perfect solution.
  • Versatility - Some of these tires can work as an intermediate tire for damp or drying track conditions.

Cons of Streetable Track Tires:

  • Give up a little grip compared to the most specialized options.
  • Few miles of use as a street tire.
  • Hydroplaning can be an issue if caught in the rain.

Specialized Track Tires

Track tires provide the ultimate in grip. They discard most streetability characteristics in order to deliver the very best lap times. With lots of grip and shoulders that are generally more square, these tires can be more challenging to drive at their limits. They should be mounted on separate wheels and installed at the track. An example of this type of tire is the Hoosier A7.

Pros of Track Tires:

  • Performance - If you are racing to win, track tires are the way to go.
  • Easiest way to turn faster lap times.

Cons of Track Tires:

  • Track tires won't work in the rain. You need a separate set if rain is a possibility.
  • More challenging to drive at the limit.
  • Often requires suspension modification or a specialized set-up.

Continental TrueContact Replaces ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Continental has been on a roll! First, they introduced the ExtremeContact DWS which quickly became a customer favorite in our customer survey data. This Ultra High Performance All-Season tire set the bar for winter snow traction in its category while still being competitive with good wet and dry traction.  

Next, Continental released another winner with the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. This tire is currently ranked number one in our Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category. It's praised by customers for its outstanding combination of ride, wear and traction in a variety of weather conditions.  

Recently, the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology equaled or bested the top Grand Touring All-Season tires from Michelin and Bridgestone while coming in at a lower price-point. For more information on this tire, read "Continental's PureContact with EcoPlus Technology vs. ContiProContact."

Now, Continental is set to have another big winner, this time in the Standard Touring All-Season category, with the new TrueContact. This new tire is replacing the ProContact with EcoPlus Technology. The ProContact with EcoPlus Technology is ranked second in the category. Will the new TrueContact be able to claim the top spot?  

 Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology
Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology
 Continental True Contact
Continental
TrueContact


TrueContact tires have vertical ridges in the circumferential grooves to improve snow traction, as well as Continental's Comfort Ride Technology to provide an even smoother ride. These features and other improvements include a treadlife warranty of 90,000 miles. Is the TrueContact right for you? Search by vehicle and find out!

Hankook's New Ventus V12 evo2 vs Original Ventus V12 evo K110

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Hankook has been producing tires since 1941 and is the seventh largest tire company in the world. While many of their tires are made in Asian countries, Hankook announced they're planning to build a plant in the United States. Amongst enthusiasts, they're known to produce some of the best value-oriented performance tires. 

While the Max Performance Summer tire of choice on the market is currently the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, not every driver wants to pay the price for the extra performance they may not fully utilize. Since its introduction, the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 has been a customer favorite for drivers looking for a good combination of wet grip, dry grip, ride and wear at a great price. The tire has been an especially popular choice for BMW forum members looking for a great bang-for-the-buck performance tire. 

 Hankook Ventus V12 EVO
Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110
 Hankook Ventus V12 EVO2
Hankook Ventus V12 evo2


According to Hankook, their new Ventus V12 evo2 boasts improvements over the Ventus V12 evo K110 in wet and dry grip, while reducing rolling resistance for improved fuel economy. There's also a slight improvement in treadwear.

Hankook is known for making affordable tires, and has kept the price-point on the new Ventus V12 evo2 very close to the original V12 evo K110 in most sizes. We will have a full test of this tire in the summer of 2014, so stay tuned! To learn more about how we test tires, take a look at "Tire Rack's Tire Testing Program."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2011 Volkswagen GTI
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Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
March 30, 2014

Simply amazing! These summer tires lasted me two seasons and almost 50000km on all types of mountain highways and conditions from northern British Columbia to the southern tip of Arizona. I own a 2011 VW GTI and I love to drive fast especially in the corners. I bought the car new with a set of Pirelli all seasons on them but didn't care for them much. These Michelin tires were a huge upgrade and gave me the confidence to consistantly push the limit. Mind blowing stablility and control with no slippage except when cornering under the most extreme circumstances. There is some hydroplaning in very wet conditions but not enough to keep you from being the lead car...every time. There is some road noise for the first few thousand kilometers during the break in period but it becomes increasingly less noticeable. You really get to know your vehicle and your driving capabilities when you run these tires. I am a starving university student but I live for those long, summer roadtrips so the price for these tires is well worth living off of Kraft Dinner and hotdogs for a few more months. I will definitely be buying them again. Thank you Tirerack for providing us with the best selection and prices for the only shoes that really matter!

I also run Michelin Pilot Alpin in the winter which are also very good performance winter tires. Check em out!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

1995 Chevrolet Blazer 4wd 4dr
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January 01, 2014

Living in MN we get our share of snow and ice, but switching to the Goodyear Ultra Grip winter snow tire was the best thing I could of done. As compared to the Michelin all season radials I had on the 4X4 Blazer, I realized an "immediate" grip and go in hard packed snow, and after a 6" snowfall. Thanks Tire Rack for a great winter tire, and it had a budget friendly price with a $40 rebate to boot.

 

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Still Number One

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Having been on the market for over a year-and-a-half, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport still reigns supreme as the highest-rated tire in the Max Performance Summer category. While certain tires may occasionally hold the top spot for a few months, it's quite a rare feat to see such prolonged dominance. 

Frankly, I'm not surprised as this tire was a favorite among the staff during internal testing. Turn-in is crisp, the tire feels nimble, has great breakaway characteristics and an amazing grip level for a 300 treadwear street tire. While sometimes a little higher in price-point than others in its class, this tire really does deliver it all. In addition to being a solid performer, it has also received superior scores for treadlife, ride quality and noise quality. 

Here is a taste of what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the tire:

"The best tires I have ever used for road handling, performance and wear!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Lexus GS450h

"These are by far the best tires I've ever had. They're quiet and soft. Great ride. Excellent value." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S

"Excellent tires! I'm able to corner without hesitation and full confidence. The steering response is great and the tire wear is excellent. I will be buying these tires again, no doubt!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Audi A5 3.2

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Best Winter Tires 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013 by Colin .

As we enter into the winter months, it's important to have tires that will give you the best traction possible. The following tires should be considered by drivers who experience harsh winter weather and travel on snow- and ice-covered roads.  

Bridgestone

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 is still one of the best winter / snow tires on the market. It rates highly in ice traction against other leading winter tires and also provides excellent snow traction. Bridgestone also offers a similar tire marketed toward trucks, sport utility vehicles and crossovers, named the Blizzak DM-V1.

Blizzak DM-V1 tires use Bridgestone's Multicell Z compound featuring microscopic bubbles and tubes to absorb the thin film of water that forms as tires run over packed snow and ice, while micro bite particles contribute to the edge effect that improves grip on packed snow and icy surfaces. It also incorporates advanced 3D Wash Board Z Sipe technology that increases both block stiffness for handling in the dry and increases the biting edge effect on frozen surfaces.

Michelin

Michelin's leading winter tire is the X-Ice Xi3. This Studless Ice & Snow tire was developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, family vans and small crossover vehicles that are looking for ice and snow traction along with predictable handling in cold, dry and wet wintry conditions. It also meets Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance and confirms the tire's contribution to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions of CO2 gases. The X-Ice Xi3 is designed to take on ice and snow while providing lasting winter performance.


Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Dunlop Winter Maxx


Dunlop

Dunlop is offering a new tire this year with the release of the Winter Maxx. We tested the tire on ice and it performed well. After comparing the tire against the Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact and Michelin X-Ice Xi3, we determined the tire matched with the best tires on ice. 

The Winter Maxx's Digital Rolling Simulation technology helps optimize tread pattern stiffness to enhance footprint pressure distribution for improved grip. Snow platform indicators are molded into the Winter Maxx tread grooves to inform the driver when beneficial ice and snow traction will be reduced as the tread wears away. Winter Maxx tires also are designed to increase confidence in cool and cold driving conditions as they enhance traction in slush, snow and on ice.

General

The AltiMAX Arctic has been around for many years and is still one of our popular sellers. We have tested the tire studded and unstudded and it delivers excellent wintertime traction in the snow and on ice. For its price, it's a great value for many drivers.

To view all winter options available for your car, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

2006 Hyundai Sonata GL
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November 17, 2013

Catching this tire on sale made it a super buy. I have a set of these on my 97 BMW 318ic and they have every bit as much traction and adhesion as the set of michelins that where on the car when I bought it. General makes a very good product for the price. And although it may not be for everyone, if handling and traction as well as safety are your priorities, this is probably the best tire you can get in the low cost range.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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November 16, 2013

WOW!, What a set of tires, the best I have had. Responsive, quite ad wet/dry control all roll up in one very competitively priced tire. You could spend more with Michelin and other names, but these are quarantee to overwhelm you. 6,500 miles, they just keep getting better.

 

Kumho Tires Make a Great Option

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Steve Huffman

So, you're in the market for a new set of tires and you've come across Kumho, a brand you may not be all that familiar with. Fair enough, they may not be as big of a household name as Goodyear or Michelin, but this Korean brand is one of the top tire manufacturers in the world. In the United States, you will find Kumho tires as Original Equipment on many Hyundai, Kia and Ford vehicles. Simply put, Kumho makes a good tire at a good price.

Their Ecsta LX Platinum is a highly rated Grand Touring All-Season tire. This tire has been one of our best sellers for the past few years. It has very nice ride qualities, including a very smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. The tire has good all-season traction, to go along with a long-lasting 60,000-mile treadlife warranty.

The Kumho Solus KR21 is their Standard Touring All-Season option. While this tire may not have the premium qualities as the Platinum model mentioned above, it is a nice value option none the less. Going along with great all-season traction, this tire is one of the longest lasting options with an 85,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Kumho's Ecsta 4X is an Ultra High Performance All-Season tire that provides awesome handling and great responsiveness, combined with year-round traction. This sporty tire has a cool tread design that is backed by a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
Kumho Solus KR21
Kumho Solus KR21
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta 4X


If you're looking to try a new brand of tires, Kumho provides great tires at a great value.

Best Tires for a Honda Odyssey

Friday, August 23, 2013 by Colin .

Many Honda Odyssey owners want a tire that has long treadlife, good traction and a quiet ride. When looking for tires that work best for your Odyssey, it's important to remember that different trim levels and model years use different tire sizes, therefore you'll want to verify what size your vehicle uses first. Consider the following options when it comes time for new tires on your Honda Odyssey. 

Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology - This Standard Touring All-Season tire is offered with an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty. It's designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and provide very good all-season traction. Continental's PROactive Edge Technology brings more active edges into the contact patch to promote foul-weather traction while allowing the pattern elements to transfer smoothly from edge to edge to minimize road noise.

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus - Designed to provide Bridgestone's ultimate in luxury, elegance and comfort, the Turanza Serenity Plus blends long wear with dry, wet and wintertime traction, even in light snow. The tire is one of the highest rated options in the Grand Touring All-Season category.

Michelin Primacy MXV4 - Like the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus, the Primacy MXV4 also rates very well in the Grand Touring All-Season category. It's offered with a 60,000-mile treadlife warranty and excels in ride quietness and smoothness. To see how this tire performed during our testing, watch "Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge."


Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
Plus

Michelin Primacy
MXV4


Firestone Precision Touring - Available with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty, this tire provides year-round capability and comfort. In our testing the tire was a little noisier compared to its competition, but is ranked very highly in its category. It receives high marks in the following areas:  

  • Treadwear
  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Cornering stability
  • Dry traction
  • Steering response

General AltiMAX RT and HP - These value-priced options are strongly worth considering. The RT model comes with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty, while the HP H-speed rated version has a 55,000-mile warranty and the V-speed rated version offers a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty. Both models combine reliability, comfort and treadlife and are a good choice for your Honda Odyssey.  

View our Tire Decision Guide to help you determine the best tires for how and where you drive your Honda Odyssey.

Best Replacement Tires for the Run-Flats on C6 Corvettes

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by Colin .

Many Corvette owners ask about switching to non-run-flat tires for multiple reasons, including cost, selection and ride quality. For standard C6 sizes, there are a number of excellent non-run-flat options to choose from with the 245/40R18 size in the front and 285/35R19 in the rear.  

The best performance tires in terms of handling and traction are the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. Both options will give you superior handling, cornering, braking and acceleration in the dry and wet. Between the two, our testing showed the Michelin as the reigning king of the Max Performance Summer category.  

If you don't need the highest performance and want more of a value-priced tire, the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110, Continental ExtremeContact DW and Sumitomo HTR Z III would be good tires for your Corvette. Each tire will deliver good performance at a lower price point.

Some Corvette owners need an all-season option and Michelin's new Pilot Sport A/S 3 improves upon their A/S Plus in just about every category. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season is another great choice that offers responsive handing and very good wet and dry traction. It offers confidence-inspiring all-season traction for those who want to drive their vehicle any time of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Best BMW Tires for the Summer? My Top Tire Recommendations

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by Gary Stanley

I recently received the following question on a BMW tire and wheel forum that I moderate for members of 2013 BMW 3 Series vehicles:

"I was looking at getting a summer 19" set-up, but after some research, it doesn't sound like I'll get much improvement in performance over an 18" set-up with my style of driving. I live in Minnesota, so I will probably only have them on the car for five months. I don't track my car and only do spirited driving occasionally due to having a wife and kid, but would still like an upgrade over the stock 18' all-seasons when I do.

I was looking at the Continental ExtremeContact DW because of the low price being offered through Tire Rack, but would prefer the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. Is there a big difference for the extra $200 between these two options for my style of driving? Also, I want a little more aggressive look, while still maintaining the square set-up. I was looking at Enkei Racing Series PF01 (18x8) all the way around. Can I use a 245/35R18 on those for a little fatter, more aggressive look or should I stick with the stock size?
"

With his style of driving, I recommended the following:

"Given that you only do occasional spirited driving, you'll likely be happy with the Continental ExtremeContact DW tires. On the new body of the BMW 3 Series (F30), you have a bit more clearance compared to the older E90 3 Series models, so you can use the stock 225/45R18, 245/40R18 or shorter 245/35R18 sizes with no problem. I personally would lean towards 245/40R18 to keep the same overall diameter while slightly increasing the width compared to the stock size."

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Continental Extreme Contact DW
Continental ExtremeContact DW


The member emphasized that his vehicle is a family car and implied that he wouldn't mind giving up a little in terms of grip and handling for a lower cost tire. From our testing and customer feedback, the Continental ExtremeContact DW does just that. The Continental ExtremeContact DW has a slightly softer ride, while the Michelin Pilot Super Sport has more dry grip and a faster steering response.

For more information on the differences between these tires, read "Michelin Pilot Super Sport vs. Continental ExtremeContact DW."

How Good Are Kumho Ecsta Tires?

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Many drivers have heard of Kumho tires since they've been sold in the United States for over ten years. If you have not considered Kumho tires in the past, you may want to take another look at them now. While Kumho does make some entry-level tires that compete on price, they also manufacture tires that compete with some of the top tires on the market.

Much like the name "Pilot" on a Michelin tire or "Eagle" on a Goodyear tire, the name "Ecsta" on a Kumho tire identifies it as one of their performance oriented tires. There is no one Kumho Ecsta tire, instead there's a family of tires that have the Ecsta name on them. Two of the best performance tires in the Kumho Ecsta line are the all-season Kumho Ecsta 4X and summer Ecsta LE Sport

If you aren't looking for an ultra high performance tire and instead want long treadlife and a quiet, soft ride, check out the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum. To see how this tire could work for you, read "Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum vs. Kumho Ecsta 4X."

 Kumho Ecsta LE Sport
Kumho Ecsta LE Sport
 Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
 Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta 4X


All three of these tires rate highly in their categories and performed competitively in our testing, all while still being reasonably priced. So, are Kumho Ecsta tires good? Absolutely! 

Best SUV Tires

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Despite rising fuel costs, Americans still love their SUVs. While many SUVs may never make it off-road, they still haul families anywhere, including the grocery store, family vacations and soccer games. When it comes to keeping your precious cargo safe, nothing could be more important than the the only thing keeping your SUV in contact with the road. Consider the following options when looking to for new tires.

When making a short list of the "best" tires in a performance category, you will almost always find an option from Michelin. This particular case is no different. Michelin's LTX M/S2 is one the best tires on the market and is a prime example of why Michelin has such a great reputation. It simply does it all with superior wet and dry traction, fantastic handling and great winter traction in light snow. In addition, the tire offers a very nice ride to go along with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Another great option to take a look at is the Firestone Destination LE 2. This tire is quite comparable to the Michelin, but is available at a lower price. Similar to the LTX M/S2, it offers excellent year-round traction and has great ride characteristics. Early customer surveys show the Destination LE 2 performs a little better in winter elements.

Finally, Continental's CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is worth considering if you're an SUV owner. The tire has similar characteristics to the Firestone and Michelin options, but is offered in larger, hard-to-find sizes. It also has low rolling resistance technology to help with fuel consumption.

Michelin LTX M/S 2
Michelin LTX
M/S2
Firestone Destination LE 2
Firestone Destination
LE 2
Continental CrossContact LX 20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


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Continental's PureContact with EcoPlus Technology vs. ContiProContact

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by Gary Stanley

About ten years ago, Continental released the original ContiProContact. This tire competed well with the top Grand Touring All-Season tires of that day, including the Michelin MXV4 and Bridgestone's line of Turanza touring tires. These tires met the needs of drivers of a variety of vehicles from family sedans to crossovers. The Continental ContiProContact was also selected as Original Equipment on many luxury cars, such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. 

Over the years, the ContiProContact began to fall behind newer tires with more advanced technology such as the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus and Michelin Primacy MXV4. For a comparison on these two newer designs, read "Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Rises to the Top of the Grand Touring All-Season Tire Category." In response to the rapidly changing and competitive Grand Touring All-Season market, Continental introduced the PureContact with EcoPlus Technology.

ContiPro Contact
Continental
ContiProContact
PureContact with EcoPlus Technology
Continental PureContact
with EcoPlus Technology


The PureContact with EcoPlus Technology is quite a bit better than its predecessor. Advancements that Continental have made with this new design have paid off, as the tire is currently ranked number one in our customer survey results. It competes very well against the best tires in its category, while selling at a lower price in most sizes. This makes the tire a great value and outstanding choice for drivers looking for a blend of ride quality, all-season traction and long wear, while maintaining good levels of handling and steering response. 

Shop by vehicle to view pricing and selection on great tires for your application.

What are the Best Tires for a Mazda3?

Monday, July 8, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The Mazda3 has always been known for its sharp handling and performance orientated drive train. These cars are as much fun to drive as some higher priced high-end sports cars for a fraction of the price. Mazda's lineup has always appealed to the enthusiast crowd with most models geared toward performance engines, crisp handling and a sleek sporty styling.

When it comes time to choose tires for your Mazda3, why not pick a tire that complements the attributes Mazda built into this fun-to-drive model. The most common sizes for the Mazda3 are 205/55R16 and 205/50R17.

 Michelin Pilot Sort A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sort A/S 3
 Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS


For all-season use, the best two choices come from the Ultra High Performance All-Season category: the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 and Continental ExtremeContact DWS. The Michelin provides unsurpassed dry and wet road traction which exceeds even some of today's best dedicated summer tires. Continental's ExtremeContact DWS has long been a great performer with the highest levels of snow and ice traction offered from an all-season tire.

 Bridgestone Potenza S04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
 Continental Extreme Contact DW
Continental ExtremeContact DW


When it comes to dedicated summer tires that provide high levels of dry and wet weather traction, the favorites are the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position and Continental ExtremeContact DW. Bridgestone's Potenza S-04 Pole Position is truly a well-rounded choice that provides the very best dry and wet performance but does not sacrifice ride comfort or road noise. The Continental is a great summer performer with good steering feel and wet road capability. It also has one of the highest rankings for treadwear in the Max Performance Summer category.

When it comes time to replace the tires on your Mazda3, choose one that allows you to unlock the fun your vehicle was designed to offer. Shop by vehicle to view all of the tires available for your Mazda3.

Best Price on Michelin Tires for Toyota, Honda, Nissan and More!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Gary Stanley

When asked about which brand of tires are associated with quality, many think of Michelin. Their reputation is well deserved. For decades, Michelin has been an industry leader in tire technology, making some of the best tires that money can buy. While they make outstanding performance tires, like the Pilot Super Sport, Michelin may be best known for producing some of the smoothest and quietest riding all-season tires on the market.

Not everyone is looking for the best handling and steering response, instead many drivers simply want a tire that's quiet, safe and will last for a long time. For those who are looking for the best price on Michelin tires, check out a couple of the lowest priced options in two popular sizes.

205/65R15

This is a commonly used tire size for a mid-size sedan such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, Ford Taurus and Chevy Malibu. The best priced Michelin tire in this size is the Defender. Michelin's Defender is an outstanding Standard Touring All-Season tire with long wear, great traction and a quiet ride. For more information on this tire, read "Michelin Defender Review and Test."

235/70R16 

Many SUVs, trucks and crossover vehicles use this common 16" tire size, including the Ford F-150, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe and various Jeep models. In this size, the lowest priced Michelin tire is the Latitude Tour. This tire, back in early 2012, was one of my top choices for vehicles being driven on the street only. It's still a top contender for those who don't take their vehicles off-road. 

 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender
 Michelin Latitude Tour
Michelin Latitude Tour


Shop by size to see which Michelin tires are available for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2005 Honda S2000
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Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2013

Have 215/45/17 Michelin Pilot Super Sports on front of my '05 Honda S2000 and 245/40/17 PSS on the rear with about 3,500 miles on tires since new. Ordinary highway driving yields low noise levels with firm, but not quite punishing, ride in what is a firm riding car.

Tires respond immediately to steering inputs and have very tight "on-center" feel. Wet performance (Florida thunderstorms) is very good and wet and dry braking are among best I've experienced in almost 60 years of driving. Kuhmhos that were on car when I bought it were more comfortable but absolutely not the tire for hard driving in comparison to Michelin PSSs.

Just drove the "Tail OF THE DRAGON" in North Carolina (318 curves in 11 miles!) for 3 days in company of over 100 Honda S2000s during annual meeting of S2000 group S2KI. Very spirited and competitive driving - 20++ MPH over posted speeds in corners posted at 10-20 MPH. PSSs exhibited phenomenal grip on damp surface 1st day and dry the remainder. Early braking for corners followed by strong acceleration produced sensations of rear tires grabbing pavement and powering car out of corner under heavy throttle, closing gap with car ahead. Eyeball-crossing "G" sensations with no howling or indications of being anywhere near limits of this tire at 40 in 20 MPH curves. 50 MPH in 20 MPH curves would produce plenty of warning through slight slip angles with excellent steering control feel and sensations of "hooking up again" part way through corner while applying strong acceleration.

Conclusions: 1)I'll never drive the S2000 as fast as this tire allows, 2) Pilot Super Sports deserve #1 ranking, and, 3) worth the premium price if you drive hard, want a tire with no nasty surprise traits during hard driving, and want better than average tire life (for max performance type tires) nonetheless.

 

Best Tires for Honda Odyssey

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Is it time to replace the tires on your Honda Odyssey? If so, consider the following all-season options for your minivan. My favorite tire for this vehicle continues to be the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. This tire certainly lives up to its name. It's a premium Grand Touring All-Season tire that provides excellent ride qualities, including superior comfort and low tread noise. In addition to a great ride, the tire offers fantastic all-season traction and long treadwear with a 70,000- or 80,000-mile treadlife warranty depending on speed rating.

Another great option for the Odyssey is the Michelin Defender. Although it is only made in the 235/65R16 size for this van, it's still a very popular choice. The Defender is currently the top-ranked Standard Touring All-Season tire in our customer survey results. This tire also has superior all-season traction and comes with a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty. Designed to help enhance fuel efficiency, Defender tires meet Michelin's Green-X low rolling resistance objectives.

Finally, the Firestone Precision Touring is a good value priced option for Odyssey owners. This tire performed very well in our testing with good grades in wet traction and stable handling. Customers really enjoy the tire, as it sits is second place in its category, only behind the aforementioned Michelin Defender.


Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring

Michelin
Defender

Firestone Precision
Touring


To view all tire options for your Honda Odyssey, shop by vehicle.