Track Testing Crossover/SUV Touring Tires

I recently tested the following Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires on our track in the wet. Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season       Kumho Solus KL21           Michelin Latitude Tour HP              The Pirelli was far and away the best handling and braking tire on the track. It maneuvered around the wet track with confidence. The Michelin was in the...  Read More

Testing Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires on a Wet Track

Today I tested the Kumho Solus KL21, the Michelin Latitude Tour HP and the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires. I pushed the tires to their limits on our test track which is always interesting when the sprinkler system is on and you slide through some of the turns.For handling in the corners and braking, I found the...  Read More

Michelin HydroEdge, Year Two of My Story

The Michelin HydroEdge has worked well on my Impala. I have had them for two years now and have put 50,000 miles on my car in that time. I use the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 winter tires seasonally, so the Michelin HydroEdge has seen about 14,500 miles and they still look very good.My daily driving has changed as I have moved. Previously, most of my driving...  Read More

Testing Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires

Test 1: Street Drive Weather: Sunny I recently tested the following Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires: Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season       Kumho Solus KL21           Michelin Latitude Tour HP              I found the Kumho and Pirelli to have similar ride comfort and quietness, while the Michelin did not seem to ride as nicely. The big difference...  Read More

Ice, Ice Baby!

That's right kids, it's time once again to drive expensive BMWs on an ice rink!! Tire Rack has been putting winter tires through the ringer for the last couple of years by equipping our test vehicles with some popular choices and testing their mettle on glare ice. This year we tested the Continental ExtremeWinterContact, the Dunlop Graspic DS-3, the Michelin...  Read More

Snow Tire Testing on an Indoor Ice Rink

Today I tested the Bridestone Blizzak WS70, the Continental ExtremeWinterContact, the Dunlop Graspic DS-3 and the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Studless Ice and Snow tires. The test took place on an indoor ice rink and let me tell you that it's always a fun learning experience to be able to test these tires back-to-back on glare ice.All four tires were good in...  Read More

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Studless Ice and Snow Tire

Yesterday I had the opportunity to test four different Studless Ice and Snow winter tires. Comparisons were conducted on an indoor hockey rink here in South Bend, Indiana and included acceleration and braking tests along with a cornering demonstration. We drove on the Continental ExtremeWinterContact, Dunlop Graspic DS-3, Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and the Bridges...  Read More

Snow Tire Testing in the Summer

This week I tested snow tires on our 6.6 mile road course. I know this sounds strange -- it was 85 degrees and sunny -- but it gives us a good chance to see how these tires handle in warm, dry conditions (because the roads aren't always full of snow throughout the winter season). I tested the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact, Dunlo...  Read More

Testing Eco-Friendly Passenger All-Season Tires

I recently tested the following tires on a Real World Road Ride and Performance Test Track Drive. Kumho eco Solus HM KR22 Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max Michelin HydroEdge Green XDuring the Real World Road Ride, I found all four tires to be somewhat similar in ride quality and handling with the Michelin...  Read More

Hybrid Tires for your Vehicle

Tire Rack was able to complete tire testing on low rolling resistant tires. Unfortunately, we were not able to use our usual BMW E92 328i test cars because of tire sizing, Instead, we made a switch to the Toyota Prius, which enabled me to get about 28 mpg better than my personal vehicle! Check out the overall average fuel economy data from our Real World...  Read More

Testing eco-oriented Passenger All-Season tires.

Last week, I tested eco-oriented Passenger All-Season tires -- the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, Goodyear Assurance Fuel MaxKumho eco Solus HM KR22 and the Michelin HydroEdge with Green X -- on our 6.6 mile road course.  The road course was dry, sunny and temperatures were in the low 70s. I found all four tires to be very comparable in...  Read More

Testing New High Performance All-Season Tires

High Performance All-Season tires provide traction from January to December without compromising ride quality or treadlife, or the sporty handling that high performance tires are known for. Tire Rack recently added a few High Performance All-Season tires to our inventory, so we thought it would be a great time to find out if they've improved upon some of the...  Read More

Where are my DWS tires?

A common question we are getting lately is, "where are my Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires?"  Due to the unexpectedly high demand of this tire, and the demands on production, Continental is running just a little behind. How behind? A few months for some sizes. Several sizes are listed as back ordered: "Items shown with an inventory status of "Back...  Read More

High Performance All-Season Tire Testing: Part 2

Test 2  - Track Drive  Today I tested the following tires on our test track in the wet:Yokohama AVID ENVigor Michelin Pilot Exalto ASFirestone Precision Sport Sumitomo HTR A/S PO1 I was surprised that the Michelin did so well considering it's not the newest tire. It did seem to give up some cornering and braking to the Sumitomo and Yokohama though. I really...  Read More

We Test Drive

At Tire Rack, our advice involves the entirety of the automotive experience. Sales specialists receive continuing product education and participate in test driving experiences. Recently I had the opportunity to drive and compare the Firestone Precision Sport, Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S, Yokohama AVID ENVigor, and Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 tires side-by-side.I...  Read More

Testing Complete on High Performance All-Season tires

I just finished testing the Firestone Precision Sport, Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S, Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 and Yokohama AVID ENVigor High Performance All-Season tires. On our 6.6 mile road course, the weather conditions were light rain so the roads were wet which made it difficult to test for noise levels. I found the Firestone to be the best handling of the...  Read More

High Performance All-Season Tire Testing

Test 1  - Street Drive Today I tested the following tires on a warm and sunny day here in Indiana:Yokohama AVID Envigor Michelin Pilot Exalto ASFirestone Precision Sport Sumitomo HTR A/S PO1 I personally found the Sumitomo and Yokohama to be the best overall tires for handling and ride quality. The Michelin and Firestone were not as smooth or quiet and the...  Read More

Buying Tires, Selection, Service, Price and the Experts

Why buy tires at Tire Rack? Tire Rack started in 1979 and has continued to grow. Many customers look to Tire Rack to get the knowledge to make an informed decision on their purchase. We also stock many of the leading brands like BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Dick Cepek, Dunlop, Firestone, Fuzion, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Hoosier Kumho, Michelin,...  Read More

Do I Need Summer Tires or All-Season Tires?

A common question I receive as we are changing seasons -- just because you live in a location that does not get snow does not exclude you from an all-season tire.A general rule of thumb for someone that is looking to run a summer tire year round is will the vehicle be used when temperatures are below 40 degrees consistently. For example, on those early...  Read More

Shaving Tires for Competition Use

Why shave a brand new competition tire? The short answer is improved performance! Let's look at a few benefits of shaving a competition tire for track events or autocross. Tire shaving will allow a wider contact patch vs. a tire "wore down" Tire shaving reduces tire weight by a few pounds Tire shaving will reduce tire squirm, allowing better tire response and...  Read More