Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82
 
 

2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: South Bend, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

If you drive in winter condition you need these tires! When the decision came between (my previous experience with) the Michelin X Ice and the Blizzak, I referred to Tire Racks review and Tires Rack salesman Dean. I cannot relate how much better these tires perform as a dedicated winter tire. The biggest difference was in traction while turning. Exceptional tire. I hope and expect to get 4 more years service from current set.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

2013 Subaru BRZ
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2014

Unless you always drive in warm summer conditions this is the tire for you. Essentially comparable to the Michelin PS 2 but with cold weather bare road traction matching a winter tire down to freezing point (wet or dry). Have not tried them in snow or on ice yet but the previous A/S + I run as a summer tire on my SAAB are excellent in snow or on ice around freezing temperatures and this tire is rated more highly by Michelin themselves for cold weather performance. These are no longer "no season" tires. I now fit all season tires to all of our cars for our summer driving conditions and use full winters for our extreme winter conditions. I drive in mountainous western Canada and summertime daytime temperatures can often be as low as 5C (40F). Until the road gets above about 7C (45F) ultra high performance summer tires do not get warm enough to really perform. These new all season tires get warm enough to perform properly on roads that are at freezing temperatures. Truly amazing tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2001 Subaru Outback Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Frenchtown, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
May 21, 2014

Bought a set of these for my Subaru outback because I was not happy with the winter traction, braking and steering in snow with the all-season radials. The michelin winter tires transformed the car! Traction was improved, but the biggest difference is braking, straight line stability and cornering in snow or slush. With all season tires the subarus have a tendency to want to go straight in curves, not so with the winter tires, its like driving on a dry road. My confidence in winter driving increased greatly, to the point where I would have no hesitation to pass someone or drive faster in the snow than I could with the all season radials. The tires are a bit louder than ASRs and noisier when roads are wet, although the noise level decreased somewhat as the tires got more miles on them. I used these for winter only on a separate set of rims, so easily got 5 years out of them and they still have decent tread left on them!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

1996 Buick Regal
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Ithaca, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
May 02, 2014

You dont usually mount a set of snow tires in search of a quieter ride, but that is just what happened with the Old Buick that came my way last year. it was riding on cooper lifeliner all season tires and we were approaching the winter season. I like to ski and wanted tires that would ensure good roadholding in snowy upstate NY winter conditions. the X-ice XI3s were available in the stock tire size for the Buick. I mounted them on the stock wheels and instantly found the car to be quieter and with a better more poised ride than the coopers provided. Once snows came, the car was very well behaved. several trips into the adirondacks were uneventful. a trip from Albany ny in nighttime blizzard conditions along I-90w and I-81s with road crews unable to keep lanes cleared convinced me these were a spectacular choice for winter driving. predictable, confidence inspiring behavior. car is equipped with ABS, and the system did engage a few times in this winter season, so these are not the "ultimate" for grip, but with the slightest amount of caution/awareness of road conditions, you should have no problems when using these tires in the cold/snow/ice.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2008 Toyota 4Runner 4wd Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 75,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 75,000 Miles on Tires
May 25, 2014

I have been extremely pleased with these tires. The tread wear for an SUV is amazing. I plan to replace these before winter so that I have good snow traction, but who knows how many more miles they could go. These tires are quiet and perform well in all conditions. The only comment was that they needed to be force balanced initially. The only tire I would buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2008 Chevrolet Uplander LS 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: South Bend, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
April 09, 2014

Far better than the OEM Goodyear Integrity; better handling, quieter, smoother ride. Very impressed by the performance in wet, slushy snow conditions-almost forgot I wasn't on winter tires any longer.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance Fuel MaxReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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Miles driven on tires: 1,400
Location: Roscoe, IL
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 1,400 Miles on Tires
September 20, 2009

I put Goodyear Fuelmax tires on my Toyota Camry Hybrid. My immedediate response was relief that the Fuelmax also provided a great feel and ride. I was concerned what trade offs I had made with purchasing a new series tire before user reviews were very available. I drive a hybrid and am not looking for sport handling or track performance. These tires feel secure both on wet and dry pavement. The ride and road feel are as good as I have had on any previeous tire, EL-400 on this car and a line of Michelins on other cars. My mileage did not drop a bit, to my surprise. The worn out OEM tires had low roling resistance due to most of the tread being gone. And with most of the tread being gone, you actually get more revs per mile which registers more miles on your odometer. This makes a worn tire appear to get further improved gas mileage. So with the Fuelmax I was thrilled to record the same 42 mpg that I have been getting all summer in my Camry. I really am waiting to see the winter driving performance. I will provide an update as soon I get some winter weather to put them to the test.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Signature

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Signature Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Huntsville, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
June 01, 2014

HUGE improvement over the OEM Michelin run-flats. With the run-flats, it was like trying to run a 100 yard dash while wearing galoshes. The Dunlops restore the ability to enjoy the spirited performance native to BMW's (yes, even a 6,000 pound X5 SAV).

Treadwear has been a pleasant surprise -- now at 32,000 miles, and have probably 10,000 more to go before prudent replacement. (The OEM Michelins were at the wear bars at 25,000 miles.) Only negative - we got some snow this winter, and they were not great in anything over an inch or two. But in northern Alabama, that is such a rare occurrence as to be insignificant. Up north, where I used to live, I'd probably swap these out in the winter for some dedicated snow tires.

Bottom line -- if you have OEM run-flats on your BMW, UPGRADE to these Dunlops, and get superior performance for less than half the price. Highly recommended!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2012 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 4,500
Location: Littleton, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,500 Miles on Tires
June 05, 2014

These are a great 3 season tire. If you live in areas of frequent and prolonged snow/ice and I would pair these with snow tires.

I was down to getting either this tire, the Continental Extremecontact DWS or the Michelin Pilot A/S 3. At the time of purchase the Michelin had a lot or reports of a harsher ride and increased noise. The Continental had reports on the audizine forum of a weak side wall and multiple members experiencing a blown side wall. The biggest complaint on the Bridgestone was poor performance in the winter.

I have a separate winter tire for use from November to April here in Colorado. However, I did not want to use a summer only tire due to our occasional late spring snow storms and the occasional summer snow storm in the mountains. I also wanted a tire that would have better tread wear then a summer only tire.

I am very happy with this tire. The steering response is very crisp. Road noise is minimal or at least not beyond a normal level the degrades from your drive. Cornering is great when I am aggressive in the corners, off/on ramps or around the roundabouts. I have never felt more connected to the road in wet weather then I do with with this tire.

I only have two bad comments on this tire.
1) yes the winter/snow/ice ability is poor to average on this tire. If you are cautious you will do fine, but coming from snow tires and using these in one of our recent spring snowstorms and I was reminded quickly that you can't be aggressive in the snow with these.
2) I get flat spots on these when I park overnight. Its less evident when the weather is above 80 degrees F. It takes about 1 mile till the tires round out again.

Overall a great tire that I would buy again. I took off a set of Pirelli P6 all seasons with only 10,000 miles on them because they were so loud and harsh. These tires are so much better.

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

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Appleton, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 20, 2014

Truly Disappointed!
By Teo
from USA
After coming from Michelin Pilot Super Sports in 255-45-20's on my 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, these Pilot Sport AS-3 255-45-20's are NOT even close! The ride noise is 65 to 75% louder than the Super Sports. They sound like a drum pounding on every tar strip/expansion joint in the highway. They sing like crazy on concrete and feel like you are riding on bricks not tires! Straight line tracking is acceptable, but hook up under heavier acceleration is an effort in futility! I have been a Michelin fan for many years, but these Pilot Sports AS-3 are a huge failure for Michelin! Purchased these tires on 05-05-2014 and I will send them back here shortly under their 30 Day Promise Plan. Bottom line is: Old School is the BEST School! Summer tires ONLY in the SUMMER! Winter tires ONLY in the WINTER! All season tires are NO tires at all!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2005 BMW 525i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Ile-Bizard, QC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
May 03, 2014

To be a little more precise, this review is for a 525i wagon but the vehicle dynamics are much the same as the sedan.
Negative reviews about this or any other "all season" tire should be taken with a grain of salt if they've been written about their performance in winter conditions. Why tire companies just don't call their so called "all season" tires THREE season tires instead, is beyond me. "All" seasons are CLEARLY inferior in winter to purpose built winter tires which have rubber compounds that don't harden in cold weather and treads that better deal with ice and snow conditions. The minute the weather/pavement goes to freezing, your tires' adhesion factor is severely compromised to the point of danger with summer or all season tires. So whenever reviewing an all season tire, I suggest going back to comments written in the summer, spring and fall for a perhaps more balanced outlook. In the meantime, these MXM4's are beyond all expectations for quiet, smooth and safe running in the wet and dry and look like they'll last a long time because at 10,000 kms, they don't appear to have worn AT All! Highly recommended. For better longer lasting wear for ANY tire you choose, I'd strongly suggest a wheel alignement IMMEDIATELY after purchase. I find the Tire Rack tests/comparisons very helpful for gaining a true, balanced and fair professional opinion. Hopefully you'll find a Tire Rack test for a tire you are considering. Sure, they sell tires and you might think that they'd have a vested interest in writing glowing reviews for every tire they sell but if you study their tests, you'll see that that is not the case.

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
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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!

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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2012 Fiat 500
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2014

I have only just got the Michelins, and after having the Conti procontact AS tire on the Fiat 500 Sport, I was hoping that the Michelin ploit sport AS3 was going to be an upgrade, boy was I right. I could not believe the difference. so this is my quick thought on these tires. Tires that can be used on the track and in real life. This is a tire that all fiat 500 owners should look to this tire as an upgrade, if you dont need winter tires or summer tires. As the owner of the Sport on 16 wheels the size is 195/45/16 there is not a lot to choose from. Great Job Michelin

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2005 Acura Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 700
Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 700 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

Live in Calgary but had tires shipped to Great Falls and installed there. I wanted a quiet tire that had great handling and these certainly fit the bill. Had Michelin Pilot Sport A/S on before and although a great tire , don't work well with the TL suspension. ( Outside edges wear off rapidly) . These tires handle every bit as good and are quieter . Thats important to me given our lousy roads here. Comfortable ride too. Haven't driven in the wet yet and I have winter tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2013 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,759
Location: Trail Creek, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,759 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2014

Wow, I have had these on my vehicle for almost four weeks now and I am impressed! Just took my winters off and had about three inches of show the day after my install. I have to say these handled the snow better than any other all seasons I have ever owned and they blow away the Firestone's that came on my vehicle from the factory. Great wet traction, good handling, quiet and comfortable. I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for a great Grand Touring All-Season tire. I am looking forward to piling on the miles!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2009 BMW 328i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Moncton, NB
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

OMG. I replaced original equipment ContiproContact runflats that were loud and rough. Ok, they were VERY loud and EXTREMELY rough. These are whisper quiet and ride even better than my winter sneakers Michelin Pilot Alpin which are 205/55 16s compared to these 225/45 17s!! The Pirelli Cinturato P7s are amazing! And the same price as Conti Pure Contacts which were being considered for this purchase. I couldn't make them hydroplane, they track true and straight on the 4-lane, they are quiet and smooth and turn-in is quite sharp. You won't regret these.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.63

2001 Saab 9-5 2.3T Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: La Crescent, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2010

Impressed with Winter Contact. Only had tires for several months but snow and ice storms hit very suddenly and early in Southern Minnesota this December. Prior to install noted very impressive heavy sidewall. Thick and beefy which is why tire may corner and handle so well. Extremely comfortable tire. After owing many Blizzacks and other snow tires on various cars I was tired of “floaty” feel and wanted good snow and ice traction without giving up sporty road feel when driving in dry or wet. Switched from Nokian WR G2 this time which had been quite good but was very curious to test highly rated ContiExtreme Winter Contact on wagon this time. This is also my first Conti in a long time. Tire is surprisingly smooth, quiet and outstanding in dry. Confidence inspiring in wet and demonstrates great overall handling. Conti has obviously worked hard to keep a performance feel built into this tire. We believe a winter tire should be reliable and inspiring over ice and snow, but also once the roads are clear, give you back your sporty, comfortable near silent ride. There are tradeoffs in this regard I understand -- yet Conti seems to have done well in expanding the envelope. First few snows dumped two feet in the past ten days with -10 below zero Fahrenheit temps and the tire has not skipped a beat. We drive with caution yet when safe and permissible wife and I drive very aggressively. Hard cornering over ice and snow is more than adequate for a modern snow tire. The only slight concern may be if under very hard acceleration from stop if heading up a very steep grade with heavy icy slush you may see some minor traction control system intervention. This was solved instantly by reducing throttle. Hoping Tirerack gets the tests going for snow--not just ice-- between the Conti, Bridgestone and Michelins. A lot more winter to come so we will report back on further tests and reviews from MN & WI. Will buy again for my BMW 5 Series next. Thanks again for good service TireRack!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.13

2006 Toyota Avalon XLS
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Burlington, VT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
October 19, 2010

Sadly, I just got rid of this car, and did not have the time to swap out tires. I wouldn't call these tires Ultra, more touring that performance actually. Turn in is a bit soft, but if you go aggressively, they catch up and dig in. Very good ride, minimal noise. I didn't really use these in the winter, put on new in April, and traded the car just last month. Fantastic and predictable, even in deep rain from downpours. The best part was wear. No noticeable wear at all after 12k miles. My new car is a 2011 Camry with these same size tires. The Michelins that came with the car reminded me of how much I loved the new Yokahama. The Michelins taught me a good lesson in that latest downpour, they aren't very good at all. I will be buying a new set of these Yokahamas next year for the Camry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75

2008 Acura MDX
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Baltimore, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
December 09, 2011

Tires have been great for the first 15,000 miles. No sign of hydroplaning or loss of grip in rain. No snow yet but will have better idea after this winter. Great tire and very economical. As quiet and comfortable as my OEM Michelin Latitude HP and MUCH less expensive.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda5
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Alameda, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2014

Living in Germany where snow tires are required during the winter months. I am running Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S tires the rest of the year. I can compare them to each other. The Michelin tires are by far the best tires I have ever put on any of my cars for warm or wet driving. But when it is cold (40 degrees or lower) or icy, the Conti's are mind-blowing. I am 45 years old and grew up driving in snow and ice covered steep, curvy mountain roads. The Conti winter tires brake and handle astonishingly well on snow and ice. They are superior to the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S in very cold temps on both wet and dry. They have two weak spots. First, when pushed hard in sustained turns, they fall off suddenly and dramatically, which is forgivable for winter tires that perform so well as intended. Second, at high speed in a strait line the car is very unsettled. It just won't track straight. My my oldest son eventually gets queazy.
This comes on at about 60mph and gets worse all the way to 'can't go any faster" mph. The Autobahn is smooth as freshly Zambonied ice and yet the exhausting high frequency instability is ever present. (tried rotating tires, no effect)
Bottom line:
Astonishingly good winter traction in cold dry, cold wet, snow covered and ice covered roads. If you travel at high speeds for long periods of time, maybe look at another tire.