Taking the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 and Making It Better

If you're a runner in the Midwest, spring means finally getting off the treadmill and onto the roads. Will your treadmill pace directly carry over?  No, running on a treadmill and running outside just isn't the same. Tire engineers have to deal with a similar issue as a tire moves from the design phase to real-world use. When a tire engineer works on an...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

This is fourth set of tires that I bought of Tirerack.com and for sure that's not the last one. Although I'm fan of Michelin's tires I'm really impressed with performance of this set of Pirelli's winter tires.This winter season my wife and I drove to Winter Park, Colorado from Chicago and we didn't even have to wait much to try new tires in winter conditions...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Living up in the Midwest, my car would be un-drivable during the winter months without snow tires. In addition, when I was looking for winter tires, I not only needed tires that perform well in snow, but also had superior traction (since where I live is quite hilly). Long story short, after surviving 2 winters with these tires, the X-Ice Xi3's are fantastic....  Read More

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

Had these tires installed October 2015 and have been very impressed with their overall performance regardless of weather conditions. I normally swap out my summer/all-season tires in late November for dedicated winter tires, but I decided to keep these tires on throughout the winter months to see how well they did. In light to moderate snow, these tires have...  Read More

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

The tire has performed very well so far. I'm most impressed with the light snow and ice performance. What an improvement over the previous version of this tire!! It handles and grips like a borderline summer only tire. The ride quality is a bit harsh when compared to the best in this class, but you always give something to get something in tires like this....  Read More

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

The Michelin Pilot Sport AS 3+ is a very impressive all- season tire. The biggest improvement is that Michelin has improved the overall snow traction with this tire and kept the same performance characteristics of the original Pilot Sport AS 3. The tire gives you a smooth quiet ride with crisp handling. With the improved Winter traction this tire gives you...  Read More

Best Tires for the Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander continues to be a popular luxury SUV/CUV, especially since the introduction of the new, more stylish 2014 model. Starting with this new generation of Highlander, Pirelli and Bridgestone both offer great replacement tires for this vehicle. 2014-2017 Toyota Highlander Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus Th...  Read More

Looking for Best Replacement Tires for a Chevy Cruze?

The Chevy Cruze replaced the Cobalt in 2011 as GM's compact segment entry. With almost a quarter million sold each year, requests for replacement tires are common. Requests regarding new tires usually involve long life, with good wet and winter traction. Chevrolet offers a number of trim packages that involve various size tires. Always be sure to check the...  Read More

New Sizes for the Streetable Track & Competition Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R

Were you hoping to find more choices in your size for the track? This December, Pirelli channeled their inner Santa Claus and released many new sizes for the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R. The Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R made a name for itself by being the tire of choice the most track-ready fifth-generation Camaros. A maniacal effort to cut weight coupled with...  Read More

To Stud or Not to Stud

Yes, I ran a 5K in Lincoln Park (Chicago) on January 1st and it was freezing! My stupidity wasn't running in the cold but in forgetting my running shoe "studs" at my cousin's apartment. I managed to beat the young buck but I would have been a lot faster with my studs. When it comes to winter shoes for our vehicles, we do have choices between running studded...  Read More

Best Tire Choices for the Subaru Outback

Introduced in 1994, the Outback has become a favorite among people looking for utility in both space and capability. While the Subaru all-wheel drive system is revered, especially in utilizing the available grip in snow, that grip is still ultimately limited by the tires. For more insight on this, be sure to check out "I Have Anti-Lock Brakes and Traction...  Read More

Continental's WinterContact SI Enters the Starting Lineup

In "Winter is Coming: What Winter Tire is Best For You? Part 1", we discussed some of the best options in the Studless Ice & Snow category. Two of the best tires in the category are offerings from Bridgestone and Michelin. No other manufacturers were really able to compete with these two juggernauts for snow and ice traction, leaving a distinct second tier....  Read More

Ultimate Winter Performance From Your Nissan Altima

Are you enthused about your new Altima, but worried how it will do in the snow? No need to worry, a set of winter / snow tires can have your Altima ready to tackle any condition Mother Nature throws your way. Winter / Snow Tire Category If you haven't done so, please review our winter / snow tire overview. If you want the best packed snow and ice grip and...  Read More

Best All-Season Honda Accord Tires

The ninth-generation Honda Accord introduced for model year 2013 has been a perennial favorite with many American sedan buyers. The popularity of this car platform naturally results in a lot of inquiries regarding what the best replacement tire may be. Many drivers request a tire that features good snow traction. Since snow is the most difficult surface to...  Read More

Ice Traction Comparisons Between All-Season and Winter Tires

Did you know a set of dedicated winter tires provide better traction on snow-covered roads, hard packed snow and ice compared to all-season tires?     Icy roads are very slick indeed, but there is still some useful traction to be found with the proper tires. Top tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category such as the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 and Michelin X-Ice...  Read More

Better Priced Options for the 19" Equipped Ford Escape

Some of the newer Ford Escape models are arriving on dealer's showroom floors installed with tire size 235/45R19. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of options in that size and they tend be on the higher side of the price scale. There is hope out there though. We have found an alternate size that offers more choices and has a lower price. This alternate...  Read More

Loving Your New Jeep Renegade? Don't Let a Little Snow Ruin Your Fun!

Love your Jeep Renegade but concerned about how it will do in the snow? No worries, we've got your back with Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages that will keep your Renegade rolling.  Winter / Snow Tire Category Given the Jeep Renegade's emphasis on go-anywhere traction as opposed to go-as-fast-as-you-can on asphalt emphasis, most Renegade drivers would be...  Read More

Best Tire Choices for Your Snow Plow Truck

The winter season is upon us and soon we'll be facing snowy driveways and parking lots. After heavy snow, plow truck drivers are tasked with clearing the driveways of residents and parking lots of local businesses. Getting all of the contracted locations plowed can prove a difficult task, so the proper tire can make a significant difference in the time it...  Read More

Affordable Snow Tires for Winter Driving

In "Affordable Tires for an Economic Choice," we discussed the Kumho Solus KR21 and Hankook Optimo H727. These all-season tires are offered in many sizes and are available for a variety of different applications. They also are a great value for all-season tires for areas with no or very light snow. If your area has moderate to heavy snowfall or if you are...  Read More

Best Tires for the Honda Accord

The Honda Accord has been one of the best-selling cars in the United States for decades and appeals to a wide range of drivers. Given the diverse range of Honda Accord owners, there is not a single "best" tirefor every driver of this vehicle. Instead, it's important to consider your individual driving style and driving conditions. Most drivers in the United...  Read More