Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

I have these tires on three cars, 05 Saab Aero, 97 Saab 900, 03 Mini Cooper JCW. The best all season tires I have ever used. They are very quiet even to the end of there use. The milage you get is not super great, 35 to 40k, however the positives far out weigh the milage. I have had two sets on the 05 aero and I am getting ready to order another. The 900 is...  Read More

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

I replaced the OEM Pirelli Run Flat tires with these Michelin Pilots and have been very impressed with the benefits of the change.The Michelins generate less road noise and make the ride more compliant, most noticably over small ruts and bumps in the road surface. They are wearing very well, and I currently have 12,800 miles on them - they look about 30%...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

I have been stunned by this tire. Usually, you have to give up something to gain in another area. Once you get to a tire that performs at this level in the dry, it really stinks in the wet and wears out very quickly. SOMEHOW, Michellin has given us a tire that has incredible turn in, incredible dry grip, yet wears beyond belief (for a tire of this...  Read More

Bridgestone DriveGuard Run-Flat: Not Just for BMW and MINI

Traditionally, run-flat tires have been used mainly for limited vehicle types as specified by certain manufacturers for Original Equipment use. Prime examples of this is are BMW 3 Series vehicles since the mid-2000s, the new MINI Cooper and all fifth-generation and newer Chevrolet Corvettes. These vehicles once represented a small portion of the market that...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama S.drive

I got the Yokohama S. Drive in December of 2011. It is now August 2014 and they need to be replaced (which I will be doing in October. These are great if you're on a budget and/ or like to test out different tires. I drive an 04 Mini Cooper S and these tires grip amazingly well when they are warm. Most people don't get this warm concept and usually spin out...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone DriveGuard

I've just bought these tires as replacements for the OEM Continental run flat tires on my MINI Cooper S. I did the research and found that there were multiple independent reviews of this tire that were very complimentary. Motor Trend and Autoweek were among them. So I felt comfortable buying these tires as a suitable replacement for the OEM tires. I also...  Read More

Get Ready for Snowmaggedon 2014: Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

Remember last winter? Will this winter be just as bad? We don't know yet. But, I do know the right snow tire makes all the difference. In order to purchase the correct winter / snow tire, you should decide which performance category works best for your driving style and the winter weather you experience. The three major categoriesare: Studless Ice & Snow,...  Read More

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

I just replaced the Run Flats, that were on my 04 Mini Cooper S, What an improvement in cornering,wet and dry traction,noise level and ride comfort.I only have 2k on these and they are all summer miles, so I have no idea what the snow/ice traction will be like with this set of tires,but I expect them to be better or at least as good as the Goodyear Eagles, I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

These tires were used almost exclusively for autocross on a 2013 Mini Cooper. I got about 15 events, 150 runs, and 2-3k street miles on them before they heat cycled out. I'm at the wear bars now. They still grip okay in the dry, but at the wear bars these tires absolutely hydroplane in any amount of standing water. I don't think they wore that well and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

The PSS is a tire well worth the price. I have a modified MINI Cooper S that I took to The Dragon this year, and the tires earned their keep. Super sticky in the corners yet firm enough to prevent any hint of body roll. I was a tad hesitant when purchasing the tires last year because of the price, but they're worth every penny and proved their value on the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Tire is a good match for mini cooper S handling and ride is very good much better than the original run flats. Tire seams to have very little wear at 3500 miles Tires handle the curves very well.   Read More

Hard-to-Find Tires for the Toyota Highlander, GMC Acadia, Dodge Journey and MINI Cooper

Many new SUVs and CUVs are coming equipped with hard-to-find tire sizes. Therefore, when the time comes for replacements, there are often few options to choose from. In almost every case, we work hard to stock these unique Original Equipment sizes (like the 19" and 20" options for the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave). If you're looking for alternative tires,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

I bought my used 2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible in January 2014 from a local car dealership here in southwest Ohio. It came with Firestone Firehawk GTA-2 195/55R16 tires that had about 75% of the tread wear remaining. There was light snow on the ground when I drove my new purchase home. With just a couple inches of snow/ice on my driveway, I literally got...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

The General G-Max AS-03 is a High speed, high performance tire. This tire is far superior to the run-flat tires that come stock on the Mini Cooper. The tire is very responsive at high speeds and resist rolling over in the turns. This is a soft rubber tire providing very good traction in snow and on ice. The Mini is to low to go in deep snow, has nothing to...  Read More

Need Tires for a Classic MINI?

With the trend for larger wheel diameters, it can be hard to find tires for some of the classic vehicles that used small-diameter wheels. The legendary MINI is a victim of this trend, with virtually no tires available in its usual 10" wheel diameter. However, there is still at least one excellent option for enthusiast owners: the Yokohama A008. This sticky,...  Read More

Is Narrower Always Better When it Comes to Winter / Snow Tires?

Recently, I received a call from a longtime Tire Rack customer who was looking for a new set of winter / snow tires for his hybrid SUV. He was surprised to see our Preferred Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package didn't feature a narrower tire size. Many drivers benefit from a narrow tires ability to cut through deeper snow, but every driver needs to...  Read More

Which Winter Performance Category Is Right for You?

Are you in the blue? Then it's time to find the winter / snow tire that works best for your vehicle. In order to purchase the correct snow tire, you should decide which performance category works best for your driving style and the winter weather you experience. There are three winter performance categories: Studless Ice & Snow, Studdable Winter / Snow and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Went from 205/45/17 run flats which are horrible tires. you feel every crack on the pavement and the ride is terribly noisy. i wanted to address the ride comfort first and foremost and put a bit more beef in the side wall by going to a 205/50/17. No exageration but the ride is like that of a Town Car. And very quiet. The steering feels softer but that should...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

I have 9,000 miles on these tires and they have just started to show a little wear. I think they will last me at least another two seasons. Best snow tire I have ever used, at least on the Mini Cooper S. The traction was incredible in the snow overall. Once the tires got moving, I rarely lost traction, and most of the time I was trying to lose traction to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

I bought the Kumho tires 5 weeks ago to replace original equipment Bridgestones. The difference in road noise and ride comfort was like evolving from primative Flinstone stone tires to a modern Jetson smooth ride. Handling characteristics on dry and wet roads are excellent. Sorry, I can not comment on ice and snow as I live in SW Florida. I will so...  Read More