Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2007 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

These tires are a much softer compound than most tires. If you have any issues with alignment or bearings going, fix them immediately otherwise these tires are prone to uneven wear quickly. After 30000 miles on them within 4 seasons, these tires show definite wear and might not make 50000 before I replace them. They did great in the winter on my small car, but wont make the next winter unfortunately. If you have a small car with tight suspension, these tires might not be a good fit for you.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2007 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Marietta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 07, 2014

Replaced a set of Bridgestone Potenza RE050 RFT (after 15K miles). These were cheaper and seemed to meet my needs. So far I'm very happy with my choice. These are quiet and have provided very good traction in both dry and wet conditions.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2006 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Belleair Bluffs, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
May 16, 2014

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 Dragon, Hellbender, and other pure driver's roads in NC/TN. SO glad I had them thru wicked switchbacks with a rock wall on one side and a severe drop-off on the other. My nerves gave out before the tires did.

The PSS has also proved to be solid in the wet. Year-round life in Florida includes torrential summer storms, but these tires have yet to hydroplane or get squirrelly on me.

These tires are also very quiet and offer a pleasant ride for a performance tire. Face it: if dry & wet handling are top priorities, you'll probably be willing to give a little on the ride quality, especially if you've invested in a performance suspension.

All around the Pilot Super Sport is a superior tire. Would not hesitate to recommend it to others or buy again myself.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2009 Mini Cooper S JCW Package
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Chesterfield, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
June 03, 2014

I did a fair amount of research on "mini" forums and other internet data and most everyone was very happy with the Continental Extreme Contact DW tires. I was AMAZED at the quiet ride. I purchased the car with @35000 miles and the original run-flats had already been replaced. The tires that were on it seemed pretty good on dry roads and cornering was never a problem, they had a little roll at max cornering speed. While I havent gotten to spend a lot of time cornering with the new tires they seem way more stable back and forth cornering.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2014 Mini John Cooper Works
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Centennial, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2014

I have owned two sets of these Pirelli's. The first was on a company Subaru Outback. I was so impressed I ordered a set for my 2014 JCW Coupe. I took delivery of my car just before Christmas 2013 so I had them put on immediately before picking up the car from the dealer. We get a lot of snow and a lot of snow types from 7-11 slushy to deep packed here in Colorado, not to mention ice.

The reason you get these is because you want some performance capabilities along with good snow traction. I drive through mountains, prairie and just took a trip to Vegas on dry warm road. I left them on because I could still hit snow in the UT and CO mountains. We have had a lot of snow this year up until about March so these tires have really had a good trial in lots of snow and in warm weather in Vegas and NM.

The snow traction is amazing. I have Michellin Xice on my company Malibu, Blizzaks on my Mini Clubman S and these Pirelli's on the JCW. I have driven all in sequence in several types of snow and ice. All are good tires but these Pirelli's are my favorite. They handle extremely well in the snow. I went in a snow covered parking lot doing donuts with and without traction control. It was really difficult to break traction. On the highway and on some icy areas they are fantastic. No snow tires make you impervious but I believe these are the best short of studded. The main reason I like them is because of the terrific dry and even warm weather traction. They are superb. I will not autocross in them but in a normal sedan or SUV I would consider running them all year. They do not seem to wear excessively and cold, warm, wet, snowy or icy they are terrific. There are no deficiencies. For a snow tire I would actually give them a 10 in dry but I think that is for summer tires. I think for price and all around performance in a climate like I have, -25 in winter and temps can change 50 degrees in one day and different altitudes...this is a fantastic tire. You won't go wrong with these.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2007 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Dallas, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
March 18, 2014

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2006 Mini Cooper Non-Runflat Tires
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Dearborn, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 31, 2014

This is my first experience with Conti's that I can say was outstanding! I am a very spirited driver in Michigan, in the worst winter we have had in 50 years and these tires performed wonderfully! 20K and these tires are still going strong and still handle competently. The only negatives (but very nominal negative) is they do generate just a bit of road noise, the sacrifice was comfort for handling (they don't take bumps great)but they are absolutely outstanding in the turns, on wet pavement and in the snow. For you high end tech. guys......These tires road-force wonderfully! I have installed 2 sets and every tire road forced to less than 10 lbs and balanced with minimal weights. The last set I installed (205 50 16's) only required a total of 3 ounces of wheel weights for all 4 tires and the tire with the worst road force numbers had 9 lbs of road force. These are GREAT tires! Forget about the Continentals of yester-year!

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

Tuesday, April 1, 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: 9.1
 
 

2008 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 25, 2014

I replaced the original Pirelli run-flat tires with these Michelin Pilot tires. Immediate impression is much less road noise, less jarring over road ruts and equally good handling and feel in corners and acceleration. These are NOT runflat tires, and I deliberately chose this to imporve the comfort of the ride of my lowered Cooper S.
I recommend these tires over the OEM pirelli run-flat tires. I carry a can of slime in case of a puncture, but have not had a puncture in several years so am not too worried about that, and I would probably call BCAA or AAA if it was a serious blowout.

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

Wednesday, March 26, 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: 9.25
 
 

2008 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Warwick, RI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

Decided to replace my 50% used Continental Extreme Contact DWS tires with a set of these A/S 3's, along with new wheels. I upgraded from the OEM size 205/50/ZR 16 to a set of 205/45/ZR 17's on Sparco Tarmacs. Both the Continentals and the Michelins were W speed rated. While I understand upgrading to larger wheels with smaller aspect ratio tires improves handling, I only reduced the aspect ration by 5%. I say that because the difference between the Continental's and the Michelin's is night and day.

2 weeks prior I upgraded my suspension with the H&R Touring Cup Kit. While it was a significant upgrade over stock, I felt it was still missing something. There was still some roll in hard corners and the steering was a tad mushy. I simply couldn't believe the difference as soon as I bolted up the new wheels with the Michelin A/S 3's! The Conti's have a very soft sidewall that makes the suspension feel mushier than it needs to be. Turn in on the Michelins is simply outstanding. Crisp and precise. Prodigious grip in corners and very predictable at the limit. High speed stability is light years ahead of the Continentals, which were excellent in there own right. Ride quality is actually a tad better than the DWS's as well. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a truly no compromise all-season tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
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Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2014

Excellent summer tire. I bought these tires to replace the runflats that come with the Mini. Excellent tires for summer driving. However, don't try them in the snow - you get virtually no traction.

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

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Doc Horvath

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, we can often recommend different sizes to provide you more options for your vehicle.

A few examples include:

  • Current generation Toyota Highlanders use a 245/55R19 tire size, but we can guarantee the slightly wider 255/55R19 to work on your Original Equipment wheels.
  • The Dodge Journey uses a unique 225/55R19 tire size, and as an alternative, we can guarantee you can use 235/55R19 tires.  
  • The MINI Cooper Clubman comes with a 205/55R17 run-flat tire that can be tough to get. For a better selection in both run-flat and non-run-flat configurations, the 225/50R17 size is a great option.

When developing alternate tire sizes, we have to maintain the correct load rating as required by the manufacturer and stay within 5% of the original tire's diameter to make sure that none of the vehicle's safety systems are affected. Shop by vehicle and view the tire options available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Franklin, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

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 stuck with the front tires just spinning. I researched this Firestone tire on the internet and discovered that it was poorly rated for anything except dry roads even though it is suppose to be an all season tire. Some reviewers even classified the tire as dangerous in snow and on wet roads. Since my adult children would also be driving this car, I knew that I had to get these tires off the car immediately. After extensive research on www.tirerack.com, I decided on these Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 tires. They had a nice balance of performance and price. I had to order this tire in size 205/55R16 since it was not made in the recommended size 195/55R16. I was not thrilled with my limited choices of other tires in size 195/55R16. There was plenty of clearance for this Hankook tire on the vehicle and it only caused a 1.8% speedometer error (an actual 61 mph reads as 60 mph on the speedometer). I decided to write this review of this tire's performance on the Mini Cooper since one had not been posted. With this tire, there was an immediate and dramatic improvement in ice and snow traction. My Mini Cooper is now a fun little snow machine. Traction on dry roads is outstanding and wet road traction is now also excellent. Ride quality has improved by being significantly less harsh. I wanted the more compliant sidewall of this tire to improve the comfort of the Mini Cooper's stiff ride and was willing to sacrifice some handling characteristics to achieve that goal. I am not what anyone would classify as a spirited driver but to my surprise, I found the tire's handling also to be excellent.

 

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

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8
 
 

2010 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Otsego, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
December 15, 2013

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 do with the rubber. We have had a lot of snow and Ice in Minnesota this year and I drove a brand new Mini Clubman this week and my Mini S gets better traction with the G-Max that the brand new run-flat tires that come on the Clubman. Great grip and performance on the dry road, Tire sheds water nicely in the rain and i have had no hydroplaning issues Very good traction on snow and ice. I recommend checking the tire pressure regularly. I have had to add a couple LBS twice to keep tire pressure constant. This is most likely the result of my driving style than a tire issue.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2014 Mini John Cooper Works
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Centennial, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

I have had these tires twice, once on a Subaru and now I put them on a JCW Mini Coupe. The dealer ordered them from Tire Rack for me and put them on before I picked up my new car. It was December in Colorado.

I absolutely love these tires. I have used the Blizzaks and Michelins on other vehicles and this is my favorite. The primary thing I like is that the snow traction is terrific but what makes it exceptional is the dry traction. In this season I have used the tire on every type of snow and ice possible in Colorado. Outside of slush which no tire does well the tire is excellent. I will also tell you that if you drive a stiff suspension sports car you will like the ride with the non runflats. I believe that I could drive this tire competently in virtually all conditions short of track work.

With a front wheel drive and these tires you can drive with confidence. I went out to unplowed lots and put the tires to the limits, even turning off traction controls. I would purposely cut hard, throw up some rooster takls and try to slide and recover. It was easy.

I strongly and confidently recommend these tires to my fellow enthusiasts.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2003 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: New Albany, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

Just purchased before winter because I needed a better set tire for wet/snowy conditions. Dry handling on the back roads was precise and predictable, evens at its limits. With the onslaught of an early winter this year, I got to test their winter capabilities way too soon. Rain traction is excellent, even when pushed to the limits. Ice/snowy conditions are now a pleasure to drive on. They do a great job trudging through 3” of snow and are completely controllable and calculable on ice covered roads.
If you’re not going to invest in a set of dedicated winter tires, these Conti’s seem to be a safe compromise.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2010 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Mount Gretna, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 02, 2014

Fantastic tires so far. No big snows but plenty of 4-6" that were nice tests. Went from wanting to sell the car to really enjoying the snow.

 

Need Tires for a Classic MINI?

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Ben Rooney

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, handling-oriented tire will enhance the sporting character of your classic MINI. Currently available in the 165/70R10 size with an H-speed rating, this tire is perfect for any sporty driving, including some track and autocross use.

The A008 has been very well liked by the enthusiasts who have installed a set on their vehicle. See what drivers are saying about their experience with the tire.

"These tires are brilliant. The car was transformed, and handles significantly better on the tires these replaced, or my recollection of any MINI tires I had run in the past. Overall, I don't believe there is a better choice for a Classic MINI (unless snows are required)!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1978 MINI Classic

"Very good tire. It performs well on this little car!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1978 MINI

"Great tire with lots of good stickiness. Grip is very good. The soft compound makes for good ease into long sweeping curves. 100 predictable!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2002 MINI Cooper Standard

If you have an old MINI sitting in the garage on aged, dried out tires, breathe some new life into it with a fresh set of sticky tires and rediscover how much fun it can be.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2007 Mini Cooper
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Location: Boulder, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

Just drove blizzard conditions in Colorado over Loveland Pass and then Eisenhower Tunnel. Our MINI made it both ways without a slip when many other FWD cars and 4WD's were spinning and sliding and multiple chained Semi's got stuck .

 

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

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

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 weigh both the advantages and disadvantages of a narrower size. Below you will find what you need to consider when you assess whether or not to go narrow.

Across the snowbelt, there's a wide variance in the intensity and frequency of deep snow blizzards. If you're not residing in the darkest blue areas in the map above, you have to weigh how much grip you’ll lose with a narrower tire on dry roads. All snow tires, especially those in the Studless Ice & Snow category, will sacrifice dry grip and the narrower footprint will exacerbate this loss.

The weight of your car also will play a role in your selection. Does it have all-wheel drive to power through snow? Narrower snow tires are particularly helpful on lightweight cars like the MINI Cooper because you end up with more weight per square inch of contact patch; and more weight equals more grip. Your narrower snow tires will let you cut through deep snow. With a heavier car like the Toyota FJ Cruiser, you can run a moderate size and still be fine. 

For additional help in choosing the right winter tire, read "Size Selection of Winter / Snow Tires."

Which Winter Performance Category Is Right for You?

Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

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 Performance Winter / Snow.

Studless Ice & Snow

Tires from this category give you optimum ice and packed snow grip, but are less responsive on dry roads. The tires trade a little handling for excellent ice and snow traction. On dry roads, your vehicle will not respond as crisply or quickly to steering inputs. Studless Ice & Snow tires are available in higher profile sizes and include the following:

If you go with a Studless Ice & Snow tire, you should consider going with a narrower tire as it cuts through deeper snow better. This is especially true for a lighter car like the MINI Cooper.

Studdable Winter / Snow

Studdable Winter / Snow tires can be run studded or unstudded. When studded, they'll give good ice and packed snow grip, but will be less responsive on dry roads. When unstudded, they'll perform well in moderate and deep snow. It's important to note that the use of studded tires may be prohibited or restricted in your area, be sure to check with local authorities to confirm legality. If you're looking for the traditional security of winter tire studs for enhanced traction on ice, consider the following Studdable Winter / Snow options:

The AltiMAX Arctic is slightly better on ice and packed snow and quieter than the the Winterforce. Winterforce tires will provide more effectiveness in deeper snow.

Performance Winter / Snow

These tires will exhibit the above dry road deficiencies to a much lesser degree. If your vehicle came with summer performance tires, the Performance Winter / Snow tires will be more comparable in steering response, acceleration, grip, braking and cornering grip. They will give up some ice and packed snow grip. Tires in this category will wear slightly better compared to Studless Ice & Snow tires, especially during the early and late winter days when temperatures are a little warmer. All winter / snow tires will have more tread noise and this will vary from tire to tire. Performance Winter / Snow tires do tend to be quieter than the other performance categories.

Available in lower profile sizes, the following Performance Winter / Snow tires are great options:

Is a Studless Ice & Snow, Studdable Winter / Snow or a Performance Winter / Snow tire right for your vehicle? It depends on your car, where you live, how you drive on dry roads and how you want to balance the above compromises. For example, my brother lives in Marion, Indiana, which is about an hour northeast of Indianapolis. He got the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 Studless Ice & Snow tire in 235/40R18 on Sport Edition A7 wheels for his 2008 BMW M3. He chose this tire because central Indiana is more apt to get ice storms and there's the potential for heavier snow that wouldn't be quickly cleared from the country roads between his offices. He's willing to drive slower on dry roads.

Compare my brother's driving situation with another driver from Louisville with the same car but a heavier foot, he would be better served with the Performance Winter / Snow Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D tires in 235/40R18 front and 255/40R18 rear. Louisville's milder weather allows him to emphasize dry road performance, but still have emergency snow capability.

Let it snow.