Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek AT20

These tires were standard equipment on my 2012 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab 4X4. I was skeptical when I received a 4X4 vehicle with a passenger tire on it. I decided to give them a chance and drove them for 5,000 miles. Their performance in the rain was disappointing to say the least. You end up spinning out at level intersections and on a slight hill it was...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

I have only had these tires for about a week. So this review is really just an initial opinion, and a quick comparison to my OEM tires.My OEM Dunlop RFT tires were pretty worn. They had 45k miles. Since buying the Mini Cooper S brand new in '09, I had not liked the tires. Rough ride. Noisy. Unforgiving and fairly slick in wet or snowy conditions. I knew...  Read More

Save on 225/45R17 and 205/45R17 Run-Flats for Your E90 BMW and MINI Cooper S

Regardless of how much they're liked or disliked, run-flat tires are here to stay. Are you a BMW or MINI driver who loves his or her car and has decided to stay with run-flats? Then you need to take advantage of the specials currently on the 225/45R17 size for your E90 BMW and 205/45R17 for your MINI Cooper S. The 225/45R17 Michelin Primacy MXM4 ZP is marked...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LE Sport

I put these on my MINI Cooper S. I love these tires. They are very quiet with an excellent ride. The price is amazing! I highly recommend them.   Read More

Run-Flat and Non-Run-Flat Tires for Your MINI Cooper

The MINI Cooper has been an extremely popular car since it was reintroduced about ten years ago. Now with the price of fuel sky high, smaller and more fuel efficient cars like the MINI are a great vehicle to own. Many Coopers come originally equipped with a run-flat tire. I talk to many customers who would prefer to replace the run-flat tires with a...  Read More

Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

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 categories are: Studless Ice & Snow, Studdable Winter / Snow and Performance Winter / Snow.Studless Ice & Snow tires give you optimum ice and packed snow grip, but are less...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z III

This tire is the quietest tire we have had on the mini cooper. We love it,it has great response and traction. We will definitely order these when it is time to replace them.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position

I've run Pole Positions on 3 - BMW's and 2 Minis and have tried other tires as well. Highly recommend the Pole Positions! If you're running them on a Cooper S be aware that the fronts will get eaten 3x faster than the rears but this will happen regardless of what tire you use.This tire is perfect for BMW's as it performs well, lasts well, is quiet and looks...  Read More

Best All-Season Run-Flat Tires for the MINI Cooper

Many MINI owners are not happy with the run-flat tires that came as Original Equipment on their vehicle. Fortunately, there's been some advances in run-flat technology and we offer some much improved models. The new Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT has proven to be one of our best sellers and a great performer since it was introduced last year....  Read More

Sound Tire Advice: Kumho Ecsta 4X is a Great Tire

I received the following email from a customer this morning: "Gary, I'm looking for tire recommendations for my 2009 Audi A4 Premium Plus, 245/45R17. My priorities for the tire are as follows: Noise Ride Steering Price Car has original Goodyears with 25,500 miles. Experience vibration at 75mph after 15 minutes at speed. I still have the original control arms. What...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

From the very first mile driven a dramatic improvement over OEM Summer RFT was noted. The crash of the RFT was was gone and replaced with quiet quickness. The Cooper S suspension feels tight and stiff not harsh. The driver can enjoy the Mini for what it was intended. The RFT provides mobility for 50 mi. but endless inconvenience. With a Conti Comfort Kit and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D DSST RunOnFlat

Overall great tire. Wear is even and minimal. Handling like a summer tire. Very good traction in heavy snow Minnesota winter in 2010-2011. Somewhat hard riding but that's the Mini Cooper S and probably not the tire. The car has always been hard riding whatever run flat tire I've had on it. Would definitely buy this tire again.   Read More

Corners Like a MINI Cooper S and Stings Like a Scorpion: FIAT's 500 Abarth

When it comes to light, fast, compact European hatchbacks, the MINI Cooper S has been the only game in town. With the release of the FIAT 500 Abarth,  MINI finally has some serious competition. The 500 Abarth adds a whopping 59 hp and 72 ft. lbs. of torque compared to the FIAT 500 Sport.That's a lot of power for a 2,564 lb. car and some serious power for...  Read More

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

I BOUGHT 4 OF THESE TIRES FROM TIRERACK LAST SUMMER AND WAITED UNTIL I HAD ABOUT 10,OOO MILES ON THESE TIRES TO GIVE YOU AN ACCURATE REVIEW. THESE ARE EXCEPTIONALY GREAT TIRES. THEY RIDE MUCH SMOOTHER THAN THE OEM CONTINENTAL TIRES. THEY ARE QUIET AND VITUALLY SHOW VERY LITTLE WEAR WITH 10K MILES. THE HANDLING AND GRIP BOTH DRY AND WET IS SUPERIOR. I DROVE...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFT

Got these from The Tire Rack in January 2011 for my 2007 Cooper S R56 which had 17 OE rims. Was advised to go 16 with a reasonable price set of MSW as Winter Rims. I live north of Toronto in an area that gets hit regularly by snow squalls. I also travel to the Detroit area on a regular basis and need to be confident that I will get there and back regardless...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I drive A Mini Cooper S, and the previous tires were Run-Flats. One cannot compare the steering response, but I was expecting a bit firmer cornering. I inflated the tires to 39 psi, but thinking about increasing to 41psi based on some other forum reviews. The tire overall performs very well, and perhaps on other cars w/out run-flats, I might have been 100%.I...  Read More

Alternative Sizes for the Nissan Murano

Another vehicle that can present some challenges in regards to options for replacement tires is the Nissan Murano. Introduced in 2009, it came equipped with 235/55R20 sized tires. Currently, there are only a few options being offered in the O.E. size.   As an alternate size that'll provide more choices, we recommend 255/50R20. This size is approximately 3/4"...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

I love this tire on my MINI Cooper S Clubman. Quiet on the highway, good hydroplaning resistance, you know you should slow down in wet conditions anyway. The tread wear seems to be very good so far. I replaced the Yokohama Avid Envigors, and these tire ARE BETTER. Handling is better than the Yokohama's, and so is the steering responsiveness.I have not had...  Read More

All-Season Run-Flat Tires...A Newcomer with Great Ride Quality

If you own one of the many popular sporty cars like the BMW 3 Series, BMW 1 Series or MINI Cooper, you probably already know that your options for all-season run-flat tires are quite limited. Until recently, the best run-flat tire with all-season capabilities for these vehicles was between the Continental ContiProContact SSR and the Bridgestone Potenza...  Read More

Alternative Tire Options for Your MINI Cooper Countryman S

Recently, I helped a customer find replacement tires for his 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman S. He had been running the Original Equipment run-flat in size 205/55R17. During our call, the MINI owner provided two main criteria. First, he wanted a non-run-flat tire that had all-season capability. Second, there was a restrictive price point that the customer...  Read More