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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I've only had these tires a couple weeks so I can't comment on treadwear or wet/snow performance. But I can say that the difference in ride quality is phenomenal (they replaced run flats). A MINI Cooper suspension is stiff by design; but with run flat tires, on 17 rims, in sport modeā€¦if you hit a nickel lying in the road, you'll spill your coffee. With the...  Read More

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