Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

I installed 205/55R16 on my 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman S which is slightly taller and wider than the stock 195/55R16. The tires have a slight bubble tire look to them because of this but I've become used to it and still get compliments on my car. There are absolutely no rubbing issues. The tires do not react as quickly to steering inputs as the OE Continental...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec

We ran these tires at more than 10 autocross events with two drivers at most of them. Some street miles too. They were down to the wear bars but wore quite evenly and were still quiet with a good ride. My only complaint is they hydroplane easily on the Mini. Overall they are a very good tire.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone DriveGuard

I have put approx 25,000 miles on my miniS coupe since 2014 when I replaced with these tires. best tires I have purchased. I rotate my tires with every oil change (twice a year). Tires are in real good shape, I check my tires every months as I am one of those 95MPH people.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

Have these tires on a dedicated 17inch steel wheel. Did not notice any difference in ride from the OEM 20 inch on Goodyears. Noise is a little louder than a all season tire due to having them studded at 0-30mph. Anything over 30mph and you cant hear the studs anymore. Tires do exceptionally well in deep snow. Pulled out a mini cooper in 20inches of fresh...  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

Getting Ready for Winter 2016: Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

Remember last winter?¬†Will this winter be just as bad? Predictions will be made but nobody really knows. The best course of action is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. There is no simple rule of thumb on whether or not to run winter / snow tires. If you're in a region that normally averages over a foot of snow, you should strongly consider...  Read More

Bridgestone DriveGuard: A Year in Review

This time a year ago, little was known about the Bridgestone DriveGuard, a tire that's currently our best-selling run-flat option. Over the course of a year, this tire has proven itself in a wide array of weather conditions, has been subject to internal testing and has climbed to the very top of our consumer reviews. While perhaps having a slightly harsher...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Wow! Replaced original Michelin Energy LX4 with 60K miles on them with these Conti ProContact EcoPlus in 235/60R17. I could not be more pleased. They are so much better in all aspects to the LX4s. Better traction, better noise, better ride. My Odyssey feels like it is on rails and at times I almost forget I that am in a mini van. I would buy again in a heart...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

I obviously haven't had these on the car very long, but so far I am VERY pleased/impressed. Coming from cheap/crappy Sumitomos, these are a marked improvement. Handling is superb, rides very nice/quiet, haven't had a chance to really push them in the wet yet, but dry traction/handling is really quite good. I'll never drive the C43 like a race car, or my...  Read More

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 Premier LTX

My 2013 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite came with Michelin Primacy MXV4s. I've been a long time Michelin fan and have had experience with these tires on my old Accord. They are great passenger touring tires, and I can see why Honda would put them on their top of the line van. The MXV4s are very smooth and nice riding touring tires for cars. On a heavy Van/SUV...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Best snow you will ever buy, period! Everyone who complains about how bad their car is in the winter, I tell them about this tire. Every single person has come back amazed. They can't believe it's the same car. People who think their all season tires are good, haven't tried a true snow tire. Not even close, these tires will walk circles around them. My dad...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 ZP

Great tires! There is slight tire noise at low speeds but dry and wet traction is very good. Snow and ice traction is excellent compared to brand new Kumho 4X I had on the car last winter that made driving scary even on just wet roads. Also getting a much more comfortable ride compared to the Kumho. I use my Mini as my daily beater and im glad I found tires...  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 BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

My second set on this MINI S. G-Force have always delivered good performance at a good price. When pushed the car is stable and predictable. Any lateral break/slide is smooth and controllable.A fun tire on a fun car.   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 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Bought these for my daughter's car. When we bought it, it had the original type Dunlops. They were pretty rough and the reviews weren't so hot. Replaced with some Kumho Ecstas. Better than the Dunlops but.... So since the originals had worn poorly, put factory struts all around thinking this will make the ride, handling and NVH better, and it did, but.......  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

First for my fellow BMW brethren -- I made the switch to a non-run flat after a total of 11 years driven on several different RFTs on two different cars. With a compressor, TPMS-friendly Slime, and a mini-spare, I hope I'm covered. These are quieter, smoother, and take bumps better. Even though I went from a summer performance tire in the RFT, I don't feel...  Read More