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

Light Up the Night with Hella Lights for Your Jeep Wrangler

Looking to update the look of your Jeep and light up the roads and trails? Our selection of aftermarket lighting is perfect for your vehicle! With kits available from Hella, PIAA and KC HiLiTES, you have the option to put out as much light as you want. Currently installed on my JK Rubicon are several sets of Hella Optilux lights. Before making upgrades to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Carving

The weather in Seattle can be unpredictable and usually bad, especially in winter. The difference between the tires that came with the Mini and these Pirelli tires was dramatic. Wet weather traction was much improved and confidence inspiring. Standing water and icy roads were manageable and no longer the certain death feeling brought on by the OEM tires....  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 Firestone Precision Touring

My Mini Van is modified for my needs and is Wheel Chair accessible. Making it so, requires many modifications that effects many aspects adversely as well as driving dynamics. Traction in wet, ice & snow is a top concern for my needs and these tires performed very well for me. I live in Fayetteville AR and it's very hilly and since it does not snow a lot,...  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 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

I bought these tires to replace the run-flats on my MINI JCW, and had excellent results. So, I recently decided to do the same with my 335xi. The difference that the Pilot Sport A/S 3's made in ride quality, road noise, responsiveness, and overall drivaility is pretty amazing...even my wife notices how much smoother and more stable the car feels with the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus

Running on run flat tires was the worst tire experience I have ever had within my 40 years of driving.The stiff sidewalks transmit noise. No more bang from pot holes and my X5 is now quiet at high speeds. I purchased one of the last discontinued X5 factory spares kits, but a tow service membership is a great all-around protection whether with or without a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

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...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

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...  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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

I have used three brands of snows, Pirelli, Blizzaks and these Michelins. I have these on a corporate Malibu. I drive a LOT of city and through the Colorado Rockies and across prairie. I need a tire that will handle in most every temperature and condition and give me good stopping and handling in the city. These tires get worked very hard, especially in the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Great tire that just works. I only use them 7-8 months/year (have separate winter tires). They are responsive, secure in the wet, perform well in dry and have great longevity. Enough tread left after 31K miles that the S is still visible. Should easily go 50K+. Will get a set for our other car (MINI) now.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

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.   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 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Was convinced by Preston at the Tire Rack to try these tires. The last 2 winters in Central Indiana have had a lot of snow and I have never had an issue trying to get anywhere in my Mini. There are issues in deep snow, but this is due more to the ride height of the car than the traction of the tires. The Blizzak's have been superb in getting me around in the...  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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

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...  Read More