Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3: A Year in Review

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

Launching last year with much anticipation was Michelin's latest entry to the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, the Pilot Sport A/S 3. Having secured a spot in our internal test last summer, we quickly found this tire to be extremely competitive in both the dry and wet. With the sharpest handling and best communication of the group, the tire impressed our staff and produced track times that are near that of a dedicated summer performance tire.

After a year on the market, consumers have logged over a million miles on the tire and seem to be in agreement. At the time of this writing, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 holds the highest scores for dry and wet traction ratings for an Ultra High Performance All-Season tire in our consumer driven surveys.

As we often find when testing tires, gains in one area come with costs in another. With so much emphasis on dry and wet performance, snow traction seems to have taken a bit of a hit. While certainly more passable than a dedicated summer tire, the Pilot Sport A/S 3 falls short on snow traction compared to some of its rivals in the category. 

Customers in fair climates where snow is of little or no concern will find harmony with this tire. It will wear significantly better than a summer tire, yet still communicates with the driver in a way that makes your daily travel enjoyable when driven in a spirited fashion. Should you live further north, it might be best to consider another option or invest in a set of dedicated snow tires depending on the severity of your conditions.

Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires: Which is the Best Choice?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

The Ultra High Performance All-Season category has seen tremendous growth in recent years and makes a good amount of sense for a large percentage of our customer base. With a focus on both performance attributes and reasonable treadlife, this performance category appeals to enthusiasts who desire balance and year-round use out of a single set of tires. Often times, we also see customers in very mild climates migrating to this category simply seeking longer life than they would receive with a dedicated summer-only tire.

With many players in this expanding segment, there are many good choices.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS:

Long considered the king of this category, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS seems to do everything quite well. If snow traction is a focus of yours, you would be hard pressed to find a better tire in this category. While the tire has never been the fastest in the dry, it provides flexibility in all weather conditions that is difficult to match. This tire is among our best sellers for customers in northern climates and has logged over 40 million miles in our consumer surveys!

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3:

The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 is a blisteringly fast tire in the dry and wet and communicates wonderfully with its driver. It wears better than a performance summer tire due to its harder tread compound and is available in a wide array of sizes offering coverage for most popular applications. While fast and composed in the dry and wet, this tire suffers a bit in snow and is best suited for a mild climate.

Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season:

While not as sharp in the dry as the Michelin, or as aggressive in the snow as the Continental, the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season catches a driver's eye because it is so well-rounded. It is also very well priced and is a bargain amongst other reputable brand name options. Due to its versatility, we have seen positive reviews from customers in various parts of the country.

For a complete list of Ultra High Performance All-Season options, take a look at of tire ratings.

Sport Edition Daisy: Flower Petal Wheels for the New VW Beetle

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

Designed under our house brand Sport Edition, the Daisy wheel is one of our longest running wheel designs. For years, it has provided a unique look for the owners of the new VW Beetle.

Manufactured in a 16" diameter, the Sport Edition Daisy is a perfect fit for new Beetles produced from 1998 until 2010 and is designed to re-use the factory tire size of 205/55R16. This allows the purchaser to re-use their existing tires if they are in good shape, or choose among the several tire options in this very popular size.

Should you wish to modify the wheels further, the included center caps are easily removable and very commonly painted to match their owner's vehicle.

 

Hawk High Performance Street 5.0 Brake Pads: The Update to an Icon

Thursday, April 23, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

For many years, the Hawk HPS pad has been one of our best sellers. Known for its low dust levels, quiet operation and increased bite compared to most factory pads, the HPS deserves its praises.

Much like we commonly see in the tire industry, even great products like the HPS must be revised from time to time to make sure they're still competitive in a fast moving industry. Enter the Hawk High Performance Street 5.0, a tweak of the original HPS pad that has been so well liked for so long.

With its revised compounding, the HPS 5.0 looks to make improvements in the following areas:

  • Decrease stopping distances
  • Improved pedal feel
  • Resist brake fade
  • Low noise
  • Extended pad life

Hawk HPS 5.0 pads have been released for high volume performance applications, with full market coverage coming in short time.

Introducing the Tire Rack Rolling Tire Storage Rack

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

Our wall mounted Tire Storage Rack has been one of our best-selling accessory items for years. While it's still a popular item, we have decided to add to our arsenal of storage solutions and are pleased to offer the Tire Rack Rolling Tire Storage Rack.

The Tire Rack Rolling Tire Storage Rack is a well-engineered option that easily stores and moves up to eight passenger or light truck/SUV tires. Four high quality, 5” diameter caster wheels allow for smooth rolling, even when loaded. Side brakes on each side keep the Rolling Tire Storage Rack in place when set.

Organizing hardware and tools is made simple with two adjustable and removable baskets that keep lug hardware and wheel changing tools nearby. Two heavy-duty shelves, one removable and one fixed, are ideal for storing a jack and jack stand.

Like all accessory items above $50, the Rolling Tire Storage Rack ships for free and can be delivered in as little as one to two business days!

 

Differences in Tire Speed Ratings Explained

Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

A frequently asked question that myself and other Tire Rack sales representatives receive daily is one concerning the speed ratings of tires and what speed ratings mean. While you likely will never encounter speeds beyond that of your tires' capabilities, it's important to understand everything else a speed rating can tell you when making your purchase decision.

Keep in mind that tires receive their speed rating based upon the amount of deflection in the sidewall and surrounding shoulders of the tire. A tire that is more stable at high speed will build up less heat than one with higher levels of deflection, and therefore be labeled with a higher speed rating. It is for this reason that stiffly constructed Max Performance Summer tires have a higher speed rating than softer riding Grand Touring All-Season tires.

High speed ratings are generally associated with improved handling, are generally stiffer riding and are commonly found on tires that are performance oriented in nature. Tires with lower speed ratings will feel more relaxed and give up a measure of performance and responsiveness in exchange for better ride comfort.

If you're a driver that is focusing on ride comfort above all else, find the minimum speed rating required by your vehicle's manufacturer and adhere closely to it. In contrast, if you are an aggressive driver or one with a focus on track performance, obtaining a higher speed rating is not only important for the higher terminal top speed of the tire, but also other performance attributes, such as turn-in response and on-center feel.

Common speed ratings in use today can be seen by taking a look at, "How to Read Speed Ratings, Load Index & Service Descriptions."

How to Prepare for Your First Track Session in Four Simple Steps

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

Today is a great day to be an automotive enthusiast. Perhaps more than ever before, road courses across the country are opening their gates to any and all drivers looking to experience the thrill of driving on a track. Combine this level of access with the increased performance of today's vehicles and it's possible to have more fun than ever before for less money than you might think. 

Before embarking on your first track quest with your local SCCA chapter or car club, it is a good idea to keep a few things in mind and run through a checklist to make sure you and your car are properly prepared. Having tested products for the Tire Rack for several years, graduated from several schools and also participated in many open track events on my own time, I suggest the following:

#1 Brakes! Brakes! Brakes!

There is no higher failure rate for any vehicle system on a road course than the braking system. Factory brakes pads and fluid are not up to the task of providing stops from triple digit speeds repeatedly during a common 20-30 minute session. This is especially true for heavy, high horsepower vehicles such as many modern muscle car offerings. In short, a 4,200 lbs. Chevy Camaro SS trying to stop from 120mph will require much more braking force than a 2,500 lbs. Mazda Miata stopping from 100mph on the same straightaway. Keep in mind the braking needs of your specific vehicle when selecting aftermarket replacement products. Take a look at the offerings from Hawk, as they have a very broad market coverage. 

#2 Tires

For your first track session, I do not recommend using full-on competition tires. While competition tires are key to going fast and being competitive in class structured series racing, they aren't something I like to see used by first-time or novice track drivers. Not only are R-compound tires expensive and short on life, they also tend to have less progressive breakaway points than street tires. At the limit, these tires are more difficult to manage and can be less predictable if you find yourself in trouble. Furthermore, the high grip level of R-compound tires can easily mask weak driving fundamentals. For an introductory track driver, choose a tire from the Extreme Performance Summer category. These tires are more competitive than most Original Equipment tires and also feature compounds and patterns that hold up far better to the high heat levels generated on the track. 

#3 Understand Your Vehicle and the Way it Behaves

Most vehicles produced today are set up to understeer. This is done so that when the casual driver finds themselves in trouble, they can simply let off the gas and bring the vehicle back into a neutral state rather than fight tailout antics common with oversteer. While your tires should be making some noise if you're driving properly and quickly on a road course, it is important to listen to what they are telling you. A brief chirp or bark is to be expected under cornering or heavy braking, but if the tires are howling and begging for mercy you are wasting money and time. If you find that the car is understeering into a corner, simply have patience, relax off the gas a bit and unwind your hands gradually. If the car is not wanting to turn, turning the wheel more will not help, but rather chew away at the outside edge of your tires. Having the ability to listen to your vehicle and understand what consequences your inputs have will make your experience more enjoyable and keep your cost of consumables lower.

#4 Go Out and Enjoy Yourself

Other than the tire and brake upgrades suggested above, there is not much that needs to be done to enjoy your street car on track provided that it is in good mechanical condition. Try not to over think suspension and a whole host of other aftermarket upgrades. These items may prove useful in time, but aren't necessary for your immediate enjoyment. Learning how your car behaves in stock form also helps you plan for modifications ahead and understand the difference they will make. Try to remember that you aren't racing for a trophy or podium spot and simply enjoy the atmosphere and thrill of being on track with other cars at speed. Be competitive if possible, but safe! 

Check out our competition events and driving schools and sign up for one today!

Yokohama ADVAN Sport A/S: A Solid Ultra High Performance All-Season at a Good Price

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

Last year, Yokohama introduced an addition to their Ultra High Performance All-Season line-up with the ADVAN Sport A/S. Unlike previous Yokohama models, this tire features an asymmetric tread pattern that allows it to be rotated side-to-side, as well as front-to-back on non-staggered applications.

During our internal testing, the ADVAN Sport A/S held its own against some of the higher-rated tires in the field in the dry and wet. Also, we took the tire to Sweden last year to see how it handles wintry conditions. The tire offered responsive handling, but wasn't as strong as tires like the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. For a complete recap of our testing, take a look at "Testing Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires: Single-Focus Specialists or Well-Rounded Athletes?"

With a 50,000-mile treadlife warranty and a very low price-point, this tire is quickly becoming one of the categories hottest sellers. Offering broad market coverage and a long list of sizes, the Yokohama Advan Sport A/S is a good choice for consumers looking for a tire with a high-speed rating, responsive feel and more treadlife than a performance summer tire.

Bridgestone DriveGuard Run-Flat: Not Just for BMW and MINI

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

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 relied on the use of run-flat tires to keep the vehicle mobile due to the lack of a spare tire and jack kit. The expectation of a run-flat tire is that it can support the weight of the vehicle without air pressure and provide extended mobility to get you to your destination without being stuck on the side of the road. 

With the introduction of the DriveGuard, Bridgestone looks to not only capture market share on this segment, but also introduce run-flat technology to markets who would have otherwise never considered it. While the DriveGuard may not ride quite as softly as a traditional tire, it has made huge advances from earlier generation run-flats in terms of its ride comfort and longevity. Given the tire's competitive price-point, attractive mileage warranty and capable all-season ability, it may be something for you to consider if you have any fear of being stranded or do not have a spare tire and wheel assembly. 

The only requirement for using a run-flat is that your vehicle must be equipped with tire pressure monitor sensors. This represents most vehicles produced in the last decade and all vehicles manufactured from 2008 and onward.

To date, the Bridgestone DriveGuard has been released in 32 sizes allowing for broad market coverage in wheel diameters from 15"-19".  

Introducing the New Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

The Extreme Performance Summer tire market is an incredibly competitive category where manufacturers must stay on the top of their game in order to win the purchase of the consumer. Perhaps more so than in any other performance category, customers selecting from this field understand the value of a tenth of a second.

As of March 1, 2015, Bridgestone has officially rolled out its new Extreme Performance Summer tire, the Potenza RE-71R. Unlike Bridgestone's previous offering, the RE-71R features a directional tread pattern and seemingly less tread void than the Potenza RE-11 it replaces. While it's a bit early to speculate, the larger and uninterrupted tread blocks of the Potenza RE-71R may lead to faster times in the dry.

Starting with a clean-sheet approach and a virtual slick tread, all of the new design features were fine-tuned to maximize performance, traction, handling and control. The newly developed tread compound enhances grip by increasing contact with the road surface. This compound is molded into a directional design featuring a continuous center rib flanked by massive shoulders to provide a constant rubber-to-road contact that enhances steering response and cornering stability.

Testing will begin once the snow clears and we'll provide data as it becomes available.

The Best All-Terrain Tires for On-Road Use

Monday, February 23, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

Maybe you like the look of an all-terrain tire, or perhaps you may be looking for a tire with a bit more biting edge than a traditional Highway All-Season, or you might even be a driver that explores light off-road use with your truck or SUV. If you fit any one of these examples, you represent a huge portion off the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire market.

While some all-terrain shoppers are simply looking for the most aggressive tire for off-road use, many others are looking for a product that also has excellent street manners for the time spent on the highway or city streets. The On-/Off-Road All-Terrain market is quite vast and features a wide array of products designed for different types of drivers.

Before purchasing the most aggressive looking tire you can get your hands on, remember that tires with large amounts of spacing between their tread blocks can become quite noisy at speed and tend not to wear quite as well as their more subtle counterparts. If you're looking for a more subtle option, take a look at the Firestone Destination A/T and Michelin LTX A/T 2. While both of these tires are classified as On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires and have more biting edges than a Highway All-Season, they take a more modest approach and make a good amount of sense for a consumer looking for a mix of off-road performance and daily livability. These tires may not win you a podium spot at a rock crawling competition, but they will serve you well day in and day out; and for that reason they have been longtime favorites in our consumer surveys.

Where Do I Get My Tires Installed?

Friday, February 6, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

Tire Rack is a mail order company that ships products from their Indiana, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Nevada and Colorado distribution centers. Regardless of where you might be located, standard ground shipping can typically have our products delivered in just 1-2 business days.

When purchasing a Tire & Wheel Package, your items will come mounted and balanced and ready to install at your home. However, if you're purchasing tires to be used on your existing wheels (the most common type of purchase), you will need to choose someone locally to perform the mount and balance. 

While you are not required to ship them to one of our preferred partners, Tire Rack has built a large network of installers that can install your tires for predetermined rates. These Recommended Installers can be seen during the checkout procedure or by viewing them directly on our site. 

All of our Recommended Installers are carefully screened to ensure they have the right equipment and experience to satisfactorily serve our customers. In fact, to be come a Recommended Installer a company must:

  1. Use proper mounting and balancing equipment including touchless or rim clamp, European-style tire changers and high-speed computer spin balancers.
  2. Employ properly trained technicians capable of safely performing damage-free installations.
  3. Be an automotive business that can offer additional services to customers (alignments, complete repairs, auto detailing, etc.)
  4. Possess a positive attitude and the ability to treat Tire Rack's customers with the highest level of professional courtesy.

For a list of recommended partners and their installation rates, take a look at our Recommended Installer program. 

Continental TrueContact: A Competitive High Mileage Option

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

The Standard Touring All-Season tire market is a competitive place filled with multiple options from many reputable manufacturers. Traditionally featuring speed ratings of S and T, the goal of a Standard Touring All-Season tire is not to provide the most crisp handling or on-center feel, but rather to provide good all-season traction, a quiet and comfortable ride and long life. Make no mistake, tires in this performance category will not set any track records, however they will be one of the more practical items to choose from.

Earlier this year, Continental released the TrueContact and it features a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty, and thus far, has proved to be very popular with consumers. Featuring good all-season traction and having done well in our internal testing, the TrueContact has been a very strong seller and adds to Continental’s great all-season line-up. This is a tire that meets all the criteria of a good all-season option and slots itself into the mid-price point segment in many popular sizes.

Take a look at what some customers are saying about their experience with the Continental TrueContact:

"I love this tire and what a great tire for the price. My Subie feels well planted and secure with these tires. They are excellent on wet and dry surfaces, and absorb road imperfections exceptionally well." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited

"Tire does everything claimed and then some: traction, quietness, comfort, directional response and enhancement, smoothness -- you name it! This is the most remarkable tire I have owned!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Honda Odyssey EX-L

Shop by vehicle to view all options available for your application.

Best Tire Choices for the 1999-2005 Honda Odyssey

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

The Honda Odyssey is one of the most popular minivans on the road today, while having a reputation for not being easy on its tires. Due to the weight of the vehicle and the way its suspension is set up, many Honda Odyssey owners are disappointed with the wear rate of their factory Original Equipment tires. 

When searching for replacement tire options for the Honda Odyssey, take a look at the General AltiMAX RT43 and Continental TrueContact.


General AltiMAX RT43

Continental TrueContact


The General AltiMAX RT43 is popular with consumers and is currently the highest rated tire in the Standard Touring All-Season performance category. It features a 75,000-mile warranty, good all-season capability and offers a very quiet ride. Drivers often find that this tire is also one of the most cost-effective options available and that its value is hard to beat. 

Continental's TrueContact, much like the General AltiMAX RT43, is very well liked by consumers. It features an extremely high 90,000-mile warranty and also works very well in all seasons, including light snow conditions. While slightly more expensive than the General AltiMAX RT43, the tire is popular due to its 800 treadwear rating. 

Both tires are available in most popular sizes for the second-generation Honda Odyssey and are excellent options available at a good price.

Michelin Premier A/S vs Michelin Defender: Which is Best?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

Often times when tire manufacturers produce several popular models, loyalists of the brand are confused on which to select. On paper, both the Michelin Premier A/S and Michelin Defender do everything extremely well, however they are two completely different tires meant for two different jobs. Both tires work very well as an all-season option, are quiet and both reflect the high level of quality that Michelin tires are known for. However, there are a few key differences.

The Michelin Premier A/S with its higher speed rating and softer tread compound will have more immediate response during lane changes and sharp steering inputs. It will also maintain grip longer during hard cornering on dry pavement. In exchange for the higher levels of cornering performance, the Premier A/S has a lower treadlife warranty than the long-lasting Michelin Defender.


Michelin Premier A/S

Michelin Defender


In comparison, the Michelin Defender is all about practicality. This tire is designed to get its driver from point A to point B thousands of times over. What it lacks in dry road handling abilities it makes up for in ride comfort and long treadlife. With its 90,000-mile treadlife warranty, this tire is one of the longest-lasting tires currently on the market. This is not a tire that will set any track records, yet sets its sights on a casual consumer who doesn't consider his or herself an aggressive driver. It's important to note that the speed rating for the Michelin Defender (T for 118mph) doesn't allow it to be used on all vehicles. For example, a BMW 3 Series or Audi A4, both of which mandate an H-speed rated tire, would benefit better with the Premier A/S.

To view all options available for your application, shop by vehicle.

All-Season Tire Options for 20" Wheels Equipped on BMW X5 / X6

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

If you own a BMW X5 or X6 with staggered 20" wheels, you know that finding all-season tires can be extremely difficult. While many manufacturers supply us with the front size of 275/40R20, very few manufacturers produce a matching rear fitment in size 315/35R20. Currently, there are no run-flat tire options that allow for all-season driving, as every option available is meant for either dedicated summer or winter use. 

However, if you're willing to take off the run-flat tires in exchange for non-run-flat tires, two popular options exist. Manufactured by Continental, the Ultra High Performance All-Season ExtremeContact DWS, allows drivers to run one set of tires year-round. While you will lose the security of having a tire that can run while flat, many drivers report increased wear, better ride comfort and a quieter experience. This tire is a class leader in its performance category, works exceptionally well as an all-season tire and is priced attractively given its large size. 

Another option worth considering is the Michelin Latitude Tour HP. While this tire doesn't receive quite as high of a consumer review as the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, it is also a very popular option for X5 and X6 drivers willing to shed run-flat tires. While the tire doesn't have the same level of steering input and responsiveness as an Ultra High Performance All-Season, this Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire exchanges some performance and dry grip for increased comfort and road manners. 

Shop by vehicle to view all options for your BMW X5 or X6.

How to Prepare Your Car or Truck for Holiday Travel

Friday, December 12, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Like winter seasons before it, this holiday season will be one of the busiest times of the year for travel. Not only will millions of Americans take to the roadways, many will do so in the most unfavorable of conditions.

Few things can dampen the holiday spirit like being stranded with a flat tire along a road in below freezing temperatures on roads that are covered in snow and ice. Before heading out for the holidays, it's a good idea to do the following:

  1. Check your tire pressure. Properly inflated tires not only increase efficiency, but also serve as a measure of protection against potholes and other road debris. Remember that tire pressure will drop roughly one psi every month and an additional psi for every 10 degrees of temperature change. Air pressure gauges only cost a few dollars and should be kept in a glove box or center console.
  2. Check the tread depth and condition of your tires. A tire's winter traction will deteriorate as tread depth diminishes and it's a good idea to begin the winter season with no less than 6/32" of remaining tread depth. Depth can be easily checked using a handheld tread depth gauge
  3. Check the condition of your spare tire. Many spare tires spend years in hiding without being inspected. Make sure it is free of cracking and is properly inflated.
  4. Check the torque of your lug nuts or bolts. Torque spec settings can be found in your owner's manual.
  5. Make sure you have a lug wrench, jack kit and any applicable lock keys accessible or stowed away in a convenient on-board compartment.

Missing something for your trip? View our accessories to help you have a safe driving experience this holiday season.

Improving an Icon: The BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA KO2

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

The original BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA KO revolutionized the all-terrain market. Its goal was to provide long wear and good street manners without compromising the performance that consumers look for in various extreme conditions. The tire has succeed for years and became an icon in the industry. 

With an increasing number of players in the all-terrain market and a growing level of competition, BFGoodrich sought to improve its iconic tire and provide customers with a tire that reflects the basic principles of the All-Terrain TA KO. They also wanted to enhance the tire with the latest and greatest technologies in tire development.

The new BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA KO2 features a revised tread compound that wears better than the previous model on both pavement and gravel roads. Another point of emphasis is increased sidewall strength to prevent damage during off-road excursions or encounters with road debris. The basic look of the tire was only changed slightly and now offers a bit more siping for added benefits during winter conditions. Unlike the previous generation tire, every single part number now carries with it a designation for severe snow service.

Dozen more sizes are planned for launch soon and you can search by vehicle to view if this tire is available for your application.

 

Is the Firestone Winterforce a Good Winter Tire?

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

As one of the most economically priced winter tires available on the market, many drivers question if the Firestone Winterforce is a good fit for their vehicle. Does the tire have what it takes to compete with many of the newer generation front-runners?

While the tire isn't as soft as many Studless Ice & Snow tires, and therefore not as well suited for ice, the Winterforce features an aggressive pattern that can move its way through deep snow as well as any other winter tire. While other tires, such as the Bridgestone Blizzak line, offers a more complete package on both snow and ice traction, the Firestone Winterforce is a bargain in most sizes and will blow any all-season out of the water. Along with its slightly harder compound, comes longer treadwear, making the Winterforce a popular choice amongst consumers looking for multiple seasons worth of use.

While not the newest tire available, the Firestone Winterforce still has its place in the market and should be a tire to consider. While class-leading all-stars like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3. are two of the best tires you can purchase to handle winter conditions, the Firestone Winterforce is a great option and provides a good bang-for-your buck option.

The Most Popular Run-Flat Tire for BMW 3 Series

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Earlier this year, Bridgestone introduced the DriveGuard that's designed to reshape the run-flat tire market. The tire was developed to be softer riding, longer lasting and more cost-effective than other run-flat tires currently available. DriveGuard tires are offered in many sizes and are available for many of today's popular vehicles.

One of the primary goals of the DriveGuard is to introduce run-flat tires to owners whose vehicles did not come with them originally, such as a newer model Honda Accord. While this has yet to be seen in large numbers, the Bridgestone DriveGuard has become the most popular tire sold in many run-flat sizes for the BMW 3 Series. E90/E92 chassis BMW 3 Series using 16", 17" or 18" staggered fitments all have coverage from this popular new tire. Feedback thus far has been very positive as it has been well liked by consumers. It comes with a 50,000-mile treadlife warranty and offers promising all-season traction. 

If you're in need of replacement tires and have considered ditching run-flats due to cost or the harsh ride they are typically associated with, the DriveGuard may change your mind! Shop by vehicle to see if the Bridgestone DriveGuard is available for your application.