Michelin Premier vs. Defender

Founded in 1889, Michelin has been one of the foremost names in the tire industry. Both time and technology have marched on, but Michelin's commitment to manufacturing the highest quality tires has stayed the same. In arguably the most competitive segment of the tire industry, the Touring All-Season category, Michelin offers two top performers in the Premier...  Read More

The New Winter Contender From Continental

Since its initial release, the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 has stood above all others in our testing and customer surveys for ice and snow grip. This year, Continental brought their "A game" with the new WinterContact SI to challenge the top tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category. The tire features a new directional tread pattern and updated tread compound...  Read More

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) on Newer Volkswagens

With the requirement put in place in 2007 for every vehicle to be equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, the standard method involved having a transmitter on each wheel. This transmitter emits a wireless signal that the vehicle computer receives and processes. At a minimum, this transmission contains the tire pressure and an ID code. This ID code...  Read More

Winter Tire Option Now Available for C7 Corvette Z51 Package

If you drive a new 2015 Chevy Corvette with the optional Z51 performance package, you know how difficult it can be to find tire options. The 245/35R19 front and 285/30R20 rear tire sizes are unique to the Corvette and are not commonly found in the market place or on other higher volume vehicles. Currently, there are a few manufacturers that offer all-season...  Read More

Great Choice for Year-Round Driving: Continental TrueContact

Ideally, everyone who lives in a climate with snow and ice for at least part of the year should use dedicated winter tires. The reality, however, is that not everyone has the room to store an extra set of tires or tires and wheels. Additionally,  a second set of tires just isn't always in the budget. If you're going to use an all-season tire year-round, Cont...  Read More

Firsthand Product Review: Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2

Earlier this year, my wife an I set out to purchase a SUV. After driving several different models we decided on a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Having driven on Bridgestone Blizzak tires for years on smaller passenger cars and having tested them multiple seasons during our yearly ice rink tests, I was curious to try out the new Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2....  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for Your 2016 Honda HR-V AWD

Do you love your new 2016 Honda HR-V but worried how it will do in the snow? Even a Honda can still use a little help dealing with Mother Nature.  Use our winter tire overview to decide whether you need a Studless Ice & Snow or Performance Winter / Snow tire. Given the HR-V's emphasis on ride compliance over razor-sharp handling, most HR-V drivers will be...  Read More

Comparing the Continental ExtremeContact DWS vs the ExtremeContact DWS 06

What are the differences between the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 and the previous-generation DWS.   The original DWS was widely popular from the day it hit the market about six years ago. Still flirting with the number one spot in our customer ratings, Continental certainly recognizes they have a good thing going. Realistically they have no reason to...  Read More

I Have an Audi with Quattro, Do I Still Need Winter Tires?

Often our sales team is asked if a driver should still purchase a set of winter tires even if they have the all-wheel drive Audi with the Quatrro system. The answer is a resounding yes. There is no question the Quattro system will distribute the power to the tires in such a way as to maximize traction during acceleration. What about stopping and turning? The...  Read More

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 vs Blizzak WS80

As stated in "Sneak Peek at the New Bridgestone Blizzak WS80", Bridgestone has all but dominated the Studless Ice & Snow performance category with their Blizzak line of winter / snow tires. Their multicell winter tread compound dramatically increases winter traction in slippery conditions so much, that it changed perception of what a snow tire can do. These...  Read More

Great Tire Options for Your Dodge Journey

The 225/55R19 equipped Dodge Journey has presented owners with some challenges when it comes time for replacement tires. As mentioned in "Tire Alternatives and Options for Your Dodge Journey", finding a set of new tires can be difficult. However, as of late, a couple manufacturers have stepped up to the plate to fill the void in the original size to provide...  Read More

Michelin Latitude Tour HP vs. Michelin Premier LTX

The Latitude Tour HP has been Michelin's premium Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire for many years. This tire made some improvements in road noise and treadwear over the old MIchelin Diamaris tire that it replaced, but still fell short in snow traction versus other competitors such as the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. As...  Read More

Best Tires for Subaru Outback

Since its launch in North America in the late 1990s, the Subaru Outback has seen fantastic sales in several iterations and continues to be one of the most popular wagons on the market today. When those Original eEquipment tires wear out, what do you replace them with? Start by looking at your tire size, then check out which of the tires below will work best...  Read More

Best Passenger and Standard Touring All-Season Tires in the Snow

Are your all-season tires up to the task of getting you to where you need to go this winter? All tires need three things in order to provide effective winter traction. Tread depth - Industry experts and even some governmental agencies recommend a minimum of 6/32nds of an inch of tread depth for driving in the snow. Tireswith low tread depth are reduced to...  Read More

Power King Towmax STR vs Towmax STR II Trailer Tires

As mentioned in "Goodyear Marathon Radial vs. Power King Towmax STR Trailer Tires", the Towmax STR is produced in the popular 235/85R16 Load Range E size that many full-size trailers use. The new Towmax STR II is also made in this size. Another unique application is the 225/75R15 size that's available in an E Load Range versus only a D Load Range with the...  Read More

All Hail the King: Bridgestone's Blizzak DM-V2 Impresses on the Ice

With a four-wheel drive truck or SUV, you have a notable advantage accelerating in slippery conditions when compared to most passenger cars. However, even the most capable all-wheel drive vehicles shod with all-season tires will find difficulty compared to two-wheel drive passenger vehicles equipped with dedicated winter / snow tires. If you want the absolute...  Read More

Making the New 2015 Ice Silver Metallic Subaru BRZ Premium Better

I liked my 2013 Honda Civic Si because it was a fun, quick and capable car with a moonroof. While the Civic Si was nice, it simply did not stir my soul the way my old BRZ did. So I said goodbye to my Civic Si and picked up a 2015 ice silver metallic Subaru BRZ Premium. The changes Subaru made to the BRZ in 2015 are outstanding. A shark fin antenna gives the...  Read More

Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 or Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus, Which One's Right for Me?

Getting the call to head to out to the paddock for new tire testing always brings a smile to my face. And why wouldn't it? You want me to go really fast on a track and push the latest and greatest tires to their limit?  Thank you! Believe me, finding those traction limits with the test cars is a ton of fun and it shows us which tires deliver the goods at the...  Read More

Results from New Ultra High Performance All-Season Test

For the best handling, steering response and grip in the warmer months, the best performance tires are typically summer-only tires. For maximum ice and snow traction, and for the best safety for subfreezing conditions, choose a set of dedicated winter / snow tires. However, having two sets of tiresisn't an option or needed for some drivers, so the next...  Read More

First Impressions of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2

Bridgestone has historically lead the way in winter condition traction. The more Mother Nature expresses her fury, the happier Bridgestone's winter tires seem to be. In the crossover, sport utility and small truck markets, the Blizzak DM-V1 has been the go-to tire. This fall brings us the all-new Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2.   We took our SUV test vehicles...  Read More