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

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

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

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

Tires for Your Hyundai Genesis Sedan Marked Down

For a long time, Germany owned the luxury car game. Then along came Acura, Lexus and Infinity. Now the new hot name in luxury is Hyundai. Hyundai? Yes, Hyundai. We've heard from many Hyundai Genesis Sedan owners that they're happy with their luxury car choice. A few though have been disappointed with the average wear from their 235/50R18 Original Equipment...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

I own a 2013 Mustang V-6 I opted to get a larger set of tires as to get better traction in the snow and rain in Philadelphia, Pa. I was hesitant to get these tires as I'm a very aggressive driver and pull very sharp turns. I relied on the Pirelli P Zero Nero Tires which were great but the ride was harsh in the many potholes in Philadelphia. I drive 37600...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

When my wife's 2011 X5 was new I exchanged the Michelin Latitude Tour HP run-flats that came with it for regular non run-flat Latitude Tour HP's in an effort to fix the positively terrible ride quality. It helped a great deal but on the factory 19 wheels these new Latitude Tour's were extremely noisy -- I mean really objectionable. At about 40K miles...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

Those tires replaced Continental snow tires on my BMW 528 XI. I love them, they are very quite and comfortable. they look very nice on the new M5 wheels as well. I always had Michelin and Continental, but this brand is very good as well. will buy again for my van.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 2050

I have these on my Mazdaspeed3. Originally when I purchased the car I had Kuhmo Ecsta SPT summer tires, which were not so good. When I was looking to buy a new set of tires, I had the option to buy a whole new set of 2013 Speed3 rims and OE Dunlop tires so I jumped at the opportunity.These are vastly superior to the Kuhmo's. I don't know why there are so...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

I replaced my OE Potenzas with these F1 all seasons. I got tired of having to swap wheels every winter and put on the Dunlop Winter Sports, so I'm trying all season tires. I put them on in April, so I haven't driven in snow yet, but on dry pavement and rain, the Eagle F1s perform as well as the stock Bridgestones. Cornering is awesome. The F1s handle the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

I live in mile hi steep mountain terrain. We had a heavy 18 snowfall with only minimal snow plowing done before I had to drive 'down the hill'. Decided this would be a great test to see how my new Altimax Arctic snow tires would preform so launched out without putting tire cables on, which I was sure I would need. Trees & power lines down everywhere making...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

The Michelin Pilot AS3 is simply amazing in the wet and dry (cold or hot weather). I bought this in the summer and so far I've accumulated roughly 5000 miles on these. The steering feel is very responsive, you always know what the tires are doing, I could have sworn this feels very much like a high performance summer tire. In return, you could also feel some...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

My main reason for selecting this tire is for its winter snow traction. Traveling from the Bay Area to the Tahoe area ski resorts is a yearly occurrence. The OEM tires had decent dry performance but had very little snow traction, even with 4 wheel drive. It was so bad, the car was sliding around on the highway with light snow covering. The new tires were ---...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

I put these on my new wheels at only 1100 miles but the difference was amazing from what the factory had put on it. I have driven up and back on hwy1 going into 35 mph curves at 60 and it held like it was a rollercoaster the car did not drift or slide at all. As far as road noise they do transfer road noise you can definitely hear when there are changes in...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2

Truck has 230,000 miles, I have tried some tires. Rudy in TR customer service told me about the new tread design and I was willing to try it( thanks Rudy!!). These tires far surpass the older BFGoodrich design! They earned their mountain snow rating! We just had every kind of weather from dry to rain to warm to cold and icy and these bite! My confidence is...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

The Michelin Primacy MXV4 is the brand and model I have installed on two Honda Accords. I have bought a replacement set for both vehicles with excellent results on both. Since I prefer a tire that has exceptional handling without flat spots or cold thump, holds well in the corners and has good road feel, the Michelin MXV4 has all this and longevity as well....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

My SUV came with Michelin Primacy MXM4 and my TL Type S has the same tires so I wanted to stay with Michelin. So far I could not be happier with these tires. I can't wait until we get a big snow storm to try them out in deep snow. One thing I did was buy new wheels so I can change the tires myself when the season's change.   Read More