Add Style to Your Toyota Matrix with Enkei Performance Series Falcon Wheels

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Do you love your Toyota Matrix for being dependable and reliable? Would you like to give it an upgrade and make it stand out a little more? A new set of wheels will do the trick!

Enter our Upgrade Garage to view all options available for your application. Since the vehicle is offered with two different bolt patterns, it's important you correctly enter your vehicle's make, model and year. Selecting the right wheel all comes down to your personal preference, but I really like the Enkei Performance Series Falcon.

16x7 38ET Hyper Silver With Machined Lip $95*
Enkei Performance Series Falcon
16x7 38ET Gunmetal With Machined Lip $95*
Enkei Performance Series Falcon


The angular lines of the spoke design of the wheel echo the overall lines of the car, while two distinctive finishes let you pick the ideal match for your Matrix. With respect to function, the 7" wide 38 mm offset has virtually the same specifications as the 16x6.5" 39 ET Original Equipment Matrix wheel. A set of these wheels are also 100% compatible with your TPMS sensors so your installer can easily move your original sensors over to your new wheels.

Now that you've found a set of wheels to improve your Matrix's look, how are your tires holding up? Why not take advantage of our free mount and balancing to create your own Tire & Wheel Package. The General AltiMAX RT43 offers an outstanding combination of wet grip, road manners and overall handling at a great price. 

Search by vehicle and upgrade the look of your vehicle with a new Tire & Wheel Package.

Why Doesn't My Car Come with a Spare Tire?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Is the spare tire becoming extinct? With a growing number of vehicles in the United States being sold without one, it could appear that way. In fact, many drivers are unaware they may not have one until they need one.

New cars, trucks and SUVs seldom come with a spare tire, wheel and jack kit due to an increasing demand for fuel economy and storage space. While all of these attributes are positives, they may not be at the forefront of your mind as you lay stranded on the side of the road. Despite not having a spare tire, there are ways to make sure you are prepared.

Many automakers include roadside assistance with the purchase of their vehicles. It's a good idea to program this number into your phone or be sure to keep a copy of the vehicle's reference guide handy (a smaller version of the owner's manual).

Drivers can fix punctures from small nails or screws using a tire inflation kit. We sell the Continental ContiComfortKit that injects a water-soluble sealant into the tire along with compressed air to re-inflate. This unit is simple to use and operates with the vehicle's 12V accessory power source.

The kit makes it possible for you to complete your drive home, to work, an important appointment or a tire repair facility. It also helps you get back on the road quickly, as most passenger car tires that are flat will take less than seven minutes to fill.

Purchase your own spare tire and wheel combo. Dealers often sell donut spare wheels and tires through the parts department. In the event they do not, you can purchase a full size wheel and tire to keep in the trunk. Please note that full size wheels and tires may not fit into the trunk storage compartment beneath the trunk carpeting. You'll also need to make sure you have a jack and lug wrench handy.

To learn more about the spare tires, read "Spare Tire Extinction?"

Young African Leaders Visit Tire Rack

Monday, July 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

We recently welcomed over 20 young African leaders from 17 countries as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative program hosted by the University of Notre Dame to our headquarters in South Bend, Indiana. Students listened as Matt Edmonds, vice president, told the Tire Rack story and were given a tour of our facility.

As part of the program, the students learn leadership training, academic coursework and mentoring to create new opportunities in Africa where they can put these skills to work. The students learned how we grew from a small shop in Indianapolis to where we are today and how the entrepreneurial spirit of our founder, Pete Veldman, was key to our success. Matt also explained to the group how integrity and great customer service are our foundation and that both play an important role in building a successful company.

It was clear the students enjoyed their time at Tire Rack. They were filled with energy and loved taking photos in our studio, as well as on our test track.

Where did the young leaders go from here? Most went on to visit other companies across the Midwest, including IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Chicago Cubs. A few will also go on to receive an eight-week internship with an American non-governmental organization or business.

We’d like to thank them for taking the time to visit Tire Rack. It's exciting to see the enthusiasm they displayed during their time here and we wish them all the best in the future!

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2012 Audi S4 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
June 30, 2014

BLUF: I think these tires are awesome. The OEM Continental Sport Contact 3s got a flat; and also were wearing a little weird too at around 20k. So I told the wife since I was deployed to get them replaced with these (new for 2013) Michelin Pilot Sport AS/3s. Since I was away from home I had her send me some pics of them mounted and I was happy with how they looked. She said that she couldn't tell a difference from the Summer Tire Contis. I got home in February and took the S4 for a spirited drive and was extremely satisfied. Tire rack stated these were as close to a summer tire as an all-season could hope to be and they were right. Clearly not as sticky as summers but I'm not tracking or auto-crossing anyway so it didn't matter to me. The ride is great, handles great, and they have been quiet so far. I'm hoping the 500 Tread wear rating holds firm as I'd like to get more than 20k from a tire on this car. I plan on rotating every 5k, front to back and I will update a the 20k mark.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2003 Lexus ES300
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: La Crosse, WI
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 11, 2014

This is the 3rd set of tires on this car and they are by far the smoothest, quietest and best handling. The original Michelin tires were ok so I purchased a set of Goodyear Asssurance Touring. The Goodyear tires were ok to begin but the last 20,000 miles were extremely loud and the ride was very rough. I was begining to think about getting rid of the car after riding in newer quieter cars but I decided that a new set of tires may change my mind. After driving the first mile with this set on, I love how the car rides and handles. It is as if I am driving a new car again. I am very happy with these so far.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2009 Hyundai Sonata
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Ridgefield, CT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 05, 2014

I love these tires. My previous tires(Mastercraft and Hankook), would initially begin spinning before they "caught," whether the ground was dry or wet. The Continentals hold their ground with no spin. They make me feel very secure. Another bonus is the fact that these tires are relatively new for the Continental brand(I think the "Pure" design came out last September, so the tires were manufactured recently. In fact, according to the sidewall, mine were only three weeks old when they were put on my car. No problem with tires sitting around for months or years.
Before I bought these tires, my daughter wouldn't drive my car in the rain. Now, I can't keep her away from it. She noticed the vast improvement immediately.
I am sold on Continentals,(my wife's new Outback came with them, and this is how I was able to test them). In the future, this is the only tire I'll consider.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

1999 Porsche Boxster
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Miles driven on tires: 600
Location: New Philadelphia, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 600 Miles on Tires
July 05, 2014

Bought these on the stellar reviews for performance...and awesome grip! ...and yes, they certainly do have some ridiculously amazing grip around the corners. Hammered them hard around some country roads on this nice July day and could not feel any slipping in the corners whatsoever. Treadwear seems to be very minimal at this point and I have no reservations about the tires at 600 miles. The only negative that I could possibly point out would be that you must be careful when pulling out of a gravel drive or parking area. The large grooves in the tire design tend to pick up larger pieces of gravel, so go slow and allow them to work themselves out of the tire tread.
These tires are definitely awesome! I would highly recommend the to anyone who likes to drive the car the way it was designed to perform.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2010 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Hamilton Square, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
July 14, 2014

Great tires, superb resistance from hydroplaning at highway speeds, when ya hit a big pool of water it goes through effortlessly. They are great handling, very stable, since I have EIbach pro kit springs and sways on my GTI the suspension is much firmer than stock, so the tires did get noisy after about 50,000miles, they did get the alligator tread smooth one direction, rough the other way when ya rub your hand across them. New ones are smooth and quiet! Got about 54K out of the set, great stuff, very stable and feel great in the GTI. AND cheaper than the stock Conti Contacts from factory, and are a better tire! It's win win win Extreme Contact DWS are great tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2007 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4cyl
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
July 07, 2014

Purchased these tires approximately 2 weeks ago. Had them installed to replace BF Goodrich tires. I have had Michelen/BF/Goodyear on this car. WOW. I can say I made the right choice. The ride is smoother and road noise is 100% gone%. Steering is very responsive. I had no idea what I had became a custom too. Handling in high speed curves is also awesome. The Accord feels better than new & handles perfectly. To make this even a better story. My gas mileage has improved by 2 MPG. That is with full AC on daily..

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2001 BMW 525i
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Miles driven on tires: 100
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
July 07, 2014

Just purchased these Potenza RE760 Sport tires and had was excited after reading reviews on here about the performance and the ride quality. Being a tire aficionado I was chomping at the bit to get a good run in with these tires. Now that I got to drive these I must say they do not disappoint at all. First run was down the highway with road noise and ride quality significantly better than the BF Goodrich G-force's. It just so happened to be absolutely pouring later on and the road was holding water. Got a top speed of 95 mph and never felt so confident in my 2001 BMW 525i. I had to get a good run in on the most twisty road I know with the slickness from the rain and found traction so good it felt like the car was on rails. With no mileage warranty and some spirited driving it'll be interesting to see how they hold up over miles but I must say that this tire can make your car feel like a new one with a big jump in tire manufacturer, Bridestone versus Goodrich.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Wallsend, NS
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
July 09, 2014

I drive a Holden Clubsport R8 6.2L manual (G8 GXP) but better. I don't drive the car a lot 15500 miles in 2.5 years but when I do it's very spirited and these tyres I found to be a bit squirmy when new and improved a lot as tread wore a little and are still very good in the wet even with minimal tread. Front tyres still have heaps of tread but rears suffer under the power. Overall a very good tyre and would bye again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2006 Pontiac Torrent AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 58,880
Location: Shoreview, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 58,880 Miles on Tires
June 30, 2014

The factory tires on my Torrent never held in the snow. I slipped all over the place. Replaced with these and I never had a problem in the winter. Even with rotating the wear was somewhat uneven but I got 58,880 miles before I purchased another set. I probably should have changed them out sooner-- about the last 10,000 miles when I went in for oil changes it was recommended I get new tires. These were not available when I went shopping so ended getting Michelin Defenders. Haven't been in the snow with the Defenders yet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Aurora, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
July 03, 2014

I am now on my second set of these tires on my 2005 WRX wagon. Unfortunately I hit a big pothole with my first set and one of them was damaged so I had to replace them prematurely. They were at 7/16ths tread depth and I was on my third summer season with that first set. I just had a new set installed today. I didn't think twice about buying these tires again.

These are my summer tires in Colorado, and I commute over 50 miles per day. I absolutely love these tires. To sum them up, they are comfortable and quiet on my daily commute, but when I go for spirited drives they provide all the performance I need. Sure they're not track tires, but they are grippy and responsive, and they communicate their limit well. For me they are the perfect summer tire for a commuter who likes to have fun driving without worrying about their tires. And I've never had any issues in the rain either. I highly recommend them!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX A/T 2

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Petersburg, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
June 27, 2014

I purchased these tires along with a 2" suspension and 1.25" wheel spacers to replace a set of Michelin MS2 tires size 245/70/17. I love the ride quality of the Michelin MS2 tires and wanted to maintain that quality with my modifications and I honestly can't tell any difference at all in ride quality, zip, zero, zilch. From 0-1,000 miles I noticed a bit more noise than the MS2 tires but the new tires are A/T so I expected a little and I either got use to it or the tires have started to set in on a wear pattern and have quited down. So far I love the tire and can't wait for the next snow or lonely dirt road. I would highly rate these tires and tell anyone not to hesitate on purchasing a set, they're worth the money!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8
 
 

2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
July 05, 2014

Purchased these continental tires to replace the fading 3 yr old factory installed Hankook H431 tires. I could tell the difference the minute I drove off the dealership lot. These tires are like riding on clouds, even comparing to the Hankook's when new. The road noise is minimal. The ride comfort exceeded expectations. I decided to purchase the pure contact over the extreme contact's because of the eco tech on these. I drive mostly highway, approximately 70 miles a day and I haven't noticed a significant difference in MPG. Too early to comment on tread wear and handling in inclement weather, minimal in southern California. Thus far, I would recommend these tires.