Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2008 Nissan Armada SE
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Midlothian, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 07, 2014

Only about 500 miles on these so far, so this is pretty much just initial impressions made to date. This is my fourth set of Duelers, third of which were Alenzas and first of the new Plus series. I had Michelin Latitudes on prior to this current set largely because they were on sale for less than the Alenzas last time around and I figured heck, they're Michelins. What could go wrong? Evidently, alot! Never liked them and couldn't wait to switch back to the Bridhestones!

All of that said, these new Alenzas are the new Plus series. The first plus is they now sport an 800 treadwear rating. They are now a "low rolling resistance" design, so my only concern will be wet traction as they wear. We'll see as wet traction is just fine new. Other impressions so far: very smooth ride and very quiet. My last set of Alenzas were good, but not great in the ride and noise department. The trade off was handling over ride with those. That said, these do seem to have traded off a little bit on the handling and steering response for the improved ride, but they are still light years ahead of the forementioned Michelins in balancing ride and drive characteristics without giving up too much on either one. Our Armada is nice to drive again and we could not be happier at this point! Stay tuned for more reviews after we get some real miles on them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.93
 
 

2013 Nissan Xterra 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

Switched from Goodyear Duratracs. I get it too totally different class of tires but what a difference. It's like driving a new vehicle. These tires are very responsive, quite, and extremely smooth on the road. No they are not the greatest snow and ice tire, in Alberta you should be switching out to actual winter graded tires. My only regret is not switching to these tires sooner.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2010 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Kingston, MA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

I bought these tires based on purchasing previous Michelin long wear tires. The Defender is rated for 90K miles and is holding up well. I found the traction to great in all conditions and the ride is very quiet.

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Radial Long Trail T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.71
 
 

2011 Nissan Xterra 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 55,000
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 55,000 Miles on Tires
May 25, 2014

This tire came as original equipment on my Xterra. The tread wear is substantial. I believe I could get 75,000 miles out of this set if I want to go that long. I was surprised to find that this tire is considered a "highway" tire because I have taken it off-road in sand, mud, snow and sharp rocks and have never been stuck or had a puncture. I imagine that an all-terrain will make my Xterra even more capable. I plan on replacing them soon with an all terrain tire.

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2006 Nissan Murano FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Kenner, LA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
May 22, 2014

One of the best tires that I have owned. They have lasted over 50,000 miles and still have tread remaining. I have driven in all conditions from coast to coast and everywhere in between. They handle well in rain, snow, and clear weather. They have been good on the highway, in the city, and towing a light trailer. I am not a brand loyalist to any maker but I will buy this tire again when these finally wear out.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LE Sport

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta LE Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2005 Nissan Sentra SE-R
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Land O Lakes, FL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
May 19, 2014

Going from BFG super sport a/s were good for 10k, but then its different rubber compounds made them feel like my struts were bad. Then went with Toyo Proxes 4 plus which were heavy, impossible to balance, and just plain terrible. The Kumho's are the best Ive had on this car. Would recommend them without reservation.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.22
 
 

2013 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,300
Location: Newport News, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,300 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

These tires are OEM, so I have nothing to compare to. So far the worst performance was in the light snow and ice we've had this winter, where I'm driving about 10-15 mph and the car going virtually straight ahead when I turn the wheel. Keep in mind this car has stability control, ABS and is FWD. I can't say I've been impressed with that. Nevertheless they've performed well in dry and wet conditions so far. I feel they've handled well given the cars handling ability. It would be easier to provide a better review if I had other tires on the car to compare to, so some of my ratings are guesses. If I can I will update this review after a while.

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

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Radial Long Trail T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8
 
 

2009 Nissan Xterra SE 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 89,349
Location: Zachary, LA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 89,349 Miles on Tires
June 13, 2014

What is there to say, those tires have been through everything from extreme heat conditions to cold sleet snow and I have yet to have a problem out of the tires! They truly HELD UP! If you take the time to take care of your these tires, you'll get the most bang for your buck, in my opinion. Even the guy replacing my tires said they were remarkable, of course he didn't recommend that I go that many miles again on the same tires. The grid in the tires were just about gone, so It was DEFINITELY TIME to replace. Also, add, that I've had to get a plug on the same tire twice around 67,000 miles. I'm strict when it comes to servicing my car, meaning every 5,000 I rotated the tires and did everything else around that to ensure my tires would last. This is one tire I can recommend for off-road because I carry heavy equipment on the occasion and well as a mud ride every once in a while.The highway and city is where most of my days w/ my vehicle tires were spent! As I type, I'm at a tire place getting another set put on! RECOMMENDING This tire to anyone looking for a great long-lasting tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.6
 
 

2008 Nissan Titan Crew Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 2,300
Location: Kingston, NH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,300 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

I have had a long-standing policy of not purchasing Goodyear tires. I fell in love with the Duratrac and chose them over the BFG All-Terrains for my truck. Mistake. For about 1000 miles, I really liked them... then the vibration started. At about 70 MPH, the whole cab vibrates -- I mean, if you leave your shades on the dash, they'll vibrate right off. I've checked the tires for abnormal wear, even removing any rocks larger than a pebble (think pencil lead), but still, the vibration persists. Driving in the rain is okay in terms of hydroplaning, but if I am starting from a stop (backing into the driveway, for instance) and it's been raining, I actually have to put the truck in 4WD in order to avoid spinning. Absolute junk. Never again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2000 Nissan Sentra GXE
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: San Antonio, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
May 25, 2014

This is a great tire. I have had them on my car for about a year and have nothing but good experiences with them. They ride smooth and get very good traction. I will be putting them on my other car when those tires are worn out.

2014 One Lap of America Winners Trust Michelin

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Catesby Jones’ and William Taylor’s 2010 Nissan GT-R came up a little short in the 2012 and 2013 One Lap of America, but this year was a different story as they won their first overall victory. Not only did they have the best vehicle, they were again this year driving on the top-rated tire from our Max Performance Summer category – the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

Pilot Super Sport tires are designed to allow sports cars, sporty coupes, performance sedans and supercars to achieve their full potential in dry and wet conditions. Jones and Taylor would agree, as they were able to best the competition in the Wet Skidpad portion of the competition, too. 

These tires are truly for the driver who cares about how tire technology enhances their vehicle’s performance and safety. They are engineered to deliver durability, handling and traction while increasing treadlife. The tires are also comparatively light, with a weight savings of up to 10% compared to other tires of similar dimensions. This reduces unsprung weight to improve handling.

It’s not just the winners of the 2014 One Lap of America who love this tire, our customers do, too. Currently, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport has the highest rankings in the following areas of our survey results:

  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Cornering stability
  • Dry traction
  • Steering response
  • Ride comfort
  • Noise comfort
  • Treadwear

Watch “Latest vs. Greatest Max Performance Summer Tires” to see why the Michelin Pilot Super Sport can make this summer your most enjoyable driving experience.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2002 Nissan Xterra SE 4x4
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Plattsburgh, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2014

A good tire, tread lasted well. Good off road traction. Biggest weakness was hard packed snow and ice - had to use 4WD whenever those conditions occurred or it was slide time- and still drive very carefully Not a great winter tire for paved roads with those kind of conditions.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2010 Nissan Sentra
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: North Augusta, SC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

Suprising how quiet these tires are. Very sticky to the road and responsive. Have noticed little difference between wet and dry performance. Excellent purchase.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZIIReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.88

1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R BNR32
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Miles driven on tires: 20
Location: FPO, AP
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

Great track tire! After switching from the BFG Rivals (great tire as well)I decided to compare them with the ZIIs. Really couldn't feel that much of a different except they tend to warm up quicker and a little bit nosier with a little bit stiffer ride. Super sticky grip after just 1 warmup lap other than that, great tire so far. I'm pleased.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2008 Nissan Titan King Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 74,000
Location: Newkirk, OK
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 74,000 Miles on Tires
April 17, 2014

Replaced OEM tires with these at 35,000. I'm well over 100,000 and if I had only rotated them like I was supposed to I wouldn't be shopping now. Good Tire, great tread wear.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2008 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 60,000
Location: Rochester, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 60,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2014

I replaced my stock Continental tires that came on my '08 Altima with these tires. Wow, immediate difference in road noise reduction. My ears no longer rang on road trips. I no longer had hydroplane issues either. I drive quite a bit in the winter due to recreational skiing and teaching/patrolling on skis. I found traction to be quite good in all but the worst conditions.
Glare ice was the only condition that I had zero control in. Otherwise, hard pack traction was fine.
I have recommended these tires to other.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H418

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H418Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7

1999 Nissan Maxima SE
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Lincoln, NE
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
December 09, 2007

I got these tires for my Maxima after having a premium brand with a premium price on the car for 40,000 miles or so. The Hankooks are quieter, smoother riding, much better in snow rain and ice, as a matter or fact I have been driving around with no trouble at all the last week watching others spin their wheels and get stuck.



As far as handling they felt a little squishy to me at first, but that may be the minimum tread on the tires I replaced vs. the full tread on the Hankooks. I have since explored cornering grip it is quite high with these tires. I am more pleased with these tires than any I have ever bought. Only question still outstanding is wear.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KR21

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KR21Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82

2003 Nissan Murano AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 16,000
Location: Long Beach, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 16,000 Miles on Tires
January 12, 2012

I needed new tires immediately 1 year ago because the OE Goodyear Eagles with 45,000 miles were useless in the snow. Since I don't recall them ever being fantastic in the snow I wanted to try something new. Since the highly rated Yokohama Paradas were not available (and they did not know when they would arrive), I got the Kumho KR21's.
These Kumhos seem to be very good in the deep snow and slush. The first think I noticed is that they ride hard, turning the Murano's usually compliant ride into a harder ride, with more shock from bumps and ruts in the road. I haven't noticed anything from noise, so I guess they are pretty quiet. I was told it's the materials used in Kumho tires that make for the firmer ride than for example Goodyear.
I did notice tire spin when starting up on ice or slick roads... so I don't know if that's due to the AWD/traction control capabilities of the Murano or that these tires don't grip well on ice?
At 16,000 miles there does not appear to be any signs of wear yet, so they are holding up well.
My Murano has 118,000 stop and go city miles with noises and leaks and repair bills to match, so I don't know if I will be getting new tires agin for it again. If I do... I might look for softer riding tires. These are very good though.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67

2004 Nissan 350Z Touring
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: West Linn, OR
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
June 11, 2011

I've had Bridgestone, Kumho, Avon, and Sumitomo tires on my 350Z. Compared to the others, the Sumitomo tires wear better with no feathering (so far), they are definitely quieter, and they handle just fine.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2009 Nissan Rogue SL
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
March 30, 2014

I got this tires back in the fall and have driven little over 8,000 miles on them. 60/40 highway/city driving. Right away I noticed these tires grip the road incredibly well. Of course a new tire is going to be better than your old tire with no tread left. But I think because these tires are brand new from Firestone the rubber was very soft, which gives it the great grip on the road. I would almost categorize these as summer tires, but they did perform well this past crazy winter in Chicago.
There is one HUGE negative about these tires though, my MPG has gone WAY down. I mean by 5mpg down! That is a lot. Everything else about these tires are great, but because of the mpg loss I would not buy again and would not recommend these unless you don't care about money at the pump.