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 Energy MXV4 S8

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy MXV4 S8Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57

2012 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
September 04, 2012

This is the stock tire on both our 2012 Altima and 2011 Camry. Total of 20k usage to date on both cars.

It's the first new-car tire I've ever encountered that wasn't junk. For it's category it's a very nice tire. Quiet and comfortable.

Doesn't handle the V6 Camry power well - can spin them at will, but that's Toyota's fault for not using a wider, stickier tire. On the wimpy I4 Altima it works fine.

I said 'would buy again = yes' in the context of 'if I was buying a tire in this class.'

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 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
Location:  
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.

Best All-Weather Tires for Mazda CX-7

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Are you looking for a great all-season tire for your Mazda CX-7? Then you should take a look at the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and Michelin Primacy MXV4. For crossover vehicles like the Mazda CX-7, Acura RDX and Nissan Rogue, consider the top tires from the Grand Touring All-Season and Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season performance categories.  

I've had the Michelin Primacy MXV4 on my Mazda CX-7 for two years. This tire has provided my vehicle with a very smooth and quiet ride, good handling and great wet traction. The Primacy MXV4 offers a large improvement over the factory installed Goodyear Eagle RS-A. My wife and I can hardly believe the difference! For more information on this tire, read "Great Deal on 235/60R18 Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tires."

 Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy
MXV4
 Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with
EcoPlus Technology


While you're shopping for tires for your CX-7, be sure to strongly consider the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, which is currently the top-rated tire by our customers in its category. Reviewers consistently praise the tire's ride quality, as well as great wet and snow traction. 

If you need additional help choosing the right tire for your CX-7, take a look at our Tire Decision Guide.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6
 
 

2006 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Mc Lean, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 31, 2014

My auto shop recommended another tire, but after researching it, I wasn't satisfied with its rating. I ordered my Pirelli P4s from tirerack.com and had them installed at the shop, and I couldn't be more satisfied.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2011 Nissan Sentra
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Miles driven on tires: 450
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 450 Miles on Tires
March 29, 2014

First let me say I am NOT the person who writes reviews of any kind unless I'm thoroughly impressed ... and it taks a lot to impress me. Second, I believe in purchasing the best available in two categories ... brakes and tires. Your life, my life, and in this case, my girlfriends life, ride upon brakes and tires.

As you see, we've only got 450 miles on these tires so they are barely broken in.

This morning, in a typical Florida torrential rain, I went to the Post Office. While moving about 20 MPH on asphalt, I hammered the brakes. Anti-lock kicked in and the car came to a stop in an absolute blink of an eye. No tire slippage AT ALL! I was amazed! The Turanza EL 400's slipped almost before stabbing the brakes. Next, the puddle test ... with no wheel jerk, no hydroplaning, no difference at all from the drivers seat. These are GREAT tires! Then the lane marker noise test ... absolutely unbelievable. I recognized the General's were quieter than the Turanza's as soon as I installed them, but even over the markers they are quiet.

The Post Office parking lot was deserted, and made of concrete, so I decided to try wet traction on concrete. Hard turns, quick response, no slippage of any kind. Hard accelleration in a turn ... nothing but stick. Same thing on wet asphalt ... I couldn't believe it.

I selected these tires mainly for the wet traction and hydroplaning resistance(in Florida, that is a "no brainer"). Look at their rating yourself!

In a nutshell, I thank Tire Rack, their research and the reviews of fellow buyers for leading me to these tires. They ranked #1 in the category and for less $ than the big names. I took a chance and am glad I did. This is the first set of General's I've ever owned but won't be the last. Thanks again Tire Rack!

The All-Season General AltiMAX RT43 is Number One

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Gary Stanley

With its generous treadwear warranty, great ride quality and class-leading handling and traction, the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) is a customer favorite for tires in the Standard Touring All-Season performance category. In a recent test, we concluded that the tire had impressive traction in both wet and dry conditions, very good handling and reasonable road manners. It finished in first place in our test, "Testing Standard Touring All-Season Tires: Which Tires Strike the Perfect Balance?

The General AltiMAX RT43 is available in a wide range of sizes, making it a great choice for a large variety of vehicles from compact cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, to popular crossovers like the Nissan Rogue. Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with this tire:

"These are the best all-season tires I've ever purchased (and I've bought probably 15-20 sets of tires for various vehicles over the past 15 years, everything from snow tires to racing slicks). They actually defeat the purpose of my snow tires, as they offer about 8/10th of the snowy driving performance of them. This has to be the best all-season tire on the market. It just can't be beat for the price, performance, comfort and treadwear."  -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1985 BMW 535i

"Great tire thus far. Not many miles driven but they have already seen the worst of Pennsylvania's weather and potholes. These tires are impressively quiet, comfortable over bumps and potholes. It's near impossible to avoid them all now, and these tire seem up to the worst of them with no harshness at all. Great tire." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Subaru Forester

If you're looking for a great set of affordable tires, don't miss out on the General AltiMAX RT43! For more great options for your vehicle, read "Looking for Quiet Tires? Check Out My Top Three Picks!"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce UV Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

2002 Nissan Xterra SE 4x2
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Bidwell, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
March 09, 2014

My winterforce tires are now 3yrs old and still have plenty of tread left on them. never had any trouble with them, this winter was bad in Ohio,even the tires being this old,i still got around with no trouble,will be buying another set this fall.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2008 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: West Chester, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
March 09, 2014

I've only driven 2,500 miles on these tires so far, but wanted to enter a review early and then revisit towards the end of tread life. During these 2,500 miles I've driven in several 2-3" snow events as well as a good foot of the white stuff. Absolutely amazing traction. The Michelin Harmony's these replaced (which had plenty of tread left) had me fearing for my life with any snow at all. I couldn't even climb the smallest of hills with them. The Continentals, however, have me feeling like my Altima is 4X4 Jeep.
I've also had the pleasure of driving in an absolute deluge of rainfall, and did not hydroplane or skid at all. Again, huge improvement from the Harmony's.
Cornering on dry pavement is awesome. Great grip, no squealing or skidding.

Finally, the ride comfort is unreal. They are neither stiff nor spongy. And I can't hear the tires at all at any speed, interstate or back road. Car feels brand new again.
I highly recommend these tires!