Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2003 Nissan Maxima SE
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Racine, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2014

This is the first time I have ever run a snow tire and wheel, should of bought these years ago. I'm on my 3rd winter with these General Altimax snow tires. From day one I have noticed how well these tires work in snow, ice/sleet, and very cold low temps. The soft compound these are made of provide a very smooth and quite ride along with great stability and control in less than perfect weather. I'm convinced that this purchase was one of the best I've ever made!! I will never NOT have a set of snow tires again for any car I buy, even if that vehicle is AWD/4WD. Thank you very much General and Tire Rack!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2012 Nissan Maxima 3.5
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Westerville, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
January 03, 2014

Compared to OEM Goodyear Eagle RSA's on my Maxima, these have equal or better noise level and ride comfort, and noticeably better dry and wet traction. I could break the Goodyears loose in a dry parking lot just by tapping the gas, especially going over a pavement seam or bump. I also felt a lot of rear slide taking quick corners on slightly rough pavement. Not so with these Continentals. I haven't been able to slide the rear on dry asphalt, even taking an exit ramp at 85+.

I've driven in plenty of rain and 4-5 times on snow/slush (haven't hit any pure ice so far this year in Ohio). I won't say these stick like glue in wet conditions, but I definitely feel more confident than on the Goodyears.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

2005 Nissan Maxima SE
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Noonan, ND
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
December 14, 2013

I live in Saskatchewan where all our roads, especially n the towns and cities, are covered with hard packed snow and ice. I have had the same Continentals on our Maxima every winter since we bought it in 2007. Put them on again this fall and they still have plenty of tread life left and feel like they have lots of grip. This will probably be the last winter for them though. This fall I was looking for winter tire for our new Honda Pilot and did losts of reading to decide. In the end I realized I liked the Conti's on the Maxima and went with them again. The Pilot is a way better vehicle with these tires on it. I won't say they are the best - but when I want to go, stop or turn, the vehicle does exactly what I want it to do.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

1998 Nissan Skyline
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Maple Ridge, BC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
December 12, 2013

Have 20k on these tires and quite a bit of life remaining. Still very comfortable and handles great. Best tires I have ever had. Beats any performance A/S iv'e had before; P-zero, Exalto, Avid-envigor, which are all great too. Will get these for all my cars to come. Recommended these to my friend with an Evo. He loves them too.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2007 Nissan Pathfinder S
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2014

I love this tire, this is my second set of these.
I had them on my 1997 Nissan Truck and knew they would be perfect on our 2007 Pathfinder.

The dealer installed the Dunlop AT20 on to the vehicle before we purchased it.
After a couple of months they were promptly removed and replaced with the Bridgestones.
I feel sorry for the poor souls that bought those tires from me because they were horrible.

These tires shine in all conditions.
Snow: check.
Rain: check.
Dry: check.

Put these tires on your SUV/truck, you won't be sorry.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

1997 Nissan Maxima SE
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: East Haven, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2014

Really incredible snow tire. I ski Vermont every weekend and driving in inches of snow at speed in my front wheel drive car I am completley confident with these tires.
I would buy for every car I get. I have them on steel wheels for easy change out in the spring.
One note do not drive them into the warm weather of the spring it will wear them out prematurley.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2013 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Port Huron, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2014

My first impression of these tires was that they were incredibly quiet and handled much like the all season Continentals that were stock on my car. My last car(Nissan Maxima) was much heavier, and the Toyo snow tires on it seemed to bite a bit more aggressively into a few inches of packed snow at 5 degrees. That could be a factor of the heavier car or the larger tread blocks on the (much noisier) Toyo's.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.87
 
 

2007 Nissan Xterra X 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 61,257
Location: Bath, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 61,257 Miles on Tires
December 29, 2013

This tire is, by far, the best tire I have ever put on mySUV's ! I am impressed with the tread still left on each tire given the many miles I have traveled on the east coast. I will most definitely get exactly the same tire again. Thank you !

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle RS-A

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle RS-A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.64
 
 

2010 Nissan Maxima 3.5
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Miles driven on tires: 32,200
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 32,200 Miles on Tires
December 30, 2013

I purchased this vehicle used with these tires on them. I know they are the OEM tires that comes with this vehicle. These tires are nothing more than average and below average in snow. My vehicle has the cold weather package with means it is used for cold weather conditions. Too bad these tires are not good for cold weather. They perform poorly and I am white knuckling it on the highways. Once I get another few thousand miles out of them, I will be purchasing new tires. I am sure I can't get tires much worse than these. The reputation continues for OEM tires not being very good.

 

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

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2006 Nissan Maxima SE
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2014

I live in Cleveland, Ohio and was seeking low noise, good treadwear tires that would allow me to confidently drive in the snowy conditions. Although the verdict is still out on the treadwear, these are very quiet and have performed very well in the snow and rain.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Nissan Maxima SE
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Lutz, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2014

I have been extremely pleased with this tire purchase. I have had them on my 08 Maxima for about a year and a half and now considering them for my Honda CRV. They excel in tread life, and both wet and dry handling. I have about 8/32 tread left after 20-k miles. Not bad for 18" 45 series tires. The only slight complaint is that they did begin to hum at about 15-k miles. The hum is tolerable considering the wear and handling. I rotate and check pressure every 5-7-k miles. These tires provide much more confidence than the OEM Goodyear RSAs, however, I did get 47-k miles out of the Goodyear's. I would buy the Yokos again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.33
 
 

2010 Nissan Maxima 3.5
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Miles driven on tires: 750
Location: New York, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 750 Miles on Tires
September 28, 2013

I dont get the rave reviews. HAd OEM Goodyear RSAs for 45,000 miles and really liked them Upgraded to Serenity and simply do not get the accurate feel i had. Car wavers. Less responsive than I am used to.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2012 Nissan Quest
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Kennebunk, ME
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 12, 2014

Fantastic winter tire (we did not stud the tire) and changed our Quest from being unbearable in snow and ice to being a tank. The dry performance and noise is typical of a winter tire in that the tire is louder and not quite as responsive but that's expected. I would buy these again for any vehicle I own.

 

Best Winter Tires for Snow for Crossovers and SUVs

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Crossovers and SUVs are a very popular vehicle segment and are available from smaller vehicles like the Ford Escape and Nissan Murano, to larger SUVs such as the Chevy Suburban and Cadillac Escalade. There are even high performance models like the Porsche Cayenne and Infiniti FX that have acceleration rivaling that of sports cars.  

Most owners of these vehicles aren't buying them primarily for their off-road capability or 0-60 times, but instead for their desire of a balance of utility, comfort and performance. They also want good all-season traction, including during the winter months. To get the most winter traction, the best option is to install a set of winter / snow tires because they provide much better snow and ice traction compared to their all-season counterparts.

Which winter tires are the best for snow and ice traction for your crossover, light truck or SUV? 

 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
 Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter


I would take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 and Pirelli Scorpion Winter. Between the two, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 has better snow and ice traction. Pirelli's Scorpion Winter is a slight step down in snow and ice traction compared to the Blizzak, however it does have better dry road traction and quicker steering response for the days when the roads are dry. These tires aren't just available for SUVs and crossovers, but also make great winter truck tires. 

For more information on the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, read "Winter Truck Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2012 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,400
Location: Lebanon, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,400 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2013

I purchased the tire on Sept 30, 2013. My original equipment tires were the Continental Conti-Pro. I was averaging nearly 29 mpg between city/hwy driving. On one trip between St. Louis and Omaha, NE over Memorial Day Weekend 2013, I averaged a little over 34 mpg. Since putting the Turanza Serentiy Plus on, I've noticed I've lost between 2 to 2.5 mpg's since switching tires. This troubled me. A little note here: My original tires were rated 94T and the Turanza's are 95V and weigh a few lbs more. After doing some research and making a few phone calls, I asked the company that put my Turanza's on to increase my tire pressure to 34 psi (from the recommended 32 psi on the door with the original tires). This did make a difference and increased my mpg by about 1.5 mpg. Not quite what I was getting with the original tires but better. On my next oil change I am going to go with 35 psi and see if that brings me back to my original MPG's on the car.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler A/T D695

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler A/T D695 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2005 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab SE
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Miles driven on tires: 65,000
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 65,000 Miles on Tires
November 16, 2013

Been very happy with tires. Probably could get another 10K miles but am replacing with Bridgestone Dueler Revos because they're a little cheaper and are rated a little better on Tire Rack. MN winters, you know.

 

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

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4
 
 

2013 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Vermilion, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2013

New car 2500 mile and these tires flat spot. The dealer is great and fixing the problem by giving me new tires a different brand. The car starts off each day with the bump bump for a mile or so when the tire warms up they seem to perform better. just not a good tire and very aggravating.

 

Best Nissan Murano Tires for All-Season and Snow Traction.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Gary Stanley

My in-laws recently purchased a 2010 Nissan Murano SL. They were looking for a crossover SUV to use for traveling and daily driving and this vehicle fit the bill perfectly. While the Murano was in excellent condition, the tires were not. The tires' remaining tread depth measured at 4/32" in the rear and closer to 2/32" in the front. With winter fast approaching, this is not an acceptable tread depth for reliable snow traction that we need in this part of the country. We recommend a minimum tread depth of 6/32" to begin a winter season. Below this depth and the tire is reduced to "nibbling" at the snow rather than biting through it to find traction. 

I prefer winter / snow tires for our area, especially due to the heavy lake effect snowstorms that frequent during the winter months. Winter tires, like the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, have much better winter traction than an all-season option. You can view my experience with this tire on a crossover vehicle by reading "My Story on Winter Tires."

However, my in-laws only to want purchase a single set of tires to use year-round, so I needed to find them an all-season tire with especially good snow traction. Affordable tires with great ride quality, treadwear and wet traction were also high on their priority list. Rather than purchase aftermarket rims, these were to be installed on the factory aluminum alloy wheels. Based on their situation, I recommended three tires, the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia and Firestone Destination LE 2

 CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
 Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
422 Ecopia
 Firestone Destination LE 2
Firestone Destination
LE 2


Which tires did they choose? It would be hard to go wrong with any of these tires as they're all very highly ranked in our customer survey results. After looking over our data, customer reviews and tire tests, they chose the Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology for its winter traction and 70,000-mile treadwear warranty.   

To see if your tires are appropriate for winter driving, read "Tread Depth - Why Too Little is Never Enough."

Great Grip at Great Pricing - Closeout Pricing on Hankook Ventus R-S3

Friday, August 9, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Although Extreme Performance Summer tires have stepped up their game, the old stalwarts of the category still provide great dry grip for your fun car. Like all Extreme Performance Summer tires, the Hankook R-S3 emphasizes dry grip and steering response at the expense of wear, ride compliance and tread noise. It's a great tire for spirited drivers. The R-S3 has always provided a great mix of dry performance and value. Now, closeout pricing in select sizes has made a great deal even better.

Do you have a PCA lapping day coming up for your 911? 285/35ZR18 tires have been marked down to $159*, 235/35ZR19s to $182 and 305/30ZR19s to $229*. Did you just pick up a Nissan 370Z? The 225/40ZR19 is currently available for $149* and the 245/40ZR19 for $159*.

You may also notice that some R-S3 tire specs show a 140 UTQG Treadwear rating, where others are now 200 rated. When the Ventus R-S3 was introduced in the spring of 2009, Hankook assigned the 140 rating to match the UTQG Treadwear rating required by existing competition rules. However, subsequent Hankook wear data revealed the tire line provided equivalent wear to its predecessor (Ventus R-S2) and earned the same 200 Treadwear rating. This has also been supported by Tire Rack survey results and customer feedback that indicate Ventus R-S3 tires provide equivalent wear to other tires already featuring similar UTQG Treadwear ratings. Where there was no change in compound or internal construction, some of the 140 rated tires are now discounted a little to help clear them out.

*Prices subject to change

Finding the Best Tires for Your Nissan Maxima

Thursday, July 25, 2013 by Colin .

Nissan's Maxima can take a variety of different tires from several performance categories. The first step to determining the best tires for your Maxima is to confirm the tire size. Next, you'll want to research and find what performance category fits what characteristics you desire in your new set of tires. Take a look at the following categories, along with some top choices in helping you determine the best tires for your Nissan.

While all options may not be available in your size, visit our Tire Decision Guide to help you determine the best tires for how and where you drive.