Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7
 
 

2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Golden, CO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2014

This is my 3rd set of General Altimax Arctic snow tires. Live in the foothills west of Golden, CO, up a canyon and off on a steep gravel county road. I have to work real hard at getting these tires to spin in packed snow or plowed roads conditions. They just grip and GO! Plus they have excellent stopping grip. I do have to be careful stopping so cars behind do not get too close. I seem to be able to out-brake most other vehicles. I leave them on all year on my Forester since they wear so well and do fine on dry roads and rain/mud. I find them to be a great tire value for their cost level. I hope they keep making them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.92
 
 

2009 Lexus GX470
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Groveland, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

Car came with Dunlop tires. I cannot believe Lexus put those tires on this car. I got rid of them at 25K. I have a 2000 LX 470 and have always been happy with the LTX M/S. These tires are even better. There is nothing bad about this tire. Bought at Tire Rack. Had dealer mount 'em. Better everything: handling, ride, traction and even gas mileage. I hunt, so in addition to city/highway, I do cornfields, creeks and every other type of off-road driving that can be found in the Midwest. The only thing that keeps me from buying a Range Rover Sport is that I cannot find these tires for that truck. I still have my LX 470 and still use the LTX M/S on that truck (it has 287K). I'm not necessarily a Michelin freak. My wife has a Lexus RX and I'm putting Continentals on that. But for the larger SUVs, the LTX M/S is fantastic tire. I like the M/S 2 better than the M/S, but they don't make it for the '00 LX470. When my friends are stuck in their Range Rovers, I'm going strong, mainly because of the traction these tires afford. On the highway, rain, snow, and sun, the tires handle well and are quiet. I'm 63 and have driven a car/truck farther in reverse than most have driven in forward. These tires are simply the best. If they make 'em to fit your vehicle, buy them. You will thank me. I promise. And I don't work for Michelin or anybody else in any auto related industry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL Edition Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Miles driven on tires: 13,000
Location: Tacoma, WA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 13,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

This tire came as original equipment on my Jeep. I've owned the Jeep for 8 months now and I've waited to do a review. I live in Tacoma, WA. We get lots of rain and varying degrees of snow every year.

I can say that I had some doubts about the OEM tires when I first bought the vehicle. After driving through a few Winter snow storms I can tell you that these are excellent all-around tires. My Jeep is 4WD, so that does help in the snow. The tires have proven to do just fine in the snow, and mild off roading on muddy logging roads in the mountains, gravel roads, etc. I'm not going to go through the hassle and expense of separate snow wheels and tires. These tires do just fine by themselves.

The highway ride is really good and comfortable. Tire are nearly silent when the pavement is smooth. My vehicle wanders slightly at highway speed, but I don't think that is related to the tires. That could be the electro-hydraulic steering, or the alignment could be off slightly. Or it could be that the vehicle naturally follows the "ruts" in the road.

In the rain, I've never experienced any sliding or hydroplaning at speeds up to 70 mph with visible standing water on the road surface. Rain traction is excellent.

After 13k miles, the tires still look nearly new with no obvious signs of wear.

Overall, I'd rate this tire a 9.5 out of 10. It represents excellent value for the 265/50/20 tire size. This tire has had some very negative reviews and I'm not really sure why people are so critical of it. One guy gave it bad ratings for getting flats (???). It's not the tire's fault if you drive over something sharp! For about $134 per tire, I don't think you can go wrong.

I will most likely buy these tires again when it comes time to replace them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

1979 Toyota truck
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Fernley, NV
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2014

i have had the same set of rims and tires on 3 vehicals in 30000 mi -long story but basicly the best nevada tire ever made for off road i do a lot of prospecting/metal detecting . i crossed the humbolt sink in 2wd in my fj60 with these ( i was to scared to stop and lock in hubs once i dropped into deep alkilye mud at least 15 miles with one of my kids with me if we stopped we would have sunk with no cell reception just kept it floored the whole time. these tires clawed through the nastiest bottem of a acient ocean bed youve ever seen they went on my 97 4 runner 4x4 which is a freeway queen daily driver and now on my 79 toyota 4x4 .there is a old saying in nevada that the desert dosent put up with cheap or worn out tires . i work next door to tire rack so picked them up on way home best money for a off road tire i ever paid and still does great on freeway

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2003 Dodge Durango 4WD
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Osceola, WI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2014

Just went through one of the worst winter storms in Minnesota/Wisconsin. Had to drive to the airport in Minnesota. These tires handled the ice on the freeway very well. The Off ramps were not plowed on the way home. The first off ramp to not be plowed was getting off of I-694 to HWY 36 snow was at least a foot deep. Yes I put my trusty Dodge Durango in 4H and and let er rip, I had my doubts about this tire and no longer do handled that off ramp like a champ. Then came the fun part.... I live in rural Wisconsin and when I got close to home ...no roads had been plowed, again had to put the old Durango in 4H and plow through about a mile and a half of snow drift that were about four feet high, it was a scary ride but these Firestone's did not have a problem with the high drifts and got me home bottom line. I was thinking of getting a pure A/T tire but now know these LE 2 tires out performed what I thought they could do. Nice tire !! If they keep it the same I will be buying these tires again when the time comes no need to research again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

1999 Toyota Sienna XLE
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2014

I bought this tire after reading reviews off tirerack.com All i gotta say is this tire exceeds my expectations. I live in minnesota so i drove through rain,shine,snow and so far its a improvement over the previous kumho kr21 and uniroyal tigerpaw touring. Where the tire really shine is wet and snow traction over the previous tires Ive had. Wet roads are confident with little to no spinoff unless heavy throttle is applied. Snow traction is great i can actually hear and feel it biting over 3-6 inches of snow covered roads. I am a lot more confident driving this van now in the winter than ever before. Noise levels are reasonably low and steering is quick and precise i can take an off ramp going over 30mph with "NO" tire squealing problem whatsoever. Overall this tire well worth the money and makes my van goes where ever i want it to with no worry.

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

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
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Miles driven on tires: 53,000
Location: Louisville, KY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 53,000 Miles on Tires
March 01, 2014

I love these tires, they are excellent off road fascinating on road ,very quiet,and very good on the wet.
it has been a decade I am using these all terrains, all I can say this tire is a legend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.71
 
 

2006 GMC Yukon 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 70,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 70,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2014

Got these tires on my Yukon when I bought it. The tires were obviously not new. I remember about half the tread remained when I bought the car. Amazingly, It took twice as long as I thought it would to get to the wear bar on these! I put 40,000 HARD miles on these tires, with half their tread. I tow a trailer, I go off-roading, i commute, I work out of this truck, I go on long trips. No matter what, this tire on this vehicle took anything I threw at it and asked for more. I only got stuck twice with these tires off roading. Both times I was somewhere I had no business being. Once was in the sand dunes in the Outer Banks, the other was at an off road park in a 12" mud bog. Clearly i exceeded the limit of my tire and vehicle setup! But on pack sand at the beach, rocky trails, gravel mountain roads, in DC city traffic, or any other off-road situation, the tire performed beautifully. ON the highway, the tire was respectably quiet, smooth and wore EXCEPTIONALLY well. Some of my surprise is that I am used to performance cars that need tires about 3x as often, but this 60,000 mile tire was worth every penny and I bought a set of LE2's to replace these. Stand by for a review of those!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.93
 
 

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Tsi
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Crown Point, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

I drive a 97 Grand Cherokee ZJ with 4" of lift and installed these tires in a 31x10.50x15 size. They've exceeded my expectations in every respect. They're quite for an aggressive tread pattern on the highway, handle well for the tread pattern in highway driving, and perform excellently off road. I primarily use my Jeep for off road use but it does drive upwards of 200 highway miles one way to different parks. I've also used it to travel to work when the weather is too bad to travel in my other vehicle. They handle very well in the snow, packed or deep, and even do well on ice. For a tire that's not a mud terrain tire, they do surprisingly well in the mud but I wouldn't say it's a replacement for a traditional mud terrain. I haven't had them in sand so I cannot comment on their sand capabilities. I only have about 5k miles on them so far but they seem to be wearing well and evenly, if they're even wearing at all yet. I'd recommend these to anyone looking for a good all around tire for a vehicle that sees a multitude of uses. I'll most definitely be purchasing another set when the time comes.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.3
 
 

2008 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5 GT Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Richmond, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2014

These tires are excellent for winter-rated rubber on dry and wet roads, with progressive and predictable traction loss as you approach their limit while cornering. They are plenty capable of propelling my Subaru Legacy 2.5GT through over a foot of snow, although they are obviously aided by the AWD system's viscous limited slip differentials in this task. At speed, they maintain traction and stability through slush and shallow snow on the road.

On light snow and ice, they brake well but not as well as a fully dedicated snow/winter tire. This is to be expected, however, as these are designed for performance cars in areas with milder winters, where snows happens but infrequently. The trade off is far superior dry and wet traction than fully dedicated winter tires, with handling and braking comparable to some summer tires. Steering response compared to a summer tire is noticeably slower, due to the softer winter rubber compound.

Regardless, these will allow you to enjoy your car throughout the winter months without sacrificing much of the handling, braking, and cornering enjoyed on summer tires during the rest of the year. I highly recommend them, and they are a great deal for the price.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ101

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza DZ101 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.25
 
 

2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

I read the reviews of this tire and have to laugh when people say they are weak in the dry traction area. I drive VERY spirited through tight mountain roads and they are fantastic. They out preform the Michelin, Kumho, and Continental sport tires hands down. These things stick like glue and lose traction very predictably. If you have trouble with traction or ultimate grip with these tires it is NOT the tires lol. My son runs the DZ 1, I know it is a softer compound then the 101, on and his M3 suspension binds before his tires lose grip. He has run both and had the same experience I had. I bought them on this site and am thinking about getting them again for another car. They do not last as long as the others I mentioned but that is the trade off for the grip you get. My "5" means average my "10" means exceeds expectations.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Franklin, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

I bought my used 2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible in January 2014 from a local car dealership here in southwest Ohio. It came with Firestone Firehawk GTA-2 195/55R16 tires that had about 75% of the tread wear remaining. There was light snow on the ground when I drove my new purchase home. With just a couple inches of snow/ice on my driveway, I literally got stuck with the front tires just spinning. I researched this Firestone tire on the internet and discovered that it was poorly rated for anything except dry roads even though it is suppose to be an all season tire. Some reviewers even classified the tire as dangerous in snow and on wet roads. Since my adult children would also be driving this car, I knew that I had to get these tires off the car immediately. After extensive research on www.tirerack.com, I decided on these Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 tires. They had a nice balance of performance and price. I had to order this tire in size 205/55R16 since it was not made in the recommended size 195/55R16. I was not thrilled with my limited choices of other tires in size 195/55R16. There was plenty of clearance for this Hankook tire on the vehicle and it only caused a 1.8% speedometer error (an actual 61 mph reads as 60 mph on the speedometer). I decided to write this review of this tire's performance on the Mini Cooper since one had not been posted. With this tire, there was an immediate and dramatic improvement in ice and snow traction. My Mini Cooper is now a fun little snow machine. Traction on dry roads is outstanding and wet road traction is now also excellent. Ride quality has improved by being significantly less harsh. I wanted the more compliant sidewall of this tire to improve the comfort of the Mini Cooper's stiff ride and was willing to sacrifice some handling characteristics to achieve that goal. I am not what anyone would classify as a spirited driver but to my surprise, I found the tire's handling also to be excellent.

 

Is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology the Best Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire? Our Customers Think So!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The main concern of many crossover and SUV customers is traction, treadlife and road noise, not always in that order. Continental's CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is a tire that rates highly in all of these key areas.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, currently ranked first in our survey results, is Continental's ecologically friendly Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire developed to help crossovers, sport utility vehicles and light-duty pickup trucks perform on the highway and in mild off-road conditions. It's designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces, while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow.

 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


Continental uses an all-season tread compound featuring their Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. The compound is molded into a symmetric tread design with notched outboard shoulders, independent intermediate tread blocks and continuous center ribs to blend on-road steering response and straight-line stability with reduced noise and enhanced ride comfort. Four circumferential grooves enhance wet traction while Continental’s Traction Grooves (featuring ridges in the outboard grooves) promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow traction.

To view the performance ratings for the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, take a look at "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion ATR

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion ATR Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2010 Toyota Sequoia
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Franklin, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
February 04, 2014

Interesting how mostly Ford F-150 drivers hate these tires. I happen to buy a brand new set real cheap from a guy who didn't drive his new F-150 off the lot with these tires because of the F-150 forums bashing them so much. So I put them on my 2010 Sequoia and could not be happier. I've been in the sand, grass, a little mud, TONS of snow and wet roads and I tow a 25' travel trailer. I love these tires, but I don't like the new cost, which is a little high. So while I have ZERO COMPLAINTS, I'm not sure I would buy these again unless the cost came down a little.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2011 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Woodbridge, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

I've had these tires for a bit over 15K miles and am nothing but pleased with them. They do everything I expected them to do, and do it very well. The biggest surprise/bonus has been the wet weather performance. I drove them through so VERY heavy rain storms over the summer, and I never once hydroplaned or felt unstable. And the grip in the wet was great. In the dry they also perform very well. I save the aggressive driving for the track (dedicated track car), but "having fun" on some on/off ramps and some back roads really shows how well these tires grip in the dry. The only downside I've had was that they were pretty loud when new. Louder than I expected, but quieted down after about 1K miles. They're still slightly on the loud side, but nothing extreme or bothersome. Overall, a great tire for the price and would definitely recommend and buy again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.23
 
 

2002 Volvo V70 XC
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Issaquah, WA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

I bought these for my 6,000 mile Alaskan expedition. The tires were surprisingly quiet and comfort despite their aggressive tread patterns. They perform well on pavement (obviously) and excellent off-road. I don't do any recreational off-roading but for driving through gravel, mud, dirt, etc., these tires are really excellent. I just placed an order for the new set of Geolandars.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2005 Pontiac Vibe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Plymouth, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2014

Keep in mind these tires went on a light 2 wheel drive car and they are all season tires. I was looking for a tire that would get a Pontiac Vibe out of the barn during northern Indiana winters without going to full blown winter tires. First of all, this is the 4th set of tires I have had on this vehicle and I put them on in the summer. They absolutely ROCKED! The best ride all around this car has ever had. It was like driving a totally different vehicle. Then came old man winter and these brutal Polar Vortexes. Once again, this is a low clearance 2 wheel drive car and NO tire will be a lifesaver on ice unless you get a studded one. Regardless, I have been impressed. I haven't gotten stuck in any snow that the car didn't bottom out on. I have not have any slide outs much less any slide offs. It obviously can't compete with my 4x4 Jeep and I obviously have to drive like I am on snow and ice and not like the idiots you see on the evening news, but odds are that I will replace them with the exact same tires when these wear out. Plus, they make them just a few miles up the road from my house so I am supporting the local economy!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2008 Ford Fusion
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: DeKalb, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
February 01, 2014

We bought these tires in Oct based on research on Tire Rack, it was an excellent decision! Right off the batt the ride was comfortable and relatively quiet, during hard cornering or panic stops they stick. I Im an average driver but from time to time i do push my car close to its limit and im not worried about loosing it, off ramps, sweeping turns and such feel good. But the BIG impression is the snow ability of this tire, this winter has been bad from Dec on snow after snow ive been pleased on local and expressway roads with little to 8'' (before the bottom is dragging) of snow or slush and hard pack you have confidence in the traction you have, my wife even said she felt that way and she hates driving in the snow. Now ice is a little different its not a snow tire but it is better than other tires ive had in the past. I will buy these again, I wish there was a greater selection in sizes for my other cars ( Mercury Marque and old Accord)

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Caribou, ME
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2014

After going off the road twice this winter, I decided to ditch the all season tires in favor of dedicated winter tires. I purchased the recommended wheel/tire package from Tire Rack and couldn't be more pleased. The difference in braking, handling, acceleration and traction was immediately noticeable and dramatic. We have severe winters herein Northern Maine and the roads often remain icy or with hard packed snow for weeks. Temperatures can reach -40F. Do yourself a favor. All season tires don't work in Northern climates even if you have a 4 wheel drive or all wheel drive vehicle. Service from Tire Rack was 1st rate. The wheels arrived in 3 days all mounted and balanced. I couldn't be more pleased.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2006 Ford Expedition XLT 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Tariffville, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
February 02, 2014

I only have a short time on the tires. I planned on driving the Expedition 1000mi a year but it might be more now that I've driven it a bit.

I used the vehicle during a pretty bad snow storm, rain, and of course in dry conditions. I also got to drive the OEM tires on the Expedition before this one. I also got to drive a similar year Explorer with all season tires in the snow back to back with the Expedition (same 1/4 mile in snow/sleet-then-frozen road conditions).

For winter use in the Explorer with all seasons (OEM tires) not only did the Explorer not respond well to any steering or braking input but on our very steep driveway the Explorer slid off the pavement and into the grass/deep-snow. I also had a hard time keeping the Explorer from sliding to the right due to the crown of the road (base layer of frozen sleet covered with hard pack snow, plus it was snowing). I was switching vehicles so I parked the Explorer and drove back the Expedition. Absolutely no problems accelerating, stopping (I did a brake check). I also went up and down our driveway to see if I'd have the same situation sliding down the driveway since the next morning I'd have my family in the Expedition. Not only did I have total control (this is literally 5 minutes later) but I could actually stop directly on the steep part of the driveway.

I also forgot to put it in the auto 4WD mode because I forgot - I drove it in 2WD (aka RWD) without any problems early the next morning.

The tires are also much quieter than the (not sure of age) OEM tires, respond significantly better on the few exit ramps I've taken, and are noticeably more comfortable. I'm very happy with the tires and would get them again.

Note: This is my first SUV so although I enjoy driving it's been interesting learning how a larger SUV drives/handles. Previously I've owned a large van along with regular compact cars, but I'm not used to the slower response of the large SUV.