Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2007 Mazda MAZDA6 i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Rochester, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
July 22, 2014

These were a huge improvement over the Mich. stock tires. I will buy a new set mainly because of their excellent handling and traction. I was getting cut off on the highway doing 70, and all I did was a slight turn of the wheel; the response was perfect--no swaying and no need for heavy breaking. That was the day I swore I'd buy them again. I still have about 5 or 7K left, and they still handle nicely, but with road trips coming up I will replace them tomorrow. They've provided me with over 30K miles of safety and great handling.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

1999 Ford Ranger Super Cab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
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Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
June 25, 2014

I know I'm comparing apples and oranges having swapped out a set of old Destination A/T all terrain tires that were so old that they were literally rotting apart. The old square edge tire were noisy and not good at all in snow and ice. It was a huge difference putting on these LE all season tires with the weird, squiggly tread pattern. But WOW are they quiet and smooth riding compared to the old off roaders! And then there was winter, WOW again! The old "All Terrain" tires often embarassed me on icy roads slipping and sliding all over the place in my XLT "off road" equiped Ranger 4x4! Now with these LE tires I can hardly justify engaging the 4 wheel drive in snow, they are that good! And today I just enjoyed the peace and quiet of these tires as they whispered down the road! Like driving on air.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2014

Believe it or not I drive my 911 year round. The factory Dunlop tires performed well in the dry, decently in the rain, but wear very quickly and were quite noisy. I had the Michelins installed on an aftermarket set of forged wheels lighter than stock. Right away the noise level was drastically reduced. Also, I could get the Dunlop tires to break away if I tried, the Michelins stick like glue. Handling confidence is up there with an r compound street/track tire. The sidewalls are stiff, but quite frankly I'd prefer that with low profile tires. The ride isn't busy by any means, but you can feel the stiffness of the tires over larger road imperfections. Knowing that my expensive wheels are protected improves driving confidence rather than a softer ride. I run dedicated winter tires on the stock wheels during the colder months, and while they ride much better the 'grip threshold is much lower as to be expected. Running tires without the Porsche "N" designation doesn't worry me in this case as I trust the Michelin brand. I have run Michelin tires on other vehicles with equally great results. The price/performance/wear expectancy of these tires made them an easy choice. I haven't driven enough to gauge wear, but the factory rear Dunlops lasted about 18 months and 7,500 miles before needing replacement. While this is understandable given the performance envelope the car is capable of, the noise level alone turned me off to getting another set. The front tires seem to last twice as long, but for a few bucks more I got a whole set of Michelins as opposed to just replacing the factory rear rubber. If the rear tires last 15,000 miles I will definitely be sticking with them.

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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2005 Mercury Grand Marquis
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
April 23, 2014

I purchased these for my '05 Grand Marquis which has been tweaked a bit and is a bit of a sleeper. It's not your grandpa's Grand Marquis. I've always owned full sized, rear wheel drive, V8 cars because I drive about 30K-50K a year in S. Florida about 75% of it up and down the turnpike and I-95 usually at 80-90mph and so I favor highway cars. Biggest weather concern is rain and lots of it all of a sudden in the summer so I look for tires that can scavage the water out of the tread efficiently and hold the road. And on dry roads I want handling, cornering and stopping traction. Quiet is nice, too. I've had Michelins, Goodyear Eagle RS but generally favored BFGoodrich TAs over the years for their wide squared off footprint and deep 4-row tread. I was wary of Pirellis because I once drove a car with loud, hard as concrete Pirellis and developed a bias.

After reading the reviews here I took a chance on these. I'm very glad I did. They are without a doubt the best in all categories I've ever owned. They seem to roll with almost no resistance, corner and handle well, stop on a dime, keep a firm grip in the rain and are blessedly quiet. Once my car is up to speed it just rolls with these tires and I doubt she's over 1900rpms at 80mph. I can take the 270° exit ramps at 70mph. I love them and would definitely buy them again.

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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

1997 Saturn SW2
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Miles driven on tires: 1,489
Location: Welches, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,489 Miles on Tires
April 25, 2014

First impression? DEEP tread.

This wagon has a manual tranny. Automatics will not see the same cornering results.

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0-300 miles: The factory protectant layer lasted for the first 200-300 miles. You can expect reduced handling during this time period. The first thing I did was to drive up Timberline Lodge in dry 55f weather at 6k ft elevation. It cornered well, but the protectant noticeably acted as a grip retardant. Two tires had no need for balancing on the factory steel wheels.

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300-1500 miles: It sticks to rain-slicked surfaces with utter ease. The tread cuts through standing water of up to 1/8" with little pull to that wheel be it interstate concrete or highway pavement up to 60 MPH. 65MPH has sheds less well. 70MPH has light hydroplaning issues at a touch above 1/8" water. 0-1/8" water is largely known by wheel well spray. Portland, OR industrial-road puddles? Laughable.

High speed wet severe corner grip is purely dependent upon my wagon's balance when in the power bands. Freshly wet/tar-slick pavement after a dry hot spell is unknown.

Alpine highway driving (40-45F at night) showed that it handled well in the dry and wet as long as I stayed off the sand. It did NOT corner well if I drove on the damp light sand at highway speeds. 45MPH was the max comfortable speed if I had to deviate from the tracks.

They grip very well even with 60-70 degree gravel roadways in the dry. I was able to track right through water channels with ease going up or down at low speeds. After driving on such graveled driveway/roadway angles, 55-60MPH highway speed shedded nearly all of the rocks by about two miles down the road, but pelted the wells for the first mile.

Forest service and back country roads are easily handled when surface-wet at max posted speed limits.

They help resist wind walking when compared to past tires.

Simply put, these tires are so far in my opinion a near-optimal choice for PNW driving west of the Cascades outside of studded seas

Best All-Terrain Tire Choices for 275/55R20 Size

Monday, June 30, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Not too long ago, 20-inch tires were rare, exotic and mostly reserved for high-end European SUVs or show vehicles gracing the cover of automobile magazines. Those that were available were ultra high performance tires, often with little to no all-season traction and wore very quickly. This is not the case today. In fact, 20" tires are an option on many popular trucks, SUVs and domestic and import crossovers. 

Of the 20" sizes that are used, one of the most common is 275/55R20. This size is often used on SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Suburban, Ford Expedition and GMC Yukon. Trucks that commonly use this size include the Chevy Silverado, Dodge Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and can even be used with 20" wheels on newer Toyota Tundras. 

A popular misconception is that one can't find more aggressive On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires in this size. This performance category is one of the most effective in snow traction and light off-road capability in a tire that can be used year-round. Many of the best all-terrain tires on the market are available in this size, such as the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar and Michelin LTX A/T 2.   

 Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
 Michelin LTX A/T 2
Michelin LTX
A/T 2


If you're looking for a more street friendly ride and longer wear, I'd suggest the Michelin LTX A/T 2. It compares quite favorably to a long-time favorite that you can learn about by reading, "BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO vs. Michelin LTX A/T 2." For more aggressive snow and off-road traction, consider the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar as your top choice.  

Does your vehicle require a different tire size? Shop by size and view the complete selection available for your vehicle. 

Wheels and Tires Made in the USA!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

When choosing the right tire or wheel, a very important part of the selection process for some consumers is finding out where the product is made. The following products are a few of our most popular that are exclusively made in the United States.

When looking for tires for your truck, take a look at the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac or Dick Cepek Fun Country. Both tires can be driven on and off the road, and provide great traction while you play hard. As for wheels, the Black Rock line offers durable and affordable steel options that are manufactured in California.

 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac
Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac
 Dick Cepek Fun Country
Dick Cepek Fun Country
 Black Rock Wheels
Black Rock Wheels


Are you the owner of a coupe, sedan, van or crossover vehicle? Then take a look at the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A or Dunlop Signature II. Both of these Grand Touring All-Season tires offer excellent traction, even in light snow. They're also offered with an exceptional treadlife warranty.

If you're currently shopping for a tire or wheel that is manufactured in the United States, give any of these choices a consideration. You can also click on the "Specs" tab on a product's page for any tire and our website will display the country of origin for the tire.

Shop by vehicle and find the tire that's right for your application.

Introducing the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Within the past year, many consumers were disappointed to learn that the popular Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor they had grown to love had been discontinued. Always well liked for its good road manners and capable all- terrain abilities, many feared the replacement would not live up to its predecessor.

Goodyear erased those worries with the introduction of their Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar. Featuring a host of sizes and a tread pattern that closely mirrors the SilentArmor, this new tire has indeed lived up to the expectations of Goodyear loyalists and currently holds the top spot in our consumer driven surveys for On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires. More durable than many other all-terrain tires, the tire's internal structure includes twin, high-tensile steel belts reinforced by a spirally wrapped layer of next-generation DuPont Kevlar cord to combine strength with comfort (Pro-Grade belts feature thicker steel cords reinforced by two layers of spirally wrapped DuPont Kevlar cord).

Last August, we had an opportunity to test the tire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, one of America's top areas for outdoor recreational activities. Goodyear provided several on-road and dirt-road experiences behind the wheel of a variety of SUVs and pickup trucks in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains. During our time testing the tire, we came away impressed with the tire's steering response and traction on dirt. It also provided good grip, predictable handling and capable stopping traction in both wet and dry conditions. For a complete recap of our test, take a look at "Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure Preview."

The Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar is made for most light trucks and features and an abundance of E-Load range options for 3/4-ton and 1-ton applications requiring Extra Load carrying capacity.

Goodyear's Top-Rated Wrangler DuraTrac

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Goodyear has really hit the nail on the head with their On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction Wrangler DuraTrac. It's specifically designed for drivers of multi-purpose full-sized pickups, vans, sport utility and commercial vehicles looking for tires that work both on- and off-road. The Wrangler DuraTrac is developed to be a versatile tire that provides off-road competence in dirt, gravel and mud with on-road composure in dry, wet and wintry conditions.

Wrangler DuraTrac tires feature a rugged chip-resistant tread compound that also guards against chunking and tearing, especially under heavy loads associated with towing. Its symmetric tread design combines large shoulders and highly angled center tread blocks to enhance stability and traction in dry and wet conditions. Self-cleaning, stepped shoulder blocks, zig-zag sipes and Goodyear's TractiveGroove Technology at the base of the circumferential grooves provide thousands of biting edges to improve traction in deep mud and snow. Branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol, it meets industry severe snow service standards and can also be studded. Finally, it features a rim lock that helps prevent wheel slip throughout the life of the tire. 

Take a look at what drivers are saying about their experience with the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac:

"Best tire hands down! 63,000 miles and great in all weather conditions. I tow with my truck 80% of the time. They wear and hook up great! Just getting a new set put on now." - Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Ford F-350 Super Cab

"Love these on my Silverado. Perfect truck tire and the ride is great with very little noise. I've had these in all conditions from dry, wet, mud, sand, snow and ice and they do great." - Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 4WD

Take a look at our survey results and see why the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac is currently the number one tire in its category.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Fort Hood, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

I bought these to replace a set of mud terrains that had seen better days. I needed something that had a semi-aggressive tread pattern, mild noise, and good wear.
I looked at numerous all terrains and all things considered the Duratracs had everything I wanted.
Recently I got to really test the nature of this tire. I went to a well known off road park in Texas with a group of friends. I was able to put the tires through almost everything except sand that day:
Rocks-very good grip over large ledges and such. I experienced very little tire slip when climbing over rocks all day. I was able to keep pace with others who ran much more aggressive tires
Mud-I took a rare moment and decided to try out some mud. I got over the top of my tires in a water hole and the mud was flying everywhere. I kept on the throttle and I pulled through with little drama. Just judging by the amount of mud that was in the cab of my open top Wrangler, the Duratracs did just fine.
Dirt-of course on dirt they do their job. Zero complaints here.

Most of my driving is on the road, sadly. I have not had anything negative to say about the on road performance of these tires.I am not expecting to hit 50,000 miles with the monthly trips to off road parks that I make. I am willing to accept that because of how they do perform. I'm hoping by the time I need replacements that Goodyear might come out with an even more aggressive all terrain. Until then, happy wheeling.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Ice & SnowReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25

2010 Toyota Sienna XLE
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Miles driven on tires: 7,500
Location: Laurel, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 7,500 Miles on Tires
March 29, 2012

Had almost no snow or ice this winter but lots of rain. As expected these tires handled the rain without issue. Superior wet weather performance.

After two mid-Atlantic winters these tires impress for their relative quiet, smoothness and overall competence on dry and wet roads. My mpg suffers only a little. I still have 12/32 tread on all 4 tires. Wear has been even, keeping the pressure at 38 to 40 psi.

Just (Mar 28, 2012) took them off for the summer. Put on a set of Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology on my OEM wheels.