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: 9
 
 

2006 Mazda MAZDA6 s Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Flowery Branch, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2013

This is my second set and a second car and I continue to be impressed. I was able to navigate in the all-seasons for about a week but I had never lit up the TCS light so frequently. After installing these the difference is amazing. You can still get yourself in trouble cornering, but the car is always firmly planted and hardly ever uses TCS or ABS. The biggest difference is in stopping, it stops as if it is normal pavement even in snow and ice. If I had bought steel wheels these would barely be more than the cost of my insurance deductible. I would highly recommend these especially if you are cost conscious since even an accident with a curb or non-vehicle can cost almost as much as these, and when averaged over the useful life of a tire and wheel set is far less costly than any incident. I can't say if the more expensive Blizzaks and such would be better but I would doubt they are worth double the price given these tires performance. This is a must have for anyone living in a snowy climate and daily gives me the confidence I can get where I need to go without regard to the weather. They truly liberate you from a constant fear of being stuck or sliding off the road that comes with winter driving.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.33
 
 

2005 Honda Pilot EX
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Miles driven on tires: 4,500
Location: Chicora, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,500 Miles on Tires
December 30, 2013

I bought these tires based solely upon the reviews and survey data found here on TireRack.
We drive on unpaved b-roads here often, many of which do not receive any winter maintenance. Understanding that this is not a snow-purpose tire, I still have yet to get stuck. I'm quite pleased. As far as ride comfort and quiet go, in MY case, this tire is DEAD SILENT. I've replaced the wheel bearings and CV's on my 190,000 mile Pilot so I've got nothing filtering or molesting the tires' noise (if they were to make any) and The Pilot with these tires installed is the most serene place I can find. Our 2012 Equinox? Noisy. 2011 Silverado? Noisy. '06 Legacy GT? Noisy. Pilot? SNOOZE CRUISE. Kids can hear the DVD player without headphones, I can carry a conversation with my 3rd-row passengers, and when I'm the only occupant the tires STICK in the turns. The Pilot isn't a sports car, but it has Honda DNA and these tires certainly don't let it down.

They do kinda ---- in the mud, though. I'll take the trade-off.

 

Black Rock Steel Wheels are Perfect for Your Truck

Friday, January 17, 2014 by Gary Stanley

We're proud to announce that we carry Black Rock steel wheels. Manufactured in California, these wheels are specifically engineered for serious off-road and rock climbing applications with fitments available for Jeeps, SUVs and lifted trucks.

Black Rock offers heavy gauge steel wheels that are clear coated and painted black with center caps included at no additional charge. The wheels won't chip or crack and provide a rugged style that also looks great. Some of the more popular fitments for these wheels include the newer Ford F-150 trucks, Ford Expeditions, Chevy Silverado trucks and the Dodge Ram. Also, we offer some of their wider, low offset off-road fitments.


Black Rock 937 Type 8P Steel

Black Rock 942 Type D Steel 17x8


For more steel wheel options for your vehicle, take a look at "Steel Wheels Available at Tire Rack."

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

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.27
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Moore, OK
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

PROS: Looks good, low noise for an A/T tire, very good treadwear, tough sidewall construction, great for heavy loads
CONS: Terrible wet weather traction (even with 4-wheel drive on), lousy traction in snow/ice, hard as a brick when cold, jittery on the highway (wanders terribly and tracks horribly), way overpriced
CONCLUSION: Had these for 6-months...loved the style and quietness for an A/T tire. Once the cold weather kicked in...couldn't wait to snow test them. The results were unimpressive and quiet disappointing. After 1,000 miles of cross country driving to Michigan, I had to get them off. I replaced them with the Michelin LTX M/S2. These tires are far better then the BFGs. I will keep the BFGs for summer only because I can't replace them. Don't buy these BFG tires unless you really need to do some off-roading or Baja racing...they don't connect with the pavement in poor/cold conditions.

 

Goodyear's Wrangler All-Terrian Adventure with Kevlar Does it All

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar is Goodyear's newest On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire slated to replace the highly popular Wrangler SilentArmor. Last year, Goodyear provided us an opportunity to experience this tire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, one of America's top areas for outdoor recreational activities. They offered several on-road and dirt-road experiences behind the wheel of a variety of SUVs and pick-up trucks in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.

Most notably, our team felt the tire provided a quiet and comfortable ride. Also, the tire's open shoulders and multi-faceted tread blocks delivered predictable steering response and traction on dirt.

 Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar
 Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar


Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar tires are developed for light truck drivers looking to combine on-road competence with off-road versatility. Offered in Standard Load sizes for half-ton vehicles, the tire is also available in Pro-Grade Load Range E sizes for three-quarter and one-ton pick-up trucks, vans and SUVs that regularly haul or tow heavy loads.

This new addition to the Goodyear line-up features a longwearing, specialized rubber tread compound (Pro-Grade tires use an even more chip- and chunk-resistant tread compound that enhances wear in high-torque applications). These compounds are molded into a multi-faceted symmetric tread design that combines rugged looks along with on-road comfort and off-road traction. Open shoulder blocks and traction ridges at the base of the outboard circumferential grooves help clear mud and snow (Pro-Grade tires meet the industry's severe snow service requirements and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol).

If you're in the market for an On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire that can deliver superior ride comfort and road noise, while combining off-road versatility then consider the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P6 Four Seasons

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P6 Four Seasons Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2003 Acura 3.2TL
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Largo, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

This tire is flat out amazing! Over the course all my car ownership, I've changed out various kinds of tires, and this by far is the best I've had so far for the price. 25k miles later, they perform just as well if not better as new. The ride is smooth, fairly responsive, and fairly quiet. The best part however is the traction! Both dry and wet traction is pretty amazing. Wet traction shines, as you really gotta try to spin the wheels for them to spin on these boots & dry traction is even better. I've never managed to accidentally peel off, they just stick to the road and give a real sense of confidence. I would no doubt buy them again once these wear out, however would probably go for a 205/55 or 50, as the cornering stability just isn't as nice as 55/50 height. Nevertheless, I can take a 25mph steady speed turn and the car feel stable. On a 55, the same turn can be taken with 30mph.
I do recommend this tire, definitely!

 

Caring for and Getting to Know Your Bridgestone Blizzaks

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Once a winter / snow tire has been installed, you should know that the handling traits and personality of your car will feel different compared to the tires you took off. Fresh winter tires start life with deeper tread depths, a more open design and much softer compounds than your alternate set. These features help create great deep snow and ice traction, but also cause more tread squirm and reduction in steering response.

Before a tire is cured after production, a release agent called "mold release" is applied to prevent the tires from sticking in the mold. Some of this release agent is left on the tire's surface, which will result in a slight reduction of traction until worn away. Normal break-in period of a few hundred miles will wear the release agent off.                                             

The Blizzak WS, or Winter Studless line, features a dual tread compound that when viewed through a microscope, the outer Multicell compound resembles the appearance of Swiss cheese as it contains millions of uniformly distributed microscopic pores that are constantly being exposed as the tread surface wears. These pores also help wick away the thin layer of water that develops on top of icy and snow-packed roads. A Blizzak's tread compound comprises the top 55 percent of the tire's tread depth with an underlying base winter compound making up the remaining 45 percent.

The Blizzak LM, or Lamella line, is their performance winter family of snow tires. This compound features tread designs with thin sipes to form thousands of rows of snow-biting rubber. LM tires trade some ice and snow traction for higher speed capability and better steering response. These tires feature a single winter tread compound.


Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32


Just like any other purpose built dedicated winter tire, the Blizzak should only be used during the winter season. Typically, Blizzaks and other snow tires should be used between late November and early April.

Create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package with the Brigestone Blizzak today to help you have the easiest winter driving experience possible!

Best Performance Winter / Snow Tires 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

A Performance Winter / Snow tire provides the perfect blend of excellent snow and ice traction, while providing great dry road steering response and handling. These tires were originally developed for winter driving on European highways where high-speed driving on clear roads must be combined with traction on snow-covered roads. They're available in many of the low sidewall profiles, large wheel diameter sizes used on sporty coupes and luxury sedans, as well as several crossover and sport utility vehicles.

 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60


Currently, two tires that rank very highly in overall winter performance are the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D and Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60. Both of these tires have high marks in light snow, deep snow and ice traction. However, both of these tires are being replaced and phased out by newer and improved models in the 2013 winter season. The newest Dunlop is the SP Winter Sport 4D, while the new Bridgestone model is the Blizzak LM-32. Both are built off their successful predecessors and are expected to be top winter performers as well.

 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
 Pirelli Winter Sottozero
Pirelli Winter Sottozero


When it comes to dry performance, the top tires in the category are the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 and Pirelli Winter Sottozero. These two tires provided the highest level of dry road steering response and handling, but still have a dedicated winter rubber compound for enhanced snow, ice and cold weather driving.

So, if you drive a high performance vehicle which will experience snow, ice and freezing temperatures, but don't want to take the fun out of your daily commute, look for a Performance Winter / Snow tire for your vehicle today!

Best Tires for MAZDA3

Friday, November 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

The MAZDA3 is a very popular vehicle that you can spot on today's streets and highways. It achieves good gas mileage, has a low cost of ownership and makes for a good daily driver. While the car is known to have many strong points, it has also been known to have a lack of sound deadening and isn't the quietest vehicle to drive, especially at highway speeds.


Bridgestone Potenza
RE760 Sport

Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3

Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology


In fact, road noise is the single most common complaint I receive from MAZDA3 owners as they begin their quest for replacement tires. As such, the following list consists of tires I recommend to MAZDA3 owners based off the expectations of comfort, low tread noise and acceptable levels of treadlife.

If you're also in the market for a set of wheels for your MAZDA3, then create a Tire & Wheel Package.

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

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.53
 
 

2011 Toyota Camry
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Dandridge, TN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2013

I use these on my company issued toyota camry that is used on highway and on rough and often muddy mining haul roads and remote construction sites. Much improved traction for my needs with these tires compared to all season tires. Definitely a little more mushy feel on pavement and noticeably more noise compared to the prior all season Yokohama tires I had. However, the upside is that my little front wheel drive car goes pretty much anywhere I need to get without getting stuck due to lack of traction. The only thing I have to watch out for is ground clearance issues in the car which can mostly be avoided with proper off road driving. Highly recommend these for anyone who uses their fuel efficient car to get to work in rough, remote places!

 

Steel Wheels for Off-Roading Now Available

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Ben Rooney

After receiving numerous inquiries from customers seeking a steel wheel suitable for off-road use on trucks, we have added the Black Rock line of steel wheels. These ruggedly constructed wheels are available in a wide range of popular sizes for light trucks and utility vehicles.

Heavier than most other wheels we carry, Black Rock wheels are built for durability in harsh environments and are affordable enough that most owners will not be shy about taking them into off-road conditions. Unlike many inexpensive wheel brands, Black Rock manufactures their wheels in the United States. Taking their cue from Henry Ford, Black Rock steel wheels are available in any color you want, as long as it's black.

While there is only one color choice, there are several different styles and sizes to choose from. Diameters range from 15" to 17". Widths range from 7" to 10". Not all styles or sizes are available for every application, so make sure to shop by vehicle to see which wheels are made for your truck. While you're at it, look at maximum-traction mud tires to pair with a Black Rock wheel to create a true off-road Tire & Wheel Package.

Best Tires for the SUV or Crossover That Stays on the Street

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Let's be honest. The majority of drivers of SUVs and all-wheel drive crossover vehicles rarely, if ever, take their cars off-road. Most of their driving involves the daily grind of commuting and the everyday errands of life. Many trips involve going to the grocery store and the occasional visit to the home improvement store. 

Street-oriented drivers did not purchase their vehicles to handle off-road conditions such as loose rocks, steep elevations and deep mud. Off-road enthusiasts will focus on aggressive tires found in the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain and Off-Road Maximum Traction performance categories. However, most crossover and SUV drivers are looking for tires that can deliver all-season traction, good treadwear, respectable ride quality and long treadlife. Tires that best deliver these results fall into the Highway All-Season and Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season categories.

Highway All-Season

Michelin LTX M/S2
Michelin LTX M/S2
 Firestone Destination LE2
Firestone Destination LE 2


Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season

 Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season
Pirelli Scorpion Verde
All Season
 CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus
Technology


All four tires in the photos above are highly rated in our customer survey results. Of these tires, the Firestone Destination LE 2 represents one of the best values for the dollar available today. For more information on this tire, read "Firestone Destination LE Replaced by the New Firestone Destination LE 2."

To view all tires available for your crossover or SUV, shop by vehicle.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tire Pressure Sensors

Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Starting with 2008 model year cars and light trucks, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) has been required for all new vehicles sold in the United States. While some vehicles (Audi and BMW most recently) use the ABS system (or indirect system) to keep watch for a deflating tire, most use a battery powered sensor (based in the base of the valve stem assembly) to give the most accurate read of your tire pressure. When replacing tires or wheels and tires as a complete package, the presence of these remote sensors can require a few extra steps in the purchase and/or installation process.

Why does my installer charge a "TPMS" service fee for installing new tires?

Many of our Recommended Installers will charge a TPMS service fee as part of new tire installation. When the old tire is being removed from your existing wheel, it's best to remove the TPMS sensor (and the attached valve stem). This avoids any damage caused by breaking the tire bead loose from the wheel as well as seating the new tire onto the wheel. Once the sensor has been removed, it will require a new "O" ring and/or compression ring to seal the sensor properly.

What happens if I do not add new TPMS sensors to my Tire & Wheel Package?

When we sell a set of wheel and tires, we're happy to mount and Road Force balance the tires to the wheels at no cost prior to shipment. Given the TPMS sensors are located inside the wheel (opposite the valve stem hole), the sensors (if requested) need to go in the wheel before the tires are installed. Without the sensors installed, most vehicles will display a warning light and chime upon engine start up (the light will continue to blink as long as the engine is running). Some vehicles may also limit your ability to turn off traction control if you need to "rock" out of a snow drift in winter or even limit engine output. In many states, an active TPMS system is required as part of the state's safety inspection, and any illuminated warning lights may cause the vehicle to fail its annual safety inspection. With your purchase, you can elect to add the correct sensor (at an additional cost) or choose to have your existing sensors removed from your old wheels and installed on the new wheel. If run-flat tires are being purchased with new wheels, new sensors are required.

If I purchase new sensors as part of my Tire & Wheel Package, what else needs to be done before use?

Many vehicles require new TPMS sensors be activated or initialized at an authorized repair facility or dealership. This process normally involves connecting the vehicle to a service computer (via the ODB port under your dashboard) and having a technician load the new sensor's ID codes into the car's computer. Most cars will need to have this activation service performed each time wheels and tires are changed out (like when changing from dedicated winter wheels and tires back to your summer/all-season set). As always, consult your owner's manual or contact your dealer for more information. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, May 13, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27
 
 

2006 Mercury Montego Premier AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 06, 2013

These converted our AWD Montego to a winter half track. Studded these tires on their own wheels and they actually out performed the Blizzaks on our other car, for a lot less cost. They have the usual studded winter tire squirm and noise, but not as bad as others were before. But after getting a 3 foot blizzard and many other snow storms, these have proven themselves. And on ice? You can't beat studded tires in my opinion. Took Tire Rack's advice and went down an inch in wheel and tire size, but the taller sidewall gives us the same effective ground clearance, which is valuable in deeper snow. And that taller sidewall is more forgiving on Maine's frost heaved, potholed roads.

Our new Michelin hydro all seasons were downright dangerous in snow the previous winter, so glad we got them off for winter!

 

WORX Wheels Now Available at Tire Rack

Friday, May 3, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

WORX wheels are the newest addition to the Ultra line. Ultra also manufacturers Ultra Muscle, Ultra Motorsports Xtreme and Ultra Motorsports wheels. The WORX line of wheels are designed and manufactured as "Serious Truck Wheels" because all WORX wheels are covered by a lifetime structural warranty.

Located in Fullerton, California, WORX takes pride in its workmanship and offers unique styling with a healthy dose of attitude and attention to detail. Available to fit a broad range of light trucks and SUVs, the wheels are developed to accommodate most tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). WORX wheels are offered in different styles and finishes, such as chrome plated, black painted, black painted with spot milling and bright PVD.

 WORX 801 Triad
WORX 801 Triad
 WORX 802 Havoc
WORX 802 Havoc

 

 WORX 803 Beast
WORX 803 Beast
 WORX 805 Tyrant
WORX 805 Tyrant 8-Lug


The WORX 801 Triad has an aggressive look and unique three-spoke design. It's offered in 8-lug configurations for both single rear wheel and dually trucks. WORX 802 Havoc and 805 Tyrant wheels have a rugged off-road appearance with a simulated bead-lock look. The WORX 803 Beast has a more classic and clean looking design with six-split spokes.

To see which WORX wheels are available for your vehicle, shop by vehicle and upgrade the look of your truck or SUV today!

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

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2004 Jeep Wrangler Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Rapid City, SD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2013

I cannot say how much I love these tires off road !!!! If you're looking for an exceptional offload tire with good on road manners then look no further. I've tackled mud, rocks, and extremely deep snow (several feet deep) and these tires have pretty much reduced my winch usage to monthly checks and maintenance because I've yet to need to use it since getting these tires. I wheel mostly in the Black Hills of SD, that being said I cannot tell you how good they handle deep mud, however if they perform half as well in deep mud as they have in all of the other terrains then they will do great! These will be the only tires I put on my Jeep unless Goodrich develops a better set :)

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2002 Audi A6 3.0L
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Rochester, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2013

Bought these almost 1.5 years ago for my wife's Audi A6 Quattro AWD and it became an absolute tank in the snow. Nothing could stop it. Turn the traction control off and it just dominated the roads. Truly forged a path for plow trucks to follow in the February snow storm where New England saw upwards of 3 (THREE) feet of snow. I was beside myself with this tire being labeled as "All-Season". Props to Audi on their AWD powertrain and all that, but these tires just showed to up perform, and they did just that. The roads have dried up now and the ride is still very smooth. Our two kids (3.5 and 7mo) both pass out from the smoothness and quietness of the ride. Had a 4 wheel alignment done at the time of installation.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2007 Porsche Cayman
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Pleasantville, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
April 25, 2013

Just put these on my Cayman after wearing out my second set of Michelin PS2's and taking off my Michelin Alpin winter tires. They look great. Very different feel. Immediately more comfortable - softer ride, quiet, but there's a slightly "floaty" feel and a brief delay when you turn the wheel before the car turns. Still grips on a hard curve, its just the connection between driver and road is a little fuzzy compared to the other tires which, frankly, are punishing as every day drivers. Was only getting 32,000 miles out of the PS2's and needed more durability for my dollar. Haven't driven them in rain or snow yet. Will update. So if you switch from a dedicated high performance summer tires, which are all considerably more expensive and last half as long, be prepared to trade off some precision for comfort.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8
 
 

2010 Subaru Impreza 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2013

I live at a ski resort at 8500 feet with an annual snowfall of 500". These tires on a subaru were awesome. I passed other all wheel drives and SUVs that didn't have snow tires and they were sliding off the road. The traction is unbelievable. These tires were cheaper than blizzaks and I knew I would be driving some highway miles as well. Stopping and turning on snow was no problem. Driving up to Alta and Snowbird was a dream! I am not sure about the wear. I drove 2000 dry highway miles and then six months of 50/50 snow and dry driving and the tires look brand new.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.5
 
 

2008 BMW X3 3.0si
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Wasilla, AK
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 09, 2013

Bought these to replace my worn out Pirelli Scorpions. Thinking spring had arrived I pulled off my Blizzak WS-70's and put these on. As luck would have it, 3 days later we got hammered with almost 2 feet of snow. Very quickly found out how good my Blizzak's really are. Calling these "All Season" tires is being optimistic. Traction in loose snow (after roads were plowed) is marginal at best. Cornering in loose snow caused the front end to plow and the traction control to activate immediately. Deep snow (unplowed roads) resulted in lots of wheel spin and darting. To be fair, I didn't buy these for winter driving and I did get a chance to evaluate them on dry roads prior to our spring snow. Road noise is low to moderate. Not as quiet as my Pirelli's but not annoyingly so. Haven't seen wet roads yet so I can't comment on how these do on them. Dry traction feels good but there is a small amount of sidewall squirm that you can feel in cornering. We have a lot of rutted roads thanks to the use of studded winter tires and these tires wander around when you get in a rut. It's not uncontrollable but it does make me feel a little loose compared to the OEM tires. I only have 500 miles on the tires so maybe they will get better as they break in and the roads warm up. I'll write a followup review in another 1000 miles to see if this is the case.