Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

I drive a 2011 Toyota Matrix for my job, I drive about 160 miles a day and the Defender is a very good tire, the only complaint I have at this point is the treadwear doesnt seem to be living up to the specs, they are rotated every 10k miles, now I havent had to replace them yet so who knows maybe they will get near the 80,000-90,000 mile range but I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

One of the best all round tires I've seen for passenger cars and minivans. I've had this tire on 2 minivans, a 1994 and 2007 Caravan and a 2002 Subaru Outback. On the Outback, they would pull through 8 of snow with no problem. Have never had an issue with wet traction or hydroplaning on any of the vehicles. I have 86,000 miles on them on the 2007 Caravan,...  Read More

Looking for Quiet Tires? Check Out My Top Three Picks!

When shopping for tires, most drivers place a good deal of emphasis on quietness. No one wants to listen to a loud tire on a long trip or have to shout at their passengers to have a conversation. Tire noise can be more than just an annoyance, it can also mask important sounds that affect vehicle performance, maintenance and safety.   For most drivers, the...  Read More

Best All-Season Tires of 2013

It's been a great year for tires with many new performers coming to market. At the top of the all-season are a handful of newcomers and some repeat winners. Listed below are some of the top all-season performers for 2013. Grand Touring All-Season Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus What We Liked: Civilized road manners and stable dry handling What We'd...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

I drive hard and roughly 35,000 miles a year. I went to repurchase the other Continental Eco tires rated just below these, as they were pretty good. Got these as the cost was almost the same. They are much better in rain/snow/slush, and corner better. Other tires were regular passenger tires, so dry performance is going to clearly be better with these. But...  Read More

Who Makes the Quietest Tires?

One of the most important aspects people consider when selecting tires is how quiet they are. Drivers want to be able to enjoy conversations with the people in their vehicle or some nice tunes, not the sound of their tires.   When looking for quiet tires, take a look at the options available in the following categories: Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Highway...  Read More

Michelin Defender vs. Primacy MXV4

When looking for an all-season option from Michelin for your passenger vehicle, consider their Defender and Primacy MXV4. The Standard Touring All-Season Defender has a treadlife warranty of 90,000 miles for T- and H-speed rated models and an 80,000-mile warranty for the V-rated tire. We have already tested the tire at and around our headquarters and...  Read More

Best All-Season Tires for Snow

It's late summer and I am already taking calls from drivers asking which tires have the best winter traction. As you may already know, using winter / snow tires will give you the best winter traction. Since not everyone wants to or needs a dedicated set of winter tires, drivers who can use all-season tires in areas that see only light snow should consider...  Read More

Michelin Defender Reviewed

The Michelin Defender has been on the market since last year and is a very popular choice for drivers looking for a good touring all-season tire for their family car, minivan or small crossover.   Defender tires have a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty for T- and H-speed rated options and an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty for the V-rated tire. They also enhance...  Read More

Which Winter / Snow Tire is Best for You?

As much as we don't like to admit it, summer is ending and snow is just around the corner. When it comes to winter driving, traction is key and it starts with your tires. Even those vehicles with four-wheel drive, ABS or traction control still rely on their tires for maximum traction. By design, all-season tires trade a little dry and wet road traction in...  Read More

Continental's Best Tire for Your SUV is the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

With larger SUVs still in high demand, tire manufacturers continue to fine tune their lines to offer quiet and comfortable options, but now with an added improvement in fuel economy. In an effort to minimize the pain most SUV owners feel at the gas pump, Continental has integrated their EcoPlus Technology found in the ProContact passenger car tire into the popular CrossContact LX SUV and light truck model to give us the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology uses an all-season tread compound and a symmetric tread design to combine precise steering response with reduced tread noise and good ride comfort. Continental’s Traction Grooves promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow grip in wintry conditions. All these benefits combine with a focus on fuel efficiency to create a winning package! With just over one million miles reported, our customers have rated the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology near the top of the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category with a high number of favorable reviews, too. In our most recent test, the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology proved to be the best with a superior rating for handling and traction, especially in wet conditions. For a complete recap of our testing, read "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires."   Read More

How Do I Know What Kind of Tire I Need?

With summer driving season in full swing, many of our customers are looking for the latest and greatest technology in either summer or all-season tires.  Within each family of tires, we use performance categories to help differentiate the level of performance expected from any given tire. Summer Tires Extreme Performance Summer - For drivers who want extreme...  Read More

What are the Quietest Tires?

Are you looking for a quiet tire? Today's tire manufacturers know many drivers want something they can drive, not hear. That's why they spend many resources designing tires that try to minimize it. Take a look at some quiet options from a few popular performance categories. Generally speaking, if a person stresses they want a tire that is quiet, I would...  Read More

What Are the Best Replacement Tires and Size for the Honda Fit Sport?

Time for new tires on your beloved Honda Fit Sport? The Original Equipment tires in the 185/55R16 size were available with two options, the Bridgestone Turanza EL470 and Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S. These tires, however, didn't fare all that well in our customer survey results. With that in mind, consider the following offerings in the 205/50R16 size. This...  Read More

In Search of the Best All-Season Tires

Everyone has their own list of important attributes when it comes to selecting the right all-season tire. For example, some drivers prefer longer treadlife, while another thinks ride quality is the most important. Also, when talking to customers about all-season tires, most put extra emphasis on the winter season component. If you prefer using one set of...  Read More

Comparing Michelin vs. Goodyear Tires

Michelin and Goodyear both make very good products and offer a large selection of tires for driver's cars, trucks and SUVs. In the Grand Touring All-Season category, Goodyear offers the Assurance ComforTred Touring while Michelin provides customers with the Primacy MXM4. As you can see below, Michelin's offering performed better in our testing. "There's...  Read More

What are the Quietest Tires Available for 2013? Find Out Here!

In a recent post, "Best Tire Brands for Long Treadwear", some of the longest wearing tires were discussed and how treadlife is one of the most important factors that consumers consider when deciding which tiresto buy. In addition to treadlife, tire noise is a major factor to most drivers when selecting a new set of tires. Who wants to listen to the drone of...  Read More

High Mileage Tire Offering from Michelin

Michelin, one of the most respected names in the business, has always been a brand that's associated with excellent wear and long treadlife. While the company previously offered the Harmony and HydroEdge with Green X with 80,000-mile or higher treadwear warranties, these products have been consolidated and replaced with the Defender. Like its...  Read More

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

Just purchased 4 centrato P7 Plus tires for my Suzuki SX4. The next day started out on a 4800 mile round trip to Florida and back. About 4500 miles was freeway miles, but 300 was nice twisty two lane in Colorado with little or no traffic and no screaming passenger. I was able to drive agressively with no tire squeal and no loss of control. I have bought...  Read More

Michelin Defender vs. Michelin Harmony

Recently, drivers were introduced to the Michelin Defender. This tire has been very well received and has now replaced some of Michelin's popular models, including the Harmony. What is the difference between these two tires? The Michelin Harmony is a Passenger All-Season tire suitable for minivans, family sedans and compact cars. It has good...  Read More