Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Continental PureContact with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55

2006 Ford Focus ZX4
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Gregory, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 07, 2013

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 the bad weather was substantially better. Both tires last much longer then others I've had. Only issue with these is since they are a bit stiffer of a sidewall then the other ECO tires I had, harsh bumps are more noticeable and "louder". But I'm fine with that since performance is much better, less sidewall flex on cornering. I will buy these again, and will also be getting some for my wife's car. Great all season tire that lash noticeably longer then others I've had....General, Pirelli, and Yokahama's to be exact.

Michelin Defender vs. Primacy MXV4

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Colin .

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 really liked its road manners and handling. It scored lower on wet and winter traction compared to some of the other tires we tested. The Defender is currently ranked number one in its category.    

Michelin's Grand Touring All-Season Primacy MXV4 is offered with a 60,000-mile treadlife warranty. It scored highest during our "Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge" test and performed good enough to receive the best overall ranking. It's high marks for road comfort and quietness set it apart from the rest. 

Michelin Defender
Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy MXV4

The main differences between the two is that the Defender will last longer, while the Primacy MXV4 will provide better all-season traction. Both tires offer great ride quality and low tread noise. Also, all Defender sizes feature Michelin's Green X technology, however only certain sizes of the Primacy MXV4 feature it. Green X branded tires are designed to have low rolling resistance to help obtain better fuel efficiency. 

View all Michelin tires and find the one that works best for your vehicle.

Best All-Season Tires for Snow

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Colin .

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 tires in the following categories: 

After you select the performance category, you can filter based on winter performance and your tire's size. 

If you live in an area that receives its fair share of snow and ice, you can't beat the performance of a set of dedicated winter / snow tires. Remember, all-season tires are a compromise intended to provide acceptable traits under a wide variety of conditions.

Using our Winter Tire Decision Guide will help you narrow down your choices and lead you to the tires that are right for how and where you drive this winter.

  • Easy-to-compare results
  • Short list sorted by performance category
  • Includes top recommendations

Start with the Winter Tire Decision Guide and find the all-season tire that's best for you.

Which Winter / Snow Tire is Best for You?

Friday, August 30, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

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 moderate and warm temperatures to provide light snow traction in below freezing temperatures. Winter / snow tires trade a little dry and wet road handling in moderate and warm temperatures to emphasize wet, ice and snow traction in cold to moderate temperatures.

Below are the performance categories of snow tires available for passenger cars, trucks and SUVs.

I would recommend placing an advance order when you are sure of your selection, rather than waiting until you are in the midst of the snow season. This will help assure the product you want will be available for you, and likely get it to you ahead of the snowfall. For items that are not in stock yet, our order process doesn't charge your credit card until the product leaves our distribution center, therefore no advance charges will appear on your monthly statement until your order ships.

Take a look at our Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages to help you get to your destinations smoothly in winter's worst conditions. They are the best way to outfit your vehicle for the winter season. You'll have the best tires for the conditions you're driving in this winter!

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

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Doc Horvath

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."

How Do I Know What Kind of Tire I Need?

Thursday, July 25, 2013 by Doc Horvath

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 dry street performance and are willing to trade some comfort and hydroplaning to get it.

Max Performance Summer - You want an unsurpassed blend of dry and wet street traction and handling and only tires in this category will do.

Ultra High Performance Summer - Tires in this category provide a good blend of dry and wet street performance when "re-tiring" your sports coupe or sedan. They also offer responsive handling and crisp steering response. 

High Performance Summer - Low profile tires that provide responsive handling and crisp steering in both wet and dry conditions. 

Grand Touring Summer - Are you looking for a blend of dry and wet street performance along with responsive handling, noise and ride comfort? Then this category is for you. These tires are often used as Original Equipment and place more emphasis on handling and high-speed capabilities than Standard Touring tires.

All-Season Tires

Ultra High Performance All-Season - Branded with the M+S symbol, these ultra low profile tires provide year-round traction, even in light snow, through tread designs and compounds that remain more flexible in cold weather to help blend all-season traction with good handling and high-speed capabilities.

High Performance All-Season - Tires in the High Performance All-Season category provide all-season versatility to drive your sports coupe or sedan in different weather conditions, including light snow.

Grand Touring All-Season - These tires are capable of providing year-round traction (even in light snow), while blending a performance tire's appearance with passenger tire's smooth, quiet ride. They're often used as Original Equipment and place an emphasis on handling and high-speed capabilities compared to Standard Touring tires.

Standard Touring All-Season - Do you need a tire that can give you all-season versatility along with enhanced handling and treadwear? If so, then take a look at tires in the Standard Touring All-Season category. Tires in this category are typically available in lower speed ratings and higher aspect ratio sizes. They often place more of an emphasis on ride comfort and treadwear than Grand Touring tires.

Passenger All-Season - While the steering response and handling capabilities of tires in this category won't match that of performance or touring tires, these tires emphasize good wear, a plush ride and predictable handling.

For more information on performance categories, review this page to learn more about the type of tire that best fits your needs.

What are the Quietest Tires?

Friday, July 5, 2013 by Colin .

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 direct them to a Grand Touring, Standard Touring or Passenger all-season tire. In the case of sport utility or truck tires, I would tell drivers to consider options in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season or Highway All-Season categories. Tires in these categories tend to prioritize low noise through optimizing their tread design.    

As an example, the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus uses specially designed grooves to reduce acoustic tones. If you compare the Bridgestone to a Michelin Pilot Super Sport (Max Performance Summer) tire, you can see the tread design differences. The Michelin's focus is wet and dry traction, along with handling. It's designed to maximize those qualities at the expense of others, such as tread noise. Pilot Super Sports aren't noisy, but they won't be as quiet as a tire like the Turanza Serenity Plus.  

The same thing would apply to SUV and truck tires. An On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction tire, like the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac, with its large tread blocks and open spaces won't be as quiet as something like the Michelin LTX M/S2, which is part of the Highway All-Season category.

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity

Michelin Pilot Super

Goodyear Wrangler

As tire technology improves, so do the products. Most modern tires have good road noise levels, therefore the differences between categories is getting narrower. An easy way to look at how different tires rate in their category is to look at our tire survey results. After selecting a category, you can sort by attributes, such as noise comfort, to help you decide which tire is best for you.  

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

Thursday, June 20, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

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 size is only .1" taller and about 3/4" wider than the original size. It'll mount on to the factory wheel and fit without rubbing or any fitment issue.

In this alternate size you will have options ranging from Passenger All-Season to summer performance tires. To gain an understanding of the differences between tires, read "What Tire Performance Category Do I Need?"

General AltiMAX HP

Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Fuzion Touring

The General AltiMAX HP features a directional tread pattern for better wet grip and comes with a 55,000-mile treadlife warranty. Developed to be a smarter tire for smarter drivers, the AltiMAX HP addresses many treadwear quality and year-round traction challenges faced by the drivers of today's sports sedans and coupes. Always attractively priced, the tire is a great bang for your buck.

Continental's ExtremeContact DWS is designed to satisfy year-round driving needs by blending dry and wet road performance with light snow and slush traction. Customers love the tire as it has been ranked number one in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category for quite some time. The tire receives high marks in hydroplaning resistance, wet traction and dry performance, however the thing that sets this tire apart from the rest is its ratings in snow and on ice.

Affordably priced, the Fuzion Touring blends good treadwear, a quiet ride and all-season traction on dry and wet roads. Ranked just outside the top ten in the Grand Touring All-Season category, the tire receives excellent marks in most categories.

View all 205/50R16 sized tires and choose the one that's best for how and where you drive your Honda Fit Sport.

In Search of the Best All-Season Tires

Thursday, June 6, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

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 tires all year, the best tire can vary depending on where other tire characteristics rank. In some cases, the vehicle and tire size needed can also help direct us towards a particular performance category. For a look at the differences between performance categories, read "What Tire Performance Category Do I Need?"

Goodyear Assurance
TripleTred All-Season

Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring

Firestone Destination
LE 2

Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season (Passenger All-Season)

With three distinct tread zones targeting to provide traction in dry, wet and snowy conditions, Goodyear has a winning combination that earns top marks from our customers. Designed with Goodyear's Evolving Traction Grooves, the tire generates more rain, slush and snow traction longer into the tire's life compared to tires with conventional sipes. The tire is currently ranked number one in our tire survey results.

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring (Grand Touring All-Season)

For the touring/performance car, the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring is receiving high praise from drivers. With tread warranties in the 70,000 to 80,000-mile range, this tire is definitely worth a second look. With tread depth being a key component to snow traction, customers indicate this tire has strong performance throughout the life of the tire. This Goodyear tire currently has over four million miles reported, which includes over four winter seasons.  

Firestone Destination LE 2 (Highway All-Season)

For your SUV or pick-up truck, the recently revised Firestone Destination LE 2 is king of the category. While there hasn't been many miles reported on this tire, the Destination family of tires has been providing great options to drivers for years.

Comparing Michelin vs. Goodyear Tires

Friday, May 24, 2013 by Colin .

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 not much that needs improvement" sums up how much we liked this tire during our time with it.

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring

  • What We Liked: Responsive steering
  • What We'd Improve: Wet traction
  • Conclusion: A good choice for drivers wanting to blend responsive handling with good road manners
  • Latest Test Rank: 3rd
  • Previous Test Rank: Not previously tested

Michelin Primacy MXM4

  • What We Liked: Excellent wet traction and good road manners
  • What We'd Improve: There's not much that needs improvement
  • Conclusion: A very capable Grand Touring All-Season tire
  • Latest Test Rank: 1st
  • Previous Test Rank: Not previously tested

When it comes to Max Performance Summer tires, Michelin has the Pilot Super Sport and Goodyear designed the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2. Here again, the Michelin scored better in our tests. It is also the top-rated tire in its category. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 hasn't logged enough miles to be added to our Tire Survey Results. However, speaking to customers, many have provided a positive review of their experience with the tire. 

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

  • What We Liked: Impressive traction, especially in the wet
  • What We'd Improve: Sharpen steering response and handling predictability just a little bit
  • Conclusion: A good option for drivers who emphasize wet traction
  • Latest Test Rank: 3rd
  • Previous Test Rank: Not previously tested

Michelin Pilot Super Sport

  • What We Liked: Impressive ultimate handling blended with reasonable road manners
  • What We'd Improve: A small improvement in ride comfort over the bigger impacts
  • Conclusion: An impressive tire that continues as the performance benchmark for the category
  • Latest Test Rank: 1st
  • Previous Test Rank: 1st (June '11)

In the Passenger All-Season category, Goodyear's option, the Assurance TripleTred All-Season, is currently the top tire. Customers like it for its hydroplaning resistance, wet traction, dry traction and ride comfort. The tire will get a good run for its money from the newer Michelin Defender.

Both manufacturers offer great tires. Shop by vehicle to see all Goodyear and Michelin tires available for your application.

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

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Gary Stanley

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 tires to 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 a loud tire during a daily commute or road trip. Besides being a nuisance, loud tire noise can keep a driver from hearing other sounds that can affect vehicle maintenance and safety.

Tires that generally make the least amount of noise typically come from the following performance categories:

  • Standard Touring All-Season
  • Passenger All-Sean
  • Grand Touring All-Season

Many years ago, summer tires were the quietest tires available while all-season tires were louder due to their more aggressive tread patterns. Tire technology has come a long way and the market has changed. Newer summer tires are now primarily focused on high levels of grip, handling and quick steering response, with less focus on road noise. All-season tires are now the best choice for those after a quiet ride. The following tires are some of the top picks for low road noise in three of the quietest categories:

 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender
 Hankook Optimo H727
Hankook Optimo H727
Stop putting up with loud tires! Shop by vehicle to find a quiet set of tires for your car, truck or crossover.

High Mileage Tire Offering from Michelin

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

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 predecessors, the Defender has been extremely well received in regards to excellent treadlife, low noise and a good ride.

The Defender is available in 38 sizes to fit many of today's passenger cars and light-duty crossover vehicles. It features a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty and has proven itself as a capable all-season option. Currently ranked as the top tire in the Standard Touring All-Season category, the Defender receives high marks in the following areas:

  • Dry Traction
  • Steering Response
  • Ride Comfort
  • Treadwear
  • Hydroplaning Resistance
  • Cornering Stability
  • Wet Traction
  • Noise Comfort

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the Michelin Defender:

"These are the best tires I have ever purchased. They run quiet and have a soft ride. There is no slipping or sliding on turns and they feel like they are glued to the road." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2010 Toyota Prius IV

"Fantastic tire. Definitely the best tire I have ever had. Extremely quiet, stable and a great ride." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Pontiac Vibe

"The Defenders are quiet and have amazing traction in Oregon rain. No hydroplaning and I get 36 mpg on the freeway. They are on our 2009 Toyota Camry XLE. I'm now buying them for our Cadillac! I have never been more pleased with a tire purchase." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Toyota Camry XLE

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

Monday, May 13, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88

2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover
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Initial Review, 4,800 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2013

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 Pirelli tires for the last 50 years and have never been disappointed


Michelin Defender vs. Michelin Harmony

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by Steve Huffman

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 all-season traction and is relatively quiet and comfortable. Harmony tires also last long as they come with an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Michelin's Defender took these attributes and improved upon them. It's a Standard Touring All-Season tire, which means it will have a better ride better than the Harmony. The tire has shown to have better all-season traction and lasts longer with an incredible 90,0000-mile treadlife warranty for T- and H-rated models. An 80,000-mile warranty is available for the V-rated version. In addition, the Defender enhances fuel economy by meeting Michelin's Green-X low rolling resistance objectives.

Michelin Harmony
Michelin Harmony
Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender

If you own the Harmony or have owned it in the past, and are looking for a replacement tire for your vehicle, take a look at the Michelin Defender.

Need the Quietest Tire for Your SUV or Light Truck? Consider the Michelin LTX M/S2

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Very few of the pickup trucks and SUVs on the road today will venture off-road. However, many vehicles are still designed with tough off-road suspensions and come equipped with knobby tread tires. If you want to give your truck better on-road manners, consider a set of Michelin LTX M/S2 tires.

Michelin has built a reputation for providing quiet and comfortable tires for passenger cars, as well as durable tires for commercial vehicles. They have used this experience to combine both attributes into their light truck tires, including their newest Highway All-Season tire, the LTX M/S2.

The LTX M/S2 features a symmetric tread design and a long wearing, silica-enhanced, all-season compound to provide a smooth, quiet ride with year-round traction in dry, wet and light snow conditions. With over seven million miles of reported use by our customers, the M/S2 has received high marks for ride and noise comfort. Currently, the tire is ranked second in our Tire Survey Results.

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the Michelin LTX M/S2:

"Best tires ever purchased. On my third set and would buy again whenever possible." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 GMC Yukon Denali

"As I write this review, I am in the process of ordering a second set of the Michelin LTX M/S2, P275/65R-18 for my Tundra Crewmax. I have 56,000 miles on my old set and probably have another 5,000 or more on the tires (I drive a great deal of highway miles for work). Proper tire rotation has left me with very even wear. They are getting down there, so I want to stage the next set for replacement. Highly recommended tire!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Toyota Tundra

"This is the best set of tires we have ever owned. These Michelins are on my wife's Honda Pilot and I must say, I am thoroughly impressed. They effortlessly handle our winter and the treadlife is outstanding. After witnessing the performance of these tires, I switched the tires on my Toyota to Michelins as well." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Honda Pilot EX

For the quietest and most durable light truck tire on the market, it's tough to beat Michelin's LTX M/S2. Shop by vehicle to see if the LTX M/S2 is available for your application.

Goodyear vs. Michelin Brand Showdown

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Two of the most recognizable and respected brands in the industry are Michelin and Goodyear. Both brands have their fans, both brands have their detractors, but ask any sampling of people in the United States to name a couple of tire brands and Goodyear and Michelin will probably dominate the responses. A common question that we receive is: "Which brand is better?" The answer depends on the tire category and the specific needs of the driver, but I'll try to give an overview by comparing the top tires from each brand by category. This comparison focuses on categories for cars.

Category: Passenger All-Season

Contenders: Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season vs. Michelin Energy Saver A/S

Verdict: The Goodyear has the advantage in bad weather traction. Michelin's Energy Saver A/S optimizes rolling resistance to slightly enhance fuel economy. Both have very good treadwear and rate well in our customer surveys, but the Goodyear is currently higher. Two strong contenders, however the Goodyear wins with superior traction in bad weather.

Category: Standard Touring All-Season

Contenders: Goodyear (none) vs. Michelin Defender

Verdict: No contest here as Michelin has the number one tire in the class and Goodyear has no entry. Michelin wins by default. Goodyear would need a heroic new entry to unseat the current king of this class.

Category: Grand Touring All-Season

Contenders: Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring vs. Michelin Primacy MXV4

Verdict: These two tires are both excellent entries into the category. I've driven both of these and prefer the Michelin, which also has slightly higher survey results over a larger number of miles. This round goes to Michelin.

Category: High Performance All-Season

Contenders: Goodyear Eagle GT vs. Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S

Verdict: The Eagle GT is solid but the Pilot Exalto A/S remains one of the best all-around tires in the category. It blends ride, handling and traction in a wide variety of conditions. The Pilot Exalto A/S takes this round for Michelin as well.

Category: Ultra High Performance All-Season

Contenders: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season vs. Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Verdict: These tires are both right in the top tier of the category. We have not tested them directly against one another, and the Goodyear is relatively new. Both earned similar results against other tires in the category in tests one year apart. This one is too close to call.

Category: Max Performance Summer

Contenders: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 vs. Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Verdict: This is an excellent match-up of two of the newest and stickiest tires in the Max Performance Summer category. The Michelin won their head-to-head test, and having done some of the driving for the test, I agree with the results. Honorable mention to the Goodyear, which is an excellent tire in its own right, but the Pilot Super Sport is the class of the field right now.

Category: Extreme Performance Summer

Contenders: Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G: 2 vs. Michelin (none)

Verdict: Goodyear makes the Supercar G: 2 in very few sizes, but does enough to take the category unopposed. Any tire that looks this cool merits some points in a brand shoot by virtue of the halo effect it brings to the brand:







  • Goodyear wins two categories: Passenger All-Season and Extreme Performance Summer.
  • Michelin wins four categories: Standard Touring All-Season, Grand Touring All-Season, High Performance All Season and Max Performance Summer.

Whether you're a Goodyear or Michelin fan, both brands provide great options. Choose the tire from the brand you like that best suits how and where you drive.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.11

2006 Jaguar XJ8L
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2013

I think I am the only review here that has these "SUV" tires on a luxury passenger car. I bought these solely on price and reviews on Tire Rack, and I'm very pleasantly surprised at the outstanding quality and value. I came off a set of Hankook V-12's that were an excellent summer tire in all ways except tread life. Since I plan to sell this car in a year or so, I got the "cheapest" tire available. In terms of ride and quietness (2 traits most important to my wife), these even exceeded the Hankooks, which were in themselves vastly superior the the OEM Pirelli P-zeros. In deep snow in Colorado during a ski trip last month, they were outstanding; I did better than a guy in a Grand Cherokee (2wd) we were following during a heavy snow!
Anyone seeking a really good tire at an amazing price, don't hesitate getting these for ANY vehicle.


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

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55

2005 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Reno, NV
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

I got this new set replace the old one under milage warranty. They last 60000 out of 80000. Still feeling the new one. I love the old Triple Tred. Connering speed is incredible, I can took freeway off ramp and pass most of the passenger cars. They are surprice getting pass by minivan with crazy driver.

Snow performance is not good but ok. It is What I expect is all season tire.

Wet performance is good.


Looking for Affordable Tires?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Here at Tire Rack, we built our business on higher performance tires for more exotic applications. The inventory expanded over the years as we also carry tires that are targeted toward regular cars used for everyday transportation, and tires for the enthusiast on a budget.

Fuzion, the entry level brand from Bridgestone, often has the best-priced tires in a given size. Though not as well known as its older siblings from Bridgestone and Firestone, Fuzion tires offer an excellent value. The Fuzion Touring is a smooth riding, all-season tire that's very aggressively priced, while the UHP is Fuzion's new Ultra High Performance All-Season tire designed for sporty handling combined with capability in cold weather and light snow. 

Kumho has been a stalwart in the performance-per-dollar arena. Little known when they first came to the United States, they have built a loyal following over the past decade or so. Their Ecsta 4X is often my go-to selection for a value-oriented all-season performance tire. The Solus KR21 does consistently well in surveys among customers needing a regular all-season passenger tire. 

Among light trucks and SUVs, the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051 has an excellent combination of long treadwear, reliable performance and an excellent price. With each option fitting into most budgets, you're getting a great tire for your vehicle as each is currently ranked in the top ten in their class.

To see what options are available for your application, shop by size

Firestone's Precision Tires Hit the Mark

Monday, January 21, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Firestone's line of Precision tires is offered in two models: the Precision Touring and Precision Sport. Each tire is well received as the Sport is a top ten ranked tire in the High Performance All-Season category and the Touring model sits at number two in the Standard Touring All-Season category.

The Precision Touring is designed to feature many good characteristics, including a quiet and comfortable ride. It's available in 29 popular sizes ranging between 15" and 17". Featuring a 560 treadwear rating and a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty, this tire is a great option for passenger sedans and coupes, as well as minivans and crossover vehicles. When we tested the tire a couple of summers ago, we liked it for its traction in the wet and stable handling. To see our complete report on this tire, read "Testing New Standard Touring All-Season Tires."

Firestone's Precision Sport offers great handling and responsiveness. Designed for sports cars, coupes and sedans, this tire comes in H- and V-speed rated options. With 23 sizes available between 14" and 17", the Precision Sport also comes with a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty. The tire has performed well for many drivers. Take a look at what a few of our customers are saying about their experience with this tire:

"These tires have proven to be excellent in all conditions. On the highway they are quiet and responsive, I am very, very happy with them!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Ford Focus ZX4 SE

"Great tire. Superb wet traction. Overall, a great tire that I would definitely recommend and buy again." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2000 Jetta GL 2.0 4cyl

Firestone Precision Touring
Firestone Precision Touring
Firestone Precision Sport
Firestone Precision Sport

If you're looking for an exceptional value in your next tire purchase, be sure to look at the Precision Sport and Precision Touring from Firestone. You'll be glad you did!