Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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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.

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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Miles driven on tires: 4,800
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

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

 

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:

 

 

 

 

 


Roundup:

  • 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

Quietest Tires Available for 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

While I will not go over every facet of tire construction in one post, there are several traits that I look for that are more likely to lead to a pleasant and quiet driving experience. When looking for a quiet tire, I try to avoid tires that have large tread blocks with spacing far apart. This pattern, which is commonly seen in aggressive all-terrain and off-road truck tires, offers a huge amount of biting edges. It also tends to produce a roar as the tire travels along the road surface. A tire doesn't have to be overly aggressive to be an effective all-season option. In most cases, finding a tire with balance is best. 

Even though directional tires serve their purpose at evacuating water effectively, they also tend to have a negative effect on noise quality. This type of tread pattern also reduces your ability to effectively rotate the tire. With symmetrical or asymmetric tires, you're able to rotate front-to-back and side-to-side. With a directional tire, you may only rotate front-to-back.

Consider the following options when looking for a tire that provides a quiet ride.

Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender
Bridgestone Ecopia EP422
Bridgestone Ecopia EP422
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta 4X


Passenger All-Season and Standard Touring All-Season:

Grand Touring All-Season:

Ultra High Performance All-Season:

Take a look at our Tire Survey Results to compare options and find the tire that's right for you.

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!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2

2009 Volkswagen CC
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Miles driven on tires: 470
Location: Missoula, MT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 470 Miles on Tires
December 10, 2012

OK, Im sure you're saying "why is this guy writing a review with only 470 miles on his set of tires?", I will tell you why. Totally impressed with these tires! Yes, I have just purchased them and I may still be on my honeymoon post purchase but, thus far these tires are fantastic. I drove all the miles on the highway with almost every road condition except extreme heat and they performed like rockstars. I did notice a little more push in the corners as compared to the Continental Conti-pro-Contact tires I just replaced but not enough to warrant spending another $60-90 dollars per tire. Since my tires are wider than a normal passenger tire, the slushy junk tended to pull the car a bit but not enough to give you the feeling like "I just lost control". I drove in 6" of light (powder) snow up hill at 65 MPH and had no problem over taking trucks and AWD vehicles. They performed great on the ice and hard-pack as well. They are not a "winter only tire" but thus far have worked almost as well as my wife's studded Bridgestone Blizzack tires in winter conditions. If you are looking for an All-Season tire like me, this is the one I'd tell you to look at. Also the purchase went smooth as silk. Ordered on a Tuesday and installed on a Thursday. Customer service was great (thanks Tucker, I think thats the name) and the price was a full $130 less than anyone would match for the same tire installed. Im a fan of Tire Rack and the tires I just got.

Severe Snow Rated On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Tires

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Most often, one of the biggest concerns when replacing tires is winter weather performance. If you're the owner of a light truck or SUV and need an On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire that can perform to an exceptional level in winter conditions, then choosing a tire branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol will assure you have the very best winter traction offered.

In 1999, the U.S. Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and the Rubber Association of Canada (RAC) agreed on a performance based standard to identify passenger and light truck tires that attain a traction index equal to, or greater than 110 (compared to a reference tire which is rated 100) during the specified American Society for Testing and Materials traction tests on packed snow. The new standard helps ensure that drivers can easily identify tires that provide a higher level of snow traction.

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires typically have as much capability off the road as they do on the road. These tires feature multifaceted tread blocks to help deliver traction in any direction on gravel roads and dirt trails, as well as are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol indicating their ability to provide all-season versatility, including traction in snow.

Currently, three well-received options in this category include the General Grabber AT 2, Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor, and BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO. Certain sizes of these tires display the mountain/snowflake symbol for severe snow service requirements and will be suitable for all-season use.

 General Grabber AT 2
General Grabber AT 2
 Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor
Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor
 BF Goodrich All-Terrain TA KO
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO


The General Grabber AT 2 has a chip- and tear-resistant tread compound molded into an aggressive, symmetric tread design featuring five rows of independent tread blocks that blends on-road handling with off-road traction. Its internal structure includes twin steel belts on top of a two-ply polyester cord body to combine strength and durability with a quiet ride.

Wrangler SilentArmor tires feature Goodyear's Durawell rubber compound molded at the base of the tread grooves to increase resistance to stone/rock drilling. The tire's internal structure is designed with an Armor Zone that consists of twin, high-tensile steel belts that are reinforced by a layer of DuPont KEVLAR cord to combine strength with comfort.

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires are designed to deliver go-anywhere traction along with outstanding durability and great wear. The tire is ranked in the top ten of our Tire Survey Results and our customers have great things to say about it, including the owner of a 2003 Ford F150 Super Crew 4wd who says "This is my fourth set of BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires. These tires are rugged. Despite the rugged tread design, they are quiet on the highway. They will get you anywhere you want to go: sand, mud, light snow, deep snow...bring it on!"

NOTE: While most General Grabber AT 2, Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor and BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires meet the industry's severe snow service requirements (and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol), selected tires do not. Specific tires/sizes not meeting the industry's severe snow service requirements are identified with a "Not Rated For Severe Snow" notation under the Sizes & Pricing, as well as the Specs tab.

To find the tire that's right for your on-road and off-road travels including snow-covered roads, view all On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires.

Tire Size Alternatives for the Jeep Patriot Sport

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

Recently, I had an inquiry from a client about his wife's 2010 Jeep Patriot. The Sport trim level has a 16" wheel, while the Limited model is equipped with a 17" wheel. In this case, we were working with the more difficult 205/70R16 - one of the Sport's Original Equipment sizes. The platform sharing Jeep Compass and Dodge Caliber can use the 205/70R16 size, but it isn't an O.E. size. It didn't take me long to realize we were going to be looking for an alternate size for this particular customer. He wanted to to get away from the Goodyear Eagle LS-2 (O.E. tire), which regrettably is not highly rated in our survey results

I recommended the alternate size of 215/65R16 as it's just under a 1/2" wider and about a 1/3" shorter. This size will fit the Jeep correctly on the factory wheel. Below are a few of the popular tires in this size.

General Altimax HP
General AltiMAX HP
Goodyear Assurance Comfortred Touring
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender


General's AltiMAX HP was developed to be a smarter tire for smarter drivers by addressing many of the treadwear quality and year-round traction challenges faced by today's drivers. With over 23 million miles reported from customers, this tire is highly rated and excels in road manners and stability.

Goodyear's Assurance ComforTred Touring combines looks, ride comfort and long wear with all-season traction, even in light snow. This tire has been available for a couple years and is proving to be an all-around winner. Currently ranked second in its category, we have found this to be a quiet tire with good handling characteristics.

The newer Michelin Defender enhances fuel economy by meeting Michelin's Green-X low rolling resistance objectives, while delivering extra long wear, comfortable driving characteristics and all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, even in light snow. The tire that has made some impressions so far as it tied for first in our testing this summer. We liked the tire's responsive handling in dry conditions. For complete results of our tests, take a look at "Testing Passenger and Touring All-Season Tires."

To view all 215/65R16 options, shop by size.

Best Affordable Winter / Snow Tires

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Gary Stanley

The latest and greatest technology in winter / snow tires is found in options such as the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3. However, they can be priced higher than other winter tires with different technology. Even the most inexpensive winter tires will offer a noticeable improvement in snow and ice traction compared to all-season tires.  

 

 

 

 

 


During our testing at a local ice rink, we wanted to see how much of a difference winter tires make in winter conditions. As illustrated in the photo above, you can see winter / snow tires allow you to stop sooner when braking on ice. It could be the difference between rear ending another car at an intersection or stopping safely with room to spare. You'll also feel much more confident and in control of your vehicle when driving on snow- and ice-covered roads. To see the difference winter tires made at the ice rink compared to summer and all-season tires, read "Testing on Ice: Winter / Snow vs. All-Season vs. Summer Tires."

When looking for a value-priced winter / snow tire, consider the following three options:

Continental Extreme Winter Contact
Continental
ExtremeWinterContact
Dunlop Graspic DS3
Dunlop Graspic
DS-3
General Altimax Arctic
General AltiMAX
Arctic


The Dunlop Graspic DS-3 is a Studless Ice & Snow tire that delivers maximum winter traction without using metal studs. It uses Dunlop's Digital Rolling Simulation II technology (computer-enhanced design) and premium tread compounding to deliver wintertime traction in snow and on ice.

Continental's ExtremeWinterContact tire is developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans and crossovers, as well as, passenger-oriented light-duty trucks and SUVs looking for traction on winter's slushy, snow-covered and icy roads. This tire delivers serious performance in winter weather conditions.

AltiMAX Arctic tires from General are a Studdable Winter / Snow option that receives high marks from our customers in the light snow traction, deep snow traction and ice traction categories. Molded to accommodate the use of optional metal studs, AltiMAX Arctic tires meet the industry's severe snow service requirements and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol.

Don't wait too long to order. Many value-priced winter / snow tires sell out quickly. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Friday, November 9, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2002 Mercury Sable LS Premium
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Hudson, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
November 01, 2012

I have to giggle when I see someone complaining about an "all season" tire's lack of snow traction; it shows their ignorance. I bought two of these to match the ones already on the car I just purchased. I gave them 6K miles before commenting. It's a good tire for what it is, that being a standard passenger car tire. Bit noisy at about 43-48 mph but SO minor that unless the windows are closed and the stereo off I doubt you'll notice it. Decent rain performance, very good dry performance, and the price was adequate as well. I keep my car aligned, wheels re-balanced every other rotation (10K miles), and I don't expect a tire with this tread design to do anything in snow except slide. (You want good snow performance? Buy a snow tire.) Satisfied with them and would replace these with the same brand and model.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin DefenderReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.17

2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8 S
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Cydonia, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
October 08, 2012

Just bought these outstanding tires. Wow, fantastic right from the first 20 feet of driving. Am 2nd owner and car had 3 different mfr and 4 different models on the car. Most were old and dry rotted. This car feels like NEW now w the Defenders. Was installed by local TireRack master installer shop. They are worth the upfront cost considering the ultra high treadwear rating. I expect a noticeable increase in gas mileage too. Without question, these are the BEST all season passenger car tires on the market right now. Handeling is confident, ride is amazing and soaks up bumps well. Car has 91k miles now. Noise was better and quieter than expected. Tires are still new, so onky had chance to drive in rain. Wet traction is way superior. Wish these Defenders came out when I put tires on my other car Mazda3i, I have 4 cars..

Do I Really Need Winter / Snow Tires?

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

Many drivers still call and ask "Do I really need a set of winter / snow tires?" With many vehicles being equipped with electronic systems to help control the vehicle, it's not unusual to think you don't need a dedicated winter tire. While traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control and all-wheel drive systems help make it easier to utilize your tire's potential, none of them increase the amount of available traction. These systems are only capable of manipulating or limiting your vehicle's acceleration, braking and cornering capabilities to the traction provided by your tires.

By adding a dedicated winter tire to the mix, you'll be increasing available traction on ice and in snow compared to all-season options. To help demonstrate, Tire Rack tested both options to see the difference between wintertime gripping and white knuckle slipping. Starting at 30 mph on packed snow and then engaging the ABS until the cars reached a complete stop provided some interesting results. The vehicle equipped with winter tires stopped a full 30 ft. shorter than the identical vehicle driving on all-seasons.

During the acceleration portion of the test, we measured the tires' ability to provide traction when accelerating as quickly as possible in a straight line with the vehicle's traction control operating. Both vehicles began at the start line and we were timing how long it took the cars to accelerate 200 feet. The difference was three seconds, as it took the car with winter tires eight seconds and the vehicle equipped with all-season tires 11 seconds. We don't recommend trying to accelerate as quickly as possible in snow when driving on the street. This test demonstrates how much more traction winter / snow tires can provide when accelerating from a stop.

For a complete recap of our testing, take a look at "All Season vs. Winter (Passenger Vehicle): The Difference Between Wintertime Gripping and White Knuckle Snow Slipping."

Even with the new traction management aids on newer vehicles, dedicated winter tires play an important role for driving on ice and in snow. While all-season tires may provide enough wintertime traction for drivers in areas of the country that receive occasional light snow, we feel there isn't a viable alternative to snow tires for drivers who encounter deep or frequent slush, snow or ice. Remember, tires are often the difference between wintertime gripping and white knuckle slipping!

Great Offer on the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

Friday, October 19, 2012 by Steve Huffman

Last winter, Goodyear unveiled a new Studless Ice & Snow tire, the Ultra Grip Ice WRT. Developed for passenger-carrying coupes, sedans, minivans and crossover vehicles, the tire meets the industry's severe snow service requirements and is branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol.

Goodyear's Winter Reactive Technology combines innovative features working together to help drivers react to changing winter driving conditions when starting, stopping and turning in snow and on ice. This highly directional and multi-siped tread design will channel water and slush away from under the tire's footprint to enhance traction and handling in cold, wet and wintry conditions.

Available in over 30 sizes ranging between 15 and 19 inches, the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT fits a variety of vehicles. Take a look at what a few of our customers are saying about their experience with this Studless Ice & Snow tire from Goodyear:

"These tires are great in winter conditions or when the roads are wet." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Honda Civic Sedan EX-L

"I live in Northwest Colorado, and these tires are fantastic on my FWD sedan. I am a fairly spirited driver and they haven't let me down. I only wish every vehicle out there had these, instead of sliding all over the road in their all-season tires. Highly recommend for drivers in regions with heavy snowfall and icy winters." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Saturn Aura XR

"If these are not the best snow/ice tires out there, I don't know what is. I installed these on my Chrysler 300 four weeks ago and have been extremely impressed. We had freezing rain this week in Maine and the roads were a sheet of ice. The Goodyears literally felt like they were glued to the road! My 300 was helpless in the snow before these tires. No problem now!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2005 Chrysler 300 Base Rear Wheel Drive

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Friday, October 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L AlenzaReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38

2004 Honda Element EX
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Miles driven on tires: 80,000
Location: Hagerstown, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 80,000 Miles on Tires
October 14, 2012

This has been the BEST set of tires I've had in a long, long time. The Honda Element can be noisy if you choose a tire poorly, and I really wanted to make sure I had a quiet tire for that reason. These have been very easy on the ears, no more noise than a passenger car, really quiet tires. They go fine in rain and snow, although in Maryland we do not get that much in the way of it, they are not a "winter" tire, but an "all-season", and to that end they perform accordingly. i.e., Normal traction for an All-Season tire. Lastly, holy cow these things ran for 80,000 miles before finally wearing out!! And they are almost as quiet at 80,000 as they were when new! I'm buying another set today.

With Bad Weather on the Horizon, Now's the Time for New Tires

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Doc Horvath

While most passenger car tires come new with at least 10/32" of tread depth, most people don't realize that once the tire has less than 6/32" of remaining depth, your wet road and snow traction capabilities dramatically decrease. Even if the tire looks like it has plenty of life left, do yourself a favor by grabbing a penny and doing a quick tread depth check. If the top of the Lincoln Memorial is exposed, your tire is under 6/32" and should be replaced heading into winter. For more information about checking your tread depth with a penny, check out my previous blog post "What Your Change is Telling You About Your Tread Depth."

Tire Rack recently wrapped up an extensive test of the newest all-season tire offerings from Bridgestone (Turanza Serenity Plus), Continental (PureContact with EcoPlus Technology), Michelin (Primacy MXV4) and Yokohama (AVID Ascend H- or V-Speed Rated) to see which ones delivered on their promise of a quiet and comfortable ride with good traction when the weather gets bad.

With the Michelin Primacy MXV4 well established as the top-ranked tire in our Tire Survey Results and our in-house track and Real World road tests, the newcomers from Bridgestone, Continental and Yokohama had big expectations to meet. While we'll have to wait for the snow to fly to complete the picture, our initial findings showed that the Michelin was still among the best, but not the best. 

On our 6.6-mile loop of back roads and highway stretches, all four tires were evaluated in conditions similar to what most would expect as part of their daily commute. The Michelin continued to set the bar high by providing a soft and quiet ride without compromising handling. Bridgestone's Turanza Serenity Plus wasn't far behind by providing just a hint of harshness over rough pavement. Continental and Yokohama's models ranked lower, with slightly less capability to smooth out the roughest spots.

During the testing on the track, we were able to introduce other common elements of your daily drive, like simulated on-ramps, tight street corners and even emergency steering maneuvers. To give a more complete picture, we tested the tires on both dry and wet road conditions.

In dry, the Michelin and Bridgestone offerings again led the field, both delivering crisp handling and predicable response to driver input. The Continental received high marks for responding quickly to steering input, but fell behind by not holding the turns as well as the others. 

Once the sprinklers were on, the Continental demonstrated the best wet traction, with the Bridgestone a close second. Both the Michelin and (most notably) the Yokohama were a few steps behind the other competitors, leaving us wanting a little more grip and confidence in the tires.

With so many capable tires with very similar abilities, it came down to the narrowest of margins with the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus coming out on top. For a complete recap of our test, take a look at "Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires."

The New Low Rolling Resistance Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Designed with fuel economy in mind, the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 reduces the amount of resistance to the road surface for a smooth ride and cost savings at the pump. While I have never been a fan of promising huge mileage bumps, the change of even one mile per gallon can offer a significant savings over the tires' life. 

The Ecopia EP422 is developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans and small crossover vehicles looking for year-round traction, handling and comfort with reduced environmental impact. Ecopia EP422 tires also help enhance fuel economy by reducing tire rolling resistance along with the vehicle's carbon dioxide (C02) emissions while delivering year-round, all-season traction, even in light snow.

This tire, which has been highly rated by consumers, seems to work well as a competitively priced Grand Touring All-Season. The tire features a symmetrical tread pattern, which I favor over others due to its rotational ability and likeliness to generate less noise as the tire wears. See what drivers are saying about the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 and why it's well received by our customers:

"A fantastic, inexpensive tire. Tires are quiet, have great traction and help deliver great mileage. I have experienced no problems in highway driving, turning or braking. They are so good I will probably get them for my compact SUV. I could not be happier with these tires, especially considering the price." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2010 Toyota Prius IV

"I would give these tires a 9.5/10 on all counts. Quiet, smooth, brakes well on dry and wet surfaces. The cornering is good given the size and suspension of the car. I also put these tires on a 2009 Scion xB and the wear on both cars has been excellent. I have the tires rotated and alignment checked every oil change. I highly recommend the Ecopia tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review 2007 Toyota Avalon XLS

"My Jetta drives like a different car since the switch from the stock Bridgestone tires. Much quieter and more comfortable ride and feels more stable over rough surfaces. Highway fuel economy has increased from a range of 42-44 MPG to a range of 44-47 MPG. Traction in heavy traffic at 65-75 mph in a heavy downpour was impressive considering the obvious hydroplaning other vehicles were experiencing (I pulled out of traffic as soon as I found a diner and waited for the rain to let up). -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L

Available in 32 sizes ranging from 15"-18" this tire is designed to fit the needs of most light duty passenger vehicles and select SUVs.