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.

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.

Where Do I Find the Load Rating?

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

The load range branded on a tire's sidewall helps identify how much load the tire is designed to carry at its industry specified pressure. A good rule of thumb is that the Load Index of your new tires be equal to or greater than the Load Index of the Original Equipment.

In most cases, passenger vehicles will use one of three different ratings:

  • Standard Load - Either nothing is branded on the tire's sidewall or it may be branded Standard Load and identified by an SL in their description, as in P235/75R-15 SL.
  • Extra Load - P-Metric tires branded Extra Load are identified by an XL in their descriptions, as in P235/75R-15 XL.
  • Light Load - P-Metric tires branded Light Load are identified by an LL in their descriptions, as in P285/35R-19 LL.

Light trucks, such as the Chevy 2500 and Ford F-350, use a different system that utilizes a letter in ascending alphabetic order. The deeper into the alphabet you go, the higher the load rating. The letter replaces the old ply rating system with a load range E being equivalent to a 10 ply. Since light truck tires are often available in multiple load ranges, the appropriate load range is identified immediately following the size's rim diameter in our descriptions.

We recently added a new filter option that allows you to limit the results, when applicable, to a specific rating. When the search results are listed after you shop by vehicle, you can then find the filter section for load rating on the left side of the page. 

To gain a better understanding of load ratings, read "Load Range/Ply Rating Identification."

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.

Tires for 19.5" Wheels

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by Ben Rooney

For the most part, Tire Rack carries tires for passenger cars and light trucks. However, we do offer some options for heavier vehicles that require 19.5" wheels.

The Michelin XRV is aimed primarily at the recreational vehicle market. Featuring heavy-duty construction and a smooth, stable, straight-rib tread pattern, this tire is ideal for RVs used on the highway. It uses a cool-running tread compound molded into a shallow, stable tread design to reduce heat for greater durability and reduced squirm for enhanced handling. Currently, this Highway Rib Summer tire is available in a 225/70R19.5 and 245/70R19.5 size.

Continental's HSR is designed to be used on the steer (generally front) axle of medium-duty commercial vehicles. They can be used in conjunction with the Continental HDR which is designed for use on the drive axle. These Continental tires feature a rugged steel internal construction and a damage-resistant compound to accommodate use off of the pavement. Both Continentals are available in 225/70R19.5. The HDR is also offered in a 245/70R19.5 size. 

Michelin XRV
Michelin XRV
Continental HSR
Continental HSR
Bridgestone R187
Bridgestone R187

In size 8R19.5, we offer the Bridgestone R187. This tire is designed with a smooth-rolling highway tread that provides good wet and dry traction. It also features an all-steel construction and a deep 16/32" tread depth. 

Whether you're looking for a tire for a 19.5" wheel or a different size, shopping by size will give you the options that are a match for your application.

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
Dunlop Graspic DS3
Dunlop Graspic
General Altimax Arctic
General AltiMAX

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 Kumho Solus KH25

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KH25Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.6

2012 Hyundai Veloster
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Coquitlam, BC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
August 23, 2012

These came stock on my Veloster. I really think this is a sales tactic - radius put unbelievably loud tires on a new car to try and sell the under coating package to 'quiet the ride'. I've driven dozens of vehicles from compacts to HD trucks and these tires are louder than anything I can remember. It was embarrassing to show off my new car when I couldn't even hear the passengers over the road noise. Even on perfectly smooth, new asphalt they are still very loud. I will be getting Continental DWS or Yoko Acids next - radius these would be on my car already if I could get someone to buy these tires from me...

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza G 019 GridReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.6

2007 Mini Cooper
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
July 25, 2012

Deafening road noise! So loud I can't talk with a passenger, and pedestrians stare when they expect to see an off-road full size truck driving by but instead see my little MINI. Uneven wear causes vibration. There is still a fair amount of tread left, but I am here on Tire Rack looking for new tires because I can't take the noise anymore. Will hesitate to purchase Bridgestone ever again.

Bridgestone Offers Great Options with Their Ecopia Line

Monday, August 13, 2012 by Doc Horvath

Bridgestone combines great traction and low rolling resistance technology in their Ecopia family of tires in an effort to deliver better fuel economy for both passenger cars and light truck / SUV applications. Lowering tire rolling resistance by reducing a tire’s weight, internal components, tread design and tread compound make it possible to reduce vehicle fuel consumption and emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

Bridgestone EP20
Ecopia EP20
Bridgestone EP422
Ecopia EP422
Dueler hl 422 Ecopia
Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

The Ecopia EP20 is an all-season capable tire designed for use on the Toyota Prius and other small cars using the P195/65R15 tire size. This size is also found on many other applications such as the Honda Civic, MAZDA 3 and Nissan Versa. 

Ecopia EP422 is a Grand Touring All-Season tire with a much broader selection of sizes covering coupes, sedans and some SUV/CUV applications. Like the EP20, the EP422 features a symmetrical tread design to minimize road noise, resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction. The EP422 also comes with a 5-year, 65,000-mile treadlife warranty for added peace of mind.

The Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia rounds out the family with all-season capability for SUVs and even some light truck applications. Our most recent test using Porsche Cayennes as test vehicles showed the Dueler H/L 422 to be a very capable and predictable performer.

Take a look at all Bridgestone options and see if one is right for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75

2006 BMW M3 Coupe Competition Package
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Austin , TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
July 09, 2012

First off, if you drive a front wheel drive econo-box, a truck, or an SUV than go buy a cheap A+S passenger tire. These are performance minded tires for performance vehicles, and are expected to be aggressive, loud and stiff. They deliver! The grip is awesome on both the track and the street (highway and in-town). My favorite aspect is the sidewall strength, it really stays strong in AGGRESSIVE cornering. Only tire I would rate higher would be Michelin Pilot Super Sports - which cost almost 2x as much. I have run them on my IS and M3.

Don't expect more than 20k out of the tires...

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LEReviewer's Overall Rating: 4.27

1990 Toyota Pick-Up 4WD
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Miles driven on tires: 22,351
Location: FRESNO, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 22,351 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2012

We had these tires installed last August on our work truck (less than a year ago).
We drive in the mountains, highway and city all in the same trip about 100 miles a day total.
The tires are about average as far as tires go, they are not great and not poor but the tread wear is unacceptable.

We do drive in various conditions including; rain, snow, mud, and hot summer asphalt roads, but we are past the wear bar on all four tires and only have about 22,500 miles on them. We are scheduled to take the truck to the tire shop early next week, and unless they honor the tread wear warranty and prorate the replacement tire's costs I will not be buying Firestone tires again.

We don't have a lot of extra weight in the work truck but its not empty either. I would compare it to an unloaded SUV in weight with two occupants (driver and a passenger).
If you live in the mountains or on roads with lots of corners the tread does not seem to last very long in our experience.

I don't feel like they are unsafe, but just an average tire that wears quickly.

I have Kumho Solus KR21 tires on my own personal truck (1994 Toyota 4WD Pickup, basically the same truck as our '90 work truck)and the Kumho's are almost 5 years old with about 30,000 miles on them and still have around half the tread left.
They are cheaper then the Firestones and comparable (average tires) but have better tread wear in my opinion, and I put them through the same exact roads and conditions as our work truck just not as often.
Someone else from our office left the tire choice to the tire shop based on our tire needs and the Firestone Destination LE is what they put on our work truck.

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

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.13

2007 Chrysler Town and Country Fwd
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Brighton, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
June 04, 2012

I have had these tires on or 07 T&C minivan for almost 9 months and with out last trip we are now at 25K miles. They still look like new. Minivan owners should be aware that vans are just as heavy as a SUV's. The manufacture sells them with passenger tires, my stock tires needed to be replaced at just under 30k. Further more when the stock tires started to wear out were loud and handing was terrible. These tire are quiet I would venture to say the quietest tires I have ever used. They grip like no tomorrow. One thing I will point out is the handling was sloppy at first when cornering. I checked the tire pressure and the store that installed the tires had set them to the stock pressure listed on the door sticker. Since the van is front heavy I set the front tire pressure to 44psi and the rears to 42psi. That cleaned up the handling perfectly it is not loud the ride is smooth. Snow and Ice performance is excellent. I live in Colorado and spend a good deal of time driving in the mountains I did not pull out the chains one time this winter! The grip in these tires is amazing wet weather handling is just as good. I have read were some complain about the squishy handling. Please keep in mind if you are using tires are a different brand from stock use the PSI rating on the tire not the door of the car, your tire will last longer,your car,truck or van/minivan will handle better and you will get better gas mileage. I cannot say enough this is the perfect tire for a minivan. We do weekend in the mountains on some pretty rough roads and my only limiting factor now is ground clearance. My mother in law is now using these tire on her Jeep and is happy with them as well. I only wish they would make them in a size to fit my car. remember proper tire pressure is key to these tire and depending on the weight of your vehicle you may need to adjust accordingly. Yokohama if you are listening my tire size is 225/50/17R :)


Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2007 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Newport News, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
April 25, 2012

I bought this set of passenger touring vs. suv/light truck due to the noise level and comfort of ride. I love them! Quiet, great handling and better than what I expected. I have already spoken to several people about them and best of all, they are made of recycled material. I love green! Thanks!


Replacement Trailer Tires

Friday, May 4, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

Recently, we added the Power King Towmax STR to our trailer tire line-up that also includes the Goodyear Marathon Radial. By adding the Towmax STR tire, we now have more sizes and load ratings available for customers looking for Trailer Service tires.

Both tires are similar in their exterior features. A rounded shoulder with an internal polyester cord body provides a smooth and stable ride. Circumferential grooves provide ample water evacuation. Constant and consistent contact with the road is achieved through the solid center rib and symmetric tread design.

Goodyear Marathon Radial
Goodyear Marathon Radial
Power King Towmax STR
Power King Towmax STR

Both the Goodyear Marathon Radial and Power King Towmax STR are radial construction. We don't offer bias ply lines. Additionally, Tire Rack only offers modern tire sizing in the form "ST205/75R15."  If you have an older tire with a classic size such as 6.50-15, you'll need to convert to a modern size first. To make the conversion simple, take a look at this table.

Special purpose trailer tires aren't intended to be used on cars or light trucks and are not UTQG rated. Your trailer will be more stable and pull better on tires designed specifically for trailer use. Since Special Trailer tires are constructed with heavier duty materials, they are tougher than typical passenger vehicle tires. This is a plus because trailer suspension systems are generally stiffer and less sophisticated than automotive suspension systems. For more information on a trailer tire's design, read "Trailer Tires vs. Passenger Vehicle Tires."

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-SReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.53

2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Elgin, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2012

Years ago I had a work truck, Chevy Silverado 2wd that I used in residential construction. I was SO impressed with this tire overall that when my '09 Dodge Ram 4x4 hit 40,000 miles the factory GY Wrangler HP's were toast. It is shamefull that a loaded 4x4 truck came with a glorified passenger tire, but it did and I never liked them. Sure the ride on dry paved road was smooth/quiet but thats it. Every other area of performance was awful. Even after siping it was only marginaly better in the rain. The reason I'm giving a history lesson is b/c if you have a Ram with the 20" rims sooner or later you will be reading reviews and looking for a real truck tire. This tire is it, stop looking and buy these! I'm still in the construction business and this truck is 50-50 work/personal use. It handles all aspects of paved road and is still very quiet rolling, smooth ride etc. At job sites no problem, personal use is frequent long road trips...once again VERY quiet and no MPG loss. I like the squared up shoulder blocks which help traction, add strength and just plain look good. We camp and I have no worries taking this thing off the road and on graded paths at preserves/state parks. With the HP's I was always worried about every small branch/foilage in our path. Although we don't do any "off-roading" you wont have problems with small rocks etc. I am less worried about a puncture now. There are a lot of tires on the market, if you want a solid tire firmly between a passenger/highway only tire and a mongo-mudder this is it. No regrets!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KR21

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KR21 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4

1995 Chevrolet C1500 2wd Pick-up
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: South Portland, ME
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2012

I just installed these tires within the past few days and have only put just under 500 miles on them. When they arrived, I noticed they were pretty light and had a flexible sidewall considering they were going on a light duty pick-up. This was to be expected since it's technically designed as a passenger car tire. I didn't want to a) spend a lot on a premium tire for my older pick-up and b)want an overly stiff truck tire that would sacrifice the ride. I opted for the Khumo KR21 given the price and both having good personal experience w/ the brand in the past and hearing positive remarks from others... Once the tires were mounted on the truck I was totally pleased. With 32 PSI the sidewalls stayed firm (no sag) and the tires ran very sooth down the highway. They are incredibly quiet, smooth & cushioning, and handle quite well. There is no wander at the wheel. I have had no chance to experience the performance on wet surfaces or in in-climate weather, nor have I had enough time to rate the tread wear. For those of you out there with light pick-ups looking for a decent tire for a reasonable bargain, try the KR21.


Bridgestone's Ecopia Tires Help You Save Fuel

Friday, April 6, 2012 by Doc Horvath

While Bridgestone's Potenza line is known for performance, Turanza tires are known for comfort. The new Ecopia line is quickly emerging as the family of tires that'll help your car go "green."

Ecopia tires utilize Bridgestone’s most advanced technology to produce fuel-efficient Original Equipment and replacement tires. These tires have been developed with a focus on low rolling resistance in sizes typically used on small, fuel-efficient vehicles and hybrids, but are now becoming available in some popular light truck and SUV tire sizes as well.

Low Rolling Resistance technology is one of several tools used to improve fuel economy in new cars (along with a focus on a vehicle's weight and aerodynamics), and is becoming a focus for many shopping for new tires. Tire Rack has recently added data loggers and vehicle trip computers to our test fleet in an effort to collect and compare fuel economy figures as part of our testing procedure.

Last year we tested the Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia for SUVs and the Ecopia EP422 for smaller passenger vehicles with impressive results for not only fuel economy, but comfort and handling.

For more information on choosing the right fuel-efficient tire for your vehicle, read "We Can Help You Find the Best Low Rolling Resistance Tire for Your Car."

We Can Help You Find the Best Low Rolling Resistance Tire for Your Car

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by Doc Horvath

As gas prices go up, consumers are looking for ways to stretch every dollar and gallon of fuel. Everyone from hybrid car owners like the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid, to larger trucks and SUVs, such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford F-150 are very interested in low rolling resistance tires. 

Last summer, Tire Rack tested three eco-focused tires that advertise better fuel economy and all-season capability: the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422, Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, and Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max against a typical passenger car tire, the Yokohama AVID TRZ.  Our testing program includes both dry and wet surface testing on our dedicated test track and a 6.6-mile loop of expressway, state highway and county roads that have a good mix of road conditions that include city and highway speeds, smooth and coarse concrete, as well as new and patched asphalt. Our newest addition to the testing program is an automotive computer tied into the vehicle's electronics that allow us to measure fuel consumption and true distance traveled.

During our Real World Road Ride test, the Continental and Bridgestone tires rated best for comfort and low road noise, while the Continental proved to be top-rated in handling, braking and cornering traction. Our computers added a new dimension to the testing by showing the Bridgestone (followed by the Goodyear) as having the best fuel efficiency. 

At the end of the test, all four tires proved to be capable and quiet, with the Continental coming out on top by a slim margin over the Yokohama. As always, there are compromises for any model, so be sure to see if small gains in traction or comfort can be offset with improvements in fuel efficiency. For a full test report, review "Eco-Focused All-Season Tires: Do They Deliver on the Promise?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Thursday, March 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.64

2004 Ford Ranger Sup 4wd FX4
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Location: Brooklyn, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 30000 Miles on Tires
February 02, 2012

I bought these as a wheel/tire combo about three years ago, this is my work truck ( residential renovations contractor ) the OEM tires and wheels were horrendous in the wet/dry/snow, the entire truck would oscillate port to starboard when under a normal load of 1 passenger and a bed full of tools, table saw, ladders on rack and various tools ( approx 4 to 500 pounds ) I must add a set of heavy duty tubular racks and a full fiberglass cap.
Since these tires were installed on the truck, it has been like night and day, predictable under load, fairly quiet, much more so than the OEM.
Granted because of their width, there is some floating on snow and some hydroplaning thru deep water puddles but since that is a constant with wide shoes, it always has to be taken into consideration when driving in inclement weather which we in NE CT most definitely get our share.......
I plan on repurchasing these in the very near future....Just for giggles, I have had a SS screw stuck in one for over a year, it has not leaked ( which says something about the internal construction of these excellent tires )
good in the snow,

General Grabber HTS is a Quiet and Comfortable Option for Your SUV

Monday, February 20, 2012 by Doc Horvath

For many years the General brand has been associated most closely with durable and value-priced passenger car tires, while becoming a brand that can be trusted. In order to meet the needs of light truck and SUV owners, General worked very hard to develop a high quality tire that can be offered at a reasonable price. I recently installed a set of General's Grabber HTS all-season tires on my Chevy Blazer with great success, and can attest to their quality and traction capability.

Both our internal tests and customer surveys indicate that the Grabber HTS can be relied on to provide a quiet and comfortable (almost "car like") ride for your light truck or SUV. With its symmetrical tread pattern, the tire can be rotated in a "criss-cross" pattern to maximize wear and still offer great wet and light snow traction. The General Grabber HTS is offered in a variety of sizes ranging from 15" options for smaller SUVs like my Chevy Blazer or earlier Ford Explorers, to 18" and 20" sizes for the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.

If you're looking for a great tire for your light truck or SUV at a great price, take a close look at the Grabber HTS.