Longest-Wearing Z-Rated Performance Tires

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Gary Stanley

What can drivers of sports cars and high performance vehicles with low profile, Z-rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tires do if they want to have longer wearing tires? In the past, the best a driver could hope for, in regards to treadwear, was an option that lasted approximately 20,000 miles. This was the case for so long that it has become a common misconception that all low profile tires or tires with a high speed rating have rapid treadwear. On the contrary, there are options available with long treadwear ratings. Three of the best to consider are the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 and Continental ExtremeContact DWS.  

 Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
 Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2
Hankook Ventus S1
noble2
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3


The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 has the best dry grip and quickest steering response among the three and comes with a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty. Both the Continental ExtremeContact DWS and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 feature 50,000-mile treadwear warranties and perform a little better in light snow conditions compared to the Pilot Sport A/S 3. All three tires are made in a variety of sizes. Now, even drivers of sports cars like the Chevy Corvette and Ford Mustang can find tires with higher treadwear.  

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

Thursday, July 31, 2014 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.

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2007 Mazda MAZDA3 s 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 29, 2014

The Pirelli Cinturato is by far the best tire I have installed on my Mazda3. I had Michelin's prior to this purchase and they were good, but the Pirelli rides smoother and grips the road better in my opinion. I'm finding that all the positive reviews for this tire are true. I was a little nervous... never bought a Pirelli before, but so far it has lived up to all the hype given and the nice rebate made this purchase much easier to make. If this tire performs great in the snow like reviews have mentioned, this purchase will be a home run. The Michelin's were slippery on snow from the beginning and a big challenge to keep on the road in these conditions. I'm hoping the Pirelli's can do a better job in the winter. If you go with these tires, I think you will be happy you did.

Which Tires Last the Longest?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Gary Stanley

As a consumer shopping for tires, there are many important attributes and characteristics that you should take into consideration. For example, some tires have better wet traction for rainy days, while some are designed to handle winter's toughest conditions. There are tires that focus mostly on maximum dry grip on the race track, and others that are meant to provide a smooth and quiet ride.

Some of these characteristics may be more important to your particular situation than others, but one question that is almost always asked is, "How long will my tires last?" This may even be the most important feature in your tires if you drive many miles on a yearly basis. If you're a driver who has a long daily commute and takes long road trips, consider the following options from a few of our popular performance categories. 

Passenger All-Season

 Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
 Goodyear Assurance ComforTred
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred


Standard Touring All-Season

 General AltiMAX RT43
General AltiMAX RT43
 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender


Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season 

 Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
Alenza Plus
 Continental  CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


In order to get the most wear out of your tires, be sure check your tires' air pressures often and keep them inflated to your vehicle's recommended pressures. You'll want to check and adjust the pressure first thing in the morning before rising ambient temperatures, the sun's radiant heat or even driving short distances temporarily warms the tires. For more maintenance tips to increase your tires' performance, life and durability, read "Air Pressure: When and How to Set."

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2011 Hyundai Sonata
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Highland, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 30, 2014

I bought these tires to replace the Kumho Ecsta's that wore out after just 30,000 miles. We went on a vacation the week we bought the tires and after 1000 miles of mixed driving in a one week period I could not be more satisfied with this purchase. The Ecsta's were very noisy, not a issue around town but after 5 hours at 80MPH it became very tiring, the P7's on the other hand were very quite and after driving 300 miles non-stop there was no noise induced fatigue. The rolling resistance on the P7's is so low that I also picked up 4MPG combined. The one complaint that I could have about the tires is actually a great complement, they took a little time to get used to as the turn in is much sharper and there is very little push in hard corners. I truly can not believe that a tire with a 700 treadwear rating can perform this well, I can now understand why it is rated at #1. I am looking forward to the next 60,000 miles to see how these do in the day to day.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2004 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Newark, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2014

I purchased this tire after I ruined a set of Dunlops by mistake. I used to be a dedicated Bridgestone before buying the Dunlop just to save a few dollars. Bad mistake. Anyways onto the review of this tire. Simply put, best Bridgestone tire I have ever owned. This tire is listed as a summer tire but I have used them in snow and had no trouble at all. It performed just as good as my all season tires I have owned. The dry and wet grip is outstanding. I have yet to make these tires squeal going around a high speed corner. As for the wet grip it is just like the dry grip, only way you can tell you are driving on wet asphalt is if its still raining. As with all tires there is going to be tire noise but for me the level of noise is almost non existent. I can't say too much about ride comfort with these being low profile tires but I can say they are better than my previous tires were. I can say for sure that as long as I have this car and Bridgestone makes this tire it will be my tire I buy when I need tires. I would recommend this tire for anyone with a spirited driving attitude and even if you live in the snow belt like I do, it's simple, if there is snow on the road slow down and these tires will do just fine for you. After I get more miles on them I will do a follow up review but as of right now I don't see anything changing about how I feel about these tires. Like I said earlier best tires I have ever owned, period.

Marketer Becomes Tire Tester

Monday, July 14, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

After three-and-a-half years on the job, I finally got the call I was waiting for: a chance to be a Tire Rack tire tester! Along with other members of the Tire Rack marketing team, this was OUR opportunity to get behind the wheel of our test BMWs and develop our own opinions on tire performance and truly understand what it takes to get our findings out to our customers.

Having already experienced the Real World Road Ride portion of our tests, I was prepared to look for a tires’ ride, noise and light handling qualities across a variety of conditions. The second part of testing, the Performance Test Track Drives, occurs on our track, and was what I had been waiting all these years to do.

We can see the track from our offices in marketing, we thought we knew what to expect, we were both nervous and excited. As one of our designers said, “I see our testers driving faster than I would want to go. The unfamiliarity of driving another’s car with someone else riding alongside me makes me uncomfortable.”

No worries. We weren't going to be competitive. (The photo at right proves we did take it pretty seriously though)

We got into the cars, we were told to drive at a level that made us comfortable. What made ALL of us comfortable was driving on the set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports. The tire allowed us to feel like we were in control of the car and have some fun behind the wheel as we slalomed a few cones, took some turns at speed and navigated the skid pad (And did I mention this was all done while our track's sprinkler system kept the course covered in water?). When it came to the Sumitomo Touring LS T tires we also tested, it was a completely different story. We were able to feel the vast difference in performance and gain a deeper respect for the testers out there all season doing what they do while listening to the car and the tires so they can accurately report on performances wins and losses.

Here's my rookie review of the two tires.

When driving on the Pilot Super Sports, I felt as if I could driver faster and take turns at speeds I typically don’t, as the tire gave me that much confidence. Now on the Sumitomo, I was braking much sooner to prepare for a turn. If I didn’t I would end up in the grass (even though I didn’t end up in the grass, I can’t say the same for some of my co-workers).

We didn't do a full test on the wet and dry course. And we're by no means expert testers like our sales specialists (who are our test drivers). But rest assured, you're in good hands when you're relying on the test results you read on the tires we offer. Our testers do this all season long and they've got my respect. And trust.

Here are our expert test results and more about our testing program.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89
 
 

2001 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Barrie, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
June 27, 2014

I am now on my 3rd set of these tires (AS/2 prior). These are an excellent balance between high performance and all-season. They last 3 times longer than the stock Bridgestone Potenza S-02 tires, with only s marginal difference in high performance dry driving.

Highly recommended for any S2K driver looking for great performance and longer life.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P6 Four Seasons

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P6 Four Seasons Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2008 Mercury Sable Premier FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Greece, NY
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
July 04, 2014

I bought a full set of these tires as replacement for the original tires, because I honestly liked the way the originals handled. In terms of handling and wet traction these tires have not disappointed. Performance in snow and ice has been mediocre. BUT in terms of life expectancy, they do not measure up. I am presently forced to replace a pair of them due to tread wear at 31,000 miles. Only 8,000 miles of these were as front drive tire usage; the other 23,000 miles were on the rear. As an easy-going driver, with balanced, properly pressurized usage, I expect to hit or exceed full warranty tread life miles, not only 2 thirds of it.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Aurora, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
July 03, 2014

I am now on my second set of these tires on my 2005 WRX wagon. Unfortunately I hit a big pothole with my first set and one of them was damaged so I had to replace them prematurely. They were at 7/16ths tread depth and I was on my third summer season with that first set. I just had a new set installed today. I didn't think twice about buying these tires again.

These are my summer tires in Colorado, and I commute over 50 miles per day. I absolutely love these tires. To sum them up, they are comfortable and quiet on my daily commute, but when I go for spirited drives they provide all the performance I need. Sure they're not track tires, but they are grippy and responsive, and they communicate their limit well. For me they are the perfect summer tire for a commuter who likes to have fun driving without worrying about their tires. And I've never had any issues in the rain either. I highly recommend them!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.45
 
 

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Miles driven on tires: 20,294
Location: Avon, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,294 Miles on Tires
July 02, 2014

I drove three Winter seasons on my Blizzak DM-V1s. I kept them at the factory recommended 33 PSI cold inflation pressure. I'm not much of a speeder, but I tend to take what my nephews call "high-G" turns. I tow a boat and trailer that weigh slightly less than 3,000 pounds all Winter; if it's above freezing and I can get on the water somewhere, I go. I've used Blizzaks on several different vehicles and am always impressed by how well they work in snow and on ice. As expected, they feel softer than Summer tires and even slightly "greasy" on warm roads. The shoulder blocks wore fairly quickly on the tires. I began to see the hard base layer underneath the softer tread layer at the beginning of the third season. However, they performed fine, even when backing the boat trailer down a roughly paved boat launch ramp covered by six inches of damp snow and ice. My only complaint is that they make quite a bit of tread noise. But, hey, the aggressive tread is what makes them work so well in deep snow. I'll probably buy another set, since they're the only tires available for my OEM wheels, but I'm not disappointed by that.

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

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2003 Audi A8L
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: West Seneca, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
June 26, 2014

Well, I finally stepped up to the plate and and purchased the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. Summer in WNY, so I cannot attest to the performance in the snow as yet. I usually switch to the Blizzacks once late Dec & Jan arrive. The Audi, with the Blizzacks is actually better than my LTZ Suburban (all-wheel drive)in the snow. I have to say, after reading all the comments (positive & negative), that I am SO please with them that I needed to write one of these comment things. They are so quite; the car rides so smooth and handles effortlessly; and there has been "zero" dip in gas mileage. In fact a shade better. I did run GY/Assurance tires on this previously. I really thought they were a good tire, and they were. Not necessarily a cheap tire either, but handled really good overall. I even have them on "the bride's" car. But, from the minute I put these Pirelli's on, all I can say is, "WoW". "It's a joy to open the car door knowing I have to take a drive". My driving range is mixed city/highway, with trips across the state and into the cities I travel. My Driving Habits for the most part are normal. However I do get a little spirited at times. I have my own cadence, and do enjoy downshifting through curves just because I can (not that I need to all the time). It just makes driving fun. The tires, playing an important roll in this experience are critical. Besides the comfort and quiet that I have gotten out of these tires, they perform extremely well. Cruising, Breaking, Gripping in Curves, Overall-performance,they are the best I have had at this point in my career. I am very pleased and wanted to share that with you. I will come back and enter my opinion when the snow flies. We all know "ice is ice" and unless you're in a tank doing 20 MPH, nothing else will stop you.I would highly recommend these tires to anyone, not that any one tire performs the same way on all cars. Safe Drive to all! No Texting; Pull over and rest if you're tired!

Introducing the Goodyear Assurance All-Season

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Assurance All-Season is Goodyear’s entry-level Passenger All-Season member of their Assurance family of tires. Developed for drivers of family sedans and minivans, the tire provides confident all-season traction and delivers Goodyear's value by combining attractive pricing, long wear and year-round traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, even in light snow. Currently, all sizes of this tire are made in the United States.

 Goodyear Assurance All-Season
Goodyear Assurance All-Season
 Goodyear Assurance All-Season
Goodyear Assurance All-Season


Features and Benefits of the Goodyear Assurance All-Season:

  • Multiple biting edges offer great all-season traction
  • Wide tread grooves help evacuate water and slush for enhanced wet traction
  • Optimized tread pattern reduces road noise for a quieter ride
  • Large stable shoulder blocks for confident dry and wet handling
  • 65,000-treadlife warranty

If you're looking to get the best performance at a great price, backed by a company with over 100 years of tire building experience, consider the Goodyear Assurance All-Season. Shop by vehicle and see if the Assurance All-Season is offered for your application.

Continental TrueContact: Strong All-Season Performance and Longevity

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Summer testing season is underway and one of our latest tests is quite promising for Continental's newest entry to the Standard Touring All-Season market. Tested against several of its competitors, the new Continental TrueContact posted the fastest lap times of the group in the wet and also featured the shortest stopping distances in our 60-0 mph braking test. Long known for good wet performance, Continental continues the trend with this new high mileage offering.

Coupled with strong wet performance, the TrueContact features mile warranties between 80,000 and 90,000 miles depending on speed rating. TrueContact tires use an all-season tread compound that features Continental's Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. The compound is molded into a symmetric design that provides continuous tread contact with the road to enhance steering response and handling while three wide circumferential grooves promote hydroplaning resistance and wet traction.

During our short time with the tire, it seemed to deliver on the goals of good road manners plus excellent wet traction. Take a look at "Continental TrueContact Introductory Drive" for a more complete look at this new potential class leader.

Best Max Performance Summer Tires Versus Best Ultra High Performance Summer Tires

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Gary Stanley

If you're like many car enthusiasts, you choose to use summer tires instead of all-seasons in order to get better handling, faster steering response and higher levels of wet and dry grip. And it it's time for new summer tires, you'll want to think about how much handling and grip you'll need, and of course, how much treadwear and ride you're willing give up. Take a look at the options available in the following two performance categories to help with your decision.

Max Performance Summer 

Tires in this category are the best of the best. They're offered by manufacturers for the performance tire market. They utilize the latest technology and materials to produce outstanding performance and handling while still providing good street manners. Two options worth considering are the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position and Michelin Pilot Super Sport. Today's Max Performance Summer tires often equal the grip of D.O.T. race tires of the past. 

Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
 Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport


Ultra High Performance Summer 

These tires are the next tier down from Max Performance Summer options. This category is designed for those wanting great performance for grip, cornering and handing, but need to do so at a lower cost. Often, tires in this category have slightly longer wear and a bit softer ride than a Max Performance Summer tire. A few options to take a look at are the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 and Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport.

 BFGoodrich g-force Sport COMP-2
BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2
 Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport


I've used the Michelin Pilot Super Sport on my own vehicle and have been very happy with my choice. For more information on this tire, read "Michelin Pilot Super Sport: 5,000 Mile Update."