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

Friday, September 7, 2012 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.


BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8

2009 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Providence, RI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
September 06, 2012

I purchased this set of tires for track/autoX use on my Civic SI, I was attempting to find a well priced tire with a higher tread wear rating but good grip, something that I could get a full season maybe two out of. My first use of these was a 2 day event at Watkins Glen. The day consisted of 4x40min sessions which is longer than the usually HPDE session, and for the amount of abuse I put through these they held up very well, by the end of the day the only issue was a combination of my lack of camber up front as well as soft sidewall caused the tire to roll over farther than it should have an I got some pretty serious chunking along the outer edge of the tread. A camber kit and slightly higher pressures should fix this.

The grip level for these tires is pretty impressive, I have driven on PS2's and Star Specs and I'd say the grip level is just slightly below the star specs, the tires never really felt greasy during my 40min sessions so for the price I really do like them, I wish the sidewall was a bit stiffer, it was softened due to noise complaints I believe.

As far as comfort, ride and noise go, they ride fairly well for a performance tire, they are noisy so if you're looking for a DD tire this is probably not right for you its meant to perform. They are pretty comfortable on the road I drove 6 hours on my way back from Watkins Glen on these and really couldn't complain, I am on stock suspension but will update this soon now that I have HFP suspension on the Honda.

Over all for the budget HPDE / Track / AutoX driver I can highly recommend these as they are both budget friendly as well as a pretty impressive performer.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: ONEIDA, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
August 15, 2012

Porsche 993's are notorious for rear tire wear. I have a conservative street alignment, and got 11K miles out of my first set of Hankooks on the rear. These tires replaced a set of Michelin Pilot Sports. A full set of four Hankooks, cost as much as a pair of rear Michelins. For street use, and the occasional auto-x, Hankooks are the best IMHO.

Great wet and dry weather performance, very low road noise, and the car rides smooth. Ride quality is certainly a very subjective thing naturally, afterall...my 993 is lowered, and has adjustable sways and a strut brace. That being said, it rides better than my wife's 2012 Mini Countryman S ALL4..thos e---- runflats you know.

Highly reccomend these tires, great value, long wear, and very predictable road characteristics.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6

2011 BMW 335i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
June 15, 2012

One thing I didn't realize about my 335 was that I'd be changing the rear tires every 15K. Then I was even more scared when I realized that the stock Brigestone Potenza RFT's were 860 bucks for two tires. I started researching and found a bunch of tires that were non run flats that were much cheaper. Great! Then I found some that people love to AutoX with and were only 200 bucks a piece! Awesome! I autox from time to time and was stoked. I debated on the whole run flat thing, but the consensus among anyone that knows anything is that run flats ----. So I jumped. I put the Hankook Ventus V12's on.

I was pumped, it was supposed to be a superior sticky AutoX tire that was quieter and softer for 50% the cost. WOW. So I started driving on my new tires. Definitely quieter. Definitely good grip. Pulled on to the highway. All of a sudden the car starts tramming hard. Then the back end starts flapping in the wind like I had marshmellows on the back. They were terrible. I had no idea how anyone under the age of 65 liked those tires. Horrible. I was then told that nothing will suit my fancy other than run flats if I wanted that stiff responsiveness. So I researched and found these guys.

What a difference. Better performance than runflats, quieter, grippier, excellent steering response and cheaper. Not by much, but cheaper. A definite no brainer. Best tire for the money.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta XS

Monday, July 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta XS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.62
 
 

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Manchester, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
July 06, 2012

I have run these tires fir two seasons now and i have been pleased with their performance. Confidence inspiring through corners when dry and wet. They will hydroplane over standing water but its predictable and managable. I bought them for autoX but was too cheap to buy commuter tires as well so after two summers of 74miles to work and back each day they have worn down and make alot of noise. This wasn't unexpected with 180 tread wear but its not a bad idea to run two sets if you have a long commute.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2011 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Hamburg, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
July 03, 2012

These tires came stock on my 2011 Mustang GT/CS. TO call my driving style "spirited" is an understatement. I am an auto-crosser. I have not auto-crossed the Mustang, but I enjoy the car daily on the back roads and highway to work. Handling, acceleration, braking, and overall performance were exceptional. I am down to the wear-bars on all four tires at 18,000 miles, but I am happy with that longevity considering what I have asked of these tires. For the price, these are worth the investment as a performance street tire. I would want more lateral grip if I were going to run this car on a track or in autocross. They are predictable when they do break loose, and easily re-grab traction to gain control of the car.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Friday, July 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2005 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Angels Camp, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
July 02, 2012

High 5 corvette owners. I own a 2005 c6 z51 corvette with auto transmission A-4. I changed the gear ratio to 3.42, callowway cold intake, 170 degree theromstat and complete 2007 Z06 exhaust from manifolds to npp mufflers. A dyno tune resulted with the injectors being, 95 percent of with 5 percent remainding for upgrades. At the track with factory Goodyear run flats never provided much traction. Second gear would push the car sideways to a very dangerous steering recovery to almost wecking my vette. I purchased bridgestone RE11 because of the reviews. I can honestly say you will feel it in your gut as the tires certainly grip the road. From dead stop it was easy to spin the tires but with the RE11 it pulls very hard from no tire slippage. These are great tires for performance cars. I will buy them again. A lot more quiet that the run flats too. I reccomend them for all corvettes. However, with 140 threadware they will not last as long as a higher threadwares. I agree all corvettes should have been shoed with RE11 tires.

 

A 2012 Street Tire Auto-X Favorite: Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Although the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec's name is a bit taxing, its popularity and test results have been quite clear. As one of the top Extreme Performance Summer tires, the Z1 Star Spec has been a hit among drivers looking to be competitive in street tire racing classes which demand a treadwear of 140 or higher.

It seems that the creation of a new class, dubbed Street Mod Street or SMS for short in SCCA's SOLO II category, has added to the Dunlop's popularity. This class allows drivers of highly modified vehicles to use the Star Spec as a more cost-effective alternative to R-compound tires. Where as before in Street Modified, the only way to be truly competitive was to run a low tread depth tire (2-4/32") and extremely soft compound (Hoosier A6). Now drivers can enjoy tires that can be driven to the event, wear much longer and are easier on the budget -- all while staying class competitive.

Recently, I went to a SCCA event in Fort Wayne, Indiana and counted approximately 15 cars using this tire. The types of cars varied greatly and included the SMS class winner in a well-prepared Acura Integra, as well as two newer body style Mustang GTs, an E46 BMW M3 and a handful of Miatas. Given the large amount of available sizes ranging from 14-18", the tire's low price point and phenomenal track times, I can't say that I was surprised at what I saw.

If you're looking to outfit your sports car, sports sedan or grassroots racer with a competitive street tire, then watch "Testing the New Extremes of Extreme Performance Summer Tires" and see how this tire can help you enjoy driving more.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN S.T.

Friday, April 20, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN S.T.Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: BLAINE, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2012

I use this tire albeit no longer available, on my 2003 Tahoe to pull my boat and racecar. I do not have to drive far as you can see by the milage I have submitted. Roger had asked me to purchase a fifth tire just incase something terrible happened to one of my tires, definitely a good idea when you purchase a tire that will and is no longer being made. You may think that I have not tested this tire on the Tahoe without pulling a trailer...wrong. I tested this tire in the dry and with over 500hp (5.3L supercharged and misc.), truly one of Yokohama's best. Can't understand why they stopped making them and the tire that repaled them, although a good seller, is no Advan S.T. I hear no noise from this tire at any speed and I tow very fast. Tread wear is un-noticable. Ride is exceptionally comfortable. It has an awesome tread pattern that is classic high performance Yokie. I love this tire and expect it too be a favorite in my auto stall. The only chance I had to drive this tire in the rain was when towing my boat. No issues and or problems. Traction was great. What tire will I switch to when these wear out or get too old...only time will tell. I expect to use this tire for the next 5-7 years.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2009 Audi TTS 2.0T Quattro Roadster
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Laguna Niguel, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2012

Great tire - I have a long commute and was looking for a tire that had high performance characteristics but with a bit more mileage since I tend to accumulate miles quickly on this car.. Nice compromise. Handling sharpness and steering response is a step down from the oem conti sport contact 3's that came on this car when new. However, these are super quiet, smooth, handle rain very well, and have barely worn 10000 miles in.. I probably wouldn't like these if i auto crossed this car - but for a fun commuter, these are perfect..

 

How to Get Your New Tires Installed

Friday, March 2, 2012 by Alex Mouroulis

We offer many options when it comes to shipping destinations. Many customers prefer to receive their order at home so they can take their tires to an installation facility. We are able to ship to your place of work, home or alternate address. There's also the option of shipping directly to your local garage.
 

If you don't have a garage in mind, be sure to find one of our independent Recommended Installers near you. We've carefully screened each facility to ensure they have the right equipment and experience to satisfactorily serve our customers. In fact, to become a Recommended Installer a company must:

  • Use proper mounting and balancing equipment including touchless or rim clamp, European-style tire changers and high-speed computer spin balancers.
  • Employ properly trained technicians capable of safely performing damage-free installations.
  • Be an automotive business that can offer additional services to customers (alignments, complete repairs, auto detailing, etc.)
  • Possess a positive attitude and the ability to treat Tire Rack's customers with the highest level of professional courtesy.

Only after these criteria are met is a company approved to be a Recommended Installer for Tire Rack. So go ahead and find one near you.

Wheels for Your New Elantra

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Do you remember the Hyundai Excel? It was Hyundai's first serious push into U.S. market. Well, if you can conjure up an image or recollection of the vehicle, you can appreciate how far Hyundai has come with the new Elantra.
 

The 2011-2012 Elantra GLS is a nice-looking car at a reasonable price. If you feel like adding a little sportiness to your car, you can easily do so without spending a lot of money.
 

From 15" to 20" sizing, there are over 100 different wheel options available. With new wheel styles being introduced and some classic wheels on clearance, there are plenty of ways to add flavor on any budget. For example, the Sport Tuning 15" wheels are currently marked down to $49-$55* per wheel.

15x6.5 42mm offset Machined With Black Accent Sport Tuning T5 $55*
Sport Tuning T5 $55*
15x6.5 42mm offset Machined With Black Accent $49*
Sport Tuning T6 $49*
15x6.5 42mm offset Machined With Black Accent Sport Tuning T10 $55*
Sport Tuning T10 $55*


Your Elantra GLS either came with 15" wheels on the 195/65-15 Hankook Optimo H426 or optional 16" wheels running on the 205/55-16 Continental ContiProContact or 205/55-16 Hankook Optimo H426. Regardless if you have the 15" or 16" set-up, or even want larger wheels, be sure to find a Recommended Installer near your home or office for easy installation.
 

Are you wondering how a two-toned wheel will work with Elantra's overall styling? You can get a pretty good idea by taking a look at this wheel style on the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe which debuted at the Chicago Auto Show:

2011-2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS FAQ:

  1. Will the Sport Tuning Wheels accept my original Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensors? Yes, your installer can move your existing TPMS sensor to these wheels.
     
  2. I also want to get new tires. Can Tire Rack mount, balance and deliver the tires and wheels so they're ready to be installed? Yes, if you decide to purchase tires, we offer free mounting and balancing. I would consider the Yokohama AVID ENVigor as a good choice to improve overall performance and wet grip. The total for this Tire & Wheel Package with the Sport Tuning T6 is $668.***

*Limited stock, prices subject to change

***Including TPMS sensors, excluding shipping

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR Z Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.43
 
 

1988 Chevrolet Corvette
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Moore, OK
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2012

I Autocross this 88 Corvette Coupe multiply times a year in Oklahoma and Texas. Sometime I drive this 88 Corvette from the Track home. I'm happy with the performance. I'm purchasing a second set. I get about 2 seasons of auto crossing out of a set. By the third year there to hard for Auto Crossing. I keep old set for a spare or a flat at the track.v

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

Thursday, February 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 6000
Location: Northwest, IA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2012

I put the LT265/70R17 E DuraTrac's on my 08 Chev Crew. They have preformed well in every situation I have put them in. They have been surprisingly quiet on the highway and respond very well in town. I have driven through snow, rain, and sleet on paved roads, gravel, and off-road. I have not even come close to getting stuck with auto 4WD. I feel like I can go anywhere. I am hoping they wear well with regular rotation. So far I have no complaints with their performance and they look great!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.86
 
 

2006 Infiniti M35 Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 22000
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 22000 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2012

I installed a set of these the day before I moved from Miami to Boston (2 years ago). The drive up was spectacular. A 1400 mile road test through varying terrain, weather and pavement conditions. After living in Boston for a year I moved back down to Miami and Drove part of the way back (opting for the AutoTrain for most of the trip). However, I did drive it in Boston (no snow) and have driven it since I moved back. I have to say that I am extremely satisfied with these tires. They are by no means the sportiest nor the quietest, but they wear incredibly well and have excellent traction (especially during South Florida's rainy season). It took me so long to write a review because I've never had to think about them since I installed them. That should be the best testimonial. They are still good on traction, but I'm starting to look at buying another set. I am not an agressive driver and I will admit that I have driven less than the yearly average, but I've still managed to put just over 22k miles on them and they still have at least 60% tread. I highly recommend these...you can't go wrong with the price, performance or durability.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 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.

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75
 
 

1998 Volvo S70 T5
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Miles driven on tires: 25000
Location: Bremerton, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25000 Miles on Tires
February 01, 2012

Driving a 260whp Volvo, and these things stick, period. On dry pavement its difficult to break these lose unless I brake boost (auto tranny). wet pavement the will spin under acceleration but still a great wet tire, how do I know, I live near Seattle so at least 15,000mi were wet miles. They corner like a dream as well, and have pulled my car (~3200lbs) with three guys in it (avg 200lbs ea) through the twistys faster than most front wheel drive cars have a right too! Excelent performance tire!

So here's the down side, treadwear, I put 25k on them and I drove them until I had a belt showing (I have a good bit of negative camber so the inside edge wore out way sooner than the rest of the tire) but for a treadwear rating of 240 (I think) what more can you ask for. For a 35 series tire the ride wasn't horrible (unless you ask my girlfreind) but its gonna bounce you around a bit (also I'm running rather stiff coilovers that may be more responsible for the ride)

For me Performance > durability, so these are a hands down awesome tire in my opinion. I WILL buy these again and am eager to try the Eagle F1 Assymetric 2!

Shipping to a Recommended Installer

Monday, January 23, 2012 by Ben Rooney
 For your convenience, Tire Rack keeps a database of Recommended Installers that are searchable by ZIP Code. As part of our network of installers, these shops have agreed to accept your shipment while being ready to handle your installation needs. 

This is often convenient if you do not want to receive the shipment yourself and load the tires into your car. This is especially helpful if you have a vehicle with limited trunk space and/or only two seats.

The cost to deliver tires depends only on the ZIP Code of the delivery, so there is no extra cost to have tires sent directly to the shop. Since the installers are independent businesses, one would pay the labor charges for the installation directly to the shop that does the work.

We collect price quotes and review data from all of the installers in our national network. Those that provide specific pricing based on tire sizes are highlighted as Price Pledge installers. Price Pledge installers that consistently receive excellent customer survey ratings are further highlighted as Price Pledge Plus installers. In fact, all Recommended Installers must meet Tire Rack's uncompromising criteria and must posses the following equipment and experience to become one of our Recommended Installers:
  1. Use proper mounting and balancing equipment including touchless or rim clamp, European-style tire changers and high-speed computer spin balancers.
  2. Employ properly trained technicians capable of safely performing damage-free installations.
  3. Be an automotive business that can offer additional services to customers (alignments, complete repairs, auto detailing, etc.)
  4. Possess a positive attitude and the ability to treat Tire Rack's customers with the highest level of professional courtesy.
Find a Recommended Installer near your home or office and get your Tire Rack purchase installed with confidence! 

Best All-Season Tires for the Honda Accord

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by Steve Huffman
The Honda Accord has been one of America's best-selling cars for decades. With great styling and ample room for passengers to go along with excellent fuel economy, the Accord is a staple on the American highway. And, when the time comes to replace tires, Accord drivers should take a look at the following all-season options.

If you're in an area like the Northeast or Midwest that receives its fair share of snow, then consider the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. This tire has superior all-season traction and as its name entails, the tire offers a very smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. This Grand Touring All-Season option is currently the top-rated tire in our Tire Survey Results.

Maybe you're looking to make your Honda a little more responsive? Then check out the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. This Ultra High Performance All-Season tire has superior handling and cornering, as well as great traction. This summer, when we compared a set of these Bridgestone tires against three competitors, the RE970AS Pole Position came out on top. A detailed report of our testing can be found by taking a look at "Testing Bridgestone's Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire."

Finally, if you're looking for great value, the General AltiMAX HP is the tire for your Honda. This General tire is one of the most popular all-season tires for the Accord as it offers excellent all-season traction, a smooth and comfortable ride and typically, tire prices for the AltiMAX won't break the bank.

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS
Pole Position
General AltiMAX HP
General AltiMAX
HP

When you're looking at auto tire dealers for your next set of Honda tires, be sure to shop by vehicle to find the proper set for your driving needs.

215/45-17 Tires for Your Toyobaru

Thursday, December 8, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
After what seems like decades on the concept car show circuit, Toyota and Subaru are beginning to release production versions of the Toyobaru. The Subaru BRZ and Toyota FT-86 (Scion FR-S in North America) are premiering at the Tokyo Auto Show. On paper, the Toyobaru checks all the right boxes with rear-wheel drive for proper handling, proper engine placement for balance and low weight for overall performance. 

Along with showing the car at the Tokyo Auto Show, the Toyobaru partnership lent out a few test cars. The consensus is that Toyota and Subaru have really hit one out of the park, way out of the park, like beyond Waveland Avenue. 

Right now, hundreds of driving enthusiasts are dreaming of the Toyobaru that'll soon be parked in their garage. If they're truly hardcore, then they are already dreaming about the vehicle's tires, too. We know the Toyobaru will run 215/45-17, but it isn't clear what Original Equipment tire will be picked.

What if the 215/45-17 O.E. tire chosen for the Toyobaru isn't what I'm looking for, what should I purchase as a replacement? Subaru plans to sell the BRZ at a higher price point relative to the FR-S. Hopefully, this will allow Subaru to equip the vehicle with a set of the Dunlop SP Sport 600 on the production BRZ. These Dunlop performance tires are the Original Equipment on the 2011-2012 Subaru Impreza STI and their reputation was honed as the O.E. on the 2008 Nissan GT-R, and Nissan used the SP Sport 600 on their record-breaking Nurburgring runs.

The Scion FR-S will be priced more aggressively so Toyota may try keep the car in budget by using the 215/45-17 Grand Touring All-Season Michelin Primacy MXM4, O.E. on the Lexus CT 200h. Fortunately, there are several 215/45-17 tires suitable for the Scion FR-S. If I'm going to spend money on a new car, I'd want to great tires at a good price.

215/45-17 Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec
215/45-17 Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec
215/45-17 Hankook RS-3
215/45-17 Hankook
R-S3
215/45-17 Kumho Ecsta XS
215/45-17 Kumho
Ecsta XS

The Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec ($143*), Hankook R-S3 ($129*) and Kumho Ecsta XS ($129*) are all good choices but I'd select the Z1 Star Spec for it's versatility. It has great steering response, awesome dry grip and it performs decently in the wet. The Hankook RS-3 is slightly quicker in dry conditions, but gives up a lot when it comes to wet grip. The Kumho has great dry grip but has a numb steering response relative to the RS-3 and the Z1 Star Spec. They also suffer from average wet grip. 

Thank you Toyobaru for taking the road less traveled and letting us take our roads a little bit faster.

*Prices subject to change

When Should I Put on My Winter / Snow Tires?

Thursday, December 1, 2011 by Gary Stanley
While winter is not quite hWinter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packageere for most, it is coming. Is it too early to install your winter / snow tires? I get this question often and the answer varies depending on a few factors. In my opinion, the most important issues to consider are climate and the type of winter / snow tire that you're using. 

Climate is arguably the most important factor in deciding when to install your winter snow tires. A driver in Alaska would install their winter tires earlier in the year than a driver in Illinois (and leave them on longer into the spring, as well). This is not only because some areas get snow before other parts of the country, but due to the fact that temperature also plays a role. It's a good time to consider installing your winter / snow tires when average highs are consistently below 50º Fahrenheit. 

Most winter tires are designed to operate in lower ambient temperatures and may wear more rapidly when driven aggressively on warm pavement. This is especially true for more severe-duty winter / snow tires that we categorize as Studless Ice and Snow, including the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Michelin X-Ice Xi2

As mentioned above, Studless Ice and Snow tires like the Blizzak WS70 tend to wear more rapidly in warmer temperatures due to their soft compound and heavily siped tread patterns. Performance Winter / Snow tires like the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 can handle higher temperatures with less rapid tread wear compared to Studless Ice and Snow tires. Therefore, one can install Performance Winter / Snow tires earlier in the year and leave them on longer with less effect on wear. And to see how these winter performance tires perform, check out our Tire Survey Results.

If you don't yet have a winter tire setup, check out our snow tire prices and create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for the ultimate in convenience, as you can install them yourself without waiting in line at auto tire stores. 

General AltiMAX Arctic vs. Firestone Winterforce

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Are you still researching winter / snow tires? Well, Thanksgiving has just passed us by and it's time to pare down your list and decide what tires are right for your vehicle. And to help you with your decision, take a look at two options available in the Studdable Winter/Snow category: the Firestone Winterforce and General AltiMAX Arctic.

Firestone Winterforce
Firestone Winterforce
General AltiMAX Arctic
General AltiMAX Arctic

While a set of these Firestone auto tires and General winter tires can be studded ($15 per tire), most drivers are better off running them unstudded. Our testing found that driving without studs gives most drivers a better balance of snow traction, dry and wet road performance and ice grip.

Both tires are good choices but the General AltiMAX Arctic outperforms the Winterforce in many areas. The Firestone and General tires are comparable in moderate and deep snow, however the AltiMAX Arctic performs better in dry road handling, packed snow, ice and wet grip. Although all winter tires have tread noise, the AltiMAX Arctic has the added bonus of being significantly quieter. Customers agree with our test results as well, as this winter / snow tire is currently the top-rated tire in our Tire Survey Results.

General is owned by German tire manufacturer Continental, who supplies Original Equipment tires to many automobile manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen. So it's really no surprise that the AltiMAX Arctic is engineered so well to be a set of General truck tires for light duty applications, as well as a set of winter / snow tires for your SUV, coupe, sedan, minivan or crossover.

And whether you decide to purchase a new set of General AltiMAX Arctic tires or are looking for a set of Firestone tires for sale, use our Upgrade Garage to help you make an informed decision.