What's the Best Brake Pad?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Doc Horvath

For most commuters, brake pads are items they can go through quickly and are often replaced only due to failure. In these cases, most people are prone to making quick decisions and don't take the time to consider the options available. To help find the best brake pad for your style of driving, review the differences in performance categories.

Premium

Assuming your vehicle never makes it to the track, brake pads in this category provide all the stopping power you need as you drive around town or hit the highway for a cross-country trip. Premium pads are of either semi-metallic materials for a good blend of stopping power and low noise or a ceramic compound to offer the same performance but with less dusting. Consider the options from Akebono, Brembo and Centric if this sounds like your style of driving.

Performance Street

Pads in this category move the driver one step up the performance ladder. They offer a quicker initial bite of the pad to the rotor and more resistance to brake fade in high temperature applications. All the pads in this category will use different combinations of semi-metallic compounds to give the driver better performance but at the cost of more brake dust and decreased rotor life. Hawk and StopTech provide great options in this category.

Autocross/Track

Brake pads from the Autocross/Track performance category exist to provide ultimate stopping power in the most extreme temperature conditions. Given their higher temperature thresholds, most pads in this category are not well suited for street use as they need to be warmed up above ambient temperature to be effective. Within the category, there exist different ideal temperature ranges so the driver can fine-tune the pad to their anticipated use. However, all track pads will come with a noticeable increase in pad and rotor wear, along with extreme amounts of brake dust that would be considered unacceptable for street use. Hawk provides the bulk of our options in this category.

How do you find the brake pad that's right for your application? Shopping by vehicle will show you every option that's a match for your car!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Thursday, February 20, 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.

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2007 Acura TL Type-S
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Manchester, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
February 13, 2014

I have been very pleased with the performance of this tire especially when compared to the OEM and other all season tires. The car is very sure footed and speeds in the 60 mph range are comfortable in up to an inch of snow. Cornering and Braking are also significantly more predictable and recover traction quickly when a skid is induced. I would absolutely recommend this tire and have in fact done so. However, I am also curious and would like to compare it to a Blizzak or other popular winter tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2009 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Atlanta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2014

I bought the Conti DWS after much deliberation and comparison research. I am glad to say these tires still exceed my expectations for most performances even after 10,000 miles – especially considering their price. They do tend to flat spot a little after being parked with hot brakes, but their blend of comfort and street type handling is very good. The steering has a small amount of on center delay, but the rate of steering response off center is actually quite quick, linear and appropriate for a Z rated tire. I am also impressed with the relatively long tread wear life available. DWS traction levels in wet or dry conditions are quite high, but slightly down from the highest priced summer tire levels available, but that’s to be expected from an all-season tire. In other words, the traction levels and long tread wear life available are really pretty darn good. If you want sticky summer tires for the track then look elsewhere. If you want well over twice the wear life of the best Z rated UHP summer tires with better comfort, decent steering, and fairly high traction levels (which should please most folks unless your are heading to the track) then this tire is for you. I have had no problems with irregular tread wear nor hydroplaning, but I did notice some low volume, mild tread pattern noise (hum) when the tires were new. Snow traction is good though be careful not to think your driving on winter tires. I found I still had to feather the throttle at red lights. Keep in mind the DWS is not a winter tire, but is a true all-season tire - rather than a three-season tire (like the other guys sell and yet still call them all-season tires). Based on the tire rack survey ratings, it appears other reviewers have noticed the good level of snow traction available from the DWS. Be advised the DWS uses a single ply body casing to help it achieve ride compliance. After 5000 miles the tires needed to be rebalanced. Best balanced, Z rated, all-season, UHP tire on the market today.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2013 BMW 335i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Alpine, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

I live in San Diego County in SoCal, but work in the far east county area, so have a commute that takes me from SD metro area to rural work location on a paved county road @ 3100" elevation. I get there via freeway to county road. This tire came as OEM with vehicle & I expect I will get 35,000 out of them before they have to be replaced (with the same tire). County road I drive on is winding & old asphalt (course, but not rough or broken), so these tires have gotten a workout. Seem to still be as quiet now as when I first got vehicle new. I get about 30 MPH average fuel economy on a car that has a 300 HP six-cyl engine with twin-turbos. I attribute a good portion of that to these tires (better than US EPA specs for fuel economy on this model). Car has been from West Coast to DC via Atlanta & back via Fla Gulf Coast - no problems at all in any conditions encountered. Went conservative on snow performance since I've only had limited experience with that (we do get some snow where I work in SD - I know, we're not supposed to get snow in San Diego). Wet & dry performance are exceptional. They have held grip in circumstance when I would have expected they would let go (hard braking). Can't say enough about this tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2011 Volvo XC70
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Leesburg, VA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

This is an initial review and first impression. I'll post more detail when we rack up more miles. Most initial reviews tend to be relative, meaning the first impression tends to be based on comparison to the previous tires. These PureContacts (235/50/18 97V) replaced OEM Michelin Latitude Tour HP tires, which performed well with good tread life, even tread wear, and quiet ride. Their primary downfall was less than secure handling in winter conditions.

Out of the gate, these Continentals are very good. The ride is quiet, at least as quite or more so than the Michelins. They ride firm as a new tire, but not excessively so. We've driven them in light snow and wet conditions with no problems. Steering response is noticeably improved, but this is a Volvo with the comfort chassis and it's never going to be sporty.

I researched tires in great detail for weeks and went back and forth before choosing these tires. In the end, there were two tie breakers: the 60-day buy and try guarantee plus the consistent reviews and tests showing this tire has excellent handling in wet and light snow. It didn't hurt that these also were the least expensive of the top rated grand touring all season tires. For a family car, it's important for a tire to earn its keep when you need it most, which is during poor weather conditions and emergency braking. This has been a great choice so far.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2005 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Oak Ridge, NC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2014

Tire feels great on the Acura TSX. Is certainly quiet, smooth and comfortable. The wear has been little to none in 20,000 miles, so it is excellent; handling is very sure too - rain or dry conditions. I am more concerned with the TSX feeling like a comfortable sedan than a sporty car... Unfortunately had to be in Atlanta during the snow in January amongst all of the gridlock, ice, glaze and snow, witnessing first hand various cars and tires 'pretending' or truly contending in these elements. The Serenity Plus tires were exceptional on the ice and packed glaze allowing me to go where many vehicles simply could not - including up hills. They weren't exactly impressive in snow, but did the job. Braking performance in these elements was OK at best. Overall, if one knows how to drive in serious winter conditions, the tires instill enough confidence to know that you can get where you need to go with this car/tire combination. In summary, an excellent tire that I'd buy again and again.

 

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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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

2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Branford, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

I bought these tires a month ago to replace tires damaged by road debris. These are by FAR the best tires I've had on this car, including OEM Potenzas, Kumho Solus KH16, two sets of General Altimax HP. The General's were pretty good, but wore fast and did not corner/brake on snow well. These Pirelli's are amazing. The car is noticeably quieter and rides smoother -- it's like a new car. We have had a snowy winter so far in CT so I have had many chances to test these on snow and ice. I have had snow tires on other cars that didn't perform this well. Truly impressive. Yesterday I drove up the steep hill to my house on 8 inches of unplowed, unsalted snow without so much as a slip. A Subie and these tires is unstoppable! Very, very happy with this purchase... would buy again in a heartbeat.

 

Is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology the Best Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire? Our Customers Think So!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The main concern of many crossover and SUV customers is traction, treadlife and road noise, not always in that order. Continental's CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is a tire that rates highly in all of these key areas.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, currently ranked first in our survey results, is Continental's ecologically friendly Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire developed to help crossovers, sport utility vehicles and light-duty pickup trucks perform on the highway and in mild off-road conditions. It's designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces, while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow.

 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


Continental uses an all-season tread compound featuring their Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. The compound is molded into a symmetric tread design with notched outboard shoulders, independent intermediate tread blocks and continuous center ribs to blend on-road steering response and straight-line stability with reduced noise and enhanced ride comfort. Four circumferential grooves enhance wet traction while Continental’s Traction Grooves (featuring ridges in the outboard grooves) promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow traction.

To view the performance ratings for the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, take a look at "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2006 Honda Civic EX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: North Canton, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

Buy this tire.

I bought these tires near the end of summer after my General Altimax HP tires gave me a nice long service life. I decided to go with this Firestone model because of the low cost and good reviews. My initial impression of the tire is that they are very quiet and offer good wet and dry performance. The fuel economy is about 1mpg better than the Altimax, which is negligible.

I always hesitate to write a review of a tire because for me, the winter performance is why I buy an all-season tire. I live in the Canton, Ohio area, so we get a decent amount of snow during the winter months. We recently had a good snowstorm that gave us icy conditions one day, light snow the next, and heavy snow the day after that. Please keep in mind that all of my driving was around town and not out on the freeway.

In the icy conditions, the tire performed like I expect any tire to perform: terrible. That is perfectly fine with me because I don't like being "that guy" that feels invincible because he has snow tires and/or AWD. I drive slow and try to get there in one piece. This tire got that job done for me.

In light snow, the tire did a great job. From a stop, there was the expected wheel spin that a non-snow tire provides, but it was less than what I anticipated. I never felt like I was going to slide through an intersection when the time came to stop, either. Granted, I drive slower in the snow and start braking at least 500' from a red light. The tires did not let me down in those panic situations where the light suddenly turns yellow, and I have to make a snap decision to try to brake or to potentially run the red.

In deep snow the tire did a great job as well. The performance was surprisingly similar to the light snow performance.

In all situations, I think that I would have trusted this tire on the freeway to get me to my destination, provided I would slow down for the conditions.

I would buy this tire again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: San Marcos, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

I drive a heavily modified Porsche 951 making around 450 hp and 450 ft-lbs. The torque comes in quick and hard, it takes a really sticky tire to not turn to smoke in 1st and 2nd gear. These tires are the best I've ever had on this car, I'm running the 265/35/18 on a 10" wide wheel and its a little small, my next purchase will be 295/30/18's of the same tire. These things let me put my power to the ground, but they also let my car handle like a Porsche. I'm sitting on some pretty aggressive coil over suspension all around with huge sway bars and solid mounts everywhere. The car was built to rip corners, and these tires hold like glue at 100+ mph turns. I've got huge 4 pot brembo brakes grabbing 14" rotors on the car, with some pretty aggressive pagid pads. Its enough brake force to lock up most tires at 100 mph at max pedal effort, but these tires are the best non slicks I've ever used as far as having the grip to let me stop quickly. They handle wet weather great too, but I have to warn people these are a true summer tire and are downright dangerous in near freezing temps. I can't comment on the ride quality of these tires due to the aforementioned suspension, nor on the sound of them because I can't hear anything over my 4" open turbo-back exhaust. Tread life isn't incredible but I'm hard on these tires, sliding them around and spinning them fairly often. Also, its an incredibly soft performance tire so I wasn't expecting amazing life out of them. I said to myself if I got 10k miles on the street out of them I would be happy, and so far I'm at 15k and I think I can make it to 20k. When my current set of 4 is toast, I will definitely be buying another, slightly wider set. Great tires!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Potomac Falls, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

This is my second winter on these tires, I have used winter tires on my cars for years now, even though we haven't been getting as much snow around here as we used to growing up. I love that with these tires I can actually drive my Carrera in the snow, rather than keep it parked like a garage queen. Since most folks in my area don't switch to snow tires, they are utterly baffled when they see me driving with ease in several inches of snow. Braking performance in snowy conditions is fantastic.

General cold weather driving, sans snow, is very good. The tires maintain their grip on dry roads, slide progressively and aren't as squirmy in the tread as some winters are. The downside is a bit of tire noise, especially under braking, but it's not too bad. Hydroplane resistance is very good, even in heavy rain.

Keep your performance car on the road even ion winter weather! Highly recommend.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2013 Mazda CX-9
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2014

I bought these for my wife as I wanted her to be absolutely safe driving my kids around in the winter/snow and WOW do these tires ever live up to that expectation. I've had a few different sets of snow tires in my lifetime and these are by far THE BEST I've ever had. As men often do, I have tried several times to break traction in some pretty hairy wintery/snowy conditions and you have to seriously work hard to do that.

I'm actually jealous because I have Dunlop Winter Sport 3Ds on my vehicle and that don't even come close to performing as well as these Blizzaks do in the snow and ice. I can't emphasize enough how well these tires do with both acceleration and deceleration/braking. These tires defy physics in my opinion. I can't say enough good things about them. Would DEFINITELY buy these again. In fact, these will probably be the only winter tires I will buy going forward.

 

Hankook Ventus S1 noble2: Great Performance at a Value Price

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Ventus S1 noble2 is the newest Ultra High Performance All-Season tire offered from Hankook and a recent Tire Rack test showed the tire to be one of the best in its performance category. In our test, "Testing Value-Priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires," the Ventus S1 noble2 proved to be a top performer in key areas like ride comfort, road noise and wet traction. We compared Firestone's Firehawk Wide Oval AS, the General G-MAX AS-03, Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2.

 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2


The Ventus S1 noble2 (H452) is developed for drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans looking to combine on-road performance with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Designed to provide Hankook's ideal ultra high performance all-season balance, the Ventus S1 noble2 blends handling and cornering performance with all-season traction, even in light snow.

Ventus S1 noble2 tires use hybrid compound technology silica that combines wet road traction with lower rolling resistance and longer treadlife. This compound is molded into a sophisticated semi-rib asymmetric tread design that features notched outboard shoulders, intermediate and center ribs to deliver responsive handling and stable cornering in dry conditions. Four circumferential grooves and inboard Aqua Hydro Block technology provide efficient wet traction and braking. Carving edge grooves and 3D sipes promote wet road and wintertime traction without abandoning dry road response and handling.

If you're looking to get the most tire for your money, the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 is definitely a great performing tire at a value price.

Upgrade Your Vehicle's Performance with Brembo Brakes

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Brembo is the brake component manufacturer many race teams, enthusiasts and daily drivers depend on to give their vehicle the increased braking performance they demand.

To Brembo, racing is the most advanced experimental laboratory for assessing the success of its products. Teams equipped with Brembo brakes have won hundreds of automobile and motorcycle racing championships in such internationally recognized racing organizations as Formula 1, CART, NASCAR, FIA World Rally and Superbike.

Their race-inspired braking systems and components are used as Original Equipment on the world’s finest passenger cars and light trucks. Vehicle manufacturers using Brembo components include BMW, Porsche and Ferrari, along with specific applications for such automobiles as Mercedes-Benz, Dodge Viper and the Ford Mustang Cobra.

 Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
 Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors
Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors


Tire Rack offers Brembo pads and rotors for most vehicles which are a simple upgrade to your vehicle's performance and style. We also offer Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads, as well as Brembo Replacement Rotors, Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors and Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors.

Brembo Sport Drilled Rotor:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and highway driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Bold, aggressive appearance

Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and track driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Race-ready look

Shop by vehicle and view the full line of brake products offered for your driving needs. When it comes time to find the best braking components for your vehicle, consider upgrading your performance with Brembo brake pads and rotors.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2008 Honda CRV LX
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Towaco, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2014

The perfect winter tire. I replaced my all-seasons with a set of these and now I can drive with confidence in the snow. I researched snow tires to death before I decided on these and it was a great decision. When I'm buying tires I spend almost too much time researching online because of the high expense and I want the best for my money. You cant beat the price for the performance. I priced out local shops for 17" tires for my CRV and I ended up saving money by downsizing the wheel to a 16"and going with a rim/wheel combo from tire rack. So far the performance is perfect given the limits of my FWD car. Driving up steep hills with these in FWD will still spin your tires but I can at least pass people that don't obviously have winter tires. My biggest concern with snow and ice driving is cornering and BRAKING! Last week I had to brake hard at a stop light on snow and the ABS didnt even activate. The tires did their job. On the cornering, I still use great caution but I have not had any problems with these so far. If your trying to decide on which snow tire is better than the other and are stuck on a few different brands, stop wasting your time and but the Arctic's!.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2013 Chrysler Town and Country
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: SILVER SPRING, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2014

I live in MD and we don't get much snow around here so a winter tire is overkill, unless like me you go looking for snow to get your skiing fix. Purchased these Conti's two weeks ago and already took a trip up to Vermont over MLK holiday. I'm very impressed by this tire. I read all the reviews about winter tires and road noise in dry conditions but I didn't notice any difference between these and my OEM Yokohama's. It could be the weight of the car that makes things better, noise wise, as compared to what other reviewers noticed. The stability is a bit off but I'm driving a minivan so I was not expecting much. On our recent trip to VT (with a return detour through the Poconos PA) we hit snow, slush, ice and windy roads. The tires performed admirably again and again. Up moderately steep mountain roads covered with 4in of fresh snow and hard packed snow under... no problem (but I had to use the manual shifter to keep it steady traction in 3rd gear and engine brake going down), slush on the highways... no problem, ice on some of the byways... well, abs engaged when stopping a few times but I think that's how it's suppose to work. I was originally worried about the unique pattern of the Conti's and was going to go with the Michelin's (used them and lowed them when I lived in the snowy part of Europe) but the price difference was a big factor for me given that I would be using these tires max 3 mo out of the year. Tirerack delivery was great. Got my tires in two days.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2007 Ford Fusion SEL
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Boise, ID
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

I ran a set of the Conti ExtremeContactDWS through a full life on my Fusion. Treadwear was better than the other two sets of tires this car has worn, but not outstanding. I believe the first generation Fusions have a compromised front end alignment that increases the outside shoulder wear. I strongly believe with a camber change in front these tires would have lasted about 10000 more miles as the inner 60% of the tread surface had life left while the outer 40% was into the wear bars when replaced. Winter traction with the DWS was very good in ice, snow and wet conditions, at least throught the S portion of the tread. Cornering response and feel was good, a little softer turn in than some performance tires, but the limits are high and the feedback at the limit is good. Straight line and braking traction is very good. Fuel economoy was better with the DWS than either tire the car had before as well. I liked these tires enough to replace them with the same when the first set wore out, as well as putting them on another car that my son owns. The price point is very good for the performance and wear life of the tires. I have recommended this model tire to friends with performance cars, and they have been happy with them as well.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2006 Honda Civic EX Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

If you live in any of the snow states, these tires are a must. It transformed my little open diff fwd economy car into a snow hungry monster. For light snow, I can drive pretty much like it's dry. In heavy snow, I can still plow through with great stability especially when changing lanes on the high way.

Recently my area had about 18" of snow, and my car was able to plow it's way from my driveway onto the street without any problem. My neighbors thought my Honda had awd..

No your AWD with all season tire will not out perform a 2WD vehicle with proper snow tires. You may able to get off the line a little faster, but you'll just end up in a ditch faster. Blizzak offer you better traction ALL around. Acceleration, braking, and cornering.

I'm on my third season and I still have over 9/32" of thread left. It's going to be a while before I have to replace it.

There are down sides, such as dry response and grip. You feel instantly the soft sidewall of these tires compare to AS or summer tire. I got white knuckled once taking a corner aggressively like I would on my AS tire. I only gave this tire a 5/7/6 in the dry category.

However, just looking at the snow performance alone, I give this tire 10/10!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 6

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Manchester, NH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
September 16, 2012

I'm having trouble closing the gap between most other reviews, Tire Racks test of this tire, and my experience. Replaced the OEM Bridgestone Potenza RE92's with these and the ride is a little softer and much quieter, but steering response is terrible. I'm seeing few complaints of this in the reviews, and Tire Rack puts steering response as one of the strong points of the tire, but I can drive down the highway, wiggle the steering wheel, and feel the car yaw like a boat. It's a similar feeling to when I drive my parents 12 yr old Buick LeSabre, not really an acceptable driving characteristic in anything in a "performance" category. Outright grip when cornering and braking seems good, but again, any steering inputs mid corner result in a delay while the outside tires load up, then the requested change in direction. Maybe I was spoiled by the rock hard sidewalls of the run-flat Bridgestones, but I find it hard to believe all tires in this category behave like this.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Hamilton, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2013

This is the best street tire out there if your looking for the fastest lap times. Dry grip is amazing, steering feel is sharp and super fast, wet grip is even very good at 100+mph felt no loss of traction with wet track conditions and pouring rain, I was impressed. They never overheated on the road course with 30min sessions. Braking grip is very good too.
Very stiff sidewalls and these tires do run very wide. I've done 6 trackdays and the tires still look great! So treadwear is lasting longer than i expected. And I drive to and from the track.
Overall performed excellent in every way, except price...it is very expensive compared to other extreme performance tires but I think its still worth it.
Buy this tire you won't be disappointed! And now they have the updated AD08-R version?
So even better??