Announcing Our New Distribution Center in Denver, Colorado

Friday, July 18, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

If you happen to live in metro Chicago, you probably already know that you'll typically receive your tires in one business day.* After all, we're headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, just two hours away. Many areas located near one of our distribution centers receive their orders the next day.

Over the years, we've continued to grow, and consequently, we've added more distribution centers across the country. This is no different this year, as we're proud to announce our latest addition in Denver, Colorado. This distribution center is added to the facilities we currently have in:

  • South Bend, Indiana
  • Windsor, Connecticut
  • Midway, Georgia
  • Shreveport, Louisiana
  • McCarran, Nevada
  • Delaware - No customer pick-up

If you happen to live near one of our distribution centers (not including Delaware), you are able to pick-up your order. Since we ship orders anywhere in the United States (as well as many places outside the U.S), you also have the option of having your tires delivered to one of our 8,000+ Recommended Installers. All our Installers are carefully screened to ensure they have the right equipment and experience to serve our customers. In fact, to become a Recommended Installers a company must:

  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.
  4. Possess a positive attitude and the ability to treat Tire Rack's customers with the highest level of professional courtesy.

When the time comes for you to purchase your next set of tires, shop by vehicle to review all matches for your application.

*Orders must be placed and payment finalized by cut-off time.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Friday, November 8, 2013 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.

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2013 Acura TL SH-AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 1,800
Location: Roseville, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,800 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2013

I could not stand the lacking quality of OE tires (Eagle RS-A) So after I bought my car, I sold off my OE (40 miles on them) and bought a new set of tires. I ended with Bridgestone Turenza Serenity Plus and could not be happier.

There is a huge difference between Ultra High Performance and GT(grand touring) All season tires with 19" rims. You are trading off nimble and aggressive traction for a far better ride and sound characteristic. Since I have AWD I figured I was not losing much.

What I was after, that OE tires did not supply, was a smooth/quiet ride with solid all-season traction without changing to 17" or 18" rims. I was told that was impossible with AWD car however those bloggers were wrong. My stock size was 245/40 r19 so I went with a plus 0 size, 255/40 R19 to gain better ride. I gained maybe 7mm of sidewall and whammo it worked.

First off 255/40 R 19 recommended rim size was 8.5 to 10" and my stock rims were 19x8. I checked with numerous resources and posts/discussions of people that did the same thing, what I found was that it was fine.

Initially I tried Continentals DWS 245/40 R19 (was no 255/40 option) and loved their traction. Yet the ride was too sporty, granted they were far better than OE tires. Then I was talked into Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus in 255/40 R 19 (Ultra High Perf All season) - Traction and control were great however the tires were noisy & ride quality was not quite what I wanted.

So I then tried Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus (Grand Touring All-Season) in 255/40 R 19. Talk about night and day, these tires have solid dry, wet and snow traction with unbelievable silent/silky smooth ride. My wife could not believe it. She said, "I felt like I was driving a totally different model of TL!" Seriously, I highly recommend these tires.

Sidenote: 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD Advanced package - If you want a far smoother ride, change your stock 245/40 R19 tires to these Bridgestones in 255/40 r19. Trust me, pure silky awesomeness.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Graspic DS-3

Monday, March 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Graspic DS-3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2002 Subaru Outback Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
March 19, 2013

Got this tyre 2 winters ago for my outback. At the time it was just about the cheapest snow tyre around. My original outback died last autumn and I got another outback, and i kept the graspics on their rims. I am a confirmed michelin fanboy and was jealous of my GF who had michelin xices on her van. But my graspics have performed flawlessly. I kept them on last Summer and simply pumped them up to 36psi. My commute is 55m each way and I drive 78-90mph traffic and Smokey permitting. Tyres still have 1/3 left up front and 1/4 at the back at 50k miles (was the other way around on my original car). My GF's xices are worn after 20k miles. The tyres have pulled through ice and snow flawlessly. The graspics are also much better in the dry than the OEM tyres which are plainly awful. 4wd is no use if you don't have the right tyre-I spun out in a snowstorm on the OEM all season tyres. If you live in a winter climate region I wholeheartedly recommend the graspics.

 

BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Approved for SCCA Autocross Events

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

BF Goodrich g-Force RivalThere's quite a bit of excitement among the performance enthusiasts for the new Extreme Performance Summer BFGoodrich g-Force Rival. Trying to regain the "King in the Dry" reputation that BFGoodrich achieved with the now-discontinued g-Force T/A KD, the g-Force Rival is being released size by size as production is completed. For SCCA autocrossers, this roll out would normally present a bit of a challenge because of SCCA's "6 and 4" rule that requires a new tire to be available in six sizes across four rim diameters by April 30th.

Great news! SCCA has confirmed that BFGoodrich's production will meet the "6 and 4" requirement by this date. So, the SCCA has ruled the g-Force Rival legal for immediate use. This is very exciting new for early season autocrossers!

At the time of this writing, three sizes are available:

  1. 205/50R15
  2. 225/45R17
  3. 245/40R18

A total of fifteen sizes have been announced, so be on the look for the additional sizes to become available between now and early June.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax ArcticReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2011 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Iowa City, IA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2013

Four of these tires with studs makes a front-wheel drive car a brilliant performer on ice!

We live on a gentle hill that became slick as snot after freezing rain last week. It was so slick that it was perilous to walk down the sidewalk. But with their studs, these tires did great -- going down the hill our Mazda 3 never lost any traction. Even when I tried stepping hard on the brake, these studded tires did not slip even a little.

Besides ice, we've driven on a couple of inches of snow and with a set of four we had no problem in our front-wheel drive Mazda 3.

I bought these from TireRack, who also installed the studs and mounted them on rims. What we received from TireRack was ready to mount on the car, which we did at a cost of $25 at the local tire shop at the beginning of the snowy season. This was a good customer experience.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

1986 Toyota MR2
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Burlington, KY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
March 25, 2011

I purchased this tire to replace a pair of worn Blizzaks on my daily driven MR2. The tires were mounted on the stock rims on a car with a refreshed and slightly upgraded suspension setup (stock height), all parts replaced and aligned. Even though the stock tire size is 185/60/14, I went to the 195/60 in hopes of getting a bit more comfort, but still great traction, with this car that I DD (highway) and still hit up the backroads with on the weekends.

Based on reviews and ratings (price wasn't bad either), I opted for these Bridgestones. I haven't really done too much serious driving, but I can say that the tires are much quieter than the old Blizzaks and just as much so as the 215/45/16 Hankook RS2s (great tire, but not much creature comforts) I had last summer. Also, these Bridgestones are predictable and direct with inputs. On the highway they ride smooth, as a new tire should but, again, they are nice and quiet.

Just this evening, I took them down one of my favorite stretches of backroads, and for a tire so comfortable, they just blew me away! Very direct, predictable, and firm. I didn't feel any squirm or "mushiness" from the front to the back, even through some interesting set of turns. They catered amazingly to my mid-engined coupe's unique handling characteristics, and had me having to throttle down a bit because of how fast I was going with the car still feeling so secured to the road... Frankly I was shocked! I look forward to making these tires last, all while getting the best use out of them. I hope to report back in the future!



A note about a previous review; perspectively good tires don't make your car lose control, but a poor alignment might. Proper alignment is important when judging how well a tire performs. Side note, I was surprised at the number of Porsche owners who commented on how well these tires performed for them, certainly in the pursuit of comfort from day to day, and performance from weekend to weekend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 80,000
Location: Silverdale, WA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 80,000 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2013

I finally broke down and purchased a new set of these after the old pair hit 80,000 miles. They are not at the wear bar, but close. Hear we have a lot of rain, black ice, and occasional snow. But I drive allover including unimproved roads, off road, and highways. These tires rock! I have had excellent wear, excellent off and on road grip in sun, rain, snow, and Ice. The ride is not as quiet as the old continentals this car had, but otherwise much better. I would not advise these for fair weather asphalt city dwellers, they can stick with basic high mileage tires, but these do not harm gas mileage much at all.
Please note my other car is a sports car with high performance tires and rims, so this car is driven where that car cannot or will not be taken.

 

Updates To Our Recommended Installer Page Help You Find Your Ideal Installer

Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Our database of Recommended Installers is always improving. We recently got all of our listed installers signed up for our Price Pledge program, to make sure everyone is able to fairly compare installation costs between different shops. Installers who participate in the Price Pledge program agree to display exact quotes for installation services based on tire aspect ratio. That's the middle number of your tire size. To learn more about a tire's aspect ratio, read "Tire Size Guide." Additional or optional related installation fees are also displayed. These services may include valve stems, disposal of old tires and service of TPMS sensors.

We have also recently added a map feature to our web search, so that you can easily see which locations are most convenient. This is especially helpful if the shop has an address that is not on a well-known street. As always, we accept customer reviews regarding your experience at the installers we work with. Reviews are averaged on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Shops that maintain an average of at least 4.5 stars out of 5 are highlighted as Price Pledge Plus installers. These are listed at the top of the search results for their local area. But first, all Recommended Installers must meet our uncompromising criteria:

  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 you!

BFGoodrich g-Force Rival: First Test and Impressions

Monday, January 28, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Last week, a few fellow Tire Rack sales specialists and I had the opportunity to test the new BFGoodrich g-Force Rival at its official release. The event was held at NOLA Motorsports Park outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. Testing involved low-speed and high-speed autocross, as well as open track testing on a road course. While we haven't received the tire in stock (along with freezing temperatures in Indiana) to complete a full test on our track, my initial impressions were very favorable. It was composed, stable under lateral cornering load and had the grip level expected of an Extreme Performance Summer tire.

The tire was also very quick to respond to changes in steering input and extremely stable under high speed braking. After my brief time with the tire, it looks to be a front runner this year in its category. We were impressed with how well the g-Force Rival fared against its competitors while in New Orleans. 

Pre-orders have now begun for this new tire, which will debut with 15 sizes with rim dimensions ranging between 15 and 20 inches and 205 and 335 section widths. Per BFGoodrich, "The tire will help BFGoodrich target a growing market of drivers seeking extreme performance tires which are versatile enough to be used in auto-cross and track-day events then driven home. The tires have a 200 UTQG Rating (Uniform Tire Quality Grade) which allows them to be used in racing where drivers must compete on 140+ UTQG tires."

If you're in the market for a solid track-ready tire that is still street friendly, give the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival a close look. They are scheduled to ship this coming month for many sizes. Place your order today! 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4

2009 Mini Cooper
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Manassas, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2013

I've only had these tires a couple weeks so I can't comment on treadwear or wet/snow performance. But I can say that the difference in ride quality is phenomenal (they replaced run flats). A MINI Cooper suspension is stiff by design; but with run flat tires, on 17" rims, in sport mode…if you hit a nickel lying in the road, you’ll spill your coffee. With the Continental Extreme DWS tires I can hit all the loose change I want. Plus, the run flats were very loud whereas the Continental’s are so quiet that I can now hear my wife telling me to slow down. I’m very happy with these tires.

Get a Great Tire and Save Money with Closeout Fuzion Tires

Friday, January 18, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

When it comes to maintaining your vehicle, everyone wants to save money without compromising safety. That's why we test tires and currently provide over 2.8 billion miles of customer feedback to help you select the right tire. With many different options to choose from, you're likely to find an option that works for you and your budget.

In addition to these services, we're also fortunate to have strong relationships with the manufacturers so we can offer you some great tires with closeout savings. At this time, take advantage of the the Ultra High Performance Summer Fuzion ZRi and On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Fuzion XTi at amazing pricing.

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Take a look at the popular 225/45R17 ZRi that's been marked down to $61*. This tire is a good choice for drivers in rainy climates, such as Florida, because of its wet grip capabilities. Developed to meet the needs of sport compact and sports car driving enthusiasts and tuners, the tire provides crisp and responsive handling in both wet and dry conditions. Fuzion ZRi tires also feature Rim Guard rubber ridges on its lower sidewalls to function as bumpers to help protect wheels from curb damage.

Other closeout ZRi sizes include:

Are you looking for some moderate off-road capability and a more rugged look for your Jeep, 1/2-ton truck or SUV? The Fuzion XTi will do the job without bombarding you with mud tire drone. Blending overall performance with aggressive styling, this tire meets enthusiasts needs without compromising comfort or affordability. Even better, you can purchase this tire at a great price! For example, the 225/70R16 option is priced at only $79*.

Other closeout XTi sizes include:

Whether you're ready for cruising the strip or about to hit some trails, take a look at what some customers are saying about their experiences with the tires:

"These tires have proved exceptional. Dry weather cornering is outstanding and very predictable. The main revelation is in the wet where the Fuzion has completely cured the unstable understeer exhibited with my previous tires. The A6 2.7T Quattro is quick, but heavy. It had an unpredictable push on the previous tires, but now it is a joy in both the wet and dry." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Audi A6 2.7T (Fuzion ZRi)

"I really liked the look of this tire for the price. This is the best tire I have ever bought. As an outdoorsman, this tire has been off road for many hunting trips. This tire has outperformed any tire in any condition I have subjected it to. I am on your website today to purchase a new set!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4x4 Regular Cab Long Box (Fuzion XTi)

*Limited stock, prices subject to change

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, January 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2

2004 Dodge Ram 1500 QuadCab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Sunriver, OR
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2013

I had 20" tires from new with all season tires while living in Star Valley, WY and they performed OK--we now live in central OR and have encountered a lot more ice. The new tires were purchased with 18 in. rims and I have been very impressed with the added traction. Also very quiet!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Signature (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Signature (W- or Y-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.29

2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
November 21, 2012

I ran Falken summer tires for years for good dry traction. I got tired of worrying about an early season snowstorm, and plus I wanted better tire life and MPG. So, I tried these.

Pros:
They are much quieter than the summer tires, and the car rides noticeably better. I'm sure the tread life is better than the summer falken's by far. The deeper tread seemed to work well in rain storms so far. They have a rim guard, which I need since I parallel park daily. They do seem like a good value. These tires track better than my summer tires, an important consideration in any Sonata. These tires are bi-directional, and can be rotated about all four wheels. That should help tread life (hopefully)

Cons:
These tires had a noticeable dropoff in cornering traction . I was expecting a max performance all season to approach the dry handling characteristics of a summer tire... but I was wrong. They are not much better than the stock OEM hankook tire, disappointing. Don't get me wrong, they're still better than your typical all season V rated tourer. MPG no better than my summer tires (seriously?) and in fact seem worse. How is that?

I never drive these tires in snow, since I use winter tires. Too early to tell about tread life.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2005 BMW 325i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Dayton, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
December 05, 2012

Very responsive tire,very quite,great cornering,so far have not had any problems.Seem to be better as i put more miles on them.Any tire needs 5000 to 7000 miles for a break in period. I've read other reviews saying they noisy, i suggest to them to have there tire dealer check to see if they have other issues like a bent rim/rims or balancing issues before slamming a tires performance.I reccomend highly. The best set of tires i've ever driven on, and i can say that because i;ve been around awhile.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax ArcticReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09

2012 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Warren, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
November 29, 2012

Had these tires installed on the steel rims and I put them on my 2012 Focus. Although here in Michigan we didn't get a lot of snow during the 2011-2012 winter, the few time we did these tires performed wonderfully. Lots of grip in slight or deep snow and very confidence inspiring. Perhaps too much! They will not disappoint. Just ordered a pair for my wife's new car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2011 BMW 335d Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
November 09, 2012

my 2011 335d w/sports pkg shipped with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP rft summer tires, an amazing tire (my favorite rft for summer) but harsh on the ride quality in terms of impact when hitting bumps and such. it was time for new tires and i wanted an all-season tire that i could use in cold conditions (35F-60F), rain, and possibly light snow. i also needed an rft tire as my car does not have room for a spare. i got very frustrated in my search and was close to just buying non-rft tires, Continental ExtremeContact DWS to be exact, because i couldn't find any high performance all-season rfts that had a softer ride and positive reviews. the only tire i could find were the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFT, which i read had harsh ride quality and they were not all-season.

i hesitantly ordered these Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT tires hoping that i would not have wasted $1200. they were very new and i couldn't find any specific reviews concerning these tires on an E90 335d. boy was i pleasantly surprised when i drove away with these tires. they honestly feel/act like non-rft tires!! the ride is just perfect, not too soft, not too harsh. with the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP, every time i hit a bump, i clenched my teeth and my body would tense up because of the impact on my car...i felt like every bump was damaging my rims or suspension...i hated it.

i have driven in rain and cold ( 34F-104F wet and dry) at both city and highway speeds, and these tires have done great. i don't feel like i have compromised the awesome performance characteristics of my car, yet i get a little bit softer rft ride quality. honestly, these tires don't ride like other rfts. again, they ride like non-rft tires. i gotta hand it to Bridgestone….fantastic engineering with these tires. the only thing i have not done is drive in snow with the new tires, and i'm not sure i feel safe doing so with 425 lb of torque at the rear wheels. i highly recommend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36

2007 Saturn Sky
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Miles driven on tires: 70,000
Location: Wichita, KS
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 70,000 Miles on Tires
November 11, 2012

I drive 35K+ per year, 365/24/7. I have had these for just over 2 years, shy of 3 full winters and they are by far the best tire I have ever had on the car (RWD, 1 1/2-ton roadster). They are so good in wintry conditions that I am half-tempted to de-sandbag the rear axle in snow/ice, were I only not so totally petrified of death/dismemberment...

Here's a thing:
These tires actually track better in wet conditions than they do in dry. On dry roads -- specifically, when doing a 'moderate' takeoff from a left/right signal light -- they tend to break loose the tiniest little bit; not enough to be dangerous, but enough to make your heart skip a beat. A lot of that has to do with the car, too; you can find a lot of video of Skys pulling an unintentional doughnut on a right or left turning takeoff; the center of gravity is right below the driver's seat. But, when you get this tire into wet conditions, it seems to get tackier and the grip is very nearly unbreakable, within the confines of any *reasonable* driving technique.

I highly recommend this tire for its longevity, price, and superior winter- and wet-handling (which is when you really need the best performance, imho). I bought these from Tire Rack and was very pleased with the prompt service and best pricing I received. It's just a shame I won't be able to buy from them this time, as they are out of stock (and listed as 'New' item?) and I am in fairly immediate need. Thank you, Winter Storm Brutus.

When I do find some of these in stock somewhere, I intend to mount the four new ones on my stock rims and keep the outgoing pair on their current non-OEM rims, and then ride the old ones for another spring-autumn season. If you can find these, buy them!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.71

2009 Pontiac Vibe GT 2.4L
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Franklin, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 03, 2012

These Kumhos are definitely a step up from the factory Goodyears that came with my 2009 Vibe GT. Traction and handling are at least as good as the original tires, and I've noticed a slight improvement in ride comfort, noise levels, and braking performance. Not only that, but these tires are less expensive than the originals. My only complaint is the lack of rim protectors, but the positives far outweigh that one negative.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.6

2009 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
October 22, 2012

The first thing I should mention is that about 99% of my driving is on highways, and about 1% occasionally off-road.

I really wanted to like this tire. However it has sorely disappointed me.

There must be horrible quality control and consistency with the manufacture of this tire because some reviewers are reporting good wear, but I have been closely monitoring mine and at the current wear rate they will be bald at about 28,000 miles. Remember, Kuhmo claims a 60,000 mile warranty on these. This rapid wear rate is occurring despite the fact that my vehicle gets regular alignments to the preferred specs. and is kept at the preferred tired pressures. And it is not the very few off road miles that have caused the wear. The vehicle had only 17k miles on it when the tires were first put on and all suspension components are tight, so that is not the problem either.

Initially they balanced as smooth as glass, however upon the first rotation, an intolerable imbalance appeared that can't be cured despite repeated road force balancing on calibrated equipment. The rims are true. I simply can't wait for these to wear out, which looks like sooner than later, so I can get something different.

I have driven in various mountain snow conditions all my life and how these got the mountain snowflake symbol (thus implying something special) is a mystery to me. They are nothing special in the snow and perform about the same as the basic all-season tire they replaced.

Here is a warning to those with 4 cyl. cars. These tires have very high rolling resistance. Mine is a 4 cyl. and once I switched from the stock tires to these it felt as though 10 horse power suddenly disappeared.

I've got over $900 tied up in these, but they are behaving like 30K tires that cost a fraction of this. Frankly, IMHO these tires are either way overrated, or Kuhmo must get their act together and focus on consistancy and quality control of their product.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 155
Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 155 Miles on Tires
October 21, 2012

I got Lexus Dealership to put the Bridgestone DM-V1 tyres on separate rims based on research and feedback from other owners at Tirerack. I have only driven about 250km (155.342798 miles) on these winter tyres and they are First Class with top marks, with no slippping or sliding. In Calgary we have many hills like Bow Trail and Sarcee Trail and these tyres perform very well indeed. As a previous owner mentioned that they are like velcro to ice and snow. I hope to get at least 3 winter seasons out of them. Well done Bridgestone