Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2004 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 46,000
Location: Dexter, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 46,000 Miles on Tires
May 22, 2014

I drive mostly highway, some city and average 35K miles per year. True all-season performance, tread-life and price are most important to me.

I'm toward end of life on my second set of these exact tires, DWS 235/45 R17 94W. Hands-down best value for performance all-season tires that actually perform well in snow. They perform well in dry for most spirited drivers, with a bit of softness in hard cornering. Excellent in wet, inspiring confidence and resistant to hydroplaning. Best performing all-season tire in snow I've researched and experienced near this price point. These tires do not interfere with max gas mileage, as I went above my max HWY MPG several times (31 MPG), appropriately driving my vehicle.

For UHP all-season, these tires are at max level for tread-life, compared to others in their class and are capable of achieving max tread-wear life (50K miles), if rotated properly and tire pressure maintained. I found these tires do need to be rotated every 5-7K miles to achieve max life. First set, I rotated every other oil change (14K miles) and only achieve 45K of 50K. This second set, I'm on point to hit 50K, if not a bit more.

In regards to performance, I have no complaints. My only complaint is with respect to comfort, specifically noise. These tires do develop a noticeable road noise in 2nd-half of tire life (both sets). I go back to these tires because of the true all-season performance, price and tread-life, as these are more important to me. I just completed tire research for a 3rd set of tires for my vehicle and will be purchasing these DWS again, as they were my top choice again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza G 019 GridReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
November 12, 2009

G 009's preceded these latest Bridgestones. So far, excellent in all aspects. Dry Handling, cornering and braking are excellent. Wet handling is phenomenal--We drove 6 hours in varying degrees of rain and never a question about control. In fact, the further we drove the more I realized how indiscernible wet and dry traction compared with each other. Slightly noisy when dry, but then again this is a very heavy car when measured against the footprint of the tire.



I'm looking forward to winter to test the snow performance. Considering the G 009's winter performance on this wagon with rear drive and traction control were near unstoppable, I'm expecting the G 019's should out do their predecessors.



More later!



We've experience none of the owner related problems the folks from MN with the Passat can't seem to get sorted.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 2,600
Location: Juneau, AK
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,600 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2014

So I ran this tire this last winter up here in Juneau, AK. When I bought my car it came with summer performance tires that they would not switch out at the dealership for an all season tire. So when I got these put on it was a night and day difference! I was glued to the ice, snow, and slush! They where great no matter the road conditions. The sidewalls where a little soft in cornering but they are winter tires not summer street tires so I can't really complain there. These tires are loud due to all the siping they have on the tread blocks. They also pick up every piece of gravel on the road. But if you are looking for a performance studless winter tire these are the tire for you. Just remember not to run them year road. They need to be switched during the warmer summer months.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

2013 Subaru BRZ
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2014

Unless you always drive in warm summer conditions this is the tire for you. Essentially comparable to the Michelin PS 2 but with cold weather bare road traction matching a winter tire down to freezing point (wet or dry). Have not tried them in snow or on ice yet but the previous A/S + I run as a summer tire on my SAAB are excellent in snow or on ice around freezing temperatures and this tire is rated more highly by Michelin themselves for cold weather performance. These are no longer "no season" tires. I now fit all season tires to all of our cars for our summer driving conditions and use full winters for our extreme winter conditions. I drive in mountainous western Canada and summertime daytime temperatures can often be as low as 5C (40F). Until the road gets above about 7C (45F) ultra high performance summer tires do not get warm enough to really perform. These new all season tires get warm enough to perform properly on roads that are at freezing temperatures. Truly amazing tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2011 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Chesterfield, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

Huge improvement over factory run flats, not as glued to the road as a Pilot Sport but for the price a great performance value, comfortable in rain and surprisingly capable in snow, pulls about 70% as hard off the line as a snow tire and lets the car move around a bit but you feel like you'll never get stuck. I have not had these on a track but based on the wear showing at 15K and my aggressive driving style I think they'd hold up well. I can buy 3 sets of these or two sets, a spare and jack for the price of the garbage run flats that BMW put on at the factory.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2010 Chrysler Town and Country
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Fayetteville, AR
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 30, 2014

My Mini Van is modified for my needs and is Wheel Chair accessible. Making it so, requires many modifications that effects many aspects adversely as well as driving dynamics. Traction in wet, ice & snow is a top concern for my needs and these tires performed very well for me. I live in Fayetteville AR and it's very hilly and since it does not snow a lot, when it does so the town is not well equipped to dell with it. We did get our fair share this past winter and I was very pleased on how these tires performed in fresh and untouched snow of 5 or more inch snow. It is holding well on tread wear and preforms well in rain and such. Noise and comfort are not my main concern since these are well compromised due to all the modifications, but these do as well if not better than what were the factory tires, I have a little over 40000 on the van and about 10000 on these tires. Predictable braking and handling perfomance and I'm not pushing it anyway, and the price was very good(-:

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX A/T 2

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2008 Toyota 4Runner 4wd Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 75,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 75,000 Miles on Tires
May 25, 2014

I have been extremely pleased with these tires. The tread wear for an SUV is amazing. I plan to replace these before winter so that I have good snow traction, but who knows how many more miles they could go. These tires are quiet and perform well in all conditions. The only comment was that they needed to be force balanced initially. The only tire I would buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2008 Chevrolet Uplander LS 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: South Bend, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
April 09, 2014

Far better than the OEM Goodyear Integrity; better handling, quieter, smoother ride. Very impressed by the performance in wet, slushy snow conditions-almost forgot I wasn't on winter tires any longer.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus ST RH06

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus ST RH06 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2008 Infiniti FX35
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
May 16, 2014

These tires have been great from the moment I had them installed. After 30,000 plus miles, they still have more than 50 percent tread. Wet road traction has diminished a bit since new, but is still very good; this is normal with performance tires in my experience. That said though, I can still corner with confidence on dry roads without braking. I'm not sure why they are only rated as summer tires because they got me through two winters and handled the snow much better than the seasons I replaced. They're still fairly quiet up to this point and also impressive is at how well these tires have stayed in balance. This will absolutely be on the top of my list when it's time for new tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.22
 
 

2013 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,300
Location: Newport News, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,300 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

These tires are OEM, so I have nothing to compare to. So far the worst performance was in the light snow and ice we've had this winter, where I'm driving about 10-15 mph and the car going virtually straight ahead when I turn the wheel. Keep in mind this car has stability control, ABS and is FWD. I can't say I've been impressed with that. Nevertheless they've performed well in dry and wet conditions so far. I feel they've handled well given the cars handling ability. It would be easier to provide a better review if I had other tires on the car to compare to, so some of my ratings are guesses. If I can I will update this review after a while.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2010 Lincoln MKZ
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Mantachie, MS
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
May 26, 2014

My car came oem equipped with 225/50/17 tires. To give my car a better 'stance', I up'd the tires size to a 55 series so the 'fender-to-tire' distance wouldn't be so large. In doing so, the Optimo727 was my pick of choice since it was a well rated cheap tire that had good wear numbers. Boy am I glad I did! The factory Michelin tires couldn't even start to compare in ride comfort to these tires. The 727s made my car actually ride like a Lincoln should. They are whisper quiet, buttery smooth on the highway, handle great on dry corners, and have a nice tread design. Even after 20k miles, these tires look new! With the way I drive, I can easily get 70k from these tires. This past January I had the opportunity to drive this car from north MS to Detroit, Michigan to the auto show. While on my trip, snowy roads plagued the entire journey. These tires performed flawlessly throughout it all. Not once did I feel uncomfortable driving at 70mph on the snow. I bet I saw 30 cars and trucks go into the median, but I felt secure with these tires. These tires have definitely made me a believer in the Hankook brand, and I look forward to purchasing another set when these wear out. I've read on here where people whine and complain about how noise gets more pronounced as these tires age... So?! Doesn't everything get a bit louder as it gets worn? If I can get 60-70k reliable well performing miles from a set of 'cheap' brand name tires, I promise I'm not gonna complain about it going "woopwoop". And I'd like to bet that the ones who DO complain about their Prius's tires getting a bit noisy with age, are probably the same kinda people who complain about how their FlipFlops give them sores when they go jogging... Ya gotta match the product to the situation it's gonna be used in! This is a soft riding luxury touring tire meant for heavier vehicles. Not a Low Rolling Resistance hybrid tire for light cars! I'll Happily slap on another set of these bad boys when the time comes. They're great!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Signature

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Signature Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Huntsville, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
June 01, 2014

HUGE improvement over the OEM Michelin run-flats. With the run-flats, it was like trying to run a 100 yard dash while wearing galoshes. The Dunlops restore the ability to enjoy the spirited performance native to BMW's (yes, even a 6,000 pound X5 SAV).

Treadwear has been a pleasant surprise -- now at 32,000 miles, and have probably 10,000 more to go before prudent replacement. (The OEM Michelins were at the wear bars at 25,000 miles.) Only negative - we got some snow this winter, and they were not great in anything over an inch or two. But in northern Alabama, that is such a rare occurrence as to be insignificant. Up north, where I used to live, I'd probably swap these out in the winter for some dedicated snow tires.

Bottom line -- if you have OEM run-flats on your BMW, UPGRADE to these Dunlops, and get superior performance for less than half the price. Highly recommended!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Ice & SnowReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55

2005 Saturn VUE Redline
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Miles driven on tires: 9,300
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 9,300 Miles on Tires
June 02, 2011

Went to a custom size to fit these on Redline rims. Luv these tires, got me thru another harsh winter (for Ohio) and lacking the time & $$ to invest in summer tires right now, as I've read previously here I will take them into the summer months & keep an eye on treadwear & performance. I have some twisty S-turn hilly roads in my commute & the Scorpions got me up & down those roads this winter with nary a slip. Can't wait to get these for my wife's car as well!

These are one of the BEST cold-weather tires & possibly all-season as well. Pirelli: Keep up the great work!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.89
 
 

2001 Lexus IS300
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Pittsboro, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2014

I run a dedicated winter tire on this car, so deep snow rating is not applicable. These tires replaced a set of Bridgestone Potenzas, And I was impressed enough with the performance to install a set on my 1985 Porsche 944. They will also be the next set of tires on my 2009 Lexus RX350. Tread wear has been FANTASTIC. After 15,000 miles D W ans S wear indicators are all still clearly visible. I highly recommend these tires!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8
 
 

2008 Lincoln MKX
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Evergreen, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
June 02, 2014

I purchased these to replace a set of Prada Spec X when they only lasted 33K mi. and boy what an improvement. Tracking and handling is vastly improved as is road noise. Too soon to judge wet and snow, but judging from the tread pattern and dry performance I anticipate excellent performance there as well. Well Done Pirelli on the Plus.

Firestone Destination LE 2: Consistent Strong Performance

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

One of our best-selling tires in the Highway All-Season performance category over the past few years has been the Firestone Destination LE 2. Like the original Destination LE before it, the Destination LE 2 has proven itself as a long-lasting, comfortable tire that has good road manners and dependable all-season performance.

Featuring a good amount of biting edge, this Firestone tire has received high marks for its light snow traction. Currently ranked second in its category, the tire also receives high ratings in the following areas:

  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Cornering stability
  • Steering response
  • Ride comfort
  • Noise comfort

Despite the high consumer rating, the Firestone Destination LE 2 has a modest price-point and frequently bests tires that cost 20-30% more. Offered in 42 sizes, there is a Destination LE 2 for most popular models of light trucks, SUVs and crossovers.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2005 BMW 525i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Ile-Bizard, QC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
May 03, 2014

To be a little more precise, this review is for a 525i wagon but the vehicle dynamics are much the same as the sedan.
Negative reviews about this or any other "all season" tire should be taken with a grain of salt if they've been written about their performance in winter conditions. Why tire companies just don't call their so called "all season" tires THREE season tires instead, is beyond me. "All" seasons are CLEARLY inferior in winter to purpose built winter tires which have rubber compounds that don't harden in cold weather and treads that better deal with ice and snow conditions. The minute the weather/pavement goes to freezing, your tires' adhesion factor is severely compromised to the point of danger with summer or all season tires. So whenever reviewing an all season tire, I suggest going back to comments written in the summer, spring and fall for a perhaps more balanced outlook. In the meantime, these MXM4's are beyond all expectations for quiet, smooth and safe running in the wet and dry and look like they'll last a long time because at 10,000 kms, they don't appear to have worn AT All! Highly recommended. For better longer lasting wear for ANY tire you choose, I'd strongly suggest a wheel alignement IMMEDIATELY after purchase. I find the Tire Rack tests/comparisons very helpful for gaining a true, balanced and fair professional opinion. Hopefully you'll find a Tire Rack test for a tire you are considering. Sure, they sell tires and you might think that they'd have a vested interest in writing glowing reviews for every tire they sell but if you study their tests, you'll see that that is not the case.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Long Beach, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
May 02, 2014

The Goodyear tires my Challenger came with were loud and didn't handle particularly well. These Firestone Wide Oval Indy 500 tires are great performing tires and are reasonably priced. They look good too. I am on my second set of them. After less than a year on the Goodyears the car came with, the first set of Firestones lasted 2 years and the current set is approaching 1 1/2. I've never been in the snow and don't intend to. They are fine in the rain, though they are definitely made for dry streets.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus AS RH07

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus AS RH07Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.6

2008 Mercedes-Benz GL450
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Miles driven on tires: 7,500
Location: Batavia, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 7,500 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2013

I purchased these tires because the reviews on the most of the other options were poor. The tires have so far been a very good. The ride is soft and comfortable with very little noise. The wear rate has been good so far. The dealer just rotated them and reported no problems other then some very minor side wall issues. I think he was more interested in pointing something wrong out since I didn’t get the tires from that dealer.

These tires are great in the rain. No sliding or hydroplaning at all. We had an ice storm recently and the tires didn't do that great but the road was almost all ice. If there is any place I am disappointed it's in their performance in the snow. They are adequate but could be better. They lack the traction I’ve had with other SUV tires. They weren’t bad, just ok. Overall, so far, these tires have performed very well for the price.

Kumho Ecsta PA31: All-Season Traction at a Great Price

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Ecsta PA31 is Kumho's newest introduction to the High Performance All-Season performance category. It's also currently ranked number one in our survey results. Ecsta PA31 tires are typically at a price-point that's a little lower when compared to similar options. These tires would be a great choice for drivers of mid-level sports cars, sporty coupes and high-performance sedans, such as BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and others.

Designed to provide high performance handling in wet and dry conditions, the tire also delivers Kumho’s unparalleled combination of ride comfort, low noise and all-season traction, even in light snow.

 Kuhmo Ecsta PA31
Kuhmo Ecsta PA31
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Kuhmo Ecsta PA31


Ecsta PA31 tires feature an advanced technology tread compound that blends high performance handling and all-season traction with long treadwear. Its compound is molded into a mildly directional tread design that promotes even wear, responsive steering, cornering stability and braking traction in all-season conditions. The directional tread design’s four circumferential and multiple cross grooves help expel water quickly to resist hydroplaning and improve wet weather traction.

If your drive demands a tire with a performance edge, quiet ride and all-season traction, and you're looking to get the most performance for your dollar, take a look at the Kumho Ecsta PA31!