What Does "ZR" Mean?

Tire sizes have letters in them, but they don't always have the same letters. You're probably familiar with the "P" or the "LT" that sometimes shows up at the beginning of the size, and the "R" right before the wheel size, for example P245/40R18 or LT315/70R17. But what does it mean when the tire says "P245/40ZR18"? For that, you need to know a little bit...  Read More

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 Tops with Consumers

After less than a year on the market, the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 has risen to the top of our consumer survey charts and is currently the top-rated tire in the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain performance category. Featuring a slightly redesigned tread pattern, improved compound and added side biting edges, BFGoodrich has taken a clear step forward from...  Read More

Top All-Season Tires for the Mazda 3 and Honda Civic in 205/55R16 Size

The Mazda 3 and Honda Civic are very popular compact sedans (and coupes in the case of the Honda Civic Coupe) due to their combination of sporty handling, reliability, fuel economy, features and fun-to-drive factor. With such a broad appeal comes a large selection of tires catering to the popular 205/55R16 size that's commonly used on these cars in the most...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

I purchased these to replace the factory Continental ContiProContacts. These have a noticeably slower steering response and require more input around an exit ramp but nothing worth giving it a negative remark. I had expected this when reading reviews between this tire and the Primacy MXM4. I decided on these due to a slightly lower price but mostly due to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

I am no expert nor do I work for any tire manufacturer or designer firm; however I do diligent research before spending large amounts of my money. I am also a tire and brake OCD person. By this I mean, if I'm going to carry something special like my family in my car then I am certainly not going to get a cheaper tire for the sake of saving a whole $80-100....  Read More

The All-New 2016 Mazda MX-5 Tested on Our Track

As a longtime owner of a first-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, I have been very excited about the upcoming 2016 model. The new 2016 MX-5 is often referred to by its production code "ND" in the automotive community as opposed to the previous generation 2006-2015 model's production code of "NC". The design of the new generation MX-5 has been impressing drivers...  Read More

Sumitomo HTR A/S P02: An Improved Low Cost Tire Option

For years we sold Sumitomo's HTR A/S P01 in massive quantities because it was one of the better priced tires and was available in a large number of sizes. While not the highest rated tire in the High Performance All-Season category, the tire performed well enough to satisfy consumers and make it competitive among other tires at a similar price point. This...  Read More

Is the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R the New Extreme Performance Summer Champ?

Do you love to drive? Do you have a fun car that comes out for track and autocross weekends or do you simply relish the curvy roads of your daily commute? You should consider the sticky grip and razor sharp steering response of an Extreme Performance Summer tire. Last year, the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec tested out to be the top performing tire in...  Read More

The New Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R

Bridgestone has maintained a strong foothold in the Extreme Performance Summer category for the past few years with the Potenza RE-11 and RE-11A. Both options provide very good dry and wet grip and maintain one of the quieter and more comfortable rides in the category, making it the perfect choice for spirited street driving.   While very good all-around...  Read More

Introducing the Michelin Premier LTX

Last season Michelin introduced a new generation tire to the Grand Touring All-Season passenger car market. The new tire, named the Michelin Premier A/S has since risen to the top of our consumer driven surveys and performed well in our dry and wet track testing. Using rain grooves that expand as the tire wears, the Premier A/S is able to perform...  Read More

Is the Bridgestone DriveGuard Right For You?

Compared to conventional run-flats, the Bridgestone DriveGuard rides better, while offering better value and wear. As a tire that can also be installed on some vehicles that didn't come equipped with run-flats as Original Equipment, many could be skeptical to the idea of switching to run-flats on their vehicle. Isn't a flat when most of us notice our tires...  Read More

What to Buy When the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is Backordered

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is an outstanding tire. It combines top-tier wet and dry traction with responsive handling, making it a benchmark in the Max Performance Summer category. Unfortunately, it has been out of stock in many sizes this summer. So what do you do if the Super Sport has an indefinite backorder in your size? It depends on why you wanted...  Read More

Introductory Test Report and Review: BFGoodrich Sport COMP-2 A/S

For the past two years, BFGoodrich has seen tremendous success with their Ultra High Performance Summer tire, the g-Force Sport COMP-2. New for this spring, BFGoodrich has expanded their line-up to include a new Ultra High Performance All-Season tire that they hope will find similar favor with consumers. The BFGoodrich Sport COMP-2 A/S aims to provide...  Read More

Yokohama Geolandar Crossover Tires vs Light Truck SUV Tires

Yokohama has been known for their high performance tires amongst enthusiasts in the industry for decades. Tires like the popular S.Drive and its predecessor, the AVS Intermediate, have a special place in the memories of many high performance drivers.   Yokohama offers much more than performance tires. Whether you're looking at touring tires for the family...  Read More

More Grip for Your 2015 Ford Mustang Fastback GT Performance Pack

As we saw for ourselves at Willow Springs, Ford has done an awewsome job with brand new S550 2015 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack! As you can see in the video, the driver had a great lap, but even the best cars can desire more grip. How about swapping on some custom fit closeout matte graphite 20x10 ET40 Hotckis Y-Sports on Extreme Performance Summer...  Read More

Best Performance Summer Tire Values

Many of us are bargain shoppers. We're always on the lookout to get the most for our dollar. This is the case when it comes to shopping for tires. We want the best tire for the best prices. Take a look at the following options when you're shopping for a new set of tires this summer. Extreme Performance Summer Hankook's Ventus R-S3 (Version 2) has proven to be...  Read More

Michelin's Premier Family is Growing

Michelin's Premier A/S is one of the top-rated tires in the Grand Touring All-Season category. It combines the smooth, quiet ride and confident handling we expect from this category, while also offering unique technology that retains better performance as the tire wears down. Traditionally, as a tire wears down some elements of the tread pattern disappear....  Read More

Toyo Proxes R888: A Good Balance of Track Performance and Longevity

Today is a great day to be an automotive enthusiast. The performance available from today's vehicles is better than it has ever been before and there are large numbers of racetracks across the country opening their gates to the public for open lapping days. With more and more drivers on tracks, the demand for Extreme Performance Summer tires and dedicated...  Read More

Heir to the Throne: Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS has been dominating the Ultra High Performance All-Season tire market for the past few years. With a combination of good dry traction and ride comfort, excellent wet traction and outstanding winter grip, the DWS has been one of the most popular tires on the market. Even with all of the fantastic reviews and customer...  Read More

The Best Tire Choice for Your Mazda 3

As far as options go in the compact car segment, the Mazda 3 offers a competitive package that is more visually pleasing than some of its rivals and is also a fairly pleasurable car to drive. While it certainly will not set any track records, the car has many strengths that make it a popular choice among consumers on the road today. Due to the high...  Read More