Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender LTX M/S

So I took my winter tires, Nokian Hakka's off about 10 days ago then we got dumped on with 6+inches of snow. I drove about 60+ miles yesterday with my Michelin Defender LTX MS in slushy, icy conditions and when I got to the local roads there were some unplowed roads. The tire did well. It's not the performance my winter tire would give as they are designed...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

I just replaced the original Continental CV95 with these Platinums and the are possibly the best tires I've ever purchased. Important to my driving habits are Road Feel, Cornering, Braking, Acceleration & Wet Traction. Also Treadwear, Durability against NYC potholes and Value are vital. Said and done, this tire exceeds my expectations!This past Summer I had...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

This is a superb performance winter tire. Living in the DC metropolitan area, winters are mostly dry or wet rather than snowy, but serious snowfall does occur (not to mention road trips where snow is to be expected). These tires handled everything the weather threw at them with aplomb, including dry roads, wet roads, slush, packed snow, and ongoing heavy...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

These are very ordinary tires; performance is adequate, cold weather and snow capabilities are at best marginal. Most of my driving is in rural Bucks County Pennsylvania where the roads are ill-maintained and difficult to negotiate. The MKZ Hybrid is perfectly balanced due to the weight of the battery in the trunk, but these tires disappoint under most...  Read More

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

I have driven on many tire brands, summer and all season. Typically, I prefer the summer/winter tire combination. Given the ever changing weather patterns we are experiencing in northern Indiana, this year I decided to introduce an all season tire option into the mix.From the minute I drove out of the shop with the Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+, I knew I made a...  Read More

Are Your All-Season Tires Ready to Handle All Seasons?

There’s no doubt that when it comes to driving in inclement weather during the winter months, nothing beats a set of winter / snow tires. However, if you reside in an area that receives only light snow and an all-season tire is all you need, how that tire performs during the winter months is typically the deciding factor when purchasing your replacement...  Read More

Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 - Performance and Versatility, Even in Snow

As you may already know, the Continental ExtremeContact line of Ultra High Performance All-Season tires has been renowned for many years as one of the best options for spirited drivers looking for a versatile drive that provides excellent capabilities in both summer and winter conditions. The Continental ExtremeContact DWS was, for many years, one of...  Read More

Having Your Cake and Eating it Too with the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+

The age-old problem with all-season tires has been that they tend to be a jack-of-all-trades, but master of none. A few years ago, Michelin sought to address this issue head on when they released the Pilot Sport A/S 3. The A/S 3 was intended to provide the performance of a summer tire but with the winter capabilities of an all-season. I was one of the first...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

After using All-Season tires, being the best for all year round weather, I was excited to try switching to winter tires. Many people swore by how much of a difference having dedicated winter/summer tires were so I spent the $1000 to get the tires with installation and balance etc. Boy, was I missing out for all these years! I have never said before in my...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID TOURING-S

Replaced Michelin Primacy MXM4's. Compared to the MXM4's these are notably quieter and smoother riding. Road bumps are more muted (at same 32psi pressure). Max dry cornering is better (23 vs 21mph in same local round-a-bouts before tire squeal). Transient steering response (dry) not quite as sharp as the MXM4. Wet traction is much better, BUT wet comparo is...  Read More

Introducing the new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 has been a top performer in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category for wet and dry traction and handling. However, it fell a bit short on the winter side of the all-season equation. With Continental's new ExtremeContact DWS06 now competing with the Pilot Sport A/S 3 in wet and dry, Michelin needed to re-tune their offering...  Read More

Taking the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 and Making It Better

If you're a runner in the Midwest, spring means finally getting off the treadmill and onto the roads. Will your treadmill pace directly carry over?  No, running on a treadmill and running outside just isn't the same. Tire engineers have to deal with a similar issue as a tire moves from the design phase to real-world use. When a tire engineer works on an...  Read More

Best Bang-for-the-Buck All-Terrain Tires

The snow is finally melting, which can only mean one thing - time to go mudding. With the numerous options available, choosing the correct tire for your light truck or SUV can be overwhelming. Should you choose a tire that focuses more on highway driving with some light off-roading, or vice-versa? For starters, what will fit your truck will depend on the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

This is fourth set of tires that I bought of Tirerack.com and for sure that's not the last one. Although I'm fan of Michelin's tires I'm really impressed with performance of this set of Pirelli's winter tires.This winter season my wife and I drove to Winter Park, Colorado from Chicago and we didn't even have to wait much to try new tires in winter conditions...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Living up in the Midwest, my car would be un-drivable during the winter months without snow tires. In addition, when I was looking for winter tires, I not only needed tires that perform well in snow, but also had superior traction (since where I live is quite hilly). Long story short, after surviving 2 winters with these tires, the X-Ice Xi3's are fantastic....  Read More

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

Had these tires installed October 2015 and have been very impressed with their overall performance regardless of weather conditions. I normally swap out my summer/all-season tires in late November for dedicated winter tires, but I decided to keep these tires on throughout the winter months to see how well they did. In light to moderate snow, these tires have...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

Replaced the stock Goodyear Run Flats on a 2012 BMW 335i Coupe, with these and couldn't be happier. I was concerned with driving this car in the winter in the Cleveland, OH area. Although we had a relatively light winter this year, the times we did have snow these tires performed almost flawlessly. My wife has a brand new FWD Toyota Highlander, with a snow...  Read More

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

The tire has performed very well so far. I'm most impressed with the light snow and ice performance. What an improvement over the previous version of this tire!! It handles and grips like a borderline summer only tire. The ride quality is a bit harsh when compared to the best in this class, but you always give something to get something in tires like this....  Read More

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

The Michelin Pilot Sport AS 3+ is a very impressive all- season tire. The biggest improvement is that Michelin has improved the overall snow traction with this tire and kept the same performance characteristics of the original Pilot Sport AS 3. The tire gives you a smooth quiet ride with crisp handling. With the improved Winter traction this tire gives you...  Read More

General Grabber HTS 60 Impresses

How do you improve upon a tire that already had so much going for it in dry, wet and wintry conditions? The General Grabber HTS was, for many years, one of the best performers in the Highway All-Season category, offering impressive ride quality, road manners and excellent wet traction. As time went by, however, the competition stepped up their game to catch...  Read More