Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

1989 Ford Taurus SHO
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Ooltewah, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

I purchased this tire based upon test results. Tire Rack has always provided great tests, no other tire store that I know of provides this service. They really liked this tire because it gripped like a Summer tire, but was an all-season tire.
Well, the grip is really good. But the tire has two big faults.
1. Tire squeal! This tire squeals loudly way before it starts to lose traction. I can be well under control and people around will look to see who is about to have an accident. The tire grips very well, but complains loudly while doing it. I cannot get anywhere near the limit of this tire without drawing huge amounts of attention to myself.
2. This tire is one of the worst tires I have had with regards to steering responsiveness. This tire is so slow to respond that the car feels like I'm driving a boat. I will admit that I have just come off some of the best tires I have ever had (Bridgestone RE01, this tire was the most responsive tire I have ever had on my SHO. The Bridgestone made my car handle like a Porsche). These Kumos have such a soft sidewall. The response from the sidewall is almost 1/2 second late. Breaking is fantastic, and the tire is hard to spin on takeoff, but turn in is slower than my grandmother! I am having to buy a new tire because I miss judged the response time of this tire and hit a curb and cut a gash into the sidewall. I have been traveling this road for 12 years and this is the first time I have ever hit that curb! Not a happy camper!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

1995 Subaru Impreza L Sedan 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 3,200
Location: Exton, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,200 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

Purchased four of these tires for an old 1995 Subaru Impreza L AWD daily driver. My main concerns for new tires was superior snow/ice handling, acceptable/above average wet handling, and above average dry traction with a great tread-life while keeping prices low. After I did extensive research and comparison charts I purchased the Firestone Precision Touring tires right as winter was in full force.

*In the snow/ice, the tires handle extremely well. I was driving around plow trucks with ease and mated with the AWD, was truly unstoppable this winter. Once the snow hit a few inches, the tires still gripped and when they did give way to sliding, were extremely predictable, allowing me to counter-steer with ease.
*Wet handling is acceptable, though not the greatest, but is not a reason to dismiss the tire, as it is still very predictable in those hazards.
*Dry traction and responsiveness are perfect with the only downside to cornering stability, which I believe is the weakest point of the tires. It can feel as if the tire would give way or takes a second to find the road when cornering. Despite this harsh review; it is actually on par with other tires for dry cornering in this price range.
*As to tread-wear, I cannot speak as to the performance of the category since I have not had the tires long enough.
*The comfort level is great. The tires take harsh bumps without any real complaints; in fact, I believe that I could have potentially bent a rim in lieu of popping a tire, of course due to the enormous potholes that plagued PA and DE (the Northeast Snow Belt area) this winter.
*Price - $77.00 a tire, which didn't break the bank for an old car but was well worth it.

Overall, I was looking for some affordable tires that would give me the best points of all-season tires, with increased winter time performance. The Firestone's came through and I will definitely purchase again, pending the outcome of the tread-wear. I would highly recommend them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2003 Honda Element EX
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Detroit Lakes, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2014

Boy O Boy this is a great tire! Just Replaced some worn out Yokohama Geolanders and my Element is a totally different car. Smooth, very quiet, handles well, and I can now carry on a conversation driving down the road. I purchased them based on Tire Rack reviews and they were spot on. Highly recommend this tire!

Do I have to Put Run-Flat Tires on My BMW?

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

When it comes to tires for a BMW, many aren't pleased with the harsh ride and short treadlife of the Original Equipment run-flat tires. However, many owners are unsure if they're able to make the switch to a standard tire. The answer is not as difficult as you might think.

BMWs can make the switch to non-run-flat tires, the same is true when switching to dedicated winter tires. It's important to note that in most cases, the vehicle did not come with a spare tire. If you decide to make the switch to non-run-flat tires, a road hazard would leave you stranded on the side of the road without a spare to put on the car.

A solution to this issue is to purchase the Continental ContiComfortKit. The kit is capable of comfortably sealing typical tire punctures, making it possible for you to complete the drive home, to work or to a tire repair facility. It combines a powerful, high-volume, 12-volt air compressor, integral pressure gauge and a latex liquid tire sealant packaged in a compact, lightweight unit that's easy to store in a vehicle.

Another option worth considering is buying a full-size matching spare tire and wheel. Going this route essentially creates a set of five tires that will last longer than just four. The spare should be integrated into the vehicle's tire rotation from the beginning, as this will wear out the spare tire before it becomes too old.

The choice to switch to non-run-flat tires boils down to your comfort level. If having a tire failure and being on the side of the road until roadside service arrives or changing a spare on a busy highway are things you could never cope with, then staying with run-flats is probably best for you. If you're confident changing a spare tire in only a matter of minutes or waiting for roadside service is not a big deal, then you may be someone who could easily make the switch to a non-run-flat tire.

To view available non-run-flat tire options for your BMW, shop by vehicle.

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

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2011 Honda CR-Z
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2014

I purchased these tires to replace the stock tires that came with my hybrid vehicle. When I first purchased my car (purchased used w/ 9000 miles)i averaged 40mpg with a lot of LA freeway driving. Before switching tires, I was averaging 35mpg; after the swap, it has actually increased my mpg to 45 average (as high as 50mpg) and has done so without increasing tire wear or negatively effecting the vehicle.

Definitely recommend for hybrid users! They also look nice and increase ride comfort.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2011 Nissan Sentra
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Miles driven on tires: 450
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 450 Miles on Tires
March 29, 2014

First let me say I am NOT the person who writes reviews of any kind unless I'm thoroughly impressed ... and it taks a lot to impress me. Second, I believe in purchasing the best available in two categories ... brakes and tires. Your life, my life, and in this case, my girlfriends life, ride upon brakes and tires.

As you see, we've only got 450 miles on these tires so they are barely broken in.

This morning, in a typical Florida torrential rain, I went to the Post Office. While moving about 20 MPH on asphalt, I hammered the brakes. Anti-lock kicked in and the car came to a stop in an absolute blink of an eye. No tire slippage AT ALL! I was amazed! The Turanza EL 400's slipped almost before stabbing the brakes. Next, the puddle test ... with no wheel jerk, no hydroplaning, no difference at all from the drivers seat. These are GREAT tires! Then the lane marker noise test ... absolutely unbelievable. I recognized the General's were quieter than the Turanza's as soon as I installed them, but even over the markers they are quiet.

The Post Office parking lot was deserted, and made of concrete, so I decided to try wet traction on concrete. Hard turns, quick response, no slippage of any kind. Hard accelleration in a turn ... nothing but stick. Same thing on wet asphalt ... I couldn't believe it.

I selected these tires mainly for the wet traction and hydroplaning resistance(in Florida, that is a "no brainer"). Look at their rating yourself!

In a nutshell, I thank Tire Rack, their research and the reviews of fellow buyers for leading me to these tires. They ranked #1 in the category and for less $ than the big names. I took a chance and am glad I did. This is the first set of General's I've ever owned but won't be the last. Thanks again Tire Rack!

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

Wednesday, April 2, 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: 8.8
 
 

2009 BMW 535i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Grafton, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 03, 2014

I knew when I purchased these tires that they would not be the best for winter driving, but they would be superior for dry and wet driving. This is exactly what I have found to be true. In the dry and wet they are fantastic for sure. My car handles much better than before while using the OE GoodYears. Turn in is excellent and they stick like glue in dry or wet weather. The tradeoff comes with snow and ice. These tires are adequate for winter driving. They do provide reasonable traction in snow.
Would I buy them again now that I have lived with them, the answer is absolutely. Would I recommend them to someone that is looking for more that a reasonable amount of winter traction, maybe not. They certainly meet my needs and expectations. I would rather have a great tire for three seasons and compromise a little with winter driving.
If your looking for better winter driving capability but are willing to loose a bit of handling then you should look at the DWS's.
Its all about tradeoffs.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.75

2009 Honda Fit Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2011

These are really good tires. They do exactly what's needed in the snow. As always, Michelin makes great tires. Dedicated snow tires, and especially Michelin tires, transform a vehicle's handling in the snow. My wife, who's not used to driving with snow tires, couldn't believe the difference the Michelins made. She used to question why I purchased and installed snow tires on my vehicles. Now, our Fit Sport, is her goto car whenever the snow falls. Where she used to think 4 wheel drive was a necessity, she now sees traction is much more a function of proper tires. I can only sit back and smile while she raves about the new found winter traction.



Important Side Note: It's hard for me to compare these Michelins to my Summer tires on this car, in that not only are they very different, but I went down two sizes as well, to a 14in wheel (Kosei from The Tire Rack) for winter use. This downsize in wheels and tires made for a much MORE responsive vehicle. The significant reduction in unsprung weight, made my car feel lighter and quicker, so much so, that now that I have my stock wheels and tires mounted, I miss the Michelin X-Ice tires! I will say, that compared to other dedicated snow tires I've used, these Michelins are superior.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic LT

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic LT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2003 GMC Sierra K2500 Ext Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Plymouth, MA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

I purchased these tires pre-mounted on new alloy rims and had them studded by tire rack. What a difference all around. My truck is only 2 wheel drive and with the 6.0 liter V8 had huge traction problems in snow and ice. Now it will climb the dirt road hill near my home no matter what is on the ground, I can go places that many front wheel drive cars can't get through. Only caution is the studs need serious break in time before you get aggressive as they tend to float the tires on top of the pavement until they wear in. Steering feels VERY light and disconnected until they bed down.

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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2014

These tires replaced Michelin Primacy MXV4 (o.e.m. on'13 Avalon) which were terrible in the snow and "unsettled" when driving in rain. Only had 18k on them, but did not feel safe to drive in wet weather. After reading all the reviews, I decided to go with Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. I could immediately tell a big difference in how car felt more secure,balanced and just more grip. Tires are quiet on paved surfaces and a little noisy on concrete which is to be expected with a 70,000 tread life. Overall I would highly recommend tires.I have only purchased Michelins for the last 20 years,but after reading the reviews and considering the price I decided to go with the Pirellis.So far I am very pleased.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude Tour Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.44
 
 

1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320
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Miles driven on tires: 63,000
Location: St Petersburg Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 63,000 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2014

P255/65R16 106T Latitude Tour on an ML320 first series SUV. The tires are holding up well with just over 63k miles over 64 months. The first 18 months (14k mi) were in New England and the tires performed well through two northern winters. Snow traction was excellent as was wet traction. The last 48k miles have been in south Florida, mostly highway miles. Treadwear is excellent with about 4 to 5/32 of depth across the widths of each tire. (Tire rotation schedule and alignment issues with the car are main culprits for the uneven tire wear). Wet weather driving at highway speed in Florida has been great with zero hydroplaning (on 255s) along with confident braking. Dry weather driving is relatively quiet as is expected from all season tires. Mileage for the ML320 at highway driving is consistently 20mpg which I attribute 1-2 miles on the tire model. The previous tires were also Michelins but were H rated, lower tread life tires. I was initially concerned with "T" (118mph) speed rating, "B" temp rating, and 106 load index (2,094lb) for Florida drivers tend to consistently speed beyond the 70 MPH law. The ML is a heavy SUV with gross weight of 6000lbs. Front and Rear GAWR are 2550 & 3550 lbs respectively. A typical workday round trip is 140 miles highway driving 3-4 times a week. Additionally, was also concerned about the Florida heat and sun as the vehicle was not parked under cover for most of the last three years. As such, there is cracking all along the circumference of the tire walls (dry rot cracking, maybe). At this point, I am pleased with the performance and longevity of these Latitude Tours and may likely keep them on until the warranty period end (or another 2k miles). As a side note, I would purchase these again for a vehicle that I expected to keep a long time. These tires were a great investment. By the way, I love Tire Rack and will continue to purchase from them. Just replaced these with Conti CrossContact LX20 due to cost and remaining life of the Benz.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Fuzion Touring (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Fuzion Touring (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.67
 
 

2008 Toyota Solara SE V6 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Natick, MA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

my previous tires were expensive Michelin for a sports car and they wore out fast even with moderate driving (less than 75mph ever). the Michelin's never felt right and were always noisy. these cheap tires feel smooth and make no road noise! important with a canvas roof where I hear everything in the road. Purchased just this weekend and already feel confident that these will wear well. Have yet to experience tire in bad weather but already great improvement over last tires that were supposed to last longer and wear better but did not. With what I paid for those tires I could have replaced them twice with these so I will stick with these from now on.

Looking for Lightweight Track Wheels at a Great Price? The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is Your Answer

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Autocross and track season are quickly approaching and many racers have already begun to plan for upcoming races and events. As most enthusiasts know, switching out your vehicle's heavy, factory steel or alloy wheels is one of the easiest performance upgrades to your track vehicle. By switching to a lighter weight wheel, your car will instantly feel quicker and respond better compared to your stock wheels. The rotational force to get a lighter weight wheel to move and stop is less, therefore the engine and braking system of the car can respond quicker. Reducing the unsprung weight will also reap benefits when cornering, as the shocks and springs will have less weight to dampen during rebound and compression.

Typically, the answer to a lighter wheel is purchasing a fully forged alloy wheel, however, this option can become expensive for some. There are many highly engineered cast alloy options that are more affordable and provide a great bang for your buck.


Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Black Painted

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Bright Silver Paint

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Gold Painted

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Special Brilliant Coating


Enkei Racing Series' RPF1 uses a revolutionary MAT Process to make lighter weight wheels. MAT is a technology for producing an aluminum wheel by combining Enkei's MAP (Most Advanced Production) and flow-forming forging technology. MAP is a highly automated system. Each process is connected in a single-piece flow system that transports wheels from the melting process, through heat treatment and on to machining. The process of spinning the rim vs. casting it to both shape and elongate it produces a finer, more even aluminum structure and ensures the wheel will remain lightweight and strong. The complete MAT process has a drastic impact on the microstructure of aluminum and results in outstanding improvement of the mechanical property of the material.

As wheels and tires become larger, use of the MAT process to manufacture wheels becomes even more important. In order to reduce weight under a vehicle's suspension, larger wheels must remain light. Enkei Racing Series' new generation of 10% - 15% lighter weight, forged MAT wheels are strong and retain optimum anti-flex properties.

The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is offered in black painted, bright silver paint, gold painted and special brilliant coating finishes for a wide assortment of vehicles like BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Honda. Shop by vehicle to see if the Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is offered as a performance upgrade for your track car.

The All-Season General AltiMAX RT43 is Number One

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Gary Stanley

With its generous treadwear warranty, great ride quality and class-leading handling and traction, the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) is a customer favorite for tires in the Standard Touring All-Season performance category. In a recent test, we concluded that the tire had impressive traction in both wet and dry conditions, very good handling and reasonable road manners. It finished in first place in our test, "Testing Standard Touring All-Season Tires: Which Tires Strike the Perfect Balance?

The General AltiMAX RT43 is available in a wide range of sizes, making it a great choice for a large variety of vehicles from compact cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, to popular crossovers like the Nissan Rogue. Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with this tire:

"These are the best all-season tires I've ever purchased (and I've bought probably 15-20 sets of tires for various vehicles over the past 15 years, everything from snow tires to racing slicks). They actually defeat the purpose of my snow tires, as they offer about 8/10th of the snowy driving performance of them. This has to be the best all-season tire on the market. It just can't be beat for the price, performance, comfort and treadwear."  -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1985 BMW 535i

"Great tire thus far. Not many miles driven but they have already seen the worst of Pennsylvania's weather and potholes. These tires are impressively quiet, comfortable over bumps and potholes. It's near impossible to avoid them all now, and these tire seem up to the worst of them with no harshness at all. Great tire." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Subaru Forester

If you're looking for a great set of affordable tires, don't miss out on the General AltiMAX RT43! For more great options for your vehicle, read "Looking for Quiet Tires? Check Out My Top Three Picks!"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2

2008 Mitsubishi Galant
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Miles driven on tires: 2,100
Location: Albertville, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,100 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2014

Overall these tires have performed well above the price range. This is my 3rd set of tire on the car since purchased new. The last set was a set of Goodrich Comp 2's that where wonderful except for the road noise that got loader as the tread wore down. The Hankook S1 on the other hand are quite as a mouse but hold the road like a tiger around corners. In the rain the S1 lets you know there will be no problems if a quick response is required. I find the tires to be responsive to input and hold center well. I will say that the tires will bark but quickly regain traction off the line in hammered hard. They are, all season tire after all and these test where done in 20 degree weather. I will see how they do once we get some nice 85 degree weather and warm road surfaces I feel the take off response will improve in warmer weather. In an all season I know you can pay more, much more, and still not have better performance. Matter of fact I can't see spending more for any all season tire. I don't think you will be any happier. For most people I think these tires will save changing between summer and winter tires and they would not miss the summer performance difference. Plus, you gain longer tread life and save money to boot. That is a win, win for anyone.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8
 
 

2007 Pontiac Solstice
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Miles driven on tires: 90,000
Location: Raspeburg, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 90,000 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2014

This was the best purchase of tire that I've ever made since I've owned my 2007 Pontiac Solstice! No noise, comfortable and smooth ride. The car feels like it just came off of the showroom floor!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.9
 
 

2011 Lincoln MKS AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

245/45R20 - Great tire for winter weather, which we have had a boatload of this year. The tire takes the worry right out of bad weather commuting. It cuts right through the snow and slush and seems to offer a decent grip on glare ice. Coupled with the car's AWD, it's like I'm driving a rally car/tank when other cars around me struggle to move. I probably drive with too much confidence, to be honest. The dry performance sees a reduction in steering precision and ultimate dry traction, which is standard for a winter tire. The noise is also somewhat elevated due to the open block design and high sipe density. I purchased a second set of these for my wife's SUV, which now enjoys the same benefits.

iON Air Pro Camera or $70 Rebate With Purchase of Continental Tires

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Lately it seems that Continental has been on a roll when it comes to manufacturing class-leading tires. The company is known for producing tires with a moderate price point with excellent characteristics. While often there are faster times recorded on other brands in the dry, many Continental tires seem to excel in the wet and light snow (all-season tires).

A few of Continental's most popular models for passenger cars include the ExtremeContact DW, ExtremeContact DWS and the new PureContact with EcoPlus Technology with its 70,000-mile treadlife warranty. If you own a crossover, SUV or light truck, you will want to take a look at the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. The tire is 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.

With the purchase of a set of four Continental brand passenger or light truck/SUV tires for a total value of $440 or more through April 4, 2014, you can receive a free iON Air Pro™ Wi-Fi Lite HD Camera or a $70 Visa® Prepaid Card.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H431

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H431 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.29
 
 

2013 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

I purchased a new Sonata Turbo that come with these tires. I kept them for 3 days and 150 miles. After the first rainstorm, they went in the trash. I could not pull away from a stop sign or light in the rain without the traction control having a seizure. If I turned it off, the car just sat there and spun. Braking was just as bad. There was no way to stop without the ABS going crazy in the rain. Only a very gentle stop would keep the ABS out of the loop. I have to say that in 41 years of driving, these are the absolutely worse tires I have ever tried to drive on. I have no clue what the snow traction is like. I couldn't live with them long enough to find out. So yes, I bought new tires for a three day old new car.

In case you think it was me or the car, the replacement tires were Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3's. All of the above problems disappeared. Only in the snow has the traction control and ABS intervened. And I've now been through 12.5 inches of unplowed snow to get to work.

So if your thinking of putting these on your car, you'd be better off going to a junkyard and picking up a set of completely bald tires with the cords hanging out - they will give you just as good wet weather performance as this pitiful excuse of a tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KH16

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KH16 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2008 Honda Fit
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Swannanoa, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

I am a class winning autocrosser, and a performance car enthusiast. My judgments consider the cost and class of the tire. I am not the primary driver of this vehicle, but often carpool with my wife and take this car on long trips.

I have owned three sets of this particular tire. The first are on the factory wheels that have been replaced with aftermarket ones. These still have great tread and I still use them from time to time. The second set was on a set of aftermarket wheels once the car was lowered. With a Good alignment and proper rotations, we got **40k miles** (note the tread wear rating indicates they will last about 31k miles) out of this set, only driving down to the wear indicators. Currently have about 8-10k on our third set.
For the price, these tires are absolutely unbeatable. During spirited, mountain road, dry conditions they performed very well and very predictably. Easily outpaced novice drivers in a slower car on the tail of the dragon. However, their peak grip does not approach that of a performance summer tire. During wet city and highway conditions these tires are excellent. Their wet grip and resistance to hydroplaning is stellar for their price. Even right before we replaced the second set they inspired confidence and maintained a high degree of hydroplane resistance in all but full on, standing water. We only recently experienced snow that was worthy of reviewing. I have to say I was completely surprised these tires performed as well as they did. These tires on this car easily went where my primary vehicle (a heavier car with Michelin All-Seasons, more ground clearance, and a limited slip differential) would never have ever gone. With smart, cautious driving I would trust these tires in up to 4 inches of powder any day of the week.

These are an excellent, all around, affordable, tire and simply cannot be beaten for their price. I will continue to purchase these for all of my commuting vehicles and recommend them to all.