Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 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 Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Guilford, VT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2014

LOVE these tires. Finally splurged and got a dedicated set of winter tires and I'm so happy I did. For the first year of ownership I just drove with OEM Yoko Geolanders and honestly I was questioning my reasoning for buying a Subaru - I did not like the snow/ice capabilities of that tire at all (there were a couple times where I just slid straight when trying to turn). However these new tires are amazing. Here in VT they take their sweet time clearing the roads when big storms hit, yet I feel confident and safe taking my car for a spin if need be. I plowed right through 10" fresh snow no problem on our street before the plows came through. Great traction and I have no worries when I travel home from work (45 mins) during a storm. Heck, I prefer taking the back roads now rather than the highway and enjoy the calm scenery and spirited trek home. Will definitely be purchasing another set once these are used up, great tire for New England winter conditions, especially when paired w/ my trusty AWD Subaru.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.62
 
 

2004 Porsche 911 GT3
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2014

This is a barely street legal track tire. This is why I buy them. I drive to and from the track, some around town, and use them exclusively on the track. I have even purchased a top carrier to store the second set. You can switch them side to side and they communicate what is happening on the road very well. I have had 15 or 16 sets of Michelin Pilot Sport Cups and they have always performed exceptionally. I do not buy Toyos or Nittos for my car. I drive the Michelin Pilot Sport Cups to the cords, put a new set on and am on my way. If you are buying these tires for local roads and local spirited driving, these have much more capability when they are hot, than what most drivers will ever need.

Free Shipping on Coil-Overs, Pads, Rotors, Springs, Shocks and More When You Spend Over $50

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Most drivers know us for our tires and wheels, comprehensive tire testing and billions of miles of review feedback. However, we offer more than tires and wheels. We've got coil-overs, pads, rotors, springs, shocks and a myriad of other items that are now eligible for free shipping. All it takes is $50 of qualifying products and the shipping's on us.

For example, if your light truck is ready for new shocks and struts, it's hard to beat the offerings from Bilstein. Bilstein makes the HD products for many light trucks, as well as passenger cars. We hear many trucks owners rave about their Bilstein HD shocks and struts.

Bilstein's shocks and struts are built to meet the fitment and performance needs of specific vehicles. And their patented design reduces the need for a compromise between ride, handling and control. Their rigorous development, testing and attention to detail combine to provide exceptional ride comfort and a product that will out last and out perform Original Equipment. Additionally, with Bilstein's aftermarket lifetime warranty, you can be assured they're built to last.

When engineered properly, a strut or shock will exert only moderate rebound damping on the high-velocity damper piston speeds encountered on tar strips and small road imperfections. They also increase rebound damping on lower-velocity damper piston speeds encountered on curvy roads and exit ramps. This leads to a great combination of ride compliance on rough roads combined with handling. One of my co-workers raves about how the Bilstein HD performs on his first-generation 2001 Toyota Tacoma 4WD Double Cab.

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Tire Advice for My Cousin's Dream 2011-2013 Ford Mustang V6 Manual

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

My cousin is in the market for a new car. What should he get? He's looking for a muscle car big enough to fit his 6'3" frame and at a price around $17,000. Unfortunately, the 2015 Ford Mustang (pictured below) won't make the cut.

Since he needed to move on from this dream car, he started looking at the 2014 model. He checked out a lot of cars at the show, but kept going back to the Mustang. It just felt right!

With many pre-owned Mustangs in the market place, we needed to narrow it down further. In 2011, Ford switched from the old 4.0L V6 and 5-speed to the 3.7L V6 coupled with a 6-speed. Power went up to 305 horsepower and 280 ft-lbs of torque, so he needs to be looking for 2011-2013 V6 Mustangs. I know he'll end up finding the right one.

However, if he stays in Chicago, his middleweight, powerful rear-wheel drive Mustang is going need help in the winter. If he goes with a 2012 Mustang, I would advise purchasing the 225/60R17 Studless Ice & Snow Michelin X-Ice Xi3 on black or silver 17x8 45ET MSW Type 19 wheels.

225/60-17 Studless Ice & Snow Michelin X-ICE Xi3 $135*
225/60R17 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
17x8 45ET Black Painted MSW Type 19 $104*
MSW Type 19 Black Painted
17x8 45ET Silver Painted MSW Type 19 $118*
MSW Type 19 Silver Painted


I like the X-Ice Xi3's blend of ice, packed snow and dry road grip and the MSW Type 19 matches the Original Equipment width and offset. Its solid 5-spoke angular design is a good match for the car's temperament. With a little winter driving advice and the right tire, he'll do fine handling Chicago's rough winters.

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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.64
 
 

2013 Audi A6 Sedan 3.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 1,100
Location: Springfield, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,100 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2014

I purchase these to replace summer tires that came with the car. I had owned a C5 A6 with RE960s and was very pleased. These have been a disappointment both in dry and snow. In dry conditions they make any annoying whine around 50 mph. With the abundance of snow this season they have been unsatisfactory. They have very poor traction in even small snowfalls. They do not grip the snow but seem to slide on top of it. I would not recommend this car and tire combination in any area that receives average winter snowfall.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.7
 
 

2011 Acura RDX
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Lyndhurst, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

well performing tire all around (not good in deep snow- but most all seasons are not). But these tires only lasted 30K miles on my 2011 Acura RDX. Front wheel drive, rotated every 5K miles. What gives? Always kept tire pressure around 37-39 and no hard driving. (ok maybe one burnout when I first bought the car lol) Putting aside the wear issue, these are excellent tires but I cannot bring myself to purchase a set. Probably going to go with general altimax this time around. Heard nothing but good things and my mechanic swears by them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2008 Infiniti G35X Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Potomac Falls, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2014

Hands down the best winter/snow tire you can purchase if your car can mount 17' wheels. I just traveled up the east coast during this past week's major snow storm that hit the south/mid-atlantic (2/13/14) and I never had a moment where the car felt out of control or that I could not traverse a patch of snow or ice. My experience is that of a car with AWD so that being the case these tires made it feel as though I was on a regular surface when trouncing through half a foot of powdery snow.

These tires can give a sense of over confidence though, because they're so good at stopping you and at getting traction specifically. This doesn't mean you're impervious to very deep snow or won't get your car stuck doing something stupid. What it means is that you're more capable of getting around in heavy snow with these tires then arguably any other set here on Tire Rack. Yes, they are that good.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2014

I live on the prairies in Canada where the temps are averaging -25* Dec - March. We get lots of snow and lots of ice in town and on the highways. I bought the car in May and this was the first winter. I was nervous to use these tires as everyone here has winter tires due to our conditions. I was blown away by the traction and grip these tires have! I cant speak to what they would be like after, say 30000miles, but now they are great. I still most likely will purchase winter tires largely due to not wanting to ruin my good rims.

Overall I think they are great and I drive in some severe cold, snow, ice and slush 6 months of the year!

 

Free Shipping at Tire Rack on Parts and Accessories Orders Over $50

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Starting this week, we've made some changes in regards to the way we handle our shipping charges. Free shipping is now offered on all products in the parts and accessories categories (shown below). Eligible products purchased must total $50 or more (not including taxes) to qualify for free shipping.

Accessory items that qualify for free shipping include:

Free shipping offer does not apply to tire and wheel purchases. This offer is valid only to retail customers in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Franklin, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

I bought my used 2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible in January 2014 from a local car dealership here in southwest Ohio. It came with Firestone Firehawk GTA-2 195/55R16 tires that had about 75% of the tread wear remaining. There was light snow on the ground when I drove my new purchase home. With just a couple inches of snow/ice on my driveway, I literally got stuck with the front tires just spinning. I researched this Firestone tire on the internet and discovered that it was poorly rated for anything except dry roads even though it is suppose to be an all season tire. Some reviewers even classified the tire as dangerous in snow and on wet roads. Since my adult children would also be driving this car, I knew that I had to get these tires off the car immediately. After extensive research on www.tirerack.com, I decided on these Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 tires. They had a nice balance of performance and price. I had to order this tire in size 205/55R16 since it was not made in the recommended size 195/55R16. I was not thrilled with my limited choices of other tires in size 195/55R16. There was plenty of clearance for this Hankook tire on the vehicle and it only caused a 1.8% speedometer error (an actual 61 mph reads as 60 mph on the speedometer). I decided to write this review of this tire's performance on the Mini Cooper since one had not been posted. With this tire, there was an immediate and dramatic improvement in ice and snow traction. My Mini Cooper is now a fun little snow machine. Traction on dry roads is outstanding and wet road traction is now also excellent. Ride quality has improved by being significantly less harsh. I wanted the more compliant sidewall of this tire to improve the comfort of the Mini Cooper's stiff ride and was willing to sacrifice some handling characteristics to achieve that goal. I am not what anyone would classify as a spirited driver but to my surprise, I found the tire's handling also to be excellent.

 

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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Branford, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

I bought these tires a month ago to replace tires damaged by road debris. These are by FAR the best tires I've had on this car, including OEM Potenzas, Kumho Solus KH16, two sets of General Altimax HP. The General's were pretty good, but wore fast and did not corner/brake on snow well. These Pirelli's are amazing. The car is noticeably quieter and rides smoother -- it's like a new car. We have had a snowy winter so far in CT so I have had many chances to test these on snow and ice. I have had snow tires on other cars that didn't perform this well. Truly impressive. Yesterday I drove up the steep hill to my house on 8 inches of unplowed, unsalted snow without so much as a slip. A Subie and these tires is unstoppable! Very, very happy with this purchase... would buy again in a heartbeat.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: San Marcos, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

I drive a heavily modified Porsche 951 making around 450 hp and 450 ft-lbs. The torque comes in quick and hard, it takes a really sticky tire to not turn to smoke in 1st and 2nd gear. These tires are the best I've ever had on this car, I'm running the 265/35/18 on a 10" wide wheel and its a little small, my next purchase will be 295/30/18's of the same tire. These things let me put my power to the ground, but they also let my car handle like a Porsche. I'm sitting on some pretty aggressive coil over suspension all around with huge sway bars and solid mounts everywhere. The car was built to rip corners, and these tires hold like glue at 100+ mph turns. I've got huge 4 pot brembo brakes grabbing 14" rotors on the car, with some pretty aggressive pagid pads. Its enough brake force to lock up most tires at 100 mph at max pedal effort, but these tires are the best non slicks I've ever used as far as having the grip to let me stop quickly. They handle wet weather great too, but I have to warn people these are a true summer tire and are downright dangerous in near freezing temps. I can't comment on the ride quality of these tires due to the aforementioned suspension, nor on the sound of them because I can't hear anything over my 4" open turbo-back exhaust. Tread life isn't incredible but I'm hard on these tires, sliding them around and spinning them fairly often. Also, its an incredibly soft performance tire so I wasn't expecting amazing life out of them. I said to myself if I got 10k miles on the street out of them I would be happy, and so far I'm at 15k and I think I can make it to 20k. When my current set of 4 is toast, I will definitely be buying another, slightly wider set. Great tires!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2003 Buick Lesabre Custom
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Fanwood, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

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

I purchased these tires for my mother’s car mostly with winter weather driving being my main concern, as I tend to use it for commuting to work in snowy bad weather. This car, with the right tires, is a TANK in the snow. It’ll go and stop in anything! After prior bad experience with Good Year tires, I knew I wanted a quality tire from Pirelli or Michelin, so after a lot of research on TR I settled on these tires and was delighted to get a rebate at the time. As for the tires, they’re great. I just had this car in some serious snow storms here in NJ this winter and I commute to Morristown through the Great Swamp, which has tight turns with no shoulder and steep hills and the tires performed great. The one snow day it took me 1.5 hrs to go less than 2 miles in the severely unprepared roads and saw at least 10 accidents, with SUVs hitting snow ploughs, cars in ditches, 5 cars daisy chain crashed together, mult wrecked cars on flat beds going past me, SUVs just sliding down hills with the wheels turned full lock, and tractor trailers just parked on main roads, yet this car with these tires just kept on going with no drama. When you experience driving like this, you take your tires very serious. I plan on getting rid of the worn out POS Good Year Integrity tires on my father’s other Buick with these very same tires. They’re that good, the price isn’t too bad, they ride nice, and the mileage life is high. When it comes to tires, it’s your life, your insurance rates, and the headache of a car accident. Don’t get cheap!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2012 Ford Flex Titanium
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Clarkston, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

First reaction to these tires was, why is my car so much quieter? Apparently the OE Goodyear tires contributed more noise than I realized. Ride conform was also noticeably improved. If this were the only reason I purchased these tires, then this would be enough. But I was even more impressed with winter driving experience as I drove immediately to northern Michigan for the Sno*Drift rally which lead me down many snow and ice covered two track roads, which it handled with ease. Temps were in the low single digits and below zero and traction in snow or on pavement was excellent. The return trip south on expressway, I was able to use the snow covered left lane with confidence. At this early stage of ownership, very happy. Looking forward to judge performance on dry roads in warmer weather.

 

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

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.44
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Columbus, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2014

Recently purchased these tires to replace the factory Michelen tires. I have noticed an immediate reduction in road noise with these tires, and the comfort over pot marked roads has been a great improvement. Today, in Columbus Ohio (2-5-14) we received 6" of snow with a layer of ice over top of it over night. The tires handled it with an amazing amount of ease. Almost zero wheel spin while driving back roads over ice covered roads from the plows, as well as areas the plow missed and my car became the plow. Highway driving over somewhat plowed roads meant lane changes over slush, ice and snow at 30 - 40 mph and I had no issues. Was passing SUV after SUV this morning. Only incident I have had was I hit a rather large pot hole and blew the tire out. I do not think that the tire itself had anything to do with it, as much as it was in regards to the road conditions and the tire size is a low profile tire and they just can't handle impact like that. I would recommend this tire to anyone. I have had Goodyears, Michelen's , etc before and this has been my most remarkable tire to date.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8
 
 

2009 Honda Fit Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Washington, DC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

Living in Washington, DC, I have to consider the purchase of winter tires to be a luxury item primarily for mountain weekends. I didn't want the all-seasons on my Honda Fit to keep me from safely getting to various ski destinations anymore. They haven't seen too many snow storms in the 3000 miles I've driven, but when the roads were covered, I was very impressed (relative to the all-seasons). I had no trouble climbing steep snow-covered grades, and felt very confident in my ability to stop, steer, and start moving on multiple snow surfaces. Being on a Honda Fit, I haven't tried them in anything more than about 6 inches unpacked, but I'm very happy with how they've performed. These Dunlops are slightly noisier on dry roads, but the Fit isn't a quiet car to begin with...so it isn't anything overly annoying. I can't really comment on treadwear at this point, but their dry and wet performance (non-frozen) hasn't ever caused me any concern with my driving style (I do occasionally take turns and exit ramps a bit fast).
Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase - I went with a lower-priced winter tire from TireRack since I had never purchased winter tires before and didn't think I'd benefit from any added performance of more expensive models (I walk to work, and don't really drive that much anyway - maybe 8000 miles per year). After a few snow/ice events in town and two very snowy mountain trips, I'm very glad I purchased them. I'd probably need to do a back-to-back test of various winter tire models to convince myself that I should upgrade to a pricier model...at least for my expected usage.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27
 
 

1995 Saturn SC2
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

I purchased these used from an acquaintance. Very open tread design looked like it would also be a decent tire for rallycross. It is a nice size for stock 15x6" rims. These are primarily being used as everyday tires for commuting to work. They also did work well at a cool, soft soil rallycross this fall, and pulled one of the top times at an ice trial on an icy frozen lake this past weekend. The best winter tires I've had on a Saturn compared to Dunlop DS-2s and Michelin X-Ices. Forward traction was always a problem with the later, and these are significantly better. No real complaints, but the dry and wet braking traction is poor--I've slid the entire car stopping quickly a few times (no ABS) in warmer weather. Braking in generally seems like a weak area for them, but about what I expect from a winter tire. Hydroplaning resistance is excellent--I drove through a huge storm that flooded the highway and was able to keep a very good pace. Overall very good tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2013 Chrysler Town and Country
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: SILVER SPRING, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2014

I live in MD and we don't get much snow around here so a winter tire is overkill, unless like me you go looking for snow to get your skiing fix. Purchased these Conti's two weeks ago and already took a trip up to Vermont over MLK holiday. I'm very impressed by this tire. I read all the reviews about winter tires and road noise in dry conditions but I didn't notice any difference between these and my OEM Yokohama's. It could be the weight of the car that makes things better, noise wise, as compared to what other reviewers noticed. The stability is a bit off but I'm driving a minivan so I was not expecting much. On our recent trip to VT (with a return detour through the Poconos PA) we hit snow, slush, ice and windy roads. The tires performed admirably again and again. Up moderately steep mountain roads covered with 4in of fresh snow and hard packed snow under... no problem (but I had to use the manual shifter to keep it steady traction in 3rd gear and engine brake going down), slush on the highways... no problem, ice on some of the byways... well, abs engaged when stopping a few times but I think that's how it's suppose to work. I was originally worried about the unique pattern of the Conti's and was going to go with the Michelin's (used them and lowed them when I lived in the snowy part of Europe) but the price difference was a big factor for me given that I would be using these tires max 3 mo out of the year. Tirerack delivery was great. Got my tires in two days.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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Miles driven on tires: 1,300
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,300 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

I purchased this car with OEM Bridgestone summer hi-per tires that were worn out, it was very noisy inside, rough/hard ride, and it tramlined on pavement changes. The seller warned me not to begin winter on these tires. I researched Tire Rack and this new design had the properties I was looking for. I was a little worried as I read some owner feedback about sluggish turn-in and don't expect a summer UHP tire's performance. After putting a set of 4 on the STI, I couldn't be happier! My car was transformed, dramatic lowering of cabin noise, my wife now wants to go in the STI now, vs "it's too loud to talk" from before. Just the quiet cabin would have been plenty, but now the comfort level is also much improved. The car no longer transmits every pebble, bump, imperfection to the driver, now it smooths over the small things, and lessens the pothole impacts. I no longer increase grip pressure on the steering wheel when I encounter a seam in the road, the tires don't tramline and sail over joint in the road without diverting their line. The Hankook's have been great in rain, slush, and 4" of snow, traction and stopping are first rate. They aren't much help on ice, but only a studded tire will help on ice? I am extremely satisfied with the Ventus S1 Noble 2 tires, they have made my STI a joy to drive in everyday use.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.6

1996 Acura Integra SE
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Miles driven on tires: 16,000
Location: Spring City, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 16,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2011

I purchased these tires looking for a performance all-season upgrade tires that I've had in the past.----The tires I had were (for all-season tires) great in the wet and dry, and acceptable in the snow.----For the Goodyears, in the dry, straight-line grip is as good as I'd need from an all-season tire, and overall cornering GRIP is pretty impressive as well.----In the wet, straight-line grip is good, but cornering grip is seriously lacking.----My older and MUCH cheaper tires cornered harder in the rain than these Eagle GTs do.----Break-away is relatively progressive, with the steering wheel getting lighter as the tires give way, but it just happens too soon.----Snow performance is about what you'd expect from a performance-oriented all-season tire.----It works well if you're careful and gradual with your inputs.----My biggest gripe with these tires, by far, is how they do not feel solid at all.----I don't know if it's soft sidewalls, squirmy tread blocks, or a combination of both, but the car just does not feel right going into corners.----I make the initial turn-in at a corner, then about a second later I feel the whole car roll and settle as I continue through.----This did not happen at all with any of the four other sets of tires I have driven on with this car, and I keep the tires at 40psi, so it's not an issue with the car itself or tire pressure.----In conclusion, they're okay...they work well for commuting and slower-paced, every-day driving, however I would NOT recommend them for anyone wanting a tire that corners nicely.----Tire wear is okay, I like to take corners pretty fast, so at 16,000 miles when these tires are at around 6/32" depth, I don't have much to complain about at all.