Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2006 BMW 325i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

This is a phenomenal tire. It combines excellent grip and handling with decent ride quality. They are very quiet, especially for low profile tires. These tires replaced the Bridgestone RE050a Runflat tires that originally came with my car. They are much better than the RE050a tires in every way. They last about as long as you'd expect a high performance summer tire to last. I am on my second set of s04s - I like them that much! Highly recommended.

Best All-Weather Tires for Mazda CX-7

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Are you looking for a great all-season tire for your Mazda CX-7? Then you should take a look at the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and Michelin Primacy MXV4. For crossover vehicles like the Mazda CX-7, Acura RDX and Nissan Rogue, consider the top tires from the Grand Touring All-Season and Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season performance categories.  

I've had the Michelin Primacy MXV4 on my Mazda CX-7 for two years. This tire has provided my vehicle with a very smooth and quiet ride, good handling and great wet traction. The Primacy MXV4 offers a large improvement over the factory installed Goodyear Eagle RS-A. My wife and I can hardly believe the difference! For more information on this tire, read "Great Deal on 235/60R18 Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tires."

 Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy
MXV4
 Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with
EcoPlus Technology


While you're shopping for tires for your CX-7, be sure to strongly consider the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, which is currently the top-rated tire by our customers in its category. Reviewers consistently praise the tire's ride quality, as well as great wet and snow traction. 

If you need additional help choosing the right tire for your CX-7, take a look at our Tire Decision Guide.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2009 Volvo S60
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

I've had these tires on my car about 2 years now and have driven them thru 2 Michigan winters with lake effect snows. I have put about 30,000 miles on them and rotated them only once. They are still perfectly balanced and have half their tread left. I have to say, this is the first set of tires I've ever had that I can say that about after that many miles. Treadwear is very impressive.

As for handling and traction, I have been happy with that as well. It's pretty easy these days to find a tire that is good in 3 seasons for traction. These are no different in that category. They have excellent dry traction, are responsive, and very predictable when pushed hard. Wet traction is just as excellent. It starts getting a bit harder to find tires that excel in heavy rains. To get a tire with excellent resistance to hydroplaning, you quickly leave the lower quality tires behind. These most definitely fit into the upper realm of quality in the wet. I've tried and it's almost impossible to get these things to hydroplane or feel like they are overwhelmed by the water.

What is most impressive is the way they handle in light snow, slush, and ice. You really wouldn't think they would be all that great, but somehow they manage to be really good in light snow, pretty good and very predictable on ice, and excellent in slush. For deep snow, forget about it though. The tread just doesn't have any of the chunky blocks needed when the snow gets serious. Better to go with a winter tire for snows like that. We are currently 1 inch away from being in the top 10 snowiest winters ever in southern Michigan and these tires have done an amazing job this year. Even with only half the tread remaining, they haven't let me down. I think next winter I will probably get dedicated snow tires, but have no problem recommending these for snowy areas. If you want the best in quality and 4 season performance, these are hard to beat.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2005 Mazda MAZDA6 s Sedan
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

Wow. Fantastic. Expectations met and then some. I upgrade from Hankook Ventus V12's and even though these tires are in the same class, the PSS is a revelation. The PSS were a little noisier than I thought they'd be when I first got them, but the noise is of a different quality, lower frequency but not boomy, so it is not an issue. Compared to the V12's, the PSS feel like suction cups going down the road; my car has never felt this planted before. I first put them on the day before I went down to Tail of the Dragon, so they were immediately pushed to their limits. At the limit, they do not squeal; the V12's squealed quite a bit even when they had grip in reserve. Grip was noticeably increased in all situations. I even ran them in a torrential downpour the 4th day I had them; never felt a loss of grip once in heavy rain. Even the reduction in feedback from the wheel during the rain was noticeably less than the loss of feel for the Ventus V12's. These tires are multi-talented wonders. They ride more comfortably, although that could be related to running slightly lower pressures than I ran on my V12's.

The only gripes I have is that for my particular setup, steering response seems dulled. I am going to try slightly higher tire pressures this summer to see if that can remedy that without reducing ride quality or the incredibly planted feel they gave. Also, grip is noticeably less, although still very progressive, when the temperatures head south. Compared to the V12's, grip falls off quicker below 50 degrees. A shame because Michigan can bounce between 30 degree mornings and 60 degree days in the spring and fall. But overall, these are excellent tires I would recommend to anyone wanting to run a summer tire, regardless of price, which is also not bad for a Michelin. This feels like a pinnacle product, I can't wait to see where they go next!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Honda Fit
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Ada, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2014

This is my second set of these tires. The first set was on a Mazda Protege 5 and lasted for over 30,000 miles. These are slightly wider than the OEM tire for the Fit. They provide a much smoother and quieter ride than the OEM tires. Traction is great in dry, wet, and light snow conditions. I switch to winter tires for deep snow (this winter in Michigan they were a lifesaver)! I really like these Continental tires. The only down side to them is the limited sizes available. I'd install them on all my cars if they had sizes available. They really transform the ride of these light cars as they are so much smoother and quieter.

Tirerack's delivery and the quality of the tires delivered were impeccable.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.3
 
 

2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Williamsville, NY
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

I live in Buffalo and I mounted these the week of Thanksgiving so I have a whole winter`s worth of driving to judge the quality of these tires.

Likes:

Wet traction because I felt good road grip through puddles.
I did not experience any wheel spinning during accelerating and my PT cruiser felt secure during cornering. This happened during first lake effect event. It was a light snow event and this is why I gave the tires level 10 for light snow.
Driving down the highway during another snowfall, the PT felt very secure and I did not detect fishtailing or slipping. Also level 10 for highway driving
Good performance during very cold days, and I always felt in control of the PT.

Dislikes:

During deep snow I had good grip accelerating but a little slippage cornering. That's why I only rated it level 8.
I found after very cold nights, snow packed in the treads does not melt and reduces the traction on the tires the next morning. I assume the same occurs on all snow tires.

Miscellaneous:

I got temporarily stuck in a snow drift on an unplowed street during our first blizzard. I freed myself after a short time.
I give these tires a level 10 for getting out of the snowdrift.
Overall great product from General Tire.

 

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

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2008 Kia Sportage LX V6
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Pine Grove, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2014

This will be the third set of tires for our Kia with just over 55,000 miles. We had Coooper's Touring tire on before the Generals. The ride quality and the handling of the RT43's are out of this world. As a car nut I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND these tires to anyone. BEST TIRES I have owned on any Vehicle...From Hot Rods to Sports Cars. We live in the Calif. Central Sierras and have all the conditions to test out tires. GREAT JOB GENERAL TIRES. YOU HAVE A WINNER.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2006 Honda Ridgeline
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Fresno, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

I don't normally write reviews on something unless I really like the product or hate it. These are just great tires. Yeah they aren't "truck" tires, but my ego can take it. The tradeoffs are well worth it. I had stock Michelin LTXs. I thought those were pretty good tires (if you can ignore the cracking) but these Firestones are just wonderful as far as ride quality and quietness. I will definitely be rotating and balancing every 5-6K, because that's so crucial to keeping all sorts of problems at bay tire-wise. So glad I chose these tires. Thumbs up Firestone, you got this one right!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2006 Porsche Cayman S With Standard Brakes
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Hingham, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2014

Drove these tires from Spring thru Fall last year including 1 autocross and 6 track days. Performed and wore much better than the Michelin PS2's they replaced. Stiff sidewalls were a big plus at the track, but the ride quality and noise were still acceptable on the street. Very predictable cornering at the track and easy to modulate at the limit although you need to watch tire pressures which rise quickly at the start of each day.

Best Tires for Subaru Outback

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Gary Stanley

If the tires on your Subaru Outback are nearing replacement, be sure to check out the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. While many drivers associate Pirelli with producing ultra high performance tires for exotic high-end sports cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini, they also make outstanding all-season touring tires. In fact, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus is currently ranked number one by our customers in the Grand Touring All-Season performance category.  

The tire's great balance of traction, handling and ride quality to go along with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty make the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus an ideal match for many Subaru Outback drivers.  

Take a look at what Outback owners are saying about their experience with the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus:

"So glad I did my research with Tire Rack and compared the tires side-by-side. After a full week of research, I went with the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus and the difference is amazing. The noise level from my previous Bridgestone Potenza is a 180. The Pirelli is hands down the best tire I've owned!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Subaru Outback Wagon 

"This tire has amazed me since it was installed 10,000 miles ago. Immediately, I noticed a difference in decreased road noise and increased ride comfort over the O.E. Continental. It has been a great tire while driving in heavy rain and an equally as great tire when taking corners a little faster than you should." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

"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 O.E. Potenzas, Kumho Solus KH16 and two sets of General AltiMAX HPs. These Pirellis 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 Connecticut, so I have had many chances to test these on snow and ice. Truly impressive." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean

While you're thinking about tires, check your tires' air pressure since they can lose 1 psi per month. To learn more about this important safety issue, read "Winter Air Pressure Versus Summer Air Pressure."

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

Wednesday, March 26, 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: 9.25
 
 

2008 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Warwick, RI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

Decided to replace my 50% used Continental Extreme Contact DWS tires with a set of these A/S 3's, along with new wheels. I upgraded from the OEM size 205/50/ZR 16 to a set of 205/45/ZR 17's on Sparco Tarmacs. Both the Continentals and the Michelins were W speed rated. While I understand upgrading to larger wheels with smaller aspect ratio tires improves handling, I only reduced the aspect ration by 5%. I say that because the difference between the Continental's and the Michelin's is night and day.

2 weeks prior I upgraded my suspension with the H&R Touring Cup Kit. While it was a significant upgrade over stock, I felt it was still missing something. There was still some roll in hard corners and the steering was a tad mushy. I simply couldn't believe the difference as soon as I bolted up the new wheels with the Michelin A/S 3's! The Conti's have a very soft sidewall that makes the suspension feel mushier than it needs to be. Turn in on the Michelins is simply outstanding. Crisp and precise. Prodigious grip in corners and very predictable at the limit. High speed stability is light years ahead of the Continentals, which were excellent in there own right. Ride quality is actually a tad better than the DWS's as well. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a truly no compromise all-season tire.

Raise Ride Height and Go Big with Traxda Lift and Level Kits

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

"How big of a tire can I install on my truck?" This question is one I receive on almost a daily basis. While each truck is different and some can occasionally accept taller tires with the factory suspension in place, the easiest way to insure proper fitment of a taller or wider tire is to increase the amount of travel between the top of the tire and fender well.

Leveling kits increase the amount of clearance on the front axles between one and three inches on average and will often enable the owner to increase tire size without rubbing issues. Most trucks tend to have a rake from the factory that causes the front of the truck to sit lower in the front when the bed is unloaded. With a leveling kit, this rake can be corrected and clearances improved.

Traxda Lift and Level Kits relocate the mounting point of the spring that holds the truck up without changing the location of the stock suspension arms. Installation of this kit allows for use of up to 35" tall tires (17"-26" rims, stock offset, depending on application) without rubbing. Most kits are a direct bolt-on style, simple and easy to install with nothing more than common hand tools and require no modifications to your vehicle. The kits retain stock ride quality.

Lift and Level Kit Features:

  • Precision laser cut solid steel technology engineered to exact tolerances
  • Does not change preload
  • Maintains stock ride quality on most vehicles
  • Requires no disassembly of the strut
  • Depending on application, stock shocks or stock-length aftermarket shocks can be used
  • Shock brackets included where applicable
  • Alignment specs provided
  • Truck can be returned to stock when required
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Made in the USA

Search by vehicle to find a Traxda Lift and Level Kit for your truck.

New Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus Versus Dueler H/L Alenza for Crossovers and SUVs

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Back in 2004, the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza was introduced to premium crossover and SUV drivers as the premier tire of choice. Always a good performer in our Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category, it has been praised by our customers for its quiet ride, great wet traction, wear and good looks. Appropriate vehicle applications and Original Equipment fitments include the Cadillac Escalade, Acura MDX, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML Class, Lexus RX, Buick Enclave and the new Cadillac ATS and ELR. For more on this tire's great reputation and feedback, take a look at "Best Tires for a Street-Driven SUV." 

Bridgestone is known for continually pushing the envelope, and ten years later, has introduced a new and improved version of the H/L Alenza. This new tire is the Dueler H/L Alenza Plus. 

This new version maintains the same appearance, popular sidewall design and efficient tread pattern of the current Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza. That is where the differences end. H/L Alenza Plus tires have a new tread compound that Bridgestone states will improve on the tire's fuel economy by reducing rolling resistance by up to 10% compared to the previous version of the tire without sacrificing wet, dry or snow traction. Bridgestone has also upped the ante for treadwear by offering the tire with an 80,000-mile limited treadwear warranty!

If you're in the market for a premium, quality replacement tire for your crossover or SUV, don't overlook the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus.

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!"

The General AltiMax RT43 is Leading Its Class

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

General has hit a home run with their AltiMAX RT43. Although fairly new to the market, this tire has already received great feedback from our customers. The most positive comments have focused around the great ride quality, quietness, wet traction and all-season capability.

Strong all-season capability and a comfortable ride is due to the tire's Twin Cushion Silica Tread Compound that places a high-density all-season compound up top with a low-density foundation compound underneath. A symmetrical tread design helps keep noise down and allows for unlimited rotation options. General’s Anti-Slip Sipe Design Technology increases the number of biting edges to enhance traction on slippery roads. Another great feature is General's Low Surface Abrasion Technology which helps reduce tread distortion as the tire rolls. This results in less road abrasion and ultimately promotes longer, more even treadlife.

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the General AltiMAX RT43:

"I put these tires on because the lightness of the rear of the truck made it slip and slide and break loose on corners when the road was slick. That's all gone now. The unique tread design includes little fish hook like cuts which attracted me to the tread design. My choice was justified. Even with light snow on the roads, I have a confident feeling of total control. I'm telling everyone who will listen what I think of these tires. I will buy them for my other vehicle when it becomes necessary." -- Tire Rack Customer Review, 2001 Toyota Tacoma 2wd

"I drive about 100,000 miles a year. These tires have 60,000 miles on them now. This car has driven all over this region of the U.S. The General AltiMAX RT43 is EXCELLENT in every weather situation I have been in. The tires look to have about 5/32" of tread depth remaining. I rotate them every 10,000 miles. They are very comfortable, handle great, don't hydroplane, are great in the snow and on ice. Absolutely the best "budget" tire I have ever had. I will take these over the Goodyear and Michelin tires I have had any day. I really recommend these tires to anyone." - Tire Rack Customer Review, 2007 Honda Civic EX Sedan

The General AltiMAX RT43 is available in H-, V- and T-speed ratings. Shop by vehicle and see if this great tire is available for your application today!

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 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2004 Mazda MAZDA3 s 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Ponca City, OK
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2014

Replacing Yokohama S.drive summer tires that were old on my lowered Mazda3 5-door. I tend to accelerate and brake rather hard and take my turns quickly.

The Yokohama's were like driving on railroad tracks: direct and instantaneous response to all input. From what I've gather reading the comments, this is due to very stiff sidewalls. I liked this quality because it gave me supreme confidence at speed and in traffic conditions.

Moving to the Hankooks I was first impressed with the complete and utter lack of noise and the vastly smoother ride. This is a trade-off, and overall a positive one. I liked the directness of the feel of the S.Drives, but I also find the slightly muted road feel doesn't isolate me too much on the Hankooks, and the quiet in the cabin makes it easier to hold conversations on dates (other car is a van and my wife and I like pretending we're still young on dates, hence my car's the one to take) and allows me to run the radio a few clicks lower.

Quick slalom moves at speed are perhaps the biggest change, and the one I like least. While the Yokohamas would quickly and surely change the car's direction, the Hankooks see to lag rather substantially, and with repeated left-right-left-right swings, they average out the trajectory rather than making each directed turn.

As others have noted though, normal turning is still OK, and the lag is minimal in normal turning. Right now, as I'm still trying to get a feel for the Hankook's handling, I haven't been as brave taking some of the smaller-radius turns on my commute at previous speeds. However, I have not felt any lateral slip, none whatsoever, so once I get the feel down, I anticipate being able to take these curves at effectively the same speeds as the S.Drives.

In short: They're softer than Yokohama S.Drives, mostly in a good way if that's what you need. If you value absolute handling precision above all else, these are not for you. But the Hankooks are quite nice if you value the tradeoff.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2012 Toyota Highlander
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Apex, NC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2014

Anyone who has a Highlander know that your choices of tires are very limited. I've only had the 422s for a short while but they are 10x better than than the original set. I had tons of body roll before even when breaking now I have half as much but the ride quality is the same and road noise is almost nothing. I had a set of yokohama's prior and they were great until they started to wear then the road noise was unreal. If your on the fence like I was the 422 is a great choice for you Toyota fans.

Are Sumitomo Tires Good?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Customers often ask me about the Sumitomo brand. The tires are often very attractively priced, but many drivers are not as familiar with this brand as they are with some of the traditional names like Goodyear and Michelin. Are they really a great value, or are they too good of a price to be true?

How is Sumitomo pronounced?

This one stumps many people, however the pronunciation is actually easier than it looks at first glance. I find that breaking it in half makes it much easier. "Sumi" is pronounced pretty much how it looks: soo-me. It rhymes with Zoomy. Then the second half, "tomo" rhymes with Romo.

Where do they come from?

Sumitomo is a Japanese company. They're part of the Sumitomo Group, which has many diverse businesses under its umbrella. Sumitomo manufactures in a number of Asian countries, including Thailand, China and Japan.

Are they good?

Yes, Sumitomo makes a good tire. Like any manufacturer, Sumitomo makes a number of different models to fit different driving styles and customer needs. Are you in the market for high performance handling and excellent wet and dry traction? Try the Sumitomo HTR Z III. Do you need something a little bit sporty, but with the ability to handle cold weather and some light snow? Sumitomo's HTR A/S P01 might fit your needs. As long as you choose a tire that suits your application and driving style, they offer a very good combination of quality and value.

Why haven't I heard of them before?

You probably have and don't know it. Sumitomo builds tires for other brands as well. The most notable is Dunlop, which is one of the oldest names in the business. They do not do as much marketing of their own tire brand compared to many of the other brands. So while they fly a little bit under the radar, they have plenty of expertise in building tires.

Take a look at all offerings available from Sumitomo.

Our Customers Have Rated the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus the Best Grand Touring All-Season Tire

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Our most recent customer survey results have placed the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus as the highest-rated Grand Touring All-Season tire. Grand Touring All-Season tires place an emphasis on providing a luxurious smooth, quiet and comfortable ride while maintaining an optimal amount of traction in inclement weather.

 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All  Season Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus
 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All  Season Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus


Developed to be environmentally friendly, Pirelli’s EcoImpact icons confirm the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus’ contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air, low noise and long wear. Designed to be driven in diverse weather conditions, the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus features lower weight, less rolling resistance and reduced noise while enhancing wet braking and year-round traction, even in light snow.

Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tires use a tread compound that features low oil and high-silica content to reduce braking distances and rolling resistance. This compound is molded into an asymmetric tread design that blends dry handling with wet road and wintertime traction. A continuous outboard shoulder promotes steering response while the pitch sequencing and phasing of multiple inboard tread block sizes reduce pattern noise. Four wide circumferential grooves help evacuate water to increase hydroplaning resistance while engineered lateral and longitudinal sipes increase the number of biting edges to enhance wet road and wintertime traction.

To improve high-speed durability, handling ride quality and wear, the tire’s internal structure features twin, lightweight steel belts reinforced by variable-tension spirally wrapped polyamide. The tire features a progressively flexible sidewall to cut down on deformation and unnecessary dispersal of energy, thereby reducing rolling resistance.

If you drive a luxury touring vehicle and would like a smooth and quiet tire with great grip, consider the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus.

Best Replacement Tires for the Honda Odyssey

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

When shopping for tires for the Honda Odyssey most customers tend to look for tires that are quiet, comfortable riding and provide good traction in snow and on ice. Because of the large open space inside the cabin of the minivan, road noise is always an issue. Choosing the right tire can really make a big difference.

A few great options to consider when replacing tires on your Honda Odyssey include the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring, Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and Firestone's Precision Touring. All three provide the best blend of ride/noise comfort, all-season traction and price.

 Goodyear Assurance ComorTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
 Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
 Firestone Precision Touring
Firestone Precision Touring


Goodyear's Assurance ComforTred Touring features a mildly asymmetric tread design that combines independent shoulder blocks with notched intermediate and center ribs to blend dry and wet road traction and handling. Four wide circumferential grooves evacuate water from under the tread to enhance wet traction while the tread grooves, notches and sipes form biting edges to deliver all-season traction in light snow.

The tire's internal construction includes a super shock absorbent Comfort Layer of rubber sandwiched between the tread and steel belts to insulate vibration and impacts with expansion joints, potholes and bumps. It also features Goodyear's dual-layer ComfortEdge sidewall supports to provide a balance of ride comfort and handling.

CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology tires from Continental use an all-season tread compound featuring their Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. The compound is molded into a symmetric tread design with notched outboard shoulders, independent intermediate tread blocks and continuous center ribs to blend on-road steering response and straight-line stability with reduced noise and enhanced ride comfort. All sizes of the CrossContact LX20 come with a flanged lower sidewall to help reduce the possibility of curb damage to expensive wheels.

The Precision Touring is Firestone's Standard Touring All-Season tire developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, family minivans and crossover vehicles looking for year-round capability and comfort. Affordably priced, the tire is designed to blend long treadwear, a quiet ride and all-season traction on dry and wet roads, as well as in light snow.

Precision Touring tires mold a silica-enhanced all-season tread compound into a symmetric design featuring wide shoulders flanking interlocking ribs to provide dry road response and handling. Four circumferential grooves help guide water through the tire's footprint for wet traction while multiple notches and sipes provide the biting edges to enhance traction in light snow. The tire's structure includes twin, high tensile steel belts on top of a polyester casing to deliver strength, ride quality and handling.

Be sure to check out our test results and customer survey reviews to help you make a decision on what tire is best for how and where you drive.