Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Tuesday, March 11, 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.

Kumho Ecsta PA31 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.36
 
 

2004 Infiniti I35
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

Bought these to go on my girlfriend's infiniti. Replace some old Goodyears. I'm one for spirited driving and these tires hold up well for that. dry grip is solid and it takes some pushing to get these tires to their limits in a big sedan. very stable overall, but there's a very slight hesitation when doing sudden course correction (did a quick homebrew autocross when the tires were new). Most people won't notice it but i'm used to driving an Mr2.
Wet grip is great for an all season and im constantly impressed by how stable it is and its resistance to sliding. You can get it to slide if you push too hard, but i can take the same turns comfortably at 80% speed wet vs dry. wet braking is a little less impressive, as it will engage the ABS quickly if you stab it too hard, but generally good braking performance in light and heavy rain.
Snow/ice performance is average for an all season, Light snow being significantly better than deep, but i've only needed to dig myself out once this winter, so from standstills/parking it gets you going just fine.
I drive with traction control off most of the time and i have to actually try to lose the rear end on anything other than ice. very predictable when a slide begins as well.
For the record, i live in Chicago, so i've seen wet, dry, snow and ice in the same week.
Rides a little harsh and drones a bit at 70mph, but those are acceptable trade-offs for a the perforamnce/price envelope this tire gives.
four/five stars.

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 Continental ProContact GX

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ProContact GX Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2012 Subaru Outback
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Miles driven on tires: 27,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

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

Stock Tire, silent, good tread wear, stable in light snow and ice. My wife drove this during Feb 2014 winter storm in Virginia and she said it wobbled a little bit when she's driving downhill but corrected with gentle braking. Will definitely buy 4 same stock tire from Continental when it's time to replace the tires.

What's the Best Brake Pad?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Doc Horvath

For most commuters, brake pads are items they can go through quickly and are often replaced only due to failure. In these cases, most people are prone to making quick decisions and don't take the time to consider the options available. To help find the best brake pad for your style of driving, review the differences in performance categories.

Premium

Assuming your vehicle never makes it to the track, brake pads in this category provide all the stopping power you need as you drive around town or hit the highway for a cross-country trip. Premium pads are of either semi-metallic materials for a good blend of stopping power and low noise or a ceramic compound to offer the same performance but with less dusting. Consider the options from Akebono, Brembo and Centric if this sounds like your style of driving.

Performance Street

Pads in this category move the driver one step up the performance ladder. They offer a quicker initial bite of the pad to the rotor and more resistance to brake fade in high temperature applications. All the pads in this category will use different combinations of semi-metallic compounds to give the driver better performance but at the cost of more brake dust and decreased rotor life. Hawk and StopTech provide great options in this category.

Autocross/Track

Brake pads from the Autocross/Track performance category exist to provide ultimate stopping power in the most extreme temperature conditions. Given their higher temperature thresholds, most pads in this category are not well suited for street use as they need to be warmed up above ambient temperature to be effective. Within the category, there exist different ideal temperature ranges so the driver can fine-tune the pad to their anticipated use. However, all track pads will come with a noticeable increase in pad and rotor wear, along with extreme amounts of brake dust that would be considered unacceptable for street use. Hawk provides the bulk of our options in this category.

How do you find the brake pad that's right for your application? Shopping by vehicle will show you every option that's a match for your car!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2013 BMW 335i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Alpine, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

I live in San Diego County in SoCal, but work in the far east county area, so have a commute that takes me from SD metro area to rural work location on a paved county road @ 3100" elevation. I get there via freeway to county road. This tire came as OEM with vehicle & I expect I will get 35,000 out of them before they have to be replaced (with the same tire). County road I drive on is winding & old asphalt (course, but not rough or broken), so these tires have gotten a workout. Seem to still be as quiet now as when I first got vehicle new. I get about 30 MPH average fuel economy on a car that has a 300 HP six-cyl engine with twin-turbos. I attribute a good portion of that to these tires (better than US EPA specs for fuel economy on this model). Car has been from West Coast to DC via Atlanta & back via Fla Gulf Coast - no problems at all in any conditions encountered. Went conservative on snow performance since I've only had limited experience with that (we do get some snow where I work in SD - I know, we're not supposed to get snow in San Diego). Wet & dry performance are exceptional. They have held grip in circumstance when I would have expected they would let go (hard braking). Can't say enough about this tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2011 Volvo XC70
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Leesburg, VA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

This is an initial review and first impression. I'll post more detail when we rack up more miles. Most initial reviews tend to be relative, meaning the first impression tends to be based on comparison to the previous tires. These PureContacts (235/50/18 97V) replaced OEM Michelin Latitude Tour HP tires, which performed well with good tread life, even tread wear, and quiet ride. Their primary downfall was less than secure handling in winter conditions.

Out of the gate, these Continentals are very good. The ride is quiet, at least as quite or more so than the Michelins. They ride firm as a new tire, but not excessively so. We've driven them in light snow and wet conditions with no problems. Steering response is noticeably improved, but this is a Volvo with the comfort chassis and it's never going to be sporty.

I researched tires in great detail for weeks and went back and forth before choosing these tires. In the end, there were two tie breakers: the 60-day buy and try guarantee plus the consistent reviews and tests showing this tire has excellent handling in wet and light snow. It didn't hurt that these also were the least expensive of the top rated grand touring all season tires. For a family car, it's important for a tire to earn its keep when you need it most, which is during poor weather conditions and emergency braking. This has been a great choice so far.

 

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 General AltiMAX RT43

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2007 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 600
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 600 Miles on Tires
December 12, 2013

Normally I wouldn't write a review of a tire that's barely been broken in, but since it's a new model, I'll bite. I got the Altimax RT 43 a few weeks ago, and I've already seen almost the full range of driving conditions that I'd normally experience - everything from a warm sunny day to a heavy rain to fresh snow and ice. The Generals have been very impressive in every situation I've encountered so far. Acceleration and braking capability on snow and ice is more than adequate. Wet and dry grip, along with road noise, are dramatic improvements over the tires they replaced (the supposed all-weather cure-all from a certain Finnish tire maker). Ride is also greatly improved, though I'd say that's largely a function of shedding about eight pounds per tire. I have yet to try the Generals in any kind of deep snow, but considering how well they bite into a one inch snow covering, I'm pretty confident that they'll manage in deeper stuff. Overall I'm highly impressed with General's latest product.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2012 Subaru Forester
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 09, 2013

I put these on my SO's Forester to replace the OE Dueler H/T which were just about the worst tires ever made. She travels 45 minutes to work each way so I wanted a dependable tire that would handle occasionally significant snowfalls.

These tires are very good in dry and wet conditions. They have a nice smooth ride with minimal noise at any speed. The steering response in dry conditions so far feels like they're summer performance tires, I am very impressed. They have a little trouble braking in heavy rain but nothing that the ABS can't work out.

We just had 6" of dry powder snowfall so I took it out a few miles to test them out on suburban unplowed roadways with a temperature of around +20F. They performed very well for an all-season tire. Starting up and stopping were no problem even with Subaru's VDC turned off. The ABS kicked in a few times during moderate breaking but that is expected with any tire in the snow.

I found an icy parking lot that was recently plowed (the snow as very packed and icy). I did some cornering and braking tests there and I was less than impressed. The car understeered dramatically (traction control can't correct understeer) and the ABS kicked in immediately during braking. That is to be expected on ice with an all-season tire, but I feel it could be better.

Overall these tires are good. I rate them well in dry and wet conditions as well as deep and light snow, but average in ice traction.

I will review them again at 15,000 miles of treadware and answer if I would buy again.

 

Upgrade Your Vehicle's Performance with Brembo Brakes

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Brembo is the brake component manufacturer many race teams, enthusiasts and daily drivers depend on to give their vehicle the increased braking performance they demand.

To Brembo, racing is the most advanced experimental laboratory for assessing the success of its products. Teams equipped with Brembo brakes have won hundreds of automobile and motorcycle racing championships in such internationally recognized racing organizations as Formula 1, CART, NASCAR, FIA World Rally and Superbike.

Their race-inspired braking systems and components are used as Original Equipment on the world’s finest passenger cars and light trucks. Vehicle manufacturers using Brembo components include BMW, Porsche and Ferrari, along with specific applications for such automobiles as Mercedes-Benz, Dodge Viper and the Ford Mustang Cobra.

 Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
 Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors
Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors


Tire Rack offers Brembo pads and rotors for most vehicles which are a simple upgrade to your vehicle's performance and style. We also offer Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads, as well as Brembo Replacement Rotors, Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors and Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors.

Brembo Sport Drilled Rotor:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and highway driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Bold, aggressive appearance

Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and track driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Race-ready look

Shop by vehicle and view the full line of brake products offered for your driving needs. When it comes time to find the best braking components for your vehicle, consider upgrading your performance with Brembo brake pads and rotors.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

1992 GMC Safari
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Sterling Heights, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2014

I put a set of these on my 1992 Safari to replace a set of Definity Dakota H/T (same as Cooper Discoverer H/T) tires from Pep Boys. The Dakota tires were slightly better in deep snow but not enough to spend $35 per tire more. I have driven these in 6 inches of snow without any problems. These are quieter and track much better. Ride quality and cornering is significantly better. I had a bad upper ball joint and idler arm when the tires were installed and the vehicle almost drove as if there wasn't a problem. I use this vehicle for construction work and carry heavy loads. The tire looks great so far. The Dakota tires tires were worn down at 75% of the warranty millage due to the heavy use. These tires have a slightly narrower tread contact width but it has had no effect on the traction in wet/snow conditions and cornering. I think these tires are a major improvement in every category except similar in deep snow. I do notice that the anti-lock brakes activate at most stops but the vehicle stopping distance is better than the Dakota tires in slippery conditions.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin HydroEdge with Green X

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin HydroEdge with Green X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2008 Nissan Rogue SL AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 27,000
Location: Severna Park, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 27,000 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2014

This replaced the OEM Continentals. The Hydroedge is a superb match to the Rogue. I drive vigorously in Washington, DC area commuter traffic, about 40 miles each day. These tires handle highway ramps with ease; I am often braking deep into the turn to not run over the cars in front of me. Wet road handling instills great confidence and I have avoided several rear-end possibilities due to the fine grip and control. I installed the tires in September 2012 and we had 2 very mild winters. We have recently experienced nasty, mixed conditions with snow, melting, and overnight freezing. The grip on black ice is fantastic (I did back off on the throttle, but felt very safe with these tires). This past Sunday, our church parking lot was a glaze of ice. Many people slipped and fell, but my car was still handling predictably.

A review of my gas consumption shows about 1 MPG less with the Hydroedge compared to the Continentals. (About 24.5 MPG for Michelin and 25.5 for the Continentals). Part of this may be due to more spirited driving on the Hydroedge due to is great grip, quick steering response and overall feel of confidence. I would definitely buy these tires again for a non-sports car application.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 2.43
 
 

2014 Volkswagen Jetta
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Cooper City, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2014

Replaced the OEM tires with a set of Michelin Pilot A/S 3 after less than one month of ownership because I don't want to die. Suggest you do the same. Driving in the rain was like skating on ice. The Michelins make the Jetta ride, handle and brake like it's supposed to (I've had three Jettas, two Passats, three Golfs). Would have replaced with the EL400 with Conti DWS (my standard for years) but the reviews had me try the Michelins. Happy with the choice so far.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2008 Honda CRV LX
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Towaco, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2014

The perfect winter tire. I replaced my all-seasons with a set of these and now I can drive with confidence in the snow. I researched snow tires to death before I decided on these and it was a great decision. When I'm buying tires I spend almost too much time researching online because of the high expense and I want the best for my money. You cant beat the price for the performance. I priced out local shops for 17" tires for my CRV and I ended up saving money by downsizing the wheel to a 16"and going with a rim/wheel combo from tire rack. So far the performance is perfect given the limits of my FWD car. Driving up steep hills with these in FWD will still spin your tires but I can at least pass people that don't obviously have winter tires. My biggest concern with snow and ice driving is cornering and BRAKING! Last week I had to brake hard at a stop light on snow and the ABS didnt even activate. The tires did their job. On the cornering, I still use great caution but I have not had any problems with these so far. If your trying to decide on which snow tire is better than the other and are stuck on a few different brands, stop wasting your time and but the Arctic's!.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2007 Ford Fusion SEL
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Boise, ID
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

I ran a set of the Conti ExtremeContactDWS through a full life on my Fusion. Treadwear was better than the other two sets of tires this car has worn, but not outstanding. I believe the first generation Fusions have a compromised front end alignment that increases the outside shoulder wear. I strongly believe with a camber change in front these tires would have lasted about 10000 more miles as the inner 60% of the tread surface had life left while the outer 40% was into the wear bars when replaced. Winter traction with the DWS was very good in ice, snow and wet conditions, at least throught the S portion of the tread. Cornering response and feel was good, a little softer turn in than some performance tires, but the limits are high and the feedback at the limit is good. Straight line and braking traction is very good. Fuel economoy was better with the DWS than either tire the car had before as well. I liked these tires enough to replace them with the same when the first set wore out, as well as putting them on another car that my son owns. The price point is very good for the performance and wear life of the tires. I have recommended this model tire to friends with performance cars, and they have been happy with them as well.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2006 Honda Civic EX Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

If you live in any of the snow states, these tires are a must. It transformed my little open diff fwd economy car into a snow hungry monster. For light snow, I can drive pretty much like it's dry. In heavy snow, I can still plow through with great stability especially when changing lanes on the high way.

Recently my area had about 18" of snow, and my car was able to plow it's way from my driveway onto the street without any problem. My neighbors thought my Honda had awd..

No your AWD with all season tire will not out perform a 2WD vehicle with proper snow tires. You may able to get off the line a little faster, but you'll just end up in a ditch faster. Blizzak offer you better traction ALL around. Acceleration, braking, and cornering.

I'm on my third season and I still have over 9/32" of thread left. It's going to be a while before I have to replace it.

There are down sides, such as dry response and grip. You feel instantly the soft sidewall of these tires compare to AS or summer tire. I got white knuckled once taking a corner aggressively like I would on my AS tire. I only gave this tire a 5/7/6 in the dry category.

However, just looking at the snow performance alone, I give this tire 10/10!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 6

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Manchester, NH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
September 16, 2012

I'm having trouble closing the gap between most other reviews, Tire Racks test of this tire, and my experience. Replaced the OEM Bridgestone Potenza RE92's with these and the ride is a little softer and much quieter, but steering response is terrible. I'm seeing few complaints of this in the reviews, and Tire Rack puts steering response as one of the strong points of the tire, but I can drive down the highway, wiggle the steering wheel, and feel the car yaw like a boat. It's a similar feeling to when I drive my parents 12 yr old Buick LeSabre, not really an acceptable driving characteristic in anything in a "performance" category. Outright grip when cornering and braking seems good, but again, any steering inputs mid corner result in a delay while the outside tires load up, then the requested change in direction. Maybe I was spoiled by the rock hard sidewalls of the run-flat Bridgestones, but I find it hard to believe all tires in this category behave like this.

Steel Wheels for Volkswagen Vehicles

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Starting this year, we now offer a new 16" steel wheel for Volkswagen applications. It's similar to the wheel it replaced, but is designed to accept the ball or radius seat lug bolts that come with your VW. These wheels are economically priced at $58 each* and are intended for use with Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages. The wheel isn't designed to fit Original Equipment hubcaps. For those who would like to purchase hubcaps, view our aftermarket wheel covers.

The 16x6.5" wheel will fit most smaller Volkswagens, however it does not fit larger models like the Passat, Tiguan and Touareg. Audi and VW often share fitments, but the newest Audi models tend to have brakes that are too large for these wheels, while many older Audi models can use them. To check availability for your specific year, make and model, shop by vehicle.

Following the link above will allow you to enter your vehicle's information and browse options available for building a winter package. If you need only the wheels, click the "Skip to Wheels" option at the top of the list of available tires. To learn how we know what wheels are an option for your vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits."

*Prices subject to change

New Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D vs. SP Winter Sport 3D

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Are you looking for winter / snow tires, but still want a tire with respectable dry road handling? Dunlop's line of performance winter tires have been a customer favorite since the release of the original Winter Sport M2 over a decade ago. Each new generation of Dunlop SP Winter Sport has been a successful improvement over the last. For the 2013-2014 winter season, the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D is being replaced by the SP Winter Sport 4D. 

 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D


Dunlop's SP Winter Sport 3D is currently ranked number one in the Performance Winter / Snow category. It's praised by our customers, as well as many enthusiasts on BMW forums for its outstanding balance of snow and ice traction. They also like the tire's wet and dry grip compared to other performance snow tires. 

The SP Winter Sport 4D takes traction to a new high with its advanced transverse sipes which provide more biting edges for even better snow traction and cornering grip. The sipes lock together during vehicle acceleration, braking and cornering for a more stable feel, as opposed to some other winter / snow tires which can feel pretty loose and slow to react to steering inputs.  Dunlop even states that it has revised the winter rubber compound of the tire to reduce rolling resistance for slightly improved fuel economy. 

Shop by vehicle to find the winter tire that's best for how and where you drive.

New Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 Tested

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Ben Rooney

We recently completed our test of the Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105, which will replace the previous ADVAN Sport in most sizes. We pitted it and the new Dunlop Sport Maxx RT against the current Max Performance Summer leaders, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position.

The Yokohama ADVAN Sport has been a nice tire, but it lacked the razor-edge handling feel of its predecessor the AVS Sport. It was an impressive tire in wet conditions, but in the dry it was not quite as engaging as we would normally expect from a Yokohama flagship performer.

The V105 continues the trend of strong wet traction for Yokohama in this category, while bringing back a highly responsive steering feel. It sacrifices a little bit of ride comfort compared to the Michelin and Bridgestone, but rewards the driver with precision handling and direct, immediate response.

Some highlights from our test include:

  • Best overall track rating for wet track performance, including top marks in steering response, braking modulation and handling predictability.
  • Second place in overall dry track rating, behind only the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.
  • Best stopping distance in our wet braking test.

Our test conclusion was: A very sporty tire that can hang with the best. To view our full test report, read "Testing New Max Performance Summer Tires: Can the Latest Keep Up With the Greatest?"