Best Summer, All-Season and Winter Tires for the Latest-Generation Audi A7

The Audi A7 is an executive level mid-size four-door hatchback, or as Audi prefers "Sportback" car. Starting at just under $70,000, adding this thoroughbred to your stable could be a sign that you have made it. With less than a thousand sold a month, you will likely own the only one in the parking lot at work. Since the 2012 redesign, Audi seems to have used...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID TOURING-S

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

Testing the New Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+

Not long ago, Michelin introduced the Pilot Sport A/S 3 Ultra High Performance All-Season tire as a direct replacement for the popular Pilot Sport A/S Plus. We wrote about the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus in our post, "Which Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires Should I Buy?" Like its predecessor, the Pilot Sport A/S 3 had a noticeable advantage in...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

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

The Highway All-Season Category Belongs to Michelin

The Defender LTX M/S, which replaces Michelin’s LTX M/S2, takes over its predecessor’s spot in first place in the Highway All-Season category. Building upon a winning formula, the tire retains the LTX M/S2’s effective tread pattern and proven internal construction. But the Defender LTX M/S tires utilize a new, more durable tread compound to address...  Read More

New Kosei K8R Lightweight Wheels

The beginning of spring racing season will be here before you know it! If your wheels are in poor shape, or you're just looking for lighter replacement wheels, be sure to check out the offerings from Kosei. In years past, their popular K1 Racing design has been extremely popular due to its strong, lightweight design and modest price point. While that design...  Read More

Pirelli's Scorpion Winter is a Top Choice for SUV Winter Tires

If you're looking for dedicated winter / snow tires to outfit your light truck, crossover or SUV, be sure to consider the Pirelli Scorpion Winter. Well into its second season, the Pirelli Scorpion Winter has maintained its high ratings in our survey data and we're still receiving very positive customer feedback.  Many drivers may think of Pirelli as a tire...  Read More

Hawk LTS Pads and Centric Rotors are a Great Combination!

Looking for a new set of brakes? If you're looking to replace with OEM quality parts or upgrade your vehicle's brakes, Hawk and Centric are a great combination for most vehicles. I recently helped a friend install a set of Hawk LTS brake pads and Centric Plain 120 Series rotors on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport with a suspension lift and 35x12.50R17...  Read More

General Grabber HTS Replaced by All-New General Grabber HTS 60

In the post, "Best Tires for a Street Driven SUV", we discussed the outstanding General Grabber HTS and how it's one of the top Highway All-Season tires along with the top-rated Michelin LTS M/S2. The reasons for choosing to mention this tire as a top choice include its great traction in wet and snow, as well as its smooth, quiet ride and reasonable...  Read More

All-New Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 vs Blizzak DM-V1

Bridgestone winter / snow tires are renowned for their outstanding winter traction. For many years, the Blizzak DM-V1 topped the list of best Studless Ice & Snow tires for light trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles. Its combination of great snow traction, ice traction, wet grip and durability made it the most recommended tire in the category since its...  Read More

Are All Dunlop Direzza Tires Created Equal?

The Dunlop Direzza family of tires is focused on performance and handling. Models have included the Direzza Z1, Direzza ZII, Direzza DZ101 and Direzza DZ102. All of these featured summer compounds and directional tread patterns. Despite these similarities, there are some very distinct differences between them. There are two primary branches of the Direzza...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

I bought these tires after getting 55K from the OEM Michelin's. I have never had a better set of tires in the rain, it almost seems as if I am driving on dry pavement. It could be light rain, or downpours, I have never slipped at the intersection or hydroplaned on the expressway. I have not had a chance to drive around in snowy conditions, we just haven't...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

I drive a 2010 VW CC sport and I've had this tire on my car for 28,000 miles. I bought the VW CC because I wanted a car with a nice balance between sportiness and luxury. I love everything about this tire except for one. This tire feels very precise. The tracking is spot on and there is no wandering. The grip is amazing in both the wet and dry. There is no...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Fuzion UHP Sport A/S

I purchased this tire over a year ago to replace some 970AS Pole Positions. (worst tire in snow ever made even light snow). I am a machinist by trade and have made substantial modifications on the mostly stock EVO (except intake, exhaust, cam and programming). Even though I could burn these tires off in a matter of minutes they have performed well for the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial Long Trail T/A

These are the tires that came on the truck when I bought it new, and I will let the mileage say enough about durability. Even after multiple repairs from running over nails, screws, and a chunk of wood, these tires have lasted well. Only recently (past year) have I noticed significant deterioration in performance on wet pavement from when I first drove on...  Read More

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

Just replaced the OEM Firestone FR710 tires after approx 60K miles. The OEM's were downright dangerous in any standing water at any speed > 50mph but they were quiet and provided good gas mileage. In snow, forget it, I just tried to avoid driving. Being an old guy I'm just interested in safety, comfort/quiet and good gas mileage. The only spirited driving I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Only after 1600 miles, I noticed how much quieter these tires were compared to the OEM Pirellis. We just had a light snowfall and these tires performed exactly as I had anticipated. I tried to spin all four tires in the snow, but couldn't. One thing I have not liked about continentals are their softer sidewalls. I am thinking these tires seem to flex more...  Read More

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

Early review at 2000 miles. Replaced OEM Summer Tread Dunlop A01 with this Michelin all season tread. The Michelin is very quiet and smooth riding. It handles just as well as the summer Dunlops. Haven't used them in light snow yet. Will see how they hold up in regards to tread wear and noise after they get miles on them - this is where the Dunlops...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Still breaking in but the ride is definite improved over primacy mxv4w/40k km that it replaced. There has not been much ran so this review is for dry weather over asphalt & concrete city & highway only.Feels Like new suspension even though shocks were replaced about 2yrs ago.compliant with speed bumps yet communicate sufficient about asphalt & concrete...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

This is my second set of these tires on my current car. The first wore out after only 30,000 miles. The dealership from which I bought them replaced them with the same tires based on warranty rates (these have a 60,00 mile tread wear warranty). However, I'm having to replace my current set only after roughly 27,000 miles. The tires drive great, even in light...  Read More