Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2011 Toyota Matrix
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Thomasboro, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2013

I drive a 2011 Toyota Matrix for my job, I drive about 160 miles a day and the Defender is a very good tire, the only complaint I have at this point is the treadwear doesnt seem to be living up to the specs, they are rotated every 10k miles, now I havent had to replace them yet so who knows maybe they will get near the 80,000-90,000 mile range but I seriously doubt it...other than that these are just a great all around tire.
they are THE QUIETEST passenger tire I have ever drove on (as a comparison theres another 2011 Matrix where I work that got Uniroyal Tiger Paws on it and they are a average VERY NOISY tire and I mean NOISY!)
I actually put Defenders on my own vehicle (2004 Pontiac Gran Prix) and love the tires on my car as well but I only have 15,000 miles on those, so cant really comment to much on them.
I consider myself a very knowledgeable car person so I can be more criticle than the "average" car owner...and having said that I would recommend these tires to anyone who wants a very good and very quiet all season 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: 8.22
 
 

2008 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Clifton Park, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

The van came with the Michelin LX4's which wore out at 40k. Was very happy with the feel of the Michelins in all conditions except for the snow in which they were dreadful. I use Blizzaks in the winter on dedicated wheels. Purchased the RT43's to replace the LX4's thinking that spring was here and wouldn't you know it, we get hit with a snow/ice storm. The RT43's were quite good in the snow/ice on brand new tires although I prefer a dedicated snow tire for the van.

For regular driving the RT43's are close to the Michelins but I prefer the feel of the Michelins. However, given the price differential between a new set of LX4's (or Defenders) and the all around capability of the RT43's plus favorable reviews, these tires get high marks and were worth a try. If they last 50K for this van which has a reputation for eating up tires, it is a no brainer. If they don't last, back to the Michelins.

As far as fuel economy is concerned, I think that the Michelins are better but time will tell.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2011 BMW 335i xDrive Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

We Replaced the Original Horrid Michelin Pilots on that came from the factory. These are an amazing difference. They're Quiet and have amazing grip. Now with my car and the AWD and the stability/traction control I can't say that the car itself wasnt the cause for my thoughts on these tires....but Ill say they just really impressed me. Now in deep snow and in a BMW Sports coupe I wasnt able to test the DEEP snow traction, the car turned into a snow plow before that. As the tires wore down I will say the stickyness of the tires wore down with it. They were not bald and still had grip in the snow and wetness but in hard Cornering you could feel the car wanting to break-away and then with a little bit more body roll then I was comfortable with. All-in-All a great tire. I am buying a set now for my 550i

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2005 Audi A8L
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Chesapeake, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
March 08, 2014

I purchased these Hankook tires based upon the TireRack customer reviews and the TireRack video test summary. I found these tires to be excellent in the short 500 miles for which I have driven on them. The Mid-Atlantic’s unpredictable winter weather have proven to be simply a test for these Hankook tires for which they have passed, graciously. In this week’s time I have driven on dry, wet, snow and ice covered streets and felt confident the entire way. The comfort and quietness was very noticeable over the Dunlop’s these replaced, so quiet I easily find myself exceeding the speed I believe I am traveling. On dry pavement these tires have given positive feedback, track and stick in the turns, and they have been stable to 110mph. I am thoroughly enjoying these Hankook Ventus S1’s and look forward to updating my review after a few thousand more miles.

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.63

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: Troy, MI
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
January 06, 2011

I purchased this tires for replacement OEM tires which was also a Michelin MXV4, but of an earlier technology without the Green technology. The newer tire seems more premium in feel, treadwear and ride comfort. Tires has been through 2 winter seasons in Metro Detroit without much problem. Snow traction is not the greatest, but if driven carefully, not an issue during winter seasons. The tires' strength lies in its ride comfort, dry/wet weather handling and treadwear.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27
 
 

2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Cohoes, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

This review is of my WS70s bought this winter, but also my WS50s which I bought in 2007. Both sets of Blizzaks have been absolutely awesome and to be honest, I can't tell the difference between them. If you have never driven on proper winter tires then you will be astonished. When I bought my Mustang (305bhp/320lbft rear wheel drive) to use in upstate New York, everyone said I would need another vehicle for the winter. One lone friend told me that all I needed was good winter tires. He directed me to Tirerack. On my all-season (Ha) tires, the car was pretty much undriveable on ice and snow. With these studless ice and snow tires I have NEVER had any problem, and I'm a skier, so that means getting to the Mountains just after the storm. In six winters, I have seen at least ten accidents unfold in front of me in snowy or icy conditions and have never been concerned that I was going to become part of the accident. The car steers, accelerates, corners and brakes with great confidence. It would be a lie to say they have the ultimate grip of a summer tire, but they turn an unuseable car into a very good winter vehicle.

The only time these tires have caught me out is on wet pavement. On two occasions (in six years) they span up unexpectedly whilst accelerating pretty hard in second gear (The car is a Standard), but that was really my fault.

It is worth noting that in retrospect, I should have replaced them last year. The WS50s did about 30,000 miles and I expect the WS70s will be similar. The performance in ice was undiminished, but they started to struggle in snow because of insufficient tread-depth. I replaced them with about 3/16 of tread remaining. I'm sure this is less than Bridgestone recommend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2011 Honda Insight
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Hastings, MI
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2014

I drive 60-100 miles daily on 2-lane 55mph country roads in Michigan. Having a small hybrid is a challenge in the winter. This is the 2nd winter I have used these tires, and I think that I will use these in the spring this year and ride them until they wear out and then replace them in the late fall with some new snows. I like them enough to replace with the same model from michelin. These performed great in deep snow, this winter has been the snowiest since the 1950's here in michigan and if the frame wasnt dragging, then I would drive to work. Noise is alittle louder than I thought, but they handle well with/without snow, much better on dry pavement than the OEM tires. Wear is fine, just that they loose their winter grip while still having plenty of tread remaining. That is why I will use these as my nice weather tire at the end of their life.

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2008 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: West Chester, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
March 09, 2014

I've only driven 2,500 miles on these tires so far, but wanted to enter a review early and then revisit towards the end of tread life. During these 2,500 miles I've driven in several 2-3" snow events as well as a good foot of the white stuff. Absolutely amazing traction. The Michelin Harmony's these replaced (which had plenty of tread left) had me fearing for my life with any snow at all. I couldn't even climb the smallest of hills with them. The Continentals, however, have me feeling like my Altima is 4X4 Jeep.
I've also had the pleasure of driving in an absolute deluge of rainfall, and did not hydroplane or skid at all. Again, huge improvement from the Harmony's.
Cornering on dry pavement is awesome. Great grip, no squealing or skidding.

Finally, the ride comfort is unreal. They are neither stiff nor spongy. And I can't hear the tires at all at any speed, interstate or back road. Car feels brand new again.
I highly recommend these tires!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.67
 
 

2010 Ford Escape 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

Just moved to Michigan this year from the south... Surprise! Worst winter in 20+ years. I bought these tires as a possible alternative to dedicated winter tires due to the high mileage my car sees. A lot of other reviewers were claiming 70,000+ miles and that sounded great with a tire that could handle winter weather. (they have the mountain/snowflake on the side) I braced myself for a noisy, bumpy ride as the car came with a Michelin touring tire originally. I can honestly say, these tires are quieter and ride almost as smoothly as the Michelin's. That said, the Michelin's were worn when I replaced them so I don't hold the noise against them. These tires have never left me stuck or stranded and I didn't usually spin or slide unless I was trying to. A few times I had to disable the traction control to let them spin and clear. This was only in slow speed situations like cutting fresh tracks in 8+ inches of heavy wet snow. Not sure you can ask anymore for a longer treadlife all-terrain in my opinion. My biggest complaint in the 8,000+ miles I have had them comes from the fact that they tend to "catch" grooves or seams in the highway which can be unnerving when the road is icy. I noticed it the first day I had the tires and now I have gotten more used to it and it is less of an issue but at first it did get my attention. Overall, I would and already have recommend these tires. Not the best winter solution, not the best off-road solution, definitely not the best for mpg's or handling performance. Just a really good mix of life, traction, and so far low noise.

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 Pirelli Scorpion STR A

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion STR A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2005 Chevrolet Silverado K1500
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Miles driven on tires: 72,000
Location: Hanford, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 72,000 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

I have been pleased with the Pirelli Scorpion STR tires. They have worn very well and I have not had any issues with them. I have several puncture repairs though so I recently replaced the Pirelli's with Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus tires. The Bridegestones have a better ride, but only time will tell if these wear as well as the Pirelli's did.

What Causes Tire Bubbles?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

After this year's harsh winter, the roads are worse than ever. I've not only seen many stranded motorists parked next to potholes they've hit, but single replacement tire requests have been more frequent lately. While a bubble can be caused by a handful of scenarios, the most common is impact damage such as hitting a pothole.  

Tires are made of specialized rubber compounds reinforced by plies of fabric cords and wires. The underlying fabric cords and wires actually define the tire's shape by limiting stretching. In order to bond these dissimilar materials, the cords and wires are coated with adhesives and/or rubber before the other components are bonded to them during curing. This bond can be compromised by contamination during assembly, damage by underinflation or being overloaded and finally by blunt force trauma or impact from potholes, curbs or other road hazards. Any one of these scenarios can cause a sidewall bubble.

Typically, incomplete bonding caused by contamination during assembly will appear within the first six months of service. These types of bubbles are small in size and usually appear before the tire's strength is significantly compromised. However, since typical tires roll about 800 times every mile and the air pressure inside the tire is greater than outside, tire separations/bubbles that are unseen or ignored will continue to grow in size and further reduce strength, while generating noise and vibration. This ultimately leads to tire failure as the tire stretches under load. If a sidewall bubble appears six months after service, prolonged driving on overloaded/underinflated tires or a road hazard impact are the most likely causes. It can sometimes take weeks or even months after an impact for a separation or bubble to appear. The varieties of possible causes make it necessary to inspect the tire while mounted on the wheel, as well as dismounting it to inspect the inner liner for damage.

While taller profile tires can be damaged by more severe impacts with deeper potholes and sharper curbs, low profile tires mounted on large diameter wheels are the most susceptible to this type of damage. The driver of vehicles equipped with low profile tires should make special efforts to avoid potholes, curbs or other road hazards.

If you do experience a road hazard, be prepared with a Continental ContiComfortKit and Accutire Excursion Road Kit.  

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2004 Toyota 4Runner 4wd Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Greenwood Village, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2014

I have these tire on both my Toyota 4Runner and on my Lexus GX here in Denver.
Quite and comfortable on trips to the Colorado mountains and great in snow and on off-road trails, including muddy ones. I've put about 40,000 miles on 4runner and 35,000 on the GX and both are about due for replacement. Clearly not the longest lasting, but I'll head out into any conditions with these tires that Colorado can throw at me. So I'm buy them again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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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 Kumho Ecsta PA31

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta PA31 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2006 BMW X3 3.0I Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

Purchased these tires thru TireRack to replace the P Zero Nero's on the X3 when I bought it used. (96K miles, now at 103K after 4 months!) We took the X on a 1200-mile road trip with the Pirellis still on it, then changed to the PA31s just before the winter driving season. (Oregon allows AWD passenger vehicles with M&S tires to opt out of chains when otherwise required, but I wanted new, deep tread to feel comfortable!) Driving away from the tire shop after the changeover, the difference in the feel became apparent at the curb, pulling onto the street/highway. Literally. The ride with the M Sport package was expected to be firm, even downsized to 235/50-18, but with the Pirellis it was still pretty jarring. This tire was instantly more comfortable, both from a ride and noise standpoint. Road trip to San Diego (2000 miles R/T) was very smooth, and the tires were equally at home at 80 on the freeway and through sweeping curves. Absolutely no tramlining on grooved pavement, which we hit several times on that trip. The first snow of the year was followed by very cold air, which kept snow on the ground for a week -- very unusual for this area, but a great chance to try out the tire and the AWD on the X3. Both excellent in over 6" of snow. Not Blizzaks, to be sure, but I was pleasantly surprised with test stops, up to activating the ABS. Haven't measured tread depth after 6K miles but still look and feel very good. I was nervous about buying Kumho for this demanding an application, but have since bought a set for my son's Subaru, and will consider for other vehicles as well. Pretty unbeatable for the money.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H431

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H431 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.29
 
 

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

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

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

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

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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KH16

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KH16 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Oshkosh, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 01, 2014

Just put these Firestone Destination LE2's on, replacing the Michelin Latitude Touring tires that came with the Jeep. What an improvement!! With the Latitude's I was slipping and sliding all over the place - couldn't corner at all and even on straightaways I could feel the Jeep swaying and sliding - they felt dangerous! These LE2's are awesome - a night and day difference! We had about 2 inches of snow last night, so I could immediately compare the 2 tires. On the way to the tire store I was sliding all over, on the way back I tried very hard to get them to slip and slide. There was still some slipping and sliding of course (I was pushing these tires to see what the "breakaway" point was) but the difference was clearly noticeable. It's great to feel like I can go around a corner at more than 5 miles an hour, and change lanes on the highway without gripping the wheel with both hands and hoping I didn't end up in a ditch or facing oncoming traffic the wrong way. This Wisconsin winter has been rough but with these tires I'll be able to face what's left of it without feeling like I may die any second. There was no tire noise (same as the Michelin's) and the ride was great, but now I feel safe driving my Jeep!