Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 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.

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 Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Thursday, April 12, 2012 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.

Yokohama Parada Spec-X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86

2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: O'Fallon, MO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2012

When I upgraded my 2012 Chevrolet Equinox for the 17" Goodyear tires and factory rims I want to go big so I went to a 22" set. I researched online every tire that is manufactured in the size P255/35/22. My first set of tires were Toyo Proxes TR-4. These tires were noisy and rough riding. I hated these tires so much I swapped them out only after 100 miles for a set of Yokohama Parada Spec-X. Yes it cost me several hundred dollars but it was worth every penny. These Yokohama tires are wonderful. I finally have a quiet ride and smooth like I'm driving in a luxury vehicle. I was worried that since I had very little rubber between the rim and road I would have a rough ride but not with the Yokohama tires. You would think there was much more tire. Even the wet handling is outstanding I was traveling a little to fast in the rain the other day and had to make a quick right hand turn but didn't slide at all. I would highly recommend this tire to anyone in the market for a large diameter tire for the small SUV or Truck. I only hope that when it comes time to replace these tires in a few years they still manufacture this tire so I can purchase another set. Only time will tell how many miles I will get from this set of tires. I will update to let everyone know how I like them after one year of driving.


Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, January 6, 2012 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.

General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2009 Mazda MAZDA3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 5000
Location: Ottawa, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5000 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2010

I bought these tires after researching them online and finding numerous positive reviews and then I saw the latest Consumer Reports winter tire test that rated them 2nd overall and that clinched it. These tires are rebranded Gislaved NordFrost 3's made in Germany by Continental (Continental owns both the Gislaved and General Tire brands).

I've used many winter tires over the last 20 years (Bridgestone WT-02, Michelin Alpin, Blizzak WS-50, Dunlop Winter Sport M3, Blizzak WS-60) and price independent these are without a doubt the best overall with the WS-60 a close second. When you factor in the price of these versus the WS-60s it's not even close.

They have very little noise, ride is excellent, actually even better than my all seasons as I went from 205/50R17 to 205/55R16 for the winters on separate steel rims. If somebody dropped you into the car and asked what type of tires it had you probably would never guess they were winter tires. Of course, not being performance winter tires you do give up some dry traction (most noticeable on the on-ramps) but they are the least "feeling" winter tires I have owned with the exception of the Dunlops, however the Dunlops did not inspire the same level of confidence as the Altimax when the weather turned nasty. They are very stable on the highway and do not exhibit some of the mushiness that affects many winter tires. I can't comment on wear as I've only had them 3 months however if I get at least 3 winters I'll be happy. I only managed 2 winters out of the very soft WS-60s and once the multicell compound wears away on those (55%) you are back to a standard winter compound negating a good portion of their ice traction.

Deep snow, packed snow and ice traction are all very good with the Generals, I have to really slam on the brakes to even engage the ABS. Backing up a sloped driveway after a freezing rain storm I did not slip once. Unlike snow tires of old, wet traction is also very good with no sense of hydroplaning on

Wheels & Tires for the 2011-2012 VW Jetta

Friday, November 4, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Despite what some automotive experts say, I really like the new Volkswagen Jetta. And, if the original Jetta tires and wheels are not to your liking, some aftermarket car rims and tires could really increase the vehicle's style.

As you try to envision how a given wheel will fit on your car, keep in mind that the offset spec effects the overall look. How would the 17x7.5 5-112 bolt pattern 45mm offset Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin look on the car, even though your Original Equipment wheels are 16" in diameter and 6.5" with a 50mm offset? To help you gain a better picture of how these Enkei rims would sit on your vehicle, look at where your valve stems sit and picture them moving 17mm (roughly 3/4") out towards the fender.

Manufacturers will determine what sizes of wheels they'll make, as not all wheels come in all sizes. However, when you purchase wheels from Tire Rack, you can be assured the wheel you order is a perfect match for your vehicle. To see how we get the proper fitments for each vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits."

Since I am a big fan of the Jetta TDI let's use this application as an example. For 17" wheels you can choose Volkswagen tires in either 225/45-17 or 235/45-17. If I were picking tires to use here in Indiana, I'd get the 225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4 for its combination of great steering response, wet grip and efficiency.

Since the new Jetta uses the indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System with ABS sensors, you don't need to get separate sensors. And when you're looking at our online tire prices for the Michelin Primacy, create a Tire & Wheel Package with the Enkei wheels for $1388* plus shipping.

17x7.5 Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin
17x7.5 Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin
225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4
225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4

Create the perfect Tire & Wheel Package for your Jetta today!

Best Run-Flat Winter / Snow Tires in 225/45R17

Friday, October 21, 2011 by Gary Stanley
If you have a 2006-2011 BMW 3 Series, odds are you're considering run-flat winter / snow tires in 225/45R17. For the upcoming winter season, there are only two options left in stock: the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT and Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT
Pirelli 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT
Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT

How Do They Compare? 

The Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT would be a noticeable step down in terms of snow and ice traction but would provide better dry grip and steering response compared to the Blizzak LM-25 RFT. In other words, a set of Blizzak LM-25 RFTs would offer your vehicle better winter traction than a set of these Pirelli car tires, but not quite as much dry grip and handling. 

While both options are quality tires, if you live in a light snow area and prefer a tire with better dry grip and faster steering response, but are willing to give up some snow and ice traction to get it, then you should purchase the Sottozero Serie II RFT. However, if you see more mixed conditions, or simply want a safer tire for better traction on ice and snow-covered roads, then I'd suggest the Blizzak LM-25 RFT.

Decision is Made, What's Next?

Buy tires online through Tire Rack, of course. Or, as always, contact one of our sales specialists for pricing and availability. Need an installer? Learn more about our Recommended Installer program by checking out my blog titled, "How Does Our Recommended Installer Program Work." 

Better yet, select a combination of winter / snow tires and rims (wheels) to create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package so you can do the installation yourself.

Looking to Purchase Tires, Wheels Online?

Monday, August 15, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Wheels by BrandWhile our name suggests we're an online tire retailer, Tire Rack is also an online wheel store. With over 40 different brands to choose from, choosing rims and tires online at one retailer is simple.

And when you choose to shop by vehicle you can be sure you are getting a wheel that is an exact fitment for your car. Through research and testing, our fitment engineers match wheels to particular applications. Items we measure or verify include:
  • Bolt pattern
  • Centerbore diameter
  • Hub diameter
  • Load capacity
  • Lug hardware
  • Suspension components clearance
Read "How We Know What Fits" for detailed information on what we measure. And when you're finished, shop by vehicle to see all the wheels that will fit your car, light truck or SUV.

We're not just another tire website.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Tire Rack is your complete source for all things auto tires and wheels. Aside from our collection of rims and tires online, you'll find first-hand product reviews from our sales specialists and Tire Rack consumers alike. We essentially don't hold anything back so that you can make the best purchase possible. And so that you can feel comfortable doing so.

In fact, now is most definitely the time to buy. With the onset of spring, we rolled out (pardon the pun) our biggest and best collection of aftermarket rims and tires to date...and a few other new things, too. Like car suspension products, a brake system upgrade and even a few engine tuning products.

Click here to see it all.

Bremmer Kraft wheels look especially great on German vehicles.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 by Tire Rack Team

If you're looking for BMW rims, maybe Mercedes rims, or if you drive a Volkswagen or Audi, you might want to look at Bremmer Kraft wheels as an aftermarket upgrade.

Bremmer Kraft wheels are manufactured with strict quality control standards to produce a very reliable wheel. And as your online wheels and tires store, we feel completely comfortable suggesting them as an attractive option for your vehicle.

We recently added the following to our collection:

The BR05 wheel comes in black with a machined lip (left) or bright silver paint (right) finishes. A quick search according to vehicle will help you determine if these would work for you, or you can check out our entire collection of Bremmer Kraft wheels. You'll find size and pricing information for every option we've got.

Easy Storage Solutions for Snow Tires and Rims

Thursday, March 18, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Spring is here, and for those of you who trade out snow traction tires for summer performance rims and tires, Tire Rack has a few easy tire storage solutions you might be interested in

Let's start with the Tire Storage Rack. It holds up to 400 pounds, and beats a stack of tires in the corner of your garage or basement any day.

If the walls in your garage are consumed with racks of bikes or random pieces of yard equipment, you might have no other option but to stack your snow wheels and tires in a corner. With the Tire Garage, they'll be out of site and out of mind until the snow falls again.

The Seasonal Tire Tote is another tire storage option. They're especially great for transporting competition tires, but will protect your snow wheels and tires just the same. To create a fully enclosed tire bag, you'll want to invest in Wheel Felts, too. These industrial felt pads will close off the Tire Tote for worry-free transportation and storage.

As your tires online store, we do everything we can to give you the one-stop shopping experience. Check out our complete selection of accessories—you might find something you've always been looking for!

What are Tire Performance Categories? Which Tire is Best for Me?

Saturday, March 13, 2010 by Chad Hocker
What are all of these Tire Performance Categories? Good question and one that I hear alot while speaking to customers on the phone.

Tire Rack groups each tire into a category of like tires. This allows us to test tires on our local roads and test on our test track at Tire Rack in South Bend, Indiana. We use the tire categories to show survey results also.
Each tire category groups tires with similar attributes. Picking the right tire for your vehicle can be overwhelming as they are more than just round and black; so tire categories are a useful tool when purchasing tires online. Check out the attributes of each tire group below.

Performance, Touring and Passenger Tires

Extreme Performance (Summer Only)
-Trade some comfort, tread depth and hydroplanning resistance to deliver dry road response, traction and handling for serious driving enthusiasts.

Max Performance (Summer Only)
-Technologically advanced tires that provide superior dry and wet traction, handling and high-speed capabilities.

Ultra High Performance (All-Season or Summer)
-Low profile tires designed to provide high-speed capabilities and quick steering response along with stable cornering and traction on dry and wet roads.

High Performance (All-Season or Summer)
-Crisp steering response and predictable  handling for both wet and dry conditions.

Performance All-Season
-Upgraded looks and handling over passenger all-season tires.

Grand Touring (All-Season or Summer)
-Blends many attributes of a performance tire's bold appearance and responsive handling with a passenger tire's smooth, quite ride.

Standard Touring All-Season
-Lower speed ratings and taller aspect ratio sizes than Grand Touring tires with more emphasis placed on ride comfort and treadwear.

Passenger All-Season
-Long wear, a plush quiet ride, predictable handling, relatively low cost and year-round traction even in light snow, but does not match the steering response of performance or touring tires.

Light Truck, SUV, and CUV Tires

Street/Sport Truck (All-Season or Summer Only)
-Upgrades vehicle handling and looks when replacing Original Equipment tires, offering ultra low profile, large rim diameter sizes, providing good traction and handling.

Highway Rib (Summer Only)
-Straight rib tread developed for highway use, providing good even wear, low noise and traction on dry and wet roads.

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season
-Stylish appearance, sophisticated comfort and all-season on-road traction blending fashion and function for upscale crossovers, sport utility vehicles or luxury pickups.

Highway All-Season
-Small independent tread blocks to maintain very good on-road performance, and traction on gravel roads, in sand and moderate snow.

On/Off Road All Terrain
-Off road and On road capable with multifaceted tread blocks to help deliver traction from any direction on dirt, sand, gravel and snow.

On/Off Road Commercial Traction
-Heavy-duty tires with aggressive tread designs providing off-road traction in loose or muddy surfaces at work job sites and recreation areas, as well as snow.

Off-Road Maximum Traction
-Maximum bite in loose or muddy surfaces, emphasizing off-road travel.  Some newer designs have been refined for highway travel too.

Don't get over whelmed by all of this information. I understand there is a lot of information posted. Make a general plan of what you would like to see out of your tire. Let us know which vehicle you have. Then select the tire category that has the most like attributes you desire.  From there, check some of the tire survey results or tire testing the Tire Rack has completed and Don't worry; we double check every online tire purchase and will let you know if we see something that we'd like to check with you prior to shipping your tires.  

How to Buy Tire and Wheel Sets Online

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
At Tire Rack, we tend to favor purchasing car tires and wheels in a set—but not for the reason you, our customers, would immediately think. It isn't about the money, it's about the benefits. 

Car wheel and tire sets make it really easy to swap out summer for winter / snow tires, as the individual tires can stay mounted on their individual wheels. And if you're swapping out your wheels, it means your summer wheels won't have to deal with damaging ice, salt and snow. And you won't have to pay to have them installed every season. You can install a package yourself. (Read more.)

Further, when you purchase a Tire & Wheel Package from Tire Rack, you can be sure that nearly all possible wheel- and tire-related vibration is under control—we test all tire and wheel sets using the Hunter Engineering GSP9700 Vibration Control System. Sounds cool, and it is. (Read more.)

To select rims and tires online, start in the Upgrade Garage and enter your vehicle's make, model and year. "View Wheels" to see (yes, you'll actually see) what'll work on your vehicle. Once you select your favorite, you can add it to your Shopping Cart and continue by looking through the tires we've recommended. It's that easy, and it's totally worth it.

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages are available, too!

Snow Tires and Rims

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Purchase your snow tires and rims in one complete package. It eliminates installation fees while protecting your summer wheels from the damage snow and ice can cause. You can build your own package, or select one of our Preferred Packages (available for most vehicles).

The Preferred Packages we feature online are the easiest way to go. Our fitment specialists pre-select winter / snow tires and rims that match your vehicle and its performance level. Your decisions are made for you. The packages are mounted, balanced and delivered with all of the hardware you'd need for installation. Just bolt the package on in your own garage and benefit from the added traction quickly.