Who is Cy

Hi, I'm Cy Chowattukunnel (in old country language, my last name means he who knows all about tires). I'm entering my 10th year at the Tire Rack.  So far it's been a great ride. I've enjoyed working with drivers across the country and around the world.  Read More

Winter Tires for Your Fifth-Generation Camaro SS

Has Old Man Winter caught you and your fifth-generation Camaro SS by surprise? No problem! A set of winter / snow tires will get you back in the game. Many Camaro drivers, especially those deep in a snowbelt area have decided to go with the winter set-up discussed in "Don't Hibernate Your Camaro." However, if you reside just outside the snowbelt region,...  Read More

New Sizes for the Streetable Track & Competition Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R

Were you hoping to find more choices in your size for the track? This December, Pirelli channeled their inner Santa Claus and released many new sizes for the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R. The Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R made a name for itself by being the tire of choice the most track-ready fifth-generation Camaros. A maniacal effort to cut weight coupled with...  Read More

To Stud or Not to Stud

Yes, I ran a 5K in Lincoln Park (Chicago) on January 1st and it was freezing! My stupidity wasn't running in the cold but in forgetting my running shoe "studs" at my cousin's apartment. I managed to beat the young buck but I would have been a lot faster with my studs. When it comes to winter shoes for our vehicles, we do have choices between running studded...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for Your Second-Generation (2005-2015) Toyota Tacoma

Over the last several years I've switched vehicles a few times, but have always held on to my solid 2008 Toyota Tacoma 2WD Regular Cab. It's a simple truck with a five-speed on the floor, cloth seats and crank windows, yet nothing is more dependable. Being only 2WD instead of 4WD, it's got one major weakness - it's intrinsically bad in snow. Rear-wheel...  Read More

Ultimate Winter Performance From Your Nissan Altima

Are you enthused about your new Altima, but worried how it will do in the snow? No need to worry, a set of winter / snow tires can have your Altima ready to tackle any condition Mother Nature throws your way. Winter / Snow Tire Category If you haven't done so, please review our winter / snow tire overview. If you want the best packed snow and ice grip and...  Read More

Loving Your New Jeep Renegade? Don't Let a Little Snow Ruin Your Fun!

Love your Jeep Renegade but concerned about how it will do in the snow? No worries, we've got your back with Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages that will keep your Renegade rolling.  Winter / Snow Tire Category Given the Jeep Renegade's emphasis on go-anywhere traction as opposed to go-as-fast-as-you-can on asphalt emphasis, most Renegade drivers would be...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for Your 2005-2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE

A few months ago I got to spend a few days behind the wheel of my neighbor's 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE. I'm used to smaller cars like my BRZ, so I wasn't expecting much out of the big SUV. However, I was really impressed with how the Range Rover Sport handled. Are you a Snowbelt driver that's happy with his or her Range Rover Sport but concerned...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for Your 2016 Honda HR-V AWD

Do you love your new 2016 Honda HR-V but worried how it will do in the snow? Even a Honda can still use a little help dealing with Mother Nature.  Use our winter tire overview to decide whether you need a Studless Ice & Snow or Performance Winter / Snow tire. Given the HR-V's emphasis on ride compliance over razor-sharp handling, most HR-V drivers will be...  Read More

Fun in the Snow: Winter / Snow Tire Options for Your 2015+ Subaru WRX

Speed or practicality? With the Subaru WRX you don't have to choose just one, you get both. However, if you live in the snowbelt, you'll need a set of dedicated winter tires to get your WRX ready to handle winter's toughest conditions. Winter / Snow Tire Category As covered in "Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?", tire engineers are challenged...  Read More

Getting Ready for Winter 2016: Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

Remember last winter? Will this winter be just as bad? Predictions will be made but nobody really knows. The best course of action is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. There is no simple rule of thumb on whether or not to run winter / snow tires. If you're in a region that normally averages over a foot of snow, you should strongly consider...  Read More

Making the New 2015 Ice Silver Metallic Subaru BRZ Premium Better

I liked my 2013 Honda Civic Si because it was a fun, quick and capable car with a moonroof. While the Civic Si was nice, it simply did not stir my soul the way my old BRZ did. So I said goodbye to my Civic Si and picked up a 2015 ice silver metallic Subaru BRZ Premium. The changes Subaru made to the BRZ in 2015 are outstanding. A shark fin antenna gives the...  Read More

Tires for Your Hyundai Genesis Sedan Marked Down

For a long time, Germany owned the luxury car game. Then along came Acura, Lexus and Infinity. Now the new hot name in luxury is Hyundai. Hyundai? Yes, Hyundai. We've heard from many Hyundai Genesis Sedan owners that they're happy with their luxury car choice. A few though have been disappointed with the average wear from their 235/50R18 Original Equipment...  Read More

The Extreme Performance Summer Category Has Gotten More. . .Extreme!

With August upon on us, it won't be too long before the 2015 Tire Rack Solo National Championships arrive. If you're heading to Lincoln in September then you've most likely already made your tire choice. Wondering whether you picked the right tire? Want to know what else is out there? We've recently posted the official results of our latest Extreme...  Read More

Track and Autocross Tire Choices for Your Lotus Elise

Quite a few years ago, a friend of mine used to store his red Lotus Elan in our family's pole barn. He didn't drive it as much as he wanted, but when he did, it put a huge grin on his face. Lotus Elans are a rare sight these days, however many of us were fortunate when a Lotus Elise visited Tire Rack for an autocross event. Just like my friend's ride, this...  Read More

My #FirstCarMoment with a 1978 Honda Accord

By the time it got to me, Uncle George's 1978 Honda Accord had plenty of miles on the speedometer. No worries, it was my first car and a well maintained Honda is solid as oak, regardless of the mileage. It was burgundy red, with red velour cloth seats and manual transmission. I loved that car! It never let me down. Not surprisingly I've had eight different...  Read More

New Wheels for the 2016 Honda HR-V

Do you like the Honda CR-V but wish it were a little smaller? Your wish has been granted - say hello to the 2016 Honda HR-V! Legendary Honda reliability, a great combination of performance and efficiency, tons of cargo and passenger room, what more could you want? Hoping to add a bit of style and individuality to your HR-V before it gets lost in the herd? We...  Read More

Is the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R the New Extreme Performance Summer Champ?

Do you love to drive? Do you have a fun car that comes out for track and autocross weekends or do you simply relish the curvy roads of your daily commute? You should consider the sticky grip and razor sharp steering response of an Extreme Performance Summer tire. Last year, the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec tested out to be the top performing tire in...  Read More

Great Savings for Your 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic Sport Package

Love your 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic Sport Package but looking for a more cost-effective tire option?   Check your tire sidewalls to verify size, but the 2009-2015 Mercedes E350 4Matic w/Sport Package typically came with 245/40R18 tires. 245/40R18 is usually a more expensive size, but we've just received 245/40R18 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tir...  Read More

Is the Bridgestone DriveGuard Right For You?

Compared to conventional run-flats, the Bridgestone DriveGuard rides better, while offering better value and wear. As a tire that can also be installed on some vehicles that didn't come equipped with run-flats as Original Equipment, many could be skeptical to the idea of switching to run-flats on their vehicle. Isn't a flat when most of us notice our tires...  Read More

Track & Competition DOT Tires That Should Only Be Used on the Track

Are you looking for more grip than the sticky tire options covered here? Track & Competition DOT tires give you the highest level of grip, but their lighter carcasses, shallower tread depths and gummy compounds also make them too fragile for street use. Street use will also expose them to more heat cycles eventually causing severe drops in grip level. These...  Read More