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

Get Ready for Snowmaggedon 2014: Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

Remember last winter? Will this winter be just as bad? We don't know yet. But, I do know the right snow tire makes all the difference. In order to purchase the correct winter / snow tire, you should decide which performance category works best for your driving style and the winter weather you experience. The three major categoriesare: Studless Ice & Snow,...  Read More

Testing the Newest Studless Ice & Snow Tires

Is this year's winter going to be as bad as last year? Some experts believe so. Whether it's that bad is up for debate, but what's not debatable is the difference winter tires will make for you once winter arrives. For those of you looking at options in the Studless Ice & Snow performance category, we recently headed to our local ice rink and tested the new B...  Read More

Not Thinking About Tires Play of the Week: Everett Golson's 23-Yard Touchdown Pass to Ben Koyack

They weren't #thinkingabouttires. Just keep calm and focus on the task at hand and you can do great things. As a proud sponsor of Notre Dame football, Tire Rack shares Notre Dame's commitment to greatness both on and off the field. What does playing football have to do with creating the best tire buying experience in the world? Both require dedication, hard...  Read More

Tires Are Like Shoes

Our marketing department likes to say that tires are like shoes. This is a good analogy as winter tires are like boots and Extreme Performance Summer tires are like running shoes. While this analogy works well in explaining traction, it doesn't exactly apply to tire noise. In advising drivers, we often find that the root cause of their excessive tire noise...  Read More

More Tire Choices for Your 2013 Mazda CX-5

Variety may be the spice of life, but it's no fun for tire manufacturers. Tire production can be difficult for some manufacturers to produce the latest and greatest option for vehicles that have an odd size. Case in point: the 2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring's unusual 225/55R19. If you're not happy with the few choices in this size, one option to consider is...  Read More

moda MD14 Wheels for Your Dodge Challenger

Mustangs are fun, Camaros are hot, but there is something primal about the Dodge Challenger. Recently, I got to work with a Challenger driver who loves his car, but is less than thrilled with his 18" Original Equipment wheels. When we were discussing new choices for his vehicle, it didn't take long to come across the perfect choice - the moda MD14...  Read More

Big Savings on Closeout 265/75R16 Load Range E 10-Ply Rated Pirelli Scorpion ATR

Are you shopping for Load Range E (10-Ply Rated) tires for your 3/4- or 1-ton truck? Take advantage of the amazing deal on 265/75R16 Pirelli Scorpion ATR tires marked down to $140*! These closeout Scorpion ATR tires are more than just a great deal, they're also a very capable tire. They feature a versatile milder all-terrain tread design capable of light...  Read More

Add Style to Your Toyota Matrix with Enkei Performance Series Falcon Wheels

Do you love your Toyota Matrix for being dependable and reliable? Would you like to give it an upgrade and make it stand out a little more? A new set of wheels will do the trick! Enter our Upgrade Garage to view all options available for your application. Since the vehicle is offered with two different bolt patterns, it's important you correctly enter your...  Read More

Announcing Our New Distribution Center in Denver, Colorado

If you happen to live in metro Chicago, you probably already know that you'll typically receive your tires in one business day.* After all, we're headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, just two hours away. Many areas located near one of our distribution centers receive their orders the next day. Over the years, we've continued to grow, and consequently,...  Read More

Great Grip Comes with Savings: Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110

Testing tires allows us to accurately tell which tires deliver the right combination of grip, handling and road manners to improve your drive. It also allows us to compare tires and tell drivers what tire we think works best for them. When new products come out, we can tell customers how they compare to other tires, as well as how they are an improvement...  Read More

What is Rim Offset and Backspacing? How Do They Affect Fitment?

Have you been told your Honda needs a high offset wheel or that your new Jeep wheels must have the right backspacing? Many drivers are familiar with rim diameter, bolt pattern and centerbore, but not offset and backspacing. Offset is the distance between the mounting pad and rim's midpoint. The diagram to the right shows a wheel with a positive offset. Every...  Read More

Which Hankook R-S3 Should You Get for Your Porsche 911 Turbo (997)?

When it comes to forgetting your worries, some meditate, some play racquetball and some drive all out on a closed race course.  Part of the reason that Kenny (from the video above) is having so much fun is that he's not worried about his tires. He knows Tire Rack has him covered! When it comes to choosing the right tire for your Porsche 911 Turbo (997), which...  Read More

Reassuring Wet Grip Today, Tomorrow and Down the Road with Michelin's Premier A/S

How did Michelin improve their Grand Touring All-Season Primacy MXV4? First, they went out and asked drivers what they wanted from their touring tires. The overwhelming answer was that drivers wanted safe handling and good braking in wet conditions. Next, Michelin used Emerging Grooves, Expanding Rain Grooves and more silica to dramatically improve wet grip...  Read More

Winter Tires Off and Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires On?

It looks like spring has actually sprung! This week we'll get more than one warm day in a row. That's great for us, especially after this winter, but consistent warm weather isn't so good for your snow tires. Their specialized rubber compound will wear prematurely in warmer temperatures. So winter tires off, summer tires on, right? Not necessarily, as you...  Read More

Free Shipping on Coil-Overs, Pads, Rotors, Springs, Shocks and More When You Spend Over $50

Most drivers know us for our tires and wheels, comprehensive tire testing and billions of miles of review feedback. However, we offer more than tires and wheels. We've got coil-overs, pads, rotors, springs, shocks and a myriad of other items that are now eligible for free shipping. All it takes is $50 of qualifying products and the shipping's on us. For...  Read More

Tire Advice for My Cousin's Dream 2011-2013 Ford Mustang V6 Manual

My cousin is in the market for a new car. What should he get? He's looking for a muscle car big enough to fit his 6'3" frame and at a price around $17,000. Unfortunately, the 2015 Ford Mustang (pictured below) won't make the cut. Since he needed to move on from this dream car, he started looking at the 2014 model. He checked out a lot of cars at the show, but...  Read More

All-Season Tires for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

With sophisticated all-wheel drive, traction control and weighing 5,622 pounds, you'd expect the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG to dominate in the snow. Surprisingly, this isn't the case because there are no all-season or winter tire choices made in the vehicle's 275/50R20 Original Equipment size.  Do you own one of these amazing SUVs, but a few inches of...  Read More

Good Tires From Kumho, Hankook, Sumitomo and General

In the tire game, Kumho, Hankook, Sumitomo and General may not be common household names to some, but our testing and customer feedback proves they make some great tires. How do they do this? Specialization. The vehicle market is so diverse, making it a huge challenge for a single tire manufacturer to engineer the right tire for every car, SUV, crossover...  Read More

Big Improvements in Snow Traction for Your 2014 Porsche Cayenne GTS

Our test BMWs are fun, but I have really enjoyed our Porsche Cayennes. For a large SUV, the Cayenne can really move. It's a Porsche, so the power is to be expected, but the cornering stability at this size and with this weight is a pleasant surprise. If you've recently picked up a 2014 Porsche Cayenne GTS (Turbo S model is pictured), I'm sure you've also...  Read More

Wheel Options for Your New White Vehicle

When it comes to choosing a new vehicle, I prefer one with a darker color, such as BRG or Galaxy Blue Silica. However, white is a great color as well, and many drivers chose this color for their new vehicle in 2013. If you're happy with your new vehicle's white color, but not thrilled with how the Original Equipment wheels blend with it, choosing a new...  Read More