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

Excellent Winter / Snow Tire Options for Your E-Series Mercedes-Benz E350, E550 and E63

BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class? Both options are excellent vehicles, but we've seen a spike in drivers going the E-Class route. Have you just picked up an E-Class Sedan, Coupe or Cabriolet? If so, and you live in the Snowbelt region, your E-Class is going to need to be equipped with a set of dedicated winter / snow tires. Given the wide variety of...  Read More

Bling on a Budget: 19x9.5 Chrome Sport Edition ST5 Marked Down to $79 for Your S6

One vehicle that really stood out to me at the Detroit Auto Show was an ibis white Audi with traditional chrome wheels. It's hard to find the right finish for a white car. Silver tends to blend too much with the body color. While a grey or black finish might contrast too much. I tend to believe chrome stands out on a larger white luxury car without...  Read More

Complete Your Corolla with the Right Set of Winter / Snow Tires

Although Prius and Camry sales continue to climb, Toyota may still be best known for its reliable, economical and affordable Corolla. Not only did the Corolla put Toyota on the map, it still reigns as one the world's best-selling cars. Have you joined the many with a new Corolla in your garage? Your Corolla has been engineered for durability and...  Read More

Get a Great Tire and Save Money with Closeout Fuzion Tires

When it comes to maintaining your vehicle, everyone wants to save money without compromising safety. That's why we test tires and currently provide over 2.8 billion miles of customer feedback to help you select the right tire. With many different options to choose from, you're likely to find an option that works for you and your budget. In addition to these...  Read More

Two is Better - Dunlop Replaces the Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec with Faster Direzza ZII

The last tire I bought for my old Prelude SH was the Extreme Performance Summer Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec (Zed One). I loved how the Zed One's steering response and high grip complemented my vehicle. Many drivers have been impressed by the tire's combination of value and performance; making it a popular choice for spirited street driving,...  Read More

Save on 225/45R17 and 205/45R17 Run-Flats for Your E90 BMW and MINI Cooper S

Regardless of how much they're liked or disliked, run-flat tires are here to stay. Are you a BMW or MINI driver who loves his or her car and has decided to stay with run-flats? Then you need to take advantage of the specials currently on the 225/45R17 size for your E90 BMW and 205/45R17 for your MINI Cooper S. The 225/45R17 Michelin Primacy MXM4 ZP is marked...  Read More

Keep Your Fusion Moving Even When It's Freezing: Winter / Snow Tires for the New Ford Fusion

Although it's no DB5, the new 2013 Ford Fusion sure has a luxury vibe. Initial reports from the automotive press indicate this vehicle performs as well as it looks. Have you just picked up a 2013 Ford Fusion? In addition to its styling and performance, I'm sure you're impressed with the Fusion's safety features. In a collision, your Fusion protects...  Read More

What's the Best Tire Brand?

When I tell people that I work for Tire Rack, they inevitably ask, "What is the best tire?" Most drivers are aware of major brands such as Michelin, Goodyear and Firestone. Therefore, they expect me to name one manufacturer that stands above the rest. The same away our hometown Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the number one team in college football. Most major...  Read More

Lessons Learned at the Arctic Circle: Testing All-Season Tires

For optimum snow grip, nothing compares to dedicated winter / snow tires. But, what if you live on the edge of the Snowbelt and need to run one set of tires year-round? Then you're better served by purchasing a set of all-season tires with decent light snow capability.  How do different all-season tires perform in the snow? Our test team has traveled to...  Read More

235/65R17 Tires for Your Volvo XC90

In the United States, Volvo made a big change to their game plan by discontinuing the V70 station wagon to focus on the XC70 Cross Country and XC90. XC90 drivers like the fact they're getting the combination of safety and versatility in an SUV. If there's one quibble, it's a pattern of very average tire wear. Perhaps it's a combination of a higher center...  Read More

New Contender in the Grand Touring All-Season Class: Continental's PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

100 meters in 9.63 seconds, that was Usain Bolt's winning time at the 2012 Olympics. This is approximately 1.2 seconds faster than the winning time in 1912. How did we become this much faster in 100 years? Well, competition definitely played a part. The better the competition, the harder athletes work to reach the top. Just like athletes, tire manufacturers...  Read More

Don't Let Ol' Man Winter Slow That New Accord Down: Winter / Snow Tires For 2013 Honda Accord

Have you been waiting for a new Accord? Well it's time to visit your Honda dealer because the new 2013 Honda Accord is in town.  Honda's done a great job with both the Accord Coupeand Sedan. I love how they've tweaked the styling on the Coupe, but still maintained its aggressive sporty look. If you've recently picked up a new Accord, your next step is to make...  Read More

Snowbelt Drivers Should Take a Look at Goodyear's Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

With the leaves starting to change, the cold weather and snow can't be too far away. For sports car owners in a large portion of the country, it's time to purchase winter / snow tires. Dedicated snow tires are obviously the optimum choice for the months we experience cold, icy and snowy weather. However, what if you reside on the borders of the Snowbelt? Then...  Read More

Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

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 categories are: Studless Ice & Snow, Studdable Winter / Snow and Performance Winter / Snow.Studless Ice & Snow tires give you optimum ice and packed snow grip, but are less...  Read More

N-Specification Tires for Your Porsche

As your researching tires for your 911, Cayman or Boxster, you may come across N-0 designated tires. Tires may be specified for a particular vehicle or range of vehicles and must successfully pass the tire company's laboratory tests to assure they would be capable of supporting the Porsche vehicle while allowing it to reach its top speed on Germany's...  Read More

Tires for My New Subaru BRZ

Although I was sad to say goodbye to my Prelude, I'm very happy with my new BRZ. It has all the traits of my ideal car: weighs less than 3,000 lbs., handles great, seats four people if needed and priced around $25,000 (pretty close, I paid $26,680). My final requirement was that it's got to be quick. How fast is fast enough? A six-something 0-60 is all I need....  Read More

Meet the New Ford Escape

If there's one vehicle that brought the sport utility vehicle (SUV) into the mainstream, it was the Ford Explorer. As gas prices have risen, CUVs have gradually been overtaking the SUV as a popular option. Therefore, Ford has been busy manufacturing the new 2013 Ford Escape CUV. From the photo above, you can tell Ford has done a great job with the new Escape....  Read More

It's Been a Good Ride with the Prelude

I got the check today! Someone from Tennessee is buying my 1998 Honda Prelude SH, my third 5th-generation Prelude. I love the vehicle's styling - I see it as modern interpretation of the Avanti II. Between the Tacoma, old ECOdiesel and the future BRZ, I can no longer keep this vehicle. Well, my loss is the new owner's gain. Prelude drivers are an eclectic...  Read More

Preliminary Look at 2013 Ford Focus ST

Can you really get fast, practical and a great price all in one vehicle? Ford resoundingly answered this question with a yes when they introduced the 2013 Ford Focus ST.  They started taking orders for the vehicle on May 1st with deliveries expected in late summer or early fall. Initial reports indicate that Ford has delivered by giving us a Focus ST with...  Read More

Flatspotting? Try Saying No to Nylon and Yes to Polyamide

Have you ever noticed a minor vibration that appears to go away in about five minutes of driving, only to appear the next morning? What you're experiencing is a phenomenon called flatspotting. The tire develops a "square" side because of the weight of the vehicle resting on the tire. Tires are more apt to flatspot during colder weather, therefore drivers in...  Read More