Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09
 
 

2008 Scion xD
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2013

Excellent tire, love the way they grip the road and wear. They look good too.

 

Can't Find Tires for Your Scion xD? Expand your Choices with the 205/55R16 Alternative Size

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

In the Scion family, the FR-S gets the most buzz, the xB evokes the most polarizing opinions, the iQ draws the most attention and the tC typically sells the best. The Scion xD gets overlooked as it provides practicality, dependability and efficiency, while simply getting the job done.

If you drive an xD, I'm sure you've been happy with its reliability, efficiency and ease of maintenance. The only area where things get a little tough is in choosing replacement tires. Scion has equipped the xD with the rare 195/60-16 size as Original Equipment. There are only six options available, with two of them being winter / snow tires. This severely limits your chances of finding the tire you may be looking for.

No worries, you can run the 205/55R16 alternate size instead. It fits on your original wheels, doesn't rub on the wheel wells, has a comparable overall diameter and won't affect overall performance. In the 205/55R16 size, you'll find 166 choices to choose from.

Search by size and find the best tire for how and where you drive your xD.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle RS-A

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle RS-A Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2009 Scion xB
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Fairlawn, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2013

OEM tires, almost gone after 25K miles, not so good and not so bad either, ok for normal driving.

 

Great Scion tC Tires

Friday, February 22, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Toyota has a hit with their Scion brand and the tC is one of their most popular models. What's not to like? This sporty little coupe has got great styling and is a lot of fun to drive for not much money. Many tC owners are pretty particular about their ride and this includes their tires and wheels.

The most common sizes for the tC are 215/45R17 and 225/45R18. Popular tires for this vehicle tend to fall in either the Ultra High Performance All-Season or Ultra High Performance Summer category.

One of my favorite all-season tire choices for the tC is Continental's ExtremeContact DWS. This tire has been one of our best sellers for many years. It offers great handling, traction in all seasons and looks great on a Scion. Visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder alert drivers of the tire's performance levels. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions, as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire only has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only.

If you want to find a great value option for the tC, look at the Kumho Ecsta 4X. This Ultra High Performance All-Season tire does very well in just about all conditions. It provides a sporty ride for those you want to forget about the weather forecast. The tire combines responsive handling, capable cornering and year-round traction for dry, wet and wintry conditions, including light snow.

Are you looking to increase wet and dry traction while giving your vehicle a kart feel? Check out the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport. This summer tire option maximizes sport driving pleasure without abandoning treadwear. Unlike the other two options, this tire isn't intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures or through snow.

Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta
4X
Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
Bridgestone Potenza RE760
Sport


When looking for the right tire for your Scion, be sure to view wheel options and create the perfect Tire & Wheel Package!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.22
 
 

2010 Scion xB
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Mahomet, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 26, 2013

This is the second vehicle on which I have installed these tires. Our excellent experience on the first vehicle (now about 10000 miles) is what led us to select the Defenders once again. We like everything about them, only cannot comment on tread wear as we haven't racked enough miles yet. I do have high hopes though!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2005 Scion xB
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Atlanta, GA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2013

Be sure to allow these tires to break in before you form your true opinion of them. My first reaction was some disappointment in the noise level, but after around 400 miles, the car ran quiet as I was hoping for, which is a big quality indicator for me.

500 miles now, and I will report back in when I log some more.

Love them at this time. Very good steering response as well.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID TRZ

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID TRZ Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2005 Scion xB
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Ridley Park, PA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2013

40,000 miles over 6 years of very ordinary city/highway driving on a light-weight car, driven conservatively by an mpg-conscious driver. Occasionally rotated. Picked up a nail once, had the hole plugged, no further problems. Very reliable, stable, fairly quiet and smooth. Not great in ice and snow, but drivable. Getting good efficiency, keeping them pumped up. Much much better than the OEM tires were. Still plenty of tread left. Very happy with this purchase; we'll see if anyone comes out with something compelling enough to make me switch in a couple more years when these are worn out, assuming these tires are even still made in 2015.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial T/A

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Radial T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2006 Scion xB
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Miles driven on tires: 68,000
Location: York, SC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 68,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2013

Great Tire tough and classic raised white letters on a scion box gets many compliments. So far 68,000 miles I did not think they would last that long. If tire shimmies check air they are finicky wanting pressure to be even all the way around that always fixed it I had to replace air valve stem one time that was the problem. I rotated every 7,500 miles and had spin balanced and 4 wheel alignment after I year by toyota dealership. Great look and performance and no I do not work for bf goodrich and they track good made car feel more steady then the oem tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy HP

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy HPReviewer's Overall Rating: 4

2013 Scion FR-S
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Vista, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2013

These tires are terrible. No grip in the rain at all. Even in the dry they have trouble gripping the road. That's not even during spirited driving, just casual cruising. Not good in a car with only 200hp.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.71

2006 Scion xB
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Ventura, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
November 02, 2012

Scions are loud inside anyway, so if you get a quiet tire, you notice it immediately. These are the best I've used that way...hands down.The cars' not fast, but being lowered, swaybars, etc, it sticks VERY WELL w/ these tires with NO lean. Yokahamas S were slightly better, but NOISY. Treadwear is looking very good thus far. Again...also the best I've seen thus far. Wish you were still doing the rebate.....I'd buy another set right now, just to have them when that time comes again (replacement).

Winter / Snow Tires Are a Must for The New Subaru BRZ

Monday, October 22, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

The collaboration between Subaru and Toyota has created a lot of buzz and anticipation for car enthusiasts. Both companies had previous success in the sports car market with the Toyota Supra and Subaru SVX, and drivers have been waiting for a fun sports car from both again. This new rear-wheel drive platform promises to reignite the fan base of both manufacturers.

Tire Rack's parking lot now has a nice assortment of both the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ in many colors and customized in different ways. Our employees that bought these new sports cars knew what was approaching this winter. All of the Subaru BRZ models and a majority of the Scion FR-S vehicles came factory installed with 215/45R17 Michelin Primacy HP tires, which is a Grand Touring Summer tire. If you drive the BRZ or FR-S in cold weather, snow and ice, a separate set of winter / snow tires will be needed.

We offer plenty of options to keep your new BRZ or FR-S going when winter weather is at its worst. Take a look at the cost-effective recommended Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package consisting of the 205/55R16 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 mounted to a 16X6.5 black steel wheel. We'll also install new TPMS sensors in your winter package for an additional $62 per wheel.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Black Steel Wheel
Black Steel Wheel


If you would like to reuse your existing 17" wheels, you can mount the 215/45R17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 to your current wheels. Keep in mind you'll have to pay someone to mount and balance your summer and winter / snow tires twice per year, so buying wheels with your winter tires can pay for themselves relatively quickly.

Create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for your Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ today!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle RS-A

Friday, October 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle RS-A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.86
 
 

2011 Scion xB
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Miles driven on tires: 29,000
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 29,000 Miles on Tires
October 14, 2012

I had these tires on my 2011 scion xb, they have been on since the day i bought it in 2010. i am still a teenager so I do drive a little faster and more aggressive than most people. I take my turns slightly faster so I do notice these tires performance in the dry isnt really great, I feel these tires slip all the time even when i first bought the car. I lose traction when i gas it from a stop, I feel them slide making turns, and don't even get me started in the wet. It is 20 times worse, I have to drive slower than a grandma literally, these tires are horrible in the rain. I thought it was just the way i drive that I'm only getting such little mileage from these tires but reading everyones reviews show that I'm in the average ball park range of 30K.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle RS-A

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle RS-A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.27
 
 

2009 Scion xB
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Desha, AR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
September 25, 2012

Although these tires came stock on the car I kept them when I switched to a 7" wide MB Boost rim. They hardly ever saw any city driving unless it was one I was traveling through on the way to the V.A. Hospital or to visit my Children/GrandChildren. I dive offensively, having learned in Europe. These tires barely made 25,000 miles before they were down to 3/10" and showing the wear bars. The did a fairly decent job in summer driving but in rain they dropped off dramatically and in light snow they were very iffy. In 4-6" of snow they were dangerous. I will never buy a set to put back on my car

 

Best Tires for Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

Monday, October 8, 2012 by Steve Huffman

The new Scion FR-S and its twin the Subaru BRZ have made a big splash in the rear-wheel drive coupe market. These vehicles offer fun at an affordable price to go along with modern styling. Both of these vehicles come equipped with the Grand Touring Summer Michelin Primacy HP. While this tire does great during the warm summer months, it's not designed to handle near-freezing temperatures, icy conditions and snow-covered roads. Coupled with the fact that it's on a rear-wheel drive car, these vehicles aren't going anywhere in winter conditions without a little help.

Fortunately, they come with a very common and popular tire size, the sporty 215/45R17. My favorite Ultra High Performance All-Season tire in this size is the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. This tire offers great handling, a comfortable ride, all-season traction and a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty. Another tire I like in this performance category is Kumho's Ecsta 4X. This tire provides good handling, traction and a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty all at a valued price.

Since these vehicles come equipped with a dedicated summer tire, it's worth considering a dedicated winter tire to get the best of both worlds. If you experience bad weather during the winter months, take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70. In fact, this is the same tire I use on my own RWD sedan. The tire provides traction on winter's slushy, snow-covered and icy roads, all while delivering wintertime traction and control that inspires driver confidence.

Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS
Pole Position
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta
4X
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak
WS70


Combining the Blizzak WS70 with one of our affordable wheel options, including steel wheels, creates a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package that'll let you conquer winter's harshest conditions. It'll also allow you to conveniently change the tires yourself, eliminating having to go to a local shop every spring and fall to have them changed out. To ensure your new tires and wheels are installed properly, read "How to Install Your Tire & Wheel Package."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama S.drive

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama S.drive Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2008 Scion tC
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Orlando, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
September 07, 2012

This tires lasted me almost 2yrs with me driving and occasionally Racing down the Track, Great Grip when turning they felt great no noise watsoever, and i cant ask for more just wished they lasted longer but since i am spirited driver i cant count on them to last long, but overall great tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KH25

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KH25Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.38

2005 Scion xA
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Bensalem, PA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
September 22, 2012

Khumo should pull these tires out of the market. They are damaging their brand name. I've owned Khumos Ecstas and they were great but these Solus have less than 10k miles and I feel like I'm driving a Jeep with large off-road tires because of the noise. And I drive a Scion...
I was ready to replace wheel bearings because I never thought the tires would make all that noise and at such low miles...
Avoid these tires!! You've been warned!!

Have a New FR-S or BRZ? Read This Before the Snow Falls.

Monday, September 24, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Do you have the new Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ? Your summer tires are designed for optimum grip and handling in warm weather. However, they'll be skittish in below freezing temperatures and even slicker in the snow. Summer tires combined with light weight and rear-wheel drive make this is a car that definitely needs winter / snow tires if you live in a climate that experiences ice, snow and cold temperatures.

Fortunately, there are a number of good options available. We have a standard recommended Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for buyers looking for the most snow traction for their money. Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 tires and black stamped steel wheels offer maximum snow and ice traction while keeping the cost down. To see why Bridgestone's Blizzak winter tires live up to their reputation, read "Bridgestone Blizzak FAQs."

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package
Steel Wheels
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70


If you would like an alloy wheel or a winter / snow tire with a higher speed rating and sportier handling, visit our winter headquarters to browse and build your own package. 

The New Low Rolling Resistance Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Designed with fuel economy in mind, the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 reduces the amount of resistance to the road surface for a smooth ride and cost savings at the pump. While I have never been a fan of promising huge mileage bumps, the change of even one mile per gallon can offer a significant savings over the tires' life. 

The Ecopia EP422 is developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans and small crossover vehicles looking for year-round traction, handling and comfort with reduced environmental impact. Ecopia EP422 tires also help enhance fuel economy by reducing tire rolling resistance along with the vehicle's carbon dioxide (C02) emissions while delivering year-round, all-season traction, even in light snow.

This tire, which has been highly rated by consumers, seems to work well as a competitively priced Grand Touring All-Season. The tire features a symmetrical tread pattern, which I favor over others due to its rotational ability and likeliness to generate less noise as the tire wears. See what drivers are saying about the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 and why it's well received by our customers:

"A fantastic, inexpensive tire. Tires are quiet, have great traction and help deliver great mileage. I have experienced no problems in highway driving, turning or braking. They are so good I will probably get them for my compact SUV. I could not be happier with these tires, especially considering the price." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2010 Toyota Prius IV

"I would give these tires a 9.5/10 on all counts. Quiet, smooth, brakes well on dry and wet surfaces. The cornering is good given the size and suspension of the car. I also put these tires on a 2009 Scion xB and the wear on both cars has been excellent. I have the tires rotated and alignment checked every oil change. I highly recommend the Ecopia tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review 2007 Toyota Avalon XLS

"My Jetta drives like a different car since the switch from the stock Bridgestone tires. Much quieter and more comfortable ride and feels more stable over rough surfaces. Highway fuel economy has increased from a range of 42-44 MPG to a range of 44-47 MPG. Traction in heavy traffic at 65-75 mph in a heavy downpour was impressive considering the obvious hydroplaning other vehicles were experiencing (I pulled out of traffic as soon as I found a diner and waited for the rain to let up). -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L

Available in 32 sizes ranging from 15"-18" this tire is designed to fit the needs of most light duty passenger vehicles and select SUVs. 

 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta SPT

Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta SPTReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43

2010 Scion tC
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: Valley City, ND
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
September 06, 2012

First impression, I'm very impressed. Tread pattern is aggressive looking, handles very well and a huge increase in responsiveness over my factory yokohama's, much quieter too. Drove in the pouring rain last night 75mph and didn't detect any hydroplaning. I will update this review when I get farther down the road. If it continues at this rate I see myself buying a new set when the time comes.

Tires for My New Subaru BRZ

Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

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. It's all relative, so if we're comparing the BRZ against the Dodge Challenger SRT8, then yes, by that comparison it's underpowered. However, in the real world, the BRZ is plenty quick for most drivers.

As one of my earlier posts stated,the FT-86 can definitely use some better tires for even crisper steering and improved dry grip. I'm actually a little surprised at how firm the car rides. The car definitely rides harder than my old Prelude SH, so I'm inclined to change the tires to the smoothest Extreme Performance Summer tire, the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11.

215/45-17 Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 $202*
215/45R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
225/45-17 Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 $212*
225/45R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE-11


The optimum size for a BRZ or Scion FR-S running the 7" wide 48mm offset Original Equipment wheels is 215/45R17 because compared to 225/45R17 it provides better steering response and gearing. I'll probably run 225/45R17 because it's a very common tire size. I like to run common sizes so I can get seat time with different tires.