Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo2

Bought these to replace OEM Continentals. Huge, positive difference. Felt like I'd installed a new set of shock absorbers/struts. They smooth out bumps and potholes, sidewall roll on turns is definitely minimized, reducing oversteer. Significant reduction in noise. Deep channeling maintains confidence in the wet, only hydroplaned when going way too fast for...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

I got these tires as warranty replacements for noisy Contiprocontacts that where loosing chunks or rubber on the shoulders at 500 miles. The Contipurecontacts offer great grip on dry surfaces and really grab on to the corners, they are firm, but bumps or potholes are absorbed without much jarring or shock. The one quality of these tires that I find...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

First off the treadwear, because I'd give it a 12 if I could. They have been nothing short of astounding for a tire in this class. A full set of super sports was the first purchase I made when I got my car 3 years ago. Since then, I have taken the car to the track for 7 weekends, twice my girlfriend also went out in the car, totaling approximately...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo2

This tire is awesome, have them on my stage 2 wrx and love them. They are very quiet and comfortable. Dry traction is prime. Wet traction is even better! Never been able to make them slip or skip on pavement and they do pretty decent on other surfaces too especially when absorbing pothole shocks. The only complaint I have is they feel a little sloshy at the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

The DWS is in a different league as the original Michelin. While the DWS is slightly noisier than the OEM Michelin, it more than makes up for it in how much better it absorbs bumps and shocks to the wheel. Also, with the Michelin's, even though the TLS is all wheel drive I could easily spin the tires while shifting in to 2nd gear and could shake them loose...  Read More

Best Replacement Tires for the Honda Odyssey

When shopping for tires for the Honda Odyssey most customers tend to look for tires that are quiet, comfortable riding and provide good traction in snow and on ice. Because of the large open space inside the cabin of the minivan, road noise is always an issue. Choosing the right tire can really make a big difference. A few great options to consider when...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Recently put four of these tires on my 2010 Toyota Corolla S, they were added after several major upgrade to the car, such as: Bilstein B6 HD Shocks, Eibach lowering springs, TRD rear sway bar & Strut strut brace,car definitely rides better, comfort has increased especially with road imperfections when compare with Michelin own MXM4 tires. Not sure if the...  Read More

Goodyear vs. Michelin: The Grand Touring All-Season Tire Showdown

Many tire buyers know Goodyear and Michelin as two nameplates synonymous with quality, but it can be difficult to compare these premium brands head to head. The Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring and Michelin Primacy MXV4 are one such case as both tires are considered benchmarks of being the smoothest, quietest and longest wearing Grand Touring...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

The car, a 95 BMW 540. It's a 4 liter V-8. Southern California, no snow, but can be plenty of rain. The tire, Kumho Exta Platinum. Shock: Bilstein. This is now my 3rd set of Kumho's. Last two sets were on an Audi. These Platinums are nice! I don't race, but am spirited. They corner, they absorb shock, are not noisy.First time I had to do an emergency...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity

OK, so I'm a fairly conservative driver, but I like these tires. The original tires were Michelin MXV4, and I debated over these with the Bridgestones, among others. The Serenitys felt slightly heavier and more stable (better grip) on the road. They instantly provided for a softer ride and absorbed the shock from potholes much better. I have had no problems...  Read More

Finding the Quietest Tires for Your Vehicle

Do you find yourself increasing the radio volume because your tires are making too much noise? If so, take a look at some of the quietest tires available in ascending order by performance category. The lower down the list you go the more noise you are likely to hear. However, you will notice an increase in traction levels (wet and dry) as well as...  Read More

Bouncing along? Need new shocks?

Has your chariot lost some of that new car handling and ride? Do you feel like you're on a trampoline after hitting a bump? It might be time to get new shocks and struts (dampers) for your car, truck or SUV.  Tire Rack offers a wide range of options from Original Equipment style replacements to performance upgrades. The KYB GR-2 line will firm up the ride...  Read More

Shock Absorber Reviews

We do a lot of testing. And not just on the tires we sell.. We want to know all there is to know about the suspension products we sell. By educating ourselves in this way, we can better serve you throughout your purchase. If we can't drive with it—we wouldn't suggest that you drive with it. For example, "KONI Sport Ride & Drive...An Absorbing Experience" take...  Read More

Let's Review: Shock Absorbers, Tires and More

At Tire Rack—we love a good review. Even if it's bad. Our consumer survey results give you great product information. From shock absorber reviews to snow tire ratings, every comment our previous customers provide helps you, in turn, make an educated purchase. And it also helps us determine which products are right for you, too.Search by vehicle. We'll...  Read More

Shock Absorbers: Buying Made Easy

It's true, some find it hard. And that's understandable, given the amount of suspension products on the market. If one isn't familiar with suspension systems, and shocks are a pretty valuable part of them, it could complicate the decision-making process.At Tire Rack, we appreciate the learning curve. We do our homework, testing products and compiling...  Read More

KONI Damper Set Improves the Mini

After hitting 60,000 miles on the my Mini Cooper S, I could tell it was time (and maybe a little late) for replacement shock absorbers.  The car wasn't settling as quickly after dips in road and small bumps were becoming much more noticeable.  I considered shocks from a few different manufacturers like KYB, KONI and Bilstein.  But after reading the shock...  Read More