Continental TrueContact - An Affordable Tire for All Seasons

Do you live in an area of the country that sees minimal to moderate snowfall during the winter? Are you looking for a tire that provides good traction in light snow without switching for a dedicated Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package? Then take a look at the TrueContact, the Touring All-Season tire from Continental. The TrueContact is developed for coupes,...  Read More

Three Tire Brands You Shouldn't Overlook When Shopping for Affordable Tires

It can be easy for a consumer to be overwhelmed by the dozens of tire brands available on the market. During the shopping process, unfortunately many tire shoppers often overlook unfamiliar brands of tires without actually looking into them first. It's understandable that very few people want to take the time to research all of the lesser-known brands of...  Read More

Goodyear's Wrangler DuraTrac a Must for Jeep Drivers

There are three different kinds of Jeep owners in the world: Those who take their rig off-road, ones who think they might someday and ones who want to look like they do. Thankfully, Goodyear has a tire solution for all three types of Jeep drivers with their Wrangler DuraTrac. Though it is the much loved leader of the On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction categor...  Read More

Best Tire Choices for the Subaru Outback

Introduced in 1994, the Outback has become a favorite among people looking for utility in both space and capability. While the Subaru all-wheel drive system is revered, especially in utilizing the available grip in snow, that grip is still ultimately limited by the tires. For more insight on this, be sure to check out "I Have Anti-Lock Brakes and Traction...  Read More

Continental's WinterContact SI Enters the Starting Lineup

In "Winter is Coming: What Winter Tire is Best For You? Part 1", we discussed some of the best options in the Studless Ice & Snow category. Two of the best tires in the category are offerings from Bridgestone and Michelin. No other manufacturers were really able to compete with these two juggernauts for snow and ice traction, leaving a distinct second tier....  Read More

Best All-Terrain Tires for the Money

Here at Tire Rack, we often encounter customers who are looking for some aggressive tires that perform well on the mud trails, yet won't rattle the teeth off their mouth on the highway. By now you have probably figured that choosing tires involves a certain degree of give and take - you can't have the most grip and high mileage at the same time. Granted,...  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

You Have a Bubble in Your Tire. What Now?

There are three main causes of tire failure: a manufacturer defect, damage due to overloading/underinflation or a road hazard occurrence (punctures, potholes, etc.). Tire technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the last several decades, so it comes with no surprise that the latter two causes account for the vast majority of tire failure incidents....  Read More

Firestone's Destination LE 2 is Tried and True

When it comes to buying tires for half-ton pickups and SUVs, we all want the best. We also want to have the best at a great price. Getting customers the best value is a very important part of our job. Few tires better illustrate this concept of value better than the Firestone Destination LE 2.   The LE 2 consistently ranks in the top five in our customer...  Read More

Better Priced Options for the 19" Equipped Ford Escape

Some of the newer Ford Escape models are arriving on dealer's showroom floors installed with tire size 235/45R19. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of options in that size and they tend be on the higher side of the price scale. There is hope out there though. We have found an alternate size that offers more choices and has a lower price. This alternate...  Read More

Flower Wheels for Your Volkswagen Beetle

By a show of hands, okay, maybe comments, who hasn't seen the Daisy wheel? It's a pretty good bet that most of us have seen this particular aftermarket wheel at one time or another, and with very good reason. Designed to fit the 1998-2010 "new" Volkswagen Beetle (among some other VW models), the Sport Edition Daisy has easily become one of our most popular...  Read More

General Grabber HTS Replaced by All-New General Grabber HTS 60

In the post, "Best Tires for a Street Driven SUV", we discussed the outstanding General Grabber HTS and how it's one of the top Highway All-Season tires along with the top-rated Michelin LTS M/S2. The reasons for choosing to mention this tire as a top choice include its great traction in wet and snow, as well as its smooth, quiet ride and reasonable...  Read More

Best Tire Choices for Your Snow Plow Truck

The winter season is upon us and soon we'll be facing snowy driveways and parking lots. After heavy snow, plow truck drivers are tasked with clearing the driveways of residents and parking lots of local businesses. Getting all of the contracted locations plowed can prove a difficult task, so the proper tire can make a significant difference in the time it...  Read More

Do Snow Tires Make a Difference?

Snow tires make a difference! Not only do they make a difference, they make an enormous difference. In fact, in scenarios where inches can mean the difference between just a close call and a life threatening collision, the difference they make cannot be overstated.   When is comes to snow and ice traction, even the most capable all-season tire will pale in...  Read More

Best Heavy-Duty Winter Tires

Many drivers of heavy-duty three-quarter-ton and one-ton pickup trucks use On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires like the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 for winter driving. Other simply use standard Highway All-Season tires. While the all-terrain tires will typically outperform their all-season counterparts in snow traction, they are still not as good in winter...  Read More

How Tire Treadwear Warranties Work

If you've ever shopped for tires, you have probably seen or at least heard about a tires treadwear warranty. Most major tire manufacturers advertise that their tires are supposed to provide a given number of miles of treadwear before they are legally worn out. Higher performance tires such as the Michelin Pilot Super Sport may have lower wear warranties...  Read More

Great Choice for Year-Round Driving: Continental TrueContact

Ideally, everyone who lives in a climate with snow and ice for at least part of the year should use dedicated winter tires. The reality, however, is that not everyone has the room to store an extra set of tires or tires and wheels. Additionally,  a second set of tires just isn't always in the budget. If you're going to use an all-season tire year-round, Cont...  Read More

When is the Right Time to Make the Winter Tire Swap?

When is the best time to change out summer/all-season tires for  winter tires? The easy rule of thumb to remember is Thanksgiving to Tax Day, which is late November to mid-April. Of course, with the great diversity of climate we have in this country, the more specific answer is going to be a bit different depending on where you reside. If you have summer-only...  Read More

Winter Wheel Decision Guide

So you have already made the fantastic decision to run a set of dedicated winter wheels and tires. The question remains however, how do I select a wheel that will perform well during the winter months?    When it comes to winter wheels, you want to avoid chrome, polished and some machined accent wheels as they tend to be susceptible to damage from the weather...  Read More

Best Tire for Honda Odyssey

Finding the best tire for a vehicle is the holy grail of tire shopping. While there is no single guaranteed solution for everyone, there are some tires that do rise to the top after looking at test data and customer feedback. In the case of the Honda Odyssey using tire size 235/65R16, there seems to be a clear winner in the Continental TrueContact. This...  Read More