Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
May 05, 2014

Purchased these tires to replace the OE Bridgestone Turanza EL 400-2 marginally worn tires, because of their poor wet handling performance in standing water at highway speeds. In my first 2500 miles with the Continental Pure Contacts, they performed flawlessly in heavy downpours at 70 MPH, and in dry conditions are smoother and quieter-riding than the OE Bridgestones, confirming what others had reported in spite of an agressive tread pattern. Fuel economy so far appears slightly better as well based on a 2500 mile road trip for which I kept detailed records. I was also considering the Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S Plus, but was concerned that the treadpattern didn't appear to have as significant lateral grooves to evacuate water as the Continentals. I find they are notably more responsive than the OE tires, and would recommend them to anyone who appreciates a quiet, smooth riding tire that also has a high performance capability. My performance reference is based on many years of driving BMWs with high performance tires, and while the Passat does not have the balance and suspension of a BMW, these tires make it a much better car.
I cannot comment on treadware or winter driving characteristics at this point. I have snow tires on dedicated rims, but the "shoulder" seasons give us early or late snow events that are a reality where we live, and I have interrupted a return home trip, stopping overnight at a hotel when an early Fall snowstorm of only 2" made continuing with the OE Turanzas, a hazardous undertaking. From other reviewers' comments respecting snow performance of the Continental Pure Contacts, I would likely have been able to safely continue in a moderate to light snowfall. Extremely pleased so far.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2001 Subaru Outback Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Frenchtown, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
May 21, 2014

Bought a set of these for my Subaru outback because I was not happy with the winter traction, braking and steering in snow with the all-season radials. The michelin winter tires transformed the car! Traction was improved, but the biggest difference is braking, straight line stability and cornering in snow or slush. With all season tires the subarus have a tendency to want to go straight in curves, not so with the winter tires, its like driving on a dry road. My confidence in winter driving increased greatly, to the point where I would have no hesitation to pass someone or drive faster in the snow than I could with the all season radials. The tires are a bit louder than ASRs and noisier when roads are wet, although the noise level decreased somewhat as the tires got more miles on them. I used these for winter only on a separate set of rims, so easily got 5 years out of them and they still have decent tread left on them!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2010 Audi A5 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 39,000
Location: Wilmington, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 39,000 Miles on Tires
April 10, 2014

I replaced the OEM tires with these DWS Extreme. First week, I hated it. The ride and handling doesn't seem right. It turns out I need to have qualified tire center to mount and balance. A co-worked told me to go to a performance shop to have it remount and balance with a Hunter road force balance machine. The ride and handling is much better (almost like a new car). I have taken my car to 145 MPH and I corner hard (70-80 MPH on exit ramps). These tires are great price/performance! A year and half ago, I ran over a tool that fell out of a truck on the high way doing 70 MPH. My left front tire was sliced on the side wall about 3" and some damage to the body. Within seconds, my car indicated low tire pressure. The car remains stable and I know I need to be careful. The tire held up and allowed me to take the next exit and park my car. I had that tire replaced. I may need a new set this fall if the "S" is faded out. If not, I should be able to keep it another year. The most important thing for me is finding a qualified place to do the mount and balance. This is KEY on performance cars and tires.
My friend installed a set of DWS Extreme Contact on his BMW 335. He made through this past winter in Michigan with his rear wheel drive (they had over 100" of snow for the season).

P.S. I noticed I lost about 1-2 MPG when I switch from the OEM tires to the DWS...the price I'm willing to pay for better traction.

I'm told Tire Rack do a great job on mount and balance if you buy tires and rims.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Ice & SnowReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55

2005 Saturn VUE Redline
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Miles driven on tires: 9,300
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 9,300 Miles on Tires
June 02, 2011

Went to a custom size to fit these on Redline rims. Luv these tires, got me thru another harsh winter (for Ohio) and lacking the time & $$ to invest in summer tires right now, as I've read previously here I will take them into the summer months & keep an eye on treadwear & performance. I have some twisty S-turn hilly roads in my commute & the Scorpions got me up & down those roads this winter with nary a slip. Can't wait to get these for my wife's car as well!

These are one of the BEST cold-weather tires & possibly all-season as well. Pirelli: Keep up the great work!

Goodyear's Top-Rated Wrangler DuraTrac

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Goodyear has really hit the nail on the head with their On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction Wrangler DuraTrac. It's specifically designed for drivers of multi-purpose full-sized pickups, vans, sport utility and commercial vehicles looking for tires that work both on- and off-road. The Wrangler DuraTrac is developed to be a versatile tire that provides off-road competence in dirt, gravel and mud with on-road composure in dry, wet and wintry conditions.

Wrangler DuraTrac tires feature a rugged chip-resistant tread compound that also guards against chunking and tearing, especially under heavy loads associated with towing. Its symmetric tread design combines large shoulders and highly angled center tread blocks to enhance stability and traction in dry and wet conditions. Self-cleaning, stepped shoulder blocks, zig-zag sipes and Goodyear's TractiveGroove Technology at the base of the circumferential grooves provide thousands of biting edges to improve traction in deep mud and snow. Branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol, it meets industry severe snow service standards and can also be studded. Finally, it features a rim lock that helps prevent wheel slip throughout the life of the tire. 

Take a look at what drivers are saying about their experience with the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac:

"Best tire hands down! 63,000 miles and great in all weather conditions. I tow with my truck 80% of the time. They wear and hook up great! Just getting a new set put on now." - Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Ford F-350 Super Cab

"Love these on my Silverado. Perfect truck tire and the ride is great with very little noise. I've had these in all conditions from dry, wet, mud, sand, snow and ice and they do great." - Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 4WD

Take a look at our survey results and see why the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac is currently the number one tire in its category.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

1998 Plymouth Neon Highline Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Everett, WA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

We first bought these tires for my wife's Toyota Yaris. These tires have a bead saver type edge/sidewall and they rubbed on her plastic wheel covers causing a squeak noise on slow speed turns. Kind of annoying. When taking off the snow tires this spring I installed them on the aluminum rims on our Neon and the squeak noise is gone. If you have wheel covers you might choose a different tire.
These tires drive great, they have real good wet traction and have a smooth quiet ride. Minimal wheel weights were used to balance them. This is the start of the second summer for them and they have very little tread wear showing yet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2010 Toyota Venza
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Miles driven on tires: 13,000
Location: Lincoln, RI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 13,000 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2014

I must say that my love for these tires prompted me to write this post. I've had them for 13k miles now, through summer heat, heavy rain, 6-12" snow and on ice. These tires are great on a Toyota Venza. The original Good Year tires were ok but noisy, they also weren't as good in rain/snow/ice. When I put the parada spec-x on I was pleasantly surprised. What a difference in noise, much quieter!

RAIN: I also drove through a heavy rain/thunderstorm (yellow / red on radar), going about 50-55 on highway and not a slip! Hands down best tires I've ever driven in the rain!

SNOW: During the latest snow storm here in NE I decided to head up to Wachusett in the thick of it to take advantage of the snow day (12-18" of new snow, how can you not!). I drove on snow covered roads in up to 6 inches of snow at times & even over the plow buildup (12-18") on the highway... they were very predictable and impressed me. They got us to & from the mountain safely and we had a most excellent day of skiing!

ICE: I must also mention that on two occasions this winter I was taking corners and hit black ice. I could feel the car sliding towards the edge but I didn't panic & was able to keep from sliding off the ramp.

THE NEGATIVE: I have to be thorough so I need to mention that I too have a SLIGHT balancing problem around 70-75 mph but I wonder if these 20" rims are harder to balance or if it's the balancing machine the dealership uses. These tires also have huge sipes which is probably why they have great wet/snow traction but I frequently find small rocks stuck in them.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Buy them! I highly recommend these tires!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8

2007 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Bloomington, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2011

I bought this tire based on the November 2010 Consumer Reports article that put it in second place (tied for 1st in points) out of 17 tires in the Ultra-High Performance All-Season Tires Category. The price point was so low, too, among the cheapest available in 225/40-18 size to replace the two Dunlop SP Sports (front) and two Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires (rear) that came on the GTI I purchased used. Those tires had okay tread depth (not much on a tire of this size anyway) but the Michelins especially had severe weather cracking and the rolling noise of the four tires was very loud and non-uniform across the rotation (slipped radial belt, I figured). I liked that the Sumitomos were noted as being the quietest tire in the category by Consumer Reports--if they give up some performance for it, I haven't noticed.



They've indeed made a huge difference in noise and ride smoothness. I hope that lasts as the tires wear. Coincidentally we've had major snow and ice storms in Indiana since I put them on, and I'm impressed how well they do. Never felt out of control or immobile.



Basically my only gripe was with tirerack -- their competitor Vulcan Tire beat them by a few bucks on price, had cheaper shipping, and didn't charge me sales tax, so I went with them. Another possible gripe is that these tires don't have rim protectors, so be careful parallel parking. But otherwise these have not disappointed and I am picky about tires. If you drive more or less normally and like to step on it from time to time, I think you'll find these perfectly adequate, with low price and quiet ride (relative to the category) plus serviceable light winter traction to boot.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

1995 Subaru Impreza L Sedan 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 3,200
Location: Exton, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,200 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

Purchased four of these tires for an old 1995 Subaru Impreza L AWD daily driver. My main concerns for new tires was superior snow/ice handling, acceptable/above average wet handling, and above average dry traction with a great tread-life while keeping prices low. After I did extensive research and comparison charts I purchased the Firestone Precision Touring tires right as winter was in full force.

*In the snow/ice, the tires handle extremely well. I was driving around plow trucks with ease and mated with the AWD, was truly unstoppable this winter. Once the snow hit a few inches, the tires still gripped and when they did give way to sliding, were extremely predictable, allowing me to counter-steer with ease.
*Wet handling is acceptable, though not the greatest, but is not a reason to dismiss the tire, as it is still very predictable in those hazards.
*Dry traction and responsiveness are perfect with the only downside to cornering stability, which I believe is the weakest point of the tires. It can feel as if the tire would give way or takes a second to find the road when cornering. Despite this harsh review; it is actually on par with other tires for dry cornering in this price range.
*As to tread-wear, I cannot speak as to the performance of the category since I have not had the tires long enough.
*The comfort level is great. The tires take harsh bumps without any real complaints; in fact, I believe that I could have potentially bent a rim in lieu of popping a tire, of course due to the enormous potholes that plagued PA and DE (the Northeast Snow Belt area) this winter.
*Price - $77.00 a tire, which didn't break the bank for an old car but was well worth it.

Overall, I was looking for some affordable tires that would give me the best points of all-season tires, with increased winter time performance. The Firestone's came through and I will definitely purchase again, pending the outcome of the tread-wear. I would highly recommend them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic LT

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic LT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2003 GMC Sierra K2500 Ext Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Plymouth, MA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

I purchased these tires pre-mounted on new alloy rims and had them studded by tire rack. What a difference all around. My truck is only 2 wheel drive and with the 6.0 liter V8 had huge traction problems in snow and ice. Now it will climb the dirt road hill near my home no matter what is on the ground, I can go places that many front wheel drive cars can't get through. Only caution is the studs need serious break in time before you get aggressive as they tend to float the tires on top of the pavement until they wear in. Steering feels VERY light and disconnected until they bed down.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Belington, WV
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 03, 2014

I live on a mountaintop farm in rural West Virginia. The road into the farm is steep and 1/2 mile long. Plus they don't get around to plowing the county roads for several days after a storm. This season, 2013-14 has been a great test of these tires. My wife and I have two identical 2009 Subaru Forester vehicles. Hers has a new set of all season tires and mine has these Goodyear WRTs. I bought these tires based on the good reviews I have read about them. I am glad to say the reviews are correct. These tires are awesome! I have yet to get stuck or even slide around even in the deepest snow and on glare ice. They go in any conditions. I have to remind myself not to get carried away with driving in bad conditions because it feels like I am on dry pavement. I tackle very steep roads in 10" of fresh snow and barely have any wheelspin. On ice I have tried emergency stopping and fooling around trying to break the tires loose and they amaze me with their gripping and stopping power. Compared to the all season tires on my wife's car they are probably 3 to 4 times better. I now consider the all seasons dangerous to drive. Bottom line is that these tires have exceeded my expectations and get the highest rating from me. Going with a pure winter tire like this is the only way to go. Spring for the spare set of rims and run them just in the winter. That also lets you get pure summer tires for max performance during the rest of the year. I have bought my last set of all season tires. Congrats to Goodyear for a job well done on these tires. I hope when they finally wear out that they will still be available. No sign of wear yet but it is the first season. Surprisingly good handling on dry pavement and very acceptable noise level. They run smooth as silk. Buy these!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2007 BMW 328xi Wagon Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: River Forest, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
March 08, 2014

These tires have amazing grip. I purchased these in the late fall shortly after the first snowfalls this year. The OEM all-season tires would just slide when stopping with any snow cover. These tires stop and accelerated in snow as if it were dry pavement. My only complaint would be some additional road noise on dry pavement, but that is a small price to pay for good winter tires. I purchased the tires and rims together. The total cost for the package was less than my insurance deductible, which I figured would have been used if I kept the OEM tires on for the winter.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2014 Honda CR-V EX-L
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Woodmere, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 04, 2014

Excellent tire for winter. This is my second set of blizzacs with rims from Tire rack. Rims and tires great and arrived perfect. I cannot say enough good things about tire rack. I recommend the blizzacs to everyone that I know. Tire only good for 3 or 4 winters as it wears fast if no snow on the ground. Only good for 10-15K miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Sense

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Sense Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Noblesville, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2014

I went from having 18" Pirelli PZero Nero's to buying a 16" rim with these Kumho Sense tires and the difference couldn't have been greater. With the 18's road noise was almost unbearable. You almost couldn't carry on a conversation and the noise was even present at low speeds. Now the cabin is silent. With the 18's any amount of snow meant I was going nowhere. I would get stuck in a parking spot with less than an inch of snow. I almost couldn't turn and acceleration had to be done extremely slowly. Now wherever I point the steering wheel is where I go. I don't have to worry about sliding off the road or getting stuck in a parking spot. These kumho's have even improved my mpg. Before I was getting around 28-30mpg now I'm hitting high 30's. My only regret is waiting so long to downsize my rims. I also want to thank tirerack for the awesome service. I ordered my tire/rim combo on a Saturday and received them on Tuesday. They were shipped right to my door premounted and balanced. All I had to do was bolt them on. I checked with my local tireshop to see what it would cost for the same product and their quote was $200 more. I am definitely going to be doing business again with tirerack. You've just gained a customer for life.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2011 Dodge Charger
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Pasadena, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2014

just replaced my old good year F1 super car tires with these and let me tell you it is one -------- of a difference. my F1's didnt even last me more than 6 months but i will have to say i am a agressive driver that might of had something to do with it then ontop the treadwear was 220 so what could had i exxpected. i know its early on but just from riding with the new g maxs i am very happy, the ride is very comfy and smooth and it holds turns very well. now i have a 2011 charger RT Road and track and the F1's made allot of noise as soon as i got them but with the g maz's i cant hear a thing witch i was supprised because of the negative reviews ive seen but for all you charger owners dont be turned away the tires are solid and great looking on a 20 inch rim. i was lucky enough to have 2-3 inches of snow the next morning i had the tires put on and they had no problem at all moving along the traction control light didnt come on once and i didnt feel scared like i did in the F1's.its early on to revoiew and i will post as i go on but these tires are a steal and not to mention that TIRERACK had my tires at my garage at 10 in the morning when i orderd them 6 pm the night before i was shocked to how fast it was. i called around and the cheapest price i could get on this tire even at wholesalers was like 220 a tire compare to tireracks prices its a no brainer plus the added benefit i randomly heard from a friend that Merchant tire had a deal with tire rack to lower the mounting and balancing of the tires get this it was 50 bucks compared to the dealership at 120 or sears at 150 you cant beat that anywhere call arpound because i know i did and this whole set was a steal. Big props to tirerack and general you will continue to have my bussiness for sure and i woul;d recommend them to anyone

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.09
 
 

2006 Infiniti M35 Luxury Package
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Manalapan, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

I have 2500 miles on these tires, as this is my winter set up, went from Yokohama S4( great tire)to this as I have another set of rims and tires (20In with General G Maxx, noisy tires)so these would only be winter all season for me. they are VERY quiet, ride very nice and handle ok, the Yoko's were the better but these are ok. I also had Conti DWS Extreme that I did not like and took off the car! These tires are as good if not better than the DWS. The Hankook s really surprised me in this category. I don't think you will be disappointed. we have had 4 major snow storms, ice and frigid temps since I had these.....