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Hi, I'm Steve from The Tire Rack and welcome to my blog. The purpose of this blog is to provide you with opinions and insight on tires and other automotive related products like aftermarket wheels, brake pads, rotors, suspension parts and other automotive related products that we offer here at the Tire Rack.

From time to time I will be offering input from my own experience as well as customer feedback regarding tires and wheels. Should you ever have any questions regarding any of the products we offer, please feel free to contact me at steve@tirerack.com. Or visit us at www.tirerack.com

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Introducing the New Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Goodyear Ultra Grip WinterJust in time for the 2013-14 winter season, Goodyear has introduced their new Studdable Winter / Snow tire, the Ultra Grip Winter.

Ultra Grip Winter radials feature a winter compound molded into a directional tread design that enhances cold weather flexibility and helps evacuate water on wet and slush-covered roads. Wide tread grooves help evacuate loose snow and slush to enhance wintertime traction while multiple sipes increase the number of biting edges to improve grip on ice and in snow. Alternating rows of optional metal studs can be added in the shoulder and intermediate tread blocks to increase traction on hard-packed snow and icy roads.

I recently installed a new set of Ultra Grip Winters on my Dodge Charger. Being a rear-wheel drive car, I need as much traction as I can get. Initially, I was skeptical about this tire, however I decided I would give it a try. I opted not to stud them and just use them without.

We've had a decent amount of snow already and the roads have been covered in hard-packed snow and ice. They did leave a little to be desired on the ice, but that can be enhanced it you decide to stud them. On fresh and packed snow, they have proven to provide good grip and confidence.

If you're looking for a good value winter radial, especially one you can stud, you'll be glad to have the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter installed on your vehicle.

Best Tires for a VW Beetle

Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Steve Huffman

The Beetle is one of the world's most popular cars, at least in volume of units produced. It's been one of the most massed produced vehicles in the world with a history dating back to the 1930s.

Today, the Beetle lives on and is still a favorite on US roads. The new body style is a throwback to earlier models. With thousands on the road, many are going to need new tires.

One great option would be the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. This Grand Touring All-Season tire has excellent year-round traction to go along with a superior ride. It offers a very comfortable and quiet ride and has a long-lasting treadlife warranty. Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tires feature lower weight and less rolling resistance to promote better fuel economy.

Another great choice is the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. This Ultra High Performance All-Season tire features Tuned Performance Indicators -- visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder to 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're looking for a dedicated winter / snow tire, my favorite continues to be the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70. The Blizzak WS70 features a dual-compound tread with Bridgestone's NanoPro-Tech silica-enhanced Tube Multicell compound layered on top of a standard winter compound. I use these tires on my vehicle and have total confidence in the snow and on ice. If you can't get home with these tires, you shouldn't be out!

Pirelli Cinturato P7AS Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus
Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak
WS70


To view all options available for your Beetle, shop by vehicle.

Best Toyota Avalon Tires

Monday, November 25, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Toyota's full size sedan, the Avalon, has been a very popular vehicle for many years. Most owners hold on to their vehicle for a long time and eventually need replacement tires.

It's difficult to go wrong with a set of Michelins. And, the best choice for the Avalon is the Primacy MXV4. This top-rated Grand Touring All-Season tire does it all. Along with offering a smooth, quiet and comfortable ride, the Primacy MXV4 provides excellent year-round traction, including in light snow. The tire also comes with a 60,000-mile treadlife warranty.

If you're looking for a great performance tire, then take a look at the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. This Ultra High Performance All-Season tire has one of the highest ratings when it comes to winter traction. The ExtremeContact DWS features Tuned Performance Indicators - visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder to 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" wears away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire only has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road capabilities. And after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only.

Do you live in an area where winter / snow tires will be needed? Then look no further than the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70. I always say if you can't get through the snow with this tire, then you should just stay home. The WS70 is the fourth generation of Bridgestone WinterBiter tires designed to deliver wintertime traction and control that inspires driver confidence. Blizzak WS70 tires meet the industry's severe snow service requirements and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol

Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy
MXV4
Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS
Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70
Bridgestone Blizzak
WS70


To view all options available for your Toyota Avalon, shop by vehicle.

Winter / Snow Tires and Wheels for the Tesla Model S

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Are you looking for winter options for your new Tesla Model S? We have the best selection of tires and affordable winter wheels for your vehicle.

If you're looking strictly for a set of dedicated winter tires and you have the stock 19" wheels, take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 or Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D. Both of these are fantastic Performance Winter / Snow tires that will give you optimum winter grip, but maintain the sporty handling characteristics you're accustom to with your Tesla.

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
Dunlop Winter Sport 3D
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
Sport Edition WX5
Sport Edition WX5
Rial Lugano
RIAL Lugano


Tesla owners with the 21" dedicated summer tires will definitely need a tire that provides winter grip. We would suggest you downsize to one of the 19" options (as narrower tires are recommended for winter driving) listed above and wrap them on either the Sport Edition WX5 or RIAL Lugano. The WX5 is available in both a black painted and bright silver paint finish, while the Lugano comes in a bright silver paint and titanium gunmetal finish. We can also equip your new Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package with TPMS Sensors. Have your Tesla prepared for winter by creating a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package.

New Steel Wheels for Jeeps

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Since WWII, the Jeep has been an American off-road icon. In fact, it could possibly be the single most modified vehicle in the United States. Most Jeep owners want to customize their ride to their liking and needs. This almost always includes a new set of wheels. For years we have heard the demand for a basic black steel wheel. We hear you loud and clear and are now proud to offer you several options from Black Rock.

Black Rock wheels, manufactured in California, are specifically engineered for serious off-road and rock climbing applications with fitments available for Jeeps, SUVs and lifted trucks. Both affordable and durable, Black Rock's wheels feature heavy gauge steel rims that won't chip or crack, look great and provide rugged styling for tough off-road conditions. These wheels are made in 15" and 16" diameters with various widths from 7", 8" and 10" wide.


Black Rock 937 Type 8P
Steel

Black Rock 941 Dune Steel
15x7

Black Rock 950 Lobo Steel
15x7


View the complete offering from Black Rock and see if one is right for your application.

Best Studded Winter/Snow Tires

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Steve Huffman

It's that time of year again. Time to get ready for the inevitable snow and ice that awaits drivers in Canada and parts of the United States. Tire Rack has several winter / snow tire options for just about any vehicle. Some drivers, however, prefer a studded tire. These tires do particularly well in rural and mountainous areas, as well as places that see their fair share of packed snow and ice. Studs can provide better bite on ice. If you're looking for one of the better studded winter tires, consider the following options.

Our most popular Studdable Winter / Snow tire is the Firestone Winterforce. This tire has been around for several seasons and has a proven track record. It has a very aggressive and deep directional tread design that helps it plow through the elements.

General's AltiMAX Arctic is another great option worth looking at. This tire does so well on its own that many drivers decide to drive on them without using studs. It can accommodate the use of optional metal studs and is designed to offer high levels of traction at low temperatures.

New for the 2013 winter season is the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter. Here is another deep, aggressive and directional treaded tire capable of taking on the winter elements. Designed for coupes, sedans, minivans, crossovers, SUVs and light-duty pickup trucks, the tire allows for alternating rows of optional metals studs that can be added in the shoulder and intermediate tread blocks to increase traction on hard-packed snow and icy roads.

Finally, Pirelli's Winter Carving can be studded to give you the additional traction you're looking for. While designed to accept tire studs, it can also be used without studs if desired. Winter Carving radials are designed to perform in wet and dry conditions, as well as enhance overall traction in snow and on ice.

Firestone Winterforce
Firestone
Winterforce
General Altimax Arctic
General AltiMAX
Arctic
Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter
Goodyear Ultra Grip
Winter
Pirelli Winter Carving Edge
Pirelli Winter
Carving


Always be sure to install Studdable Winter / Snow tires in sets of four.

Best All-Terrain Tires for Winter

Thursday, October 17, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Do you own a pickup truck or large SUV and need an aggressive tire? Or possibly you're getting ready for hunting season or snow plowing and need new tires. If you're looking for an aggressive tire that can also go off-road while still performing on the streets, then look at options in the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain category. Some options are branded with the severe winter mountain/snowflake symbol and can even be studded to provide added traction.

New for 2013 is the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar. Just one look at this tire and you can see how well it will churn through the snow. It's heavily siped which will certainly help with the grip on ice. The sidewall rubber compound features Goodyear’s Durawall Technology to protect the polyester cord body by resisting cuts, punctures, scuffing and abrasion.

Another great option is the General Grabber AT 2. This tire consistently rates well by our customers and is very aggressive. It has tremendously deep tread depth and can plow through deep snow. The tread blocks feature multiple traction edges and sipes, and are molded to accept optional metallic studs to increase wintry weather traction.

Finally, the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO is worth a look. This tire has been around for quite some time, but more importantly, it's a solid performer and does very well in the snow. Its aggressive tread design easily goes through deep snow and will keep you trucking along to your destination.

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
General Grabber AT 2
General Grabber
AT 2
BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
BFGoodrich All-Terrain
T/A KO


Shop by vehicle to see all tires available for your application.

Best Ford Focus Tires

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Steve Huffman

One vehicle that has done well for Ford is their fuel efficient Focus. This car recently went through a makeover and has a very sleek design. Many owners will keep their car for thousands of miles and will need to replace their tires. Below are a few good options to consider when the time comes.

Are you looking to improve your vehicle's fuel economy? One of the top tires would be the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. This Grand Touring All-Season tire offers a very quiet and comfortable ride. Featuring a silica-enhanced, all-season tread compound, the PureContact with EcoPlus Technology incorporates Continental's Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads.

Do you want to improve the handling of your Focus? Then take a look at the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2. It combines on-road performance with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Providing Hankook's ideal ultra high performance all-season balance, the tire blends handling and cornering performance with all-season traction, even in light snow.

Finally, with winter quickly approaching, consider the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 as a dedicated winter / snow tire. I use this tire on one of my vehicles and have been able to drive through any winter condition with total confidence. Once you drive on a snow tire like this, you'll never go back to all-season tires for winter driving. The Blizzak WS70's flexible rubber compound significantly improves the tire's grip in cold conditions, while the bite particles attached to the tubes scratch at packed snow and icy surfaces for traction.

Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology
Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Hankook Ventus S1
noble2
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak
WS70


To view all options available for your Ford Focus, shop by vehicle.

Best All-Season Tires for Winter

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Believe it or not, winter's just around the corner. With the change in weather comes the change of tires. If you're a driver who faces the challenges of winter driving, you're going to want the best tire for your vehicle. A dedicated winter / snow tire will be your best route for handling the elements, but if you opt for using an all-season tire year-round, consider the following options.

When it comes to high performance, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS consistently ranks among the top all-season tires, particularly as it relates to winter traction. 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. Along with good winter traction, this performance tire will hug the road and give your sports car the confidence you're looking for.

Are you looking for more of a touring tire, something that will ride exceptionally well? Then take a look at Pirelli's Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. Designed to to be driven in America's diverse weather conditions, the tire features lower weight, less rolling resistance and reduced noise while enhancing wet braking and year-round traction, even in light snow.

Finally, if you're in need of a tire for your SUV or light truck, one of the top choices with winter in mind is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. This tire is designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces while providing long wear and all-season traction.

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Continental ExtremeContact
DWS
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season
Plus
Continental CrossContact LX20 with Ecoplus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


Shop by vehicle to find the tire that's best for how and where you drive this winter.

New Winter / Snow Tires for 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Steve Huffman

It's that time of year again. Winter is on the way and there are several new winter / snow tires for the 2013-14 season.

Bridgestone's newest Performance Winter / Snow tire is the Blizzak LM-32. This tire will be replacing the popular Blizzak LM-60 and features a different tread design that should provide better grip in the winter elements. Another new option in the category is the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D. Dunlop's 4D Sipe System combines their 3D sipe technology with transverse sipes to create independent micro-blocks that generate better footprint pressure distribution to enhance snow handling and cornering grip.

A new tire in the Studless Ice & Snow category is the Dunlop Winter Maxx. This tire will replace the Graspic DS-3. The Winter Maxx molds a silica-enhanced Nano-Fit Rubber tread compound into an asymmetric independent block design to provide grip in cool, dry and wet conditions, as well as in slush, snow and on ice. Miura-Ori shaped sipes, featuring a three-dimensional interlocking zigzag design, permit tread blocks to combine higher-density siping with enhanced block rigidity to promote snow and ice traction, dry road handling and even treadwear.

The newest tire in the Studdable Winter / Snow category is the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter. Its wide tread grooves help evacuate loose snow and slush to enhance wintertime traction, while multiple sipes increase the number of biting edges to improve grip on ice and snow. Metal studs can be added to enhance ice and packed snow traction.  

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
Bridgestone Blizzak
LM-32
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D
Dunlop SP Winter
Sport 4D
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Dunlop Winter
Maxx
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Goodyear Ultra Grip
Winter


Shop by vehicle to find the winter / snow tire that works best for how and where you drive.

Advantages of a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Every winter, drivers are faced with the dangerous task of navigating highways and streets that are covered with ice and snow. Municipal budgets are strained and the roads aren't always plowed and cared for like they should. Choosing to go with a dedicated Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package provides several advantages.

The traction capabilities of any winter tire is far superior to that of an all-season option. They give you total confidence and allow you to drive safely in winter's toughest conditions. Rather than just putting a set of winter tires on your stock wheels, a set of winter wheels gives you more flexibility and options. Many times you're able to downsize the wheel, which also permits you to choose a tire that is a little more narrow. Narrower tires in the winter will perform better since they have less ice and snow to plow through. Also, downsizing the wheel means that the sidewall of the tire will be a little taller, therefore protecting you against those inevitable potholes that can't always be seen in the snow. A dedicated set of winter wheels will help keep your summer wheels in good condition by keeping them out of winter elements.

When you choose a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, you're ready for winter as soon as it starts snowing. We will mount and balance your package for free. You may think that this option would be too expensive, however we offer several wheels that can make this a very affordable option. Some advantages to ordering a package, include:

  • Inexpensive winter options make packages affordable
  • Easy, bolt-on installation before the first snow
  • Detailed installation instructions included
  • Never pay for mount/re-mount again
  • All necessary hardware (lugs, center caps, centering rings, etc.) included at no charge with most wheels

Be prepared to tackle winter conditions with a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package!

Best Light Truck and SUV Winter / Snow Tires for 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Steve Huffman

This season one of the best winter / snow tires for light trucks and SUVs is the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2. It debuted last season and proved to be a solid performer. Michelin's FleX-Ice silica-based winter tread rubber compound offers firmness at higher temperatures for wet and dry road stability while it remains flexible at lower temperatures to enhance packed snow and ice traction. It's molded into a directional tread design that helps evacuate water and slush to improve hydroplaning resistance.

The Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 has been one of the top winter tires for several years and is back to take on another winter. It uses Bridgestone's Multicell Z compound featuring microscopic bubbles and tubes to absorb the thin film of water that forms as tires run over packed snow and ice, while micro bite particles contribute to the edge effect that improves grip on packed snow and icy surfaces.

If you're seeking a studdable winter option, the Firestone Winterforce UV is a great choice. Firestone Winterforce UV tires feature a winter tread compound molded into an aggressive directional tread pattern with tread blocks that are siped, stepped and can be studded to offer the biting edges necessary to provide traction in snow and on ice. Independent tread blocks feature high-density siping to enhance grip in loose snow while the intermediate and shoulder tread blocks are molded to accept studs that further enhance traction on hard-packed snow and ice. While not required, we can install the studs for your set of Winterforce UV tires. 

Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2
Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Firestone Winterforce UV
Firestone Winterforce UV


Shop by vehicle to find the winter / snow tire that's right for your light truck or SUV.

Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Well it's that time of year again. Football is back, the leaves will be changing colors soon and snow is just around the corner. Drivers should start thinking about their tires and how they're going to safely navigate their vehicle through winter's elements.

Last season our friends at Michelin introduced the X-Ice Xi3. It proved to be one of our top performers in the Studless Ice & Snow category and will help you handle snow- and ice-covered roads. Michelin's FleX-Ice silica-based winter tread rubber compound provides firmness at higher temperatures for wet and dry road stability while it remains flexible at lower temperatures to enhance packed snow and ice traction. It's molded into a directional tread design that helps evacuate water and slush to improve hydroplaning resistance.

Bridgestone's Blizzak WS70 has been providing great wintertime traction to drivers over the past few seasons. This tire features a dual-compound tread with Bridgestone's NanoPro-Tech silica-enhanced Tube Multicell compound layered on top of a standard winter compound. The Tube Multicell compound features thousands of microscopic tubes and cells uniformly distributed throughout the compound that wick away the water that often forms between the tire's contact patch and the surface of snow-packed and icy roads.

If you prefer a Studdable Winter / Snow tire, the General AltiMAX Arctic is a great option to consider. AltiMAX Arctic tires use General Tire's All-Weather Dual Tread compound to enhance cold weather flexibility and wet traction. Alternating rows of optional metal studs can be added in the shoulder and intermediate tread blocks to increase traction on hard packed snow and icy roads.

Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
General AltiMAX Arctic
General AltiMAX Arctic


Create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for your vehicle today.

Kumho Tires Make a Great Option

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Steve Huffman

So, you're in the market for a new set of tires and you've come across Kumho, a brand you may not be all that familiar with. Fair enough, they may not be as big of a household name as Goodyear or Michelin, but this Korean brand is one of the top tire manufacturers in the world. In the United States, you will find Kumho tires as Original Equipment on many Hyundai, Kia and Ford vehicles. Simply put, Kumho makes a good tire at a good price.

Their Ecsta LX Platinum is a highly rated Grand Touring All-Season tire. This tire has been one of our best sellers for the past few years. It has very nice ride qualities, including a very smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. The tire has good all-season traction, to go along with a long-lasting 60,000-mile treadlife warranty.

The Kumho Solus KR21 is their Standard Touring All-Season option. While this tire may not have the premium qualities as the Platinum model mentioned above, it is a nice value option none the less. Going along with great all-season traction, this tire is one of the longest lasting options with an 85,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Kumho's Ecsta 4X is an Ultra High Performance All-Season tire that provides awesome handling and great responsiveness, combined with year-round traction. This sporty tire has a cool tread design that is backed by a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
Kumho Solus KR21
Kumho Solus KR21
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta 4X


If you're looking to try a new brand of tires, Kumho provides great tires at a great value.

Best Minivan Tires

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Steve Huffman

In the early 1980s, Chrysler introduced the Dodge Caravan. More than thirty years later, the Caravan and many other minivan models can be found on the road shuffling families from school, to the grocery store and back home again. These vans quickly replaced the station wagon and have never looked back. Today, Chrysler, Honda and Toyota make up a large portion of the minivan market in America. When looking to replace tires on your minivan, consider the following options.

One of the best tires for a minivan is certainly the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. This is one of our top-ranked Grand Touring All-Season tires. As the name entails, this is a very smooth, quiet and comfortable riding tire. It also has superior all-season traction and has a very long lasting treadlife.

An option to consider from Michelin is their Defender. Currently the highest rated Standard Touring All-Season tire, it provides excellent year-round traction. This tire has also been designated by Michelin as one of their Green X options, which is engineered to provide better fuel economy. It's also one of the longest lasting tires, as it's offered with a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Another great option for minivan drivers is the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. While Dueler tires are typically meant for light trucks and SUVs, many of the new minivans are using larger 17" and 18" sizes. This tire makes a great option if you fall in this category. Not only does it have great year-round traction, but it's also a low rolling resistance tire that will help improve your MPG.

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Michelin Defender
Michelin
Defender
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia


Shop by vehicle to view all options available for your minivan.

Best Tires for Ford Taurus

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Steve Huffman

The Ford Taurus has been around for many years and has come a long way since its debut in the late 1980s. Today's version is very sleek, efficient and powerful, while being popular with many drivers. The new Taurus comes with several different factory tire sizes, including 17", 18", 19" and even 20", depending on what trim level you have.

If you use tire size 235/60R17 or 235/55R18, take a look at Goodyear's Assurance ComforTred Touring. This is a highly rated Grand Touring All-Season tire that has excellent ride qualities, including a very quiet and comfortable ride. It also has fantastic year-round traction to go along with long treadlife.

Does your Taurus have the tire size of 255/45R19? If so, then I would suggest the Michelin Primacy MXM4. Like the Goodyear, this tire is also rated highly within the Grand Touring All-Season category. The tire combines all-weather handling and traction with good noise and ride comfort. It also meets Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance that indicates the tire's contribution to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions for CO2 gases. For more information on the low rolling resistance capabilities of this tire, read "Michelin Green X."

If you have the SHO model and/or use size 245/45R20, the new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 is an option you should strongly consider. We expect this to be our best selling Ultra High Performance All-Season tire before too long. Michelin claims this all-season tire has better dry grip than many leading dedicated summer tires. That's saying quite a bit and if you have a 365hp SHO, because you want as much grip as you can get. Plus with the benefit of all-season traction, you have year-round confidence to go along with a 45,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring
Michelin Primacy MVM4
Michelin Primacy
MXM4
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3


To view all options for your Ford Taurus, shop by vehicle.

Toyota RAV4 Tires

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Steve Huffman

The Toyota RAV4 has come a long way since its 1996 debut. Today, its a very sporty, modern mid-size SUV that's popular with many drivers. If it's time to replace the tires on your RAV4, consider the following options.

One of my favorite tires for this vehicle is the Yokohama Parada Spec-X. This Street/Sport Truck All-Season tire has a great feel. Designed to combine impressive looks and confident handling, it provides excellent year-round traction in North America's wide range of weather conditions, including light snow. The tire also is a quiet option for drivers who don't like road noise.

Another great option for RAV4 owners to look at is the Firestone Destination LE 2. This Highway All-Season tire combines long wear, a comfortable ride and all-season traction. It's not as sporty as the Yokohama, but it offers better all-season traction. The tire is also long-lasting as it comes with a 60,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Finally, the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season is the top-rated tire in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category. It reduces rolling resistance and tire weight compared to Pirelli's previous CUV/SUV tire lines to increase fuel economy and lower the vehicle's CO2 emissions. The tire sits in the top spot in its category because it receives high marks in the following areas:

  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Cornering stability
  • Dry traction
  • Steering response
  • Ride comfort
Yokohama Parada Spec-X
Yokohama Parada
Spec-X
Firestone Destination LE2
Firestone Destination
LE 2
Pirelli Scorpion Verde A/S
Pirelli Scorpion Verde
All Season


Shop by vehicle to view all tire options available for your Toyota RAV4.

Best SUV Tires

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Despite rising fuel costs, Americans still love their SUVs. While many SUVs may never make it off-road, they still haul families anywhere, including the grocery store, family vacations and soccer games. When it comes to keeping your precious cargo safe, nothing could be more important than the the only thing keeping your SUV in contact with the road. Consider the following options when looking to for new tires.

When making a short list of the "best" tires in a performance category, you will almost always find an option from Michelin. This particular case is no different. Michelin's LTX M/S2 is one the best tires on the market and is a prime example of why Michelin has such a great reputation. It simply does it all with superior wet and dry traction, fantastic handling and great winter traction in light snow. In addition, the tire offers a very nice ride to go along with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Another great option to take a look at is the Firestone Destination LE 2. This tire is quite comparable to the Michelin, but is available at a lower price. Similar to the LTX M/S2, it offers excellent year-round traction and has great ride characteristics. Early customer surveys show the Destination LE 2 performs a little better in winter elements.

Finally, Continental's CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is worth considering if you're an SUV owner. The tire has similar characteristics to the Firestone and Michelin options, but is offered in larger, hard-to-find sizes. It also has low rolling resistance technology to help with fuel consumption.

Michelin LTX M/S 2
Michelin LTX
M/S2
Firestone Destination LE 2
Firestone Destination
LE 2
Continental CrossContact LX 20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


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Sumitomo Tires Are a Great Option

Monday, July 15, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Are you looking for a good tire at a good price? Sumitomo may be the brand for you! We've been proudly selling their tires for years to many satisfied drivers.

Sumitomo's HTR A/S P01 is offered in both an Ultra High Performance All-Season and High Performance All-Season option. The tire is available in sizes ranging between 14" and 18". This sporty tire has great handling characteristics, good all-season traction and is long lasting.  

Looking for a tire in the Max Performance Summer category? Take a look at the HTR Z III. This tire is extremely popular for high performance sports cars. The HTR Z III provides awesome wet and dry grip to go along with fantastic responsiveness. It's offered in popular performance sizes, while showcasing Sumitomo's technical resources by providing high speed handling.

Finally, another great sport tire from Sumitomo is the HTR Z II. This Ultra High Performance Summer tire is also a popular option for sports car owners. It may not have the same capabilities as the HTR Z III, but is a great tire at an affordable price. Plus, the tread design looks really cool!

Sumitomo HTR A/S P01
Sumitomo HTR A/S P01
Sumitomo HTR Z III
Sumitomo HTR Z III

Sumitomo HTR Z II


Take a look at all options available from Sumitomo and find the one that's right for your vehicle.

Introducing the new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Steve Huffman

New for 2013 iMichelin Pilot Sport A/S 3s Michelin's highly anticipated all-season tire, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3. With the popularity of the Pilot Super Sport, Michelin is sharing some technology found in that tire with their new all-season version.

Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires feature Michelin’s Helio compound made with sunflower oil combined with their Extreme Silica Technology to increase traction in lower temperatures and on wet roads. Molded into an aggressive asymmetric tread pattern inspired by the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, its 4-, 5- or 6-rib designs are tuned to complement tire width and feature more rubber and rigid blocks on their outboard shoulders that provide high levels of lateral grip to provide as much dry cornering capability as some competitive summer performance tires. Wide circumferential grooves help resist hydroplaning, enhance wet traction and help generate some of the shortest wet braking distances in the High Performance All-Season category.

The tire will be replacing the popular Pilot Sport A/S Plus. We anticipate the new tire will have comparable responsiveness to the Super Sport, with equivalent all-season traction as the Sport A/S Plus. They are covered under a 45,000-mile treadlife warranty, with half mileage for the rear if different size than the front.

View all Michelin tires and find one that works best for how and where you drive.