Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2014 Mini John Cooper Works
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Centennial, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2014

I have owned two sets of these Pirelli's. The first was on a company Subaru Outback. I was so impressed I ordered a set for my 2014 JCW Coupe. I took delivery of my car just before Christmas 2013 so I had them put on immediately before picking up the car from the dealer. We get a lot of snow and a lot of snow types from 7-11 slushy to deep packed here in Colorado, not to mention ice.

The reason you get these is because you want some performance capabilities along with good snow traction. I drive through mountains, prairie and just took a trip to Vegas on dry warm road. I left them on because I could still hit snow in the UT and CO mountains. We have had a lot of snow this year up until about March so these tires have really had a good trial in lots of snow and in warm weather in Vegas and NM.

The snow traction is amazing. I have Michellin Xice on my company Malibu, Blizzaks on my Mini Clubman S and these Pirelli's on the JCW. I have driven all in sequence in several types of snow and ice. All are good tires but these Pirelli's are my favorite. They handle extremely well in the snow. I went in a snow covered parking lot doing donuts with and without traction control. It was really difficult to break traction. On the highway and on some icy areas they are fantastic. No snow tires make you impervious but I believe these are the best short of studded. The main reason I like them is because of the terrific dry and even warm weather traction. They are superb. I will not autocross in them but in a normal sedan or SUV I would consider running them all year. They do not seem to wear excessively and cold, warm, wet, snowy or icy they are terrific. There are no deficiencies. For a snow tire I would actually give them a 10 in dry but I think that is for summer tires. I think for price and all around performance in a climate like I have, -25 in winter and temps can change 50 degrees in one day and different altitudes...this is a fantastic tire. You won't go wrong with these.

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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2012 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Wapato, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2014

Love these tires. Not too noisy. They are touchy-responsive with a stiff sidewall. Resist to slipping on the road, ultra grippy for people who like to drive swiftly. Handling in fresh snow (FWD) is great, I only had problems when the snow was too deep for my vehicle.

Traction is unsatisfactory in compacted snow or ice, but better than a summer tire. I recommend having studded tires.

My MPG average lowered to 26.9(Sport A/S 3) from 27.9 (OEM, which I deem acceptable.

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 Winter

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.67
 
 

2008 Hyundai Accent GS Hatchback
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Confluence, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

These Tires Are Awesome on a small car for winter driving !!I live at the highest point in Pennsylvania - We get snow when most everyone else gets rain or sleet. I got all 4 tires studded and have had a very good experience with these tires. Overall in the last 25 years of driving in heavy snow and winter conditions; THESE TIRES HAVE BEEN THE BEST on a small car. I have tried numerous, many different types of treads, manufacturers and even some different sizes IN THE LAST 25 YEARS BY FAR THESE TIRES OUTPERFORMED THEM ALL. Granted these tires last for one season only for my car, but well worth the investment. On dry pavement with the studs you have to use your head- they will not corner and hug the road they were not intended for that but when the snow comes that's when you will see the payoff. As long as Goodyear offers these tires, I will buy them every year. I would recommend anyone that has a small car to try these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Olyphant, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

I drive on mostly highways and country roads in the mountains. My all season Continentals were getting worn down and I had a few scary episodes with them on steep mountain roads while driving on snow and ice. I decided to try dedicated winter tires for the first time ever and purchased studded General Altimax Arctics for my Jeep. I'm glad I did too, they are the best tires I ever had for winter driving. They really grip the ice and snow especially while braking. Hopefully no more scary experiences on the icy hills for me.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2013 Ford Focus ST
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Miles driven on tires: 20
Location: Watertown, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20 Miles on Tires
February 08, 2014

So I just bought this car and I needed winter tires badly, and I had them studded for extra peace of mind when I came here to tire rack and bought a winter tire package with steel wheels as these are just for winter and don't need fancy wheels covered in snow and crap all winter. I installed these very recently and first impression were good from the looks in person. I took them for a drive as soon as I installed them with our roads being completely covered in packed snow on plowed roads and 4-7 inches of powder on unplowed roads. We have recently received 18 inches of snow in the last 3 days and these tires take it all on without issue. The only time I had to slow down was when the front bumper was hitting the fresh powder on the roads (6 inches deep powder) and was blowing up and covering my windshield and I couldn't see. I stopped several times on snow covered hills and my car just walked op the hill without issue. Being located in Watertown, NY we get a lot of lake effect snow and it can hit at a moments notice and I spent the most part of my day testing theses tires out. Stopping was easily done as long as you don't just mash on the brakes as to be expected with any tire the ABS kicked in but still stopped controllably. Deep snow wasn't an issue, some icy roads are easily manageable, packed snow covered roads were a cinch and I really enjoyed driving in the fowl weather with these tires. No white knuckles for this guy just ease of travel as I was back to feeling safe and confident behind the wheel with these shoes on the car. Now my car has quite a bit of torque for a Front Wheel Drive vehicle that I was concerned about but the traction control worked well and the tires gripped well. These tires were cheapest offered for my car and I was skeptical as I usually go for blizzaks but these I think perform at the same level easily. I would buy these again without worry and knowing they are lower priced than the other competitors just made it easy to choose

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

1986 BMW 735i
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Miles driven on tires: 250
Location: Wayne, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2014

2014 In Northern New Jersey, so far has been bringing a snowstorm almost every week, 2 ice storms too. All my cars are (RWD) rear wheel drive and are very bad in snow driving conditions so i decided to buy the Firestone Winterforce tires with Studs installed on all 4 of them just in time before the major snowstorm we had on 2/13/14. I took my e23 BMW 5pd manuel on roads and steep hills that my car could never climb and those firestone winterforce gave so good traction in the snow, i was going almost the speed limit (40mph) of the road, climbing steep uphill through i say 5" of snow on an unplowed road. Actually had fun driving in the snow with no fear of getting stuck, lol. These tires saved me $28,000 from buying an AWD SUV do to harsh weather conditions this year. Also tried driving on black ice in parking lot at work and studs of tires griped through the ice at minimum slippage. Just speachless for 27 year old RWD. Also posted 2 video's on YouTube of my car going through the snow, "Snow Day Cruising BMW 735i (E23)" and video links ; http://youtu.be/HlMoVmECtA8 , http://youtu.be/Stfgt74w0P4

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce UV Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2014

Got these on my new Fj Cruiser. Glad I did, we got a lot of snow this winter in the mountains of Montana. About 50% of my driving is back country driving on dirt roads that are many times either unplowed, icy, or slushy. I got these tires studded and they have worked very impressively. They work fine on the highway also, but a bit noisy with the studs. Great tires for the FJ!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2008 Honda Fit Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Hellam, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2014

I purchased these tires toward the end of October and mounted them on the vehicle in the beginning of November. This is my first winter season in a few years without a four wheel drive vehicle and I wanted to ensure that I could get to work and other places safely in our lovely Pennsylvania winter weather! Well, these tires did not disappoint! I have roughly 3k miles on them and I have been in a number of snow scenarios with them this year. Every storm I have felt confident in my vehicles handling thanks to these tires!

I purchased a wheel kit from TireRack that included the wheels and tires already mounted and balanced. They are perfect! I do not have any vibrations whatsoever and the tires are not very noisy on dry pavement. The Fit is an econobox, and if these tires were loud, I would definitely know it. They ride comfortably and handle OK. These tires are not performance tires by any means, but they handle well enough and do not suffer from tread wobble like others I have seen. Where these tires really shine are in snowy conditions! I have more faith in my little FWD car than I did in my AWD Explorer or 4x4 Jeep that I had previously owned. These tires will get you moving and stopped in most situations that I have encountered. The one exception to that would be ice. Even though these tires are studdable, I do not have studs in mine. If I did, I am certain even ice wouldn't be a problem. I did not want the extra road noise from studs.

If you want a good all around winter tire, look no further! I will be purchasing a set of these for my wife's Altima for next winter as well. Also keep in mind, skinny tires go better in the winter than wider tires but you will sacrafice some handling on dry pavement. I would definitely recommend these tires to anyone looking for snow tires!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2007 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Portland, OR
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2014

Bought these tires with a threat of snow that never happened. Now we are having a snow/ice event that is rare in terms of volume of snow for Portland. These tires have been fantastic in the snow and better than expected on the ice. I've always used studded tires for winter tires and the Blizzak's are the first studless snow tire I've run on snow and ice. They are well worth the investment. The Altima's CVT transmission requires a feather touch with the throttle in bad weather conditions, and these tires have handled everything extremely well. Starting and stopping on hills, no problem. Driving on packed snowy roads covered with freezing rain on top, no problem. Can't praise these tires enough. Just buy them!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2013 Honda Fit
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2014

Replaced the crappy OEM Dunlop's(horrible in wet- did not want to find out how bad they would be in snow)with X3's. A noticeable improvement in wet with no loss of grip in dry or handling. A little noisier but expected with winter compound. First snowfall they proved to be excellent. With the lower than average temps this winter they remain grippy in slush, snow and ice (well, maybe not terrific on ice- nothing outside of studs are good on the sheet stuff). They don't handle deep snow as well as Blizzaks but the tradeoff for good handling on dry pavement is worth it. A great all around winter tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Greenwich, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I took delivery of the Sportwagen in October 2010. The OEM tires were new when they faced their first snowy season in Connecticut. I was constantly checking tire pressures because the handling in the lite snow and dry was terrible. I resigned my self thinking, "Be glad with the TDI but the Sportwagen is no handler.

This winter is above average for snowfall in Connecticut and the driving on uncleared roads is mission critical for me; getting my four year-old daughter safely back and forth to school. I decided to get dedicated snows for the winter. I've had Blizzaks, Dunlops even Firestone studded tires on other family cars. I liked what I read about the Michelin X-Ice3's and decided to try them. The Michelin X-Ice3's replaced the OEM all-season Hankooks. What a difference! I keep anticipating a slide or skid, but the X-Ice3's have raised the bar when driving in the snow.

OK, you would expect them to be way better than OEM All-Seasons in snow. But, the real surprise was that the X-Ice3's have better grip than the OEM tires did in both dry and rainy conditions. No more loss of traction when accelerating.
I've changed my mind, the Jetta TDI is a pretty good handling car. I expect the Michelins to wear longer than the Blizzaks I had. Come the spring I intend to treat the Sportwagen to a set of summer-performance tires; probably Michelin's.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2005 Pontiac Vibe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Plymouth, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2014

Keep in mind these tires went on a light 2 wheel drive car and they are all season tires. I was looking for a tire that would get a Pontiac Vibe out of the barn during northern Indiana winters without going to full blown winter tires. First of all, this is the 4th set of tires I have had on this vehicle and I put them on in the summer. They absolutely ROCKED! The best ride all around this car has ever had. It was like driving a totally different vehicle. Then came old man winter and these brutal Polar Vortexes. Once again, this is a low clearance 2 wheel drive car and NO tire will be a lifesaver on ice unless you get a studded one. Regardless, I have been impressed. I haven't gotten stuck in any snow that the car didn't bottom out on. I have not have any slide outs much less any slide offs. It obviously can't compete with my 4x4 Jeep and I obviously have to drive like I am on snow and ice and not like the idiots you see on the evening news, but odds are that I will replace them with the exact same tires when these wear out. Plus, they make them just a few miles up the road from my house so I am supporting the local economy!

 

Which Type of Winter / Snow Tire Is Right for Me?

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Like anything else that relates to your car, tires are available in a variety of models that can be fine tuned to best match what you need. Selecting the best tire starts with narrowing your search to one of our Performance Categories, which Tire Rack has developed by using our own test results, customer survey results and manufacturer recommendations. These Performance Categories help focus your search by comparing tires with similar characteristics, allowing you to choose the best tire for how and where you drive. For dedicated winter / snow tires, there are three categories to choose from.

Studless Ice and Snow

In this category, tires use aggressive tread patterns and the latest high-tech rubber compounds to provide ice and snow traction similar to traditional studded snow tires. Customers that focus on this category are looking to get the best snow and ice traction possible, with the understanding that when the roads are clear, your high speed handling will be a little less responsive than a traditional all-season tire. A few options to consider in the category, include the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Dunlop Winter Maxx and Continental ExtremeWinterContact.

Performance Winter / Snow

Options from the Performance Winter / Snow category feature tires with tread patterns and rubber compounds that are tuned to improve dry and wet traction, along with high speed handling. Drivers that aren't expecting to see heavy or persistent accumulations of snow and want a tire that will handle and perform more like the performance tires the vehicle most likely came with when new will benefit from a Performance Winter / Snow tire. If this sounds like your style of driving, then take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D.

Studdable Winter / Snow

Studdable Winter / Snow tires are designed to allow the installation of optional metal studs to enhance ice and snow traction. Customers that focus on this category are looking for a low cost winter tire option and are willing to allow for more road noise and less comfort than Original Equipment tires. Studded tires are often subject to state laws that dictate when (or if) they can be used, so always check local laws before selecting a tire from this category. Tires in this category include the Firestone WinterForce UV, General AltiMAX Arctic and Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter.

Take a look at our Winter Tire Decision Guide to help you choose the best tire for handling winter conditions. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 18, 2014

Purchased these from Tire Rack with studs after trying and not liking a set of Blizzaks last winter. FAR superior on ice, especially steering and braking, quieter at speed despite the studs, and much much better steering response than the Blizzaks. Quiet once above parking lot speeds, but can hear the clicking of the studs on dry pavement if the windows are down.

They aren't great in deep snow, or maybe my Mustang isn't once the snow gets above the bottom of the bumper, but on hard pack and ice they can't be beat. So long as I live in Alaska, I'll never go without studded tires in winter again. As a bonus, these seem to be wearing extremely well so it'll be a couple years before I have to think about buying another set!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8
 
 

2011 Honda Accord Crosstour
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Coeymans Hollow, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2014

Tire Rack Team set me up with a great "Winter Wheel & Tire Package" for my car... These Altimax Artic's are a great set of tires. These studded tires (on all four wheels) preform as well as Nokian's best and they are quieter. I have used Nokian tires for years... These Altimax Artic's provide great handling in light or heavy snow and during icy road conditions. You will not be disappointed with these tires or Tire Rack's service. -- Steve

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2005 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Bloomfield, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

I bought these tires in 2012 I had them studded. I live in the country and have never misses work. They do great on my 05 Mustang Gt I had all 4 studded and I drive 50 miles back and forth to work every day. They do great in ice covered roads. As long as the snow is not past the bumper it dose great. Every one I work with can't believe that I drive a mustang in the winter if it wasn't for the tires I couldn't. With good all season tires in snow u can put it in first and not even give it gas and the tires will spin, but not with the snow tires. Not sure how they would be without studs but they are amazing with. This is the second season and are wearing well for studded snow tires. I have always been able to go on any road that I needed to. Great price

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2012 Nissan Quest
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Kennebunk, ME
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 12, 2014

Fantastic winter tire (we did not stud the tire) and changed our Quest from being unbearable in snow and ice to being a tank. The dry performance and noise is typical of a winter tire in that the tire is louder and not quite as responsive but that's expected. I would buy these again for any vehicle I own.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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Miles driven on tires: 1,300
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,300 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

I purchased this car with OEM Bridgestone summer hi-per tires that were worn out, it was very noisy inside, rough/hard ride, and it tramlined on pavement changes. The seller warned me not to begin winter on these tires. I researched Tire Rack and this new design had the properties I was looking for. I was a little worried as I read some owner feedback about sluggish turn-in and don't expect a summer UHP tire's performance. After putting a set of 4 on the STI, I couldn't be happier! My car was transformed, dramatic lowering of cabin noise, my wife now wants to go in the STI now, vs "it's too loud to talk" from before. Just the quiet cabin would have been plenty, but now the comfort level is also much improved. The car no longer transmits every pebble, bump, imperfection to the driver, now it smooths over the small things, and lessens the pothole impacts. I no longer increase grip pressure on the steering wheel when I encounter a seam in the road, the tires don't tramline and sail over joint in the road without diverting their line. The Hankook's have been great in rain, slush, and 4" of snow, traction and stopping are first rate. They aren't much help on ice, but only a studded tire will help on ice? I am extremely satisfied with the Ventus S1 Noble 2 tires, they have made my STI a joy to drive in everyday use.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone WinterforceReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6

2000 Dodge Stratus
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Erie, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2008

Installed a set of four w/o studs. The following day we received a lake effect snowstorm with up to 12" of wet snow in places. Tires worked perfectly even on roads that hadn't been plowed. Since then, I've gone through two additional significant snowfalls with no problems at all. The tire noise on dry roads is not at all bad, about what I had before on Firestone FR380 all season radials. Dealer set inflation pressures higher than other tires, I have 39 lbs. in mine at present. Traction on ice is very good, even w/o the optional studs. I recommend these tires and would definitely buy them again.