Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle LS-2

These tires came OE on my Avenger R/T, and lasted over 52,300 miles. When new the traction was superb in all conditions, even for me; I'm the driver who likes to leave marks on the asphalt. After about 51,000 miles, we got hit with a freak ice storm with 2 inches of ice on the roads, and these tires (even worn) performed better than I expected. Of course, a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT SUV

Have had Ultra Grip WRT SUV studded tires for two winters on 4 wheel drive Yukon. My summer tires are the Michelin MS2 which I leave on until the first snow fall. Noticeable difference when I put the snow tires on, especially on ice. The only time I have been caught off guard is when fresh snow is on top of ice, the studs can't reach through when on loose...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I put these tires on a new 20 wheel set the second day I had my new car. I was looking for something with an excellent tread rating, and it had to be XL load rating due to the car's weight. Out of the 24k miles so far, 11k were in the brutal AZ summer, and 12k were on the wet, rough surface Oregon roads. I have had cars where tires evaporate after 10k miles...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Carving Edge

I have these on my Camaro Z28...simply amazing. But, be ready to be annoyed when it snows...because people won't get out of the way to let you pass! I pass Jeeps and SUV's on a regular basis, on slush-filled highways and snowy roads. I put the car into nasty fishtails, and Easily recover. If you slide, the tires BITE hard, and traction actually gets better....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

Got a set of 4, WS80'S and rims off of Tire rack and everything came and fit just right . First snow 5-8 inches and I love the tires they stick to the road great. This is the first set of stud less snow tires I have ever owned and now I see what the fuss is about. The wife's front wheel drive Equinox handles better and gets going as good as my Z71Chevy 1/2...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

These are FANTASTIC winter tires, after getting one set,I have bought a set for all of my other vehicles. With the studs, there is some noticeable road noise, but who cares.I live in northern New York near the Canadian border and we get some rough weather. These give you good traction in the snow,and the studs help with ice. Be sure to take these off in the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

This is a great tire for Subaru's. I have high expectations and want to go more performance oriented(studded tires). However, I live in Michigan which does not allow studs so I went with Michelin X-ICE xI3. I always push my car hard whether braking hard on snow/ice and it does a pretty good job but I feel like it needs a little improvement on ice and on...  Read More

Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac: An All-Around Winner

In the tire business, there are trade-offs for everything! Whether you have to trade performance handling for snow and ice grip, or trade comfort for performance handling, balancing these trade-offs can be tough. The Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac is a tire that balances many of the trade-offs that drivers of four-wheel drive vehicles desire. Most often,...  Read More

Is the General AltiMAX Arctic the Best Studdable Winter / Snow Tire?

With recent snow falls still making news, many of us our reminded that we still have many weeks (and months in some areas) of winter driving left this season. To see if February is still a good time to purchase winter tires, take a look at "Is it Too Late to Buy Winter / Snow Tires?"   The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80, and Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Bridgestone...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Very good tires! I bought a set of these for my daughter's car. It was her first winter driving a daily commute to college. After having driven her car in a heavy central New York snow storm, I hardly worried about her driving in bad weather. They feel solid on ice (studded), and most definitely in snow. If you drive based on the conditions, these tires will...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Have these on my Model S with aftermarket 20 wheels in order to control costs but not have the stock 19's that leave too much wheel well exposed. So far so good in the pacific NW, with lots of rain and occasional ice/snow. Road noise is a little high but I don't really have a benchmark since this is my first set on the car and the roads are course from...  Read More

Can I Use Studded Tires in My Area?

While many states/provinces prohibit or restrict use of studded tires due to the road damage they cause, some drivers still prefer studded tires for winter driving situations. Tire Rack's testing has shown that modern Studless Ice & Snow tires, like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80, can provide equivalent ice traction to a studded tire in most conditions,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Carving Edge Run Flat

After a thorough research on determining the best winter tire for my 2009 BMW X5 xDrive48i, I decided to go with the Pirelli Carving Edge RFT. The treads are very aggressive and have gripped the snow very well with no issue. This experience is from driving in 4-5 inches of snow. I see why it holds the name carving edge. Driving around sharp corners isn't as...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Excellent snow tire. I drive roughly 100 miles a day for work and school, and this tire performs excellent. I have these on my '14 Accord, I downsized them from 17 to 16 and have them mounted on steelies. With a recent snowfall we just had here these tires performed phenomenally. Almost no intervention from my traction or stability control. They just grip...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Before I bought these, we were ready to get rid of our Jeep as it was terrible in the snow with the Goodyear Fortera HL. They are a fine 3 season tire, but I was driving like a granny in the snow with the Goodyears and if is was icing, the jeep would not leave the garage. Now that we have the Blizzaks, the Jeep is simply unstoppable in the snow. They do...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

The tire was just fine in the snow, the car would go until it would drag bottom then it would start to struggle but would keep going for a bit. I can't comment much on ice but prolly as good as any other non studded tire. The sidewall is soft for any kind of driving with a fast pace and the dry handling is non existent compared to any summer tire but what do...  Read More

Best Tires for Subaru Outback

When driving on today's roads, it's only a matter of time before you see a Subaru Outback. The Outback is definitely becoming one of the more popular vehicles available. With winter coming soon, or already here for most of the country, the right winter tires will let you take your Outback almost anywhere you want to go. When you search for tires by year, make...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Winter

I've owned many winter tires over the last 10 years, but these are probably my favorite yet. Great mix of off-snow manners combined with very predictable and confident ability in all sorts of winter conditions - of course, nothing short of studded tires will help a lot on sheer ice. These tires remind me of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tire when driven in...  Read More

Looking for Winter Tires? 2014 Ice Rink Test is Posted.

Our annual test on a local indoor hockey rink gives us an early look at how this year's winter tires will perform on one of the most challenging driving surfaces there is: a sheet of ice. This year, as we commonly do, we focused on the Studless Ice & Snow performance category. This class of tires includes the most innovative winter compound technology and is...  Read More

Get Ready for Snowmaggedon 2014: Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

Remember last winter? Will this winter be just as bad? We don't know yet. But, I do know the right snow tire makes all the difference. In order to purchase the correct winter / snow tire, you should decide which performance category works best for your driving style and the winter weather you experience. The three major categoriesare: Studless Ice & Snow,...  Read More