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

These are excellent performance summer tires with emergency all season ability. I would not buy them and plan to drive in snow.I purchased these tires as dedicated summer tires, as I typically run X-Ice on winter wheels. I put them on bright and early in the spring, since they are advertised as all season tires. My initial impressions were great. Dry / wet...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

These were the first winter tires I used for my 2009 Lancer GTS (FWD). The second winter tires I used were Blizzaks. I have waited 2 winter seasons for the Blizzaks to wear out so I could buy this tire again. The Blizzaks were not terrible, but it was noticeably better driving with these for my car. With these tires, I can out perform many AWD vehicles on...  Read More

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

There are not many options for in this (the stock) size. I swapped these on for the stock summer tires as I will only use these wheels for around town and highway driving. I plan to drive this car at HPDE track days -- just not with these wheels. Having done a ton of track days, I now am comparatively conservative when driving around on public roads. So, my...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Great winter tire with excellent snow traction, both light and heavy. One of the best non-studded ice tires out there. Unfortunately with BOTH sets of Blizzaks I've owned, treadwear underperforms. I am replacing the Blizzaks on my truck after just over 25K miles since the treads are worn beyond legal limits.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

WOW!!! What a tire! I bought mine four years ago from TireRack already installed on steel wheels...what a great move on my part. I've driven them on my Dodge Grand Caravan (with the big motor...3.8 liters) and have lost traction while accelerating ONE TIME, and that was on glare ice. Packed snow and really cold ice are no challenge for this winter performer....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Had these on an 08 Ford Fusion FWD in Michigan. Absolutely fantastic in the snow, even with just a FWD car I could drive through 8-10 of snow pretty easily before I started having issues getting stuck, and (winter) braking traction was exceptional for an all-season. The only times i ever had any problems with this tire was on solid ice (where nothing but...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Purchased 2010 Subaru Forester XT (turbocharged model) with studded snow tires in late winter. Naturally the Michelin Premiers were paragons of silence in comparison, but after six months and 6,000 miles, they have been a surprisingly quiet tire, even with the studded tire ruts we have in places here in Anchorage Alaska.Steering input and response is light,...  Read More

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