Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.15

2003 GMC Yukon XL 2500 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 9,500
Location: New York, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 9,500 Miles on Tires
September 06, 2012

I bought this truck from a friend who purchased this new. I was looking for a set of tires to replace the OEM tires on the truck that were worn.

I’ve had positive experiences with Michelin tires on my MDX, with their LTX models, the A/S and the M/S, so I began looking into these as replacements. The A/S tires are a great all season tire, but lasted about 38,000 miles before needing replacement and were a little too light for this application. The M/S tires that replaced the A/S tires were a big improvement in the snow and all around, but were a little loud at highway speeds on the MDX, so when I came across the M/S2’s, this was the tire I had to have.

The difference in tread pattern over the standard M/S was the key factor in my decision. The combination of a traction tread design (similar to their commercial truck highway traction tires), in line traction blocks and the snow / ice sipes found on the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2(used as dedicated winter tires on my 06 Maxima), made this the perfect replacement. I optioned to go with the heavier ply (123/120R) in lieu of the standard 111T due to heavier side wall construction. Living in the City with all the potholes, manhole covers and construction plates, tires take a beating and the heavier sidewall I feel would offer me better protection against a blow out or puncture.

The ride quality is noticeably stiffer, solid but not bone jarring and to be expected with a 2500 series SUV over the lighter 1500 series. The tread is relatively quiet on the highway and turning feedback and response is positive. No numb feeling or lost connection with the road surface. The one thing I did notice was an improvement in braking feel, feedback and distance. Under hard braking, you can feel the tires grab the road surface, helping you slow down and not letting the brakes do all the work inspiring confidence.

Unless Michelin introduces an M/S 3, I will be purchasing another set when these are worn, in about 50/60k miles.

Bridgestone Blizzak: A Name Synonymous With the Best Snow and Ice Traction

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

When winter weather approaches many Americans switch their summer or all-season tires for a more capable dedicated snow and ice tire. Switching to a dedicated winter / snow tire will provide traction benefits far beyond any all-season can offer, but the "Blizzak" name is recognized by many Americans as the pinnacle of winter weather performance. Bridgestone Blizzak tires are designed to deliver wintertime traction and control that inspires driver confidence.

Whether you drive a sports car, family sedan or light duty truck there is a Bridgestone Blizzak tailored for your specific vehicle.

For a high performance coupe or sedan, I recommend the Blizzak LM-60 and Blizzak LM-25. Both of these tires offer the best blend of high speed durability and snow and ice traction. On those dry-road, cold weather days, the vehicle will still feel and perform as it was designed. The combination of a high silica content winter / snow tread compound molded into a directional tread design features independent tread blocks with 3-D zigzag sipes for hydroplaning resistance and greater accelerating and braking forces on snow-covered roads. Both the Blizzak LM-60 and Blizzak LM-25 are offered in a run-flat or RFT (Run-Flat Technology) version for run-flat equipped BMW, MINI, and Mercedes-Benz. 

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT

For coupes, sedans, minivans and smaller crossover vehicles, I would recommend the Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70. The WS-70 is the pinnacle of winter traction thanks to 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 wicks water away that form between the tire's contact patch and the surface of snow-packed and icy roads. 

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

For an SUV, crossover or pickup truck, I would recommend the Blizzak DM-V1. The Blizzak DM-V1 features a Multicell Z compound which uses microscopic bubbles and tubes to absorb the thin film of water that forms as tires run over snow-packed and ice-covered roads. The rubber compound also includes a special polymer that improves silica dispersion to increase wet grip in chilly temperatures by suppressing the influence cold temperatures have on rubber hardness.

If winter weather is in your future, use the shop by vehicle function to see if any Bridgestone Blizzak products are available for your vehicle.

The Best Brake Pads for Your Light Truck or SUV

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Do you have a light truck or SUV that needs to increase stopping power beyond the current O.E. brakes? If you use your light truck or SUV for hauling or towing heavy loads and need a brake pad that can handle the high temperatures and extreme forces these vehicles encounter, you may need to consider a purpose built, heavy duty or severe duty brake pad. The Hawk LTS Truck/SUV Pads, Hawk HP Super Duty Brake Pads and Satisfied Pro SUV Pads will be able to deliver stopping power beyond your vehicle's stock brake pads.   

Hawk LTS Truck/SUV Pads
Hawk LTS Truck/SUV
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Hawk HP Super Duty Brake Pads
Hawk HP Super Duty Brake Pads
Satisfied Pro SUV Pad
Satisfied Pro SUV
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Hawk LTS Truck/SUV Pads - Designed for heavier vehicles with large brake systems likely to experience higher temperatures that require excellent heat dissipation characteristics.

  • Improved braking over standard replacement pads
  • Smooth engagement
  • Low noise output
  • Low dust output
  • Extended pad life
  • Increased rotor life

Hawk HP Super Duty Pads - Hawk's Super Duty Ferro-Carbon material is engineered for severe-duty professional truck fleets, as well as trucks and SUVs frequently carrying or towing heavy loads. This material offers unmatched performance under high inertia and/or repetitive braking applications.

  • Stable friction output
  • Extremely fade resistant
  • Extended pad life
  • Increased rotor life
  • Much improved braking over O.E. pads

Satisfied Pro SUV Pads - Severe duty semi-metallic disc brake pads that meet the high-heat and high-speed demands of light truck applications, making them ideal for heavy vehicles that also tow.

  • Require less pedal pressure
  • Extend the life of the braking system
  • GridLock Technology to bond the friction material to the backing plate to eliminate torque shear and heat separation
  • 30-Day Satisfaction Pledge

Picking the Best SUV, Crossover and Truck Brake Pads

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Gary Stanley

If you're looking for a premium set of replacement brake pads for your light truck or SUV, then take a look at the Hawk LTS Truck/SUV Pads. Having used them on my own vehicles with good results, I recommend them to family, friends, neighbors and customers.


Key Features & Benefits of Hawk Performance LTS Brake Pads:

  • Improved braking over standard replacement pads
  • Smooth engagement
  • Very fade resistant
  • Low noise output
  • Low dust output
  • Extended pad life
  • Increased rotor life

The Hawk LTS Pads are available for a wide variety of trucks, SUVs and crossovers, including the Chevy Tahoe, Ford F-150 and BMW X5. With a compound that combines the durability of Hawk Performance's commercial fleet products with the elevated stopping power of its performance street and motorsports formulations, these pads are an outstanding choice.

If you own a heavy-duty application such as a fleet or towing vehicle, step up to Hawk HP SuperDuty Pads. Even though these pads will produce more dust, they provide the extra bite you need with excellent high temperature heat dissipation.

Also, brake pads are wear items and as such, should be inspected regularly and replaced as necessary. Pads should be replaced when approximately 1/8th inch of friction material remains on the steel backing plate.

For additional assistance in picking the right brake pad for your vehicle, read "Choosing Brake Components."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Friday, May 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTSReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91

2005 Nissan Pathfinder SE
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Miles driven on tires: 60,000
Location: North Bergen, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 60,000 Miles on Tires
May 02, 2012

I average between 24-30K a year. Anyone near NJ/NYC traffic knows drivers and conditions. I'm not a "crazy road-rager", but I'll admit that I push my cars hard and drive on the faster side. I've driven in "all" but 2 major weather conditions since 2001. It helps to know the tires limits so you have a better reaction to a random and potentially bad situation. Fast or slow you name it, it's likely happened or almost happened to me so avoiding an accident with good performance tires and brakes is a must. I prefer high performance directional tires, but at the time I was on a budget. I also didn't want to get stuck with that whole "well you got what you paid for" scenario, so I called to compare the specs between other tires and costs, etc. Coincidentally the rep I spoke with previously had these same tires on his Cherokee and I was happy with his opinion. OVERALL....60,000+ miles, "my driving" I've been pretty happy. In this SUV these tires have held their own. I won't say where or how fast but whenever I'm on particular roads(dry conditions)in my area I seriously test the "break" or "squeal" limits and I'm still pleasantly surprised. I don't push the limits in bad weather conditions, but again still pleasantly surprised. Next time around I will test out another tire, but I would definitely suggest these for anyone looking for a good quality tire at a lower price......

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A TourReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62

2004 Toyota RAV4 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,153
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,153 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2012

These tire can handle light off-roading with small light weight SUV (<3,500). I drove in Hollister SVRA during rainy weather, it does very well on beginner trail and OK in intermediate trail. I'd never got stuck in mud neither, however, mud will get caught in the threads so be careful.

Highway handling is super and brings confidence, very good road grip. The tires never slipped before in all my time driving. I have driven through highway curves at 60 mph downhill and hardly ever have to hit the brakes.

Excellent on wet roads. I once drove in heavy rain and ran into a large puddle on the interstate at 55 mph. I didn't losses control, but I think I hydroplane a little and scared the crap out of the drivers behind me. The water blinded my windshield for about 2 seconds, it was one -------- of a splash.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Cross Terrain SUV

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Cross Terrain SUVReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.13

2007 Jeep Liberty Limited 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 55,000
Location: Clayton, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 55,000 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2012

These tires were purchased to replace the original set that came on the vehicle. With my acceleration, cornering, and braking habits, I have never gotten more than 36,000 miles from a set of tires. We have always rotated our tires every other oil change (every 7,000 mile). These tires currently have 55,000 miles on them and they look like they will be good for another 10,000. This is the first set of tires I feel I have definitely gotten my money's worth.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact UHP

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact UHPReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38

2004 BMW X3 2.5I
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: MC LEAN, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
July 21, 2011

A great tire for drivers with crossovers and SUVs looking for excellent cornering stability and feel. Excellent feedback to the driver's inputs and predictable handling at the limit, with a progressive breakaway. Although not necessarily the grippiest tire out there, the handling characteristics overall more than make up. These tires handle wet driving conditions easily with excellent hydroplaning resistance even in the heaviest downpour at highway speeds. Stopping distances are very short for those emergency braking maneuvers. Drawbacks? This probably isn't the tire for those looking for ride comfort or all-season capability (it's a summer tire; I don't use it in the winter). On bad pavement, it doesn't absorb imperfections quite as well as less-performance oriented tires and although they're reasonably quiet, they're not the quietest ones out there. But for driving performance and handling, these Continentals are one of the top SUV tires out there.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/TReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82

2007 Honda Pilot EX AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: Marlboro , NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2012

I am a pharmaceutical industry scientist and I write test reports for a living, so excuse me if try to depart from my normal dry and mundane style of writing.

I was hesitant to by A/Ts for my Honda Pilot, this SUV is principally front wheel drive and the rear wheel drive kicks in if the front axle traction slips. I don’t think I have ever seen any Pilot with these tires. Most SUV owners go with the LEs. I really had no good reason to buy A/Ts. I never go off roading, but it is nice to know I can if I want to. I bought these in Nov-2010. We had several blizzards that winter. I noticed that in deep snow and ice the AWD sign did not light up as often on my dashboard as it did with the factory tires, which means the front wheel drive mode was enough for traction even in the worst conditions. I drove my SUV to several places to familiarize myself with the limitations of these tires both in winter conditions and normal conditions. I have driven them to test their limits in all forms of surfaces from ice, snow, gravel, marsh, grass, uphill, downhill and highways.

These tires are by far the best tires I have ever owned. They grab the road like the devil himself. Cornering is exceptional and the overall stability is insane. Braking is on the dime.
I have 22,000 miles on this set and they look about 40% worn so I am guessing I will get a good 40K miles on them. I rotate and balance them every 4K miles without fail. Off course I have to say that the Honda Pilot is an exceptional vehicle and these tires do it justice.
I did go up one size and that may have caused my mileage to drop by about 1 to 3 miles per gallon, but then again higher traction has a price. I ask myself if I had to absolutely stop my vehicle in a hurry what would matter more?

We Can Help You Find the Best Low Rolling Resistance Tire for Your Car

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by Doc Horvath

As gas prices go up, consumers are looking for ways to stretch every dollar and gallon of fuel. Everyone from hybrid car owners like the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid, to larger trucks and SUVs, such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford F-150 are very interested in low rolling resistance tires. 
 

Last summer, Tire Rack tested three eco-focused tires that advertise better fuel economy and all-season capability: the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422, Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, and Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max against a typical passenger car tire, the Yokohama AVID TRZ.  Our testing program includes both dry and wet surface testing on our dedicated test track and a 6.6-mile loop of expressway, state highway and county roads that have a good mix of road conditions that include city and highway speeds, smooth and coarse concrete, as well as new and patched asphalt. Our newest addition to the testing program is an automotive computer tied into the vehicle's electronics that allow us to measure fuel consumption and true distance traveled.
 

During our Real World Road Ride test, the Continental and Bridgestone tires rated best for comfort and low road noise, while the Continental proved to be top-rated in handling, braking and cornering traction. Our computers added a new dimension to the testing by showing the Bridgestone (followed by the Goodyear) as having the best fuel efficiency. 
 

At the end of the test, all four tires proved to be capable and quiet, with the Continental coming out on top by a slim margin over the Yokohama. As always, there are compromises for any model, so be sure to see if small gains in traction or comfort can be offset with improvements in fuel efficiency. For a full test report, review "Eco-Focused All-Season Tires: Do They Deliver on the Promise?"

Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Getting Rave Reviews and Awards!

Monday, March 5, 2012 by Steve Huffman

In 2011, Continental introduced their new Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire, the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology.
 

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is an ecologically friendly option developed to help crossovers, sport utility vehicles and light-duty pickup trucks perform on the highway and in mild off-road conditions. CrossContact LX20 tires are designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces, all while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow.
 

The tire ranked first during our testing and is near the top in our Tire Survey Results. SEMA even awarded the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology as the 2011 winner of the "Best New Tire and Related Product."

Here's a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the tire:

"Since changing to the Continental tire, the road noise has been reduced in the cabin. It is a more comfortable ride than the stock tires and my MPG has increased slightly. I expect it would be greater with some longer trips. I highly recommend these tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

"Great tires. I enjoy driving my Cadillac SRX again. Noise level was substantially reduced." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Cadillac SRX 2WD V8

To see how this Continental tire can benefit your vehicle, watch "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2009 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Standard Suspension
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Miles driven on tires: 2000
Location: Bellevue, WA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2000 Miles on Tires
January 26, 2012

We have put these tires on my wife's BMW Z4, and they utterly transformed the car for the better. When I recently purchased 2009 Mercedes ML350, it needed new tires especially with 28K on the OEMs and 4mm of remaining tread going into winter. I looked around, and once again landed on the Conti DWS, which I find ironic, because other than being German, these cars have nothing in common. Guess what? They are great on an SUV also. In a recent light snow (3-4") they were flawless, no Traction lights coming on even on Seattle's hilly streets. Braking was as much as one could ask, and only when asked to ascend a snow/ice berm of about 8" did I feel the conditions were too much for the tire. I'm beginning to think that unless you autocross, or live on a long muddy road, these may be the only tire anyone ever needs for any passenger car. The only negative, and it's a nit, is that you can feel the more aggressive tread pattern slightly through the steering, but they are no noisier than the highway tread tires. And, at $100 a tire less than Option B, they are a steal. Incredibly highly recommended.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Thursday, February 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43
 
 

2009 Nissan Rogue SL
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Miles driven on tires: 3000
Location: MATTAWAN, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3000 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2011

I just have these tires less than a month but had to use them driving through deep 15' to 20" of snow when traveling to the cabin up North in Michigan the first weekend after mounted on the SUV. We were told to bring shovel but had no problems driving up and down the driveway from main road to cabin all the while scraping off the top layer of snow with the bumper. These tires never hesitated to grip. Also it was remarkable how nice the braking shortened on packed down snow and icy roads. What a difference between these tires and my "All Season" Continentals. I feel they are as good as the Michelin X-Ice 2 in overall performance and the price can;t be beat for the performance received and i like the little stiffer side walls on the DM's compared to the regular car Blizzaks. Great tires in wet also.

 

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT SUVReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.33

2006 BMW X5 4.4i
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Miles driven on tires: 1000
Location: Bloomfield, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1000 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2012

Early days yet, but winter is finally here in Michigan and that's starting to give a sense for the tires. So far, I can say definitively that in cold and dry pavement conditions, these are not as good as summer performance tires in warm weather - duh, right?. But the drop off isn't so much that I can bring myself to care. In cold and wet, performance is just excellent. Noise, not appreciably more than the summer tires. Stable, and comfortable at highway speeds - have done several hundred miles now at 75-85. No wandering, no floating. First major snow was this week - 4" coming down hard, mid-teens temperatures, several hours on unplowed, snow-packed freeways and surface streets. This is the stuff I bought winter tires for, and these were great. Acceleration, braking, cornering all rock solid, stable and safe.

Don't Hibernate Your Camaro

Monday, January 23, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel
The Camaro is definitely one of those cars that everybody seems to love. If you're a Camaro driver who lives up north, you'll need winter / snow tires to keep your vehicle safe. Given the wide variety of Camaro trim levels and drivers' needs, both the Studless Ice and Snow and Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow tire options should be considered.

Winter / Snow Tire Sizes

Depending on your trim level and engine, your Original Equipment tires may have one of the following set-ups: 245/55-18 or 245/50-19 on all four corners, or the staggered set-up of 245/45-20 on the front and 275/40-20 on the rear or 245/40-21 on the front and 275/35-21 on the rear.

If you live in a harsh winter area like Green Bay, Wisconsin that receives lots of snow and you can moderate how hard you drive when the temperatures are warm and the roads are dry, then you should look at 225/65-17 Studless Ice and Snow tires. Camaro SS drivers should consider 235/55-19 Studless Ice and Snow tires since 17" wheels won't clear the O.E. Brembo brakes.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Your Camaro uses a valve-stem-mounted Direct TPMS. O.E. sensors are $50* each and installation is part of our standard mounting and balancing. Your Camaro won't automatically learn the new sensors but you can initialize them yourself by following the instructions in your owner's manual.

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package (Studless Ice and Snow)

A great Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package with a Studless Ice and Snow tire option would be the 225/65-17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 on the 17x8 Moda EB1 at $1,116** plus shipping.

235/65-17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70
225/65-17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
17x8 35mm offset Hyper Silver Moda EB1
17x8 35mm offset Moda EB1

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package (Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow)

A Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package to consider with a Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow tire would be the 245/50-19 Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow on the 19x8.5 Sport Edition WX5 at $1,720** plus shipping.

245/50-19 Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow
245/50-19 Pirelli Scorpion
Ice & Snow
19x8.5 Bright Silver 28mm offset Sport Edition WX5
19x8.5 Bright Silver 28mm offset
Sport Edition WX5

2011 Chevy Camaro Winter FAQ:
  1. The Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow is listed as a Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow tire but you're recommending it for my Camaro, why? Because many of today's full-size sport sedans, muscle cars and sports cars share vehicle platforms with smaller crossover and sport utility vehicles, they also share their tall tire sizes. The Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow was introduced in 2003 with selected sizes for crossover vehicles and smaller SUVs. Then, well before the current Camaro became available for enthusiasts, Pirelli began adding 50-, 45- and 40-series T-, H- and V-speed rated tires in 17", 18", 19" and 20" wheel diameters for higher performance crossover vehicle applications. Pirelli chose to put these sizes into their Scorpion family and by doing so, the Scorpion Ice & Snow line also "crossed over" to be appropriate for many of today's car applications that use tall tire sizes. So while the Scorpion Ice & Snow's tire category may seem unusual for a Camaro, its combination of dimensions, wintertime traction and high speed durability are appropriate.

  2. I have 20" wheels as Original Equipment, can I run 20" winter / snow tires? You can run 20" snow tires but there isn't a matching set in a 245/45-20 front and 275/40-20 rear set-up, so you would have to run 245/45-20 on the front and back.
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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400

Thursday, January 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.8

2011 Toyota Highlander
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Miles driven on tires: 9800
Location: Midland, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 9800 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2011

The Duelers were on my Highlander when I bought it in March. When one tire was punctured by a screw during the summer, I considered replacing the entire set due to the very poor reviews for winter handling, but decided to wait until I could actually test its performance in snow.
This morning (late December)we had rain, turning to light snow. I took the Highlander out onto level streets with only a quarter inch of snow on top of wet/icy pavement. The handling was scarily bad. Even at 10, 15 and 20 mph, the SUV would continue sledding straight ahead for when I braked. I did not feel safe driving over 25 mph even in light snow with these tires, which is unacceptable in this part of Michigan.
I immediately ordered a set of Michelin Latitudes Tour's. I hate spending $1000 on new tires with less than 10,000 miles on the original set, but I feel I am unreasonably risking wrecking a $40,000 vehicle this winter if I continue using the Duelers, which are definitely NOT All-Season tires.

Winter Tire & Wheel Packages for Your BMW X5

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
No mRial Osloatter what you drive, Tire Rack has done the homework necessary to ensure a proper fit for your vehicle when it comes to our Tire & Wheel Packages. 

While some vehicles have many aftermarket wheel and tire options, others are a bit more challenging and require the use of specially selected wheels to clear brake calipers, avoid suspension components and offer a factory style stance. One such vehicle that comes to mind is BMW's X5. This vehicle, especially when equipped with the optional 20" sport package, is notoriously difficult to outfit with all-season or dedicated winter / snow tires. 

Although manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and beginning to offer non-summer X5 tires in the 275/40-20 front and massive 315/35-20 rear sizes, the most popular solution for those looking for the best traction in foul weather is a downsized Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package.

A few wheels, such as the Rial Oslo (pictured) offer enough brake clearance in an 18" size to allow for proper fitment. With wheels such as this, we prefer drivers run a 255/55-18 tire on all four corners. This tire size allows for a wide variety of cost-effective options, maintains the factory rolling diameter and has a better cutting effect on ice and in snow compared to the factory staggered setup. Most often, a Tire & Wheel Package for this SUV in the 18" size costs approximately the same or less than the factory sized tires by themselves.

How do we know which wheels will fit your vehicle? We measure your vehicle's critical components with sophisticated electronic tools that allows our engineers to create extremely accurate drawings of each part. For more information, read "How We Know What Fits."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental 4x4 Contact

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental 4x4 ContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.25

2010 Volkswagen Touareg 2
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Miles driven on tires: 19450
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 19450 Miles on Tires
January 18, 2011

These tires were original equipment on my 2010 Touareg TDI. Drove the car home from the dealer in a big MN winter storm and raved about the new SUV being the most stable and confidence inspiring vehicle I’ve ever driven in snow. Head and shoulders above the Subaru Outback and Honda Pilot, which were both great. Made the RWD BMW 530i I traded in seem like a bad joke (even with Dunlop performance snows). However, this second winter, the Contact 4x4s are down to 6/32 tread depth. They are now treacherous in snow or ice conditions. The advanced 4WD, weight, and traction control of the Touareg help the car launch ok and feel moderately stable underway, but there is huge understeer when turning and nearly zero braking action in anything slippery. In addition, these tires ride hard, and hammer the suspension. Tire wear is unacceptably bad as well. Looking at $1,400 to replace set of tires after less than 20,000 miles. That is 7 cents per mile, or $3.50 worth of tire to go to work and back. Fuel is only $7! Very similar in ride and handling to the Conti Contact CH95 which came standard on BMW sedans for years. Handles ok, and performs fine when new. Decent grip and turn-in in dry conditions. Very poor in snow after a few miles, and tread wear about half of what you expect from a comparable Michelin. Why did you do this to me VW? Why? Planning to go to Michelin Latitude Tour HP for round #2. Wish me luck.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by Doc Horvath
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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

Monday, December 12, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 EcopiaReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.6

2008 Acura MDX
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 40
Location: Southport, NC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 40 Miles on Tires
November 28, 2011

I installed the tires today. It was immediately noticeable that cornering was easier - just driving in the parking lot. This is subjective but the SUV seems to roll easier. Braking seems more responsive. The ride is funny in that it seems smooth but I think I feel road defects through the steering wheel more than before. I drove 40 miles, mostly highway, and I noticed a good improvement in mileage according to the computer. I usually get around 23 on the highway and today it was showing over 26. Road noise was less than before. My previous tires were Bridgestone Dueler 400 H/L and I had 45,000 miles on them.