Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Perhaps the best set of tires I've had on an SUV. Yesterday was this first I've had them out in any type of snow or slippery conditions and I must say I am impressed. They seemed very good in the snow and slush and refrozen ice on the roads. I was able to engage the antilock brakes but only because I was actually trying; under normal driving I doubt the ABS...  Read More

Best All-Season Tires for Winter

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,...  Read More

Which Tire Can Make Your SUV Handle Like a Car?

While most SUV owners appreciate the added space and "go anywhere" capability of their vehicles, the high speed handling of most SUVs can often leave enthusiastic drivers wanting more. Bridgestone, Continental, Pirelli and others have developed Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires in popular SUV sizes which fit this bill. The new Bridgestone Dueler H/P...  Read More

Best Brake Rotors for Import Cars

For many drivers, a vehicle's braking system is not something they think about much until the vehicle starts to have problems. The most common problems with brakes are typically brake pad noise and brake pedal vibration. Both of these issues can be linked to worn out brake pads or brake rotors. For recommendations on new brake brake pads, read "Picking the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera TripleTred

I purchased these to replace the OEM Goodyear Integra, which were average but slippery. I had hydroplaning issues with those and slid on acceleration from stops on wet pavement. However, these Fortera TripleTreds are AWESOME. I need a good all-weather tire for my Pilot that I could use in bad weather at high speed on the German autobahn. I put them on in...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60

My second set of Blizzak's had my first set with my Tiburon. We got a mild snow here early and the regular tires on the Genesis were already spinning like crazy. I knew I was going to need snow tires in the New England winter so I went ahead and bought Blizzaks once again Tire Rack beat everyone else's prices by a mile actually coming in at $300 less...  Read More

Best Tires for the Toyota Highlander

Since its introduction in the United States in 2001, the Toyota Highlander has been a popular luxury SUV/CUV. The second generation of the vehicle was introduced in 2008 and has continued to be a great choice for many drivers. Given the popularity of the Toyota Highlander, I'm often asked about what replacement tires are best for the vehicle. Below are my...  Read More

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

size=275 55 20 I've run Pirelli Scorpians, Bridgestone Blizzaks before and they are great winter tires. These Ultra Grip Ice tires are even better. They outperform the Scorps and Biizzaks at all levels on my 4Runner. The real test locally is Daley Canyon Rd. A grade that starts from 5,350' to 6,000' in about 1/2 mile. It's a hard incline in the snow and ice...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

After over 15 years of exclusively 4WD vehicles we finally added a FWD family sedan. As we bought the car in the fall, I used Tire Rack's database to check the winter-worthiness of our OEM tires. The red and yellow winter ratings made me decide that we needed a second set of wheels with Winter tires mounted, just like I used to do with my sports cars in the...  Read More

Do I Really Need Winter / Snow Tires on a Four-Wheel Drive Vehicle?

Every winter season I'm asked, "Do I need winter tires on my four-wheel drive vehicle?" Your four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle can indeed see a significant benefit by installing a set of winter / snow tires.  It's a common misconception that a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle will not see much benefit from winter tires. This couldn't be...  Read More

Lessons Learned at the Arctic Circle: Testing All-Season Tires

For optimum snow grip, nothing compares to dedicated winter / snow tires. But, what if you live on the edge of the Snowbelt and need to run one set of tires year-round? Then you're better served by purchasing a set of all-season tires with decent light snow capability.  How do different all-season tires perform in the snow? Our test team has traveled to...  Read More

Best Affordable Winter / Snow Tires

The latest and greatest technology in winter / snow tires is found in options such as the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3. However, they can be priced higher than other winter tires with different technology. Even the most inexpensive winter tires will offer a noticeable improvement in snow and ice traction compared to all-season tires.            ...  Read More

Best Tire Options for Tahoes, Yukons and Escalades

General Motors' best-selling full-size SUVs are all based from the same platform. These vehicles include the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and the Cadillac Escalade. There are many basic similarities between these three vehicles, including tires. The current generation of these three SUVs either came with a 17", 18" or 20" tire. Given the popularity of these...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

The OEM Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02 are THE worst tire I have ever driven on. Hardly any traction in rain, my wife was afraid to drive the car in the rain or on wet roads. Dry traction was marginal with a harsh and noisy ride. That being said, I was hesitant to buy another set of Bridgestones. I read the reviews and the test on the RE970AS so I decided to...  Read More

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

Live in Canada and see a lot of snow and ice. These are the tires for those conditions. The improved braking in ice is great.   Read More

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages for Your Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback is known as one of the most versatile vehicles on the market today. It combines everyday drivability, SUV cargo space and all-wheel-drive capability. But even the Outback can be stopped by winter weather because electronic drivers aid and AWD systems aren't enough to tackle what winter has to offer.  Anti-lock brakes, traction control and...  Read More

The New Low Rolling Resistance Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Designed with fuel economy in mind, the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 reduces the amount of resistance to the road surface for a smooth ride and cost savings at the pump. While I have never been a fan of promising huge mileage bumps, the change of even one mile per gallon can offer a significant savings over the tires' life.  The Ecopia EP422 is developed for the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

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...  Read More

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

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...  Read More

The Best Brake Pads for Your Light Truck or SUV

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...  Read More