Best Tires for the Toyota Highlander

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by Gary Stanley

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 top picks that work well for each generation:

2001-2007 Toyota Highlander

Firestone Destination LE 2
Firestone Destination LE 2
Michelin LTX M/S2
Michelin LTX M/S2


The Michelin LTX M/S2 and Firestone Destination LE2 are the top two tires in our Highway All-Season category, and for good reason. Both tires offer a smooth and quiet ride, with excellent traction in all conditions. Firestone's Destination LE 2 is also designed to combine a long wear with a comfortable ride. Its internal structure features twin steel belts reinforced with spirally wrapped nylon to provide strength, uniformity and durability on top of a polyester cord body to help cushion the ride. Destination LE 2 tires come with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty.

Compared to the original LTX M/S, the Michelin LTX M/S2 is an evolution in looks...and a leap forward in performance. It molds a long wearing, silica-enhanced, all-season compound into a tread profile that features Michelin's MaxTouch Construction to produce a contact patch that promotes reliable traction with long wear by evenly distributing acceleration, braking and cornering forces. The tire is offered with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty.

2008-2013 Toyota Highlander

Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus
Technology
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
Alenza


Both the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza rank near the top of the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category. The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is a relatively new tire, but initial customer feedback and testing data show it to be a top contending tire. This ecologically friendly tire performs on the highway, as well as in mild off-road conditions. Designed to enhance driving pleasure, the tire saves fuel and maintains grip when braking on wet surfaces while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow.

Bridgestone's Dueler H/L Alenza has been a reliable favorite for many years and is consistently praised for its smooth and quiet ride, as well as great wet traction and wear. The tire provides elegance with an edge, along with year-round traction, even in light snow. Featuring Bridgestone's UNI-T technology takes the tire's behavior to a higher level by increasing comfort and control, in order to further enhance wet traction over the life of the tire.

Shop by vehicle to view all tire options available for your Toyota Highlander.

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

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT SUV Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8
 
 

2010 Toyota 4Runner V6
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Location: Lake Arrowhead, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
December 30, 2012

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 to ascend. These tire excel going up it whether there is snow, slush or ice.. Even more important IMO is the braking power. I'd say they offer about 20% more than the awesome Scorpians and Blizzaks. That's saying something. They corner extremely well on freshpak and moderately hardpack snow. Frankly, these tires make the 4Runner run on ice and snow like a winter beast. I can pull up to stop signs quickly, stop without sliding when other cars slip a few feet or more. If you want to regain some of the control you lose in the winter, these are the tires for you. BTW, these are the upgrade size for the 4Runner Limited. They look better, offer more road contact and only change your speedometer 1 MPH at 50 MPH because they are almost the exact same diameter.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55

2011 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Location: Boston, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
December 16, 2012

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 80's (Conti Contacts back then). I am absolutely amazed that winter tire technology has advanced this far! I would say our FWD car with the Michelin X-Ice XI2's equal the snow traction of our 4WD with All Season/Highway tires (Yokohama Geolander HT/S) and EXCEEDS our 4WD in lateral roadholding AND braking, which I guess is what they're designed for. I'm so impressed that I will even consider outfitting my 4WD vehicles with Winter tires from now on. Except for ground clearance in very deep snow, you almost don't need an SUV anymore for on road winter driving. I'm equally amazed at how compliant the tires are on dry roads and how quiet they are on the highway. Last year about this time when I had these tires and wheels mounted for the first time, I was astounded how they were immediately more comfortable and grippier than the stock tires in the cold. I did minus 1 rim size and two sizes down in width, 215/55-17 to 205/65-16. The sales pitch is that winter tires give you an advantage in every condition below 45 degrees F, which seemed like a bold claim. After 1 winter, I'm convinced. Just mounted them yesterday for winter #2. Nice job Michelin and GREAT job Tire Rack for assembling the data, surveys and tests that convinced me. The way I figure it, if these tires save me even one accident, they pay for themselves. Toward the end of last winter a woman in a mini van spun out in front of me on a four lane divided 40mph road. She instantly was a spinning top across both lanes of the curve. I just came to a quick controlled stop on the curve and put my flashers on to alert other drivers. All Paid for.

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Gary Stanley

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 further from the truth! The extra traction of four winter tires putting power to the ground is quite obvious in acceleration and cornering. 

Most four-wheel drive owners don't have a problem with getting the vehicle going. An all-wheel drive vehicle equipped with good all-season tires can usually start moving without getting stuck. However, braking is another story.  

A four-wheel drive vehicle with all-season tires can accelerate quicker than a two-wheel drive vehicle in slippery conditions. While this sounds like a good thing, it offers no advantage to braking and can create over confidence. In fact, most four-wheel drive vehicles are actually heavier and take longer to stop in slippery conditions than their two-wheel drive counterparts. A good set of dedicated snow tires make a big difference in braking during winter conditions.  

As illustrated above, you can see how much of a difference winter / snow tires can make in braking, even if you have a 4WD SUV. It could be the difference between rear ending another car at an intersection (or worse). 

I've owned a traditional four-wheel drive SUV (Toyota Land Cruiser) and went from Bridgestone's Dueler A/T REVO 2 all-terrain tires to Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires. Even though the all-terrain tires were quite good in snow, I can tell you from experience that there was quite a difference going to the Blizzaks, especially during braking.  

On my Audi A4, an all-wheel drive sedan, I had the same experience when going from all-season Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires to the Bridgestone Blizzak WS series of tires. The same results applied on my crossover SUV, a Mazda CX-7, when I installed a set of Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1. All three upgrades were on different types of four-wheel drive systems on very different vehicles and all showed the same result: winter / snow tires make a huge difference.

While shopping for winter tires, consider creating a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package to make the changeover even easier!

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

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

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 Sweden the past few winters to find out. Below are brief recaps of five different all-season categories and how certain tires performed during our time near the Arctic Circle.

Ultra High Performance All-Season Test

In comparing the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position, Continental ExtremeContact DWS, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus and Pirelli PZero Nero All Season we found the Continental ExtremeContact DWS to perform best in the snow with the Pirelli finishing a close second. On ice, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus led the way with Continental's ExtremeContact DWS and Pirelli's PZero Nero All Season coming in next. Bridgestone's Potenza RE970AS Pole Position trailed the others by a fair margin. Complete test results can be found here.

Eco-Focused All-Season Test

When driving on the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422, Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max and Yokohama AVID TRZ we found the Goodyear and Bridgestone options to be tops in the snow and on ice. Goodyear's Assurance Fuel Max delivered impressive results, especially under braking. Yokohama AVID TRZ tires were competitive, but showed lower overall snow traction than the other three tires.

High Performance All-Season Test

The Dunlop SP Sport Signature, Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS and Goodyear Eagle GT all offered decent snow and ice performance. The fourth tire in the test, the Yokohama AVID ENVigor, couldn't match the others on both surfaces. It provided a considerably lower level of acceleration, braking and cornering traction. To see how Dunlop's aggressive tread pattern paid a dividend in the snow, read "Testing High Performance All-Season Tires."

Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Test

Amongst the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia, Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and the Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max, the Bridgestone did the best in the snow with the Goodyear coming in next. When it came to braking on the ice, Goodyear's Assurance CS Fuel Max edged out the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. The Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology was fairly easy to control, but showed somewhat lower overall traction than the other two.

Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season Introductory Comparison Test

In assessing the General AltiMAX HP, Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season, Hankook Optimo H727 and Michelin HydroEdge with Green X, the Hankook Optimo H727 performed the best in snow and on ice. It was rather impressive in the snow, delivering very good overall traction and predictable handling. To view results from our test, take a look at "Testing the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season."

Best Affordable Winter / Snow Tires

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Gary Stanley

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.  

 

 

 

 

 


During our testing at a local ice rink, we wanted to see how much of a difference winter tires make in winter conditions. As illustrated in the photo above, you can see winter / snow tires allow you to stop sooner when braking on ice. It could be the difference between rear ending another car at an intersection or stopping safely with room to spare. You'll also feel much more confident and in control of your vehicle when driving on snow- and ice-covered roads. To see the difference winter tires made at the ice rink compared to summer and all-season tires, read "Testing on Ice: Winter / Snow vs. All-Season vs. Summer Tires."

When looking for a value-priced winter / snow tire, consider the following three options:

Continental Extreme Winter Contact
Continental
ExtremeWinterContact
Dunlop Graspic DS3
Dunlop Graspic
DS-3
General Altimax Arctic
General AltiMAX
Arctic


The Dunlop Graspic DS-3 is a Studless Ice & Snow tire that delivers maximum winter traction without using metal studs. It uses Dunlop's Digital Rolling Simulation II technology (computer-enhanced design) and premium tread compounding to deliver wintertime traction in snow and on ice.

Continental's ExtremeWinterContact tire is developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans and crossovers, as well as, passenger-oriented light-duty trucks and SUVs looking for traction on winter's slushy, snow-covered and icy roads. This tire delivers serious performance in winter weather conditions.

AltiMAX Arctic tires from General are a Studdable Winter / Snow option that receives high marks from our customers in the light snow traction, deep snow traction and ice traction categories. Molded to accommodate the use of optional metal studs, AltiMAX Arctic tires meet the industry's severe snow service requirements and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol.

Don't wait too long to order. Many value-priced winter / snow tires sell out quickly. 

Best Tire Options for Tahoes, Yukons and Escalades

Friday, November 9, 2012 by Steve Huffman

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 vehicles, many owners are looking for the best tire selection for their vehicle. Take a look at the following options when considering tire replacements for your Tahoe, Yukon or Escalade:

Bridgestone's Dueler H/L Alenza is the Original Equipment tire on most of these SUVs. This Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire is a very good option and I would continue to recommend it as a replacement option. It rides very nicely, offers good all-season traction and provides good treadlife. Designed to provide elegance with an edge, the tire has been ride and noise tuned to enhance comfort.

Another good option for these trucks is the new Michelin LTX M/S2. If you consider yourself a "Michelin Man", than this is your tire. This latest Highway All-Season radial from the French tire maker offers a very smooth ride and has the best all-season traction according to our most recent survey results. The LTX M/S2 molds a long wearing, silica-enhanced, all-season compound into a tread profile featuring Michelin's MaxTouch Construction to produce a contact patch that promotes reliable traction and long wear by evenly distributing acceleration, braking and cornering forces. Compared to the original LTX M/S, the LTX M/S2 is an evolution in looks and a leap forward in performance.

Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza
Bridgestone Dueler
H/L Alenza
Michelin LTX M/S 2
Michelin LTX
M/S2
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20
with EcoPlus Technology


If you're looking for a tire with good value, then consider the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. The tire is a favorite among our customers as it is currently ranked number one in our Tire Survey Results for Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires. It's also engineered to help you improve your fuel efficiency and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow. For more information about EcoPlus Technology, read "Continental Tire EcoPlus+ Technology, EcoPlus or 'E' Symbol."

When your Tahoe, Yukon or Escalade is in need of new tires, consider these options or shop by vehicle to find the tire that's best for your driving style.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71

2010 Lexus IS 350 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Little Rock, AR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
November 03, 2012

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 give them a shot. This tire matches ever postitive review you read about it on Tire Rack. Very confident handling and braking on wet roads or in a down pour. This tire is extremley quiet and smooth. Even my wife noticed the huge difference. I'm not sure of snow or ice yet, so I will report back later on that. I love these tires so much I wish they they had them in a size big enough for my SUV. You can't go wrong with this tire.

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

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT SUVReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91

2006 Honda Ridgeline
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Driving Condition: Average

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October 21, 2012

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.

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages for Your Subaru Outback

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

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 vehicle stability control make the car easier to drive in winter weather but none of these provide more traction. These systems only limit engine power and braking force -- you're still ultimately limited by the amount of grip you have from your tires. Although the Outback comes with a sophisticated AWD system to keep the vehicle moving forward in slippery conditions, when it comes to stopping and steering you still depend on your tires to provide the level of traction needed to keep safe on the road.

Most Subaru Outback models can use a 16" Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. This is usually the most attractive route as it allows you to use a dedicated winter tire mounted to an inexpensive black steel wheel. For example, for the 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i I would recommend using the 225/65R16 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 or Continental ExtremeWinterContact mounted to the 16x6.5" black steel wheel. Tire Pressure Monitors Systems can also be added if you wish. If the wheels and tires are purchased at the same time, we'll also provide Hunter Road Force balancing for free.  

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak
WS70
Continental ExtremeWinterContact
Continental ExtremeWinterContact
Black Steel Wheel
Black Steel
Wheel


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The New Low Rolling Resistance Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

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 drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans and small crossover vehicles looking for year-round traction, handling and comfort with reduced environmental impact. Ecopia EP422 tires also help enhance fuel economy by reducing tire rolling resistance along with the vehicle's carbon dioxide (C02) emissions while delivering year-round, all-season traction, even in light snow.

This tire, which has been highly rated by consumers, seems to work well as a competitively priced Grand Touring All-Season. The tire features a symmetrical tread pattern, which I favor over others due to its rotational ability and likeliness to generate less noise as the tire wears. See what drivers are saying about the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 and why it's well received by our customers:

"A fantastic, inexpensive tire. Tires are quiet, have great traction and help deliver great mileage. I have experienced no problems in highway driving, turning or braking. They are so good I will probably get them for my compact SUV. I could not be happier with these tires, especially considering the price." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2010 Toyota Prius IV

"I would give these tires a 9.5/10 on all counts. Quiet, smooth, brakes well on dry and wet surfaces. The cornering is good given the size and suspension of the car. I also put these tires on a 2009 Scion xB and the wear on both cars has been excellent. I have the tires rotated and alignment checked every oil change. I highly recommend the Ecopia tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review 2007 Toyota Avalon XLS

"My Jetta drives like a different car since the switch from the stock Bridgestone tires. Much quieter and more comfortable ride and feels more stable over rough surfaces. Highway fuel economy has increased from a range of 42-44 MPG to a range of 44-47 MPG. Traction in heavy traffic at 65-75 mph in a heavy downpour was impressive considering the obvious hydroplaning other vehicles were experiencing (I pulled out of traffic as soon as I found a diner and waited for the rain to let up). -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L

Available in 32 sizes ranging from 15"-18" this tire is designed to fit the needs of most light duty passenger vehicles and select SUVs. 

 

 

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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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
Pads
Hawk HP Super Duty Brake Pads
Hawk HP Super Duty Brake Pads
Satisfied Pro SUV Pad
Satisfied Pro SUV
Pads

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?