Winter / Snow Tires for Your 2005-2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE

A few months ago I got to spend a few days behind the wheel of my neighbor's 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE. I'm used to smaller cars like my BRZ, so I wasn't expecting much out of the big SUV. However, I was really impressed with how the Range Rover Sport handled. Are you a Snowbelt driver that's happy with his or her Range Rover Sport but concerned...  Read More

Firsthand Product Review: Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2

Earlier this year, my wife an I set out to purchase a SUV. After driving several different models we decided on a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Having driven on Bridgestone Blizzak tires for years on smaller passenger cars and having tested them multiple seasons during our yearly ice rink tests, I was curious to try out the new Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2....  Read More

Starke Design Wheels: A Great Choice for Porsche Winter Packages

If you own a late-model Porsche and are looking to drive your car or SUV throughout the winter season, this means shedding the dedicated summer tires that these vehicles come with. Should you decide to use a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package as opposed to swapping tires onto your factory wheels, take a look at the Starke Design wheel brand. Designed to...  Read More

All-Terrain Tire Options with a Mountain/Snowflake Symbol

If you're heading into the winter season with your truck or SUV and dedicated snow tires are not an option, you would be well suited to take a look at tires in the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain performance category. These tires offer a significant amount more biting edges compared to a traditional Highway All-Season. The best among these types of all-terrains...  Read More

Getting Ready for Winter 2016: Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

Remember last winter? Will this winter be just as bad? Predictions will be made but nobody really knows. The best course of action is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. There is no simple rule of thumb on whether or not to run winter / snow tires. If you're in a region that normally averages over a foot of snow, you should strongly consider...  Read More

Michelin Latitude Tour HP vs. Michelin Premier LTX

The Latitude Tour HP has been Michelin's premium Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire for many years. This tire made some improvements in road noise and treadwear over the old MIchelin Diamaris tire that it replaced, but still fell short in snow traction versus other competitors such as the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. As...  Read More

Best Tires for Subaru Outback

Since its launch in North America in the late 1990s, the Subaru Outback has seen fantastic sales in several iterations and continues to be one of the most popular wagons on the market today. When those Original eEquipment tires wear out, what do you replace them with? Start by looking at your tire size, then check out which of the tires below will work best...  Read More

All Hail the King: Bridgestone's Blizzak DM-V2 Impresses on the Ice

With a four-wheel drive truck or SUV, you have a notable advantage accelerating in slippery conditions when compared to most passenger cars. However, even the most capable all-wheel drive vehicles shod with all-season tires will find difficulty compared to two-wheel drive passenger vehicles equipped with dedicated winter / snow tires. If you want the absolute...  Read More

First Impressions of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2

Bridgestone has historically lead the way in winter condition traction. The more Mother Nature expresses her fury, the happier Bridgestone's winter tires seem to be. In the crossover, sport utility and small truck markets, the Blizzak DM-V1 has been the go-to tire. This fall brings us the all-new Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2.   We took our SUV test vehicles...  Read More

All-New Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 vs Blizzak DM-V1

Bridgestone winter / snow tires are renowned for their outstanding winter traction. For many years, the Blizzak DM-V1 topped the list of best Studless Ice & Snow tires for light trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles. Its combination of great snow traction, ice traction, wet grip and durability made it the most recommended tire in the category since its...  Read More

Hub Centric vs. Lug Centric Wheel Fitments

"What are these plastic (or metal) rings that came with my wheels?" "Why didn't my wheels come with hub centric centering rings?" The terms "hub centric" and "lug centric" describe the method used to center a wheel on a vehicle's hub to prevent vibration. Most Original Equipment wheels are built with the same centerbore diameter as the hub diameter on the...  Read More

Best Tires for the Mazda CX-5 and CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 and CX-5 are Mazda's mid-sized and full-sized crossover SUVs for the North American market. Despite their roomy interiors, these stylish crossovers have surprisingly nimble handling which makes them fun to drive. When the time comes to choose replacement all-season tires, consider the top tires from the Grand Touring All-Season and Crossover/SU...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Fuzion SUV

The Rogue is used for a daily driver in central Minnesota. We have driven through some deep snow on the gravel roads and always make it home.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar I/T G072

I have driven in terrible winter conditions all across Canada (for 20 plus years) and these tires are by far the best I have ever owned (I am talking SUV driving). From heavy wet snow to hard packed snow in -30 windy conditions, to black ice, to ice....these tires have never let me down. They have been so good, I have rarely had to resort to flipping the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

I would highly recommend this tire for anyone with a midsize SUV or crossover such as our GMC Acadia. The tires ride very smooth on the interstate, very quiet, they give excellent traction in most all conditions. their not as good in the snow as a dedicated snow tire but I'm not going to complain about that; for an all season tire they get plenty of...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier LTX

I was lucky that the new Michelin Premier LTX tires came out in June in for my 2012 Ford Explorer. This is the 3rd set of tires I have put on my car which currently is at 99,500 miles. The first set of Hankook Optimo tires were horribly unsafe and I took them off at 35,000 miles. The next set of Michelin Latitude Tour tires lasted until 98,750 miles but...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

My SUV came with Michelin Primacy MXM4 and my TL Type S has the same tires so I wanted to stay with Michelin. So far I could not be happier with these tires. I can't wait until we get a big snow storm to try them out in deep snow. One thing I did was buy new wheels so I can change the tires myself when the season's change.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

I have had blizzaks on most cars, suv and GT cars. I love them. I have tried Nokian, Good year and others and I keep coming back to them. They are wow... My life and family's life is precious so I am not about to save $ 700 on snow tires. I go to mountains often. here in DEN they dont plow the streets often so I dont want to risk slipping or not grabbing.I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour HP

These are outstanding tires. I have had them for a year on my SUV and driven it 20000 miles. So far I have 7/10 tread remaining on all tires. At this rate I should be able to easily use these tires for another 30K miles. Road handling comfort and traction are superb. This is an excellent product. Do not hesitate to purchase.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour HP

These are the tires that came with the new car and I will not repurchase them. Normally Michelin has a good product that lasts but I will need to replace them because half way through the tread life the do not handle well in the snow and ice. Our SUV is all over the road with these. We get lots of snow and it melts quickly in Boston's west suburbs. We also...  Read More