Continental's WinterContact SI Enters the Starting Lineup

In "Winter is Coming: What Winter Tire is Best For You? Part 1", we discussed some of the best options in the Studless Ice & Snow category. Two of the best tires in the category are offerings from Bridgestone and Michelin. No other manufacturers were really able to compete with these two juggernauts for snow and ice traction, leaving a distinct second tier....  Read More

Best All-Terrain Tires for the Money

Here at Tire Rack, we often encounter customers who are looking for some aggressive tires that perform well on the mud trails, yet won't rattle the teeth off their mouth on the highway. By now you have probably figured that choosing tires involves a certain degree of give and take - you can't have the most grip and high mileage at the same time. Granted,...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for Your Second-Generation (2005-2015) Toyota Tacoma

Over the last several years I've switched vehicles a few times, but have always held on to my solid 2008 Toyota Tacoma 2WD Regular Cab. It's a simple truck with a five-speed on the floor, cloth seats and crank windows, yet nothing is more dependable. Being only 2WD instead of 4WD, it's got one major weakness - it's intrinsically bad in snow. Rear-wheel...  Read More

Looks With Performance to Match

Few names in the tire industry conjure up as many images of high-performance driving like BFGoodrich. With a racing pedigree that reads like the world's coolest resume, there are few companies that understand performance better. With their most recent entry into the Ultra-High Performance All-Season category, the g-Force COMP-2 A/S, BFGoodrich engineers...  Read More

Winter Driving Tips From a Tire Expert

This is a photo of my driveway in South Bend, Indiana a few years ago after making one pass with my snow thrower. Every snow storm doesn't produce results quite this dramatic, but given our location near Lake Michigan, my local area can receive quite a bit of snow each season due to a combination of lake-effect snow storms and system snow. In my twenty years...  Read More

Ultimate Winter Performance From Your Nissan Altima

Are you enthused about your new Altima, but worried how it will do in the snow? No need to worry, a set of winter / snow tires can have your Altima ready to tackle any condition Mother Nature throws your way. Winter / Snow Tire Category If you haven't done so, please review our winter / snow tire overview. If you want the best packed snow and ice grip and...  Read More

You Have a Bubble in Your Tire. What Now?

There are three main causes of tire failure: a manufacturer defect, damage due to overloading/underinflation or a road hazard occurrence (punctures, potholes, etc.). Tire technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the last several decades, so it comes with no surprise that the latter two causes account for the vast majority of tire failure incidents....  Read More

Best All-Season Honda Accord Tires

The ninth-generation Honda Accord introduced for model year 2013 has been a perennial favorite with many American sedan buyers. The popularity of this car platform naturally results in a lot of inquiries regarding what the best replacement tire may be. Many drivers request a tire that features good snow traction. Since snow is the most difficult surface to...  Read More

Firestone's Destination LE 2 is Tried and True

When it comes to buying tires for half-ton pickups and SUVs, we all want the best. We also want to have the best at a great price. Getting customers the best value is a very important part of our job. Few tires better illustrate this concept of value better than the Firestone Destination LE 2.   The LE 2 consistently ranks in the top five in our customer...  Read More

Test Video of the Run-Flat Bridgestone DriveGuard in Sweden

The appeal of run-flat tiresis quite understandable. Getting a flat tire is always inconvenient, but it can be especially distressing in situations with poor weather, when a tire fails on a high traffic highway or in an unsafe area. It's easy to imagine multiple situations where having a tire that can still be driven 50 miles after air pressure loss would be...  Read More

The Revolutionary Bridgestone DriveGuard

 If there is one single thing about tires that seems to unite consumers almost unanimously, is people's dislike of the ride quality of run-flat tires. Surely, the technology has its advantages, like the ability to drive the vehicle to safety up to 50 miles at 55 mph. In addition, some vehicles don't come from factory with a spare tire, which makes a run-flat...  Read More

Best All-Season Tires for the Best-Selling Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has been the best -selling passenger car in the United States for years. It only stands to reason that a lot of people are looking for advice on what to buy for their next tire. The typical top requirements tend to be snow traction, longevity and ride quality.   Keep in mind there are a number of different size options used on the Camry....  Read More

Ice Traction Comparisons Between All-Season and Winter Tires

Did you know a set of dedicated winter tires provide better traction on snow-covered roads, hard packed snow and ice compared to all-season tires?     Icy roads are very slick indeed, but there is still some useful traction to be found with the proper tires. Top tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category such as the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 and Michelin X-Ice...  Read More

If You Struggle With Winter, Consider a Tire & Wheel Package

Folks in the northern part of the United States can attest to the headache of driving during the winter months. As treacherous as driving in those conditions can be, kids still have to go to school, errands have to be run and jobs tended to. Driving in winter conditions is all about confidence. Recent advancements in vehicle stability technology have allowed...  Read More

Tire Rack's Free Road Hazard: The Best Deal in the Tire Business

As of September 18th 2014, Tire Rack offers free Tire Road Hazard Program on most passenger tires we sell. This is an incredible value at no cost. Every year it seems we get several calls from customers that had a run in with a pothole and came out on the other side with sidewall bubbles or maybe even a complete blowout.  This is always a frustrating...  Read More

Top Crossover and SUV Tires Tested in the Snow

Sport utility and crossover vehicles are a very popular segment of the automotive market, often sought after for their ability to safely transport people and their gear in comfort. Many of them feature all-wheel drive for easier driving in inclement weather conditions. However, even sophisticated traction control and all-wheel drive systems cannot create...  Read More

Better Priced Options for the 19" Equipped Ford Escape

Some of the newer Ford Escape models are arriving on dealer's showroom floors installed with tire size 235/45R19. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of options in that size and they tend be on the higher side of the price scale. There is hope out there though. We have found an alternate size that offers more choices and has a lower price. This alternate...  Read More

Flower Wheels for Your Volkswagen Beetle

By a show of hands, okay, maybe comments, who hasn't seen the Daisy wheel? It's a pretty good bet that most of us have seen this particular aftermarket wheel at one time or another, and with very good reason. Designed to fit the 1998-2010 "new" Volkswagen Beetle (among some other VW models), the Sport Edition Daisy has easily become one of our most popular...  Read More

Hawk LTS Pads and Centric Rotors are a Great Combination!

Looking for a new set of brakes? If you're looking to replace with OEM quality parts or upgrade your vehicle's brakes, Hawk and Centric are a great combination for most vehicles. I recently helped a friend install a set of Hawk LTS brake pads and Centric Plain 120 Series rotors on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport with a suspension lift and 35x12.50R17...  Read More

Loving Your New Jeep Renegade? Don't Let a Little Snow Ruin Your Fun!

Love your Jeep Renegade but concerned about how it will do in the snow? No worries, we've got your back with Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages that will keep your Renegade rolling.  Winter / Snow Tire Category Given the Jeep Renegade's emphasis on go-anywhere traction as opposed to go-as-fast-as-you-can on asphalt emphasis, most Renegade drivers would be...  Read More