Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Replaces DZ101

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Dunlop recently replaced the popular (but aging) Direzza DZ101. The new model, Direzza DZ102, retains a similar sporty look to the DZ101 while providing enhanced performance. The DZ102 keeps a similar price-point, making it a very good option for drivers seeking an affordable performance tire.

Direzza DZ102 tires combine sleek styling and impressive handling to deliver head-turning performance in warm, dry and wet conditions. It features a specially formulated Silicarbon Matrix compound (combines silica and carbon black) to enhance traction. This compound is molded into a directional tread design featuring broad shoulder blocks and three notched central ribs to promote responsive handling and stable cornering.

While we haven't tested this tire yet, the initial reviews look good. Take a look at what one customer writes:

"So far I think they are great, road noise is comfortable and what I expected coming from the DZ101. Going through turns I felt the sidewalls held up nicely, the ride was very compliant and felt precise to me. Bottom line, I would recommend them to a friend."

Be on the look for upcoming test results to see how this tire compares to other options in the Ultra High Performance Summer category.

The General AltiMax RT43 is Leading Its Class

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

General has hit a home run with their AltiMAX RT43. Although fairly new to the market, this tire has already received great feedback from our customers. The most positive comments have focused around the great ride quality, quietness, wet traction and all-season capability.

Strong all-season capability and a comfortable ride is due to the tire's Twin Cushion Silica Tread Compound that places a high-density all-season compound up top with a low-density foundation compound underneath. A symmetrical tread design helps keep noise down and allows for unlimited rotation options. General’s Anti-Slip Sipe Design Technology increases the number of biting edges to enhance traction on slippery roads. Another great feature is General's Low Surface Abrasion Technology which helps reduce tread distortion as the tire rolls. This results in less road abrasion and ultimately promotes longer, more even treadlife.

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the General AltiMAX RT43:

"I put these tires on because the lightness of the rear of the truck made it slip and slide and break loose on corners when the road was slick. That's all gone now. The unique tread design includes little fish hook like cuts which attracted me to the tread design. My choice was justified. Even with light snow on the roads, I have a confident feeling of total control. I'm telling everyone who will listen what I think of these tires. I will buy them for my other vehicle when it becomes necessary." -- Tire Rack Customer Review, 2001 Toyota Tacoma 2wd

"I drive about 100,000 miles a year. These tires have 60,000 miles on them now. This car has driven all over this region of the U.S. The General AltiMAX RT43 is EXCELLENT in every weather situation I have been in. The tires look to have about 5/32" of tread depth remaining. I rotate them every 10,000 miles. They are very comfortable, handle great, don't hydroplane, are great in the snow and on ice. Absolutely the best "budget" tire I have ever had. I will take these over the Goodyear and Michelin tires I have had any day. I really recommend these tires to anyone." - Tire Rack Customer Review, 2007 Honda Civic EX Sedan

The General AltiMAX RT43 is available in H-, V- and T-speed ratings. Shop by vehicle and see if this great tire is available for your application today!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, March 17, 2014 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.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2001 BMW 740i Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Maspeth, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2014

Best tires for summer I've ever had . Looking for more promotions/ discounts to use on all my vehicles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 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 Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.33
 
 

1993 Jeep Wrangler
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Miles driven on tires: 10
Location: Pomona, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10 Miles on Tires
February 11, 2014

I was told that excessive noise, and hard ride would be evident- WRONG!!!, my ride is smooth, and no noise what so ever, on the road. I am so stoked with these tires, and my club buddies are jealous! I just wish I had received decals, to promote these baby`s. Tires are installed on my Jeep rock crawler.

Our Customers Have Rated the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus the Best Grand Touring All-Season Tire

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Our most recent customer survey results have placed the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus as the highest-rated Grand Touring All-Season tire. Grand Touring All-Season tires place an emphasis on providing a luxurious smooth, quiet and comfortable ride while maintaining an optimal amount of traction in inclement weather.

 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All  Season Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus
 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All  Season Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus


Developed to be environmentally friendly, Pirelli’s EcoImpact icons confirm the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus’ contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air, low noise and long wear. Designed to be driven in diverse weather conditions, the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus features lower weight, less rolling resistance and reduced noise while enhancing wet braking and year-round traction, even in light snow.

Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tires use a tread compound that features low oil and high-silica content to reduce braking distances and rolling resistance. This compound is molded into an asymmetric tread design that blends dry handling with wet road and wintertime traction. A continuous outboard shoulder promotes steering response while the pitch sequencing and phasing of multiple inboard tread block sizes reduce pattern noise. Four wide circumferential grooves help evacuate water to increase hydroplaning resistance while engineered lateral and longitudinal sipes increase the number of biting edges to enhance wet road and wintertime traction.

To improve high-speed durability, handling ride quality and wear, the tire’s internal structure features twin, lightweight steel belts reinforced by variable-tension spirally wrapped polyamide. The tire features a progressively flexible sidewall to cut down on deformation and unnecessary dispersal of energy, thereby reducing rolling resistance.

If you drive a luxury touring vehicle and would like a smooth and quiet tire with great grip, consider the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus.

Pirelli's New Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

The newest edition to Pirelli's Grand Touring All Season line-up is their Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. Pirelli designed the tire for drivers of touring and luxury cars that seek predictable handling, a comfortable ride and all-season traction. Their low oil and high silica tread compound helps enhance wet and all-season traction throughout the life of the tire. An Ecolmpact icon identifies the tire as a low rolling resistance option, as well as environmentally friendly.

Molded into an asymmetrical tread design, the P7 All Season Plus drives quietly and can be rotated easily. Its outboard shoulder helps promote crisp steering response without the noise. The four circumferential grooves help evacuate water quickly to increase wet traction and reduce hydroplaning. Low rolling resistance is achieved by a progressively flexible sidewall to cut down on deformation and unnecessary dispersal of energy, thereby reducing rolling resistance.

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus:

"This tire has amazed me since it was installed. Immediately, I noticed a difference in decreased road noise and increased ride comfort. It has been a great tire while driving in heavy rain and when taking corners.Thank you, Pirelli!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

"Fantastic tire. These tires are fantastic on wet roads. On dry roads, the response is great and the road noise is minimal. 100% recommend!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Mazda MAZDA6 5-Door i Touring

To see how the tire performed on our test track, read "Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge."

Is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology the Best Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire? Our Customers Think So!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The main concern of many crossover and SUV customers is traction, treadlife and road noise, not always in that order. Continental's CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is a tire that rates highly in all of these key areas.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, currently ranked first in our survey results, is Continental's ecologically friendly Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire developed to help crossovers, sport utility vehicles and light-duty pickup trucks perform on the highway and in mild off-road conditions. It's designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces, while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow.

 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


Continental uses an all-season tread compound featuring their Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. The compound is molded into a symmetric tread design with notched outboard shoulders, independent intermediate tread blocks and continuous center ribs to blend on-road steering response and straight-line stability with reduced noise and enhanced ride comfort. Four circumferential grooves enhance wet traction while Continental’s Traction Grooves (featuring ridges in the outboard grooves) promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow traction.

To view the performance ratings for the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, take a look at "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire."

Hankook Ventus S1 noble2: Great Performance at a Value Price

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Ventus S1 noble2 is the newest Ultra High Performance All-Season tire offered from Hankook and a recent Tire Rack test showed the tire to be one of the best in its performance category. In our test, "Testing Value-Priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires," the Ventus S1 noble2 proved to be a top performer in key areas like ride comfort, road noise and wet traction. We compared Firestone's Firehawk Wide Oval AS, the General G-MAX AS-03, Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2.

 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2


The Ventus S1 noble2 (H452) is developed for drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans looking to combine on-road performance with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Designed to provide Hankook's ideal ultra high performance all-season balance, the Ventus S1 noble2 blends handling and cornering performance with all-season traction, even in light snow.

Ventus S1 noble2 tires use hybrid compound technology silica that combines wet road traction with lower rolling resistance and longer treadlife. This compound is molded into a sophisticated semi-rib asymmetric tread design that features notched outboard shoulders, intermediate and center ribs to deliver responsive handling and stable cornering in dry conditions. Four circumferential grooves and inboard Aqua Hydro Block technology provide efficient wet traction and braking. Carving edge grooves and 3D sipes promote wet road and wintertime traction without abandoning dry road response and handling.

If you're looking to get the most tire for your money, the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 is definitely a great performing tire at a value price.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP Offered for Your C6 and C7 Corvette

Monday, December 30, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport was the tire that set the bar for all other Max Performance Summer tires upon its introduction. Never before could a tire from this performance category give you such excellent grip in the dry and wet, and wear about 30% longer than its leading competitors, while also giving you a smooth and quiet ride. This tire can do it all and the Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP (Zero Pressure) is now the Original Equipment (O.E.) tire on the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. 

The C7 Stingray's tire sizes overlap with the previous generation C6 Corvette, and according to Michelin, the new Pilot Super Sport ZP can be installed on C6 model Corvettes when installed in sets of four. This run-flat version of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport adds the initials "ZP," which designates the tire as Zero Pressure or run-flat capable. Michelin's Zero Pressure Technology reinforces sidewalls by adding run-flat inserts that allow tires to temporarily carry the weight of the vehicle in the event a puncture results in complete loss of tire pressure. The Pilot Super Sport ZP is designed to allow Corvette drivers to continue their journey for up to 50 miles at up to 55 mph.

 Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP
Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP
 Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP
Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP


Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP tires employ an asymmetric tread design that features a low-void outboard shoulder for cornering while their notched center ribs and inboard shoulder promote high-speed performance in dry conditions. Wide circumferential grooves and lateral notches help channel water through the footprint to maintain wet traction.

If you own a C6 Corvette and use the standard 245/40ZR18 front and 285/35ZR19 rear, consider switching to the Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP for improved traction, treadlife and comfort over your current run-flat tires.

Best Tires for a VW Beetle

Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Steve Huffman

The Beetle is one of the world's most popular cars, at least in volume of units produced. It's been one of the most massed produced vehicles in the world with a history dating back to the 1930s.

Today, the Beetle lives on and is still a favorite on US roads. The new body style is a throwback to earlier models. With thousands on the road, many are going to need new tires.

One great option would be the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. This Grand Touring All-Season tire has excellent year-round traction to go along with a superior ride. It offers a very comfortable and quiet ride and has a long-lasting treadlife warranty. Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tires feature lower weight and less rolling resistance to promote better fuel economy.

Another great choice is the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. This Ultra High Performance All-Season tire features Tuned Performance Indicators -- visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder to alert drivers of the tire's performance levels. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions, as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire only has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only.

If you're looking for a dedicated winter / snow tire, my favorite continues to be the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70. The Blizzak WS70 features a dual-compound tread with Bridgestone's NanoPro-Tech silica-enhanced Tube Multicell compound layered on top of a standard winter compound. I use these tires on my vehicle and have total confidence in the snow and on ice. If you can't get home with these tires, you shouldn't be out!

Pirelli Cinturato P7AS Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus
Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak
WS70


To view all options available for your Beetle, shop by vehicle.

Picking the Best All-Season Tires for Snow

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Colin .

When it comes to driving in the snow and on ice, nothing provides you better traction than a set of dedicated winter / snow tires. If you live in an area that only receives light snow, you may be able to get by with all-season tires. The following options are some of the better performing all-season tires in wintry conditions.

In the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, the best winter performance has come from the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. The tire features Tuned Performance Indicators with visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder to alert drivers of the tire's performance levels. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry and wet roads, as well as light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicate the ExtremeContact DWS has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. Finally, after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" lets drivers know the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only. 

Another Continental tire that offers good traction in light snow is the PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. It's designed to balance long wear, a comfortable ride and low rolling resistance with wet grip and all-season traction, including light snow. Independent tread blocks are siped to provide additional biting edges with Continental's Traction Grooves to promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow traction.

If you're looking in the Standard Touring All-Season category, consider the Firestone Precision Touring. Currently the second ranked tire in the category, it receives high marks in the following areas:

  • Light snow traction
  • Deep snow traction
  • Ice traction

If you own a crossover or SUV, take a look at Bridgestone's Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. This Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire enhances vehicle fuel economy by reducing tire rolling resistance while delivering year-round traction, even in light snow. The tire features four circumferential grooves that help water flow from under the footprints to resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction while notches and sipes increase the edges that bite into light snow.

Shop by vehicle to view the options available for your car.

New Winter / Snow Tires for 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Steve Huffman

It's that time of year again. Winter is on the way and there are several new winter / snow tires for the 2013-14 season.

Bridgestone's newest Performance Winter / Snow tire is the Blizzak LM-32. This tire will be replacing the popular Blizzak LM-60 and features a different tread design that should provide better grip in the winter elements. Another new option in the category is the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D. Dunlop's 4D Sipe System combines their 3D sipe technology with transverse sipes to create independent micro-blocks that generate better footprint pressure distribution to enhance snow handling and cornering grip.

A new tire in the Studless Ice & Snow category is the Dunlop Winter Maxx. This tire will replace the Graspic DS-3. The Winter Maxx molds a silica-enhanced Nano-Fit Rubber tread compound into an asymmetric independent block design to provide grip in cool, dry and wet conditions, as well as in slush, snow and on ice. Miura-Ori shaped sipes, featuring a three-dimensional interlocking zigzag design, permit tread blocks to combine higher-density siping with enhanced block rigidity to promote snow and ice traction, dry road handling and even treadwear.

The newest tire in the Studdable Winter / Snow category is the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter. Its wide tread grooves help evacuate loose snow and slush to enhance wintertime traction, while multiple sipes increase the number of biting edges to improve grip on ice and snow. Metal studs can be added to enhance ice and packed snow traction.  

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
Bridgestone Blizzak
LM-32
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D
Dunlop SP Winter
Sport 4D
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Dunlop Winter
Maxx
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Goodyear Ultra Grip
Winter


Shop by vehicle to find the winter / snow tire that works best for how and where you drive.

Max Performance, Max Grip, Max Ride Comfort - Bridgestone's Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The Potenza S-04 Pole Position is the flagship Max Performance Summer tire offered by Bridgestone. When you demand the maximum amount of traction in the dry and wet from your vehicle's summer tires, the Potenza S-04 Pole Position is a great choice. In our latest Max Performance Summer test, "Testing New Max Performance Summer Tires: Can the Latest Keep Up With the Greatest?," we concluded the Potenza S-04 Pole Position "strikes a good balance between road manners and overall traction."

Potenza S-04 Pole Position tires are developed for the drivers of ultra high performance sports cars, coupes and sedans who want to feel the rush of driving their vehicle. They're designed to perform in warm, wet and dry conditions.

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position


Featuring an asymmetric tread design, the tire has a large outboard shoulder, interlocking tread blocks and a central circumferential rib to enhance dry road steering response, high speed stability and cornering precision. High angle tread blocks in the intermediate ribs promote longitudinal stiffness to improve straight-line braking forces, while slanted lateral grooves pump water into wide circumferential grooves to help resist hydroplaning. Another continuous circumferential rib adjacent to the inside shoulder blocks enhances wear quality to help reduce noise throughout the tire's life, especially on cars with alignment settings that specify negative camber.

When it comes to maximum summer time grip and comfortable road manners, think Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position for your next tire purchase!

Hankook Tires - Great Grip. Great Price.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

When shopping for tires, value is always a big concern for customers. One of the most common questions I receive is, "Which tire can give me the maximum amount of grip for the best price?" If this sounds like you, Hankook may offer just what you've been shopping for. They offer high quality tires at a great price.

Customers are surprised to learn Hankook is the seventh largest and one of the fastest growing tire manufacturers in the world. Hankook is also an Original Equipment tire supplier for Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Hyundai, Kia and Volkswagen. They offer a tire for almost every need and three of their most popular selections are the Ventus V12 evo K110, Ventus R-S3 and Ventus S1 noble2.

 Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110
Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110
 Hankook Ventus R-S3
Hankook Ventus R-S3
 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2


The Ventus V12 evo K110 is Hankook's Max Performance Summer tire developed for the drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and high performance sedans. It's designed to combine comfort and control in dry and wet road conditions. Ventus V12 evo K110 radials feature Hankook's High Tg Polymer & Specific Resin (HPSR) compound molded into a directional tread design featuring a Multiple Tread Radius (MTR) profile that combines notched shoulder ribs, independent intermediate tread blocks and a continuous center rib to blend powerful braking with predictable handling. Wide circumferential and Y-shape lateral grooves help direct water through the tire's footprint to resist hydroplaning.

Ventus R-S3 tires are Hankook's Extreme Performance Summer option developed for serious sports car, sports coupe and performance sedan enthusiasts looking for a race-minded street tire that can also meet the demands of autocross, drifting and track events. The Ventus R-S3 is designed to reduce the performance gap between street and track tires by significantly improving dry traction. Hankook Racing Carbonblack Silica Compound (RCSC) technology has been incorporated into the Ventus R-S3 to improve dry grip. The tire's profile has been developed to maximize a footprint contact patch that features a directional tread design comprised of large shoulder blocks, notched intermediate ribs and a wide center rib to deliver constant road contact and enhance the tire's handling capabilities.

The Ventus S1 noble2 is their Ultra High Performance All-Season tire developed for drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans looking to combine on-road performance with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Designed to provide Hankook’s ideal ultra high performance all-season balance, the Ventus S1 noble2 blends handling and cornering performance with all-season traction, even in light snow. Ventus S1 noble2 tires use hybrid compound technology silica that combines wet road traction with lower rolling resistance and longer treadlife. This compound is molded into a sophisticated semi-rib asymmetric tread design that features notched outboard shoulders, intermediate and center ribs to deliver responsive handling and stable cornering in dry conditions. Four circumferential grooves and inboard Aqua Hydro Block technology provide efficient wet traction and braking. Carving edge grooves and 3D sipes promote wet road and wintertime traction without abandoning dry road response and handling.

If you're looking to upgrade the performance of your vehicle at a value price, take a look at Hankook's tires today!

Best Tires for a Honda Odyssey

Friday, August 23, 2013 by Colin .

Many Honda Odyssey owners want a tire that has long treadlife, good traction and a quiet ride. When looking for tires that work best for your Odyssey, it's important to remember that different trim levels and model years use different tire sizes, therefore you'll want to verify what size your vehicle uses first. Consider the following options when it comes time for new tires on your Honda Odyssey. 

Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology - This Standard Touring All-Season tire is offered with an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty. It's designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and provide very good all-season traction. Continental's PROactive Edge Technology brings more active edges into the contact patch to promote foul-weather traction while allowing the pattern elements to transfer smoothly from edge to edge to minimize road noise.

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus - Designed to provide Bridgestone's ultimate in luxury, elegance and comfort, the Turanza Serenity Plus blends long wear with dry, wet and wintertime traction, even in light snow. The tire is one of the highest rated options in the Grand Touring All-Season category.

Michelin Primacy MXV4 - Like the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus, the Primacy MXV4 also rates very well in the Grand Touring All-Season category. It's offered with a 60,000-mile treadlife warranty and excels in ride quietness and smoothness. To see how this tire performed during our testing, watch "Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge."


Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
Plus

Michelin Primacy
MXV4


Firestone Precision Touring - Available with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty, this tire provides year-round capability and comfort. In our testing the tire was a little noisier compared to its competition, but is ranked very highly in its category. It receives high marks in the following areas:  

  • Treadwear
  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Cornering stability
  • Dry traction
  • Steering response

General AltiMAX RT and HP - These value-priced options are strongly worth considering. The RT model comes with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty, while the HP H-speed rated version has a 55,000-mile warranty and the V-speed rated version offers a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty. Both models combine reliability, comfort and treadlife and are a good choice for your Honda Odyssey.  

View our Tire Decision Guide to help you determine the best tires for how and where you drive your Honda Odyssey.

Continental's Best Tire for Your SUV is the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Doc Horvath

With larger SUVs still in high demand, tire manufacturers continue to fine tune their lines to offer quiet and comfortable options, but now with an added improvement in fuel economy. In an effort to minimize the pain most SUV owners feel at the gas pump, Continental has integrated their EcoPlus Technology found in the ProContact passenger car tire into the popular CrossContact LX SUV and light truck model to give us the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology uses an all-season tread compound and a symmetric tread design to combine precise steering response with reduced tread noise and good ride comfort. Continental’s Traction Grooves promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow grip in wintry conditions. All these benefits combine with a focus on fuel efficiency to create a winning package!

With just over one million miles reported, our customers have rated the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology near the top of the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category with a high number of favorable reviews, too.

In our most recent test, the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology proved to be the best with a superior rating for handling and traction, especially in wet conditions. For a complete recap of our testing, read "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires."

Are Yokohama Tires Good?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Colin .

Yokohama has been around for many years and makes very good options to fulfill your tire replacement needs.

In the Max Performance Summer category, they recently introduced the ADVAN Sport V105. It's developed for the drivers of high-powered sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans who want an increase in agile handling with a more comfortable ride. Based on technology fostered through participation in motorsports and development at the Nurburgring Circuit in Germany (one of the world's most grueling race/test tracks), the tire is designed to promote dry traction and handling.

If you're shopping for something a bit more extreme, then take a look at the ADVAN Neova AD08 R. It's Yokohama's latest Extreme Performance Summer offering and provides an even higher level of dry traction and handling, while giving up some treadlife and ride quality compared to the ADVAN Sport V105.  

If you are looking for an all-season option that offers sporty handling, the AVID ENVigor is available in H- or V- and W-speed ratings. While the tire doesn't offer the high traction and handling attributes of summer tires, it'll last longer and give you some winter traction versatility.

Another all-season option to consider is the AVID TOURING-S. This Standard Touring All-Season tire is developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans and minivans and is engineered to provide good traction, excellent ride qualities and long treadlife.  

For those of you who own a truck, crossover or sport utility vehicle, Yokohama offers the Parada Spec-X. Based on survey results, the tire is rated number one by consumers in the Street/Sport Truck All-Season category. Two additional light truck/SUV tires worth considering, include the Geolandar H/T-S G051 and Geolandar A/T-S

View all Yokohama tires and find the one that's right for how and where you drive.

Introducing the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Released for the 2013 season, Hankook has unveiled their new Ultra High Performance All-Season tire, the Ventus S1 noble2. The tire is very popular as it's offered in many sizes, ranging from 16" all the way up to 20". This asymmetric all-season tire features a UTQG rating of 500 AA A, which is excellent for this category. It's also offered with a 50,000-mile treadlife warranty, as well as a one-year Manufacturer Road Hazard Warranty that provides customers with peace of mind.

Ventus S1 noble2 tires use hybrid compound technology silica that combines wet road traction with lower rolling resistance and longer treadlife. The compound is molded into a sophisticated semi-rib asymmetric tread design that features notched outboard shoulders, intermediate and center ribs to deliver responsive handling and stable cornering in dry conditions. Four circumferential grooves and inboard Aqua Hydro Block technology offer efficient wet traction and braking. Carving edge grooves and 3D sipes promote wet road and wintertime traction without abandoning dry road response and handling.

I was able to test this tire recently and can report that it offers a very nice ride with precise handling and is very responsive to input. Check back soon for a complete recap of our test results.

New Extreme Performance Summer Tires for 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Steve Huffman

2013 is a great year for enthusiasts of high performance cars looking for street tires that are trackable. This year we are excited to offer three new Extreme Performance Summer tires. These tires primary focus is going to be on extreme dry grip for spirited or competitive driving such as autocrossing. We can't wait to get a chance to test them at our facility this spring!

While we haven't had a chance to test the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival on our track, we did have the chance to drive on it at NOLA Motorsports Park near New Orleans and the feedback was very positive. The tire was very easy to drive on, had excellent responsiveness and is designed to wear very well over the course of a competitive event. It has the 200 UTQG treadwear rating that is required by many sanctioning bodies.

The next new tire for 2013 is the Dunlop Direzza ZII. This tire is replacing the Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec. Compared to its predecessor, it's designed to have better responsiveness, as well as an improvement in wet and dry grip. Also offered with the 200 UTQG treadwear rating, the Direzza ZII is available in a variety of hard-to-find smaller sizes. Last fall, we tested a production-spec set of Direzza ZII tires against the Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec and found that Dunlop hit the mark with this new offering as it was faster and more predictable in the dry and wet. For a complete recap of our test, read "Dunlop Direzza ZII Introductory Track Drive."

Bridgestone's Potenza RE-11A is replacing the previous model, the Potenza RE-11 in 10 sizes. This newer tire has an updated rubber compound designed to improve wet and dry traction. While sharing the same tread design, the Potenza RE-11A adds an exclusive tread compound that combines silica with a new long-link carbon black that increases road contact and abrasion resistance while promoting tread rubber flexibility across a range of cool to hot temperatures. The internal construction includes a custom asymmetric shape that helps distribute footprint pressure more evenly.

BF Goodrich g-Force Rival
BFGoodrich g-Force Rival
Dunlop Direzza ZII
Dunlop Direzza ZII
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A


Are you a serious driving enthusiast looking for dry road response, traction, handling and high speed capabilities? If so, take a look at our Extreme Performance Summer tires and find the one that's right for your vehicle.

Hankook's Newest Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire: Ventus S1 noble2

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

Hankook Ventus noble2Hankook has started to release their latest entry into the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, the Ventus S1 noble2. Developed for the drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans, the tire is being released in a myriad of sizes and wheel diameters. This includes sizes between 16" and 20" diameters and widths ranging from 205mm up to 275mm. At the time of this post, many of the 16", 17" and 18" sizes are available, while the 19" and 20" options are expected to arrive at a later time.

Ventus S1 noble2 tires feature an asymmetric tread design pattern. The inside of the pattern is optimized for wet traction and wet traction channels were developed with 3D computer simulations for hydroplaning resistance. Asymmetric patterns can cause some questions for some customers due to the shape of their water channels, however this pattern allows for full tire rotation. For additional information, read "Are my Asymmetric Tires Running Backwards?"

The Hankook's outer edge focuses on cornering and noise reduction, while larger tread blocks and a solid rib provide stability under load. 3D vibration analysis technology was used to produce an advanced mold profile that delivers uniform contact pressure across the footprint to promote even wear and secure braking performance.

We plan on testing this tire during the summer months, so be on the look for those results.