Continental TrueContact: A Competitive High Mileage Option

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

The Standard Touring All-Season tire market is a competitive place filled with multiple options from many reputable manufacturers. Traditionally featuring speed ratings of S and T, the goal of a Standard Touring All-Season tire is not to provide the most crisp handling or on-center feel, but rather to provide good all-season traction, a quiet and comfortable ride and long life. Make no mistake, tires in this performance category will not set any track records, however they will be one of the more practical items to choose from.

Earlier this year, Continental released the TrueContact and it features a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty, and thus far, has proved to be very popular with consumers. Featuring good all-season traction and having done well in our internal testing, the TrueContact has been a very strong seller and adds to Continental’s great all-season line-up. This is a tire that meets all the criteria of a good all-season option and slots itself into the mid-price point segment in many popular sizes.

Take a look at what some customers are saying about their experience with the Continental TrueContact:

"I love this tire and what a great tire for the price. My Subie feels well planted and secure with these tires. They are excellent on wet and dry surfaces, and absorb road imperfections exceptionally well." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited

"Tire does everything claimed and then some: traction, quietness, comfort, directional response and enhancement, smoothness -- you name it! This is the most remarkable tire I have owned!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Honda Odyssey EX-L

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Tires for Your Eighth-Generation Honda Accord

Friday, January 23, 2015 by Cy Chowattukunnel

The second car I ever owned was a 1978 burgundy Honda Accord 5-speed. Ever since owning this vehicle, I've been an Accord fan. Honda has done an awesome job in constantly improving the Accord, and the eighth-generation (2008-2012) model is a car that can do just about anything!

If you already own one of these Accords, there's no reason to get a new one. With proper maintenance, your vehicle is good for many more miles. Part of that maintenance includes replacing your tires. Depending on the trim level, your Honda Accord came with either 215/60R16, 225/50R17 or 235/45R18 Original Equipment tires. The following are replacement tire options for your 2008-2012 Accord:

215/60R16 Tire Options

If your Honda is equipped with the 215/60R16 (LX and LX-P sedan) size, then your O.E. tire is the Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S. The Dunlop has a track record of average treadwear. If your parameters are wet grip, overall handling, treadwear, low noise and ride compliance, a great replacement choice is the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology with the Michelin Premier A/S a close second. The PureContact has better steering response, so it's easier to make an evasive maneuver, as well as better snow grip. Another option to consider, that's a great bang-for-your-buck tire, is the Fuzion Touring.

215/60-16 Continental PureContact $107*
215/60R16 Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology
215/60-16 Michelin Premier Assurance A/S $136*
215/60R16 Michelin Premier
A/S


225/50R17 Tire Options

The 225/50R17 Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 is Original Equipment on the LX-S, EX and EX-L, but not the EX-L V6 Coupe. Optimal choices to replace the Pilot HX MXM4 would be the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology and Michelin Premier A/S. If you're looking for a good tire at a low price, then be sure to consider the Kumho Ecsta PA31.

225/50-17 Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
225/50R17 Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology
225/50-17 Pirelli Pzero Nero All Season
225/50R17 Michelin Premier
A/S


235/45R18 Tire Options

Were you lucky enough to purchase the EX-L V6 Coupe? Honda chose the 235/45R18 Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 to handle the vehicle's torque. If you're in need of replacing the tires on this vehicle, select the Continental ExtremeContact DWS if you live in a northern climate and the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 if you do not need to worry about light snow conditions. The ExtremeContact DWS is a great overall tire at a reasonable price that offers above average snow grip for its performance category. The Pilot Sport A/S 3 offers amazingly good wet and dry grip, but is average in the snow. A great tire to consider at a low price is the Goodyear Eagle LS-2.

235/45-18 Continental Extreme Contact DWS $181*
235/45R18 Continental ExtremeContact DWS
235/45-18 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 $198*
235/45R18 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3


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Meet You at the Starting Line

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

The Tire Rack SCCA Starting Line school kicked off its 2015 season in Los Angeles, California recently. A partnership between the Sports Car Club of America and Tire Rack, the school allows enthusiasts a professional, all-inclusive entry into the world of performance driving.

While at the school, you’ll develop key concepts of all forms of motorsports while working with a professional performance driving instructor certified by Evolution Performance Driving School. Along with receiving instructions from accomplished autocrossers, the Starting Line package also includes:

  • SCCA membership
  • Helmet
  • Regional event entry
  • National Series event entry
  • Magazine subscriptions

Before you take the course, your vehicle will need to pass a technical inspection and will be checked to ensure it has functioning brakes, throttle return, properly installed and tightened wheels and that all loose items have been removed. Tire preparation is also key, as underinflated tires can results in increased wear and even damage while autocrossing. To keep tires in good condition, and to give your vehicle a quicker response, students are generally advisable to inflate their tires 5-10psi more than what is recommended for normal driving.

The class is not only educational, but a ton of fun. Take a look at what some participants have said about their experience with the program:

“It's amazing how much faster you can get in just one day with the direct feedback from the instructors. What's more, everyone had a blast playing with cars all day. It was worth every penny.”

“I've always been into racing and this is really the first time I've gotten to experience it firsthand. The instructors were great, I learned a lot through out the day and was able to put it all together on the course they set up for us. Over all great experience and tons of fun. Would recommend it to anyone.”

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Tires and Wheels for Your 2012+ Porsche 911 Carrera S (991 C2S)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by Cy Chowattukunnel

There may not be a substitute for a Porsche, but if you're taking your new 911 to track, there's definitely stickier tires that will help you achieve faster lap times.

Streetable Track & Competition tires, like the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, let 911 drivers run great times at the track without the hassle of switching tires or towing. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 builds on the Pilot Sport Cup's blend of dry grip and street capability. It's not surprising that the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 is an Original Equipment choice for the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3. 

O.Z. Racing wheels boast a unique combination of low weight, strength, overall quality and value that make them ideal track wheels. When it comes to matching tires and O.Z. Racing wheels, take a look at the following options:

20" Bright Race Grey O.Z. Racing Leggera HLT and 20" Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2

245/30-20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 N0 $486** & 305/30-20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 N0 $554**
245/30R20 and 305/30R20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 N0
20x9 Bright Race Grey OZ Leggera HLT $549** & 20x11 Bright Race Grey OZ Leggera HLT $599**
20x9 and 20x11 Bright Race Grey O.Z. Racing Leggera HLT


19" Black Painted O.Z. Racing Ultraleggera HLT and 19" Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2

235/40-19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 $410** & 285/35-19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 $489**
235/40R19 and 285/35R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2
19x8.5 Black OZ Ultraleggera HLT $419** & 19x11 Black OZ Ultraleggera HLT $469**
19x8.5 and 19x11 Black Painted O.Z. Racing Ultraleggera HLT

 

20" Black Painted O.Z. Racing Ultraleggera HLT and 20" Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2

245/30-20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 N0 $486** & 305/30-20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 N0 $554**
245/30R20 and 305/30R20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 N0
20x8.5 Black OZ Ultraleggera HLT $519** & 20x11 Black OZ Ultraleggera HLT $555**
20x8.5 and 20x11 Black Painted O.Z. Racing Ultraleggera HLT


Be sure to view the data comparing the tire and wheel combinations you're considering for your vehicle:

Tire and Wheel Combination Tire Size Rim Size Tread Width Overall Diameter Comb. Wt.
O.E. 20" Front Pirelli Pzero N0 on O.E. Sport Classic 245/35R20 20x8.5 ET51 8.8" 26.8" 45*
O.E. 20" Rear Pirelli Pzero N0 on O.E. Sport Classic 295/30R20 20x11 ET70 11.7" 27.0" 57*
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 N0 20" Front on O.Z. Racing Leggera HLT 245/35R20 20x9 ET50 9.6" 26.8" 46
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 NO 20" Rear on O.Z. Racing Leggera HLT 305/30R20 20x11 ET65 12.1" 27.2" 55
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 N0 19" Front on O.Z. Racing Ultraleggera HLT 235/40R19 19x9 ET49 8" 26.4" 44
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 N0 19" Rear on O.Z. Racing Ultraleggera HLT 285/35R19 19x11 ET 65 10.0" 26.9" 51
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 N0 20" Front on O.Z. Racing Ultraleggera HLT 245/35R20 20x8.5 ET50 9.6" 26.8" 46
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 N0 20" Rear on O.Z. Racing Ultraleggera HLT 305/30R20 20x11 ET65 12.1" 27.2" 57


These are all good choices, however the wider front wheel, lower rotational weight and wider footprint of the 20" O.Z. Racing Leggera HLT package is tough to beat. Whichever one you choose, there's no substitute for an awesome day at the track.

*Tire Rack customer supplied data

Can I Use Studded Tires in My Area?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Turk Turkleton

While many states/provinces prohibit or restrict use of studded tires due to the road damage they cause, some drivers still prefer studded tires for winter driving situations. Tire Rack's testing has shown that modern Studless Ice & Snow tires, like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80, can provide equivalent ice traction to a studded tire in most conditions, including dry and wet roads. Because municipalities can establish their own restrictions, drivers will need to double check with their local law enforcement or department of transportation.

The following lists of states and Canadian provinces describes the laws on studded tire use. The dates on the list show when studded tires are allowed, unless otherwise specified.

United States:

  • Alabama- Not Permitted
  • Alaska- North of 60°N 9/16-4/30, South of 60°N 10/1-4/14 (permit fee)
  • Arizona- 10/1-5/1
  • Arkansas- 11/15-4/15
  • California- 11/1-4/30
  • Colorado- Permitted unless using chains, M+S & A/S tires required with minimum of 4/32" tread depth
  • Connecticut- 11/15-4/30
  • Delaware- 10/15-4/15
  • Florida- Not Permitted
  • Georgia- Only when snow and ice are present
  • Hawaii- Not Permitted
  • Idaho- 10/1-4/30
  • Illinois- Not Permitted (persons with disabilities living in unincorporated areas can use them 11/15-4/1)
  • Indiana- 10/1-5/1
  • Iowa- 11/1-4/1
  • Kansas- 11/1-4/15
  • Kentucky- Permitted
  • Louisiana- Not Permitted
  • Maine- 10/2-5/1 Studded tire permit fee applies
  • Maryland- 11/1-3/31 only in 5 mountainous western counties
  • Massachusetts- 11/2-4/30 unless otherwise authorized by registrar
  • Michigan- Not Permitted (except rural mail, police, and ambulance use)
  • Minnesota- Not Permitted (may be used by non-residents for temporary travel less than 30 days)
  • Mississippi- Not Permitted
  • Missouri- 11/2-3/31
  • Montana- 10/1-5/31
  • Nebraska- 11/1-4/1
  • Nevada- 10/1-4/30
  • New Hampshire- Permitted
  • New Jersey- 11/15-4/1
  • New Mexico- Permitted
  • New York- 10/16-4/30
  • North Carolina- Permitted
  • North Dakota- 10/15-4/15
  • Ohio- 11/1-4/15
  • Oklahoma- 11/1-4/1
  • Oregon- 11/1-4/1 Studded tire permit fee applies
  • Pennsylvania- 11/1-4/15
  • Rhode Island- 11/15-4/1
  • South Carolina- Permitted if studs do not project more than 1/16"
  • South Dakota- 10/1-4/30
  • Tennessee- 10/1-4/15
  • Texas- Not Permitted
  • Utah- 10/15-3/31
  • Vermont- Permitted
  • Virginia- 10/15-4/15
  • Washington- 11/1-3/31 (might have a fee involved)
  • West Virginia- 11/1
  • Wisconsin- Not Permitted (may be used by non-residents for temporary travel less than 30 days)
  • Wyoming- Permitted

Canada:

  • Alberta- Permitted
  • British Columbia- 10/1-4/30 (winter tires required- min 3.5mm depth, except lower mainland and Vancouver Island)
  • Labrador- 11/1-4/30
  • Manitoba- 10/1-4/30
  • New Brunswick- 10/15-5/1
  • Newfoundland- 11/1-4/30
  • Northwest Territories- Permitted
  • Nova Scotia- 10/15-4/30
  • Nunavut- Permitted only on roads built on ice
  • Ontario- 10/1-4/30
  • Prince Edward Island- 10/1-5/31
  • Quebec- 10/15-5/1 (winter tires required 12/15-3/15, restrictions apply)
  • Saskatchewan- Permitted
  • Yukon- Permitted

Remember, studded tires must always be used in sets of four on any vehicle, regardless of driveline. This is not to be considered a comprehensive list, it lists all the information we currently have. Tire Rack is not responsible for your decision to use studded tires, and you should always check with local law enforcement or DOT before installing studded tires. State and province regulations are subject to change at any time, and this list may not reflect these changes.

For additional information on studded tires, take a look at "Studded Tires for Winter Driving."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Monday, January 19, 2015 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.

Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.11
 
 

2010 MINI Cooper Clubman with Run-Flat
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Des Moines, IA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 07, 2015

2010 Mini Clubman; Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position 195/55/16 Run Flats (RF)
5,000 miles, Interstate and city. Maybe the best tire I’ve had, they are billed as a ultra high performance all-season. Purchased them because they were supposed to have good comfort and handling for a RF. They feel like a regular tire. The dry and wet traction are very good. They communicate to the driver in very hard cornering and braking and hold their lines very well. That is, they don’t break traction quickly and don’t lose all control when exceeding their limits. For me, they are so much better than the OEM tires. Traction on ice and snow are good. I enjoy the car much more now with the new tires, both in terms of comfort and handling. I was looking for a good handling RF tire that will be driven occasionally on winter roads and these are awesome. Would definitely buy these again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2008 Saab 9-3 2.0T Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Potomac, MD
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
January 07, 2015

The idea of putting snow tires on a convertible is crazy, but last year convinced me otherwise. I researched the tires as best I could and watched the video's at TireRack. I also read the reviews. I live near DC, we get a few storms each year, which turn into slush and ice and stay with us for while. This tire is PERFECT. I have Pirelli P6s (not a good tire) which is horrible in the snow (and rain), I slid all over the place. The reviews for this tire (WRT XL) are really accurate. I don't drive on an ice skating rink (like the TR video). I drive mostly on clear roads with snow storms everyone couple weeks. We just got our first, I waited to do the review. These tires are FANTASTIC. I went from slipping around everywhere to perfect traction. Really strong performers. I expected that somewhat from a snow tire. What I have found is that they perform really well on dry pavement too. My P6s got hard in the cold and drove poorly. These are much better. Rain performance is fantastic too. The water is cleared and I loose no traction. I would definately buy these tires and recommend them 100%. Now, let's talk about what they aren't. They aren't race tires. They are a little louder (especially in a convertible) but so are all snow tires. They don't handle quite the same, but neither do any snow tires. But, if you want a very strong performing cold weather/snow/slush/freezing rain tire, this is really a great choice. Snow tires are different from AllSeasons because of the rubber formula, they don't get rock hard. I will update as necessary, but you won't regret this purchase, especially for the price. AND, they are made in USA. It wasn't the sole factor, but all other things being equal, I would rather buy a product made here. Hope this helps. Safe driving everyone.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2008 Volkswagen R32
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: North Falmouth, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
December 01, 2014

Very very sticky summer tire that perform just as good in the rain! Dont use them for winter, though. I got caught in a snow storm with these once and I make sure that will never happen again. Even with AWD that was still pretty scarry. Like driving on a sheet of ice. But the summer performance is amazing. Instant response from steering and feedback and pretty hard to get them to break loose.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.22
 
 

2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Anderson, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
December 02, 2014

I thought I was going to have to sell my Mercedes SportCoupe. It's rear-wheel drive with a weight bias to the front... a real problem for ice and snow. The tires I had were still "good" - 2/3 of the tread remaining on decently-reviewed all season tires. However, the car lost traction everywhere. Wet, Cold, Ice, Snow; anything but warm dry pavement was terrible. Since this is the first rear wheel drive car I've owned that lacked a limited slip differential, I chalked it up to that. However, I was wrong. I put these tires on, and it's an entirely different car. Yes, new tires are always fun to get, but these made a more substantial difference than I've ever experienced. The traction is truly amazing on everything... wet, dry, ice, light snow (I've yet to experience deep snow since buying them though). I was able to dip deep into the supercharger boost and still have perfect traction in light snow... a feat that would have slid the rear end into a ditch before. The tires aren't any quieter than the ones I had before, but they aren't louder either. The ride doesn't feel more supple, the old tires were fine that way too. The one and only real difference for me has been traction... and IT IS A MASSIVE DIFFERENCE. I was stranded in my car 3 times during our last (very snowy) winter, including a level parking lot and my own driveway. I can't imagine this will be a problem with the Pirellis. For what it's worth, the traction light indicator has only lit up once in 2000 miles of driving with these, and that was accelerating hard over broken wet pavement in 38 degrees. With the old tires, on a dry day in the summer, the traction light indicator would come on about a dozen times on my normal commute to work. I just assumed that was how the car performed; I was wrong. The Pirellis have made my car fun to drive again; I can accelerate hard, corner hard, and not fear the weather. Highly recommended.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2015 Acura TLX
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Miles driven on tires: 1,250
Location: Norwalk, IA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,250 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2015

It is amazing how much quieter these Michelin XIce tires are than the standard equipment Bridgestone Potenza tires are.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2004 Mazda miata mx5
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Maple Glen, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2015

I did not drive my Miata in winter until I put these on my car. I do not drive it in heavy snow. I do drive it plowed or light snow covered roads. Very happy

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2011 Subaru STi
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Woodruff, SC
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2015

Highly spirited driver here, with racing experience (Raced on Hoosier (#1), Toyo RA-1, Goodyear RS, Kumho V710). Came close to beating Wayne Leuthold at Mid Ohio. First set of Michelin tires for me. Awesome all around every day tire. So far tread wear is great. Very predictable, doesn't have the turn in feel I was expecting and you can feel the sidewalls flex when the car takes a set. Dry grip level is really good for this class of tire. Wet grip level however is insane. I have never seen a tire perform this good in the rain. I think the tire compound and tread pattern is perfect. Need to be warmed to temp in ambient temps below about 40F as they will slide. Would like a stiffer sidewall and better feel and turn-in. But right now it's a really progressive and linear feeling tire at the limit. Hoping Gen 2 will have more dry grip ;-)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2015

I have the same tire on my Silverado, so I chose it for the Traverse also and I'm very pleased with it on both vehicles. I know 1000 miles on this set doesn't seem like enough to make some ratings, so they are based on the truck. I'm here to tell you that driving on ice packed roads in excess of 40 mph is not a problem on these tires. We get plenty of days where everyone is crawling along and these tires do not even acknowledge that the roads are slippery, they are just that good. I drove with the factory tires in similar conditions before switching and there is no comparison. The vehicle transforms from a slider to a beast that is willing to take on anything that mother nature can dish out.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.89
 
 

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2015

It does the job I need, i.e. replacing summer-only OEM Michelin P285/30ZR20 rear tires when it's too cold for them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2012 Toyota RAV4 4wd V6
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: West Harrison, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2015

This is my third set of Blizzak's overall, I just feel safe riding these tires in the snow. I started using these in 2003 on a 2003 Series 3 BMW and I went in the snow when others were getting stuck, I had to attribute that to the tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Naples, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 12, 2015

Thus far I have 1,000 miles on these tires and the improvement over my old Goodyear AS2's is incredible. The noise levels in-cabin are reduced and the traction is much improved.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-80

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-80 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2005 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Christiansburg, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2015

Extremely quiet for such an aggressive tread will purchase again

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2003 BMW 530i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: New Hamburg, ON
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2015

I'm writing this review after so few miles only because the WS80 is new this year and user reviews are few and far between, especially for RWD. Plus we've had quite a range of conditions over the last 3 weeks: rain, standing water, slush, -10F icy roads, a snowfall of ~4" and several lighter dustings. So I can offer more than "they were great on the 10 mile drive home from the tire shop."

I've driven the last several winters on Michelin All-Season that are snow capable (some A-Ss are, many aren't) I've never been stuck while coping with 15" snowfall blizzards, skating rink roads and all the usual winter miseries. This autumn I lucked into a set of reasonably priced wheels that fit the car (difficult to find for this model & year, except OEM dealer @ $$$$) and rejoined the winter tire crew. But I didn't feel that I "HAD TO HAVE" winter tires.

That said, I'm really happy that I did. These WS80s have been excellent in all conditions I've experienced. They really are head and shoulders better than the All-Seasons and better than what I recall from snows of several years ago, even Hakka of that vintage. I've now no reason to doubt the test results I've been able to find, which sadly are often little more than tire company shills. Tire Rack excepted, of course :-)

The biggest surprise was the noise level; these tires are virtually silent. Dry road performance is better than expected too. I've driven briskly, but not hard, since one never knows where an icy patch could be waiting. But with that caveat I've not found them squishy or slow to respond to steering inputs.

Note though that there is a gap in my experience - a really deep snowfall, say 10+ inches. If you're in the deep snow belt you'll have to wait for others to comment. And of course tread wear is TBD.

In summary, I'm happy I bought these tires. If there is a better winter tire, I can only imagine it's not by much. Not enough for me to worry about.

Regards
RD Little

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Monday, January 19, 2015 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 Primacy MXV4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2014 Honda Accord Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 6,478
Location: Hampstead, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,478 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2015

I just purchased my 2014 Honda Accord back in July 2014. When I took the car on the first test drive I immediately noticed the responsiveness of the tire. I made sure that I tried all road types in my area and it was obvious these tires were a perfect fit for the car. After driving 6 months (6400+ miles) the first rotation was completed last week and the tread depth was only down by 1/32". I live in Maryland, so our road conditions change frequently, so I feel that these tires are great. If you're purchasing a new set for a similar vehicle, I'd recommend these tires to you.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2006 Mazda MAZDA3 i 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2015

Did everything well. Not much rain in Arizona, so N/A there, but performance was in the top ranges for all. Liked the ability to rotate from both front to rear as well as side to sside (non-directional). Very happy with the entire package.