Introducing the Tire Rack Rolling Tire Storage Rack

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

Our wall mounted Tire Storage Rack has been one of our best-selling accessory items for years. While it's still a popular item, we have decided to add to our arsenal of storage solutions and are pleased to offer the Tire Rack Rolling Tire Storage Rack.

The Tire Rack Rolling Tire Storage Rack is a well-engineered option that easily stores and moves up to eight passenger or light truck/SUV tires. Four high quality, 5” diameter caster wheels allow for smooth rolling, even when loaded. Side brakes on each side keep the Rolling Tire Storage Rack in place when set.

Organizing hardware and tools is made simple with two adjustable and removable baskets that keep lug hardware and wheel changing tools nearby. Two heavy-duty shelves, one removable and one fixed, are ideal for storing a jack and jack stand.

Like all accessory items above $50, the Rolling Tire Storage Rack ships for free and can be delivered in as little as one to two business days!


Introducing the BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Turk Turkleton

BFGoodrich is attempting to do to the Ultra High Performance All-Season market what they did to the Ultra High Performance Summer market with the g-Force Sport COMP-2. They used the same internal casing in the new g-Force COMP-2 A/S as they use in the Sport COMP-2 to make production volume move faster and keep a proven casing as the base for this tire.

The COMP-2 A/S utilizes three technologies that optimize performance:

  1. g-Force tread technology squares off the shoulders of the tire and evenly distributes forces across the contact patch, reducing the occurrence of irregular treadwear and giving more predictable grip and handling.
  2. UltiGrip technology uses high levels of silica and a V-shaped tread design with a high-void ratio and beveled edges to provide drivers confidence in wet, dry and snowy conditions.
  3. PRC technology (Performance Racing Core) combines three systems to provide excellent performance that starts in the core of the tire. The ETEC System (Equal TEnsion Containment System) distributes forces around the tire to keep the tires round. DSS (Dynamic Suspension System) keeps the casing of the tire stable under high forces. g-Control sidewall inserts resist deflection to keep the tire from flexing too much and overheating.

According to BFGoodrich, the g-Force COMP-2 A/S boasts a very competitive 15' shorter stopping distances in wet and 5' shorter stopping distances in dry as compared to the competitor's tire. All of these things combine to make the COMP-2 A/S the best Ultra High Performance All-Season tire BFGoodrich has ever made. 

BFGoodrich Introduces g-Force COMP-2 A/S

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Ben Rooney

In addition to the new g-Force Rival S, BFGoodrich is introducing a new Ultra High Performance All-Season tire, the g-Force COMP-2 A/S. Its directional tread pattern combines form and function, effectively evacuating summer rain and winter slush from the tread area, all while looking sportier than the average all-season tread pattern. The tread blocks wrap over the shoulder of the tire for consistent behavior at the limits of cornering.

The tread pattern pictured above is the four-rib tread pattern. Wider sizes will have a six-rib pattern with additional circumferential grooves to retain consistent groove spacing across their broader tread area.

The COMP-2 A/S will cover a wide variety of applications, with an eventual 59 sizes covering 16" to 22" wheel diameters. If you need an all-season performance tire, chances are they'll have your size covered.

COMP-2 A/S tires aim to deliver the excellent wet and dry traction that performance drivers demand, while providing reliable traction for winter conditions. As always, if you expect to encounter truly severe winter driving challenges, we recommend dedicated winter tires. But if what you need is a sporty tire that can handle some snow and cold weather, the COMP-2 A/S may be just the ticket.

BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 A/S vs. BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Gary Stanley

BFGoodrich was the first American tire manufacturer and is now owned by Michelin. Given Michelin's success in the ultra high performance market, it's no surprise to see that the top BFGoodrich performance street tire, the g-Force Sport COMP-2, has also received outstanding ratings in testing and customer feedback. You can learn more about the g-Force Sport COMP-2 by reading, "BFGoodrich g-Force Sport vs. g-Force Sport COMP-2."

Building on the success of the Sport COMP-2, BFGoodrich has designed an Ultra High Performance All-Season version of the tire to meet the needs of drivers who need some cold weather and light snow traction. This new design, called the g-Force COMP-2 A/S is replacing the aging BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S .

 BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S
BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S
 BFGoodrich g-Force Comp-2 A/S
BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

BFGoodrich's main goal was to improve the snow and wet traction on the new g-Force COMP A/S compared to its predecessor. They certainly followed through with a 15% increase in snow traction, while also increasing wet traction and even improving dry grip a bit over the old g-Force Super Sport A/S. These improvements put BFGoodrich's new tire back into the game while maintaining its sporty directional tread pattern and stylish sidewall design.  

We expect this tire to be a strong contender in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category and an ideal choice for drivers of sporty coupes and sedans that need some all-weather capability.  

A New Look for Your MR2 Spyder

Friday, April 10, 2015 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Name a fun, affordable and reliable mid-engine car? Sounds like a trick question, but the 2000-2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder hits that rare trifecta.


As you look at Spyder wheel options, you'll see wheels ranging in diameter from 15"-18". Although the Spyder can run 15", 16", 17" and 18" wheels, staying with a 15" wheel allows for broader tire selection and less rotational weight. 


The earlier (2000-2002) Spyders ran 15x6 45 mm offset (ET 45) front wheels and 15x6.5 ET 45 rear wheels. The lower the offset, the further "out" toward the fender the wheel moves. While some drivers might prefer the wider stance of lower offset wheels, our goal here is to maintain the car's original steering feel and tracking. So try and stay with wheels that are close (within 6 mm) of the Original Equipment wheel's 45 mm offset. This will minimize scrub radius change, while helping to preserve the car's go-kart handling and steering feel.

Although later (2003-2005) Spyders have 16" rears as Original Equipment, you can change to 15" rear wheels. Your wheel choice might not be available in a wider rear size, however it's okay to run the same wheel width front and back. The key to maintaining the car's overall handling balance is staying with the tire suggestions covered in detail at "Alternative Tire Sizes for Your MR2 Spyder."


In addition to the above considerations, find a wheel that meets your style preferences and a wheel finish that works well with your Spyder's body color. Go with the style and finish that you like.

Personally, I am a fan of the 15x6.5 ET 42 Enkei Performance Series GT7 in either hyper silver or black on 185/55R15 front and 205/50R15 rear Yokohama tires.

15x6.5 ET42 Black Painted Enkei Performance GT7 $112**
Enkei Performance Series GT7 Black Painted
15x6.5 ET42 Hyper Silver Painted Enkei Performance GT7 $120**
Enkei Performance Series GT7 Hyper Silver
185/55-15 Front $70** & 205/50-15 $89**Rear Ultra High Performance Yokohama S Drive

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Differences in Tire Speed Ratings Explained

Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Marshall Wisler

A frequently asked question that myself and other Tire Rack sales representatives receive daily is one concerning the speed ratings of tires and what speed ratings mean. While you likely will never encounter speeds beyond that of your tires' capabilities, it's important to understand everything else a speed rating can tell you when making your purchase decision.

Keep in mind that tires receive their speed rating based upon the amount of deflection in the sidewall and surrounding shoulders of the tire. A tire that is more stable at high speed will build up less heat than one with higher levels of deflection, and therefore be labeled with a higher speed rating. It is for this reason that stiffly constructed Max Performance Summer tires have a higher speed rating than softer riding Grand Touring All-Season tires.

High speed ratings are generally associated with improved handling, are generally stiffer riding and are commonly found on tires that are performance oriented in nature. Tires with lower speed ratings will feel more relaxed and give up a measure of performance and responsiveness in exchange for better ride comfort.

If you're a driver that is focusing on ride comfort above all else, find the minimum speed rating required by your vehicle's manufacturer and adhere closely to it. In contrast, if you are an aggressive driver or one with a focus on track performance, obtaining a higher speed rating is not only important for the higher terminal top speed of the tire, but also other performance attributes, such as turn-in response and on-center feel.

Common speed ratings in use today can be seen by taking a look at, "How to Read Speed Ratings, Load Index & Service Descriptions."

Looking for a Quick Boost? Want to Install Bigger Tires? Eibach's All-Terrain Level Kit May Be What You Need!

Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Turk Turkleton

Are you looking to fit some bigger tires on your truck or Jeep? Do you want that aggressive look without having to spend a fortune rebuilding your suspension? Eibach introduces their All-Terrain Level Kit for just this purpose!

It comes with everything you need to eliminate that factory "rake" or the appearance that the front is lower than the rear in many vehicles. This also makes more room under the front of the vehicle so you can clear a bigger tire and/or more aggressive wheel with a lower offset without rubbing during turning. The kit comes with two front springs (where applicable), four Eibach heavy-duty shocks to increase performance both on- and off-road. It also includes extended sway bar end links where applicable.

The All-Terrain Level Kit is available for many of today's Jeep and truck applications. This kit only lifts the front end up about 2" on average. If you're looking for a full lift kit that gets you 2.5"-3.5" lift in front and 2"-3" lift in rear, check out the Eibach All-Terrain Lift Kit and an article about special installation notes for Jeeps!

Check to see if the Eiback All-Terrain Level Kit is right for your vehicle by visitng in our Upgrade Garage!

Sumitomo's Affordable Performance All-Season Tire Just Got Better

Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Gary Stanley

Sumitomo traces its roots back to its relationship with Dunlop that started in 1909 and has been engineering and producing world-class tires now for decades. In the late 1990s, Sumitomo and Goodyear formed a joint venture in which the two manufacturers would produce tires for each other. In a way, you can think of Sumitomo as the "Goodyear of Japan."  For more information on Sumitomo tires, take a look at "How Good Are Sumitomo Tires?

I've used a few different sets of Sumitomo summer performance tires on a number of my own vehicles over the years, including the Sumitomo HTR Z III with great results. Sumitomo also recently replaced their performance all-season tire, the HTR A/S P01, with the all-new HTR A/S P02.  

 Sumitomo HTR A/S P01
Sumitomo HTR A/S P01
 Sumitomo HTR A/S P02
Sumitomo HTR A/S P02

The original Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 was an entry-level, directional performance all-season tire. While it was never at the top of its class, it competed well against other similarly priced tires. The replacement HTR A/S P02 should prove to be a far superior replacement tire. It uses an all-new silica enhanced tread compound and modern asymmetric tread pattern for much improved wet and snow traction, longer treadwear and a much quieter ride.  

If you're looking for affordable tires that are also reliable and safe, consider the new Sumitomo HTR A/S P02. Shop by vehicle to see if this tire is available for your application.

Where Can I Find the Best Tire Prices? Take Advantage of Closeout Pricing on General AltiMAX RT.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by Cy Chowattukunnel

When it comes to taking care of your vehicle, tires are a big part of your maintenance budget. You can't afford to overpay, but good tires are essential for safe driving. Even with the high quality brands we offer, we'll see major differences in overall performance, especially in wet traction. We've done head-to-head comparison tests where we've seen over a 40-foot difference in 50-0 mph wet braking. That's the difference between rear-ending that inattentive driver abruptly stopping in front of you or avoiding an accident.

You don't have to choose between safety and saving money. We'll give you the information and choices you need so you can get the right tire. A great example of this safety and value nexus is the General brand. General leans on its German parent company's substantial Original Equipment tire experience and advanced European engineering to produce tires with outstanding performance and value. General recently introduced the AltiMAX RT43 to replace the AltiMAX RT. As part of this transition, General has given us some amazing closeout pricing on the General AltiMAX RT:

Size Serv. Desc. Original Price Closeout Price RT43 Price
185/65R14 86T $76 $46 $61
185/70R14 88T $65 $44 $59
195/70R14 91T $68 $46 $62
185/60R15 84T $73 $46 $67
205/65R15 94T $79 $64 $72
205/70R15 96T $75 $63 $68
215/60R16 95T $87 $68 $85
215/65R16 98T $97 $59 $87

With the AltiMAX RT closeout, you're saving money on a tire with stellar test results and solid review feedback. A great tire at a great price, your first step towards keeping your vehicle in top shape. 

In addition to these great closeout prices, General is now offering a $50  mail-in rebate on the Altimax RT. This rebate runs from April 3rd through May 1st, see complete details here.

New Method Roost Wheel is a Great Fit for Jeep Wrangler

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by Turk Turkleton

In a previous post, "Jeep Wrangler Wheels and Tires", we discussed using 17x9" aftermarket wheels with -12mm offset, which is about 4.5" backspacing on a Jeep Wrangler. That sizing, for many people, is the magic combination to fit 33" or 35" tires on the Jeep JK. I was in that same mindset, but when I saw the new Method Roost wheels we're getting in, I knew I had to have them!

The Method Roost for the Jeep JK is available in a black or bronze finish. The bronze option only comes in one fitment, 17x8.5" ET 0. That works out to about a 4.75" backspacing, which is about a quarter-inch less inside clearance, and it's a half-inch narrower wheel, too. This means the tire will pull in toward the shocks about another 1/4". That's 1/2" total less clearance to the sway bar, control arms, shocks and inner fender wells. Initially, I was concerned about the clearance for my 315/70R17 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires with 3" of lift and only 4.75" backspacing on the wheels. But I was pleasantly surprised when I got them installed and they fit very well, and they look great! They even had room to articulate the suspension, which was my main concern.

My factory fenders are cut back like flat fenders to provide more clearance, but if you have rubbing issues and don't want to cut or replace the fenders, you can always put a bigger bump stop on the suspension to prevent the tires from flexing up into the fenders. This would likely be necessary to articulate in this way with factory fenders. Limiting straps are another option to limit suspension travel.

How to Tell if a Recommended Installer Does Road Force Balancing

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by Ben Rooney

For some vehicles, anything less than perfect balancing of wheels and tires can result in unpleasant vibration at certain speeds. One of the best tools for getting rid of this vibration is Road Force balancing. This advanced balancing spins the tire against a roller to account for any variation in stiffness of the tire's sidewall. It's common for there to be a stiff spot in the sidewall, which can cause a ride disturbance even if a wheel and tire are perfectly balanced for weight.

How do you find which of our Recommended Installers offer this service? It's easy. Go to the "Installation" section on our website, which is accessible at the top of our homepage or from this link. You will need to enter your ZIP code to see a list of nearby installers. Next, you'll see a map with installer locations and a list of installers. To the left of the map, there is a series of check boxes under "Product Services". Second to last on the list is "Road Force Balance". Check that box, then hit the "Update Results" button. Now the map and list will be showing only installers that offer Road Force balancing.

To see the cost of Road Force balancing, click on the "Select/More" button for the installer of your choice. Under "Optional Premium Services", you will see a list near the bottom of the page that shows the install cost.

For more information about using our Recommend Installer program, take a look at "Shipping to a Recommended Installer" and "How to Calculate Your Installation Cost at a Recommended Installer."

Lower Your Car and Keep a Great Ride with Eibach Lowering Springs

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by Gary Stanley

Now that fair weather is just around the corner, many drivers are starting to focus on the performance and handling capability of their sporty cars. After upgrading tires, a vehicle's suspension is the next area of improvement that yields great results for the money. For most, a set of lowering springs from Eibach may be the answer. 

Benefits of lowering springs:

  • Lower center of gravity
  • Reduced body roll
  • Reduced pitch and dive when braking and accelerating
  • Better handling and steering feel

Vehicle performance and handing aren't the only reasons to lower your car. The visual difference in closing some of the factory wheel gap can be very appealing. 


Some people are hesitant to lower their vehicle due to concerns about ride quality, alignment problems and even compatibility with their shocks. The truth is that ride quality and proper alignment can be maintained with a set of high quality springs such as Eibach's Pro-Kit Spring Set. They're designed to be compatible with a vehicle's Original Equipment shocks. For more information about some of the misconceptions involved with lowering your car, read "Five Common Myths About Using Lowering Springs to Lower Your Car."

Lowering springs can make your car more fun to drive! Shop by vehicle to see which suspension options work best for your application.

Only One Tire Available for My Mazda CX-7?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Turk Turkleton

Many drivers of some Mazda CX-7 models will find that their Original Equipment 215/70R17 tires only have one replacement option when the time comes for a new set -- the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400. When you search by size, you'll also see there's a winter tire option available with Bridgestone's Blizzak DM-V1. While these two choices will cover any season for most drivers, some customers will find themselves wanting more options. 

An alternate size for the Mazda CX-7 is 225/65R17. This size is a little wider and just a little shorter, but it's less than 1/2" change on both width and height. Therefore, it will fit on the Original Equipment 17x7" wheel.

The 225/65R17 gives you many more options than 215/70R17, and the following all-season options are worth considering.

Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Firestone Destination
LE 2

Shop by size to view all options available in the 225/65R17 size.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Monday, March 23, 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 Ecopia EP422 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2008 Toyota Yaris Hatchback
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Miami, FL
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
August 30, 2014

I have read a lot of reviews on this tire. The most notorious aspect of these tires is ride comfort and noise level. When I drove the car with these tires for the first time, I was amazed at how smooth and how quiet the ride is. I see a lot of reviews complaining about the wear. Mine only have about 500 miles on them so I can not comment on that. I had the Bridgestone HP550 and those lasted 4 years. But they were the wrong size 195/60R15 - too big. Those tires were very noisy and the car was using more fuel - but the wear was good. I used to complain my car was not comfortable on long trips. Now I realize it was the noise from the HP550´s that was making me tired. These ECOPIA are worth every penny just for the comfort and noise reduction. I would be willing to give up a little on wear for the improved ride comfort and less noise.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2006 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab SE
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
September 17, 2014

Just got the tires and I can feel the difference. The ride is much smoother and the road noise is gone. I think my gas mileage has improved also. Still need to see how they do in the rain and snow. But so far no complaints. I real like the way the ride feels. I must say tire rack got the tires to me in less than 24 hours. I placed the orders and the tires arrived the next day. Wow. Install was easy with a local tire company.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.12

2004 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: Stuart, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
September 19, 2014

I have a set of these on my 2004 S2000. Best tires I have had on it in 8 years. They replaced a set of Bridgestones, which were on the car for the prior 10,000 miles (3rd set, each lasting approx 10k miles). The Michelin's have been a much nicer tire than the Bridgestones in terms of confidence I have when pushing the cornering limits of the car. They are very stable in the south Florida downpours at highway speeds (60-80mph) and I have not had a single case of hydro-planing or fear of losing traction. I do not drive too hard, but it is reassuring to know you can give the car some gas on an exit ramp and enjoy the grip these tires give.

My only issue, much like the prior three sets of Bridgestones, is the tread wear on the rear tires. 10k - 12k on a set of tires is not too great but seems to have done better than the prior sets of Bridgestones. I will be buying another set of these exact same rears from Tire Rack in the coming few weeks.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFT

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91

2008 Toyota Prius Touring
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Spearfish, SD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
August 31, 2014

Hands down best snow tire on the market! I buy Blizzaks for our entire fleet of taxi cabs every winter. Being in western South Dakota, our winters can be very unforgiving, but I trust these tires among all others to keep both my cars and passengers safe. The only complaint I had about them was how fast they wear on dry pavement, but I'm not going to complain too much, especially seeing how hard these cars are driven, snow or not. I never anticipated that a Prius could be such a reliable car in +6" of snow, but these tires prove it!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2012 Nissan Rogue AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Muscatine, IA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
September 15, 2014

Love! Love! Love! these new Michelin Premier AS tires. I replaced Dunlop Sport tires that came on the car when I purchased the vehicle new. These tires are MUCH quieter and MUCH smoother riding than the Dunlops. I blew a tire at 28k miles and had to replace all 4 because my SUV is AWD. I purchased Michelin for my Corvette and love them on that car so thought I'd choose them again. So far - very glad I did - What a difference!! Don't know how they will wear yet - but love them so far!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance All-Season

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2010 Lexus RX 350
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
September 02, 2014

I have been extremely satisfied with these tires. Although from others that have them on a minivan, the treadwear has not been good. For me at roughly 12000 miles a year they have been great. Good handling and ride comfort.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL Edition Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Miles driven on tires: 7,650
Location: Lebanon, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 7,650 Miles on Tires
September 02, 2014

My new Grand Cherokee Summit came equipped with the Fortera HL. I have had years of Goodyear tire experience on SUV's. Performance has always been good across their wide range of treads. Tread life has generally been not so good across the Goodyear brand. The Fortera HL so far is much better. I notice no tread wear at all to date.

I had the vehicle since 12/13 and experienced one of the worst winters I can remember. We had everything in the book. I live on a very long rural private lane. No PENNDOT assistance. These tires and the best AWD system on the planet got me everywhere I needed to be.

Road noise/quiet, comfort/great, dry pavement/ goes around turns faster than my interest in more, HIGH speed interstate they track like a train on rails, rain/good to 65mph, snow/good to 6" then the tire width is not helpful, ice/ as good as any tire I have owned except the triple tread.

Based on 7650 miles and a nasty winter, I will purchase again.