Hub Centric vs. Lug Centric Wheel Fitments

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

Winter is Coming Part 2: Performance Winter / Snow Tires

Performance Winter / Snow tire consumers generally live in areas that receive little or no snow accumulation, but experience freezing or near-freezing temperatures. The benefits using these tires are twofold. First, drivers get an increase in snow and ice traction, but unlike a Studless Ice & Snow tire, where you are keenly aware you are driving on a winter...  Read More

Introducing Bridgestone's Blizzak DM-V2: The Tire to Beat for Winter 2015?

For the past several years the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 has been our highest consumer rated tire among a strong field of competitors in the Studless Ice & Snow (Light Truck) market. While it seems illogical to discontinue such a well liked product, history has proved that the Blizzak line of tires seem to evolve and rarely, if ever, take a step back....  Read More

Are All Dunlop Direzza Tires Created Equal?

The Dunlop Direzza family of tires is focused on performance and handling. Models have included the Direzza Z1, Direzza ZII, Direzza DZ101 and Direzza DZ102. All of these featured summer compounds and directional tread patterns. Despite these similarities, there are some very distinct differences between them. There are two primary branches of the Direzza...  Read More

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

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

Best Tire Recommendations for the Toyota Camry

In the early 1980s, the Camry was introduced into the North American market as Toyota's mid-sized sedan. Many iterations of the car have been produced, including coupes, wagons and convertible versions of the car. While body styles have come and gone, the Toyota Camry has always been known as a reliable vehicle with very broad appeal. It's often one of the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion ATR

I could have gotten 100k highway miles so can't complain much. Did get flat spots if it sat in the cold for a few days. Overall pretty good!   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Not sure how much is car based or tire based, BUT, these things are phenomenal for what I bought them for. I was a little disappointed in tread life as I only get about 8K-10K out of a set of rears (fronts wear much longer about 2-1). Ride quality was not too bad given the car they were on, but then again these aren't luxury touring tires. In the morning...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Wow! Replaced original Michelin Energy LX4 with 60K miles on them with these Conti ProContact EcoPlus in 235/60R17. I could not be more pleased. They are so much better in all aspects to the LX4s. Better traction, better noise, better ride. My Odyssey feels like it is on rails and at times I almost forget I that am in a mini van. I would buy again in a heart...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

This tire is amazing...I have had two sets now on my Mazda Miata and have been extremely pleased with their performance. For daily driving, they are great. For autocross, they are just amazing! The dry grip is the best I have experienced in a street tire, and the wet grip to me is still pretty good. Wear has been very good for this type of tire, particularly...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

I LOVED theses tires. These tires do amazing in wet weather. I loved them because I didn't have much road nice from them and I thought it was a fairly comfortable ride. The problem is the tread life kinda ----s. It's decent for a performance tire, but I think it could have been better. They're pretty much done after about 20,000 miles. I did get a bubble in...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

I currently have these tires on a 2004 BMW 330Ci. There were a lot of bad reviews on here about these tires but I decided to buy them anyway because of the much lower price and the $80 rebate offered. I owned a pair of Hankook Ventus RS2 about 5 years ago and those tires were the best (200 tread wear). The cornered compared to the Micheline Pilot Sport 2 for...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

I was looking for a tire that I could drive to the track for DE's and still felt it performed well as I really didn't want to either tow my car or haul an extra set of tires. These Hankook's really perform admirably on the track and have a lot of grip for a street tire. It took me awhile to fully understand their best operating temperature but its sweet spot...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

These tires ar wearing very good and I would say some what better than the michelins that they replaced. My main complaint is the sidewalls are to soft. The vehicle does not handle as well as it did with the previous set of michelin tires.Hankook makes a good tire that could be made much better by increasing sidewall strength which would make it equal to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

These have been excellent in very deep snow off road. Off road in mud dirt sand rocks etc. are amazing for a streetable tire. Iced over roads not so great, they are not as good as a dedicated winter tire on glazed over roads but they do tend to have problems gripping the polished ice. I have never had a problem with noise but you do know that they are there...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor

I bought these tires after having 255/55/18 michelin mxv4 tires on. These goodyear silent armors have my range rover a more aggressive look and have me more confidence when driving in any condition whether it be sand, mud, gravel and deep snow. Love these tires would recommend it to anybody.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

These tires performed very well in all Wisconsin seasons, including snow. I ran these tires on my Sienna and Taurus concurrently and was pleased with the winter performance on both vehicles. I am now shopping for tires for both vehicles and will not put these on again simply due to noise. Very, very loud tire, especially as the tread wears down.   Read More

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

I had the P7 Plus' installed about eight months ago. Now with eight-thousand miles I am happy to report that I like them more and more with each passing mile. They are a phenomenal Grand Touring tire.I just recently had the chance to test them in heavy rains. They resist hydroplaning better than any tire I have ever used (thirty years of driving). The grip...  Read More

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

top notch against hydroplaning. tested real time in rain at freeway speed through a huge flooded out lane.Straight as can be! Seem tough. A bit noisey at low speeds and at high speeds. 55 to 65 noise is not bad.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

I confesses that I seldom write reviews, though I benefit from them, but these tires are so good, I have to do this. If you have read all the other reviews, as I did, you know there is general agreement on certain qualities, but a few complaints. The key fact in this is SOFT SIDEWALLS, which in turn affects all other properties. I plan to briefly confirm...  Read More