Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2012 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
December 05, 2014

I picked these continental pure contact tires and it appears I made good decision.They are very quiet and stick extremely well on tight clover leads. No snow driving yet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion ATR

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion ATR Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7
 
 

2004 Dodge Dakota Club Cab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 04, 2014

My truck does not get many miles on it. I bought it two years ago with less than 50k miles and it still has less than 60k. The original Goodyear tires wore well but had terrible traction even on dry roads. Yes, I realize most of the tread was already worn but it was hard to not spin those tires when leaving a stop light. And although my tire pressure was correct they road HARD! The Perellis changed the whole feel of the vehicle on the highway. Dry traction, wet traction, cornering, noise...all improved dramatiically. Don't know about snow but I will soon. The truck is mostly used on our small horse ranch but I commute in it at least once a week and that puts me on 5 miles of gravel and then 50 miles of highway roundtrip to Topeka. I will try to post an update after winter driving. Would buy again even if not on sale!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta PA31 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 4Matic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Pound Ridge, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
December 07, 2014

I cannot make the depth of review that others make on Tire Rack. I had Continental performance tires before this set and there is not much difference to me. They are no noisier, they behave in the wet, they corner well although I cannot say I push them. I get close to the same MPG and they came at a great price. As with all tires, we'll see how they do when we get up beyond 30K. I needed a good tire at a good price. My net price for 4 on the car, balanced and fitted by Firestone at $14.20 per tire was $472 after $50 rebate. That worked well!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama iceGUARD iG51v

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama iceGUARD iG51v Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.78
 
 

2014 Ford Explorer
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
December 06, 2014

Our first major snow in upstate NY was 12 inches all at once. We had had a few inches here and there before this storm and we still had the OEM tires on the Explorer. They were terrible in the snow. I got the Yokohamas because they were the cheapest tires for our Explorer Sport. All the other available tires were $150 to $200 more. I read the reviews and everyone said they are good in the snow but don't handle well compared to others. I am glad I took the chance. These handle better than the OEM tires in all aspects. There is no snow tire "sway" from tall tread and soft rubber as I have experienced with other snows thru the years. Great tires!

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

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2010 Audi S4 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,800
Location: Woodbridge, ON
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,800 Miles on Tires
December 08, 2014

Read other review that tires feel a little soft on hard corners, It's true,
Also read it is misguiding, the tires grip very well. Also true.
They perform very well, haven't noticed how they will wear yet. The noise level is very low. Overall happy with them. Good Value

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2005 Ford Mustang Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Whittier, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
December 04, 2014

2005-2009 Mustang V6 owners, UPGRADE TO THIS TIRE FIRST BEFORE ANY OTHER HANDLING UPGRADES.
This is the best performance value replacement tire and most profound handling upgrade for your car when upgrading to the 18-inch X 8.5/9 inch wheel.
The lower profile and moderately stiff sidewall eliminates the bouncing and bounding of the stock 16-inch tire, and you will be amazed that now the stock struts and shocks actually do work fairly well with far less rocking and nose dive.
Dry grip is very good, I can turn the wheel fast and hard at 30mph and the car just turns without any protest from the tires.
Dry braking is very good, hard stops from 75mph did not activate ABS.
Wet grip is very good, wet turns are undramatic and left turn fishtailing well suppressed.
Very minimal, if any, open differential right rear tire spin, dry or wet, even on right turns from a stop with moderate throttle application, TCS did not activate and choke the engine.
Any passenger car tire with a 9-inch wide tread will hydroplane at 50mph when encountering an inch or more of flooding, this tire is no different, just drive sensibly.
This tire does whir a slight bit when slowing to a stop, this is par for the course for negative camber and hydro-bushing braking compliance toe-in with performance tire tread patterns.
The wide width does cause some rut track steering deflections, tramlining is no worse than stock size tire.
The added width and weight of the tire and wheel dampens the twitchy steering and adds a bit of heaviness in the steering wheel.
Tire wear has been negligible over 3000 miles.
This tire with stock suspension is the best comprimise for outstanding handling with tolerable ride quality for a daily driver.
Add FACTORY GT front and rear stablizer bar set (late model front bar bushing strap bolt holes need elongation to fit).
G will increase to 0.9 plus !!!
OTHER HANDLING UPGRADES (lowering springs, shocks, poly-bushings) WILL DEGRADE RIDE QUALITY.
Best tire ever !!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 RFT

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.92
 
 

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Auburn, KS
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
December 04, 2014

OEM tires. I have 40,000 miles on these tires & getting near the tread wear indicators. After about 30,000 miles I noticed minor cupping on the front tires, but not the rear. Also, I noticed some jerking/vibration in the drive train when making slow speed turns on hot pavement - something like 4WD engaged on dry pavement only more frequent than the old style 4WD 'tire wind-up.' BMW Service Dept said this was due to tire wear (cupping). I rotated the tires & noticed some improvement; however, the weather cooled at the same time so I cannot be sure if rotating the tires actually made any difference or it was just driving on cooler pavement. At 40,000 miles I'm starting to experience a little of that same vibration but we are now in very cold weather. I'm still not convinced the vibration is caused by tire wear.

I'm disappointed that I didn't get a lot more miles from these tires considering the cost, the weight of the vehicle, and my driving conditions. I repeatedly got 60,000 miles (& more) on Goodyear Wrangler Radials (OEM plus two replacements) on a 1977 Bronco. I live in a rural area and most of my driving is highway with 1/2 mile of gravel to the nearest blacktop. I take a lot of long trips also.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle LS-2

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle LS-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
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Miles driven on tires: 74,000
Location: Ramsey, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 74,000 Miles on Tires
December 06, 2014

I wouldn't even replace these OE tires on my 2010 Chevy Malibu LTZ yet if we weren't going into winter. These tires have performed great in most conditions, wore well, ran quiet and handled well on my relatively low powered 4 cylinder car. I live in MN and travel to the northern part of the state. Not the best tire I've ever driven in snow but more than acceptable. I'm replacing these with Michelin Defenders only because I got a great deal on them and have had an excellent experience with them on other vehicles. That in no way minimizes how well I feel these tires performed on this vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2013 Subaru Outback
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
December 02, 2014

I only have driven with this set of Michelin X-Ice Xi3 through one winter. To give an honest opinion on how they perform in all winter conditions. I really need another winter season. So far so good. I am an aggressive driver, so I expect a lot out of a tire. (Even in the Winter) I highly recommend any snow tire in winter conditions for safety and performance regardless of what brand you choose. I feel it's the best investment you can make and it takes miles off and prolongs the longevity of your seasonal/summer tires. I usually get 3 winter seasons out of a set of snow tires. At lower speeds they handle fine in all aspects, but when driving a little more aggressive, I have had better experience with other brands. But I still feel that Michelin Tires are the best all around quality tire for the money on the market.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.3
 
 

2008 Ford Edge SEL
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Irvine, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
December 07, 2014

Generally a good all-season performance tire. Excellent grip in wet/damp roads, and average+ in slush or light snow. Dry performance is pretty high also (7-8). Wear is not terrible (though watch carefully for uneven wear) and tire continues to perform similar to new as you get farther down the road. Tire tracks well under power. Road noise is pretty quiet with this tire. Tire consistently holds air fairly well and haven't any nails or screws penetrate this tire and I've definitely run over some small debris a time or three.

That said, "THE" problem I have with this tire at this is I had a crazy blowout on the right rear the other day when hitting a bump at about 15mph. Heard a whomping sound at the red light half a block down then I started to go, saw my TPMS and thought oh yeah here we go, flat city. Figured it had to be a nail right? Nope, after getting on the donut spare, found big gash on the inner tread, about a 4" cut (the size of one entire lug and a little more). Tire just completely failed while hitting a drainage dip around a corner and should not happen. Tire was less than 2 years old with maybe 20,000 miles and 75% of the tread left.

Replaced it with a Yokohama YK580 in the same size. Would recommend these going forward over the AVID ENV as far as Yokohamas. Look for longer life, better reliability, good performance and great fuel efficiency with that one.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFT

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2009 BMW 335i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
December 10, 2014

This tire is excellent for a run flat. While I'd prefer to have a spare in the trunk, since BMWs do not come with one, I've stayed with runflats on my 09 3-series sedan. The tires have excellent steering responsiveness and very consistent stability under cornering. I even took this tire to the track at Road America in Wisconsin and it behaved remarkably well. Even through the Carousel it provided excellent feedback and a little slip under power without breaking free. These are, however, definitely a warm-weather tire. Below 45 degrees traction is notably decreased and by 35 degrees I'm wishing I'd switched to winter tires the previous weekend. I have about 15K miles on these tires. Because my car is rear-drive, the fronts will go another 10K miles easily while the rears probably have another 5K.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.13
 
 

2006 Scion xB
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Denver, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
April 29, 2010

Bought as a replacement for the awful OEM Goodyear Eagle LS. Dry and wet traction is absolutely superb, snow is decent, and ice is okay (as expected from an all-season tire). Tire noise is low. These tires are oriented towards performance with stiff sidewalls that provide a very controlled ride and a responsive steering feel. The ride is stiff but actually less nauseating than the old Goodyears which had poor control of sidewall movement and caused a lot of head toss. Hard to comment on treadwear after only 4000 miles but will update the review in the future.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.92
 
 

2004 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: Boston, MA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
January 20, 2014

After 22,000 miles, including a cross country and back camping trip loaded down with gear, these tires have really impressed me. They do what an all-season tire should do--perform in all seasons well. I've owned a lot of tires for lots of different types of cars, including tuned BMW's and family wagons, and never have I felt really satisfied with an all-season tire--at least not one that lasted well. Dirt roads, gravel roads, snowy roads, wet n'leafy and puddled roads, mountain highways and logging roads, and crappy frost-heaved New England roads with pot holes the size of smartcars. These tires have done it all with confidence. If there is one area where it has a little less fortitude, it might be snow. Surprisingly easy to do donuts in the parking lot. But on roads, driving sensibly in snow (nice n easy, not too fast), this tire never left me feeling uneasy.

At 22K, this tire feels like it's got a lot of life left in it. I'm not really feeling like it's lost much tread or handling--if any. So far it's lived up to it's promise.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.78
 
 

2005 Jaguar X Type 3.0 V6 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Lexington, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
May 09, 2011

These tires are fantastic: cheap, quiet, perform well, BUT they are not that great in the snow - I think they are best viewed as more like summer tires.





With that said, I highly recommend these.



They are real good at high-speed cornering and cruising ride comfort, very quiet for the level of performance they provide.



The all-season nature of the tire is where the tire falls short, I think, but I don't care - I prefer to put snow tires on my X-Type in the winter anyways - get a lot of snow in Vermont.



They seem to be okay in the rain - I haven't had a hydroplane experience, so I can't comment on that.



As for treadware, there appears to be very little in the 5,000 miles I have had them on. - Plus, they really hold their pressure extremely well - rarely need to add air.





And lastly, the price is extremely good - a real bargain in tires, I think.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.33
 
 

2011 Kia RONDO V6 EX
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Miles driven on tires: 650
Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 650 Miles on Tires
November 30, 2011

Great studless winter tire. Installed these on my 2011 Kia Rondo. The car is our main in-city people-mover and runabout. Fall - Winter performance on these new Goodyear WRT's is comparable or better than my previous experience with Xice or Blizzak WS-60 or WS/70 on other vehicles. Wet or Dry road response under cold conditions has been very good. Cornering stability is surprisingly good for a studless winter tire. Not many miles on these tires yet, but they give confidence to the driver under slick conditions. (of course the drive must make adjustment to the road conditions as well) Excellent value - Canadian TireRack customers should note that these tires are manufactured in US or Canada. Therefore under NAFTA no duty is payable upon import - just GST/PST and brokerage/shipping.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2012 Toyota Prius v
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Miles driven on tires: 65,000
Location: Fremont, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 65,000 Miles on Tires
December 10, 2014

GREAT! Came as orig equip on Prius V 2012, and just waering now at 65k mi! They seem quiet and responsive to the casual user like me...I think they've performed very well.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Sport Maxx RT

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Sport Maxx RT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.57
 
 

2015 Subaru WRX
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Miles driven on tires: 1,600
Location: Maplewood, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,600 Miles on Tires
December 10, 2014

These tires came OEM on my Subaru. While they have offered great stability at high speeds in straight and on the curves as well as provided great traction on both dry and wet conditions I feel that they gave off too much road noise into the cabin.

I confirmed this when I switched to my winter tires right before the Thanksgiving weekend. They were actually quieter on the same roads that I commute on a daily basis.

Once I burn through the Dunlops next spring I will switch to another performance tire for summer.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.21
 
 

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe SE
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Bedford, NH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2014

These tires are silky smooth and very quiet. They wore evenly but did not get the life I was expecting out of them, I have 45K on them however have been worn almost to the wear bars for 2-3 months. Driving conditions in my area can be severe with winter lasting close to 6 months, with a lot of deep snow and ice... These tires should not be purchased if you want winter traction, like most tires they perform OK when new (less than 10k miles) but after that the normal wear and tread design simply are not for snow and ice. You can evaluate that for yourself just by looking at the tread design. If you have all wheel drive and are used to driving in the snow/Ice you can get through it with these, like isaid on the flip side they are smooth and make for a nice summer tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.67
 
 

2015 Ford Focus ST
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 12, 2014

Previously had same tires, but smaller, on Civic SI. They performed so well there I bought them from you for the Focus ST. On the Civic they were very good in wet, hydroplane resistance, snow - light and heavy - and ice. Focus is too new for me to have experice with tires, car and conditions requested. I am very pleased. Further, customer service was excellent - not a compliment I pass lightly or frequently. Gavin did a very nice job.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Dynapro HT RH12

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Dynapro HT RH12 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.29
 
 

2006 GMC Sierra 2500 HD 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,800
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,800 Miles on Tires
December 12, 2014

I thought cold tire nylon thump was a thing of the past. Even in SW Fla the first few miles are spent getting the thump out. Glad I'm not in Delaware for the winter! I was disappointed with the wet traction on paved roads. The Duramax has no problem overcoming the tires when its wet out. As they say "you get what you pay for". Yokohama ATS & HTS were better. BTW, you can't beat Michelin.