Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta PA31 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2005 Subaru Forester 2.5 XT
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Watertown, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
November 20, 2014

This tire far exceeds my expectations, particularly when the price is considered. The comfort and quietness of these tires is really outstanding. The wet and dry performance is at least equal to the Toyo and General all seasons I have had on this car in the past. The winter performance is way better than previous tires. It handles so well in snow and ice that for the first time, I will not be putting on my dedicated winter wheels with Yokohama Iceguards. They may not have quite the grip of the Iceguards, but the handling is quite good and very predictable when the tires break free.

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

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: New Preston, CT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 20, 2014

Excellent tires so far. Great value too. They have transformed the ride, are significantly quieterimproved fuel economy and provide terrific grip - noticeably on wet roads. Haven't had a full winter on them yet, but I am confident given other reviews. I've had two sets of Continental Contipros, which were good but wore quickly and are relatively expensive, and a set of Toyo Extensas which were horrible.

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

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.73
 
 

1988 Porsche 924S
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Marietta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 15, 2014

I added this set of tires for normal daily driving. Previously I used a set of BFG G-Force tires for daily driving and autocross use. I retained the BFGs for autocross use. Compared to the BFGs, The Yokos deliver a very smooth and quiet ride. In dry and wet (rain) conditions the Yokos provide good traction, stability and cornering qualities. The tires provide good feedback and predictability in normal and spirited driving conditions. Although these tires instill confidence in both dry and rainy conditions, they are terrible in snow and on ice. The slightest bit of snow will cause fish-tailing when accelerating or even slowly going around curves with my rear-drive, low-horsepower, 924S. They offer disappointing performance in snow for an "all season" tire. Tread seems to wear evenly and well so far. For me this has been an excellent tire, but only because 1) I almost never have to ride in snow and 2) I have a separate set of tires/rims for autocrossing. I would not recommend these tires for winter use to anyone living north of Atlanta, GA. If snow is not an issue for you, these tires deliver fine performance and sound driving qualities at a very reasonable price (especially if you wait for the rebate offer). I have not autocrossed these tires so I cannot review how they perform at the limit. I believe they would be predictable and controllable (as they are on the street) but would certainly not offer the performance of dedicated summer tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2003 Nissan 350Z Touring 6-Speed
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Miles driven on tires: 28,000
Location: Blaine, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 28,000 Miles on Tires
November 20, 2014

I had these tires on my 350z for the entire 28,000 miles I owned the car, with exception to winter driving. For that I had separate studded tires.

Overall, I loved them. Could be a bit noisy at times, but the tradeoff I got for traction, tread wear & cornering stability was acceptable. You definitely didn't want to be speeding to much in a down pour and through pooled water on the roadway, but a properly drained roadway seemed to be no match for these tires.

If I had the opportunity, I would buy them again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2008 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: West Fargo, ND
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
November 21, 2014

this tire has all the raved qualities and then some, however, these tires were not the best fit for my car, inasmuch as they had excellent grip, they also caused my car's MPGs to plummet like a stone in water. Before, on the interstate, i used to cruise at about 48-51 mpg without effort or overinflation of the tires, but now, my new normal mpg is 38-41 mpg, I've tried to look into the tire's rolling resistance and there hasn't been much that has been talked about in any of the brochures. If fuel economy is not your top priority, disregard this message, but if you have fuel economy in mind as one of your top priorities, then i would reccomend that you search other tires first, and know that this tire has bad rolling resistance, a characteristic that gives it its desirable qualities in winter/snow driving.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2001 Toyota Camry LE
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Miles driven on tires: 6,750
Location: New Berlin, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,750 Miles on Tires
November 21, 2014

I purchased this tire to complement the set of Xi3s I use in the winter. This tire was primarily purchased because of its great reviews on snow and ice. I was looking for an all-season tire that would be competent during the beginning and end of winter; when it is too warm for true winter tires, but too sloppy to sacrifice traction.

First of all: I thought my Xi3s were quiet, I would've easily given them a 10/10.
If my Xi3s are quiet, then these A/S tires are _silent._ -- An absolutely night and day difference.
Despite this quietness, the ride does feel a little less comfortable than my Xi3s.

The rolling resistance of this tire seems a bit high; but I would say that it's a fair tradeoff for the very durable tread pattern.
The tires are very responsive; but they lack the same feedback and character that I'm accustomed to from the Xi3s.
You must be careful not to overwhelm the tire: when it loses grip, it happens very quickly.

I was a little disappointed in their winter conditions performance. (To be fair: they had some big shoes to fill.)
Driving in snow was actually both easy and fun. Again they lack feedback, but if you're driving sanely they are very safe and controllable.

Driving on ice / freezing rain is another story. Cornering and braking performance was about what I'd expect. Starting was practically impossible. They offer great rolling traction; but very little static traction.

Overall - I'm pleased with the tire, but I would still recommend a softer compound for any serious "all-season" use.

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

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2009 Honda Fit
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Wauwatosa, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
November 20, 2014

These, in my opinion, were a great upgrade from my stock fit tires. Unfortunately, having a manual transmission and a "spirited" driving style, I wore them out in two years. They were excellent when they had tread, but our first accumulation of snow here in Milwaukee, the land of many hilly streets, I was in a lot of trouble. Going downhill with a stop sign at the bottom? Forget about it. May try another set before trying something new

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX A/T 2

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.47
 
 

2015 Toyota 4Runner
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2014

This is a great tire for a 4runner in the P-metric size.... Ride is great and handles tremendously better! Still rides as smooth as the OEM Dunlop Geolander highway rib tires, but w/much better steering feel & handling. A very minimal increase in noise can be heard when windows are open, but thats to be expected going to an A/T tire. No noticeable increase in bump impact harshness. Michelin's are always worth the extra money!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.45
 
 

2014 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Columbus, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
November 21, 2014

This is my second set of these tires. My car came stock with them, and I live in Ohio so winters can get rough. These things handled no matter the driving condition, and I took them to the track twice. Can't ask for much more in a high performance tire. I drive a little aggressively, so after 12.5K Miles, I needed new ones. Wouldn't have come anywhere else on the internet to make my purchase. Tire Rack really is the best.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

2005 Suzuki XL-7 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Owego, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
November 21, 2014

not a lot of snow here yet, but some black ice and light snow packs, and these tires grip like crazy. Haven't once felt the need need for four wheel drive.Real excited for some real snow to put them to the test, but so far so good!!!

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

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2002 Mazda Miata LS
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Selah, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
November 21, 2014

This tire continues to amaze me. I just drove home in 32F rain/slush/freezing rain. The tires performed very well despite the BFG warning about operating below 40F not recommended. I was also able to climb the steep hill to my house with a combo of speed, momentum and tire spin. Tire performance in the 9 months of dry, warm weather here have continued to impress me. I can hold a controlled drift on on-ramps with no worry of past-the-edge slides that the previous tires exhibited. Highly recommended -

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

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2013 Cadillac CTS-V
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Layton, UT
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2014

Well, I own a CTS-V Coupe (Daily Driver and Track Car) that originally came with Michelin PS2's, which are great tires (OE). I have had my V on the local track on both sets of tires and the Bridgestones are fantastic in their own right, not to mention the price. I have run both tires up to 179 mph without any stability, pressure or temp issues. What I really like about the Bridgestones was the performance on the track (my nirvana). When I ran my PS's I would get wild fluctuations in temp and pressure after about 5 laps, about 1.2 miles each lap... spirited of course. With the Bridgestones, they remained rock steady, temp and pressure. In fact, when I inspected them after 12 laps they were all perfectly bubbled and sticky... I could have taken them on another 5 to 8 laps easy. The PS2's performance would fade consistently lap after lap, these Bridgestones actually became more consistent. This is significant because I really didn't WANT to buy these tires, however the reviews here on Tire Rack helped me select the best tire when I needed replace the Michelin's. I previously owned a 2008 Corvette, Base w/Z51 Suspension where I ran nothing but Michelin's (To include on the Nurburgring) and have had great results previously with them... but these S-04's have won me over. I get great daily mileage, low to no noise and fantastic, consistent and predictable performance on the track and back roads. Rain doesn't phase them, or seem to and since the temps have dropped they seem fine in the colder weather (Won't drive it in the winter). IMHO these are very much worth the purchase. Remember, driving has nothing to do with your phone... Safe Travels, thanks for letting me post.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Chagrin Falls, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2014

My wife put 40,000 miles on her PT in northern Ohio and we were most impressed with the tires. Far superior to the Goodyear GTs which we dumped at 20k. Everything regarding the DWS's was far superior the Goodyears. We did 8, 1,000 mile trips per year for three years in comfort. The tires still had at least 5k left on them when we sold the PT. I am ordering a set of DWS's for my turbo Outback.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8
 
 

2004 Honda Accord Sedan EX V6
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Black Hawk, SD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
November 21, 2014

I purchased these at the beginning of the 2014 snow season after hearing from my brother how great they were and have gotten two snow storms on them. I have these on my 04 honda accord and 2013 Chrysler town and country. I really don't have words to describe how happy I am with these tires. My ABS and traction control are completely unneeded since I have put these tires on. I find myself pushing into slippery corners to see if I can get the tires to break loose. I have a fairly steep driveway and left the second snow fall on it for a couple days just to see if it could get icy enough to make my car spin out, didn't happen. I don't know how long these tires will last but my brother has three winters on his so I am hoping to get at least that and for being some of the lowest price snow tires I dont think there is any way you could go wrong.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2009 Toyota Sienna AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: North Aurora, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
November 20, 2014

After the Winter of 2013, I am completely sold on this tire. This tire made the Sienna AWD impossible to lose grip on snow or packed snow & ice. Even with over 6" of snow on the road last winter, the Sienna never lost grip and I felt 100% confident driving in the worst conditions. They're MUCH quieter than the Firestone run flats that are on during the summer.

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

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2009 Audi A4 2.0 Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 3,600
Location: St Petersburg Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,600 Miles on Tires
November 23, 2014

After 3600 miles of driving I rate this tire a 10 for ride comfort and noise level. Probably the best tire I have ever driven on during my 45 years of driving! Traction and steering on dry and wet pavement is excellent also. Have not driven tire on snow yet.
Due to low miles driven to date also unable to comment on tread wear. The tire seems to be made of a fairly soft and natural rubber , can actually smell the rubber smell when I enter the garage. So far, my overall rating is a 10 of 10. Made my car seem new again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.23
 
 

2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Muskogee, OK
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2014

I have bought three sets of these for my Duramax. This truck is a 500 hp sleeper. These tires have held up better than any other tire I have purchased. Dry traction is great for hole shots. Wet traction, well not as great with the horse power. They do well in snow and wear evenly. I have recommended these to my friends who also love them on there 4x4's. I do not do reviews, but these tires have proven to be great over the last 6 years.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82
 
 

2008 Saturn Outlook XE FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 67,000
Location: Shelby, NC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 67,000 Miles on Tires
November 23, 2014

Over 65,000 miles out of them, an I am ordering another set. Bought the Saturn new in 08, and this beats the OEM tires. Better fuel economy as well.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2010 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2014

Great tires. What an improvement over the tires that came with the vehicle. And quieter!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
November 24, 2014

this is an early review after just 2 days of having tire. 2 days of lots of rain. WOW did these tires make a huge diff on our 2009 jetta (we replace almost new bf goodrich ta touring which we hated). initial impressions are WOW what a smoother ride, nicer over bumps and impressive rain performance from standing start, stopping, and fast corning. these tires grip in the rain. i'll post another review in a few months after we drive it more on dry and snow and such but so far we are VERY pleased. amazing what a diff a good tire can make.