Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo2

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2000 Audi A4 Avant 1.8T Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2015

I really like these tires. Living in Germany I get to test out the Y speed rating, but my little Audi will only go 142mph. Not enough engine to go any faster. At those speeds it handles very nicely and predictable. Wet traction is very good on the curves and hills on my way to work. I only drove in the snow once with these, not a good time, but they were not designed for that so no points deducted for it. Tread wear has been acceptable, I can probably get one more season out of them. I estimate they will have 35-40,000 when I replace them. Here we have to have snow tires on in the winter so they are only on for part of spring, summer and part of fall due to late or early snow. I probably will go with something else just because of the ride quality which I contribute to the 45 aspect ratio and 2" lowering, not a bad tire design. Maybe go with a 50-55 sidewall.
Overall a very balanced and well handling tire. I would recommend them to others.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2000 Audi TT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Aptos, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 04, 2014

Perfect tire for Northern California driving, both freeway and winding back roads.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2008 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
November 11, 2014

I put on these tires in Texas as I do quite a few road trips up north and needed something with some flexibility. These tires were excellent overall. They do have some issues with ice, as do most A/S tires but very good grip for acceleration and braking. Very good, but not great, cornering as the sidewalls are rather soft. They do however communicate very well towards the limits of handling and are very forgiving when you go past the limit. Excellent in the rain as well. I even used these tires for some wet laps of the Nurburgring Nordschliefe. I am logging in to buy another set for winter right now as I already have summer performance wheels/tires. I highly recommend these, and the price is just an added bonus.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

2013 Scion FR-S
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Dublin, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2014

Stock All-Seasons (aka no-seasons) that came on a '13 FR-S.
On the dry, it's a good tire, allowing to enjoy the car's nimbleness and easy temper. Enough corner traction to put you in trouble, but lets go in a consistent, predictable way.

On the wet, it's a good straight-line tire. Never had any problems in regular driving, but ultimate wet cornering grip is about 50% what the dry grip is. Again, it won't slide unless provoked, and then slides are predictable.

Would consider again is they weren't that expensive.

No comments on winter performance since I'm running Blizzaks during the cold months.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Signature CS

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Signature CS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2005 Honda Pilot EX
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Miles driven on tires: 42,000
Location: Chadds Ford, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 42,000 Miles on Tires
August 20, 2014

I just put on my second set. I just don't see how you can beat this tire for the money. I've never had a problem in any amount of snow. Always feel in control. I think they are great in the rain too. Could I have squeaked out a few thousand more miles? I guess. But new tires are always more quiet and handle better. If you are looking in this price range, I think it's a really solid choice.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental TrueContact

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental TrueContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88
 
 

2011 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 325
Location: Fayetteville, AR
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 325 Miles on Tires
August 19, 2014

Replacing OE ContiProCoontact with 50% tread remaining because of hydroplaning! TrueContact quietness will not impress an Odyssey driver though this is a relatively quiet tire. They will definitely be enamored and impressed with the smooth and controlled ride. This is an outstanding tire. The ride is incrediibly comfortable really smoothing the bumps in the road. I've owned a number of Michelin and Goodyear premium tires and this TrueContact is the most impressive tire I have owned! The directional response of the Odyssey is markedly enhanced by the TrueContact as is the traction and cornering! This tire is probably a "great tire sneaker"! The dealer who installed these tires said as much and recommended this tire even though they were $232 cheaper than a set of Michelin Primacy MXV4's that I was considering. Even though I have only just bought this tire, as you can see, I am overly pleased and surprised with how it performes on my routine route of mixed town and highway driving. If you own an Odyssey, consider this tire seriously!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2011 Volvo C30
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Pennsville, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

10000 miles and love these tires. I have tried to push them pretty hard and have not been as to lose traction. They are quiet and predictable. Just rotated and they have worn some, but still have a ways to go.

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.14
 
 

2000 Chevrolet Suburban 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Malvern, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

Noticeable vibration between 65-75 MPH. Vibration present at lower speeds to a lesser extent. Noticeable vibration also present above 75 up to speed limiter on vehicle (98 MPH). Went back to installer 3 times after initial install to re-balance tires. Cannot get rid of the vibration. Even went as far as having third party (Chevrolet dealer) to inspect for worn/damaged components. Pulled both drive shafts to inspect and replaced rear shaft u-joints due to minor wear. No improvement. Trying to find someone who can perform "road force balancing" as a last resort. Very disappointed in what I am having to do to get these tires to the point where my vehicle is tolerable to drive for long distances.

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57
 
 

2012 Audi Q5 3.2
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Forty Fort, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
August 19, 2014

Far exceeded expectations, especially in snow. After buying a CPO Q5 3.2 late in the winter and experiencing the oem Dunlops, I needed to decide on some a/s tires, and many of the usual go-to tires were sold out.

I knew the Conti-General product line is excellent, based on my experience with a few models, so I took a chance on these RT tires. I hoped that 700 treadwear would help with this tire-munching AWD SUV.

Anyway, I used them over a pretty tough winter at a country location that has an uphill driveway. I really felt like I was close to a snow-tire experience, but don't want to rock the boat, these are RT tires at a really low price. I was able to keep my bigger oem tires and wheels stored over the snow season, where they could do no harm.

If you're considering other inexpensive tires or the same-old pricey HPAS/GTAS tires, these are the ones you want....especially if you see snow.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta PA31 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.88
 
 

2007 Mazda MAZDA3 s 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Brown Deer, WI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 15, 2014

Generally a nice tire but very noisy on my Mazda. Louder than any snow tire I've had including the General Altimax used for 3 consecutive winters.Had tires rebalanced and alignment done.I like the comfort for its class. But the noise is intolerable. One tire was returned for a defect that made handling scary. I can't recommend the tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2005 Subaru Forester 2.5 X
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Miles driven on tires: 61,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 61,000 Miles on Tires
August 25, 2014

The best tire I have ever owned - I'm just sad I didn't find out about them sooner or that Michelin doesn't make them in a size for my current car. For this car, the oem tires lasted 20k miles and these went over 60k and were still OK when I sold the car with 80k miles. They saved me twice when I was going too fast in wet conditions and I thought for sure I was going off the road - but they stuck. They also got me out of a parking lot once when I worked all night and when I came out the snow was up to the center of the wheels - well over a foot - thought for sure I would be stuck but I dug out around the car and they drove me right out to the street. I owned three of these cars and put 6 sets of tires on them over a 10 year period and I would have used these tires every time if I had known how good they were.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (W-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2012 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Westminster, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
September 28, 2013

Let me begin by saying that I always read these reviews with an open mind. But I never know how to really take them. So I write this strictly as a comparison between the tire that came on my car and the Goodyear eagle sport. My mazda 3 came with Yokohama avids in 205/50 17. The cars handling made up for what the tires lacked. The Yokohamas didn't do anything well. Their lack of grip was apparent in dry, exasturbated in the rain and was non existent in even the lightest of snow. Add to that the fact that I only got 24k miles out of them. They were also very noisy. When it came time to replace my tires the most important thing was not to sacrifice handling for durability. I needed longevity since I drive 15+k miles a year. I came across the eagle a/s and even after the short amount of time I've spent with these tires it has becoming glaringly obvious that they should have come standard on the mazda 3. I did go with a wider tire which helps in the handling department. The traction control doesn't so much as flicker under hard acceleratin. The 2nd day I had the tires we had a torrential downpour. These tires did not dissapoint. They gripped the asphalt as if it was dry. When I drove on a familiar on ramp my car used to shift its weight and then you would feel the tires lean over on their sidewalls, no more. Steering response has improved. They are also noticeably quieter. They are repaving the roads on my commute and even with the asphalt torn up the car is quieter and doesn't shift around as much. I know these are goodyears budget tire, but so far they have proven to be a vast improvement over the stock tires. I am looking forward to the winter to see how they Handle snow. I'm also hoping they get to 50k miles before I need to replace them. Assuming they do I will be purchasing them again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

1998 Porsche Boxster
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Miles driven on tires: 4,300
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,300 Miles on Tires
August 20, 2014

Great wet traction as I expected but what I didn't expect was dry traction that was superior to the Bridgestone S-02 or Michelin Pilot Sport tires I had previously on the car! There were also a small improvements in ride comfort and lower noise which my wife always appreciates. Don't be fooled into thinking this is some sort of compromised all-season tire, it is a serious performance tire for sports cars and sedans that will put a smile on your face when you push hard through a turn and get more grip than you were expecting. Get a set and you won't be disappointed.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy HP

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.88
 
 

2014 Subaru BRZ
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Waukesha, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
August 29, 2014

Great tire, yes, you can make it cut loose if you don't know how to drive RWD car. I can make mine lose their grip predictably, as well as maintain grip. (it's called driving:-) Yes, the wet driving is not as great as the dry and you need to be cautious, so don't think you're driving a 4 x 4 breadbox, cause it's not or an AWD rally car. Check your skills and don't push it in the wet. I have 5k on them and just rotated them. the shoulder worn a bit more in the front and so you will lose a little grip in the rear, just adjust your driving. Learn to corner, feel tire and road. That's another thing - the feedback from these tire is good. so if you're complaining about feeling the road, you're tool and should be driving family sedan or SUV breadbox, you'll get your "drive on a cloud" feeling.
Braking - I'm very gentle on brakes and haven't slammed on the brakes yet, but the feel is good under "normal" braking. Coming into a turn (dry) the response from the car, tires is ---- good. These tires are for experienced RWD car owners. The BRZ and FRS are pure sport cars, that require driving skills, nuff said!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SR-A

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler SR-A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.21
 
 

2012 GMC Sierra 2500 HD 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Hartland, VT
Driving Condition: Average
 

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

I've had over 10 trucks and never got over25000 useful miles on the OEM tires on them. I believe these tires will go over 50000 safely. I also plow here in Vermont with this set of tires with no real problems.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27
 
 

2006 Volkswagen Passat Sedan 3.6L 4motion
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Indian Hills, CO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
August 30, 2014

These tires were very pricey when I purchased them so I had high expectations. I have an AWD passenger car and live in the Colorado mountains so I needed all weather tires to handle the snow but there are a lot of windy mountain roads.
The tires handled well and were very quiet but at 25,000 and two years in, they are shot. I cannot afford to be purchasing high-end (high-priced) tires like this every two years so I am currently shopping Tirerack.com for something that will last a little longer.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2008 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5I Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Mandan, ND
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
August 29, 2014

I autox an Rx-7 on a set of DW and loved them for driving to and from (and that includes racing on them) the event. Now saying that, I bought a set of DWS for my Legacy and do enjoy taking turns with some speed behind it to enjoy the thrill on the streets. I don't brake hard or accelerate hard at all just enjoy turning faster then others. I rotate my own tires every 6,000 miles to keep tread even. I let my wife drive the car for work and trips she takes because of the safety these tires provide. Had these tires since Febuary 2013 and would not be buying news but wife tagged a curb she didn't see in a parking lot and the sidewall has damage. I am now ordering a second set for the face this were amazing in the winter time even in semi deep snow to slush and hard rain. Provide beyond great traction for summer time and do great for gravel roads. Still ride really quite with the miles that are on them and sad i have to get a new set but keeping the 3 tires that are still good just in case something happens. Will continue to buy these as long as they make them because of my experiences and the safety it provides for me, my wife, and my newborn. Thanks for the great tire and yes I do recommend these for anyone.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8
 
 

2012 BMW 135i Coupe M Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 17,250
Location: Hillborough, NC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 17,250 Miles on Tires
October 14, 2014

These Michelin Pilot Sport AS3s are great all-season tires for my wife's BMW 135i. These are the front tires and they have worn well but they are becoming noisier as they wear down.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup ZP

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport Cup ZP Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2013 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Pendleton, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
September 14, 2014

My car is actually a 427 convertible, but the 'list' doesn't provide that as an option. Think of it as a steel-framed Z06 convertible, or a Grand Sport with the Z06 driveline, take your pick.

I bought these exclusively for autocross. For some reason the 427s came with the ZR1 tire size (285/30-19 front, 335/25-20 rear), which I think is rather insane for a convertible - how many of these are gonna be tracked? So I bought a set of regular Z06 wheels and run Bridgestone RE-050 RFTs (275/35-18 front, 325/30-19 rear) for general tooling around.

But when I got into autocross, I decided dedicated wheels and tires for that would be handy. And these are pretty amazing. On clean, dry pavement the grip is hilarious - the car *will not* break. I'm getting peaks on the HUD's accelerometer of 1.25g; I'm guessing that's awfully optimistic but it's still at least .17g or so higher than I've ever seen with the 'stones.

They ride great - probably the soft compound, and on clean pavement they're also quite quiet.

However, the downsides - beyond the obvious (no good in wet, don't last, etc. etc.) - are, on 'dirty' pavement - loose 'grit', stones, whatever - they're not much better than an aggressive summer street tire. They really need a clean surface to show what they can do. And they pick up EVERY loose object on the road, no matter how microscopic, and fling it into your wheelwell.

Would I buy them again? Sure, for this specific purpose - they're cheaper than a street tire, and they're pretty much the only game in town. In the ZR1 fitment, you've got two Michelins (the PSZP and this) and one Pirelli - so not much competition.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2007 BMW X3 3.0si
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Miles driven on tires: 54,000
Location: Northfield, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 54,000 Miles on Tires
October 27, 2014

I'm putting another set of theses on my wife’s BMW X3. The first set was awesome. They really didn't need to be replaced yet as you can still see the S on the tread 3.5 mm - 4 mm. We plan to keep the car about another year and we might as well get the benefit of the new tire for this winter. She drives the car approximately 30 miles one way daily and I was so happy with this set there is no question what to put on before the snow fly’s!