Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2004 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Warren, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
April 25, 2014

Purchased the Conti's after a set of Bridgestone RE 970's. The Bridgestone's handled great, but always had too much vibration, even with road force balancing, and wore out after 20k miles. Overall, much prefer the Conti's. They are smoother, quieter, and deliver better gas mileage (+10-15% better highway). They don't handle corners as well as the Bridgestone's--they have a softer sidewall--but are better in so many other ways that I prefer them overall. Currently have 8k miles on them and they are wearing well. Highly recommended.

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.67
 
 

2010 Porsche Boxster
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2013

Same thoughts so far. Not as good as I had hoped. Very soft sidewall/tread. Feels like the rear reacts much later than the front. In defense of the Bridgestone tires (different model) on my other cars (Mercs & BMWs), once they were half way thru their treadlife, they performed well. May do the RE 11 on the front due to other owners posts but getting burned on Bridgestone.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.43
 
 

2012 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
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Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

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

First week on the tires, they ride very well and are very quiet. Sidewalls are very soft, so the car doesn't take a set right away on off ramps, but overall grip level is good.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43
 
 

2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i
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Miles driven on tires: 1,800
Location: James Island, SC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,800 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

After a sidewall issue with the OEM Goodyear Eagle LS2's, decided to give the Bridgestones a try after reading the reviews. Wanted to stay with a run flat for piece of mind for my wife and young daughter. I was pleasantly surprised with the upgraded ride quality and noise reduction over the Eagles. The car feels like the luxury car it was meant to be now. Not sure why BMW refuses to offer the next gen run flats on their vehicles, but these are certainly a welcomed upgrade to ours. Highly recommend these tires if you are looking for run flats.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 2,600
Location: Juneau, AK
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,600 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2014

So I ran this tire this last winter up here in Juneau, AK. When I bought my car it came with summer performance tires that they would not switch out at the dealership for an all season tire. So when I got these put on it was a night and day difference! I was glued to the ice, snow, and slush! They where great no matter the road conditions. The sidewalls where a little soft in cornering but they are winter tires not summer street tires so I can't really complain there. These tires are loud due to all the siping they have on the tread blocks. They also pick up every piece of gravel on the road. But if you are looking for a performance studless winter tire these are the tire for you. Just remember not to run them year road. They need to be switched during the warmer summer months.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2003 Porsche Boxster S
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Location: Danville, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

Well, I read a lot of reviews and finally settled on this Bridgestone Pole position SO-4 for my 2003 Boxster S - Before these I had some real cheapo tires that came on the car - i did not trust them but as it turns out they actually were better than these new SO-4's

My main complaint with the SO-4's is that at times they feel a bit loose or it seems like they wiggle around a bit as if the sidewall is soft. They just do not handle that well... i should not have saved the buck i did and should have went for the Michelins... oh well - i guess I have to live with these now... I am disappointed. I should have know to go with the best on a porsche...
 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 BMW X5 xDrive35d
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2014

Running on run flat tires was the worst tire experience I have ever had within my 40 years of driving.The stiff sidewalks transmit noise. No more bang from pot holes and my X5 is now quiet at high speeds. I purchased one of the last discontinued X5 factory spares kits, but a tow service membership is a great all-around protection whether with or without a spare. My old run flat tires lasted for 30 thousand painful miles and the lower cost of the new non run flat tires equates to 20 thousand miles to break even. This SUV is now set up to run on the highway and is not going to see much off-road adventure that would justify stronger sidewalls. This is my summer tire and so far so good. Just completed my 500 mile trip from the Sacramento Valley to the Central Oregon Coast up the I 5 corridor. The diesel motor loved the added grip and mini vans faded away thru the mountains.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

1971 Volkswagen Bus
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2014

Everyone told me I was making a mistake by getting this tire. They said it would be super noisy but it's just as quiet as any other tire I've had. Handling is pretty good, too. Granted, I'm talking about "handling" on a VW Bus but it's still good. What I love most are the 8 ply sidewalls. Even in strong gusts of wind my vehicle stays planted. Car seems more stable now. I had been using 6 ply sidewall tires and these are far superior.

I've tried many different brands of L/T tires over the years and these are - by far - the best. You will not regret getting this tire if you own a VW Bus and they seem to good I'm sure you'll feel that way on any other type of car.

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

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2009 Honda Fit Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Easton, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 15, 2012

I am a Michelin Hydroedge fan. I drive diesel VWs so I purchase tires that are comfortable at higher inflations (40+psi) and great handling tires so that I can maintain momentum through turns. This is critical to my high MPG driving style. The Hydroegde is about as good as it gets in that department since they are low rolling resistance tires (LRR), the ride is still comfortable over 40 psi and they offer handling performance of a high performance tire even though they are listed as a passenger tire. Unfortunately they are not available for my Honda Fit. I was faced with only 5 choices for my car, and the brand new Dunlop 7000 tires that came with the car felt like bricks. Wet weather performance is terrible on the Dunlops. So, the Yokohama Avid Ascend was it. They intrigued me with the Orange Oil, LRR, Made in the USA and Blue earth advertizing. But the proof is where the rubber meets the road. The tires are scary... at first. At recommended inflations (30-32 psi)the new tires are very inconsistent and sidewalls are soft. They have grip in dry and wet, they are comfortable and quiet on the road, but until they wear in, the first few miles of driving are scary. The back of the car felt loose until the tire grabbed which is unsettling. I felt this in the Goodyear Triple tread also when they were new so I gave it a couple of days and after a couple of heat cycles these too felt better. The installer set them at 30 psi. Once the tires settled in I experimented with pressures and found 41 in the front and 36 in the back provides neutral handling through turns. 40 front and back made the car very tail happy as the outer and inner inch of tread of the rear tire was not touching the road. At 35 the sidewall was too soft moved a lot. Once they are set properly I find them to be comfortable, quiet and grippy tires- very good in the rain. Definitely feel like LRR tires compared to the Dunlops, the car feels more stable and sporty- but they are no hydroedges.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.64
 
 

2004 Acura RSX
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Miles driven on tires: 55,000
Location: Santa Clarita, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 55,000 Miles on Tires
May 16, 2014

VERY HAPPY with these. Hot/sunny SoCal desert 24/7 and a few months Tahoe snow/ice. 3 yrs and 50k miles later time for 4 more. Some superficial cracking on the sidewalls and where the tread meets the sidewall but no other problems. I wonder if I had treated them regularly with tire conditioners or if it was kept in a garage or in a shaded parking spot if the cracking would not have occurred. Kept tire pressure per placard on the vehicle. Have also taken them on the beach and on a few fire/very bumpy dirt roads- quite a few very bumpy from the wind making "waves" in the desert sand/dirt roads/back roads/desert trails too! Tire cables in winter were not a problem either. No slipping, no squealing.

BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2: Excellent Performance at a Great Price

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Nearly two years has passed since the introduction of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2. Today, it stands tall as the king of the Ultra High Performance Summer performance category. As a replacement for the original g-Force Sport, the COMP-2 attacked the market in 2011 with a revised compound and considerable sidewall reinforcements over the previous model.

Well liked for its aggressive design and predictable handling in the dry and wet, the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 has become the class-leading favorite with nearly 1,000,000 miles reported. The tire has also done well in our internal tests and should grab your attention if you're looking for a dedicated summer tire that combines reasonable wear with high levels of grip.

Development of the g-Force Sport COMP-2 has been honed by decades of BFGoodrich g-Force racing where success on the street has begun with winning on the track. g-Force Sport COMP-2 tires have been chosen by the Ford Racing High Performance Driving School at Miller Motorsports Park and Skip Barber Racing for their schools and race series.

The BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 is offered in 55 sizes in ranges from 15-20" and often times features one of the lowest prices in its class. Shop by vehicle to see if this great tire is available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,711
Location: State College, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,711 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

This is a great tire, but not great for this car and my driving style. I sized this -1 (factory OEM is 17"), and in doing so created the majority of my "gripes" I have with this tire. The size I bought it in has been discontinued.

I have been using snows for the past 20 years, and I've tried Blizzaks, Generals, Firestones, Goodyears, Dunlops. I average around 7K a year driving in the winter on snows.

Good: The tire is an exceptional snow tire. Period. Snow to this tire is a traction additive. Deep snow, slush, light snow - not a problem. The tire hangs on very well when set on a singular course in the dry. Reasonably quiet. Stable under braking.

Bad: If you're a normal driver (commuter), *obey* the speed limit, etc. 95% of the bad won't apply to you. Because it is an exceptional snow tire, it leaves a lot to be desired in the dry. This tire is heavily siped so the tread-blocks are squishy. Full throttle acceleration isn't advised.

The web is full of comments of people complaining about the soft sidewalls, which I didn't heed. The sidewalls are *soft* and as a result I feel the tire compress over bumps before the car does. Somewhat unsettling if your car is stiffly sprung like the WRX is as you feel it "pogo" over transitions. Should you need to do a quick transition at highway speeds it is a sphincter clinching event. Just plan on hitting whatever you're trying to avoid if you're doing anything over 40 - the tires are easily overwhelmed.

Conclusion:

- A GREAT SNOW TIRE
- Very soft sidewalls - not intended for "sportier" or "firmly damped" cars.
- Surprisingly good tread wear - I wore off less than 2/32nds in 6711 miles of driving.
- These are not Blizzaks - on ice you're pretty much on your own unless you get studs. Given the price, I wasn't expecting them to match a Blizzak's performance.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

1998 Plymouth Neon Highline Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Everett, WA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

We first bought these tires for my wife's Toyota Yaris. These tires have a bead saver type edge/sidewall and they rubbed on her plastic wheel covers causing a squeak noise on slow speed turns. Kind of annoying. When taking off the snow tires this spring I installed them on the aluminum rims on our Neon and the squeak noise is gone. If you have wheel covers you might choose a different tire.
These tires drive great, they have real good wet traction and have a smooth quiet ride. Minimal wheel weights were used to balance them. This is the start of the second summer for them and they have very little tread wear showing yet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport MaxxReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.38

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged
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Miles driven on tires: 6,900
Location: Burke, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,900 Miles on Tires
December 03, 2011

The rears are 285/35ZR20. Yeah, I know these are summer tires, but I would expect SOME sort of capability in temps between 32 and 50 degress. These tires cannot be relied on for any kind of performance applications at these temperatures. All my comments refer to these temperatures and not summer temps. Even with moderately aggressive cornering, the tires act like they are going to pop off the rim. With pseudo heavy throttle, they have minimal traction. They break loose with just the slightest amount of power application. I would go with the Continental Extreme DWS if they had better sidewall rigidity. If you are going to stay with a summer tire on your supercharged Jag XF AND would like to do SOME driving in cooler temperatures, the Dunlop is not the answer. Consider Bridgestone or Michelin.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2014 BMW 535i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
March 28, 2014

This is an initial review. Like all initial reviews, the first impression tends to be a comparison to the previous set of tires. At 4,000 miles, I replaced BMW's utterly incompetent choice of OEM all seasons: Goodyear LS 2 that were bastardized into a run-flat tire with a BMW spec tread compound. Turning a bottom-rated touring tire into a run flat tire yields exactly what you'd expect: a noisy, harsh ride, poor hydroplaning resistance, poor on-center stability, unresponsive steering, limited grip, numb road feel, and an expensive $400 tire.

These ExtremeContacts (245/40ZR19 XL) yielded an immediate improvement in all the areas where the Goodyears were lacking. This may be the perfect tire for a BMW five series because it provides very good performance without compromising luxury sedan comfort. I notice none of the "squishiness" reported by others from soft sidewalls. These are XL rated and that might have helped firm up the ride. They are very quiet, with a soft whir or hum at highway speeds that is entirely acceptable for an high performance tire and they are quieter than some touring tires that I've used, including the Goodyear run flats. Cornering and stability in dry and wet conditions are very good so far, but I haven't had to try them in snow or ice yet. The only place where they fall short is that they're not run flats, but I'm not losing any sleep about that.

I shouldn't have to pay for new tires on a new car (thanks for that, BMW), but I'm glad I made the decision and selected these Continentals. The fact that they were the least expensive option in that tire class didn't hurt either.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.63

2001 Saab 9-5 2.3T Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: La Crescent, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2010

Impressed with Winter Contact. Only had tires for several months but snow and ice storms hit very suddenly and early in Southern Minnesota this December. Prior to install noted very impressive heavy sidewall. Thick and beefy which is why tire may corner and handle so well. Extremely comfortable tire. After owing many Blizzacks and other snow tires on various cars I was tired of “floaty” feel and wanted good snow and ice traction without giving up sporty road feel when driving in dry or wet. Switched from Nokian WR G2 this time which had been quite good but was very curious to test highly rated ContiExtreme Winter Contact on wagon this time. This is also my first Conti in a long time. Tire is surprisingly smooth, quiet and outstanding in dry. Confidence inspiring in wet and demonstrates great overall handling. Conti has obviously worked hard to keep a performance feel built into this tire. We believe a winter tire should be reliable and inspiring over ice and snow, but also once the roads are clear, give you back your sporty, comfortable near silent ride. There are tradeoffs in this regard I understand -- yet Conti seems to have done well in expanding the envelope. First few snows dumped two feet in the past ten days with -10 below zero Fahrenheit temps and the tire has not skipped a beat. We drive with caution yet when safe and permissible wife and I drive very aggressively. Hard cornering over ice and snow is more than adequate for a modern snow tire. The only slight concern may be if under very hard acceleration from stop if heading up a very steep grade with heavy icy slush you may see some minor traction control system intervention. This was solved instantly by reducing throttle. Hoping Tirerack gets the tests going for snow--not just ice-- between the Conti, Bridgestone and Michelins. A lot more winter to come so we will report back on further tests and reviews from MN & WI. Will buy again for my BMW 5 Series next. Thanks again for good service TireRack!

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

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2006 Honda Ridgeline
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Eugene, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2008

I've had them long enough to have driven in almost every condition on road, including deep snow, ice, heavy rain, dry highway, secondary roads with tight turns, and some highway cruising. I don't have any meaningful off-road experience to report.



These tires transformed the ride and tire noise levels to those of near car tires in our 2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL. We had low-profile Toyo Proxes ST, and while the dry handling was great, that was the only joy I got from them.



The Geolander AT-S, the replacement for the AT-2's,is far better for typical driving (I've had the AT-2's), with the extra sidewall casing belt. It steers very well, and generally does what is asked of it. In my case that's a lot. The Ridgeline puts 'sports' into a truck: it has precise steering, high spring and shock rates, and a fully independent suspension. It drives like a quality sedan. Tires have no where to hide with this vehicle and any flaw or characteristic is made apparent.



I'm mostly amazed at the ride quality, and the near absence any noise. These tires soak up most road imperfections extremely well, especially on expansion joints going over bridges. Yokohama has done a great job balancing everything one needs in a AT rated tire, while giving you (me really, until you buy your own!) what you're hoping for.



I drive pretty briskly, and the handling is just great. I've bought performance tires for nearly 20 years (usually the best of the best) and these remind me of how they handle in the wet. Matter of fact I've yet to slide this truck in either wet or dry condition, and haved provoked them, but never unsettled them yet.



For those that are big on tire wear (it's not a selling feature for me at all), I'm happy to report uniform, but hardly perceptible wear. I don't think most people could even see it. Oh yes, one other thing, these tires do seem to balance quite well, too.



Overall Yokohama makes a great tire for the money. I can't see how a ti

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2005 Mazda MAZDA6 s Sedan
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Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 05, 2010

Previously ran Cooper CS4 Touring on my Mazda, these are almost as comfortable and quiet as those tires but with a noticeable upgrade in the handling department, both dry and wet. Have not been able to max out the car/tire combos capabilities, but feel confident to push them hard in daily driving.



Compared to OEM Michelin MXM4, sidewall is softer on the Hankooks, giving greater comfort with slightly less response to steering inputs. Handling limits are much higher than the Michelin's though. Worlds quieter also.



The Ventus V12 Evo's seem more like a Grand Touring tire in general use, but easily kicks up its game in hard driving. Drives best over asphalt; if you drive a lot of concrete, try to test before buying - my Mazda likes to dodge around a lot more on some concrete highways (not all), but asphalt is smooth and very quiet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

1989 Ford Taurus SHO
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Ooltewah, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

I purchased this tire based upon test results. Tire Rack has always provided great tests, no other tire store that I know of provides this service. They really liked this tire because it gripped like a Summer tire, but was an all-season tire.
Well, the grip is really good. But the tire has two big faults.
1. Tire squeal! This tire squeals loudly way before it starts to lose traction. I can be well under control and people around will look to see who is about to have an accident. The tire grips very well, but complains loudly while doing it. I cannot get anywhere near the limit of this tire without drawing huge amounts of attention to myself.
2. This tire is one of the worst tires I have had with regards to steering responsiveness. This tire is so slow to respond that the car feels like I'm driving a boat. I will admit that I have just come off some of the best tires I have ever had (Bridgestone RE01, this tire was the most responsive tire I have ever had on my SHO. The Bridgestone made my car handle like a Porsche). These Kumos have such a soft sidewall. The response from the sidewall is almost 1/2 second late. Breaking is fantastic, and the tire is hard to spin on takeoff, but turn in is slower than my grandmother! I am having to buy a new tire because I miss judged the response time of this tire and hit a curb and cut a gash into the sidewall. I have been traveling this road for 12 years and this is the first time I have ever hit that curb! Not a happy camper!

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

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2011 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Benton, AR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2014

These Michelins replaced the Pirelli P Zero Nero all seasons that originally came on my GTI and they have exceeded all my expectations. I cannot recommend them enough! I was dead set on summer tires at first, but someone told me to check these out and a month of research later I bought the Michelins.

I started autocross this year and I'm topping the GS class after 2 events with these tires against guys with more experience - some with max performance summer tires! They still can't believe a 500 rated tire can be that sticky.

Ride and noise: The Pirellis were pretty good but the A/S3s are noticeably better.
Dry traction: Way, way more grip than the Pirellis. Just as fast on the track as similar cars with 200 treadwear rated tires.
Wet traction: As good as the Pirellis were IN THE DRY.
Cold temps: No noticeable drop-off in grip compared to warmer temps.
Snow and Ice: I'd call them manageable. In light to medium snow, they were fine. On ice, I can't recommend them. I just barely made it up a ramp to an interstate overpass to get home after a couple hours of freezing rain.

Other than snow and ice traction, the only other negative comment I have is I think the sidewall could be a little stiffer. Even with 45 psi, the front tires were wearing past the shoulder indicator on the track.

If snow and ice traction is a priority for you, choose another tire. If you don't see a lot of snow and just want an excellent all-around year-around tire, look no further.