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: 9.57
 
 

2009 Toyota Matrix
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Miles driven on tires: 2,300
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,300 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

My old tires were BF Goodrich "p215/45zr18". They were extremely noisy. I did a little research looking for a nice quiet tire which had some snow capability. I finally decided on this tire. It was taken on a long trip of over 2000 miles and it handled very well...and they are "finally" a quiet tire compared to the BF Goodrich tires I replaced. I hope they remain as quiet as they are now. I can hear the radio.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8
 
 

2009 Toyota Camry
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
June 09, 2014

Replaced me OEM Michelin with these. Very quiet, improved steering response. Have not yet experienced snow or rain.

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2012 Toyota Highlander
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Dallas, TX
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
May 26, 2014

These tires are much cheaper than OEM Toyo. Tires equivalent in performance. Toyo's wore out at 22,500 miles, expect much better with these. MPG the same, no improvement. Will definitely buy again when I need them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 9,000
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 9,000 Miles on Tires
June 08, 2014

An excellent replacement tire for this minivan. After 9k miles, the Michelins are better in every respect than the OE run-flat Bridgestones (except running flat, I suppose). Noise is minimal, wet traction is very good (80 mph across South Dakota in the rain proved it to me), cornering/turn-in is crisp, ride is not too harsh. The only catch is not having a spare tire. Toyota's engineers couldn't find a place for it in the all-wheel-drive model, so a can of flat repair slime is one simple option.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

1985 Toyota Pick-up 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 12,500
Location: Woodinville, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 12,500 Miles on Tires
May 23, 2014

I've got these tires on my LandCruiser (wasn't a pick in the survey) and they're a perfect fit. The most remarkable thing about this tire is that the tread pattern is super-agressive / capable off-road while still remaining shockingly quiet on-road.

I've had MTR's and ProComp's before, and they all made loud "buzzing" noise going down the road (expected for mud tires). These MK2's have equal or better off-road performance while mysteriously remaining quiet on the road. Cool!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2011 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 42,000
Location: Tucson, AZ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 42,000 Miles on Tires
May 12, 2014

I guess rugged terrain was not designed for the extreme rated trails.
But this tire proved to be very comfortable on the highway, extremely responsive on the wet. Very good on snow; tough enough to take me to my favorite fishing spots.
Highly recommend

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2010 Toyota RAV4 4wd V6
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

Tire racks review of this tire was bang on. Very happy with the tire like driving a new SUV. Handling and steering and drive comfort are great. Toyo tires which came with the vehicle never handle properly and in wet weather did not have confident in them.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2008 Toyota 4Runner 4wd Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 75,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 75,000 Miles on Tires
May 25, 2014

I have been extremely pleased with these tires. The tread wear for an SUV is amazing. I plan to replace these before winter so that I have good snow traction, but who knows how many more miles they could go. These tires are quiet and perform well in all conditions. The only comment was that they needed to be force balanced initially. The only tire I would buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KR21

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KR21 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2004 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 44,000
Location: King George, VA
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 44,000 Miles on Tires
May 16, 2014

Have been very satisfied with my now second set of Kumho Solus KR 21 tires. They deliver a comfortable ride with reliable handling in dry, wet, and even snowy conditions. I once drove 500 miles through blizzard-like conditions on plowed highways at almost regular highway speeds and my car handled remarkably well. No loss of control. Good traction.
This tire not only provides a confident driving experience in all seasons, but my fuel economy remained the same at 50mpg (sometimes improved to 54mpg), the tire noise was minimal, and they are a great value. My first set of Kumho's lasted 78,000 miles; my second set 45,000 miles. Not sure why the difference, but I am still a satisfied driver and plan to buy my third set.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2008 Toyota Prius Touring
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Miles driven on tires: 48,000
Location: Leawood, KS
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 48,000 Miles on Tires
June 07, 2014

I have 103,000 miles on my 2008 Prius. This is the third set of tires and by far the best. The initial OEM tires needed to be replaced at 28 K. The next set were extremely loud and dropped my mpg about 15 %. Switched to the Bridgestone's and have loved them since. Great dry traction and wet. I don't drive my Prius in the snow so no experience there. Getting ready to buy a new set.

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

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2007 Toyota 4Runner 4wd Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Alexandria, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
June 09, 2014

So far I am very pleased with this tire choice. They ride and drive very well on wet and dry roads, smooth and quiet. They handled the copious snowfall we had last winter beautifully, and to top it off, they look great on my 4Runner. They give the illusion of an aggressive off road tire, but without any of the noise or rough handling. I couldn't be more pleased so far.

Best All-Terrain Tire Choices for 275/55R20 Size

Monday, June 30, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Not too long ago, 20-inch tires were rare, exotic and mostly reserved for high-end European SUVs or show vehicles gracing the cover of automobile magazines. Those that were available were ultra high performance tires, often with little to no all-season traction and wore very quickly. This is not the case today. In fact, 20" tires are an option on many popular trucks, SUVs and domestic and import crossovers. 

Of the 20" sizes that are used, one of the most common is 275/55R20. This size is often used on SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Suburban, Ford Expedition and GMC Yukon. Trucks that commonly use this size include the Chevy Silverado, Dodge Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and can even be used with 20" wheels on newer Toyota Tundras. 

A popular misconception is that one can't find more aggressive On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires in this size. This performance category is one of the most effective in snow traction and light off-road capability in a tire that can be used year-round. Many of the best all-terrain tires on the market are available in this size, such as the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar and Michelin LTX A/T 2.   

 Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
 Michelin LTX A/T 2
Michelin LTX
A/T 2


If you're looking for a more street friendly ride and longer wear, I'd suggest the Michelin LTX A/T 2. It compares quite favorably to a long-time favorite that you can learn about by reading, "BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO vs. Michelin LTX A/T 2." For more aggressive snow and off-road traction, consider the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar as your top choice.  

Does your vehicle require a different tire size? Shop by size and view the complete selection available for your vehicle. 

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

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Boulder, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
June 06, 2014

I've now driven these tires across almost every hwy in Southern CO, as well as across KS, MO, AR, TX, and NM. Temps have ranged everywhere from -25 up to 115 and not a single problem. They aren't the quietest tire I've ever used, but the ride quality is very good and they are very predictable corning. My MPG has actually improved by 1-1.5 as they've worn down a bit.

On wet roads w/o standing water, they perform admirably, but I have noticed some splashiness when hitting shallow puddles and such. It's never alarming, just noticeable. Tread wear has been perfectly even with no flat spots developing.

In winter, I've made it over every road surface attempted without a hairy moment. That includes the like of Red Mountain Pass, Wolf Creek Pass, Monarch, and even up over Rabbit Ears. The only issues have been with heavy, packed snow in parking lots, and that's as much to do with my car as the tire itself.

Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this tire. It's performed beyond my expectations.

My previous tires were the Bridgestone Dueler's as comparison, and they were just slightly better in the dry, but the Conti's have been MUCH better in Rain/Snow.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance Fuel MaxReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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Miles driven on tires: 1,400
Location: Roscoe, IL
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 1,400 Miles on Tires
September 20, 2009

I put Goodyear Fuelmax tires on my Toyota Camry Hybrid. My immedediate response was relief that the Fuelmax also provided a great feel and ride. I was concerned what trade offs I had made with purchasing a new series tire before user reviews were very available. I drive a hybrid and am not looking for sport handling or track performance. These tires feel secure both on wet and dry pavement. The ride and road feel are as good as I have had on any previeous tire, EL-400 on this car and a line of Michelins on other cars. My mileage did not drop a bit, to my surprise. The worn out OEM tires had low roling resistance due to most of the tread being gone. And with most of the tread being gone, you actually get more revs per mile which registers more miles on your odometer. This makes a worn tire appear to get further improved gas mileage. So with the Fuelmax I was thrilled to record the same 42 mpg that I have been getting all summer in my Camry. I really am waiting to see the winter driving performance. I will provide an update as soon I get some winter weather to put them to the test.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 1.44
 
 

2012 Toyota Corolla
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Miles driven on tires: 9,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 9,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2014

These tires are one of the worse tires I have owned. Initially they were quiet. But after several thousand miles they are very noisy. They are completely useless in snow and not very good in wet weather. In spite of three alignments and 5,000 mile rotations, they are cupped.

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

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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San Diego, CA

Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 23, 2014

I am a licensed mechanic and car dealer for over 25 years and now an RV dealer and am very impressed with this tire. My 2012 Camry Hybrid XLE came with Bridgestones and barely got 31000 miles before wear bars showed. I researched all tires available with low rolling resistance and the Yokohama was rated 1st above all the others and ended up being the lease expensive since Toyota offered buy 3 and get one free special. Upon driving out of the dealership these tires transformed my Toyota into a Lexus with fantasic ride comfort, handling and ZERO noise factor compared to the Bridgestones!
I thought my 2 year old car was better than brand new.
I would caution that if you review the compounds of these tires the snow and ice things would not be ideal. I also think some of the negative comments I read were a result of not looking at the best tires for your car and your driving conditions.
Other than these subjective issues...IF you want the best tire at the best price and value....THIS IS THE ONE!
Sincerely
MLS

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

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2003 Toyota Tundra Extra Cab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Porter Ranch, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
May 27, 2014

I HAVE HAD SEVERAL SETS OF THESE TIRES AND I ALSO HAVE THEM ON MY 2006 SEQUOIA. I LOVE THESE TIRES AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM.I DON'T GET OFF ROAD MUCH BUT THEY PERFORMED WELL WHEN I DID. FOR THE AGGRESSIVE TREAD THIS TIRE IS RELATIVELY QUIET. I DO A LOT OF MILES ON MY TRUCK SO I'M NOT SURE HOW MANY MILES I HAVE ON THE TIRES BUT AT LEAST 50000. I HAVE ACTUALLY HAD AT LEAST 4 SETS OF THESE TIRES PROBABLY MORE I HAVE 270000 MILES ON MY TRUCK. THEY LAST A LONG TIME. KEEP THEM INFLATED TO ABOUT 36 PSI AND WATCH HOW THEY WEAR. ADD A LITTLE PRESSURE IF THEY ARE WEARING ON THE OUTSIDE EDGE OR LESS IF THEY ARE WEARING IN THE MIDDLE. GREAT TIRE FOR THE PRICE I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM. THE N/A'S LISTED ARE BECAUSE I HAVE NOT DRIVEN IN THESE CONDITIONS

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2012 Lexus CT 200h
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
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Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
June 04, 2014

The Lexus CT200h is the Lexus version of the Toyota Prius. The Prius has been noted as being terrible in the snow. I was concerned, but bought the car anyway, figuring that snow tires would make a difference. They have made a HUGE difference. The car has a continuously variable transmission CVT, and I don't know how that relates to Traction Control. But I can tell you my experience on the road with it.

This last winter in Chicago was difficult. LOTS of snow, wet slidey snow, packing so that it was slippery at stops. I drove early in the morning and late at night, before the plows had a chance to clear the streets. I was driving on virgin snow, deep 6" - 8" and more when it drifted. The car drove solidly all winter. I NEVER got stuck, I NEVER had trouble starting out, even if I was on a hill, NEVER had problems changing lanes at posted speeds - yes, posted speeds. I was able to easily drive through those spaces in the intersections where snow has been pushed into high drifts by the plows or passing cars. No problems. I NEVER got stuck, or had to rock my way out of a bad situation. I just drove my car. And it just took me where I wanted to go. No drama, no issues. Isn't that why you buy snow tires?

I have always been a firm believer is snow tires for winter. Spending $800 on tires and spare wheels for this car was a ---send. It drove like a tank all winter long, easily keeping up with the 4WD behemoths on the road, driving wherever I wanted. You won't be disappointed by using this tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental TrueContact

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental TrueContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2011 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Wynnewood, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
May 29, 2014

I purchased and installed the tires 2 weeks ago and had the wheels aligned.
A++, excellent.

The Best Run-Flat Tire for Your Passenger Car: Bridgestone's DriveGuard

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Imagine you're on a family vacation traveling with your spouse and children. After a long day of activities, you are heading back to the hotel for some relaxation. The whole family is tired and just ready to get out of the car. Just a few more miles on this busy highway and you'll be there. Suddenly, you hear the sound of a tire blowout.   

With conventional tires, the above scenario involves pulling over to the shoulder and calling for help. You are stuck until help arrives. Or if you were prepared enough to have checked your spare tire's pressure and savvy enough to change your own flat tire, you could attempt to install the replacement yourself. Even a car enthusiast will realize that changing a spare on the shoulder of a busy highway at night is far from ideal.  

Instead, you now have a choice. You can either choose to pull over, or you can continue driving for up to 50 miles at 50 mph. Wouldn't you rather drive your family to safety and simply deal with the problem when it's more convenient? With the new Bridgestone DriveGuard, you get to make that choice!

The ability to decide what's best for you is what having a run-flat tire is all about. In the past, most run-flat tires were stiff riding, fast wearing summer-only tires that were designed for use on a short list of specific vehicles. This is not the case when it comes to the new Grand Touring All-Season tire from Bridgestone. It offers a great ride, all-season traction and a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty. 

Thanks to mandatory tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) on most newer vehicles, you can use the Bridgestone DriveGuard on many common 2008 and newer passenger cars like the Ford Fusion, Honda Civic, Honda Accord, VW Jetta, Toyota Camry and Toyota Corolla. Shop by vehicle to see if the DriveGuard is recommended for your car.