Winter / Snow Tires for Your 2005-2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE

A few months ago I got to spend a few days behind the wheel of my neighbor's 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE. I'm used to smaller cars like my BRZ, so I wasn't expecting much out of the big SUV. However, I was really impressed with how the Range Rover Sport handled. Are you a Snowbelt driver that's happy with his or her Range Rover Sport but concerned...  Read More

How We Evaluate Tires on the Test Track

If you've ever researched tires online, you've probably come across one of our tests. Have you ever wondered exactly how we do it? What our test course looks like? Here are some of the highlights and a video that show you exactly how a typical test lap goes. A few of the key aspects include:  Identical vehicles Three to four different tires per test Over 800...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for Your 2016 Honda HR-V AWD

Do you love your new 2016 Honda HR-V but worried how it will do in the snow? Even a Honda can still use a little help dealing with Mother Nature.  Use our winter tire overview to decide whether you need a Studless Ice & Snow or Performance Winter / Snow tire. Given the HR-V's emphasis on ride compliance over razor-sharp handling, most HR-V drivers will be...  Read More

Comparing the Continental ExtremeContact DWS vs the ExtremeContact DWS 06

What are the differences between the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 and the previous-generation DWS.   The original DWS was widely popular from the day it hit the market about six years ago. Still flirting with the number one spot in our customer ratings, Continental certainly recognizes they have a good thing going. Realistically they have no reason to...  Read More

Making the New 2015 Ice Silver Metallic Subaru BRZ Premium Better

I liked my 2013 Honda Civic Si because it was a fun, quick and capable car with a moonroof. While the Civic Si was nice, it simply did not stir my soul the way my old BRZ did. So I said goodbye to my Civic Si and picked up a 2015 ice silver metallic Subaru BRZ Premium. The changes Subaru made to the BRZ in 2015 are outstanding. A shark fin antenna gives the...  Read More

Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 or Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus, Which One's Right for Me?

Getting the call to head to out to the paddock for new tire testing always brings a smile to my face. And why wouldn't it? You want me to go really fast on a track and push the latest and greatest tires to their limit?  Thank you! Believe me, finding those traction limits with the test cars is a ton of fun and it shows us which tires deliver the goods at the...  Read More

Results from New Ultra High Performance All-Season Test

For the best handling, steering response and grip in the warmer months, the best performance tires are typically summer-only tires. For maximum ice and snow traction, and for the best safety for subfreezing conditions, choose a set of dedicated winter / snow tires. However, having two sets of tiresisn't an option or needed for some drivers, so the next...  Read More

Are All Dunlop Direzza Tires Created Equal?

The Dunlop Direzza family of tires is focused on performance and handling. Models have included the Direzza Z1, Direzza ZII, Direzza DZ101 and Direzza DZ102. All of these featured summer compounds and directional tread patterns. Despite these similarities, there are some very distinct differences between them. There are two primary branches of the Direzza...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

I currently have these tires on a 2004 BMW 330Ci. There were a lot of bad reviews on here about these tires but I decided to buy them anyway because of the much lower price and the $80 rebate offered. I owned a pair of Hankook Ventus RS2 about 5 years ago and those tires were the best (200 tread wear). The cornered compared to the Micheline Pilot Sport 2 for...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

I was looking for a tire that I could drive to the track for DE's and still felt it performed well as I really didn't want to either tow my car or haul an extra set of tires. These Hankook's really perform admirably on the track and have a lot of grip for a street tire. It took me awhile to fully understand their best operating temperature but its sweet spot...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

I confesses that I seldom write reviews, though I benefit from them, but these tires are so good, I have to do this. If you have read all the other reviews, as I did, you know there is general agreement on certain qualities, but a few complaints. The key fact in this is SOFT SIDEWALLS, which in turn affects all other properties. I plan to briefly confirm...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Put these on a little bit to early in the season, however having no traction control, ABS or any of those things and a manuel gear box the ammount of hook in the wet was un real. I never could move in first or second however, these tires I can run through the gears with almost all traction and control. Less understeer in corners and if any, a slight back off...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Sport Maxx Race

I tried these Sport Maxx Race tires on my Boxster Spyder. I drive to weekend DE events (white run group). I was very satisfied with how well these tires perform. I have driven on many street tires (on the track) and these tires may be the best I have ever used. I'll be buying another set for the next event.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Great tire! so far wear is great for mainly track miles. With these tires you can drop your track times and drive too and from the track. Very responsive and stable, no tire howl, but does give a low growl that you can hear and feel, even in a noisy car like my Boss 302. Wear is pretty even though neg camber is a must for track. Speeds in mid corner are 8 to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero

Came OEM on my car. Great traction in wet and dry. 8 track days and 8600 miles and still plenty of tread. I am impressed by the mileage for a high performance tire. Tons of grip on the track, predictable slip with appropriate level of sound feedback and feel through the steering. I hear how great Michelin's are but I competed at an auto cross against a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

After 14k miles with lots of spirited driving and about 80 1/4 mile passes at the drag strip I am now having to replace the rears. The fronts are still around 6-7 32nds. These tires have been amazing - driving through all but the heaviest downpours with no issues, cutting 1.8x 60' times at the track on stock suspension, and giving a very comfortable ride for...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Overall, I have relatively satisfied with the performance of these tires. I got them through a local installer in Nov 2014 and now have 5 track events (~750 miles total on track) plus daily driving (~7000 miles) through the winter and spring. This includes wet track day conditions, torrential rain on the highway several times and a couple icing conditions...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

These tires are an excellent combination in dry or wet weather. Haven't driven in snow yet. They are quiet, very comfortable and still have excellent road feel and steering responsiveness. I really enjoy driving my car now, and they were reasonably priced.Bought them mounted on Sport Tuning wheels right from Tire rack. My car looks and rides better than I...  Read More

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

After some bad luck years ago with Pirellis I gave it one more chance...and I'm glad I did. These tires are absolutely wonderful. From New York pothole streets to Turnpike driving, these tires are just right. For what they are built for,they handle excellent in high speed driving and cornering. (yes, ultra high performance will corner a little better but...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Purchased specifically for the track. broke them in on the road. took 200 miles to get the tires to grip consistently. On the track and the road they provide incredible turn in, traction, and are predictable at cornering limits... love them they have changed the car in a very positive way. Size is a bit of overkill maybe should have stayed with 225s but...  Read More