Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Seattle, WA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
December 29, 2012

The General are great tires for wet NW, performs great last week crossing I90 Snoqualmie Pass to I97 Blewett Pass, a 780 mile trek in ice snow blizzard condition, from Seattle to Wenatchee and back, across the Cascade Mountains. Highway 2 was completely closed due to avalanche and huge trees blocking. With 9" snow fall that night and 21F temp at mile 47 many cars and trucks could not traverse the road. Many 4x4 spinning all 4 going nowhere, trucks with chains spinning at 5-10 mph, many two wheel drivers going up skiing were in the ditch, but the General kept going without losing traction or use of chains at 25-35 mph. I easily drove around a group of 4x4 trucks and commercial trucks in chains spinning out in front of me on an off camber turn. The 07 Expedition has Electronic Active Stability Control RSC, 4x4 and General Grabber HTS . I can see the Skid control light up on my dash but could not feel the vehicle losing traction or sliding. When I got to Eastern Washington, I tested the car in an empty parking lot to determine how much traction I had before the vehicle spinout, it took a lot of ham fisted driving at over 30-35 mph in 2-3" snow and ice before the car spinout, at 15-20 mph the electronic skid control would kick in and prevent the car from skidding even in turning braking maneuver. Amazing Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer with 4x4, RSC Active Skid Control and General Grabber HTS. It took 8 hours to drive 158 miles each way over the pass, the ham-fisted testing in the snow covered parking lot was only done so I know how far I can push the car before losing control. That is not the way I drive with my wife and two girls. Very quiet tires, my girls complain when other car's tires are too noisy driving along side of our car on the freeway. Great traction in wet and dry conditions. Good feed back in my steering wheel for such a big vehicle. Gave it an 8 for rock because it picks up too many pebbles then toss them, pack with clay mud will lose traction.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID Ascend (T-Speed Rated)

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2011 Toyota Sienna FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Onalaska, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2013

I believe that each tire performes differently on different vehicles. On our minivan this tire is absolute awesome. There is no comparison between these and the stock firestones it came with. We had zero snow traction with the old tires. With these tires the snow and ice traction is better than any tire I ever had. We just had a ice storm in lacrosse Wisconsin last night and the van outperformed my 4 wheel drive truck in 4 wheel drive. Highway driving is smooth and quiet. Wet traction is great no hydrplaning at all. No problems at all with braking even in wet conditions. I have tried many tires on differnt vehicles and know that each one performes differnt on differnt types of vehicles. I highly recommend this tire if you have a mini van. Absoluty the best tire I've owned period.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4

2010 Infiniti G37 Sedan Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Rose Valley, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 26, 2013

My warm season tire is the BS RE970AS PP, an ultra high performance A/S, and I love it. Compared to that, this tire clearly provides better snow and ice traction. I drove on I495N between Delaware and Philly during a recent light snowstorm. The temperatures hadnt risen above 20F for five days and the salt/sand trucks hadn't been out yet, so the left and right lanes were virtually virgin with two inches of unmelted powder. Just as I broke single file formation into the left lane, a jacked up F150 broke to the right lane. Within seconds he nearly fishtailed and fell back in line. I was worried, but kept plowing ahead carefully, and before I knew it, I was the only one in sight, pushing 80mph after having passed the most daring of other drivers going no faster than 55, so I took the opportunity to try braking and swerving ever so carefully to test the traction. The combination of AWD and these tires resulted in an astounding amount of traction and confidence. Within the limits of my nerve, I literally could not break the rear end loose, or even get the traction control to kick in-- I finally gave up trying. In the grocery store parking lot, jackrabbit starts from a dead stop into a 90 degree parking spot did break the rear end loose, but barely, and the car fell in line immediately when traction control lit up. These tires clearly suffer more squirminess at near triple digit highway speeds, and they aren't as glued and fun in dry weather as the RE970s, but they're definitely no worse than the Michelin Pilot Exaltos or any other all season grand touring tire--may even be better than many. Bottom line, I thought about switching these in/out every time the weather forecast warranted, so as to keep the 970s on as much as possible, but these winter tires sacrifice relatively little dry traction and provide so much more confidence in the snow and ice, that from now on, I'll be putting them on come November and I'll leave them on till the spring.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone WinterforceReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2000 Saab 9-5 Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Syracuse, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2012

I currently own two vehicles and did some tire testing tonight with both vehicles so I could write a proper review. The car I bought the Winterforce tires for(Size: 195/65R15) is a 2000 Saab 9-5 wagon. It's front wheel drive with traction control and ABS. The other vehicle is a 1991 Nissan Pathfinder 4x4 with 31 inch Yokohama Geolander AT-S tires. We have about 6 inches of snow and it's still falling. The roads are very slick right now with a nice packed layer of snow on them. Plus there is a large unplowed parking lot across the street. The Pathfinder in 2 wheel drive didn't fair so well in the traction department. I was pushing both vehicles to their limits and the rear wheel drive had me sliding and spinning out fairly easily on both the road and especially in the parking lot. With the truck in 4wheel drive it did really well but I was still able to pitch the truck sideways at will and set it into a nice controlled slide. The Geolanders are great in the snow but mine have quite a few hard miles on them. As for the Saab, the Winterforce tires have about 400 miles on them. When I got into the car I didn't have high hopes due to the way my truck was handling. To my surprise the Saab easily out performed my truck even with it in 4wheel drive!!!! On the slick road and in the unplowed parking lot it really took quite a bit of effort to shake it loose. Granted the traction control is playing a major role in this. When I turn it off I can easily spin the tires but it still never really felt out of control. Plus it's a manual transmission car so popping the clutch in the snow will spin any tire on the market. Even under braking the tires did awesome. I can't complain at all. They do what they were made to do very well. As for dry handling. Some are saying they make their cars feel out of control. I don't know what they are talking about. They handle really well for a specialty snow tire being used on a dry road. Even at 70mph they feel fine. They do make noise though.

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

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.6

2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Heavy Duty 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Steamboat Springs, CO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2012

Very disappointed with these tires. The AT2 performance is dismal compared to the original AT. Feels like driving on ball bearings on gravel roads. Traction on packed snow or ice is so bad that the rear tires spin as soon as the brake is released if there is any incline at all. Have to use four-wheel-drive to get up the driveway unless the concrete is completely clear. Traction in deep snow or mud is almost nonexistent. Cannot climb out of muddy ruts and six inches of snow brings the truck to a halt, even in four-wheel-drive. Never had to pull out the chains when I ran the old ATs but they are showing wear from all the use with these AT2s. Traction was good on the slickrock out in Utah but traction on loose sand was only slightly better than mud or deep snow. It looks like they are on par with the original ATs in terms of tread wear. Got 85K out of the ATs and the AT2s have worn about 25 percent in 30K miles. Performance on dry roads is generally good but there is a noticeable sway on grooved concrete highways. Performance is consistent whether the truck is empty, carrying a full load or towing.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.91
 
 

2008 Honda Accord Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 43,000
Location: Vincennes, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 43,000 Miles on Tires
December 16, 2011

I have a heavy foot and usually drive 80mph on most highways but do the speed limits in town. Many times, I will drive faster than 80mph. These tires are my 2nd set. I love them. They are extra-ordinarily fabulous. There are no other tires like them. These tires ought to be standard on all vehicles including trucks. If only I could get them on my 2011 toyota tacoma in a 265/65r17. I've traveled from my home state of Indiana to Montana, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Florida, South Carolina and many other states during mostly the summer time and some during the winter and would not even think about driving there without these tires. I've got them inflated with nitrogen. I've found that the most common reason why many tires do not perform nor last as long as they should due to over-inflation and under-inflation as well. Nitrogen keeps them at proper factory specs. I've witnessed that oil change businesses as well as tire shops and car dealerships will over-inflate your tires. The correct tire pressure is located on the inside of the driver's door. Although I tell these places not to touch my tire pressures, they still do and many times have found my tires over-inflated to their maximum which will make them ride rough, be unresponsive, and will wear out many times faster. These michelin pilot tires are simply put...the best of the best of the best. There are no other tires like them and no other tires will come close to them. I corner fast, brake hard, slide around corners on gravel roads plus I drive fast in wet or snowy or dry conditions. Knocking on wood, I've yet to feel them hydroplane. I suggest buying only these tires and carrying a tire pressure gauge and check them for proper air pressure at least monthly. I've yet to add any additional nitrogen in 45000 miles.

 

Looking for the Best Tires for Your Ford F-150? We've Got You Covered!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by Steve Huffman

America's best-selling pickup truck, the Ford F-150, deserves Tire Rack's best-selling tires. Many F-150 owners are passionate about their truck and hold on to them for a long period of time. Most owners even go through multiple sets of tires, due to the truck's long-lasting dependability. With that in mind, Ford truck owners want nothing but the best for their pickup.

I believe the best Highway All-Season tire for this vehicle is the Michelin LTX M/S2. This tires does it all and is exactly what you would expect from Michelin. It has superior all-season traction, a smooth and quiet ride and is offered with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty.

If you're looking to get a little dirty and go off-road with the truck, one of the best On-/Off-Road All Terrain tires is the Firestone Destination A/T. This tire has been around for many years, but it never gets old. It takes on all newcomers and is still a best-selling tire in its class. Featuring Firestone's UNI-T technology, the tire blends off-road traction with enhanced on-road capabilities. UNI-T is a combination of technologies that merge a comprehensive design method with innovative manufacturing features for improved tire comfort, performance and wear.

Finally, if you're looking for F-150 tires to handle winter's worst condition, then go with the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1. This tire simply gets it done on ice and in the snow. With a focus on ice traction and braking, as well as wet road handling and hydroplaning resistance, this tire provides wintertime driving competence. Blizzak DM-V1 radials meet the industry's severe snow service requirements and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol.

Michelin LTX M/S 2
Michelin LTX M/S 2
Firestone Destination A/T
Firestone Destination A/T
Bridgestone Blizzak DMV-1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1


All three tires have provided our customers with the driving experience they've been looking for and their comments prove this:

"I've had these tires on my truck for two weeks and they are just outstanding. They grip the road like glue in the rain. On the dry pavement they handle superb. They don't roll or pitch in the corners. You won't be sorry if you buy them." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2005 Ford F-150 XLT Sup Cab 4wd (Michelin LTX M/S2)

"Absolutely, hands down, the best all-terrain tire on the market. 90% on-road driving, 10% off-road. I wouldn't hesitate to drive my truck through anything with these. I've had more aggressive tires which gave up handling. These are a no compromise tire. Buy them ASAP if you're in the market before Firestone realizes they are worth double the price!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Ford F-150 XLT 4wd Super Crew (Firestone Destination A/T)

"After reading the reviews for this tire and other winter traction tires, I decided on the Blizzaks. Best snow tire ever! I live in the Pacific Northwest and drive in varied conditions: compact snow and ice, deep snow, slush, water, uphill, etc. Great traction in all conditions. I hardly ever need to use four-wheel drive. I would highly recommend these tires to anyone, and I will never buy anything else." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2010 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Super Crew (Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination ST

Monday, November 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination ST Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2007 Toyota Tundra CrewMax
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Miles driven on tires: 17,828
Location: Barrington, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 17,828 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2012

I purchased these tires as a replacement for the Bridgestone OEM's that I had installed the last time I needed new tires. Those tires seemed pretty good for the beating I spooned out for them.However it was time for something a little bit more appropriate for my driving style.
I read a lot of reviews and Tundra forum posts for a new replacement. These Firestones won because I drive my Tundra more like a sports car and less like the big pickup that it is. Aside from what I had read, I liked the aggressive tread pattern but this doesn't mean that it impacts the ride other than being a bit nosier than the OEM's. I had these installed at a local CarX just as a snow storm was bearing down on us. When I pulled out of the shop there was 4-5" of fresh deep wet snow on the ground. I had little to be concerned about as soon as the tires started turning. They rolled straight and true through the deep snow at highway speed without missing a beat, even though others were less ambitious to drive at the speeds I chose to. They're snow performance is outstanding for a tire of this type and low sidewall height. They offered great confidence and when the weather dried and got warmer they cornered well and had excellent braking power. A good example would be while on a trip to Deals Gap on the Tennessee - N. Carolina border, I made a friend who was in the back seat ill because of the grip available and the frequent beeping of the traction control as I swung the truck left and right through 300+ turns in 11 miles! Needless to say be didn't lose his lunch in my truck even though his skin tone was greener than when we began the trip through the pass, but these tires impressed me in their ability to grip those tight turns. If you're on the fence about buying a good inexpensive sport truck tire? Don't be hesitant to choose these. you're wallet and you won't regret it!

 

Best Affordable Winter / Snow Tires

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Gary Stanley

The latest and greatest technology in winter / snow tires is found in options such as the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3. However, they can be priced higher than other winter tires with different technology. Even the most inexpensive winter tires will offer a noticeable improvement in snow and ice traction compared to all-season tires.  

 

 

 

 

 


During our testing at a local ice rink, we wanted to see how much of a difference winter tires make in winter conditions. As illustrated in the photo above, you can see winter / snow tires allow you to stop sooner when braking on ice. It could be the difference between rear ending another car at an intersection or stopping safely with room to spare. You'll also feel much more confident and in control of your vehicle when driving on snow- and ice-covered roads. To see the difference winter tires made at the ice rink compared to summer and all-season tires, read "Testing on Ice: Winter / Snow vs. All-Season vs. Summer Tires."

When looking for a value-priced winter / snow tire, consider the following three options:

Continental Extreme Winter Contact
Continental
ExtremeWinterContact
Dunlop Graspic DS3
Dunlop Graspic
DS-3
General Altimax Arctic
General AltiMAX
Arctic


The Dunlop Graspic DS-3 is a Studless Ice & Snow tire that delivers maximum winter traction without using metal studs. It uses Dunlop's Digital Rolling Simulation II technology (computer-enhanced design) and premium tread compounding to deliver wintertime traction in snow and on ice.

Continental's ExtremeWinterContact tire is developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans and crossovers, as well as, passenger-oriented light-duty trucks and SUVs looking for traction on winter's slushy, snow-covered and icy roads. This tire delivers serious performance in winter weather conditions.

AltiMAX Arctic tires from General are a Studdable Winter / Snow option that receives high marks from our customers in the light snow traction, deep snow traction and ice traction categories. Molded to accommodate the use of optional metal studs, AltiMAX Arctic tires meet the industry's severe snow service requirements and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol.

Don't wait too long to order. Many value-priced winter / snow tires sell out quickly. 

Best Tire Options for Tahoes, Yukons and Escalades

Friday, November 9, 2012 by Steve Huffman

General Motors' best-selling full-size SUVs are all based from the same platform. These vehicles include the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and the Cadillac Escalade. There are many basic similarities between these three vehicles, including tires. The current generation of these three SUVs either came with a 17", 18" or 20" tire. Given the popularity of these vehicles, many owners are looking for the best tire selection for their vehicle. Take a look at the following options when considering tire replacements for your Tahoe, Yukon or Escalade:

Bridgestone's Dueler H/L Alenza is the Original Equipment tire on most of these SUVs. This Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire is a very good option and I would continue to recommend it as a replacement option. It rides very nicely, offers good all-season traction and provides good treadlife. Designed to provide elegance with an edge, the tire has been ride and noise tuned to enhance comfort.

Another good option for these trucks is the new Michelin LTX M/S2. If you consider yourself a "Michelin Man", than this is your tire. This latest Highway All-Season radial from the French tire maker offers a very smooth ride and has the best all-season traction according to our most recent survey results. The LTX M/S2 molds a long wearing, silica-enhanced, all-season compound into a tread profile featuring Michelin's MaxTouch Construction to produce a contact patch that promotes reliable traction and long wear by evenly distributing acceleration, braking and cornering forces. Compared to the original LTX M/S, the LTX M/S2 is an evolution in looks and a leap forward in performance.

Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza
Bridgestone Dueler
H/L Alenza
Michelin LTX M/S 2
Michelin LTX
M/S2
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20
with EcoPlus Technology


If you're looking for a tire with good value, then consider the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. The tire is a favorite among our customers as it is currently ranked number one in our Tire Survey Results for Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires. It's also engineered to help you improve your fuel efficiency and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow. For more information about EcoPlus Technology, read "Continental Tire EcoPlus+ Technology, EcoPlus or 'E' Symbol."

When your Tahoe, Yukon or Escalade is in need of new tires, consider these options or shop by vehicle to find the tire that's best for your driving style.

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.77

2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Sunapee, NH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
November 05, 2012

These Michelins have given great service. There is plenty of tread left and the overall performance is about what you'd expect from Michelin.I have never been disappointed with this brand. I have used them on three of my wife's cars and all have given good value.
On this truck I am primarily looking for good treadwear, low noise and decent wet/snow and dry traction.This tire delivers. Keep an eye on the inflation and rotate them at about 5k miles and they should last a long while. I waited to write this review til I had some time/miles on them and there is still plenty of tread left to get through this and probably next winter.
I replaced 10 ply Goodyear Silent Armor Pros, from a local dealer, that did not go 30k. So trust Tire Rack, (I've bought many winter tires, brake parts and shocks from them), and Michelin.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle LS-2

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle LS-2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.56

2007 Chevrolet Suburban 1500
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Cambridge, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
November 03, 2012

These tires have excellent dry traction and good wet traction as well. I feel very confident under hard braking from high speeds with these on my truck. Great grip with these, I drive my Suburban like a race car and these handle the abuse and ask for more. I usually hate Goodyear tires but these came factory and are excellent tires. I will replace with same tire when the time comes. These tires are not designed for off-road use nor are they designed for use in snow or ice though they do just fine on this vehicle in snow as long as auto 4wd is used. I don't expect any tire to work miracles in the snow for a beast this size and weight though. If you have problems in snow with these, slow down, you're driving to fast!

Finding Smaller Wheel Sizes for Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages

Monday, October 15, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Many of our customers know about the potential advantages of going to a smaller wheel size when selecting a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. When minus sizing, not only would deep snow traction be enhanced, but the cost of a winter package is usually lower than a package maintaining your vehicle's original size tires and wheels. An additional advantage higher profile tire sizes offer is they feature taller sidewalls and smaller diameter wheels that more easily resist damage associated with winter road hazards and early spring potholes. However, we often receive questions from customers looking for wheels who only see equal or larger sized wheels when shopping, and nothing smaller than what is Original Equipment on their car.

In some cases, the size that's on your vehicle may be the smallest size possible that will still clear your vehicle's brakes. For most cars, it's possible to go smaller, you just have to know where to look. One way is to shop for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package rather than searching for wheels in our website's wheels section. Tire Rack's Preferred Winter Package often feature alternate sizes that combine smaller diameter wheels with narrower, higher profile tires that have equivalent load capacities and overall diameters. Unfortunately, wide, low profile tires have to "plow" a wide path through deep snow, where narrower tires have an easier time. So if you're likely to drive through deep snow this year, you'll want winter / snow tires and wheels in sizes that better help you.

Your winter tire and wheel sizes should be based on one of the following:

Your Vehicle's Original Equipment Tire and Wheel Size

While not a dimensional advantage, winter tires and wheels in the Original Equipment size to replace your all-season or summer tires will offer more traction in cold temperatures, slush, snow and ice.

The Tire and Wheel Size from Your Vehicle's Base Model

This is often an easy way to select an appropriate narrow tire for your car, van or truck. While this may only provide a small dimensional difference, a smaller combination (for example, 225/50R17-sized tires to 215/60R16-sized tires on 16" wheels) will reduce your cost while increasing your vehicle's wintertime traction.

A Minus Size Tire and Wheel

Minus Sizing combines taller profile tires with smaller diameter wheels.

Begin finding a smaller diameter wheel for your winter driving by searching for Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.15

2003 GMC Yukon XL 2500 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 9,500
Location: New York, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 9,500 Miles on Tires
September 06, 2012

I bought this truck from a friend who purchased this new. I was looking for a set of tires to replace the OEM tires on the truck that were worn.

I’ve had positive experiences with Michelin tires on my MDX, with their LTX models, the A/S and the M/S, so I began looking into these as replacements. The A/S tires are a great all season tire, but lasted about 38,000 miles before needing replacement and were a little too light for this application. The M/S tires that replaced the A/S tires were a big improvement in the snow and all around, but were a little loud at highway speeds on the MDX, so when I came across the M/S2’s, this was the tire I had to have.

The difference in tread pattern over the standard M/S was the key factor in my decision. The combination of a traction tread design (similar to their commercial truck highway traction tires), in line traction blocks and the snow / ice sipes found on the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2(used as dedicated winter tires on my 06 Maxima), made this the perfect replacement. I optioned to go with the heavier ply (123/120R) in lieu of the standard 111T due to heavier side wall construction. Living in the City with all the potholes, manhole covers and construction plates, tires take a beating and the heavier sidewall I feel would offer me better protection against a blow out or puncture.

The ride quality is noticeably stiffer, solid but not bone jarring and to be expected with a 2500 series SUV over the lighter 1500 series. The tread is relatively quiet on the highway and turning feedback and response is positive. No numb feeling or lost connection with the road surface. The one thing I did notice was an improvement in braking feel, feedback and distance. Under hard braking, you can feel the tires grab the road surface, helping you slow down and not letting the brakes do all the work inspiring confidence.

Unless Michelin introduces an M/S 3, I will be purchasing another set when these are worn, in about 50/60k miles.

Bridgestone Blizzak: A Name Synonymous With the Best Snow and Ice Traction

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

When winter weather approaches many Americans switch their summer or all-season tires for a more capable dedicated snow and ice tire. Switching to a dedicated winter / snow tire will provide traction benefits far beyond any all-season can offer, but the "Blizzak" name is recognized by many Americans as the pinnacle of winter weather performance. Bridgestone Blizzak tires are designed to deliver wintertime traction and control that inspires driver confidence.

Whether you drive a sports car, family sedan or light duty truck there is a Bridgestone Blizzak tailored for your specific vehicle.

For a high performance coupe or sedan, I recommend the Blizzak LM-60 and Blizzak LM-25. Both of these tires offer the best blend of high speed durability and snow and ice traction. On those dry-road, cold weather days, the vehicle will still feel and perform as it was designed. The combination of a high silica content winter / snow tread compound molded into a directional tread design features independent tread blocks with 3-D zigzag sipes for hydroplaning resistance and greater accelerating and braking forces on snow-covered roads. Both the Blizzak LM-60 and Blizzak LM-25 are offered in a run-flat or RFT (Run-Flat Technology) version for run-flat equipped BMW, MINI, and Mercedes-Benz. 

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT

For coupes, sedans, minivans and smaller crossover vehicles, I would recommend the Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70. The WS-70 is the pinnacle of winter traction thanks to Bridgestone's NanoPro-Tech silica-enhanced Tube Multicell compound layered on top of a standard winter compound. The Tube Multicell compound features thousands of microscopic tubes and cells uniformly distributed throughout the compound that wicks water away that form between the tire's contact patch and the surface of snow-packed and icy roads. 

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

For an SUV, crossover or pickup truck, I would recommend the Blizzak DM-V1. The Blizzak DM-V1 features a Multicell Z compound which uses microscopic bubbles and tubes to absorb the thin film of water that forms as tires run over snow-packed and ice-covered roads. The rubber compound also includes a special polymer that improves silica dispersion to increase wet grip in chilly temperatures by suppressing the influence cold temperatures have on rubber hardness.

If winter weather is in your future, use the shop by vehicle function to see if any Bridgestone Blizzak products are available for your vehicle.

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

Friday, August 3, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38

1999 Chevrolet Silverado 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: Hauptstuhl, Germany, GM
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
June 02, 2012

The best way to describe these tires in one word is glue. Right out of the garage (where installed) they give you a sense of being glued to the road. I selected track/autocross due to the setup on my truck but I also spend a fair amount of time on the Autobahn and these tires don't care. 100+ mph and the ride doesn't change; no slipping and sliding, strong cornering, and no give when braking. I've owned a few different tires that were supposed to provide this performance level at cheaper prices but it was worth the extra $200 per tire to get this kind of traction and performance. Not sure how many mile I will get before they have to be replaced but I will be buying a new set when due.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.77

2003 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 78,000
Location: Atlanta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 78,000 Miles on Tires
July 09, 2012

Man, it's been a good run. Thanks Yokohama for making a good tire. From the noise to the sliding under hard braking, the Continentals the truck came with made driving a chore; I detested having to go on long trips and actually feared for my life when it rained with the Contitracs. After I got my set of Yokohama G051's, I will never go back. The Yoko's have lasted me for FIVE years and 78,000 miles. I have worn them down to the exposed CORDS (waaaay past the wear bars) and they still drive better, and with no noise, than the Continentals. I've dodged potholes and had 2 accidents on this same set; in one accident, the Hero unit actually PUSHED the Expedition off the freeway - tires squealing and all. They've pulled the 2.5 ton behemoth out of beach sand, and they have jumped more than their share of curbs (my wife helped on this tremendously). As long as you keep them rotated, they stay up to par. The wet traction is great, but what gets me is being able to take curves at up to 50-60 mph without them breaking loose or squealing (I did say I drive 'spirited'). And the really good part? I've only had to patch one of these tires once. I am really hoping my next set gets another five years, but I don't think the truck will hold together that long!

The Best Brake Pads for Your Light Truck or SUV

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Do you have a light truck or SUV that needs to increase stopping power beyond the current O.E. brakes? If you use your light truck or SUV for hauling or towing heavy loads and need a brake pad that can handle the high temperatures and extreme forces these vehicles encounter, you may need to consider a purpose built, heavy duty or severe duty brake pad. The Hawk LTS Truck/SUV Pads, Hawk HP Super Duty Brake Pads and Satisfied Pro SUV Pads will be able to deliver stopping power beyond your vehicle's stock brake pads.   

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Hawk LTS Truck/SUV Pads - Designed for heavier vehicles with large brake systems likely to experience higher temperatures that require excellent heat dissipation characteristics.

  • Improved braking over standard replacement pads
  • Smooth engagement
  • Low noise output
  • Low dust output
  • Extended pad life
  • Increased rotor life

Hawk HP Super Duty Pads - Hawk's Super Duty Ferro-Carbon material is engineered for severe-duty professional truck fleets, as well as trucks and SUVs frequently carrying or towing heavy loads. This material offers unmatched performance under high inertia and/or repetitive braking applications.

  • Stable friction output
  • Extremely fade resistant
  • Extended pad life
  • Increased rotor life
  • Much improved braking over O.E. pads

Satisfied Pro SUV Pads - Severe duty semi-metallic disc brake pads that meet the high-heat and high-speed demands of light truck applications, making them ideal for heavy vehicles that also tow.

  • Require less pedal pressure
  • Extend the life of the braking system
  • GridLock Technology to bond the friction material to the backing plate to eliminate torque shear and heat separation
  • 30-Day Satisfaction Pledge

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S

Monday, July 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/SReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.77

2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner
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Miles driven on tires: 99,999
Location: Woodbridge, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 99,999 Miles on Tires
July 15, 2012

I purchased my Toyota Tacoma new in June 2000. The set of Michelins on the truck are the same tires that were added by the dealer before purchase. I have been very pleased with the exceptional durability and lifespan of these tires. These tires saved my life and the life of my mother one dark night on US 1 at the Georgia-Florida line, stopping an straight line under heavy braking when a tractor-trailer rig was stopped across both lanes of the highway. A lesser tire may well have failed. This happened in 2005 and these tires are still going strong. I am only now beginning to consider replacing the tires due to age, however I check them regularly and have plenty of tread remaining and I have observed no signs of dry rot. I passed the Virginia annual safety inspection yesterday with no deficiencies noted. I have put 123500 miles on these tires and still going strong!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/TReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.36

1998 Dodge Ram 1500 ClubCab 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 80,000
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 80,000 Miles on Tires
May 22, 2012

Very long life, but traction is not great.

I tow my race car with the truck, probably 90% of my driving on these tires is highway cruising. The tires were on the truck when I bought it 5 years and 80,000 miles ago, and still have tread left. They just don't wear out.

The downside to these tires is they don't grip the road very well. It is easy to lock up the tires under moderately hard braking in wet. They are not amazing in snow either. I ordered a pair of Blizzak DM-Z3 tires for the drive wheels after getting stuck trying to pull the trailer out of its parking spot one day. I had an opportunity to drive on all 4 of these tires in a snow storm last year and the truck felt squiggly. That said, I run the front pair of these tires on my truck year round and they work acceptably well as long as they are not asked to do too much.

I swap out the rear tires for Blizzaks in winter and even so the rears are wearing out somewhat faster than the fronts. This is probably due to the front axle carrying 2,000 lbs and rear axle carrying 4,000 lbs of weight.

I'm looking at picking up a pair of Load Range E tires for the rear axle as I'm too close to the load limit for comfort. But if it wasn't for that I would get Destination A/T again in 1-2 years when mine finally wear out.