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)

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.   

Hawk LTS Truck/SUV Pads
Hawk LTS Truck/SUV
Pads
Hawk HP Super Duty Brake Pads
Hawk HP Super Duty Brake Pads
Satisfied Pro SUV Pad
Satisfied Pro SUV
Pads

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.

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

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/AReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71

2005 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Nismo
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Simpsonville, SC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
May 21, 2012

Very impressed with these BFG Rugged Terrain tires! Great aggressive and tough looking tire; enhances the look of my truck and they surprisingly ride like silk. Replaced All-Terrains (also great tires) that had replaced the original O.E. Rugged Trails (that were complete junk). I'm also super impressed with how well these tires perform in the wet; they resist hydroplaning really well and grip like glue when braking cornering. The ride on-road is amazingly smooth and respectably quiet. They work well off-road too with adequate traction, but I wouldn't challenge them with anything extreme. When I had the tires mounted, I had them road-force balanced at my dealer and had an alignment done, and I rotate them every 7,000 miles to ensure that I get the most out of my tires. At 15,000 miles the tires show even wear and the tread depth measures 9/32nds. They were at 12/32nds when new, so I will probably see about 55,000 miles total before I replace them. Gas mileage has been a nice surprise too. My truck is rated 16/20mpg city/highway, and I got that with the All-Terrains. But with these Rugged Terrains I easily get 18mpg in city and 22mpg highway (sometimes just over 24mpg if I stay around 65mph). I also tow a boat/trailer package that is around 6,000lbs; these tires perform great at 35psi and grip wet boat ramps without trouble. I can't say enough about these tires. When people see them, they usually ask me about them; even the mechanics at my dealership like to come out of the shop to talk about them with me.

Picking the Best SUV, Crossover and Truck Brake Pads

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Gary Stanley

If you're looking for a premium set of replacement brake pads for your light truck or SUV, then take a look at the Hawk LTS Truck/SUV Pads. Having used them on my own vehicles with good results, I recommend them to family, friends, neighbors and customers.


Key Features & Benefits of Hawk Performance LTS Brake Pads:

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

The Hawk LTS Pads are available for a wide variety of trucks, SUVs and crossovers, including the Chevy Tahoe, Ford F-150 and BMW X5. With a compound that combines the durability of Hawk Performance's commercial fleet products with the elevated stopping power of its performance street and motorsports formulations, these pads are an outstanding choice.

If you own a heavy-duty application such as a fleet or towing vehicle, step up to Hawk HP SuperDuty Pads. Even though these pads will produce more dust, they provide the extra bite you need with excellent high temperature heat dissipation.

Also, brake pads are wear items and as such, should be inspected regularly and replaced as necessary. Pads should be replaced when approximately 1/8th inch of friction material remains on the steel backing plate.

For additional assistance in picking the right brake pad for your vehicle, read "Choosing Brake Components."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT Extended Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Wilmington, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
May 21, 2012

Better handling than the Bridgestone Dueler's that came with the truck. These hold the road better in the curves. I can go around curves with no tire squealing at speeds that made the Bridgestones scream. A little quieter on the highway too. They are a few pounds per tire lighter too which with such a large diameter tire improves braking and acceleration.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AmeriTrac TR

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AmeriTrac TRReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.08

2004 Ford F150 XLT Sup Cab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 48,000
Location: Fairfield, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 48,000 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2012

Original equipment on my 2004 F150 XLT. The front end of the truck drags a bit because of weight so inside treadwall wears a little quick from hard cornering which any tire would do. When tires were fairly new I had to hit the brakes hard at highway speed in poring and truck stayed straight and no hydroplaning. Traction in mud after 30,000 miles was so so but did get stuck in deep mud. I have over loaded my truck a few times well over the 1500 lbs, more like 2300 lbs, and the sidewalls held up but since a squishy sound comes from tires when you go slowly. (yes, more than recommended amount of weight on any tire may do that) Would I buy them again, Yes since the price is good and could probably get 55,000 miles out of them before they are completely down to wear indicator marks to replace. Pretty happy with the General Ameritrac Tr's and purchasing a new set soon

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce UVReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82

1999 Dodge Ram 1500 QuadCab 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 29,000
Location: Marthasville, MO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 29,000 Miles on Tires
April 09, 2012

My truck is on and off the road often. I am driving on highway with excellent top speed control and braking. I have did improve my ice snow and mud traction in our ozark steep hills and that is why I tryed this tire and will get another set soon; near end of tread. Alot of cornering on hills and curves is above average on wear. I wanted a softer grab for ice and good tread pattern of pavement in grass and dirt and mud. These are very good tires. I would have more tread without a teenage son sharing the truck and revelleing and having a good time as they do. He is done driving it full time now and my new set will last longer without high speed start stop and cornering. I got 30,000 plus miles of safety that I was hoping for and mission accomplished.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Transforce HT

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Firestone Transforce HT Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2007 GMC Sierra 3500 HD 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 0
Location: Evansville, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 0 Miles on Tires
March 07, 2012

I have been looking to put some tires on my truck but i have not decided yet but I have had the Firestone R4S on my other truck and they where a good all around tire on my 1994 chevy k1500 4x4. Also tried the Firestone AT had good handling with both. Firestone should have kept both and corrected the so called caseing problem. As for the person who said his tires where smoking after a long haul probably had too much weight on axle aka overloaded are draging brakes that heated everything up. I drive a 18 wheeler and yes tires do get hot but not smoking unless brakes or draging. As for all the cracks in sidewalls a deeler showed me 4 tires they tested 2 where left alone 2 had tire treatments to sidewalls guess what, the ones being treated had cracks!!! I have had other tires brands but after seeing how much weight it took to ballance the tire made me wish i had stayed with Firestone. after all when you can drive a pickup your dad gave you with 37000 miles on it at 8+ years on the r4s when i got it. and it had over 1/2 the tread left. So yes I will be buying Firestones this Summer to go on truck that i just got.

 

We Can Help You Find the Best Low Rolling Resistance Tire for Your Car

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by Doc Horvath

As gas prices go up, consumers are looking for ways to stretch every dollar and gallon of fuel. Everyone from hybrid car owners like the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid, to larger trucks and SUVs, such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford F-150 are very interested in low rolling resistance tires. 
 

Last summer, Tire Rack tested three eco-focused tires that advertise better fuel economy and all-season capability: the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422, Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, and Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max against a typical passenger car tire, the Yokohama AVID TRZ.  Our testing program includes both dry and wet surface testing on our dedicated test track and a 6.6-mile loop of expressway, state highway and county roads that have a good mix of road conditions that include city and highway speeds, smooth and coarse concrete, as well as new and patched asphalt. Our newest addition to the testing program is an automotive computer tied into the vehicle's electronics that allow us to measure fuel consumption and true distance traveled.
 

During our Real World Road Ride test, the Continental and Bridgestone tires rated best for comfort and low road noise, while the Continental proved to be top-rated in handling, braking and cornering traction. Our computers added a new dimension to the testing by showing the Bridgestone (followed by the Goodyear) as having the best fuel efficiency. 
 

At the end of the test, all four tires proved to be capable and quiet, with the Continental coming out on top by a slim margin over the Yokohama. As always, there are compromises for any model, so be sure to see if small gains in traction or comfort can be offset with improvements in fuel efficiency. For a full test report, review "Eco-Focused All-Season Tires: Do They Deliver on the Promise?"