If it were your car, what would you put on it?

Deciding on a tire can sometimes be very difficult. With some tires, there's a small margin in survey results, or a small price difference, and it's not easy to tell which is the better value. At Tire Rack, we present a lot of facts based on survey results, our own tire tests, or first hand experience with tires. I am often asked this:If it were your car,...  Read More

VW Eurovan Tires

It seems recently I've been getting an increase in phone calls for tires for the Volkswagen Eurovan. And they all start the same way: "Where can I find tires???" Well, I'm here to tell you that there is hope. The issue with finding tires for this vehicle is that the tires need to have at least a 102 load range in order to carry the weight of the vehicle....  Read More

Perception vs. Performance

This week, we are testing some Max Performance Summer tires on our Real World Road Ride. Now, summer tires aren't meant to be the most comfortably riding tire. Their main purpose is the best dry grip, followed by wet traction, followed by ride comfort. The tires we tested were the Continental ExtremeContactDW (shown at left), the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2(show...  Read More

Michelin Primacy MXM4: Hot New Seller Put to the Test!

Michelin recently added another player to the Grand Touring All-Season market with its new Primacy MXM4, and we just finished putting it through the ringer here at Tire Rack. Not to be confused with other models like the Pilot HX MXM4 or the Primacy MXV4, this new model could be poised to take over the category.On our Real World Road Ride, I was extremely...  Read More

Three Ride Zones -- Yokohama AVID TRZ

The Yokohama AVID TRZ is a great choice if you're looking for a Standard Touring All-Season tire. The compound is molded into an asymmetric tread design featuring Three Ride Zones (TRZ) where the outside zone is designed with bigger blocks to give good dry handling while the middle zone concentrates on water evacuation with circumferential grooves. The...  Read More

Salute the General!

This week, we're testing Standard Touring All-Season tires on our road course and test track. My favorite tire out of the bunch was the General AltiMAX RT. On the road ride, the tire showed good responsiveness and steering control. And while all the tires created some level of road noise, the General was the quietest.On our wet test track, the AltiMAX RT...  Read More

Winter is right around the corner!

I noticed it when I went to work this morning, and I'm sure you'll notice it too if you haven't already. The temperature is steadily dropping. That means it's almost time for...SNOW! And snow means it may be time for some new winter / snow tires from Tire Rack!There are three different levels of winter tires for cars these days, Studless Ice and Snow,...  Read More

A New Player for Your Crossover/SUV

Pirelli recently unveiled its new addition to the Crossover/SUV category with the Scorpion Verde All Season. This new offering is built for lighter weight SUVs like the Audi Q5, the BMW X3 or X5, and of course, our test vehicle, the Porsche Cayenne.During the road ride for the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season, I noticed right away something that...  Read More

Good Fuel Economy

We recently tested the Yokohama AVID ENVigor H rated tire against some of its competition, and it came through with flying colors! Not only was the ENVigor excellent in wet and dry traction, it also was a very comfortable tire to ride on. Even though it has a directional tread pattern, the road noise was lower to my ears than any of the other tires and the...  Read More

Ice, Ice Baby!

That's right kids, it's time once again to drive expensive BMWs on an ice rink!! Tire Rack has been putting winter tires through the ringer for the last couple of years by equipping our test vehicles with some popular choices and testing their mettle on glare ice. This year we tested the Continental ExtremeWinterContact, the Dunlop Graspic DS-3, the Michelin...  Read More

Get tough, get protection with Kevlar.

Many of our Jeep Wrangler customers are looking for a tough mud tire to get them through some dirty situations. If you like to go off-road...WAY off-road...then I suggest you take a look at the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar. Goodyear has strengthened the sidewall of this tire with DuPont Kevlar, making it even more resistant to cuts and punctures when...  Read More

Shhhhh!!! Quiet tires rolling through!

Many people ask for "the quietest tire I can get." And who can blame them? Many tires these days can scream as they're driving down the road, causing you to turn your radio up or even shout at your passengers. But don't fret; a serene driving experience is just a phone call away! The Bridgestone Turanza Serenity is one of the quietest tires available at Tire...  Read More

You've got a baaad car...get some baaaad rims!

Without a doubt, my favorite car of the moment is the new Dodge Challenger. I mean, just look at it! It screams MOVE!!! Every time one drives by, it turns my head. If you have a car like that, you want people to notice you. One way to make sure you are noticed is to buy some great rims from Tire Rack! And 20" rims look awesome on this car!You like chrome...  Read More

Looking for ride comfort and grip?

The Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport is an Ultra High Performance Summer tire that blends great dry grip with good ride comfort and low road noise. Summer tires are sometimes known to be growlers, but they really stick. This Bridgestone gives you a great combination of both, with a great price tag. Here's what one customer had to say about these tires: This...  Read More

Looking for a new, sporty all-season tire for an SUV?

Than look no further than the Firestone Destination ST! This new tire from Firestone is a great gripping tire for your light truck or SUV. I recently tested this tire on our test track using our Porsche Cayennes and let me tell you...this thing stuck! It provided great traction around our skid pad and excellent stopping power.And while you're at it, why not...  Read More

Survey says....Kumho!

This week we road tested four Ultra High Performance Summer Tires on our 6.6 mile real world road test. I drove on four different tires from this category: the new Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500, the Yokohama S.drive, the BF Goodrich g-Force Sport, and the Kumho Ecsta SPT KU31. The road ride has a mixture of highway driving, rough expansion...  Read More

XL Load Tires

Have you seen this message when searching for tires on our website? The following tire you have selected has a higher load rating than the vehicle's Original Equipment (O.E.) tires. This typically results in increased ride harshness, which some customers may find undesirable.                                                                                     ...  Read More

Run-Flat to Non-Run-Flat

Whether you own a MINI Cooper S, or a BMW X5, a very common concern among our customers is run-flat tires. A lot of vehicles that come equipped with run flats do so because they are more compact and lack the space for a spare tire. Run-flats are designed to act as a spare tire and run for 50 miles at 50 miles per hour after you have had a puncture. But they...  Read More

What's in a letter?

T, Z, W...These letters appear on a tire, but what do they mean? Speed ratings can be a little confusing.I get many calls like this one: "I have an 08 BMW 328i and I need a Z-rated tire." To be honest, Z-rated used to mean a lot more than it does now. When speed ratings first came out, Z was thought to be the highest speed rating you could get, so tire...  Read More

Summer Fun...at a reasonable price!

Go ahead and look outside...the snow is gone and it's time to hit the streets! But fresh rubber for the summer can be a bit expensive. That's why Tire Rack offers some great values on tires that will give you good performance without breaking the bank.The Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110is one of our most popular summer values. This tire provides a great...  Read More