Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

2013-2014 Chicago winter! record snow fall and cold. The OEM Continental tires with 7/32 of life remaining were so bad in wet and any snow, it felt like I was on slicks. Spent a month doing research to find the best tire.I have to say for what these tires cost and the performance they give, you CANT go wrong. You get the best of all worlds,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

My car came with a set of the equivalent Continentals when I got my 2009 Volvo XC70 T6. The Pirellis are superior in every respect. First off, the Continentals only lasted 25,000 miles. I now have the same mileage on the Pirellis and have MUCH tread left on them. The Pirellis are also MUCH, MUCH better than the Continentals on light snow, slush, and ice....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

This is an initial review and first impression. I'll post more detail when we rack up more miles. Most initial reviews tend to be relative, meaning the first impression tends to be based on comparison to the previous tires. These PureContacts (235/50/18 97V) replaced OEM Michelin Latitude Tour HP tires, which performed well with good tread life, even tread...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

I purchased these tires for my RWD Volvo wagon which already handled great in the snow to increase my winter driving confidence. I also based my purchase off the Tire Rack winter tire video summary and some YouTube videos. After driving our family Minivan in the winter, the difference between all season and snow tires in night and day for me. I would like to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Have owned this car for about 7 years and this vehicle has always been terrible in the snow even with brand new all seasons. Various tire shops had tried to convince me to install a set of winter tires and I always thought they were just trying to sell me something I didn't need. Well this Fall in Minnesota the snow came earlier than normal and finally...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

If you are a fan of the Gislaved Nordfrost tire, but you either can't find them or they are too expensive, look no further. This IS the Nordfrost III tire as cast with the General Tire brand.Anyone who knows about the Volvo 780 BertonĂ© knows it is a fair weather car. But with these tires (studded) I am fully confident again in winter driving. These replaced...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Had these tires for 25,000 So. Florida miles, so hot/humid sub-tropics. Moved to NYC metro area and made huge mistake replacing Dueler Alenzas with Toyos (at Volvo dealer suggestion) but they rolled so badly when make sharp lateral movements that the accident or rollover potential was quite real. Quickly replaced with Duelers and have now driven in snow....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

I bought a set of these on sale at $78ea, I have to say the Dunlops proved to be ecellent tres overall, with their weakest ponts being treadwear and wet traction, both of whch were still quite good for a soft compound performance-oriented winter tire. At the time of purchace I lived on a diet back road on a mountain and worked at a ski resort, which required...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Road Venture APT KL51

Have put a set of Kumho APT KL51 on my 2002 Volvo XC 70 in early Dec 2013. The car is in Cape Town South Africa, so the driving conditions have been summer like most of the time. Very pleased with tires so far. Only driven 2000 miles, but, the ride comfort, noise and what I would call compliance of the tires are very much to my liking.   Read More

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

I've owned a lot of cars and a lot of different tires: Michelin, Dunlop, Continental, Pirelli, Semperit, Bridgestone, Falken, Goodyear, BF Goodrich, Firestone, Uniroyal. The only tires I've ever owned that were a close match to these were a set of Semperit M-401's I owned back in the late 70's. I put these tires on my front drive Volvo S60. I drive fairly...  Read More

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

This was a great tire - for the 10K+ miles they lasted before the chunking started to occur (http://bit.ly/1asieNs) on the front two. Aside from that minor flaw, these tires worked great on a 3,800lb, '04 Volvo V70R 300HP AWD wagon. Now I realize the weight and handling of the car beats up front tires pretty good, but for spending almost a G on a set, I'd...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

I am updating my review after 30k on these tires. Everything I said then still holds true. I'm now entering my 4th year with modest tread wear. The key is to keep your tires inflated to the speck pressures which I do weekly. Below is my original posted in Dec 2010. Initial Review w/1,000 Miles-Dec 16, 2010I live in upstate NY and drive about 600 miles per...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

Husband researched, Wife approved!!The OEM tires on the wife's Volvo XC60 became unbearable with the road noise that progressively developed when the tires had about 50K mikes on them, so I started research on a replacement tire. The Volvo Forums had some XC60 owners post that they were happy with the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia so I pulled the trigger...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

After 35,000 miles of varied and spirited driving on them, these tires have proven themselves throughout California. I have Volvo V70R with almost 400 HP. They replaced former Pirellis and did a better job. Both quieter and more cornering hold, wet and dry. I was impressed by them when new, but many tires impress when new. These still impress and they have...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

I bought these for my Volvo Cross Country this winter. Last winter I had traction problems during my weekly trips to Vermont, and rather than going through that again this winter I opted for snow tires. The Blizzaks were highly rated and recommended by friends. These tires are excellent! I drove through about 14 of fresh snow and the car didn't come close to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

A very good tire on a Volvo V70. Very good to excellent in most areas of the tire rack survey. Very good snow traction(up to 5) for an all weather tire. Ride comfort and noise level are also very good. These replaced Michelin MXV4 at half the price, AND much better in the snow. I'm very satisfied. I hope General keeps making this tire thru 2014.   Read More

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

Got these tires on my s60R and they are great. They stick to the road like I am driving on glue. Great traction in the snow for being AWD, but mind you it is a Volvo and they TCS is great. I drove in pretty bad conditions on the highway and did not slip at all! Great dry traction and wet traction. Definitely can hold the road. A little noisy but this is my...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

After having Pirelli's on my Volvo C70 that were horrible, I am exceedingly pleased with the MXM4's. The car rides like a new vehicle. Great control on wet roads with a crisp and comfy ride on dry. Very quiet too. My husband did not like to drive the car before because the Pirelli's were a rough ride. Now he loves my car! Cannot recommend these tires enough...  Read More

Find Better Tire Choices for Your Volvo XC70 AWD in the Alternative Size of 225/60R16

If your family hauler is a second-generation (2001-2007) Volvo XC70 AWD, you probably bought it for the safety it provides. Safety also requires focused driving and equipping your Volvo with the best tires for the conditions. Does tire choice make that much of a difference? Yes, consider the difference in wet braking distance between the top tires and the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I bought the DWS because the stock tires were terrible in snowy conditions. One of my criteria was a quiet tire. I was pleased with this tire on both counts. What I was not prepared for was how well these tires performed on pavemment, even dry pavement; especially a Volvo wagon. If a XC70 can feel like its diving on rails, then the tire has to be good. I...  Read More