Winter Tires Off and Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires On?

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

It looks like spring has actually sprung! This week we'll get more than one warm day in a row. That's great for us, especially after this winter, but consistent warm weather isn't so good for your snow tires. Their specialized rubber compound will wear prematurely in warmer temperatures. So winter tires off, summer tires on, right? Not necessarily, as you may want to consider an all-season tire. Consider the following factors on whether you should get a summer or all-season tire.

Summer tires, especially on a powerful sporty car with great innate handling, allows you to push your vehicle to its limits. In order to benefit from the higher grip and crisper steering response of summer tires, you really have to love to drive and/or your vehicle is so performance oriented that it needs summer tires to handle correctly.

Are you not as intense during your daily commute? Exact attributes will vary from tire to tire, but you might be disappointed with a summer tire's higher tread noise, harsher ride, faster wear and poor grip in colder temperatures. Maybe you'd rather emphasize a quiet, more comfortable ride, with better longevity and cold weather versatility combined with enhanced emergency handling? Then consider options in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category instead of a summer tire.

I'd take a good look at the Michelin Sport A/S 3 for its superior wet and dry grip, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS for its versatility in the face of an unexpected spring or fall snowstorm and the Kumho Ecsta 4X for its combination of decent wet grip, crisp steering response and value.

Ultra High Performance All-Season Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3
Ultra High Performance All-Season Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS
Ultra High Performance All-Season Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta
4X


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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 RFT

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.09
 
 

2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
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Miles driven on tires: 46,000
Location: Affton, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 46,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2014

This is the first time I have gotten more than 40,000 miles on a set of tires. I'm not sure if it's the tires or the car, the BMW X 3 almost wants to be driven hard . The faster you go the smoother the ride .I live in St. Louis , Mo. We get all kinds of whether ,110 and dry last summer, 05 and 6 to 7 inches last winter, not one problem even on unplowed city streets. Good tires, looking for SECOUND set. 04/12. Al. N.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2014 Mini John Cooper Works
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Centennial, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2014

I have owned two sets of these Pirelli's. The first was on a company Subaru Outback. I was so impressed I ordered a set for my 2014 JCW Coupe. I took delivery of my car just before Christmas 2013 so I had them put on immediately before picking up the car from the dealer. We get a lot of snow and a lot of snow types from 7-11 slushy to deep packed here in Colorado, not to mention ice.

The reason you get these is because you want some performance capabilities along with good snow traction. I drive through mountains, prairie and just took a trip to Vegas on dry warm road. I left them on because I could still hit snow in the UT and CO mountains. We have had a lot of snow this year up until about March so these tires have really had a good trial in lots of snow and in warm weather in Vegas and NM.

The snow traction is amazing. I have Michellin Xice on my company Malibu, Blizzaks on my Mini Clubman S and these Pirelli's on the JCW. I have driven all in sequence in several types of snow and ice. All are good tires but these Pirelli's are my favorite. They handle extremely well in the snow. I went in a snow covered parking lot doing donuts with and without traction control. It was really difficult to break traction. On the highway and on some icy areas they are fantastic. No snow tires make you impervious but I believe these are the best short of studded. The main reason I like them is because of the terrific dry and even warm weather traction. They are superb. I will not autocross in them but in a normal sedan or SUV I would consider running them all year. They do not seem to wear excessively and cold, warm, wet, snowy or icy they are terrific. There are no deficiencies. For a snow tire I would actually give them a 10 in dry but I think that is for summer tires. I think for price and all around performance in a climate like I have, -25 in winter and temps can change 50 degrees in one day and different altitudes...this is a fantastic tire. You won't go wrong with these.

Make Sure Your Wheels Are Properly Torqued

Monday, April 7, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

The winter season is coming to an end, and for many, that means their warm weather tires and wheels are being installed. It's also the start of race season where tire and wheel changes are frequent. Making sure your car's wheels are properly torqued to the vehicle's specifications and pattern are critical. These torque specifications can be found in your vehicle's owner's manual, shop repair manual or obtained from the dealership.

It is important to make sure your threads are free of dirt, grit and other materials in order to achieve a proper torque. Do not apply anti-seize compound to the lug hardware or studs. This can result in inaccurate torque readings and/or over torquing of the hardware.

Once the lugs are snugged down by hand, finish tightening them with an accurate torque wrench. Use the appropriate crisscross sequence (shown below) for the number of wheel lugs on your vehicle until all have reached their proper torque value. If you over torque a wheel, you can strip a lug nut or hub, stretch or break a stud or bolt and cause the wheel, brake rotor and/or brake drum to distort.

           
When installing new wheels, you should re-torque the wheel lugs after driving the first 50 to 100 miles in case the clamping loads have changed following the initial installation. This is necessary due to the possibility of metal compression/elongation or thermal stresses affecting the wheels as they are breaking in, as well as to verify the accuracy of the original installation. When rechecking torque value, wait for the wheels to cool to ambient temperature (never torque a hot wheel). Loosen and retighten to value, in sequence. Simply repeat the same torque procedure listed above.

To learn more about tightening and loosening patterns, read "Wheel Lug Torquing."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2014 Chevrolet Malibu
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Centennial, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2014

I have used three brands of snows, Pirelli, Blizzaks and these Michelins. I have these on a corporate Malibu. I drive a LOT of city and through the Colorado Rockies and across prairie. I need a tire that will handle in most every temperature and condition and give me good stopping and handling in the city. These tires get worked very hard, especially in the city with quick starts at lights. If you are a city driver you know you may have seconds to make a left and you will tailgate the lumbering Buick, SUV or Camry in front of you to get through.

I will say this is an outstanding tire. I watched the videos here on Tire Rack and I cannot disagree. I love the Pirelli's and this tire in particular. I really cannot tell them apart in my driving so it is subjective. However, the Michelin's are holding up well as I drive a lot in the winter. These tires stay on minimum six months a year.

I took the Malibu out with these in a real slushy snow and it was passable. Nothing does really well in the slush as you ride up on it. I took my other car with Blizzaks and no difference. However, these tires bite, ride and recover well. They are really superb on dry road and warm weather, too. This is what I really appreciate. A Malibu is not a performance car but I drive it pretty hard, chirp the wheels frequently and push the front wheel drive. The back and front stay well planted and predictable. In the worst snow and ice the tires give good grip and minimum sliding with quick recovery. That is all you can ask. If the wear is good I am actually playing with the idea of putting these or some Pirelli winters on my Mini Countryman all year. I kayak and have an idea these will be good in sand and small rock near the rivers. Since I am in Colorado you can actually hit snow 12 months of the year in the mountains.
This is a great all around tire that should meet most needs. You can try and pick minute differences in tires but you will not go wrong with these.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2011 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Bonners Ferry, ID
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
March 30, 2014

Simply amazing! These summer tires lasted me two seasons and almost 50000km on all types of mountain highways and conditions from northern British Columbia to the southern tip of Arizona. I own a 2011 VW GTI and I love to drive fast especially in the corners. I bought the car new with a set of Pirelli all seasons on them but didn't care for them much. These Michelin tires were a huge upgrade and gave me the confidence to consistantly push the limit. Mind blowing stablility and control with no slippage except when cornering under the most extreme circumstances. There is some hydroplaning in very wet conditions but not enough to keep you from being the lead car...every time. There is some road noise for the first few thousand kilometers during the break in period but it becomes increasingly less noticeable. You really get to know your vehicle and your driving capabilities when you run these tires. I am a starving university student but I live for those long, summer roadtrips so the price for these tires is well worth living off of Kraft Dinner and hotdogs for a few more months. I will definitely be buying them again. Thank you Tirerack for providing us with the best selection and prices for the only shoes that really matter!

I also run Michelin Pilot Alpin in the winter which are also very good performance winter tires. Check em out!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2005 Audi S4 Sedan 2005.5 Model
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Huntington, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2014

My first winter on these tires. Simply unreal. In every type condition from rain to snow to ice they are fantastic. THEY ARE AS QUIET AS ANY HIGH PERFORMANCE SUMMER TIRE I HAVE EVER DRIVEN AND I HAVE DRIVEN THEM ALL.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Carving Edge

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Carving Edge Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8
 
 

2004 Subaru Legacy L Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 30, 2014

I've finished my third winter with these tires on my Subaru wagon... and this was the worst winter in years here in eastern PA. (I know, that's still not saying much).

On snow days I casually passed everyone else here creeping along with inadequate tires. The feeling of confidence and control with these tires was priceless.

Tread life is acceptable for winter tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth
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Miles driven on tires: 8,700
Location: Little Neck, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 8,700 Miles on Tires
March 29, 2014

Worse year in NYC, snow after snow! riding on a small car is not fun. but thanks to the Sottozero, I go through it! This tire is fantastic, many road in Long island is unplowed, traveling 20 miles each way is no joke! but I never had any problem going through, never got stuck! Not even once! Not must road noise, corning and handling very good. Also my car is lowered, I have only about 4.5 inch clearance but is still doing fine. Love it!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Honda Fit
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Ada, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2014

This is my second set of these tires. The first set was on a Mazda Protege 5 and lasted for over 30,000 miles. These are slightly wider than the OEM tire for the Fit. They provide a much smoother and quieter ride than the OEM tires. Traction is great in dry, wet, and light snow conditions. I switch to winter tires for deep snow (this winter in Michigan they were a lifesaver)! I really like these Continental tires. The only down side to them is the limited sizes available. I'd install them on all my cars if they had sizes available. They really transform the ride of these light cars as they are so much smoother and quieter.

Tirerack's delivery and the quality of the tires delivered were impeccable.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.9
 
 

2010 Subaru Forester 2.5 X
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Tioga, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2014

These tire are very, very good in snow. Since I am currently using them in the winter I am not at all concerned about road noise, etc. However, I do have to say that, for noise, handling, etc., these tires are fine and are no worse than an average all season tire. I live on top of a hill and I have to drive through heavy snow and at times, ice. these tires are very good and provide an exceptional level of confidence when driving in these difficult conditions. As for mileage, I am not certain since I will (hopefully) be able to switch them out with my all season tires in May. At the rate this winter is going I am not certain that will happen (perhaps June?!). regardless, yes, I am confident in these tires and would not hesitate to purchase these tire again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2006 Mini Cooper Non-Runflat Tires
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Dearborn, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 31, 2014

This is my first experience with Conti's that I can say was outstanding! I am a very spirited driver in Michigan, in the worst winter we have had in 50 years and these tires performed wonderfully! 20K and these tires are still going strong and still handle competently. The only negatives (but very nominal negative) is they do generate just a bit of road noise, the sacrifice was comfort for handling (they don't take bumps great)but they are absolutely outstanding in the turns, on wet pavement and in the snow. For you high end tech. guys......These tires road-force wonderfully! I have installed 2 sets and every tire road forced to less than 10 lbs and balanced with minimal weights. The last set I installed (205 50 16's) only required a total of 3 ounces of wheel weights for all 4 tires and the tire with the worst road force numbers had 9 lbs of road force. These are GREAT tires! Forget about the Continentals of yester-year!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2007 Infiniti G35X Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 17,550
Location: Boyds, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 17,550 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

I live just outside of the Washington, DC area, home of the just about the worst traffic in the country. Luckily, my daily commute consists mostly of free flowing highway driving with light traffic (down the new ICC toll-road) so 70+ mph is my usual pace there. Otherwise, my normal driving is suburban stop & go, daily grind, sort of stuff. These Kumho Ecsta 4X tires are my 3rd set of tires on this vehicle and by FAR the best I've used. The stock tires were Goodyear Eagle RSA's and as the reviews for those state, they were completely average tires with poor handling in anything but dry conditions. My next set of tires, Yokohama Avid V4S were old standby's that I'd had before on a previous vehicle. They were great tires, especially for the money. At 107,500 I was ready to purchase new tires as I usually always can get 50K+ mi. out of my tires. I read a lot of reviews about the newly redesigned Yoko's but couldn't help noticing the great reviews that the Kumho Ecsta's had received. I took a shot many years ago with Yoko's and have been really happy with them on both my G35x, Ford Explorer, and my Honda Accord V6 coupe. Sorry for the rambling, but just wanted to give some background. In any case, the price on the Kumho Ecsta's was great, and the trusted Tire Rack reviews convinced me to give them a shot on my G. I've had these Ecsta's now for 16,500 mi. from 2/20/13 to current (one year) and loved every minute of these tires. The ride is great, the noise level is adequate, and handling whether through our 90+ degree HUMID summer to our 10 degree lows in several inches of snow in the winter has been nothing short of spectacular at every level. I would highly recommend these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.3
 
 

2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Williamsville, NY
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

I live in Buffalo and I mounted these the week of Thanksgiving so I have a whole winter`s worth of driving to judge the quality of these tires.

Likes:

Wet traction because I felt good road grip through puddles.
I did not experience any wheel spinning during accelerating and my PT cruiser felt secure during cornering. This happened during first lake effect event. It was a light snow event and this is why I gave the tires level 10 for light snow.
Driving down the highway during another snowfall, the PT felt very secure and I did not detect fishtailing or slipping. Also level 10 for highway driving
Good performance during very cold days, and I always felt in control of the PT.

Dislikes:

During deep snow I had good grip accelerating but a little slippage cornering. That's why I only rated it level 8.
I found after very cold nights, snow packed in the treads does not melt and reduces the traction on the tires the next morning. I assume the same occurs on all snow tires.

Miscellaneous:

I got temporarily stuck in a snow drift on an unplowed street during our first blizzard. I freed myself after a short time.
I give these tires a level 10 for getting out of the snowdrift.
Overall great product from General Tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2008 Audi A4 Avant 3.2 quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Nashua, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2014

Great tire that just works. I only use them 7-8 months/year (have separate winter tires). They are responsive, secure in the wet, perform well in dry and have great longevity. Enough tread left after 31K miles that the "S" is still visible. Should easily go 50K+. Will get a set for our other car (MINI) now.

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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2008 Toyota Avalon Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Ashford, CT
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
March 24, 2014

Just put a set on wife's 2008 Avalon, only driven 500 miles on dry roads so far, but VERY happy with these Pirelli's that replaced Michelin Energy MXV4's that wore out way too soon. Have a separate set of wheels/winter tires, so can't comment on snow/ice traction, but other reviews appear positive. Like the responsiveness as well as the ride, and they're pretty quiet on the highway. These are really great tires, I only wish they made them in the size my truck takes, I'd order a set in a heartbeat.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: London, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

We needed affordable yet excellent performing winter tires for my wifey's SUV. In Canada these tires are almost twice the price, so we drive over the boarder and have them installed by one of Tire Racks suggested garages to save serious $$$. The tires do very well in our snowy winters in Southern Ontario. The best attribute of these tires are the communication it gives you. In the situation that it is loosing it's traction it is very progressive and predictable. The most surprising aspect of this tire is it's traction on ice, it's very very good. Road noise is surprisingly minimal given it's thick block tread design. Handsome looking, aggressive tire as well. One of it's only downfalls is it's cornering ability, it was very noticeably decreased in comparison to the OEM All Seasons. This is very negative is very forgivable given that it is a winter tire and it's aspect ratio is much higher on the 17" rim versus the 20" OEM All Season tires. I would highly recommend this tire to anyone who demands a excellent performer with a value price in mind.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2005 Mazda MAZDA6 s Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

Coming from Continental ExtremeWinterContact's, the Blizzaks are more comfortable, steadier, and more predictable. My old Conti's actually had better take-off grip than the WS70's and had better dry weather grip and dynamics, but rode harsher, made the rear end squirrely, and were less predictable in breakaway events under all conditions. The Blizzaks are better in wet weather versus the Conti's and light years ahead in slushy conditions. I have not been stuck with them on during the winter of 2014, where we have received over 100" of snow. The only thing holding them back would be my car's ride height and lack of all wheel drive.

The only thing I would the WS70's to be better is in absolute grip (acceleration, brake, corning) but only if the predictability and stability were not compromised. Better to have a tire with lower limits that doesn't scare you than one with higher limits that does.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude Tour Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.44
 
 

1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320
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Miles driven on tires: 63,000
Location: St Petersburg Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 63,000 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2014

P255/65R16 106T Latitude Tour on an ML320 first series SUV. The tires are holding up well with just over 63k miles over 64 months. The first 18 months (14k mi) were in New England and the tires performed well through two northern winters. Snow traction was excellent as was wet traction. The last 48k miles have been in south Florida, mostly highway miles. Treadwear is excellent with about 4 to 5/32 of depth across the widths of each tire. (Tire rotation schedule and alignment issues with the car are main culprits for the uneven tire wear). Wet weather driving at highway speed in Florida has been great with zero hydroplaning (on 255s) along with confident braking. Dry weather driving is relatively quiet as is expected from all season tires. Mileage for the ML320 at highway driving is consistently 20mpg which I attribute 1-2 miles on the tire model. The previous tires were also Michelins but were H rated, lower tread life tires. I was initially concerned with "T" (118mph) speed rating, "B" temp rating, and 106 load index (2,094lb) for Florida drivers tend to consistently speed beyond the 70 MPH law. The ML is a heavy SUV with gross weight of 6000lbs. Front and Rear GAWR are 2550 & 3550 lbs respectively. A typical workday round trip is 140 miles highway driving 3-4 times a week. Additionally, was also concerned about the Florida heat and sun as the vehicle was not parked under cover for most of the last three years. As such, there is cracking all along the circumference of the tire walls (dry rot cracking, maybe). At this point, I am pleased with the performance and longevity of these Latitude Tours and may likely keep them on until the warranty period end (or another 2k miles). As a side note, I would purchase these again for a vehicle that I expected to keep a long time. These tires were a great investment. By the way, I love Tire Rack and will continue to purchase from them. Just replaced these with Conti CrossContact LX20 due to cost and remaining life of the Benz.

Best Tires for Subaru Outback

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Gary Stanley

If the tires on your Subaru Outback are nearing replacement, be sure to check out the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. While many drivers associate Pirelli with producing ultra high performance tires for exotic high-end sports cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini, they also make outstanding all-season touring tires. In fact, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus is currently ranked number one by our customers in the Grand Touring All-Season performance category.  

The tire's great balance of traction, handling and ride quality to go along with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty make the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus an ideal match for many Subaru Outback drivers.  

Take a look at what Outback owners are saying about their experience with the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus:

"So glad I did my research with Tire Rack and compared the tires side-by-side. After a full week of research, I went with the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus and the difference is amazing. The noise level from my previous Bridgestone Potenza is a 180. The Pirelli is hands down the best tire I've owned!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Subaru Outback Wagon 

"This tire has amazed me since it was installed 10,000 miles ago. Immediately, I noticed a difference in decreased road noise and increased ride comfort over the O.E. Continental. It has been a great tire while driving in heavy rain and an equally as great tire when taking corners a little faster than you should." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

"I bought these tires a month ago to replace tires damaged by road debris. These are by far the best tires I've had on this car, including O.E. Potenzas, Kumho Solus KH16 and two sets of General AltiMAX HPs. These Pirellis are amazing. The car is noticeably quieter and rides smoother - it's like a new car. We have had a snowy winter so far in Connecticut, so I have had many chances to test these on snow and ice. Truly impressive." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean

While you're thinking about tires, check your tires' air pressure since they can lose 1 psi per month. To learn more about this important safety issue, read "Winter Air Pressure Versus Summer Air Pressure."