What are the Differences in Winter / Snow Tire Categories

As you begin to shop for winter / snow tires this year, you may discover there are different classifications of winter tires available. So the question is: "Which one works best for me?" General AltiMAX Arctic Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D Studdable Winter / Snow Offering a traditional winter compound and tread design, these tires meet severe...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Winter

I bought these tires last year from Tire Rack mounted on Sport Edition ST6 bright silver wheels. These wheel look very similar to the stock wheels, but have a bright finish to them that I find very attractive with the Floret Silver paint on my car. You can find Audi center caps on the Internet that will fit, too.I've never been a big fan of Michelin tires,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Anyone that drives a CR-V knows that it needs quiet tires to be a quiet vehicle. That said, I have tried three different brands on my CR-V over the years and the Michelin Defenders are by far the quietest of all of them. The Goodyear Assurance tires were awful. They rode horribly and had a constant moaning sound that drove me crazy. I then tried Yokohama...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus

My 300S came with Firestone tires , shot at 26,000.miles Replaces with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 Great ride and at 43,000. miles were done ,Then I read the Tire Rack review on the Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus reviews were Great , Tire Rack pricing was good and Pirelli kicked in a $60 rebate . Now I know the Michelin were at the end of the life cycle and a bit...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

I decided on these Michelin Defenders after reading the other surveys here. I am not disappointed as these are great tires. The ride is softer and quieter than the OEM Continentals. I replaced at 34K miles because the OEMs were down to the thread warnings and winter was approaching. They cost a little more but it will equal out if in fact they last for 90K...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

I purchased these tires in November 2013 when I was about to move from Baltimore to Syracuse for work. Syracuse averages 110 inches of snow annually and 2/3 winters here have proven that. I have now put on almost 60k miles on these tires in all conditions, snow, ice, dry, etc. and they are amazing. I think I have had to take my foot off the accelerator a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Typical of a Michelin tire, low noise with long life. I run these year round rather than swapping tires for the warmer months. Overall they hold well but you can feel a bit of looseness when cornering hard in wet weather. Currently have about 30k on them and they are at about 5-6/32 so just enough to mostly make it through another winter. These do have to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek SJ6

I live in the hills of western MA, where we get quite a bit of snow and ice. So I bought these Dunlop Grandtrek SJ6's in P205/70R16 mounted on plain steel 16 wheels for my Crosstrek for winter. They are just a tad taller and narrower than the stock P225/55R17 Yokohamas. No rubbing issues at all, and in the snow, my crosstrek is unstoppable. They are really...  Read More

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

Superb winter tire, simply fantastic. I'm using it on fairly powerful RWD car, tons of snow in the area every year. Never skipped or postponed a trip, zero issues finding grip no matter the conditions or the temperature out there. It's pricey, and it wears somewhat fast, for most people it's probably good for 2, maybe 3 winters.Quiter on dry and wet pavement...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

These tires replace the OEM Continentals at 50K miles, which was probably a few thousand past needing replaced. These tires have been rotated regularly about every 5K miles with oil changes, only rebalanced once recently. They do great in the snow, I work second shift so I tend to be driving home in some adverse conditions during the winter, with the state...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

I love to drive in the snow now. I couldn't wait until the first snow fall in Chicago. They don't plow and salt the side streets right away, so it was a great opportunity to test these tires out. These tires perform very well in snow 3-9 or more inches. I have a low profile front end which catches the snow and slows my momentum. But I had confidence that I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Very impressed with these tires. Purchased to replace Goodyear Eagle GT(not reccomended). Very confident and responsive handling in summer dry/wet conditions. Winter conditions are handled with ease on my FWD vehicle. tolerable increase in noise and vibration on textured concreate highway, but not terrible though.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

Great all around tire. There are certainly better tires for each season, but for snow and ice they are leaps and bounds better than the stock Dunlop Sport Maxx tires . If you live with snow on the ground for the majority of the winter, I'd go with a dedicated winter/snow tire, but if you only get 1-3 inches at a time then these do just fine.You will always...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Sport A/S

I purchased these for my 2013 Mercedes S550 sport package with 20 AMG Wheels. So far they appear to have a very quiet, comfortable ride and don't feel as jarring or harsh over NJ road surfaces as my previous Michelin Pilot A/S 3 tire's. They feel good as far as high performance handling goes as I'm a spirited driver who leaves my car in sport mode...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

This is my third review and these tires are going strong very little tread wear The noise levels have improved a bit at higher speeds All traction measurements except snow have remained constant in other words excellent It has not snowed since my last review so I can't comment on that at this time Overall I am completely satisfied with these Michelin tires I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

I have a fairly modified grand cherokee including axle swap from olen diff laredo to elsd converted to locker axles out of a limited hemi. Its lifted 4 and i admin an offroad group. We wheel frequently and hard. Ive chopped them up a bit from tucking them into a body pinch weld and chunked a little from slicing them and on sharp rocks. They hold up to both...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

I have a fairly modified grand cherokee including axle swap from olen diff laredo to elsd converted to locker axles out of a limited hemi. Its lifted 4 and i admin an offroad group. We wheel frequently and hard. Ive chopped them up a bit from tucking them into a body pinch weld and chunked a little from slicing them and on sharp rocks. They hold up to both...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

These tires are hands down the best in all around performance that I have experienced with this vehicle. The ride is smooth, with superior cornering and steering response, and very little cabin noise. The car glides through tight corners with virtually no body roll, excellent acceleration on straight runs, and a great ride response to the pavement. Many...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus

Recently purchased these tires primarily on Tirerack's test and performance reviews. Previously had Bridgestone S 04's but mileage was abysmal(15,000 miles) and given the cool weather that North Carolina can experience, I was often reluctant to take my Jag out on the road in the winter with maximum performance tires. Still breaking these tires in but am...  Read More

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

I bought these Pirelli Cinturato P7 to replace the stock Yokohamas, which were fine, but fairly worn by 37k. The Pirellis are a bit smoother and quieter and after 30k, still have a lot of life in them. They ride smooth and quiet, good in the wet. Handling is great too. I didn't notice a reduction in fuel consumption which Pirelli touts. I live in the...  Read More