Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic LT

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic LT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.45

2011 Ram 1500 SLT 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Saint Albans, VT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 31, 2013

I was unhappy with the performance of my very expensive OEM all-season tires that came with the truck. When I was due for tires it so happened winter was around the corner. I decided to go with a dedicated winter tire and chose these based on reviews and price. After over 1000 miles I can say they are a great tire! I got my tires studded and they handle ice and deep snow very well. Being that I have a pickup with no weights in the bed, the tires still do slip on takeoff when the road surface is slick. However, they do bite in after and provide great traction. Amazing traction at highway speeds on treacherous roads too!


Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.36

2001 Ford Ranger Super Cab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2014

Replaced a set of Dunlop "truck tread" style tires with these all season Firestone tires and have been very happy with improved ride, reduced noise, and most supprisingly with improved winter traction. Used to run in 4wd any time we got over an inch or so of snow as tires would just spin even with a few hundred pounds of weight in box, and added weight just made stopping even worse as back end would try to pass you.
With Firestones have only used 4wd once during a reasonalbly heavy snow fall - 8+ inches and once I got to main highway was able to go back to 2wd.


Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09

2003 Lincoln Town Car
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Miles driven on tires: 5,500
Location: Racine, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,500 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

We just drove back from Murfressboro TN to Wisconsin Sunday 05Jan14 on I-65 through 245 miles of blizzard conditions, 6-8 inches, white out conditions at times, and these tires saved us. Literally dozens of all types of cars, trucks, 18 wheelers, etc all ove the sides of the road, squads included. These tires allowed us to drive up unplowed off ramps to rest stops that were not plowed, and motor right back on the highway past vehicles stuck on the on ramps. Great sense of control and confidence, although speeds were restricted from 25MPH to 40 MPH due to conditions. We had to get back to Wisconsin that Sunday, or risk driving the following Monday in -15 below real temp weather in the morning; we made it home late, but made it home due to having installed these tires. As of this morning, 07Jan14, 65 miles of I-65 were still closed. Highly recommended.


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

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2006 Ford F150 Lariat Super Crew 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 12,500
Location: Smyrna, DE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,500 Miles on Tires
January 07, 2014

Wow, with 215,000 miles on the truck I have bought my fair share of tire, but these take the cake. In the summers I surf fish and find these tires (although not rated) as superior in sand. In the winters we routinely travel to upstate NY and VT and while we have only been once this year and only had them in deep snow and ice 3 or 4 times this year, WOW they are great!! Traction is awesome, hardly need 4wd but when enabled I don't think anything can get these tires spinning. NO complaints, perfect tires, I have owned the factory Pirelli's and Bridgestone Duelers they cant compare to the performance of these tires. If you are on the fence, BUY them. About ready to purchase same set, different size, for my 08 Outback.


Pirelli Makes Some of the Best Winter Tires for 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Pirelli doesn't just make performance tires like the P Zero line, they also produce world class winter / snow tires for a range of vehicles from small cars and high performance sports cars to large SUVs, trucks and crossover vehicles. So, whether you need affordable studded snow tires for your Honda Civic, performance snow tires for your BMW 3 Series or tires for the family's SUV for ski trips, Pirelli has you covered!

 Pirelli Winter Carving
Pirelli Winter Carving
 Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter
 Pirelli Winter SottoZero 3
Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

The Pirelli Winter Carving is a Studdable Winter / Snow tire made in a variety of sizes for those looking for a traditional studdable snow tire. With or without studs, the Winter Carving represents a great value in a traditional studdable winter tire. Note, that while studded tires are not the quietest tires, they do offer great snow and ice traction. To learn more about about using studded tires, read "Studded Tires for Winter Driving."

Pirelli's Scorpion Winter is an outstanding choice for crossovers, trucks and SUVs. It features an Ecoimpact icon branded on the sidewall to highlight the tire's contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air and low noise. The tire is designed to deliver low temperature wintertime driving performance by combining predictable handling on dry and wet roads with traction in snow and on ice.

Drivers looking for a high performance winter tire that will provide some winter traction for better dry road grip and steering response should consider the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3. The tire was developed with the philosophy that winter tires must perform in a variety of unpredictable weather conditions.

All three tires feature aggressive, directional tread patterns for great water and snow/slush evacuation. Looking for winter aftermarket alloy wheels or steel wheels to mount your winter tires on? Check out "Steel Wheels Available at Tire Rack" for some great options.

Best Winter Tires 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013 by Colin .

As we enter into the winter months, it's important to have tires that will give you the best traction possible. The following tires should be considered by drivers who experience harsh winter weather and travel on snow- and ice-covered roads.  


The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 is still one of the best winter / snow tires on the market. It rates highly in ice traction against other leading winter tires and also provides excellent snow traction. Bridgestone also offers a similar tire marketed toward trucks, sport utility vehicles and crossovers, named the Blizzak DM-V1.

Blizzak DM-V1 tires use Bridgestone's Multicell Z compound featuring microscopic bubbles and tubes to absorb the thin film of water that forms as tires run over packed snow and ice, while micro bite particles contribute to the edge effect that improves grip on packed snow and icy surfaces. It also incorporates advanced 3D Wash Board Z Sipe technology that increases both block stiffness for handling in the dry and increases the biting edge effect on frozen surfaces.


Michelin's leading winter tire is the X-Ice Xi3. This Studless Ice & Snow tire was developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, family vans and small crossover vehicles that are looking for ice and snow traction along with predictable handling in cold, dry and wet wintry conditions. It also meets Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance and confirms the tire's contribution to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions of CO2 gases. The X-Ice Xi3 is designed to take on ice and snow while providing lasting winter performance.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Dunlop Winter Maxx


Dunlop is offering a new tire this year with the release of the Winter Maxx. We tested the tire on ice and it performed well. After comparing the tire against the Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact and Michelin X-Ice Xi3, we determined the tire matched with the best tires on ice. 

The Winter Maxx's Digital Rolling Simulation technology helps optimize tread pattern stiffness to enhance footprint pressure distribution for improved grip. Snow platform indicators are molded into the Winter Maxx tread grooves to inform the driver when beneficial ice and snow traction will be reduced as the tread wears away. Winter Maxx tires also are designed to increase confidence in cool and cold driving conditions as they enhance traction in slush, snow and on ice.


The AltiMAX Arctic has been around for many years and is still one of our popular sellers. We have tested the tire studded and unstudded and it delivers excellent wintertime traction in the snow and on ice. For its price, it's a great value for many drivers.

To view all winter options available for your car, shop by vehicle.

Best Winter Tires for Snow for Crossovers and SUVs

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Crossovers and SUVs are a very popular vehicle segment and are available from smaller vehicles like the Ford Escape and Nissan Murano, to larger SUVs such as the Chevy Suburban and Cadillac Escalade. There are even high performance models like the Porsche Cayenne and Infiniti FX that have acceleration rivaling that of sports cars.  

Most owners of these vehicles aren't buying them primarily for their off-road capability or 0-60 times, but instead for their desire of a balance of utility, comfort and performance. They also want good all-season traction, including during the winter months. To get the most winter traction, the best option is to install a set of winter / snow tires because they provide much better snow and ice traction compared to their all-season counterparts.

Which winter tires are the best for snow and ice traction for your crossover, light truck or SUV? 

 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
 Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter

I would take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 and Pirelli Scorpion Winter. Between the two, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 has better snow and ice traction. Pirelli's Scorpion Winter is a slight step down in snow and ice traction compared to the Blizzak, however it does have better dry road traction and quicker steering response for the days when the roads are dry. These tires aren't just available for SUVs and crossovers, but also make great winter truck tires. 

For more information on the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, read "Winter Truck Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55

2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
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Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

I was a skeptic about snow tires, and with a Range Rover you have a "snow mode" that can be activated. However, the street truck tires proved to be dismal in 8" of snow we've had in the Northeast. Yet I remained indifferent to snow tires with the presumption that they were incapable of 60mph+ and were too noisy at highway speeds. Then whilst in Germany I rented a BMW X3 SUV fitted with Dunlop M3 snowtires in mid-summer. Wow, that changed everything. 70 mph cruises was dead silent even though the SUV was a diesel fitted with snow tires. And I easily hit 130 mph on stretches of the Autobahn whereby legally permitted, never losing confidence at all. In mountain/urban areas the SUV gripped like a sports car and I averaged 80 mph on country roads. That's when I thought I should replace street tires with snow tires... and I'm glad I did. Nothing much has changed in dynamics, and you can anticipate blizzards or even dry summer pavement. Don't be foolish like I was and invest in snow tires. They really are a quintessential component of winter safety.


Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 vs Blizzak DM-V1

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Owners of crossover vehicles, small SUVs and even full size cars with large outside diameter tire fitments often call to ask which one of Bridgestone's popular winter / snow tires would work best for their vehicle. For many applications, there may be only one of Bridgestone's Studless Ice & Snow tires offered in a given size, however there are certainly exceptions.

For example, if you own a newer model Honda CRV which employs the use of 225/65R17 tires, you'll find two models of Blizzak tires that are suitable for your SUV. While you could purchase either and be very well suited, there are differences between them.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 is designed for lighter vehicles such as small and mid-sized cars and features an extremely soft compound designed to give these vehicles every traction advantage available. The tire is also T-speed rated to provide a more responsive steering feel at speed and retain a more acceptable degree of stability when being pushed into corners. Make no mistake, T-speed rated tires will not set dry track records, however most drivers appreciate the responsiveness they offer when compared to Q-,R- and S-speed rated options.

In contrast, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 is designed for SUVs and light trucks and may wear slightly better than the WS70 when used on a heavier vehicle. The larger tread blocks and slightly less directional design will also more closely resemble that of a "truck" tire. The most negative trait of the DM-V1 is its relatively low R-speed rating. Aside from having a lower top speed of 106 mph, the DM-V1 will not handle as sharply as the T-speed rated WS70. Both make an excellent winter tire option that can handle the snow and ice winter throws at you.

To further research these two tires, take a look at our Tire Survey Results.

Incredible Pricing on the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI Snow Tire

Friday, November 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

For a limited time, we're able to offer extremely low pricing on the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI in the select size of 225/70R16. Priced at $67 per tire, or $268 plus shipping for a set of four, this tire will move fast as we head into the busy winter months. 

This Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow tire offers a large amount of biting edges, while its symmetric tread pattern features an optimized sip. It was developed for the drivers of crossovers, SUVs and light-duty pickup trucks looking for the ability to get where they need to go in the worst wintry weather. Winter Slalom KSI tires provide traction that's ready to handle winter's cold, wet, slushy, snowy and icy roads.

Featuring a unique micro-pore rubber compound mix that provides a grip mechanism to generate traction on ice and snow, the tire doesn't compromise much in terms of wet grip. The tire's internal structure includes twin steel belts on top of a polyester casing, while BFGoodrich's ETEC System (Equal Tension Containment) of spirally wrapped nylon provides a consistent footprint and maximizes tread area contact to enhance winter driving control.

When the Winter Slalom KSI is approximately 50 perfect worn, a winter tread depth indicator molded into the tire's design lets you know the remaining tread depth is reaching the end of its ability to provide beneficial snow traction. It's also recommended that drivers install this tire in sets of four only.

Act now before this tire is gone!

What are the Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013? Find Out Here!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Which are the best winter / snow tires for 2013? The answer will depend on your driving style, model of vehicle and the winter conditions you experience.

Studless Ice & Snow 

Studless Ice & Snow tires deliver maximum snow and ice traction when conditions are the most severe. These tires will give up some dry grip and steering response compared to higher performance winter / snow tires. Their rubber compounds have technology that keeps them soft and pliable even in sub freezing temperatures in order to give you great winter traction. Tires in this performance category have more aggressive tread patterns and often more tread depth to help them bite through the snow. 

They are available for nearly all types of vehicles from small cars like the SmartForTwo, all the way up to full sized SUVs such as the Ford Expedition. Drivers who purchase Studless Ice & Snow tires typically drive in the central to northern regions of the snowbelt or in higher altitudes. Studless Ice & Snow tires are also an excellent choice for new drivers that need extra confidence when driving in wintry conditions. A few top choices in the category for 2013 include the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 (for light trucks, crossovers and SUVs).

 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
 Bridgestone Blizzak DMV-1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Performance Winter / Snow 

Performance Winter / Snow tires give up some ultimate snow and ice traction for better dry grip and faster steering response. The tread patterns on these tires aren't quite as aggressive as Studless Ice & Snow tires and often have shallower tread depths which leads to more responsive handling. 

Tires in this performance category are made for a wide variety of vehicles, from performance sedans such as the BMW 3 Series, to larger performance vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne. Drivers who purchase performance snow tires often drive higher performance vehicles, and many drive in areas where snow is less frequent or where snow removal is very good. Despite their bias towards more performance, they still have much better snow and ice traction than an all-season tire. Some top tires in this category include the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4, Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D and Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32.  

 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
 Dunlop Winter Sport 4D
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

Are you having trouble deciding between Studless Ice & Snow and Performance Winter / Snow tires? Then take a look at "Should I Buy Performance Winter / Snow Tires or Studless Ice & Snow Tires?"


Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013-2014

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Colin .

Now's the time to purchase your winter / snow tires! Winter tires are offered in three performance categories: Performance Winter / Snow, Studless Ice & Snow and Studdable Winter / Snow.

Performance Winter / Snow tires are for drivers who want enhanced dry road handling and are willing to trade some snow and ice traction to get it. Studless Ice & Snow tires are designed for those who want to maximize snow and ice traction without the inconvenience of using winter tire studs. Studdable Winter / Snow tires provide basic snow traction and/or the additional security by adding optional winter tire studs to enhance traction on ice.


The Blizzak WS70 and DM-V1 are ranked highly in the Studless Ice & Snow category and continue to score well in our customer feedback. We've been the largest single source of Blizzak studless winter / snow tires in the United States since their introduction in 1993 and have always been impressed with their traction on ice and in snow.   


Dunlop is replacing their very popular Performance Winter / Snow SP Winter Sport 3D with the SP Winter Sport 4D. The tires were developed for sports cars, coupes and sedans that come from the factory equipped with low profile tires mounted on large diameter alloy wheels. They provide dry, wet and snow-covered road competence by delivering traction throughout winter's cold temperatures. Also, when you purchase a set of four SP Winter Sport 3D or 4D winter tires before the end of the year, you can receive a $60 mail-in rebate. View special offer details here.


In the Studless Ice & Snow category, take a look at Michelin's X-Ice Xi3, and if you own a light truck or SUV, consider their Latitude X-Ice Xi2. Both tires provide good ice and snow traction, along with predictable handling in cold, dry and wintry conditions. The X-Ice Xi2 meets Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance that contributes to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions from CO2 gases.

View all the brands of winter / snow tires we carry and find the one that's right for your vehicle.

Best Studded Winter/Snow Tires

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Steve Huffman

It's that time of year again. Time to get ready for the inevitable snow and ice that awaits drivers in Canada and parts of the United States. Tire Rack has several winter / snow tire options for just about any vehicle. Some drivers, however, prefer a studded tire. These tires do particularly well in rural and mountainous areas, as well as places that see their fair share of packed snow and ice. Studs can provide better bite on ice. If you're looking for one of the better studded winter tires, consider the following options.

Our most popular Studdable Winter / Snow tire is the Firestone Winterforce. This tire has been around for several seasons and has a proven track record. It has a very aggressive and deep directional tread design that helps it plow through the elements.

General's AltiMAX Arctic is another great option worth looking at. This tire does so well on its own that many drivers decide to drive on them without using studs. It can accommodate the use of optional metal studs and is designed to offer high levels of traction at low temperatures.

New for the 2013 winter season is the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter. Here is another deep, aggressive and directional treaded tire capable of taking on the winter elements. Designed for coupes, sedans, minivans, crossovers, SUVs and light-duty pickup trucks, the tire allows for alternating rows of optional metals studs that can be added in the shoulder and intermediate tread blocks to increase traction on hard-packed snow and icy roads.

Finally, Pirelli's Winter Carving can be studded to give you the additional traction you're looking for. While designed to accept tire studs, it can also be used without studs if desired. Winter Carving radials are designed to perform in wet and dry conditions, as well as enhance overall traction in snow and on ice.

Firestone Winterforce
General Altimax Arctic
General AltiMAX
Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter
Goodyear Ultra Grip
Pirelli Winter Carving Edge
Pirelli Winter

Always be sure to install Studdable Winter / Snow tires in sets of four.

Best All-Terrain Tires for Winter

Thursday, October 17, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Do you own a pickup truck or large SUV and need an aggressive tire? Or possibly you're getting ready for hunting season or snow plowing and need new tires. If you're looking for an aggressive tire that can also go off-road while still performing on the streets, then look at options in the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain category. Some options are branded with the severe winter mountain/snowflake symbol and can even be studded to provide added traction.

New for 2013 is the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar. Just one look at this tire and you can see how well it will churn through the snow. It's heavily siped which will certainly help with the grip on ice. The sidewall rubber compound features Goodyear’s Durawall Technology to protect the polyester cord body by resisting cuts, punctures, scuffing and abrasion.

Another great option is the General Grabber AT 2. This tire consistently rates well by our customers and is very aggressive. It has tremendously deep tread depth and can plow through deep snow. The tread blocks feature multiple traction edges and sipes, and are molded to accept optional metallic studs to increase wintry weather traction.

Finally, the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO is worth a look. This tire has been around for quite some time, but more importantly, it's a solid performer and does very well in the snow. Its aggressive tread design easily goes through deep snow and will keep you trucking along to your destination.

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
General Grabber AT 2
General Grabber
AT 2
BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
BFGoodrich All-Terrain

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Alternative Options to Tire Chains

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Depending on where you live, you may be familiar with how to use tire chains. Quite a while ago, government agencies that oversaw roads cutting through mountain regions required vehicles to use tire chains before proceeding through a mountain pass. Although they increased traction for the type of tire technology at the time, they were cumbersome and inconvenient to install during a storm.

In the 1990s, a new standard was developed to help consumers identify and purchase a tire that offered a higher level of traction in harsh winter conditions. Tires were now to be branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol. In addition to tire chains, winter / snow tires meeting this performance standard are considered traction devices, allowing drivers to get through the passes. Listed below are some light truck/SUV options that are branded with a mountain/snowflake symbol. These tires offer a higher level of winter traction without the requirement of using snow chains.

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season

On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction

To learn more about the mountain/snowflake symbol, read "How to Confirm a Winter Performer."

Best All-Season Tires for Winter

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Believe it or not, winter's just around the corner. With the change in weather comes the change of tires. If you're a driver who faces the challenges of winter driving, you're going to want the best tire for your vehicle. A dedicated winter / snow tire will be your best route for handling the elements, but if you opt for using an all-season tire year-round, consider the following options.

When it comes to high performance, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS consistently ranks among the top all-season tires, particularly as it relates to winter traction. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions, as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire only has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only. Along with good winter traction, this performance tire will hug the road and give your sports car the confidence you're looking for.

Are you looking for more of a touring tire, something that will ride exceptionally well? Then take a look at Pirelli's Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. Designed to to be driven in America's diverse weather conditions, the tire features lower weight, less rolling resistance and reduced noise while enhancing wet braking and year-round traction, even in light snow.

Finally, if you're in need of a tire for your SUV or light truck, one of the top choices with winter in mind is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. This tire is designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces while providing long wear and all-season traction.

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Continental ExtremeContact
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season
Continental CrossContact LX20 with Ecoplus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Shop by vehicle to find the tire that's best for how and where you drive this winter.

Best Light Truck and SUV Winter / Snow Tires for 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Steve Huffman

This season one of the best winter / snow tires for light trucks and SUVs is the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2. It debuted last season and proved to be a solid performer. Michelin's FleX-Ice silica-based winter tread rubber compound offers firmness at higher temperatures for wet and dry road stability while it remains flexible at lower temperatures to enhance packed snow and ice traction. It's molded into a directional tread design that helps evacuate water and slush to improve hydroplaning resistance.

The Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 has been one of the top winter tires for several years and is back to take on another winter. It uses Bridgestone's Multicell Z compound featuring microscopic bubbles and tubes to absorb the thin film of water that forms as tires run over packed snow and ice, while micro bite particles contribute to the edge effect that improves grip on packed snow and icy surfaces.

If you're seeking a studdable winter option, the Firestone Winterforce UV is a great choice. Firestone Winterforce UV tires feature a winter tread compound molded into an aggressive directional tread pattern with tread blocks that are siped, stepped and can be studded to offer the biting edges necessary to provide traction in snow and on ice. Independent tread blocks feature high-density siping to enhance grip in loose snow while the intermediate and shoulder tread blocks are molded to accept studs that further enhance traction on hard-packed snow and ice. While not required, we can install the studs for your set of Winterforce UV tires. 

Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2
Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Firestone Winterforce UV
Firestone Winterforce UV

Shop by vehicle to find the winter / snow tire that's right for your light truck or SUV.

Which Winter / Snow Tire is Best for You?

Friday, August 30, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

As much as we don't like to admit it, summer is ending and snow is just around the corner. When it comes to winter driving, traction is key and it starts with your tires. Even those vehicles with four-wheel drive, ABS or traction control still rely on their tires for maximum traction.

By design, all-season tires trade a little dry and wet road traction in moderate and warm temperatures to provide light snow traction in below freezing temperatures. Winter / snow tires trade a little dry and wet road handling in moderate and warm temperatures to emphasize wet, ice and snow traction in cold to moderate temperatures.

Below are the performance categories of snow tires available for passenger cars, trucks and SUVs.

I would recommend placing an advance order when you are sure of your selection, rather than waiting until you are in the midst of the snow season. This will help assure the product you want will be available for you, and likely get it to you ahead of the snowfall. For items that are not in stock yet, our order process doesn't charge your credit card until the product leaves our distribution center, therefore no advance charges will appear on your monthly statement until your order ships.

Take a look at our Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages to help you get to your destinations smoothly in winter's worst conditions. They are the best way to outfit your vehicle for the winter season. You'll have the best tires for the conditions you're driving in this winter!

Are Yokohama Tires Good?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Colin .

Yokohama has been around for many years and makes very good options to fulfill your tire replacement needs.

In the Max Performance Summer category, they recently introduced the ADVAN Sport V105. It's developed for the drivers of high-powered sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans who want an increase in agile handling with a more comfortable ride. Based on technology fostered through participation in motorsports and development at the Nurburgring Circuit in Germany (one of the world's most grueling race/test tracks), the tire is designed to promote dry traction and handling.

If you're shopping for something a bit more extreme, then take a look at the ADVAN Neova AD08 R. It's Yokohama's latest Extreme Performance Summer offering and provides an even higher level of dry traction and handling, while giving up some treadlife and ride quality compared to the ADVAN Sport V105.  

If you are looking for an all-season option that offers sporty handling, the AVID ENVigor is available in H- or V- and W-speed ratings. While the tire doesn't offer the high traction and handling attributes of summer tires, it'll last longer and give you some winter traction versatility.

Another all-season option to consider is the AVID TOURING-S. This Standard Touring All-Season tire is developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans and minivans and is engineered to provide good traction, excellent ride qualities and long treadlife.  

For those of you who own a truck, crossover or sport utility vehicle, Yokohama offers the Parada Spec-X. Based on survey results, the tire is rated number one by consumers in the Street/Sport Truck All-Season category. Two additional light truck/SUV tires worth considering, include the Geolandar H/T-S G051 and Geolandar A/T-S

View all Yokohama tires and find the one that's right for how and where you drive.

Tire Aging: How Old is Too Old?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

The life span of a tire can vary greatly depending on how it is used. Contrary to popular belief, infrequently used tires can result in a shorter life than one that is used daily. As such, I frequently speak with people with low-mileage tires that need to be replaced. Of course they are disappointed, as most people relate tire life to number of miles driven. However, rubber needs to be exercised to remain in top condition. Sitting around for extended periods of time, then being asked to go into full service can result in flatspotting (both temporary and permanent), as well as cracking. This is more likely to happen when the tires remain mounted on a vehicle and sitting idle with the vehicle weight on them, as opposed to stored off the vehicle.  

Many trailer tires take the worst of it. A typical boat trailer or camper is used a couple times a year. The rest of the time they sit around with the weight of the camper or boat on them. Even worse, is sitting through a tough winter in the backyard or outdoor storage facility. Then you hook it up to the back of the family vehicle and hit the road at highway speeds. 

What does the industry say about tire aging? Our experience has been that when properly stored and cared for, most street tires have a useful life in service of between six to ten years. The in-use time starts as soon as the tire is exposed to the elements. For example, your under the truck bed mounted spare is considered in use. Do you have a spare sitting on the back of your Jeep? That's consider in use, too. You can check the production date of your tire very easily to see how old it is. Read "How Old Are the Tires I Buy?" for more details.

Have your tires been in use for longer than they should be? Are you ready for a new set? Shop by vehicle and find a great replacement option for your car.