The New Winter Contender From Continental

Since its initial release, the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 has stood above all others in our testing and customer surveys for ice and snow grip. This year, Continental brought their "A game" with the new WinterContact SI to challenge the top tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category. The tire features a new directional tread pattern and updated tread compound...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for Your 2005-2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE

A few months ago I got to spend a few days behind the wheel of my neighbor's 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE. I'm used to smaller cars like my BRZ, so I wasn't expecting much out of the big SUV. However, I was really impressed with how the Range Rover Sport handled. Are you a Snowbelt driver that's happy with his or her Range Rover Sport but concerned...  Read More

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) on Newer Volkswagens

With the requirement put in place in 2007 for every vehicle to be equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, the standard method involved having a transmitter on each wheel. This transmitter emits a wireless signal that the vehicle computer receives and processes. At a minimum, this transmission contains the tire pressure and an ID code. This ID code...  Read More

Great Choice for Year-Round Driving: Continental TrueContact

Ideally, everyone who lives in a climate with snow and ice for at least part of the year should use dedicated winter tires. The reality, however, is that not everyone has the room to store an extra set of tires or tires and wheels. Additionally,  a second set of tires just isn't always in the budget. If you're going to use an all-season tire year-round, Cont...  Read More

Firsthand Product Review: Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2

Earlier this year, my wife an I set out to purchase a SUV. After driving several different models we decided on a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Having driven on Bridgestone Blizzak tires for years on smaller passenger cars and having tested them multiple seasons during our yearly ice rink tests, I was curious to try out the new Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2....  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for Your 2016 Honda HR-V AWD

Do you love your new 2016 Honda HR-V but worried how it will do in the snow? Even a Honda can still use a little help dealing with Mother Nature.  Use our winter tire overview to decide whether you need a Studless Ice & Snow or Performance Winter / Snow tire. Given the HR-V's emphasis on ride compliance over razor-sharp handling, most HR-V drivers will be...  Read More

Winter Wheel Decision Guide

So you have already made the fantastic decision to run a set of dedicated winter wheels and tires. The question remains however, how do I select a wheel that will perform well during the winter months?    When it comes to winter wheels, you want to avoid chrome, polished and some machined accent wheels as they tend to be susceptible to damage from the weather...  Read More

Starke Design Wheels: A Great Choice for Porsche Winter Packages

If you own a late-model Porsche and are looking to drive your car or SUV throughout the winter season, this means shedding the dedicated summer tires that these vehicles come with. Should you decide to use a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package as opposed to swapping tires onto your factory wheels, take a look at the Starke Design wheel brand. Designed to...  Read More

Fun in the Snow: Winter / Snow Tire Options for Your 2015+ Subaru WRX

Speed or practicality? With the Subaru WRX you don't have to choose just one, you get both. However, if you live in the snowbelt, you'll need a set of dedicated winter tires to get your WRX ready to handle winter's toughest conditions. Winter / Snow Tire Category As covered in "Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?", tire engineers are challenged...  Read More

I Have an Audi with Quattro, Do I Still Need Winter Tires?

Often our sales team is asked if a driver should still purchase a set of winter tires even if they have the all-wheel drive Audi with the Quatrro system. The answer is a resounding yes. There is no question the Quattro system will distribute the power to the tires in such a way as to maximize traction during acceleration. What about stopping and turning? The...  Read More

Getting Ready for Winter 2016: Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

Remember last winter? Will this winter be just as bad? Predictions will be made but nobody really knows. The best course of action is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. There is no simple rule of thumb on whether or not to run winter / snow tires. If you're in a region that normally averages over a foot of snow, you should strongly consider...  Read More

All Hail the King: Bridgestone's Blizzak DM-V2 Impresses on the Ice

With a four-wheel drive truck or SUV, you have a notable advantage accelerating in slippery conditions when compared to most passenger cars. However, even the most capable all-wheel drive vehicles shod with all-season tires will find difficulty compared to two-wheel drive passenger vehicles equipped with dedicated winter / snow tires. If you want the absolute...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Simply outstanding. Put these winter tires on about a month ago and already in the Chicago area we've gotten 7 inches of snow..which I looked forward to in that I wanted to see if these tires were what I expected. They are quiet on dry roads, very pleasant in cold temperatures (10-20 degrees) responsive and so on. In the snow they are very good and you will...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

WOW!, You guys are freak'n awesome. Everything I needed was right here and priced accordingly. For the money I could not have matched the price on this winter wheel and tire package, especially when one factors in mounting and balancing. What really blew my mind was the fact that my order was put together, shipped, and at my door in a little over 24 hours....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar I/T G072

I have driven in terrible winter conditions all across Canada (for 20 plus years) and these tires are by far the best I have ever owned (I am talking SUV driving). From heavy wet snow to hard packed snow in -30 windy conditions, to black ice, to ice....these tires have never let me down. They have been so good, I have rarely had to resort to flipping the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

The greatest upgrade for a car in winter, period. For the longest time I swore by ultra high performance all-season tires, and simply accepted the sliding, and fishtailing as part of normal operation in winter. I was convinced I needed an AWD vehicle to brave the heavier snow. Getting these tires however has completely changed my opinion on it however.The...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

After about 25,000 miles of aggressive driving the front tires were pretty bald, but the rears still had about 75% left in them (front wheel driver). I could see a mild driver making 70,000 miles with this. The cornering abilities of these tires is something extrordinary. Pulling 0.92 Gs in corners without breaking the bead in a higher sidwall tire...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Winter

This review is for a person that has a vehicle like mine (2013 Porsche Cayenne S) with 21 inch wheels & summer/performance tires and needs all-season or winter tires for some winter driving. There are no all-season tires available in 295/35/21 size. I just had the Tire Rack Perelli Scorpion Winter tires installed and from a driveability and noise standpoint...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

I bought these tires since I needed a better grip. I am running over 369 lb/ft torque at the rear wheels(434 lb/ft crank) and needed something that will hold the power so I decided to go with 265 wide. Well those things have just insane amount of grip. When warm they just don't brake traction in first gear and my car even feels under-powered. They are very...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

This tire came as a winter wheel/tire pkg i purchased from TireRack. We in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada have recently experience a strange start to the winter. with temperatures ranging from +15c to -25c, rain, snow, hail. These tires have performed great. Being a high powered RWD car, i haven't had any issues getting moving safely through light and deep snow....  Read More