Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-SReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.07

2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 57,000
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 57,000 Miles on Tires
November 30, 2012

MN winters- ice, snow & salt. We got a lot of snow the first winter I had these and they worked better than expected in the deep stuff. I remember pulling a lady to her business. Her car was high centered in the snow because the driveway to her business (and parking lot) wasn't plowed yet. I had no problems pulling her through about 10 inches of snow for over 200 yards. With 57k on them now, I will still wait until next summer to replace them considering the tread wear is that good. As expected, as the tread wears down, so does the traction in snow. But the traction on ice is still almost as good as it was with fresh tread.

I've had them off-road more than the average SUV- usually a couple dedicated trips each year. Very happy. I've had minimal experience in mud, though. (Just not worth it to me to get into mud if avoidable.) These were the OEM for the some of the Lexus LX & Land Cruiser model years. My brother and father in law both purchased a set for their trucks after seeing how well they worked on mine.

Lessons Learned at the Arctic Circle: Testing All-Season Tires

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

For optimum snow grip, nothing compares to dedicated winter / snow tires. But, what if you live on the edge of the Snowbelt and need to run one set of tires year-round? Then you're better served by purchasing a set of all-season tires with decent light snow capability. 

How do different all-season tires perform in the snow? Our test team has traveled to Sweden the past few winters to find out. Below are brief recaps of five different all-season categories and how certain tires performed during our time near the Arctic Circle.

Ultra High Performance All-Season Test

In comparing the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position, Continental ExtremeContact DWS, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus and Pirelli PZero Nero All Season we found the Continental ExtremeContact DWS to perform best in the snow with the Pirelli finishing a close second. On ice, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus led the way with Continental's ExtremeContact DWS and Pirelli's PZero Nero All Season coming in next. Bridgestone's Potenza RE970AS Pole Position trailed the others by a fair margin. Complete test results can be found here.

Eco-Focused All-Season Test

When driving on the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422, Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max and Yokohama AVID TRZ we found the Goodyear and Bridgestone options to be tops in the snow and on ice. Goodyear's Assurance Fuel Max delivered impressive results, especially under braking. Yokohama AVID TRZ tires were competitive, but showed lower overall snow traction than the other three tires.

High Performance All-Season Test

The Dunlop SP Sport Signature, Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS and Goodyear Eagle GT all offered decent snow and ice performance. The fourth tire in the test, the Yokohama AVID ENVigor, couldn't match the others on both surfaces. It provided a considerably lower level of acceleration, braking and cornering traction. To see how Dunlop's aggressive tread pattern paid a dividend in the snow, read "Testing High Performance All-Season Tires."

Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Test

Amongst the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia, Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and the Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max, the Bridgestone did the best in the snow with the Goodyear coming in next. When it came to braking on the ice, Goodyear's Assurance CS Fuel Max edged out the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. The Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology was fairly easy to control, but showed somewhat lower overall traction than the other two.

Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season Introductory Comparison Test

In assessing the General AltiMAX HP, Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season, Hankook Optimo H727 and Michelin HydroEdge with Green X, the Hankook Optimo H727 performed the best in snow and on ice. It was rather impressive in the snow, delivering very good overall traction and predictable handling. To view results from our test, take a look at "Testing the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-XReviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2007 Mazda CX-9
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Miles driven on tires: 36,000
Location: Issaquah, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 36,000 Miles on Tires
November 04, 2012

I LOVE these tires! When I bought a used 2007 Mazda CX-9 a couple of years ago, the 20-inch OEM tires needed to be replaced immediately. I researched options on some Mazda forums and the Yokohama Parada Spec-X tires kept coming up, so I purchased a set. These have been the best tires on any car I've ever owned. The ride is luxurious, soft and surprisingly quiet. And the performance in wet weather (we live east of Seattle) is excellent, too - no hydroplaning, even at high speeds, driving on I-90 up to Snoqualmie Pass. I've driven in packed snow and frozen slush, and the tires did fine. But when the weather gets really bad, I don't take any chances: the Mazda CX-9 gets parked in the driveway and I only drive my Audi A4 Quattro. This has nothing to do with the tires, however - it's just no fun driving a huge SUV on icy roads when I have an option with my Audi.

I like these tires so much that I just bought an identical set and am looking forward to another 36,000 miles that combine the best of a luxurious and quiet ride along with with excellent all-weather performance, from dry and hot roads in the summer to wet and slushy drives up I-90 to the ski resorts in the fall and winter.

Japanese cars seem to do well with Japanese tires, and the Mazda CX-9 gets along great with a matching set of 20-inch Yokohama Parada Spec-X tires.

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

Friday, September 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27

2007 Honda CRV EX-L
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Kelowna, BC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
September 20, 2012

For my SUV this tire really has two personalities. It is a significant improvement over my OEM's (Bridgestones) which did fair to poor in every category. These tires are great in dry or wet, steering has sharpened up and is more direct and it gives you ton of confidence. Issue I have is road noise, at highway speed between 50-60mph I've never heard anything like it, like a steady dronning oscilating noise, very pronounced. I actually would buy these tires again just because they are excellent in every other category, As long as I keep it out of the 50-60mph range their the best tires I've ever driven.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Friday, September 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-XReviewer's Overall Rating: 7

2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LTZ 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Newington, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
September 07, 2012

I purchased these tires when upgrading my 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer to the 20" rims. I have used Yokohama in the past and am consistently happy with the price/performance factor.

These tires are wearing wonderfully, I do rotate them every 10,000 though. They are quiet, and not harsh riding, the sidewall has some give.

It's an SUV- so as you could expect, I don't corner like a corvette. But on more than one occasion, the grip has surprised me, and the tires don't protest- no squealing through corners.

I rated these low on Hydroplaning and Deep Snow. I believe the cross section has more to do with that than the tire, but on a 5000# truck, I shouldn't have hydroplaning problems, at reasonable speeds. Also I HAVE to use 4WD now in any snow over 3"- once again, I'll attribute this to the width of the tire (mostly).

Overall I'm happy, but when the snow flies, I find myself wishing for some snow tires.....

All-Terrain Tires for Your Subaru Outback and BMW X3

Friday, September 14, 2012 by Doc Horvath

While the new Subaru Outback, BMW X3 and other mid-size SUVs are built for limited off-road duty, the 17" wheels that come from the factory all but eliminate the possibility of getting tires up to the challenge. The Original Equipment tires on most of these vehicles are built for a quiet and comfortable ride, but leave some yearning for more snow and mud traction when roads get rough. Enter the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S in the 225/60R17 tire size for vehicles like the current generation Subaru Outback, BMW X3, Honda Element, Hyundai Tucson and older Toyota RAV4 models.

The Geolandar A/T-S features multi-stepped grooves and staggered center blocks to give multiple biting edges for great traction in loose dirt and wintry roads. Yokohama was sure to add aggressive sidewall protectors near the tire's shoulders to increase loose-surface grip while they help minimize sidewall cuts and abrasions from rocks, stumps and the occasional curb.

Our customer's reviews and survey results have been very positive, putting the Geolandar A/T-S in the top ten for the category. Even with impressive off-road capability, the tire is also tuned to provide long life and even wear. In the 225/60R17 size, Yokohama provides a strong 50,000-mile warranty for peace of mind.

Shop by vehicle to see if the Geolandar A/T-S is available for your SUV.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy MXV4 PlusReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.09

1999 Subaru Forester S
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Location: Portland, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 44,000 Miles on Tires
September 01, 2012

My second set of Energy MXV4 Plus tires for this car. Both sets delivered ~40K mi. Factory tires were Yokohama Geolander, which were terrible (<20K mi). The Forester is made for NW weather and the Michelins complement this vehicle nicely. Taking into account we are talking about a small cross-over SUV, handling is stable and sure-footed in wet and dry weather. Highway driving (70+ mph) is confident and noise is OK (much better than the Yokohamas). Light snow and icy conditions are not a problem either. I have NEVER been stuck with this vehicle. A set of cable chains on the front are all that are needed for deep (~1ft+) snow. I'm not sure the chains are needed - I live on a hill and just don't want to risk having to install them after getting stuck. I am not sure you can find these tires anymore but based on ratings, the Michelin Primacy MXV4 is probably a better / lower cost choice than the Energy MXV4 S8.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Monday, July 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.67
 
 

2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: DYER, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
July 10, 2012

This is an initial review after these new tires were installed, getting rid of the OEM Goodyear Eagle LS2 that came with the vehicle. Very happy I have more choices of this OEM sizing now when I needed to change my tires. When I bought the vehicle new in 06, I think only 2 choices were available for this size, the OEM Goodyears being one of them. Now there are close to 20. I am pleased Yokohama had this tire made in this size. I really love how the tire looks. So aggressive that it looks scary when I first saw them installed on my SUV. I was very apprehensive driving off the tire shop, not knowing if they'll be very noisy. I am very happy that these tires are much more quieter than I expected, handling is dead on, complementing the Outlander's superb sporty handling. I got these tires mostly for the heavy rain and winter.I have yet to see action on both weather conditions but the dry handling was more than meets my expectations. Occasional rain the past few days, and these tires made me feel like the road was dry.Off-road performance is also something I considered, and also yet to test. I will update this review as I go along. Hopefully these characteristics will stay true throughout the life of the tire. In summary, my initial impression is that very pleased with these tires. Definitely an upgrade to the GY Eagle LS2 that came as OEM tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Friday, July 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-SReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.47

2011 Kia Sorento
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Miles driven on tires: 24,000
Location: Raymond, ME
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 24,000 Miles on Tires
July 03, 2012

Incredible traction in snow. As good or better than snow tires. Trade off was high noise level and a 2mpg drop in mileage. The Kia mechanic thought there was a wheel bearing going bad but it was only the tires. (only?) Replaced at 24k miles with something less aggressive (Michelin) but kept these in case I move back north. At 24k miles the Yokohamas still look brand new. If you don't mind the noise, these are great tires for SUV's or off road vehicles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-SReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

2002 GMC Yukon 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Tacoma, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
June 26, 2012

I have put these tires through the worst conditions a driver could possibly drive in, and they keep on trucking. I drove my Yukon through ice and white out conditions up Bluit pass in WA towing 3000 # trailer without 4 wheel drive and didn't have any problems.
I have 100's of dirt road and wash board miles on these tires and haven't haven't had any loss of traction.
I plowed through 2 feet of snow up mountain roads and these tires stick like cat claws. I have 30,000 miles on these tires and they have barely have any signs of ware. I will be switching all my vehicles over to Yokohama tires if the rest of the models perform as well as these.
My only complaint with these tires is they don't handle as well in the corners as the stock tires, but I also went one size taller than stock and its a SUV not a Porsche.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.13
 
 

2007 Chrysler Town and Country Fwd
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Brighton, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
June 04, 2012

I have had these tires on or 07 T&C minivan for almost 9 months and with out last trip we are now at 25K miles. They still look like new. Minivan owners should be aware that vans are just as heavy as a SUV's. The manufacture sells them with passenger tires, my stock tires needed to be replaced at just under 30k. Further more when the stock tires started to wear out were loud and handing was terrible. These tire are quiet I would venture to say the quietest tires I have ever used. They grip like no tomorrow. One thing I will point out is the handling was sloppy at first when cornering. I checked the tire pressure and the store that installed the tires had set them to the stock pressure listed on the door sticker. Since the van is front heavy I set the front tire pressure to 44psi and the rears to 42psi. That cleaned up the handling perfectly it is not loud the ride is smooth. Snow and Ice performance is excellent. I live in Colorado and spend a good deal of time driving in the mountains I did not pull out the chains one time this winter! The grip in these tires is amazing wet weather handling is just as good. I have read were some complain about the squishy handling. Please keep in mind if you are using tires are a different brand from stock use the PSI rating on the tire not the door of the car, your tire will last longer,your car,truck or van/minivan will handle better and you will get better gas mileage. I cannot say enough this is the perfect tire for a minivan. We do weekend in the mountains on some pretty rough roads and my only limiting factor now is ground clearance. My mother in law is now using these tire on her Jeep and is happy with them as well. I only wish they would make them in a size to fit my car. remember proper tire pressure is key to these tire and depending on the weight of your vehicle you may need to adjust accordingly. Yokohama if you are listening my tire size is 225/50/17R :)

 

New Dodge Tires: Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Monday, June 4, 2012 by Steve Huffman

As many readers of this blog know, my daily driver is a 2007 Dodge Charger SE 3.5L V6. I bought it off a lot and it came equipped with the 215/65-17 Dunlop Signature. In my opinion, the tire's performance was average. In light snow conditions the tire lacks the grip I was looking for and I tended to notice a little bit of tread noise. Looking to improve my ride, I switched to a set of Yokohama Parada Spec-X tires. Also, the size was a little larger at 225/65-17.

Right away I noticed a much quieter riding tire as it absorbs impacts much better than the Dunlop the larger size may have some thing to do with that, too. Secondly, my new set of Dodge tires have improved the vehicle's responsiveness and handling. I drive on the open highway every day and experience a more stable ride in the high cross winds. A wide circumferential center groove and sweeping lateral grooves provide water evacuation that's improved traction in wet conditions. The directional tread design and softer rubber compound lend to a high level of confidence. While I don't intend on using these tires in the winter as I drive on a set of dedicated winter / snow tires, our customers say they do well in light snow conditions.

If you're looking for a new set of tires for your performance pickup, SUV or modern muscle car, be sure to take a look at the available sizes for the Yokohama Parada Spec-X.

Best All-Terrain Tires for the Money

Friday, June 1, 2012 by Alex Mouroulis

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires combine rugged off-road looks with reasonable on-road performance. These tires tend to make a little more tread noise than their highway or street tire counterparts. On top of the aggressive look, all-terrain tires also extend handling in off-pavement conditions.

The Firestone Destination A/T is known for its wet traction and lack of road noise. Featuring UNI-T technology, this tire blends tire comfort, performance and wear to provide the drivers of sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks and vans with an excellent ride.

General Grabber AT 2 tires are highly regarded for their aggressive looks, off-road capability and snow traction. The Grabber AT 2 features a chip-and tear-resistant tread compound molded into an aggressive, symmetric tread design featuring five rows of independent tread blocks to blend on-road handling with off-road traction.

 

Firestone Destination A/T
Firestone Destination A/T
General Grabber AT 2
General Grabber AT 2
Yokohama Geolandar AT-S
Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

 

The Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S is regarded as the value leader in many sizes with a good combination of aggressive looks and bearable road manners. A set of Yokohamas is a great upgrade to your pickup or SUV for a more rugged look. I have run the A/T-S on my vehicle before and found it very effective on a wet boat ramp, as well as very comfortable with unimproved bank launches.
 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID TOURING-S

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID TOURING-SReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8

2004 Honda Pilot EX
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Syracuse, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
May 21, 2012

I initially bought the tire after extensive research and reading user reviews. I was not thrilled at first, seemed to be alot of tire noise and a bit of a rough ride, which I attributed to being used to running on balding tires, so these would actually have some grip, and the fact that I'm driving an older SUV.
We recently replaced the rear stabilizer links, which were worn and noisy. What a huge difference! Now these tires are amazing, very quiet, and very smooth, minimal road noise. I was OK with the purchase, because you really feel like these ties are gripping the road, now I am very happy and can recommend these tires wholeheartedly.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Friday, April 20, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2006 Porsche Cayenne S Titanium Edition
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Elgin, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2012

I drive all over the Midwest in all types of weather, dry, rain, snow and these tires have performed great. The tread wear has been excellent, the wet and snow traction has been as good as tires I have paid twice as much for. No there don't corner like Goodyear F1's but then there are designed to. If your drive a high performance SUV and need a great tire that offer great value and performance, I don't think you can go wrong with these. My Porsche uses P295/45/20's and the tread noise is less than what I would expect from a tire of this diameter and tread width. I am sometimes confused by the reviews I read on tires I have purchased from the Tire Rack and I've bought a lot of them. My results always seem to be better than many of the reviews I read. My advice is rotate your tires if you can and for ---'s sake check your tire pressure! I can't tell you how many cars and trucks I see on the road with under inflated tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: O'Fallon, MO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2012

When I upgraded my 2012 Chevrolet Equinox for the 17" Goodyear tires and factory rims I want to go big so I went to a 22" set. I researched online every tire that is manufactured in the size P255/35/22. My first set of tires were Toyo Proxes TR-4. These tires were noisy and rough riding. I hated these tires so much I swapped them out only after 100 miles for a set of Yokohama Parada Spec-X. Yes it cost me several hundred dollars but it was worth every penny. These Yokohama tires are wonderful. I finally have a quiet ride and smooth like I'm driving in a luxury vehicle. I was worried that since I had very little rubber between the rim and road I would have a rough ride but not with the Yokohama tires. You would think there was much more tire. Even the wet handling is outstanding I was traveling a little to fast in the rain the other day and had to make a quick right hand turn but didn't slide at all. I would highly recommend this tire to anyone in the market for a large diameter tire for the small SUV or Truck. I only hope that when it comes time to replace these tires in a few years they still manufacture this tire so I can purchase another set. Only time will tell how many miles I will get from this set of tires. I will update to let everyone know how I like them after one year of driving.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, April 9, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ProContact with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2007 Toyota RAV4 Base Model 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Omaha, NE
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2012

We've only had these tires for 2 months but so far they have met expectations. Dry traction is excellent and traction on light snow wasvery good on a small SUV. We have seen a very slight increase in fuel economy, but that may be due to unseasonably nice driving conditions. The tires are pretty responsive and feel fairly firm when cornering at higher speeds. The biggest drawback is that these are slightly noisier than our previous Yokohama tires that were factory installed. Overall they are excellent tires for the money.

We Can Help You Find the Best Low Rolling Resistance Tire for Your Car

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by Doc Horvath

As gas prices go up, consumers are looking for ways to stretch every dollar and gallon of fuel. Everyone from hybrid car owners like the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid, to larger trucks and SUVs, such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford F-150 are very interested in low rolling resistance tires. 
 

Last summer, Tire Rack tested three eco-focused tires that advertise better fuel economy and all-season capability: the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422, Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, and Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max against a typical passenger car tire, the Yokohama AVID TRZ.  Our testing program includes both dry and wet surface testing on our dedicated test track and a 6.6-mile loop of expressway, state highway and county roads that have a good mix of road conditions that include city and highway speeds, smooth and coarse concrete, as well as new and patched asphalt. Our newest addition to the testing program is an automotive computer tied into the vehicle's electronics that allow us to measure fuel consumption and true distance traveled.
 

During our Real World Road Ride test, the Continental and Bridgestone tires rated best for comfort and low road noise, while the Continental proved to be top-rated in handling, braking and cornering traction. Our computers added a new dimension to the testing by showing the Bridgestone (followed by the Goodyear) as having the best fuel efficiency. 
 

At the end of the test, all four tires proved to be capable and quiet, with the Continental coming out on top by a slim margin over the Yokohama. As always, there are compromises for any model, so be sure to see if small gains in traction or comfort can be offset with improvements in fuel efficiency. For a full test report, review "Eco-Focused All-Season Tires: Do They Deliver on the Promise?"

Looking for the Best Value in a Street and Road Tire for Your Truck or SUV?

Monday, March 26, 2012 by Alex Mouroulis

Most truck owners never intend to take their vehicles off-road. Highway All-Season tires offer the benefits of a quiet, smooth ride. They provide excellent mileage and good grip in water and light snow conditions. These tires are built essentially for crossover and sport utility vehicles, as well as pick-up trucks and full-size vans. The following tires are a few of our top sellers in the Highway All-Season category and provide an excellent value.
 

Firestone Destination LE
Firestone Destination
LE
General Grabber HTS
General Grabber
HTS
Yokohama Geolandar  HT-S
Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S
G051


Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experiences with these tires:

"The Destination LEs came O.E. on my 2006 Explorer and I currently have 65,000 miles on them. I'll be replacing them soon with another set of LEs, but could probably squeeze another 3,000-4,000 miles out of them. I've been completely satisfied with these Firestones." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 2wd (Firestone Destination LE)

"After 45,000 miles I could not be happier. Still have plenty of tread and the ride is as if the tires were new. I would not hesitate to buy another set based on this experience. By the look of things, I may get 70,000 plus, not bad for a truck tire." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2005 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 2wd (General Grabber HTS)

"I really like these Yokohamas. Good traction in dry weather. Ran into a horrible thunderstorm a couple of days ago and these tires performed like a champ. No hydroplaning." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1998 Ford F-150 XL 2wd Pick-up (Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051)

I equipped one of my vehicles with a set of Firestone Destination LE for a few years and enjoyed the tire's performance. To see which tire is right for your vehicle, shop by vehicle.

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38

2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Ashland, OR
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 05, 2012

I had two major goals when I replaced my OEM Yokohama Geolander G91A tires on my RAV4. First was to buy a tire that would last twice as long as the Yokes, which were pretty much worn by about 32,000 miles. Second was to purchase a tire that would give me much improved handling, especially in rain and snow, for those periodic winter ski trips. I don't mean to knock Yokohamas in general. I think they make some very good tires, and I have a set on another vehicle, but the G91As leave a lot to be desired.

In terms of stability and traction in light to medium snow, I rated the Continentals 10, because that is precisely the rating they deserve. They are excellent. I have never owned snow tires, but these give me so much confidence driving in snow, I cannot imagine them inspiring much more confidence than these tires. The Continentals are rated to 60 or 70 thousand, but I won't know how they do on that front for a few years.

I do not find any mileage (MPG) improvement with these tires, but that is comparing a brand new tread with worn out tread. Still, I think Tire Rack also found very little mileage gain, so I would not buy them for their "Eco technology."

These Continentals are Consumer Reports top-rated tires for cars and SUVs, tied with several Michelins. Save some money and buy these instead. Michelin makes a lot of excellent tires, but you pay for them. I highly recommend these tires, especially if you are interested in good traction, handling, and stability. There is a reason they have such a high reviewers' rating on Tire Rack (about 9 as I submit this review).