Winter / Snow Tires for Winter's Worst Conditions

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and Continental ExtremeWinterContact tires are three of the top contenders in the Studless Ice and Snow category. The old approach to winter was that tires with aggressive tread patterns and studs were the best way to handle winter driving. It's been our experience that the advanced Studless Ice and Snow...  Read More

Tire - More Than Just A Tire Website

Most race enthusiasts know if Hoosier tires are the right choice for their next competition. But what about the consumer who needs help comprehending tire speed ratings or how to make an informed purchase based on a tire comparison? Our website is filled with shopping tools that make your online experience as efficient and enjoyable as if you were talking...  Read More

Testing Max Performance Summer Tires

I recently tested the following Max Performance Summer tires on our test track and on the street:Michelin Pilot Sport PS2              Continental ExtremeContactDW  Kumho Ecsta LE Sport               Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric  I felt the Michelin came out on top on our Real World Road Ride and Performance Test Track Drive.  It had the best combination...  Read More

Testing Standard Touring All-Season Tires on our Test Track

This week I tested the BFGoodrich Premier Touring, the Firestone Precision Touring, the General AltiMAX RT and the Yokohama AVID Touring S, Standard Touring All-Season tires. They all handled very well for their category. Whenever the tires broke away on the track, you could easily regain control.In the area of braking and handling, I found the...  Read More

Track Testing Crossover/SUV Touring Tires

I recently tested the following Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires on our track in the wet. Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season       Kumho Solus KL21           Michelin Latitude Tour HP              The Pirelli was far and away the best handling and braking tire on the track. It maneuvered around the wet track with confidence. The Michelin was in the...  Read More

Testing Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires on a Wet Track

Today I tested the Kumho Solus KL21, the Michelin Latitude Tour HP and the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires. I pushed the tires to their limits on our test track which is always interesting when the sprinkler system is on and you slide through some of the turns.For handling in the corners and braking, I found the...  Read More

Ice, Ice Baby!

That's right kids, it's time once again to drive expensive BMWs on an ice rink!! Tire Rack has been putting winter tires through the ringer for the last couple of years by equipping our test vehicles with some popular choices and testing their mettle on glare ice. This year we tested the Continental ExtremeWinterContact, the Dunlop Graspic DS-3, the Michelin...  Read More

Snow Tire Testing on an Indoor Ice Rink

Today I tested the Bridestone Blizzak WS70, the Continental ExtremeWinterContact, the Dunlop Graspic DS-3 and the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Studless Ice and Snow tires. The test took place on an indoor ice rink and let me tell you that it's always a fun learning experience to be able to test these tires back-to-back on glare ice.All four tires were good in...  Read More

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Studless Ice and Snow Tire

Yesterday I had the opportunity to test four different Studless Ice and Snow winter tires. Comparisons were conducted on an indoor hockey rink here in South Bend, Indiana and included acceleration and braking tests along with a cornering demonstration. We drove on the Continental ExtremeWinterContact, Dunlop Graspic DS-3, Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and the Bridges...  Read More

Testing Ultra High Performance All-Season tires.

This week, I tested the Dunlop SP Sport Signature, Pirelli PZero Nero All Season, Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 and the Yokohama AVID ENVigor, Ultra High Performance All-Season tires.On our 6.6-mile Read World Road Ride, the weather was sunny and 89 degrees. I found all four tires to have good handling and they were all very quiet, except the Pirelli, which had a...  Read More

Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire Testing

I recently tested Ultra High Performance All-Season tires on a Real World Road Ride and Performance Test Track Drive. Dunlop SP Sport Signature Pirelli PZero Nero All Season Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 Yokohama AVID ENVigorDuring the Real World Road Ride, I found the Sumitomo and Pirelli to have the quietest ride and best comfort. The Dunlop was my least favorite...  Read More

Summer vs. All-Season tires

I recently had a conversation with a driver who wanted to replace two tires. My first response was, "Sure, what tire do you have on the car now?" He replied, "That doesn’t matter." I assure you it does matter. When only replacing two tires on your car, you should install the same model tire. This will result in the most predictable handling. Keep in mind...  Read More

Testing Eco-Friendly Passenger All-Season Tires

I recently tested the following tires on a Real World Road Ride and Performance Test Track Drive. Kumho eco Solus HM KR22 Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max Michelin HydroEdge Green XDuring the Real World Road Ride, I found all four tires to be somewhat similar in ride quality and handling with the Michelin...  Read More

How do we test tires at Tire Rack?

Our tire tests consist of two parts. First, we drive on a 6.6 mile Real World Road Ride to get a feel for a tire’s comfort, noise level and handling on all types of road surfaces. Next, we push the tires to their limits during our Performance Test Track Drives. This allows us to test a tire in the areas of emergency braking and steering responsiveness. Our...  Read More

Testing eco-oriented Passenger All-Season tires.

Last week, I tested eco-oriented Passenger All-Season tires -- the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, Goodyear Assurance Fuel MaxKumho eco Solus HM KR22 and the Michelin HydroEdge with Green X -- on our 6.6 mile road course.  The road course was dry, sunny and temperatures were in the low 70s. I found all four tires to be very comparable in...  Read More

Testing Complete for Street/Sport Truck All-Season Tires

We just completed testing the three Street/Sport Truck All-Season tires pictured below.The Road Ride portion of our test took place on a 6.6-mile loop of expressway, state highway and country roads. Because the weather was partly cloudy and dry, I was able to listen for noise differences between the tires and felt the Kumho was somewhat noisy. In handling,...  Read More

Testing Complete for Ultra High Performance Summer Tires

I have finished testing the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport, Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500, Kumho Ecsta SPT KU31 and the Yokohama Ultra High Performance Summer tires.On our 6.6 mile road ride, the weather was partly cloudy, 72 degrees and the roads were dry. I thought all of the tires were fairly quiet but the Firestone was the quietest of all...  Read More

Ate brake pads and rotors for high quality replacement brakes.

Looking to upgrade from conventional brake pads?  The Ate (Ah-Tay) brand has been developed by the Continental Teves' group which is responsible for many outstanding original equipment braking and stability control systems. Among these OE applications are the BMW 3-series and Mini Cooper.   The pads incorporate vehicle specific formulations which provide...  Read More

High Performance All-Season Tire Testing: Part 2

Test 2  - Track Drive  Today I tested the following tires on our test track in the wet:Yokohama AVID ENVigor Michelin Pilot Exalto ASFirestone Precision Sport Sumitomo HTR A/S PO1 I was surprised that the Michelin did so well considering it's not the newest tire. It did seem to give up some cornering and braking to the Sumitomo and Yokohama though. I really...  Read More

Testing Complete on High Performance All-Season tires

I just finished testing the Firestone Precision Sport, Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S, Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 and Yokohama AVID ENVigor High Performance All-Season tires. On our 6.6 mile road course, the weather conditions were light rain so the roads were wet which made it difficult to test for noise levels. I found the Firestone to be the best handling of the...  Read More