Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Indy 500

I bought this tire to replace the Continental DWS-06 when I came to the South East, because I didn't expect to encounter any snow. I initially thought about purchasing the Michelin Pilot Super Sports or the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position again, but after driving a friend's M3 equipped with the Firestones, I bought 6 tires (2 front/4 rear) for less...  Read More

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

Bought a set if four about a month ago. After the trip home I noticed what I thought was an out of balance driver 's side front tire. I drive a lot of new , smooth as glass pavement. At 50 mph and above I perceived a small vibration driver's front. Had them all re-balanced at no cost thank goodness. Two were dead on and two needed .25 ounce weight added.The...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

I'd like to start this review off by saying I hate when people review a tire when they haven't gone through the months, miles, and seasons first. 10,000 miles or less isn't even note-worthy of a review. stop wasting our time with these lame reviews!Now, back to my review after a current 26,000 miles and 2+ years worth of driving through ALL conditions here...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX Sport

These are OEM tires on my ML350 BlueTec with 20in AMG rims. After 24,000 miles they are completely worthless in even and inch of snow/slush. Up to 10,000 miles they performed reasonably well in the snow with dramatic reduction in traction as the miles added up. I'm going to buy another set of rims and dedicated winter tires, I might get one more summer out...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Appears to be as predicted however not many miles as yet. Snow performance yet to come.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-80

These Blizzaks are the third set I have owned for my SUV¿s. I like driving on the spirited side since I like buying sporty vehicles. My first set was for my 2010 Acura MDX. The traction on ice and snow was amazing. I ran these for 4 years without an issue. Lots of tread left when I sold them. Currently I am impressed with the performance of these tires on my...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

These tires came on my 2014 Ford Escape AWD. The tires are quiet and work well on dry pavement. The wet traction seems to be be ok. When the snow flies, these tires do not perform very well. I can handle the slight slippage when accelerating, but stopping with these tires in the snow is not very good. I have slid when traveling under 20 MPH when I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I want to say that overall, these tires are good. I would recommend them only if you can't afford a better tire for your car. I say this because this model seems to have it all on paper but it doesn't in real life. Nevertheless, this model is a Best Buy, in my opinion for average, non-spirited drivers. I would not recommend this tire for an AWD car like my...  Read More

Don't Let Snow Stop Your 2017 Honda Civic Type R

Before my BRZ and MR2 Spyder days, I was a Honda guy. To this day, I still hope Honda will come out with a new Prelude. If not, the Civic Type R sure looks like a vehicle to tempt my interests.  Are you a driver that just picked up a Civic Type R yourself? I'm sure you're loving it, but if you reside in the snowbelt region, you're going to need winter /...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

The pros : great for traction in deep snow, light snow, slushy roads The Cons : Lacks traction when turning corners, Traction on icy roads was just ok, Tread wears down faster then competitor winter tires, Price is highThe Outcome : Overall its a great winter tire. It has pros and con just like all tires. I have used the Toyo GSi 5 , Continental extreme...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

10,000x better than the Continental SSR RFT! Make the car so much smoother and quite without impacting handling. Like all the reviews say this is the best tire for people who want a high performance tire with light snow mobility. WILL buy again.   Read More

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

My review is based off of what comparable tires ive had before. Continental DWS, and Goodyear Eagle sport authority. First off I would like to say my driving style is extremely agressive I push these tires to the limits with excessive speed and weekends at the tracks and mountain roads. For the price the bfgs are hard to beat. The cornering and acceleration...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental TrueContact

I now have 13,000 miles on these tires including one Maine winter driving. These were the highest rated tires on this site for my car and I must say that I am very disappointed. First, as soon as I put them on the car I noticed that they make quite a bit of noise when turning and they still do, they are otherwise pretty quiet. Their performance in the snow...  Read More

You Can Run But You Can't Hide From Mother Nature

Do you need to run winter / snow tires? If you're in a region that normally averages over a foot of snow or your vehicle comes equipped with summer tires from the factory, you should strongly consider installing winter tires. Dedicated snow tires will enhance an all-wheel drive vehicle's winter capability, make an intrinsically "bad-in-snow" car better and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

These tires are excellent in all conditions. They respond well in the dry and are quiet on the freeways. Handling in the wet is excellent. We had 8 inches of snow in Portland last winter and these performed flawlessly. I thought I had snowtires on the car. I even was able to get around in solid ice - 1/5 of an inch thick on the road. I could barely walk on...  Read More

Best Tires for Honda CR-V (Part 2)

As I mentioned in my previous blog, "Best Tires for Honda CR-V (Part 1)", the Honda CR-V has grown from a relatively small SUV when it was first introduced to the civilized mid-size crossover vehicle that it is today. As the vehicle has grown, so has it's tire and wheel size.  In this follow-up post, I will cover recommended tires for the third-, fourth- and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

This is my second set of these tires, They are better than advertised in wet conditions, they are very good in the dry with one exception I can still spin a tire off the line on acceleration (I'm sure the FWD torquey diesel and low 1st gear ratio DSG tranny contribute too). I drive hard and fast and have been very pleased with the tires and the VW ability to...  Read More

Best Tires for Honda CR-V (Part One)

Over five generations, the Honda CR-V has grown from a boxy, small SUV when first introduced in 1997, to the mature and civilized mid-size crossover vehicle that it is today. As the vehicle has grown, so has it's tire and wheelsize. 15-inch wheels and tires were used on the first-generation, while new CR-Vs roll off of the assembly line on 17-inch or...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

I've purchased two sets of two Extreme DWS in the last couple years. While decent on dry/wet, and quite good in snow/ice (compared to similarly priced alternatives), the treadwear and subsequent noise has been awful. Both sets of tires were installed by different mechanics, in different states, but both got feathered, showed uneven wear (middle wear) despite...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact Sport

Coming from a set of the ExtremeContact Sport DW that had lasted 22,000 miles, I went with these newer editions primarily for comfort and durability. I mostly drive my R8 like an old man and commute around in it, but I do take it once in a few months to the local mountains for fun.The old Sport DW tires were truly outstanding. I have driven the car across...  Read More