Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R

Mixed feelings about this tire. 1st off I mainly track the car and drive it there with these same tires. Man does this tire grip. It's also very responsive with great feedback. I was able to out corner way better cars than mine because of the tire, complete transformation. The downside is they wear really fast. 3 track days and 3500 miles and they are...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

This is the second set I have put on my BMW. These tires are great! Very happy with the purchase. I do both highway and city type of driving in this particular car (my daily driver) and I have been very pleased with they way they have performed and will buy them again. My only issue is that after they get about half worn, they get rather noisy! In my BMW it...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

I have been driving for over 50 years now with many, many different cars and tires. These Pirelli P7 Cintauratos are the quietest best riding tire I have ever experienced. My Eclipse is fun to drive again and is even quiet with the top up. Just got rid of a set of Continental DSW's that were extremely loud. I will definitely buy for my Buick LaCrosse when it...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Superior over the Goodyear RSA's. I cannot imagine why a MFG would put that tire on their car. Between the performance,wear and cost per tire. The P7's have proven to be a dream. I have used them on a maxima, Supra and now the Eclipse. Very satisfied.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

I had this tire's predecessor on my 05' Evo MR and currently on my Eclipse GSX and on those two vehicles, these tires have performed very well! This new iteration performs very well as well on my BMW. They handle so well. But my other two cars are not what I would call quiet riding cars. So tire noise was not very noticeable. But on my BMW 335Xi M-Pkg., the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Dear concerned all-season high-performance tire buyers,As many of you know it is not cheap to buy tires in rare sizes that can handle all weather conditions, much less give you extended tread wear life. I recently purchased my second set of these tires to trudge through my 4-season situation in Buffalo, NY. Now don't get me wrong I love my town but its...  Read More

Million Mile Check-Up: Michelin Defender Retains Number One Ranking

Michelin's Defender was introduced to replace both the HydroEdge with Green X and Harmony tires. According to Michelin, the Defender combined the best attributes of the two tires it replaced. Sounds great in theory, but how would it work out in practice? Early reviews were good and the tire did well during our in-house test. However, how would it hold up...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

I decided this past winter it was time to buy some dedicated summer tires. Since i have owned my car, i have only had all seasons on it and i was itching for a more higher performance tire. Since my eclipse was my daily driver, i needed a tire that would perform well, but yet keep the essentials still there(noise level, ride comfort, treadwear). After doing...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

These are great tires. Really great tires. --------, they may be the best street tires I've ever run! They're sticky, predictable, quiet and comfortable, and they're not obscenely priced. They increased my gas mileage about 3 mpg above that of the Goodyear F1 GS-D3s that I ran before them and they're not named in confusing alphanumerics! As an added bonus,...  Read More

Pirelli All-Season Tires

The first set of tires that I got from Tire Rack was the Pirelli P Zero Nero M+S. At the time they were one of the top Ultra High Performance All-Season tires available. Pirelli's track record over the past decade has been extremely impressive in this category.They logged three first place finishes in our comparison testing back in 2003, 2004 and 2007 before...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Made it to the first oil change after installing these tires. My vehicle is running these tires in 225/40ZR18 size on 18x8 2008 model Eclipse wheels on lowered coils. I drive the snot out of my car. I push it really hard in the corners and so far these tires have not started to slip yet, grip is excellent. No signs of obvious wear either. The 2G Eclipse is a...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Super Sport: Best Handling Max Performance Summer Tire?

High performance tires derive their technology directly from the manufactures' motorsports activities. The tire technology is a game of leap frog and Michelin has set the bar impressively high with the Pilot Super Sport.   The steering response I felt was very confidence-inspiring. It felt as if the car was on rails, specifically through the slalom section of...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I own a 2007 Eclipse and like many other owners I do not like to stitch tires several times a year. I prefer to purchase a good set of all weather. I must say these are the BEST all weather tires I have ever owned for a sports car. I have had them on the car a little over a year and a half. I had absolutely ZERO trouble navigating the horrid 2011 winter...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated)

I owe it to these tires for avoiding an accident in the rain. I hit the brakes hard and the tires just gripped the road. Great cornering in all conditions... I don't ever have to worry about the tires breaking loose. I've put 50,000 miles on this set of tires on an all wheel drive BMW... all those others complaining of premature tire wear need to check their...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

I bought these a few years ago as a second set of winter only tires. My Maxima SE was essentially not drivable in the winter with the stock tires (245/45/18). I would get stuck in 2 or 3 inches of snow. I bought the smaller wheels (17) and tires that are essentially what is on the SL. Wow is all I can say. I live out a bit and our road is rarely plowed, and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

I bought these tires for my daughters Eclipse. She is young, and drives far and hard. These tires experienced a few punctures along the way. The length of some of the objects that punctured the tires were not very long, telling me that the tread and carcass depth are not very thick. Wear was only acceptable. Noise levels were elevated compared to the...  Read More

Value All-Season Car Tire Options

Tires in the Standard Touring All-Season category offer lower speed ratings like S (112 mph) and T (118 mph). These tires are known for longer mileage - usually greater than 50,000 miles of service life. They are not an aggressive handling group of tires due to their lower speed rating. However, you'll receive the benefit of a smoother and more comfortable...  Read More

Cost-Effective Quality Brake Rotors from Centric

As a sales specialist at Tire Rack, I get the opportunity to test all of the tires we sell. This includes performance auto tires, Passenger All-Season tires, truck tires and more. Occasionally, I like to step outside the box and review products that don't catch as much attention on our test track as the tires. It's nice being able to recommend all products...  Read More

Affordable Performance From Bridgestone and Sport Edition

In a previous post, I mentioned that my son and I had installed a nice Tire & Wheel Package on his car. We had originally intended to purchase a little lighter, more expensive wheel, but after a fender bender cut into our budget, we began exploring other options. This time using a sharper pencil. We still wanted as good a performing tire and wheel...  Read More

Ditching Your Run-Flat Tires for Non-Run-Flat Tires on Your BMW? Read This First!

Many BMW owners are opting to replace their factory run-flat tires with conventional non-run-flat tires. One can literally find hundreds of posts across popular BMW forums filled with disapproval of the Original Equipment run-flat tires. Many customers have complained that the tire is either too stiff, gets too many bubbles or wears out too quickly. While it...  Read More