Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

These are summer tires, replacing original Conti ProContact (42K mi). At half the price of Conti/Michelin, etc etc, I must say I am extremely pleased with their performance. I had also considered the BFG g-Force A/S but after talking to Bart at TireRack, he said that he felt the non-directional tread pattern enabled diagonal rotation, whereas the BFG would...  Read More

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

This is compared to Conti Extreme Contact DWS. After just about half treadlife (the S not worn yet) developed two sidewall bulges on both front tires due to crazy potholes here in the NYC tristate area. The contis were getting a bit noisy anyway - but all season traction could not compare. The Audi quattro with contis performed better in snow then wife's LR3...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

The tires are a definite upgrade to the Super Sport. These tires maintain grip on a wide range of spirited driving in dry conditions. I am extremely happy with their performance. They have a respectable level of wet grip but that is expected given their level of performance in all other areas. Would highly recommend these tires to anyone looking for a tire...  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 Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus

I bought a 2017 GTI Sport for one reason only: Carving up back roads and on/off ramps. I bought these tires to replace the OEM Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS 225-40R18I ones that my car came with. I found traction under acceleration to be lacking, and just wasn't as dazzled by the car as I expected to be. I got a flat early on, and took that opportunity to rush...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec

I moved from the factory 205-40/17 tire size Bridgestone RE-050s to the Direzza ZII*-spec in 205-50/15 for both a reduction in unsprung weight and increased sidewall height to help combat the rough roads in Vermont while still maintaining the sharp handling of the Fiesta ST. Sadly I can say, that though the overall grip is quite comparable between the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

Reading the review, I concluded this was the best bang for the buck for my daily driver. Handling performance under both wet and dry conditions is superb and it keeps you in contact with the feel of the road. The grip is excellent on twisting back roads out on the countryside. The only thing unexpected was the amount of road noise. I know they're all-season,...  Read More

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

These tires are much better than the Continentals that came from the factory. The ride is better, quieter, and the overall performance is better. I could not find extreme performance tires for this vehicle, but have found these to be an excellent choice.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact Sport

Got these tires at the same time I went from 225/40-18 to 225/45-17 on 17x8 lightweight wheels. These tires are light too at 21 lbs ea. Ride quality has greatly improved at the same time wet and dry traction immensely improved! No more wheel spin- these just hook up and go. Most impressive is the wet traction however- been getting a lot of rain here in...  Read More

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

To date, I think these Michelins are a very comfortable high-performance tire with excellent wet-weather traction. I I don't have enough miles or weather on them to evaluate longevity or snow performance, but I have driven them in dry and wet highway conditions, and they are very smooth-riding, have great wet and dry traction, and impart confidence in their...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

I bought these tires for my 2013 Subaru outback. I was getting tired of having tires that really didn't work well in the snow.After taking a look at all the options I settled on the X ice3, and I'm glad I did. They did great on ice, they did great on snow, and the surprising thing is if they did really well compared to my normal tires… In fact they might...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 N-Spec

If you are looking for a performance winter tire. This is it. I've used normal winter tires on a Honda Civic before and i hated the handling and the noise and the grip in the rain and dry wasn't that great. With my performance package Mustang GT, I knew i wanted to maintain the sporty handling that the car had on the factory Pirelli P-Zero Maximum...  Read More

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

This Volvo S90 shipped with summer Pirelli P Zero tires on 20 wheels, but we needed all season tires and there aren't many choices in this size. We knew the 20 wheels and summer tires would be a problem when we bought the car. We tried to find a 19 option, but that didn't work and instead we arranged for Volvo to install Michelin Pilot Sport AS 3+ tires,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

With only a few thousand highway and city miles on these tires, i don't have a huge long term opinion on these tires. From what I've experienced so far, I'm not all that wowed. The tires don't have many drawbacks, if any, but surely don't exude any flavorful characteristics either.With regards to comfort, these tires are fairly quiet in almost...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus

I have been a Michelin tire advocate in the past and these are the first OE Bridgestones I have kept on a vehicle. I have been extremely pleased with them. Over all performance catagories the tires, for the replacement cost, are better than Michelin tires. As a retired police officer I can attest to the Bridgestone tires performance in aggressive driving,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Indy 500

I did quite a bit of research on the available tires for my TT Roadster before I purchased. I have had some good success with sets of Conti's in previous years. However, when the tires wear down they are very noisy. This is what I was trying to avoid. So other than performance I wanted quiet I swore in the past that I would never buy Firestone's from...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

OE equipment, almost 94k miles on the original tires... what more can I say? In Oklahoma we have all kinds of driving conditions, ice, rain, snow, extreme heat. 4 years on the tires and zero complaints. Really good traction in ice/snow/rain. Dry roads the tires seem a little hard (can spin easier) Can slide a little if you take a corner too fast. BUT, they...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus Z214

Having recently graduated to Hoosier R7s from R-Comps (Toyo R888s) on my E36 BMW M3 at the track (and LOVE them) I wanted to up the ante on my hot rod Porsche as well. Not able to fit Hoosiers to my current car set up I looked for something similar which would fit the car and these were the only candidates. The Hankooks are in no way directly comparable to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

Replaced the OEM installed Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires with only 13,000 miles on the clock and installed the new Michelin Pilot 4S tires. I've had prior experience with some Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires, as well as two sets of Michelin PSS tires on different cars, and Michelin knocked it out of the park again.Summary = Superb traction and handling...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival S

Last season, I was going to buy the Bridgestone Potenza Re71r but they were back ordered for 2 months so I decided to go with a set of the Rival S for autocross. What a great tire! These tires handle great in the dry and handle well in wet conditions. I dont recommened driving in heavy rain, that can be sketchy. But for an extreme performance tire i was...  Read More