Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Very good light snow traction with reasonable ice traction. Deep snow traction is OK for a dedicated snow. This tire really excels in dry and wet handling and braking compared to previous ice and snow tires I've had. Tread wear and tire noise is impressive as well. Compared to other snow and ice tires I've had for a number of vehicles including (Bridgestone,...  Read More

Best snow tires for winter driving : Bridgestone versus Michelin.

The Winter of 2017/2018 has been one for the record books.  Much of the country has had to deal with severe cold temperatures and record breaking snowfalls.   Some of the sub-zero cold temperatures that much of the country experienced were the coldest recorded in over a decade.  Not long before I wrote this blog, I awoke to a morning of negative 14 degrees...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

From Spring to Fall, I find the ride quality, handling, and traction to be quite good. The have good cornering grip provide a comfortable highway ride.Unfortunately, there were a few significant drawbacks with these tires that offset their strong performance in the wet/dry. After 42,500 miles, my dealer recommended I replace these tires soon. I was a bit...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

This is my first set of General Altimax Arctic winter tires. I had hoped to get the GoodYear Ultra Grip Ice tires which I have had on several vehicles previously and liked them. However, due to a dealership screw up (not Tire Rack), I ended up with the Generals rather than waiting another couple of weeks.In the past 2 weeks we have had several good dumps of...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and driving over the mountain daily can provide dramatic and sudden changes in road conditions. Rain to ice to snow and back again within a mile as you top the mountain. Purchased for wife's car in Jan. Very impressed with ability in snow and rain. No good test on ice yet. Leaving on year round so will be able to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS 60

I have had these tires on my Silverado for the summer. When I bought them I thought I was getting Altimax tires but was given Grabbers instead. The Altimax tires on my Subaru Forester have been fantastically quiet. These Grabbers scream like a banshee! I am very disappointed! When I compare the tread pattern to the Altimax the only difference I can see is...  Read More

Is a Winter Tire & Wheel Package Right for You?

Now that the calendar says “October,” start thinking “winter.” Because before we know it, roofs will be covered with snow, ice rinks will be packed with skaters and roads will strike fear into drivers with dangerous commutes. Well, that is, unless you have the right tires. And the right tires are a set of winter / snow tires. Even better, winter/snow tires i...  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

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

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

Best Tires for 2012 Toyota Sienna XLE

The 2012 Toyota Sienna XLE is a perfect vehicle for a larger family. Well built to provide a comfortable ride with a smooth and powerful engine, the Sienna XLE AWD version comes with second-row lounge seats that feature pop-up footrests. With such a comfortable interior, you don’t want to ruin it by riding on the wrong tires. Equipped with 235/55R18 Bridgeston...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Tire size is 215/45-17, the OEM spec'd size. The feedback here is after 52k+ miles on the tires. I've had the tires since Jan-2016 and average 3400 miles/month or 40.8k miles/annum. The review is not as comprehensive as I would like because we had a light snow the past winter. To reflect this, I had to leave the heavy snow and ice ratings as N/A.The feedback...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus

I bought my car lightly used with 32000 kilometers on it which translates to roughly 20,000 miles. When I got it it had the Pirelli P6 Four Seasons tires which, until I got these installed, I thought were pretty good. With the P6 4S I found turn-in and general cornering stability a little sloppy which I attributed to not having the sports suspension on the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Hi, These are the BEST set of 4 Snow tires that I have EVER BOUGHT for any of my Ford Mustangs , mostly GT , EVER !!! You can not go wrong here with these General Altimax Arctic !!! The price is INCREDIBLE !!!On my previous Mustang GT 's , for the winter, I ran a full set of 4 Dunlop Graspic. Decent tire / decent price, however they where VERY noisy & QUICK...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

My holiday drive proved to be the best test of these tires. Drove from Minnesota to Chicago (at good clip) with no issue. Noise level was tolerable, but depended on the road surface and not so much the tire.While in Chicago, there was a snow sleet mix that dropped 4-6 of the mess. This proved to be the best test of the tires, and passed according to my...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental TerrainContact A/T

Put these on about a thousand miles ago to replace the OEM Bridgestone Dueler that had about 26,000 on them. They had approx. 10,000 left but there was some dry rotting around tread and a noticeable decrease in performance during inclement weather. Had a gouge from the side wall in the spare so decided to just replace all the tires and did not want to go...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental TrueContact

I live near Buffalo NY. We get a few snow storms each year, and the roads get extremely slippery and icy. Its only a few days each year, but you don't want to get in to an accident on one of those days.My wife bought a set of these True Contact tires a year and a half ago and as we approach the end of the second winter with them I am absolutely amazed at how...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier LTX

So far so good - only 100 miles into my relationship with the Premier LTX but color me impressed thus far.I replaced a horribly worn set of Continentals with these. The Continentals were OK in a lot of categories - I got 50,000 miles out of them, and they provided adequate traction in most all situations; however, the amount of road noise they generated...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Nice, quiet tire. It drives well in wet/dry conditions. It's not the best all-season tire I've used in snow. I had General summer tires on a '00 Nissan Maxima that handled snow better than this tire.We bought these from Firestone with the Lifetime Balance/Rotation as well as Lifetime Alignment. After about three years of city, highway, and yearly trips from...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Bought these tires with a Tire Rack wheel package. The stock WRX tires are absolutely pitiful from a trace of snow upward. So, like Murphy's Law, as soon as I got the tires mounted--the snow stopped. It was regularly snowing prior to Xmas but soon therafter it simply died out. BUT, we did have a 10 snowfall and decided to try out the traction on these....  Read More