Michelin Once Again Dominates the One Lap of America in 2013

Tire Rack is proud to have continued our title sponsorship of this year's One Lap of America event. One Lap consists of 17 timed events over 8 days. In total, competitors traveled over 3,400 in just over a week. It is a true test of endurance and performance For the third year in a row, the overall winner's vehicle was equipped with the Michelin Pilot Super...  Read More

What Size Rims or Wheels Fit My Car?

Upgrading the wheels on a car is one of the most popular modifications drivers like to make. It allows you to add a personal touch, while also helping it stand out in a crowd. What wheels will fit on your car? Simple. Just use our shop by vehicle feature and we'll show options that are guaranteed to fit your vehicle. In some situations, our site will also let...  Read More

What are the Best Tires for My Honda Odyssey?

Since 2005, the primary size found on the Honda Odyssey has been 235/65R16. Due to the overall size ,weight and higher center of gravity than a car, the Odyssey's tire wear can be disappointing to some. The following popular options can help deliver better performance, ride quality and longevity than the Original Equipment. Goodyear AssuranceComforTred...  Read More

How to Find the Best Tires for Your MAZDA3

The MAZDA3 came to the market in 2004 as a replacement for the Protege. It was later redesigned in 2010. With a number of configurations and trim levels offered, there are various tire size options in play. The first step will be using our shop by vehicle feature and verifying the size of tire that's on your vehicle. The following tires are some of the more...  Read More

How Old Are the Tires I Buy?

Most people may have never thought about the age of their tires until recently. Now, many informed consumers have become concerned with the age of the tires on their vehicle, as well as the age of the tire(s) they're purchasing. What is a reasonable age for a tire when making a purchase? Tire Rack works with many global manufacturers from around the world....  Read More

Where is a Tire Built?

I am often challenged by customers to provide country of origin information on their tire of interest. I say challenged because, well, it can be challenging. While Tire Rack makes every effort to track this information, all of the major tire manufacturers take the view that we are in a global economy. As such, we have found the same tire in the same size can...  Read More

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Returns to the Number One Spot

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS has been a customer favorite for almost five years. It has stood the test of time, especially with its good ratings in winter conditions. Bridgestone's Potenza RE970AS Pole Position was the latest entry to threaten Continental's number one ranking. We put them up against each other in a test cycle where we run them on a...  Read More

Hankook's Newest Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire: Ventus S1 noble2

Hankook has started to release their latest entry into the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, the Ventus S1 noble2. Developed for the drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans, the tire is being released in a myriad of sizes and wheel diameters. This includes sizes between 16" and 20" diameters and widths ranging from 205mm up to...  Read More

BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Approved for SCCA Autocross Events

There's quite a bit of excitement among the performance enthusiasts for the new Extreme Performance Summer BFGoodrich g-Force Rival. Trying to regain the "King in the Dry" reputation that BFGoodrich achieved with the now-discontinued g-Force T/A KD, the g-Force Rival is being released size by size as production is completed. For SCCA autocrossers, this...  Read More

Firestone Destination LE 2 or Michelin LTX M/S2?

Michelin's LTX M/S2 had the lineage as the "best" Highway All-Season tire as it debuted and maintained the number one slot in our Tire Survey Results. That is until recently with the debut of the Firestone Destination LE 2. It has, at least for now, positioned itself as the new favorite of our customers. A couple points of interest in relation to the...  Read More

Can My Run-Flat Tire Be Repaired?

It can be quite a surprise to owners of vehicles equipped with run-flat tires that many shops will not repair a seemingly innocuous puncture. Tires are the only thing touching the ground on your vehicle, so they are integral to safety. As such, sometimes situations that seem manageable, can become quite complex and even frustrating for the consumer. There's...  Read More

Select Tires with the Mountain/Snowflake Symbol

The three critical components for snow and ice traction were covered in-depth in one of my previous blog posts. Again, they are: Tread design Tread compound Tread depth Now that you understand the how behind winter traction, what actually determines a tire as being a winter / snow option? It comes down to whether or not the tire is branded with the mountain/snow...  Read More

Non-Winter Tires That Meet the Industry's Severe Snow Service Standards

Qualified winter / snow tires have the mountain/snowflake marking on their sidewall. In short, it indicates a higher level of winter capabilities, including traction in snow and on ice compared to an all-season tire. The spirit of the marking is intended for dedicated winter solutions, however there are a few models out there that meet or exceed the...  Read More

What Makes a Winter / Snow Tire Work?

When it comes to driving this winter, a set of winter / snow tires is the way to go! They will help you stop quicker and navigate through some of the toughest conditions thrown your way. Winter tires achieve superior levels of ice and snow traction for three reasons:Tread DesignSipes are your friend for traction in winter conditions. They are small zig-zag...  Read More

2013 Infiniti JX35 Winter Solution

The 2013 Infiniti JX35 is a midsize SUV that's being offered with two different tire and wheel combinations. You can choose the 18" wheel and 235/35R18 tires or decide to go with the 20" package sporting 235/55R20 tires. There are ample options for this vehicle if you have the 18" wheels and want to build a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. However, if...  Read More

Where Do I Find the Load Rating?

The load range branded on a tire's sidewall helps identify how much load the tire is designed to carry at its industry specified pressure. A good rule of thumb is that the Load Index of your new tires be equal to or greater than the Load Index of the Original Equipment. In most cases, passenger vehicles will use one of three different ratings: Standard Load -...  Read More

Can I Arrange To Pick-Up My Order at a Tire Rack Distribution Center?

With six strategically located distribution centers across the country, Tire Rack is able to offer fast shipping service options to our customers. In fact, most customers are within one to two business days of our Indiana, Nevada, Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana or Georgia distribution centers. When talking to customers who live near one of these...  Read More

Tire Size Alternatives for the Jeep Patriot Sport

Recently, I had an inquiry from a client about his wife's 2010 Jeep Patriot. The Sport trim level has a 16" wheel, while the Limited model is equipped with a 17" wheel. In this case, we were working with the more difficult 205/70R16 - one of the Sport's Original Equipment sizes. The platform sharing Jeep Compass and Dodge Caliber can use the 205/70R16 size,...  Read More

Is the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus the Best All-Season Tire for Your Performance Car in Winter?

Many drivers struggle with finding an adequate tire for their performance vehicle. Finding good traction in the wet and dry, while maintaining reasonable levels of snow performance has been the holy grail for engineers to build and consumers to buy. Tire Rack has been performing wet and dry testing, as well as our road rides for years. We've also been able to...  Read More

Tire Rack Helps You Properly Store Your Tires

After deciding to equip your vehicle with winter / snow tires, you must now store your summer or all-season tires. We offer a number of different solutions that make carrying and storing your second set of tires easy.  Seasonal Tire Tote Tire Rack's Seasonal Tire Totes are a convenient and styling storage option that's the perfect choice for the organized...  Read More