Studdable Winter / Snow Tires: With or Without Studs?

I am occasionally asked if drivers can run studdable winter tires, such as the Firestone Winterforce and the General AltiMAX Arctic, without the studs. The answer is yes, however if you're planning on using the studs check with your local authorities as there are restrictions and even bans in many states. We did some testing a few years back that helps...  Read More

Michelin X-Ice Xi3: Testing One of the Newest Studless Ice & Snow Tires

Over the years, the Bridgestone Blizzak line of tires has proven to deliver the best in ice and snow traction. Of course, other brands are always making advancements in their designs. For example, this year saw the release of Michelin's X-Ice Xi3 and we felt it was time to test its capabilities at a local ice rink. We have found this surface to be the most...  Read More

Do I Really Need Winter / Snow Tires?

Many drivers still call and ask "Do I really need a set of winter / snow tires?" With many vehicles being equipped with electronic systems to help control the vehicle, it's not unusual to think you don't need a dedicated winter tire. While traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control and all-wheel drive systems help make it easier to utilize your...  Read More

How Does TPMS Work?

A very common question that arises when customers are shopping for tires and wheels relates to the Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS). While they've been around for well over a decade, Federal regulation has mandated vehicle manufacturers provide TPMS as Original Equipment on model year 2008 and newer vehicles. Even though these systems are very...  Read More

What About TPMS Sensors for My Winter Wheels?

An often overlooked aspect during the Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package research process is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Starting with the 2008 model year, Federal regulations require TPMS on all passenger vehicles. Most use a direct system which attaches a pressure sensor to the vehicle's wheels. An in-vehicle receiver warns the driver if...  Read More

Why are Narrower Tires Better for Winter Driving?

As you're shopping for winter wheels and tires, you'll likely come across the recommendation of going to a narrower tire. This is the exact opposite approach that you would take for summer traction, where wider is better. If you're likely to drive through deep snow this year, you'll want winter / snow tires and wheels in sizes that help put the laws of...  Read More

What are the Differences in Brake Pads?

When looking for new brake pads for your vehicle, it can quickly become confusing with multiple options from the same manufacturer being offered.  Let's try to clarify the differences by focusing on the pads available from Hawk Performance. Hawk Performance Ceramic Hawk HPS Street Hawk HP Plus Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads are the solution you're looking for...  Read More

Spend Less by Paying More? Why the Cheapest Tire is Not Always the Least Expensive.

The title seems to be a conflict. However, when you look at the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), there are situations where spending more today can save you money in the long run. Initial purchase price tends to be the first and sometimes only thing considered when looking for a new set of tires. Tires are a major purchase that most drivers will face every...  Read More

Bridgestone Blizzaks: Still the Best in Winter Conditions?

For quite some time the Blizzak brand has proven to be one of the best options on ice and in snow. Introduced in 2010, the Blizzak WS70 had big shoes to fill, based on the brand's history. After two winters let's see how it has done in both testing and real world feedback. When first introduced, we took it over to a local indoor ice rink and did some...  Read More

What Performance Category of Winter / Snow Tire Do I Need?

As you begin to shop for winter / snow tires this year, you may discover there are different types available. Which leads to the obvious question: "Which one will work best for me?" General AltiMAX Arctic - Studdable Winter/Snow Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 - Studless Ice & Snow Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 - Performance Winter/Snow Studdable Winter / Snow Tires in this...  Read More

Why Buy Dedicated Wheels and Tires for Winter?

A very common decision that presents itself when considering a winter / snow tire purchase is whether or not you should buy wheels to go along with your tires. The following information is some of the benefits of going with a complete Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. By purchasing one of these packages, you gain flexibility when it comes to swapping out...  Read More

Looking for the Best Tire for Winter and Snow?

It will be here before we know it -- winter and snow. Tread depth is critical to winter traction, so if your tires are more than 2/3rd worn out it can be worthwhile to replace them before the snow flies. While dedicated winter tires are the best solution, this does require swapping twice a year. While it is in my opinion the best approach, it is not for...  Read More

The New Michelin Defender for High Miles

Earlier this year, Michelin released their latest entry in the Standard Touring All-Season line-up. The Michelin Defender is designed to replace the Harmony and HydroEdge with Green X. Offering the best in industry warranty package that includes a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty for T- and H-rated tires and an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty for V-rated...  Read More

The Latest in Grand Touring All-Season Tires: Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

With a focus on a smooth and quiet ride, the Serenity name in the Bridgestone line-up has been one of the best. The latest evolution is the Turanza Serenity Plus. Released earlier this year, expectations are high for another winner from Bridgestone, who focused on improving treadlife, fuel economy, wet traction and winter weather performance.  A quiet ride is...  Read More

Get Comfort and Handling with Michelin's LTX A/T2

The LTX A/T2 is Michelin's On-/Of-Road All-Terrain tire developed to meet the needs of today's recreational and commercial pickup, van and SUV drivers. It's touted for its ability to provide even wear, low noise and good fuel economy. Offering comfort and toughness, the tire excels with off-road traction and on-road handling.  An upgraded rubber compound...  Read More

Alternative Tire Size for Your Mazda Miata Mazdaspeed

In 2004 and 2005 Mazda offered a Mazdaspeed version of the Miata that featured a turbo charged motor and 17" wheels and tires. With a 0 - 60 mph time of 6.2 seconds and an upgraded suspension, this a performance machine. Unfortunately, the 205/40R17 size deployed with the car is somewhat lacking in performance tire options -- many of the top choices in the...  Read More

Alternate Tire Size for Your Mazda CX-7

Starting in 2010, Mazda started to offer the CX-7 with a 17" wheel option equipped with a 215/70R17 tire. As we sometimes see, this is the only vehicle that uses this size. This of course means replacement options can be a challenge. When dealing with a tire size that fits just one vehicle, tire companies (other than the Original Equipment supplier) are hard...  Read More

How Long Does it Take for My Tires to Arrive?

"How long will it take for my tires to arrive?" This is a question I am frequently asked by customers as I place their order.  Tire Rack has strategically placed six distribution centers across the United States: South Bend, Indiana Windsor, Connecticut Midway, Georgia Shreveport, Louisiana McCarran, Nevada Delaware - No customer pick-up This allows us to provide...  Read More

One Year Later: Kumho Ecsta 4X

About a year ago, Kumho released their latest entry into the very competitive Ultra High Performance All-Season category. During this time we have compared the tire against its competitors and have been collecting feedback from our customers. Looking at the survey results, which is a summary of the reviews, it is currently sitting in third place. It's within...  Read More

Tires Options Have Caught Up with the Toyota Highlander

Until recently, owners of the Toyota Highlander running 245/55R19 tires had struggled with replacement options. The 2008 Toyota Highlander was the first vehicle to utilize that size and the only option was the Original Equipment. This size was typically found on the limited and limited hybrid trim levels. As we see very frequently with Original Equipment,...  Read More