Tire Rack Now Offers Cooper Tires

We often heard “do you carry Cooper tires?” Because of their restrictive distribution agreement, our response was always “no.” That’s all changed. We now offer Cooper’s Cobra Radial G/T performance tires and CS5 and CS3 touring tires, as well as Discover and Evolution truck tires, along with other lines used as Original Equipment on new vehicles. An American...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk AS

These replaced the Bridgestone Ecopia tires I had on my Mazda 3. Overall this was a massive improvement. These tires are very quiet by comparison, and maybe the most quiet tires I've ever used. They really perform predictably on the road and provide excellent handling. The grip around corners is superior and I can make many turns now that would cause my...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 5000 Symmetrical

New car OE on 2017 Mazda6 Touring. I see there is a specific tread design for the Mazda6 according to TR. My first impression of the Mazda6--I've been car shopping for many months, have driven numerous others including Optima, Sonata, Elantra, Mazda3, etc., was, this Mazda6 is CONNECTED! Is it the tires or the tire size? The setup? I can't say.I can say that...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Changed two seasons ago from Blizzaks. The Michs are a superior tire in all respects. They are quiet, particularly on a Mazda. The ice traction is excellent and wet traction is superior to the Bridgestones.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Call me crazy, however, these are one of the best performing tires I have ever owned. I run the Michelin pilot sports on both my 2008 VW Jetta Wolfsburg 2.0T FSI, DSG w/K04 S3 Turbocharger upgrade, and supercharged 1994 Classic NA Mazda Miata as summer tires and these on the Jetta for the winter. The Michelin Pilot Super Sports are at the top of their...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

This is my second set of these tires on 2 different cars. The first was an AWD Volvo wagon and they were fantastic in all weather. This is my second set this time on a nearly new Mazda 6. The Mazda 6 comes with hard riding noisy Dunlop tires. At 18000 miles I hit some road debris and damaged 2 beyond repair. I insist on 4 matching tires so my choices were to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

Given the reviews here, I was expecting a major improvement on the stock Dunlop tires for my Mazda. I wasn't disappointed. These should definitely be broken in before you consider doing a lot of hard driving. The tread blocks are pretty deep, so it will feel a little squirmy for a while.These BFGs have very strong dry grip. Sometimes there's a little initial...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

The X Ice Xi-3 is a very good winter tire. I'm happily well into my second winter with these on my 2013 G37xS. Excellent capability in all winter conditions. I have no issues whatsoever getting around even during Lake Effect storms and streets that don't get plowed all winter. Bonus: The penalties in comfort and dynamics typically associated with winter...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

This is the fourth vehicle I have put either the DWS06 or its predacessor the DWS on. I have been very pleased in each case. We have the DWS on our BMW Z3 and on our Porsche Boxster and had them on a previous Mazda 3. The new DWS 06 is a bit quieter and has a bit better turn in and retains the excellent ride and grip under all conditions other than snow &...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

My third set of General Altimax RT43's. First set took an ancient Saturn SC2 and made it drive decently with great traction in all weather, good noise, and cornering, and trend lasted very well. Second set were onto Subaru outback that died a week after buying, but tires were an improvement.Third set is now on Mazda 2012 that had Bridgestone...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

I was initially put off purchasing these tyres by other users' reports of noise levels, but I'm glad that I took that under advisement & bought them anyway. They do whir in the background at speeds below 60- 70km an hour when brand new (perhaps that'll decrease when they wear in), but the noise disappears on highways and to be honest, I find the noise...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

I put this set on my 2006 Mazdaspeed 6 right when I purchased the vehicle, so I can't compare it to other tires on this car. But these tires are awesome! They grip in every scenario and perform great in every aspect. My Mazdaspeed 6 is AWD, but when lifting the e-brake up one click (disengages rear wheels), the tires still grab extremely well with 270 crank...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

I just purchased these tires last week for use on my moderately modified 2002 Mazda Protege. These tires are incredibly quiet for a snow tire and they roll beautifully. In fact, they feel very similar to the Michelin Energy Saver A/S tires that I use on one of my other cars, a Toyota Prius. The X-ice Xi3 is the BEST overall snow tire in the heavy snow/ice...  Read More

Looking For Closeouts and Specials? We've Got Them!

Since we stock a large amount of tires, we're uniquely positioned to take advantage of buying opportunities to bring you some amazing closeouts and specials. Let's take a look at a few offers our customers can find: 205/60R16 Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus tires are on special for $58.23. This tire is an Original Equipment tire used on the 2016 Mazda 3....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama S.drive

I put a set of these on my '85 Mazda RX7 with a 12a Rotary engine making about 100hp. A 205/50R16 is a big upgrade from the OEM 185/65R13 they mounted on this car in the '80s. Around the same time I also upgraded to Racing Beat springs and larger front and rear sway bars. I'm using the car to commute and attend track nights and it is a blast. Road noise...  Read More

A Monday, BFGoodrich Tires and Our Test Track

A cure for the Monday blues? How about an exciting couple hours on the track to ease the transition from weekend to workday? Cue up BFGoodrich, who brought their “Are You Driver Enough” tour to our headquarters in South Bend, Indiana. The manufacturer sent professional drivers to Tire Rack to allow our marketing team (who normally don’t get the opportunity...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

I'm not sure about snow traction or tread wear at this time but in every other way this tire hits the mark. For me performance A/S tires of the past have always had one of two personalities. Either you get great handling and responsiveness or a smooth ride. Tires that excel in one of these areas typically suffers in the other. NOT SO with the BFGoodrich...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KL21

I have come around to placing various Kumho tires on all of our vehicles. A 1994 Camaro Z28, a 1999 Mazda Miata and a 2012 4WD Chevrolet Silverado. I highly recommend Kumho tires for several reasons. First of all, they are a terrific tire for the money, they also give outstanding wear experience for the money spent and the margin of safety they afford a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Based on the Tire Rack tests and reviews, I knew this tire wasn't going to be as stiff and responsive as some of the others in it's category, but that was a trade-off I made (since MazdaSpeed 3 has a stiff suspension), and not disappointed. Ride is more comfortable. Turn in is a little vague (relative to this category), and some minor corrections are needed...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN A11A

These tires came OEM on my new Miata and so far they have confirmed Mazda's choice. I'm retired so no commuting is involved; I mostly drive the car for fun on weekdays when my favorite Texas Hill Country roads are empty and inviting. They allow me to drive deep into corners without fear that they'll let go at an inappropriate moment. This is my second Miata,...  Read More