Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Indy 500

I bought this tire to replace the Continental DWS-06 when I came to the South East, because I didn't expect to encounter any snow. I initially thought about purchasing the Michelin Pilot Super Sports or the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position again, but after driving a friend's M3 equipped with the Firestones, I bought 6 tires (2 front/4 rear) for less...  Read More

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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P02 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

I went with these tires looking for a sportier all season tire to replace the very old tires that were on my car when I got it, and I've been very satisfied to that end. They feel very precise at all levels of steering input and seem to have quite a bit of traction. I've yet to feel or hear traction breaking even under enthusiastic driving on backroads,...  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 Vredestein Quatrac 5

Just picked these up as a year-round, all-weather tire for our AWD Tiguan. We'll be using this car primarily in the winter, so I was specifically looking for a severe winter service rated all-season alternative to dedicated snows paired with high performance all-seasons on separate wheels. We just aren't going to see enough miles on this car to warrant 2...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P02 (W-Speed Rated)

I replaced the OEM tire on my 3.2 Q5 S-Line and couldn't be happier! These tires have exceeded my expectations in every way! I have not driven them in snow as I live in the south and have not had them through a hard winter but they have been great in every other area. Inspiring confidence in all conditions. I have seen some people rate them poorly for rain...  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 Sumitomo HTR A/S P02 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

I bought a set of these for the 1991 subaru wagon I have owned for the last 15 years. To say I know the cars handling quirks and what to expect is pretty much a no brainer after 100.000 miles with it. I upgraded to 16 wheels at the same time I bought the tires because the tire options in the factory size are few. I wanted something cost effective but with...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P02 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

I bought a set of these for the 1991 subaru wagon I have owned for the last 15 years. To say I know the cars handling quirks and what to expect is pretty much a no brainer after 100.000 miles with it. I upgraded to 16 wheels at the same time I bought the tires because the tire options in the factory size are few. I wanted something cost effective but with...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Vredestein Quatrac 5

These tires are really good tires. Drove through two snow storms already one was pretty icy. Tires performed excellent. They are very quiet and much more responsive then the horrible OEM tires. Most likely will not last crazy long but they are not intended to. I have Michelin Primacy tires that are OEM on my Camry and they are very nice but I will also be...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Bought a set if four about a month ago. After the trip home I noticed what I thought was an out of balance driver 's side front tire. I drive a lot of new , smooth as glass pavement. At 50 mph and above I perceived a small vibration driver's front. Had them all re-balanced at no cost thank goodness. Two were dead on and two needed .25 ounce weight added.The...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX Sport

These are OEM tires on my ML350 BlueTec with 20in AMG rims. After 24,000 miles they are completely worthless in even and inch of snow/slush. Up to 10,000 miles they performed reasonably well in the snow with dramatic reduction in traction as the miles added up. I'm going to buy another set of rims and dedicated winter tires, I might get one more summer out...  Read More

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

Bought these to replace some Bridgestone 960ASs; they were some great tires so I was loath to replace them. At 4/32 I didn't have much choice though. I am happy to report that, thus far, the Michelins are living up to all the hype. I haven't driven through a winter yet so I can't comment on ice or snow. In the wet they are pretty good though I still get some...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

I use these X-Ice3 tires year around on my Outback. The first set was good for about 40,000 miles, and when it was time to replace them I didn't even think about getting anything else.They perform well on dry roads and in Oregon's winter rains. Traction and stopping performance on wet and dry roads has never been a problem. No complaints about road noise...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama iceGUARD iG20

Good value for the price, but I have been a little under-whelmed by the traction on wet and dry roads in the cold without actual snow coverage. On previous cars I have used Michelin X-Ice and Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires, which cost a little more than these Yokos, but do seem to deliver a bit better performance in those conditions.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Appears to be as predicted however not many miles as yet. Snow performance yet to come.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk AS

I have driven approximately 750 miles and have tested them in Oregon back roads, dry and wet surface. So far, I am really impressed with the performance and the price given. Half a price of older piece of junk turanzas but the road noise is significantly lower on Firehawk AS. The tire has a little vibration at first 300 when I bought new, but the vibration...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-80

These Blizzaks are the third set I have owned for my SUV¿s. I like driving on the spirited side since I like buying sporty vehicles. My first set was for my 2010 Acura MDX. The traction on ice and snow was amazing. I ran these for 4 years without an issue. Lots of tread left when I sold them. Currently I am impressed with the performance of these tires on my...  Read More

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

These Pirelli P-Zeros All Season Plus-revised compund tires replaced Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+. They've performed similarly, except that they're a quieter, softer-feeling ride - similar to a Michelin Primacy MXV4, without sacrificing any handling compared to the Pilot Sports. They seem to be wearing like the MXV4s -- that is, a little slower than the Pilot...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

These tires came on my 2014 Ford Escape AWD. The tires are quiet and work well on dry pavement. The wet traction seems to be be ok. When the snow flies, these tires do not perform very well. I can handle the slight slippage when accelerating, but stopping with these tires in the snow is not very good. I have slid when traveling under 20 MPH when I...  Read More