Who is Cy

Hi, I'm Cy Chowattukunnel (in old country language, my last name means he who knows all about tires). I'm entering my 10th year at the Tire Rack.  So far it's been a great ride. I've enjoyed working with drivers across the country and around the world.  Read More

Surviving Winter 2014: Snow Driving Tips from Tire Rack

When your driveway is covered with a foot of snow and it's -15 degrees below 0, it's definitely winter. Making this winter even more daunting is the persistently icy roads. Road salt won't melt anything at temperatures this cold. However, with the right driving technique and proper tires, driving in these conditions doesn't have to be so difficult. What are...  Read More

Stop Slipping in the Snow! The Optimal Snow Tire Solution for the 2014 Audi SQ5

Did you get a 2014 Audi SQ5 to fill your need for compact crossover speed? With 354 hp and 346 ft-lbs of torque channeled through Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive, you've got the power to haul. All good fun until the weatherman calls for some snow. Now, you find your SQ5 slipping and sliding instead of stopping on a dime. You have stressfully discovered that...  Read More

Are You a Spirited Driver? Know Before Deciding on Which Winter Tire to Purchase.

As you make your winter / snow tire choice based on performance categories, reviews and input from our sales specialists, it's also helpful to do some self-scouting on how you drive. For example, if you tell our Tire Decision Guide that you're shopping for tires, it'll ask you some of the following questions: Will this vehicle be driving in the snow? Do you...  Read More

Is Narrower Always Better When it Comes to Winter / Snow Tires?

Recently, I received a call from a longtime Tire Rack customer who was looking for a new set of winter / snow tires for his hybrid SUV. He was surprised to see our Preferred Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package didn't feature a narrower tire size. Many drivers benefit from a narrow tires ability to cut through deeper snow, but every driver needs to...  Read More

Changed My Mind and Went With the Enkei Performance Series Falcon

When it came time to purchase wheels for my new vehicle, I thought I had my mind made up. After my research, I was ready to buy the 17x8" 45 ET gunmetal with machined lip Enkei Tuning Series Tenjin. It met all my requirements as far as function, style and finish. However, deep down, I knew my gut was telling me to go with a brighter finish and look for...  Read More

Replacement Tires for Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Earlier this year, I went to my niece's high school graduation. Unfortunately, after I left to come back home, my brother experienced a tire issue. On Sunday afternoon, he found himself dealing with the problems you can see in the photos below: Tire Puncture Inner Tire Wear Inner Tire Wear My sister-in-law's 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport already has 25,000...  Read More

235/40R19 XL Studless Ice & Snow Dunlop Graspic DS-3 for Your Audi

Are you a snowbelt driver with a new Audi Quattro A5, S5 or RS5 with Original Equipment 255/35R19 XL (Extra Load) summer tires? This winter will you encounter your fair share of packed snow and ice on your daily commute? Your best solution is a set of dedicated Studless Ice & Snow tires. Compared to Performance Winter / Snow tires, you'll give up some dry...  Read More

Which Winter Performance Category Is Right for You?

Are you in the blue? Then it's time to find the winter / snow tire that works best for your vehicle. In order to purchase the correct snow tire, you should decide which performance category works best for your driving style and the winter weather you experience. There are three winter performance categories: Studless Ice & Snow, Studdable Winter / Snow and...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Super Sport vs Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

In between owning my BRZ and Civic Si, I thought about purchasing a Volkswagen MK6 Golf 2.5. Yes, the MK7 is right around the corner, but newer isn't always better. Naturally I started to wonder what 225/45R17 Max Performance Summer tires would be a good choice for my hypothetical MK6? The Michelin Pilot Super Sport would still be my first choice for its...  Read More

Michelin Takes the Pilot Sport A/S Plus and Makes it Better With the Pilot Sport A/S 3

Have you been tempted by great test results and feedback of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, but need light snow traction, longer treadwear and more emphasis on lower tread noise? Sounds like you're looking for the Ultra High Performance All-Season version of the Pilot Super Sport -- the new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3. Michelin's internal testing shows...  Read More

What are the Best Tire Brands?

With millions of vehicles sold in the United States last year ranging from FIAT 500s to Ford F-150s, drivers have a myriad of choices. Shouldn't they also be able to have their tires their way, too? In a perfect tire world, every tire manufacturer would engineer the optimal tire for every car and driver. However, the market is very large and competitive,...  Read More

Great Grip at Great Pricing - Closeout Pricing on Hankook Ventus R-S3

Although Extreme Performance Summer tires have stepped up their game, the old stalwarts of the category still provide great dry grip for your fun car. Like all Extreme Performance Summer tires, the Hankook R-S3 emphasizes dry grip and steering response at the expense of wear, ride compliance and tread noise. It's a great tire for spirited drivers. The R-S3...  Read More

Great Extreme Performance Summer Tires

Ranking the top three quarterback in the NFL is tough. Is Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady the best? Answers may vary across the country, but even neutral observers will be hard pressed to say who's the best. That's how I felt after finishing our widely anticipated Extreme Performance Summer test. They're all great across the board and it's pretty...  Read More

What Are the Best Wheels for a 2013 Polished Metal Metallic Honda Civic Si Sedan?

Great handling, fast enough to get to work on time, a dipstick, sunroof and the ability to run 225/45R17 tires as a natural size, that's what I wanted in my next car that was replacing my BRZ. I just got back from Cocoa, Florida in my new 2013 polished metal metallic Honda Civic Si Sedan, so everything is good to go with my new Honda, right? Not quite,...  Read More

Wheel Options for Your 2013 Ford Focus ST

We know the Focus ST has enough power to be fast, but can it use a style infusion? My colleague Joe recently picked up a tangerine scream Ford Focus ST. It's a great color for the car, but Joe wasn't equally thrilled with the Original Equipment wheels from day one. After scanning his options in our Upgrade Garage, he narrowed down is choices to the...  Read More

Are Your Chrome Wheels Leaking? Replace Them with Affordable Custom Wheels

Buy your vehicle and hold onto it for as long as possible. That's typically the best way to get the most out of your car and budget. Obviously, you'll need to maintain and take care of it as best you can. If your vehicle originally came with chrome wheels and you live in snow country, one challenge you'll probably face is peeling chrome. Eventually this...  Read More

Go with 275/45R20 Tires on 20" Wheels for Your Audi Q7

An Audi Q7 with Audi's quattro® all-wheel drive should have zero problems in the snow, right? Not if your Q7 came with 21" Original Equipment wheels and 295/35R21 summer tires. Unfortunately, none of the major tire manufacturers make an all-season in this size and there's not a good alternative 21" tire. If you live in an area outside the Snowbelt, you may...  Read More

Can't Find Tires for Your Scion xD? Expand your Choices with the 205/55R16 Alternative Size

In the Scion family, the FR-S gets the most buzz, the xB evokes the most polarizing opinions, the iQ draws the most attention and the tC typically sells the best. The Scion xD gets overlooked as it provides practicality, dependability and efficiency, while simply getting the job done. If you drive an xD, I'm sure you've been happy with its reliability,...  Read More

Don't Get Mad at Phil: Get Ready for Next Winter by Saving on Closeout Michelin Winter / Snow Tires

Was there a misrepresentation of an early spring? Yes, the world's most famous weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, has been charged with that heinous act.   We all know the rule, if Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow, then we can look forward to an early spring. On Groundhog Day, Phil saw no shadow, yet we saw plenty of snow on the first...  Read More

Sign your Teen Driver Up for a Tire Rack Street Survival Class

This past Saturday, I watched my niece play in her youth basketball league. I ended up running the scoreboard and used my close proximity to the court to offer words of wisdom, such as "use the backboard" and "shoot it." Kids, you got to love them! Inevitably these kids will get bigger, their jump shots will start falling and they'll be teenagers driving...  Read More