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

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

Tough to Decide? This Winter, Use Tire Rack's Tire Decision Guide.

It’s time. The winter slip and slide. And since you can’t sit winter out curled up by the fireplace sipping hot “cocoa,” you’re just going to have to get your tires right. Once you’ve driven on winter tires, you won’t feel the need to stay close to home and you won’t go back to an all-season tire in the winter ever again. We call it the “Ah-Ha Moment.” It’s...  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 Michelin LTX A/T 2

In dry weather the Michelin LTX AT2 grips the road well and corners nicely. In damp or wet weather the tires always break loose accelerating from a stop. Hydroplaning is so-so. I don't feel confident pushing the pace when it's wet outside. As far as snow is concerned, forget it. It's like being on ski's. I was trying to go up a very slight hill on my street,...  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 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2

I bought these tires 5 years ago and I just bought them again. They have been the champions of 4 winters on my 2010 Honda CRV. I have been through lots of light and medium snow and some deep snow. When I'm driving through a few inches of snow with these, it feels like I'm driving on pavement. They handle ice ok but not great. But no tires handle ice great. I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

This is my first set of General Altimax Arctic winter tires. I had hoped to get the GoodYear Ultra Grip Ice tires which I have had on several vehicles previously and liked them. However, due to a dealership screw up (not Tire Rack), I ended up with the Generals rather than waiting another couple of weeks.In the past 2 weeks we have had several good dumps of...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar H/T G95A

The only thing that saves this tire from being immediately replaced is my all wheel drive. I couldn't imagine this tire on a 2wd. It's terrible in the wet and snow and I have drivin through every kind of weather imaginable. In every vehicle You can think of. I am glad I didn't buy these as they are my OE tire on my vehicle.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender LTX M/S

I'm 58 years old. I've always told people 'the best tires in the world have Goodyear written all over them.' I've never bought a non Goodyear set of tires. My fav tires ever were the SilentArmor s. LOVED those tires. I know it's been a few years since they were discontinued, I still lament their demise. It took me about 3 months to cajole myself into jumping...  Read More

Don't Let Snow Stop Your 2017 Honda Civic Type R

Before my BRZ and MR2 Spyder days, I was a Honda guy. To this day, I still hope Honda will come out with a new Prelude. If not, the Civic Type R sure looks like a vehicle to tempt my interests.  Are you a driver that just picked up a Civic Type R yourself? I'm sure you're loving it, but if you reside in the snowbelt region, you're going to need winter /...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial Long Trail T/A

These tires proved a lot better than the reviews. With regular rotation they have lasted me 65,800 miles and going. They have gotten me through Kansas City summers/winters with typical city street and highway roads. As well as multiple cross country trips from KC to Boston and back. They have also gotten me through a few ruthless New England winters with 3...  Read More

Is a Winter Tire & Wheel Package Right for You?

Now that the calendar says “October,” start thinking “winter.” Because before we know it, roofs will be covered with snow, ice rinks will be packed with skaters and roads will strike fear into drivers with dangerous commutes. Well, that is, unless you have the right tires. And the right tires are a set of winter / snow tires. Even better, winter/snow tires i...  Read More

You Can Run But You Can't Hide From Mother Nature

Do you need to run winter / snow tires? If you're in a region that normally averages over a foot of snow or your vehicle comes equipped with summer tires from the factory, you should strongly consider installing winter tires. Dedicated snow tires will enhance an all-wheel drive vehicle's winter capability, make an intrinsically "bad-in-snow" car better and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

A rear wheel drive Volvo wagon is not noted for being great in snow, but these tires completely transformed the car. I had to drive into the city to visit a property and all the side street had a deep apron of plowed snow blocking them. I was able to drive around light AWD cars that were stuck. On the way home, the highway divides going up a hill and there...  Read More

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

This is compared to Conti Extreme Contact DWS. After just about half treadlife (the S not worn yet) developed two sidewall bulges on both front tires due to crazy potholes here in the NYC tristate area. The contis were getting a bit noisy anyway - but all season traction could not compare. The Audi quattro with contis performed better in snow then wife's LR3...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender LTX M/S

Used for a work vehicle. I drive VERY spirited and high speeds at times - sometimes at long distances at VERY high speeds. I feel confident when driving spiritedly, due to the performance of these tires. In addition to the spirited driving and mileage put on these - compared to Firestone W- rated tires that I've had before, no wear has been noticeable on...  Read More

Best Tires for Honda CR-V (Part 2)

As I mentioned in my previous blog, "Best Tires for Honda CR-V (Part 1)", the Honda CR-V has grown from a relatively small SUV when it was first introduced to the civilized mid-size crossover vehicle that it is today. As the vehicle has grown, so has it's tire and wheel size.  In this follow-up post, I will cover recommended tires for the third-, fourth- and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

I picked up my BMW 640i Xdrive in January of this year. I ordered it with all season tires so I could drive it until I got snow tires for it. From the first time I drove the car I was a little disappointed in the handling. The steering was not precise like I expected to the point where I was going to ask my dealer to check alignment. Once I put winter tires...  Read More