Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus

These Pirelli Scorpion Verde A/S Plus tires replaced the stock Yokohama Geolandar 91A on my CX5. The difference is night and day. The stock tires were noisy, always. The Pirelli's are head and shoulders above the stock tires, I should have done this a year ago. I have noticed significantly less road noise, much better handling and a more comfortable ride...  Read More

Conquer the Snow with Your Jeep Grand Cherokee

About twelve years ago, our SUV-test fleet consisted of 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokees. Since then, we've had sportier SUVs like the Touareg and Cayenne. However, there's a part of me that misses the Grand Cherokee. There is something about sitting in a Jeep that makes you feel like you're unbounded and that you can travel anywhere. And apparently, there are many...  Read More

Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c vs Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

We've been testing and selling Yokohama performance tires, all-seasons and light truck/SUV tires for over twenty years. This season, we now offer their winter / snow tires for the first time in over a decade. Since it had been awhile since we carried the iceGUARD line of Yokohama tires, we decided to familiarize ourselves with their winter traction by...  Read More

Introducing Hawk's High Performance Street 5.0 Brake Pads

Looking for high performance brake pads for your high performance vehicle? Look no further, Hawk offers their new High Performance Street 5.0 Brake Pads that will stop you in your tracks!This pad is an improvement over the HPS, especially for heavier and more powerful cars. If your car weighs over 2,800 lbs. and has over 180HP, you should consider these...  Read More

Is the Best Brake Pad the Hawk High Performance Street 5.0?

Hawk is a top supplier of high performance and heavy-duty brake pads. We've had outstanding experiences and customer feedback on their products since we began selling them over ten years ago.   The Hawk HPS Street Brake Pads offer great braking performance with low noise and low dust, making it a great choice for most enthusiasts' street cars. If you're...  Read More

Sneak Peek of New Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

Since the original Bridgestone Blizzak tire was introduced in 1993, Bridgestone has all but dominated the Studless Ice & Snow performance category with their Blizzak line of winter / snow tires. Their multicell winter tread compound dramatically increases winter traction in slippery conditions so much, that it changed perception of what a snow tire can do....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

P255/65R16 106T Latitude Tour on an ML320 first series SUV. The tires are holding up well with just over 63k miles over 64 months. The first 18 months (14k mi) were in New England and the tires performed well through two northern winters. Snow traction was excellent as was wet traction. The last 48k miles have been in south Florida, mostly highway miles....  Read More

Is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology the Best Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire? Our Customers Think So!

The main concern of many crossover and SUV customers is traction, treadlife and road noise, not always in that order. Continental's CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is a tire that rates highly in all of these key areas. The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, currently ranked first in our survey results, is Continental's ecologically...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

I only have a short time on the tires. I planned on driving the Expedition 1000mi a year but it might be more now that I've driven it a bit.I used the vehicle during a pretty bad snow storm, rain, and of course in dry conditions. I also got to drive the OEM tires on the Expedition before this one. I also got to drive a similar year Explorer with all season...  Read More

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

Perhaps the best set of tires I've had on an SUV. Yesterday was this first I've had them out in any type of snow or slippery conditions and I must say I am impressed. They seemed very good in the snow and slush and refrozen ice on the roads. I was able to engage the antilock brakes but only because I was actually trying; under normal driving I doubt the ABS...  Read More

Best All-Season Tires for Winter

Believe it or not, winter's just around the corner. With the change in weather comes the change of tires. If you're a driver who faces the challenges of winter driving, you're going to want the best tire for your vehicle. A dedicated winter / snow tire will be your best route for handling the elements, but if you opt for using an all-season tire year-round,...  Read More

Which Tire Can Make Your SUV Handle Like a Car?

While most SUV owners appreciate the added space and "go anywhere" capability of their vehicles, the high speed handling of most SUVs can often leave enthusiastic drivers wanting more. Bridgestone, Continental, Pirelli and others have developed Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires in popular SUV sizes which fit this bill. The new Bridgestone Dueler H/P...  Read More

Best Brake Rotors for Import Cars

For many drivers, a vehicle's braking system is not something they think about much until the vehicle starts to have problems. The most common problems with brakes are typically brake pad noise and brake pedal vibration. Both of these issues can be linked to worn out brake pads or brake rotors. For recommendations on new brake brake pads, read "Picking the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera TripleTred

I purchased these to replace the OEM Goodyear Integra, which were average but slippery. I had hydroplaning issues with those and slid on acceleration from stops on wet pavement. However, these Fortera TripleTreds are AWESOME. I need a good all-weather tire for my Pilot that I could use in bad weather at high speed on the German autobahn. I put them on in...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60

My second set of Blizzak's had my first set with my Tiburon. We got a mild snow here early and the regular tires on the Genesis were already spinning like crazy. I knew I was going to need snow tires in the New England winter so I went ahead and bought Blizzaks once again Tire Rack beat everyone else's prices by a mile actually coming in at $300 less...  Read More

Best Tires for the Toyota Highlander

Since its introduction in the United States in 2001, the Toyota Highlander has been a popular luxury SUV/CUV. The second generation of the vehicle was introduced in 2008 and has continued to be a great choice for many drivers. Given the popularity of the Toyota Highlander, I'm often asked about what replacement tires are best for the vehicle. Below are my...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT SUV

size=275 55 20 I've run Pirelli Scorpians, Bridgestone Blizzaks before and they are great winter tires. These Ultra Grip Ice tires are even better. They outperform the Scorps and Biizzaks at all levels on my 4Runner. The real test locally is Daley Canyon Rd. A grade that starts from 5,350' to 6,000' in about 1/2 mile. It's a hard incline in the snow and ice...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

After over 15 years of exclusively 4WD vehicles we finally added a FWD family sedan. As we bought the car in the fall, I used Tire Rack's database to check the winter-worthiness of our OEM tires. The red and yellow winter ratings made me decide that we needed a second set of wheels with Winter tires mounted, just like I used to do with my sports cars in the...  Read More

Do I Really Need Winter / Snow Tires on a Four-Wheel Drive Vehicle?

Every winter season I'm asked, "Do I need winter tires on my four-wheel drive vehicle?" Your four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle can indeed see a significant benefit by installing a set of winter / snow tires.  It's a common misconception that a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle will not see much benefit from winter tires. This couldn't be...  Read More

Lessons Learned at the Arctic Circle: Testing All-Season Tires

For optimum snow grip, nothing compares to dedicated winter / snow tires. But, what if you live on the edge of the Snowbelt and need to run one set of tires year-round? Then you're better served by purchasing a set of all-season tires with decent light snow capability.  How do different all-season tires perform in the snow? Our test team has traveled to...  Read More