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Tire Reviews

Reviews and impressions of the wonderful world of tires, including Sean's reviews, third-party reviews and reviews by you, the tire users!
  1. UHP Tires (6)
  2. Winter Tires (16)

Review: Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2
I travel to Ivalo in Finnish Lapland to try out Nokian's newest snow tire, the Hakkapeliitta R2, which is better than it's predecessor in every way I can see.

Review: Nokian WRG3 Asymmetric
Nokian's WRG2 is probably the best true All-Season tire in existence. Nokian's WRG3 is not, but it's trying pretty hard.

Review: Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 SUV
Nokian's Hakkapeliitta R2 passenger snow tires are "crazy good." The SUV version is just as crazy and just as good.

Review: Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 Studded
Studded tires are the very, very best in terms of winter grip. Nokian's Hakka 7 studded tires are certainly among the very best of that group, at least until the Hakka 8 becomes available.

Review: BFGoodrich G-Force Rival
Let me put it this way: BFGoodrich's pure competition tire, the R1 and their street tire, the G-Force Comp-2, loved each other very much. When the stork finally arrived, they named it Rival, and found that they had a child who was greater than the sum of its parents. And what a cute kid it is...

Review: Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin will launch their new Pilot Sport A/S 3 Ultra High Performance All-Season tire this summer. "L'audace, l'audace, toujours l'audace!"

Review: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season
It's hard to know whether to judge the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season by the standards of a track tire or a winter tire, but all indications are that it's at least pretty good at both.

Low Rolling Resistance Showdown: Ecopia vs. eNTYRE
With everyone and their siblings marketing tires as "low rolling resistance", how can you know which is better? This summer, I will be taking a number of low rolling resistance tires for long-term, head-to-head testing sessions in my Low Rolling Resistance Showdown! First up is Bridgestone's Ecopia EP422 and Nokian's eNTYRE.

Review: Continental ExtremeContact DWS
The ExtremeContact DWS (Dry/Wet/Snow) are Continental's offering in the Ultra High Performance All Season niche, designed for 3-4 season capability without sacrificing high-speed performance. By all accounts, they fulfill on that promise in a big, big way.

Review: Continental ExtremeContact DW
Continental's summer-only ExtremeContact DW (Dry/Wet) is not quite as good as the DWS (Dry/Wet/Snow.)

Review: Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
The Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 is one sticky beast.

Review: Bridgestone Potenza RE970 AS Pole Position
To say that the long-awaited successor to Bridgestone's Potenza RE960AS Pole Position, the Potenza 970AS, exceeds its predecessor in every way is somewhat akin to noting that Salieri was considered to be an excellent court composer until Mozart breezed into town.

Review: BFGoodrich G-Force Sport Comp 2
Along comes the G-Force Sport Comp 2, and BFGoodrich naturally claims that it's even better than the original. Well, of course they do. Who ever thought “Worse Than The Original!” would be a great marketing slogan?

Review: Yokohama Avid Ascend
Yokoahama's Avid Ascend is the first consumer tire available in the US using orange oil in the rubber compound, and this technology makes for one great Grand Touring tire.

Long-Term Review: Yokohama Avid Ascend
I've already reviewed the Avid Ascends once, based on about four hours of seat time provided by Yokohama at their launch event in Orlando, Florida. This time I've had about 3 weeks with them on my car, and am able to make some more in-depth observations regarding these tires.

Review: Bridgestone Ecopia EP422
Among the many low rolling resistance “eco-tires” being marketed this season is Bridgestone's Ecopia EP422, a Grand Touring, All-Season tire designed to have very low rolling resistance and therefore high fuel-efficiency. The Ecopia is also marketed as an ecologically conscious tire due to its construction. However, the real questions are: How...

Review: Nokian eNTYRE
Nokian Tyres of Finland is well-known for their mastery of snow tires. However, they also are leaders in the field of low rolling resistance, and their newest offering is a summer-biased all-season Grand Touring tire called the eNTYRE. I was able to check these tires out on my Prius Nerdmobile for a long-term test of their handling capabilities...

Review: Firestone Destination LE2
The Firestone Destination LE2 does exactly what it's supposed to do. And no more.

Review: Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus
"When we're working with our engineers, they say, 'You're asking for everything!' and we say, 'Well, yeah. That's what the customer seems to want.'"

Review: Nokian WR G2 All-Weather
Nokian has made an all-season tire that excels in all the dangerous weather conditions, and is still pretty good in the safest one. That's a beautiful thing.

Review: Michelin X-Ice Xi3
There is a pride like fire among Michelin's snow tire engineering team that makes one suspect that they're thinking, “One Tire To Rule Them All...”

Review: Nokian Hakkapeliitta R
Got winter? Call in the cavalry! Nokian's Hakkapeliitta R is still the best pure snow tire available.

Review: Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
The Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 is an Ultra High Performance snow tire designed for very powerful cars. This may be a small niche, but Michelin's tire is right there at the top of it.

Review: Dunlop Graspic DS-3
Dunlop Graspic DS-3's are snow tires for people who don't like snow tires.

Review: Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 are great on ice and snow, but have some trouble on dry roads.

Review: Continental ExtremeWinterContact
Continental's excellent ExtremeWinterContact tires get some well-deserved respect from reviewers and testers alike.

Review: Michelin X-Ice Xi2
Michelin's X-Ice Xi2 winter tire is the primary challenger to Nokian's dominance of the winter tire market. Has Michelin finally caught up to the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R?

Review: Fuzion Touring
The Fuzion Touring, made by Bridgestone, is simply a decent tire at a great price.

Review: Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season
As a reviewer, I try to make clear when I have a bias, whether positive or negative. I do have something of a negative bias regarding Pirelli. Mostly this comes from years of doing tire repairs and seeing lots of “bubbles” in apparently weak Pirelli sidewalls. I do freely admit that this is partially because they tend to aim for very high...

Review: Goodyear Eagle Sport All Season
Goodyear's Eagle Sport All Season is a workhorse performer in the HP category, complete with some brand-new technology and some serious fun.

Review: Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport AS
When Bridgestone looks at the state of the SUV/Light Truck market, they see that it is transitioning away from big heavy SUV's and towards much lighter, sportier “crossover” vehicles. As they note, this is what “The Boss” wants from the car companies, and what “The Boss” wants from these CUV's is not just ample cargo space and better fuel...

Review: Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS
Firestone's Firehawk Wide Oval AS is difficult to describe, mostly because it doesn't really seem to stand out in any area. It's just... there.

Review: Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS
The Bridgestone RE97AS is designed to have a smoother and quieter ride than the RE970AS, but has somewhat less track-style performance. At the same time it has more performance and a less smooth ride than, say, the Ecopia line, making it pretty much a “Goldilocks” tire in most respects.

What do the Star Ratings Mean?
If I had my way I wouldn't give star ratings, because I think that when it comes to tires, they are both skewed and meaningless.

Review: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R
Yokohama's Advan Neova AD08 R is part of the latest generation of tires using orange oil compounding technology, descended from the Advan ENV-R2 racing slicks. It's a straight-up contender.

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