General's Altimax Arctic, like most of General's tires, is a no-frills workhorse.
I had never heard of the Toyo Observe GSi-5 until a reader sent me an email asking my opinion of it. I've been very impressed by what I've observed.
The Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme is a well-regarded winter tire available mainly in Europe, but you can get it in North America from some online dealers.
Sailun admits that they are a third-tier tiremaker, but wants to be the best third-tier tiremaker they can possibly be.
Goodyear's Eagle Sport All Season is a workhorse performer in the HP category, complete with some brand-new technology and some serious fun.
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.
Nokian's WRG2 is probably the best true All-Season tire in existence. Nokian's WRG3 is not, but it's trying pretty hard.
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 mileage, but the kind of responsive acceleration, braking and handling that crossover-type vehicles provide. That's where the Dueler H/P Sport comes in.
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.
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.
Nokian's Hakkapeliitta R2 passenger snow tires are "crazy good." The SUV version is just as crazy and just as good.
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.
"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.'"
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!"
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...
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 performance, and partially because they tend to make a lot of very low-profile tires. With the P Zero Nero All Season, however, the sidewalls are clearly not the issue. The issue is the lack of real wet grip and the ease with which the tire breaks away at the limit.
The Firestone Destination LE2 does exactly what it's supposed to do. And no more.
Continental's summer-only ExtremeContact DW (Dry/Wet) is not quite as good as the DWS (Dry/Wet/Snow.)
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.
The Fuzion Touring, made by Bridgestone, is simply a decent tire at a great price.
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.
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.
A review of the new Bridgestone Blizzak. WS70's are great on ice and snow, but have some trouble on dry roads.
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?
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 and fuel-efficiency.