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Tires: Ratings of Sources

Total of 13 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
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Performance All-Season Tire Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests 19 H-speed-rated and 23 V-speed-rated tires as part of their large tire comparison, calling this the performance all-season category (all-season tires capable of higher speeds and increased handling). Each tire completes a series of identical evaluations, receiving individual scores for handling and performance, along with an overall rating. Editors recommend two models for each speed.
2. ConsumerReports.org
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Ultra-High-Performance Summer Tire Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentFor their ultra-high-performance summer tire report, editors with ConsumerReports.org include 21 models of ZR-speed-rated tires. The list includes subspeed ratings W and Y, though editors don't differentiate between the two on the ratings chart. After evaluating each tire's ability to resist hydroplaning, brake in a variety of conditions and offer a comfortable ride, editors recommend seven models.
3. ConsumerReports.org
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Ultra-High-Performance All-Season Tire Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org editors include all-season ZR-speed-rated tires (in W- and Y-subspeed ratings) for this portion of their ultra-high-performance tire review. They test 20 models, recommending five of the best-performing tires. Each tire endures rigorous testing to measure its braking distances on icy, wet and dry pavement; handling around obstacles and water-shedding abilities.
4. ConsumerReports.org
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All-Season Tire Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors with ConsumerReports.org test 20 different all-season auto tires, all with S- or T-speed ratings. Each set undergoes extensive testing to evaluate braking abilities on dry, wet and icy pavement; overall handling abilities and comfort factors. An overall score for each tire makes it easy to compare different models side-by-side, even across different categories and price points. Editors recommend five all-season tires.
5. Tire Rack
As of April 2014
Tire Survey Results
by Contributors to TireRack.com
Our AssessmentTireRack.com, a retail website, publishes an extensive, ongoing customer survey. With more than 150,000 consumer reviews, the site breaks down the best models of tires, including 13 categories of passenger tires. Reviews are restricted to the 20 or so brands available at the site, including Goodyear, BFGoodrich, Pirelli, Michelin and Firestone.
6. Tire Rack
As of April 2014
Tire Research
by Editors of TireRack.com
Our AssessmentThe editors of TireRack.com continuously evaluate tires as they are introduced to the market and compare different groups of tires using a real-world course and a test track. We include more than two dozen of their most recent reviews and comparisons; older tests are also included on their website, but can contain inaccurate information as tire models are updated.
7. Car and Driver
July 2012
Monsters of Grip: Nine Summer-Performance Tires Tested
by K.C. Colwell
Our AssessmentEditors include nine tire models in this test, all of which fall into the max- or extreme-performance category and are capable of 168 mph or faster. Using former racer Spencer Geswein and a Tire Rack test track, each tire is evaluated for comfort, traction on wet and dry pavement, and overall handling. Michelin Pilot Super Sport takes the top slot, followed by Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position, Yokohama ADVAN Neova AS08 and Hankook Ventus R-S3.
8. Hot Rod
Dec. 4, 2013
Traction Test - The Best 200-Treadwear Tires
by Elana Scherr
Our AssessmentAll seven tires tested in this comparison are street legal, summer-performance grade, have speed ratings above 149 mph and meet criteria as a 200-treadwear tire. They use the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 as the control tire, a Tire Rack test facility and a 1970 Satellite hot rod. Dunlop Direzza ZII is the clear winner; the Hankook Ventus R-S3 Z222, BFGoodrich g-Force Rival, Falken Azenis RT615K and Michelin Pilot Super Sport also post excellent lap times.
9. PopularMechanics.com
July 16, 2010
Tire Comparison Test: What Rubber Should You Choose?
by Mike Allen
Our AssessmentPopular Mechanics tests one tire model from four categories -- all-season (Michelin MXM4), high-performance (Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus, regular and plus-two sizes), fuel-miser (Bridgestone Ecopia) and cheap (Republic Enterprise) -- on a BMW 328i at Tire Rack's test track. The magazine doesn't name any as the best or provide ratings for comparison, but records lap times and braking distances and includes a short write-up on each.
10. Motor Trend
Sept. 17, 2013
Performance Tires Explored on New Episode of The Downshift
by Alex Nishimoto
Our AssessmentMotor Trend's road test editor, Scott Mortara, teams up with Tire Rack Vice President Matt Edmunds and former race car driver Randy Pobst for this tire comparison. Using three test vehicles, they compare the change in performance after moving from the OEM to an extreme-performance and a maximum-performance tire. While the max-performance tires have more grip, Pobst comments that not all cars were capable of handling the extra performance.
11. Motor Trend
As of April 2014
Tire Test Search Results
by Editors of Motor Trend
Our AssessmentAbout a dozen tire tests are posted at Motor Trend, often as single-tire reviews. Articles typically include a thorough description of each tire's performance in wet and dry conditions, notes on handling and how comfortable the tire feels overall. However, most tests are organized by the tire manufacturers and results can seem a little skewed in favor of the hosting brand.
12. Which? magazine
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Best Car Tyres
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentEditors with Which? magazine, the U.K. equivalent to ConsumerReports.org, review more than 100 summer tires in this comparison. The guide is a little difficult to peruse, with models broken up into 10 categories depending on size. Each tire receives a score based on braking distance, traction, noise, fuel use and wear. Editors include a short write-up on the top three models in each category and outline the overall best and worst according to performance.
13. About.com
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Mustang Tire Comparison: Continental, Goodyear, and BFGoodrich
by Jonathan Lamas
Our AssessmentUsing several 2008 Ford Mustang GTs, automotive journalist Jonathan Lamas tests three sets of ultra-high-performance tires: Continental ExtremeContact DW and DWS, Goodyear Eagle F1 and BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDWS. He completes five types of tests at a California speedway: dry handling, wet test, oval course, road course and road test. Though he doesn't name an overall winner, he ranks the best performers for each test.
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