- Alfa Romeo
- Aston Martin
- Land Rover
The Toyo Celsius II all-season tire will supersede the Celsius and Celsius CUV tires. As you’d expect, the new tire is designed to provide good year-round service. It departs from the norm with a Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) designation, which means it’s qualified for severe snow conditions.
Over the past few years, our northern editors have tested tires from all the major brands, but it’s been quite a while since we ran a set of Michelin X-Ice snow tires (“X-Ice Snow” is the tire name). Industry-wide shortages meant Michelin wasn’t able to get them into our hands until mid-November, which is later than we like to put them on; but because of a very mild fall in the East we didn’t have any early winter weather to contend with.
If you’re one of the lucky few who haven’t had a flat tire yet, you may not think you need one of the best tire repair kits. But it can happen at any time, whether you’re going to the mall or travelling across the country: You drive over a nail or screw that has fallen into the road, and it becomes embedded in your vehicle’s tire and causes it to go flat. Obviously, that is the kind of scenario for which your vehicle was probably equipped with a spare tire. However, most modern vehicles come with compact donut spare tires that can only be driven for a short distance, and to a maximum speed of 50 MPH.
Crafting a good ultra-high performance tire is as much art as it is science. A manufacturer needs to ensure that the tire meets the typical customer’s minimum requirements with regard to wet and cold-weather handling, while hitting it with every trick in the book to guarantee awesome cornering grip, braking, and straight-line acceleration. To top it all off, they have to look around at what other manufacturers are offering and try to edge out the competition with better performance or value – preferably both.
The proliferation of hybrid and electric vehicles has made energy-efficient tires an increasingly important market segment, and tire giant Pirelli has followed that trend with their Elect designation for EV tires. Vehicle manufacturers’ approvals of the line doubled last year; Pirelli says they’ve racked up more than 250 homologations since the Elect designation debuted in 2019. The tire is now available for many aftermarket applications.
Akron, Ohio, is in a very real way the home of tire manufacturing in North America, going back to B. F. Goodrich in 1870. Make that the former home, as by the 21st Century, a city that had once been defined by rubber manufacturing was now more famous for abandoned factories and crumbling infrastructure.
There is no shortage of tire manufacturers competing for your hard earned dollars. From well-known brands to names seemingly selected by a computer algorithm, your choice is vast. This makes sense because, after all, there are at least four of the things for every car ever built.