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Do any of you put any faith in TireRack.com's tire reviews? I have to admit TireRack does a nice job of presenting data, but the survey results... I don't know...

I searched their reviews for performance summer tires (not concerned about snow, etc.), and got these results. The CHEAPEST tire is rated the best?!?! General Exclaims (ZR rated) at $117 each.

Here's a link with all the details (nice summary):

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/surveydisplay.jsp?type=UHP&tireSearch=true&width=245/&ratio=45&diameter=18&speed_rating=W&speed_rating=Y&autoMake=Cadillac&autoYear=2005&autoModel=CTS-V&vehicleSearch=true&autoMake=Cadillac&autoYear=2005&autoModel=CTS-V&vehicleSearch=true

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General Exclaim UHP 1
Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2 2
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval 3
Bridgestone Potenza RE750 4
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2 5
Kumho Ecsta SPT 6
BFGoodrich g-Force Sport 7
Firestone Firehawk SZ50 EP RFT 8
Yokohama ADVAN A046 8 (tie)
Avon Tech M500 10
Bridgestone Expedia S-01 11
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 12
Dunlop Direzza DZ101 12 (tie)
Sumitomo HTR Z II 14
Fuzion ZRi 15
Yokohama Parada Spec-2 16
Kumho Ecsta Supra 712 17
Yokohama A008 18
Yokohama AVS ES100 19
Dunlop SP Sport 8000 20
Dunlop SP Sport 8080E 20 (tie)
Dunlop SP Sport 01 22
Goodyear Eagle GS-D 22 (tie)
Goodyear Eagle HP Ultra Plus 24
Dunlop SP Sport 2000E 25
Sumitomo HTR Z 26
Dunlop SP Sport 2020E 27
Yokohama AVS S1 28
Yokohama ADVAN A043 29
Bridgestone Potenza RE010 30
Bridgestone Potenza RE070 30 (tie)
Yokohama A008P 30 (tie)
Dunlop SP Sport 8000E 33
Goodyear Eagle F1 GS 34
Dunlop SP Sport 2000 35
Goodyear Eagle GS-C 36
Bridgestone Potenza RE030 37
Dunlop SP Sport FM901 38
Continental ContiSportContact 39
Pirelli [email protected] 40
Goodyear Eagle ZR Gatorback 41
Goodyear Eagle F1 GS EMT 42
Bridgestone Potenza RE040 43
Bridgestone Potenza RE011 44
Dunlop SP Sport 01 DSST 45
 

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Happy so far. Bought replacement runflats when the F1's gave up based on TR rec. Those are the Potenza RE050A in the 245/45 on the stock 18x8.5 rims. Getting good results from them so far. I use them as my wet season daily drivers.

In the dry season when I do a lot of autcrossing, I shift to my BF Goodrich gForce KD in 265/40 on 18x9 custom rims.

Both of these scored high in traction and handling which are my highest criteria. Use the column Sort buttons on your search for the attribute(s) most important to you. When I did this on your search, sorting for traction and handling, the Yoko Advans and BFGs rose to the top. If you look at the default of taking all criteria into consideration, the result is the #1 across all categories.... which isn't necessarily what's most important to you.
 

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2 million customers; 2 million and 1 different answers. I recommend that you refine your search for reviews, selecting similar cars and cars who have had those tires for 10000 miles or more.

Some reviews are written after 10 miles.
 

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Yes, many tires change drastically over the life of the tire. Generally, reviews as a whole are dependable. But try to weed out the simpletons.

And, don't forget that our Vs suspensions were developed with RFTs on the car. If you see soft sidewalls or slower turn-in, they will not work that well on the V if you are concerned about handling...
 
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