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The family-car rubber that will meet the road: Announcing our 2012 tire test program

Consumer Reports News: December 27, 2011 09:08 AM

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We’ve nearly completed our list of tires to test for the 2012 tire-test program, which will cover family car tires. Historically, this is our biggest category, and this year’s group will be no exception. We’ll be testing regular all-season models in the T-speed rating that are commonly used on older cars and minivans, as well as H- and V-speed rated all-season tires that come on newer cars.

We also plan to test winter tires. Needless to say, the holiday season finds us feverishly shopping for tires. If all goes according to plan, we should have most of the targeted tires in time to start testing in January, 2012.

Regular blog readers may the notice absence of some perennial favorites that have been or will be discontinued by the time we publish the results next fall. Likewise, there are a number of new models we’ll be testing for the first time. These changes promise to make the 2012 program quite interesting and informative.

The tires we have so far include:

BF Goodrich Advantage T/A T
Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology
Cooper GFE
Cooper CS4 Touring
Falken Sincera Touring SN211
Firestone FR710
Firestone Precision Touring
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
Hankook Optima H727
Kelly Explorer Plus
Kumho Solus KR21
Michelin Energy Saver A/S
Michelin Defender
Pirelli P4 Four Seasons
Sumitomo HTR T4
Toyo Extensa A/S
Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring
Yokohama Avid Touring-S
Yokohama Ascend
BF Goodrich Advantage T/A H
Bridgestone Ecopia EP442
Continental PureContact
Cooper CS4 H
Dunlop Signature 2
Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S
Falken Ziex ZE-912
Firestone Precision Sport
Firestone Champion HR
Fuzion Touring H
Kumho  Solus KH16
Michelin Primacy MXV4 H
Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S H
Nokian WRG2
Pirelli P7 Cinturato A/S
Sumitomo HTR A/S PO1
Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring H
Yokohama Avid ENVigor
GITI GT Radial Champiro VP1
BF Goodrich Advantage T/A V
Bridgestone Ecopia EP422
Bridgestone Turanza Serenity +
Continental PureContact
Cooper CS4 V
Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S
Dunlop SP Sport 5000 Asymmetrical
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
Hankook Optimo H426
Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S V
Michelin Primacy MXV4 V
Nokian eNYRE
Pirelli P7 Cinturato A/S
Sumitomo HTR A/S PO1
Toyo Versado LX II
Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring V
Yokohama Avid ENVigor
Yokohama YK580
GT Radial GT Radial Champiro 228
BF Goodrich Winter Slalom KSI
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Continental ExtremeWinterContact
Dunlop Graspic DS-3
Falken Espia EPZ
Firestone Winterforce
General Altimax Arctic
Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT
Hankook Winter i*Pike
Hankook I*Cept Evo
Michelin X-Ice Xi2
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R
Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7
Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II
Pirelli Winter Ice
Unifoyal Tiger Paw Ice & Snow II
Yokohama iceGuard ig20

Follow the blog for updates throughout the year. If you need tires before this latest round of testing is complete, be sure to check our tire buying advice and current tire ratings.

Gene Petersen

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