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:T-speed 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 H-speed 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 V-speed 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 eNTRE Pirelli P7 Cinturato A/S Sumitomo HTR A/S PO1 Toyo Versado LX II Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring V Yokohama Avid ENVigor Yokohama YK580 GITI GT Radial Champiro 228 Winter 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.