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    Question 2014 tire replacement - suggestions?

    My 2014 Mazda 6 Touring is nearing 50k miles. Tires will need to be replaced soon. Any suggestions on brand? I have the larger stock wheels (19 inch I believe)

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    What do you want out of a tire? And are you planning on driving the car outside the LA area in winter?
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    No winter driving. Mainly normal commuting. Occasional sporty driving on Angeles Forest HWY, so something that can handle that. I planned on just using the same brand that came with car unless I find something with better reviews or price. I'd keep in mind handling, life of tire, wear issues, etc when considering the replacements.

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    I'll spare you the tired truisms about all seasons being no seasons, but all the same, you're going to get better performance out of a summer only tire with minimal headache in your situation. All season tires have their place to be sure, but it's not in an area that hardly ever sees solid precipitation, or even temperatures below about 40. You might have some tradeoff in treadwear with a summer tire, but you'll more than make up for it with added safety margins for traction, especially in wet conditions.

    Your OE tire is an all season Dunlop that is fairly expensive and gets pretty crappy reviews on Tire Rack. For practically the same money (at least when the Dunlop is on special as it is now), you could get one of the highest-rated tires that they sell - the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. Its 300 treadwear rating is a little lower than the Dunlop's 340, but I wouldn't expect drastically less life out of them. Right now the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position is on special, which would save you a little over $200 on four tires versus either the Dunlops or Michelins. Its treadwear rating isn't quite as good, but if that's really a concern for you, there's also the Continental ExtremeContact DW which would still save you about $125. There are a few others that would save you some money versus stock, but those three should be on anybody's extra-short list of tires.

    And if you're really, truly insistent on all seasons, there are a couple of new models that look promising - the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 and the Yokohama Advan Sport A/S.
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    You seem to know a lot about tires! Thanks for all the info

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    I'm liking the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires that you initially mentioned. You weren't kidding about the good reviews. Do you know if these are directional tires? Site didn't mention it

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    Asymmetrical, yes... directional, no. Meaning that once they're mounted on your wheels, you're free to put them on any corner of your car without worrying about whether they're rotating the right direction.
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    Thanks again

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    For commuting purposes and sporty driving/highway cruising I chose the Yokohama Advan A/S that came out this year. I have found it to be dead silent, more compliant than the factory dunlop, and very grippy now that it's broken in. I have 5k miles on them now and they're great with around 38psi. I also hear great things about the new Continental DWS 06. I would consider one of those if you value tread life.

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    A little late in posting this but as an FYI. I have b3n using the Goodyear tripletread om all my cars. They have gotten expensive from when I first started using them about 8 years ago. But dealer always pro rates them when they wear oiut at 50k. These tires are great in the rain and OK in the snow here in western pa. I recommend them to anyone looking for new tires.

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