As a general rule, The higher milage the tire is, the harder the tire compound is. Harder compounds usually equal less traction. This is true of dry traction anyways. My tires are very soft and sticky but they are rated for only 15K miles.
neither of these OEM tires (Firerock Firehawk GTA 02 and BFG Comp T/A VR4) are very good performance tires. I would consider them all season passenger car tires suitable for run of mill Hyundai or Civic. if grip is what you are looking for and you want to stay in stock tire size, there is only one choice: BFG g-Force KDW. It is a little more expensive than the VR4 but it is a much better tire. many cougar owners have this tire and some have ran autocross on them. this is the OEM tire for Contour SVT which means you can find it in most tire store. if not, tirerack.com has them for $95. Very good deal.
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