Looking for Value-Priced Max Performance Summer Tires? Sumitomo and Kumho to the Rescue!

Max Performance Summer tires bring the highest level of grip in wet and dry conditions. This makes them a great choice for aggressive drivers. Due to its four-wheel drive capabilities and overall weight, my vehicle is very hard on tires. Since I need to replace my tires every 10,000-12,000 miles, I look for options that fit my value-minded budget. The following options are two of the best kept secrets in the Max Performance Summer category.

Kumho Ecsta LE Sport
Kumho Ecsta LE Sport
Sumitomo HTR Z III
Sumitomo HTR Z III


While the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx TT came in first during our testing and is a great performing tire, it's more expensive in most cases when compared to the Kumho Ecsta LE Sport and Sumitomo HTR Z III. The Sumitomo HTR Z III has excellent ride quality as it provides high-speed handling stability along with traction on dry and wet roads. Kumho's Ecsta LE Sport offers more dry cornering grip, and quicker cornering response. This tire is a great option if you're willing to sacrifice some road noise and ride quality. It's also a good selection for drivers who've installed a coil-over or load exhaust onto their vehicle. The Kumho Ecsta LE Sport isn't available in my size, and I am on my second set of Sumitomo HTR Z III tires. And I'm getting ready to purchase my third!

To see how budget-friendly options may work for your vehicle, read "Testing Value-Priced Max Performance Summer Tires."

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