New Dunlop Winter Maxx Tires Installed on My Car

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Gary Stanley

After three years of faithful service, my Michelin X-Ice Xi2 winter / snow tires have finally worn to the point where they needed to be replaced. While they were not bald, the tread depth had worn to about 4/32nds of an inch, which is more shallow than recommended for effective snow traction. Tires at low tread depths can only "nibble" into snow instead of biting through it to find grip. And with this brutal winter season still in full swing, I decided that it was time to be safe rather than sorry. Check out more information about how tread depth can affect snow traction by reading, "Do My Winter / Snow Tires Have Another Year in Them?

Dunlop has been producing studless winter tires for well over a decade beginning with the original Graspic DS-1. Subsequent generations of DS-2 and DS-3 models were well received and popular value-priced Studless Ice & Snow tires. These tires were known for their great deep snow and slush traction, but in general, fell a bit short in packed snow and ice traction compared to the competition from Bridgestone and Michelin. This gap in packed snow and ice traction seemed to be all but closed until Dunlop's introduction of the Winter Maxx.  

The roads were still covered with snow on the day I installed the tires on my 2009 Infiniti G37x Coupe. With a good mix of packed snow and ice, as well as loose snow and fresh powder on some roads, I was able to put the Winter Maxx tires through their paces. I can say with confidence that the tires are at least as good as my old Michelin X-Ice Xi2 tires. If you're considering buying a great set of dedicated winter / snow tires for your vehicle at a great value, be sure to take a look at the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2013 Honda Fit
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2014

Replaced the crappy OEM Dunlop's(horrible in wet- did not want to find out how bad they would be in snow)with X3's. A noticeable improvement in wet with no loss of grip in dry or handling. A little noisier but expected with winter compound. First snowfall they proved to be excellent. With the lower than average temps this winter they remain grippy in slush, snow and ice (well, maybe not terrific on ice- nothing outside of studs are good on the sheet stuff). They don't handle deep snow as well as Blizzaks but the tradeoff for good handling on dry pavement is worth it. A great all around winter tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2003 Ferrari
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 07, 2014

Very good out perform goodyear, Dunlop etc for this price range

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75
 
 

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

Best value high performance tire out there! 22K trouble free miles driving I-95 in South FL. Both wet and dry handling has been great, even in rainstorms. Road noise is no different than the Dunlop OEM's. Treadwear is what I expected for a high performance tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2012 Honda Accord Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Worcester, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 07, 2014

I was a little skeptical about the Dunlops, as I used Graspics before with mediocre results. Unfortunately, most of the other winter tires in the size I needed were sold out. But these tires were a pleasant surprise. The snow traction is what you would expect with such an aggressive tread pattern (excellent), and ice traction is very good also, in contrast with the older Dunlops; what I didn't expect was decent handling, acceptable noise levels and little change in fuel mileage from all-season tires! Given the lower price, you can't go wrong with these.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2011 BMW 550i Sedan M Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Shrewsbury, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2014

These tires ride better than the summer OEM Dunlops. ear whell drive in the snow is fine. In the drive very smooth and quiet.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Greenwich, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I took delivery of the Sportwagen in October 2010. The OEM tires were new when they faced their first snowy season in Connecticut. I was constantly checking tire pressures because the handling in the lite snow and dry was terrible. I resigned my self thinking, "Be glad with the TDI but the Sportwagen is no handler.

This winter is above average for snowfall in Connecticut and the driving on uncleared roads is mission critical for me; getting my four year-old daughter safely back and forth to school. I decided to get dedicated snows for the winter. I've had Blizzaks, Dunlops even Firestone studded tires on other family cars. I liked what I read about the Michelin X-Ice3's and decided to try them. The Michelin X-Ice3's replaced the OEM all-season Hankooks. What a difference! I keep anticipating a slide or skid, but the X-Ice3's have raised the bar when driving in the snow.

OK, you would expect them to be way better than OEM All-Seasons in snow. But, the real surprise was that the X-Ice3's have better grip than the OEM tires did in both dry and rainy conditions. No more loss of traction when accelerating.
I've changed my mind, the Jetta TDI is a pretty good handling car. I expect the Michelins to wear longer than the Blizzaks I had. Come the spring I intend to treat the Sportwagen to a set of summer-performance tires; probably Michelin's.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Potomac Falls, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

This is my second winter on these tires, I have used winter tires on my cars for years now, even though we haven't been getting as much snow around here as we used to growing up. I love that with these tires I can actually drive my Carrera in the snow, rather than keep it parked like a garage queen. Since most folks in my area don't switch to snow tires, they are utterly baffled when they see me driving with ease in several inches of snow. Braking performance in snowy conditions is fantastic.

General cold weather driving, sans snow, is very good. The tires maintain their grip on dry roads, slide progressively and aren't as squirmy in the tread as some winters are. The downside is a bit of tire noise, especially under braking, but it's not too bad. Hydroplane resistance is very good, even in heavy rain.

Keep your performance car on the road even ion winter weather! Highly recommend.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8
 
 

2009 Honda Fit Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Washington, DC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

Living in Washington, DC, I have to consider the purchase of winter tires to be a luxury item primarily for mountain weekends. I didn't want the all-seasons on my Honda Fit to keep me from safely getting to various ski destinations anymore. They haven't seen too many snow storms in the 3000 miles I've driven, but when the roads were covered, I was very impressed (relative to the all-seasons). I had no trouble climbing steep snow-covered grades, and felt very confident in my ability to stop, steer, and start moving on multiple snow surfaces. Being on a Honda Fit, I haven't tried them in anything more than about 6 inches unpacked, but I'm very happy with how they've performed. These Dunlops are slightly noisier on dry roads, but the Fit isn't a quiet car to begin with...so it isn't anything overly annoying. I can't really comment on treadwear at this point, but their dry and wet performance (non-frozen) hasn't ever caused me any concern with my driving style (I do occasionally take turns and exit ramps a bit fast).
Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase - I went with a lower-priced winter tire from TireRack since I had never purchased winter tires before and didn't think I'd benefit from any added performance of more expensive models (I walk to work, and don't really drive that much anyway - maybe 8000 miles per year). After a few snow/ice events in town and two very snowy mountain trips, I'm very glad I purchased them. I'd probably need to do a back-to-back test of various winter tire models to convince myself that I should upgrade to a pricier model...at least for my expected usage.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2013 Mazda CX-9
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2014

I bought these for my wife as I wanted her to be absolutely safe driving my kids around in the winter/snow and WOW do these tires ever live up to that expectation. I've had a few different sets of snow tires in my lifetime and these are by far THE BEST I've ever had. As men often do, I have tried several times to break traction in some pretty hairy wintery/snowy conditions and you have to seriously work hard to do that.

I'm actually jealous because I have Dunlop Winter Sport 3Ds on my vehicle and that don't even come close to performing as well as these Blizzaks do in the snow and ice. I can't emphasize enough how well these tires do with both acceleration and deceleration/braking. These tires defy physics in my opinion. I can't say enough good things about them. Would DEFINITELY buy these again. In fact, these will probably be the only winter tires I will buy going forward.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx A1-A A/S

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx A1-A A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6
 
 

2011 Infiniti G37 Coupe Journey
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Miles driven on tires: 21,000
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 21,000 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

These tires are horrible even in slightly damp weather. Long sweeping turns in the rain are scary at this point, let alone sharper turns. The car does not hydroplane, rather it slips sideways on the turns. On top of that, this car has way too much power for these tires. Even on a straight road when accelerating from a moderate speed (from 40mph up to 50mph), the tires are easily spinning. Not sure if it is the car or the tires or both, but despite being properly aligned, the car seems to wander in the lane and catches grooves and ruts in the road easily. The only plus is that they seem to wear very evenly.

These definitely rank as some of the worst tires I've ever had on a vehicle with only one other exception in 20 years. They are OEM, and I can't wait to replace them SOON.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2011 Saab 9-3 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Griswold, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

Have three Saabs, all with different winter tires, I have found these to be the best of the three, in New England's sleet, freezing rain, slush and snow. One of the best snow tires I've had in years. Quiet for winter tires and traction in deep snow is superb, compared to my other 9-3s equipped with ice-x's and winterforces. Wear looks good, but only have 3000mi on them. Would recommend them to anyone driving in unpredictable weather.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27
 
 

1995 Saturn SC2
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

I purchased these used from an acquaintance. Very open tread design looked like it would also be a decent tire for rallycross. It is a nice size for stock 15x6" rims. These are primarily being used as everyday tires for commuting to work. They also did work well at a cool, soft soil rallycross this fall, and pulled one of the top times at an ice trial on an icy frozen lake this past weekend. The best winter tires I've had on a Saturn compared to Dunlop DS-2s and Michelin X-Ices. Forward traction was always a problem with the later, and these are significantly better. No real complaints, but the dry and wet braking traction is poor--I've slid the entire car stopping quickly a few times (no ABS) in warmer weather. Braking in generally seems like a weak area for them, but about what I expect from a winter tire. Hydroplaning resistance is excellent--I drove through a huge storm that flooded the highway and was able to keep a very good pace. Overall very good tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Signature (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Signature (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 09, 2011

Excellent tire. I bought the tires before winter arrived here in Wisconsin, and I have been impresssed. Handles well in snow and dry traction is great.



Compared to the original OEM Goodyear tires, I can now sucessfully drive in snow. The improvement is amazing as I hardly notice any slipping in light snow.



The only drawback is that the tires are bit on the noisy side, not quite as bad as the OEM Goodyear's but still a bit too loud on the freeway.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

1998 Volvo V70 AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Middlebury, VT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
June 09, 2010

I bought a set of these on sale at $78ea, I have to say the Dunlops proved to be ecellent tres overall, with their weakest ponts being treadwear and wet traction, both of whch were still quite good for a soft compound performance-oriented winter tire. At the time of purchace I lived on a diet back road on a mountain and worked at a ski resort, which required some highway driving to reach as well. The dunlops perforned admirably in foul weather, offering confident grip on both light snow and icy roads, and with the ability to churn through 8+ inch deep snow successfully, the AWD didn't hurt them in this capacity, but it was, none theless an excellent performance. Dry road performance was more than adequite, offering low-noise, decent grip and a compliant ride. Driving mountain roads every day I did notice that turn-in, especially on my heavy volvo could have been better, and the sidewalls did feel a little squishy in aggressive conering, but the performance was good enough for me to leave them on for the summer, which is what killed them. Don't run these tires as an all season. I ran them well past reasonable treadwear, and they resisted hydroplaning quite well, but at the end it wasnt the tire's fault they were just worn beyond their useful life. If you driive winter highways and secondary roads the So Wintersport 3D is agreat choice, offering excellent foul weather performance and a real step-up in dry-road performance versus other extreme duty rated snow tires I've owned. Take them off in the summer and they should give you plenty of excellent winter performance. -i replaced them with a used pair of Wintersport IV's, which were a genuinely aggressive dry road tire, and still managed excellent snow performance, perhaps not quite as good as the 3Ds, but they were even gummier, and already partly worn when I got them, which made for exceptionaly short tread lfe, less than 15,000 miles.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Signature II (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Signature II (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.33
 
 

2004 Mazda MAZDA6 s Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Johns Creek, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
July 18, 2013

This is my second set of these tires and reasonably happy for the value. They are not top of the line of course but a good value in my view. I think I may try a different tire this go around.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 01 A

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 01 AReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2006 BMW 750Li
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Chesapeake, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
July 26, 2011

Have the staggered factory set up: 245/45 R 19 Y front and 275/40 R 19 Y rear. These tires are OEM for the 750Li. The Dunlop Sport SP 01 A is basically a solid tire with a good balance of ride and handling. Treadwear is fair for a UHP Summer tire - get 25K out of rears and 18K our of fronts. The fronts start to get noisy around 8K and they wear quickly on the outer shoulder (from BMW forums this is a common complaint of this tire) - a shame to have replace the tire @18K when the middle and inside has 7/32" tread but the outer shoulder is worn down to the belt. My only other critique is that these tires tend to tramline and are hella expensive. This is my 2nd set as I wanted to keep factory ride and handling; however will try another tire next time.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.7
 
 

2011 Suzuki Kizashi FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
October 14, 2013

These tires were OE for Suzuki Kazashi. Not bad when new, actually quiet and handled well. At speed they were very good and on twisty roads they gripped to a point, but I never felt fully confident they would hang in there. I mean, the car felt more than willing, but had a sense the tires would give up. Most trips were East Coast, mid-Atlantic to Upstate NY. Never had a chance to truly run them in deep snow due to mild winters, but they were a bit harsh on sub-freezing days until they warmed up. Now at 31k miles the tread is starting to go. Wear is even (they have been rotated regularly), but I was expecting more miles. I consistently get 32mpg or better and would get more at reasonable speed ; ). The handling is definitely going and spirited driving requires a lot of skill now. Time to start looking for something newer (and better).

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Signature (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Signature (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57
 
 

2011 Jeep Patriot
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: West Caldwell, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
November 09, 2013

After wearing out the stock Firestone Affinity Touring 215/60-17 tires in 28,000 miles
I switched to Dunlop Sport Signature in the 235/55-17 size. This is roughly the same
diameter as stock and a bit over 3/4 inch wider, but there's plenty of fender clearance,
doesn't protrude past the outer fender, and fits the stock 17 x 6.5 inch wheels
perfectly. The first thing I noticed is the Dunlops are a bit stiffer than the Firestones, this is to be expected since they are in the Ultra High Performance All
Season category vs. Standard Touring. This doesn't translate to a rough ride as much as
a slightly "busier" ride because the roughness of the road surface is transmitted to the body. Bigger disturbances like lane markers don't get transmitted at all ( you hear
them but don't feel them through the steering wheel ) so it must be sidewall stiffness transmitting high frequency road roughness. That said, they are just as comfortable,
corner better ( better feel ), and are more stable in the rain due to the larger
channels. I've used Sport Signatures on my Sebring JX Convertible and PT Cruiser with
similar excellent results, so trying them on my Jeep was a natural choice even though
they weren't available in the exact size. I'll update the review after the snows come,
but it should be fine given my earlier experience with my PT Cruiser and the fact that
the Firestones are so abysmal in the snow.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Signature (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Signature (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.5

2007 Acura MDX
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Daytona Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
August 03, 2011

The Dunlop SP Sport Signatures are really a mixed bag of features. The dry traction and response to inputs are really good for a tire meant for an SUV. In the dry its not easy to get the tires to spin, even when taking a turn WAY to fast for passenger comfort. Wet traction and hyrdoplaning resistance are good but not as great as they could be. In the wet the tires find grip and struggle to sometimes, esp in heavy downpours. The ride comfort is also fairly mixed; it absorbs bumps fairly well but once the tires start wearing they certainly get nosier. I'm at about 1/2 tread life and the tires are pretty noisy, noisy to the point where sometimes it's difficult to have a conversation depending on the road surface and speed. Would I buy them again, probably not because of the excessive noise from them.