Can You Get the Best Performance at a Value Price?

Thursday, February 2, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Many American tire consumers require a tire that can handle all road conditions from scorching hot asphalt to slick sheets of ice. The search for the perfect tire becomes even more difficult when drivers need the tire to provide high levels of performance at a value price. Looking to address this question, we took four of our most popular Ultra High Performance All-Season tires and tested which one could deliver the highest level of performance.

General G-MAX AS-03
General G-MAX AS-03
Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105
Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Yokohama AVID ENVigor (W)
Yokohama AVID ENVigor (W)

Included in the test were the General G-MAX AS-03, Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105, Kumho Ecsta 4X, and Yokohama AVID ENVigor (W). During my time testing the tires, I noticed the Kumho Ecsta 4X provided the best steering response and spirited driving ability. The Yokohama AVID ENVigor (W) gave the most sure-footed traction during wet conditions and was great at hydroplaning resistance. When it came to the quietest ride of the bunch, the Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105 stood out and did very well at absorbing the bumps in the road. The General G-MAX AS-03 gave very good wet driving ability, but most notably receives the highest praise from my customers as a great performer in light snow and on ice traction.

To review detailed results from this past summer's test, take a look at "Testing Value-Priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires."

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