Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Milwaukee, Wi
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2011

I've seen a decent amount of snow in milwaukee this year and these tires are just outstanding. With the power of the STI I have broken them loose but they were still gripping the entire time, and the wheel spin was due to the amount of salt the city is dumping this year. I thought they might be a little squishy in a hard cornering situation but wow was I wrong, stiff and responsive through hard braking and acceleration. Deep snow traction is well above average for a long lasting all-season tire like these, if your not sure if this is the tire for you in a snowy type environment then go buy snow tires and waste your money every winter replacing them. I do plan on taking these to the track in spring, will update on that when the time comes. The big thing about these tires are the price, for $600 I'll gladly buy these again considering what was on the car when I bought it from the dealership...245/40R18 Dunlop SP Sport 600 which run about $220 a piece if I'm not mistaken and only last for 20000 miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Audi S5
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Amherst, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 15, 2014

This is a great tire but to be honest, you're unlikely to go wrong with any of the top "max performance summer tire" competitors (thinking Michelin, Continental, Bridgestone, Dunlop, Goodyear, Pirelli). If you read the reviews, you'll notice the Conti Extreme DW is supposed to do better in the wet than the Michelin PSS's but also to have a bit less grip at the limit and a bit less feedback. In my experience with both tires on the same car, that seems fair but the difference is so slight you would only notice it if you had driven on the Michelins earlier in the day (which I did) or if you do autocross (which I do not but I'm sure the times can reveal even the slightest differences). Even then, the Michelins were at the end of their lives so they shallower tread might have been the difference I was feeling and not a "real" difference in performance. The fact is, even close to triple the on-ramp speed limit, it is hard to notice much difference. However, the Conti's definitely wear longer than the Michelins or the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT tires that are OE on the S5. With so litle difference in performance, you're left going on more pedestrian concerns like treadwear. My Dunlops were shot at about 15k miles and the Michelins didn't only made it to about 20k (admitedly with an aggressive driver at the wheel). I'll update if things change but it looks like I'm going to easily clear 20k miles on the Contis. Of course, when you're driving the sort of car these tires go on, the price of the tire or miles of use really shouldn't make much difference. I only mention it because changing tires every 15k miles can get to be a bit of an inconvenience.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

1999 Saab 9-3 Viggen Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Tarpon Springs, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
June 13, 2014

An excellent tire for all of my driving experiences. I have found the Michelin Super Sport tires to be the best tires for my Saab 9-3 Viggen.since purchasing the vehicle in 1999. The present mileage of the Viggen is 152k since new. I have previously had Dunlop, Bridgestone & Continental Tires on the Viggen since 1999 and the Micheline tires have out performed all of the previous tires by a substantial amount.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2008 Audi A8
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
April 23, 2014

I am coming off OEM Dunlops (not a fan) and then Sumitomo HTR ZIII's (summer tire that gave me 21k miles) to these -- and it is a world of difference for the good! These tires make my A8 feel like it should, and yet provide the traction I need when I toss it around a bit. Obviously, with only 1500 miles so far, I'm not able to comment on wear, but this thing rides better and is quiet at highway speeds (somewhat elevated from the road sign limits). I don't need something for snow here in Houston, but for the rain and overall handling of my A8, I got the right tire! No more summer tires for me...

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
July 01, 2014

OK for all you people who bought this tire for track or autocross, THIS IS NOT A TIRE DESIGNED FOR THAT SO YOUR REVIEW IS MUTE AND POINTLESS! Now on to a real review. This tire at first was noisey, however after about 200 miles its very very quiet. This is the most comfortable tire I have ever owned. Driving a sports car with very aggressive driving I can say that I am truely amazed by this tire. I know its early for a review. But not as early as some people only having driven 500 miles on a tire. Thats not time enough to really write a review people. I have taken this car on the twisties of the mountians here in Southern Califonia and I have to say it never breaks loose even when trying to push the tires past their limit. As I stated above its not a track tire, but putting it through the aggressvie driving I do with AWD punishing them. Even when they get hot they dont lose grip. I know someone on here said they get greasy but that was on a track. On the highways and back roads this tire is the one you want. They help with fuel economy as well with their minimal rolling resistance. They even beat some Ultimate Summer Tires. The OEM tires were Dunlops and these tires beat them in all catagories. I have no rain reviews because it hasent rained here and I wish they would let me give a dirt review because these tires held up very well on the sand and dirt this past weekend when I did a lot of time attack runs on the salt flats. If you have an AWD car like the Evo or STI then this is the summer tire you want.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2014 Mazda Mazda6
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Madison, CT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
May 19, 2014

Replaced the 19 inch dunlop low profile (5000 sport) that came with car with 17 inch allow wheels and the new michelin premeier. Could not take the road noise and harsh ride from the oem dunlop sport 5000. Ride is much better, quieter and far smoother. Road noise is lowered and the harsh, bone jarring ride, on highways with potholes or all types, is vastly improved. Interesting to note that the steering response is somewhat firmer, with more resistance, and that is also improved over the stock tires, because it is more natural, with better road feel. All in all a great choice for highway cruisers like me.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2014

Believe it or not I drive my 911 year round. The factory Dunlop tires performed well in the dry, decently in the rain, but wear very quickly and were quite noisy. I had the Michelins installed on an aftermarket set of forged wheels lighter than stock. Right away the noise level was drastically reduced. Also, I could get the Dunlop tires to break away if I tried, the Michelins stick like glue. Handling confidence is up there with an r compound street/track tire. The sidewalls are stiff, but quite frankly I'd prefer that with low profile tires. The ride isn't busy by any means, but you can feel the stiffness of the tires over larger road imperfections. Knowing that my expensive wheels are protected improves driving confidence rather than a softer ride. I run dedicated winter tires on the stock wheels during the colder months, and while they ride much better the 'grip threshold is much lower as to be expected. Running tires without the Porsche "N" designation doesn't worry me in this case as I trust the Michelin brand. I have run Michelin tires on other vehicles with equally great results. The price/performance/wear expectancy of these tires made them an easy choice. I haven't driven enough to gauge wear, but the factory rear Dunlops lasted about 18 months and 7,500 miles before needing replacement. While this is understandable given the performance envelope the car is capable of, the noise level alone turned me off to getting another set. The front tires seem to last twice as long, but for a few bucks more I got a whole set of Michelins as opposed to just replacing the factory rear rubber. If the rear tires last 15,000 miles I will definitely be sticking with them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.71
 
 

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Decatur, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 29, 2014

I came from the factory Dunlop Super Sports, which were plenty grippy for the street but just weren't cutting it at Autocross. So I upgraded to the RE-11A, which has been a big improvement. I feel like wet traction is actually not quite as good as the Dunlops were, but other than that, these tires are a big improvement. My times have improved, the cabin is quieter at all speeds, even my gas mileage has improved. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a good compromise between daily driving comfort and competitive performance, when you want to drive to an event on the same tires you're competing on, or you're in a stock class and have to maintain 200+ treadwear rating. The sidewalls are nice and stiff, letting me cut tire pressures by a good 5 PSI, and they don't seem to take as much of a beating from events as the Dunlops did. All around very happy with these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

1994 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2014

I have these on my supercharged and coilover'd '94 Miata that is strictly a nice-weather car, thus why I can't rate wet characteristics. I have had Potenza RE750s and the set before buying the ZIIs were Potenza RE-11s. The RE-11s were way above the RE750s, and I wore the RE-11s clear down to the rears being completely smooth and looking like go-cart tires... I don't put many miles on this car and those tires lasted 5 years, and due to lack of a garage at the time, they were subjected to very low temps, so the compound was not the best - I decided to destroy them at a local drift event to give me a reason to buy new tires.

That said, I mainly use my Miata as a driver but also I do a lot of very spirited backroading, tarmac rally stages, if you will. I was going to just throw another set of RE-11s on it, but a few friends that autocross suggested I take a look at the ZIIs. After reading reviews, I chose them. Got them from TireRack within 24 hours of ordering!

Now that they're worn in a bit, I'll say, THESE TIRES ARE GREAT! The grip... all the grip. Taking clover-leaf exit ramps with only scrubbing off a few MPH is fantastic! On the backroads, they do work and instill confidence. Very predictable tire. Ride quality is great, very smooth. There is a bit of a howl from these, not sure if it'll worsen or get better as my Miata has some camber from being lowered... but at the end of the day, it's a sports car, sacrifices have to be made. These do feel a bit squishy at times compared to the RE-11s, and I miss the RE-11s appearance - those are much wider tires and the sidewall with a 205/50 on a 6" wide wheel looked awesome... the ZIIs look like a 'normal' tire in comparison, but this also explains the ride quality improvement over bumps.

I'd definitely buy these again. I'm going to take care of these as far as temperature goes and I expect many years out of them. -MazKid

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

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.22
 
 

2013 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,300
Location: Newport News, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,300 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

These tires are OEM, so I have nothing to compare to. So far the worst performance was in the light snow and ice we've had this winter, where I'm driving about 10-15 mph and the car going virtually straight ahead when I turn the wheel. Keep in mind this car has stability control, ABS and is FWD. I can't say I've been impressed with that. Nevertheless they've performed well in dry and wet conditions so far. I feel they've handled well given the cars handling ability. It would be easier to provide a better review if I had other tires on the car to compare to, so some of my ratings are guesses. If I can I will update this review after a while.

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

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx A1-A A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.12
 
 

2009 Infiniti G37x Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 37,000
Location: North York, ON
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 37,000 Miles on Tires
June 21, 2014

These are OEM tires on my 2009 Infiniti G37x. They are driven in spring/summer/fall and never in the snow. I put 37,000 miles on them.

The Dunlop is an average tire with good road holding (dry/wet)on the highways. However it creates fairly loud noise on road joints. During the last year the car jarred on ruts and became very sensitive on the steering (pulling to the sides especially on braking). The wear on these tires is quite acceptable. I replaced them because of the handling issues and age (5 years).

The Dunlop is more expensive and not cost effective. I put on a set of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3 which I have yet to test.

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

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2012 Honda Accord Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 68,000
Location: Orlando, FL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 68,000 Miles on Tires
June 21, 2014

I've had my car with the factory tires and am currently at 68000+ miles. I just performed the penny test and so has a mechanic and they're still good.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Golf R
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: North Tonawanda, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
May 15, 2014

Chose this tire because of tread pattern, name brand, and look. Only ran it for about a month. Nice handling, quiet, and smooth riding tires. TWO THUMBS UP!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2009 Honda Fit Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Easton, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 15, 2012

I am a Michelin Hydroedge fan. I drive diesel VWs so I purchase tires that are comfortable at higher inflations (40+psi) and great handling tires so that I can maintain momentum through turns. This is critical to my high MPG driving style. The Hydroegde is about as good as it gets in that department since they are low rolling resistance tires (LRR), the ride is still comfortable over 40 psi and they offer handling performance of a high performance tire even though they are listed as a passenger tire. Unfortunately they are not available for my Honda Fit. I was faced with only 5 choices for my car, and the brand new Dunlop 7000 tires that came with the car felt like bricks. Wet weather performance is terrible on the Dunlops. So, the Yokohama Avid Ascend was it. They intrigued me with the Orange Oil, LRR, Made in the USA and Blue earth advertizing. But the proof is where the rubber meets the road. The tires are scary... at first. At recommended inflations (30-32 psi)the new tires are very inconsistent and sidewalls are soft. They have grip in dry and wet, they are comfortable and quiet on the road, but until they wear in, the first few miles of driving are scary. The back of the car felt loose until the tire grabbed which is unsettling. I felt this in the Goodyear Triple tread also when they were new so I gave it a couple of days and after a couple of heat cycles these too felt better. The installer set them at 30 psi. Once the tires settled in I experimented with pressures and found 41 in the front and 36 in the back provides neutral handling through turns. 40 front and back made the car very tail happy as the outer and inner inch of tread of the rear tire was not touching the road. At 35 the sidewall was too soft moved a lot. Once they are set properly I find them to be comfortable, quiet and grippy tires- very good in the rain. Definitely feel like LRR tires compared to the Dunlops, the car feels more stable and sporty- but they are no hydroedges.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 5000 M

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 5000 M Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.27
 
 

2013 Hyundai Genesis Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Darien, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
June 01, 2014

Constant humming above 45mph. Drives me nuts.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 DSST

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 DSST Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.4
 
 

2014 Infiniti Q50S 3.7
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Shingle Springs, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2014

These are horrible. Loud, stiff, unresponsive junk. They are a Run Flat tire so that's got a lot to do with it. I replaced them in 1000 miles with a set of Bridgestone SP-04s: what a HUGE difference that made in the car! These go into the cellar for the end of lease return.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport MaxxReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.38

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged
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Miles driven on tires: 6,900
Location: Burke, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,900 Miles on Tires
December 03, 2011

The rears are 285/35ZR20. Yeah, I know these are summer tires, but I would expect SOME sort of capability in temps between 32 and 50 degress. These tires cannot be relied on for any kind of performance applications at these temperatures. All my comments refer to these temperatures and not summer temps. Even with moderately aggressive cornering, the tires act like they are going to pop off the rim. With pseudo heavy throttle, they have minimal traction. They break loose with just the slightest amount of power application. I would go with the Continental Extreme DWS if they had better sidewall rigidity. If you are going to stay with a summer tire on your supercharged Jag XF AND would like to do SOME driving in cooler temperatures, the Dunlop is not the answer. Consider Bridgestone or Michelin.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 600

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 600 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.62
 
 

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 26,556
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 26,556 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2014

These tires had a better treadlife for being strictly a summer tire. I have had all season tires not last as long. However these tires are prone to cupping. The wet traction was sub par. I dont know how the manufacturer even can say that they evacuate water well. If it rains stay home! These tires will not be good for you nor comfortable even in the lightest rain. This website wont let me rate the tires on sand so I will do it here. I drove on the beach and they are very very good on sand. Believe it or not for sand driving you want a mostly bald tire. I only had 3000 miles on them at the time and they held up very well and even on dirt. Never got the chance to take it in the mud. But judging my the tread pattern I wouldnt want to have them on mud or rock. I may buy this tire again, but not at the price thats being asked for them. Especially when they are not even a runflat and have such poor wet traction. Going to try Michellin or Continental next.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Radial Mud Rover

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Radial Mud Rover Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2001 Jeep Wrangler Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2014

I have just recommended this tire to someone else. I will definitely be buying these tires again. Well worth the money I spent for them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8

2007 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Bloomington, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2011

I bought this tire based on the November 2010 Consumer Reports article that put it in second place (tied for 1st in points) out of 17 tires in the Ultra-High Performance All-Season Tires Category. The price point was so low, too, among the cheapest available in 225/40-18 size to replace the two Dunlop SP Sports (front) and two Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires (rear) that came on the GTI I purchased used. Those tires had okay tread depth (not much on a tire of this size anyway) but the Michelins especially had severe weather cracking and the rolling noise of the four tires was very loud and non-uniform across the rotation (slipped radial belt, I figured). I liked that the Sumitomos were noted as being the quietest tire in the category by Consumer Reports--if they give up some performance for it, I haven't noticed.



They've indeed made a huge difference in noise and ride smoothness. I hope that lasts as the tires wear. Coincidentally we've had major snow and ice storms in Indiana since I put them on, and I'm impressed how well they do. Never felt out of control or immobile.



Basically my only gripe was with tirerack -- their competitor Vulcan Tire beat them by a few bucks on price, had cheaper shipping, and didn't charge me sales tax, so I went with them. Another possible gripe is that these tires don't have rim protectors, so be careful parallel parking. But otherwise these have not disappointed and I am picky about tires. If you drive more or less normally and like to step on it from time to time, I think you'll find these perfectly adequate, with low price and quiet ride (relative to the category) plus serviceable light winter traction to boot.