How Good Are Sumitomo Tires?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Often times, people associate Sumitomo as a generic tire. In reality, quite the opposite is true! Did you know that Sumitomo is the Japanese subsidiary of Dunlop and traces its beginnings back to 1909? In 1997, Sumitomo and Goodyear formed a joint venture in which they agreed to manufacture tires for each other as well. Sumitomo produces many different types of world-class, affordable tires.  

I've personally had very good experience with the Sumitomo line on my own vehicles. I used the Max Performance Summer Sumitomo HTR Z III tire on my BMW M3. The reason I chose the tire was because of how it performed against other value-priced Max Performance Summer tires.   
 

 Sumitomo HTRZ III
Sumitomo HTR Z III
 Sumitomo Touring LS T
Sumitomo Touring LS T


If you don't have a sports car or need high performance tires, keep in mind that Sumitomo also makes all-season options with long treadwear ratings. If this is more the type of tire you're looking for, take a look at their Touring LS T and HTR A/S P01.  

If you're looking for a great tire at a great price, be sure to take a look at the options available from Sumitomo.

Which Type of Winter / Snow Tire Is Right for Me?

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Like anything else that relates to your car, tires are available in a variety of models that can be fine tuned to best match what you need. Selecting the best tire starts with narrowing your search to one of our Performance Categories, which Tire Rack has developed by using our own test results, customer survey results and manufacturer recommendations. These Performance Categories help focus your search by comparing tires with similar characteristics, allowing you to choose the best tire for how and where you drive. For dedicated winter / snow tires, there are three categories to choose from.

Studless Ice and Snow

In this category, tires use aggressive tread patterns and the latest high-tech rubber compounds to provide ice and snow traction similar to traditional studded snow tires. Customers that focus on this category are looking to get the best snow and ice traction possible, with the understanding that when the roads are clear, your high speed handling will be a little less responsive than a traditional all-season tire. A few options to consider in the category, include the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Dunlop Winter Maxx and Continental ExtremeWinterContact.

Performance Winter / Snow

Options from the Performance Winter / Snow category feature tires with tread patterns and rubber compounds that are tuned to improve dry and wet traction, along with high speed handling. Drivers that aren't expecting to see heavy or persistent accumulations of snow and want a tire that will handle and perform more like the performance tires the vehicle most likely came with when new will benefit from a Performance Winter / Snow tire. If this sounds like your style of driving, then take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D.

Studdable Winter / Snow

Studdable Winter / Snow tires are designed to allow the installation of optional metal studs to enhance ice and snow traction. Customers that focus on this category are looking for a low cost winter tire option and are willing to allow for more road noise and less comfort than Original Equipment tires. Studded tires are often subject to state laws that dictate when (or if) they can be used, so always check local laws before selecting a tire from this category. Tires in this category include the Firestone WinterForce UV, General AltiMAX Arctic and Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter.

Take a look at our Winter Tire Decision Guide to help you choose the best tire for handling winter conditions. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.9
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Roselle, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
December 10, 2013

The General Altimax Arctic is by far the most disappointing tire purchase of my life. Loud doesn't even begin to describe the --- awful howling sound these things make at highway speeds. I would be willing to forgive the noise if their grip in the snow made up for it. It doesn't. I've run Dunlop WinterSport M3, Dunlop Graspic DS-3, Michelin Arctic Alpin, and Nokian Hakkapeliitta R winter tires. These Generals are comparable to the Michelin Arctic Alpin in their snow driving performance (another worthless winter tire), but at least the Michelins were quiet.

 

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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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
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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 Winter Sport 3D

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2000 Audi TT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 35,575
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,575 Miles on Tires
November 30, 2013

I drive larger rim summer tires but for winter now on my 4th of the Dunlop so I am a believer. Get about 35,000 per set. The perfect compromise: excellent in snow, slush, very very good on dry highway, good on ice. Great price. However, I have Blizzak on my wife's SUV since most of her driving is local and my primary concern would be stopping at icy intersections. Both seem the equal in snow, hwy handling easily goes to the Dunlop, ice capability to the Blizzak

 

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

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2000 Toyota Avalon XLS
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Boulder, CO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

This tire shocked me with its ability to handle snow, slush and ice, even while accelerating and braking up and down hills. These turned a very nice but foolish for Boulder, Colorado, Toyota Avalon into a viable year round car. (I live at the top of town, next to the mountains and few of the roads here are plowed.

My high ratings for noise and ride might be due to the car. (The Avalon is essentially a Japanese Buick, made in Kentucky.)

These are great on hot dry pavement (crossing the desert during California and Moab trips) and the tread wear, given what they can do, is not excessive in my opinion.

Incredibly, while driving very aggressively on the hills in town (when no other cars were around!) and slamming on the brakes going downhill at 15~20 mph on snow over slush resulted in the car stopping as if on bare pavement with no action from the ABS. This was an experiment to see what would happen if I had to stop suddenly. Rather than having a sobering moment, I ended up laughing out loud.

If you think these might be expensive, consider the deductible for a collision. ;-)

 

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

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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

2006 Chevrolet Impala SS
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Williamsport, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
November 30, 2013

Good ride, good handling, aren't great in snow but they are not a snow tire.
Seem to be wearing nicely but they are a little noisy. At this price point they
are a very good selection. Michelin's are twice the price.

 

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 Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2006 Mazda MAZDA5 Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 485
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 485 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2014

This set replaced the Dunlop Sport Signatures which lasted about 5 1/2 years or about 40,000 miles with proper tire inflation and regular rotation. Hopefully, these will perform just as good. I've never used of the brand before but because of the price, specs and included road hazard warranty, it's hard to not give it a try. Snow performance and tread life remains to be observed.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
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Miles driven on tires: 38,000
Location: Buffalo, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 38,000 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2014

Dear concerned all-season high-performance tire buyers,
As many of you know it is not cheap to buy tires in rare sizes that can handle all weather conditions, much less give you extended tread wear life. I recently purchased my second set of these tires to trudge through my 4-season situation in Buffalo, NY. Now don't get me wrong I love my town but its weather changes everyday, it can range from slush to deep snow to a flood zone to beautifully sunny in less than 2 days. With all of that said I purchased 4 g-max tires to replace my OEM Dunlop sport tires around late 2011(which the Dunlops wore insanely fast, and couldn't handle wet roads much less snow). At the time I considered spending some extra cash and getting a set of continental extreme DWS tires, because at that time the g-max was a brand new tire with little to no reviews. I had an eclipse before the lancer with General Altimax tires on it and was very pleased, so I went the G-Max route. I couldn't have been happier with this tire for the price and its ability to handle dry, wet, and snow with still getting 38,000+ miles out of them, and only had to change them when I hit a large crater in the road we call potholes here and blew out a side wall. The wet condition handling is AMAZING. Never once have I hydro-planed even through large puddles at highway speeds. Snow handling is well above average for a high-performance tire, and dry cornering is also very good but what shines for this tire is it multi-function ability and its value. Needless to say I bought another set as I mentioned and just put them on today it feels like I'm driving a new car again, such a great feeling. And as a frequent Tire Rack customer and review reader I felt it was my time to finally give a little info back. Happy driving!

 

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 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.

What's the Best Handling Performance Snow Tire?

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Many car enthusiasts like to use their performance vehicles all year long, but for those that live in colder climates, there's a challenge: the Original Equipment summer tires can't provide grip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In Europe, the standard is to have a set of performance tires for the summer and a second set of performance tires for the winter.  

One of our recent tests compared the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60, Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 to see which one would provide the best balance of performance and winter grip.

To best evaluate the tires' traction levels on ice, we headed back to a hockey rink to measure 60' acceleration times and stopping distances from 12 mph. The Bridgestone and Michelin nearly tied for the quickest times and shortest stopping distances. However, all four were able to beat the figures of any all-season tire.

Before winter arrived in the Midwest, we loaded up the tires and went to a winter test facility in Sweden. While there, we measured each tire's ability to accelerate and brake in light snow, as well as gather subjective ratings of how each tire feels while driving through several inches of groomed snow on a handling course. The Michelin and Pirelli both proved to be responsive and stable when called upon at highway speeds, with the Dunlop and Bridgestone just a little behind. Similar tests were performed on our track when ambient temperatures were in the upper 30°F range to replicate conditions found during the winter season, with both the Michelin and Pirelli tires leading the way.

When all the results were examined, the numbers proved that the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 delivers the best balance of performance in this group, driving well on the road plus providing good ice and wet traction. Pirelli's Winter Sottozero 3 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D both have good ice and wet traction and nearly matched the Pilot Alpin PA4's handling on the road. The Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 takes a more focused approach by also providing good ice traction, but it just doesn't have the wet road grip or clear road handling stability of the other three tires.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing Performance Winter / Snow Tires: Which have the Right Balance of Performance?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2008 BMW 335i Sedan
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Location: Irvine, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
November 30, 2013

Dunlop has moved on from the Z1 to the Z2. I've had 5 sets of Z1 between two cars and it wasn't until the last two sets (purchased near the tire's end of life) did I have issues with them. So far, out of a total of 8 tires 6 have been defective in that there would be tears/cracks inside of the tire between the sidewall and the inner liner (casing?) which caused bumpy rides and excessive noise. Visually the tires would bubble out at the side wall as air filled in the cracked cavities. The problems occurred over the course of a year or so though with different mileage on the tires. It could be my fault though on two cars? One AWD subie and the other a 335. My bad for not purchasing the road hazard but i had burned through three sets and hadn't really had issues with them of this kind and the tires didn't last long enough for me to justify (in my mind) the road hazard. This is kind of too little too late but has made me somewhat weary of future purchases with Dunlop. It's somewhat not fair I understand but I had some really bad luck in this last run lol. I may try the Z2 someday but for now the Pilot Super Sports I'm using have been a greater tire for daily duties than the Z1. Maybe I lost some ultimate dry grip and the slightly softer sidewall gives me a hair less turn in response but it's not really much of a difference on the street.

 

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

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx A1-A A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2013 Infiniti G37x Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 9,000
Location: Wayne, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 9,000 Miles on Tires
November 28, 2013

I personally not just like, I love these tires. These are OEM (SP Sport Maxx A1-A A/S) on my G37 and I had ridden them in dry, wet, snow and ice. They grip really well in all conditions, not to say dry and snow traction are the same, of course, can't be. Consider this, one time my wife made it up a hill road covered in snow where 3 other vehicles in front of her couldn't, one of which was a 4x4 SUV spinning front and rear not being able to move forward. These tires are quiet and phenomenal at cornering. Hydroplaned only once at 70mph on a highway going over a strip of running water, but which tire wouldn't in such condition? I do rotate them regularly and check pressure at least once a month, or sooner if outside temperature changes noticeably.

 

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

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Toronto, Ca
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 07, 2014

I am in Toronto and we are having the worst winter ever for snow. What perfect timing to have purchased these amazingly sticky tires. I cant put my Carrera away for the winter as I love it so much, and traction with these snows is amazing, in all types of conditions, including deep snow and wet snow. I spoke to a very helpful Tire Rack rep prior to purchase and he recommended these vs all season. I was vasillating for weeks on snows/all seasons and am I ever glad I got the snows. I am driving with confidence and less stress for sure.