Sports Car, Sporty Coupe and Performance Sedan Owners Need to Look at Hankook's Ventus S1 noble2

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Hankook's newest addition to the Ultra High Performance All-Season category is their Ventus S1 noble2. This tire feeds the all-season sport needs of those with sport coupes and performance sedans looking to combine on-road performance with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Unique to Hankook, their Kontrol Technology, along with other innovations, is designed into the tire to ensure controlled driving experiences. The "K" denotes "kinetic" to reflect the interaction of the tire with the road lies at the heart of driving control. Kontrol Technology provides a range of benefits across four areas that drivers identify as key when choosing quality tires: performance, safety, comfort and environmental impact.

The tire also employs a hybrid silica compound technology that combines wet road traction with lower rolling resistance and longer treadlife. This compound is molded into a sophisticated semi-rib asymmetric tread design that features notched outboard shoulders, intermediate and center ribs to deliver responsive handling and stable cornering in dry conditions.

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the Ventus S1 noble2:

"Ever since I got these tires I have been so glad that I got them. The tires I had before were the O.E. and they were supposedly the best on the market, but I tell you what, Hankook tires are so much better -- they should be the ones put on new cars." - Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2013 Ford Focus 5-Door Titanium

"Just put these tires on a week ago so I haven't tried them on wet or snow-covered roads, yet. As soon as I pulled away from the install shop, I noticed a huge difference in noise and feel. Granted my old tires were just about shot, but these new Hankooks on my 7 Series are AWESOME! The ride feels and sounds so much better than before, it was almost like driving a new car. I never knew a tire could make that much of a difference. Totally satisfied and didn't have to pay a fortune." - Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 BMW 745Li 

To see how the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 performed on our test track, read "Testing Value-Priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmorReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1

2008 Ford Escape 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
October 24, 2009

Installed on an 08 Escape with the new intelligent 4WD. First thing we noticed was the quiet ride. First test was trying to get it stuck in the mud, the tires come with free wench out, and with mud to the doors and the traction control turned off I floored it, mud went everywhere and the truck pulled strait out. Then it was on to the Apache Trail through the Superstition Mtns, very smooth on on the wash boards and truck was always sure footed. We then took it to Sedona, ARZ and did some off-roading. The truck was sure footed and there was no tire slipping going from rock to rock. Loose gravel and pebbles were no problem. On a drive through the mountains in CAL with a foot of snow on a dirt road the truck maintained 45MPH and the Low Traction light never even flickered. Just a note here, these tires do have the severe snow rating. We drove through a summer rain storm in ARK and the truck was again sure footed. There was standing water on the roadways and we maintained 70MPH. Average MPG is 19/23.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2005 Ford Ranger Sup 4wd FX4
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Niles, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
April 15, 2014

Just been through one the most brutal winters Michigan has to offer. Record snow falls as well.These tires kept me on and off the road with no problems. Muddy back roads hunting/fishing or off the beaten trails to an ice fishing lake, they never let me down.
Good solid on/off the road tire. I would recommend for any 4x4. Would definitely purchase again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Fuzion Touring (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Fuzion Touring (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2012 Ford Focus Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2014

These tires were installed less than 1 month ago, so I can't testify to their longevity. However, I am very impressed so far with their performance. Since installing, the car has been driven regularly in rain/snow/ice weather conditions. These tires provide excellent traction and handling on side roads as well as the interstate. For driving in wet/winter weather, I recommend these tires. As for treadwear and longevity...only time will tell. Stay tuned!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

1989 Ford Taurus SHO
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Ooltewah, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

I purchased this tire based upon test results. Tire Rack has always provided great tests, no other tire store that I know of provides this service. They really liked this tire because it gripped like a Summer tire, but was an all-season tire.
Well, the grip is really good. But the tire has two big faults.
1. Tire squeal! This tire squeals loudly way before it starts to lose traction. I can be well under control and people around will look to see who is about to have an accident. The tire grips very well, but complains loudly while doing it. I cannot get anywhere near the limit of this tire without drawing huge amounts of attention to myself.
2. This tire is one of the worst tires I have had with regards to steering responsiveness. This tire is so slow to respond that the car feels like I'm driving a boat. I will admit that I have just come off some of the best tires I have ever had (Bridgestone RE01, this tire was the most responsive tire I have ever had on my SHO. The Bridgestone made my car handle like a Porsche). These Kumos have such a soft sidewall. The response from the sidewall is almost 1/2 second late. Breaking is fantastic, and the tire is hard to spin on takeoff, but turn in is slower than my grandmother! I am having to buy a new tire because I miss judged the response time of this tire and hit a curb and cut a gash into the sidewall. I have been traveling this road for 12 years and this is the first time I have ever hit that curb! Not a happy camper!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2008 Ford Fusion
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Miles driven on tires: 24,512
Location: Zimmerman, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 24,512 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2013

I put these on my car last January to replace a set of factory defective Conti's. Did so based on the reviews and that they were only like $93/ea. I noticed right away my car handled better, and the shake was gone (bad Conti's). I didn't notice any difference in noise or fuel economy. Cornering was a little better. I rated the tires on all level at an 8-9 minus winter conditions. Last winter seemed ok, better than the COnti's but after putting some use on tires now they are not a very good winter tire, they provide limited stopping and accelerating traction, and less than average side to side stability. The other half of the year is awesome though, great traction on dry and wet, never had an issue with hydroplaning.

As far as treadwear, the dealer marked one tire at 8/32, 2 of them at 7 and one at 6. if accurate on the 6/32, I would expect about 42k of usable life, if accurate on the 7/32 I would expect 57k, on a 55k tire for a spirited driver, I would say acceptable.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z II

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR Z IIReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.8

2002 Ford Mustang GT
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Kenosha, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2009

When I purchased the HTR Z II's I was looking for a reasonably priced, well performing tire. I got the reasonable price, but not the performance I was expecting. The appearance is the best quality this tire has. The dry traction is sufficent but even with my wider rims than OEM's, I don't feel 100% that the tire is going to hold. I did get caught in the rain one time and the wet traction was good. The other quality of the tire that should be noted is that performance is definately related to temperature. During hot summer days with road temps into the 100's, the tires feel great. When you drive them below 50 degrees, it becomes a bit sketchy. It's to be expected for this type of tire, but it's a little extreme to me. Overall, I'm OK with my pruchase but would probably go a different tire next time around.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2013 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Vacaville, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2014

Ever since I got these tires I have been so glad that I got them because the tires I had before where the original ones and they were supposedly were the best one on the market but I tell you what Hankook tires are so much better they should be the ones put on new cars.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2010 Ford Focus SE Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 15,213
Location: Buckley, WA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 15,213 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2014

Great tire, no discernible wear and they have had 3 trips up and down the west coast, relatively quiet even on an economy car like the 2010 Focus.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle RS-A

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle RS-A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2013 Ford Police Interceptor
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Callisburg, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2014

I've had many sets of Goodyear Eagles on my Police Vehicles over the last 20 years. I've also tried other brands as well, and there is no comparison. Goodyear is an American company and their tires are American made. I'm at a point in my career where I can choose what tires I have and I won't have any other brand of tire on my police cars. These tires see a lot of abuse and there is a lot that is expected from them. Goodyear tires, and in particular the Eagle RS-A, are they only ones I trust. They hold up and perform better than anything else on the market. The Ford Police Interceptor sedan with AWD, puts a lot of power to all four wheels. These Eagles have performed flawlessly.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2007 Infiniti G35X Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 17,550
Location: Boyds, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 17,550 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

I live just outside of the Washington, DC area, home of the just about the worst traffic in the country. Luckily, my daily commute consists mostly of free flowing highway driving with light traffic (down the new ICC toll-road) so 70+ mph is my usual pace there. Otherwise, my normal driving is suburban stop & go, daily grind, sort of stuff. These Kumho Ecsta 4X tires are my 3rd set of tires on this vehicle and by FAR the best I've used. The stock tires were Goodyear Eagle RSA's and as the reviews for those state, they were completely average tires with poor handling in anything but dry conditions. My next set of tires, Yokohama Avid V4S were old standby's that I'd had before on a previous vehicle. They were great tires, especially for the money. At 107,500 I was ready to purchase new tires as I usually always can get 50K+ mi. out of my tires. I read a lot of reviews about the newly redesigned Yoko's but couldn't help noticing the great reviews that the Kumho Ecsta's had received. I took a shot many years ago with Yoko's and have been really happy with them on both my G35x, Ford Explorer, and my Honda Accord V6 coupe. Sorry for the rambling, but just wanted to give some background. In any case, the price on the Kumho Ecsta's was great, and the trusted Tire Rack reviews convinced me to give them a shot on my G. I've had these Ecsta's now for 16,500 mi. from 2/20/13 to current (one year) and loved every minute of these tires. The ride is great, the noise level is adequate, and handling whether through our 90+ degree HUMID summer to our 10 degree lows in several inches of snow in the winter has been nothing short of spectacular at every level. I would highly recommend these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion STR A

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion STR A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2005 Ford F150 XLT Sup Cab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Edison, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2014

Picked up these tires to supplement the Hankook OE tires. Bought as take-offs from a F-350 with less than 50 miles on them. These are very nice tires that wear extremely well.

These tires are substantially better than the OE tires which are still periodically in service. But then comparing P radials with LT radials isn't fair.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2013 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Vacaville, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2014

The tires I had on my car when I bought it brand new were the worst tire ever I tell you what the Michelin Pilot Sport should not be put on any car because by the time I hit 20000 miles I needed new tires already. What a difference in the ride comfort and noise level of these Hankook tires I can hear my radio now without having to have the volume turned up.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27
 
 

2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Cohoes, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

This review is of my WS70s bought this winter, but also my WS50s which I bought in 2007. Both sets of Blizzaks have been absolutely awesome and to be honest, I can't tell the difference between them. If you have never driven on proper winter tires then you will be astonished. When I bought my Mustang (305bhp/320lbft rear wheel drive) to use in upstate New York, everyone said I would need another vehicle for the winter. One lone friend told me that all I needed was good winter tires. He directed me to Tirerack. On my all-season (Ha) tires, the car was pretty much undriveable on ice and snow. With these studless ice and snow tires I have NEVER had any problem, and I'm a skier, so that means getting to the Mountains just after the storm. In six winters, I have seen at least ten accidents unfold in front of me in snowy or icy conditions and have never been concerned that I was going to become part of the accident. The car steers, accelerates, corners and brakes with great confidence. It would be a lie to say they have the ultimate grip of a summer tire, but they turn an unuseable car into a very good winter vehicle.

The only time these tires have caught me out is on wet pavement. On two occasions (in six years) they span up unexpectedly whilst accelerating pretty hard in second gear (The car is a Standard), but that was really my fault.

It is worth noting that in retrospect, I should have replaced them last year. The WS50s did about 30,000 miles and I expect the WS70s will be similar. The performance in ice was undiminished, but they started to struggle in snow because of insufficient tread-depth. I replaced them with about 3/16 of tread remaining. I'm sure this is less than Bridgestone recommend.

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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Harleysville, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 19, 2014

I have these mounted on a 2013 Mustang GT, with 245front, 275 rear. For the most part, I am very pleased with the tire. My only concern is in wet weather, during spirited acceleration, these will break loose pretty quickly. Not just during active rain, just on wet roads, these will start spinning if I am not careful. Wet braking is very good, and if I had to choose, I would much rather have the tires hold during braking. Having the back tires break loose when you hit third gear on wet roads reduces trust in the tire. I have had other high performance cars and tire, but never one with 420 hp, so that could be part of the problem(?) Tires look great, would buy them again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2007 Ford Crown Victoria
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Huber Heights, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2014

Have had this tire on several vehicles and am very happy with it, especially under icy conditions. This winter (2013-14) has been especially icy in the Midwest.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial T/A

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Radial T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

1996 Ford Ranger 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Plattsburgh, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 09, 2014

i had these tires on my ranger and they transformed the truck from a something that i hated driving to something that handled great, rode nice and had almost no tire noise unless i was above 75 mph. they held up to the occasional power braking really well and made the truck fun to drive. there definitely going on my new ranger they were oversize for the truck and soaked up the bumps great. and i even used them to get into a friends camp that was two miles of dirt roads that were unmaintained and even a few small mud holes and i didn't have any problems

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.67
 
 

2010 Ford Escape 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

Just moved to Michigan this year from the south... Surprise! Worst winter in 20+ years. I bought these tires as a possible alternative to dedicated winter tires due to the high mileage my car sees. A lot of other reviewers were claiming 70,000+ miles and that sounded great with a tire that could handle winter weather. (they have the mountain/snowflake on the side) I braced myself for a noisy, bumpy ride as the car came with a Michelin touring tire originally. I can honestly say, these tires are quieter and ride almost as smoothly as the Michelin's. That said, the Michelin's were worn when I replaced them so I don't hold the noise against them. These tires have never left me stuck or stranded and I didn't usually spin or slide unless I was trying to. A few times I had to disable the traction control to let them spin and clear. This was only in slow speed situations like cutting fresh tracks in 8+ inches of heavy wet snow. Not sure you can ask anymore for a longer treadlife all-terrain in my opinion. My biggest complaint in the 8,000+ miles I have had them comes from the fact that they tend to "catch" grooves or seams in the highway which can be unnerving when the road is icy. I noticed it the first day I had the tires and now I have gotten more used to it and it is less of an issue but at first it did get my attention. Overall, I would and already have recommend these tires. Not the best winter solution, not the best off-road solution, definitely not the best for mpg's or handling performance. Just a really good mix of life, traction, and so far low noise.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.64
 
 

2003 Ford Taurus SES Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Des Moines, IA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

I have been a Kumho guy for over 20 years. Owned 2 sets of the Platinum LX. Tires seem to drop off the inside tread prematurely. Both vehicles were aligned. All alignment specs are ok. 40k is the most mileage I could safely run these tires. Probably will not give them another chance. Snow traction is fair a best. But all other areas they are above average. I'll still buy Kumho in the future.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Dynapro AS RH03

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Dynapro AS RH03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.45
 
 

2009 Ford Edge SE
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Miles driven on tires: 53,000
Location: Wentzville, MO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 53,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I bought my FWD Edge used with 30k miles on it and it still had the OEM Hankook tires. At the time they still had a fair amount of tread life. A year and a half later I am now at 53k miles and although they are by no means completely bald, it's time for a new set.

Although I can not comment on how the tires performed when they were new, from the time I bought the car the wet traction was terrible. Any sort of spirited acceleration from a stop on a wet roadway resulted in wheelspin. Traction in the snow is very bad as well. Some of that can be blamed on the limited amount of tread remaining, but I still expected better. In any sort of wet or possibly slick conditions I find myself driving like my grandma. I currently have very little confidence in these tires on anything other than dry roads.

The positives about the tires is that they do provide a very good ride with minimal road noise. I have no complaints with dry condition performance. The Edge, of course, is not a sports car and I don't drive it like one.

As I said earlier, I can not comment on how the tires performed when new, but from my experience I would not recommend them and will not be buying another set.