Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2008 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

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

We have had these tires on our 2008 Prius for about a year. They replaced the Goodyear Integrity tires that came with the car. Some observations, they are a bit stiffer in ride than the Goodyears but they also seem to handle better (turn in, cornering). They have good grip and stopping performance for this type of tire. The fuel economy is about the same as with the OE Goodyears. You can hear them if you try, but the average noise level is very mild. After 10k miles they show almost no wear, so I'm betting they will make good on their mileage claims (or get close to it). They have held up well to the abuse of our pothole stricken roads and took an impressively small amount of weight to balance. We haven't driven them in the snow so we can't comment on that. Overall I'd say they are a good match for a Prius.

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 Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2003 Honda Element EX
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Glens Falls, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
October 23, 2005

Bought these to dump the OE Goodyear HTs which were death traps on anything but dry road. Stayed with size of OEs as wanted to keep narrower footprint in deep snow to cut thru it better. The Geos are amazing. The car handles much better even on dry roads and zero hydroplane and good traction in heavy rain packed and 4-5 inches of snow... yes weve had it up here already.

GOT an ELEMET? BUY THIS TIRE!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KR21

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KR21Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82

2003 Nissan Murano AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 16,000
Location: Long Beach, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 16,000 Miles on Tires
January 12, 2012

I needed new tires immediately 1 year ago because the OE Goodyear Eagles with 45,000 miles were useless in the snow. Since I don't recall them ever being fantastic in the snow I wanted to try something new. Since the highly rated Yokohama Paradas were not available (and they did not know when they would arrive), I got the Kumho KR21's.
These Kumhos seem to be very good in the deep snow and slush. The first think I noticed is that they ride hard, turning the Murano's usually compliant ride into a harder ride, with more shock from bumps and ruts in the road. I haven't noticed anything from noise, so I guess they are pretty quiet. I was told it's the materials used in Kumho tires that make for the firmer ride than for example Goodyear.
I did notice tire spin when starting up on ice or slick roads... so I don't know if that's due to the AWD/traction control capabilities of the Murano or that these tires don't grip well on ice?
At 16,000 miles there does not appear to be any signs of wear yet, so they are holding up well.
My Murano has 118,000 stop and go city miles with noises and leaks and repair bills to match, so I don't know if I will be getting new tires agin for it again. If I do... I might look for softer riding tires. These are very good though.

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: 8.64

2005 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Weymouth, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
April 30, 2011

Great tire for all types of road coditions. Best tire I have owned for snow covered roads. Noticable drop in fuel economy when these tires replaced the factory installed Goodyear SR-As. Treadwear has been lower than expected, based on current wear I expect to be replacing these tires in 4-months at 36,000 miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle LS-2

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle LS-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.09
 
 

2007 GMC Sierra K1500
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Olney, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
December 06, 2013

These 275/55-20's were OE on my 2007 GMC Sierra. Was a great tire all the way around (handling, stopping, quietness) by this semi-aggressive driver. Only real drawback was need to replace them at about 20,000 miles. I replaced with Cooper Zeon (horrible tire; loud, vibration, no traction) then yanked those in less than one year (gave them away). Finally replaced with Michelin LTX M/S2 and put probably 45-50000 on them. The LTX was a nicer tire than the Goodyear LS-2 in every way except mileage. I can't explain it, but I lost almost 2mpg with these LTX M/S2, but they're comfortable and quiet. The LTX M/S2 has a little poorer traction (regular, AWD, and 4WD) than the Goodyear LS-2 in snow, which have pretty decent winter traction. I don't see snow that many days a year, and find myself using AWD more with the Michelins than I ever did with the Goodyears, for both snowy and rainy conditions. If only I could get a 50K version of the Goodyear LS-2...

Best All-Weather Tires for Mazda CX-7

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Are you looking for a great all-season tire for your Mazda CX-7? Then you should take a look at the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and Michelin Primacy MXV4. For crossover vehicles like the Mazda CX-7, Acura RDX and Nissan Rogue, consider the top tires from the Grand Touring All-Season and Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season performance categories.  

I've had the Michelin Primacy MXV4 on my Mazda CX-7 for two years. This tire has provided my vehicle with a very smooth and quiet ride, good handling and great wet traction. The Primacy MXV4 offers a large improvement over the factory installed Goodyear Eagle RS-A. My wife and I can hardly believe the difference! For more information on this tire, read "Great Deal on 235/60R18 Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tires."

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 Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
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While you're shopping for tires for your CX-7, be sure to strongly consider the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, which is currently the top-rated tire by our customers in its category. Reviewers consistently praise the tire's ride quality, as well as great wet and snow traction. 

If you need additional help choosing the right tire for your CX-7, take a look at our Tire Decision Guide.

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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.1
 
 

2000 Volkswagen Golf GL
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: Chester Springs, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2014

I have over 220,000 miles on my Golf and have had Goodyear Eagle LS, BF Goodrich Traction TA (twice) and a Kuhmo tire (don't remember which one) and this Yokahama is BY FAR the best tire I've ever had on this car!
I cannot believe the traction it has in not only the wet, but the snow is really good. It feels like a full-blown snow tire to me.
Dry traction and handling is much better than any of the other tires I've had on the car. The sidewall doesn't roll-over during hard cornering (sorry, I'm a licensed SCCA driver so all of my cars go around corners quickly LOL).
Noise is hard to say, it's a 2000 VW Golf so it's not the quietest car to start with. Noise from the tires doesn't seem too bad at all.
All I can say is, this tire is night and day different than any of the other tires I've tried. You really should try them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.9
 
 

2010 Subaru Forester 2.5 X
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Tioga, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2014

These tire are very, very good in snow. Since I am currently using them in the winter I am not at all concerned about road noise, etc. However, I do have to say that, for noise, handling, etc., these tires are fine and are no worse than an average all season tire. I live on top of a hill and I have to drive through heavy snow and at times, ice. these tires are very good and provide an exceptional level of confidence when driving in these difficult conditions. As for mileage, I am not certain since I will (hopefully) be able to switch them out with my all season tires in May. At the rate this winter is going I am not certain that will happen (perhaps June?!). regardless, yes, I am confident in these tires and would not hesitate to purchase these tire again.

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 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, April 2, 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: 8.8
 
 

2009 BMW 535i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Grafton, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 03, 2014

I knew when I purchased these tires that they would not be the best for winter driving, but they would be superior for dry and wet driving. This is exactly what I have found to be true. In the dry and wet they are fantastic for sure. My car handles much better than before while using the OE GoodYears. Turn in is excellent and they stick like glue in dry or wet weather. The tradeoff comes with snow and ice. These tires are adequate for winter driving. They do provide reasonable traction in snow.
Would I buy them again now that I have lived with them, the answer is absolutely. Would I recommend them to someone that is looking for more that a reasonable amount of winter traction, maybe not. They certainly meet my needs and expectations. I would rather have a great tire for three seasons and compromise a little with winter driving.
If your looking for better winter driving capability but are willing to loose a bit of handling then you should look at the DWS's.
Its all about tradeoffs.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Belington, WV
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 03, 2014

I live on a mountaintop farm in rural West Virginia. The road into the farm is steep and 1/2 mile long. Plus they don't get around to plowing the county roads for several days after a storm. This season, 2013-14 has been a great test of these tires. My wife and I have two identical 2009 Subaru Forester vehicles. Hers has a new set of all season tires and mine has these Goodyear WRTs. I bought these tires based on the good reviews I have read about them. I am glad to say the reviews are correct. These tires are awesome! I have yet to get stuck or even slide around even in the deepest snow and on glare ice. They go in any conditions. I have to remind myself not to get carried away with driving in bad conditions because it feels like I am on dry pavement. I tackle very steep roads in 10" of fresh snow and barely have any wheelspin. On ice I have tried emergency stopping and fooling around trying to break the tires loose and they amaze me with their gripping and stopping power. Compared to the all season tires on my wife's car they are probably 3 to 4 times better. I now consider the all seasons dangerous to drive. Bottom line is that these tires have exceeded my expectations and get the highest rating from me. Going with a pure winter tire like this is the only way to go. Spring for the spare set of rims and run them just in the winter. That also lets you get pure summer tires for max performance during the rest of the year. I have bought my last set of all season tires. Congrats to Goodyear for a job well done on these tires. I hope when they finally wear out that they will still be available. No sign of wear yet but it is the first season. Surprisingly good handling on dry pavement and very acceptable noise level. They run smooth as silk. Buy these!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.67
 
 

2008 Hyundai Accent GS Hatchback
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Confluence, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

These Tires Are Awesome on a small car for winter driving !!I live at the highest point in Pennsylvania - We get snow when most everyone else gets rain or sleet. I got all 4 tires studded and have had a very good experience with these tires. Overall in the last 25 years of driving in heavy snow and winter conditions; THESE TIRES HAVE BEEN THE BEST on a small car. I have tried numerous, many different types of treads, manufacturers and even some different sizes IN THE LAST 25 YEARS BY FAR THESE TIRES OUTPERFORMED THEM ALL. Granted these tires last for one season only for my car, but well worth the investment. On dry pavement with the studs you have to use your head- they will not corner and hug the road they were not intended for that but when the snow comes that's when you will see the payoff. As long as Goodyear offers these tires, I will buy them every year. I would recommend anyone that has a small car to try these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2012 Dodge Charger RT Road&Track
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Miles driven on tires: 650
Location: Alexandria, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 650 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2014

I previously owned two sets of 245/45ZR-20 Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires on this car so my review will be these 245/45R-20 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. F1 tires are very responsive and grippy on dry surface, but were very noisy, tread life is only lasts 17K miles, and have zero traction on light snow or ice. i was skeptical of P7s when doing search because they are fairly new and didnt have a lot of long-term reviews. Also, ratings seemed too good to be true, price is fairly high and treadlife was rated high. P7s make the car feel little heavy, little less responsive and not as grippy during dry high speed cornering, but P7s still perform incredibly considering they are all season tires. P7s are super quite and super comfortable for tires of this size. I was fortunate enough to test them in all conditions including deep snow, ice and slushy snow. i'm amazed how well these performed in 6 inches of snow, 4 inches of slushy snow, as well as ice. they did not hesitate when starting or stopping in deep snow and had great stopping power on ice. there are not a lot of great options for all season tires in this size, but these are absolutely the best all season tires i've owned on any car with great handling on dry roads. also, i saw some discussions about MPG ratings for these tires and i can confirm they are almost as good as any summer tires. Highway MPGs are virtually the same as my old F1s. Trips from Alexandria VA to Hartford CT only used 3/4 tank of midgrade gas on F1s depsite my HEMI. i just did the same trip on P7s and still only used 3/4 tank of midgrade gas. however, P7s are little less efficient around town. tank of gas lasted me 6 days on F1s, but only 4-5 days on P7s. overall, highly recommend P7 tires especially if you live in NE and have to do deal with deep snow, but dont want to sacrifice dry traction, MPGs or looks. they are super comfortable, handle well in dry and will out-grip your neighbors SUV in snow & ice.will post later about treadlife

The General AltiMax RT43 is Leading Its Class

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

General has hit a home run with their AltiMAX RT43. Although fairly new to the market, this tire has already received great feedback from our customers. The most positive comments have focused around the great ride quality, quietness, wet traction and all-season capability.

Strong all-season capability and a comfortable ride is due to the tire's Twin Cushion Silica Tread Compound that places a high-density all-season compound up top with a low-density foundation compound underneath. A symmetrical tread design helps keep noise down and allows for unlimited rotation options. General’s Anti-Slip Sipe Design Technology increases the number of biting edges to enhance traction on slippery roads. Another great feature is General's Low Surface Abrasion Technology which helps reduce tread distortion as the tire rolls. This results in less road abrasion and ultimately promotes longer, more even treadlife.

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the General AltiMAX RT43:

"I put these tires on because the lightness of the rear of the truck made it slip and slide and break loose on corners when the road was slick. That's all gone now. The unique tread design includes little fish hook like cuts which attracted me to the tread design. My choice was justified. Even with light snow on the roads, I have a confident feeling of total control. I'm telling everyone who will listen what I think of these tires. I will buy them for my other vehicle when it becomes necessary." -- Tire Rack Customer Review, 2001 Toyota Tacoma 2wd

"I drive about 100,000 miles a year. These tires have 60,000 miles on them now. This car has driven all over this region of the U.S. The General AltiMAX RT43 is EXCELLENT in every weather situation I have been in. The tires look to have about 5/32" of tread depth remaining. I rotate them every 10,000 miles. They are very comfortable, handle great, don't hydroplane, are great in the snow and on ice. Absolutely the best "budget" tire I have ever had. I will take these over the Goodyear and Michelin tires I have had any day. I really recommend these tires to anyone." - Tire Rack Customer Review, 2007 Honda Civic EX Sedan

The General AltiMAX RT43 is available in H-, V- and T-speed ratings. Shop by vehicle and see if this great tire is available for your application today!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2006 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Saint John, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

We did have the Goodyear Triple Tread on our 2004 Honda Odyessy and it has performed extremely well. Our primary focus was to find an all season tire that perfomed very well in the rain or snow. The Triple Tread on the 2004 Odyessy exceded our expectations. The 2004 Honda sized tires did not create ANY noise issues, and we are pleased with the ride and safety handling on this van. When our 2006 Honda Odyessy needed new tires the Goodyear Triple Tread was a first choice, even though we considered the Michelin tires. We did get the Goodyear for the 2006 Honda in the 16inch stock size and I drove them home and could not believe the noise level! In this 16 inch size the interior noise level is louder than a truck tire. On the 2006 Honda these tires do handle well and are very good in light to medium snow. They do drive very well in the rain, but the noise level is way too high for a all season tire. If I had to do it over I would not choose this same tire. I do hope that Goodyear does look into the design of this tire (in the 16 by 225 version) and modify it to reduce the sound. I would easily give up some tread life to reduce the sound..Thx

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 Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2007 Dodge Caravan SXT
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Miles driven on tires: 86,000
Location: Saint Michaels, MD
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 86,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

One of the best all round tires I've seen for passenger cars and minivans. I've had this tire on 2 minivans, a 1994 and 2007 Caravan and a 2002 Subaru Outback. On the Outback, they would pull through 8" of snow with no problem. Have never had an issue with wet traction or hydroplaning on any of the vehicles. I have 86,000 miles on them on the 2007 Caravan, and even at that point in their life they were OK in light snow and the slush left after snowplows went through. The tread wear indicators still aren't showing. My only complaint, and it's really not issues with the vehicles I've mentioned, is a slight lack of responsiveness in the steering, something I attribute to the rather soft sidewalls. So I would not recommend them for a car which is intended for (cough, cough) spirited driving. For instance, I would not put them on my Infinity G37, even if they were available in the right sizes and speed ratings.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta PA31 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.36
 
 

2004 Infiniti I35
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

Bought these to go on my girlfriend's infiniti. Replace some old Goodyears. I'm one for spirited driving and these tires hold up well for that. dry grip is solid and it takes some pushing to get these tires to their limits in a big sedan. very stable overall, but there's a very slight hesitation when doing sudden course correction (did a quick homebrew autocross when the tires were new). Most people won't notice it but i'm used to driving an Mr2.
Wet grip is great for an all season and im constantly impressed by how stable it is and its resistance to sliding. You can get it to slide if you push too hard, but i can take the same turns comfortably at 80% speed wet vs dry. wet braking is a little less impressive, as it will engage the ABS quickly if you stab it too hard, but generally good braking performance in light and heavy rain.
Snow/ice performance is average for an all season, Light snow being significantly better than deep, but i've only needed to dig myself out once this winter, so from standstills/parking it gets you going just fine.
I drive with traction control off most of the time and i have to actually try to lose the rear end on anything other than ice. very predictable when a slide begins as well.
For the record, i live in Chicago, so i've seen wet, dry, snow and ice in the same week.
Rides a little harsh and drones a bit at 70mph, but those are acceptable trade-offs for a the perforamnce/price envelope this tire gives.
four/five stars.

Are Sumitomo Tires Good?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Customers often ask me about the Sumitomo brand. The tires are often very attractively priced, but many drivers are not as familiar with this brand as they are with some of the traditional names like Goodyear and Michelin. Are they really a great value, or are they too good of a price to be true?

How is Sumitomo pronounced?

This one stumps many people, however the pronunciation is actually easier than it looks at first glance. I find that breaking it in half makes it much easier. "Sumi" is pronounced pretty much how it looks: soo-me. It rhymes with Zoomy. Then the second half, "tomo" rhymes with Romo.

Where do they come from?

Sumitomo is a Japanese company. They're part of the Sumitomo Group, which has many diverse businesses under its umbrella. Sumitomo manufactures in a number of Asian countries, including Thailand, China and Japan.

Are they good?

Yes, Sumitomo makes a good tire. Like any manufacturer, Sumitomo makes a number of different models to fit different driving styles and customer needs. Are you in the market for high performance handling and excellent wet and dry traction? Try the Sumitomo HTR Z III. Do you need something a little bit sporty, but with the ability to handle cold weather and some light snow? Sumitomo's HTR A/S P01 might fit your needs. As long as you choose a tire that suits your application and driving style, they offer a very good combination of quality and value.

Why haven't I heard of them before?

You probably have and don't know it. Sumitomo builds tires for other brands as well. The most notable is Dunlop, which is one of the oldest names in the business. They do not do as much marketing of their own tire brand compared to many of the other brands. So while they fly a little bit under the radar, they have plenty of expertise in building tires.

Take a look at all offerings available from Sumitomo.