Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Carrollton, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2014

Very quiet and smooth riding tires. My only thing is my milage has dropped about 2 mpg from 44 to 42 not a big deal But. The ride is Much better than the stock Hankook so the trade off is ok. FYI

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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Wilmette, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2014

Excellent tire. I threw away a set of Hankooks with only 20,000 miles on them, which were worthless in snow or ice, noisy, and harsh. It was worth the $1000 it cost me, and I don't regret it. The Cinturatos are superior in every department.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2006 BMW 325i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Grandville, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2014

I bought these tires a couple months ago, based on the test ratings on this website. As usual, the Tire Rack ratings were dead on! I drive (on average) about 2,000 miles per week, and live in west Michigan. Due to the unpredictable nature of Michigan weather, I needed a tire that performed well in all weather conditions. These tires do everything they say they do, and at a good price.

I was concerned, having a rear-wheel drive car, that an all-season tire would not perform well enough for winter driving. Acceleration at times can be a struggle, but I've never had an issue with traction, when every other vehicle on the road didn't have the same problems. Stopping on icy, slushy, and snow covered roads is NEVER a problem. I've never had a set of tires that allows me to stop like these tires do.

In dry conditions, I don't think there is an UHP-tire available that out-perfoms these. I'm sure there are others that perform as well, but it would be a stretch to say they are better. The tires that are as good, are generally more than twice the price. The only tires that I would consider relatively equal both in performance and price, would be the Continental Extreme Contact DWS'. I think the tread wear is a little better on the Hankook tires though.

Road noise (on good roads) is all but non-existant. My car runs 40 series up front, with 35 series in the rear. I expected these tires to have a very harsh ride, but they are surprisingly comfortable. As anticipated, corner roll doesn't happen, but it shouldn't with such a low-profile tire. Heat disipation is good. I've only had them in weather up to 65 F at this point, but they have never felt surprisingly warm, even after several miles of spirited curved road driving.

The only complaint I have, is these tires "track" pretty bad on grooved roads. It may be due to the 225 front, and 255 rear widths, but I didn't notice this issue with the Goodyear tires my car came with.

Overall, Exceptional Tires

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
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Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2014

Excellent summer tire. I bought these tires to replace the runflats that come with the Mini. Excellent tires for summer driving. However, don't try them in the snow - you get virtually no traction.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (V-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Round Lake, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I have 18,000 miles on my Sonic LT with the 1.4 turbo and a six speed manual. Fun little car that gets well over 30 mpg around town. The car came with Hankook Optimo tires. The Hankooks were the worst tire I have ever had on any car. It was down right scary to drive in the snow. I put these Eagle Sports on the car on Saturday, and its is like a completely different car in the snow. It's no longer scary to drive. These tires may even be better in the snow than the F1 all season I have on my G8 GT. Very happy with these tires. I see the traction control light come on a fraction of what I had been seeing, even on the wet roads. I will give an update once I drive in other conditions...but since I bought these tires because of issues with the snow, and they fixed that issue, I'm ecstatic!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.89
 
 

2002 Cadillac Seville STS
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Sterling, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2014

I've put around 5,000 miles on these tires. They have good neutral handling with good turn-in and they are comfortable riding. But they are VERY loud. I hear them all the time and it's very annoying. Sounds like I have a bad set of snow tires on all 4 wheels. First set of all season ultra performance tires I've had so maybe that's the reason. I wouldn't buy another set.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V2 concept2

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V2 concept2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6
 
 

2009 Honda Fit Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Overland Park, KS
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2014

Bought the tires in 2012, and put 30K miles on it already. I've experience it on almost all kinds of weather condition - heat, cold, rain, heavy rain, light snow, heavy snow, and even some ice.

Comfort: Not good. The tire is noisy, just like the OEMs. What's worse, it sounds like you're riding on an inflated balloon - you can literally hear the "emptiness" inside the tire when driving highway.

Wear: Not good. Mfr says it's good for 50K, but mine is pretty worn after 30K. I consider myself very conscious about tire pressure, and I keep it at the min of 33 PSI which is suggested by Honda... however the center wear slower than the both sides, which suggest they have been under-inflated. As a result I tend to put 35 PSI during winter and release it back to 33PSI when it's summer.

Traction on dry: Pretty good. I'm not an aggressive driver at all, and I think the tires grip pretty well on corners.

Traction on rain: Average. Front-wheel to slip a little when road is wet and press the pedal harder from complete stop. Cornering is still fine as long as you don't go nuts.

Traction on ice: They're fine considering they're not winter tires. So lack of traction is expected, but at least I was able to get the car into the garage when the driveway was 100% covered with ice for 5 days early this year.

Traction on light snow: Again these are no winter tires, so I don't expect them to do well - but they're well enough that the car won't slip as long as you drive with caution and leave plenty of space ahead. For Honda Fit Sports, you can take advantage of the paddle-shifter to downshift instead of 100% on the brake while on snow.

Traction on heavy snow: The tires handle reasonably well for all-season. I was able to get out from deep snow on parking lot - and when I mean deep, it means the clearance between the ground and the bottom of the car.

In summary - the tires handle weather reasonably well for the low price, but the treadwear and road noise are below average.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2010 Honda Civic Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Grain Valley, MO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 08, 2014

The info on this tire is very accurate and this is for my wife's car and she loves the way these have helped her car drive and ride. They are very smooth riding only down is to them is the snow traction is not bad not great if you get deeper snow.. If your looking for a tire that rides good and has very little road noise these tires are great. Another thing that is not asked on the survey but these tires have helped a lot with is breaking they have improved the breaking on her car tremendously. I would recommend these tires.

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H428

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H428 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.91
 
 

2013 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 39,000
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 39,000 Miles on Tires
February 07, 2014

I had these tires on a Sonic for a one month rental during a Michigan winter. They are OK in dry and wet conditions, moderately noisy, and handle OK but they are the worst tires I have ever experienced in snow and ice. The tires had appx 5/32 remaining tread, and I found it impossible to climb even a modest hill in snow above 1-2". To travel on snowy roads, I had to drive appx 20 mph to avoid being bogged down in even modest (3") drifts. On bumpy icy roads, the car has so little traction it careened from track to track, sliding 1-2 ft sideways. These tires should be replaced immediately if you are in a snowy area, they are unsafe.


 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H431

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H431 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.29
 
 

2013 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

I purchased a new Sonata Turbo that come with these tires. I kept them for 3 days and 150 miles. After the first rainstorm, they went in the trash. I could not pull away from a stop sign or light in the rain without the traction control having a seizure. If I turned it off, the car just sat there and spun. Braking was just as bad. There was no way to stop without the ABS going crazy in the rain. Only a very gentle stop would keep the ABS out of the loop. I have to say that in 41 years of driving, these are the absolutely worse tires I have ever tried to drive on. I have no clue what the snow traction is like. I couldn't live with them long enough to find out. So yes, I bought new tires for a three day old new car.

In case you think it was me or the car, the replacement tires were Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3's. All of the above problems disappeared. Only in the snow has the traction control and ABS intervened. And I've now been through 12.5 inches of unplowed snow to get to work.

So if your thinking of putting these on your car, you'd be better off going to a junkyard and picking up a set of completely bald tires with the cords hanging out - they will give you just as good wet weather performance as this pitiful excuse of a tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.09
 
 

2006 Infiniti M35 Luxury Package
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Manalapan, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

I have 2500 miles on these tires, as this is my winter set up, went from Yokohama S4( great tire)to this as I have another set of rims and tires (20In with General G Maxx, noisy tires)so these would only be winter all season for me. they are VERY quiet, ride very nice and handle ok, the Yoko's were the better but these are ok. I also had Conti DWS Extreme that I did not like and took off the car! These tires are as good if not better than the DWS. The Hankook s really surprised me in this category. I don't think you will be disappointed. we have had 4 major snow storms, ice and frigid temps since I had these.....

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Franklin, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

I bought my used 2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible in January 2014 from a local car dealership here in southwest Ohio. It came with Firestone Firehawk GTA-2 195/55R16 tires that had about 75% of the tread wear remaining. There was light snow on the ground when I drove my new purchase home. With just a couple inches of snow/ice on my driveway, I literally got stuck with the front tires just spinning. I researched this Firestone tire on the internet and discovered that it was poorly rated for anything except dry roads even though it is suppose to be an all season tire. Some reviewers even classified the tire as dangerous in snow and on wet roads. Since my adult children would also be driving this car, I knew that I had to get these tires off the car immediately. After extensive research on www.tirerack.com, I decided on these Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 tires. They had a nice balance of performance and price. I had to order this tire in size 205/55R16 since it was not made in the recommended size 195/55R16. I was not thrilled with my limited choices of other tires in size 195/55R16. There was plenty of clearance for this Hankook tire on the vehicle and it only caused a 1.8% speedometer error (an actual 61 mph reads as 60 mph on the speedometer). I decided to write this review of this tire's performance on the Mini Cooper since one had not been posted. With this tire, there was an immediate and dramatic improvement in ice and snow traction. My Mini Cooper is now a fun little snow machine. Traction on dry roads is outstanding and wet road traction is now also excellent. Ride quality has improved by being significantly less harsh. I wanted the more compliant sidewall of this tire to improve the comfort of the Mini Cooper's stiff ride and was willing to sacrifice some handling characteristics to achieve that goal. I am not what anyone would classify as a spirited driver but to my surprise, I found the tire's handling also to be excellent.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5I Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Pocatello, ID
Driving Condition: Spirited

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

I purchased these tires for my 06 impreza 2.5i and have had them on for 10k miles now and I couldnt be happier with them. They are a comfy ride and traction is pretty good in all conditions. I rotate my tires properly every 4-5k miles and I check the tread every so often and they seem to be wearing at a normal rate. No issues at all. Its a solid tire all around folks. If your looking for a super grippy, stiff tire for street racing and auto x then keep looking. This tire is perfect for all-weather driving as well as some aggressive driving:) Dont listen to all the negative reviews. If you rotate your tires and keep them inflated properly then you will have no issues with these kooks!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2001 Mercury Cougar V6
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Reading, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

This is my first set of Goodyear tires in a very long time. I have been running winter tire/summer tire combo for 14 years now. I've had Dunlop Graspics, Hankook Icebears for the past 5 years, Firestones witerfire, and so far these have been the best so far. My Abs hardly comes on compared to running on an all season tire. I would pass 4x4 and all wheel drive cars. I've gone by people stuck up hills and I just keep on trucking. I travel the PA turnpike and local roads to work and these tires haven't let me down. Pennsylvania has been hit hard with snow and these tires have been very good to me. Especially for the cost.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.11
 
 

2011 Mazda I touring
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Danbury, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2014

These tires a re a perfect pairing for the Mazda 6. They were a little sticky until they broke in a bit but now I have 3k and they are great. Quiet smooth ride great handling and cornering. I have not had any issues in the rain. The icing on the cake is I have driven in about 8 snow storms so far. I have a combined highway, city and rural Ct. commute through some very winding hills and valleys with 9% grade. I have made it through each unscaved. My latest was driving through the recent Noreaster. Part of which was on a highway that had not been plowed with about 6 inches of snow. I was able to drive 35~50 mi per hour through a blinding snow not because I was trying to prove anything I just wanted make sure I did make it through. (There were only 2 other cars both 4 wheel drive no where near me.) I saw some reviews that said these tires were no good in the snow....I beg to differ. I never would have even attempted driving in the snow with the stock Michelin's. Great job Han kook.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.36
 
 

2010 Infiniti G37x Sedan Anniversary Edition
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Tulsa, OK
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 07, 2014

Installed these shortly after buying the car second-hand. It had Michelin Pilots that were a couple of years old- still had some life left but they were lame. I didn't realize HOW lame until I bought the Bridgestones!

My previous G37 Sedan had Hankooks and understeered pretty badly. So did this new one with the Michelins. I assumed it was the car.

Then I had the Bridgestones installed the day before a terrible ice storm hit Tulsa. I got to test their winter performance immediately and was quite impressed. It was a couple of days before I got to try them on a dry road with no sand. In a word- amazed.

Very impressed with these tires so far. Their performance in the wet and snow is pretty astounding since they aren't "winter" tires. But in the dry they work great also. I'd definitely recommend these.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Greenwich, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I took delivery of the Sportwagen in October 2010. The OEM tires were new when they faced their first snowy season in Connecticut. I was constantly checking tire pressures because the handling in the lite snow and dry was terrible. I resigned my self thinking, "Be glad with the TDI but the Sportwagen is no handler.

This winter is above average for snowfall in Connecticut and the driving on uncleared roads is mission critical for me; getting my four year-old daughter safely back and forth to school. I decided to get dedicated snows for the winter. I've had Blizzaks, Dunlops even Firestone studded tires on other family cars. I liked what I read about the Michelin X-Ice3's and decided to try them. The Michelin X-Ice3's replaced the OEM all-season Hankooks. What a difference! I keep anticipating a slide or skid, but the X-Ice3's have raised the bar when driving in the snow.

OK, you would expect them to be way better than OEM All-Seasons in snow. But, the real surprise was that the X-Ice3's have better grip than the OEM tires did in both dry and rainy conditions. No more loss of traction when accelerating.
I've changed my mind, the Jetta TDI is a pretty good handling car. I expect the Michelins to wear longer than the Blizzaks I had. Come the spring I intend to treat the Sportwagen to a set of summer-performance tires; probably Michelin's.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2011 Subaru Outback
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Frederick, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
June 19, 2012

I bought this tire last fall to replace the continue oem tires...I bought these based on numerous reviews for wi.ref frigid.g and rain resistance. These tires have exceeded my expectations in every aspect of driving. I take my subaru everywhere. Inroads off-road, etc. The only the.g you have to remember Is for the first 500 to 750 miles they might be a little squirely until the first layer wears off. After that, great tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H431

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H431Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

2013 Kia Optima
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: O'Fallon, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 12, 2012

After reading all the negative comments about excessive noise and terrible wet traction I was a bit aprehensive about these tires. Admittedly I have only 2,000 miles on the car but so far here are my observations:
Noise - They are no noisier than the Michelin's on the Infiniti M35x I traded in on the Optima. I do not find the road noise excessive in any way. The car is actually quieter than my wife's Infiniti EX35 riding on Michelin's. Thay may be more a function of the car than the tire but noise is not an issue.
Wet Traction - Had a mjor rainstorm yesterday and went out looking for puddles and standing water. Found plenty with no problems whatsoever. I cruised on the highway at 65-70 with no feeling of lack of control at all. Hit several large puddles at 45 mph on a back road with no evedence of hydroplaning at all.
Snow - Can't help you here. Haven't driven it in snow yet but I'd be surprised if they were as bad as several reviewers have stated.
Am I happy with the tires? So far - Yes. Would I buy them again - probably not as I really like Cooper Tires and I usually buy them as replacement when I need tires.
So any of you out there who have these tires on your car - don't fret. They should do just fine unless they are really terrible on snow, whcih I have not been able to evaluate yet.