Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.9
 
 

2002 Mazda Protege 5
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Moody, AL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2014

Living in central Alabama, I needed a tire capable of handling a little bit of anything. We get plenty of rain, and the occasional dusting of snow. However, I didn't want to totally compromise dry handling characteristics. This tire fit that bill quite well.

For pure dry grip levels, it's an all-season. Don't expect sports car levels of grip. However, it handles mild spirited driving just fine (even did an autocross or two on these). It doesn't make too much noise either. Treadlife and wear is nice, and appear that these will last most drivers well.

In the wet, they are great. We get some heavy downpours here, and I've always had full confidence hitting even large puddles on the highway at reasonable speeds. Wet traction is well maintained, and very respectable.

What little bit of snow we get (as well as the bit I've experienced with these during my travels out of state) was handled well by these tires. Obviously not a dedicated snow tire, but in light snow, slush, and even patches of ice they remained a solid choice.

If you're looking for an all-around go to tire that you won't have to worry about what the weather will be, at a great price, you won't be disappointed with the Kumho Ecsta 4X!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta PA31 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2007 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2014

The Kumho ECSTA PA31 is probably the best passsenger car tire I have ever bought and I'm 48 years old. I have driven this tire on a 2007 Acura TL for 10,000 miles and it has been nothing short of outstanding. I drive 280 miles a day, 3 to 4 days a week from the Eastern Allegheny mountains to the Pittsburgh airport. Through driving rains, dry roads, sleet and snow, you name it. I always wondered what my car would be like if it had AWD. Now I know, this tire is SOLID!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KH16

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KH16 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2008 Honda Fit
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Swannanoa, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

I am a class winning autocrosser, and a performance car enthusiast. My judgments consider the cost and class of the tire. I am not the primary driver of this vehicle, but often carpool with my wife and take this car on long trips.

I have owned three sets of this particular tire. The first are on the factory wheels that have been replaced with aftermarket ones. These still have great tread and I still use them from time to time. The second set was on a set of aftermarket wheels once the car was lowered. With a Good alignment and proper rotations, we got **40k miles** (note the tread wear rating indicates they will last about 31k miles) out of this set, only driving down to the wear indicators. Currently have about 8-10k on our third set.
For the price, these tires are absolutely unbeatable. During spirited, mountain road, dry conditions they performed very well and very predictably. Easily outpaced novice drivers in a slower car on the tail of the dragon. However, their peak grip does not approach that of a performance summer tire. During wet city and highway conditions these tires are excellent. Their wet grip and resistance to hydroplaning is stellar for their price. Even right before we replaced the second set they inspired confidence and maintained a high degree of hydroplane resistance in all but full on, standing water. We only recently experienced snow that was worthy of reviewing. I have to say I was completely surprised these tires performed as well as they did. These tires on this car easily went where my primary vehicle (a heavier car with Michelin All-Seasons, more ground clearance, and a limited slip differential) would never have ever gone. With smart, cautious driving I would trust these tires in up to 4 inches of powder any day of the week.

These are an excellent, all around, affordable, tire and simply cannot be beaten for their price. I will continue to purchase these for all of my commuting vehicles and recommend them to all.

Good Tires From Kumho, Hankook, Sumitomo and General

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

In the tire game, Kumho, Hankook, Sumitomo and General may not be common household names to some, but our testing and customer feedback proves they make some great tires. How do they do this? Specialization. 

The vehicle market is so diverse, making it a huge challenge for a single tire manufacturer to engineer the right tire for every car, SUV, crossover and light truck. It's not easy to fine-tune tires appropriate for the Ford F-150, FIAT 500 and the vast spectrum of vehicles in between. The end result is specific tires dominating in specialized areas.

Are you searching for great steering response, good wet grip and value in a sporty size? If so, the Kumho Ecsta 4X needs to be on your list. Do you put heavy emphasis on treadwear and light snow traction? Take a look at the Hankook Optimo H727. When looking for a 315/35R17 tire for the back axle of your muscle car, it's hard to beat the Sumitomo HTR Z's combination of value and performance. Finally, if you're looking for a tire at a reasonable price, with good wet grip and a cool tread design, check out the General G-MAX AS-03.

Ultra High Performance All-Season Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Standard Touring All-Season Hankook Optimo H727
Hankook Optimo H727
Ultra High Performance Summer Sumitomo HTRZ
Sumitomo HTR Z
Ultra High Performance All-Season General G-Max AS-03
General G-MAX AS-03


To learn more about what tire is a good match for your vehicle, read "Selecting the Right Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ101

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza DZ101 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.25
 
 

2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

I read the reviews of this tire and have to laugh when people say they are weak in the dry traction area. I drive VERY spirited through tight mountain roads and they are fantastic. They out preform the Michelin, Kumho, and Continental sport tires hands down. These things stick like glue and lose traction very predictably. If you have trouble with traction or ultimate grip with these tires it is NOT the tires lol. My son runs the DZ 1, I know it is a softer compound then the 101, on and his M3 suspension binds before his tires lose grip. He has run both and had the same experience I had. I bought them on this site and am thinking about getting them again for another car. They do not last as long as the others I mentioned but that is the trade off for the grip you get. My "5" means average my "10" means exceeds expectations.

 

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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Branford, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

I bought these tires a month ago to replace tires damaged by road debris. These are by FAR the best tires I've had on this car, including OEM Potenzas, Kumho Solus KH16, two sets of General Altimax HP. The General's were pretty good, but wore fast and did not corner/brake on snow well. These Pirelli's are amazing. The car is noticeably quieter and rides smoother -- it's like a new car. We have had a snowy winter so far in CT so I have had many chances to test these on snow and ice. I have had snow tires on other cars that didn't perform this well. Truly impressive. Yesterday I drove up the steep hill to my house on 8 inches of unplowed, unsalted snow without so much as a slip. A Subie and these tires is unstoppable! Very, very happy with this purchase... would buy again in a heartbeat.

 

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

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2008 Infiniti G35X Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,100
Location: Rockville, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,100 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2013

Wow, these tires rock. I have gone through a bunch of different tires on my car (Kumho Ecsta 4x, Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position, Continental ExtremeContact and Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus to name a few). Since I drive aggressively, I don’t get to many miles from my tires.
I live in the northeast and have already experienced 4+ inches of snow with these tires along with icy/slushy hail, and high 70 degree weather (imagine that in DC area in Winter!). These tires are ultra-quite, have great predictability in steering, and awesome performance in snow/ice/dry weather. Even though there more expensive than other tires, I will be making sure to place these on our other cars when those tires wear out (Mustang and Infiniti FX45).
Hopefully Pirelli doesnt stop selling these tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.78
 
 

2003 Mazda Protege 5
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

As a compact, light weight car owner, safety with good snow traction was my priority of choosing tires. After stopping the entire traffic on both lanes on highway with my previous car spinning 180 degrees on snow several years ago, I have become extremely nervous and afraid of driving on snow. My car requires tire size which are not with abundance of selections, and previous sets of Kumho and Dunlop Dirrezza were absolutely disastrous. Kumho was excellent in summer, but very unstable on snow and hard to stop. Dunlop was way worse. It was basically impossible to control and stop the car on even just lightly covered snow. Just an inch of snow made Dunlop spin without going forward, and I could not stop my car at red lights several times. My husband did not believe me until he drove the car. Dunlop did poorly in rain, too. I think Kumho was much better. I determined that it would be a serious safety issue to continue driving with Dunlop tires, so I was very happy to trade-in those just 5000 mile tires to get a new set of Continental DWS. It was a big instant relief to drive with these tires I actually felt as soon as I started driving. I finally do not feel nervous driving on the snow, and they kept my compact car going when polar Vortex hit Colorado with 5 inches of snow under zero temperature. Looks on the side wall is not that impressive and it did made a slight noise at first, which soon went away. There's no snow tire available for this car as of today, and I think this is the very best I can get for winter driving. This is a new set and I am not quite sure how long it lasts, but I believe Conti offers 50k warranty. I highly recommend this tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2008 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 250
Location: Jaffrey, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
January 19, 2014

I recently switched from my Kumho summer tires to my Blizzaks on my 2008 BMW M3. I could not be more impressed by the performance of these tires! It took my m3 from a helpless baby to what could be mistaken as an AWD to unknowing spectators. Takes on steep, snowy driveways like nobodies business. Thoroughly enjoy having my parking spot at the TOP of the driveway back again. Also, with these tires this car is unbelievably fun to whip nuts in parking lots with! People think I'm crazy for driving my car in the winter, but with the fun these tires let me have I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you Bridgestone, you truly improved my winter by 100%.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KH25

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KH25 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.73
 
 

2013 Hyundai Sonata
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Miles driven on tires: 28,000
Location: Clifton, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 28,000 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2014

Worst tires you can possibly use in snow/ice. Does not have any traction and the car won't come to stop, every time you press brakes ABS kicks inn and the car will just slide. Trend wear is not good either, had to change these tires out at 28,000 miles. Went with continental pure contact and they are much better in snow. Hyundai, start using better tires in your cars.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.5
 
 

2011 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
January 03, 2014

I got two years and 50,000 miles out of these tires and for the most part, I must say that I am pleasantly surprised that they lasted as long as they did. These are the OEM tires on my 2011 Prius 3 and they have been absolutely trouble free from day one but there are good and bad parts about any product so here goes.

The bad:
For those not familiar with the Prius, I need to qualify my minor quibble about the road noise of tires because the Prius is a very quiet car most of the time. At a traffic light the engine turns off so the silence can be eerie. On the highway, the engine shuts off too so you only hear wind and road noise. Since I have 2 Prius' with different tires (the other car has Kumho Solus tires), I can tell the difference easily.

To be clear, this is not a big difference in noise loudness so much as a difference in frequency and feel. The Goodyear tire seems to transmit more vibration as well as road noise.

The good:
Bulletproof. Absolutely bulletproof. In my decade of driving I've never had a tire perform as well over a long period of time. I did not notice a drop off in performance until after 45,000 miles when the traction control beeped during a spirited launch.

Better still, the fuel economy I got with these tires averaged 51mpg over 50,000 miles with best economy at 65mpg (running the car with no heat or a/c typically returns about 58mpg).

Conclusion:
Since I am one to meticulously maintain my vehicle, I attribute that and regularly scheduled tire rotation as one of the factors in this tire's longevity but those factors aside, this is a great tire in my opinion. Although I like this tire, I'm going to try something different next time but if they do not work out I will buy these again for my other Prius.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Road Venture APT KL51

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Road Venture APT KL51 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2002 Volvo V70 XC
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Boca Raton, FL
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 20, 2014

Have put a set of Kumho APT KL51 on my 2002 Volvo XC 70 in early Dec 2013. The car is in Cape Town South Africa, so the driving conditions have been summer like most of the time. Very pleased with tires so far. Only driven 2000 miles, but, the ride comfort, noise and what I would call compliance of the tires are very much to my liking.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.9
 
 

2011 Hyundai Sonata
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Huntington, NY
Driving Condition: Easy Going

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

I did a lot of reading before selecting these tires. I needed to replace the Kumho's that came standard on my Sonata. The original tires were the worst I've ever encountered in snow. I was afraid that all my research on buying the Sonata was wrong. I live in New York and although we don't get a lot of snow, the past two years have been above average. The new Continental tires on my car made a world of difference. We just got 14" of snow and my car went everywhere I asked, without spinning and sliding. I was not driving through 14" of snow, but the plowing still left a lot of snow on the ground and did not cause me any problems. I would not recommending these tires, or buying them again. The only thing that I cannot comment on is the tread-life and I've only put about 5,000 miles on them so far. I hope this has been beneficial.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 6

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Manchester, NH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
September 16, 2012

I'm having trouble closing the gap between most other reviews, Tire Racks test of this tire, and my experience. Replaced the OEM Bridgestone Potenza RE92's with these and the ride is a little softer and much quieter, but steering response is terrible. I'm seeing few complaints of this in the reviews, and Tire Rack puts steering response as one of the strong points of the tire, but I can drive down the highway, wiggle the steering wheel, and feel the car yaw like a boat. It's a similar feeling to when I drive my parents 12 yr old Buick LeSabre, not really an acceptable driving characteristic in anything in a "performance" category. Outright grip when cornering and braking seems good, but again, any steering inputs mid corner result in a delay while the outside tires load up, then the requested change in direction. Maybe I was spoiled by the rock hard sidewalls of the run-flat Bridgestones, but I find it hard to believe all tires in this category behave like this.

Best Tires for the Honda Fit

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Is it time to get your Honda Fit outfitted with new tires? Since 2007, the Fit has been a great choice for commuters, students and many drivers looking for dependable transportation while not breaking the bank. These fuel-efficient compact cars are very sporty, attractive and popular. Whether you've had your Honda for many years or just picked one up used, it may be time for some new tires.

The Fit is available with several tire size options. Unfortunately, there's not one great tire that will cover all four sizes available. For those of you with the 185/55R16 size, the best tire would be the Yokohama AVID Ascend. This is a Grand Touring All-Season tire with above average all-season traction and a 75,000-mile treadlife warranty. However, you may want to consider changing sizes, due to the limited tires available in this size.

Fit owners can also use 205/50R16 tires as an alternative. It's a little wider and you may see a slight drop in fuel economy, but you will experience better wet and dry traction, improved handling and a better selection of tire options. One of the better selections in this size includes the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. This best seller has great all-season traction, a 55,000-mile treadlife warranty and handles very well.

If your Honda fit is equipped with 195/55R15 tires, take a look at the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum. This Grand Touring All-Season is very nice to drive on. It offers pleasant ride qualities and reasonable tread noise.

For Fits with the 175/65R14 tire, I would consider the Michelin Defender. This is a fantastic tire with superior all-season traction with a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty. It's designed to enhance fuel economy by meeting Michelin's Green-X low rolling resistance objectives.

Finally, in the 175/65R15 size, take a look at the General AltiMAX HP. The tire is designed to combine reliability, comfort and treadlife, as well as provide year-round traction, including in light snow.

Yokohama AVID Ascend
Yokohama AVID
Ascend
Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
Kumho Ecsta LX
Platinum
Michelin Defender
Michelin
Defender
General Altimax HP
General AltiMAX
HP


Regardless of the size of tire on your Honda Fit, shop by size to view all options available.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

2007 Dodge Charger SRT-8
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Miles driven on tires: 1,050
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,050 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2013

Excellent tire! Very much better than the replacement Firestone 500 Police, Kumho's, and particularly, the Goodyear Eagles Z-rated that came on the car. I had a tread separation on one of these at 24,000 miles - inexcusable on a Z rated tire at highway speeds. The Kumho's handled excellently, and probably gave slightly superior dry traction vs. the new Pilots, but were toast in 16M miles, which is ridiculous. Love all aspects of the Pilots to date. Well worth the very premium price.

 

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

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.62
 
 

2008 Honda S2000 SCCA STR Class
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2013

Car: Honda S2000
Soft ride, nice tires, there are worse and better tires. Driver side and Passenger side tires can be switched unlike unidirectional tires. Kumho XS gives better dry traction. However, these tires are a standard extreme performance tire. Not bad for the price, you get what you pay for.

Street driving is comfortable, should be matched with a proper suspension setup to yield optimal results. These tires, like the XS, ADVAN AD08 & RE-11 will need a stiffer suspension to better manage the grip. If your not really into supreme handling then sports tires are a far better choice. Longevity is lost for performance gain; increadible performance gain, however, save the performance potential for the track.

Track:
displays good ultimate grip, should be careful will probably outdrive 90% of most drivers, meaning to fully maximize performance from these tires, they are a perfect blend of street and track use..

Might try a different set of tires, Dunlop should really design something that has a more durable centre section for regular driving and softer outer sections for higher grip.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.56
 
 

2012 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 19,000
Location: Keizer, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 19,000 Miles on Tires
April 05, 2013

Not understanding all the hate for this tire. Most likely it's because they come standard on 2010 thru 2013 GTI's and drivers who never experience sub-zero temperatures and snow have no need for an A/S tire on a high-performance car. As a result, they compare this tire to either max or extreme performance summer tires.
However, comparing this tire to the Kumho ECSTA 4X A/S tires on my son's Mazda 3, I would rate them at least as equals, and probably a bit better when below zero.
Additionally, using a regular rotation period of 5k miles, these tires demonstrate fantastic wear resistance. Currently at 19k miles and less than 50% wear. Very quiet on the freeway as well. The only negative is the braking and cornering traction in the wet should be a little higher.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Monday, March 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2004 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: West New York, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2013

Great tire. Nice and quiet. Decent response. Smooth ride... I'm no crazy driver but I do once in a while like to drive fast. My first concern was about 10-11k miles in when I was driving on wet road. I was making a decent curve and right away I noticed the car was going out of control. I never had that problem with them but I guess traction was reduced already. Ever since that day, I would be super careful driving in the rain. Great in the snow. We don't get crazy snow in North Jersey but it handle pretty well. Didn't leave me stuck anywhere. The one thing I did not like was the soft sidewall. Here in NJ we some of the worse roads I driven on and these tires didn't not like it. Three of them developed bubbles due to impact. Most of the impacts weren't as bad as of the ones I hit when my old falken 912 tires. When I saw bubbles, I was really disappointed. Tire still had good amount thread left and I was force to get new tires. :( Overall, I would recommend this tire but I would be more careful while driving but in NJ that's almost impossible. I didn't like that tirerack doesn't let you buy hazard protection if the manufacture offers it. This tire offer for 1 year or 1st 2/32nd thread but I was way over. I was stuck getting new tires..

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, March 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2010 Kia Forte Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,100
Location: Pittsfield, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,100 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

The original Nexen CP662 were surprisingly good for OEM tires, but these Kumhos are awesome. They're categorized as Ultra High Performance All Season, and they're all of that, yet they don't look like anything special. Under aggressive acceleration, wet or dry, the tires spin no more than half a revolution, then ferociously bite the pavement. The car seemingly rides on rails and the understeer threshold is much higher and more predictable. At under $90 each, they're an incredible bargain.