Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43
 
 

2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i
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Miles driven on tires: 1,800
Location: James Island, SC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,800 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

After a sidewall issue with the OEM Goodyear Eagle LS2's, decided to give the Bridgestones a try after reading the reviews. Wanted to stay with a run flat for piece of mind for my wife and young daughter. I was pleasantly surprised with the upgraded ride quality and noise reduction over the Eagles. The car feels like the luxury car it was meant to be now. Not sure why BMW refuses to offer the next gen run flats on their vehicles, but these are certainly a welcomed upgrade to ours. Highly recommend these tires if you are looking for run flats.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2006 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Belleair Bluffs, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

The PSS is a tire well worth the price. I have a modified MINI Cooper S that I took to The Dragon this year, and the tires earned their keep. Super sticky in the corners yet firm enough to prevent any hint of body roll. I was a tad hesitant when purchasing the tires last year because of the price, but they're worth every penny and proved their value on the Dragon, Hellbender, and other pure driver's roads in NC/TN. SO glad I had them thru wicked switchbacks with a rock wall on one side and a severe drop-off on the other. My nerves gave out before the tires did.

The PSS has also proved to be solid in the wet. Year-round life in Florida includes torrential summer storms, but these tires have yet to hydroplane or get squirrelly on me.

These tires are also very quiet and offer a pleasant ride for a performance tire. Face it: if dry & wet handling are top priorities, you'll probably be willing to give a little on the ride quality, especially if you've invested in a performance suspension.

All around the Pilot Super Sport is a superior tire. Would not hesitate to recommend it to others or buy again myself.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2011 Chevrolet Impala
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Riverview, FL
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
April 24, 2014

I bought these tires to replace OEM Goodyear Eagle LS2s. I immediatly noticed dramatic improvements in ride noise, ride quality and cornering stability. Can a tire be quieter, smoother and still outcorner its OEM predecessor? Absolutely. These tires are whisper-quiet and have a good dampening effect over rough surfaces. This is my second set: We are well into a set on my other car (a small GM SUV) and could not be more pleased with the treadwear, the noise level and the ride quality. Buy these tires. You will be highly pleased.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2011 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Olivette, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
May 13, 2014

Did considerable research about replacements for the OEM Bridgestone RE050 runflats which had poor treadlife, hard ride quality and concern with four season performance. Considered runflat and nonrunflat. Read very good reviews from TireRack testing and other owners and chose the RE960A/S RFT. Ride quality was a huge improvement. They don't tramline like the RE050's, and like the safety of having RFT. I'm not tracking the car but enjoy sporty driving and the handling has been great.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2002 BMW 325xi Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Somerset, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

The moment I put these tires on my BMW, it completely changed the ride quality. The ride is now smoother and I'm more confident on the highway now. Although I only had these on my car for about a week, there is a big improvement in the performance of my BMW.

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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Auburn, WA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2014

Bought this tires based on good reviews here and I am so happy I did! First a few words about myself, I am big nut about tires, I used to have Tire Business in my country before I moved to the US. I drive two Mercedes 2003 and 2005 E320 CDI, so lets talk about the tires, first this is high quality tires with a good price and as all new tires they are quiet and smooth, but they are better then the rest , on 2003 e320 I have Good Year ComfortTread Touring, Before was Turanza Serenety, and before Serenety was Mich.,(drive my e320 for 9 years) so Why Pirelli is best over them, First, once they installed they smooth NO VIBRATION unlike Turanzas Surenety(8 times for balance 16 tires and sold them after 800 mile because bad vibration. Second, Pirelli is super Stable unlike GY Comfort Tread Touring( Puling to one side of the road and then to another, depends on the road slop). About ride comfort, they are quiet but transmit little bit more road imperfections like road joints compere to the GY, but Performance way better to GY CTT. So based on my pretty fresh experience I found This Pirelli Cintureto All Season P7 is superior to the tires I have and hand on my two Benzes include Mich., Bridge, GoodYears, Hankooks. Get them and you will feel how very confident, super stable, quiet your car is. About tread life, I can't say now but just let you know I change my tires close around 30 000 miles , Why??? because all tires get very noisy and rough over 30 000. remember this.

The New Hoosier A7 Versus the Hoosier A6

Friday, May 30, 2014 by Gary Stanley

For many years, drivers looking for race-winning performance in an autocross tire turned to the Hoosier A6. Not only are Hoosier race tires high quality, competitive products, they're made right here in Indiana. Building on the success of the Hoosier A6 is the all-new A7.  

Hoosier's A7 is a DOT-legal slick tread design with alternating five-dash circumferential grooves interrupting the solid grip surface. In addition to the new look of the five-dash grooves, the A7 features a new tread compound designed to extend wear and useable heat cycles. The tire is also designed so that it has less “fall-off” during a long run and less degradation over the life of the tire compared to the previous A6 version.   

The tire's internal structure features a symmetric construction that uses two lightweight steel belts reinforced by a spirally wrapped circumferential nylon cap ply under the tread on top of two nylon cord casing plies. It features a rim recess design on all sizes. Additionally, its symmetric tread design and internal construction allows the tire to be mounted on either side of the car (and later be remounted inside out to further extend its life).

To learn more about tires offered from Hoosier, read "Hoosier Tires Made in Indiana!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus R-S3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.5
 
 

2013 Subaru BRZ
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Shelton, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
April 29, 2014

I use these tires for track day events only and they have been great. Although not the stickiest tire out there, they are pretty darn good. The price point, and good wear qualities makes them a great choice for tearing up the track with out emptying your pocket book.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Whitney Point, NY
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

I decided to buy winter tires just before the first forecast snow storm in my area. I live in upstate NY. The in-stock selection was low, the service manager suggested I try the Winter Maxx. I've never previously owned a set of Dunlop's, but with the only alternative available to me being the "house brand" I told the manager I'd take the Dunlops. I have not regretted that decision for a moment.

First off, the ride is very good for a snow tire with aggressive tread. Any decent snow tire is going to have some more noise and be bit rougher than all-seasons, but in the case of the Winter Maxx the drop-off in ride quality was very slight. If I was told I had to ride these all year I could handle it. Steering responsiveness takes the biggest hit, but is still within acceptable limits.

My usual commute to work takes me across two valleys before I get to the highway that takes me into town. That means I have to climb out of two valleys. Both of the hills I climb get brief sunlight so they are often snow covered for days following a storm. This is my first season without four wheel drive in many years. I was a little nervous that my VW Passat would not get me up the hills that I needed to climb in order to get to work. I'm happy to report that neither the Passat, nor the tires let me down. Not once during the winter did I fail to make the climb up the two hills, and for those who may not know, we had a very rough winter in upstate NY relative to recent years. Traction was very good and the car tracked extremely well. I would also mention that the second hill that I climb is particularly challenging as there is a sharp curve just prior to the steepest part which limits the approach speed. Braking performance was also very good as I have to go down the same hills in the evening that must climb in the morning.

Tread wear has been minimal so far. Tires were rotated twice during the winter and I'm fanatical about tire pressure. Worth every penny, would buy again.

Best New Tires for Honda Civic

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Many drivers of the Honda Civic are looking for tires that provide a good combination of treadwear, ride quality and all-season traction. Safety and reliability are also top considerations among Civic drivers. Since the Honda Civic uses common tire sizes, there are many choices on the market to choose from. In fact, trying to narrow down choices to a few top options can be very difficult!  

Based on my experience testing and selling tires, as well as our millions of miles of customer survey data, the following tires should be consider when choosing your next set. Below are my top recommendations in the most common sizes that are used on the Honda Civic in the past two decades.

1996-2000 Honda Civic (185/65R14)

 General Altimax RT 43
General AltiMAX RT43
 Hankook Optimo H727
Hankook Optimo H727


2001-2005 Honda Civic (185/70R4 or 195/60R15)


2006-20014 Honda Civic (195/65R15 or 205/55R16)

As you can see, the General AltiMAX RT43 is a top recommended choice for all three generations of the Honda Civic. To see what makes this such a great tire, read "The All-Season General AltiMAX RT43 is Number One."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2007 Ford F150 FX2 Super Cab 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 43,500
Location: Surrey, BC
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 43,500 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

Installed on my 2007 F-150 FX2; very nice tire and best bang for the $ in an area like ours [British Columbia by the coast] where rain and snow or ice and dry weather are all unpredictable and can be encountered all during the same day of driving; even in June! Sometimes they will thump for the 1st km or so but are fine when they warm up.
I went over the Coquihala Pass in a January snow storm and passed several vehicles with snow tires that were stuck [not that the
Spec-X are a winter tire but I was happily surprised]. They tracked well [excellently!] through icy ruts even though the 275/55s are wider than most other vehicle tires on the road [so like they were a tad wider than the ruts]. 200 lbs of sand in the back of the empty truck box keeps them working in snow & icy conditions.
In the rain [and we get lots here]; they are superb; no kidding; you'd think you were on dry pavement; hit a big puddle at 120 km/hr and they haven't ever hydroplaned yet.
Cornering: I think the truck would roll over before they would lose traction; I had to learn that the Spec-Xs were better than my vehicle & its suspension and my driving capabilities.
Noise: they are on a truck not a Lincoln Town Car; what can one expect? Having said that: they do not differ with the original tires.
I have a reprogramming chip [and some other mods] and set the maximum vehicle speed to 120 m/hr; I am happily here to report the Spec-X's just cruise along and track well at high speeds; again tire performance & quality exceeds the vehicle's aerodynamics.
Would have liked to see 60K out of them but they have worked well and lasted twice as long as the original Pirelli's our F-150 came with.
I am looking for another set soon; will likely buy the 305/50R20s instead of the 275/55R20s I now have.
Compared to other tires; the Spec-X out rotates other tires in traction, wear and comfort in all settings and I'd agree with that rating.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.38
 
 

2010 Infiniti G37 Sedan Journey Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: San Jose, CA
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
May 27, 2013

I was very hopeful of these tires due to the high ratings here and the fact that it came with a nice mail-in-rebate. Bought 225/55-17 to replace OEM Goodyear RS-A of the same size on my G37. After 6000 miles, I felt like the tires didn't live up to my expectation. It seems like a poor fit for the G37 - it's neither sporty, or comfy. The ride is a little rough and road noise is very obvious, even when new. I felt like the OEM Goodyear had better ride and noise quality when new, even though people on the forum criticize it. On the issue of mpg, these were touted to be LRR "eco/green" tires, but yet again, I was disappointed to see less than 0.5 mpg improvement, which is within my record-keeping variance. Some of the positive that I'm seeing are: lighter steering due to lighter weight, good wet traction, and long tread-life. I'll also add that I got my mail-in-rebate card within one month, which is pretty good. However, I felt like my G lost a step with these tires, it doesn't turn as sharply, feel as luxurious, or handle as well as it should. Maybe all these traits were sacrifice for the long-tread life, I don't know. I will be considering something else when the times come.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle RS-A

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle RS-A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6
 
 

2008 Ford Crown Victoria
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Eugene, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 14, 2013

Purchased a used Sheriff's department Police Interceptor with these tires, and have approx. 1,000 of my own miles on them during October and November during the beginning of our legendary rainy season.

Grip, road feel, and steering response are pretty good in the dry. Hard acceleration from a standing start the (rear) wheels spin despite factory limited slip, but that could be the weight distribution of the car.

I have already experienced some wet cornering traction issues, which is a problem in Oregon. The amount of rain is approx. 50" per year, and I suspect that much sustained rain means that most of the road oil is pretty cleaned up by it already. Thus, I think that wet cornering is pretty poor and a car without traction or stability control could be a handful to the uninitiated.

In addition, depending on the quality of the road surface, the tires can be either quiet or pretty noisy, and the 260 treadwear rating means that it won't live long.

They'd work in Southern California, but here, not so much. Great in the dry though.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2007 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: West Springfield, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2014

I have owned many tire brands over many years of driving. These Michelins have a quality, solid feel. They are a good fit for my 2007 Odyssey. We just returned from a three-day road trip through western Pennsylvania. These tires feel very secure on the road. They corner well. Very comfortable ride. Handling is good, but perhaps not as crisp as I would prefer. I have not experienced these tires in heavy rain or in snow. I would probably choose them again for the Odyssey.

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."

Your Questions About UTQG Ratings Answered

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Ben Rooney

What does "UTQG" stand for? Uniform Tire Quality Grade. It consists of a numeric treadwear rating, a letter traction rating and a letter temperature rating.

Should I use these ratings to decide what tire is best? Short answer: No. While they contain some useful information, UTQG ratings are generally not sufficient to judge the actual quality of a tire. This is especially true of the treadwear rating. The treadwear number is determined by the tire manufacturer. Each uses their own scale, and they have a surprising amount of leeway when setting the wear number.

If the treadwear number is lower, does that mean the tire has more grip? Not necessarily. Advances in compounding have allowed manufacturers to increase both treadwear and traction compared to older models. Assuming that a tire with a lower treadwear rating has better traction is like assuming that a car with worse fuel economy has more power. It is sometimes true, but not always the case.

What about traction rating? The traction rating only determines traction under one specific condition (locked-wheel braking on wet pavement). UTQG traction tests do not evaluate dry braking, dry cornering, wet cornering or high speed hydroplaning resistance.

If I live in a hot climate, should I be looking for an "A" temperature rating? Only if you plan to drive at high speeds. The testing for this rating is designed to evaluate the tires ability to withstand heat buildup caused by high speed operation. It does not accurately assess how well or poorly a tire will fare with regards to high ambient temperature. Tires with an "A" rating can exceed 115 mph in the lab test. Tires with a "B" rating can attain speeds between 100 and 115 mph. And tires with a "C" rating can reach speeds between 85 and 100 mph without failure. These ratings are similar to the speed ratings given to tires, though the methodology isn't identical.

Where can I go for more details about the methodology and ratings involved in UTQG testing? For more details and tables about testing procedure and ratings, read "Uniform Tire Quality Grade (UTQG) Standards."

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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

2006 Honda Ridgeline
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Eugene, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2008

I've had them long enough to have driven in almost every condition on road, including deep snow, ice, heavy rain, dry highway, secondary roads with tight turns, and some highway cruising. I don't have any meaningful off-road experience to report.



These tires transformed the ride and tire noise levels to those of near car tires in our 2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL. We had low-profile Toyo Proxes ST, and while the dry handling was great, that was the only joy I got from them.



The Geolander AT-S, the replacement for the AT-2's,is far better for typical driving (I've had the AT-2's), with the extra sidewall casing belt. It steers very well, and generally does what is asked of it. In my case that's a lot. The Ridgeline puts 'sports' into a truck: it has precise steering, high spring and shock rates, and a fully independent suspension. It drives like a quality sedan. Tires have no where to hide with this vehicle and any flaw or characteristic is made apparent.



I'm mostly amazed at the ride quality, and the near absence any noise. These tires soak up most road imperfections extremely well, especially on expansion joints going over bridges. Yokohama has done a great job balancing everything one needs in a AT rated tire, while giving you (me really, until you buy your own!) what you're hoping for.



I drive pretty briskly, and the handling is just great. I've bought performance tires for nearly 20 years (usually the best of the best) and these remind me of how they handle in the wet. Matter of fact I've yet to slide this truck in either wet or dry condition, and haved provoked them, but never unsettled them yet.



For those that are big on tire wear (it's not a selling feature for me at all), I'm happy to report uniform, but hardly perceptible wear. I don't think most people could even see it. Oh yes, one other thing, these tires do seem to balance quite well, too.



Overall Yokohama makes a great tire for the money. I can't see how a ti

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-XReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2008 Mazda CX-9
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Highland Village, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
July 16, 2011

I love these tires on the CX-9! They are the smoothest running tire I have ever owned on any car. They improve the luxurious feel of the car and are much better than the stock HL400's. The only area they could be better in is steering crispness. I remember driving the car off the dealer lot new and was amazed how it turned into corners like on rails. But those stock tires were only good for about 15000 miles then became horribly slippery in the wet and began to wear extremely quickly, not to mention the steering became very heavy at this time. I used a tread grooving iron to modify/regroove some of the 1/2 shallow sipes & channels and that improved the hydroplaning some but the rubber had already lost its adhesive qualities and wet driving was a very dangerous practice. Since my wife & kids use this vehicle most of the time I was forced to get a new set ASAP.

The Spec-X's are a wonderful tire - not a high performance tire but it has good looks and very good performance along with the best ride in the world.

I just hope that they give me at least 1/2 the 60K milage they are warrented for without turning to crap after the 1st year and I will be happy. I've owned 2 other sets of Yok's on other vehicles and have always been happy. They had a tendency to wear quicker than I would like but I'd wrather have good handling/traction vs a tire that lasts a long time but is deadly in weather!

You will not be disappointed in the Spec-X's on your CX-9.

I will try to remember to update as I add miles to the car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta PA31 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2005 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5 GT
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Westerly, RI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
November 29, 2013

My third set of Kumhos, I always was "satisfied" with these tires, not the best in class but always an excellent value (KU-27's and ASX's prior). SO far I have to say I am VERY impressed with ride quality, low tread noise and excellent wet traction. They balanced perfectly, NO shimmy all the way to 90 mph, I mean not a trace! Well see about winter traction, I suspect they will be good. My car is AWD and last season the KU-27's got me through almost three feet of snow at half tread depth....no easily mind you but three feet of snow is not a cake walk for any car. Will

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.