Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2014 Mini John Cooper Works
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Centennial, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2014

I have owned two sets of these Pirelli's. The first was on a company Subaru Outback. I was so impressed I ordered a set for my 2014 JCW Coupe. I took delivery of my car just before Christmas 2013 so I had them put on immediately before picking up the car from the dealer. We get a lot of snow and a lot of snow types from 7-11 slushy to deep packed here in Colorado, not to mention ice.

The reason you get these is because you want some performance capabilities along with good snow traction. I drive through mountains, prairie and just took a trip to Vegas on dry warm road. I left them on because I could still hit snow in the UT and CO mountains. We have had a lot of snow this year up until about March so these tires have really had a good trial in lots of snow and in warm weather in Vegas and NM.

The snow traction is amazing. I have Michellin Xice on my company Malibu, Blizzaks on my Mini Clubman S and these Pirelli's on the JCW. I have driven all in sequence in several types of snow and ice. All are good tires but these Pirelli's are my favorite. They handle extremely well in the snow. I went in a snow covered parking lot doing donuts with and without traction control. It was really difficult to break traction. On the highway and on some icy areas they are fantastic. No snow tires make you impervious but I believe these are the best short of studded. The main reason I like them is because of the terrific dry and even warm weather traction. They are superb. I will not autocross in them but in a normal sedan or SUV I would consider running them all year. They do not seem to wear excessively and cold, warm, wet, snowy or icy they are terrific. There are no deficiencies. For a snow tire I would actually give them a 10 in dry but I think that is for summer tires. I think for price and all around performance in a climate like I have, -25 in winter and temps can change 50 degrees in one day and different altitudes...this is a fantastic tire. You won't go wrong with these.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Thursday, April 3, 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: 9.62
 
 

2007 Volkswagen GTI
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
March 31, 2014

I just switched to the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires as I had my third blow out on a set of Kumho SPT tires in about 5K miles and 13 months. On two occasions I could not see any rhyme or reason for the blow outs. On the first occasion it was a nasty pot hole and I totally understand.

The Michelin's are absolutely amazing, in particular for the price point that they are at. I managed to put about 500 miles on them in 3 days in dry, wet, very wet, cold and light snow conditions. The tires just performed amazingly well. In the dry, the level of adhesion is beyond the other three sets of tires I had on this car (Bridgestones and Kumho). On the same on / off ramps, I am going about 15 MPH above the other two tires limit and these just keep on sticking! The breakaway characteristics are very linear and very predictable and in the GTI with its FWD very easy to manage. Even more impressive is their traction in the wet, where on a trip to upstate NY in the rain and heavy down pour, they did not hydroplane even once and I had to physically watch the speedometer as the confidence that these tires inspire can easily inspire one to go a lot faster than one should! There was light snow when we got to the mountains and in the light snow there was no issue whatsoever with traction or predictability.

The tires are soft to the touch but in the 50 or so miles of the dry back road twisties I went to and threw the car around, I could not see any tread-wear whatsoever. I have not seen that on any new tires that I have tried on any of my cars as I have always got them to grain a little bit in that type of spirited driving. The steering response is immediate and predictable and I can really toss this car around knowing what the tires are doing as they communicate the surface really well. They are the quietest tires I have ever had on any car and there were no harsh noises or jolts when going over expansion joints.

I wholeheartedly and without reservations recommend these tires.

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 General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.22
 
 

2008 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Clifton Park, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

The van came with the Michelin LX4's which wore out at 40k. Was very happy with the feel of the Michelins in all conditions except for the snow in which they were dreadful. I use Blizzaks in the winter on dedicated wheels. Purchased the RT43's to replace the LX4's thinking that spring was here and wouldn't you know it, we get hit with a snow/ice storm. The RT43's were quite good in the snow/ice on brand new tires although I prefer a dedicated snow tire for the van.

For regular driving the RT43's are close to the Michelins but I prefer the feel of the Michelins. However, given the price differential between a new set of LX4's (or Defenders) and the all around capability of the RT43's plus favorable reviews, these tires get high marks and were worth a try. If they last 50K for this van which has a reputation for eating up tires, it is a no brainer. If they don't last, back to the Michelins.

As far as fuel economy is concerned, I think that the Michelins are better but time will tell.

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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.9
 
 

2006 Scion xA
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Potomac, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2014

I bought these tires over a month ago dead winter. In snow the traction is not the best but did exceed my expectations. unlike the other reviews, the tires provide a reasonable traction for their type much better than the previous ones I had. In Dry conditions, no comment, everything is very very good. I will definitely purchase another pair when the time comes. Plus you can't beat the price...

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2005.5 (New Jetta MKV)
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Altamont, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2014

I can't express how impressed I am with these Dunlop tires. As a former Nokian Hakkapeliitta buyer, these Dunlop WinterMaxx tires perform at least as well in snow and ice, and they're priced much better than the "premium" winter tires out there. They handle well in wet or dry, and have been exceptional on snow & ice where my car would go when others were stuck during this tough winter. I have only 3 months so far on the tires all winter 2013-2014, so long-term wear (not usually a strong point of winter tires) isn't fully known though no excessive wear is evident at this point. I can confidently recommend these winter tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.89
 
 

1993 Honda Accord DX/LX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: South Bend, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2014

Absolute must if you live in a snowy climate. Excellent price for what the tires offer and a HUGE difference between all-season and winter tire performance. Not the best snow tire out there, but a bargin for the money.

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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2014

These tires replaced Michelin Primacy MXV4 (o.e.m. on'13 Avalon) which were terrible in the snow and "unsettled" when driving in rain. Only had 18k on them, but did not feel safe to drive in wet weather. After reading all the reviews, I decided to go with Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. I could immediately tell a big difference in how car felt more secure,balanced and just more grip. Tires are quiet on paved surfaces and a little noisy on concrete which is to be expected with a 70,000 tread life. Overall I would highly recommend tires.I have only purchased Michelins for the last 20 years,but after reading the reviews and considering the price I decided to go with the Pirellis.So far I am very pleased.

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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.18
 
 

2010 Audi A4 2.0 Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

I use my car to visit customers about ~2 days a week, during those highway trips, I put on about ~200 miles total. The remainder, I have a short commute to the office or work from home. This is an AWD car with a 60/40 rear/front torque split so I kept a careful eye on rear tire wear. Tires were rotated every 10k. After the initial break-in and first 10k, I thought the Conti sidewalls were a little soft comparing to my Pirelli OEM's, but all in all, I determined the tire had a good all around rating.

I live in the Bay Area and when my friends don't feel like driving to Lake Tahoe, I volunteer, though my Audi can only hold 1~2 other schlorks including gear (hee hee hee)... Light/heavy snow performance is a 6~7 out of 10, but that's also due to poor ground clearance (and insufficient space in the wheel wells when they fill with snow). But hey, that's what you get with a good looking sedan with 18" wheels...

Last 10k miles, tire noise has increased slightly. I had a good experience with these and am now in the market for another set. Tire Rack will continue to see all my new tire business. Checking out Michelin PS3's, RE970AS's, and Eagle F1's. Will probably go with the PS3's to try something new and because they are relatively all in the same price range. Thank you Tire Rack.

The All-Season General AltiMAX RT43 is Number One

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Gary Stanley

With its generous treadwear warranty, great ride quality and class-leading handling and traction, the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) is a customer favorite for tires in the Standard Touring All-Season performance category. In a recent test, we concluded that the tire had impressive traction in both wet and dry conditions, very good handling and reasonable road manners. It finished in first place in our test, "Testing Standard Touring All-Season Tires: Which Tires Strike the Perfect Balance?

The General AltiMAX RT43 is available in a wide range of sizes, making it a great choice for a large variety of vehicles from compact cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, to popular crossovers like the Nissan Rogue. Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with this tire:

"These are the best all-season tires I've ever purchased (and I've bought probably 15-20 sets of tires for various vehicles over the past 15 years, everything from snow tires to racing slicks). They actually defeat the purpose of my snow tires, as they offer about 8/10th of the snowy driving performance of them. This has to be the best all-season tire on the market. It just can't be beat for the price, performance, comfort and treadwear."  -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1985 BMW 535i

"Great tire thus far. Not many miles driven but they have already seen the worst of Pennsylvania's weather and potholes. These tires are impressively quiet, comfortable over bumps and potholes. It's near impossible to avoid them all now, and these tire seem up to the worst of them with no harshness at all. Great tire." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Subaru Forester

If you're looking for a great set of affordable tires, don't miss out on the General AltiMAX RT43! For more great options for your vehicle, read "Looking for Quiet Tires? Check Out My Top Three Picks!"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2006 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Arlington, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2014

I have a set of Summer tires and Winter tires so I only use these during the summer months or after the last snow. I drive 55 miles each way on the highway. These tires have great handling and but are a little bit noisy on the road and provide a little bit of a harsher ride than my winter tires. I expect this and have no issue with it as these tires perform great in the rain and on dry pavement. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good summer tire as the prices has gone down on Tire Rack recently and might be a good alternative to the other tires out there.

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 Firestone Precision Touring

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57
 
 

2012 Hyundai Elantra Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: South Bend, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 07, 2014

So far I am very impressed with these Firestone Precision Touring tires. If you live in a climate that experiences ice and snow on a regular basis, these tires are a very good choice! Wet and dry traction is also very good. The ride is smooth and the noise level is also quite good. They are a little noisy at first but after a few hundred miles they quiet down. For the price these tires are an excellent value. I can`t attest for the tire wear yet but will update later on after I put more miles on them.

iON Air Pro Camera or $70 Rebate With Purchase of Continental Tires

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Lately it seems that Continental has been on a roll when it comes to manufacturing class-leading tires. The company is known for producing tires with a moderate price point with excellent characteristics. While often there are faster times recorded on other brands in the dry, many Continental tires seem to excel in the wet and light snow (all-season tires).

A few of Continental's most popular models for passenger cars include the ExtremeContact DW, ExtremeContact DWS and the new PureContact with EcoPlus Technology with its 70,000-mile treadlife warranty. If you own a crossover, SUV or light truck, you will want to take a look at the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. The tire is designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow.

With the purchase of a set of four Continental brand passenger or light truck/SUV tires for a total value of $440 or more through April 4, 2014, you can receive a free iON Air Pro™ Wi-Fi Lite HD Camera or a $70 Visa® Prepaid Card.

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: 8.1
 
 

2008 Infiniti G35X Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: North Ridgeville, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

Keeping in mind the price-point of these tires, I have been very impressed with their performance to this point. I have about 2000 miles on them and have driven them in just about every weather condition. Wet/dry traction has been impressive and I quickly gained confidence in these tires in light snow. In heavier snowfall, I adjust my driving style to the conditions, but, have had no problems whatsoever with takeoffs or turns. Ride comfort and noise level are at least on par with the OE Eagle RS-As. As others have stated, treadwear will ultimately determine if this was a great buy.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2007 BMW 328xi Wagon Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: River Forest, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
March 08, 2014

These tires have amazing grip. I purchased these in the late fall shortly after the first snowfalls this year. The OEM all-season tires would just slide when stopping with any snow cover. These tires stop and accelerated in snow as if it were dry pavement. My only complaint would be some additional road noise on dry pavement, but that is a small price to pay for good winter tires. I purchased the tires and rims together. The total cost for the package was less than my insurance deductible, which I figured would have been used if I kept the OEM tires on for the winter.

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta PA31 Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2004 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: North Wales, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

Fantastic "Jack of All Trades" tire. For the price, you get an excellent tire. Dry and wet grip is pretty good. Snow grip isn't the best but far from the worst for an A/S tire(that's reserved for Conti DWS in my experience). What really stands out in the snow is the tire grip limit speaks too you the whole time giving you the confidence you need.