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

Monday, July 21, 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: 9.71
 
 

2008 Audi A8
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
April 23, 2014

I am coming off OEM Dunlops (not a fan) and then Sumitomo HTR ZIII's (summer tire that gave me 21k miles) to these -- and it is a world of difference for the good! These tires make my A8 feel like it should, and yet provide the traction I need when I toss it around a bit. Obviously, with only 1500 miles so far, I'm not able to comment on wear, but this thing rides better and is quiet at highway speeds (somewhat elevated from the road sign limits). I don't need something for snow here in Houston, but for the rain and overall handling of my A8, I got the right tire! No more summer tires for me...

Marketer Becomes Tire Tester

Monday, July 14, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

After three-and-a-half years on the job, I finally got the call I was waiting for: a chance to be a Tire Rack tire tester! Along with other members of the Tire Rack marketing team, this was OUR opportunity to get behind the wheel of our test BMWs and develop our own opinions on tire performance and truly understand what it takes to get our findings out to our customers.

Having already experienced the Real World Road Ride portion of our tests, I was prepared to look for a tires’ ride, noise and light handling qualities across a variety of conditions. The second part of testing, the Performance Test Track Drives, occurs on our track, and was what I had been waiting all these years to do.

We can see the track from our offices in marketing, we thought we knew what to expect, we were both nervous and excited. As one of our designers said, “I see our testers driving faster than I would want to go. The unfamiliarity of driving another’s car with someone else riding alongside me makes me uncomfortable.”

No worries. We weren't going to be competitive. (The photo at right proves we did take it pretty seriously though)

We got into the cars, we were told to drive at a level that made us comfortable. What made ALL of us comfortable was driving on the set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports. The tire allowed us to feel like we were in control of the car and have some fun behind the wheel as we slalomed a few cones, took some turns at speed and navigated the skid pad (And did I mention this was all done while our track's sprinkler system kept the course covered in water?). When it came to the Sumitomo Touring LS T tires we also tested, it was a completely different story. We were able to feel the vast difference in performance and gain a deeper respect for the testers out there all season doing what they do while listening to the car and the tires so they can accurately report on performances wins and losses.

Here's my rookie review of the two tires.

When driving on the Pilot Super Sports, I felt as if I could driver faster and take turns at speeds I typically don’t, as the tire gave me that much confidence. Now on the Sumitomo, I was braking much sooner to prepare for a turn. If I didn’t I would end up in the grass (even though I didn’t end up in the grass, I can’t say the same for some of my co-workers).

We didn't do a full test on the wet and dry course. And we're by no means expert testers like our sales specialists (who are our test drivers). But rest assured, you're in good hands when you're relying on the test results you read on the tires we offer. Our testers do this all season long and they've got my respect. And trust.

Here are our expert test results and more about our testing program.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67

2004 Nissan 350Z Touring
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: West Linn, OR
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
June 11, 2011

I've had Bridgestone, Kumho, Avon, and Sumitomo tires on my 350Z. Compared to the others, the Sumitomo tires wear better with no feathering (so far), they are definitely quieter, and they handle just fine.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8

2007 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Bloomington, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2011

I bought this tire based on the November 2010 Consumer Reports article that put it in second place (tied for 1st in points) out of 17 tires in the Ultra-High Performance All-Season Tires Category. The price point was so low, too, among the cheapest available in 225/40-18 size to replace the two Dunlop SP Sports (front) and two Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires (rear) that came on the GTI I purchased used. Those tires had okay tread depth (not much on a tire of this size anyway) but the Michelins especially had severe weather cracking and the rolling noise of the four tires was very loud and non-uniform across the rotation (slipped radial belt, I figured). I liked that the Sumitomos were noted as being the quietest tire in the category by Consumer Reports--if they give up some performance for it, I haven't noticed.



They've indeed made a huge difference in noise and ride smoothness. I hope that lasts as the tires wear. Coincidentally we've had major snow and ice storms in Indiana since I put them on, and I'm impressed how well they do. Never felt out of control or immobile.



Basically my only gripe was with tirerack -- their competitor Vulcan Tire beat them by a few bucks on price, had cheaper shipping, and didn't charge me sales tax, so I went with them. Another possible gripe is that these tires don't have rim protectors, so be careful parallel parking. But otherwise these have not disappointed and I am picky about tires. If you drive more or less normally and like to step on it from time to time, I think you'll find these perfectly adequate, with low price and quiet ride (relative to the category) plus serviceable light winter traction to boot.

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z III

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR Z III Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2000 BMW M5
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Fairfax, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 20, 2012

I purchased these tires for a road trip, 500 miles one way, and I'm very pleased with them so far. I haven't had a chance to drive in the rain yet but, the dry traction and level of road noise is very good. I've gone thru 3 sets of PS2 and 2 sets of Michelin AS. I don't drive it like I'm on the track but I do have fun on the occasional off ramp. These tires are comprable to the PS2, PS2 has better steering feel. The Sumitomo's are quiter and for the cost, it can't be beat. I will update my review after putting some more miles on them. Thanks to others who have reviewed them, I'm not dissapointed. When it comes time to change out the tires on the porsche, these will be going on them. I think these tires are an excellent street tire.

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

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2006 BMW 325i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Deerfield Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

I just ordered a pair of 225/40/18 AS-03s for the front of the car and while looking at when I purchased these AS-03s for the rears, I saw that it was July of 2011. It's been about 20,000 miles and the rear tires still look like new. In that period I had totally worn out a front pair of Sumitomos that I had bought from another dealer (my Generals got nailed). This is a rear wheel drive car and the rears outlasted the fronts by a considerable margin. Pretty impressive. And like others have said, these AS-03s are comfortable, and handle great. I can also attest to the wet weather handling. I'm in South Florida where we get plenty of heavy summer rains, and these things track beautifully. All in all, great tires that I will continue to buy if I can ever wear out the ones I have.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38

2004 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Tulsa, OK
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2011

Just went through an unexpected blizzard within the last month and I must say these tires performed quite admirably! I purchased these tires mid-December knowing the Ling Long's that came on the vehicle wouldn't be able to handle any snow since there were the absolute worst tires I have ever had on a vehicle and could barely handle dry pavement. The Ling Long's had a very decent looking tread pattern, but that is the only good thing I can say about them. Anyways, about the DWSs, I had narrowed my search down to these and a set of Sumitomo's HTR A/S P01. The only real reason I chose the Continentals over the Sumitomos was due to availability. I have yet to find anything wrong with the DWSs. They handle great on dry pavement, haven't really noticed much hydroplaning (though it has been a dry winter in OK) and are, as stated before, great on snow and ice. These tires also greatly improved the horrid torque steer that was abundantly apparent with the Ling Long's. I also noticed a marked improvement in road noise and comfort. I would HIGHLY recommend these tires to anyone, especially anyone with an Acura TL with a 6-speed manual transmission, GREAT TIRES!!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2011 Infiniti G37x Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10 Miles on Tires
December 19, 2013

Although so far I haven't put many miles on these tire, my review is mainly on my experience with TireRack. I've been buying tires from here for about 13-14 years and my experience has always been excellent! The tires almost always arrive early, if not on time and the prices can't be beat. I would, and do, recommended TireRack to everyone.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR T4

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR T4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.44
 
 

2008 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 86,000
Location: Lanexa, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 86,000 Miles on Tires
December 03, 2013

I bought these for my commute car, 2008 Civic Hybrid. Religiously rotated them every 4500 miles and they still have decent tread at 86,000 miles! Best lasting tire I have ever had. The Bridgestone Tires my car came with lasted 36K before they were cupped and tread started showing! I keep 40psi in the sumitomos and my mileage stayed between 45-48mpg.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6
 
 

2006 Toyota Solara SE 4cyl
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Rolling Hills, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
June 04, 2013

What a difference a new set of tires makes! My old worn set made my ride so rough I felt like I was driving a Porsche (minus the handling) lol. The new set makes me feel like I have my old comfortable, smooth, quiet Solara back again. Dry acceleration is great, no wheel spin on a hard start. Cornering is almost as good as the first set of OEM Michelin V rated tires. Not the quietest but, nothing to complain about. Have not had a chance to test west traction, very little rain in SoCal. I am a very aggressive driver, will do an update to rate treadwear, the tires I've tried so far Michelins and Sumitomo both ----ed, only got half of the suggested treadwear.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Danville, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 25, 2013

Bought these Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 tires for my wife's 2008 VW Passat Wagon 2.0T to replace the set of Continental tires that had gone 41000. The Sumitomos make the car feel like a whole new vehicle! The car is much more responsive to sterring input and feels glued to the road. I was concerned that MPG would drop because Continentals were LRR tires, but MPG has stayed the same. I am very pleased with these tires and am considering them for my own car. Of course, the entire Tire Rack experience was terrific!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)

Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2008 Nissan Versa Hatchback
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Menlo Park, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
March 18, 2013

impressive dry grip, I could hardly drive over the limit of these tires, I often go into freeway ramps at unbelivable speed but these tire barely even squeal
very quiet on freeway, very good rain traction

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4
 
 

2006 Infiniti G35X Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 27,000
Location: Danvers, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 27,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2013

tires performed well for the low price when new and up to 25000 mi. with 27k on them i'm seeing my traction control light come on when pushing the car a little bit on AWD car. wet traction has gone to poor when cornering or accelerating. snow traction has gone to below average. had a little snow/ice mixture and car failed to make a careful turn, had no braking and mowed down a stop sign on the opposite corner at 15-20 mph. had to replace tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.2
 
 

2006 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Iron River, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

These tires replaced the OEM Bridgestones at 50K. They alternate with snow tires in winter (as we live in the UP of Michigan) so have no real experience with significant snow driving. They performed well the first couple of years, but last year (the 3rd on) the noise level increased significantly. They may make it through one more summer driving season, but will have to be replaced then. I will probably consider other brands when looking next time, although the performance per dollar was probably above average and the tread looks quite attractive/agressive.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo Touring LS T

Monday, May 13, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo Touring LS T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2002 Dodge Neon SE
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location:  
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
March 18, 2013

Since I've only had them for a few hundred miles, my evaluation is limited in scope. So far I like them. No problem in snow so far, however, they are new.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z II

Monday, May 13, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR Z II Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.88
 
 

2007 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: League City, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2013

I bought these as a budget-level replacement for a set of Yokohama S-drives. They look aggressive, but have much less dry traction than the s-drives. If you just want a tire for looks and want to save some money they are ok, but I would not consider them a high performance tire. They do seem to work well in the rain.