Looking for a Quiet Performance Tire?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

A common complaint from many performance tire owners relates to noise. More specifically, the increase in noise over the life of the tires as they wear. The traditional directional tread patterns do have a propensity to get louder as they wear. This can really become an issue if uneven wear is introduced into the equation. Since directional tires can only be rotated front-to-rear, getting even wear can become problematic. In the case of staggered set-ups, even wear can only be achieved in the dreams of tire engineers.  

Example of highly directional tread pattern
Sumitomo HTR Z II
Example of an asymmetric tread pattern
Michelin Pilot Super Sport


The driving force behind the asymmetric pattern being explored seriously was due to Europe having phased in new stricter noise standards over the past few years. If interested, you can find out about this mandate by reading "United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (U.N.E.C.E.)."

The directional tire design, with its V-shaped pattern to pump water out of the way, was presenting challenges in meeting these new standards. A solution was found with the asymmetric design. An asymmetric tread pattern blends the different traction elements with different patterns across the face of the tread. The outboard side consists of larger tread blocks or ribs for dry road cornering capability and increased contact patch, while the inner half tends to feature small independent tread blocks for wet conditions for summer tires and wet and snowy conditions in the case of all-seasons. 

An attractive added benefit to the asymmetric design is the ability for multiple tire rotation patterns instead of the restrictive front-to-back with directional tires. On a staggered car, you can go side-to-side to try and help with uneven wear issues that are very common on those set-ups. In summary, the asymmetric pattern is meeting and exceeding the traction levels of the directional patterns, while also hitting the lower noise targets, and allowing better rotation schemes.

To learn more on how to properly rotate your tires, read "Tire Rotation Instructions."

Best Replacement Tires for the Run-Flats on C6 Corvettes

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by Colin .

Many Corvette owners ask about switching to non-run-flat tires for multiple reasons, including cost, selection and ride quality. For standard C6 sizes, there are a number of excellent non-run-flat options to choose from with the 245/40R18 size in the front and 285/35R19 in the rear.  

The best performance tires in terms of handling and traction are the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. Both options will give you superior handling, cornering, braking and acceleration in the dry and wet. Between the two, our testing showed the Michelin as the reigning king of the Max Performance Summer category.  

If you don't need the highest performance and want more of a value-priced tire, the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110, Continental ExtremeContact DW and Sumitomo HTR Z III would be good tires for your Corvette. Each tire will deliver good performance at a lower price point.

Some Corvette owners need an all-season option and Michelin's new Pilot Sport A/S 3 improves upon their A/S Plus in just about every category. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season is another great choice that offers responsive handing and very good wet and dry traction. It offers confidence-inspiring all-season traction for those who want to drive their vehicle any time of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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17" Alternate Size for the Dodge Journey

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

Is your Dodge Journey equipped with 19" tires? Then take a look at alternate sizing options by reading "Tire Alternatives and Options for Your Dodge Journey."

Since I wrote that blog post, I have been asked about different tire size options for the 225/65R17-equipped Journey. For this particular model, I would suggest looking at 235/65R17 as an optional size. These will be about a half-inch wider and taller. What this does is open up some different top-rated tires to install on your Dodge Journey. 

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Sumitomo HTR A/S P01
Sumitomo HTR
A/S P01
Firestone Destination A/T
Firestone Destination
A/T


If you're looking for a tire that offers a quiet ride and comes with a long treadlife warranty, take a look at the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. It combines independent shoulder blocks with notched intermediate and center ribs to blend dry and wet road traction and handling. The tire's internal construction includes a super shock absorbent Comfort Layer of rubber sandwiched between the tread and steel belts to insulate vibration and impacts with expansion joints, potholes and bumps. 

To really step up the wet and dry performance for more spirited drivers, the High Performance All-Season Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 is worth a look. The tire uses Sumitomo's high-tech materials and manufacturing methods to blend high performance with year-round traction, including light snow.

Are you looking to do some off-road driving? Then consider Firestone's Destination A/T. It's designed to meet the needs of drivers who desire the look and performance needed for on- and off-road driving. Destination A/T tires are designed to blend an all-terrain tread design with a comfortable ride.

Regardless of your driving style, shop by size and view all 235/65R17 tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z III

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Sumitomo HTR Z III Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2008 Scion tC
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Location: Deerfield Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 13, 2013

Bought this used Scion and 4 brand new Sumitomos were on it. Nice handling, excellent performance on hot dry South Florida streets and highway. Could improve wet handling but still good. Very satisfied!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR T4

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR T4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2005 Toyota Corolla CE
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Miles driven on tires: 67,000
Location: South Orange, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 67,000 Miles on Tires
May 01, 2013

This is my first review on this tire and I Love them.67,000 miles on them and ready to change them for new ones.It has a treadwear warranty of 75,000 miles and i probably could get close but do not want to take a chance for just a few extra miles.The best tires I have ever owned Period on any car of mine or my wifes and I bought them on sale and never heard of Sumitomo tires before.I am going to buy the Sumitomo Touring tires because it is also a T rated tire with 85,000 miles on the treadwear 10,000 more than these were rated and this is a company that seems to tell the truth about treadwear because other tire brands lie and do not even get close.If you are looking for treadwear life as your number 1 reason for choosing a tire(like me)and a good sounding ride tire and good handling this is your tire.Its hard to believe that they are so inexpensive compared to Goodyear and Michelin(which are horrible and double the price)I live in New Jersey and we have all kinds of weather here and it handles great in snow.Do not let the low price fool you and buy the tires you will not be sorry.I will write a review on the Sumitomo Touring tires when i have some mileage on them.

 

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

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.88
 
 

2007 BMW 328i Sedan Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Santa Clarita, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 12, 2013

Too early to tell with most of the criteria. Almost all of my driving is canyon roads with sharp turns. Dry road grip is good bot not excellent.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z III

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Sumitomo HTR Z III Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Wheeling, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2013

I drove these tires for, believe it or not, 20,000 miles. This was daily driving, and probably 4 or 5 autocrosses (comprised by 10 runs each). The tires held up very well, and they are totally used up now. Wet traction dropped significantly over the last 5,000 miles, but most of the tread was gone as well. For the money, it is hard to beat these tires. They are 1/3 the price of Michelins, and last longer. If you want to quibble about traction differences, OK, maybe other tires might have better traction, but I couldn't prove it in my driving. For the money, I wouldn't drive on anything else. And as far as road noise, they aren't bad. It is easy to hold a reasonable conversation in the car with these tires at highway speeds, or listen to the radio. But, to be honest, talking on the cell phone can be a bit challenging. Overall, a great value, and wonderful tire.

 

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

Friday, July 5, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86

1994 Honda Del Sol Si
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Palm Harbor, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
April 05, 2013

I've been using V-rated(or higher) for more than the last 300,000miles. I just went back to OEM 14inch from 15. The very day I had them put on just for front, my area got down-pour. Contrary to some reviews I read on these tires, they stick--solid response even in deep rain. I was impressed. Both steering and braking responses are great, also. Much to my delight, driving characteristics in the dry is excellent, including panic stops. Have to get 2 more for the rear. Will get another set of 15's. Ah, the only thing is I wish non-directional of the same caliber of tires are produced. Glad I tried them. I do play with pressure to suit my driving habit. Of course, handling response is just a tad slower than 195/50 or 195/55-15 I'm used to. Still, these Sumitomo HTR's are very solid, yet provides supple ride. Impressive!!!

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

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 Z III

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Sumitomo HTR Z III Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2004 Mercedes-Benz S55 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2013

Based on my driving habits, the treadwear is excellent compaired to previous top end tires I have smoked thru. Great value.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z III

Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Sumitomo HTR Z III Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.88
 
 

2006 Mazda RX-8 6-Speed Manual
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
April 27, 2013

Excellent tire, I would highly recommend it for this class of tire. Also has an excellent price.

 

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 HTR Z III

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR Z III Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.88
 
 

1999 BMW M3 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2013

It's a nice economical tire. This is my second set for this car. The rears wear out before the fronts, but that's because of the car, not the tire. When these go I will buy them again if available.

 

Spring Sale on Sumitomo HTR Z III

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

If you're looking for a good performing summer tire on a budget, take a look at the latest offering from Sumitomo. Their HTR Z III features an asymmetrical pattern that provides noticeable noise reduction when compared to the directional, previous generation HTR Z II.

While this tire may not be the top-ranked option in the Max Performance Summer category, it has one of the most attractive price points in the group. Developed for sports cars, sporty coupes and high performance sedans, the HTR Z III showcases Sumitomo's technical resources by providing high speed handling stability along with traction on dry and wet roads. The inside shoulder is linked by a continuous circumferential rib that enhances wear quality to help reduce noise throughout the tire's life, especially on vehicles with independent suspensions and alignment settings that specify negative camber. Straight and wide circumferential grooves along with long, sweeping lateral grooves evacuate water from under the tire's footprint to increase hydroplaning resistance and wet traction.

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.

 

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: 9.6
 
 

2007 Ford Mustang GT
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Ayer, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
April 06, 2013

Initial review-
Amazing grip, don't have to brake on on/off-ramps, these beat the Nitto 555's and Sumitomo HTZ3 by a wide margin. Added 275-35-18 tires and GT500 SVT rims to a stock GT Mustang, simply amazing tire in the dry. Have not driven in rain yet so will update down the road.
Tire rack confirmed these were date stamped late last fall, shipping in 4 days and balanced very well. Money well spent!! Running at 37 psi currently. These do seem to pick up small rocks and sand and shed it just as fast, no biggie its a max summer tire!

 

Deciding Between Run-Flat and Non-Run-Flat Tires

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Colin .

Many vehicles come equipped with run-flat tires from the manufacturer. Our sales specialists receive many calls from drivers asking if they can replace their run-flat tires with non-run-flat options. There are a few pros and cons when it comes to changing to a non-run-flat tire.

Pros:

  • Conventional tires are typically less expensive
  • Better ride quality
  • Longer lasting

Cons:

  • Many vehicles don't have a spare, therefore you won't be able to drive when you get a flat
  • When leasing a vehicle, many companies often require vehicles sold with run-flats be returned with them

Switching to conventional tires will not negatively affect the vehicle and will fit on Original Equipment wheels. Also, for those that don't have a spare, take a look at the Continental ContiComfortKit that seals and inflates tire punctures. It's capable of comfortably sealing typical tire punctures that make it possible for you to complete your drive home, to work, an important appointment or a tire repair facility. The ContiComfortKit combines a powerful, high-volume, 12-volt air compressor, integral pressure gauge and a latex liquid sealant packaged in a compact, lightweight unit that's easy to store in your vehicle.

I have experienced first-hand the differences between non-run-flat tires and run-flats. The BMW I owned came with 18" wheels and Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFT tires and I switched to 19" wheels and the Sumitomo HTR Z III. Normally, increasing the wheel diameter has a negative impact on ride quality, however I thought the conventional tires on larger sized wheels actually rode a little better than the 18" run-flats. 

To find the tire that works best for your car, shop by vehicle.