Good Tires From Kumho, Hankook, Sumitomo and General

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

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

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

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

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


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

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

Monday, August 13, 2012 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: 4.75

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
August 08, 2012

I'm mostly an L.A. freeway commuter, and I have to echo other reviewers who said these tires started out reasonably quiet but gradually got noisier to the point that, in my case, they howled like Super Swamper Mudder Bogger off-road truck tires.

Also, one sidewall developed a blister at just 4,000 miles -- I figured I must have hit a rock or something, and replaced the one damaged tire. Then the same thing happened again at 19,000 miles (on an inside sidewall) although I'd been extra-careful of the sidewalls, so I have to think the sidewalls are especially fragile.

Although the treadwear was even, ride and handling feel (especially turn-in) deteriorated noticeably with these tires as well.

I guess you get what you pay for -- after all, there WERE the cheapest tires Tire Rack had in my size.

Looking for Sumitomo truck tires?

Thursday, June 24, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Tire Rack has two options—the HTR Sport H/P and the HTR Sport A/T. What's the difference? Quite a bit, actually. The Sumitomo HTR Sport H/P is a Street/Sport All-Season tire that can enhance the performance and appearance of a variety of light trucks. Think sports car performance and passenger car ride quality, but with bigger wheels.

On the other hand, the Sumitomo HTR Sport A/T is an On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire that takes light trucks off the road without sacrificing on-road performance. See what some of our previous customers had to say about each of these excellent Sumitomo truck tires:

Sumitomo HTR Sport H/P
"These [tires] have a very nice look and feel, wet or dry! My truck is supercharged with 345hp and it stays grounded. I have done numerous smokeshows and they still show no signs of wear. These are very nice tires for the money and outperform [the competition]. So yes, I would buy again and I hope you do the same!!!!" —Tire Rack Consumer Review, Chevrolet S10, WI

Sumitomo HTR Sport A/T
"I compete in a local off-road challenge. We have use the O.E. size for our car, as well as be able to drive it to and from the event. This tire gives plenty of grip, both on and off. Even with the muddiest of conditions. We had a late snow storm come through that dumped about 8 inches, and I was the only one still able to do the speed limit and not have to worry about sliding. Tires are amazing." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Jeep Liberty, MO

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Outfit your Silverado with Sumitomo truck tires.

Monday, March 8, 2010 by Tire Rack Team

As your Sumitomo tire dealers, Tire Rack is perfectly comfortable recommending Sumitomo truck tires for your Chevy Silverado. We currently offer two options: the HTR Sport H/P Street/Sport Truck All-Season tire and the HTR Sport A/T On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire, which we've shown on the Chevy Silverado below.

The HTR Sport A/T satisfies light truck tire needs year-round with a blend of on-road performance and off-road capability. You'll be quite pleased with the traction...even if you're driving in light snow.

Choose the HTR Sport H/P tire if you drive a sportier pickup truck or SUV.

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Sumitomo Truck Tires: Two Great Options

Monday, September 28, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Outfit your light truck or SUV with either one of these Sumitomo truck tires:

HTR Sport S/P: Drive a sporty pickup or sport utility vehicle? You'll enjoy this tire for its ability to enhance appearance and performance. You'll get stability on dry roads, traction in light snow, hydroplaning resistance—and a "plus size" look. One consumer believes it is the "best tire in its class." Specifications, Sizes & Pricing


HTR Sport H/P: This tire blends on-road performance with off-road capability in a tread that gives you traction year round. Yes, even in light snow. Large shoulder blocks keep this tire responsive and wide, lateral grooves enhance wet traction and an internal nylon cord assures extended durability. "Nice ride, low maintenance, no complaints," shares another consumer. Specifications, Sizes & Pricing


While tire specifications and consumer reviews are informative, advice from a professional can often be just as helpful. Our team of performance specialists evaluated the HTR Sport A/T, comparing it to similar tires for some well-rounded results.