Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Road Venture APT KL51

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Road Venture APT KL51 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67
 
 

2011 Toyota Hilux
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Margate, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
July 10, 2013

Chenged to these Kl 51 270/65/17 on my Toyota Hilux.
Excellent Road Manners . QUIET
I have confidence on the wet roads now.
i had Duellers 684II .... poor wet tyres

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Duvall, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2014

I bought these tires with little choices left in the middle of the nasty 2013-2014 winter. I got "lucky" and Tire Rack had a great set of alloy wheels for winter tires....I just couldn't find a tire suitable for my WRX. So I closed my eyes and bought the Winter Maxx. No glowing reviews, in fact only just a couple reviews and somebody saying they aren't that great in wet. Nice. Well they are inexpensive and there was a $10 rebate per tire (which I still haven't received, btw).

So after all that, the tires/wheels arrived very quickly, I mounted them up, and it started raining right after.....off for a drive. Even new, they are sticking quite well. And guess what? The XL works out very nicely - no squishy, ----y sidewalls. I'm using a 205-60 16 on a WRX and not hating it. So far the tires have been doing great on wet and dry, but no snow until last weekend.

A good over Saturday night snowdump - and we want to go to church. Lots of hills between our house and church. Abandoned cars on our hill, ok let's get out to the small arterial. Stuck, left behind cars everywhere. Including AWD cars! (what??? lousy tires??) We just motor around these cars like a cat on carpet. The final hill to the church is pretty steep. The Winter Maxx tires did not even lose traction once. Not even a little bit. Sure Subies are good, but good tires made the difference. Low price or not I can recommend Winter Maxx tires. I would say get the XL's if you want responsive steering.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance ComforTred TouringReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.9

2006 Honda Odyssey Touring
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Moore, OK
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2012

We de-Paxed our Odyssey using Rims from a Honda Pilot and these tires. The ride compared to when we had the Michelin PAX tires on the van is not even in the same universe. It seems like a whole new van. Smooth, quiet, responsive, steering wheel doesn't vibrate out of our hands anymore! The tires increased fuel economy by about 2mpg. I can't say enough about these tires. Wet traction is good, only dealt with a VERY small amount of snow and they have handled that well. My only complaint is that they squeal a bit. Nothing major but I do notice that a little. Tread wear seems to be good. I rotate them every 6k. I keep them at 35psi vice 32psi just because the van is so heavy.
My wife originally wanted to trade in the van due to the crappy PAX tires. Now she wants to keep the van until it doesn't run. Good job Goodyear. I'm very happy with this tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.8
 
 

2008 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Towaco, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
September 02, 2014

I have had these tires on a 2008 Acura TSX as replacements for the OEM Michelin's. The reason for the purchase of these over the OEMs was because of the good online reviews and price difference.

I consider myself somewhat of a spirited driver at times. I have no complaints regarding the handling, braking, and comfort of these tires. They've gotten me through a few winters here in New Jersey/New York. The biggest issue is with how the tires handle road hazards. Potholes here are almost unavoidable at times but the tires should be able to handle even the small to medium sized ones. I have had 3 separate occasions with air bubbles on three different tires over the past two years.

By contrast I have had no issues with the Michelins that were on this car previously and the Michelins that are on my MDX and BMW M3. I will not buy BFGoodrich again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (W-Speed Rated)

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.25
 
 

2008 Nissan Maxima SE
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Lutz, FL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
August 28, 2014

I am one to take meticulous care of my vehicle which includes tire pressure and rotation. No complaints with wet or dry traction, but I was a bit shocked at how noisy these tires became at about 15-k miles. Tires wearing well but I may need a more powerful sound system to keep up with these tires as they get noisier as the mileage progresses. Good tire for the money as fair as handling and wet and dry traction. No experiences with snow.

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

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.91
 
 

2007 Mercedes-Benz C230 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: East Norwich, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
August 27, 2014

Great tires for the price. Not as good as michelin ps2 but as far as quality for price these tires win. Great in the dry, okay in the wet (were great in the beginning but got worse after about 10,000 miles), and can't use them in the snow. But you can't use any 245's in the snow with rear wheel drive. A good all around tire if that is what you are looking for.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09
 
 

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Milton, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
August 28, 2014

Great tire, matches the personality of the Passat TDI. Not too aggressive but a great performing tire that is wearing really well. Still have all "DWS" showing after 20k miles. Great in dry and wet, decent in snow in the Boston area. Good cornering performance, little to no squeal even pushed moderately/heavy. I would buy these again and I have been recommending these to others, a rare occurrence for me. Hard tread does not seem to impact performance and has me thinking that these tires will make it to 60-70k miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Spring Hill, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
August 29, 2014

These tires have been run for nearly a whole season now of monthly and bi-weekly autocross with the only significant highway mileage going to and from the autocrosses. I have several cars to drive so each seems to have it's own purpose. This RX8 is a dedicated autocrosser but not a trailer queen by any means. These tires have been to one national Tour and did very well there. My car is bone stock. These tires made me look good. With these tires I have been able to find other issues with the car's handling concerning alignment and suspension issues which I corrected over 6 months. The handling of these tires at the limit is astonishing in the dry. I have worn them down to 3/32" now and only recently had to rotate them for the first time. I had 10 drivers autocross the car to determine if the handling was perfect. It is. All of them were very impressed with the grip and response of well worn Rivals. Most are buying them now for their cars this coming season. They probably have about 10 autocrosses (50-60 runs)left in them. If they keep their price competitive I won't hesitate buying more of this excellent performance tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2001 Mazda Miata LS
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Spokane, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
September 03, 2014

Purchased these in 2008 for our summertime-only Miata. Drove mostly on the highways, where they showed excellent adhesion and cornering. Treadwear was not as advertised, with tread bars showing on two of the tires now at 31,000 miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8
 
 

2011 Toyota Highlander
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Miles driven on tires: 600
Location: Grants Pass, OR
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 600 Miles on Tires
September 03, 2014

I have been very pleased by this new set of Firestone's Destination LE2. I was riding on the Toyo's from the factory with only 4/32 left and concerned about the up coming rainy season. With only 600 miles on the new tires I can only report on several observations. They corner really well; appear to have excellent stopping distance; the ride is comfortable; the gas mileage may have dropped, but a most only 1 MPG; but they are quiet. I used a decibel meter and found two to four decibels quieter than the original Toyo's, depending on the age of the road surface. One must note that most tires get louder with age as they wear down, but these are significantly quieter, and that was a priority due to some of the poor highways we drive on.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.6
 
 

2009 Ford Escape 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Watsonville, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
August 04, 2014

Kind of disappointed with these tires. Took a lot of weight to properly balance them. The have a tendency to wander, A LOT, I find myself having to correct the steering frequently. They don't like tracking straight at all. The fuel economy dropped 1 to 2 mpg and has stayed there. I'm running them at 35psi and I'm religious about keeping them inflated correctly. I've given these tires plenty of "break in time". Really expected better. Ride is harsher than the stock tires, noticeably, like very stiff sidewalls. Haven't had a chance to run them in the rain or snow yet. I hope they perform better than they do on the dry pavement and MPG categories.
Tracking issues seem to suggest too high on the tire pressure, but lower MPG seems to suggest too low. I'm setting them exactly to what it says on the vehicles sticker. Same size tire as the originals, and the originals were Low Rolling Resistance, too.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL Tdi
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Chittenango, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
September 04, 2014

This is our 2nd set of hankook optimo. As far as car tires (idk about truck tires) these are the best bang for your buck. Sad day when your wife passes you in her jetta, middle of winter in your 4x4 suv! Our first set was 65k miles old and still had 60% tread left, when we sold it (passat 1.8t) and bought the current tdi. We bought new shoes for the tdi right away. When the new ones came in, the only reason we were disappointed is we then realized the tires still had lots of life left. And could have kept them.

My wife drives 60% of the time, nice and easy.. The other 40% I drive, just barely legal.. lol.

Ice control is like no other i've personally had. Yeah you may slide, "its ice!". But a couple times in the parking lot and you'll know what to expect and feel good about it. Same with hydroplaning, it will push your wheel side to side very slowly (as slow as 70mph can be) and steady slowing you down even under acceleration. Deep snow is fun, makes you feel like a rally racer. But in a safe deeling kinda way. It drifts but so minor that if you want to accelerate, you can without drifting further.

But your going have predictable reactions from the tires. And they will last. I only rotate them every 25k.

Reviews are the reason we bought them so now after 4yrs as a happy customer I write this for other's

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2010 Honda Civic Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Boca Raton, FL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
September 08, 2014

Replaced the OEM with these Michelin Defenders and Wow - Smooth and Quiet!
My wife even mentioned she never knew tires could change a car much - Smooth - She calls em MmushyMellons (in a good way meaning quiet and smooth)...
With 18K on en they still brand new... Looks like they'll wear very well.
Pretty nice for a low profile touring tire

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2013 Porsche Cayenne
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
September 08, 2014

Only 1200 miles on this set so far very satisfied with them. Will give them another 1000 miles before I push them harder. No winter or wet conditions to test on yet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy Saver A/S

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy Saver A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

2012 Ford Mustang Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Washburn, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
September 09, 2014

Was getting combined 28.5 mpg with my '12 Mustang v6. Traded it in for a '14 mustang, almost the exact same car- just newer. With the oem tires on the '14- I am only getting 24.3 mpg. Debating spending the extra cash to replace those tires for a new set of these.
Can't rate winter conditions- a Mustang is not a winter car. Since I live in rural IL, have a 4x4 for that.

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

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Camaro LT
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: London, AR
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
September 09, 2014

Nice looking tire,but I only got 32,000 miles on my first set. I was hoping for at least 45,000 or 50,000 miles. I am on my second set now. So far about 25,000 miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Homosassa, FL
Driving Condition: Average
 

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

The OEM GYs were gone at 10K miles and were treacherous to drive in the rain. As wide as they are, there is no hydroplaning with the Michelins and at the current wear rate I expect to get 30K miles from them. Bad compared to my Equinox that will go at least twice that on the OEM Michelins, but great for a super high performance summer tire on a Corvette. They ride much better and are quieter as well. To be fair, these are non-runflats as opposed to the EMT GYs.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.17
 
 

2005 Volvo S40 2.4I
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Miles driven on tires: 700
Location: Mission, KS
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 700 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

Car is lowered 2" w/ upgraded rear sway bar while keeping OEM shocks . I've been keen to improve the handling while keeping the car comfortable for daily driving and road trips. I ran a set of Douglas performance GT-H before this set (read bar was pretty low).

Most notable difference has been improved ride quality, car is much quieter and smoother over bumps and cracks. Traction starting and stopping is much improved. Tested stopping in very light snow at around 7 degrees F and the car felt predictable, no heroics noted but good traction for the conditions. No hard cornering tests done yet as it's been simply too cold since install. All in all, I feel much more confident on these. I'll update when they see more snow.
 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.33
 
 

2012 Ford Fusion
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Eau Claire, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
October 01, 2014

I had Potenza tires on a previous vehicle and I had a great experience. My previous set on this car was the OEM tire - Eagle RSA. Those wore out around 45k, which was fairly predictable. These tires seem quiet, where some reviews said they were a bit noisy, I disagree. In the wet I think they are great for stopping and cornering. Also good grip on acceleration. No "whining" when cornering a bit to fast, and very good dry grip. I did immediately notice a slight increase in feel - meaning feeling small bumps or transitions in surface. This is not enough to keep me from not recommending them, but you will notice it slightly. Maybe i'm picking it up because I'm THINKING about it since the tires are still so new.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.91
 
 

2006 Subaru Outback L.L.Bean 3.0R
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Miles driven on tires: 9,000
Location: Columbus Grove, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 9,000 Miles on Tires
October 01, 2014

Bought these tires for the manufacturer included road hazard, "ecoplus" technology and ride guarantee. These tires had a shake/vibration initially. We had a road force balance performed and it was difficult to get the tires to an acceptable range. Warranty tires were ordered but they too would not get to a good road force number. At any speed over 50mph the steering wheel would shake. After an employee at a continental store said they were terrible tires we contacted continental. Eventually these tires were exchanged for ExtremeContact DWS which have proven to be the BEST TIRES EVER!