Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2009
I bought these tires because they match the OEM profile well, and they're reasonably priced in this size. The price/performance of the Grid is pretty good.
My Mazda3 is a little hard-riding as a baseline, which is fine, and I considered getting grand touring tires to compensate for that. I didn't like the few options available (particularly wet performance), so I went up to high performance. Ultra high performance tires either cost too much in this size or seemed to have even less favorable comfort performance.
The Grid exhibits conspicuous noise at low speed, but the noise is less than the wind noise at high speed on asphalt. They howl on concrete, but most tires do. They also transmit impact noise. That said, I think the noise levels are reasonable for this tire profile on this car.
I have not pushed the tires hard much, but they have not given way easy or felt squirrelly. They did spin out while accelerating around a wet corner, but that seemed reasonable. They do just fine in my typical high-speed, heavy traffic application, including the cold and wet. Steering feels even more taut and confident than the OEM tires.
Also haven't had much winter exposure, but I have run them in light snow and ice. I broke them free on purpose both accelerating and braking. They did fine.