It's funny, when a tire is OEM, it usually rates low, but if we are involved and pick out the tires ourselves, the rating seems to go way up. Just looking at the reviews for this tire, people complain how bad the ride is, yet they bought the new car with them on there, how does that work? How does the Hyundai Genesis get such fantastic reviews in he press over and over, and it has these tires on the car?
They are good tires, many things like ride comfort, noise level, cornering stability and driving in snow and ice (which I am not sure there are any tires that are great on ice, being a former Hummer owner), have a lot to do with the car, it's suspension, and yes, the driver. Do the authors of the post really know how to drive in the snow and ice? Do they know how to approach a corner and how to leave one (speed levels), do they rotate and keep the tires inflated properly even for tread life. These where on my car when I purchased it, and it sure did not take away the quite and soft ride with little noise and great comfort that comes with a Genesis. That said, I can not give the tire a bad rating on anything. I am moving up to a 19 inch wheel and different brand of tire that is made to give a good comfort ride, with little noise (which is what I want) and will report if there is a big difference. I got a feeling there is not going to be a huge one. I have Honda S2000, that goes through a good set of tires in 12K miles (by design), I don't drive that hard, and I have noticed a better ride with a different brand with that car, so I know I can feel it, but with a real luxury ride with great reviews everywhere with this Dunlop, I didn't see anything bad about it at all. I just wanted the bigger wheels and a tire that compensated with a softer ride on those bigger wheels.