Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk GT

Tuesday, February 21, 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.

Firestone Firehawk GTReviewer's Overall Rating: 7

2011 Dodge Charger
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Port Ludlow, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2012

Bought the 2011 Charger R/T Max Hemi RWD in Toxic Orange, what a car! One of the first things i look at is the stock rubber that comes on our vehicles...this one was different. I always use TireRack.com to check out where all tires fall on the ratings etc. i found that the Firestone Firehawk's that came with our 20" wheel version Max (245/45/20) was actually a farely well rated tire. After 18,000 miles on these Firehawks i can say that for the most part, im impressed! In October, the wife and i went on our honeymoon road trip. We both fit the "spirited bill" easily on driving style. we drove 5,000 miles total in 21 days. we drove alot at freeway speed of 60-70mph for hours at a time, we drove in alot of hot weather in California, Nevada and Utah. We drove in downpour's in Washington,Oregon and N. Calif. We drove very windy roads with extreme grades...extreme hairpins, lots of slow speed, U-turns and stop and go as well (getting out and taking photos at N. parks) I was (wife as well) very impressed with the overall performance of this tire...with all extremes of weather and road conditions. The Firestone Firehawks got a real workout in the state parks such as; Yosemite, Arches,Yellowstone and one highway we found out the hard way about...highway 299 in Calif....wow! What a stretch of road that couldnt be any windier or up and down...that was some road! The only thing that is not impressive is the tire life, We have accumulated 18,000 on this tire and they all are wearing uniformly at 5/32"...guess you could say they have a "soft compound" but the way i see it is that you have to trade off great performance with some longevity. I would buy these tires again, but i may be looking at the Continental Extreme Contact DWS as well. The Firestone Firehawks are some of the best performing tires i have seen, and they were stock on a great performing sedan to boot! Good pair to be matched...just that im looking at a 25,000-30,000 mile performance all-season tire..and thats OK!

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