Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Thursday, August 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.25

2006 Hyundai Sonata LX
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Wellesley, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
August 15, 2012

I got these for my wife's Sonata. The guy who mounted them thought they were a bit of an overkill but they look good and the car handles well. The only thing that bugs me a little is the noise. While it's not terrible it's definitely worse than the stock Hankooks, which by the way lasted way longer than I think these will. Good value for the price I paid though so definitely not a bad tire. Tread life was expected given the 320 rating.
The other big problem was snow traction. These tires combined with the fairly heavy body of the Sonata and the decently powerful 240-HP V6 rendered the car impossible to drive in the New England winter. Poor snow traction should be expected given the type of this tire though. Just consider a second set of winter tires and you are all set.
I would definitely buy them again for the right price.

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