These tires replaced the OE Turanza EL42 tires on my TL. These tires for sure handled better on dry and wet than the previous tires ever thought about even when they were brand new. Going from a Grand Touring tire to a UHP A/S brings a few positives while bringing a few negatives. I do not remember if these were any better or worse than my previous tires in the snow. Neither tire brought a lot of confidence in the snow....so I rarely drove it when it did snow.
After about 1k miles:
- Slightly stiffer sidewalls
- Tad bit more road noise transmitted to cabin
- Better response/handling in dry and in wet conditions
- 3MPG drop
After about 15k miles:
- Tread has gotten a little louder on asphalt surfaces (concrete not so loud)
- Outer tread areas (2/32) have worn at a much higher rate than the rest of the tread (7/32)
After 25k miles:
- Outer tread is now at 1/32 while the rest of the tire is at 6/32
Please note that my alignment is perfect and that the extreme edges of the tires on the inside and outside are worn evenly on all four tires. I have seen this on many other cars I happen to see in parking lots as well as have found many references to this on various car forums. I have been disappointed by the service life of these tires for sure. I do not drive aggresive at all these days and had expected to get 35k-40k miles out of them. If I managed to get 44k miles out of the OE EL42, then I shouldn't have problems getting that with a tire rated for 45k miles.