Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
July 03, 2012
These tires are trash. They came new on my 2010 Mazda 3. They handle acceptably on completely dry roads and corning is just fine. A little easy to break grip and squeal the tires from a standstill though.
Wet conditions are just less than acceptable. I have to be very conservative while driving on wet, it is easy to spin the tires with too much acceleration or too tight a turn at too high a speed (it really does not take that much). But as long as I keep it reasonable I don't feel unsafe.
Snow/winter driving is completely horrid and unacceptable. I bought my car at the beginning of winter and within about 1000 miles it was snowing. The first snow (about 2 inches) I was turning at just above an idle, less than 10mph, and the car slid into a curb and scratched my brand new wheels. Ice is just as bad.
I have put about 18000 miles on the tires and they are ready to be replaced. My driving style is overall normal. Sometimes I like to drive hard, but that is the exception rather than the rule. Tread wear has been incredibly uneven even with regular rotation of the tires. One one tire tread ranges from less than 2/32" to just more than 4/32". Overall though all four tires are mostly below 2/32" after just 18000 miles.
When you consider the price these cost to actually buy if they didn't come with your car, there is absolutely no way I can recommend them to anybody. If you consider how quickly and poorly they wore out, I cannot recommend them to anybody. Again, dry traction is good and so it corning, but that just one piece of the equation.