Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S
Follow-Up Review: 15,000 miles on tires
Thought people might appreciate an update now that these tires are well into their service. The tires are now 2 years old and were put on at 17K miles. We now have almost 46K miles. However, I use summer wheels/tires and the actual tire mileage is closer to 15K miles.<br><br><br><br>So far, these tires have exceeded my high standards. I remain within context for a given subject and rate accordingly; comparing apples to apples. Although they are so good, it's easy to stretch things a bit.<br><br><br><br>For those that are most concerned about how much wear has taken place: Not Much! I haven't measured them, but estimate tread loss at about 2 or 3/32nds. Considering my sporty driving nature (especially corners), it leaves me impressed.<br><br><br><br>Tire wear is VERY even. It's smooth and looks great. We are easy on the brakes and that helps prevent major feathering. Rotated every 5 to 7 K miles, in-line with oil changes. Recommend less mileage when new, maybe 3-5K miles, as the tread is a bit sqirmy.<br><br><br><br>Another factor that may help explain the great tire wear is Plus Sized tires with greater width is used. I chose 275/60/17's instead of the OE spec 245/65/17, which look narrow to me. More rubber on the road should last longer. Also they aren't used in the summer and this might also help lower the wear due to avoiding 150F tarmac. Surely high heat isn't good for rubber, even if it's Silica enhanced.<br><br><br><br>I've driven the tires in all conditions, except extreme summer heat, and feel that Yokohama does a great job. One of the reasons I chose them was prior experience on my other cars, including a very high performance custom VW Callaway Scirocco, Audi A4 V6 Quattro, even a Alfa Romeo 164L (similar to BWM 3 series in size and luxury).<br><br><br><br>As a professional mechanic (ASE Master Auto Tech), having worked on thousands of vehicles, I've seen the effects on various tire brands. Usually the cheaper tires will chunk, or when turning ve
Initial Review: 5,000 miles on tires
I've had them long enough to have driven in almost every condition on road, including deep snow, ice, heavy rain, dry highway, secondary roads with tight turns, and some highway cruising. I don't have any meaningful off-road experience to report.
These tires transformed the ride and tire noise levels to those of near car tires in our 2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL. We had low-profile Toyo Proxes ST, and while the dry handling was great, that was the only joy I got from them.
The Geolander AT-S, the replacement for the AT-2's,is far better for typical driving (I've had the AT-2's), with the extra sidewall casing belt. It steers very well, and generally does what is asked of it. In my case that's a lot. The Ridgeline puts 'sports' into a truck: it has precise steering, high spring and shock rates, and a fully independent suspension. It drives like a quality sedan. Tires have no where to hide with this vehicle and any flaw or characteristic is made apparent.
I'm mostly amazed at the ride quality, and the near absence any noise. These tires soak up most road imperfections extremely well, especially on expansion joints going over bridges. Yokohama has done a great job balancing everything one needs in a AT rated tire, while giving you (me really, until you buy your own!) what you're hoping for.
I drive pretty briskly, and the handling is just great. I've bought performance tires for nearly 20 years (usually the best of the best) and these remind me of how they handle in the wet. Matter of fact I've yet to slide this truck in either wet or dry condition, and haved provoked them, but never unsettled them yet.
For those that are big on tire wear (it's not a selling feature for me at all), I'm happy to report uniform, but hardly perceptible wear. I don't think most people could even see it. Oh yes, one other thing, these tires do seem to balance quite well, too.
Overall Yokohama makes a great tire for the money. I can't see how a ti