Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-XReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29

2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Everett, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2011

Purchased these tires to replace OEM Goodyear RSAs, which were badly flatspotted at 20k miles causing an annoying vibration at highway speeds. Repeated attempts at balancing and road force yielded no positive results. Plus I drive this vehicle year-round so I needed an all-season tire. My choice was between the Parada Spec-X and the Michelin Latitude Tour HP. I use Michelins on most of my vehicles and love them, but in this case (based on all of the positive feedback and the huge price difference) I opted to try the Yoko's. This was the first set of Yokohamas I've ever purchased and so far I could barely be more pleased.

Since I purchased these tires for my TBSS I've had them in just about every weather condition imaginable. Dry traction is very good - at least comparable to the Goodyear RSA's they replaced. Wet traction is excellent. We've had some of the worst rain and flooding here in the PNW that I've seen in years and these tires have handled it beautifully. An inch of standing water on the highway at 75mph is a non-issue. I've had them in light snow and earlier this week in about 4-5 inches of very wet, slushy snow. In both cases they've done well. Over the Thanksgiving holiday we got hit with 6-8 inches of snow and temps in the teens. These tires plus the AWD handled the deeper snow admirably. The resulting compact snow and ice was about the only area where these tires didn't excel. They did okay under these conditions, but didn't instill a high degree of confidence. I've since purchased a set of Blizzaks for future use in icy conditions.

Overall these are possibly the best all-around tires I've ever owned. I don't feel I've given up anything in performance to the RSAs that I replaced and these ride so much better and have all-season capability.

For those with a TBSS like me, I want to mention that going with the 275/45/20 on the stock wheels is not a problem. No bulging or other issues vs the stock 255/50/20's.

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