Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2009 Acura RDX
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Woodbury, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

I only have about 1,000 miles on these tires so far, but I can say without a doubt that, of the three sets I've had on my car, these are the best. I'm coming off of a set of Yokohama Parada Spec-X that had good dry traction but were noisy, bad at cushioning impacts, and hydroplaned like crazy in the slightest bit of wet weather.

I wanted to wait until the winter to post a review, but I've actually experienced every condition so far except for deep snow since I put these tires on. I live in the New York City Metro area and commute heavily, so traffic and weather conditions can be as insane as they come.

On the whole, these tires are a pleasure to drive. Dry traction is excellent, wet traction is responsive and sturdy, and it handles light snow with no problems whatsoever. Road noise is pretty quiet (compared to the other tires I've had on this car, at least), and impacts are cushioned very nicely. Emergency responsiveness is very good as well. Don't have enough miles on them to rate treadwear, though.

Now, as far as the tire's claim of improved fuel consumption - I was more than a little skeptical that a tire could have any sort of impact on gas mileage, and I was right to have my doubts (in fact, I've actually seen my fuel efficiency go DOWN a little, if anything). 90% of my total driving is highways. Before these tires, I was averaging about 325 miles to the tank with predominantly highway driving and about 275 miles with mixed city/highway. Now my highway average is closer to 300 while my mixed average has remained unchanged.

All things considered, these tires are perfect for my needs. They're quiet, responsive, and stick to the road in all conditions. However, if you're buying them for improved fuel economy, you'll be disappointed (but really, that should be the last thing you concern yourself with when purchasing new tires). Would definitely purchase again and highly recommend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.78
 
 

1985 Porsche 944
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Location: Pittsboro, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2014

Replaced a set of Yokohama AVS. I have noticed improved braking, ride, wet traction, and noise levels....truly improved the overall handling of an already excellent handling old car. I enjoyed the same kind of improvements when I installed the same tires in my 2001 Lexus IS300. I highly recommend These tires. I will try them on my 2009 Lexus RX350 next.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

1985 BMW M6
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Hagerstown, MD
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
July 14, 2014

This is proving to be a great tire. Drove in a blinding rainstorm at 70 mph with no hydroplaning. Road noise is almost non-existent and ride is excellent. For the price you can't beat this tire. It is as good, if not better, than any tire I have owned and this includes Michelin, Yokohama, Pirelli and Continental. I don't plan to drive this car in snow but did want a tire that would perform well in cold temperatures.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82

2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Amherst, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2011

Rotated these tires once. My wife takes the car on long road trips and the wear seems to be pretty even. With the recent weather we have here, I would rate this tire as awesome in dry and wet traction. I can take on ramps and off ramps with confidence as the tires grip awesome in both dry and wet conditions. The tires will chirp off the line, especially in a turn, but just a chirp or two and youre off like a rocket. The stock Goodyear RS-2's that came on the car were complete garbage, but most factory tires are(they make them softer to quiet the ride down). Light snow is ok for an all season. Deep snow is ok, but snow tires should really be used for this. It was a tough call for me between this tire and the General Altimax HP, but this tire has a higher tread rating, and looks cooler too. Now that the G-max AS-03 came out, my next tire choice might be more difficult. But if you have a fwd Impala 3.5/3.9/ or the SS. I'd would tell you straight up-buy these tires, you wont be disapointed.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location:

San Diego, CA

Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 23, 2014

I am a licensed mechanic and car dealer for over 25 years and now an RV dealer and am very impressed with this tire. My 2012 Camry Hybrid XLE came with Bridgestones and barely got 31000 miles before wear bars showed. I researched all tires available with low rolling resistance and the Yokohama was rated 1st above all the others and ended up being the lease expensive since Toyota offered buy 3 and get one free special. Upon driving out of the dealership these tires transformed my Toyota into a Lexus with fantasic ride comfort, handling and ZERO noise factor compared to the Bridgestones!
I thought my 2 year old car was better than brand new.
I would caution that if you review the compounds of these tires the snow and ice things would not be ideal. I also think some of the negative comments I read were a result of not looking at the best tires for your car and your driving conditions.
Other than these subjective issues...IF you want the best tire at the best price and value....THIS IS THE ONE!
Sincerely
MLS

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2009 Honda Fit Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Easton, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 15, 2012

I am a Michelin Hydroedge fan. I drive diesel VWs so I purchase tires that are comfortable at higher inflations (40+psi) and great handling tires so that I can maintain momentum through turns. This is critical to my high MPG driving style. The Hydroegde is about as good as it gets in that department since they are low rolling resistance tires (LRR), the ride is still comfortable over 40 psi and they offer handling performance of a high performance tire even though they are listed as a passenger tire. Unfortunately they are not available for my Honda Fit. I was faced with only 5 choices for my car, and the brand new Dunlop 7000 tires that came with the car felt like bricks. Wet weather performance is terrible on the Dunlops. So, the Yokohama Avid Ascend was it. They intrigued me with the Orange Oil, LRR, Made in the USA and Blue earth advertizing. But the proof is where the rubber meets the road. The tires are scary... at first. At recommended inflations (30-32 psi)the new tires are very inconsistent and sidewalls are soft. They have grip in dry and wet, they are comfortable and quiet on the road, but until they wear in, the first few miles of driving are scary. The back of the car felt loose until the tire grabbed which is unsettling. I felt this in the Goodyear Triple tread also when they were new so I gave it a couple of days and after a couple of heat cycles these too felt better. The installer set them at 30 psi. Once the tires settled in I experimented with pressures and found 41 in the front and 36 in the back provides neutral handling through turns. 40 front and back made the car very tail happy as the outer and inner inch of tread of the rear tire was not touching the road. At 35 the sidewall was too soft moved a lot. Once they are set properly I find them to be comfortable, quiet and grippy tires- very good in the rain. Definitely feel like LRR tires compared to the Dunlops, the car feels more stable and sporty- but they are no hydroedges.

How to Choose the Correct Track Tires

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Are you heading to your first driving school or lapping day? Or are you already a track veteran who's looking to go even faster? Whenever you go to the track, having the right set of tires is essential to going fast, being safe and having fun.

What type of tires do you need to bring for a track event? Depends on the type of event, the expected conditions and the resources available to you.

Take a look at your available options:

Street Tires 

Some people run their cars on the track with the same tires they use on the street. If you're already driving high performance tires, that set may work for you on the track. This scenario works best when you're attending beginner driving schools, casual lapping days or other events where the focus is more on polishing your skills rather than setting fast lap times. Street tires are not recommended for track use, and driving them in a track environment will most likely void their warranty. Keep in mind that if you overdrive them into corners, you could easily render them useless after only one day at the track. An example of this type of tire is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

Pros of Running Street Tires:

  • Convenience
  • Price
  • Can drive to the track safely.
  • Most street tires perform well in the rain.

Cons of Running Street Tires:

  • Performance - These tires aren't as fast in dry conditions as track tires.
  • Longevity
  • Getting home - What happens if you lose a tire on the track? Do you have an option for getting home?

Extreme Performance Tires

These options are really a subset of street tires, but they're designed to take the abuse of occasional track days. They have more focus on dry traction and responsive handling. Extreme performance tires can be used on an enthusiast oriented daily driver, or mounted on separate wheels for track use. An example of this tire is the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R.

Pros of Extreme Performance Tires:

  • Grip - Better performance than regular street tires.
  • Durability
  • Value - Last longer at the track than normal street tires.
  • Convenience
  • Versatility

Cons of Extreme Performance Tires:

  • Competition - Drivers are at a disadvantage compared to drivers who use dedicated track tires.

Streetable Track Tires 

There are some tires that are essentially track tires, but can be driven to and from the track. They would wear out very quickly if driven daily on the street. These tires will generally have enough tread pattern to handle damp pavement, but will be very prone to hydroplaning. An example of this type of tire is the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo.

Pros of Streetable Track Tires:

  • Grip - These tires will outgrip extreme performance tires.
  • Convenient - If you can swap wheels at home, but your car won't carry a second set of wheels to the track, this can be the perfect solution.
  • Versatility - Some of these tires can work as an intermediate tire for damp or drying track conditions.

Cons of Streetable Track Tires:

  • Give up a little grip compared to the most specialized options.
  • Few miles of use as a street tire.
  • Hydroplaning can be an issue if caught in the rain.

Specialized Track Tires

Track tires provide the ultimate in grip. They discard most streetability characteristics in order to deliver the very best lap times. With lots of grip and shoulders that are generally more square, these tires can be more challenging to drive at their limits. They should be mounted on separate wheels and installed at the track. An example of this type of tire is the Hoosier A7.

Pros of Track Tires:

  • Performance - If you are racing to win, track tires are the way to go.
  • Easiest way to turn faster lap times.

Cons of Track Tires:

  • Track tires won't work in the rain. You need a separate set if rain is a possibility.
  • More challenging to drive at the limit.
  • Often requires suspension modification or a specialized set-up.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN S.4.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN S.4. Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.7
 
 

2001 Audi allroad
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Miles driven on tires: 4,500
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,500 Miles on Tires
August 05, 2008

Can't say enough about this tire!! I've run the P6's for years. What a mistake. The difference between the two tires makes this feel and ride like a totally different car. I cannot comment on the snow traction but in dry weather, the Audi Allroad corners sharper, rides softer and is very smooth. They are quiet, responsive and I've had my average gas mileage increase 1.2 mpg in or about 7% over the P6's. Again, can't say enough – all aspects of the ride are so markedly different/better with this setup. Best ire you can spend a little more money on.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2007 Ford F150 FX2 Super Cab 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 43,500
Location: Surrey, BC
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 43,500 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

Installed on my 2007 F-150 FX2; very nice tire and best bang for the $ in an area like ours [British Columbia by the coast] where rain and snow or ice and dry weather are all unpredictable and can be encountered all during the same day of driving; even in June! Sometimes they will thump for the 1st km or so but are fine when they warm up.
I went over the Coquihala Pass in a January snow storm and passed several vehicles with snow tires that were stuck [not that the
Spec-X are a winter tire but I was happily surprised]. They tracked well [excellently!] through icy ruts even though the 275/55s are wider than most other vehicle tires on the road [so like they were a tad wider than the ruts]. 200 lbs of sand in the back of the empty truck box keeps them working in snow & icy conditions.
In the rain [and we get lots here]; they are superb; no kidding; you'd think you were on dry pavement; hit a big puddle at 120 km/hr and they haven't ever hydroplaned yet.
Cornering: I think the truck would roll over before they would lose traction; I had to learn that the Spec-Xs were better than my vehicle & its suspension and my driving capabilities.
Noise: they are on a truck not a Lincoln Town Car; what can one expect? Having said that: they do not differ with the original tires.
I have a reprogramming chip [and some other mods] and set the maximum vehicle speed to 120 m/hr; I am happily here to report the Spec-X's just cruise along and track well at high speeds; again tire performance & quality exceeds the vehicle's aerodynamics.
Would have liked to see 60K out of them but they have worked well and lasted twice as long as the original Pirelli's our F-150 came with.
I am looking for another set soon; will likely buy the 305/50R20s instead of the 275/55R20s I now have.
Compared to other tires; the Spec-X out rotates other tires in traction, wear and comfort in all settings and I'd agree with that rating.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2010 Toyota Venza
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Miles driven on tires: 13,000
Location: Lincoln, RI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 13,000 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2014

I must say that my love for these tires prompted me to write this post. I've had them for 13k miles now, through summer heat, heavy rain, 6-12" snow and on ice. These tires are great on a Toyota Venza. The original Good Year tires were ok but noisy, they also weren't as good in rain/snow/ice. When I put the parada spec-x on I was pleasantly surprised. What a difference in noise, much quieter!

RAIN: I also drove through a heavy rain/thunderstorm (yellow / red on radar), going about 50-55 on highway and not a slip! Hands down best tires I've ever driven in the rain!

SNOW: During the latest snow storm here in NE I decided to head up to Wachusett in the thick of it to take advantage of the snow day (12-18" of new snow, how can you not!). I drove on snow covered roads in up to 6 inches of snow at times & even over the plow buildup (12-18") on the highway... they were very predictable and impressed me. They got us to & from the mountain safely and we had a most excellent day of skiing!

ICE: I must also mention that on two occasions this winter I was taking corners and hit black ice. I could feel the car sliding towards the edge but I didn't panic & was able to keep from sliding off the ramp.

THE NEGATIVE: I have to be thorough so I need to mention that I too have a SLIGHT balancing problem around 70-75 mph but I wonder if these 20" rims are harder to balance or if it's the balancing machine the dealership uses. These tires also have huge sipes which is probably why they have great wet/snow traction but I frequently find small rocks stuck in them.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Buy them! I highly recommend these tires!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2003 Honda Element EX
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Glens Falls, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
October 23, 2005

Bought these to dump the OE Goodyear HTs which were death traps on anything but dry road. Stayed with size of OEs as wanted to keep narrower footprint in deep snow to cut thru it better. The Geos are amazing. The car handles much better even on dry roads and zero hydroplane and good traction in heavy rain packed and 4-5 inches of snow... yes weve had it up here already.

GOT an ELEMET? BUY THIS TIRE!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2006 Honda Ridgeline
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Eugene, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2008

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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-XReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2008 Mazda CX-9
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Highland Village, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
July 16, 2011

I love these tires on the CX-9! They are the smoothest running tire I have ever owned on any car. They improve the luxurious feel of the car and are much better than the stock HL400's. The only area they could be better in is steering crispness. I remember driving the car off the dealer lot new and was amazed how it turned into corners like on rails. But those stock tires were only good for about 15000 miles then became horribly slippery in the wet and began to wear extremely quickly, not to mention the steering became very heavy at this time. I used a tread grooving iron to modify/regroove some of the 1/2 shallow sipes & channels and that improved the hydroplaning some but the rubber had already lost its adhesive qualities and wet driving was a very dangerous practice. Since my wife & kids use this vehicle most of the time I was forced to get a new set ASAP.

The Spec-X's are a wonderful tire - not a high performance tire but it has good looks and very good performance along with the best ride in the world.

I just hope that they give me at least 1/2 the 60K milage they are warrented for without turning to crap after the 1st year and I will be happy. I've owned 2 other sets of Yok's on other vehicles and have always been happy. They had a tendency to wear quicker than I would like but I'd wrather have good handling/traction vs a tire that lasts a long time but is deadly in weather!

You will not be disappointed in the Spec-X's on your CX-9.

I will try to remember to update as I add miles to the car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.13

2006 Toyota Avalon XLS
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Burlington, VT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
October 19, 2010

Sadly, I just got rid of this car, and did not have the time to swap out tires. I wouldn't call these tires Ultra, more touring that performance actually. Turn in is a bit soft, but if you go aggressively, they catch up and dig in. Very good ride, minimal noise. I didn't really use these in the winter, put on new in April, and traded the car just last month. Fantastic and predictable, even in deep rain from downpours. The best part was wear. No noticeable wear at all after 12k miles. My new car is a 2011 Camry with these same size tires. The Michelins that came with the car reminded me of how much I loved the new Yokahama. The Michelins taught me a good lesson in that latest downpour, they aren't very good at all. I will be buying a new set of these Yokahamas next year for the Camry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN S.4.

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN S.4. Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

1993 Lexus LS400
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Miles driven on tires: 21,000
Location: La Crosse, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 21,000 Miles on Tires
April 30, 2010

Ordered for Lexus several years ago and have been happily surprised with minimal wear. Tires still look new. Excellent grip and very comfortable. Gave us the best ride we ever had on our LS 400. Handles very well, good turn in and really responsive. Rotated and balanced normally. At higher speeds we were surprised the tire was silent. Really feels secure dry or wet. Lexus should have put S.4 on car from day one. We will buy tire again if needed, but am thrilled if we ever go to sell car the tires sure look in excellent shape and give a great ride. If you have a heavy luxury vehicle and want a superb tire this is it.