Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2004 Mazda MAZDA3 s 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Ponca City, OK
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2014

Replacing Yokohama S.drive summer tires that were old on my lowered Mazda3 5-door. I tend to accelerate and brake rather hard and take my turns quickly.

The Yokohama's were like driving on railroad tracks: direct and instantaneous response to all input. From what I've gather reading the comments, this is due to very stiff sidewalls. I liked this quality because it gave me supreme confidence at speed and in traffic conditions.

Moving to the Hankooks I was first impressed with the complete and utter lack of noise and the vastly smoother ride. This is a trade-off, and overall a positive one. I liked the directness of the feel of the S.Drives, but I also find the slightly muted road feel doesn't isolate me too much on the Hankooks, and the quiet in the cabin makes it easier to hold conversations on dates (other car is a van and my wife and I like pretending we're still young on dates, hence my car's the one to take) and allows me to run the radio a few clicks lower.

Quick slalom moves at speed are perhaps the biggest change, and the one I like least. While the Yokohamas would quickly and surely change the car's direction, the Hankooks see to lag rather substantially, and with repeated left-right-left-right swings, they average out the trajectory rather than making each directed turn.

As others have noted though, normal turning is still OK, and the lag is minimal in normal turning. Right now, as I'm still trying to get a feel for the Hankook's handling, I haven't been as brave taking some of the smaller-radius turns on my commute at previous speeds. However, I have not felt any lateral slip, none whatsoever, so once I get the feel down, I anticipate being able to take these curves at effectively the same speeds as the S.Drives.

In short: They're softer than Yokohama S.Drives, mostly in a good way if that's what you need. If you value absolute handling precision above all else, these are not for you. But the Hankooks are quite nice if you value the tradeoff.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.09
 
 

2006 Infiniti M35 Luxury Package
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Manalapan, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

I have 2500 miles on these tires, as this is my winter set up, went from Yokohama S4( great tire)to this as I have another set of rims and tires (20In with General G Maxx, noisy tires)so these would only be winter all season for me. they are VERY quiet, ride very nice and handle ok, the Yoko's were the better but these are ok. I also had Conti DWS Extreme that I did not like and took off the car! These tires are as good if not better than the DWS. The Hankook s really surprised me in this category. I don't think you will be disappointed. we have had 4 major snow storms, ice and frigid temps since I had these.....

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2010 Saab 9-3 SportCombi 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Westlake, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2014

These were a replacement for OE Pirelli P6's that lasted only 28k miles. Definitely a big improvement over OE tires. Driving at all speeds is now eerily quiet. Traction and handling in snow is excellent. We have Michelin & Yokohama on other cars and would highly recommend these over either without reservation. I don't usually write product reviews - but in this case I am too impressed not to.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.44
 
 

2009 Infiniti G37 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Kennesaw, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

Thought it appropriate to write a review after managing through Snowmageddon in Atlanta on January 28, 2014. These tires are about 2 months old and replaced Yokohama Avid ENVigor's that were on the car when I bought it used about 15 months ago. To say these Primacy's are an upgrade over the Yokohama's is an understatement. The Yokohama's are VERY noisy, and had modest dry traction--especially cornering--and even worse wet traction, despite an aggressive tread pattern. The Michelin's are very quiet, comfortable sneakers for my G37S are even are more than admirable through spirited take-offs and cornering on wet and dry pavement here in the ATL. However, when challenged with our great snow/ice event this week, showed their vulnerabilities. Snow traction was fairly good (we only got 2"), but on the icy conditions beneath the snow, they were horrible. I managed to keep it out of ditches and off of bumpers and made it home unscathed, but without my northern, snow-driving capabilities (from PA), not sure I would have pulled it off (in a high-torque, rear-wheel drive, staggered fitment) without them! Love my Michelin's 363 days a year. But any more frozen stuff here in the ATL, and I'm not sure they would be the choice. So, if you are reading this from anywhere above the Mason-Dixon, you may want to think differently!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.14
 
 

2007 Mercedes-Benz E320 BLUETEC Sedan
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,200 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2014

Posting as a follow-up to an earlier review. I've owned these tires since May, 2013. Unfortunately, after the 2nd rebalancing attempt by Costco, I was past the 30-day warranty exchange period. Spent $160 at the top balancing shop in early July, trying to get the vibration issues sorted out. Had them check the suspension for wear or damage - none found. They 'matched' the tires to the rims (high to low) and checked rims for true - everything was perfect. At or above 50mph, I still have vibration in these tires. Called Bridgestone - that was a waste of time - 'you are out of your 30-day guarantee period' but if you have less than 2/32nds of wear on the tires, we will replace two of them for ride disturbance. All four tires have been rotated around each time they have been rebalanced - the problem exists with all four tires. Very disappointed in what is supposed to be a 'premium' tire. The problems started the day they were put on the car - shame on me for not making Costco replace them after the 2nd balancing - but shame on Bridgestone for making such a poor quality product. If I weren't throwing $900 out the window (after buying the tires, mounting/balancing, road hazard, and the body shop expense), I'd replace them today. I also noticed a 2 to 3 mpg drop in fuel mileage over the OEM Michelins that came on the car (and lasted to almost 60,000 miles). Never again - it'll be Michelins or Yokohamas from this point forward on any of our vehicles.

 

Need Tires for a Classic MINI?

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Ben Rooney

With the trend for larger wheel diameters, it can be hard to find tires for some of the classic vehicles that used small-diameter wheels. The legendary MINI is a victim of this trend, with virtually no tires available in its usual 10" wheel diameter.

However, there is still at least one excellent option for enthusiast owners: the Yokohama A008. This sticky, handling-oriented tire will enhance the sporting character of your classic MINI. Currently available in the 165/70R10 size with an H-speed rating, this tire is perfect for any sporty driving, including some track and autocross use.

The A008 has been very well liked by the enthusiasts who have installed a set on their vehicle. See what drivers are saying about their experience with the tire.

"These tires are brilliant. The car was transformed, and handles significantly better on the tires these replaced, or my recollection of any MINI tires I had run in the past. Overall, I don't believe there is a better choice for a Classic MINI (unless snows are required)!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1978 MINI Classic

"Very good tire. It performs well on this little car!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1978 MINI

"Great tire with lots of good stickiness. Grip is very good. The soft compound makes for good ease into long sweeping curves. 100 predictable!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2002 MINI Cooper Standard

If you have an old MINI sitting in the garage on aged, dried out tires, breathe some new life into it with a fresh set of sticky tires and rediscover how much fun it can be.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8
 
 

2002 BMW 540iA Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Yakima, WA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

This is a follow up now that I have more miles on these tires. I am still lovin these tires. This is the original equipment tire for this car and the only tire that feels right. I tried other brands of tires always with negative results. If you own a 5 series BMW don't try to second guess the BMW engineers. I have driven in light snow and ice with no problems. These are not Winter tires and you must use caution as with any other all season tire. Handling is excellent and steering response is superb. The best of all the tires I tried on this car including Continental and Yokohama. No balance issues at all. These tires are straight and true. This tire is the best compromise between high performance and touring. I would say it leans more toward the performance feel with excellent manners.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN A10F

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN A10F Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.62
 
 

2006 Chrysler 300 Touring Rear Wheel Drive
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Pensacola, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

This tire has been a good, general purpose tire for use in the Deep South--no snow, but plenty of rain and fog. It has not been put to the high speed test because the car is not a high-speed car!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2013 Chrysler Town and Country
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: SILVER SPRING, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2014

I live in MD and we don't get much snow around here so a winter tire is overkill, unless like me you go looking for snow to get your skiing fix. Purchased these Conti's two weeks ago and already took a trip up to Vermont over MLK holiday. I'm very impressed by this tire. I read all the reviews about winter tires and road noise in dry conditions but I didn't notice any difference between these and my OEM Yokohama's. It could be the weight of the car that makes things better, noise wise, as compared to what other reviewers noticed. The stability is a bit off but I'm driving a minivan so I was not expecting much. On our recent trip to VT (with a return detour through the Poconos PA) we hit snow, slush, ice and windy roads. The tires performed admirably again and again. Up moderately steep mountain roads covered with 4in of fresh snow and hard packed snow under... no problem (but I had to use the manual shifter to keep it steady traction in 3rd gear and engine brake going down), slush on the highways... no problem, ice on some of the byways... well, abs engaged when stopping a few times but I think that's how it's suppose to work. I was originally worried about the unique pattern of the Conti's and was going to go with the Michelin's (used them and lowed them when I lived in the snowy part of Europe) but the price difference was a big factor for me given that I would be using these tires max 3 mo out of the year. Tirerack delivery was great. Got my tires in two days.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

1993 Ford Crown Victoria
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Reisterstown, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2014

Mostly would like to comment on winter performance of this tire. This rear wheel drive car is not noted for great winter performance and up until now I was afraid to take it out of my driveway in winter weather. Put 2 RT43s on the rear drive wheels and now this car is my go to vehicle in winter weather. We have had 3 major storms and these tires have pushed this car thru snow,snow covered ice, ice , and frozen slush. They have also pushed this car up snow covered hills from a standing start. I have Yokohama avids on a Grand Marquis and they have stranded me in a snow storm. The Tire Rack survey on the Yokohama avid is accurate on its poor winter performance. The RT43s have exceeded my expectations and would like to say this is about as good as it gets for winter performance from an all season tire.

 

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

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2014

Wanted to replace replace the OEM Goodyear LS2s as I didn't trust them for dirt, snow and ice. I was hesitant to replace them after just 8k miles, but I knew this car do do better. Our Outlander is mainly a city car but we do occasional Ski and Camping trips and really wanted to get the most of the S-AWC of the Outlander. I was concerned about noise, ride comfort and mpg so I held on to the LS2s in case the Yokos were not suitable for city life. LS2s are now for sale. The Geolanders thrived in off road the ice and snow, really letting the Outlander shine. On freeways and city streets they are as 9/10ths as quiet as the Goodyears, which is saying a lot, and there's better road feel, ride quality and handling in the corners. The Goodyears were just too soft. The stiffer sidewall on the Geolander really compliments the Outlander on and off road, and the traction off road was tremendous for how civil they are on the streets. MPG has not suffered either. This should be the 2nd set of tires for all Outlander owners, I totally recommend!

 

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

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2003 Volvo S60 2.4
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Hampstead, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2014

I've owned a lot of cars and a lot of different tires: Michelin, Dunlop, Continental, Pirelli, Semperit, Bridgestone, Falken, Goodyear, BF Goodrich, Firestone, Uniroyal. The only tires I've ever owned that were a close match to these were a set of Semperit M-401's I owned back in the late 70's. I put these tires on my front drive Volvo S60. I drive fairly hard and I have yet to get a squeal out of these on a curve on dry pavement. The car is like it's on rails. Very solid on wet roads where they feel almost as secure as on dry pavement. I've experienced no indication of hydroplaning. They will lose traction a bit when starting up quickly on wet pavement, but squeal almost like they would on dry pavement when doing so. We've been having a bit of a wild winter here in the mid-atlantic and I've gotten caught out in some fairly substantial snow several times over the past few weeks. A couple of times I've had to stop on steep hills behind other cars that have gotten stuck. In every case I've been able to wait for traffic to clear and drive right around the stuck car(s) with little effort, at times having to use the uncleared shoulder to get through. They aren't snow tires, but they're darned close. These replaced a set of Michelins and I've seen no noticeable change in fuel economy, but the car noticeably rides and handles better. Compared to the Michelins they replaced these tires seem to ride more smoothly over small imperfections, but slighty more harshly over large bumps and potholes. They are very quiet. I'm not able to rate tread life as I've only had them for a couple of thousand miles, but I am so impressed that I wanted to get this review out on the web for the benefit of others. Highly recommended.

 

Yokohama's PARADA Spec-X is a Proven All-Season Performer for Your SUV

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Currently sitting at the top of our survey results in the Street/Sport Truck All-Season category, the Yokohama PARADA Spec-X continues to impress SUV and light truck owners with superior wet and dry traction, as well as a quiet ride. Available in sizes ranging from 17" up to 28" wheel diameters, the PARADA Spec-X has built a strong reputation over its life by using a directional tread pattern and wide center grooves to resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction. Recently, Yokohama added more sizes to provide owners of "modern" muscle cars with confidence in year-round conditions, even light snow. Now, vehicles like the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro can trade their fast wearing Original Equipment tires for extended life and improved comfort.

The range of available sizes means the PARADA Spec-X can be used on a variety of vehicles including:

  • Late-model GM SUVs
  • Cadillac Escalades
  • Chevrolet Suburbans 
  • Acura MDX and RDX
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Mazda CX-9

For more insight on this tire, read our customer reviews to see what drivers are saying about their experience with the Yokohama PARADA Spec-X,

Dunlop SP Sport Signature Still a Top Choice in the High Performance All-Season Category

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

With tire technology advancing quickly these days, it's rare to find a model of tire that stands the test of time and remains competitive in its category year after year. First introduced over six years ago, the Dunlop SP Sport Signature is one of those tires. Even after this many years, it continues to hold its own against newer tires in the High Performance All-Season category. If you're looking for a great all-season performance tire at a good price, the Dunlop SP Sport Signature is for you!

With over 2.6 million miles reported, the tire is currently ranked third in our survey results. This is a higher ranking than other popular tires including the Yokohama AVID ENVigor, Goodyear Eagle GT and BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S. The SP Sport Signature is often praised for its good road feel, quick steering response and great combination of wet and dry traction. 

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the Dunlop SP Sport Signature:

"These have been such fantastic tires that I am now on my third set. Great dry weather traction and awesome treadwear. I have been very pleased with these tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Infiniti G35 Sedan

"These tires handle great. I have almost no road noise and they handle great on wet pavement. Even with my aggressive driving habits they wore perfectly. They were a great buy for the money." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2001 Lexus ES300

"The Dunlops have transformed my car. I've gone from such noise to such quiet and smooth riding and handling. For a car with 280,000 miles on it, the difference is astounding. I'm very happy with the purchase of these tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1998 Honda Accord Coupe EX V6

For more information on this tire, read "The Dunlop SP Sport Signature Continues to Impress." 

Testing Tires to Maximize Your Summer!

Friday, August 30, 2013 by Doc Horvath

While all-season capable tires can provide plenty of grip in nearly every situation, many enthusiasts prefer to have a dedicated set of summer tires to maximize handling during the warm weather months. To find the best of the best in our Max Performance Summer category, we tested two newcomers, the Dunlop Sport Maxx RT and Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 against the best tires from previous tests, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position.

In order to evaluate each tires' high performance capability and every day manners, we subjected all four to both our Performance Test Track Drives and Real World Road Rides. On our 4.1-mile loop of expressways, state highways and county roads, we're able to get a sense for how each tire will perform in real world conditions, like those most of our customers experience on their daily commute. The variety of pavement types, conditions and legal speeds puts each tire through its paces and helps determine overall ride comfort, road noise and handling characteristics. While the Michelin Pilot Super Sport continued to impress our testers with its handling, Yokohama's ADVAN Sport V105 was right behind the Super Sport and showed all of our testers that it has a good steering response and feel. The Bridgestone and Dunlop options rounded out the group, providing excellent road feel and manners, but just not quite to the level of the Michelin and Yokohama.

On our 1/3-mile test track, we can replicate extreme maneuvers (in both wet and dry conditions) normally experienced during an abrupt emergency avoidance move. When driven to the limit of our test cars' capability (and our driver's ability) the Michelin continued to lead the field in dry conditions, with the Yokohama having the better grip in wet. Again, the Bridgestone and Dunlop (in that order) were just a touch behind the others, but still providing fantastic traction. 

In the end, the Michelin was able to retain its top position in the category with the Bridgestone and Yokohama models tied for second place. The tight scores reinforce the fact that all four tire manufactures have done their homework and know what the tires need to do to be in the Max Performance Summer category.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing New Max Performance Summer Tires: Can the Latest Keep Up With the Greatest?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar H/T G95A

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar H/T G95A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2008 Subaru Forester 2.5 X
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Location: Mount Joy, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 67,000 Miles on Tires
April 05, 2013

These tires were the OEM from my 2008 Forester 2.5X. I had them on for 6 years, 67,000 miles and only purchased new tires this month (April 2013). I drove my car hard for those 6 years, making over 20 1200-mile trips from Pennsylvania to Tennessee. I will never buy another tire! These have served me well and handle perfectly, making the tight turns these cars are famous for a breeze. Some Forester owners will give these tires bad reviews, but I think those are hard-core off roaders, which I am not. The tires also handle mild snow well, so I can't really complain.

 

Are Yokohama Tires Good?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Colin .

Yokohama has been around for many years and makes very good options to fulfill your tire replacement needs.

In the Max Performance Summer category, they recently introduced the ADVAN Sport V105. It's developed for the drivers of high-powered sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans who want an increase in agile handling with a more comfortable ride. Based on technology fostered through participation in motorsports and development at the Nurburgring Circuit in Germany (one of the world's most grueling race/test tracks), the tire is designed to promote dry traction and handling.

If you're shopping for something a bit more extreme, then take a look at the ADVAN Neova AD08 R. It's Yokohama's latest Extreme Performance Summer offering and provides an even higher level of dry traction and handling, while giving up some treadlife and ride quality compared to the ADVAN Sport V105.  

If you are looking for an all-season option that offers sporty handling, the AVID ENVigor is available in H- or V- and W-speed ratings. While the tire doesn't offer the high traction and handling attributes of summer tires, it'll last longer and give you some winter traction versatility.

Another all-season option to consider is the AVID TOURING-S. This Standard Touring All-Season tire is developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans and minivans and is engineered to provide good traction, excellent ride qualities and long treadlife.  

For those of you who own a truck, crossover or sport utility vehicle, Yokohama offers the Parada Spec-X. Based on survey results, the tire is rated number one by consumers in the Street/Sport Truck All-Season category. Two additional light truck/SUV tires worth considering, include the Geolandar H/T-S G051 and Geolandar A/T-S

View all Yokohama tires and find the one that's right for how and where you drive.

Test Results: Which New Extreme Performance Summer Tire is the Best?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Ben Rooney

This year, enthusiasts are treated to an impressive new crop of Extreme Performance Summer tires. One of the most publicized new releases has been the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival. The Dunlop Direzza ZII, replacing the well-liked Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec, is another hot new entry into the category.

Slightly less publicized, but no less worthy of attention are the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R. Yokohama and Bridgestone have been two of the class leaders and are answering the new challengers with upgraded models for this summer.

All of us here were eager to take these new tires out for a comparison. Driving them on the street was a useful test of what it would be like to use them on an everyday car. Taking them on and off the entry and exit ramps gave us a chance to get a hint of what their performance capabilities would be. All four tires gave excellent steering response and handling on the road, though each exhibited its own personality.

On the track, we had the chance to push these tires to their limits in both wet and dry conditions. Each one found slightly different areas to shine, whether it be wet or dry traction, ultimate lateral grip, responsive steering or confidence-inspiring stability.

Each tire could find a niche depending on the type of performance that's desired. To see a detailed report of how these tires stacked up, read "Testing Extreme Performance Summer Tires: The Boys of Summer Are Here" and watch the test video below.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama S.drive

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Yokohama S.drive Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2005 Acura RSX
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Miles driven on tires: 51,000
Location: Acworth, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 51,000 Miles on Tires
March 30, 2013

Put these tires on the car at 18,000. Now have over 69k. Handling is amazing - 70mph on 35mph off-ramps. The only non-maintenance repair on my car is a new steering pump. The flat footprint puts almost 1/3 more rubber on the ground through turns. Extremely well built! These tires turned my RSX into a serious canyon carver! Highly recommend!

 

Best Tires for the Honda Fit

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Is it time to get your Honda Fit outfitted with new tires? Since 2007, the Fit has been a great choice for commuters, students and many drivers looking for dependable transportation while not breaking the bank. These fuel-efficient compact cars are very sporty, attractive and popular. Whether you've had your Honda for many years or just picked one up used, it may be time for some new tires.

The Fit is available with several tire size options. Unfortunately, there's not one great tire that will cover all four sizes available. For those of you with the 185/55R16 size, the best tire would be the Yokohama AVID Ascend. This is a Grand Touring All-Season tire with above average all-season traction and a 75,000-mile treadlife warranty. However, you may want to consider changing sizes, due to the limited tires available in this size.

Fit owners can also use 205/50R16 tires as an alternative. It's a little wider and you may see a slight drop in fuel economy, but you will experience better wet and dry traction, improved handling and a better selection of tire options. One of the better selections in this size includes the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. This best seller has great all-season traction, a 55,000-mile treadlife warranty and handles very well.

If your Honda fit is equipped with 195/55R15 tires, take a look at the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum. This Grand Touring All-Season is very nice to drive on. It offers pleasant ride qualities and reasonable tread noise.

For Fits with the 175/65R14 tire, I would consider the Michelin Defender. This is a fantastic tire with superior all-season traction with a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty. It's designed to enhance fuel economy by meeting Michelin's Green-X low rolling resistance objectives.

Finally, in the 175/65R15 size, take a look at the General AltiMAX HP. The tire is designed to combine reliability, comfort and treadlife, as well as provide year-round traction, including in light snow.

Yokohama AVID Ascend
Yokohama AVID
Ascend
Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
Kumho Ecsta LX
Platinum
Michelin Defender
Michelin
Defender
General Altimax HP
General AltiMAX
HP


Regardless of the size of tire on your Honda Fit, shop by size to view all options available.