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 Geolandar A/T-S

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2005 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Rockville, MD
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
August 27, 2011

In February 2010, I purchased these tires. They arrived after the mid-Atlantic region received over 25 inches of snow in 2 days and expecting 30 inches more the upcoming weekend. Luckily, I was able to get them installed Friday because Thursday, I waited for 4 hours and they told me they couldn't do it. On Friday, I went to a different place.



Anyway, these tires are the best. They are noisy and I expected them to be noisy because of the tread pattern. Occasionally, the noise gets annoying but the safety and reliability is worth the noise. From rain to snow to ice, I swear by these tires. They tackled last years blizzard without any hesitation.



Right now, Hurricane Irene is in the Mid-Atlantic area. If for some reason I had to go out and save a life or something, I am relying on my Geolanders. I know they will bring me home safely whether there is sun, rain, snow, or ice.



Go buy them now!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2003 Honda Element EX
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Detroit Lakes, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2014

Boy O Boy this is a great tire! Just Replaced some worn out Yokohama Geolanders and my Element is a totally different car. Smooth, very quiet, handles well, and I can now carry on a conversation driving down the road. I purchased them based on Tire Rack reviews and they were spot on. Highly recommend this tire!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.91
 
 

2014 Subaru Forester
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Grove City, OH
Driving Condition: Average

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

This is my first set of General Tires. The General AltiMAX RT43 replaced the OEM Yokohama Geolanders that came on the Forester. They Geolanders were not a good all season tire. I did not feel safe on snow and ice even with the all wheel drive.

I had the General tires installed on a snowy day and it was really an impulse buy because of the lack of traction I was getting that day. What a great surprise it was when these tires really showed how well they are suited for this type of weather. So far, I have driven them in snow, deep fresh snow and ice and they have handled flawlessly. I have also driven them in dry and wet weather. No hard rain yet. They handle very well in those situations as well. They are very quiet and comfortable at freeway speeds. They do not flatspot as bad as the Yokohama tires did when they sit over night in the cold. Overall, I am very very happy with this purchase. I have had Michelin Primacy MXM4, MXV4 and Latitude Tours on different vehicles over the last couple of years. These tires are half the price and handle the different elements better than any of those did! I will post an update when these get some more miles on them. Hopefully they will hold up to the stated 75k miles warranty. I would highly recommend this tire! General Tire has a new fan!

 

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: 6.14
 
 

2004 Toyota Tundra Extra Cab 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Montclair, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 06, 2014

I've been through three sets of these tires and they have all been out-of-round, which caused annoying vibrations and steering wheel shimmy. I really liked the look of these tires, but it was not worth the constant annoyance caused by the vibrations. Had them road-force balanced multiple times and all four tires from the most recent set were under 8 lbs (very good), but the vibrations were still there. Road force matching only works if the wheel has a heavy/light spot as well. My wheels were pretty much perfect so there was nothing that could have been done. I replaced the Geolanders with a set of Michelin Latitude Tours and the vibrations are now gone. I will never buy Yokohama again.

 

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 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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

2011 Subaru Outback
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2014

This tire has amazed me since it was installed 10,000 miles ago. Immediately, I noticed a difference in decreased road noise and increased ride comfort over the OE Continental's. It has been a great tire while driving in heavy rain and an equally as great tire when taking corners a little faster then you should. Yes, I drive a 2011 Outback 2.5i Limited, but still love to take corners above the posted limit. What has brought me to write this review was an experience I had today. I drove my wife's Forester that is equipped with the OE Yokohama Geolander's. I had good thoughts about the Geolander and have always liked Yokohama tires. That was until I drove the Forester in the snow and compared it to my Outback that is equipped with the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tires. The Pirelli's are SUPERIOR!! Even with AWD, I found myself slipping around a bit in the Forester with the Geolander's. In my Outback with the Pirelli's it has been a totally different experience. There is very little wheel spin when launching from a stop on snow covered roads. The stopping distance is equally as amazing when driving on the Pirelli's. These tires have been great, a lot of fun and from what I can feel, the safest tire produced. When it is time to get new tires on our Forester we will be purchasing the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tires. Thank you Pirelli, for producing and ACTUAL All Season tire that is outstanding in ALL conditions!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Ecopia EP422Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62

2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 XS
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Whistler, BC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2013

Took chance on putting this on the Forester. Probably not the obvious choice but wanted to see how the mileage might be improved. These are exceptionally quiet smooth running tires, I don't think I've had better for this attribute. But, this does come at a reduction in responsiveness in handling, nothing terminal, just a bit floaty feeling compared to the Yokohama Geolanders that came with it. The big bonus is surprisingly improved fuel mileage. Pre Ecopia's the Forester would get about 300 miles per tank, with the Ecopias it was common to get about 380 miles per tank. I confirmed this repeatedly this past summer on numerous trips. Then when I put the winter Michelin X-Ice2's on the mileage returned to around the 260-300 mile range per tank. Yes, I will buy more Ecopia tires, but hope that Bridgestone uses the technology on higher performance tires in the near future.

Which Yokohama Family Suits You Best?

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Yokohama tires were introduced to the United States in 1969, but have been produced since 1917. Personally, I've been using their products since 1998. There are three basic families of Yokohama tires: ADVAN, AVID and Geolanders.

ADVAN

The ADVAN line was introduced to the U.S. market in 2005 and has been widely popular and successful in the performance world. Their newest member is the ADVAN Neova AD08 R which resides in the Extreme Performance Summer class. The AD08 R combines excellent dry traction with impressive wet traction for that warm weather driver who demands fast and fun driving.

AVID

AVID tires stand tall with the AVID ENVigor and AVID Ascend. The AVID ENVigor combines the feel and handling of a sport tire with a touch of all-season capability. It works very well for performance based drivers who require four season traction. A new tire to the AVID family, the Ascend, combines long treadwear, low rolling resistance and all-season traction for those who place more emphasis on ride comfort and treadwear.

Geolandar

Finally, Geolandar tires fulfill the needs of light truck and SUV owners. The Geolandar H/T-S G051 has been widely popular and affordable since its debut in 2002. It appeals to the light duty pick-up truck and SUV owner looking for a more comfortable ride, handling and year-round traction.


Yokohama ADVAN Neova
AD08 R

Yokohama AVID
ENVigor

Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S
G051


Navigate our Tire Decision Guide to see which family suits your needs best.

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

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-SReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73

2000 Chevrolet Silverado 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,325
Location: Brodhead, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,325 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2013

I used to drive the Dalton hyway in Alaska in the 80's and bought a used Suburban from BP. It had Bridgestones that had a close resemblence to these Geolanders. I wanted to get some wet grass miles, some wet and dry snow miles, icey, wet roads, heavy rain, mud and some hyway miles on them before I rated them. I see some of these guys write reviews on tires before the stickers are worn off the treads. These are much quiter than the Goodyear Wranglers that were on this truck when I inherited it after my mother passed away. My dad has been buying 4x4's since 1967 and this was his last before passing away 7 years ago so this 2000 Silverado 4x4 had less than 45k on it when I got it but there were two of the twelve year old Wranglers with broken belts.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/T D840

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/T D840Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.15

2004 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Montclair, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2013

I've had two sets of these tires on my 2WD Tundra and I am not pleased with their wet traction nor their snow/ice traction. Back tires spin from dead stops when raining and I have fish tailed on multiple occasions with light snow on the ground. Thankfully the front tires kept their grip in these situations. I guess this can be expected from a pickup truck with light back end, but I have to assume some of it is due to the tires based on the poor wet traction. Why did I buy a second set of these tires you may ask? Well, the first set lasted a long time and they were priced well. I have decided to go with the Yokohama Geolander A/T this time around so we'll see how they compare. I will try to remember and update this review once I have had a chance to see how the new tires perform. I would not recommend these tires, at least not for a 2WD pickup truck.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-XReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.83

2012 Toyota RAV4 4wd V6
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Redlands, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 26, 2013

Had five different sets of Yok Geolanders on three different Toyota RAV's, and I was generally satisfied with the overall performance/price of Yokohama tires. Decided to try a set of Prada Spec X's this time around. These tires are still relatively new, so haven't had a chance to run them in a variety of conditions, but so far I have a very favorable impression, based on ride comfort, low noise, and handling. Will update review when I have more miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone WinterforceReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2000 Saab 9-5 Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Syracuse, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2012

I currently own two vehicles and did some tire testing tonight with both vehicles so I could write a proper review. The car I bought the Winterforce tires for(Size: 195/65R15) is a 2000 Saab 9-5 wagon. It's front wheel drive with traction control and ABS. The other vehicle is a 1991 Nissan Pathfinder 4x4 with 31 inch Yokohama Geolander AT-S tires. We have about 6 inches of snow and it's still falling. The roads are very slick right now with a nice packed layer of snow on them. Plus there is a large unplowed parking lot across the street. The Pathfinder in 2 wheel drive didn't fair so well in the traction department. I was pushing both vehicles to their limits and the rear wheel drive had me sliding and spinning out fairly easily on both the road and especially in the parking lot. With the truck in 4wheel drive it did really well but I was still able to pitch the truck sideways at will and set it into a nice controlled slide. The Geolanders are great in the snow but mine have quite a few hard miles on them. As for the Saab, the Winterforce tires have about 400 miles on them. When I got into the car I didn't have high hopes due to the way my truck was handling. To my surprise the Saab easily out performed my truck even with it in 4wheel drive!!!! On the slick road and in the unplowed parking lot it really took quite a bit of effort to shake it loose. Granted the traction control is playing a major role in this. When I turn it off I can easily spin the tires but it still never really felt out of control. Plus it's a manual transmission car so popping the clutch in the snow will spin any tire on the market. Even under braking the tires did awesome. I can't complain at all. They do what they were made to do very well. As for dry handling. Some are saying they make their cars feel out of control. I don't know what they are talking about. They handle really well for a specialty snow tire being used on a dry road. Even at 70mph they feel fine. They do make noise though.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G052

Monday, January 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G052Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55

2005 Porsche Cayenne S
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Miles driven on tires: 49,000
Location: Danville, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 49,000 Miles on Tires
December 06, 2012

I have a 2005 Porsche Cayenne S that came with Pirelli Scorpion's. They wore out in less than 20k miles so I replaced with the Yoko Geolander. Of course the tire shop guys said I shouldn't run a Cayenne S with this tire. Don't listen to it. I am a huge fan. Very quiet, the wear is outstanding and there is absolutely no squealing while cornering. I even like the sidewall styling. I guess buyers should keep in mind that the Cayenne's cabin is very well insulated, and the automatic air suspension and all wheel drive would probably make any tire great. However, I am very happy with the treadwear, and I'll be replacing the existing set with the exact same tire in 2 days.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus AS RH07

Monday, December 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus AS RH07Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.11

1999 Dodge Dakota 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 250
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
December 19, 2012

I purchased these tires solely based on experience from the Tire Rack and their expert advice and experience and I must say I'm throughly impressed with Hankook and the Ventus AS my previous tires were Yokohama Geolanders and I was able to squeeze 65,000 miles from them... Hankook tracks straight and is a very quiet riding tire, I've experienced light snow and rain and they seem on par with the Yokohama's in that respect on downfall is these tires don't have the bite the Yokohama's did but as for Noise and Ride they are hands down a great tire for the money.. and price did help me a little bit in my decision. But overall a good tire for the coin... I'd recommend either of the two mentioned tires to anyone. I'll update as I get more adjusted to these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55

2011 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Boston, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
December 16, 2012

After over 15 years of exclusively 4WD vehicles we finally added a FWD family sedan. As we bought the car in the fall, I used Tire Rack's database to check the winter-worthiness of our OEM tires. The red and yellow winter ratings made me decide that we needed a second set of wheels with Winter tires mounted, just like I used to do with my sports cars in the 80's (Conti Contacts back then). I am absolutely amazed that winter tire technology has advanced this far! I would say our FWD car with the Michelin X-Ice XI2's equal the snow traction of our 4WD with All Season/Highway tires (Yokohama Geolander HT/S) and EXCEEDS our 4WD in lateral roadholding AND braking, which I guess is what they're designed for. I'm so impressed that I will even consider outfitting my 4WD vehicles with Winter tires from now on. Except for ground clearance in very deep snow, you almost don't need an SUV anymore for on road winter driving. I'm equally amazed at how compliant the tires are on dry roads and how quiet they are on the highway. Last year about this time when I had these tires and wheels mounted for the first time, I was astounded how they were immediately more comfortable and grippier than the stock tires in the cold. I did minus 1 rim size and two sizes down in width, 215/55-17 to 205/65-16. The sales pitch is that winter tires give you an advantage in every condition below 45 degrees F, which seemed like a bold claim. After 1 winter, I'm convinced. Just mounted them yesterday for winter #2. Nice job Michelin and GREAT job Tire Rack for assembling the data, surveys and tests that convinced me. The way I figure it, if these tires save me even one accident, they pay for themselves. Toward the end of last winter a woman in a mini van spun out in front of me on a four lane divided 40mph road. She instantly was a spinning top across both lanes of the curve. I just came to a quick controlled stop on the curve and put my flashers on to alert other drivers. All Paid for.