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,

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

Tuesday, October 1, 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 Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2004 Honda CR-V
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Shelbyville, KY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2013

I purchased this tire because I got an incredible 111,000 miles out of my last set I purchased in 2008. I love them. I had bought a set for my Mom's 2003 CRV two years ago as well. The only complaint I have is they are not quiet. But I'll put up with that for the superior wear resistance. I only drive off-road every now and then and have't put them through a good test, but I have had no complaints with that either so far. As long as these tires are available, I will never put anything else on an SUV.

 

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.

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.

Toyota RAV4 Tires

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Steve Huffman

The Toyota RAV4 has come a long way since its 1996 debut. Today, its a very sporty, modern mid-size SUV that's popular with many drivers. If it's time to replace the tires on your RAV4, consider the following options.

One of my favorite tires for this vehicle is the Yokohama Parada Spec-X. This Street/Sport Truck All-Season tire has a great feel. Designed to combine impressive looks and confident handling, it provides excellent year-round traction in North America's wide range of weather conditions, including light snow. The tire also is a quiet option for drivers who don't like road noise.

Another great option for RAV4 owners to look at is the Firestone Destination LE 2. This Highway All-Season tire combines long wear, a comfortable ride and all-season traction. It's not as sporty as the Yokohama, but it offers better all-season traction. The tire is also long-lasting as it comes with a 60,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Finally, the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season is the top-rated tire in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category. It reduces rolling resistance and tire weight compared to Pirelli's previous CUV/SUV tire lines to increase fuel economy and lower the vehicle's CO2 emissions. The tire sits in the top spot in its category because it receives high marks in the following areas:

  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Cornering stability
  • Dry traction
  • Steering response
  • Ride comfort
Yokohama Parada Spec-X
Yokohama Parada
Spec-X
Firestone Destination LE2
Firestone Destination
LE 2
Pirelli Scorpion Verde A/S
Pirelli Scorpion Verde
All Season


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Best Tires for a Lexus RX350

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Lexus' mid-size SUV, the RX350, has been one of their best sellers for quite some time. It's very popular, stylish and reliable. Many have been on the road for a long time and are in need of new tires. If your RX350 is due for a new set, consider the following options.

Most RX350 vehicles came equipped with the 225/65R17 size. There are many great options in this size, but one of my favorites is the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza. This tire has been a top seller for many years and is Bridgestone's premium SUV tire. It offers excellent all-season traction, a quiet and comfortable ride and comes with a 65,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Some RX350s came with 235/60R18 tires. If your vehicle has this size, I would suggest taking a look at the Michelin Primacy MXV4. This is a strong contender in the Grand Touring All-Season category. Like the Bridgestone, it also has a smooth ride, great all-season traction and is offered with a 55,000-mile tread life warranty.

There are a few versions of the vehicle that came with a 235/55R19 tire. Options in this size are a little more limited. However, based on what's available in this size, I'd recommend the Yokohama Parada Spec-X. The tire combines impressive looks and confident handling with year-round traction in a wide range of weather conditions, including in light snow.

Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Michelin Primacy MXM4
Michelin Primacy MXV4
Yokohama Parada Spec-X
Yokohama Parada Spec-X


To view all options for your Lexus RX350, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID TOURING-S

Wednesday, May 15, 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 AVID TOURING-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.64
 
 

2008 Pontiac Vibe 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 24, 2013

I bought these tires for their price and decent reviews. It is a great tire in the winter and after 20,000 miles the tread has been great for this past snowy winter in Mpls. I think my mpg has reduced a little compared to the OE Goodyear RS-As, but the winter traction has been impressive as well as the amount of tread still left after 20k miles. For a similar vehicle (hatchback, small SUV, etc.) I would purchase again.

 

Best Tires for a Toyota Sienna

Friday, May 3, 2013 by Steve Huffman

For over a decade, the Toyota Sienna has been a very popular minivan for American families. Toyota's dependability, comfortable ride and ample room has kept these vans on the road for years. Many owners have logged well over 100,000 miles on them and have purchased multiple sets of tires for their vehicle. Like most vans, these vehicles are charged with hauling families, groceries and sports equipment all over town. Families will also use the minivan to travel long distances while going on vacation. The drivers of these vans are typically looking for great all-season traction, long lasting treadlife and a comfortable ride.

One of my favorite tires for this vehicle is the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. First of all, this tire has fantastic all-season traction. Also, as the name suggests, it offers exceptionally good ride qualities, including a very smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. They are long lasting with an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty in the T- and H-speed rated versions, and a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty for the V-speed rated model. If this sounds like the tire for you, take advantage of our special offer.

Another great option for the Sienna is the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. Although this tire is marketed as a Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire, Toyoto uses popular SUV sizes on their newer Siennas and this is definitely one of the best tires in the size. Like the Goodyear mentioned above, this tire also offers great all-season traction and comes with a 65,000-mile treadlife warranty. The advantage with this tire is that it is Bridgestone's low rolling resistance tire, which means it will provide you with optimum fuel economy.

If you're looking for a good value option, consider the Yokohama AVID Ascend. This Grand Touring All-Season tire features Yokohama's Orange Oil technology and is branded with their BluEarth eco-friendly identification. It's designed to blend long treadwear, low rolling resistance and all-season traction, even in light snow.

Goodyear Assurance ComfortTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422
Ecopia
Yokohama AVID Ascend
Yokohama AVID
Ascend


Shop by vehicle to see all the tire options available for your Toyota Sienna.

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

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.83

2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS
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Miles driven on tires: 40
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 40 Miles on Tires
September 11, 2010

Just got Yoko AVID ENVs to replace the Good year Eagle LS tires that came OEM on my Mitsu Outlander SUV. Man, what a huge difference! Road Noise is almost non-existent with these tires. What was Mitsu thinking putting the Good Year Eagle LS as OEM??? Those lasted just 33K miles and the tread was almost gone completely.

Dry traction on Envigor is superb, you can feel the tires gripping the surface, yet its surprisingly agile. Here in Milwaukee, snow/wet traction is very important, so I am hoping that the snow traction is atleast decent

Looking for Affordable Tires?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Here at Tire Rack, we built our business on higher performance tires for more exotic applications. The inventory expanded over the years as we also carry tires that are targeted toward regular cars used for everyday transportation, and tires for the enthusiast on a budget.

Fuzion, the entry level brand from Bridgestone, often has the best-priced tires in a given size. Though not as well known as its older siblings from Bridgestone and Firestone, Fuzion tires offer an excellent value. The Fuzion Touring is a smooth riding, all-season tire that's very aggressively priced, while the UHP is Fuzion's new Ultra High Performance All-Season tire designed for sporty handling combined with capability in cold weather and light snow. 

Kumho has been a stalwart in the performance-per-dollar arena. Little known when they first came to the United States, they have built a loyal following over the past decade or so. Their Ecsta 4X is often my go-to selection for a value-oriented all-season performance tire. The Solus KR21 does consistently well in surveys among customers needing a regular all-season passenger tire. 

Among light trucks and SUVs, the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051 has an excellent combination of long treadwear, reliable performance and an excellent price. With each option fitting into most budgets, you're getting a great tire for your vehicle as each is currently ranked in the top ten in their class.

To see what options are available for your application, shop by size

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar G96B

Monday, February 11, 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 Geolandar G96B Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.71
 
 

2012 Toyota 4Runner V6
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Green Bay, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2013

Had this brand on my previous SUV was the worst for snow of the various tires I had, these came on my new 4Runner and I am not pleased with driving in the snow on the streets. I have not been off road much, tread wear has been fine, rain driving has been ok,

 

Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated) Review

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Gary Stanley

If you ask a random person to name a few tire brands off the top of their head, odds are one of the first to come to their mind is Goodyear. Goodyear tires come as Original Equipment on many makes and models of cars, trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles. In addition to being one of most well-known brands worldwide, Goodyear makes some of the top tires on the market in various categories.

An oldie but goodie, the Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated) is still holding its own against the competition in the High Performance All-Season category. It's currently ranked fourth out of seventeen tires in our Tire Survey Results. During our in-house testing, we liked the tire's reasonable ride quality and good winter weather traction.

The Goodyear Eagle GT has an asymmetric tread pattern so you can rotate them for longer treadlife and help maintain an even treadwear for a quieter ride. To learn more about tire rotation, see my blog post titled "Should I Rotate My Tires?"

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about the Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated):

"These babies are sweet. I've got 20,000 on a set of four and it's like I'm riding on rails still. Treadwear looks normal for my "spirited" driving, probably 50-60% left and looks totally even. For my mom's Hyundai we ordered the Kumhos... On my Mustang I just couldn't do it. Goodyear Eagle GT's go a lot better on Sally."  -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2000 Ford Mustang Convertible.

"Good price, a great tire and good wet road and dry road ride." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Honda Accord Sedan EX V6.

"These are my second set of Goodyears. Old set went over 40,000 miles, much better than the Original Equipment which I only got about 12,000 miles out of. I also tried Yokohamas, which were good but extremely noisy and went about 30,000-35,000 miles; so the Goodyears are great and superior to the other two and I recommend them on your small car." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2005 Suzuki Reno LX.

Shop by vehicle to see if the Goodyear Eagle GT is available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-XReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2008 Honda CRV EX
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: North Creek, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
November 25, 2012

I bought these based on the great reviews from other 3d Gen CR-V owners. I haven't encountered snow or even significant rain yet, but my wife, who didn't like the ride with my recently replaced Nokian WR-SUV's (not recommended), really likes the ride now. So far, so good. Much quieter ride, holds the road great. MPG is down, but I guess that's because these are new tires replacing bald tires and the outside temperature has dropped. Looking forward to updating this review when I drive through some serious snow.

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

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.36
 
 

2008 Hyundai Veracruz
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Raleigh, NC
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2013

Strange noise in the corners, a whiney scrubbing sound. A year and a half and these tires on the grocery getter are done. Really fast wearing on my SUV.

 

Alternate 19" Tire Sizing for Dodge Journey Now Available

Friday, January 4, 2013 by Doc Horvath

While the new Dodge Journey has been well received, one thing that hasn't been popular is the optional 19" tire size that comes equipped on many of the vehicles. While the Original Equipment options have done well, many Journey owners have been left wanting more. 

In the 225/55R19 size, we recently added the Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max. It's designed to provide year-round, all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, including light snow, as well as offer reduced rolling resistance to enhance vehicle fuel economy over the tire's lifetime. The tire comes with a 65,000 mile treadlife warranty.

We also know the slightly wider 235/55R19 to fit many of the Original Equipment wheels. 235/55R19 is 0.4" taller (overall) and 0.2" wider at the contact patch, for a mere 1.4% difference in diameter compared to the Original Equipment. 

The 235/55R19 size offers a full complement of all-season tires primarily for crossovers and SUVs that offer long life and a comfortable, quiet ride. Best sellers to consider are the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia and Yokohama Parada Spec-X.

Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max
Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel
Max
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422
Ecopia
Yokohama Parada Spec-X
Yokohama Parada
Spec-X


Like the Assurance CS Fuel Max, Bridgestone's Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia helps enhance fuel economy by reducing tire rolling resistance. Combining year-round traction, handing and comfort, the tire is also developed for drivers of sport utility vehicles. We tested the Bridgestone and Goodyear options against a third tire and the results can be found by reading "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires."

The Yokohama Parada Spec-X features a more aggressive directional tread design aimed at drivers that are willing to sacrifice some durability for enhanced wet traction at higher speeds. This Street/Sport Truck All-Season tire is currently ranked number one in our Tire Survey Results. Customers give the tire high marks in many categories, including dry traction, cornering stability and ride comfort.

To find all tire options that are a match for your Dodge Journey, shop by vehicle.

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-XReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2008 Mazda CX-9
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Franklin, TN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
December 12, 2012

These tires were terrible for my SUV and only lasted 1 year under normal driving conditions and regular maintenance. Indeed, when we checked recently, the edge was severely worn out. This is much worse than I'm used to seeing on a tire . We ended up replacing the Yokohamas with Michelin Latitudes. I've had better luck with Michelins in the past. Also, in addition to the durability issue, the car is now MUCH smoother and has less vibration. So, I'd definitely opt for paying more for the Michelins! You'll be better off in the long run.

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

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-SReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.07

2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 57,000
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 57,000 Miles on Tires
November 30, 2012

MN winters- ice, snow & salt. We got a lot of snow the first winter I had these and they worked better than expected in the deep stuff. I remember pulling a lady to her business. Her car was high centered in the snow because the driveway to her business (and parking lot) wasn't plowed yet. I had no problems pulling her through about 10 inches of snow for over 200 yards. With 57k on them now, I will still wait until next summer to replace them considering the tread wear is that good. As expected, as the tread wears down, so does the traction in snow. But the traction on ice is still almost as good as it was with fresh tread.

I've had them off-road more than the average SUV- usually a couple dedicated trips each year. Very happy. I've had minimal experience in mud, though. (Just not worth it to me to get into mud if avoidable.) These were the OEM for the some of the Lexus LX & Land Cruiser model years. My brother and father in law both purchased a set for their trucks after seeing how well they worked on mine.

Lessons Learned at the Arctic Circle: Testing All-Season Tires

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

For optimum snow grip, nothing compares to dedicated winter / snow tires. But, what if you live on the edge of the Snowbelt and need to run one set of tires year-round? Then you're better served by purchasing a set of all-season tires with decent light snow capability. 

How do different all-season tires perform in the snow? Our test team has traveled to Sweden the past few winters to find out. Below are brief recaps of five different all-season categories and how certain tires performed during our time near the Arctic Circle.

Ultra High Performance All-Season Test

In comparing the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position, Continental ExtremeContact DWS, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus and Pirelli PZero Nero All Season we found the Continental ExtremeContact DWS to perform best in the snow with the Pirelli finishing a close second. On ice, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus led the way with Continental's ExtremeContact DWS and Pirelli's PZero Nero All Season coming in next. Bridgestone's Potenza RE970AS Pole Position trailed the others by a fair margin. Complete test results can be found here.

Eco-Focused All-Season Test

When driving on the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422, Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max and Yokohama AVID TRZ we found the Goodyear and Bridgestone options to be tops in the snow and on ice. Goodyear's Assurance Fuel Max delivered impressive results, especially under braking. Yokohama AVID TRZ tires were competitive, but showed lower overall snow traction than the other three tires.

High Performance All-Season Test

The Dunlop SP Sport Signature, Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS and Goodyear Eagle GT all offered decent snow and ice performance. The fourth tire in the test, the Yokohama AVID ENVigor, couldn't match the others on both surfaces. It provided a considerably lower level of acceleration, braking and cornering traction. To see how Dunlop's aggressive tread pattern paid a dividend in the snow, read "Testing High Performance All-Season Tires."

Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Test

Amongst the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia, Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and the Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max, the Bridgestone did the best in the snow with the Goodyear coming in next. When it came to braking on the ice, Goodyear's Assurance CS Fuel Max edged out the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. The Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology was fairly easy to control, but showed somewhat lower overall traction than the other two.

Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season Introductory Comparison Test

In assessing the General AltiMAX HP, Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season, Hankook Optimo H727 and Michelin HydroEdge with Green X, the Hankook Optimo H727 performed the best in snow and on ice. It was rather impressive in the snow, delivering very good overall traction and predictable handling. To view results from our test, take a look at "Testing the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-XReviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2007 Mazda CX-9
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Miles driven on tires: 36,000
Location: Issaquah, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 36,000 Miles on Tires
November 04, 2012

I LOVE these tires! When I bought a used 2007 Mazda CX-9 a couple of years ago, the 20-inch OEM tires needed to be replaced immediately. I researched options on some Mazda forums and the Yokohama Parada Spec-X tires kept coming up, so I purchased a set. These have been the best tires on any car I've ever owned. The ride is luxurious, soft and surprisingly quiet. And the performance in wet weather (we live east of Seattle) is excellent, too - no hydroplaning, even at high speeds, driving on I-90 up to Snoqualmie Pass. I've driven in packed snow and frozen slush, and the tires did fine. But when the weather gets really bad, I don't take any chances: the Mazda CX-9 gets parked in the driveway and I only drive my Audi A4 Quattro. This has nothing to do with the tires, however - it's just no fun driving a huge SUV on icy roads when I have an option with my Audi.

I like these tires so much that I just bought an identical set and am looking forward to another 36,000 miles that combine the best of a luxurious and quiet ride along with with excellent all-weather performance, from dry and hot roads in the summer to wet and slushy drives up I-90 to the ski resorts in the fall and winter.

Japanese cars seem to do well with Japanese tires, and the Mazda CX-9 gets along great with a matching set of 20-inch Yokohama Parada Spec-X tires.