Are Sumitomo Tires Good?

Customers often ask me about the Sumitomo brand. The tires are often very attractively priced, but many drivers are not as familiar with this brand as they are with some of the traditional names like Goodyear and Michelin. Are they really a great value, or are they too good of a price to be true?

How is Sumitomo pronounced?

This one stumps many people, however the pronunciation is actually easier than it looks at first glance. I find that breaking it in half makes it much easier. "Sumi" is pronounced pretty much how it looks: soo-me. It rhymes with Zoomy. Then the second half, "tomo" rhymes with Romo.

Where do they come from?

Sumitomo is a Japanese company. They're part of the Sumitomo Group, which has many diverse businesses under its umbrella. Sumitomo manufactures in a number of Asian countries, including Thailand, China and Japan.

Are they good?

Yes, Sumitomo makes a good tire. Like any manufacturer, Sumitomo makes a number of different models to fit different driving styles and customer needs. Are you in the market for high performance handling and excellent wet and dry traction? Try the Sumitomo HTR Z III. Do you need something a little bit sporty, but with the ability to handle cold weather and some light snow? Sumitomo's HTR A/S P01 might fit your needs. As long as you choose a tire that suits your application and driving style, they offer a very good combination of quality and value.

Why haven't I heard of them before?

You probably have and don't know it. Sumitomo builds tires for other brands as well. The most notable is Dunlop, which is one of the oldest names in the business. They do not do as much marketing of their own tire brand compared to many of the other brands. So while they fly a little bit under the radar, they have plenty of expertise in building tires.

Take a look at all offerings available from Sumitomo.


Saturday, August 9, 2014 by rick hillier

purchased set of Tour Plus LST (date code 3MMR1012) within less than 2 years I have to replace 2. 1st was shoulder separation at interstate speed, luckily it was on rear. 2nd just found 2 mos.later which was a bulge size. 1st tire that was pro-rated $25.00, was an insult. now with 2nd similar, I'm taking back to Kieth Pearson Toyota for removal/replacement. Must be a bad batch for most reviews show very positive. I have to disagree, 2 changes in Fla. heat in mid summer (at 60yrs old) was not fun(could have had heat stroke or a heart attack!)
Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Michael

On 6/28/12 I bought Sumitomo Touring LSV STV58 tires (70K mile) and was just told yesterday that my tires are down to 4/32 tread and it's time to think about a new set. Well considering that I only have about 30K miles on those 70K rated tires, I'd say something is not right about Sumitomo.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 by ben@tirerack

Michael this illustrates the classic problems with treadlife warranties. First, they tend to be optimistic. Not just these Sumitomos but many brands/models. They assume a higher percentage of highway miles than most of us actually do, and they assume perfect alignment, inflation, and rotation.

Second, most tire places, including us, recommend replacing tires at 4/32 tread. Manufacturer warranties are based on running a tire down to 2/32" tread depth which is the legal minimum. Given that tire wear slows down the lower the tread depth is, you can go many miles after 4/32, but with increasingly poor traction in bad weather.

With that said, Sumitomo has revised the mileage warranty on the LSV from the original 65,000 to 55,000 this year, which is probably more realistic.
Friday, February 6, 2015 by Jay

I bought two Sumitomo tour tires in October of 2013 and today I was told that I should replace them since they are worn down. They have only 17k miles on them. I'm not happy. I do mostly local driving. Can anyone recommend me a tire?
Friday, February 13, 2015 by Michael

Sumitomo are basically terrible tires. I got 22K out of mine even with perfect alignment, tire pressure, and 5K rotations and balance. You GET what you pay for.
Monday, March 30, 2015 by DEBORAH

Not sure how they will last, just bought them this weekend but my Mazda 3 is quieter than with any other tire. I would say with all my new cars, 25K seems to be the life with normal driving. I had Yokohamas on most but they last horribly and Goodyear eagles the same even Michelins. I do put names on my new cars though.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 by Gerry

HTR AS/PO2's - two new ones just put on & in spite of my mechanic balancing them and road testing "good", I feel a vibration begin at 55mph and by 65mph, forget about turning left or right for the smallest degree of turn causes car to sound & feel as if the left front wheel is ready to come off entirely. I'm 52, have had tires on cars that were not balanced and while this at first seemed a balancing issue, the more I drive it, I don't think its a balancing issue but a defect of the tire. Am not happy with them at all. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.
Monday, May 18, 2015 by Dave

Just got a set last week. Based on what I'm reading here, I expect them to be good tires. I mean people ONLY talk on websites (90% of the time) when they have something to complain about. Well, I only see a handful of post. Probably means everything went fine for everyone else with these tires.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 by Edgar Stern

I had four Sumitomos on my 2007 Camry and they needed replacement after 3 1/2 years and 23,500 miles. That's not great.
Saturday, April 30, 2016 by Craig B.

I had a set of these installed on my vehicle and 3 of 4 failed after highway driving. Cord separated. Bottom line is, you get what you pay for. I would not recommend these to anyone I cared about.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by john

Bought a set of four 245/45R19 - N/A - sumitomo HTR A/S P02 (W-SPEED RATED) I tried four times to get them balanced . They still not balanced and now one on the rear is flapping. Less than 200 miles. What a waste of money.
Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Dan

Sumitumo tires are not that good. I bought 245/40/R18 Z and it's time for me to change them. I just used for 8 months and the tire has worn out. There is a lot of road noise after changing to these tires which are comparetively cheap to other brands.
Thursday, June 9, 2016 by Richard

Bought 2 sumitomo for class motor home 4 yrs ago,...15K miles,.....are like new yet. I'm now buying 4 more.
Friday, August 5, 2016 by James Waldron

My family and I lived in Japan for 3 years and had 1 car (Toyota Town Ace) with Sumitomo tires and 1car (Honda Civic) with Yokohama tires; we replaced Yokohamas twice and never had to replace our Sumi's on the mini-van until we left. So, to me they are good tires-- We just replaced our Goodyear brand tire on our SUV with Sumitomo Encounter HTs' and LOVE THEM! --QUIETER,COMFORTABLE,-NICER RIDE!-
Thursday, April 13, 2017 by Taylor

I have 255/35/20 (front) HTR Z III on my mustang and they have lasted well for the way I drive. Taking sharp corners at high speed and even some late night racing even my rears have held up very well. Had the tires put on about a year ago and I'm JUST now replacing my front two, rears in a couple more months. I think they're great if you get the type that suits your driving style/road condition.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 by John Finn

I am in the market for a new set of tires for my 2007 Nissan Maxima SE. The factory calls for 245/50/18. I wanted to ask which type of Sumitomo's are recommended for high performance and the fact I stay in upstate NY.
John Finn
Friday, April 28, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

John, You only have one option in this size with Sumitomo, the HTR Enhance L/X:

This is a Grand Touring All Season that will provide a good mix of handling with all season traction. We show the original size is the 245/45R18, if this is the case then you have the HTR AS P02 which is a High Performance All Season tire.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Joe Muller

Looking for quieter tires for my 2007 Hyundai Veracruise LImited, size 245/60/18. Sumitomo HTR enhanced are on my short list, as well as Yokohama Geolander. I want decent wear and value, but quiet is my first concern. Any other suggestions?
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The Sumitomo HTR Enhanced is getting good reviews so far for quietness, in that price range I think you would be happy with those. For close to the price of the Yokohama's I would look also at the Continental Cross Contact LX20:
Thursday, September 14, 2017 by Kelsey

I've only had these tires on my car for a year and 2 months and I HAVE to get them replaced asap.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Richard

Put a set of 4 Sumitomo Encounter HT 235/70R/16 on my Explorer a year ago. They now have 11k miles and look like new. These are absolutely the most quiet tires I have ever owned. I'm impressed.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Shea

I am surprised by the negative comments. I have a set of Sumitomo tires on my Audi. They are rated at 45K but I am just now in need of replacing them and I have put 62K on them. I do a lot of highway miles but still, they exceeded my expectations for the money.
Thursday, October 26, 2017 by Mb

Michelin is often the best but very expensive. Sumitomo does not spend a lot of that money on advertising. I’ve run the htr z3 on my Porsche - for many years - 3 sets now - great tire - and the htr as p02 on 3-series bmw and c class Mercedes - again good performance and best value out there in my book.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by TDG

Worst tires EVER!!!! There is so much road noise. Cannot have a conversation with the passenger in the car if going over 35 mph. I have less than 4,500 miles and it's time to find a better tire.

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