Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H431

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Vehicle: 2013 Kia Optima SX Limited
Miles Driven on Tires: 2,000
Location: O'Fallon, MO
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Hankook Optimo H431
Follow-Up Review: 17,000 miles on tires
November 28, 2013
Had a major snow event last winter. Plowed highways and snow up to 3 or so were no problem. But after the plowed roads the snow was so deep in our subdivision that the front spoiler was digging into it and caused the car to get stuck. When snow was less deep after the subdivision was plowed there was no problem with these tires.
Initial Review: 2,000 miles on tires
November 12, 2012

After reading all the negative comments about excessive noise and terrible wet traction I was a bit aprehensive about these tires. Admittedly I have only 2,000 miles on the car but so far here are my observations:
Noise - They are no noisier than the Michelin's on the Infiniti M35x I traded in on the Optima. I do not find the road noise excessive in any way. The car is actually quieter than my wife's Infiniti EX35 riding on Michelin's. Thay may be more a function of the car than the tire but noise is not an issue.
Wet Traction - Had a mjor rainstorm yesterday and went out looking for puddles and standing water. Found plenty with no problems whatsoever. I cruised on the highway at 65-70 with no feeling of lack of control at all. Hit several large puddles at 45 mph on a back road with no evedence of hydroplaning at all.
Snow - Can't help you here. Haven't driven it in snow yet but I'd be surprised if they were as bad as several reviewers have stated.
Am I happy with the tires? So far - Yes. Would I buy them again - probably not as I really like Cooper Tires and I usually buy them as replacement when I need tires.
So any of you out there who have these tires on your car - don't fret. They should do just fine unless they are really terrible on snow, whcih I have not been able to evaluate yet.

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