Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

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Vehicle: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300D
Miles Driven on Tires: 14,000
Location: SEATTLE, WA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Initial Review: 14,000 miles on tires
February 14, 2014

This tire has incredible dry and wet grip, and it is very resistant to hydroplaning so far with about 14,000 miles on them. They are also very responsive to steering input and give a stable ride. Be aware that these tires do have stiff sidewalls though, so they will firm up the ride and they are a bit more noisy than a touring tire, so if you want something totally smooth and cushy, they might not be right for you. I think they're great. I have only driven them at very slow speeds on ice/snow (I have dedicated winter tires too), and they were a bit slippery, but serviceable at slow speeds and with caution. I did not purchase them for snow driving though and the only reason I got to try them at all is because I accidentally took my snow tires off a week too early. At 14,000 there seems to be enough tread left to get another 10-15K on them before the reach my wear limit, which is typically before they would legally be considered worn out. I am fine with that...I buy my tires for traction and safety first. I run them at 31 to 32 psi.

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