Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta AST

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Vehicle: 2004 Honda Civic EX Coupe
Miles Driven on Tires: 30,000
Location: Tecumseh, MI
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Spirited
Kumho Ecsta AST
Initial Review: 30,000 miles on tires
November 04, 2012

I have 2+ tire size (215/45/170 and a full suspension set up for handling. So ride comfort isnt really an opinion I can share. Noise is not a problem since I have many upgrades to the engine and exhaust which make it a little louder than stock. I use these as summer tires since they last longer than max summer tires and still handle very well. The price is also very persuasive. I drive 160 miles to work a day plus school and errands and stuff. I need a tire that will last and take the abuse I'm going to give it and this definetly fits the bill. I drive very hard and attend autocross events on occasion and they've never let me down. My car is nose heavy so it pushes in corners but nothing like it did with all season tires I've had before. I would reccomend these tires to someone who is low on cash and cant afford to spend $200 on a tire that they're car cant use to its full potential anyway. Hydroplaning is'nt an issue UNTIL you hit the wear bars. I was going 80mph in a down pour(when they were new) and others were pulling off the road, I couldnt believe how good they were in the rain. I just hit the wear bars a few thousand miles ago and they still dont make me nervous in the rain.

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