Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Focus ZTW
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,600
Location: Farmington, Mi
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Easy Going
Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H- or V-Speed Rated)
Follow-Up Review: 3,000 miles on tires
January 09, 2013
I went from excited to extremely disappointed and angry in 3 months with these. Seeing how they perform on ice and deep snow--horribly--I would NOT get this tire unless I lived in a NO-SNOW area. <br><br>In Michigan, snowstorms slam us with up to 6-9 inches in a day once in a while. Often it snows 1-2 inches, with an occasional extreme snow or ice storm. Now just to keep safe, I'll have to spring for 2 snow tires to stay within my budget, maybe an entire set. <br><br>I feared for my life driving in a recent snowstorm that dumped 6 -8 inches on us. Averaged 30 mph or less on the highway, NOT biting my fingernails because I securely gripped the steering wheel with both hands!<br><br>Granted, the PSI dropped from OEM 34 to 30 from a warm September's 68 degrees to December's 18-36 degrees (even w/ nitrogen filled--which I wasn't expecting). I hope that may have something to do with it. But the performance on ice is still bad. There is no deep snow now to test the higher 34 PSI.<br><br> Firestone FR710's (OEM) on a friend's 2011 Chevy Cruze performed much better all around on snow and ice. <br><br>Consumer Reports downgraded it from a check-mark Recommended tire with average ratings in light and deep snow and ice--down to very low ratings in these categories! I am very disappointed with CR for doing this. Spent $450 on the tires, and that was a big hit to my budget.<br><br>I feel cheated, and I don't know whether to blame Consumer Reports or Sumitomo. (BTW, Consumers Digest also rated this tire a Best Buy as boasted on Sumitomo's website.) I need redress, so I'm going to both. The tire claims it's great in light snow, but that won't cut it in the upper Midwest.<br><br>I'll keep posting as news develops...
Initial Review: 1,600 miles on tires
November 16, 2012

Pretty new, they still make a little edge noise when veering at all, and when cornering. I assume this is normal for new tires--don't they have to wear down at the sharp outside edges to break in?

They are filled a 2 PSI higher than the door badge to slightly boost MPG. Instead of 32, it's 34. Nitrogen.

These are FANTASTIC. They make my boaty Focus wagon feel like a Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! Mazda! (Well...as much as a Focus can feel like a better, sporty car.) I spun around an empty parking lot for half an hour when I got them, they were such an improvement over my old bald tires! (The old ones I bought used, General Altimax...but my shocks were so worn, I never got good use out of them. They quickly ground down to bald before the needed suspension fixes were done.)

They feel smooth and supple, with very low road noise. The Focus makes a fair amount of noise anyway, but the noise is lower compared with any tire I've had.

They don't smush on turns, but feel firm-- as if they can handle anything. The ride is as comfortable as a Focus can be. Which means a lot of road feel and hard on bumps. Don't try to text on your phone as a passenger in my car!

Well, maybe I'll take them down to the exact PSI. Maybe it'll improve the bumpiness.

Can't wait for winter on my new Sumis! These are a No. 1 rated (Recommended, in their words) tire by Consumer Reports.

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