Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z III

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
Miles Driven on Tires: 27,000
Location: Jacksonville, Fl
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Sumitomo HTR Z III
Initial Review: 27,000 miles on tires
October 29, 2012

I'm an aggressive driver. I don't do burnouts but I drift around corners from time to time. I never see snow but I do see a lot of rain. This is my third set of tires and definitely the best so far.

At first they were amazingly quiet, the quietest I've ever driven. That went away after a few thousand miles (8k-10k?). The big surprise is their longevity. They always performed well in wet and dry but, after 27,000 miles I don't get nervous on them like I used to on other tires. The tread is low so it's time to go but I only feel this way because of the tread and not because of the way they handle. They also held their air pressure better than any tire I've ever had. I'm sure that reads strange and I feel odd writing it but I almost never added air to these tires. FWIW, it just stands out in my driving experience with these tires.

For comparison I had the Bridgestone RE92s and General UHPs . I never like the RE92s and they wore out after about 18,000 miles. Their dry traction was particularly weak. I loved the Generals for their weight. They were incredibly light and you could feel it on launch. As for performance, all I can really say about them is that they were better than the RE92s in every way. They weren't great, just better and cheaper than the RE92s. They lasted 20,000 miles.

I will probably buy the HTR Z IIIs again. Everything that I find that looks better is far more expensive. For the price, I don't think you can touch these. It's only a probably because I love to try out new tires. I really don't have a good reason to leave these, though.

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