Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated)

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Vehicle: 2009 Honda Fit Sport
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,000
Location: easton, pe
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Spirited
Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated)
Follow-Up Review: 56,000 miles on tires
December 09, 2013
I am just beyond 1/2 tread depth now and the tires are almost scary on wet surfaces. The tires performed well in my initial first few thousand miles. Wear is excellent , noise is still low, cornering response is good, but as soon as the roads become damp or wet, these tires break loose at and below the speed limit. In fact, I will not let anyone in my family drive this car if it is going to rain. I would say these are Dangerous! I find myself holding up traffic as I drive around curves. I pride myself in my smooth, quick driving style, but I feel like a chump driving in the rain. In contrast, the Michelin Defender, and Michelin hydro edges I had on my VW jettas gave me confidence in the rain. I cannot recommend these to anyone for this reason alone. Unfortunately, there are no other long wearing tires available for my Honda fit sport, so I am purchasing new wheels in a size that will allow me to mount Michelins once again.
Initial Review: 1,000 miles on tires
June 15, 2012

I am a Michelin Hydroedge fan. I drive diesel VWs so I purchase tires that are comfortable at higher inflations (40+psi) and great handling tires so that I can maintain momentum through turns. This is critical to my high MPG driving style. The Hydroegde is about as good as it gets in that department since they are low rolling resistance tires (LRR), the ride is still comfortable over 40 psi and they offer handling performance of a high performance tire even though they are listed as a passenger tire. Unfortunately they are not available for my Honda Fit. I was faced with only 5 choices for my car, and the brand new Dunlop 7000 tires that came with the car felt like bricks. Wet weather performance is terrible on the Dunlops. So, the Yokohama Avid Ascend was it. They intrigued me with the Orange Oil, LRR, Made in the USA and Blue earth advertizing. But the proof is where the rubber meets the road. The tires are scary... at first. At recommended inflations (30-32 psi)the new tires are very inconsistent and sidewalls are soft. They have grip in dry and wet, they are comfortable and quiet on the road, but until they wear in, the first few miles of driving are scary. The back of the car felt loose until the tire grabbed which is unsettling. I felt this in the Goodyear Triple tread also when they were new so I gave it a couple of days and after a couple of heat cycles these too felt better. The installer set them at 30 psi. Once the tires settled in I experimented with pressures and found 41 in the front and 36 in the back provides neutral handling through turns. 40 front and back made the car very tail happy as the outer and inner inch of tread of the rear tire was not touching the road. At 35 the sidewall was too soft moved a lot. Once they are set properly I find them to be comfortable, quiet and grippy tires- very good in the rain. Definitely feel like LRR tires compared to the Dunlops, the car feels more stable and sporty- but they are no hydroedges.

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