Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

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Vehicle: 2007 Honda CRV EX-L
Miles Driven on Tires: 5,000
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Yokohama Parada Spec-X
Follow-Up Review: 32,000 miles on tires
December 09, 2010
Tire wearing well, at least 15k remaining. Strong points continue to be outstanding ride and lack of noise. Cornering is ok, but does require more mirco corrections in sweeping turns then some tires. Excels at high speed freeway work. For some reason I've picked up 3 nails at different times. None have left me stranded and all easily repaired. The CRV's TPMS alerted me long before tire was flat. I still can't eyeball a 10 psi low tire, they all look the same, so TPMS comes in extra handy.
Initial Review: 5,000 miles on tires
March 17, 2009

Dramatic improvement in ride quality from OEM Bridgestones, in fact, I have never had a tire that improves ride quality so substantially. Slight reduction in steering responsiveness and in gas mileage, perhaps due in part to soft sidewalls. Quiet tire, even with aggressive tread, perhaps due to uni-directional tread (no cross rotation, only front to back). Very attractive tire, nicely compliments CRV's styling, easily the most attractive tire I've seen on this vehicle. Tracks very well at high speeds on the freeway, really wants to stay centered, there is no hunting or wandering, even at 80+ mph and feels very secure at high speeds, this is the first tire I have owned that felt like it could comfortably and safely exceed 100 mph (but have not and will not try). Definitely more turning resistance than OEM's, especially for sharper at low speed turns, a bit unsettling at first, and I have detected a touch of oversteer. This tire certainly feels like it has a lot more rubber in contact with the road, which may account for the higher turning effort required. Super traction in all conditions except ice and very deep snow, where it is just good. This tire feels heavy, substantial and secure, even though it comes in at the same tire weight as the OEM Bridgestones. An incredible tire at any price, in the low 100's for the 17, it's a steal.

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