What's the Deal with Sumitomo Tires?

The Sumitomo Group is a Japanese company that has many facets to their business. The company began in the 17th century with Masatomo Sumitomo and Riemon Soga, who developed a new method for smelting and refining copper. They began the company in the ore smelting business, and since have expanded their umbrella to include banking, insurance, chemical, rubber, lumber, glass and more.

Just like any tire manufacturer's line of products we carry, Sumitomo makes good tires. Their HTR Z line of summer performance tires offer a great combination of performance and affordability.

If you're looking to find a set of performance tires and don't want to break the bank, the HTR Z, HTR Z II and HTR Z III are all great options. They have good performance characteristics and don't wear too quickly. The Z III has impressive ride quality and handling on the track and road, but isn't the best in wet conditions. The HTR Z II offers an aggressively styled directional tread pattern, which looks great and handles well for the price. This tire does tend to get a bit loud as it wears down, but if you're not terribly sensitive to road noise then this could be a great tire for you. HTR Z tires have a less aggressive tread pattern, but still provide good traction in dry conditions, while also performing pretty well in the wet.

In the performance all-season categories, Sumitomo offers the HTR A/S P01 in a few different speed ratings. Overall, this tire is a great option for the driver who needs an all-season tire, but doesn't put much emphasis on wet or snow traction.

Sumitomo HTR Z II

Sumitomo HTR A/S P01

Sumitomo Touring LS T

When it comes to touring all-season tires, the HTR Enhance line of tires are fairly new. We have found it to be better in wet conditions than previous touring tires from Sumitomo. The Touring LS T and Touring LS H tires leave a bit to be desired when it comes to wet conditions. They take significantly longer to stop in rain than the competition.

All in all, Sumitomo makes good tires. They are often a good bang-for-the-buck option to put on a set of aftermarket wheels in a Tire & Wheel Package.

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