Kumho Ecsta PA31 Review
- Dry 90% 90%
- Wet 85% 85%
- Snow 65% 65%
- Comfort 80% 80%
- Noise 75% 75%
- Treadwear 75% 75%
- Overall 80% 80%
If you find that the Kumho Ecsta PS31 is a bit too dedicated in the realm of ultra-high performance, the Kumho Ecsta PA31 offers a bit more refinement for the money. The Ecsta PA31 is classified as a high-performance all-season tire designed to meet the needs of mid-level sports coupes and sports sedans. The wide range of sizes available also makes this tire a good choice for sporty crossovers.
I want to find out if the Kumho Ecsta PA31 delivers on the promise of comfort and all-weather performance. I am also anxious to determine if this tire will wear slower than the Ecsta PS31. The Ecsta PA31 has the same directional tread pattern as the Ecsta PS31, but it is equipped with large cross grooves and a multitude of heavy sipes to perform better on snow-covered roads.
In my opinion, this is one of the many marvelous assets of the Kumho Ecsta PA31, although I was certain that there was no chance for me to test this tire in the snow. But in this Kumho Ecsta PA31 review, I was able to obtain a mid-level sedan equipped with a powerful V6 engine and had lots of time to play with the car on dry tarmac and rain-soaked asphalt.
My test car happened to be a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 motor and six-speed automatic transmission. The Chevy comes with OEM 18-inch wheels and Kumho Ecsta PA31 tires. The Malibu used to be fitted with a set of touring tires from another brand, and the owner wanted a bit more traction and grip in his new tires without sacrificing comfort.
At the time of this writing, the Kumho Ecsta PA31 tires in the Malibu will be approximately four months old. It had accumulated about 900 or so miles since the tires were fitted. That’s a lot of mileage in four months if you’ll ask me, but the owner is a highway cruiser who frequently visits his daughter across the state.
I know some of you might scoff at the idea of testing a high-performance tire on a mundane Chevrolet Malibu. If this were the Kumho Ecsta PS31, you could call me aheretic. In my opinion, the Kumho Ecsta PA31 is a solid match for the power and weight of the Malibu since this tire is designed primarily for sporty family sedans and sports coupes.
Kumho Ecsta PA31 review: Features
The directional tread design is engineered to improve handling, cornering, braking, and high-speed stability courtesy of the four circumferential grooves with a multiple cross design. The high sipe density of the Kumho Ecsta PA31 provides essential biting edges to effectively propel your vehicle over light snow.
Enough about the specs and features. Time to do some driving.
Kumho Ecsta PA31 review: Test Drive
My test route will allow me to cover an extensive length of freeway mixed with pothole-infested city roads. The rain was non-existent during my test drive so I will not discuss the wet capabilities of the Kumho Ecsta PA31. However, all my driving time was spent on dry tarmac so I can definitely give you a fair assessment of the dry performance of the tires.
The steering was fairly responsive and overall handling was pretty good. No fuss, no drama. I know that driving on the track at insane speeds will reveal a different story, but in terms of dry traction, the Kumho Ecsta PA31 performed admirably.
You also get an aggressive go-anywhere style, which will perfectly match the rugged nature of your truck or SUV. I am aware that style should take a backseat when choosing a brand new set of tires, but there’s nothing wrong with choosing a tire that looks the part as well.