The Nexen brand has a come a long way since being named as the first Korean tire maker back in 1956. It was initially launched in 1942 as the Heung-A Tire Company and was formally recognized as the Nexen Tire Corporation in 2000.

Nexen Tire America was established in 2005 with the commitment of providing top quality products with unparalleled value and excellent customer support. If you are looking for a more affordable alternative to other popular tire brands, then you should look into a Nexen tire for your sedan, high-performance car, truck, or SUV.

With tire sales reaching over $2 billion annually, it is hard not to look into Nexen’s lineup of technologically-advanced tires. In this 2017 Nexen tires review, we will discuss the various merits and demerits of Nexen tires and why this might be the right choice for your car, truck, or SUV.

Why Choose Nexen Tires?

There are many reasons why you should choose Nexen tires. Besides the obvious fact that Nexen tires are reasonably priced compared to other brands, the company is trusted by famous automakers such as Hyundai, Kia, Chrysler, and Ram as the OEM tire supplier for the newest sedans, high-performance cars, trucks, and sport-utility vehicles.
Great Warranty

Every Nexen tire is covered by the industry’s best warranty. This is the primary reason why I bought a set of Nexen tires for my 2005 Honda Accord. The Total Coverage Warranty will safeguard you and your family from worries so you can enjoy a safer and more comfortable drive in any type of road and weather.

I never needed to claim a warranty after installing a set of Nexen all-season tires in my Accord (since I sold that car after 7 months of changing the tires), but it’s good to know that you’re covered against tire defects due to shoddy build quality.

Next-Generation Technology
Nexen tires are known for their innovative technology. Nexen was the first to develop the first V-shaped directional tire in Korea and is behind the award-winning and unique Green Hive concept tire with replaceable tire blocks. Nexen tires are also known for their environmentally safe approach to tire manufacturing.
Prize-Winning Design
It’s not enough that your tires perform well. They also have to look good in order to emphasize the overall theme of your ride. Nexen is renowned as the first tire company to sweep four of the top design awards in the world namely Dot Design in 2012, IF Design in 2011, G-Mark in 2013, and IDEA in 2014.

2018 Nexen Tires Review

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Nexen Passenger and All-Season Tires Review

Nexen N’Priz AH8 All Season Review

  • Dry 100% 100%
  • Wet 100% 100%
  • Snow 80% 80%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Noise 80% 80%
  • Treadwear 100% 100%
  • Overall 90% 90%

The Nexen N’Priz AH8 is designed for grand touring and all season driving. In truth, this tire performs well in suburban driving conditions with short, uninterrupted bouts of highway driving.

Equipped with uniformly divided ribs and sipes to deliver excellent ride comfort and handling, the N’Priz AH8 is engineered with uniform block partitioning with an optimized shoulder groove design to enhance braking performance even in wet driving conditions.

The Nexen N’Priz AH8 also features lattice lateral grooves to improve contact stability and prevent accelerated wear. The wave sipes on the tread are designed for enhanced traction in the snow while still offering brilliant all-season driving performance.

I like the fact that the N’Priz AH8 was able to perform quite well in slippery and snowy roads, and I also like the ride quality despite the entry-level price tag.

The Nexen N’Priz AH8 has a speed rating of T, H, V, and W. It also has a UTQG rating of 600 A A and is backed by a 70,000-mile warranty.

Nexen N’Priz AH5 Standard Touring All Season Review

  • Dry 80% 80%
  • Wet 80% 80%
  • Snow 60% 60%
  • Comfort 100% 100%
  • Noise 100% 100%
  • Treadwear 80% 80%
  • Overall 80% 80%

If you want a standard touring tire that is good for all types of weather then look no further than the Nexen N’Priz AH5. This budget-priced tire caught my eye since the price is good compared to the OEM tires of my old Accord.

Featuring four wide longitudinal grooves to quickly dissipate water for improved grip in wet weather driving, it also features a rigid shoulder block design for better cornering, improved steering response, and a silent ride.

The Nexen N’Priz AH5 also features a dual kerf design to significantly enhance block stiffness so you will get better mileage in each tire.

The N’Priz AH5 provided good traction on both dry and wet roads, but it felt lost when driven on icy roads.

It also gave a silent ride on well-paved roads, but it thumps quite a bit on bumpy stretches of tarmac.

This tire has a Uniform Tire Quality Grade or UTQG rating of 460 AA. This basically means that the Nexen N’Priz AH5 will give you more miles of quiet and enjoyable driving.

This tire has a speed rating of S, T, H, and V and is covered by a 50,000-mile warranty.

Nexen CP661 Summer Radial All Season Review

  • Dry 80% 80%
  • Wet 70% 70%
  • Snow 60% 60%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Noise 80% 80%
  • Treadwear 80% 80%
  • Overall 76% 76%

When the heat is on, you need the Nexen CP661 Summer Radial tire. This particular tire is engineered with a wide center block and straight center rib to deliver stable handling even during the hottest days of the season.

Wet weather traction is also enhanced via the four straight wide grooves and organic-style lateral grooves that enable the tire to swiftly dissipate water to avoid hydroplaning.

This tire is one of the most affordable choices for average all-season driving.

I did find these tires to be a bit noisy on poorly paved surfaces and they hum quite a bit on the highway, but nothing too intrusive that will entirely upset the NVH of your ride.

The tread wear was also on the average side since other brands might give you better overall mileage.

The Nexen CP661 has a T speed rating and a UTQG rating of 400 A B. It also comes with 36 months of free towing and tire change under the Total Coverage Warranty.

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Nexen Ultra High-Performance Tires Review

Nexen N’Fera SU1 Review

  • Dry 90% 90%
  • Wet 80% 80%
  • Snow 80% 80%
  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Noise 100% 100%
  • Treadwear 90% 90%
  • Overall 88% 88%

The Nexen N’Fera SU1 is a summer tire that can cope well with changing weather conditions.

It performs excellently in scorching hot conditions and delivers good traction and handling even in wet roads. The Nexen N’Fera SU1 is equipped with three main grooves and a semi-groove to provide better handling in both wet and dry weather.

The great thing about the N’Fera SU1 is the ride comfort. It also rode silently even during high-speed runs.

Even though Nexen claims that this tire has excellent handling and tread wear characteristics, I find the tread life and the handling to be on the average side compared to other high-performance tires.

This tire comes with the Dry Grip Technology groove design to deliver maximum braking performance. The split siping design is also designed to improve wet and dry traction while the enhanced block rigidity is responsible for improving the steering stability and high-speed cornering of your ride.

The Nexen N’Fera SU1 has a speed rating of V, W, and Y and has a UTQG rating of 300 AA A. This tire comes with a 25,000-mile warranty.

Nexen N7000 Plus Review

  • Dry 80% 80%
  • Wet 80% 80%
  • Snow 80% 80%
  • Comfort 100% 100%
  • Noise 100% 100%
  • Treadwear 100% 100%
  • Overall 90% 90%

The Nexen N7000 Plus is a high performance all season tire that provides excellent tread wear and a comfortable ride.

Featuring a rigid shoulder block design to improve handling and cornering stability, this tire features a silica compound for better performance on both wet and dry roads.

This tire provides good value, but don’t expect too much when it comes to driving on wet and slippery roads. Traction was marginal, and snow driving can get a bit tricky, but it did provide better grip on dry tarmac.

The Nexen N7000 Plus is engineered with four straight wide grooves that efficiently disperses water to avoid hydroplaning at high speed.

This tire has a speed rating of V, W, and Y and has a UTQG rating of 560 AA. It also comes with a 50,000-mile warranty.

Nexen N’Fera SUR4G Review

  • Dry 90% 90%
  • Wet 80% 80%
  • Snow 80% 80%
  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Noise 100% 100%
  • Treadwear 90% 90%
  • Overall 88% 88%

The Nexen N’Fera SUR4G is the tire of choice for motorsports enthusiasts. This is an extreme performance summer tire that is perfect for sports cars, coupes, and high-performance sedans. Perfect for street, autocross, track, and drifting events.

The Nexen N’Fera SUR4G is engineered with two wide linear grooves and a pair of diagonal grooves to enhance driving performance on wet roads. The three wide ribs in the center are designed for maximum vertical stiffness for maximum braking performance.

If your car is tuned for the track, the N’Fera SUR4G is worth a second look. It costs less than the leading brand, and it certainly looks the part as well. However, don’t expect much when it comes to ride comfort and tread life.

This tire is also equipped with a wide center rib to enhance high-speed stability and steering precision. It has a speed rating of W and Y and a UTQG rating of 200 AA A. The Nexen N’Fera SUR4G comes with free 36 months roadside assistance for added peace of mind.

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Nexen SUV and Light Truck Tires Review

Nexen N’Fera RU5 Review

  • Dry 90% 90%
  • Wet 90% 90%
  • Snow 80% 80%
  • Comfort 100% 100%
  • Noise 90% 90%
  • Treadwear 80% 80%
  • Overall 88% 88%

The Nexen N’Fera RU5 is specifically designed to meet the demands of modern CUVs and SUVs. This is an all season touring tire that delivers the best of both worlds: great traction, handling, and comfort in dry weather and maximum braking performance in wet or snowy weather.

This tire has a tread design with grooves, waves, and micro-grooves that enable the tire to perform better in all types of weather and road conditions.

It is equipped with three main grooves along with a semi-groove to maximize wet driving performance while the Dry Grip Technology allows the tire to deliver good handling and impressive braking performance.

I find the N’Fera RU5 a solid and affordable choice since it did perform flawlessly on both wet and dry roads. It was able to handle a bit of snow without sacrificing comfort and road noise.

However, the tread wear was an issue especially if you do a lot of highway driving in your CUV or SUV.

The Nexen N’Fera RU5 has a speed rating of V and W and a UTQG rating of 500 AA and 400 AA+. It also comes with a 65,000-mile warranty.

Nexen Roadian HP Review

  • Dry 90% 90%
  • Wet 90% 90%
  • Snow 60% 60%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Noise 80% 80%
  • Treadwear 80% 80%
  • Overall 80% 80%

The Nexen Roadian HP is marketed as a street all season sport truck tire. In truth, it offers good grip on wet and dry roads while giving you an admirable balance of ride and handling. The braking performance is also impressive even on snow-covered roads.

This tire is equipped with a large shoulder block to enhance cornering, grip, and stability. The arrow-type center rib is responsible for better handling and more precise steering.

The wide deep grooves are responsible for allowing water to escape from the surface of the tread and prevent hydroplaning in extremely wet driving conditions.

The Nexen Roadian HP has a speed rating of H and V and has a UTQG rating of 460 AA. This tire is backed by a 40,000-mile warranty.

Nexen Roadian HT Review

  • Dry 70% 70%
  • Wet 70% 70%
  • Snow 80% 80%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Noise 70% 70%
  • Treadwear 70% 70%
  • Overall 73% 73%

The Nexen Roadian HT is available in P Metric and LT Metric models. Whichever model you choose, the Roadian HT is perfect for the highway and the occasional jaunts over mild off-road terrain.

The Roadian HT is equipped with extra rigid shoulder blocks to improve load durability and handling. The four wide straight grooves are designed to disperse water to avoid hydroplaning while the multiple kerf design ensures excellent traction in snow-covered roads.

When it comes to traction, it is hard to fault the Roadian HT in wet and dry conditions. Snow traction is a bit compromised, and the tread wear was a bit poor as well. For the price, this tire is a great alternative that delivers a smooth and quiet ride.

The Nexen Roadian HT has a speed rating of S and H with a UTQG rating of 520 A B. This tire is covered by a 60,000-mile warranty.

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Nexen All-Terrain Tires Review

Nexen Roadian AT Pro RA8 Review

  • Dry 100% 100%
  • Wet 100% 100%
  • Snow 100% 100%
  • Comfort 100% 100%
  • Noise 80% 80%
  • Treadwear 100% 100%
  • Overall 97% 97%

The Nexen Roadian AT Pro RA8 earns the distinction of being the OEM tire of choice for RAM pickup trucks.

This all-terrain tire is equipped with a dual-block design that prevents gravel, stones, and debris from being stuck in the grooves of the tire. This design will also prevent damage on the surface of the tire caused by strong impacts when traveling over inhospitable terrain.

Despite the toughness of this tire, it still manages to deliver good fuel economy and exceptional ride comfort in both highway and off-road driving.

The staggered center rib is designed to increase the strength of the tire blocks to provide better grip while the wide shoulder block will increase the durability and stability of the tire during adverse driving conditions.

The Roadian AT Pro RA8 earns good marks in terms of both dry and wet traction, ride comfort, and tread wear. It also performs well in snow so your truck can keep going when the roads turn slippery.

This tire has a speed rating of R, S, and T with a UTQG rating of 560 A B. It comes with a 50,000-mile warranty for the P Metric version and 40,000-mile warranty for the LT Metric.

Nexen Roadian AT II Review

  • Dry 90% 90%
  • Wet 90% 90%
  • Snow 80% 80%
  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Noise 70% 70%
  • Treadwear 100% 100%
  • Overall 87% 87%

The Nexen Roadian AT II is an all-terrain tire that delivers good comfort and an outstanding tread life.

Featuring a unique zig-zag groove design that enhances traction in both highway and off-road driving, the multi-wave kerf design enables the tire to offer maximum grip whether you’re on tarmac or loose roads.

The biggest selling point of the Nexen Roadian AT II is the tread life. It is natural for these tires to last for 80,000 miles or more in normal daily use. It is also tough, durable, and gives your truck a more aggressive and muscular look.

The center design of the Roadian AT II is crafted to maximize the load durability of the tire. It has a speed rating of Q and S with a UTQG rating of 560 A B. This tire is backed by 50,000-mile warranty.

 
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Nexen Winter Tires Review

Nexen Winguard Sport Review

  • Dry 80% 80%
  • Wet 90% 90%
  • Snow 100% 100%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Noise 80% 80%
  • Treadwear 80% 80%
  • Overall 85% 85%

The Nexen Winguard Sport is a performance studless winter tire that delivers excellent snow and ice traction with advanced wet handling performance.

It is equipped with four wide circumferential grooves for rapid drainage of water and moisture to resist hydroplaning on icy and wet roads. It also features an asymmetric tread design to improve handling and traction on wet and snow-covered roads.

Don’t expect the Winguard Sport to cope with 3 to 5-inches of snow. This is a winter tire and far from being a snow tire. For the price, this tire delivers a good balance of traction and handling in wet and icy conditions.

The Nexen Winguard Sport also features a high-density multi sipe design to improve traction and braking on slippery and wet roads. A comfortable and silent ride is ensured by the five-variation random pitch design that improves the NVH characteristics of your ride when traveling over icy roads.

This tire has a speed rating of T, V, and H and is covered by a 25,000-mile warranty.

Nexen Winguard Ice SUV Review

  • Dry 90% 90%
  • Wet 80% 80%
  • Snow 80% 80%
  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Noise 100% 100%
  • Treadwear 90% 90%
  • Overall 88% 88%

Give your SUV the added edge during the cold winter months with the Nexen Winguard Ice SUV studless Nordic winter tire.

This tire is equipped with a dual V-shape 3D block tread design that resists abnormal tread wear while improving the grip and braking performance of your ride. The Winguard Ice offers good traction on icy and snow-covered roads while still performing admirably in dry or wet conditions.

What I like about this tire are the ride comfort and the price. If you are looking to equip your SUV with an affordable snow tire, the Winguard SUV deserves a closer look.

The Nexen Winguard Ice SUV has four main grooves and two small semi grooves to effectively drain water, slush, and snow from the tire surface. This tire also benefits from a stiff shoulder design for maximum durability in the most extreme and demanding driving conditions.

This tire has a Q speed rating and is backed by 2-year road hazard warranty and 36 months of free towing and tire change.

Conclusion

This Nexen Tires review reveals the impressive facets of Nexen tires for any type of car, truck, or SUV. When it comes to providing the absolute best in ride comfort, tread wear, and all weather or snow performance, Nexen tires offers value and durability along with one of the best warranties in the business.