Toyo tires are not only about ultra-high performance variants for sports cars. The Toyo Extensa A/S is designed for normal passenger cars, sedans, sports coupes, small crossovers, and minivans. Call it vanilla, if you will. This tire is available in 13” to 18” diameters and is the entry-level choice in Toyo’s lineup of high-quality all-season tires.
My first experience with Toyo tires was about ten years ago. I got chance to drive a mildly-tuned Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII equipped with Toyo Proxes tires. Well, what can I say besides the fact that the Evo handled like a dream! The Toyo tires offered splendid performance on the track, and they performed better than other tires being tested at that event.
My test car for this Toyo Extensa A/S review is a 2011 Honda Accord EX Coupe fitted with stock 17-inch wheels. The Toyo tires were fitted about 7 months ago and have racked approximately 3,500-miles prior to my test drive. Since the Toyo Extensa A/S is an all-season touring tire, it would only be fitting to examine the tread wear and ride quality of the tire.
I am also interested in the cold-weather performance of this tire. The owner of the Accord is originally from North Dacota, and we had a lengthy chat about the Toyo Extensa A/S tires and cars in general. He also owns a Subaru WRX and Toyota Tacoma since he loves to go off-roading as well. It’s nice to meet a fellow car nut!
Toyo Extensa A/S Review: Features
The tire features four wide circumferential grooves with variable-pitch channels to enhance traction and grip in the wet. Toyo also equipped with this tire with multi-wave sipes on the tread to effectively provide maximum grip on snow-covered roads.
While the Toyo Extensa A/S is not designed for sporty performance, the shoulder rib is designed to improve vehicle stability while minimizing wear. The all-season tread compound guarantees balanced performance and a quiet ride.
Toyo Extensa A/S Review: Test Drive
On average speeds, it is entirely civilized. You can even call it dull. Traction and grip were ever present, but it behaves differently once the speed piles up.
On higher than average speeds, you would wish you had more grip to play with, especially if you like attacking corners like the late Colin McRae. I immediately felt that the Accord Coupe needed a sportier set of rubber, even with the standard 5-speed automatic tranny.
Wet traction was admirable given the conservative nature of the tires. I sped up a little to get a better feel for the high-speed traction in the wet. Everything feels nice and tight as long as you don’t execute abrupt maneuvers at speed. However, I wish the tires had more grip. But if you drive sanely, you won’t have a problem with the wet performance of the Toyo Extensa A/S.
Oh, before I forget, let me just say that the Toyo Extensa A/S is backed by a 50,000-mile to 65,000-mile warranty. Each tire also comes with a No Regrets 500-mile or 45-day trial. If you are not satisfied with the performance of the tire, simply send them back, no questions asked.
The Extensa A/S offers balanced levels of traction and grip. This is good enough for everyday-driven compacts and sedans. I wanted it to offer more grip, but I was enamored with the comfort and low road noise of the Toyo Extensa A/S.