Toyo Extensa A/S Review

Toyo Extensa A/S Review

  • Dry 90%
  • Wet 80%
  • Snow 70%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 75%
  • Treadwear 85%
  • Overall 83%

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 Toyo Extensa A/S is engineered with a symmetric tread design. The optimized center block is equipped with variable-pitch angle grooves to enhance road contact while offering a comfortable ride.

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

I have driven many variants of the Honda Accord, including the coupe. In my opinion, this car is much better as a sedan, but in coupe guise, the Accord somehow manages to give the driver a sporting feel. Let’s see how the Toyo Extensa A/S performs under varied driving conditions.

Dry Traction

I immediately headed to the highway after firing up the 190-horsepower engine. The weather was a bit cloudy and there were rain clouds on the horizon, but I took advantage of the hot tarmac to get a better feel of the dry performance of the Toyo Extensa A/S.

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

Remember about those rain clouds that I was talking about earlier? They poured hard as I was on my way to grab lunch. I drove around for thirty minutes more to get a feel for the wet capabilities of the Toyo Extensa A/S, although my stomach was growling at that time.

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.

Snow Traction

The owner of the Accord told me about his experiences with the Toyo Extensa A/S in cold weather. He said the tires were average in terms of snow traction and grip, and you can expect to arrive safely as long as the roads are not covered in ice or 2-inches of snow.

Comfort

What the Toyo Extensa A/S lacks in wet and dry grip, it more than makes up for it in ride comfort. My test car was a smooth operator, which is typical of the Accord. The tires were simply gliding on the highway, and they were comfy in the urban environment as well.

Noise

I can happily report the Toyo Extensa A/S were one of the quietest tires that I tested so far. The 2011 Accord is not particularly known for having Mercedes-levels of NVH tuning, but the tires simply rolled with minimal tire roar, even if you drive at moderately higher speeds.

Treadwear

The owner of the Accord was pleased with the wear characteristics of the Toyo Extensa A/S. He’s had the tires for 3,500 miles and there were no signs of accelerated wear and tear on the tread surface. This is not bad especially if you consider the tires cost less than $110 each. Mind you, you can buy a much cheaper set of all-season tires for less money, but probably none of them has the pedigree and reputation of the Toyo brand.

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.

Conclusion

In my book, the Toyo Extensa A/S offers good value for money. Like I said, there are much cheaper brands out there, but why would you entrust the safety and comfort of your ride to the lowest bidder?

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.

Kumho Solus TA11 Review

Kumho Solus TA11 Review

  • Dry 90%
  • Wet 85%
  • Snow 60%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 85%
  • Treadwear 100%
  • Overall 85%
You can never be blamed for deciding to buy cheaper tires. This holds particularly true if you are an average type of driver on a normal sedan, coupe, or minivan. Kumho tires are one among the better known cheap tires in the USA. These tires are made in South Korea and are standard offerings on new cars and crossovers, particularly Korean-made vehicles like Hyundai and Kia.

The Kumho Solus TA11 is one of the better alternatives that won’t break the bank. It somehow manages to be better than most Chinese-made tires but it undercuts other well-known brands by a couple of bucks. If you happen to be searching for an affordable all-season touring tire but you are not prepared to buy a tire from an unknown brand, this Kumho Solus TA11 review is right for you.

Cost and comfort are the primary considerations when you purchase the Kumho Solus TA11.

This tire is ideal for subcompact and compact cars, midsize sedans, minivans, and small crossovers. Unlike other entry-level touring tires, the Kumho Solus TA11 is available in diameters of 13-inches to 18-inches to suit the needs of modern vehicles equipped with larger wheels.

This is an all-season tire that can also handle a bit of snow, which is good news for those of you who happens to reside in colder climates.

My test car for this 2017 Kumho Solus TA11 review is a 2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS sedan equipped with 16-inch OEM wheels. The owner of the Sonata bought the Kumho Solus TA11 tires about five months ago so it is interesting to find out the wear characteristics on his rollers.

But first, here are the features of this entry-level all-season tire.

Kumho Solus TA11 review: Features

The Kumho Solus TA11 is primarily designed for car owners who prioritize comfort and long tread life over all-out performance. This tire is manufactured using Kumho’s Escot casing that maximizes the shock-absorbing characteristics of the tire.

This tire utilizes a dual silicone compound that allows heat to quickly dissipate around the carcass and the treads. Less heat means the tires can perform better in all types of road conditions while they still give you better fuel efficiency in the long run.

The Kumho Solus TA11 is equipped with an asymmetric tread pattern with a rounded shoulder design to increase the contact patch. This will give you better steering response, balanced handling, and better cornering at speed.

Since this is an all-season touring tire, Kumho was kind enough to give the treads multiple waffle sipes that can literally ‘bite’ on the surface of the road to give you better traction and grip on icy or snowy pavement.

I know that I won’t be able to test this tire on ice or snow, but the owner of the test car happens to be from Colorado. What could be a better way to determine the snow performance of a particular tire than talking to someone who encounters slippery and icy roads on a somewhat regular basis, right?

Kumho Solus TA11 review: Test Drive

The owner of our Hyundai Sonata test car is a jolly fellow in his late forties. He is planning to sell his car next year and plans to upgrade to a vehicle equipped with all-wheel drive. He bought a complete set of Kumho Solus TA11 tires for less than $420 and he was pleasantly satisfied with the purchase.

“What I really like about the Kumho’s were the snow capabilities of the tires. Yes, these are not snow tires in the purest sense of the word, but they managed to retain decent levels of traction even when the words turned to slush,” says the owner of the Sonata.

“I don’t mean to be condescending, but I have used a lot of different tires in the past. These Kumho’s are one of the best I’ve tried so far, particularly because they’re cheaper than other brands,” added the fellow.

He also told me that there are no problems with the tires thus far, and he’s clocked 5,000 miles since installing the Kumho Solus TA11 in his Sonata. If problems ever arise, the standard 75,000-mile warranty is there to help.

Dry Traction

I drove the Sonata for about 60 miles consisting of mixed city and highway roads. Traction and grip in the dry were commendable, but if you demand more you need to look at high-performance or ultra-high performance tires that will deliver higher levels of dry grip.

Wet Traction

The Kumho Solus TA11 tires performed well on wet roads as long as you don’t push too hard. With that being said, it actually felt like the Sonata was equipped with more expensive and sportier high-performance tires since the car never broke traction, even when approaching a tight corner at moderate speeds in the rain.

Comfort

What I really like about the Kumho Solus TA11 is the ride comfort. Don’t get me wrong, the Hyundai Sonata is a competent vehicle in terms of ride comfort. But the tires gave the car a somewhat light and suspended feel in city driving, even when I was traveling over rough patches of concrete and asphalt.

Noise

The tires were also smooth and quiet on the highway, but there was a bit of tire roar when the speedometer was approaching triple-digit speeds.

Treadwear

I asked the owner of the Sonata about the tread wear, and he told me: “That was my primary concern since I wanted my cheap tires to have a long service life. So far, the Kumho’s are still relatively fresh after 5,000 or so miles, with minimal signs of tread wear.”

I believe him, but I still gave the tires a close visual inspection before ending the test drive. I have no doubts about longevity since Kumho designed the Solus TA11 to be a high-mileage tire with exceptional tread life.

Conclusion

If you compare the Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 with the Hankook Ventus Noble2, the latter is an ultra-high performance tire with the genes of a touring tire. However, the Ventus V2 Concept2 is a bit different since it prioritizes sporty handling over comfort and road silence.

I wanted to find out if the Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 is able to offer a sporty driving experience despite the friendly price tag. The tire starts at below $70 each and a full set of four tires will only cost below $300. Considering the sporty and aggressive tread design of the tire, this is probably one of the best all-season tires when it comes to value for money.