OHTSU FP7000 Review

OHTSU FP7000 Review

  • Dry 80%
  • Wet 75%
  • Snow 65%
  • Comfort 80%
  • Noise 75%
  • Treadwear 75%
  • Overall 78%
I was once the owner of an old and dilapidated 1999 Mitsubishi Galant. My brother-in-law sold me that car at a bargain price. I was fonder of the Lancer than the Galant, but after spending some time behind the wheel, it’s a pity that Mitsubishi decided to kill the Galant name in 2012 since it is one of the best-handling and smooth riding cars I have ever driven. Man, I spent a lot of money to bring that car back into shape, but the driving experience was all worth it.

In this review of the OHTSU FP7000, I was looking forward to rekindle the driving memories of the past inside a 2011 Mitsubishi Galant SE.

Sure, the engine and transmission are way behind in terms of technology and overall responsiveness, but the Galant remains a capable handler despite the mechanical setbacks.

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and 4-speed automatic transmission feel adequate enough for the task, but I sure wish the car came with more gears and a more powerful motor.

My test vehicle was fitted with OHTSU FP7000 performance touring tires and stock 18-inch wheels. The owner of the Galant is thinking about selling the car so he can make room for a brand new pickup truck or SUV.

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OHTSU FP7000 Review: Features

The OHTSU FP7000 is a performance touring tire applicable to compacts, midsize sport sedans, sporty crossovers, and minivans.

The tire is equipped with a non-directional tread design that is engineered to offer superior all-season traction, a smoother ride, and longer wear.

The tire benefits from a variable shoulder tread block design to produce a stable, comfortable, and quiet ride.

It is also equipped with high-volume circumferential grooves to improve wet weather performance.

The tire is constructed with dual steel belts to improve the structural strength of the carcass while enabling the tire to perform admirably on both wet and dry pavements.

OHTSU FP7000 Review: Test Drive

As I said, the owner of the Galant was thinking about selling the car. I told him I will try to source a buyer in exchange for a test drive.

To be quite honest, I was considering to buy the vehicle if the test drive goes well, but the reddish-maroon paint job was frankly not to my liking.

The OHTSU FP7000 tires were fitted about 5 months ago, and the owner states that he has traveled over 2,000 miles since purchasing the tires.

Let’s see how the tires will perform under various driving conditions.

Dry Traction

The OHTSU FP7000 tires performed admirably on dry pavement, although I felt the OHTSU FP6012 A/S tires are better in this regard.

Look at it this way: the OHTSU FP7000 tires are great for everyday driving at low to medium speeds.

If you want a sportier set of tires, you will find that the OHTSU FP6012 A/S offers higher levels of grip.

But in all honesty, the OHTSU FP7000 tires are more than adequate for the job especially if you consider the price.

Wet Traction

It’s the same story in the wet. The OHTSU FP7000 were average in terms of overall traction in the wet at higher speeds.

I heard the front tires were squirming for grip as I tugged the wheel hard to point the noise of the Galant on a sweeping curve.

Maybe it had something to do with my heavy right foot since the car settled rapidly as I lifted the throttle.

The steering also felt admirable as I was able to confidently position the vehicle to perfectly execute a tight and winding left-hand corner.

Braking in the wet was a bit so-so since you will need to be more accurate with your pedal inputs to stop the vehicle confidently without raising any alarms.

Snow Traction

The owner of the Galant told me the OHTSU FP7000 tires were average when driven on light snow.

Don’t expect the tires to perform like a proper set of snow tires if the roads are covered with more than 2 or 3-inches of snow.

Also, the tires are not really designed to perform well over hard-packed snow or slippery ice.

Comfort

The main reason why I like the Galant so much is the car can cruise comfortably like a proper luxury car despite the enhanced handling attributes.

In my opinion, the OHTSU FP7000 tires were a perfect match to the on-road manners of my test vehicle.

The tires delivered tons of comfort on the highway. They aren’t bad when driven in the city, either.

Noise

Considering the unbelievably low price of the OHTSU FP7000, I wasn’t expecting the tires to have low noise levels or low wear characteristics. I was right.

The tires are not what you call hushed when driven at high speeds on smooth highways, but they were relatively quiet if you cruise at average speeds.

The tires are also noisier when driven over rough patches of tarmac, but the noise levels are not high enough to be considered aggravating or annoying to say the least.

Treadwear

The OHTSU FP7000 tires on my test vehicle were wearing a bit faster than usual.

I gave the tires a closer inspection and I found noticeable signs of premature wear on the shoulder blocks and center rib.

The sipes were already fading despite traveling only 2,000-miles or so, but I guess this is par for the course since the tires are cheaper than other brands.

Conclusion

In my opinion, I think the OHTSU FP6012 A/S tires are better overall than the OHTSU FP7000, but I am comparing two different tires with varying attributes. If you don’t mind losing a bit of sportiness in your drive in exchange for a more comfortable ride, it is hard to go wrong with the OHTSU FP7000.

Hankook Optimo H725 Review

Hankook Optimo H725 Review

  • Dry 90%
  • Wet 90%
  • Snow 80%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 85%
  • Treadwear 80%
  • Overall 85%
The Hankook Optimo H725 is classified as a standard touring all-season tire. However, this is the type of all-season tire that is designed for a longer service life. The Optimo H725 is standard equipment on some Ford and Chrysler automobiles, so it wasn’t hard to find a test vehicle fitted with these tires.
For this review of the Hankook Optimo H725, I was able to acquire a 2013 Chrysler 300 with the 3.6-liter V6 motor and 8-speed automatic transmission. The car was fitted with stock 17-inch wheels and Hankook Optimo H725 tires.

I always believed the Chrysler 300 was ahead of its time when it was launched back in 2005. It had all the design flair of a true gangster automobile while having the refinement of a German luxury car. Of course, it would have been better if my test car came fitted with the burly Hemi V8 motor. But with 294 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque on tap, I was still excited to take my test car for a long drive across neighboring states.

Hankook Optimo H725 Review: Features

When it comes to tire wear, the Hankook Optimo H725 comes close to the Optimo H727. The Optimo H725 was designed primarily as an all-season tire that delivers good amounts of traction and grip on wet and dry roads. But Hankook made sure the Optimo H725 had the wear attributes of a touring tire as well. This is good news for those who want a long-lasting all-season tire that starts at less than $90 per pop.

The Hankook Optimo H725 is designed with four wide main grooves for fast and efficient water drainage. The treads are equipped with high-density kerf siping to offer balanced levels of grip on snowy or icy roads. An all-season tire will have to perform well on light snow – the kerfs are there to ensure that you can get still drive your car safely despite the presence of ice or slush on the roads.

The tire is also equipped with long and interlocking center and intermediate buttons to provide directional stability and excellent braking. This tire has a radial shoulder angle to combat irregular wear while maximizing the stiffness of the rubber to deliver good handling.

The Hankook Optimo H725 utilizes an abrasion-resistance tread compound to deliver impressive wear characteristics. But is this compound geared more towards giving longer mileage instead of improving the dry and wet traction of the tire? This is what I intend to find out in this Hankook Optimo H725 review.

Hankook Optimo H725 Review: Test Drive

My test car was far from being perfect. There was an irritating screeching noise emanating from under the hood after cold starts, but the noise would disappear when the motor is warmed up. I had this minor fault checked by a local mechanic who diagnosed a faulty drive belt. I had the belt replaced before my test drive. The owner was more than willing to shoulder the bill, but I politely refused as a gesture of goodwill for allowing me to spend time with his delightful Chrysler 300.

Dry Traction

The Chrysler 300 is far from being a sports saloon, but it handles quite well for a large sedan. Although the suspension and the chassis were obviously tuned to prioritize riding comfort, the car was able to respond to my inputs with nary a complaint from the suspension and the tires. I wish the steering was a bit more direct, but dry traction was acceptable given the comfortable nature of the Hankook Optimo H725. The tires didn’t have the dry traction and grip of a performance tire, but it definitely comes close.

Wet Traction

Traction on wet roads was not as good. The car felt a bit nervous on drenched tarmac. The unnerving feeling is correlated to how fast you were driving at that time. At high speeds, you will want to slow down a bit as the tires hunt for traction on uneven wet tarmac. Drive it sanely, however, and you get optimal levels of grip as long as you don’t taunt the steering and the chassis with the corrective moves of a racing driver.

Snow Traction

How I wish I had the chance to test the Hankook Optimo H725 in the snow. The owner told me the tires performed quite well during the winter season as long as you maintain an appropriate speed and stay clear of roads with more than two or three inches of snow.

Comfort

The Chrysler 300 is a comfortable cruiser, no question about that. The Hankook Optimo H725 tires were decently comfortable in the city, and they were remarkably compliant on the highway. However, I have tested other all-season tires that offer better comfort and refinement. Even small potholes will make themselves known as the tires have a tendency to make thumping noises that are enough to upset the refinement of the cabin.

Noise

In terms of road noise, the Hankook Optimo H725 tires are on the average side. The tires are quiet on city roads but harsh road surfaces will introduce some tire roar even at moderately slow speeds. You will also encounter a bit of tire roar on the highway as you approach triple-digit speeds.

Treadwear

This is the strongest argument for getting a set of Hankook Optimo H725 tires. The tires fitted to my test car were approximately five months old and have traveled over 5,500 miles, but the treads were still thick and fresh. I did notice a bit of wear as the kerfs on the treads were slowly fading away, but that’s about it. This is not bad for an all-season tire that starts at less than $90 each.

Conclusion

The Hankook Optimo H725 is a good all-season high-mileage tire that delivers great value for money. It is not the most comfortable or refined tire in the market, but it delivers the promise of excellent mileage and all-season performance.