Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Review

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Review

  • Dry 80%
  • Wet 75%
  • Snow 70%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 80%
  • Treadwear 80%
  • Overall 79%
Before we proceed to the features and review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus, allow me to disclose something unique about this tire: it was specifically designed for the luxury touring market in North America.

Pirelli also offers the Cinturato All Season and All Season Plus with a large center block and directional tread design. The ‘Plus’ moniker refers to Pirelli’s Puncture Control Technology called Seal Inside. This technology will enable you to still drive your vehicle safely even after a puncture.

This review will focus on the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. The tire has a rather bland and conservative asymmetrical tread design and is built mainly for passenger cars and small crossovers. Sedate driving is the key to enjoying the merits of the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus since the tire is not chiefly designed for sporty driving.

With that in mind, I was fortunate to get my hands on a 2013 Toyota Camry SE with the 2.5-liter four-banger and six-speed automatic transmission.

My test car came with stock 17-inch wheels and was previously fitted with Michelin MXV tires.

I asked the owner why he chose the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus over the Michelins and he told me he didn’t want to spend more than $500 on a brand new set of tires.

It actually makes sense, right? The Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus will start at around $100 each, which is a slight difference compared to the price of the Michelin tires.

But are the Pirelli tires better than the old Michelins despite the lower price?

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Review: Features

The Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus offers a 15% reduction in rolling resistance compared to comparable all-season tires. The Cinturato P7 is desgined and manufactured to offer 47% better tread life and a 5% reduction in road noise to deliver a quiet and refined ride.

The Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus is equipped with an optimized tread pattern with pitch sequencing and phasing that effectively cancels or lowers internal noise.

The tire has four wide longitudinal grooves that helps in dispersing water on wet roads.

It is also equipped with longitudinal siping and a high density of lateral sipes for better all-season performance even in light snow.

The tire is backed by a 70,000-mile limited treadwear warranty and 30-day trial. If you are not satisfied with the performance of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus, you can return it within 30 days. When was the last time that a cheap tire was able to offer that kind of warranty?

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Review: Test Drive

The Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tires on my test car were approximately 5 months old and have traversed a rough total of 4,500 or so miles.

The Camry is not what you could call a sporty sedan, but so is the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus.

From the moment I hopped inside the Camry, I felt the Pirelli tires were a perfect match to the road manners of my test vehicle.

Dry Traction

The tires offered excellent traction and grip on dry pavement.

I took the Camry for a high-speed run on an empty stretch of secluded highway and the tires performed admirably despite the presence of sand and dust on the highway.

Handling and cornering was on the average side of the spectrum since the body roll and dull steering of my test vehicle will prohibit you from pushing it to the max when attacking tight corners.

Wet Traction

There was a light drizzle in the evening and I got the chance to test the tires in the wet. The Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus were just as good in the soaking wet pavement as they were in the dry.

You will feel the tires hunting for grip if you really push it on wet roads, but like I said before this review, the Camry is not a car that you should drive aggressively.

Snow Traction

I was also able to test the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus in the snow.

The tires felt confident on light snow but you will need proper snow tires if you live in colder climates.

I guess the sipe density on the tread of the tires did their job well, but don’t expect the tires to acquit themselves in a blizzard.

Comfort

The Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus is basically an all-season touring tire, so I was expecting the tires to be smooth and comfortable on the highway. I wasn’t disappointed.

The tires were one of the most comfortable touring tires I have tested. I was a bit surprised since the tires are basically cheaper than a comparable set of Bridgestone or Michelin touring tires.

Noise

The Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tires are not only comfortable, they were relatively quiet as well.

As with other touring tires, the road noise is relative to the speed of the vehicle. Tire roar is more pronounced at higher speeds, but it wasn’t enough to upset my driving experience.

The tires were a bit noisier on coarse patches of tarmac and asphalt as well.

I took the Camry for some city driving and the tires were whisper quiet at low speeds.

Treadwear

Pirelli designed the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus to deliver exceptional wear characteristics.

The tires on my test vehicle are not what you would call brand new, but the treads were still fresh with minimal signs of wear.

I talked with the local tire dealer and they said some customers were not impressed with the wear characteristics of the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. I guess this will all depend on your driving style.

Conclusion

I highly recommend the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season tires. Considering the price and performance of the tires on wet and dry pavement, this is one of the best affordable tires that I have tested so far.

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.

Kenda Kenetica KR17 Tire Review

Kenda Kenetica KR17 Tire Review

  • Dry 80%
  • Wet 80%
  • Snow 60%
  • Comfort 80%
  • Noise 60%
  • Treadwear 80%
  • Overall 77%
My colleague was thinking about selling his trusty and dependable 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer. The car has served him well on numerous road trips and was at one point modified for track days with friends and family. I told him to buy a new of tires before advertising the sale online since the old Falken tires were ready to give up the ghost.

My friend was not in the mood to spend $400 or $500 on a new set of tires, so I recommended the Kenda Kenetica KR17. I told him the Kenetica KR17 is one of the most affordable all-season touring tires you can buy right now. He pulled out his smartphone, went online, and smiled. True to my word, he found Kenda Kenetica KR17 tires (215/50/R17) sold for less than $85 each.

We took the car to our neighborhood tire dealer and found a set of Kenda Kenetica for the same price online. My friend was not only impressed with the price. He was smitten by the sporty asymmetric tread design of the Kenda Kenetica tires.

He told me: “These are great looking tires! But are they any good on the road?”

I told him: “I guess we will need to wait and see.”

Kenda Kenetica KR17 Review: Features

The Kenda Kenetica is an all season performance touring tire for cars, coupes, crossovers, minivans, and small SUVs. The tire was constructed using Kenda’s advanced NMA technology which incorporates a tread compound that is designed for durability, longer wear, and excellent performance on dry and wet pavement.

The Kenda Kenetica is equipped with a rather gorgeous asymmetric tread design with a notched center rib design. This feature is designed to enhance stability, steering feel, and braking on dry roads. The tire is blessed with large shoulder blocks to deliver crisp handling and better cornering stability at high speeds.

Kenda Kenetica KR17 Review: Test Drive

I agreed to drive my friend to his meeting, drop him off, and come back later while I test the tires. I must admit I have always admired the handling and cornering capabilities of the Mitsubishi Lancer compared to other Japanese compacts so I was excited to give it a go. My test vehicle is equipped with a smooth-revving 2.0-liter four-banger and CVT transmission.

Dry Traction

The Kenda Kenetica KR17 tires were unsurprisingly good on dry roads. Traction and grip were plentiful as I tackled a winding corner at higher-than-average speed. The CVT transmission was a bit of a letdown if you are used to the neck-breaking engagement of a normal automatic once you step hard on the pedal, but things get better as you pile on the speed. Braking was also magnificent as I hauled the Lancer to a full stop from 60mph. The steering was firm, accurate, and spot-on even on dry roads peppered with moderate amounts of sand and loose dirt.

Wet Traction

The tires felt wonderful in the wet, but things can get hairy as you approach higher speeds. Braking and cornering were still acceptable given the slippery road surface. However, I felt the tires could be better in terms of wet traction and grip. I felt the tail slide out a bit as I sped over water puddles on the highway, but this could also be caused by worn out springs and shock absorbers in the rear.

Snow Traction

There was no chance for me to drive in the snow. We talked to the local tire dealer about the winter performance of the Kenda Kenetica and the response we got was not inspiring at all. The dealer told us the tires are only applicable for very light snow duty and nothing more. They had a client who had to buy a new set of winter tires to replace his adequate set of Kenda Kenetica KR17s. Of course, given the low price point of the Kenda tires, I was expecting them to be average in terms of snow performance.

Comfort

The Kenda Kenetica KR17 tires were a bit more comfortable compared to other cheap tires. I have driven a lot of vehicles equipped with cheap tires and most of them are either not comfortable or silent enough, or are incapable of lasting longer than 30,000 or so miles. The Kenda Kenetica are not the most comfortable touring tires you can buy, but they won’t excessively ruffle your feathers, either.

Noise

Cheap tires are usually a bit noisier on the road and the same holds true for the Kenda Kenetica KR17. Tire roar was evident from above average to higher speeds, and you will still hear a bit of noise even at low speeds. It seems comfort and refinement were not the primary factors in developing the Kenda Kenetica KR17.

Treadwear

The Kenda Kenetica KR17 tires fitted to my test vehicle were brand new so I can’t comment on the wear characteristics of the tires. However, the local tire dealer had a few things to say about the tires. They told us that treadwear will be directly related to how you drive the car. If you are an aggressive driver, don’t be surprised if the tires will wear out faster than normal. But if you drive like a nun, you can expect the tires to last a bit longer. Is this a good deal? I guess it’s fair enough given the low price of the tires.

Conclusion

For reasons unbeknownst to me, my friend eventually decided to keep his car after all. You can buy a better set of tires if you wish to spend more, but if all you want is an all-season tire for normal driving, it is hard to argue with the value proposition of the Kenda Kenetica KR17.

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.

Yokohama YK740 GTX Review

Yokohama YK740 GTX Review

  • Dry 90%
  • Wet 85%
  • Snow 70%
  • Comfort 85%
  • Noise 80%
  • Treadwear 90%
  • Overall 86%
The Yokohama YK740 GTX is a premium all-season tire that offers better traction and grip, great handling, low wear, and a quiet ride. Yes, the tire is capable of all that and more, but it comes at a higher price. The tires will start at approximately $130 to $150 each depending on the size, and you will pay more if your vehicle is equipped with larger rims.

But do you actually get your money’s worth? That’s the thing I want to figure out in this Yokohama YK740 GTX review. Yes, you can buy all-season tires from lesser known brands and not pay $130 each, but where do the savings go? Does it go straight to your pocket, or did the tire compromise something to come up with a low price? In my experience, the answer is the latter.

There are reasons why the top tire companies spend a lot of resources in developing a single new tire. Even car enthusiasts will agree that when it comes to all-season performance, wet handling, treadwear, and overall durability, the more expensive tires from the best known brands will be 5 or 10 times better than a dirt-cheap set of tires.

This is the case with the Yokohama YK740 GTX. It is priced higher than a comparable set of all-season tires, but it seems to offer better value because it offers more features and plus-points for the price. In this review, I was trying to get my hands on a high-performance sedan like the BMW 5-series or Mercedes C-Class, or maybe an Audi A3 or A4. But I only managed to acquire a 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE 8-seater minivan.

Truth be told, I found it to be a bit refreshing. Let’s see how a performance touring tire will cope with the weight and long wheelbase of my test car.

Yokohama YK740 GTX Review: Features

There are a lot of innovative features built into the Yokohama YK740 GTX. The tire was manufactured using Yokohama’s unique ELS Orange Oil Compound. The orange oil will keep the treads pliable enough to maintain grip and composure in all-season driving, be it in the hottest of summers or the coldest of winters.

The tire is equipped with an asymmetric groove design to enhance road contact while effectively channeling water and slush away from the face of the tire. Enhanced winter and snow performance is assured courtesy of the Triple 3D Sipes that serve as teeth that bite their way into the road surface.

Since the Yokohama YK740 GTX is a touring tire at heart, it should also have a long tread life for a more economical driving experience. Well, the Orange Oil Compound and Triple 3D Sipes are also designed to enhance the mileage of the tire by decreasing the rolling resistance and retaining the block rigidity for an even wear.

Yokohama YK740 GTX Review: Test Drive

My heart has a soft spot for minivans. After all, my first car was a minivan. My test vehicle is particularly well-maintained save for some wear marks on the interior. The 2011 Toyota Sienna was equipped with stock 17-inch wheels and Yokohama YK740 GTX tires. The owner of the Sienna bought the tires about 3 months ago and have already accumulated 3,500 miles at the time of this review.

Dry Traction

It was raining intermittently during the time of my test drive. I only got the chance to test the tire on moderately damp roads in the late afternoon, but I wasn’t disappointed.

The tires gave the steering and the suspension a greater sense of security. It is natural for minivans to exhibit some body roll if your corner aggressively, but the tires never broke traction even as I was coaxing the steering to break the tail loose.

Mind you, I was on an empty stretch of damp road when I did this, and it seems there was nothing I can do (legally on a public road) that could upset the composure of the tires. If I were in a sporty sedan, maybe the results will be a bit different.

Wet Traction

There were water puddles and rain all over the place as I began my review of the Yokohama YK740 GTX. Of course, I maintained a lower-than-average speed on the highway as a safety precaution. Like I previously mentioned, the tires gave the Sienna a higher sense of security since it offered surefooted traction and grip on the wettest of roads.

Snow Traction

I didn’t get the chance to test the Yokohama YK740 in the snow. I asked the owner about this and he told me he had no problems with the tires in mild wintry conditions. However, the tires had a bit of trouble in stopping the car on icy roads. The tires will also slip for a bit before biting on the snowy surface.

Comfort

What I liked most about the Yokohama YK740 GTX is the driving comfort. Credit also goes to my test vehicle for the smooth and comfy highway ride, but the tires were really the star of the show. You will still feel a bit of jarring if you drive over deep potholes but the tires did their best to maintain the composure of the vehicle.

Noise

The noise characteristics of the Yokohama YK740 GTX is a mixed bag. The tires rolled silently at low speeds in urban driving, but the tire roar will increase as you cruise at higher speeds on the highway. Mind you, the tire roar wasn’t too bad at all, but it was there.

Treadwear

The Yokohama YK740 GTX tires fitted to my test vehicle were about 3 months old and have acquired a couple of thousand miles of mileage, but the tires were still fresh at the time of this review. I carefully examined all the tires before I handed back the keys and they still looked relatively new.

Conclusion

The Yokohama YK740 GTX is an excellent all-season touring tire that deserves a second look. If you are looking for a set of premium touring tires for your car, minivan, or crossover, the Yokohama YK740 GTX will not disappoint.