My Suburban is equipped with the 17-inch factory wheels and Kumho Crugen HT51 tires. These tires are designed for economical, quiet, and comfortable cruising, all of which are perfect attributes for the hulky Suburban.
The Kumho Crugen HT51 is an all-season highway tire designed for pickup trucks and midsize or full-size SUVs. This tire is available in 15” to 18” wheels and can also be used on plus-size aftermarket wheels.
However, the Kumho Crugen HT51 is geared more towards comfort and long tread wear rather than all-out traction and grip. It’s a training sneaker instead of running shoes. It’s a mid-spec laptop and not an aggressive gaming machine. You catch my drift.
But if what you want is a good mid-spec highway tire that can probably perform better or last longer than the factory rollers fitted in your SUV, you should definitely check out the Kumho Crugen HT51.
In this review, I was fortunate enough to acquire a true American V8-powered SUV in the form of the Chevy Suburban. It was equipped with Kumho Crugen HT51 tires in mint condition. Let’s see how the tire fares on all categories.
Kumho Crugen HT51 review: Features
Engineered using an all-season tread compound, this tire comes with a symmetrical tread design with a unique geometric block layout on the tread. This design will presumably increase the tread life of the tire without sacrificing traction and grip.
You will find four wide circumferential grooves with a zigzag design that improves wet weather performance. The grooves are also designed to increase the biting surface of the tire so that you can drive over mild snow without compromising traction and vehicle control.
What particularly stands out is the new sidewall design. This gives the tire a more dynamic and energetic vibe. But looks should take a backseat over all-weather performance, right? Let’s see how the Kumho Crugen HT51 performs in real-life driving conditions.
Kumho Crugen HT51 review: Test Drive
Push it hard and you will feel the tires squirm for grip, even at moderately aggressive speeds. Weirdly enough, I felt the tires performed a bit better on wet roads.
Of course, if you push it a bit hard then you can probably expect a slight loss of traction. I’m not an idiot to push the Suburban above 80 or 90mph on the rain-drenched pavement, but all in all, the Crugen HT51 was a revelation on wet roads.