OHTSU Tires Review

OHTSU Tires Review

OHTSU Tires Review

Unlike cheap and relatively unknown tire brands, OHTSU tires are different. The Japanese tire maker has been in the business for the past 30 years and is now a part of the Sumitomo Rubber Industries. Surprisingly enough, Falken tires were conceived as the high-performance derivative of OHTSU tires. In Japan, the OHTSU brand is offered as a performance brand for a variety of vehicles and driving applications.

Even though Falken and OHTSU are standalone brands, there are some tires that share the same inherent DNA between the two brands. Case in point the Falken Ziex S/TZ05 and OHTSU ST5000 touring tires. Although the Falken has a higher price, both tires share similar characteristics and are meant for pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.

OHTSU tires are best known for their reasonable price. 

The brand is popular among car owners who are looking for a quality set of tires that won’t break the bank or burn a serious hole in your pocket. 

In this 2018 OHTSU tires review, we tested some of the most popular in the OHTSU family to determine the performance characteristics of each tire. Cheap tires have a reputation for mediocre performance, tread wear, and reliability. But is this the case with cheap OHTSU tires? Is this brand all about attracting consumers by offering a lower price?

We understand that most consumers are not willing to give up great all-season handling and ride comfort in a cheaper set of tires. Let’s find out if OHTSU tires are the best choice for your vehicle.

Why Choose OHTSU Tires?

  • Supremely affordable price

OHTSU tires are among the most affordable branded tires that money can buy. Most of their tires will only start at around $60 to $70 each. Even their SUV tires offer terrific value for money since you can avail a larger set of 19” or 20” tires for less than half the price of more expensive brands. If you are on a tight budget, you should seriously consider getting a set of OHTSU tires for your car, truck, minivan, or SUV.

  • Brand recognition

As previously mentioned above, OHTSU tires are manufactured under the Sumitomo Group, which happens to be the 6th largest tire maker in the world. The Sumitomo brand is also the parent company of Falken tires and Dunlop tires.

  • Sporty and Aggressive Tread Design

There is no question that a nice set of tires will improve the overall styling of your vehicle. Unlike other cheap brands, OHTSU tires are equipped with aggressive and sporty tread designs to give your car an added styling edge.

2018 OHTSU Tires Review

OHTSU ST5000

Ohtsu ST5000 review - 1

The OHTSU ST5000 is designed for pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. It is an all-season highway terrain tire equipped with a symmetrical and non-directional tread design that offers higher levels of traction and grip on dry and wet roads.

The tire is constructed utilizing an all-season tread compound to improve traction and lateral grip. The tire has a continuous center rib and high-angled lateral grooves to enhance the stability, steering, and handling of your truck or SUV. With four wide circumferential grooves and multiple sipes, the tire is equipped to efficiently disperse water or sludge from the face of the tread to maintain a perfect contact patch on slippery or icy roads.

But perhaps the biggest consideration in choosing the OHTSU ST5000 is the low price. You can expect to spend less than $400 to $500 for a complete set of OHTSU ST5000 tires even on larger diameter wheels. This is less than half of what you can expect to pay if you choose a more expensive brand of tires.

OHTSU FP7000

Ohtsu FP7000 All-Season Radial Tire

The OHTSU FP7000 is getting a bit long in the tooth and was launched way back in 2012. However, why mess with a good thing? The OHTSU FP7000 might be getting old, but it remains a good choice for those who demand an affordable and capable set of touring performance tires.

The OHTSU FP7000 is perfect for compact cars, midsize sedans, small crossovers, and minivans. The tire has a non-directional tread design with variable shoulder blocks to improve handling, cornering, and lateral grip. The tire is engineered with four high-volume circumferential grooves to deliver better handling and control on wet and slippery pavement.

The tire is built using dual steel belts and a rigid belt cap to improve high-speed stability, handling, and overall durability. The OHTSU FP7000 starts at around $50 to $60 and is offered in a wide array of sizes to suit any type of vehicle.

OHTSU FP0612 A/S

OHTSU FP0612 AS review

In our 2018 OHTSU tires review, we found out the FPO612 A/S is a sportier alternative to the FP7000. If you are the sporty type of driver inside an equally sporting vehicle, you will need the enhanced traction and grip of the OHTSU FP0612 A/S. It is an all-season high-performance tire that is equipped with an asymmetrical tread design. However, the tire is also capable of behaving like a touring tire by giving you a comfortable and quiet ride along with longer wear.

The OHTSU FP0612 A/S is equipped with angled tread grooves to deliver better traction on wet and snowy roads. The tire has four wide circumferential grooves and variable shoulder tread blocks to improve handling and driving stability with lower levels of road noise.

Take a closer look at the OHTSU FP0612 A/S and you will see it is also equipped with larger tread blocks compared to other performance tires. This feature will serve to further improve grip and cornering at higher speeds while offering better stability.

Conclusion

Want a dependable and capable set of tires without spending a lot of cash? Consider OHTSU tires in your next purchase and find out why the brand is best reputed to bring terrific value for money without compromising the safety and drivability of your vehicle.

OHTSU ST5000 Review

OHTSU ST5000 Review

  • Dry 80%
  • Wet 80%
  • Snow 85%
  • Comfort 75%
  • Noise 70%
  • Treadwear 70%
  • Overall 79%
The OHTSU ST5000 is yet another budget-friendly alternative for your pickup truck or SUV. The OHTSU ST5000 looks erringly similar to the Falken Ziex S/TZ05. Both tires are equipped with an all-season non-directional and symmetrical tread design so you can rotate the tires in various configurations to enhance even wear.

Both tires have an M+S rating, and both tires are equipped with a grooved center rib design. But the similarities end there. I’m not surprised that the OHTSU and the Falken are somewhat similar since they are basically made by the same parent brand, but the OHTSU starts at a lower price compared to the Falken.

In this review of the OHTSU ST5000, I got behind the wheel of a 2013 GMC Acadia fitted with stock 20-inch wheels and OHTSU ST5000 tires.

My test vehicle was equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 motor paired to a slick shifting six-speed automatic transmission.

I’m not the biggest fan of the GMC Acadia even though it has one of the best rides in midsize SUV category.

I simply found the vehicle too big and cumbersome for the daily drive, but it does fit up to 8 passengers while still retaining a massive cargo area.

List of OHTSU Tires Review

» OHTSU Tires Review
» OHTSU FP0612 AS
» OHTSU FP7000
» OHTSU ST5000

OHTSU ST5000 Review: Features

The OHTSU ST5000 is built and engineered for all season highway performance. This is an affordable tire that will enhance the on-road refinement of your pickup truck or sport-utility vehicle.

What makes this tire stand out is the extremely low price tag. My test vehicle was fitted with larger 20-inch tires and the owner paid less than $500 for a complete set.

The OHTSU ST5000 is constructed using an all-season tread compound to deliver better traction and grip on wet and dry roads.

The symmetrical tread pattern is also enhanced with a continuous center rib to improve the handling and stability of your SUV.

The tire is also equipped with high-angled lateral grooves with offset tread blocks to increase the level of traction on all types of road surfaces. This feature is also designed for a smoother and quieter ride.

The OHTSU ST5000 has four circumferential grooves to improve resistance to hydroplaning.

There are multiple sipes on the face of the tread which serve as biting edges on slippery or snowy roads.

The tire is constructed using a joint-less nylon cap to improve the strength and durability of the carcass.

OHTSU ST5000 Review: Test Drive

I hopped aboard the Acadia with high expectations. Cheap tires are supposed to be good in wet and dry road conditions, but you can expect a bit more road noise with faster wear. That’s how it is with cheap tires!

But is the OHTSU ST5000 any different, or should you settle for the Falken tires instead? Those were the questions I was willing to answer in this ST5000 review.

Dry Traction

In all honesty, I have nothing bad to say about the OHTSU ST5000 when it comes to performance on dry roads.

Traction and grip were plentiful and lateral grip was top notch given the bulk and weight of my test vehicle.

I was able to travel at faster speeds without losing steering responsiveness and road grip.

Handling and cornering is on the average side of things, while braking was also admirable given the low price point of the tires.

However, I have to reiterate that the OHTSU ST5000 tires are not designed for sporty driving and equally sporting SUVs.

Like a proper set of performance touring rubber, the tires felt more at home when you’re driving at average to high speeds on a smooth highway.

Wet Traction

Traction on wet roads was also admirable. I was able to drive a bit more aggressively in the wet without forcing the tires to break traction.

Don’t get me wrong, though. The tires felt good in the wet, but you will feel the tires hunting for some much needed grip if you apply abrupt changes to the steering and throttle pedal.

Like I said, if sporty wet handling is your cup of tea, the OHTSU ST5000 tires might not be the most suitable for your palette.

Snow Traction

The OHTSU ST5000 tires were average in the snow and they are basically useless if you are traversing over sleet, ice, or deep snow.

I think this is acceptable given the low price. You would think the tires can handle a bit more snow given the aggressive sipes on the treads, but you will need a proper set of winter tires when the snow begins to pile up in the winter.

Comfort

There is no question the GMC Acadia is a comfortable highway cruiser. I was able to drive at higher speeds without feeling tired or consumed after a long and tiresome journey.

The OHTSU ST5000 felt like a more expensive set of touring tires on a smooth highway. The tires delivered large dollops of comfort on tight city roads as well.

Noise

The noise levels and tire roar are not as bad as you think. Cheap tires have a tendency to be raucous at higher speeds, but the OHTSU ST5000 is a bit more scaled down in terms of road noise.

Mind you, the tire roar is still there at higher than average speeds, but it’s not enough to upset the overall refinement of my test vehicle.

Treadwear

The OHTSU ST5000 on my test vehicle were purchased six months ago but the treads were still relatively fresh despite the age of the tires.

Yes, there were noticeable signs of fading and wear on the sipes but this is above average for the price.

Conclusion

If you are in the market for a capable and affordable set of all-season touring tires for your pickup truck or SUV, you should definitely consider the OHTSU ST5000 if your primary concern is to save money.

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.

List of OHTSU Tires Review

» OHTSU Tires Review
» OHTSU FP0612 AS
» OHTSU FP7000
» OHTSU ST5000

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.

OHTSU FP0612 A/S Review

OHTSU FP0612 A/S Review

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

Does your car need a set of quality and affordable all-season tires? You might want to check out this review of the OHTSU FP0612 A/S. This tire is designed and manufactured to meet the demands of sporting sedans, coupes, and crossover vehicles. OHTSU tires are also renowned for their near dirt-cheap price.

Don’t get me wrong. It is easy to find truly dirt cheap tires, but the Otsu brand slots a notch above those Chinese-made tires with no reputation for quality. Did you know that Falken tires were created as a high-performance brand under the OHTSU Tire and Rubber Industry brand? OHTSU tires are the high-performance brand of tires in Japan under the Sumitomo Rubber Corporation. The OHTSU brand has been in the market for more than 30 years. If you have any concerns or issues with the reliability and quality of the OHTSU name, the facts above will put all of that to rest.

My colleague hooked me up with a 2014 Hyundai Sonata SE with the 2.4-liter four-banger and 6-speed automatic transmission. The car was equipped with aftermarket 18-inch wheels and OHTSU FP0612 A/S tires. As luck would have it, my test vehicle was also riding on aftermarket lowering springs. I am not the biggest fan of the Sonata’s styling, but with gorgeous wheels and a lowered stance, the vehicle had a different vibe that looks ready to be driven fast.

In this review of the OHTSU FP0612 A/S, I took the tires for a lengthy test drive to find out if the tires can perform as advertised given the affordable price. I am also aware that various testers from other tire review sites are in awe of the OTHSU FP0612 A/S. Let’s see if I share the same sentiments with my other colleagues in the business.

List of OHTSU Tires Review

» OHTSU Tires Review
» OHTSU FP0612 AS
» OHTSU FP7000
» OHTSU ST5000

OHTSU FP0612 A/S Review: Features

The OHTSU FP0612 A/s is a high-performance all-season tire with the DNA of a touring tire. What this basically means is the tire is a sporty alternative that won’t give you backaches over extended drives. This tire won’t make you broke since it starts at approximately $70 each. Barring cheap Chinese tires, where else can you buy $70 high-performance tires with a non-directional tread design?

The OTSU FP0612 A/S is constructed with an all-season tread compound to provide better traction and grip on both wet and dry roads. The asymmetrical tread design is equipped with angled grooves to enhance grip on snowy, slippery, or icy roads. The tire has four wide circumferential grooves to enhance water evacuation and further improve grip on extremely wet or slippery pavement.

The tire is also equipped with variable shoulder tread blocks that improves handling and cornering while reducing road noise. It is available from 14” to 18”.

OHTSU FP0612 A/S Review: Test Drive

Despite the larger wheels and lowered suspension, my test vehicle still felt like a proper Korean luxury car on smooth roads. The owner of the Sonata gave me the entire weekend to test the vehicle. In exchange, I offered him some discount coupons for car parts and body mods.

Dry Traction

The OHTSU FP0612 A/S tires were surprisingly good on dry roads. Traction and grip were persistent even as I pushed the car harder on tight turns. Acceleration and braking felt strong and I never felt the tires lose their composure as I drove like a lunatic over twisting mountain roads.

The car felt magnificent as I sped on dry tarmac. It really felt like my test vehicle was riding on a more expensive set of all-season tires.

However, I noticed the tires were squirming a bit as I pushed hard over those twisting turns. I guess you can blame this to my ham-fisted driving style rather than becoming an inherent fault of the tires.

Wet Traction

This might sound a bit unbelievable, but the OHTSU FP0612 A/S tires also felt remarkable in the wet. Braking and acceleration felt confident as the tires mustered the courage to find tons of grip even on slippery wet asphalt.

There’s one minor caveat: the steering felt a bit looser in the wet. I think if the tires were fitted with a solid and wider center groove, it could have been a whole different story altogether.

Snow Traction

I didn’t get the chance to test the tires in the snow due to time constraints. However, the owner of my test vehicle was more than willing to chalk up a couple of stories about driving on snow and ice.

He told me the OHTSU FP0612 A/S tires were great on very light snow, but you can expect things to change if you attempt to drive over ice or hard-packed snow.

Comfort

My test vehicle was riding on lowering springs so it is a bit hard to judge the tires based on comfort. However, the tires felt taut and forgiving when driven on smooth highways.

Things will start to jiggle up a bit if you drive over rough patches of tarmac or potholes, but the tires were basically refined despite the sporting apprehensions.

Noise

The noise levels of the OHTSU FP0612 A/S are just about average. The tires are silent at slow to medium speeds but you can expect more tire roar as you approach highway speeds. But considering the low price point, I was mightily impressed with the low noise characteristics of the OHTSU all-season tires.

Treadwear

The OHTSU FP0612 A/S tires fitted to my test vehicle were installed about five months ago and have been used for about 2,000-miles. The tires already had signs of wear. The sipes on the shoulder blocks were beginning to fade along with the angled sipes on the center rib.

Conclusion

I’ve been testing tires for the better part of my adult life, but I have never been this impressed with a cheap tire before I got the chance to try the OHTSU FP0612 A/S. If you are looking for a sporty set of all-season rubber that won’t leave you bankrupt, you know what to buy.