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.

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.

Falken Sincera SN250 A/S Review

Falken Sincera SN250 A/S Review

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

The Falken Sincera SN250 A/S is relatively new. It was launched in 2016 as a replacement for the aging yet still capable SN211 A/S. For me, the Sincera SN250 will have the Sincera SN828 as another one of its predecessors since it is the same touring tire designed for all-season performance.

This review of the Falken Sincera SN250 A/S allowed me to spend some time inside a 2013 Honda Civic EX sedan. My test car was fitted with stock 16-inch wheels and the SN250 A/S Falken tires. The owner of the Civic is a kind lady in her middle 40s. She told me her daily routine involves a mixed bag of city and highway driving with occasional jaunts to the neighboring state to visit her daughter.

The Falken Sincera SN250 A/S tires fitted to my test car were approximately four or five months old and have travelled over 5,500 miles. I like testing older tires since it gives me the chance to accurately discern the wear characteristics and durability of the rubber. Since the Falken Sincera SN250 is a performance touring tire, I wanted to find out if the long-lasting tread compound is able to deliver the promise of all-weather traction without sacrificing ride comfort and road noise.

Falken Sincera SN250 A/S Review: Features

Gone are the old novelty wear indicators of the Sincera SN828. Falken instead decided to give the Sincera SN250 a longer 75,000-miles or 80,000-miles limited tread life warranty. The stellar wear characteristics can be attributed to the symmetrical rib design that is specifically designed for optimum tread wear.

Performance on snowy or icy roads is enhanced mainly thanks to multiple sipes on the treads of the tire. The sipes were created using 3D Canyon Technology and provide multiple biting edges on the face of the treads to provide better grip and traction on snow-drenched pavement.

The Falken Sincera SN250 A/S was manufactured using an exclusive silica tread compound with Dynamic Range Technology. This will allow the rubber to remain pliable at extremely low temperatures while enhancing the chemical bonds of the rubber on hot pavement for excellent all-weather performance.

This tire is equipped with four wide circumferential grooves to improve traction and grip on wet roads. The solid center rib is designed to improve the steering feel of your ride while enhancing the overall stability of the tire.

Falken Sincera SN250 A/S Review: Test Drive

The owner of the Honda Civic practically gave the entire weekend to test the capabilities of the Falken Sincera SN250 A/S. I got it and prepared to be bathed in comfort since the Sincera SN250, according to Falken, is engineered to deliver massive amounts of comfort along with the improved wear.

Dry Traction

We’ll talk about the comfort later even though it is the most stellar characteristic among the other criterion in this review.

The Falken Sincera SN250 A/S might not have the extremely high levels of traction of the Falken Azenis FK450 (which is also an all-season tire) but the former performs quite well on dry roads.

Cornering grip was acceptable given the conservative nature of the Sincera SN250 A/S, but sporty driving will make you want to upgrade to tires that offer more dry traction.

Braking was also acceptable given the fact that the Civic is known for having so-so brakes.

Wet Traction

It’s the same story when the roads are drenched in rain. The Falken Sincera SN250 A/S were commendable given the slippery nature of the wet asphalt and concrete.

If you drive at higher speeds and add cornering G-forces in the mix, you will feel the tires hunt for traction, but nothing too bad that will merit a concerned look on your face.

But in straight-line normal driving, you will have nothing bad to say about wet weather capabilities of the Falken Sincera SN250. I never felt the car was hydroplaning even as I sped on the wet highways.

Snow Traction

It seems the high sipe density and angled tread grooves in the Falken Sincera SN250 worked marvelously to allow the tires to remain obedient on snow.

The tires were good on light snow but don’t expect it to work flawlessly when traversing over inches of snow or hard ice.

I also felt the tires were hunting for traction as I accelerated hard on a slippery slope, but it took only a split-second of hesitation before the tires finally corrected themselves and forged me to carry on.

Comfort

The Civic is a smaller yet sportier alternative to the Accord, but my test car was as comfortable as the Accord, thanks in large part to the Falken Sincera SN250 A/S tires.

The tires rolled smoothly on both wet and dry pavements. If you drive at slow or average speeds, you can bask at the comfortable nature of the tires.

Noise

I have nothing bad to say about the refinement of the Falken Sincera SN250 A/S tires. Tire roar was at the absolute minimum at slow speeds. The tire roar was only more prevalent on higher than cruising speeds, but it’s not too harsh to merit a lower score.

Treadwear

The Falken Sincera SN250 A/S tires on my test car had already endured rigorous amounts of miles prior to my test drive. However, the tires looked pretty solid with only minimal amounts of wear.

The owner of the Civic was particularly proud in this regard since she only paid around $300 for a complete set. She reckons the tires are still good for another six months or so, and I agreed with her since the tires still had thick layers of tread.

Conclusion

My test drive and review of the Falken Sincera SN250 A/S made me a believer. Falken has a new winner in the touring performance all-season category and it only gets better when you consider the price.

If your car deserves the refinement of a luxury tire then you can’t go wrong with the Falken Sincera 250 A/S. Now, if only Falken can improve the dry grip of this tire on the next iteration, we might have ourselves an overall champion in this crowded category.