Yokohama Tires Review

Yokohama Tires Review

The year 2017 marked the centennial anniversary of the Yokohama Rubber Corporation. The company celebrated its 100th year anniversary by appointing Jeff Barna as the chief operating officer of Yokohama Tire Corporation North America. The company was established in 1917 in Tokyo, Japan.

Yokohama is one of the most popular and trusted tire brands in the market today. The brand has a complete product lineup of tires for passenger cars, light trucks, commercial trucks and busses, high-performance tires for motorsports applications, and even construction applications.

Even though Yokohama tires are not the cheapest or most affordable tires for your vehicle, the brand offers advanced technology and a lengthy warranty to give you total piece of mind.

When it comes to choosing tires, you can always go for a cheaper set that performs well in all types of weather conditions, but you will have to live with a bit more road noise and less-than-stellar tread wear. I have driven and owned many cars in the past, and I have tried and tested a lot of cheap tires as well. Yokohama tires are different. Like I said, the tires may be a bit expensive but they more than makeup for it in terms of quality, reliability, and all-weather performance.

Why Choose Yokohama Tires?

It is hard to fault a tire company that has been in business for the past 100 years. Besides the brand recognition and the motorsports pedigree, here are a couple more reasons why you should choose Yokohama for your next set of tires.
  • Environmental Sustainability

Only the biggest and the best tire brands can come up with environmentally-friendly products that can still perform well in the most adverse driving conditions. All Yokohama tires are evaluated with regards to four main criteria: safety and comfort, saving resources, recycling resources, and prevention of global warming. Can your cheap Chinese tire do the same?

  • Impressive Selection

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the right set of Yokohama tires for your car, truck, minivan, crossover, or SUV. The brand is home to an impressive lineup of product categories that are designed to suit the needs of any type of motor vehicle in the planet today. You name it, Yokohama has it. Looking for a performance tire for the racetrack? The Yokohama Advan range is perfect for you. Need snow tires? Yokohama offers the Iceguard family of tires.

2018 Yokohama Tires Review

Yokohama AVID Ascend

The Yokohama AVID Ascend is an all-season touring performance tire designed for passenger cars, performance cars, crossovers, and minivans. This tire is backed by an 85,000-mile treadwear warranty and offers better fuel economy, confident all-season handling, and a smooth and comfortable ride.

The Yokohama AVID Ascend is manufactured using the breakthrough Orange Oil technology that lowers the rolling resistance of the tire to deliver better fuel economy. The great thing about the Orange Oil compound is it enables the rubber to remain pliable even in the hottest or coldest driving environments. The optimized tread profile and built-in tread block ridges are designed to reduce the movement of the treads as the tire rolls over the road surface to reduce noise and promote even wear.

The Yokohama AVID Ascend is in the higher end of the price range and is available in 15” to 19” diameters.

Yokohama AVID Touring S

The Yokohama AVID Touring S is perfect for sedans, sports coupes, small crossovers, and minivans. This a hybrid tire that offers exceptional comfort and excellent all-season traction and grip with impressive wear characteristics. The tire is backed by a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty as a testament to the long service life of the AVID Touring S.

Equipped with tapered rain channels and cross-section sipes, the tire is perfectly equipped to cope with wet and slippery roads, even on light snow. The unique thing about the Yokohama AVID Touring S is the silent shoulder design and the twin rail stability rib that offers a smoother and quieter ride along with more responsive steering.

The Yokohama AVID Touring S is available in 14” to 17” diameters. The affordable price makes this a great choice for the budget-conscious car owner.

Yokohama YK740 GTX

The Yokohama YK740 GTX is an all-season performance touring tire designed for high-performance sedans, sports coupes, and crossover vehicles. The tire is designed to give your vehicle confident handling on dry, wet, and even snow-covered roads. It is backed by a limited 60,000-mile warranty.

The tire is manufactured utilizing the unique ELS Orange Oil Compound to deliver high levels of traction and grip on both wet and dry roads. The tire is equipped with an asymmetric groove arrangement and Triple 3D sipes to provide excellent wet and winter performance.

You would think a performance tire will be all about all-season traction and grip, but the Yokohama YK770 GTX has another ace up its sleeve: long tread life. With prices starting at just below $100 each, this is one of the best choices in the touring performance category.

Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015

The Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is an all-terrain tire that performs incredibly on the harshest and most demanding driving conditions. Offering all-season traction with a long read life, the tire is backed by a 60,000-mile limited treadwear warranty.

The Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is best suited for rugged crossover or sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks. It is manufactured using Yokohama’s patented ENDURO compound that utilizes Orange Oil to resist wear and tear while delivering incredible mileage. The Triple 3D sipes on the treads are designed to retain the block stiffness of the tires for an even wear.

Best of all, the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 starts at above $100 and starts at 15” to 22” diameters. If your Jeep or truck is equipped with a lift kit and bigger wheels, this is the type of tire that will enhance the go-anywhere abilities of your vehicle.

Conclusion

You can find out more about the most popular tires in the lineup with our Yokohama tires review. If you are in the market for a brand new set of tires, our reviews will help you make the right choice.
Yokohama YK-HTX Review

Yokohama YK-HTX Review

  • Dry 95%
  • Wet 90%
  • Snow 80%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 90%
  • Treadwear 85%
  • Overall 90%
At first glance, the Yokohama YK-HTX may look like an all-terrain tire, what with the rugged and aggressive tread design. In truth, the tire is similar to a hybrid between a highway-terrain and all-terrain tire. This may look good on paper, but how does it behave on a real road?

I managed to grab hold of a 2012 Ford Explorer Limited AWD equipped with stock 20-inch wheels and Yokohama YK-HTX tires. I was excited to begin the review because the sun was out and it seemed like a great day for a test drive.

You can say what you want about the Ford Explorer. Some people might say the Explorer has become too refined or too classy to tackle extreme off-road terrain, but I don’t agree with them. You don’t buy an Explorer to go off-roading, much in the same way you buy a dual-core laptop for gaming. In fact, the vehicle is still highly competent in mild off-road driving but is much more refined than the original.

The owner of my test vehicle is an adventurous guy in his late forties. He loves the Explorer but is planning to upgrade to a bigger truck in the near future. He told me that he tows a 23-foot RV, a boat, and a cargo trailer on any given day in his Ford Explorer. He purchased the Yokohama YK-HTX tires about 5 months ago and was so satisfied with the performance and longevity of the tires that from then onwards, he swore to only buy tires from the Yokohama brand.

It seems we have a big fan of the Yokohama YK-HTX. Let’s see if the tires can turn me into a believer as well.

You can say what you want about the Ford Explorer. Some people might say the Explorer has become too refined or too classy to tackle extreme off-road terrain, but I don’t agree with them. You don’t buy an Explorer to go off-roading, much in the same way you buy a dual-core laptop for gaming. In fact, the vehicle is still highly competent in mild off-road driving but is much more refined than the original.

The owner of my test vehicle is an adventurous guy in his late forties. He loves the Explorer but is planning to upgrade to a bigger truck in the near future. He told me that he tows a 23-foot RV, a boat, and a cargo trailer on any given day in his Ford Explorer. He purchased the Yokohama YK-HTX tires about 5 months ago and was so satisfied with the performance and longevity of the tires that from then onwards, he swore to only buy tires from the Yokohama brand.

It seems we have a big fan of the Yokohama YK-HTX. Let’s see if the tires can turn me into a believer as well.

Yokohama YK-HTX Review: Features

In my opinion, the Yokohama YK-HTX is the brand’s attempt to make a more rugged highway-terrain tire. Manufactured using a silica-enriched compound mixed with Orange Oil technology, the tire is rated to deliver excellent all-season traction even on light snow. The treads are equipped with multi-sipe blocks that provide more biting edges for high levels of traction on snowy or slippery roads and loose gravel.
The tire was also developed with Triple 3D sipes that change shape as the tire wears down. This will ensure that the tire will continue to have biting edges even if the tread wears off. The optimized sidewall construction and adaptive shoulder blocks are all designed to enhance the stability of the tire to give you sure-footed handling. The shoulder blocks are designed to form a continuous outer rib to reduce tire roar at higher speeds.

The Orange Oil and silica compound will also reduce the rolling resistance to maximize the wear characteristics of the tire. The treads were also designed with an optimized contact patch to promote even wear.

The Yokohama YK-HTX is available in 15” to 22” diameters and is applicable to rugged crossover vehicles, SUVs, and pickup trucks.

Yokohama YK-HTX Review: Test Drive

My test vehicle was equipped with large 20-inch wheels so I was expecting the ride to be a bit jiggly. I hopped in and drove into the warm sunlight to get a feel for the vehicle before the actual test.

Dry Traction

It is hard to fault the Yokohama YK-HTX tires in terms of dry traction. The steering felt planted and precise while the vehicle was calm and composed as I sped on the bone-dry highway. The tires felt relentless as I took a detour to some badly paved roads peppered with loose rocks, sand, and dry soil. I got back on smooth tarmac and continued my journey with nary a complaint.

I never felt the tires break traction even as I was coaxing the SUV to attack a moderately tight corner at speed. Of course, you will feel the tires squirm for grip if you are insistent with your throttle inputs, but I was not driving a sporty sedan, so what’s the point?

Wet Traction

The roads were a bit damp as I was on my way home to deliver the SUV back to its owner. I didn’t get a chance to test the tires at top speed on wet roads, but the performance was satisfactory overall. What I did notice was the steering remained tight and precise even on slippery wet tarmac. It seems the 3D-designed sipes and the Orange Oil compound worked wonders to elevate the wet driving performance of the tires.

Snow Traction

There was no way for me to test the tires in snow. I asked the owner about this and he was in awe of the tire’s ability to tackle ice and light snow. He was supposed to buy a separate set of snow tires for his SUV but it was totally unnecessary. The Yokohama YK-HTX tires were more than enough for anything lower than 2-inches of snow.

Comfort

The Ford Explorer had a decently comfy ride, and the tires were a big part of the overall refinement of the vehicle. Even the owner can attest to the fact that the Yokohama’s were more comfy than his old set of tires. Large potholes and moon-size craters will still make themselves felt inside the cabin but it wasn’t too much to upset the composure of the vehicle.

Noise

You would probably think the Yokohama YK-HTX will be a bit talkative given the aggressive nature of the treads, but this was not the case. The adaptive shoulder blocks with continuous outer ribs did their job well to suppress tire roar at speed. The tires were also whisper silent on city streets. However, there will be some tire roar if you’re really pushing it on the highway, but it still sounds a bit muted compared to other highway-terrain tires.

Treadwear

The Yokohama YK-HTX tires on my test vehicle are not what you would consider brand new, but the treads were still relatively fresh at the time of this writing. That is pretty impressive for a tire that carries the weight of a large SUV.

Conclusion

The Yokohama YK-HTX tires are not the cheapest or most affordable highway terrain tires you can buy, but it performs admirably on both wet and dry roads with no penalties to ride comfort and wear.

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.

Yokohama Tornante Review

Yokohama Tornante Review

  • Dry 85%
  • Wet 85%
  • Snow 70%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 85%
  • Treadwear 85%
  • Overall 84%

The Yokohama Tornante is a performance tire designed for all-season driving. It is the perfect performance-oriented alternative to a touring tire while still having confident handling and traction on slippery roads. The tire is also backed by an 85,000-mile limited treadwear warranty to prove that it can outlast the competition as well.

I was looking forward to driving a sporty compact car for this review of the Yokohama Tornante, and my prayers were answered. I got hold of a 2013 Mazda 3 hatchback equipped with 17-inch aftermarket wheels and Yokohama Tornante tires. The owner of the Mazda is a young fellow in his early thirties and was actually having problems with the check engine light in his ride.

I brought the car over to my buddy who was obsessed with deciphering the check engine codes on OBD-II equipped vehicles. It only took a couple of minutes to determine the cause of the fault: it was a bad MAF sensor. No wonder the Mazda was having intermittent hiccups during ide.

I was driving shotgun with the owner of the Mazda 3 on our way to purchase a brand new MAF sensor. After the new sensor was installed, the engine purred like it was revitalized from the inside-out. No more hesitation, no more hiccups on idle. The owner was so happy that he agreed to loan me his car over the course of the weekend.

Yokohama Tornante Review: Features

The Yokohama Tornante might look ordinary from the outside, but it has the DNA of a proper sporty tire. The tire was manufactured utilizing a blend of advanced silica and Orange Oil Compound to bring out the best in the rubber. The compound is formulated for a longer treadlife, low road noise, and competent all-season performance.

The tire is equipped with four deep circumferential grooves with sweeping cross grooves to quickly channel water away from the face of the tread. The asymmetrical tread design features wider outer blocks to elevate traction and grip in the dry. The inner blocks are designed with an increased groove area to improve traction on wet and snow-covered pavements.

The inner blocks are equipped with cross supporting tread blocks that work in unison like a continuous shoulder block to deliver excellent grip and handing in all-season driving. The tire is also equipped with constant contact ribs that increases contact with the road to deliver precise steering and better handling.

Furthermore, the Orange Oil Compound in the Yokohama Tornante is the most durable tire compound that Yokohama has ever created but it has less rolling resistance to increase the tread life and fuel economy of the vehicle as well.

Yokohama Tornante Review: Test Drive

I’m a huge fan of the Mazda 3. I am particularly fond of relatively small and agile compact cars that can handle like a sports car. While my Mazda 3 is bone stock except for the wheels, you will feel the car come alive from the moment you disengage the parking brake and step on the gas pedal.

Dry Traction

I was impressed with the amount of traction on dry roads. The Yokohama Tornante tires will give you the feeling that it can take more power and more abuse from engine and the driver respectively. Initial turn-in was crisp and sharp, and braking distances were relatively short given the speed that I was driving before I stabbed the brake pedal. The steering was spot-on and the chassis felt it can certainly handle more power.

Wet Traction

Wet performance was also pretty impressive, to say the least. The steering was still responsive on wet pavement even as I applied abrupt changes in direction. Braking performance was virtually the same in the dry, and that’s really impressive. I encountered no problems as I applied firm gas pedal pressure on rain-soaked tarmac. My test vehicle was able to successfully navigate a slippery left-hand corner at moderate speed without feeling the tires hunting for traction.

Snow Traction

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to drive the car in the snow. The owner of the Mazda 3 told me the tires were decently able to conquer mild snow. If you throw in a bit of ice or sleet, you are in for challenge.

Comfort

The Mazda 3 is not really known for its supreme ride comfort. However, the Yokohama Tornante gave my test vehicle a smooth and well-controlled ride. The tires were comfortable in the city despite the presence of jarring potholes and road undulations. The tires were also calm on the highway and it allowed me to enjoy some driving music as I drove home after the test drive.

Noise

There was no need for me to pump up the stereo volume as I sped on coarse patches of tarmac. The Yokohama Tornante tires were surprisingly muted at high speeds. But the tire roar was still there, although it wasn’t annoying as before. The owner of the Mazda can attest to that fact. This was par for the course unless I compare the Mazda 3 to the NVH tuning of a Mercedes S-class.

Treadwear

The Yokohama Tornante tires in my test vehicle were purchased over 5 or 6 months ago but the tires were still good as new. I found mild traces of wear on the front tires compared to the rear. I contacted the owner about this, and he told me he forgot to have the tires rotated. He said the tires have been used for approximately 3,000 miles prior to my review and have not been rotated ever since.

Conclusion

Searching for a quality set of all-season performance tires for your car, crossover, or minivan? Consider the Yokohama Tornante. The tires were more than adequate on dry or wet roads and delivered the type of riding comfort that will make you think your car is rolling on a set of more expensive rubber.

Yokohama Geolandar G055 Review

Yokohama Geolandar G055 Review

  • Dry 85%
  • Wet 80%
  • Snow 70%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 85%
  • Treadwear 85%
  • Overall 84%

In my humble opinion, the Yokohama Geolandar G055 is a brilliant choice for street-based crossover vehicles and SUVs. It’s a common fact that you don’t buy a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 to go off-roading in the same way that you don’t wear running sneakers to the corporate office. Fitting all-terrain tires to an SUV that doesn’t go off-roading for most of the time is just a terrible waste of money.

In my humble opinion, the Yokohama Geolandar G055 is a brilliant choice for street-based crossover vehicles and SUVs. It’s a common fact that you don’t buy a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 to go off-roading in the same way that you don’t wear running sneakers to the corporate office. Fitting all-terrain tires to an SUV that doesn’t go off-roading for most of the time is just a terrible waste of money.

However, the argument will be a bit different if you drive a pickup truck or dedicated off-road vehicle. If your SUV or truck is the type of vehicle equipped with lift and leveling kits and chunky wheels, you’ll need the Geolandar A/T G015 for that and NOT the Geolandar G055.

In this review of the Yokohama Geolandar G055, I was excited to find out if this all-season highway-terrain tire can deliver spirited handling and excellent traction despite the rugged genepool. It’s a known fact the Geolandar family of tires from Yokohama are known for their rugged performance and are designed for the adventurous car owner. Let’s see if the tires managed to inject some refinement into the mix, shall we?

Yokohama Geolandar G055 Review: Features

The Yokohama Geolandar G055 is manufactured using Yokohama’s proprietary Orange Oil and Silica Compound. For those who are not familiar with this technology, Orange Oil will improve the tire in terms of all-season grip, fuel economy, and treadlife. My only caveat about this technology is the price. The Geolandar G055 starts at $130 to $140 each, which is at the higher end of the price scale.

But the price is relative since the tire is engineered to deliver better performance than other highway terrain tires. The tire is equipped with four main circumferential zigzag grooves to enhance water evacuation and prevent hydroplaning on slippery wet roads. The treads have transition grooves and notch sipes to create biting edges on wet or snow-covered roads.

Excellent handing is assured courtesy of the full nylon cover that extends across the belts of the tire. This feature will improve high-speed stability and enhanced handling for a more spirited driving experience. The tire is also engineered to deliver a smoother and quieter ride courtesy of the integrated shoulders and the optimized tread profile.

Yokohama Geolandar G055 Review: Test Drive

My test vehicle for this Yokohama Geolandar G055 review is a 2010 Subaru Forester 2.5XT. Yes, it’s the one with the turbocharged 2.5-liter Flat-4 that churns out 224 horsepower via a 4-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive. The Forester was equipped with standard 17-inch wheels and Yokohama Geolandar G055 tires that were acquired six months ago.

I am a huge fan of the Subaru Forester. This is a true sporty crossover that is equipped to handle a bit of off-road driving. I didn’t get a chance to go all out off-roading in this baby, but I managed to wring out the turbocharged motor to the upper limits of the rev limiter.

Dry Traction

I was in awe on how the Subaru Forester managed the twisting roads with minimal body roll. The tires were perfectly in sync with the sporting nature of my test vehicle.

However, I have a single minor complaint: the tires felt a bit stiff when I was turning the wheel to coax the nose of the Forester inside a winding curve. It was almost as if the tires were hesitant to obey my steering commands on fast corners. But in high-speed straight-line driving, the tires felt magnificent.

I may be nitpicking here, but if you’re a sporty driver in an equally sporting SUV then you might be disappointed with the Geolandar G055. In all fairness, the braking was excellent on dry roads.

Wet Traction

It will all depend on the surface conditions and speed. If the roads are merely damp, you can attack the road at higher speeds without compromising the composure and braking of the vehicle. The tires offered average levels of traction and grip on mildly wet roads. But on soaking wet asphalt and tarmac, the tires have a tendency to break traction as you push hard on the pedal or as you aggressively turn the wheel.

Snow Traction

The Yokohama Geolandar G055 are not any better in the snow than in the wet. The tires are only applicable for light snow and nothing else. You better prepare yourself if the roads are covered with sleet or ice because the tires will have a hard time biting the slippery surface.

Comfort

Ride comfort is one of the strongest attributes of the Yokohama Geolandar G055. If you’re the average type of driver, I guess this is all you need to know. Who cares about handling or cornering if the ride is bumpy and uncomfortable, right? You’ll be glad to know the tires were extremely comfortable on the highway, and they’re not bad on pockmarked city roads, either.

Noise

Tire roar and road noise were kept to the bare minimum. The road noise will get a bit louder as you build-up speed on the highway, but it’s not as bad as you might think. If you do a lot of city driving, the tires will not disappoint even on rough concrete or coarse tarmac.

Treadwear

The wear characteristics of the Yokohama Geolandar G055 i9s on the higher-than-average side. The tires on my test vehicle were purchased six months ago and they still looked pretty decent. I gave the tires a closer inspection to search for indications of advanced wear and I found nothing to arouse suspicion.

Conclusion

The Yokohama Geolandar G055 is a sterling choice for owners of sporty crossovers, minivans, and sport-utility vehicles that spend most of their driving on paved roads. There is a rugged nature to the tires that can be a boon when the going gets rough, but this inherent ruggedness is considered a handicap if you demand sporty handling and control.