Yokohama Avid Ascend Review
- Dry 90% 90%
- Wet 80% 80%
- Snow 75% 75%
- Comfort 90% 90%
- Noise 85% 85%
- Treadwear 80% 80%
- Overall 86% 86%
In the world of performance-oriented all-season tires, the Yokohama Avid Ascend is the one that receives a lot of praise. Yokohama made sure the Avid Ascend will retain the excellent all-season handling of a performance tire with the low noise and long wear characteristics of a touring tire. Drivers from all over the world also have praises for the supreme comfort of the tires.
It all sounds good, but there is a minor caveat with the Yokohama Avid Ascend: the price. I guess this will depend on the type of vehicle and the intended application, but you can find a competent set of all-season touring tires for a lower cost compared to the Avid Ascend.
But the price is all relative to the features and performance of the product. In this review of the Yokohama Avid Ascend, I was able to acquire a sporty 2010 Nissan Altima 2.5 S sedan equipped with aftermarket 17-inch wheels. The Yokohama Avid Ascend tires fitted to my test car were only a month old during the time of this review. The owner is a fella in his late thirties who loves to drive fast without giving up space and ride comfort. It seems I have the perfect car for the job.
My test vehicle was slightly modified by the owner. The engine had a nice intake noise courtesy of an aftermarket cold air intake. The car was riding on progressive-rate lowering springs for a more aggressive stance. The wheels looked like they were ready to hit the track.
I asked the owner why he chose the Yokohama Avid Ascend. He was quick to point out the stellar reviews of the tire, particularly the comfort and long tread life. In terms of price, the Avid Ascend is not exactly cheap. Prices start at less than $125 each and are lower than comparable tires from other popular brands.
Yokohama Avid Ascend Review: Features
The Yokohama Avid Ascend is equipped with an optimized tread profile with unique tread block ridges to help reduce tread movement when the tire is in motion. This will enable the tires to perform silently even at high speeds.
The tire is also equipped with deep circumferential grooves and cross grooves to further enhance water evacuation while providing high levels of grip on slippery or icy roads. The adaptive 3D sipes are designed to increase the rigidity of the blocks to promote even tire wear and enhanced all-season traction.
The Yokohama Avid Ascend takes it a step further by adding a tapered center rib to enhance the stability and steering feel of your vehicle. The tire also benefits from a multi-pitch tread design that utilizes variable shaped tread blocks to cancel out tire roar at high speeds.