Yokohama YK-HTX Review & Rating
- Dry 95% 95%
- Wet 90% 90%
- Snow 80% 80%
- Comfort 90% 90%
- Noise 90% 90%
- Treadwear 85% 85%
- Overall 90% 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.