The Hankook Optimo H727 performs just as well as the top-rated Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season (*Est. $150) in one leading test, showing no real weakness on any road condition and even outperforming the pricier TripleTred on snow and ice. Owners agree that the Optimo more than holds its own on real-life winter roads, plowing through 4 to 6 inches of snow according to some user reports -- but they rate the TripleTred All-Season higher on wet and dry roads. Experts at TireRack.com agree: In a head-to-head test, they find that the Goodyear handles more crisply and grips better on wet and dry pavement than the Hankook. The Optimo H727 carries an even longer tread-life warranty than the TripleTred All-Season (100,000 miles versus 70,000 to 80,000 miles), but the TripleTred All-Season's government tread-wear rating is slightly higher than the Optimo H727's, although both are very high (740 versus 700).
Two retail websites -- TireRack.com and 1010Tires.com -- have attracted a healthy number of owner reviews for the Hankook Optimo H727. ConsumerReports.org includes the Optimo H727 in its latest comparison test of 26 all-season tires, and TireRack.com comparison-tests it against three other tires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publishes tread-wear, traction and heat-resistance ratings for the Optimo H727 and most other tires on the market.
ConsumerReports.org ranks the Hankook Optimo H727 against 25 other all-season tires based on rigorous testing on all road surfaces -- dry, wet, snowy and icy -- as well as tests of noise, ride comfort and tread life.
Review: All-Season Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Tire Rack
The Hankook Optimo H727 finishes last among the four all-season tires in this shootout. It delivers a "very soft ride," but it doesn't handle as precisely or grip as tightly -- especially on wet roads -- as the others in the test.
Review: Testing the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season, Editors of TireRack.com, July 26, 2011
Government-mandated tire tread-wear, traction and heat-resistance ratings are listed here by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Hankook Optimo H727 earns a high wear rating of 700, an A for traction on wet pavement (the maximum rating is AA) and a B for heat resistance.
Review: Tire Rating Lookup, Editors of SaferCar.gov
4. Tire Rack
With more than 330 reviews posted, the Hankook Optimo H727 rates as owners' favorite standard touring all-season tire here. It gets excellent to superior ratings on dry, wet, snowy and icy roads, as well as for ride comfort, quietness and tread wear.
Review: Hankook Optimo H727, Contributors to TireRack.com
Almost 40 owners had rated the Hankook Optimo H727 at this Canadian retail site when we checked. The tire earns at least 4 stars (out of 5) in most categories -- dry and wet roads, handling, comfort and noise -- with just under 4 stars for snow driving and tread wear.
Review: Hankook Optimo H727, Contributors to 1010Tires.com