The budget-priced Kumho Ecsta PA31 doesn't skimp much on performance, delivering a "nice blend of road handling and comfort, along with good traction, especially in the wet," say TireRack.com experts. Reviewers say it has good road manners on dry pavement -- with responsive steering and handling -- but really shines in the wet, where it outperforms on cornering and braking. Kumho's six-year, 50,000-mile tread coverage is one of the longest passenger tire warranties.
Extra traction on wet roads. On dry pavement, TireRack.com editors say the Kumho Ecsta PA31 "felt stable and controlled during everyday driving," with responsive steering that's "predictable and reasonably composed during quick maneuvers." After TireRack.com added water to the test track, the Ecsta outperformed the competition, maintaining its grip and stability across the course. Reviewers say its design does a good job shedding water away from the tire to prevent hydroplaning. Owners also say the Ecsta has excellent traction in both wet and dry conditions, though some handling doesn't quite match a competing Michelin tire.
Low tread noise. In comparison to a competing high-performance tire, , TireRack.com editors say, "The ride comfort of the Ecsta PA31 is just a little firmer … while producing less impact noise." The Kumho transmits bumps in the road through to the cabin more than some, but still proves to be more comfortable than average. Most owners are pleased with ride comfort on the Ecsta PA31. "You will be amazed by how quiet and steady your Kumho tires will be on your car," says one reviewer at TireRack.com.
Excellent tread warranty. The Kumho Ecsta PA31 includes a six-year, 30,000-mile warranty on tread life, which is very good for this category and price point. At TireRack.com, owners say its treadwear is one of the best, rating it significantly higher than similar all-season tires from brands like Michelin, Dunlop and Goodyear. The Kumho's rolling resistance isn't quite as low as similar tires, according to TireRack.com experts. They estimate it may use about 20 gallons more fuel (per 15,000 miles) in a year of driving when compared to fuel-efficient brands like Goodyear and Yokohama.
1. Tire Rack
TireRack.com tire experts include four sets of tires that they classify as high-performance all-season: Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season, Kumho Ecsta PA-31, Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 and Yokohama AVID ENVigor. With excellent performance and comfort, Kumho takes first place overall.
Review: Testing High Performance All-Season Tires: Which Tires Can Help Give Your Vehicle Good Handling?, Editors of TireRack.com, Sept. 20, 2013
2. Tire Rack
About 60 owners rate the Kumho Ecsta PA31 here, with feedback compiled in owner reviews and an ongoing customer survey. The Ecsta PA31 has an average rating of 8.14 out of 10, with the highest scores overall in the high-performance all-season category.
Review: Kumho Ecsta PA31, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of April 2014