Kumho Ecsta PA31 Review

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Kumho Ecsta PA31 Review
Bottom Line

For a tire that offers first-class handling for a great value, the Kumho Ecsta PA31 is a well-rounded choice, reviewers say. It ranks highly for ride quality and low tread noise in professional tire reviews and doesn't lose any performance on wet pavement. It's one of the longest lasting in its class and includes a six-year, 50,000-mile warranty.

ProsGreat value, Excellent tire warranty, Long tread lifeConsSlips a little for dry handling

Breaking it down

Performance

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. The Kumho's rolling resistance isn't quite as low as similar tires, however. TireTrack.com estimates that these tires may cause your car to 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.

Comfort

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, and a number remark upon what a terrific upgrade the Kumho was for them, even compared to pricier tires they've owned in the past.

Durability

Excellent tread warranty. The Kumho Ecsta PA31 includes a six-year, 50,000-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.

Our Sources

1. Tire Rack

Testing High Performance All-Season Tires: Which Tires Can Help Give Your Vehicle Good Handling?, Editors of TireRack.com, Sept. 20, 2013

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 is a good choice for a wide variety of road conditions.

2. Tire Rack

Kumho Ecsta PA31, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of September 2016

Around 260 owners rate the Kumho Ecsta PA31 here, with feedback compiled in owner reviews and an ongoing customer survey. The Ecsta PA31 has an overall rating of 3.8 stars out of 5, ranking third of 16 in the high-performance all-season category.

3. TreadDepot.com

Kumho Ecsta PA31, Contributors to TreadDepot.com, As of September 2016

The Kumho Ecsta PA31 earns an overall score of about 4.5 stars out of 5 in nearly 95 reviews. Many say this tire is a great value, and performs better than more well-known tires that they have upgraded from.

4. Amazon.com

Kumho Ecsta PA31 Performance Radial Tire - 205/55R16 91V, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2016

This size of the Kumho Ecsta PA31 tire gets 4 stars out of 5 in nearly two dozen reviews. Other sizes, but with many fewer reviews, do equally well elsewhere in the site.