For the same price as some regular all-season tires, reviews say the high-performance Yokohama Avid Envigor offers an extra measure of wet and dry grip -- although it's not the best on snow or ice. In a recent TireRack.com test, the H/V-rated Yokohama beats high-performance all-season tires from Dunlop, Firestone and Goodyear on both wet and dry tracks, and testers find it the quietest and most comfortable, too. Owners who post reviews at TireRack.com place the H/V-rated Yokohama second among performance all-season tires, although they prefer the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S (*Est. $175) on snow and ice.
However, the higher-speed, W-rated version of the Yokohama Avid Envigor gets mixed reviews. In one top test, it does everything (except braking on ice, where it's only fair) just as well as its pricey rivals, even outclassing almost all ultra-high-performance (UHP) all-season tires on wet roads. But when TireRack.com compares it with three other W-rated, UHP all-seasons, the W-rated Yokohama finishes next to last, thanks largely to some noticeable understeer on both wet and dry test tracks. Owners demote the W-rated version to 10th place among UHP all-seasons, finding plenty of competitors -- led by the top-rated Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position (*Est. $185) -- that grip better on wet, dry and especially winter roads.
ConsumerReports.org tests the W-rated version of the Yokohama Avid Envigor, ranking its performance on all road conditions, comfort, tread-wear and more against 19 of its peers. TireRack.com runs separate expert tests on the H/V-rated versions and the higher-speed, W-rated version, with four tire models in each test. Customers at TireRack.com also rate each version separately, based on their real-life experiences with the tires.
Editors here include the W speed-rated version of the Yokohama Avid Envigor in their comparison test of 20 ultra-high-performance all-season tires. Testers judge each tire on wet, dry, snowy and icy roads, with ratings for ride quality, noise, rolling resistance and tread life.
Review: Ultra High Performance All-season Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
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The H- and V-rated Yokohama Avid Envigor takes first place in this expert test, edging out the Dunlop SP Sport Signature and pulling even further ahead of the Firestone and Goodyear contenders, with the best overall wet- and dry-road grip and the quietest, most comfortable ride.
Review: Testing High Performance All-Season Tires, Editors of TireRack.com, July 13, 2011
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The higher-performance W-rated version of the Yokohama Avid Envigor doesn't fare as well against its peers, finishing third out of four tires in this test. Testers say it's "still a well-rounded ultra-high-performance all-season option," but they notice understeer on both the wet and dry test track that they don't find with the winning Kumho Ecsta 4X.
Review: Testing Value-priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires, Editors of TireRack.com, Aug. 5, 2011
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Just like the experts, owners rank the H- and V-rated versions of the Yokohama Avid Envigor better against their peers than the faster W-rated version. Owners at TireRack.com rate the H- and V-rated versions second-best among high-performance all-season tires, while the W-rated version (listed separately) falls to 10th place among ultra-high-performance tires. Both earn excellent or superior in every category except snow and ice grip, where other tires perform better.
Review: Yokohama Avid Envigor (H and V), Contributors to TireRack.com