Tests show that the Yokohama Avid TRZ doesn't perform as well as the top all-season tires, especially on snow and ice. Although the Avid TRZ carries an 80,000-mile tread-wear warranty, some owners report that it wears out faster than they had hoped. Some owners find it noisy. In this price range, experts prefer the Hankook Optimo H727 (*Est. $90) for long tread wear (it has a 100,000-mile warranty) and good all-season performance, even on winter roads.
Professional review organizations prefer to test fun-to-drive performance tires rather than staid all-seasons, but we did find a thorough test of the Yokohama Avid TRZ at ConsumerReports.org. SaferCar.gov is a valuable source for tread-wear, traction and heat-resistance ratings for more than 2,400 tires. TireRack.com is the best place to find owner-written reviews of the Yokohama Avid TRZ; another retail site, 1010Tires.com, has attracted far fewer reviews.
ConsumerReports.org ranks the Yokohama Avid TRZ against other all-season tires, based on objective tests and ratings. Editors also recommend certain tires as the best buys for specific priorities: long tread life, all-weather handling and driving in all conditions except ice.
Review: Ratings: All-Season Tires, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Consumers can review government-mandated tread-wear, traction and heat-resistance ratings here. The Yokohama Avid TRZ gets a high wear rating, 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
3. Tire Rack
More than 1,600 owners have posted ratings for the Yokohama Avid TRZ at this retail tire site, awarding it the third-highest average scores of any standard touring all-season tire. However, some owners say the tire wore out faster than they expected, and other tires perform better on deep snow and ice.
Review: Yokohama Avid TRZ, Contributors to TireRack.com
More than 100 owners rated the Yokohama Avid TRZ at this Canadian retail site, giving it high marks for dry and wet performance and handling, with lower scores for snow performance, comfort, noise and tread wear.
Review: Yokohama Avid TRZ, Contributors to 1010Tires.com