HS51 225/60/15 - Poor road feel with a heavy car.
These tyres replaced a set of Yoko C-Drive2 that had served very well for some 6 years (the car does very little mileage - tyres replaced due to age not wear!) These Kumho HS51's look good, but don't suit my vehicle! Not the best steering response. They may be causing slightly higher fuel consumption than previously. On a positive note, they do feel to have "good" grip (braking/cornering).
Conclusion: the tyre side-walls are too "soft" and not suitable for my large/heavy car and driving style (i.e. would explain my issue with road feel).
Good tyre but not fuel friendly
Put a set of 18inch rims with 235/45R18 Kumho HS51 tyres on my Camry Hybrid. They replaced 16 inch Toyo NanoEnergy tyres. These Kumho are very quite and have great grip in wet and dry. The have less road feel and are not as responsive as the Toyos. More importantly though, my car now uses significantly more petrol. It has jumped from 5.6 litres per 100km to around 6.6. I always thought that 'low rolling resistance' tyres were just advertising hype but I now know better. Cant comment on wear as have only done about 1000 ks so far.
September 12t...h 2019 Update: Second thoughts on this tyre Previously commented that these tyres had excellent grip, were quiet but produced poor fuel economy in my car. Now that they are a little over half worn, they are extremely noisy. Even my 80 year old father noticed the noise and suggested the tyres were out of round. Will be replacing them soon
Purchased for $600.00.
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