As people look to save money on tires without skimping on quality, companies like Kumho Tire, USA, Inc manufacture tires for passenger cars and tires for light trucks and SUVs. What are the latest Kumho tire reviews and does this Korean-based tire company make an affordable and durable tire?
About Kumho Tires
Kumho Tire first started as Samyang Tire in Korea in 1960. By the late 1970s, Samyang Tire had formed a relationship with UniRoyal tires and by 1996, the company changed its name to Kumho Tire Company, Ltd.
A division of Kumho Tire Company, Ltd is Kumho Tire USA, Inc, which is headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, California with a sales office in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Kumho tire distribution plants can be found in McDonough, Georgia, New Lenox, Illinois, South Brunswick, New Jersey, Groveport, Ohio and Grapevine, Texas.
Kumho Tire Reviews
With a promise of advanced technology combined with affordability, Kumho Tires also delves into the eco-conscious tire, including tires for electric vehicles, synthetic rubber with a lower CO2 content, and Policyclic Aromatics Hydrocarbons (PAH)-free tires. Here's quick look at some Kumho tire reviews:
Passenger and Touring Reviews
Kumho makes tires for sedans, crossovers, luxury cars, and minivans. All of these are included in their passenger and touring offerings. They include the Solus and the Ecsta. Passenger tire reviews are courtesy of TireRack.
Solus Tire Reviews
The Solus lineup includes the KH14, KR21, HP4 PLUS, and the KH16 models. Most customers were impressed with the affordability of Kumho tires. Consumer reviews for the KH14 were low and most people noticed noise and a bumpy ride. Other consumers saw enormous tread wear at only 10,000 miles. The KR21 model fared better and customers were impressed with the improved mileage performance, a smoother ride, and less tread wear. The KR21 was also noticeably better in hydroplaning situations. The HP4 PLUS tire had mixed reviews. Some were happy with snow driving performance yet felt the tread wear was low. Others said they offered a smooth ride, while still others complained of hydroplaning issues in wet weather conditions. Finally, for the KH16 model even though they are designed as an all-weather tire, owners complained of slippage on icy roads and the need to replace them at only 20,000 miles.
Ecsta Tire Reviews
Passenger and touring tires in the Ecsta line up include the MX, the SPT, the ASX, and the LX Platinum. The MX tire had bad reviews for noise but came up high in cruising and road tracking. The SPT tires fared poorly in consumer reviews with low tread wear and stability problems. Some owners immediately replaced the tires, feeling they were too dangerous. The ASX tire was less noisy and offered better traction, but did not do well in extreme weather conditions and tread wear loss was an issue. Of all the Kumho tires, the LX Platinum passenger tire fared the best. People were happy with traction, noise, and tread wear and committed to buying the LX Platinum again.
Light Truck and SUV Reviews
Models in the Kumho light truck and SUV line include the Road Venture and the Ecsta SXT. All of the Kumho tires in the light truck and SUV category are geared toward all-weather driving conditions.
Road Venture Tire Reviews
The Road Venture lineup includes the AT KL78 and the APT KL51. The AT KL78 tire offered poor tread wear at only 20,000 miles and most felt these tires noisy, with little traction in all weather conditions. The APT KL51 tires were smoother, quieter, and performed better in wet weather conditions. Most consumers were pleased with the APT KL51's performance and tread wear.
Ecsta SXT Tire Reviews
Also branded as an all-weather tire, the Ecsta SXT had mixed reviews. Some said they noticed noises and the tire's ability to pick-up small stones. Others were happy with the tread wear (up to 40,000 miles) and felt they performed well in all-weather conditions, including snow and ice. Overall, most said that although the tread seemed fine, they noticed cracking near the sidewall, which became a concern for potential repeat buyers.
Kumho Tire Warranty
Kumho Tire USA, Inc offers a Warranty Policy on their website that is confusing due to a tread wear rating conversion chart. Credits or returns on the tires are based on a mathematical formula that is hard for the average consumer to comprehend. It is suggested you read the warranty and ask questions when purchasing Kumho tires so you have a clear understanding of how the warranty works. When buying Kumho tires, make sure to save your receipts.
You can find a Kumho dealer by visiting the Where to Buy section on their website and entering your zip code.
Kumho automobile tires reviews are mixed, but for the price of these tires, it's best to consider how much driving you do and where you do it. Kumho tires did better on city streets than on highways. If you choose to buy a Kumho tire, make sure you understand their warranty policy.