please note this guide is my opinion and i have been in the tyre industry since 1988. this make it my 17th year in the industry. so i hope i can help you when it comes to buying tyres.
i have come accross all brands and quality.
and i have broken up the score in to 4 catagories. they all score out of ten and then the total is out of 40.
1. is handling in the dry
2. handling in the wet
3. wear and tear
4. cost and value for money
here we go...
size and brand & origin dry wet wear value for money total score
235/45zr17 dunlop sp9000 japan 9 9.5 9 8.5 36
235/45r17 dunlop australia 7 5 5 8 25
235/45r17 goodyear f1 USA 9 9 9 9 36
235/45r17 nankang ns2 7 6 7 8 28
235/45r17 silvertsone evo8 8 8 8 8 32
235/45r17 wanli china 5 5 4 5 19
235/45r17 goodyear australia 7 5 5 7 24
235/45r17 linglong china 5 4 4 3 16
235/45r17 simex 6 6 8 7 27
235/45r17 toyo proxes japsn 9 9 8 8 34
235/45r17 falkens fk452 8 7.5 8 7 30.5
235/45r17 summitomo japan 8.5 8.5 8 8 33
235/45r17 bridgestone so3 japan 9.5 9.5 9 9 37
235/45r17 hankook korea 8.5 8.5 9.5 8.5 35
235/45r17 kumho korea 8 8 7 8 31
235/45r17 nexen n3000 8.5 8.5 8 8 33
235/45r17 maxxis sav1 7 7.5 7 8 29.5
235/45R17 firenza japan 6 6 6 5 23
most of the above i have driven on and usually in the same car,,,,i found that the bridgestone made in japan so3 to be like super clue in the wet and dry,,,,,,,i took my car up RAZOR BACK MOUNTAIN , 6km winding road and the gripped like crazy in the wet and the dry,,,,
i never had the chance to drive on continental or michellin as of yet,,,,but i will try them in the next couple of weeks and let u know,,,,
i found a weird thing that dunlop and goodyear and bridgestone made in AUSTRALIA to be just a waist,not good at all,,,,,,but the same brands made in JAPAN USA AND WEST GERMANY to be just as good as the bridgestones,,,,,
suprising that the only japanese brand that did not make my top list was FIRENZA,,,,,,any worse i thought it would have been made in CHINA,,,,,I thought if it was made in japan it would have rated better,,,,but it seems that they forgot a pinch of salt or something,,,,,,because it was shocking.......a waist of made in JAPAN,,,,,the japanese should try and change that tyre because it ruins all the hard work,,,,,and it makes made in JAPAN a very low standard.....
i found that in the korean brands HANKOOK TO BE EXCELLENT TYRES,,just behind the top two and three and way ahead of the other two KOREAN brands.they are a company on the move and they have come a long way in the last decade,,,absolutley great tyres,,,,,
and then suprising that SILVERSTONE with its EVO 8 to be very very good,,,,,it felt very good and quite save,,,
now to my lowest rated tyres,,,,,
they ended up to be two CHINESE made tyres,,,,,i would rather walk than put them on my car,,,,,,wow i was really scared going up the mountain,,,,,it felt like i was ice skating and i did not know how do it,,,
i might be short on money, but when i need tyres i will not buy them,,,,,,
PLEASE NOTE I AM NOT ASSOCIATED WITH ANY TYRE COMPANY OR BRANDS AND THE ABOVE IS MY OPINION AND I HAVE A RIGHT TO SHARE IT WITH YOU,,,,
I NEVER WORKED FOR ANY OF ABOVE BRANDS,,,,,
I WILL UP DATING THIS REGULAR WHEN I TRY MY NEXT FEW BRANDS,,,,
LIKE 1. MICHELLIN