Owning front and four-wheel drive means you
get to try a lot of tires!
Here's a summary of my experience.
|Tire||Dry Handling||Wet Handling||Ride||Comments||Car|
Yokahama AVS ST
|So far even smoother than the Scorpions||Excellent||Not quite as good looking as the Scorpion but very agressive. Impressive. Ttreadwear 320.||'98 Land Cruiser|
Pirelli Scorpion Zero
|Great for SUV||Not so good in mud||Excellent||Great looking tire that improved handling of our Jeep Grand Cherokee and Land Cruiser. Awesome tread life. Treadwear: 300||'95 Grand Cherokee, '98 Land Cruiser|
Yokohama AVS Sport
|Good, better than pirelli P6000||Good||Good||Got 20,900 miles from set of 6 tires. Treadwear: 180||Audi A6|
|Very Good||Very Good||Acceptable||Forced to quickly replace AVS tires. Purchased from local shop. Nice handling tire, stiff sidewall. Treadwear: 330. Life expectancy: 25,000 miles||Audi A6|
|Mediocre||Mediocre||Good||OEM tire for A6 4.2
Soft sidewall exacerbated body lean. Lasted 22,671 miles. Treadwear:: 180
|Yok AVS Intermediate||Awesome. Best I've had||Same||Harsh||Best tire I've owned. Don't last too long, though||Audi front wheel drive coupe|
|Yok 509||Good. More slip than AVS||Vague in rain||Good||Good all around tire.||Audi front wheel drive coupe|
|Michelin XGT M&S||Weak||Mediocre||Good||These sucked. Lots of roll. Got stuck in snow even when brand new||Audi front wheel drive coupe|
|Goodyear Eagle GT||Good||Good||Good||Good tire for the price||Audi front wheel drive coupe|
|Pirelli P7||Very good||Very good||Harsh||The best looking tire ever? Great deal cause they don't make them any more.||Audi front wheel drive coupe|
|Phoenix Stahlflex||Good||Good||Harsh||Wore out quickly||Honda CRX|
|Michelin MXL||Good but vague||Awful||Good||Tend to plow and push. Dangerous in rain.||Honda CRX|
|Continental CH51||Great||Good||Excellent||Great all-around tire||Honda CRX|
|Riken M&S||Mediocre||Poor||Good||Good in snow, terrible in rain||Audi 4-wheel drive wagon|
|Dunlop A-60's||Good||Very Good||Excellent||Good cruising tire. Very sensitive to PSI changes. Dangerous roll with high PSI.||Audi 4-wheel drive wagon|
The Yokohama AVS Intermediate was far and away the best tire I've ever owned. Great handling in all conditions but they are expensive and don't last forever. The Yokohama 509, Continental CH51 and Dunlop A-60's are rough equals-good, all-purpose tires that are somewhat uninspired. The famous Pirelli P-7 was definitely showing it's age-harsher, clunkier ride than the AVS intermediate with poorer handling, but a great value.