Recommended 195-60/15 tires?
Everyone seems to agree that the Continental extreme contact DWS are one of the best choices for Foci tires, but they do not come in 195-60/15 . (or am I blind ??) Having said that, for those of us who have the 15" stock rim on a 2010 SE, what do you guys recommend for All Season 195-60/15 tires for the Focus. I've put 60k so far on the stock tires and could easily get 20k more, but these have been terrible in any condition other than hot and dry, and anyone who's driven in Michigan knows that the weather changes every 5 mins. I drive fairly aggressive (it's a stick ;) but I take care of my Focus. Thanks in advance.
I like the Bridgestone RE960
Get at costco when they have the $70 rebate for bridgestones.....
These tend to be the most commonly recommended all season tires (list was compiled by Gavin, Tirerack Sales Consultant on GTI forum). All can be found at Tirerack and many of them are offered in 15" wheel size.
Please note that hardly any of these tires are close to the DWS from a snow handling standpoint, but then again, the DWS is still well behind a dedicated snow tire with regards to foul weather performance. And because many of them are high performance all-seasons, they may sacrifice some mileage (wear) as a tradeoff:
"Inexpensive performance all-season:
General G-Max AS-03 (New-ish tire this year. So far so good)
Kumho Ecsta 4X (New-ish tire this year. So-far so good)
Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (Decent tire, a little sketchy with cold)
Premium performance all-season:
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position (Fantastic tire!)
Continental Extreme Contact DWS (A little soft in the sides, but good cold grip.)
Michelin Pilot Sport AS+ (Very refined ride quality.)
Touring all-season tires will offer decent year-round grip. They are comfort oriented and offer better lifespan. They too are a compromise in performance. I tend to recommend more touring tires to Golfs than GTI's
Inexpensive touring all-season:
General Altimax HP (Best bang for the buck.)
Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
Premium touring all-season:
Michelin Primacy MXM4 (Good ride quality without sacrificing handling too much.)
Bridgestone Turanza Serenity (The best riding tire, but a little disconnected feeling with the road.)"
I can say that I have the Sumitomo HTR's and only got 25,000 out of them. I dont know what they are rated for, but I am unhappy with that. I have to use my car for work, so I bought a set of winter tires also.
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