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Kia Sportage Tires
It seems to me that auto manufacturers can often be completely stupid when it comes to the tires they slap on their new vehicles. The '05 Honda Element I just traded in for my new '07 I4 5spd 4x4 Sportage came with a set of tires [Goodyear Wranglers] so unsuited to the truck that I gave up on them after only 10,000 miles. For some vehicles tire choice is not so important, but for an SUV style car, it really has to be right.
I've already read plenty of moans about the BF Goodrich rubber Kia puts on some Sportages, so I was happy to see that neither of the trucks I bought last week [yes, I bought 2 [TWO] Sportages last week - see other thread] have BF's on....
The 4x4 I have has Kumho Ecsta HP4 716 tires, and
the 4x2 has Hankook Optimo H418
So far, the Kumhos have performed well in the slush and snow, which is a nice surprise considering that they have some pretty poor ratings for winter weather at tirerack.com.
My wife is driving the 4x2 with the Hankooks, so can't comment on those tires yet - but tirerack reviewers seem positive for the most part.
Anyone here got any thoughts? Should I expect any problems with these tires on my new trucks?
Have a blessed and happy Christmas, and drive safe!