Handling and Noise
The Falken Sincera SN250 is classified as an all-season performance touring tire. This means it performs well in wet, dry, and snowy weather while giving your vehicle class-leading comfort. Hybrid tires are the all the rage these days. If tire makers want to sell well, the tires will have to be equipped with many features and shared capabilities. It’s not enough the tire should have high levels of wet and dry grip, but the rubber should be pliable enough to remain comfortable while having a longer tread life.
And it seems Falken hit the jackpot with the Sincera SN250. Making the deal much sweeter is the standard 80,000/75,000-mile limited treadlife warranty. This tire is available in 63 sizes and is applicable for a wide range of sedans, sport coupes, small crossovers, and minivans. Best of all, the Falken Sincera SN250 comes at a friendly price. And that’s a relief considering other branded tires will cost you an arm and a leg.
The primary reason for choosing the Falken Sincera SN250 are comfort and tread wear. This is, after all, a touring performance tire to begin with. But is this tire all about comfort and nothing more? That’s what you’re about to find out in this Falken Sincera SN250 review.
Falken Sincera SN250 A/S Review: Who is this tire for?
Falken made it clear. The Sincera SN250 A/S tire is engineered to deliver exhilarating performance, class-leading durability, and superb ride comfort. The tire is equipped with strategically-placed tread blocks to reduce tire roar at high speeds.
It is constructed using Falken’s proprietary Dynamic Range Technology. It utilizes an exclusive silica tread compound that allows the rubber to remain pliable at extremely low temperatures. The compound is also resilient in high temperatures, which makes the Sincera SN250 A/S a sterling choice for all-season driving.
It also comes with a symmetrical rib design with angled tread grooves on every rib to offer maximum grip in icy or snowy roads. The solid center rib ensures excellent handling and response while the wide circumferential grooves will ensure lasting grip over wet or slushy roads.
Tire evaluation in different conditions
Let’s see how the tires will perform under various driving conditions.
The Falken Sincera SN250 A/S is a touring tire, so don’t expect much in terms of extreme grip on dry roads. But I’m not saying this tire is not good in the dry. In fact, it is better than other cheap tires in the market. It offers marginal levels of traction at low to medium speeds.
You’ll need to be an experienced driver to motivate this tire over tight corners at higher speeds. This is not a sporty tire to begin with, but the trade-off is worth it. If you have a fast car or if you like to drive aggressively most of the time, you should look into the Falken Azenis instead of the SN250 A/S.
During my time testing the Falken Sincera SN250 A/S, I found out it performs a bit better in the wet than in the dry, provided you are travelling within the speed limit. Going full speed on a drenched public highway is irresponsible anyway, so why take the chance? If you really push in the wet, the Falken Sincera SN250 A/S will squeal as it finds the necessary traction. But then again, you won’t find this tire lacking for everyday driving.
The biggest surprise is driving in the snow. The Falken Sincera SN250 A/S makes good use of those angled tread grooves and 3D Canyon sipes to find the required amount of grip on slippery roads. Even driving over packed ice is devoid of any fuss or drama. However, don’t expect the tires to perform well when driving over deep snow. You’ll need a proper set of snow tires or all-terrain tires for demanding terrain.
If comfort is your top priority in a new set of tires, the Falken Sincera SN250 A/S is ready to oblige. It doesn’t matter if you’re driving fast or slow, or if you’re traversing city streets or smooth highways. This tire is extremely comfortable, and that’s pretty impressive. I have tested a ton of tires in the past, but the Falken Sincera SN250 A/S is one of the most comfortable I tested so far. This is high praise indeed considering the low price.
Handling and Noise
Handling is slightly above average over other cheap tire brands. Like I previously mentioned above, the Falken Sincera SN250 provides acceptable levels of traction on dry and wet roads, but don’t expect much in terms of sporty driving. But the redeeming factor of the tire in terms of handling is the steering feel. Unlike other touring tires, the Falken Sincera SN250 gave my ride a more precise and accurate steering feel.
But how about the road noise? The Falken Sincera SN250 tires are excellent. The tires are whisper-quiet at low speeds, and only very little tire roar crept in as I sped on the highway. Of course, this will also have something to do with the NVH characteristics of your vehicle. But for what it’s worth, it is hard to find a cheap tire that doesn’t drone at higher than average speeds.
The Bottom Line
There are many reasons for choosing the Falken Sincera SN250 over other tire brands. These tires are not only affordable and easy on the pocket. It also happens to offer class-leading comfort and refinement. And it’s hard to find an affordable all-season touring tire that can hack it over snow or light mud.
I think this is one of the best touring tires you can buy today, provided that you’re not searching for advanced grip and traction in high-speed driving.
The Falken Sincera SN250 may not offer the grip or sporty handling of an ultra-high performance tire, but it can certainly roll in silence for a more relaxing drive. As if all of these are not enough, Falken is even throwing in a sterling limited treadwear warranty for each tire.
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