Welcome to this review of the Kumho Solus TA11! This tire is designed for performance all-season driving. The Kumho Solus TA11 is unique as it offers solid all-weather traction with the elevated comfort levels of a touring tire.
Does this sound too good to be true? Hardly. In order for tires nowadays to succeed, the rubber should have multifaceted capabilities. Long gone are the days when tires are just a one-trick pony. This how the Kumho Solus TA11 manages to excel.
It may be a bit more costly than the norm, but as with all products that demand more money upfront, you get what you pay for in the Kumho Solus TA11. Don’t let the plebian asymmetric tread design fool you. It may look simple, but this tire offers better wet and dry performance than other performance tires equipped with aggressive tread designs.
What are the features of the Kumho Solus TA11?
The Kumho Solus TA11 is constructed from a dual-silicone tire compound. It is formulated to dissipate heat faster than other silica-based rubber. This means better fuel economy, longer tire wear, and excellent grip in dry, wet, or snowy roads.
The tire also benefits from Kumho’s patented Escot casing that offers solid durability with excellent shock-absorbing capabilities. The Escot casing is also responsible for the enhanced comfort of the tires.
The asymmetric tread design is complimented by a rounded shoulder to improve the steering, handling, and stability of your vehicle. This tire also increases the contact patch by a marginal amount for better high-speed traction and grip. The treads also come with numerous waffle sipes to effectively grip or bite over snow and wet roads. There are four deep center grooves to channel water and slush away from the treads to offer consistent grip.
What vehicles are ideal for this tire?
Kumho is offering the Solus TA11 in sizes ranging from 13” all the way to 18”. This means the tire is ideal for a wide array of vehicle applications. The Kumho Solus TA11 is a brilliant choice for the Mazda 6, Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord, Ford Focus, and Hyundai Sonata. It is also ideal for entry-level luxury cars or full-size sedans such as the Toyota Avalon or Lincoln Town Car.
The Kumho Solus TA11 is also good for minivans such as the Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Town and Country, Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, Dodge Grand Caravan, Kia Sedona, and Kia Carnival.
But if you have a small crossover SUV, the Kumho Solus TA11 has you covered as well. It remains a solid choice for the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Kia Soul, Nissan Rogue, and Hyundai Santa Fe.
How is the dry performance?
The Kumho Solus TA11 feels like a high-performance tire in the dry. The tire can deliver enormous amounts of grip, accurate steering feel, and better handling at normal to average speeds. You will only find the grip lacking in high-speed and ultra-high performance applications. But for everyday driving, the Kumho Solus TA11 will definitely ride to the challenge.
Is it ideal for wet weather driving?
Yes! The Kumho Solus TA11 is able to deliver massive amounts of grip over wet or slippery road surfaces. Credit goes to the tiny waffle sipes on the tread blocks. Those sipes are quite numerous and will literally bite over the road surface to find solid traction when you need it most.
Can it handle snowy weather?
Absolutely. In fact, the Kumho Solus TA11 is a better tire in the snow than your average all-season tire. A large majority of the features in this tire are engineered to enhance the grip levels over wet, icy, or snowy roads. Of course, we’re only talking about light to moderate snowfall. If you live in places with harsh winters, only snow tires or all-season tires will be able to find grip over deep layers of icy snow.
Is it comfortable and refined?
Oh yes! The Kumho Solus TA11 has the DNA of a touring tire. It offers superior comfort on the highway and it’s not bad in city driving either. The unique Escot casing of the tire acts like a flexible shock absorber. This enables the tires to confidently roll over potholes and major road undulations without upsetting the occupants in the cabin. In terms of ride comfort, the Kumho Solus TA11 is one of the best considering the budget-friendly price.
And it’s not only comfortable. It is also quieter than a cheaper set of all-season rubber. The tire can roll silently at low to average speeds. But if you really push it, the road noise will increase as you reach higher speeds.
Is it an economical choice?
Remember when I said the Kumho Solus TA11 has the wonderful merits of a touring tire? In terms of wear, this tire is actually better than a proper set of touring rubber. Proof of this is the standard 75,000-mile mileage warranty. Not all tires can deliver impressive all-weather traction while still having lower wear characteristics. It seems the Kumho Solus TA11 has all the bases covered!
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Should I buy the Kumho Solus TA11?
Yes, definitely. The price alone should merit attention, but the Kumho Solus TA11 can offer more than just being a budget-friendly alternative. It is capable of offering massive traction and grip on wet, snowy, or dry roads. It is comfortable in both city and highway diving. It is relatively quiet and can even last longer than the competition. It even has a cool sidewall design to add a sporty vibe in your car or minivan.
My only gripe with this tire is high-speed handling and performance. In straight-line driving, the Kumho Solus TA11 is a revelation. But if you have a fast car that demands higher grip levels, you should look more into purchasing a set of ultra-high performance all-season rubber. The same goes if sharper handling and faster cornering is your priority in a new set of tires.
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