Handling and Noise
There’s no question tires are an expensive purchase. With famous name brand tires, you basically get what you pay for. However, this rule doesn’t apply to affordable tire brands. While there are cheap tires that can offer superb levels of traction with minimal tire wear, durability is the biggest issue. In most cases, cheap tires will offer acceptable levels of all-weather performance and durability. But with the OHTSU FP7000 tires, you get excellent all-season traction from a performance touring tire at a lower price than most.
In this OHTSU FP7000 tire review, we’ll go deeper on what makes this tire an excellent choice for compact cars, sedans, and small crossovers. This review will also tackle the characteristics of the OHTSU FP7000 in wet, dry, and snowy roads.
OHTSU FP7000 Tire Review: Who is this tire for?
In this tire review, the OHTSU FP7000 is an affordable performance touring tire for all-season driving. It is equipped with a non-directional tread pattern and a continuous center rib. The tread pattern is sportier than other touring tires to give your vehicle a more aggressive and performance-oriented look. The tire comes with larger outside shoulder blocks to enhance braking, cornering, and handling.
The larger tread blocks and the deep lateral grooves are engineered to offer superb traction on dry surfaces with enhanced grip on wet roads. The tire also comes with high-volume circumferential grooves to further improve handling in rainy or mild snowy weather.
In terms of durability, the OHTSU FP7000 is constructed with dual steel belts. This enables the tire carcass to deliver high-levels of strength and flexibility even when carrying heavy loads. With that in mind, the OHTSU FP7000 is also applicable to larger vehicles such as minivans and small crossover SUVs.
The OHTSU FP7000 has a speed rating of H, V, and W. And since it’s a touring tire, you can expect a hushed and silent ride with minimal tire roar on smooth highways. It also provides long-distance comfort without penalizing sharp handling and strong braking.
Tire evaluation in different conditions
Let’s see how the tires will perform under various driving conditions.
You won’t have much to complain on dry roads. The OHTSU FP7000 tires offered high levels of grip while giving the steering a sharper and more precise response. Rolling with these tires in low or medium speeds will reveal a surprisingly refined ride with loads of traction and grip. But it’s a different story at higher speeds. Even though the OHTSU FP7000 is a performance-oriented touring tire, you’ll need a better set of ultra-high performance tires if you are looking for superior high-speed stability. But for normal driving applications on dry roads, the OHTSU FP7000 tires can do no wrong.
All-season touring tires are engineered to perform well on both wet and dry pavements. In this regard, the OHTSU FP7000 gets a higher than average score. If you consider the amount of grip on wet surfaces at low or medium speeds, the OHTSU FP7000 offers confident handling and good braking. I was able to bring the vehicle to a full stop without any fuss or drama. But travelling on a wet highway at high speeds will require a firmer hand on the steering and quicker reflexes. Driving on wet roads at average speeds felt stable. It will take a lot of prodding to push the tires to the limits of adhesion on wet roads, and that’s high praise for an affordable tire.
All-season tires are also designed to perform well over light snow. The OHTSU FP7000 tires felt so-so over snowy roads. The rubber can hunt for traction as long as the pavement is not covered with inches of snow, but driving over icy roads is fine as long as you traverse slowly using judicial throttle inputs. If snow performance is on top of the agenda, I suggest a better set of snow tires.
Performance touring tires are primarily intended to deliver adequate comfort, and the same can be said for the OHTSU FP7000. The tires rolled smoothly over undulated pavement and they behaved like a premium tire at average speeds. The tires also rode comfortably over pockmarked city streets.
It goes saying the OHTSU FP7000 tires can handle a bit of gravel and sand, and that’s about it. It can motivate the vehicle over mildly rough terrain as long as you drive slowly. But if you’re thinking about supreme off-road performance, you’re barking at the wrong tree. This tire is primarily designed for on-road driving, and it excels mightily at that.
Handling and Noise
Those larger shoulder blocks and continuous center rib will ensure safe and predictable handling in both wet and dry roads. This tire is not designed for ultra-high performance driving, so it’s best to curb your expectations if you have a properly sporty sedan or coupe. But at low to average highway speeds, the OHTSU FP7000 will give your vehicle a nice balance between sharp handling and ride comfort.
In terms of road noise, this tire has a split personality. It cruises quietly at low to average speeds, but you can expect more tire roar at higher speeds. It’s not the quietest tire in this category, but it’s not the worst, either. In fact, I was surprised at the overall refinement of the OHTSU FP7000 considering the affordable price tag.
The Bottom Line
The OHTSU FP7000 tire review is a good choice for a decent set of all-season touring tires. It offers high levels of traction and grip on wet and dry pavements while still offering decent performance over icy or slippery roads.
I must admit the OHTSU FP7000 is not as silent as high-priced touring tires, but it manages to offer great handling and a comfortable ride without burning a hole in your pocket. It also happens to have a sportier tread design compared to other cheap Chinese brand tires. However, road noise might become an issue if you do a lot of high-speed driving.
If your compact sedan, sports coupe, minivan, or crossover deserves a nice set of touring tires for all-season driving, consider the value proposition of the OHTSU FP7000.
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