Who but Yokohama can come up with a brilliant all-season tire designed for ultra-high performance driving? In this review of the Yokohama Advan Sport A/S, I will discuss why this tire is considered one of the best all-season tires for performance cars and sporty crossovers.
It seems like Yokohama pulled all the stops to create a tire that combines all-season traction with excellent handling and a comfortable ride. And for what it’s worth, that is not an easy feat. Elevating the levels of traction will often result in a noisy and uncomfortable ride, not to mention faster wear characteristics as well. But not the Yokohama Advan Sport A/S.
But of course, everything comes at a price. Literally. If you’re searching for the best value-oriented sporty tire, it is better to look elsewhere. And while the Advan Sport A/S is not the most expensive tire in the Yokohama Advan family, a set of these tires will easily cost upwards of $600 to $800.
But considering the fact it is the only all-season tire in Yokohama’s ultra-high performance Advan range, you ultimately get what you pay for.
What vehicles will fit the Yokohama Advan Sport A/S?
This tire may seem like an ordinary all-season tire, but it bears the Advan name. What this means is exceptional handling in wet or dry roads along with superior ride comfort and a longer wear life. This tire is perfect for fast sedans, sports coupes, and sporty crossovers such as the Lexus IS and GS, Maserati Levante, BMW 3 and 5 Series, Kia Stinger, and even the Tesla Model S.
But this tire is also ideal for midsize family sedans like Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Subaru Impreza. The Yokohama Advan Sport A/S is sold in 17” to 20” diameters and is designed for a wide array of high-performance applications.
Does it perform like a true Yokohama Advan?
If you like fast cars, you are probably familiar with the Yokohama AdvanNeovaAD08R. That tire propelled Yokohama to fame in the performance-tuning category. The Yokohama Advan Sport A/S is a milder and more economical version of the AdvanNeova. But the short answer is yes. This tire handles like a true Advan in my book.
What are the features of the Yokohama Advan Sport A/S?
The tire is constructed using an advanced tread compound that grips like mad but still offers exceptional wear resistance. The asymmetric tread design enhances all-season performance while the serpentine straight grooves and wavy sipes are designed to enhance handling and grip on wet and snowy pavement.
Handling is enhanced courtesy of the extra-large performance shoulder blocks. This feature will also improve steering response and cornering. The treads also come with large 2-in1 blocks to further enhance vehicle stability in the dry.
Did you notice the 4-pitch tread variation along the face of the tire? This feature utilizes varying tread blocks that are designed to reduce road noise. And with an optimized contact patch that equalizes pressure distribution along the treads, you can also expect longer treadlife.
How does the tire feel on dry pavement?
It’s not dry traction that excites me with the Yokohama Advan Sport A/S. It’s the stability at high speeds. The tire feels it can handle more power and weight. It delivers exceptional traction and grip to improve handling and cornering. But it excels in pushing you to drive faster and go harder, and it does it without upsetting the refinement and composure of your vehicle.
Is it good for wet and snow-covered roads?
Yes, absolutely. The tire can simply roll over standing water and deeper puddles on the highway. You know, the type where the steering will suddenly veer to either left or right as the tires hunt for traction? You’ll get none of that. The serpentine straight grooves can easily evacuate water from the treads to maintain higher levels of grip on slippery wet roads. The wavy sipes on the treads will also ensure a consistent bite on the road surface.
Those attributes are also responsible for the snow performance of the Yokohama Advan Sport A/S. This tire can perform better in the snow than an ordinary set of all-season tires, and that’s not surprising at all! But don’t expect a sporty tire to handle deep snow or thick ice.
It is rare for a tire to offer great handling and strong traction in the dry while still remaining unperturbed over slippery roads.
How about comfort and wear?
The Yokohama Advan Sport A/S has the comfort levels of a touring tire. In fact, it is better than ordinary touring tires. This tire can glide smoothly even when faced with nasty bumps. Deeper potholes and road undulations are handled with poise and confidence, but you’ll still hear muted thumping sounds if you do so.
But the tire is not only comfortable. It can also roll silently even at higher-than average speeds. The wear characteristics are also admirable given the higher levels of grip. Yokohama is offering the Advan Sport A/S with a 30-day trial satisfaction guarantee and a 50,000-mile limited warranty on W and Y speed rated variations.
Should I buy the Yokohama Advan Sport A/S?
If you have a fast car or SUV, why not? The Yokohama Advan Sport A/S is many times more comfortable than a performance touring tire. It can also propel vehicle handling and stability into a much higher level for better driving enjoyment.
Perhaps my only problem with the Yokohama Advan Sport A/S is the price. But for the amount of performance you get, I seriously think this tire is a veritable bargain in the ultra-high performance category. This tire is extremely capable without disrupting ride comfort and refinement.
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