Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Queens NYC
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I have been driving on Sumitomo HTR A/S P01's since 2011 because I am an idiot. I purchased because they were the cheapest tires on Tire Rack. I live in NYC and we have horrendous road conditions. I went through three stock Michelins in 1.5 years thanks to potholes and sidewall bubbles. I finally gave up on them and decided to buy the Sumitomos.
I bought the cheapest tires because I assumed I would be getting sidewall bubbles on a yearly basis and replacing with a cheap tire made more sense to me.
I do not recommend these tires. They are fine in the warm weather, but in winter forget about it. You will slide all over the place. I had many close calls (mostly at stop signs). Since 2011, I have had to replace 3 due to sidewall bubbles. They are obviously not the strongest tire. I can't comment on grip other than I don't notice any negatives in warm weather.
Another note is since I have used these tires, I have bent three stock wheels. Don't know if that's related.
They also are prone to slow leaks.
Overall I have never felt that safe on these tires, but I don't drive on long highway drives much so I'm never going very fast.
So yeah, don't get them. I'm currently saving up for some Continentals or Hankook.
Never used Kumho so I cannot comment on those.