The Yokohama Avid Ascend is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, all season tire
models like the Avid Ascend are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Handling includes how well the tires gripped in an avoidance maneuver involving a swerve into the left lane and back into the right lane; dry and wet cornering grip; and subjective steering feel.
About This Brand
Yokohama is a Japanese company with a global presence. Its North America headquarters are in southern California. Targeting performance enthusiasts, Yokohama tires place emphasis on handling and dry and wet grip. Its tires reflect this focus, our testing shows. Generally, we find that Yokohama tires are a good choice for consumers who live where winter driving is not a factor.
Features & Specs - Yokohama Avid Ascend
Speed rating Speed rating. This letter denotes the maximum sustainable speed and is found directly after the load index. For S-speed-rated tires, it's 112 mph; for T, 118 mph. Speed ratings for other tires include Q, 99 mph; H, 130 mph; V, 149 mph; and Z, 150 mph plus. While such speeds may seem wildly impractical, tires with higher speed ratings tend to provide better handling at legal speed limits. Choose tires that have a speed rating at least as high as the one specified on your vehicle's placard.
Treadwear warranty Commonly used by tire manufacturers to market tires, the warranty describes the typical tread life of the tire. Consumers should view the warranty an indicator of tread life only. Actual mileage will vary with vehicle type, driving style, road, and weather conditions, just to name a few variables. Nearly all treadwear warranties are based on pro-rated amount based on the usable tread worn off the tire.
UTQG treadwear UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG treadwear, an index developed by the government, compares a tire's tread life with that of a reference tire graded at 100. A tire with a grade of 300 is predicted to last three times as long as one graded at 100. Treadwear grades are just one indicator of tread life, but actual tire life will vary due to a number of factors including road conditions, driving habits, vehicle, and maintenance.
UTQG traction UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG traction indicates the tire's ability to stop on a wet surface with Government grades of AA, A, B, C, from best to worst.
UTQG temperature UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG temperature indicates the tire's ability to resist heat build-up under test conditions with Government grades of A, B, C, from best to worst.
Mine have 64,000 miles and still have tread left; expect to get nearly 70,000 miles on them. More than makes up for higher initial price. Last mile of my drive was a rough unpaved road, too. Gas mileage improved by 5% for no other apparent reason. Wet traction much, much better than on previous, cheap set. Already put these on my wife's car as well. Safety, tread life, gas mileage all great. Have no idea why others had negative reviews-and, no, I have no ties to Yokohama other than being a satisfied buyer.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Concerned Dad
from Melbourne, Fl
Poor Tread Life!
I purchased the Yokohama Avid Ascend for a Nissan Quest van 2013. The van is driven approximately 20K miles per year.<br /><br />The van is driven conservatively, as we are typically driving kids back and forth to school. Maintenance is performed on a regular basis.<br /><br />The Yokohama Avids were marketed as a 75K mile tire. After driving 31K miles on the Yokohamas, the tires were declared unsafe to drive on by two separate Tire retail outlets. One Tire outlet stated that tread wear was balanced across the tires, but tires are worn out.<br /><br />Do not recommend purchasing.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Logan, UT
Poor tread life
We had to replace these tires on our 2005 Prius due to wear after just 23,000 miles. Apparently tread wear ratings are meaningless.