The Firestone Champion HR is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, performance all season tire
models like the Champion HR 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.
Features & Specs - Firestone Champion HR
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.
Had these put on my 03 vw jetta and was impressed the minute i got on the road. These tires ride very smoothly and quietly. This is my 3rd set of tires on this car, the first 2 sets were Goodyear Eagles from the factory which I replaced with Michelin Primacy when the time came. I was shocked that these Firestone Champion HRs ride smoother and quieter than either the Michelins or the Goodyears! Last time I bought Firestones was in the 60's. I'm glad I tried them again! And the best part- these tires are on the low end of the price range!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Worst Tire I've Ever Had
I had these tires about a year and a half. I bought 4 and About 6 months after receiving the tires, the rear driver side tire shredded while on the highway. 6 months after that, same thing happens to the rear passenger side tire. Then another 6 months go by, the passenger front tire has a huge bubble in the sidewall.<br /><br />I always check my tire pressure, and they never fell below 30psi unless there was an issue. The side walls are these ties (and the tires in general) are just very fragile. It was a horrible experience.<br /><br />Treadlife and handling seemed to be fine (not the greatest in the snow but not horrible), but the durability of the tire is just horrible.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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Lasted 5 Years
We put these tires on a 1997 Honda Accord. Lasted 5 years and still had tread. Getting the second set now, they may just outlast the car