The Hankook Optimo H426 is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, performance all season tire
models like the Optimo H426 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
A Korean corporation, Hankook has its North American headquarters in Wayne, N.J., and a technical center in Akron, Ohio. Hankook is original equipment on several foreign and domestic auto nameplates. It also offers a complete line of replacement tires to fit most domestic cars and light trucks. Generally, Hankook tires we have tested offer good value for their well-rounded, all-weather performance.
Features & Specs - Hankook Optimo H426
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.
Came on my Passat TDI with manual transmission. so far I've been very happy with them in wet and dry conditions, good grip and quiet. They even did better in the snow this past tough winter than I expected based on CR tests. But next winter, when these will have about 30K miles on them, I will get snow tires.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Hairy Biped
from columbus, ohio
My last Hankook
These tires were so badly cupped after 30000 miles i had to replace them. Additionally, I've never driven on any tire that made so much noise.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Knoxville, TN
Low tread life but otherwise a good tire
These tires came on my 2013 Hyundai Elentra and so far have put 23,000 on the car and tires. I'm a conservative driver, but my experience is that these tires really handle and grip well. I've never broken loose on wet pavament and have driven in a few snowfalls here in East Tennessee. They're quiet enough when the pavement is good, but like most tires, when the pavement is rough, they're pretty noisy. I'd attribute that to the car more than the tires. The only gripe I have is the tread life. As stated, I have 23,000 miles on the tires, and I'm already seeing the tread getting close to the wear bands. As a comparison, my 1999 Honda Accord came with Michelin MXV4s that went 80,000 miles. Then my Michelin X Ones went 117,000 miles. These Hankooks will probably not last more than 30,000 miles. So I won't buy the same brand when I replace them.