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.
My Ford Explorer came with the Hankook Optimo H426 tires. We currently have 75,000 + miles on tires and they are still in good condition. Rotate every 10,000 miles. Extremely happy with the H 426 and am going to replace them at 80,000 with the same tire.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Luv My Hybrid
from Dallas, TX
Would NOT purchase these tires again
These tires came on my 2012 Sonata Hybrid. I currently have 25,500 miles on the car/tires; they are in awful shape and I've owned the car less than 3 years. Mostly city driving with some highway. Obviously not anywhere near the 60k miles expected on the tires. After the first year they had noticeable wear in the middle of the tire. Now they are bald in the center and are balding on the edges too. I'm not a crazy driver, I check the air, and I've had the tires rotated/balanced about every 7k miles. Out of all the cars I've owned in the past 30 years, these tires have worn out the fastest. I wouldn't purchase these tires again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Longview, TX
Poor wet weather traction
Tires are dangerous in wet weather. The tires came as OE on my 2014 Explorer. The Explorer has been perfect other than these tires. I tool the vehicle back to the dealer to check the stability control system and the antilock brake system.<br /><br />The vehicle was difficult to stop on wet roads and even moderate acceleration caused tire spin and the vehicle to move laterally. I replaced these tires as soon as I could find replacements of that size (waited for delivery of tires 3 months) The replacement tires resolved the traction issues.