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My Continentals are dead so it's time for some new rubber. I want performance all-season tires for my stock SE/SES 5-spokes, so I'm going with 225/55R16s. Here's what I've narrowed it down to..

#1 - Kumho Ecsta ASX
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Ultra High Performance All Season, 24 lbs, W-rated. Rates generally very well, especially for the price of $75 each. I've heard very good things about these, and I really like how they look.

#2 - Dunlop SP Sport A2 Plus
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High Performance All Season, 27lbs, H rated. Survey rates better snow traction than the Kumho. I picked these for the ZX2 when my dad needed new tires, and they are very nice. Much better than the OEM Goodyear Eagle RS-A's that came on the car, and the stock Goodyears were way better than my Continentals. Granted, the ZX2 weighs a lot less than the Taurus. I think I remember someone having these on here, but don;t know who. A bit more expensive, at $82 each. I think these look pretty cool too.


Those are my top choices right now. They will be on stock Gen 4 5-spokes with bone stock suspension (except for steel endlinks, but that doesn't really matter). It will get driven in snow and I don't want snow tires or a second set of wheels. Slush and wet performance is really more important than deep snow traction with the weather in my area. I don't really forsee either of these posing a real problem in the snow, though.

Probably 60-70% of my driving is split evenly between interstates and twisty country 2-lanes, with the rest being city/suburban driving.

If you've got experience and opinions about both or either, I'd like to hear them. Or if you have another option I should look at let me know.

Jim S. - Pittsburgh, PA


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I'd go with the Kumhos, but that's just me, and I might be a little biased!

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2nd on the Kuhmo's.. I've heard very good things.


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Not sure if they make them in that size, but check out yokohamas. Ive had good luck with mine, and still plenty of tread after 40k miles.

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I might be a little biased!


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Bridgestone Potenza G 009

Awesome wet and dry traction, waiting for the snow, but they should perform well.

I got em at $76 each, with a $50 rebate on top of that, so really they were $63.5 each. There might be a better rebate right now, I know bridgestone is doing their rebates again, I'm getting $75 off Bridgestone Duelers
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another good all season tire would be BF Goodrich Touring T/As,

I run them on the slicers on my 95, and i will be getting them put on my stockers when winter comes around..

so far they i havent had any problems with them, other than a little road noise, but it just might be the set i got, because i had the same tires on my old escort and they were quiet...

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2nd on the Kuhmo's.. I've heard very good things.
3rd on the Kumhos. I have them on the SHO.

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I have teh ASX's on the SHo and Ilove them. They are great for driving as well as racing. They have performed wquite well.
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Awesome....thanks for all the quick replies guys I'm 99% sure I'll be getting the Kumhos

Jim S. - Pittsburgh, PA


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