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.