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Falken ZIEX ZE001 A/S is a Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season light truck tire. Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season light truck tires are for drivers who want a combination of sophisticated low-profile tires/large rim diameter wheels to enhance their vehicle’s appearance with all-season versatility, including traction in light snow. Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires branded with the M+S symbol are sometimes used as Original Equipment (O.E.) on 2WD and 4WD light- and medium-duty crossover and sport utility vehicles.
O.E. Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season light truck tires are typically purchased as direct replacements for worn-out pairs/sets of the vehicle’s original tires. They can also be used for other vehicle applications in complete sets of four or axle pairs if available in an appropriate size, load range and speed rating to match the existing O.E. tires’ performance category and specifications.
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OEM tire on new Touring trim Foresters. Surprising good for a standard tire. Haven’t pushed them yet but they have good turn-in, decent grip and are very quiet and smooth riding. This is probably the best OEM tire I’ve experienced. We’ll see how they wear.
Unremarkable driving tire, performs adequately in dry and wet weather. Light snow also ok. Rear tire failed at highway speeds. I removed tire, could not find any debris or punctures. Subaru dealer said there was “metal in sidewall and not repairable”. Of course, OE warranty doesn’t cover that type of failure. Kudos to Tirerack for their free Road Hazard warranty.
First, I’m the type of person who doesn’t keep OE tires on my car. In fact, I cannot remember the last time I kept OE tires on a new car; they’re normally gone in the first 1,000 miles of ownership. I am actually quite impressed by this tires. Mazda’s are known for poor insulation and having more road noise than one would like. These tires actually do a great job staying quiet and do an awesome job at absorbing road noise, harshness, and vibration. Dry traction isn’t bad at all for the 310ft-lbs of torque the 2.5Turbo has – it’ll break them loose, but nothing excessive. Wet traction is quite pleasant as well. I have not experienced any significant hydroplaning that otherwise made me feel unsafe. I have no tried these in snow as I have winter tires for the New England parts.I will say I’ve been quite pleased with these tires – shocking for as brutal ratings as I typically give tires. I’m not overly spirited in my driving. But for someone who enjoys and smooth and quite ride, these tires have been great for me. I would actually consider buying these again as shocking as that is for me to say. Treadwear seems fair for a softer tire – I’m confident I could get these to 30k miles safely after having already put 13k on them.Driving around town and on the highway is silky smooth. Steering wheel has zero vibration, and chassis rides smooth. I should clarify I have all 4 tires roadforce balanced as I do with all of my tires.
While I have not experienced any ice/snow driving (yet) with this vehicle, I have had multiple days of medium to heavy downpours. The tires appear to dispel any water buildup in the sipes. Traction is good. Noise is better than I thought it would be for OEM tires on a new car. Possibly the insulation properties of the vehicle share some responsibilities for this. However, I’m a child of the 60’s and like my music. So, any tire noise is negated by the music. Not loud, but at a level that two riders can share a conversation in a normal tone of voice.. For what that is worth.I’m more interested in the longevity of this tire’s tread. If I can get 50,000 out of them, I will be pleased beyond measure. 40,000? I’ll be pleasantly satisfied. My history with new car tires has taught me not to be overly optimistic. But we shall see. But for now? A nice smooth ride with great rolling qualities.I donplsn yo visit this site at replacement time to see what is available at that time.
This is the OEM tires for my 2018 Mazda 6 GT Reserve. I had the 2016 Mazda 6 GT with the Dunlops SP 5000 and these are much better. The Dunlops were only decent on everything but it was especially snow and ice. They are not anywhere as loud as the Dunlops, but they are not quiet. They performed good traction on dry and had decent grip in the corners. I even floored it in the rain and it performed well but traction control did come on for a few seconds. Before you get carried away this is a SUV tire not a performance tire. It’s actually pretty good for a SUV tire.I’m not sure why Mazda decided to use these as OEM for the Mazda 6 but it seemed they did their homework although I would of preferred something more sporty. As good as these tires are, I feel that they are holding back my 6 from being better in everything. I would recommend these if you had a SUV. I wouldn’t if you have a sedan like the Mazda 6.
These tires came stock on my 18 Crosstrek. I have recently had the opportunity to test this tire in a blizzard while travelling through Kansas. Overall, the tire’s performace was acceptable. Accelerating was okay, but I had to concentrate and slow down more slowly and carefully when coming to a full stop or cornering. I made it through the blizzard just fine, but they did not give me the confidence I had with other sets of A/S tires (Continental Pro Contacts on my WRX). I just purchased a set of BF Goodrich tires with 15″ rims to put on my Crosstrek for the winter/off roading adventures. I cannot really say if these tires are noisy or not, I’d have to have other sets of tires to compare it against on the same car. I can say that in the rain they are excellent. Unfortunately they seem to be wearing quickly. I think they are rated at either 40k or 45k, but I doubt I will see that even though I’m having them regularly rotated at 5k mile intervals.They are not a bad tire at all, but for the money I would personally go for another A/S tire that performs much better in the snow and ice (such as the Goodyear Weather Ready or perhaps the Vredenstein Quatrac 5).
These are the OEM tires on my new Subaru ascent, and I have to say that they are much better than I anticipated. They are surprisingly quiet tires, and have excellent traction in light snow and slushy road conditions. They handled well in the rain and so far I have been very pleased with theses tires. Too soon to tell how they will hold up on tread-wear, but I am an average driver and am expecting to get at least 35-40k miles on them.