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Hankook Optimo H428 is a Grand Touring All-Season tire. Grand Touring All-Season tires are for drivers who want a combination of a sophisticated appearance, competent handling and H-speed rated (or higher) durability, along with all-season traction, including in light snow. Grand Touring All-Season tires branded with the M+S symbol are often used as Original Equipment (O.E.) on sophisticated coupes and luxurious performance sedans.
O.E. Grand Touring All-Season 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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Came stock on my 2013 Chev Sonic, Tires are ok for normal wet and dry pavement. Never had any control issues or loss of traction. Dismal performance when there is any snow or ice. Had to mount winter tires to be able to get up a slight slope when there is any snow at all, or risk skidding up the slope while trying to get any speed over 10 kph. Tread wear is great however the tires have literally weather cracked after 4 years 1 month and need to be replaced already. My last set of bfg tires lasted me over 8 years before they weathered enough to be replaced. Have only put 27,000 km’s or 17,000 miles on these tires. Very disappointed about needing new tires already, shortest life of any tire myself or my family has ever owned including some off brand tires. Would not buy again or recommend.
Factory tires and hands down the worst tire I’ve ever had in winter conditions. It handles the wet and dry alright, acceptable for city commuting and actually works if you adjust your fast corning techniques to suite the tire. I’ve used all season tires with a range of vehicles from old VWs to RX7s and faired well but these things are just awful on ice and in snow.
These tires were on a rental car that I am using in the snow. I have done plenty of winter driving. These are the worst tires on snow that I have ever used. Driving on these tires is kind of like going down a hill on a toboggan. You point the car in the general direction that you want to go and try to steer and hope you don’t hit anything.
These tires are good on dry road period. They came with the car I had never purchased or experienced this brand of tire before. I have to agree with most of the other ratings. These are the worst tires for rain and hydro planing. at 27000 mi I still have about 4/32 left on the tread. small puddles and I am fighting to keep out of the ditch. I have had some bad tires before but these are dangerous. soon as it stops raining here. I’m replacing these tires.
At 49,000 I’m shopping for new tires and was expecting to buy this same tire, which came on the car when new. I’ve not had any snow or ice, but the handling & traction have been great; no hydro-planning even. Maybe it’s mostly that the Sonic has good handling; I love the way it grips on the freeway semi-circle off-ramps…some sporty cars tail-gating me can’t keep up. So I’m really shocked at the poor reviews. Because of that I’ll review the other tire choices, but honestly, these have actually been great on the highway & around town, even when trying to drive a little spirited with the 6-speed manual.
43K miles and they will probably need replaced before winter, they came new on the car, they are alright, but nothing to brag about. I used to commute from IL to NY and they did great, just wouldn’t drive with them fast in snow. Will continue to buy Cooper or Good-Year after they’re done.
Sonic, great underrated car. Hankook 428, not at all. Crappy tire, no performance capabilities at all. Mediocre performance. Nervous when my wife would go out in inclement winter days. Amazingly I also have another Sonic, the 2014 Dusk model. It came with 18″ wheels with Continental Extreme Contact DWS tires. Super tires, really love their performance, truly enhances an already good car. So yesterday driving on the Interstate had a sidewall blowout on a rear tire (the Hankook). Fortunately I was able to make it home even with the tire losing air. Today, looking into my options. Better tires for less money. I believe I’m going with the General GMAX AS-05. Excellent reviews, almost unanimously great ratings. And cheaper than the crappy Hankook. Plus since General is owned by Continental I can see the similarity to the DWS. Looking forward to the change. I recently put new wheels and tires on my C5 Z06 and the Hankook Ventus was one of my choices. Instead glad I went with the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S.