Yokohama AVID S34D Sizes & review

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Original Equipment (OE) All-Season tires are the prevalent tire choice for vehicles sold in the United States. Developed for use on new cars and light trucks, these tires provide a versatile blend of ride quality, noise comfort, treadwear, handling and year-round traction, even in light snow.

While Original Equipment All-Season tires are often repurchased as direct replacements for pairs and sets of worn out Original Equipment tires, they can also be used on other vehicles in axle pairs or sets of four if they match the needed tire size, load range and speed rating specifications, as well as the anticipated driving conditions.

While we attempt to provide a picture of as many of these tires as possible, the pictures used to represent these tires cannot be guaranteed to be an exact depiction of each tire’s appearance because of the variety of subtle differences in tread designs and sidewall styling.

36 COMMENTS

  1. These tires came stock from the factory on my 2014 Subaru Impreza 5-door Hatchback. They’ve “lasted” about 2.5 years since I’ve owned the car (nearly 40k miles). I put quotes around lasted, because they never seemed to have much tread even brand new and were always terrible in snow, ice, and heavy rain. I honestly don’t know how I didn’t get into a more serious accident with these in the snow. The first winter I had them I wiped out into a snow bank going about 25 MPH down a straight inner-city neighborhood road. There was about 2″ of snow and ice left on the road when the spin-out occurred (luckily no damage). After that scare, I would white knuckle and go way below the speed limit during heavy thunderstorms and any kind of snow wile city AND highway driving. I felt lots of hydroplaning even while going 10 below the speed limit in some cases. I’m a spirited driver, so it takes a pretty big scare for me to drive below the speed limit. These tires are dangerous and unreliable for anything but summer driving in very dry climates. I would NOT recommend these to anyone who lives anywhere that gets a lot of rain and/ or snow and ice. Anything other than drive pavement and your asking for accident and possibly injury. Subaru should stop putting these overpriced, useless chunks of rubber on their cars.

  2. I bought a brand new Subaru Impreza in Dec 2015. I’ve put 1500 miles on my new car since then and while driving my car on a dry, smoothly paved road I had a random blowout. I didn’t run over any potholes or debris but the rear passenger tire was slit all the way through threading and steel belt. Fortunately, after some convincing, the dealership agreed to cover the cost of a new tire but after I do some search, I am getting these substandard tires off my vehicle before I wind up with a serious blowout that results in a major accident.

  3. This tire came on my Subaru Impreza when I bought the car new. It was not a terrible tire but I can’t really say anything positive either. The tires seem to me to be very fragile. I have had more patches and nails in the tires than any other tire I have ever had. I became quite proficient at putting in my own tire plugs as it seems I had a flat at least 4 times a year. I hit a pothole once and damaged the tire beyond repair and it was replaced by subaru as it was still under warranty. This past weekend it was very cold in NJ and I had two flats at the same time. My son and I pulled the tires off to find that there was nothing physically wrong with them they just lost air.The tires were pretty quiet for the first 25K miles but after it was hard to have a conversation in the car as all the noise was coming from them. If i had to say something nice about these it would be that I averaged really good gas mileage with the tires. Close to 30mpg. After 59,000 miles I decided to replace them with Firestone Firehawks AS as they were in my price range and a Firestone is on the corner of my block.

  4. As with many other Mazda3 owner reviewers who have these tires on their car stock, I am also disappointed with them in several ways. My 3 only has 14k miles on it and these tires are cupping on the sides, dry rotting and cracking in between the treads and are extremely loud, especially at slower speeds. People say the Mazda3 is just not good on sound insolation but I’m hearing mostly tire noise. I have rotated the tires and maintained proper pressure. I do not drive aggressively, as this is my daily driver for a sub 1 mile commute to and from work. I can’t comment on its winter weather performance and traction because I have a Wrangler for that but reading other reviews tells me enough. I doubt they would make it much past 20k miles. I plan to replace them preemptively in the next month or two. $200/per tire for these garbage Yokohamas? Ridiculous! Why would anyone chose these over so many better/cheaper options…

  5. Zero confidence in these tires. Dry pavement even feels slippery somehow. I have two sets of these. One came new on my Mazda 3 and the other set I bought mounted on some wheels that I wanted to use for snow tires. The set that I bought used have cracks just inside the outer tread block in the groove. All 4 have these cracks. While they still have tread remaining, due to the cracks I won’t use them.The tires that came with my car have 7,500 miles on them and are wearing well. I put Blizzak tires on for he winter and the way the car grips now is much better.I will continue to use the Yokohama tires that came with the car, but won’t buy these tires again.

  6. Have a 2015 Subaru Impreza hatchback and these tires made me think that my bearings were going bad because they were so loud. At slow speeds (10-20 mph), the tires have a rotating sound that can be easily confused with bad bearings. When braking at slow speeds the same sound. At about 60 mph the same sound intensifies slightly and can really be annoying when wanting to enjoy a quiet ride to or from work. My car has been checked for bad bearings and bad rotors and they look almost brand new. I would never buy these tires again or recommend to anyone else. Today it was raining on my way to work and I hit a patch of water at about 40 mph and the tires almost completely lost traction, and I’m glad my car has AWD. The traction control kicked in and saved my behind. I’m a calm experienced driver, and this tires road noise and poor wet handling makes me look down on Yokohama.

  7. I bought this car new and it came with these crappy tires.At 20,000 they began getting louder and they were noisy to start with.Now at 35,000 they are intolorable.They have always been poor in the wet since new.They are the worst tires have ever had.

  8. I’m feeling blessed here. I’m not sure why, but these are the best OE tires I’ve ever had. I’ve purchased many new vehicles over the years. I’m one who will replace tires if noisy regardless of remaining tread. Most OE tires are shot and unbearable by 25 – 30k. I rotate every 5k miles, keep these at about 36lbs front/34lbs rear, and torque lug nuts to 90ft/lbs. My last tire rotation showed 6/32nds remaining at all four corners. At any rate, I drive a stick, I don’t drive or brake hard and most of my driving is narrow highway/two lane roads where speeds rarely get above 70 mph. This vehicle is my daily commuter, so it gets driven in all this northeast weather. I probably wouldn’t buy these tires again only because they’re expensive. If pricing were comparative, I could actually see these making my Subbie short list.

  9. I do most of my driving on the highway. Louisiana has some of the worst roads, if not the worst roads in the country. I had the tires rotated every 10,000 miles. I do check the tire pressure at least once a month sometimes more often. i drove these tires for 100,000 miles. I replaced the original equipment tires (Avid s 34) with a set of Yokohama avid envigor. I could not find the original avid s 34. I have 75,000 miles on this set of tires and will drive them for 100,000 miles. The Yokohama avid s 34 and avid envigor last extremely long on my Mitsubishi lancer.

  10. These tires came as the factory option on my new Subaru. I purchased my vehicle in March and the tires were very good in the dry and wet. First snow fall in December and they turned my All Wheel Drive Subaru into 4-wheel spinning liability!!! These are hands down the worst tire I have ever driven in snow, I have NO clue why Subaru would put these on vehicles they tout as being superior in the snow. I would never buy these tires again.

  11. These tires don’t wear as fast as some reviews claim. I drove pretty hard on these tires. I usually forgo braking going into corners as I prefer to save my brakes and gas mileage. I also love doing the zoom zoom into corners on two lane back roads. I got 35000 miles on my set of tires and I still had some tread above the tread bars. I was planning on keeping these till 40000 miles, but rain on these tires near the end of their life is scary. Needless to say, anyone getting less than 35000 miles out of these tires are either clueless about tread bars and get ripped off by tire dealers, or they think they are a race car driver.However, that doesn’t mean these are great tires. These tires have the worst hydroplaning resistance of any tire I have encountered. Anything deeper than a 1/4″ of water will cause these tires to hydroplane. And these things are LOUD. Any road that wasn’t newly paved left me with a headache after a long drive. The tires do have great drying handling characteristics. They are firm and responsive, but absorb bumps very well. This is not a passenger all season tire as this site seems to indicate. It is more of a high performance summer tire. This tire might be a good tire for an around town car if it were less than $100 a tire, but it is not. It is horribly over priced considering all of its faults.

  12. This tire came on my subaru impreza premium. at 7500 miles I was forced to rotate them because of excessive wear. down to 3/32 across the tire even both fronts. Brought car back to dealership where car was purchased an had car and alignment checked. It was not the car I was told to deal with Yokohama directly . They had me bring it to Monroe tire a Yoko dealer who agreed it was not the car, Because it was OE on the car there was no mileage warranty. They gave me a 35 credit for 2 new tires , the other two were only worn to 6/ 32nds so they would not give me any credit. The problem is they are such and expensive tire for a 300 treadwear A traction and A temp tire that it is not worth using the 35 % credit for 2 tires when I would have to replace the better 2 soon also.I can buy a 600 or 700 A A bridgestone or continental for less than the Avid s34 even with the credit. Why would I want to put another set of crappy tires on my car. I have had other Yokos on my other subaru and have Yokos on my lexus but have never had such a wear issue. Know the tire warranty and who will be responsible for problems when you buy a new car . I did not expect to have to spend and extra $ 500 only 5 months into this car !

  13. I was burdened with these tires on my Mazda and I am extremely unhappy with them. They are terrible in the snow/rain. I have never had car tires that actually made me fear for my life while driving in light snow like these tires do. I already have to replace them after only 26,000 miles. For the price of these tires they should last much longer than that. I’ve decided to switch to Continental PureContact based on the number of great reviews. I’ll never go Yokohama ever again after these. These tires ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

  14. With 18,000 miles mostly highway these tires just scream going down the road.The tire whine starts at 10 mph and 75 is a drumming like a marching band. The tread is 1/2 gone they are wearing even and there is no cupping. Have rotated and balanced every 7,000 miles. I did not notice any snow problems because of having a Subaru with all wheel drive. I hope to get 25,000 out of them but will never buy Yokohamas again. I had TRZ’s on my 06 Honda Odyssey and at about 15,000 miles those tires just whined at highway speeds. I was dissapointed at Subaru for putting such an expensive and dissapointing tire on an entry level car.

  15. These came standard on my 2012 Subaru Impreza Premium. I really liked them when they were new. They were very responsive and performed very well in snow and wet conditions. I drove up I-95 during the random snow blizzard in about a foot of snow and the tires did well. Granted I was driving no more than 40-45 mph and on roads that are well traveled, but even still, the tires performed better than I expected. The only negative review I will give this tire is the short tread life. I’ve only driven about 34k miles on them and they are already below 2/32″ tread and below the legal limit to where a mechanic can fix a puncture. I wouldn’t buy this tire again just because it is extremely expensive and did not last very long. However, if you like a performance tire that’s very good in all-season conditions, this tire is for you.

  16. These tires are OK in the dry or wet warm weather, but were absolutely useless in the snow. My first time out in the snow with these tires was the most frightening driving experience in a long time. In 2 inches of wet snow my traction control light stayed on any time I applied the gas, it would not find grip on any surface. Why Subaru chose these tires on a car they tout its abilities in the snow is beyond me. I see a set of Pirellis in my future.

  17. Decent traction and handling in dry conditions but fair to poor marks for wet/cold traction, ride comfort, noise and treadwear. I changed the tires at 40,000 miles but probably should have changed at about 25,000 miles. Recently purchased a set of Pirelli P7s and there’s a big difference so far.

  18. These OEM tires are some of the worst shoes I’ve ever seen on a car. At 10,000 miles, they had worn down to over half life with cupping on one of the rear wheels. The road noise was decent at first, but advanced to a point of constant howl on any type of road surface.The worst part, however, was the resistance to hydroplaning and traction in the wet. At 65 MPH on the interstate, these tires are downright frightning. The car felt light and squirrely. I would not recommend, and in fact have recently replaced them with a Firestone product. The change has been a complete 180.

  19. These were OEM on my 2012 Subaru Impreza 5dr. This is a sportier tire to match the alloy rims…and while fun to corner on, that’s not my driving. I’m driving 20K miles/year mostly highway. I had two nail flats within 2 years and the noise and quality of driving has been deteriorating since the 15K mark. Shocked today as I put come Cinturato All-Season tires on and what a miraculous difference in ride quality. These Yokohama tires are good for curves…bad for everyday use for a commuter.

  20. Mediocre tire that did nothing exceptional except hold air well.I felt these tires were barely adequate with the AWD, and honestly, their shortcomings were probably less apparent with the AWD, traction control, and VDC. I was careful in the winters, and I survived. At 30k exactly, I replaced these. Down to the wear bars, and with winter coming, they weren’t gonna cut it for my daily 150 mile round trip commute.I moved onto Pirelli Cintaurato P7 All Season Plus tires in the stock size.

  21. These were the OEM tires on my 2011 Mazda 3. In dry conditions, the tires performed have performed well — solid feel, handling, and responsiveness. The only negatives in dry weather have been excess noise and relatively fast tread wear, but neither of these issues would prevent me from purchasing again.What would prevent me from purchasing again, however, has been the tires’ performance in ANY SNOW, which is completely unacceptable for a tire branded as an “all-season” tire. Having lived in either Minnesota or Indiana my entire life, I’m very used to driving — and driving small, light cars — in snow, and these tires are downright dangerous in even light snow, let alone any sort of accumulation. Once, while stopped at a stoplight in approx. 0.5″ of snow, I actually slid sideways into the curb due to the slight camber of the street. It is also consistently a struggle to start from a stop in the snow in anything resembling a timely manner, and taking even a slight turn at speeds greater than 10 mph has regularly been an adventure with powder on the ground.The only reason I’ve held onto these as long as I have is because I’m trying to delay spending the money necessary to buy new tires, and I have enough winter driving experience and luck to stay out of the ditch so far. Bottom line; If you live in an area that receives any snow whatsoever, DO NOT buy these tires. If they came as original equipment on your vehicle, strongly consider replacing them, especially if you don’t have much winter driving experience.

  22. These tires came on my car when I bought it brand new. I thought they handled ok but not great in dry. Noisy after a short while. Looses traction and under steers quite heavily in the wet. They ok in the snow, even when they’re almost bald (but I do have a Subaru, so that helps a lot). Basically the tires aren’t too bad, but the noise they make is so loud.

  23. This is the OEM tire on my 2011 Mazda 3. The tires were slick by 17k miles. I first started noticing issues with road noise between 7k and 9k miles. Would never purchase these again or a car that came with them. Barely able to stop my car in rain nor a light dusting of snow. I like to think I take care of my possessions very well and never abused the car or its tires. I can’t understand how a reputable tire company can produce an inferior product. Then look at the price of these! You can buy better avid’s with a higher highway/tread life rating for cheaper, pathetic. Contacting manufacturer in hope that can correct my issue.

  24. I love how these tires handle. Take in consideration that the rubber on these tires are thinner than most tires built to last mileage wise. Expect to spend more on tires that doesn’t last longer than approximately 30K miles due to the fact that the rubber on these tires are thinner than those tires that can go for 40K+ mileage. The reason for the rubber on these tires are thinner is because performance wise it handles better on the road, it has that “hug” affect. There is more control over the vehicle than those other tires that can last 40K+ miles. Of course, these tires wear out quickly just to the fact that the rubber is made a little thinner. So, yes these are great .. sport performance. Cost is expected for performance not for the long lasting performance. So depending what is sought out..These are the best for performance handling. The cost is steep .. but you get what you pay for. I’d purchase it again!

  25. These tires are awful in wet conditions. Expect to ski in water (not hydroplane). On ice or deep snow, you might as well walk to where you need to go. If you live in a place where it is dry all the time these tires will be great for you. The tread wear is a joke. I’m replacing these tires with less than 30K miles on them and I’ve rotated them religiously. Very disappointing.

  26. These tires were the OEMs for my 2013 Subaru Impreza. I have just 20,000 miles on these tires and I’m already forced to replace them. Despite regularly scheduled rotations and correct tire inflation, these tires wore completely bald on the shoulders and center of the tire at 20k. The tread in between these areas were still intact. I couldn’t believe it. This terrible and uneven wear ultimately developed a shake and noise that just became unbearable. The tires are also utterly useless in any snow more than 3-4″ deep. Living in Vermont we get harsh winters, but I expected my Subaru would have no problem handling the winter road conditions. Not the case. These tires wouldn’t even get me out of my driveway in 4″ of snow, which is only on a very slight incline. These are no doubt SUMMER tires.Now I will say that in the summer, and before I got excessive treadwear, these tires were great. They seemed to be a soft rubber compound, and they gripped the road in dry conditions like a dream. Overall handling was great and taking relatively sharp corners at 50-60mph just for kicks was no problem at all. Considering my overall needs in a tire, I would not purchase these again, but they may be an okay choice for someone looking for strictly a summer tire that sees occasional use.

  27. These tires came as OEM equipment on my wife’s 2013 Subaru Impreza (bought it brand new) and the tires needed replaced less than 10k miles. I did not buy these originally from trierack but I STRONGLY suggest to steer very clear of these tires. These tires are very loud, do not perform well in any circumstance.

  28. Original Equipment on my new Subie. Cornering grip was very good when new, is falling off at 22K. Wet grip is now poor at 22K. These are HORRIFIC in snow. I nearly spun out numerous times with light throttle in 2 inches of slushy snow. No one could believe my Subaru handled terribly in snow because of these tires. Will be replaced with Pirelli P7 AS Plus.

  29. My experience is not as bad as the others, but definitely the thread life is crap. The handling is pretty good, but my only reference points are OEM tires on a Honda Accord or Mitsubishi Galant. Mileage is also piss-poor.Traction in dry and wet conditions are good – never felt unsafe or had any skidding. However, hydroplaning does happen if there is a pool of water. I always attributed this to the car being small (and thus light) but could very well be the tires.

  30. These tires came on our new 2013 Subaru Impreza hatch. Beautiful car, tires need replacement at 20,000. Two became damaged from a bad winter. The two good ones look very worn. So going for 4 new continentals that have a very good rating and warranty. These are expensive and shouldn’t be. I don’t drive the car so don’t know how they handle, but they’re are a lot better tires out for the money.

  31. As long as my daughter quits hitting potholes the tire should provide an acceptable tire life. Original tires were damaged at 10,000 mile and were were only showing 20% wear. My purchase was for exact match replacements.

  32. I’m not sure why these tires are so expensive… $200 ea??? They aren’t worth it.OEM tire on my 2012 Subaru Impreza. I am replacing them at 54000 mi, tread depth won’t pass inspection. I guess 54000 mi isn’t terrible but I’ve been tolerating road noise and shaking at highway speed for quite a while. These tires developed chop despite me being a non-aggressive driver and rotating them regularly.On a positive note, their performance is very good… excellent traction dry/wet/snow.But the premature wear/chop/noise is enough for me to choose another tire. I went with a set of Michelin A/S Premier, which are a Grand Touring tire… I’ll post a review on them after a couple thousand miles, but first impressions are good… they’re quiet and have great traction.

  33. I have these tires on my 2013 scion tc THEY ARE THE WORST TIRES EVER i actually went and bought another set of rims and tires for the snow they are dangerous to drive on in the snow ok when its dry if you live some where its snows stay away from these tires

  34. Came as OEM equipment on my 2012 Subaru Impreza 5-door. Good traction and control on dry surface at highway speeds in the first year. They squeal in corners at low speed. Never used them in winter as I have winter tires. Atrocious wear – Almost worn out and very noisy at 21K after 2.5 years of use. Avoid unless you plan to replace them every year.

  35. Worst tire I’ve ever used! Scary in the wet and dangerous in any snow or ice condition. Dry traction was ok when newer but wet traction always made the car feel like it was sliding around corners. All four tires toast at 18k. If you have these tires replace them as soon as you can.

  36. These are the OEM tires on the 2010 Mazda 3 5dr. They’re pretty good on dry pavement (though very noisy). I have yet to have them lose grip or even squeal in corners; surprising for a normal A/S tire (vs performance A/S). Equally surprising is how pathetic they are in snow. Even with traction control, the Mazda 3 spins wheels regularly on light snow. Turning and braking in the white stuff are also bad. I’m always worried I’ll get stuck at the stop sign on the hill leading up to my neighborhood. The car is downright scary when the temperature is below 32 degrees. I never had this kind of trouble with Kumho Ecsta ASX on my old Civic (and that didn’t have traction control).

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