Ohtsu FP6000 A/S Review & Rating
- Dry and wet traction
- Good handling
- Low price
- Winter handling
The Ohtsu FP6000 A/S tire is a family friendly addition to the next generation lineup. In today’s challenging economy, many drivers are simply looking to find a safe and reliable tire that is available for a price that won’t break the bank. Enter the FP6000. This Ohtsu model is designed especially for mini-vans, coupes and sedans. It’s constructed with good grip, handling and support in mind, and comes in a variety of sizes between 14 and 17 inches along with H and V speed ratings.
Arguably, the biggest selling point with this tire is its lower price. Drivers who are looking for an expensive name brand tire with all the extras will not be looking in this direction. However, the family mini-van that needs to drive all over town for regular, general use is a perfect match for this model, as is the busy professional who is just looking for a budget friendly tire for their coupe or sedan.
The FP6000 A/S features a directional tread design that eliminates hydroplaning through its sweeping pattern and five separate circumferential grooves that combine to provide very capable wet traction. This revolutionary design allows water to evacuate from the tire’s path cleanly and efficiently and optimizes the traction when driving in wet conditions. In fact, grip on wet pavement is better than what we had expected.
Cornering – Steering
The FP6000 A/S handles corners like some of its more expensive counterparts. The latest innovations add to a quicker steering response, and new silica-enhanced tread compound increases handling on wet roads. For a low-cost tire we have no complaints here.
Naturally, a cheaper tire is not going to be able to deliver optimal performance in every area, and this holds true for the FP6000 when it comes to winter handling. The addition of sipes does help in light snow and slush, but when the snow starts accumulating and road conditions deteriorate, you can expect to have difficulties getting around. Then again, if you drive in areas that see regular rough winter weather you already know that most any all-season tire is going to present problems.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
Variable shoulder blocks are built to help ease excessive road noise, and for the most part they do a good job of it. Only irregular pavement vibrations present worse than average road noise for this tire. The FP6000 A/S has a smoother ride that may surprise you as well.
Our other issue with the Ohtsu 6000 is the lower treadlife, but once again it really is not something that should be unexpected due to the low price. If you’re looking for a 70,000 mile tire, this is not it. Ohtsu does provide a 35,000 mile warranty and has added a nice feature with their visual treadwear indicators that show you at a glance how worn the tread is at any time so that you know when it’s time to replace them. Although you definitely cannot put this tire on the same scale as ones from Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone and other top brand names, this tire will also not be mistaken for a bargain basement model. For the performance it delivers, the Ohtsu FP6000 is a good choice among budget tires.