Yokohama AVID Envigor Review & Rating
- Dry and wet traction
- Cornering response and stability
- Comfortable ride
- Poor winter handling
- Tread life
Yokohama Tire Corp. claims that their Avid Envigor is “the most complete performance tire ever created.” It even went so far as to create a new category for its tires: grand performance, which it bills as a perfect blend between low rolling resistance, long tread-life, all-season performance and comfort. We set out to see if they held up to all the hype. With 69 sizes available, the Avid Envigor is built to fit just about any application for coupes, sedans, minivans and other vehicles.
The tire is comprised of a new silica compound along with an optimized contact patch to provide it with reduced rolling resistance without sacrificing traction or control.
The Envigor’s dry traction was unsurprisingly satisfactory, and we were immediately impressed by the stability the tire offered in both dry and wet conditions. Try as we might, we were unable to spin it while driving it in the rain. Throughout our test, it never felt as though the vehicle was sliding or losing its grip. This is due in part to the tire’s angled grooves and adaptive 3D sipes that give it increased grip and added resistance to hydroplaning.
Cornering – Steering
The Envigor’s strong grip when cornering was almost immediately noticeable in both dry and damp conditions, and it communicated fairly quickly as it begun to meet its limit. This made steering a breeze, even while speeding along winding canyon roads. That said; we found that the Envigor has a softer sidewall than other tires of its kind, meaning some drivers might find cornering a bit more difficult until they’re able to adapt; the steering, though responsive, doesn’t feel instantaneous.
As with most high performance all-season tires, when it comes to winter handling they generally do not perform well. This is pretty much the case with the Envigor as well. Yes, it handles a little light snow, but when you get to deeper amounts of the white stuff, or on an icy road surface, don’t expect to find a lot of traction.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
The Envigor offered a soft, smooth ride with a minimal amount of noise under most road conditions. Though it did seem to generate a bit more growl than expected when cornering, this sound was negligible. As a whole, driving with the Envigor was soft, quiet, and very comfortable over a variety of road surfaces.
The tread life is arguably another weaknesses with this tire. Though they have a UTQG rating of 560 (meaning they should be good for between 50,000-55,000 miles), some drivers have encountered the need to replace them at around 30,000 miles. Naturally, others have been able to see a lot more mileage than that.
The Yokohama Avid Envigor is warranted for 5 years or up to 60,000 miles.
All in all we have mixed feelings on the Envigor. While dry and wet traction, cornering grip and overall ride comfort is on par with expectations, winter handling and tread life are problematic.