Yokohama AVID Touring-S Review & Rating
- Dry traction
- Steering response
- Comfortable ride
- Wet traction
- Tread life
A reasonably priced tire for everyday driving, the Yokohama AVID Touring-S was created for coupes, sedans and minivans. Said to offer good ride quality, smooth handling, durability and traction in any season, the tire has built up a mostly loyal following since it was released.
Naturally, we wanted to find out how well it actually performs. We put the Yokohama Touring-S through testing and focused on a set of criteria that will give us a better idea as to how good it really is on the road.
Traction on dry pavement is very good for this tire. They grip the road confidently on a variety of road surfaces. Where this tire falls down is when the road gets wet. According to Yokohama they come with “Tapered Rain Channels working in tandem with circumferential grooves” to get rid of water fast and thus increase wet traction. Unfortunately, we felt there are definitely better tires out there for a similar price that offer more wet grip.
Cornering – Steering
General handling on the Yokohama Touring-S is fairly good. You certainly feel in control when driving with these tires on and we would have to say that they are pretty polished when it comes to braking, acceleration and dry road handling. Even with some aggressive cornering and driving they seemed to do fine by our standards.
You would expect that if this tire has problems on wet surfaces then there is little chance that they will be great with snow and this turned out to be the case. While this model does ok in light amounts of snow, when you get more than a couple of inches, or some ice, then you can expect to have some difficulty. This is backed by many online reviews from other drivers stating the same thing.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
An area where the Yokohama AVID Touring-S tires do very well. We found that road noise was minimal and they actually provided a good level of comfort when driving. Not amazing, but certainly better than some other tires in their category. We attribute this to Yokohama’s Silent Shoulder variable tread block sizes and their Twin Rail Stability Rib that combine to eliminate most of tread pattern noise.
Tread life and durability on the Yokohama AVID Touring-S tires is not bad, but it isn’t great either. Some people have reported that they are almost shot after 25,000 miles on the road. That said, others have mentioned getting upwards of 70,000 miles from the tread.
The warranty that comes with this tire is 65,000 miles, which is about right for a model having a UTQG rating 620.
The Yokohama AVID Touring-S is not a bad tire, and if you are on a budget then they will certainly do the job for you, although just be ready for some possible tread life issues along the way.