Yokohama YK580 Review & Rating
- Excellent dry and wet traction
- Ride comfort
- Tread life
- High speed cornering
Designed with the latest in Yokohama tire technology, the YK580 is quickly becoming one of the better selling tires in the performance all-season class. Available in H, V and W-speed ratings, the YK580 is built for drivers of sport coupes, luxury sedans, crossovers and smaller SUV’s who are looking for above average traction, a smoother ride and longer lasting tread life.
A quick drive on this tire and you’ll see that dry traction is very good. The asymmetrical tread pattern and optimized groove ratio give the tire increased handling capabilities as well as added stability.
Yokohama has added Orange Oil to the tread compound which helps provide added wet traction along with quicker braking and acceleration. The tapered sweeping grooves on the tread are created to channel away water more quickly from under the tread and prevent hydroplaning. We must say, they do a very good job. You won’t find yourself fishtailing on wet pavement unless you are really hard on the accelerator.
Cornering – Steering
If there is any issue with driving on the YK580 for more spirited drivers it would be higher speed cornering. We say that because it will never be a problem for most everyday drivers. While the traction on dry or wet pavement is excellent, when it comes to taking corners at higher speeds the tire is just not laser sharp. It tends to be a little more relaxed.
That said, what it lacks in more responsive cornering it more than makes up for with its traction, driving comfort, better mpg’s and longer lasting tread life.
Grip on light snow is pretty good for the most part on the YK580. The tread design features cross traction sipes that give the tire a little extra bite in winter weather. Deep snow and ice is more of a problem for this model, but then again this is a performance all-season tire and not a studded winter tire.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
This is another area that this tire excels in. Whether it’s driving on the highway or around town, the YK580 rides quietly and is among the more comfortable tires in its class. We’d put it close to what the Michelin MXV4 delivers as far as comfort goes.
Yokohama has designed unique tread block bridges in the tire that provide some added support and eliminate much of the outside road noise. But we find that the big test on comfort and quietness is when a tire is a bit more worn. All new tires are fairly quiet until they get broke in. You’ll find this model remains as quiet at 30K miles as it is new.
The 580 UTQG rating on the tread means you should expect 60,000 miles out of this tire, which is about right based on what other drivers have mentioned in reviews as well. Much of this is due in part to the Orange Oil in the compound that lengthens tread life, while also lowering the rolling resistance.
We hear a lot about rolling resistance in tires today, but does it actually add to increased fuel efficiency on this tire? We’d have to say yes it does. Although Yokohama does not provide mpg numbers, in test results we’ve seen a 1-2 mpg increase. Not bad at all for a high performance tire.
H and V-speed rated tires have a 60K mile warranty, while W-speed rated tires come with a 45K mile warranty.