Mazda MX5 Tyres

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The following tyres have been reviewed on the Mazda MX5
Michelin Pilot Sport AS 3 (5) 96% 92% 94% 92% 94% 88% 94% 93% 89,000
Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1 (21) 88% 92% 83% 84% 86% 90% 95% 89% 173,940
BFGoodrich gForce Profiler 2 (24) 92% 85% 87% 84% 89% 85% 96% 88% 345,665
Michelin Pilot Super Sport (121) 96% 87% 90% 86% 83% 83% 90% 88% 986,389
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 (147) 95% 88% 88% 87% 80% 85% 88% 87% 2,662,853
Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 (25) 91% 88% 84% 82% 77% 92% 93% 87% 158,600
Vredestein Snowtrac 3 (32) 85% 91% 83% 75% 83% 87% 97% 86% 246,289
Vredestein Sportrac 5 (77) 89% 86% 83% 85% 86% 84% 84% 86% 708,175
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 (154) 93% 91% 86% 88% 76% 82% 81% 85% 1,537,023
Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun (24) 91% 84% 83% 85% 84% 86% 81% 85% 51,621
Continental ExtremeContact DWS (8) 83% 89% 79% 78% 86% 90% 89% 85% 174,000
Falken ZE914 (91) 89% 82% 85% 81% 82% 83% 87% 84% 915,133
Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 (28) 94% 72% 91% 91% 70% 75% 91% 84% 166,100
Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS3 (271) 90% 88% 85% 84% 74% 83% 80% 84% 3,626,734
Hankook Icebear W440 (5) 82% 86% 80% 78% 82% 88% 88% 83% 26,450
Yokohama Advan Fleva V701 (29) 86% 84% 83% 85% 79% 79% 87% 83% 145,273
Uniroyal RainExpert (129) 85% 91% 81% 76% 75% 86% 85% 83% 1,253,762
Nokian WRG2 (72) 85% 87% 83% 80% 83% 85% 88% 82% 1,254,817
Yokohama Advan A11A (2) 90% 75% 95% 95% 95% 75% 50% 82% 1,000
Yokohama A539 (12) 81% 74% 86% 85% 78% 81% 89% 82% 108,000
Falken ZIEX ZE914 EcoRun (73) 87% 83% 82% 83% 79% 78% 80% 82% 777,465
Bridgestone Adrenalin RE002 (104) 90% 82% 82% 80% 77% 77% 82% 82% 880,927
Toyo R888 R (11) 95% 72% 88% 89% 76% 66% 84% 82% 19,225
Avon ZZ5 (82) 89% 83% 83% 85% 70% 82% 78% 81% 530,567
Landsail LS588 UHP (56) 87% 82% 76% 75% 79% 89% 82% 81% 627,651
Uniroyal Rainsport 2 (226) 85% 91% 78% 76% 76% 80% 82% 81% 2,156,251
Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance (197) 88% 87% 78% 79% 74% 86% 75% 81% 2,507,645
Dunlop SP Sport Fast Response (103) 88% 84% 84% 77% 76% 80% 78% 81% 1,412,351
Michelin Pilot Exalto (56) 86% 81% 76% 80% 83% 77% 83% 81% 1,856,713
Bridgestone Adrenalin RE003 (61) 91% 79% 83% 86% 68% 74% 83% 80% 676,515
Kumho Ecsta PS31 (24) 82% 81% 79% 80% 74% 80% 85% 80% 91,903
Uniroyal Rainsport 3 (250) 84% 93% 79% 79% 64% 83% 77% 80% 1,784,205
Uniroyal RainExpert 3 (25) 84% 93% 76% 73% 65% 84% 82% 80% 156,303
Avon ZV7 (63) 87% 83% 75% 72% 78% 83% 78% 80% 319,406
Dunlop SportMaxx RT (155) 89% 86% 83% 82% 59% 83% 70% 79% 1,425,323
Nankang SV2 (29) 84% 78% 75% 75% 84% 74% 78% 79% 203,040
Toyo Proxes CF1 (45) 85% 80% 80% 76% 68% 80% 76% 78% 574,601
Accelera 651 Sport (7) 84% 71% 74% 80% 76% 80% 79% 78% 23,500
Avon ZV5 (110) 84% 79% 77% 78% 71% 78% 74% 77% 1,381,255
Hankook Ventus V12 evo k110 (114) 84% 75% 76% 78% 74% 79% 73% 77% 1,145,558
Nankang NS2R (33) 92% 69% 85% 87% 73% 55% 79% 77% 103,171
Kumho Ecsta KU31 (160) 83% 76% 77% 76% 72% 75% 77% 77% 2,601,523
Kumho Solus HS51 Harmony Sports (5) 85% 80% 65% 65% 80% 90% 70% 76% 3,250
Maxxis All Season AP2 (14) 82% 80% 74% 74% 77% 73% 82% 76% 74,010
Continental Premium Contact 5 (101) 87% 83% 76% 77% 58% 80% 66% 76% 1,104,638
Yokohama Parada Spec 2 (117) 92% 59% 80% 80% 69% 71% 76% 75% 1,453,372
Maxxis MA Z1 Victra (64) 88% 77% 73% 77% 71% 66% 73% 75% 818,878
Federal 595RSR (45) 86% 68% 79% 81% 73% 59% 79% 75% 190,203
Goodyear Hydragrip (13) 74% 88% 68% 75% 70% 68% 73% 74% 253,058
Kumho Ecsta V720 (6) 95% 55% 88% 95% 50% 50% 82% 74% 29,500
Yokohama ADVAN A460 (17) 84% 74% 77% 73% 83% 64% 56% 73% 336,082
Dunlop SP Sport 200 (3) 80% 57% 77% 57% 87% 83% 70% 73% 20,055
Nexen N8000 (74) 80% 75% 69% 66% 68% 79% 71% 73% 536,342
Toyo T1R (275) 84% 70% 75% 75% 63% 70% 71% 72% 3,599,183
Firestone TZ300 (19) 81% 71% 75% 63% 68% 76% 70% 72% 214,929
Goodyear Excellence (116) 79% 71% 72% 71% 72% 75% 62% 72% 2,514,856
Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD3 (153) 83% 77% 76% 73% 60% 65% 65% 71% 2,261,801
Rovelo RPX 998 (21) 80% 66% 72% 65% 63% 77% 72% 71% 77,055
Debica Frigo 2 (14) 69% 63% 68% 67% 80% 69% 60% 71% 158,410
Continental Sport Contact 2 (224) 85% 75% 76% 72% 61% 66% 60% 71% 4,121,532
Toyo Proxes 4 (44) 80% 62% 71% 65% 77% 75% 63% 70% 497,862
Bridgestone Potenza RE050A (201) 83% 70% 74% 72% 66% 59% 58% 69% 3,381,628
Firestone Firehawk SZ90 (23) 77% 69% 75% 71% 71% 60% 59% 69% 261,525
Pirelli PZero Nero (129) 83% 66% 71% 71% 68% 64% 60% 69% 2,197,506
Bridgestone Turanza T001 (76) 82% 73% 69% 65% 63% 73% 52% 68% 815,337
Kinforest KF550 UHP (9) 70% 66% 68% 66% 63% 70% 74% 68% 1,056,065
Dunlop SP Sport Maxx (143) 80% 69% 70% 67% 64% 64% 54% 67% 2,099,560
Nankang NS2 (201) 76% 58% 66% 62% 74% 63% 61% 66% 1,755,759
Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD2 (8) 75% 68% 70% 64% 66% 63% 55% 66% 114,000
Nankang EX500 (1) 70% 60% 60% 60% 90% 70% 50% 66% 1,000
Wanli S1063 (77) 74% 58% 63% 61% 76% 65% 62% 66% 5,673,081
Barum Bravuris (18) 79% 57% 64% 65% 65% 68% 51% 64% 291,017
Bridgestone Turanza ER30 (42) 78% 61% 66% 61% 71% 56% 48% 63% 1,018,238
Avon ZV3 (28) 72% 63% 65% 66% 58% 66% 52% 63% 465,030
Marangoni Mythos (28) 70% 57% 57% 62% 62% 59% 57% 60% 234,637
Pace Toledo TL1000 (8) 73% 53% 57% 60% 64% 57% 46% 59% 65,500
Firestone firehawk S790 (2) 65% 65% 45% 75% 65% 45% 35% 56% 17,000
Pirelli P7000 (7) 71% 47% 63% 57% 61% 57% 31% 56% 94,510
Federal SS595 SUPER STEEL (125) 70% 48% 56% 54% 69% 48% 43% 55% 1,243,457
Hercules Raptis WR1 (3) 57% 43% 57% 63% 63% 63% 40% 55% 29,000
Accelera Alpha (127) 65% 44% 54% 49% 69% 56% 49% 55% 1,078,578
Rapid p609 (13) 65% 50% 57% 53% 57% 61% 39% 55% 107,472
Bridgestone Potenza RE92A (1) 80% 60% 70% 70% 60% 20% 10% 53% 6,000
Minerva EMI Zero UHP (3) 70% 70% 65% 37% 33% 50% 40% 52% 2,600
Hankook Ventus K104 (11) 68% 42% 50% 44% 55% 61% 42% 52% 76,040
Event WL905 (127) 59% 30% 42% 39% 60% 49% 33% 44% 869,429
Infinity INF 05 (66) 56% 31% 42% 40% 62% 45% 33% 44% 367,897
Westlake SA 07 (4) 73% 30% 33% 35% 45% 60% 33% 44% 9,000
Fulda Carat Extremo (5) 62% 34% 46% 40% 62% 36% 26% 44% 31,010
Mohawk M112 (27) 59% 34% 45% 39% 54% 47% 28% 44% 95,152
Silverstone M5 Synergy (16) 58% 30% 46% 45% 65% 37% 22% 43% 65,435
Autogrip F107 (125) 57% 27% 44% 37% 60% 50% 28% 43% 1,112,261
Wanli S1088 (82) 57% 35% 40% 38% 58% 37% 30% 42% 643,289

Mazda MX5 Tyre Review Highlights

Writing about the Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1 given 100% (195-50-15-H)
Driving on mostly country roads for 400 spirited miles
Though not powerful, the MX5 has finely balanced handling which is very sensitive to tyre choice.
It was therefore with some trepidation that I changed the summer Michelins for a set of Goodyear's latest Gen1 winters.
First impressions were encouraging: more comfortable than the unforgiving (but responsive) Michelin's; quiet too.
Now that they are fully bedded-in, I am still exploring the limits of grip available, but suffice to say cold greasy roundabouts can be approached with great confidence... Regards handling, there is perhaps just a little hesitation in initial steering response, but nevertheless the car feels just as nimble and willing to turn in as ever, with perfect balance - and I haven't even experimented with different pressures yet.
Standing water is scythed through with ease. Snow performance is yet to be tested, but I can confirm that grip on sheet ice is stable and predictable enough to allow for safe progress (or messing about!). In short I can wholeheartedly recommend these new Goodyears - 10 out of 10 so far...
tyre reviewed on 2015-12-01 22:17:52
Writing about the Toyo T1R given 100% (205-45-16-W)
Driving on mostly country roads for 44000 spirited miles
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tyre reviewed on 2010-03-14 13:21:25
Writing about the Michelin Pilot Sport AS 3 given 100% (205-45-17-)
Driving on a combination of roads for 2000 spirited miles
Replaced a set of Continental DWS that I had previously reviewed here. I live in Seattle USA which tends to have wet winters and only a few weeks of sub freezing weather. These tires feel great on the road. The rubber compound reminds me of one of those super bouncy balls. Sticky yet very solid. Compared to the DSW, these tires are superior in all conditions. The only issue I had with the DSW were the soft sidewalls. The Michelin are world's stiffer and require less steering wheel input while cornering. I tend to post regular updates on this forum so will post again in the spring or summer of 2014.
tyre reviewed on 2013-11-29 17:39:32
Writing about the Michelin Pilot Sport AS 3 given 100% (215-45-17-W)
Driving on a combination of roads for 5000 average miles
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tyre reviewed on 2019-09-22 09:54:14
Writing about the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 given 100% (205-45-17-W)
Driving on a combination of roads for 621 spirited miles
For my 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF, I decided to purchase 4 new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres. Unlike other ND Mazda MX-5 owners, I stayed with the original size, 205/45 R17, but in 88W specification. The original Bridgestone Potenza S001 tyres were showing pronounced wear, at 28000 kilometres, or 17400 miles. The tyres ranged from 3.4 millimetres of tread, down to 2.8 millimetres on one tyre, even with regular tyre rotations. Extrapolating the wear from brand new, I could''ve achieved 40000 km, or 25000 miles in total tyre life. As the puncture risk was increasingly higher, this motivated me in my purchase. The other reason was wheelspin from a standing start in the dry, without serious provocation.

The roadholding and grip are first rate. As you drive hard, the tyre is very progressive, towards its VERY high limits. When it does break away, it does so progressively. Oversteer is certainly still available, but its limit is higher than on the S001 tyres. The steering still loads up nicely in cornering. The turn in response is direct, too. Whilst it's not quite as sharp in turn in response as the Bridgestone Potenza S001, it's still very good. The feedback through the steering wheel, and the front and rear ends remains second to none - and it does so with better impact harshness absorption. The tyres' 'rolling comfort' - the ability to absorb small bumps - is WAY superior to the Potenza S001 tyres. Whilst this is most likely due to the stiffer sidewalls of the S001, which contribute to their slightly sharper turn in, the reality is more harshness, with no increase in handling and driving involvement - and less comfort.

Road and tyre NVH -Noise, Vibration and Harshness - is improved. Whilst the MX-5 can never be mistaken for a Lexus in terms of refinement, the improvement in this area is undeniable.

It's only early days in terms of determining wear, but I will certainly post updates as to how the tyre is going.

Here in Australia, the price for each tyre, for this size, at least, is between $235 to $245 dollars. I paid $235 each, with a 4 wheel alignment completed at $70. The alignment wasn't out by much, by only a millimetre. Personally, I think this is good value for money, considering the tyre and its attributes.

Thus far, would I buy them again? I'd have to say a resounding 'Yes'.

Highly recommended.
tyre reviewed on 2019-09-28 06:33:36
Writing about the Yokohama Parada Spec 2 given 100% (195-50-15-)
Driving on a combination of roads for 89000 average miles
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tyre reviewed on 2012-08-11 02:21:58
Writing about the Yokohama Parada Spec 2 given 99% (195-50-15-)
Driving on mostly motorways for 224000 average miles
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tyre reviewed on 2012-07-11 22:19:58
Writing about the Yokohama Parada Spec 2 given 99% (195-50-15-)
Driving on a combination of roads for 42000 average miles
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tyre reviewed on 2012-07-05 00:55:07
Writing about the Landsail LS588 UHP given 98% (205-45-17-W)
Driving on a combination of roads for 200 spirited miles
Replaced all four tyres on my MX5 Mk 3, 2 litre Sport with Landsail’s. The two existing front tyres on my MX5 were Continental’s of which were fairly worn-out, but still legal, while the rear tyres were Bridgestone’s of which still had a fair amount of tread on them but were showing signs of age with minute cracks in the side walls (they were over 5 years old after all), so l decided to replace all 4. Now, because my car is over 10 years old, l didn’t see the point in spending £120 a corner for tyres, so l took a chance and bought these Landy’s (all four cost £256 - fitted!) and OMG they are just as good, if not better than the tyres they replaced. Grip in dry/wet is excellent and noise levels extremely low. I can’t comment on their longevity as only covered a couple of hundred miles on them so far. Now l know Chinese tyres never had the best reputation in year’s gone by, but many more recent reviews stipulate that manufacturing techniques have moved on considerably over the last decade or so, and if these tyres are anything to go by l’d say l’m in total agreement. No wonder these tyres beat Michelin at their own game in recent tyre tests! What baffles me is the sheer snobbery in the makes of car tyres in the UK. Why pay triple the price for a tyre that is not always as good as the brand/hype manufacturer’s say they are?
Here’s to the next 20,000 miles...
tyre reviewed on 2019-04-19 23:09:19
Writing about the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance given 97% (225-45-17-)
Driving on mostly country roads for 1000 average miles
Replaced existing Good Year Eagle F1 with these and very pleased. Ride much more comfortable and grip very good in dry and wet.
tyre reviewed on 2017-08-12 14:09:30
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