Firestone Firehawk GT Tire Review & Rating
The Firehawk GT from Firestone is designed to provide high performance traction and grip, to go with a longer tread life and all-season drivability. Engineered for drivers of sport coupes, sedans and crossovers, the GT features the latest in tire technology in its tread makeup.
An all-season silica tread compound combines with an asymmetric tread pattern and continuous center rib that increases dry pavement stability, braking and acceleration. Larger outside shoulder blocks enhance traction and provide added cornering performance throughout the speed zone.
The tire’s circumferential and lateral grooves channel away water from under the tire for increased wet road handling and improved resistance to hydroplaning. Numerous sipes around the tread provide bite on snow covered pavement. Firestone utilizes Veri-Pitch Noise Reduction in order to reduce outside road noise and maintain ride comfort.
Inside the tire you will find two steel belts that are reinforced with spirally wrapped nylon for added strength and durability, as well as a longer treadlife. A polyester cord body delivers increased ride comfort and a smoother ride. Firestone has sizes available from 15-18 inches, and includes up to a 50,000 mile tread guarantee.
- Dry traction and cornering are outstanding
- Steering is crisp and responsive
- Ride comfort is good for a high performance tire
- A little extra road noise
- Would like to see a bit more wet/winter traction
- Treadwear is poor
The Firehawk GT provides excellent dry traction, acceleration and braking. We would say that it is among some of the better tires in this class in this area. Wet and winter handling are so-so and could be a touch better, but still acceptable. Cornering performance and overall stability is very good, and the steering is responsive at all speeds.
While the ride is pretty comfortable for this type of tire, we would like to see less road noise. It’s nothing that you can’t get rid of by turning up the radio, but it is a little more pronounced than models from Michelin, Bridgestone, etc.
Treadlife is undoubtedly the major trouble spot on this model. It wears too quickly and this has been a big issue for many drivers in reviews on this tire. We will say that we’ve heard from some that have spoken well of the miles this tire delivers, but there are far too many on the negative side to ignore. Firestone does provide a 50K mile warranty.
Overall, we rank this model in the lower to middle of the pack for high performance all-season tires. You may want to consider other tires like the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3 Plus or Firestone’s own Firehawk AS as better options.
What Vehicles Will The Firehawk GT Fit?
Fits these vehicles and many others:
- BMW 525i, 318i
- Chevrolet Corvette, Impala, Cobalt, Cavalier, Monte Carlo
- Chrysler 300, Sebring
- Dodge Charger, Magnum, Grand Caravan, Caliber
- Fiat 500
- Ford Focus, Taurus, Freestyle
- Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, Element
- Hyundai Elantra, Sonata
- Lexus GS400, LS400
- Mazda3, Protege
- Mercury Cougar, Villager
- Nissan Maxima, Sentra, Altima
- Pontiac GTO, G6, Grand Am, Grand Prix, Vibe
- Saab 9-5, 900SE
- Saturn Aura, Ion
- Toyota Camry, Sienna, Prius, Matrix, Avalon, Corolla
- Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Jetta
185/55R15 82H BW
185/55-15 82V BW
185/65-15 86H BW
195/60-15 87H BW
195/65-15 89H BW
215/60-15 93H BW
205/55-16 91V BW
215/55-16 93H BW
225/60-16 97H BW
215/50-17 95W BW
215/55-17 94V BW
225/50-17 94V BW
225/55-17 97V BW
235/55-17 98W BW
245/45-17 95W BW
225/50-18 95W BW
245/45-18 100W BW
245/40-20 99W BW
245/45-20 99V BW
Prices on the Firestone Firehawk range from approximately $90 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons and special offers on this tire.
The Firehawk GT carries a 5-year or 50,000 mile tread warranty on H and V-speed rated tires, or a 5-year / 40,000 mile guarantee on W-speed rated models. Tire uniformity is warranted for the first 1/32 inch of wear.
Materials and workmanship are covered for 5-years and include free replacement during the first 3-years. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.
Firestone also provides their 30-day buy and try guarantee where you can refund or exchange the tires if you are not completely satisfied.
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