The Explorer Plus from Kelly Tires is designed to provide dependable all-season traction
with a smoother and more refined ride quality. Built for drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans and smaller sport
utility vehicles, the Explorer Plus features black serrated lettering for a more attractive tread appearance.
An all-season tread compound and symmetric tread design combine with independent tread elements to give the tire
enhanced dry and wet traction. Larger outside shoulder blocks increase cornering grip, while also adding more
responsive steering. You'll also notice less road noise while driving on this tire compared to other tires in this
Four circumferential grooves and deeper lateral grooves increase wet handling and reduce the risk of
hydroplaning on wet road surfaces. The tread is designed to provide very good winter weather grip when the snow
starts falling as well. Good winter handling is an area often mentioned in other driver reviews and ratings.
Inside the tire you will find two steel belts that are nylon reinforced for added strength and durability at
higher speeds. A polyester radial cord body increases ride comfort and provides a more smooth ride. Kelly offers
sizes from 13-16 inches, and there is a 40,000 mile tread guarantee as well.
Dry, wet and winter traction are excellent
Cornering grip is very good
Tire rides comfortably
Good value for the money and performance
Would like to see just a bit more steering response
The Explorer Plus is one of those tires that seem to fly under the radar when it comes to new tire buying. A lot
of people simply don't know that much about them, but once you find out how well they perform you will be sold.
Dry and wet traction are impressive on this tire, as is its performance in the snow. In fact, it sits up there
with the better models in the all-season class. Cornering grip and overall stability are very good as well. The
ride is comfortable and pretty quiet for a basic AS tire.
Steering is responsive for the most part, but we always look for areas that could be improved on. Treadlife is
good, but a few drivers have mentioned it was shorter than they liked. This is possibly due to driving habits
because most drivers have said treadlife is good. Overall, we can definitely recommend this tire for those looking
at a basic all-season tire that sells for a lower price than some of the bigger name brands.
Kelly provides a 40,000 mile tread warranty on the Explorer Plus. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for 6-months or
the first 2/32 inch of wear.
Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years and include free replacement during the first year or first
2/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or down to the final 2/32 inch of tread