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 class.
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
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 depth.