Road Hugger GT Ultra Tire Review & Rating
The high performance all-season Road Hugger GT Ultra, which is offered by Discount Tire, is designed with performance traction and handling in mind. Built for use on all types of sport coupes, sedans and crossovers, the new for 2016 Road Hugger GT Ultra is value priced for budget-minded driver.
A unique all-season tread compound is matched up with an asymmetric tread pattern that is designed for dependable dry and wet traction. The tire’s continuous center rib provides quicker steering response, while also delivering enhanced braking and accelertation.
Larger shoulder blocks and intermediate ribs add to cornering stability and overall handling performance, which is a plus for this tire. This model provides a more responsive feel than you often find on other tires in this class.
Four circumferential grooves and 3-D sipes around the tread give this tire added grip on wet pavement. These sipes are also designed to help with traction on snow and ice, although this is not a strength for the GT Ultra.
Finally, tapered groove edges and the added sipes further provide for increased treadlife. With a 460 UTQG rating you can expect decent treadwear from this tire. Road Hugger has several 16-20 inch sizes available, and all sizes feature a W-speed rating.
- Dry and wet traction
- Cornering performance
- Treadwear is better than many in this class
- Winter traction is fair
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There are a number of very good tires in the budget UHP all-season category, and this new GT Ultra is another nice addition. You can expect to find excellent dry traction and more than capable grip on wet road surfaces.
Cornering grip is another plus for this model, while steering response and on-center feel is much better than we expected from a lower priced offering. The ride is comfortable for the most part, although potholes and other rough pavement are felt more than you find on tires from Michelin, Continental and other bigger brand names.
Traction on snow and ice is arguably the biggest negative for this tire, although to be fair this is what you find with nearly every all-season tire. That said, light snow is easy to negotiate. It’s on ice that you’ll likely experience difficulty with braking/acceleration.
While admittedly not having the performance of a Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus or Yokohama YK580 among other top tires, it certainly holds its own. Overall, if you’re on a tighter budget and looking for a better than average UHP all-season tire, the Road Hugger GT Ultra is a solid option.
What Vehicles Will The Road Hugger GT Ultra Fit?
Fits these vehicles and many others:
- Chevrolet Cobalt, Cruze, Malibu, Impala
- Chrysler PT Cruiser, 200
- Dodge Caliber, Charger
- Ford Focus, Fusion, Mustang
- Honda Accord, Civic, Fit, CRV
- Hyundai Elantra, Sonata, Genesis
- Kia Forte, Optima
- Mazda 2, 3, 5, 6
- Nissan Altima, Sentra
- Pontiac G6, Trans Am
- Scion xA, xB, xD
- Subaru Forester, Impreza, Legacy
- Toyota Camry, Corolla, Prius
- Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, Passat
195/50R16 88W XL BSW
225/45R17 94W XL BSW
235/40R18 95W XL BSW
245/40R19 98W XL BSW
245/35R20 95W XL BSW
245/45R20 103W XL BSW
Road Hugger GT Ultra prices range from approximately $95 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.
The Road Hugger GT Ultra comes with a limited tread warranty.
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