General G-Max AS-05 Tire Review & Rating

The General G-Max AS-05, released in May 2017, is an ultra-high performance all-season tire aimed at drivers of all types of sport coupes and sedans. Built to provide the highest levels of performance from an all-season tire, this new model will replace the current G-Max AS-03 which has been a widely popular tire since 2011.

General uses their unique GripTread technology and an asymmetric tread pattern that is designed to increase not only overall traction on dry/wet pavement, but to deliver more responsive handling and cornering grip. It works very well for this tire as cornering grip and stability is among the best in the UHP AS class.

General G-Max AS-05 Tire Review

The G-Max AS-05 features General’s Smart Monitor tread indicators that allow you to visually see when the tires need to be replaced, and a Visual Alignment Indicator that shows you when to get your alignment checked.

StabiliTread Technololgy enhances treadlife and even tread wear by creating a larger contact patch. A 500 UTGC rating and General Tire’s 50K mile warranty on this model speak well of expected treadlife on this tire.

General offers 54 sizes that range from 16-22 inches, and all sizes sport a W-speed rating.

Pros

  • Dry and wet traction
  • Outstanding cornering grip and stability
  • Comfortable ride for UHP tire
  • Treadlife better than average

Cons

  • Too early to know winter performance

Overall Thoughts

If you’re a driving enthusiast looking for a UHP all-season tire that delivers on its promises of outstanding traction and cornering performance, you’re going to like the new General G-Max AS-05. While the older AS-03 was a popular choice in its own right, this new model exceeds it in all areas.

Traction on both dry or wet pavement is excellent and what you would expect from a top UHP tire. Cornering stability is equally as impressive and we feel it holds the road at a noticeably higher level than the AS-03. This tire does not break free without really making a concentrated effort. In addition, the ride is comfortable and road noise is not an issues.

Winter traction and handling is an area that we can’t speak to at this time. (We will update during the coming winter season.) Although early, treadlife is another area that looks to be strong at this stage.

Overall, the AS-05 is simply among the best in class for UHP AS tires. We expect it to compete favorably against the likes of the Michelin AS3 Plus, Continental DWS06 and others as top dog in this category. Highly recommended.

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What Vehicles Will The General G-Max AS-05 Fit?

(This is not a complete list of ALL vehicles this tire will fit)

  • Acura TL, RL, RSX
  • Audi A6, A4, A8L, TT
  • BMW 135i, 545i, 550i, 750Li, M5, M3, 330i
  • Buick Regal, Lucerne
  • Chevrolet Corvette, Impala, Monte Carlo SS, Camaro, Cobalt, Cruze, Malibu
  • Chrysler 200
  • Dodge Charger, Avenger, Challenger
  • Ford Mustang GT, Fusion, Focus, Explorer, Contour
  • Honda Civic, CRZ
  • Hyundai Sonata, Veloster
  • Jaguar XKR, XK8
  • Lexus GS350, GS430, IS300, LS460L
  • Lincoln LS
  • Mazda3, RX-8, Miata
  • Mercedes-Benz E550, SL55, SL500, SLK320, CLK430
  • Nissan 370Z, Maxima
  • Pontiac GTO, G8, G6, Grand Prix, Trans Am
  • Scion tC
  • Subaru Legacy, Outback, Impreza, BRZ
  • Volkswagen Jetta, CC Sport, Passat, GTi

Tire Sizes

16″

195/50R16 84W BSW
205/45R16 83W BSW
205/50R16 87W BSW
205/55R16 91W BSW
215/55R16 93W BSW
225/50R16 92W BSW
225/55R16 95W BSW

17″

205/40R17 84W XL BSW
205/45R17 88W XL BSW
205/50R17 93W XL BSW
215/50R17 95W XL BSW
215/55R17 94W BSW
225/45R17 91W BSW
225/50R17 94W BSW
225/55R17 97W BSW
235/45R17 94W BSW
235/50R17 96W BSW
235/55R17 99W BSW
245/40R17 91W BSW
245/45R17 95W BSW
245/50R17 99W BSW
275/40R17 98W BSW

18″

215/40R18 89W XL BSW
215/45R18 93W XL BSW
225/40R18 92W XL BSW
225/45R18 91W BSW
225/50R18 95W BSW
235/40R18 95W XL BSW
235/45R18 98W XL BSW
235/50R18 97W BSW
245/40R18 97W XL BSW
245/45R18 100W XL BSW
245/55R18 103W BSW
255/35R18 94W XL BSW
255/40R18 99W XL BSW
255/45R18 103W XL BSW
265/35R18 97W XL BSW
275/40R18 99W BSW

19″

225/40R19 93W XL BSW
225/45R19 92W BSW
245/40R19 98W XL BSW
245/45R19 98W BSW
255/35R19 96W XL BSW
255/40R19 100W XL BSW
275/40R19 101W BSW

20″

245/35R20 95W XL BSW
245/40R20 99W XL BSW
245/45R20 103W XL BSW
255/35R20 97W XL BSW
255/45R20 105W XL BSW
275/35R20 102W XL BSW
275/40R20 106W XL BSW

22″

265/40R22 106W XL BSW

Price Range

General G-Max AS-05 prices range from approximately $98 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Warranty

General provides a 6-year or 50,000 mile tread warranty on the G-Max AS-05. A one-year or first 2/32 inch of wear tire uniformity guarantee applies to all tires.

Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years and include first year or first 2/32 inch free replacement. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

General also includes their 45-day or first 2/32 inch of wear customer satisfaction trial guarantee.


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6 thoughts on “General G-Max AS-05 Tire Review & Rating

  1. As per Dougs complaint, same problems on these tires installed in May 2018. After 6 months on my 2012 Camry, also had very bad vibration around 60-80 km . Rotated tires, but did not make a difference. Toyota mechanic checked balance and fault was due to tires. Dashboard shakes and put up with this for another summer until my rear tire blew
    Very hazardous and will never buy General Tires. Worst tires in my 40 years of driving.

  2. Had these installed on my 2012 Camry – size 225 45 18
    After.25000 km and 18 months, bad vibration that dashboard shakes , – 3 mechanics claim its fault of tire.

    Do not buy these.

    1. Hey Doug! We apologize that you didn’t have the best experience. However, we are here to help you choose the most suitable tires for your vehicle.

  3. This tire is not for smaller cars like a Civic at all. I would have no issue running these on my G37 or my M3.

    The main issue I have with these are the flat spot feel during a cold morning. It’s awful. I run mainly DWS series from Continental on my cars and they have the flat spot feel to a degree but not this badly.

    I would stack these up to a DWS 06 in terms on handling and give them a better rating in wet roads then the DWS 06.

    The tire itself feels heavy compared to the DWS series tires and you really need to put more pressure on the go pedal lol.

    All in all the tire is OK however as I said avoid this tire on a smaller car like a Civic etc.. it is just a harsh and unrefined ride.

  4. How does the monitor and alignment indicators work? I assume it has something to do with the colors on the tire.

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