Hankook Optimo H725 Tire Review & Rating
The Optimo H725 from Hankook features an all-season touring design that is built to provide year round traction and handling. This model is currently being used as original equipment on several different vehicles including the Ford Focus, Chevy Cobalt, Dodge Charger and several others. It can also be used as a replacement model on all types of sedans, minivans and crossovers.
An all-season tread compound and symmetric tread pattern combines with independent tread blocks and larger lateral grooves to provide increased dry traction and steering response. Cornering grip is adequate due in part to the center rib, and the tire is stable throughout the speed zone.
Four circumferential grooves and added cross grooves are designed to evacuate water from under the tread on rain soaked road surfaces. The tread is also designed to provide performance on snow covered pavement, which is not a strength for this model. Hankook’s pitch design technology is created to help lower road noise for enhanced ride quality.
Inside the tire you will find two steel belts with a nylon reinforced cap ply that increase strength and durability to the tire. A polyester cord body adds to ride comfort. Hankook offers sizes from 15-19 inches and includes an 80,000 mile tread guarantee.
- Very good dry traction
- Steering is responsive
- Winter handling
- Ride comfort
- Lower than expected treadlife
When we first looked at the Optimo H725 we expected to find very good performance. The fact that they are used as OE on many different vehicles and how well other Optimo tire models in Hankook’s lineup perform, gave us a lot of optimism. Unfortunately, this tire completely fails to live up to those expectations.
Dry traction and steering response are a plus on this model. Cornering stability is good for the most part as well. But that is where the positives end and the negatives begin.
Treadlife on this tire is simply not as good as it could be. Sure, it has an 80,000 mile warranty, but far too many drivers have stated in reviews that they have received nowhere near the mileage they should have out of the tread. Many see about half the miles that they expected. Beyond treadwear is the actual ride on this tire. It tends to be noisy, especially at highway speeds. The ride also could use a bit of softening in able for it to be called “comfortable”. Finally, winter handling is another problem area on this tire. We would like to see much improved performance on snow and ice.
Overall, as much as we hate to say it, we rank the H725 in the lower half to the bottom of the touring all-season class. There’s no question that Hankook makes some very good tires, but the H725 is not one of them. If a Hankook tire is what you are looking for, the Optimo H727 is a superior model to this tire.
What Vehicles Will The H725 Fit?
(This is not a complete list of ALL vehicles this tire will fit)
- Chevrolet Malibu, Equinox, Cobalt
- Chrysler Pacifica
- Dodge Magnum, Ram, Grand Caravan
- Ford Flex, Focus, Taurus
- GMC Terrain
- Honda Civic, CR-V, Accord
- Hyundai Sonata
- Pontiac G6
- Saturn Vue, Aura
- Subaru Outback
- Toyota Highlander, Prius, Corolla
P195/60R15 87T BSW
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Hankook Optimo H725 prices range from approximately $74 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.
Hankook provides a 5-year or 80,000 mile tread warranty on the H725. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for one-year or the first 2/32 inch of wear.
Materials and workmanship are warranted for 5-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. You will also receive a one-year or first 2/32 inch of wear road hazard protection service as well.
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