Kumho Ecsta AST Tire Review & Rating
The Ecsta AST is another high performance all-season tire in the Kumho lineup that features aggressive looks, good performance, and quality ride comfort. Built for drivers of sport coupes and sedans, the AST is priced especially for those on a tight budget.
The all-season tread compound sports advanced carbon black into a directional tread pattern for year round performance and handling. Dry surface grip is enhanced with the tire’s wider shoulder blocks, while steering response and stability is increased with a center rib.
Wet surface handling is aided with cross grooves and a multi-sipe design to increase hydroplane resistance. However, as you can see by our comments below we feel the tire could use help in this area.
Inside the tire you’ll find an advanced twin steel belt design that features high-tensile steel and jointless nylon cap technology that provides reinforcement to the tread and better high speed stability. The sidewalls use a filler material which increases cornering grip and reduces tire distortion.
Kumho has also added a rim protector to the sidewall to prevent damage to expensive custom wheels. Sizes range from 15-18 inches, and there is a 50,000 mile treadlife warranty included as well.
- Excellent cornering grip and dry surface traction
- Good ride comfort
- Inexpensive tire that provides good value for the money
- Tend to get noisy as they wear down
- Snow and ice traction could be better
The Ecsta AST has good dry pavement abilities. It handles and corners well for an all-season tire, and delivers very good stability at higher speeds. In addition, the ride is comfortable.
On the other hand, traction could be a bit better on wet, snow and ice covered pavement. We’ve heard from a few drivers speaking of hydroplane issues in heavy downpours.
Overall, the AST features pretty good performance for the lower price it carries. We give it a middle of the class ranking.
What Vehicles Will The Ecsta AST Fit?
(This is not a complete list of ALL vehicles this tire will fit)
- Chevy Cobalt, Camaro
- Ford Focus, Mustang
- Honda Civic, Focus, Accord, Prelude
- Kia Spectra
- Mazda Miata, 3, Protege
- Nissan Sentra
- Pontiac GTO, Grand Am
- Scion tC
- Subaru Impreza WRX
- Toyota Corolla, Camry
- Volkswagen Golf, Passant, GTi
195/50R-15 82H BSW
205/50R-15 86H BSW
225/50R-15 91H BSW
205/40R-16XL 83H BSW
205/45R-16XL 87H BSW
205/50R-16 87H BSW
225/50R-16 92H BSW
245/50R-16 97H BSW
205/40R-17XL 84H BSW
205/45R-17XL 88H BSW
215/40R-17XL 87H BSW
215/45R-17XL 91H BSW
225/45R-17XL 94H BSW
235/45R-17 94H BSW
245/45R-17 95H BSW
215/35R-18XL 84H BSW
225/40R-18XL 92H BSW
235/40R18 XL 95H BSW
Prices on the Ecsta AST range from approximately $63 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons and special offers on this tire.
A 50,000 mile treadlife warranty comes with the tire. There is also a one-year or first 2/32 inch of wear guarantee on the tire’s uniformity.
Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years and come with free replacement during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is then given for the remaining time period or until the tire reaches its final 2/32 inch of tread depth.
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