Nexen N3000 Tire Review & Rating

Nexen is known for making some very good tires that cost less than many other brands, and the N3000 summer high performance model continues in that line. Designed to provide higher speed stability, braking and cornering performance, the N3000 is built for drivers of sports cars, coupes, and sedans.

A high performance summer tread compound is matched up to a directional tread pattern for maximum dry and wet traction. The unique arrow shaped continuous center rib provides added stability and steering response on dry pavement, while also increasing braking capabilities. It holds the corners well with its unique rigid shoulder block design that delivers added stability.

Nexen N3000 Tire Review

The directional v-shaped tread pattern also enhances wet road traction and handling, something mentioned often in other driver ratings and reviews. The aqua grooves channel away water from under the tread and reduces hydroplane risks.

Inside the tire you will find two steel belts that are nylon reinforced for added strength and durability throughout the speed range. A polyester cord body gives the tire increased ride comfort and more even treadwear. Nexen utilizes 5 random pitch variation that reduces tread pattern noise for additional ride quality.

The N3000 is available in a wide range of 16 – 24 inch sizes, and speed ratings of W and Y.


  • Excellent dry and wet traction
  • More than capable cornering grip
  • Ride quality


  • Summer tire only
  • Tread life

Overall Thoughts

The N3000 surprised us a bit with its nice performance. For a lower priced summer tire, it does a solid job in providing very good dry and wet traction with more than decent cornering performance.

The tread design sort of reminds you of the Sumitomo HTR Z II or even somewhat like the Riken Raptor Z, which are both good models in themselves. Ride quality is not bad at all on this tire and noise is lower than you might expect. Tread life could be better, but with its 340 UTQG rating you know what you’re getting. That said, for the lower price the tire gives you a decent life.

Overall, for the cost and performance you’ll find on this model the N3000 offers good value and makes for a nice option new tires.

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What Vehicles Will The N3000 Fit?

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

  • Acura RSX, TL, Integra
  • BMW 740i, M3, 540iA, 325Ci, 550i
  • Cadillac Deville DTS
  • Chevrolet Camaro, Cobalt, Impala
  • Ford Mustang, Focus
  • Honda Prelude, Civic, Fit, Accord, S2000
  • Kia Spectra
  • Mazda5, Mazda3, Miata, Protégé
  • Mercedes-Benz E430, C230, C43, E55
  • Nissan Maxima, Altima, 300ZX
  • Pontiac GTO, Trans Am, Grand Prix
  • Scion xB
  • Subaru Legacy, Impreza WRX
  • Toyota MR2, Celica GTS
  • Volkswagen Rabbit, Jetta, GTi, Passat
  • Volvo S60, S40, C70

Tire Sizes


205/40ZR16 79W BSW
205/45ZR16 XL 87W BSW
205/50ZR16 87W BSW
205/55ZR16 XL 94W BSW
215/40ZR16 XL 86W BSW
215/55ZR16 XL 97W BSW
225/45ZR16 89W BSW
225/55ZR16 95W BSW


205/40ZR17 XL 84W BSW
215/40ZR17 XL 87W BSW
215/45ZR17 XL 91W BSW
215/50ZR17 91W BSW
225/45ZR17 XL 94W BSW
225/50ZR17 94W BSW
235/45ZR17 94W BSW
245/40ZR17 91W BSW
245/45ZR17 95W BSW
255/40ZR17 94W BSW
275/40ZR17 98W BSW


215/35ZR18 XL 84Y BSW
225/40ZR18 XL 92Y BSW
235/40ZR18 93Y BSW
245/40ZR18 XL 97Y BSW
245/45ZR18 XL 100Y BSW
255/35ZR18 XL 94Y BSW
255/45ZR18 XL 103Y BSW
265/35ZR18 XL 97Y BSW
275/35ZR18 95Y BSW


235/35ZR19 XL 91Y BSW
245/35ZR19 XL 93Y BSW
265/30ZR19 XL 93Y BSW
275/30ZR19 XL 96W BSW


225/30ZR20 XL 85Y BSW
225/35ZR20 XL 90Y BSW
235/30ZR20 XL 88Y BSW
245/35ZR20 XL 95Y BSW
245/40ZR20 XL 99Y BSW
255/35ZR20 XL 97Y BSW
275/30ZR20 XL 97Y BSW
275/40ZR20 XL 106Y BSW
285/30ZR20 XL 99Y BSW


235/30ZR22 XL 90Y BSW
245/30ZR22 XL 92Y BSW
265/30ZR22 XL 97Y BSW
295/25ZR22 XL 97Y BSW


255/30ZR24 XL 97Y BSW
275/25ZR24 XL 96Y BSW
275/30ZR24 XL 101Y BSW

Price Range

Nexen N3000 prices range from approximately $67 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Nexen provides a limited tread warranty on the N3000. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first 2/32 inch of tread wear. Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years and include free replacement during the 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.

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