Nexen N5000 Platinum Tire Review & Rating
The Nexen N5000 Platinum tires is a grand-touring tire targeted at premium buyers but at a lower price point than similar rubber. It suits mid- and larger-size passenger vehicles including sedans and SUVs. This is an all-weather tire, not an all-season tire. The tricky nuance here is that the Nexen N5000 Platinum sports the M+S, meaning it can be used year around even in light snow.
Users like this tire for its low profile and compliant road manners, though aggressive siping and the four thick center grooves contribute to a fair amount of road noise for the class. This tire is designed to spread the divide between longevity and grand touring performance typical on higher end SUVs and sedans without breaking the bank.
Those center grooves and deep angled cuts out to the shoulder of the tire help evacuate ice, snow, and water with ease, and that coupled with a cold-weather-compliant compound give the tire year-round performance over and above all-season tires.
Depending on size, these tires have speed ratings of H, V, or W. That means either 149 mph or 169 mph max speed, well above highway. The load index ranges from 84, or 1,102 lb to 111, which represents a weight carrying capacity of 2,403 lb per tire, making them appropriate for a wide range of mid- to large-size sedans and SUVs. H- and V-rated tires carry a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, W-rated tires are guaranteed for up to 55,000 miles.
- M+S rated for year-round performance
- Great tread life
- Grand touring looks
- Slightly noisy
- Tread design is utilitarian
The N5000 Platinum tire from Nexen is a great alternative to OEM-fitted rubber on higher trim levels of most higher end SUVs and sedans. It offers a sporty stance and road compliance, as well as longevity, and year-round confidence in all conditions thanks to that M+S rating. They even feature a small amount of rim protection with a thick layer of rubber near the bead.
Nexen has compromised on looks slightly with its utilitarian tread pattern, but the sheer volume of multi-directional cuts and sipes are what gives this tire its genuine all-weather grip and confidence. If you live in an area that has moderate winters with occasional snow and not a lot of ice, than a four-season tire makes sense. We should point out that a dedicated winter tire is always the best option for heavier winter conditions, but the Nexen N5000 is a convenient alternative to swapping your tires twice a year.
Competitors & Alternatives
While there are many grand touring tires on the market, the selection of four-season tires is much smaller. Alternatives include the Michelin CrossClimate2 tire, which comes with the three-peak mountain and snowflake symbol that some prefer over the M+S rating. Michelin’s variant is around 40 percent more expensive though. Hankook’s Kinergy 4s2 is another 3PMSF tire for grand touring use and is slightly less expensive than Nexen’s option, but has a shorter treadwear warranty.
With a starting price a little over $100 per tire and climbing to a little under $400 per tire for the larger sizes, the N5000 Platinum is in the lower- to mid-price range of genuine four-season tires.
You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons, and special offers on this tire.
There is a 45-day satisfaction guarantee on the Nexen N5000 Platinum tire. It takes the form of the company’s “Free Trial” program, which allows you to claim a refund within 45 days or 500 miles.
Nexen Tires are also covered by warranty against problems with materials or workmanship for six years from manufacture. The company will replace tires completely free of charge for up to 12 months and for the first 2/32” of wear.
The company also offers a two-year road hazard warranty and up to a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty on the N5000 Platinum tire.