Ohtsu ST5000 Tire Review & Rating

Built for all-season highway performance, the Ohtsu ST5000 is specifically designed for drivers of crossovers and SUV’s. As a sibling to Falken Tires, the Ohtsu lineup is ideally suited for those who are looking to save a lot of money on a set of new tires without severely compromising on traction and handling.

The ST5000 sports an M+S rated all-season tread compound with a symmetrical tread pattern. It’s non-directional which makes it easy to rotate your tires and is designed for a longer treadlife.

Ohtsu ST5000 Tire Review

A continuous center rib delivers increased lateral handling and stability, while high-angled lateral grooves and offset tread blocks add to overall traction on both dry and wet pavement. Overall handling and cornering grip is pretty good on this tire.

Ohtsu has added four circumferential grooves around the tire to help in reducing the risk of hydroplaning and providing better wet grip. Added sipes are meant to increase wet traction, as well as winter grip, but this is a tire that struggles on snow and ice.

An optimized tread block pattern aids in reducing road noise and enhancing tread wear. A joint-less nylon cap ply adds strength and durability throughout the speed range, as well as lengthening tread life. The ST5000 carries a 500 UTQG rating, and this model is available in a range of 15-26 inch sizes.


  • Good dry and wet traction, handling and lateral grip
  • Responsive steering
  • Smooth ride and good overall treadlife
  • Excellent value for a budget-friendly cost


  • Winter weather performance

Overall Thoughts

Although we would recommend other models such as the Yokohama YK-HTX and Michelin Defender LTX M/S among others as top choices for highway all-season performance on your pickup, crossover or SUV, this model is not bad at all. It also has the benefit of fitting the budget of those who are seeking to save the most money they can on a set of new tires.

Traction and handling are solid overall on dry or wet roads, and the ride may surprise you with the comfort level it provides. On the other hand, do not expect much in the way of winter traction with the ST5000. We’ve heard many drivers say the same things as well. But if you are someone who does not have to deal with a lot of severe winter weather on an extended basis, you’ll find this tire performs quite well for a lower costing model.

Overall, while arguably not the best in class, for an entry-level budget all-season tire the ST5000 delivers good value for the money.

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What Vehicles Will The ST5000 Fit?

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

  • Acura MDX
  • Buick Enclave
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Chevrolet Tahoe, Trailblazer, Silverado
  • Dodge Durango, Ram
  • Ford Explorer, F-150, Expedition
  • GMC Yukon, Sierra
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Infiniti FX35, FX45
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Mazda CX-7, CX-9
  • Mercedes Benz R350, ML350
  • Mercury Mountaineer
  • Nissan Murano, Armada, Pathfinder
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Toyota Sequoia, 4Runner

Tire Sizes


P265/70R15 110S OWL
LT235/75R15 104Q OWL
30/9.5R15LT 104S OWL
31/10.5R15LT 109S OWL


P215/70R16 99S BSW
P235/70R16 104S OWL
P245/70R16 106S OWL
P245/75R16 109S OWL
P255/65R16 106S BSW
P255/70R16 109S OWL
P265/70R16 111S OWL
P265/75R16 114S OWL
LT285/75R16 112Q OWL


245/65R17 107T BSW
265/70R17 113T OWL
P275/60R17 110S OWL


255/55R18 109H BSW
285/60R18 116H BSW


265/50R20 111H BSW
P275/45R20 106H BSW
275/55R20 117H BSW
P275/60R20 114H BSW
285/50R20 112H BSW


265/35R22 102H BSW
265/40R22 106H BSW
305/40R22 114H BSW
P305/45R22 118H BSW


305/35R24 112H BSW


305/30R26 109H BSW

Price Range

Ohtsu ST5000 prices range from approximately $90 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Ohtsu provides a limited tread warranty on the ST5000, which is backed by Falken. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first 2/32 inch of wear. Materials and workmanship are warranted down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

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5 thoughts on “Ohtsu ST5000 Tire Review & Rating

  1. These Ohtsu ST5000’s are the worst tires I have EVER owned. The NTB sales guy tried to stop me, 3 years ago. They have 30k miles on them and they are garbage. They are on a 2011 Tahoe that only sees ON road, highway usage. Since new they flat spot when sitting overnight, every morning you feel the cyclical bump for the first few miles. They no longer balance and shake like crazy at 75mph, they have been back to NTB for regular rotation and balance and it doesn’t seem to help at all. There is plenty of tread left, and I have no complaints about traction, wet or dry, but unbalanced tires make for miserable driving at interstate speeds!

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