Yokohama S. Drive Tire Review & Rating

Yokohama’s ultra-high performance summer driving tire, the S. Drive, (S. Drive stands for Sport Drive) is designed for all types of sports cars, coupes and sedans for drivers who want the latest in tire technology and performance.

The tire sports a directional tread pattern that features a unique micro-flexible silica tread compound and solid center rib. It helps the tire maximize contact with the road, which increases cornering grip on both dry or wet surfaces.

Yokohama S. Drive Tire Review

Wet pavement traction is enhanced by wider circumferential grooves and variable angled grooves. They combine to reduce the risk of hydroplaning and give you more added driving confidence when the weather turns to rain.

Yokohama has also added a “Groove-in-Groove” design that provides additional cornering grip and more even tread wear.

Inside the tread you will find two steel belts and jointless nylon cap plies to go along with belt edge strips. They work together to give the tire better durability at higher speeds, as well as a more comfortable ride on the highway.

Something else we found interesting was the fact that the Yokohama S.Drive is lighter in weight than most other tires in its class. In some case it is over 3 pounds lighter per tire, which may seem insignificant but it does make a difference.

Yokohama offers the S.Drive in a wide range of sizes. Currently, there are over 70 different tire sizes available, and they come in V, W and Y speed ratings.


  • Above average cornering capabilities on dry surfaces
  • Wet road traction is solid
  • Tread life is good
  • Tires ride comfortably


  • Tires can become a bit noisy later in their tread life

Overall Thoughts

We like the Yokohama S Drive’s aggressive and unique tread design. It’s both attractive and functional at the same time. Expect to find confident handling and precise steering response on this tire. In addition, cornering grip doesn’t leave you disappointed. Traction on wet roads is equally impressive, and tread life for this tire is better than you might expect.

The biggest need for improvement in our opinion would be reducing the road noise at higher speeds. We’ve heard this come from several drivers in reviews of this model. Sure you can turn up the radio, but it would be nice if there was just a little less noise, especially as this tire begins wearing down.

Overall, despite the added noise, this is a solid performing summer tire that doesn’t really disappoint. We rank it in the upper half of the summer high-performance class.

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What Vehicles Will The S Drive Fit?

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

  • Acura Integra, CSX, TSX
  • BMW M3, 530i, 335i, 135i, Z4, 645i
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Chevrolet Cobalt, Corvette
  • Dodge Neon
  • Ford Mustang GT, Focus
  • Honda Civic, Fit, Accord, S2000, CRX, Prelude
  • Mazda RX-7, Miata, Mazda3, Mazda6, Protege, Millenia S, RX-8
  • Mini Cooper S
  • Mitsubishi Lancer, Eclipse, 3000GT
  • Nissan 350Z, Altima, Maxima
  • Pontiac GTO, G3, Bonneville, Trans Am, G8
  • Scion tC, xB
  • Subaru Forester, Legacy
  • Suzuki Forenza
  • Toyota MR2, Yaris, Camry, Celica
  • Volkswagen Jetta, GTi, Impreza WRX, Rabbit, Golf

Tire Sizes


185/55R14 80V BW


185/55R15 82V BW
195/45R15 78W BW
195/50R15 82V BW
195/55R15 85V BW
205/50R15 86V BW
205/55R15 88W BW


175/50R16 77T BW
195/40R16 80W XL BW
195/45R16 84W XL BW
205/45R16 87W XL BW
205/50R16 87W BW
205/55R16 91W BW
215/35R16 81W XL BW
215/40R16 86W XL BW
215/55R16 93W BW
225/50R16 92W BW
225/55R16 95W BW


195/40R17 81W XL BW
195/45R17 85W XL BW
205/40R17 84W XL BW
205/45R17 88W XL BW
205/50R17 93W XL BW
215/35R17 83W XL BW
215/40R17 87W XL BW
215/45R17 91W XL BW
215/50R17 95W XL BW
215/55R17 98W XL BW
225/35R17 86 XL BW
225/45R17 91W BW
225/50R17 98W XL BW
225/55R17 97W BW
235/40R17 90W BW
235/45R17 97W XL BW
235/50R17 100W XL BW
235/55R17 103W XL BW
245/40R17 91W BW
245/45R17 99W XL BW
255/40R17 94W BW
275/40R17 98W BW


205/40R18 86Y XL BW
215/35R18 84Y XL BW
215/40R18 89Y XL BW
225/35R18 87Y XL BW
225/40R18 92W XL BW
225/45R18 95W XL BW
225/50R18 95W BW
235/40R18 95W XL BW
235/50R18 97W BW
245/35R18 92Y XL BW
245/40R18 97W XL BW
245/45R18 100W XL BW
255/35R18 94Y XL BW
255/45R18 99W BW
265/35R18 97Y XL BW
275/35R18 99Y XL BW
275/40R18 99Y BW


215/35R19 85Y XL BW
225/35R19 88Y XL BW
225/40R19 93W XL BW
225/45R19 96W XL BW
235/35R19 91Y XL BW
245/30R19 89Y XL BW
245/35R19 93Y XL BW
245/40R19 94Y BW
245/45R19 98Y BW
245/50R19 105W XL BW
255/30R19 91Y XL BW
255/35R19 96W XL BW
255/40R19 96Y BW
265/30R19 93Y XL BW
275/30R19 96Y XL BW
275/35R19 96Y BW
275/40R19 101Y BW


225/35R20 90Y XL BW
245/35R20 95Y XL BW
245/40R20 99Y XL BW
245/45R20 99W BW
255/30R20 92Y XL BW
255/35R20 97Y XL BW
275/30R20 97Y XL BW
275/35R20 102Y XL BW
275/40R20 106W XL BW
285/30R20 99Y XL BW

Price Range

Prices on the S. Drive range from approximately $83 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Materials and workmanship are warranted for 5-years and include free tire replacement during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or until the last 2/32 inch of tread depth.

There is also a 30-day test drive with this model that allows you to exchange or refund the tires within 30 days if you are not satisfied.

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One thought on “Yokohama S. Drive Tire Review & Rating

  1. I put two Sentury UHP on my ’97 Passat with two Yokohama S.Drives. The S.Drives have about 2/3 the treadwear rating of the UHPs but I was getting 20k from the S.Drives where the UHPs were gone in 15K. That was treadwear not damage. In my case thats 0.46 cents per mile for the S.Drives & 0.39 cents for the UHP.
    Traction is a little better with the UHP. The S.Drive starts squealing in to corner just before the UHPs would.
    Road noise was not an issue.
    I did not notice any difference in wet traction between the two but really didnt pay much attention.
    Both are good tires. I would recommend either but lean more toward the UHP.

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