Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS review
What is it?
The Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS an ultra high performance all season tire designed for performance-oriented coupes and sedans, and sports cars that see year-round use.
Strengths and weaknesses?
The Firehawk Wide Oval AS is solid across most performance categories and evaluative metrics.
Data indicates that dry and wet traction and grip are about average for the tire category. Winter/snow performance is slightly above average for a high performance all season tire, and comfort characteristics are all positive.
Treadlife/mileage is just average, which is probably fair enough in light of the Firehawk's reasonable price (detailed below).
How does the Firehawk Wide Oval AS compare?
In 2013 Tire Rack testing, the Firehawk Wide Oval AS finished behind the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2, Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season, and General G-MAX AS-03 in final overall standings. The Firehawk Wide Oval AS delivered good road manners, but trailed the competition in most performance categories.
User feedback hasn't necessarily echoed the Tire Rack findings, especially when it comes to the tire's wet condition performance, which has received positive user ratings. The Tire Rack test results are also not inclusive of treadlife and value factors, where the Firehawk Wide Oval AS shines.
- Treadlife Warranty: 5 years, 40,000 miles
- Uniformity Warranty: First 1/32" of wear
Anything else to know?
The Firehawk Wide Oval AS definitely offers less outright grip and performance than alternative ultra high performance all season options, but delivers on value.
Among the top tier ultra high performance all season tire options, the Firehawk Wide Oval AS (W-Speed Rated) is markedly less expensive than alternatives. In a common "18 size, the Firestone comes in at $20, $40, even $60 less per tire than quality options like the Continental ExtremeContact DWS.
Our take is that value and respectable all season performance make the Firehawk Wide Oval AS worthy of consideration. However, if you're looking for maximum performance and economics are a secondary concern, then the Firehawk Wide Oval AS probably isn't your tire.
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