Kumho Tire Reviews

Updated 12/8/2017

Kumho Tires was founded in 1960 in South Korea, and has been selling tires in the U.S. since 1988, when they received D.O.T. approval. They quickly became known as an affordable brand to use for grassroots motorsports competition such as autocross (auto-x) and sanctioned road racing. Consumers can benefit from the entire line-up of Kumho tires for passenger cars, SUVs and pick-up trucks. In 2008, Kumho broke ground in a $225 million dollar factory to manufacture tires in Macon, GA. It is expected to start shipping out U.S. made tires in 2016.

Kumho markets different lines of tires, at price points from budget to premium, within the same categories. We'll try to make some sense of all the different models.

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Touring All-Season

Kumho Solus TA11 Best Value Pick
4.6 out of 5 based on 105 user ratings as of 10/21/17.

This is a budget Touring All-Season tire, with a 6-year/75k mile warranty. It has good reviews primarily based on price, though the warranty helps with the confidence. For a little better performance in wet and winter conditions, we recommend the General Altimax RT43 which beat out the TA11 in a detailed test by Tire Rack.

Read all Solus TA11 Reviews at TireBuyer

Kumho Solus KR21
4.6 out of 5 based on 696 user ratings as of August 2016.
The Solus KR21 is a popular tire, having logged nearly 25 million cumulative miles by reviewers at the Tire Rack. It cannot be considered a performance tire, having a low 5.5/10 Dry traction rating coming from Kumho themselves. Think of it as a long lasting passenger All-Season tire with a 85,000 mile warranty. It ranks around the middle of the category vs. other brands, but is a fine tire for All-Season use. If you need better winter performance, you will want to try one of these:

Kumho's own ratings for the KR21:

  • Dry traction: 5.5/10
  • Wet traction: 8/10
  • Noise: 8/10
  • Wear: 9/10
  • Comfort: 8/10
  • Snow traction: 8/10
  • Off-road: N/A

Read all Solus KR21 Reviews

Kumho Sense KR26
4.6 out of 5 based on 57 user ratings as of 10/21/17.

Kumho also considers the Sense KR26 both a Performance and Touring tire, but its 60k mile warranty and Dry traction rating of 7/10 makes it more a Touring tire. However that is nothing to scoff at, as Kumho rates its excellent Ecsta 4X II UHP tire with a Dry traction rating of 8/10. Therefore, if you want a longer lasting Performance tire, either the Sense KR26 or Solus TA31 are good choices.

Kumho's own ratings for the KR26:

  • Dry traction: 7/10
  • Wet traction: 7/10
  • Noise: 8/10
  • Wear: 7/10
  • Comfort: 8/10
  • Snow traction: 7/10
  • Off-road: N/A

Read detailed Sense KR26 Reviews at TireBuyer

Kumho Solus KH16
4.4 out of 5 based on 201 user ratings as of 10/21/17.
Kumho classifies the Solus KH16 as both High-Performance and Touring. We opted to group it with the Touring tires due to the fact that Kumho only gives it a 6/10 for Dry traction, which does not indicate a high performance tire! It does get decent ratings for wet traction, however. The warranty of 60,000 miles is more along the lines of a Touring tire. Most sizes are more expensive than the same sizes for the Sense KR26. The Sense KR26 seems to have slightly better reviews overall, based on its cumulative rating. Read more detailed Solus KH16 Reviews at TireBuyer

Kumho Solus KH25
3.3 out of 5 based on 19 user ratings as of 10/21/17.
The Solus KH25 comes mounted as OEM tires for some manufacturers. We currently do NOT recommend it due to sub-par reviews. In the same price range, we would recommend the Solus TA71 which has much better reviews, in the Grand Touring category below.

Below: The Solus KH25 OEM tire on a Ford Fiesta. Kumho Solus KH25 OEMtire on a Ford Fiesta

Read all Solus KH25 Reviews

Grand Touring All-Season

Kumho Solus TA71
4.5 out of 5 based on 59 user ratings as of 10/21/17.
The Solus TA71 is our value pick in the GT category. It is relatively new, but has good reviews out of the gate with many reporting that it is a quiet tire, with good all-season performance including light snow capability and a 6 year/60k mile warranty. Prices are very good at just over $100 for most 17-inch sizes and under $100 for 15- and 16-inch tires. Read all Solus TA71 Reviews at TireBuyer

High Performance All-Season

Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum (KU27)
4.5 out of 5 based on 43 user ratings as of August 2016. Read detailed Ecsta LX Platinum Reviews

Kumho Ecsta PA31
3.8 out of 5 based on 32 user ratings as of 10/21/17.
Tire Rack's survey results rate the PA31 very highly (# 3 in the High Performance All-Season category). This is not the case at TireBuyer, though we suspect they have miscategorized the tire as a Truck SUV All-Season tire. Nonetheless, some drivers have complained about poor steering response. You may also want to read reviews on the Solus TA31, or the higher performing Ecsta 4X II before you make a decision to buy these. Read detailed Ecsta PA31 Reviews Tire Rack's survey results for High Performance All-Season

Solus KH17
4.7 out of 5 based on 15 user ratings as of August 2016. Read detailed Solus KH17 Reviews

Kumho Solus KH18 NEW
N/A out of 5 based on 0 user ratings as of August 2016.
Read Solus KH18 Reviews - New - may not have reviews yet

Kumho Solus TA31
5 out of 5 based on 20 user ratings as of 10/21/17.

The Solus TA31 is one of Kumho's newer High Performance All-Season offerings. It has a very good reviews at TireBuyer, but still only has an average rating at the Tire Rack, though most of those reviewers noting their TA31s were the OEM tire on their new cars. Most of the fair ratings were for winter / snow performance as well as average treadwear. It is priced affordably, with some 17-inch sizes right around $100 per tire. You may want to give this tire more time on the market before buying. We think the 5.0 rating will come down over time. A good alternative to this would be the Sense KR26, which has the same 60k mile warranty as well as similar performance characteristics.

Kumho self-rates the tire highly across multiple criteria:

  • Dry traction: 8/10
  • Wet traction: 8/10
  • Noise: 9/10
  • Wear: 9/10
  • Comfort: 9/10
  • Snow traction: 7/10
  • Off-road: N/A

Read all Solus TA31 Reviews at TireBuyer Read all Solus TA31 Reviews at the Tire Rack

Ultra High Performance All-Season

Kumho Ecsta 4X II
4.8 out of 5 based on 20 user ratings as of 10/21/17.

Tire Rack rated the Ecsta 4X II the winner in a comparison with 3 other UHP A/S tires from Firestone, Sumitomo, and Fuzion. Kumho also provides a 6-year / 40k mile warranty. We think the Ecsta 4X II is the best bang-for-the-buck UHP A/S tire. We owned a set of the previous generation Kumho Ecsta ASX on a BMW M3 and found it to be a predictable, high performance street tire.

Read all Ecsta 4X II Reviews at TireBuyer

Kumho Ecsta 4X KU22
4.5 out of 5 based on 137 user ratings as of August 2016. Read all Ecsta 4X KU22 Reviews

Ultra High Performance Summer

Kumho Ecsta LE Sport (KU39)
4.6 out of 5 based on 25 user ratings as of 9/8/2016. Read all Ecsta LE Sport Reviews

Kumho Ecsta PS31
5 out of 5 based on 1 user ratings as of 10/21/17. Read Ecsta PS31 Reviews

Kumho Ecsta XS
4.6 out of 5 based on 8 user ratings as of 9/8/2016. Read all Ecsta XS Reviews

Kumho Ecsta MX (discontinued)
N/A out of 5 based on 0 user ratings as of Apr 2016. Read all Ecsta MX Reviews

Max Performance Summer

Kumho Ecsta PS91
N/A out of 5 based on 0 user ratings as of 9/8/2016.

This is Kumho's newest Max Performance Summer tire, introduced in 2016. Tire Rack ran a test in the summer of 2016 between the PS91, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, Michelin Pilot Super Sport, and Pirelli P Zero. Not surprisingly, the reigning king - the Pilot Super Sport - won out. They liked the PS91, but thought it needed a tad bit wet traction to compete with the Michelin (though the Michelin is very pricey). For the price, the PS91 cannot be beat.

Kumho's own ratings on the Ecsta PS91:

  • Dry traction: 9/10
  • Wet traction: 9/10
  • Noise: 8/10
  • Wear: 6.5/10
  • Comfort: 7/10
  • Snow traction: 0/10
  • Off-road: N/A

Check the Best Prices on the Ecsta PS91 Reviews at TireBuyer

Track / Racing

Kumho Ecsta V710
4.8 out of 5 based on 6 user ratings as of August 2016. Read all Ecsta V710 Reviews

Kumho SUV/Truck Tires

Truck SUV All-Season

Kumho Road Venture APT
4.5 out of 5 based on 122 user ratings as of August 2016. Read all Road Venture APT Reviews

All Terrain

Kumho Road Venture AT51
4.7 out of 5 based on 123 user ratings as of Apr 2016. Read all Road Venture AT51 Reviews
Kumho Road Venture AT (KL78)
4.6 out of 5 based on 215 user ratings as of August 2016. Read all Road Venture AT Reviews

Passenger SUV/Truck

Kumho Crugen KL33
4.7 out of 5 based on 16 user ratings as of August 2016. Read all Crugen KL33 Reviews

SUV/Truck All-Season

Kumho Eco Solus KL21 - for Hybrid SUVs
4.2 out of 5 based on 58 user ratings as of August 2016. Read all Eco Solus KL21 Reviews
Kumho Crugen HT51 NEW
N/A out of 5 based on 0 user ratings as of August 2016. Read all Crugen HT51 Reviews - New - may not have reviews yet

SUV/Truck Performance Sport

Kumho Ecsta STX
4.6 out of 5 based on 87 user ratings as of August 2016. Read all Ecsta STX Reviews

Mud Terrain

Kumho Road Venture MT (KL71)
4.6 out of 5 based on 27 user ratings as of 9/3/2016. Read all Road Venture MT Reviews

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