This is a review for Toyo Open Country (H/T) Highway Terrain tyres.
The Open Country (H/T) tyre is intended to be used 95% on road and 5% off road. Its a road tyre that still maintains a bit of off road ability.
I have currently have a set of 4 fitted to by Subaru Outback. I really like them. This may be due to the fact that I replaced a set of Geolander g900 tyres. What a load of rubbish! The amount of noise they used to make.
With the Toyo's I get very little road noise, the grip in the wet and dry is decent for this type of tyre (They are never going to be low profile sports tyres).
In the snow and ice over last winter these tyres performed wonderfully and I never got stuck. The only time I have really tested their mud ability was in a famers field at a bonfire display. Numerous normal vehicles were being towed out by a tractor. A Range Rover Sport with low profiles was also struggling. The combination of 4x4 and these tyres meant I could simply drive out the field.
I recently got some new wheels. Some very expensive wheels as it goes. Probably spent far too much money on them, but they are lovely. I've always lived by the philosophy that if you are going to do something, you should always do it right. In this case there is no point in putting cheap rubbish tyres on a good set of wheels. It ruins the look but the handling too. I read a review of the Toyo's on a tyre website (www.blackcircles.com) that gave rave reviews, I had also heard good things from friends and fellow petrol heads. So I thought I would give them a try. I was already running Pirelli P Zero tyres on my old wheels and I didn't truly think you could get much better. After all, Pirelli are well known and a very good brand. I was wrong. The Toyo's are far superior. You might notice from the pictures on this sight that the tyre tread pattern is quite unusual. A V-shaped tread instead of the usual lines. The idea of this is that on wet surfaces, the water is pushed outwards by the tread, thus giving you reduced chance of aqua-plaining, more contact with the road and better grip. I was intrigued by this idea and happily happened to be in Scotland this weekend for a long trip away. Typically, it was raining cats and dogs and there were a few areas of flooded road. Normally I would have felt the water under the tyres (as you normally do), but not now. I should say at this point that I avoid driving through puddles. It's not sensible. You'll only rust your car more quickly, get pedestrians wet and risk flooding the engine, but sometimes it's unavoidable. This was one of those times. Despite the surface water and large deep puddles, the tyres kept a very good grip on the road. Only once did I feel the wheels tug and even then it was barely noticeable. The tyres were quiet and well behaved.
Being a bit of a car freak, my wheels are 18 inches and 8 inches wide. So I needed tyres to match. Wanting a sexier look I opted for low profile stretched tyres. So 215/35/18. A very low profile tyre on a large wheel. Plus my car is lowered 35mm, so bumps were quite rough before, but the Toyo's take them with much more ease. Despite being lower, they make a smooth and comfortable ride while still looking cool. I can't imagine how wonderful the standard size would be, but I can highly recommend the tyre to anyone. They aren't cheap though, mine set me back £132 each. But this is the sort of brand built to last. They're worth it, trust me.
I recently purchased a set of Toyo proxes T1-R tyres for my MR2 turbo as my previous set (goodyear eagle f1's) had quickly become very slick.
They are set as a performance fast road tyre, and are less expensive than some of the bigger brands, such as Goodyear, Pirelli etc.
First impression when they arrives was how deep the tread is, i know they were brand new but the tread must have been 15mm deep, if not more.
The v-shaped tread also looks great for those that care what their car looks like.
Since i have had these fitted i am very confident in their capabilities in dry conditions to hold the road and prevent the rear end from trying to slide outwards (unfortunately on regular occurance in a mid-engined car), although in the wet they dont perform as good as i had hoped (certainly compared to the Goodyear f1's).
Even on mildy damp roads they can spin if the accelerater is pushed hard from a standing position, before finally gripping the road.
The tyre walls dont feel as strong as my previous set, it may sound strange but sometimes while cornering hard at reasonable speeds it feels like the tyre wall is flexing a little too much. This isnt very re-assuring.
All in all, these are very good tyres in dry conditions, but need a little bit of respect when its wet or icy outside (although they will still outperform all of the budget brands available, and most of the mid priced performance tyres).
I purchased a set of four Toyo Proxes T1-Rs for my Mk1 MR2 on the recommendation of various other MR2 owners.
For a budget tyre they really are very impressive, especially in comparison the the cheap plastic tyres I had fitted before. They are very progressive in the dry, both under braking and hard cornering, and inspire huge confidence in the wet with a very predictable feel and surprising levels of grip before they eventually breakaway. They do have quite flexible sidewalls, so I keep the tyre pressures topped up and this seems to bombat it pretty effectively, and I think they are a fairly soft compound so I don't imagine they will last especially long - I imagine if you are looking for a budget tyre for track use it would be best to look for something that has a slightly more durable compound. Having said that, though, for fast road use and maybe the occasional track outing I can't recommend them enough, especially given their low price.
Bear in mind that I can't really comment on road-noise in a twenty year old car with the engine a foot behind me - I can't hear them above the racket though, and they give pretty good economy on motorways compared to some others I have used.
I started using the T1R on reccomendation from a friend with a mk2 MR2. They seemed to push all the right buttons; high performance tyre, decent wet weather performance cheap to buy.
I've not been disappointed either. In the dry these are nothing short of brilliant for the money. Great road holding capability and excellent traction, and the feedback isn't too bad either. You can chuck it into a corner with absolute confidence and they'll keep on gripping. When you do manage to overload them they become a little vague, not providing quite the same information they do when they grip and they dropoff quite quickly once you reach their limits.
Not bad in the wet either for a summer performance tyre. Although they do dropoff very quickly if you get into a corner a little too quick and you have to be on your toes as they are extremely vague. It's not really much of a problem as you shouldn't be pushing it too hard in the wet anyway, but if you do overstep the mark they are a bit low on feedback.
Road noise isn't too bad either I thought. The budget tyres that came with the car were much noisier and created an absolute racket at anything approaching motorway speeds, but these aren't too bad at all. Certainly not loud enough to make a noticeable impression on the driving experience anyway.
Overall, a very good tyre although I'd prefer it if the compound was a little more linear in the wet.
Having read a review on toyo car tyres, I had to respond as the customer was not happy and said they spin in the wet when pulling away. At present I'm using the Toyo T1S Proxes and i have to say i haven't found a better tyre, The dry and wet grip of these are fantastic and i have nearly 400 horsepower running to the two drive wheels. They have excellent roadholding capabillities and when driven hard they go like glue, where i live you have to push to get onto the roundabout and if these suckers slipped you would be in trouble. I have now ordered the new Toyo Proxes R888 track day tyres which are road legal, The T1S is unfortunately coming to it's end but has been replaced with the T1R which is supposed to be better than the T1S.
When I purchased two Toyo tyres for my RAV4 I was told they were excellent multi-purpose tyres. Well I beg to differ, not too bad on light off road, but too noisy on tarmac. In my experience they have poor grip in the wet and slippery conditions, kicking the ABS in early.
The tyre size I purchased was 215/70 R 16, which is only fitted to the RAV4 so I didn't have a lot of choice.
The price of £60 a wheel was indeed very reasonable including fitting and balancing, but I would not recommend them for long road use.
Overall opinion, this is definitely a budget tyre with average wear and grip levels, they only lasted 15 thousand miles, I usually expect 20 thousand miles.
I needed a new front set of tyres for my Avensis 2.0 VVTi (195x15x60) and read 3 reviews on them, all good. I was tempted to go for the Goodyears the were originally fitted as these were priced at around £125 fitted as opposed to the £100 fitted for the two Toyo's. What swayed my judgement was the opinions here, not the saving.
Well, it was a big mistake! The Toyo's fitted to my car are borderline dangerous in my view. Okay, they do the job in the dry but setting off fast in 1st on a wet road is guarenteed to bring wheelspin and accelerating sharply in 2nd has the same effect. My Goodyear's were never this bad, even when on the limit of their tread depth.
I'm stuck with them now until the tread is down to near minimum but I'll never buy Toyo again, it's like skating on an ice-rink when the road is wet! As far as road noise goes they are no better nor worse than the Goodyear's they replaced.
On balance, I wish I had paid the extra £25 and had Goodyear's fitted - I certainly won't be going back to Toyo! Maybe their high-performance tyres are better, I dunno.
I have been using toyo proxes T1-S? since they were launched, about 7 years or so I think. I will not use anything else for daily driving. I have run them on all sorts of vehicles from hatchbacks to saloons and heavy coupes and they are brilliant on all. The longest lasting of these covered 42k! Their characteristics suit my driving and all situations I drive in perfectly (which is very varied a I cover about 60-70k per year). The only other tyre which beats these for handling and grip is the yokohama A032R which I use to/from/during track days, and only ever in the dry! (If you have seen them you?ll know why). If you drive a lot of miles you will appreciate the quiet and smooth running abilities of these tyres. I can?t recommend these enough but please remember to check your pressures and get your geometry done regularly as I am convinced this is why people don?t get the best from their tyres. Fit them and you?ll never look back. I haven?t.
About 500 miles ago I changed my tyres. I did have Pirelli P6000s on my Peugeot 206 GTi, but was sick of the road noise they produced. I researched for weeks on what tyre I should be to replace them. Yes, this definitely was a tough job. It seems that every tyre dealer is a gangster, spinning you every yarn under the sun trying to convince you that the tyre the specialise in, is better. I was taking none of it though, because each dealer said the other dealers tyre was useless. So, I was left with no choice but to find out on my own some unbiased opinions on what to buy. Afterall, I thought that tyre choice was very important, seeing that it's my only contact with the road! I had heard some comments about Toyo's new T1-S tyre. Mainly US customers had written comments on a website. They all rated them very highly. The road noise was low, the grip was high in both the wet and the dry and the wear was reasonable. Well to me, this is exactly what I wanted! So, I then went about finding peoples opinions to match what I've read, just for some proof. I got to talk to people who had tested the tyre elsewhere and some said that they slide a lot on cornering and others again said they are not good in the wet. What am I to do! Really, in the back of my mind, I was going to buy these Toyo's, because I could get them for a good price, but I just wanted reassurance. So yes, I did buy them. I fitted them about two weeks ago and have been amazed by them. The first thing I noticed is that the road noise is very very low. Long distance travelling is no longer irritable. The initial grip in the wet was not great, and in the dry, it was acceptable, but I had yet to run these tyres in. I have since completed about 500 miles on them, and the grip just gets better and better! The tyre has amazing grip. I fitted 195/55 R15s to my alloys. There are nice features on the tyre like a rim protector. The tyre does not tram
line like the P6000s used to and it glides through standing water effortlessly. What I'm trying to tell you, is that this is a great tyre in a price range lower than your Bridgestones and F1 Eagles. Definitely give them a go. You won't regret it. Oh, and it has a killer thread pattern too!