The Yokohama Advan Sport A/S is an all-season high performance tire for sedans, sporty coupes, and sports cars. Yokohama has designed this tire with the aim to provide a sporty performance along with the smooth and enjoyable ride. Being an all-season tire, it is expected to offer traction across dry, wet, and even snowy conditions.
Features and Tread Design of Advan Sport A/S
- Yokohama used an advanced tread compound along with asymmetric tread design for even wear and responsive handling in all-seasons
- Dry cornering is enhanced in Advan Sport with the use of large shoulder blocks, while lateral stability and steering response are improved with the help of 2-in-1 intermediate blocks.
- Sport A/S large circumferential grooves provide efficient water evacuation to resist hydroplaning
- The streaming Z-grooves creates biting edges on the tires to improve snow traction, while the inboard serpentine grooves channels water out of the treads for wet traction.
- The contact patch of the tire with the road is optimized for even wear and longer tread life
- The Sport A/S has a 4-pitch variation in the tread blocks to lower the tire pattern noise.
Advan Sport A/S Road Test
Comfort and Tire Noise
The tires provide a smooth ride when driving along a straight line no matter the speed. Driving on a smooth highway feels like flying in the air. The Advan Sport tires were also very comfortable driving over smaller bumps, but some imperfections from the road surface may reach the driver when going over larger impacts. The nylon inner construction of the tire also absorbs vibrations and impacts from the road to ensure a comfortable ride.
The Sport A/S tires generate a minimal amount of tread pattern noise on street and highways roads. Driving over bigger impacts can cause “thud” noises but overall the road noise is minimal. However, the tire noise makes its way to the car cabin when driving at high speed on a highway which is very common with performance tires. But, Yokohama has designed Sport A/S tires with more focus on comfort than performance. So, you will find these to be one of the quietest tires in the high performance all-season category.
Handling and Traction
Yokohama Sport A/S has light steering feel and handling is not very sporty like performance oriented tires. The traction on a dry road is good for luxury sedans and coupes that don’t push to the limit. You can depend on these tires for emergency braking and sudden maneuvers. The traction on both dry and wet remains the same to the very end of tread life. The wavy sipes on the tires improve edge control, letting the tire grip the road during wet conditions. Braking in wet conditions is also efficient and the tires resist any hydroplaning when passing through puddles.
However, if you compare Advan Sport A/S performance with Michelin Sport A/S 3+ or Potenza RE980AS you will be disappointed. These are not the kind of tires that will give you the ultimate traction at hard accelerations and high-speed cornering. Yokohama has designed these tires to be more comfort-oriented and they are more closely matched to performance touring tires. These tires cannot provide the traction and wobbles at high speed of 100 mph plus. In wet conditions, just don’t think of pushing them to the limit because they will be slippery and skittish.
The tires prove pretty decent for light snow, but there may be trouble with deeper snow conditions. Cornering is good with snow and ice, getting a solid bite when turning in and fighting against potential understeer. While it might be easier to lose the rear end than most would like, the tires are able to recover pretty well at least.
As great as the tires are in snow, they don’t perform quite as well in heavy snow and ice. We would rather recommend getting dedicated winter tires if you live in an extreme winter area. The Advan Sport A/S should still be enough for a regular winter, light snowfalls, and icy patches.
Is Yokohama Sport A/S the right Tire for me?
What kind of Car do you own? Given the low price of the Advan Sport A/S, they are a great value. Most people who drive in regular road conditions at sane speeds and want a tire that handles well should consider these. However, they are bouncier compared to other performance tires and have more sidewall flex going around corners despite their grippier compound. This is something that isn’t as good for performance cars, but it works great for grand touring sedans.
What kind of driver you are? These tires come recommended for drivers of sporty cars and sedans that want a high quality, quiet ride and good gripping for an affordable price. If you’re looking for excellent performance around dry corners, the best road feel, and aren’t that concerned about comfort, then perhaps you should look into something different.
Tread Life, Warranty and Tire Specifications
Yokohama provides a 5 year / 50,000 mile treadwear warranty which is similar to other brands in AS performance category. Warranty is reduced to half for different sized rear tires. Sport A/S has pretty good tread compound that prevents any irregular wear and improves tread life.
The main thing you can do to make your tires live longer is to get them balanced and rotate on a regular basis. You can expect to get between 40,000 and 60,000 miles from these tires, depending on the way you drive, where you drive, and how often you get them rotated and maintained.
Sport A/S tires come for rim sizes between 17 and 20 inches, and they are primarily used with sporty sedans and coupes. They are made in widths ranging from 205mm to 275mm, with aspect ratios of 35 to 55. All of the tires have speed rating of either W or Y which is the highest in this category. You would rarely find a tire with Z speed rating in high-performance all-season tires.
You can easily find the size of a Sport A/S tire to fit in your car. If you are unsure what size to choose, look at the sidewall of your existing tire which mentions the tire size. Or you can input the details of your car in tirerack or tirebuyer website to easily find the size that fits your car.