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Old 11-12-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
bidaci
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Thumbs up Nitto Motivo Review

I was lucky enough to be asked by Nitto to participate in their trial of their new Motivo Ultra High Performance All Season tires. I won't bore you with the specifications and technical information, as that can be found on both http://www.experiencemotivo.com/home and http://www.nittotire.com/Tire/motivo websites.


About me: I am 51 years old. I am a salesperson and I drive 12,000-15,000 miles per year in my vehicle. I travel highway and rural roads, as well as city driving. In the time that I have had these tires I have driven in a multitude of weather from heavy rain (2-3 inches/hour) to beautiful sunny 90 degree days. I have also autocrossed these tires in our local road tire class. Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to drive these in any substantial snow fall yet. Free tires are not as important to me as good tires. If these were bad, I would give them up in a heartbeat. But these are keepers so far!


I have a 2011 Subaru Outback Sport and was researching this type of tire when this opportunity fell in my lap. I have had the Nitto Motivos now for ~3000 miles and what I can tell you so far is that as an everyday tire, these are wonderful and I am extremely pleased with them. They are supple, quiet and grip the road well. During torrential downpours I experienced little to no hydroplaning, and felt in complete control of the vehicle. In hot, sunny days they don't feel greasy. They handle expansion joints and potholes without any jarring and stay planted on the road. I can drive hours without hearing or feeling the tires. They are a pure joy for day to day use.


For the average consumer this is where the review would end (but please read on). I stated previously that I autocross in a road tire class. So off to the track I go with my Nitto Motivos. At the initial event I was disappointed in the tire but, in all fairness, the tires were so new (300 miles) they had not had the time to scrub off and wear in. Also trying to establish tire pressures for the event proved interesting. Between the newness and trying to dial in the tire pressures it caused a lot of frustration. At each subsequent event though the tires came around. I found that the factory recommended tire pressures where just about dead on for everyday driving and I only needed to add about 7 lbs for competition. I won't try to compare these to full on UHP summer tires, as that is not what they are and they cannot truly compete with them. They can perform well though, I have enough traction to get the inside rear tire light. The transition from grip to slip is gentle with plenty of warning. The autocross test, while not important to everyday driving, does push the tires and vehicle to the limit. This test shows what the tires will do in an emergency situation on the road. My feelings are that there will be no surprises in a panic situation. Yes the tires can be overwhelmed, but will do so in a predictable manner and will regain traction quickly.


Alas, I have not had the pleasure (or displeasure) of driving on these in any real snow. We did get a light snow fall (~3 inches) the other day, but it melted on the streets quickly. Pulling out of my driveway I did notice the tires seemed to shed the snow out of the treads easily and left a very noticable tire track. What does this mean? Not much, other than it does look like they actually will work in the snow more than the actual tread leads you to believe. Once I get out into a real snowstorm I will be able to report back in more depth on its' snow capabilities. I have my reservations on snow handling, as any tire that has performed this well in the summer traditionally leaves a little to be desired in winter.


At this time, I would say that the Nitto Motivo is an excellent 3 season tire (4th to come) and for the daily driver I would highly recommend these. I would go as far as saying I would buy these for the other cars in my household. If you are looking for the ultimate in traction, these are not for you. You shouldn't be looking at all-seasons anyway. But for a do it all tire? So far, so good.
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