Sumitomo HTR Z III Review

The HTR Z is a tire that needs no introduction in the high-performance tire market. The third installment of the HTR Z capitalizes on the success of its predecessors by delivering better handling and traction on dry and wet roads alike. It also flaunts remarkable grip that spirited drivers will appreciate as they’re cornering. Stick around to learn more about the tire. 

TIRE REVIEW 

 

Sumitomo HTR Z III

HTR Z III
Sumitomo

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Bottom Line The Sumitomo HTR Z III is priced very reasonably, to the point that we feel like it’s underpriced for the performance it has to offer.
Pros Dependable cornering performance for spirited drivers and it offers excellent traction on dry and wet terrains alike.
Cons Could use a little bit more tread life
Tire sizes 22″, 20”, 19″, 18” and 17”
Price range Starts from approximately $87.
Warranty 85,000 miles.

Sumitomo HTR Z III (Our Review)

Overall Assessment

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Is the Sumitomo HTR Z III better than its predecessors? Quite simply, this is the best tire in the HTR Z series. It flaunts a silica-infused tread compound that’s molded into a 5-rib asymmetric tread pattern for optimal traction. 

Traction on dry and wet terrain is also improved with the aid of large shoulder blocks. There’s a continuous center rib that runs through the tire as well as tread blocks. Thus combination ensures excellent steering response and keeps the tire stable throughout the vehicle’s speed range. 

The sidewall is equipped with a hard rubber filler that helps keep it rigid and prevents it from flexing. This ensures reliable cornering for spirited drivers without taking anything away from the ride’s comfort. We’ve also found this tire to boast better braking and acceleration capabilities than its predecessors. It also grips to the road like no other tire within its class. 

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We were surprised to find that road noise is very minimal with this tire, even at higher speeds. Best of all, the Sumitomo HTR Z III is priced very reasonably, to the point that we feel like it’s underpriced for the performance it has to offer. 

Pros:

  • Dependable cornering performance for spirited drivers
  • Offers excellent traction on dry and wet terrains alike
  • Delivers a comfortable and quiet driving experience
  • Highly responsive steering and outstanding stability 
  • Delivers a performance that rivals costlier competitors

Cons:

  • Could use a little bit more tread life 

Vehicles That Can Use Sumitomo HTR Z III

The Sumitomo HTR Z III is designed for drivers of sports coupes and sedans. Below is a list of the most popular vehicles compatible with the Sumitomo HTR Z III.

  • Audi: TT Roadster, S4, S8, RS6, A4
  • BMW: M3, M5, 325i, 750i, Z4, 530i, 335i
  • Chevrolet: Camaro, Corvette, Cobalt
  • Honda: Civic, S2000, Accord
  • Lexus: GS350, IS350, LS460L, IS300, LS430
  • Mazda: Mazda3, Mazda6, Mazda5, RX-8
  • Mercedes-Benz: S600, SL500, C230, S55, CLK430
  • Nissan: 350Z, Sentra, 300ZX, Altima SE-R
  • Subaru: Impreza WRX, Legacy
  • Volkswagen: Passat, Jetta, Phaeton, Golf, GTi

Sizes and Specs

SizeAvailable Specs
17 Inches205/50ZR17 XL 93Y BSW
215/45ZR17 87Y BSW
215/50ZR17 XL 95Y BSW
225/45ZR17 XL 94Y BSW
225/50ZR17 94Y BSW
235/45ZR17 94Y BSW
235/50ZR17 96Y BSW
235/55ZR17 99Y BSW
245/40ZR17 XL 95Y BSW
245/45ZR17 95Y BSW
255/40ZR17 94Y BSW
275/40ZR17 98Y BSW
18 Inches215/35ZR18 XL 84Y BSW
215/40ZR18 XL 89Y BSW
225/40ZR18 XL 92Y BSW
225/45ZR18 XL 95Y BSW
235/40ZR18 XL 95Y BSW
235/50ZR18 97Y BSW
245/40ZR18 XL 97Y BSW
245/45ZR18 XL 100Y BSW
255/35ZR18 XL 94Y BSW
255/40ZR18 XL 99Y BSW
255/45ZR18 XL 103Y BSW
265/35ZR18 XL 97Y BSW
265/40ZR18 XL 101Y BSW
275/35ZR18 95Y BSW
275/40ZR18 99Y BSW
285/30ZR18 XL 97Y BSW
285/35ZR18 97Y BSW
295/30ZR18 XL 94Y BSW
19 Inches225/35ZR19 XL 88Y BSW
225/40ZR19 XL 93Y BSW
235/35ZR19 XL 91Y BSW
245/35ZR19 XL 93Y BSW
245/40ZR19 XL 98Y BSW
245/45ZR19 98Y BSW
255/35ZR19 96Y BSW
255/40ZR19 XL 100Y BSW
265/30ZR19 XL 93Y BSW
275/30ZR19 XL 96Y BSW
275/35ZR19 96Y BSW
275/40ZR19 101Y BSW
285/35ZR19 99Y BSW
20 Inches225/35ZR20 XL 90Y BSW
235/30ZR20 XL 88Y BSW
245/30ZR20 XL 90Y BSW
245/35ZR20 XL 95Y BSW
245/40ZR20 99Y BSW
255/30ZR20 XL 92Y BSW
255/35ZR20 97Y BSW
275/30ZR20 XL 97Y BSW
275/35ZR20 102Y BSW
285/30ZR20 XL 99Y BSW
22 Inches265/30ZR22 XL 97Y BSW
295/25ZR22 XL 97Y BSW

Prices

For such an outstanding tire, we feel like the Sumitomo HTR Z III is underpriced, as it starts at around $87. Further, you can find discounts, rebates, and coupons that can lower the price. It’s worth noting that the prices may vary from one dealer to another. They’ll also vary depending on the size and specs you choose. 

Warranty

The HTR Z III is backed by a limited tread warranty, and the uniformity is guaranteed for 1/32 inch of wear. Both the workmanship and materials are covered for six years. What’s special here, however, is that you get free replacements during the whole six years until the last 2/32 inch of wear.

sumitomo htr ziii review

In the end, check out our other Sumitomo Tires Review and among them our Review of Sumitomo HTR A/S P02 as well as the Review of Sumitomo Tour Plus LS.

Sumitomo HTR Z III Tire Customer Review

Tom G. says: “This tire is just something else. The competitive pricing and remarkable performance make this tire unbeatable in its category. I’ve installed an entire set of HTR Z IIIs on my Honda Accord, and I couldn’t be more satisfied.”

Tom G. posted 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5) review

Elijah H.says: “Free replacements until the last 2/32 inch of wear? Sign me up right this moment. The HTR Z III is the true embodiment of excellent value for the price. Highly recommended.”

Elijah H. posted 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5) review