Toyo A36 Tire Reviews

Toyo A36 Tire

This is a review of Toyo A36 All-season tires. 

Sorting through all the research for tires is a daunting task. There are tests and reviews along with conflicting opinions about any tire. In this article, we have researched the Toyo A36 tires so you can choose with confidence. 

We value putting the pertinent information in one place for you. We have researched the manufacturer’s stats, independent tests, and customer reviews for this article.

Don’t have time to read everything? Here’s a quick summary of our review as well as pros & cons listed.

Conclusion:

Based on our research, the Toyo A36 does not make a good all-season tire. According to reviews and tests, the A36 tires performed as expected in dry road conditions, but moderate amounts of snow and rain affected the traction. 

While these tires come as standard original equipment on some crossover and SUV models, the feedback concludes that they do not last as long as other tires. Many customers replaced them within 30,000 miles.

Pros

  • Moderately priced around $170/tire
  • Quiet and comfortable ride
  • Good performance in dry conditions
  • Good handling in dry conditions

Cons

  • Poor performance scores in wet conditions
  • Low-performance scores in winter conditions
  • Quickly wear out

We’ve gathered test scores and customer review information about the Toyo A36 tires. In this article, you’ll find out why you may want to switch these tires out if they come as original equipment on your crossover, light truck, or SUV. 

Keep reading to hear other’s experiences with Toyo A36 and why you might consider an alternative tire. 

Toyo A36 Overview

Toyo is known as a premium tire manufacturer. The company focuses on rolling resistance for better fuel economy and braking performance. 

Toyo’s claim to fame is Nano Balance Technology. Their process optimizes the ratio and dispersal of filler structure and solid rubber. They claim it increases tire rolling resistance for decreased fuel consumption and increased wet grip performance. 

Toyo A36 tires are All-season tires designed for light trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. Toyo made these tires to fit different size vehicles and wheels. The goal for these tires was to give the customer a low-profile and large rim look with all-season versatility. 

These tires often come as OE (original equipment) on 2WD and 4WD light to medium-duty crossovers and SUVs. Several reviewers experienced these tires on their Mazda CX-5. 

Toyo brand tires are typically considered premium tires that achieve overall good ratings. You’ll see from our research that the A36 tends to fall short of the high standards typical to Toyo. 

Performance

When investing in tires, you want to know what you are getting for your money. According to our research and customer reviews, the Toyo A36 struggles to make a decent showing in several categories.

Researching on Tirerack.com we found that the A36 placed 40th out of 46 in the Crossover and SUV All-season tire category, based on aggregated user review numbers.

Wet

Performance on wet roads is one of the most vital categories for tire safety. Toyo A36 scored an overall 6.6 with a 6.5 from users  in hydroplane resistance and 6.7 in wet tractions. Those are scores out of 10.

Those scores might not seem too bad until you read customer reviews. Several reviewers made clear that the tires performed fine in light rain, but in heavy rain or pooled water the traction didn’t last. 

Even newer tires with few miles performed poorly in wet conditions. 

Dry

These tires performed the best in dry conditions. They scored over 7/10 in categories of cornering stability, dry traction, and steering response. 

Customer reviews gave a consensus that these tires are fine in dry conditions, but since they are meant to be all-season tires, they expected better wet and snow performance. 

Snow

Snowy conditions are where the Toyo A36 misses the mark on expectations. Tirerack.com users gave these tires a 6.1 in light snow traction. 

Several customer reviews noted that these tires performed well in light snow, but anything more than dusting caused problems. The scores for deep snow traction and ice traction plummeted to 4.7 and 4.8 respectively. That is consistent with what reviewers reported. 

Braking Distance

Toyo manufactures its tires specifically to improve grip. However, according to user reviews there isn’t any evidence that the Nano Balance Technology gave an edge over other brands. 

Noise and Comfort

One area where the A36 tires scored well was in noise and comfort. They scored 7/10 in ride comfort and 6.6 in noise comfort according to customer ratings.

Durability

Tire manufacturers typically tell you to expect about 50,000 miles from tires. In reality, even good tires don’t always make it that high. Since the A36 are premium tires, customers should count on durability. 

Several reviewers noted that the treadwear seemed fine for the first 20,000 miles or so. After that, the tread began to wear very quickly. Most reviewers on tirerack.com had to replace the A36 around 30,000 miles. 

Since most reviewers drove a combination of city and highway miles and were not aggressive or sporty drivers, we can conclude that the problem is with the tires and not the drivers. 

Warranty

Warranties vary among dealerships and service centers, but tire manufacturers often offer warranties on their products. The Toyo A36 does not carry a road hazard or tread life warranty. 

Toyo offers a uniformity warranty within the first 25% of wear and a 5-year warranty on workmanship and material. They will replace defective tires within the first 25% of wear and then prorate to the final 2/32nd.

Price

The Toyo A36 tires are moderately priced at about $170-180 per tire. Considering that the tread life on these tires is relatively short, the price is a bit high for the length of time you will use them. 

Recommendations

Under the “would buy again” category on tirerack.com, the Toyo A36 only earned a 3.4 out of 10. The reviews reflect this with several people saying that they are replacing their A36 tires with something else. 

Most reviewers do not recommend these tires. While they have overall performance scores above 6/10, their wet and snow condition ratings leave much to be desired.

Since many reviewers had these tires on Mazda vehicles, we checked out what customers were saying on mazdaforum.com. We found similar stories about A36 tires performing poorly in wet conditions and wearing out quickly. 

Conclusions 

The Toyo A36 is overpriced for the tread life and performance of the tires. Most of the customer reviews made it clear that the A36 tires came as OE on their new vehicles. When the A36 tires wore out, they did not plan to purchase the same tires as replacements.

One customer made an alternative tire recommendation. The Yokohama Geolandar G055 rated higher than the Toyo A36. It came in 20th out of 46 in the crossover and SUV all-season tires category. 

The Geolandar G055 scored much better in all test categories. Its wet performance score far outshined the A36 with a 7.4/10. 

The Geolandar G055 is a better quality tire and slightly less expensive than the A36 at $152/tire. 

References

Sdwheel.com

Tiretechnologyinternational.com

Mazdaforum.com