Yokohama Advan A052 Review

Yokohama Advan A052

This is a review of the Yokohama Advan A052, a high-performance summer tire intended for high-speed driving and track use. 

We have researched numerous user reviews and professional tests to see how the Yokohama Advan A052 stands up to other similar competitors. By analyzing performance tests and comparing ratings in various categories, such as performance handling, noise and comfort, price, and durability, we have come to a conclusion about the Yokohama Advan A052 tire.

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

Conclusion:

We would recommend the Yokohama Advan A052 tire for a driver who wants extremely reliable and high-level dry handling performance without caring about the price. During road tests in both dry and wet conditions, the tire performs extremely well against the competition. However, as usual with high-performance summer tires, it’s not the best choice for wet weather, let alone snow.

Pros

  • The Mound Profile increases the stability while driving at high speeds or in wet conditions
  • Sport Compound adds extra grip in slippery weather
  • The high tread dissipates heat and increases speed performance
  • Cornering and handling are top-notch
  • Earned top rankings in tests conducted on Tyre Reviews vs. other competitors

Cons

  • Wet grip could be better
  • According to tests, the Yokohama tire showed high levels of wear after only minimal time on the track
  • Not designed for heavy rain
  • More expensive than most other high-performance summer tires

Keep reading to see who this tire is for, performance ratings, and comparisons of the Yokohama Advan A052 to other similar options on the market today. 

Yokohama Advan A052 – Performance break down

The Yokohama Advan A052 tire is a good option for individuals who want a tire favorable for dry handling. According to the 2021 Track Day 200TW Tyre Test, this tire earned 3rd place, only +1.36 seconds slower than the winner in the dry handling category. Results from the test showed this tire was easy to drive and had a very fast warmup for racing events.

Those who want a track-friendly tire may benefit from using this tire in dry conditions. Although the tires have been enhanced from previous models to increase grip in wet weather, the tire is not meant for consistently slippery, wet, or snowy weather. 

Performance

According to the tests, this tire has both positives and negatives in terms of performance and handling. The tire ranked highly in terms of handling but suffered in terms of durability and lifespan. The lack of durability negatively affected the tire’s performance as time went on, with the lap times “rapidly dropping off”.

User reviews on Tire Rack gave the Yokohama Advan A052 tire favorable rankings in terms of dry performance. When asked if they would recommend this tire, 85% of users said they would, showing how most drivers trust this brand and tire model.

However, the downsides of this tire are  with other user reviews on Tire Rack. Users only gave this tire 6.5 out of 10 in terms of wet performance. They rated the hydroplaning resistance as 6.1 out of 10 and the wet traction as 6.8 out of 10, showing how this tire is not designed for consistently wet weather and does not provide enough traction for slippery conditions.

In Tire Rack’s Extreme Performance Summer Tires category, this tire earned 8th place out of 12. Although this is a low ranking, this tire performed better than 88% of the competition when compared to other extreme performance tires. This shows how the reliability and performance of this tire are consistent and high-ranking vs. other similar options on the market today.

Handling

According to user review rankings, the Advan A052 tire earned a superior ranking for handling. It came in at 98% out of 100% and has been praised in dry conditions, with experts stating the tire offers stable handling and high levels of grip in a variety of road circumstances.

Furthermore, the Yokohama Advan A052 tire scored highly in the dry handling category when placed against the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R, Yokohama Advan Neova AD08, Hankook Ventus RS3 Z222, and the Continental Premium Contact. According to this 2017 Tyre Test, the Advan A052 scored second place, coming in just a few milliseconds behind the Pirelli tire.

In terms of dry braking, the Yokohama Advan A052 beat out the competition, with a very respectable dry braking distance of just 24 meters. Comparing the two categories, the Yokohama Advan A052 earned the highest subjective dry handling score, earning 10 out of 10.

Even in wet braking conditions, the Advan A052 still came out on top. The Yokohama tire’s higher tread depth made it easier for this tire to clear water than the competition, earning a wet braking distance of just 16.5 meters compared to the last-place finisher, which came to a full stop in just over 20 meters.

According to the 2017 Tyre Test, the Advan A052 earned 1st place out of 5 tires. The only downside for this tire is it is not designed for heavy rain and can undergo quicker tread wear than other options. 

Price

The average price for the Advan A052 tires depends on the size required for your vehicle. The price for the 225/40 R18 Advan A052 tires ranges between $299 and $315, whereas the price of the 225/45 R17 tires ranges between $342 and $350.

The price of the 13” tires, the smallest size available, ranges between $224 and $235. Two sizes up, the price ranges between $187 and $235 for the 195/50 R15 or the 195/55 tires for 15″ tires.

The most expensive tires are the largest sets, with the 18” tires reaching as high as $429 for a set of 275/40 R18 tires. 

Noise and comfort

According to user reviews on Tire Rack, users gave the tire 7.6 out of 10, earning a ‘Good’ rating. Users gave the tire 7.7 in terms of ride quality and 7.6 for noise. These are good features to have as excess tire noise can result in an uncomfortable ride and a lack of buyer consistency and loyalty. 

Durability 

On Tire Rack, users gave this tire 5.6 out of 10 for treadwear performance. This shows how the durability of the tire does not stand up to consistent use.

This tire is a top competitor when compared to other similar options, such as the Falken Azenis RT615K+, Falken Azenis RT660, Yokohama Advan Neova AD08, and the Kumho Ecsta V720.

However, the higher price and lack of durability may make the other choices more suitable for most drivers. The price of the Yokohama Advan tires can reach upwards of $330, which is over $100 more than some of its competitors. 

Recommendations & Conclusions

Recommendations

The Yokohama Advan A052 tire is a good choice for those who want a high-performance option without worrying about the price tag. This tire is extremely trustworthy and reliable, especially in dry conditions, churning out impressive performance, speed, and handling. This Yokohama tire may not be well equipped to handle slick roads for drivers who live in consistently wet or snowy conditions.

Although the price of this tire is at the high end of the spectrum, it is worth it for drivers who are serious about performance. Even though some other summer tires range between $150 and $200 per tire, the consistent performance of the Yokohama tires may make the price more reasonable.

However, drivers must be aware that the durability and tread life of this tire are shorter than other options. You may end up paying around $50 more per tire for something that lasts only a fraction of the time.

There are other summer high-performance tires that give Yokohama a run for its money. For car owners who want a cheaper alternative to the Advan A052 tire, they can consider the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, Hankook Ventus V12 Evo2, Pirelli P Zero, Continental ExtremeContact Sport, or the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S. 

Conclusions

We would recommend the Yokohama Advan A052 tire for a driver who wants extremely reliable and high-level dry handling performance without caring about the price. During road tests in both dry and wet conditions, the tire performs extremely well against the competition. Although this tire is not the best choice for consistently snowy or wet weather, this tire can handle sharp turns, cornering, and precise handling.

References

Tire Ratings Charts – Tire Rack 

User Reviews – Tire Rack