- Budget-oriented tire
- Relatively low noise
- Responsive and sharp
- Available in larger sizes
- Traction and grip are below average
- Harsh ride
Car tires have come a long way since they were first introduced over a century ago. As there are over a billion cars in various shapes and sizes, driven in various conditions, you can expect to find different tires. For a long time, the most popular types of tires you could find on the market were touring tires. Long-lasting, quiet and comfortable are what most drivers are after.
As tire manufacturers push the boundaries of what is possible, they also manage to go over the lines and mix things up. We see a lot of tires that can tackle multiple weather and road conditions. They are not the best at both worlds but seem to do a decent job. One example that floats around the industry is high-performance tires with touring-like properties.
First and foremost, these are performance-oriented tires, and there’s no denying that. The addition to them is some touring-like properties that make them livable on the road. There are plenty of well popular options in this segment, but today I’ll talk about one that you may not heard of.
The review for today is from a brand that is among the younger brands on the market called Advanta. It was founded in 1982 as part of American Pacific Industries, and its primary interest was making performance off-road tires.
Advanta decided to widen its offerings and offered various types of tires, including the HPZ-01. It’s an all-season high-performance tire with some touring properties.
Before I dive into the review, let’s look at the features the tire has.
What are the features of the Advanta HPZ-01?
In terms of features, the Advanta HPZ-01 doesn’t have too much to show for, at least on paper. It possesses everything that you’d expect from an all-season high-performance tire.
Since it’s an all-season tire, the rubber compound needs to be usable throughout the year. It means that it’s specially tweaked to remain softer in winter so that you can drive it when the temperatures drop. The HPZ-01 also comes with an M+S rating, meaning light snow and mud or slush shouldn’t be an issue.
In terms of performance, Advanta went with a safe but tested approach. The HPZ-01 features a larger contact patch and stiffer center and shoulder ribs. As a result, you should be looking at a tire that offers a sporty drive feel and stability.
Wet performance is also addressed, and it seems like it may just work. The HPZ-01 has 4 circumferential grooves, sipes, and some weird-looking grooves in the center ribs. All of this work together and should provide excellent aquaplaning resistance and traction on wet surfaces.
On the comfort side of things, Advanta worked on the tread design and claims that the HPZ-01 is designed to offer a quiet ride.
How does it behave on dry tarmac?
As a high-performance tire, the HPZ-01 is not the worst, but there are plenty of better-performing models out there.
I’ll start with the good part, which is how the tire feels when you drive it. It is quite sharp and responds well to inputs, as you’d expect. The feedback is also good, and you get a lot of information from the tire through the steering wheel.
On the negative side of things is everything else. Traction isn’t particularly good, and the tire will struggle with some more powerful cars. You can feather the throttle and get moving, but if you’re more aggressive, you should expect the tire to slip.
The lateral grip is another slight disappointment. If you enter a corner at a slightly higher speed will result in a slip, which is not something you’ll want to see in a high-performance tire.
The tire is safe to be driven, but it doesn’t perform as well as I was hoping it would.
How does it behave over wet and slippery roads?
Wet performance is even worse, especially in terms of traction and grip.
The HPZ-01 keeps the same driving characteristics and gives you a sporty-like feeling. Unfortunately, you cannot rely too much on that, due to the poor performance in other areas.
Traction and grip levels are barely passable in the high-performance category. Accelerating a bit aggressively or pushing the tire into a corner will result in a slip. Yes, it may be fun if you have a rear-wheel-drive car and want the back end to step, but not with the HPZ-01. In some cases, the tire exhibited unexpected behavior and may catch you off guard. This also means that you shouldn’t expect record-breaking stopping distances.
The area I have to praise is the aquaplaning resistance, which is decently good. It wouldn’t classify it as the best, but the grooves and sipes are doing a decent job and water evacuation.
How is it over snow?
Despite the M+S rating, the HPZ-01 didn’t perform exceptionally well in snowy situations. I wouldn’t rate it as terrible, but I think that Advanta could’ve done a better job.
If the temperatures are low and the roads are clear, the performance isn’t horrible. You are looking at performance similar to the dry road test in warm temperatures.
Once it starts snowing, the HPZ-01 will reduce its performance. In most cases, M+S tires fair well in light snow, but this one will struggle to find traction. Once it gets going, the grip is okay-ish as long as you don’t push it.
Winter conditions aren’t ideal for spirited driving, and you should be a bit more careful with the HPZ-01.
Is it comfortable and refined?
In the comfort and refinement part, I have some good news and bad news. The HPZ-01 is decently quiet but at the cost of a harsher ride.
the sharpness and responsiveness the tire provides will cost you a smooth ride. You will get a harsher ride, which isn’t unexpected, but this one still falls below the category average.
In terms of noise levels, Advanta delivered on its promise. Even though the HPZ-01 isn’t as quiet as a touring tire, I can say that it’s quiet as a high-performance one. Far from the top of the category, but good enough for the price. You will notice a slight hum at higher speeds, though.
Is it good for off-roading?
No, the HPZ-01 isn’t a tire that you should take off-roading. You may experience several problems in these conditions.
The first problem is the performance, even in light off-road scenarios. Some tires can be drivable on a dirt road, but the HPZ-01 will struggle a bit more. With this in mind, any more serious conditions will cause even a bigger issue.
Driving the tire in these conditions for a longer time will lead to damage, which is the second problem. As the tire isn’t constructed to take a beating in these conditions, you can damage it, leading to uneven wear.
Is the Advanta HPZ-01 ideal for sporty driving?
The HPZ-01 isn’t a bad tire for sporty driving, but the lack of performance may kill the joy.
On the driving side of things, the tire showed to be responsive and quick to respond. In addition to that, it’s very talkative you’ll know what’s going on. Both of these traits are what you are looking for in a high-performance tire.
The area where it falls short is with the traction and grip. It will struggle when put under pressure and won’t perform like other high-performance tires I’ve driven.
You can take it on a track, but you shouldn’t expect miracles. For this, I believe that the Kumho Ecsta PA31 would be a better option.
Advanta HPZ-01 Warranty
You shouldn’t expect too much in terms of warranty, considering that this is a budget-oriented model. Despite that, Advanta sells the HPZ-01 with a 40,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is 10,000 less than what you’d get with the Ecsta PA31.
Advanta HPZ-01 Pricing: Is it worth the money?
If you are on a really tight budget, it may be worth it compared to the competition. The prices start from a little under $70, which for an all-season high-performance tire is cheap. With the lower price point, you are sacrificing a lot in terms of performance. Take the Sumitomo HTR A/S P02 or the Ecsta PA31 I mentioned. Both will perform better than the HPZ-01 and cost a little more.
Should I buy the Advanta HPZ-01?
The HPZ-01 is a tire that I wouldn’t put on top of a list, regardless of how cheap it is. It lacks a lot in the performance department, and in some areas, it performs worse than a touring tire.
Advanta has some decent off-road tires, but I feel in the road segment, it still has a lot of work to do. Even though the HPZ-01 didn’t come with some claims about being the best, it still managed to disappoint. Handling and grip were not very good, regardless of the conditions, and the only positive thing was the responsiveness and feedback.
The amount of feedback leads to another drawback, which is comfort. Even though the noise isn’t terrible, the ride is a bit on the harsh side.
I won’t tell you to steer clear from the HPZ-01, but I will advise you to look at the other options. Even though it’s a safe tire under normal conditions, you can get more performance for a bit of extra.
What Vehicles Will the Advanta HPZ-01 Fit?
Here’s a sample list of cars that the Advanta HPZ-01 will fit:
- Audi Q8
- BMW X6
- Ford F150
- Toyota Tacoma, Tundra
- Volkswagen Passat, Phaeton, Tiguan
NOTE: LIST IS SMALL BECAUSE IF TIRE SIZE
Tire Sizes for Advanta HPZ-01
NOTE: TIRE SIZES ARE FROM ADVANTA’S WEBSITE, SOME RETAILERS HAVE SMALLER SIZES
- 225/40ZR19 XL
- 225/55R19 SL
- 235/35ZR19 XL
- 245/35ZR19 XL
- 245/40ZR19 XL
- 245/45ZR19 XL
- 255/35ZR19 XL
- 225/30ZR20 XL
- 225/35ZR20 XL
- 245/30ZR20 XL
- 245/35ZR20 XL
- 245/40ZR20 XL
- 245/45ZR20 SL
- 255/35ZR20 XL
- 255/45ZR20 XL
- 275/30ZR20 XL
- 275/40ZR20 XL
- 275/45R20 XL
- 275/55R20 XL
- 255/30ZR22 XL
- 265/30ZR22 XL
- 265/35ZR22 XL
- 285/45ZR22 XL
- 295/25ZR22 XL
- 305/40ZR22 XL
- 305/45R22 XL
- 255/30ZR24 XL
- 275/25ZR24 XL
- 305/35R24 XL
- 275/25ZR26 XL
- 295/30ZR26 XL
- 305/30R26 XL