Toyo Extensa A/S II Review
After the success of the Extensa A/S tire, Toyo Tires has launched the Extensa A/S II, designed specifically for today’s modern SUVs and crossovers.
- Impressive milage guarantee
- Solid wet weather traction
- Very quiet
- Not very performance focused
Like all all-season tires, the tread pattern is made up of five tread sections and four circumferential grooves designed to quickly evacuate water and prevent hydroplaning. Compared to the standard Extensa A/S there are more slits in the individual tread blocks to improve wet weather capability.
The down side of this is reduced dry weather grip, so these tires don’t hold great traction when pushed. Thanks to sturdy shoulder blocks, the tire is predictable and really is sufficiently capable for what drivers are expecting. To combat any reduction in lateral grip, Toyo worked to improve the tire’s rib design to increase the total contact patch with the road, helping overall grip come out pretty even.
The center tread block section is perhaps the most noteworthy on the tire. It’s divided up into individual blocks as opposed to being an uninterrupted piece of rubber. While giving grip and water evacuation advantages, it does detract from on-center feel – though that’s less of a concern in a modern crossover, than in a luxury or performance sedan that has more direct steering inputs.
Wavy sipes built into these blocks do the usual job of improving wet and snow grip (this is definitely not a snow tire though, so don’t expect any real cold weather performance) while having an added benefit of limiting tread wear.
As a result, and combined with the unique tread compound, the Extensa A/S II has an impressive tread life ranging from 65,000 to 75,000 miles, guaranteed, depending on the specific speed rating you select.
We should point out it’s also a very quiet-riding tire.
Is Toyo Extensa A/S II Any Good?
Overall, the Extensa A/S II is a well-above-average value tire. Coming from an excellent brand with a solid reputation for reliability and a lack of issues, it’s impressively comfortable and quiet while offering great tread life for the money. Grip is what we would describe as modest, so it’s not ideal for sportier vehicles (especially if you intend to drive them enthusiastically) but for the vast majority of drivers it will more than handle your daily needs.
Editor’s Note: If you’re shopping for the passenger car version of the Toyo Extensa, read our review of that tire here.
Toyo Extensa A/S II Price
Pricing for the Toyo Extensa A/S II starts at around $70 per tire for a smaller 14-inch fitment and goes up to around $150 per tire for an 18-inch size. Retailers may sell for less.
Toyo Extensa A/S II Warranty
While you might expect the Extensa SUV tire to have a reduced overall life compared to the passenger car model, you’d be wrong. Toyo backs the Extensa A/S II with a 65,000 mile milage guarantee on V-rated tires and a 75,000 mile guarantee on T- and H-rated tires.
A limited warranty covers defects in both materials and workmanship for five years with a free replacement tire during the first 25 percent treadwear. From there, up to the final 2/32-inch of treadwear, Toyo will replace defective tires on a pro-rated basis.
All Toyo tires come backed by a 45 day/ 500-mile money back guarantee.
What Vehicles Does the Toyo Extensa A/S II Fit On?
Dodge Grand Caravan
Lexus ES 350
Toyo Extensa A/S II Sizes