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Old 12-08-2012, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Review of Nitto Motivos on MDX

Well our 08 MDX needed new 18'" tires @ 62,000 miles and after much research I settled on the Nitto Motivos even though there isn't a lot of reviews on them. I chose them due to their sporty nature, 60,000 mile wear warranty, reasonable price and how they looked. Our total bill was $800.

Our previous tires were a set of Goodyears, but I don't recall which line since I didn't buy them.

Here are our initial impressions from having them 2 days, since my wife drives it most of the time. They seem to handle well, but they do have a little harsher ride. Also they seem to have a little tire noise, but only if you have the radio off. Our previous tires had no road noise.

The wife drove them in wet today and said they did fine.

I'll post more after some more seat time.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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These suppose to be good tires.. Several others are running these on their Tls with good reviews.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for taking the time to post up your initial opinion of the tires. We have tested them a couple of times and really enjoyed the grip for an all season tire.
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Well our MDX just rolled 102,000, so I wanted give an update on our Motivo tires. We have right at 40,000 miles on them.

I have been happy with both the wet or dry grip. I can't recall a time they have skidded or hydro-planed. Braking performance now isn't limited by the tire, but the softness of the actual brakes now in my opinion. We have gotten used to the firmer ride and don't notice it now in comparison to my accord coupe.

Tire wear has been faster than what I expected and they are about down to the tread bars. I have measured them and they all have either 4 or 5mm of tread depth left, with the tread bars being at 3mm I believe. My wife primarily drives it and she isn't aggressive at all, so the tread life has been a little disappointing. We drive about 45/55 mix of city and hwy driving.

Since we live in TN we really haven't had a significant snow since we have had them to see how they perform in the frozen stuff. One thing we have definitely noticed is that in the cold they do seem to get out of round slightly after sitting over night. When we take the MDX out the next day we notice a slight vibration and it takes them a mile or so to re-round them self which to me is annoying. It is less pronounced in warmer months.

Would I buy them again? It all depends. If I was going to keep the mdx another 100k, I would probably look for something that lasted longer, like the michelin latitude. We're considering the new Pilot, so I may just stick with the cheaper option.

Overall I would give them 3.5 out of 5 stars as these tires are definitely more performance oriented.
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Old 02-15-2015, 07:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm curious, but did you &/or your wife pay close attention to inflation pressures which vary depending on the air temperature?

Also, has your alignment been kept within specs? Just wondering. These tires could have a softer tread compound which provides good grip in wet/dry weather, but wears faster. What was the rating of your tires? (500-A-B, etc) Thx
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Interesting review. Will surely get them once I have worn out all 4 wheels may be within the year.
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