There are not a lot of options when it comes to high-performance tires especially for SUVs and light trucks. However, when taking a look at Toyo’s lineup we can see the vastly popular and highly rated Proxes ST, which has been in the market for a long time but has been one of the most impressive ones overall. Albeit a little expensive for most of us, if you want high-performance for your SUV it is not the highest of the prices to pay.
The manufacturer states that the Toyo Proxes S/T is an ultra-high-performance tire that is specifically designed for SUVs, CUVs, and light trucks. Toyo also states that this tire provides highway speed stability, handling, and traction. Sounds good enough, nothing crazy promised, and I think that we have a winner here, which is the main reason why I want to test these tires.
Specs and Features
Like proper ultra-high-performance tires, these have an extensive spec sheet for its components and features, but it is all good since we will take a look at them in-depth to see if any of them catch our eye. Like most of the tires in Toyo’s lineup, the Toyo Proxes S/T’s are also covered with the same limited warranty, which has no tread life warranty. However, it has no questions asked 45 days or 500 miles test-drive period. The Toyo Proxes S/T’s come in different sizes that are perfect for most SUVs and trucks ranging from 20 to 24 inches in diameter.
This is an all-season ultra high-performance tire, and as such it must use a premium compound which it does with the multi weather compound that is designed to deliver grip and traction in all seasons. You can see that it is designed for heavier vehicles with high-performance with its grooves and tread blocks, and I have to say that the tire is pretty stiff overall. When a tire promises ultra-high performance things to get serious since it must deliver strong handling and smooth ride overall, especially when it comes to SUVs and trucks. I should mention that these tires should deliver good stability at different speeds with the wide and hardened V tread pattern. The same thing should also practically push the water from underneath the tire without a problem.
The materials of the tire are not only constructed to deliver durability and long tread life but also to deliver a more comfortable ride and low noise when cruising, especially at highway speeds which can be a problem with heavier vehicles such as SUVs or CUVs. The sidewall construction is rather well and I think it will do a good job at keeping the shape well enough when cornering. Before moving on I should also mention that the internal construction is rather stable and it should add to the durability of this tire.
These tires look exceptionally good and give the first impression as racing tires, however, when you see how large they are you will notice what they are made for. But overall I think they will look good on the majority of the vehicles.
I installed these on a Lincoln Navigator to see its full prowess, and firstly I should mention that they look rather well on it. The first test drive delivered a pleasing performance, nothing notable since I didn’t push them, but nothing negative as well
During testing of these tires, all of its good features came into light and I have to say that I am extremely impressed with them overall. However, I have to say that these tires wear out a little faster than I anticipated, but then again they are designed for ultra-high performance so I was expecting this a little. The wear was pretty even though, and I have to say that the overall driving experience was rather comfortable despite being a sports-oriented tire. I should also mention that the noise levels were relatively low compared to most other tires that are in the same category.
Moving on on dry pavement these tires delivered an excellent amount of grip and traction, which was better than expected. For that reason, I took them to the track to see where are the limits, and I have to say that I am surprised. It maintains a superb balance at super-high speeds and it delivers a good braking distance overall. Steering was extremely responsive and I felt that they were pretty good overall allowing me to deliver faster lap times.
When I tested them on rainy asphalt, I felt a good sense of security and confidence. These are a set of tires that won’t let you down. The braking distance was pretty brief and acceleration was rather smooth overall, as there were no weak points with this tire. Hydroplaning was nonexistent as it maintained perfect contact with the pavement as well. On snow and ice, these tires are good but not satisfactory but that is to be expected when it comes to all-season tires.
I am going to be direct here and straight to point, these tires are not your regular all-season touring tires. These are designed for performance and more spirited drivers if you are more interested in value and long tread life you are looking at the wrong tire. However, if you seek performance, stability at higher speeds, traction, grip, and security behind the wheel the Toyo Proxes S/T are the right pick for you.