Kumho Crugen HT51 Review

The Kumho Crugen HT51 has been a popular budget tire for SUV’s, light trucks, vans, and crossovers since 2016. It’s a worthy replacement of the older Road Venture KL51 with some serious improvements.

After reviewing, and analyzing the Kumho Crugen HY51, we found the strongest feature to be comfort of the ride, and the weakest feature to be traction.

We will analyze this more in the following performance areas of winter, rain, dry pavement, and off-road.

  • Price
  • Treadwear
  • Traction
  • Comfort
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Summary

For the price, the Crugen HT51 provides one of the smoothest and most comfortable rides. This tire does a moderate job in snow and rainy conditions.

The Crugen HT51 has a three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) certification proving its capabilities in the snow and ice. It’s an all-season tire though, so don’t expect to replace your snow tires with these ones in heavy blizzards.

If commuting during a drizzle, or light snow, the level of security these tires provides is satisfactory.

You’ll get a decent tread life but still retain good traction for handling in most situations. It’s not much of an off-road tire but that’s not really the intention.

General Handling

Grip and control on pavement is not an issue for the Crugen HT51, and basic dirt roads don’t seem to cause any loss in grip either.

Deep mud and thick snow will give you a problem, as the tread isn’t rugged enough for extreme terrains.

Its strengths are prevalent on the pavement during straight-line long distance highway driving, with the five-rib tread and stiff center block.

You’ll get decent traction and grip while accelerating, braking, and reasonable cornering control on your turns as well.
Made with a two-ply polyester cord body, stable ride quality and strength remain consistent over long hauls.

Two steel belts are situated on top of the casing, which are are secured by spirally-wrapped nylon cord caps to increase durability, handling, and stability.

Wet Traction

The performance of this tire in very wet conditions is average to below average.

Not particularly an issue if you take it easy on the road when the rain is coming down hard.

With the use of four wide, circumferential zigzag grooves, water flows through the tire effectively, decreasing your chance of hydroplaning.

Winter Performance

With a three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) certification, this tire is capable in light snow and ice but still average to below average compared to dedicated winter tires. 3D zigzag sipes provide biting edges to give great traction in most basic winter conditions.

All-season Capabilities

These Kumho all-season tires use a tread compound balanced to be grippy enough for cold winters, but not too soft for the summer. They get a bit hard in freezing temperatures and slower driving with increased caution is advised during those times.

Kumho had to balance the tread compound so that it’s just good enough for most winter conditions while being hard enough to wear down slowly over the summer months.

Tread Design

The Kumho Crugen HT51 is an asymmetric tread design that does well in most conditions. It has a nice deep tread pattern well suited to deal with water and light snow but will definitely stand up to the summer months as well without wearing away too quickly.

With this sort of all-season tread design, you’ll definitely save on fuel and it’s not too noisy on the highway either.

Treadwear Warranty

You get a 6-year or 70,000-mile warranty on P-metric sizes and 45,000 miles on LT models. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear on the tire, whichever comes first.

Materials and workmanship are under warranty for the first 6-years. This includes free replacements during the first year or 2/32 inch of wear.

If a replacement is done, you’ll only pay for the tread that you have used.

Kumho Crugen HT51 vs Michelin Defender Analysis

Note: Additional information coming soon for this section as we test out the Defender.

Conclusion

For the price point, the Kumho Crugen HT51 is a decent tire. Unless you’re driving through heavy snow or through rocky mountains, this tire will get you where you need to go on a budget.

They can start to feel a bit hard in freezing temperatures but will handle fairly if you drive carefully in those conditions. If you live in extremely cold northern territories you should probably swap them out with winter tires for around 3 months of the year.

Typical treadlife on these tires is 50 to 100 thousand miles based on consumer reviews. Tread life really does depend on a lot of factors though so it will be different for everyone.

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