Pirelli Scorpion Verde Plus vs OEM Kumho tires
OK, after 1000+ miles - here's my review of my new Pirelli Scorpion Verde Plus tires vs the Kumho Crugen that came on my Latitude. It's important to note that I have the 18" wheels and opted to go with 235/55 vs the OEM 225/55 width tires. I also added Supreme Suspension spacers at the same time. I have no clearance or height issues at all, but it seems to me that these tires would have fit ok even without the spacers, although I'm thrilled with the spacer handling and look!!!
I read reviews of the Pirelli Scorpions for years and had always wanted to try them, and when they went on sale at Discount Tire Direct WITH about 4 different mail-in rebates, I had to pull the trigger! My impressions = these are freaking awesome tires! I was impressed from the start at how much more quiet and smooth these are over the OEM, and I don't think that those are really that bad at all. The Pirelli definitely handle better...I guess the best way to describe it, is that there's an increase in road "feel" without increased harshness. The Pirelli also have much better tracking on the highway! I'd noticed that the Kumho required a slightly higher amount of steering input at 55+ mph, but not the Pirelli - they track very straight. Small, to medium impacts are more muted. Another thing I really like is the lower rolling resistance with the Pirelli - this was so dramatic that it actually took some getting used to (more braking vs tires slowing me down). My overall MPG seems to have stayed about the same, despite being a wider width tire and with a little more weight (between the spacers and the Pirelli being about 3 lbs per tire heavier)! They seem to be wearing well and also don't seem to pick up as many rocks?
I really don't have anything negative to say? Again, the OEM Kumho aren't bad, the Pirelli are IMO just an all-around improvement and I highly recommend them.
2017 Renegade Latitude
2.4 liter 4X4