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Kumho Ecsta PA51 Review

If you are looking for an Ultra high performance all season tire, the Kumho Ecsta PA51 could be for you. Ecsta PA51 tires were designed to fit on sports cars, performance sedans, and sporty coupes, and can even be used in passenger cars. If you want high drivability with superior performance in every season, this is the performance tire for you.

The Kumho Ecsta PA51 was not rated to be a winter tire. Rather, these tires are listed as ultra high performance as they have great drivability in all seasons. They can handle a fair amount of snow, but you may see they have trouble with higher snowfall amounts.

Employing two polyester plies for the casing supports the Ecsta PA51 equilibrium, comfort, and strength, and the two wide, steel belts are bolstered by a single, nylon cap ply that helps the steering response and produces high-speed capacity.

The Ecsta PA51 comes from a trusted company. Kumho has been in the tire business for over 60 years. They have plants in not only South Korea, but China, Vietnam, and the United States. They also have three research and development centers where they review all Kumho tires in order to update them. They strive to keep the customer happy while providing a tire that has an outstanding rating. The Kumho company states they “are dedicated to providing optimal service and delivering an exceptional driving experience to our customers around the world.”



Key Features

Great Handling and Responsiveness

With an asymmetrical design of the tread with lateral grooves, your vehicle will obtain a solid grasp on the road. The four central ribs coupled with the rigid outside shoulder permit you to possess a more prominent cornering grip, stability, and traction. This also contributes to even wear and extends the beneficial life of the tire.

Wider Tires

The Ecsta PA52 is a wider tire. On the road, you will have a higher contact area. Even when traveling at higher speeds, you will have amazing stability.

Variable Pitch Technology

Everyone loves a nice quiet and comfortable ride. With the variable pitch technology on the Kumho Ecsta PA51, noise levels are reduced.

Circumferential and Lateral Grooves

Circumferential and lateral grooves are paired up with full depth sipes on the Kumho Ecsta. Water and snow will be ejected to assist in improving control.

Powerful Central Rib and Rigid Outside Shoulder

A powerful central rib and rigid outside shoulder deliver outstanding traction and durability, even in snug curves and corners.

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Treadwear and Durability

The state-of-the-art treadwear on these tires is exceptional. With the tread pattern on the Kumho Ecsta PA51, your Kumho tires will further resist deformation during offensive movements.

Kumho is good at estimating how long the tread will last on their tires. They review this by looking at city driving patterns with the PA51. If you are doing a good deal of highway driving, or only drive your vehicle for special occasions, these tires will most likely last longer than Kumho has stated.

Dry Performance

Your car will remain stable during dry weather conditions due to the asymmetrical tread pattern. Handling, even at higher speeds, was perfect when the Kumho Ecsta was tested in our review. If you live in an extremely dry area, the Kumho Ecsta PA51 tires are for you!

Wet Performance

Wet traction is greatly improved with the high silicone compound that is used in these Kumho tires. One can have pure confidence because of the asymmetrical tread-design and full-depth sipes that are able to give excellent traction in both the snow or rain.

Snow Traction and Braking Performance

Light snow is no problem for the Kumho Ecsta PA51. While these are not heavy duty winter tires, they will succeed in light snowfall. The zig-zag circumferential grooves accommodate the grasp in slight snow conditions. The full-depth sipes on the Kumho Ecsta PA51 tires’ edges provide them to possess greater wintertime friction in snow and ice when there’s nothing to grip on to.

Comfort & Noise

You can enjoy a comfortable ride when you use Kumho Ecsta PA51 tires. In our review, we noticed how quiet the PA51 was inside the cab of the vehicle. This performance tire utilizes the latest technology and information to ensure you get the best ride possible.

Tire Sizes & Specifications


Diameter: 24 inches

Width: 7.4 inches

Rim Range: 5-6.5 inches

Measured Rim: 6 inches

Tread Depth: 10.5/32 inches

Load Range: SL

Max Load: 1074 pounds

Max PSI: 51 psi

Weight: 18 pounds

Tire Tested: 185/55R16 83V SL BSW

Tire sizes available

Tire sizes available for the Kumho Ecsta PA51 include the following:


  • 185/55R16 83V
  • 195/50R16 84V
  • 195/55R16 87V
  • 205/50R16 87V
  • 205/55ZR16 91W
  • 215/55R16 93V
  • 215/60R16 95V
  • 225/50R16 92W


  • 205/40R17 XL 84W
  • 205/45R17 XL 88V
  • 205/50ZR17 XL 93W
  • 215/45ZR17 XL 91W
  • 215/50ZR17 XL 95W
  • 215/55ZR17 94W
  • 225/45ZR17 XL 94W
  • 225/50ZR17 XL 98W
  • 225/55ZR17 97W
  • 235/45ZR17 XL 97W
  • 235/50ZR17 96W
  • 235/55ZR17 99W
  • 245/40ZR17 91W
  • 245/45ZR17 95W
  • 245/50ZR17 99W
  • 255/40ZR17 94W
  • 275/40R17 98W


  • 215/40ZR18 XL 89W
  • 215/45ZR18 XL 93W
  • 225/40R18 XL 92W
  • 225/45ZR18 XL 95W
  • 225/50R18 95W
  • 235/40ZR18 XL 95W
  • 235/45ZR18 XL 98W
  • 235/50ZR18 97W
  • 235/55ZR18 100W
  • 245/40R18 XL 97W
  • 245/45ZR18 XL 100W
  • 245/50ZR18 100W
  • 255/35ZR18 XL 94W
  • 255/40R18 XL 99W
  • 255/45R18 XL 103W
  • 265/35R18 XL 97W
  • 275/35R18 95W
  • 275/40R18 99W


  • 225/40ZR19 XL 93W
  • 225/45ZR19 92W
  • 245/35R19 XL 93W
  • 245/40R19 XL 98W
  • 245/45R19 XL 102W
  • 245/50R19 XL 105W
  • 255/35ZR19 XL 96W
  • 255/40R19 XL 100W
  • 275/35R19 XL 100W
  • 275/40ZR19 XL 105W
  • 285/35R19 99W


  • 245/35ZR20 XL 95W
  • 245/40R20 XL 99W
  • 245/45ZR20 99W
  • 255/35R20 XL 97W
  • 255/45R20 XL 105W

What vehicles will the Kumho Ecsta PA51 fit?

The following vehicles can utilize Kumho Ecsta PA51 tires. This is not a complete list, as there are several other makes and models that the Ecsta PA51 tires fit.

  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Outback
  • Infiniti Q50
  • BMW 3 Series
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Ford Mustang
  • Jaguar XJ
  • Acura Integra
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Dodge Magnum
  • Toyota Camry
  • Dodge Journey
  • Ford Fusion
  • Hyundai Elantra Coupe
  • Fiat Uno
  • Dodge Neon
  • Dodge Charger
  • Cadillac XTS
  • Audi Q5
  • Honda Jazz
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda City
  • Mazda Speed 6
  • Mazda 3
  • Mazda Miata
  • BMW 5 Series
  • Kia Forte
  • Kia Optima
  • Toyota Aqua
  • Toyota Carolla
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Lexus IS350
  • Mini Cooper
  • Volkswagen Polo
  • Volkswagen Passat

Kumho PA51 Review: Conclusion

Many drivers just want a tire that they can feel comfortable with all year long. The Kumho Ecsta PA51 is that tire! While it is not made for off-roading or extreme muddy conditions, the Kumho Ecsta offers amazing handling in wet and dry conditions. Light snow is not an issue for this tire. If you are looking for a tire that can deliver great traction and handling, these Kumho tires are for you!

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