I had Sentury tires and they were great! Even good in light snow on my AWC Lancer, Mirage G4 and now my ex's Venue!I realize some members have moved on to bigger & better tires (maybe). Using a 175/65r14 size tire opens up many more options, and the same can be said of 185/55r15 tires for 15" wheels. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
When discussing affordable 165/65r14 tire options, the Federal SS657 tires come up quite often. I can say from personal experience, they are a good option (if priced right).
I have started to take note of some other tires being offered in the 165/65r14 tire size at various tire sites. The lack of Federal tires being offered may have caused that somewhat. Unlike most cheaper Chinese tires, these tires come with decent UTQG ratings & warranties. As I explored them some more, I discovered they all come from the same tire company source.
I bring this all up for a couple reasons -
1. If you have experience with these tire companies, I would love for you to share your experience with them.
2. If you are shopping for factory size 14" tires, these may be an option to consider. I have zero experience with them, & I am not endorsing them. I wouldn't be afraid to try them if the price was right, however.
So the new tires that seem the most interesting to me are the -
Landsail LS388 - these tires have a decent 500AA UTQG rating & come with a 50,000 mile warranty. Found today @ walmart.com, tires-easy.com, simpletire.com, & others most likely.
Delinte DH2 - these tires have a 420AA UTQG rating (same as Federal SS657), but have a better 50,000 mile warranty. Found today @ walmart.com, tires-easy.com, simpletire.com, & others most likely.
Pantera Touring A/S - these tires have a 500AA UTQG rating & 60,000 mile warranty. Found today @ simpletire.com.
These tires are all connected to Sentury Tires.
"Delinte tires are made in China, Thailand and the USA by fast-growing Chinese-based manufacturer Sentury Tire.
"Landsail was founded in 2010 and is a sub-brand that is owned by the Chinese tire company Sentury Tires. Landsail tires are manufactured at factories located in China and exported to over 100 countries globally. The brand creates a range of budget tires for several vehicle types that include sedans, minivans, crossovers, SUV’s, and light trucks. The brand's tires are not your typical cheap Asian products but are designed at state-of-the-art facilities, which operate machinery designed in Germany, Japan, and the United States. This is a great brand to consider in the budget category."
Pantera Tire is the Tire Alliance Group's, Exclusive Brand, produced by Sentury Tire in their state of the art, fully automated, world class factories. This brand covers an extensive array of vehicle fitments on the road today with a broad range of tire sizes.
I like seeing less expensive tire options (verses the Dunlop & Bridgestone). These past few years, Federal, Nexen, and Kumho tires have appeared. If these Sentury tire brands are decent tires, it would be nice to add them to the list. If all these tires were priced the same, I would most likely stick with the more proven Nexen & Kumho brands. If there was a savings, however, I may give these brands a try.
Unlike the European (& other places) tire market, our 165/65r14 tire choices still remain quite small. I am just putting this out there for people shopping for factory size 14" tires for a Mirage. I am not a big fan of cheap Chinese tires, but these different (Sentury related) brands may be better than those?
If someone bashes these Sentury made tires, it will not hurt my feelings. I have just taken note of them & found the connection between them interesting. Plus, more & more places are starting to carry them in the 165/65r14 size.