Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 Performance
The Firehawk Indy 500 by Firestone is a summer tire with an overall rating of 4.5 / 5. This places it in spot #3 among the 53 summer tires we’ve reviewed.
Dry Performance Rank
The Firehawk Indy 500 received a Dry Performance rating of 4.7 / 5. This ranks it #4 among the 53 summer tires we’ve reviewed.
This is a very good rating, buyers love this tire for dry road performance and continue to be impressed!
Wet Performance Rank
The Firehawk Indy 500 received a Wet Performance rating of 4.4 / 5. This ranks it #4 among the 53 summer tires we’ve reviewed.
This is a great rating, buyers love this tire’s performance in the rain and feel it resists hydroplaning very well. You can drive confidently on this tire in wet conditions.
Comfort Performance Rank
“Comfort” performance relates to the tire’s quietness, and smoothness. Better ratings will keep tire ‘roar’ or road-noise to a minimum. Great for luxury cars, or anybody looking for a quieter cabin.
With a Comfort Performance rating of 4.3 / 5, the Firehawk Indy 500 is ranked #4 among the 53 summer tires we’ve reviewed.
This is an excellent rating, buyers are routinely pleased with how quiet and comfortable this tire is to drive on. You can buy this in confidence that it’s among the most quiet tires on the market.
Treadwear Performance Rank
Treadwear performance is a measure of how well the tire matched up to customers’ expectations of how many miles they will last. Keep in mind, this rating can be influenced significantly by users giving it 1-star or 5-stars because expectations were too extreme. Maybe their last set of tires lasted 100,000 miles and they now think all tires will last that long (that’s extremely rare). Or perhaps their alignment was really off, causing them to wear out in only a few thousand miles.
The Firehawk Indy 500 received a Treadwear Performance rating of 4.2 / 5. This ranks it #3 among the 53 summer tires we’ve reviewed.
This is a very good rating, Firehawk Indy 500 owners are consistently very happy with how long this tire lasts. As far as summer tires go, these are some of the longest lasting on the market!
UTQG Rating: What does 340 A A Mean?
The UTQG Specification is also relevant to discuss here. This is a specification provided by the manufacturer after testing. The rating for this tire is 340 A A. There are three parts to this specification: treadwear grade, traction grade, and temperature grade (in that order).
The treadwear grade for this tire is 340. This score implies the tire is relatively soft, and will wear pretty quickly. Usually a trade-off for excellent dry-road traction.
The traction grade for this tire is ‘A’. This is a great rating, and implies the tire can handle high g-forces before starting to skid.
The temperature grade for this tire is ‘A’. This rating refers to how well the tire dissipates heat at high speeds. If the tire gets too hot at high speeds, it may come apart. Keep in mind, these speeds are very high, and any tire manufactured these days is capable of maintaining highway speeds up to 80mph.
This is the highest temperature grade rating. An A rating here suggests the tire is temperature-stable at speeds over 115mph. Slow down!
Snow & Ice Performance
Snow/Ice Performance Rank
Snow and Ice performance is tested on a specifically designed track to simulate these environments. These ratings represent how confident drivers in these conditions felt on these tires.
The Firehawk Indy 500 is not rated for winter conditions, we do not recommend attempting to drive with this tire in the snow.
Off-Road Performance Rank
The off-road ratings represent how satisfied other drivers were in these conditions. These conditions could include anything from dirt/gravel roads to extreme offroading/bouldering. If you intend to use these in more extreme conditions, we always recommend checking individual reviews on TireRack.com for specific examples.
The Firehawk Indy 500 is not rated for off-road conditions, we do not recommend attempting anything beyond casual dirt roads on this tire.
Unfortunately, Firestone does not offer a warranty on this tire for treadlife. However, TireRack.com usually offers their own road-hazard warranty that should take care of any unexpected potholes, screws, or other debris that causes tire damage.