Falken Azenis FK510 vs Toyo Proxes Sport

Both are summer tires made for comfortable driving in high-temperature areas.  Size 265/35R19 was taken for comparison of both tires. FK510 shows better traction on dry and wet surfaces due to its higher contact patch.

On the flip side, Toyo Sport provides better hydroplaning resistance because of its higher void ratio. For a detailed analysis of both tire types, we have prepared an in-depth article for you. Let’s check it out!

General Comparison

Falken Azenis FK510
Falken Azenis FK510

Azenis FK510 tire comes with an asymmetrical tread design, it offers three ribs with no tread block column. The arrangement of shoulder blocks is close enough that they offer ample of contact patch making a huge difference in the handling performance. The longitudinal grooves divide shoulders and ribs of the tire. However, there are no lateral grooves that are compensated by the deep and numerous sipes placed all over the tread.

Toyo Proxes Sport All-Season
Toyo Proxes

Just like its competitor, the Toyo Proxes Sport also features an asymmetric design. The tire features two outer shoulders and three longitudinal ribs in between. Four longitudinal deep grooves separate the ribs and the shoulders from each other. Even though lateral grooves are absent, it does not hinder the tire’s capability to perform on flooded roads. However, the shoulders are broader as compared to the FK510 and the sipes are also less in number.

Grip Comparison

The dry braking distance of the FK510 is 34.7 meters which show superior grip due of its comparatively higher contact patch. Resultantly, the tread of the tire will grip to the road surface more strongly. Moreover, with a braking distance of 29.1 meters, it shows remarkable performance on wet roads as well. That’s because the tire is equipped with deep zigzag sipes that make traction better on wet surfaces.

Falken Azenis FK510 tread
Falken Azenis FK510

In comparison, the dry braking distance of the Toyo Proxes was estimated at 36.5 meters which is higher than its competitor. The reason behind the tire’s higher braking distance is its lower contact patch. The wider grooves are unable to provide efficient grip on dry surfaces so the stability of the vehicle is compromised. The braking distance of on wet surfaces is 37.7 meters because of the lesser number of sipes on the central part. So, we can conclude that the FK510 is a better option in terms of providing grip on dry and wet surfaces.

Handling

On dry roads, the FK510 offers a fully controlled handling to the drivers because of its compact shoulders that can take the load efficiently. The biting ability of the tires is further enhanced by the traction notches over the lugs which improve the dry handling. As a result, the vehicle can perform a lap in 131.5 seconds which is a litter lower than its counterpart. It also provides good wet handling owing to the closely packed shoulder blocks along with full-depth sipes. This accounts for firm wet handling while turning over slippery wet surfaces. Due to this, the car completed a lap on wet surfaces in just 68.8 seconds.

Toyo Proxes lags behind its competitor with the dry and wet handling time of 131.7 seconds and 77.4 seconds. That’s because its small shoulder lugs are unable to hold on to the surfaces while turning. The traction notches that enhance the grip on dry tracks are missing and the sipes on shoulder blocks are also less, comparatively. Resultantly, the tire takes longer to finish laps on wet and dry tracks.

Hydroplaning Resistance

The hydroplaning resistance is the tire’s capability to maintain traction over flooded roads. Here, the FK510 is unable to beat its counterpart due to its narrower grooves. Since there are fewer spaces for the effective evacuation of water, vehicle will lose grip on flooded roads. So, we would not recommend using these tires when there are chances of heavy rain.

Comparatively, the Toyo Proxes features wider circumferential grooves for effective hydroplaning resistance. As a result, there is more space for the greater volume of water to pass through the tread. Due to this, the drivers can easily pass through the flooded roads.

Rolling Resistance

Rolling resistance is the force needed to keep the tire rolling. The higher the tire’s contact patch, the more friction it will face. So, the force required to overcome the friction will also increase. Here, contact patch of FK510 is greater than its rival. Therefore, more area of its tread will come in contact with the ground. So, the rolling resistance of these tires will be higher leading to low fuel efficiency.

On the other hand, the Toyo Proxes will face a lower rolling resistance. Due to wider grooves of the tire, less area of tread will touch the road. As a result, less amount of friction will be required to overcome the resistance leading to good fuel efficiency.

Comfort Comparison

When it comes to comfort, the FK510 offers a comfortable driving experience to the users because of its narrower grooves. The relatively narrow grooves of the tire minimize the capturing of air particles among its tread channels. Therefore, the tire produces less noise. Moreover, the high contact patch of these tires makes them more comfortable on dry roads. However, due to their low void ratio, they are deemed to be less comfortable on flooded roads.

In comparison, the relatively high void ratio of the Toyo Proxes makes it a noisier tire. The linear and wide grooves of the tire provide more space to air particles to strike back and forth and produce high noise when the vehicle is moving at a high speed. It also offers less comfort on dry roads because of its lower contact patch. But the situation is reversed on flooded roads because of their wide grooves which provide more space for the evacuation of water.

Durability & Treadwear

Summer tires are known for their durability because of their hard rubber tread. The same is the case with both of these tires. However, the FK510 faces higher rolling resistance because of its higher contact patch. As a result, the tire’s tread will start wearing out faster after the consumption of its first layer. The dual-compound structuring of the tire includes NanoPro-tech multicell compound and hydrophilic coating for maximum traction. This is what makes these tires a bit softer than their counterpart. So, their durability is somewhat compromised.

Comparatively, the Toyo Proxes has longer life than its competitor. That’s because its rolling resistance is lower. As a result, their treadwear will be slower as well. In addition to this, they are manufactured using all the high-quality materials which stiffen the tread’s wall. This leads to higher durability.

Price

Toyo Proxes is on the higher side in terms of price. That’s because it offers more hydroplaning and less rolling resistance. As a result, their fuel efficiency and durability are increased. However, if you need a tire that offers better traction and more comfort in affordable price, then we would suggest opting for FK510.

Summary

  • Both are summer tires.
  • The FK510 provides better grip on dry and wet roads.
  • FK510 has better dry/wet handling.
  • The hydroplaning resistance of the Toyo Proxes is better.
  • Toyo Sport faces lower rolling resistance leading to increased fuel efficiency.
  • FK510 produces less noise due to its lower void ratio.
  • FK510 is a more affordable option.