The time has come for mine to finally get new tires. She's barely hitting 37k and with another infamous Arizona summer approaching, it seems now is the right time as a summer blowout can wreck your car in AZ. tirerack.com and Discount Tire both recommend the Kumho Ecsta 4X for an all-weather replacement (40K option is rated lower than 30K option!?). I was used to driving/riding in vehicles with 18s when I got the Soul, so there's not really been an issue with performance, the handling or the conversion to driving on them. Living in the Valley of the Sun's flatness, the potholes and craggy roads aren't enough of an issue to downgrade out of the stock 18s. However, I'm just wondering if anyone has any feedback regarding Dunlop Direzza tires (Discount rates these a perfect 10 for the vehicle in customer rating and 9.5 for compatibility), which I've also seen recommended on multiple alternate sites. I've not driven Dunlops before and am looking to see what info anyone has. I'm not adverse to spending the money for the 18s, just would like to get the best option for the money. The dealership has been clear the Kumhos would be a good choice, if Michelins were out of price range, with no info on Dunlops whatsoever. Any suggestions, comments, quotes, etc. are appreciated.