Hey, this might be a bit late since we're in 2010, LOL, but the Toyo Versado LX tires caught my interest back in '08 when looking for fresh shoes for our '07 ES350 (which we've owned since purchased new in ’06). At first, it looked like it was marketing hype, like someone else on here suspected, regarding these tires and the new “quiet technology” utilized in them, but after reading up on the product, checking on reviews and talking to a few people, we went for a set of four. I can now, almost two and a half years and 50K + miles later, report that they were indeed everything they said they were; SUPER quiet, yet competent in dry or wet conditions and nice handling to boot. Remember, these are not lo-pro performers, and neither is the car...
At any rate, we put them on at 38.5K miles as the OEM’s were done, and we now have 89K miles on the car (50.5K on the Versado’s), so they certainly lived up to the 40K tread wear billing, and then some. They were subjected to mostly so Cal driving with the occasional out of state road trip. OK, so we don't hot rod this ES ...why would you
but it does get stomped on here and there when I drive it (it's my wife's commuter) and the tire life, all things considered, has been great.
Anyway, now it's time for a new set of tires again and I briefly considered the Michelin Primacy's as the only alternative because of reputation of company and since they’re also supposed to be “quiet tires” and are in roughly the same price range (although H-rated as opposed to the Versado V-rating, not that it's terribly relevant here per se) and are a “60,000 mile” tire compared to Toyo’s 40K claim. But, after some thoughts and more current research on the subject, I decided on the Toyo’s and their technology again. I reckon the old–school principle of sticking with a proven winner applies here
Now, what's ironic is the fact that the Lex dealers - although they're Toyo dealers - cannot order the Versado’s! You need to get them from an independent tire dealer and grind a bit to get 'em in the neighborhood of under 700 bucks OTD mounted & balanced. The un-availability of this particular tire through the dealers is very odd in and of itself since this is precisely the type of tire you'd want for a lux aimed car like a Lexus sedan in the first place, and so, if logic prevailed, they should be readily available through the Lexus dealer network. Not so. Couldn't get these through our Lex dealers then (Newport/Tustin) and can't get them through our dealer now (Park Place Mission Viejo). Seems to me like Lexus corporate business decisions aren’t exactly in synch with the new economy nor their stated motto of pursuit of perfection, but that‘s not surprising when considering the many, many costly issues/hassles we’ve had with the supposed Maytag of automobiles - starting with the tranny at 450 miles, and numerous VERY dollar intense fixes and headaches since, on a pampered “dealer maintained” car. But that's another thread...
Conclusion: When looking for a truly serene tire, I'd highly recommend the Versado LX's if quiet and comfort is what you're after, which I suspect it is, or you’d be in a different camp, car wise. As far as reliability of the car itself, and judging by three out of three dealerships over almost 90,000 miles of patronage, I need to refer back to that old-school principle of who deserves hard-earned money and loyalty ...we're lookin' elsewere, 'cause there's simply been far too many stories, issues, lies, bad transmissions, oil leaks, heater malfunctions, voice command problems, rattles, battles, deep scratches on paint and soiled interior experiences for the high dollars spent, all in an almost inexhaustible belief and hope in the brand and the network representing them, but it's ended now
Good luck in your future tire endeavors!