The Akebono Euro Ceramics are an OEM type replacement ceramic pad. They promise less dusting and no noise when compared with regular replacement pads.
The Euro Ceramics are very progressive feeling brake pads. Pedal pressure translates well into brake force. In other words, I know how much pressure to apply and how much braking I’ll be getting in return. The Hawk HPS pads I had before were annoying in this aspect. They were not linear, grabbing slowly at first and then all of a sudden too much. The Euro Ceramics on the other hand are pretty progressive and have better cold bite than the HPS pads. Stopping power is good, just a tad less than the HPS. If the HPS pads were a 10, the Euro Ceramics are an 8. Still great but the HPS pads haul you down impressively. Still good for a briskly driven daily driver. The brake pedal feels better, slightly firmer than the HPS pads.
Noise is nonexistent. I have yet to hear these pads squeal or make any noise. Noise was the main reason I got rid of the HPS pads. One of the sets developed a squeal that refused to go away. Anti squeal goops, greases, or adhesives all failed. I tried reseating them, regreasing the pins, sanding down a new surface; nothing worked. The Akebono pads have turned out great in this department. The Akebono pads also have much less noticeable dust. They still release dust, but it is a much lighter color, practically invisible from a distance. Up close, it is a light almost yellowish dust, hard to see on silver wheels but maybe a problem on darker colors.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Akebono Euro Ceramic pads as an alternative to the OEM pads. They have good, if not great stopping power, are rather clean dusting and have little to no noise. While they don’t have the pure stopping force of the HPS pads, I like the pedal feel much better. The Akebono’s are much more progressive and provide an even keel response from a cold stop to warm up. This gives me much more confidence while braking as compared with the slightly better friction properties of the HPS pads. I purchased these pads from Amazon.com, part number EUR1107 for the front, and EUR1348 for the rears. It’ll cost you about 120-130 dollars for the set.