Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Review

Hello and welcome to my Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S review.

At first glance, the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S looks like it would be aggressive enough for an all-terrain tire and one that would appear to be an ideal fit for jeep, truck and SUV owners who like to venture out for a little off-roading or need a tire that will take them through rough winter weather conditions. But what can you really expect from this all-terrain tire?

Yokohama Geolandar AT-S review

Tread Toughness

The tread compound on the Yokohama ATS is designed to be tough enough to handle light off-road terrain without getting any nasty punctures, chips or cuts. Sidewall protectors near the shoulders also help in protecting the tire from damage. For light duty use it does hold up well, but if you are needing a tire to withstand a lot of jagged rocks or other rough obstacles like stumps on a regular basis, you may be disappointed. Then again, that’s not who this tire was really designed for.

Rating Verdict – Good

Dry Traction

On dry streets and highways the ATS feels right at home. Grip on pavement is excellent due in part to the larger tread blocks and multi-stepped grooves, which further increase stability and handling. Dry braking is outstanding as well.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Wet Traction

Yokohama has designed the ATS to handle wet roads much easier and more confidently than many other AT tires. The silica enhanced tread compound along with dual interlocking pyramid sipes help this tire deliver very good traction and exceptional hydroplane resistance. Even at higher speeds you’ll find this tire performs quite well and gives you a confident feeling behind the wheel. When it comes to braking, this tire is about average among others in its class.

Rating Verdict – Good

Off-Road Traction

The Yokohama Geolandar ATS is a solid performer on the highway, and when it comes to taking things off-road it performs well in most cases. There’s no denying that it’s an AT tire that has been built more for on-road driving than in the backwoods, which in all fairness is where the overwhelming majority of drivers spend most of their time, so it makes sense.

That said, it does handle modest off-roading through dirt, sand and gravel as well as most other models. But if you plan to do a lot of driving in deeper mud or over jagged rocks, you’ll likely be disappointed. The ATS is simply not designed to be that aggressive off the beaten path.

Rating Verdict – Average

Winter Traction

Driving through snow and ice on the ATS is a mixed bag of sorts. The tires feature dual interlocking pyramid sipes and multi-stepped grooves to help it navigate lighter amounts of snow quite well, but traction through deep snow and ice has room for improvement. Expect to find slipping on hard-packed snow and especially on ice.

In addition, braking on ice is poor and takes longer to come to a stop than tires like the General Grabber AT2, BFG T/A KO2 or Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure among others.

Rating Verdict – Average

Cornering/Steering Response

Larger tread blocks help make steering more responsive on the ATS than you might think at first glance. It handles well and provides good feel for an all-terrain tire.

Rating Verdict – Good

Ride/Noise Comfort

The ATS’s rounded edge tread blocks are added to give this tire a more quiet ride quality and overall, they do a pretty good job. It’s not the quietest AT tire in this category, but it’s certainly not the noisiest. I would say it is quieter than the older BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO.

Ride comfort is excellent when driving on this tire. You’ll find it takes uneven pavement and smaller obstacles more smoothly and without the bone-jarring feeling you can often find on some all-terrain tires. It’s obvious that Yokohama spent time on refining the road manners here.

Rating Verdict – Good

Treadlife/Warranty

Treadlife is an area where the ATS falls a bit short of its top-ranked competitors. We’ve heard other drivers mention in reviews that they have seen as few as 30,000 miles from the tread. Naturally, the way you use the tire and driving habits are going to play a big factor with treadwear, but that being the case it would be nice to see a little more life out of the tread.

Yokohama does warrant the tires for 5 years or 40,000 miles for all sizes below 20 inches. For load range E sizes and ones 20 inches and above, the warranty is reduced to 40,000 miles.

Rating Verdict – Average

Price/Value

Yokohama ATS tires run from around $108 and up and are priced on the lower end of the scale compared to many other models in their class.

For example, on an LT265/75R 16 123R E, the A/T-S comes in at approximately $184. The same size in the Michelin LTX AT2 is $210, the Bridgestone Dueler Revo2 is $202, and the all-new BFG T/A KO2 is $205. I would rate overall performance for the money to be about average for this tire.

Rating Verdict – Average

Final Verdict

After having a closer look at the Yokohama A/T-S, I would say it ranks in the middle of the all-terrain class. On-road traction and handling is impressive for this tire, but off-road performance, winter handling and treadlife is only average.

If you spend most all of your time driving on pavement and want an attractive looking tire the ATS is a good option, especially considering the lower price point. However, if you drive off-road on a more regular basis or need a tire for extended periods of driving in rough winter road conditions, you may want to consider a different model.

Fits These Vehicles And Many Others

  • Chevrolet Silverado, Blazer, Tahoe, Colorado, Suburban, Avalanche, S-10, TrailBlazer
  • Dodge Ram, Durango, Dakota, Nitro
  • Ford F-150, Ranger, Explorer, F-250, Excursion, Expedition, F-350, Escape, Bronco
  • GMC Sierra, Yukon, Terrain
  • Honda Ridgeline, Element, CR-V, Pilot
  • Hyundai Veracruz, Tucson, Santa Fe
  • Jeep Liberty, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Patriot
  • Kia Sportage, Sorento
  • Land Rover Freelander, Discovery
  • Mercury Mountaineer
  • Mitsubishi Outlander, Montero
  • Nissan Pathfinder, Xterra, Frontier, Titan
  • Subaru Outback, XV CrossTrek, Forester
  • Suzuki Grand Vitara, XL-7, Samurai
  • Toyota Tacoma, Sequoia, RAV4, FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Tundra, T100, Highlander
  • Volkswagen Vanagon
  • Volvo XC90, XC70

Warranty

Tire Warranty – 5 years or 50,000 miles on 19 inch and below sizes excluding E load range. 5 years or 40,000 miles on all 20 inch sizes and above, as well as all E load range models.

Tire Uniformity – First 2/32 inch of wear.

Materials & Workmanship – 5 years. Free replacement during first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. Prorated amount after that down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

Other – Yokohama provides a 30 day test drive guarantee.

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S review helpful. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Review

Hello and welcome to my Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus review.

The Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tire is specially designed for all types of luxury coupes and sedans for drivers who place an emphasis on all-season traction, precision handling and enhanced ride comfort. Featuring a lower rolling resistance tread design, the Pirelli P7 uses the latest in tire technology to reduce braking distance and increase overall tread life.

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus review

Dry Traction

Traction on dry streets and highways is as good as it gets for a touring all-season tire. They confidently grip the road and provide the type of feedback you would expect from a good quality tire. Braking distance is reduced due in part to the higher silica content and low oil used in the tread compound.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Wet Traction

Driving on wet pavement is area where the P7 Plus sets itself above most other comparable tires, but comes in just under the best in class when pushed to the limits. Wider circumferential grooves, along with lateral and longitudinal siping around the tire, deliver solid wet traction and handling. Braking on wet pavement is very good, and hydroplane resistance is equally as good.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Winter Traction

For most all-season tires, winter handling is where you find one of their biggest downfalls, although there are exceptions of course. The Pirelli P7 is one of those. Unless you are planning on driving through an avalanche of snow or on a sheet of solid ice, this tire is going to get you safely to your destination. With its high-dense sipes around the tread, it does a good job of gripping moderate amounts of snow, slush and rain, while safely bringing you to a stop.

Rating Verdict – Good

Cornering Grip

The Pirelli Cinturato P7 rates well when it comes to cornering performance. This is a tire that provides excellent stability when taking corners both in and around town, as well as at higher speeds on the open road. Ratings and reviews among other tire owners also speak highly on the performance of this tire. Arguably, this model is not built for serious sports car like high speed cornering, but it does hold its own much better than you might expect.

Rating Verdict – Good

Steering Response

Another plus for this tire. Steering is quick and responsive on all types of pavement. There’s not a lot more we can add other than to say it simply provides a confident feel regardless of conditions.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Ride Comfort

Ride comfort on the Pirelli P7 Plus is outstanding. The asymmetrical tread pattern and advanced technology has given this tire an above average ride quality that is equal, if not better, than other comparable models from Michelin, Continental and other tire makers.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Noise Comfort

Pirelli has added pitch sequencing to an optimized tread pattern to give this tire a very quiet ride. Whether on the highway or around town, road noise is nearly non-existent on this tire and adds substantial enjoyment to those long drives.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Treadlife/Warranty

With a 70,000 mile treadlife warranty you would expect to find a longer lasting lifespan out of this tire and that’s exactly what you should get. Pirelli’s high silica content in the tread compound helps give the P7 All Season Plus a longer treadlife, which saves you money over time. Reviews from others confirm this as well.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Price/Value

Prices on the P7 All Season Plus start at around $120 and are comparable to other top touring all-season tires in this class. For example, on a 215/55R 17 94V, the cost is approximately $151 for the P7. The same exact size for the Michelin MXV4 is around $160, and for the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus it is $149.

Performance wise, I give the P7 a little higher rating over the two. With its 70K mile warranty this is a tire that delivers excellent value for the money.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Final Verdict

Pirelli’s slogan for the P7 All Season Plus is “One tire. Four seasons. No compromises.”, and it definitely fits this tire perfectly. With its exceptional traction, quiet ride and longer lasting treadlife, we feel the P7 Plus is among the best touring all-season tires you’ll find available today.

Fits These Vehicles And Many Others

  • Acura TSX, TL, RL
  • Audi A8L, S5, Allroad, A3, A4
  • BMW 325i, 530i, 335i, 328i
  • Buick LaCrosse, Lucerne
  • Chevrolet Camaro, HHR, Impala, Malibu, Cruze, Volt
  • Dodge Journey, Grand Caravan, Charger, Stratus
  • Ford Thunderbird, Fusion, Escape, Taurus, Mustang, Focus
  • Honda Accord, Civic, Odyssey, Fit, CR-V
  • Hyundai Elantra, Tucson, Sonata, Genesis
  • Infiniti G35, M35, EX35
  • Jaguar XJ8, X-Type
  • Kia Optima
  • Lexus ES300, SC300
  • Mazda 3, Protege, 5, CX-5, 6
  • Mercedes-Benz C280, S320, CLK320
  • Mini Cooper
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse
  • Nissan Altima, Juke, Maxima, Sentra, Rogue
  • Saab 9-3
  • Scion xD, tC
  • Subaru Outback, Impreza, Legacy
  • Suzuki SX4
  • Toyota Camry, Avalon, Matrix, Prius, Sienna, Corolla
  • Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, Passat, CC Sport, GTi
  • Volvo S80, V70

Warranty

Tire Warranty – Unlimited number of years or 70,000 miles.

Tire Uniformity – 1 year or first 2/32 inch of wear.

Materials & Workmanship – Unlimited number of years. Free replacement during first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. Prorated amount after that down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus review helpful. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Kumho Ecsta 4X KU22 Review

Hello and welcome to my Kumho Ecsta 4X KU22 review.

The Ecsta 4X KU22 tire range from Kumho sports a combination of exotic looks, technology of the highest standard, and everyday use durability all in a low profile package. This tire range has been purposefully created for sports cars and ‘tuned’ Sedans and is a perfect choice for when the desire for larger rims meets a slim budget.

This Kumho tires has been designed to provide you with a full set of features that are an absolute requirement in any top class tire; like all season traction, crisp steering and handling and classy looks.

Kumho Ecsta 4X KU22 Review

Dry Traction

Ecsta 4X tires provide a class-leading performance that grips the road in just about any weather imaginable, and this of course includes dry roads. The tires internal structure features twin, high-tensile steel belts and spirally wrapped joint less cap ply reinforcements that stabilize the tread area to enhance handling, high-speed durability, and increased braking performance.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Wet Traction

Featuring four circumferential and multiple lateral grooves which help to greatly improve hydroplaning resistance, the Kumho KU22 tires have exceptional traction when the streets become wet.

Multiple lateral grooves further enhance hydroplaning resistance, as well as reduce braking distances and give you added confidence behind the wheel.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Cornering Grip

This Kumho tire possesses a notched center rib for continuous contact with the pavement, and larger outer shoulder blocks for increased stability. It all adds up to some very enjoyable cornering grip for driving enthusiasts.

Rating Verdict – Good

Steering Response

The Ecsta 4X provides excellent steering response due to the intermediate tread blocks and the large outboard shoulder features. You’ll immediately notice how quick the steering is on this tire compared to many of its other competitors. I’d say it is on par with what you get from the Michelin A/S 3 or General G-MAX AS-03 to name just a couple real quick.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Winter Traction

This tire range features strategically positioned sipes that are added to help in improving traction in wet or wintry conditions, which includes light to moderate amounts of snow. These sipes increase the number of biting edges to promote the needed traction when Mother Nature decides to turn a bit nasty.

That being the case, traction and braking on snow and ice is a bit disappointing for the most part, which is backed up by numerous other reviews that say the same thing. If you spend several months a year driving in winter type conditions, you may want to put on a set of winter tires instead.

Rating Verdict – Poor

Ride Comfort

The 4X KU22 casing was developed using Kumho’s ESCOT “tension control optimization” technology that allowed the engineers to tune the bead, sidewall and shoulder tension to optimize footprint pressure distribution and uniformity. What this all means in simple terms is that the result is less flexing and cooler operating temperatures which should the comfort level. While not a rough ride by any measure, it isn’t on the level of some other tires in this class.

Rating Verdict – Average

Noise Comfort

Every tire from Kumho possesses a notched center rib which provides continuous road contact that helps reduce noise while also enhancing straight-line tracking and cornering stability. This provides the driver with as smooth a drive as possible in even the most testing weather conditions. The only noise that can be heard is if you cross over any exceedingly rough pavement, and even then the noise is minimal.

Rating Verdict – Good

Treadlife/Warranty

The tread life on Kumho Ecsta KU22 tires is warranted for six years or 40,000 miles, which is about what you can expect from this model. I feel that treadwear could be better though, and this is an area where you’ll find a lot of other owners in agreement with. It generally falls below what other tires like the General G-Max AS03, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3 and Hankook S1 Noble2 provide in the way of treadlife.

Rating Verdict – Average

Price/Value

Kumho KU22 prices range from around $80 and up. On a 215 /55 R16 93W, the cost is about $108. The same size in the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 runs right at $108 as well, but delivers better performance in our book.

For a tire sized 255 /40 R18 99W, the Kumho costs about $177. Compare that to $225 for the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, and $162 on the General G-Max AS-03. Again though, based on overall performance we would rank both the Michelin and General models ahead of the 4X KU22.

Rating Verdict – Average

Final Verdict

A good friend of mine purchased a set of the Kumho Ecsta 4X KU22 tires to replace four Yokohama tires that had been driven into the ground on his Honda Civic. While any new tire is bound to feel great just after purchase, he has now driven on them nearly 6 months and says that they still perform like new.

From our perspective we really like how well the tire drives and handles on dry or wet streets. For a lower costing high performance all-season tire, it has the traction and cornering grip that puts it above many others in this class, while saving you a little extra money at the same time.

On the other side though is the lower treadlife, reduced ride quality and less than stellar winter performance. (Good 3-season tire) If added comfort and better winter handling is what you’re after, the Cooper Zeon RS3-A, Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 or Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All Season would be a better overall fit for you. That said, for drivers looking for a less expensive daily driver that delivers impressive grip and handling on dry/wet streets, the Kumho KU22 is not a bad option.

Tire Size
Load/Speed
Sidewall
UTQG
185/55R15
82V
BSW
420 AA/A
195/55R15
85V
BSW
420 AA/A
205/55R15
88V
BSW
420 AA/A
195/50ZR16
84W
BSW
420 AA/A
205/50ZR16
87W
BSW
420 AA/A
225/50ZR16
92W
BSW
420 AA/A
195/55R16
87V
BSW
420 AA/A
205/55ZR16
91W
BSW
420 AA/A
215/55ZR16
93W
BSW
420 AA/A
225/55ZR16
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
205/40ZR17
84W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/40ZR17
91W
BSW
420 AA/A
255/40ZR17
94W
BSW
420 AA/A
275/40ZR17
98W
BSW
420 AA/A
205/45ZR17
88W
BSW
420 AA/A
215/45ZR17
91W
BSW
420 AA/A
225/45ZR17
94W
BSW
420 AA/A
235/45ZR17
97W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/45ZR17
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
205/50ZR17
93W
BSW
420 AA/A
215/50ZR17
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
225/50ZR17
98W
BSW
420 AA/A
235/50ZR17
96W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/50ZR17
99W
BSW
420 AA/A
215/55R17
94V
BSW
420 AA/A
225/55ZR17
97W
BSW
420 AA/A
235/55ZR17
99W
BSW
420 AA/A
255/35ZR18
94W
BSW
420 AA/A
265/35ZR18
97W
BSW
420 AA/A
275/35ZR18
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
225/40ZR18
92W
BSW
420 AA/A
235/40ZR18
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/40ZR18
97W
BSW
420 AA/A
255/40ZR18
99W
BSW
420 AA/A
215/45ZR18
93W
BSW
420 AA/A
225/45ZR18
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
235/45ZR18
98W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/45ZR18
100W
BSW
420 AA/A
225/50ZR18
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
235/50ZR18
97W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/50ZR18
100W
BSW
420 AA/A
255/35ZR19
96W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/40ZR19
94W
BSW
420 AA/A
255/40ZR19
100W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/35ZR20
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
255/35ZR20
97W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/45ZR20
99W
BSW
420 AA/A
255/45ZR20
105W
BSW
420 AA/A

Fits These Vehicles And Many Others

  • Acura TL, RSX, TSX, CSX
  • Audi A4, A6, TT, Allroad, RS6, A7, S5
  • BMW 330i, 325, 335i, 328i, 135i, 530i, Z3
  • Cadillac Seville
  • Chevrolet Camaro, Impala, Cruze, Malibu, Aveo
  • Chrysler Crossfire, 300
  • Dodge Neon, Magnum
  • Ford Fusion, Mustang, Flex, Fiesta, Taurus, Crown Victoria
  • Honda Accord, Civic, Fit
  • Hyundai Sonata, Accent, Genesis, Azera, Elantra
  • Infiniti G37, G35, M37X
  • Jaguar XJ
  • Kia Forte
  • Lexus IS250, ES350, SC300, RX300, GS400
  • Mazda 3, MX-5, 6, Protege 5, RX-7
  • Mini Cooper S
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse, Lancer
  • Nissan 370Z, Versa, Maxima, Cube, Altima, 350Z
  • Pontiac Vibe, G8
  • Saab 9-5, 9-3
  • Saturn Aura
  • Scion tC, xB
  • Subaru Outback, Baja, Forester, Impreza
  • Toyota Camry, Corolla, MR2, Solara, Prius, Matrix
  • Volkswagen Passat, GTI, Jetta, Rabbit, R32, Golf, CC, Beetle
  • Volvo S40, S60, V70

Warranty

Tire Warranty – 6 years or 40,000 miles. Mileage is reduced by half if rear sizes are different than front.

Tire Uniformity – 1 year or first 2/32 inch of wear

Materials & Workmanship – 6 years. Free replacement during first 2/32 inch of wear. Prorated amount after that down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

Road Hazard – 1 year or first 2/32 inch of wear.

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this Kumho Ecsta 4X KU22 review helpful. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar Review

Hello and welcome to my Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar review.

Finding an all-terrain tire that can provide a good mix of performance for those times you need to venture off-road, while being well suited for every day driving on streets and highways is not always easy to find, but that is what the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure is designed to do.

It’s not a dedicated off-road tire by any means, but it’s built to handle its fair share of dirt, gravel, snow and ice. Goodyear has developed the Wrangler AT Adventure to eventually replace the Silent Armor line, which has been a solid performer in its own right, so this tire should deliver good performance. Let’s take a look at what to expect.

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar

Tread Toughness

Naturally, the tough as nails layer of Kevlar in the tread plies protects against punctures and cuts to the tire, while the heavy-duty load range E LT sizes make it easier to haul heavier loads or tow trailers, etc. Like most AT tires, rolling resistance could be improved on, but it’s not a major issue.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Dry Traction

Predictably, traction on dry road surfaces is excellent for the Goodyear Adventure. Interlocking shoulder blocks add to overall stability when cornering, which is especially noticeable if you are pulling a heavy trailer. Dry braking is also another big plus for this tire.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Wet Traction

Goodyear has raised the bar with wet traction on this model. It’s a huge improvement over their original equipment tires, or others from Bridgestone for that matter. The tread block design along with added siping give the tire a solid and confident grip in wet weather. Braking performance is above average and hydroplaning should never be an issue.

Rating Verdict – Good

Off-Road Traction

Taking the Goodyear AT Adventure off road you can expect to find very good traction driving on dirt, gravel, grass, light mud and other light terrain. Naturally, this isn’t a tire designed for rock crawling or bogging, but for the average person looking to go to their favorite fishing hole, hunting spot or on that weekend outing in the backwoods, you shouldn’t incur any problems or be disappointed with this tire.

Goodyear has incorporated traction ridges along with open shoulder blocks that eject mud, rocks and other debris for added off-road grip. For an AT tire it cleans out nicely. We have to say that this tire does a very good overall job in light off-road terrain.

Rating Verdict – Good

Winter Traction

If you live in an area that sees a fair amount of snow and ice, you should like driving on the Adventure. The tire sports the Severe Service Emblem which lets you know it is suitable for use in severe winter conditions. Tires that have this symbol on the sidewall will provide better winter performance over those that only have the M+S rating symbol.

Even in deep snow you can expect to have little trouble getting around, especially in 4WD. Braking and cornering on snow and ice is about average among all-terrain tires.

Rating Verdict – Good

Cornering/Steering

The steering response and overall handling on this Goodyear tire is very good. Steering is quicker than many other tires in its class and delivers good feel on dry or wet pavement. No complaints here.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Ride/Noise Comfort

One of the problem areas for many all-terrain tires is the ride you get. How often have you found yourself wishing for a more comfortable ride after a bruising/jarring few hours behind the wheel? We were impressed by the comfort this tire provides on all but the roughest of surfaces. Sure, it’s a little rougher over potholes and uneven pavement than your standard passenger touring tire, but that’s pretty much expected.

The ride on the load range E models is a little rougher, but again, this can be expected. Even with that being the case it is not so rough that you’ll be complaining.

Road noise, or the lack of it, is excellent for this tire, which honestly was not something we expected to find. Driving at highway speeds may surprise you with how quiet the tire rides. A noticeable improvement over the Silent Armor models, as well as the Wrangler ATS.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Treadlife/Warranty

A 60,000 mile tread warranty on an all-terrain tire says a lot right there about the treadwear you can expect. There is no doubt that the new tread compound and the added toughness that comes from the Kevlar layer all add up to extend the treadlife. Based on other reviews as well, you can expect to get a lot of miles out of this tire.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Price/Value

Goodyear has priced the Wrangler Adventure to be very competitive among other top-tier level AT tires. For example, the LT245/75R16 120R E runs approximately $183. The same size in the Michelin LTX A/T2 is right around $205, and the Cooper Discoverer A/T3 comes in at $168. Based on performance, the value for the money is excellent.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Final Verdict

For drivers of pickups and SUV’s, there’s a lot to like about the new Goodyear Adventure AT. That said, is it a tire that’s built for heavy off-road use, mudding or rock crawling? No it’s not, but that isn’t what Goodyear was trying to accomplish with this model. If you need a heavy-duty off-road tire then the DuraTrac, BFG KO2 or Cooper ST Maxx would be your better option.

What this model does best is provide dependable light duty off-road traction when you need it along with excellent on-road performance, which is what the majority of pickup and SUV drivers are looking for in a tire. That is what makes the Adventure one of the better performing light duty all-terrain tires on the road today.

Fits These Vehicles And Many Others

  • Chevrolet Blazer, Silverado, Tahoe, Colorado, Avalanche, Suburban, Trailblazer
  • Dodge Ram, Durango, Dakota
  • Ford F150, F250, F350, Excursion, Explorer, Ranger
  • GMC Yukon, Sierra, Acadia, Envoy, Canyon
  • Honda Pilot, Ridgeline
  • Jeep Commander, Cherokee, Liberty, Wrangler
  • Kia Sorento
  • Land Rover Discovery
  • Mitsubishi Montero
  • Nissan Xterra, Armada, Pathfinder, Titan, Frontier
  • Toyota Tundra, Tacoma, Sequoia, 4Runner, Land Cruiser, Highlander

Warranty

Tire Warranty – 6 years or 60,000 miles.

Tire Uniformity – 1 year or first 2/32 inch of wear.

Materials & Workmanship – 6 years. Free replacement during first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. Prorated amount after that down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

Other – Goodyear provides a 30-day test drive guarantee.

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar review helpful. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx Review

Hello and welcome to my Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx review.

One look at the Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx and you may be wondering whether this is an all-terrain or a mud-terrain tire. It’s actually a hybrid design between the two, which really fills a need for tires that can deliver off-road performance that’s a step above an AT tire, while also maintaining a more civilized ride quality on the highway than you get with a MT tire.

Cooper Discoverer ST Maxx Review

Tread Toughness

Cooper utilizes what they term a 3-ply Armor-Tek3 construction in the carcass to go with new cut and chip resistant tread compound. The 3-ply design has two polyester plies that run across the tread diagonally from bead to bead.

The additional third ply runs at a 45-degree angle from bead to bead and provides superior strength and protection for resisting punctures, cuts and chips, while also providing you with commercial grade traction on the roughest of terrain. Aside from that, the tire sports a nice aggressive look to it that immediately lets everyone know that it means business.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Dry Traction

Dry traction, whether on a paved surface or on dirt and gravel, is outstanding on the Cooper S/T Maxx. The tire’s 4-5 rib tread pattern give it impressive grip and stability beyond what you might expect to find from this type of tire.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Wet Traction

Far too often you’ll find driving on rain slick road surfaces to be a bit challenging for most AT or MT tires. That’s not the case for the ST Maxx. Its silica and natural rubber tread compound, along with the added sipes, give this tire above average wet traction. You’ll feel added confidence behind the wheel when the weather makes driving conditions more difficult. It eliminates the white knuckle driving experience that no one wants to go through.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Off-Road Traction

This tire is a beast when going off-road on all types of terrain. Whether it’s dirt, gravel, rock, grass, creek beds or whatever else that gets in its way, the ST Maxx goes through it as well as any other tire in this class. It drives through mud very well and cleans itself out without issues, although thick heavy mud is not its strong point. Make no mistake, this is not a bogger tire by any stretch. But for moderate amounts of mud you should find it performs quite well.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Steering Response

There’s no denying that the Cooper ST Maxx is a heavier tire than your standard MT tire, and that has an effect on steering response. It gives you a little resistance that you can feel when driving around town or on the highway. That being the case, it is not enough to be a big issue with the tire, just something you’ll notice. We actually like the added feel as it gives you more of a sense of power and control.

Rating Verdict – Good

Winter Traction

The Discoverer ST Maxx is well suited for driving in winter weather. Regardless of snow depth, this tire goes through it with relative ease. The tire’s deeper tread pattern and added sipes are matched perfectly for the worst that Mother Nature throws your way in the winter. Performance on ice and slush are just as good. Reviews and ratings from other drivers confirm this as well. This is simply a tire that doesn’t let you down when winter rolls around.

It’s worth noting that Cooper has included the option to add studs if you live in an area that sees even more severe winter weather conditions.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Ride Comfort

It’s one thing to have a tough tire that gets you everywhere you want to go, but can it do it without delivering a bone-jarring ride or a ride that leaves you having to yell at passengers just to be heard? After all, the majority of drivers spend more time on the highway than they do out in the backwoods, so comfort does come into play.

That said, the S/T Maxx is a tire that is surprisingly quiet on the highway and offers a pretty comfortable ride despite its load range E rating. Sure, the ride is a bit stiffer than you find on a load range C or D tire, but it’s not as harsh as you might think. We would say it is a little more comfortable than the Goodyear DuraTrac just to give you an idea.

As far as road noise goes, although it is a little noisier than some all-terrain tires, we feel it’s a little quieter than the Goodyear DuraTrac, as well as MT tires like the Toyo MT.

Rating Verdict – Good

Treadlife/Warranty

Treadwear on the Cooper ST Maxx is above average compared to similar tires. The tough tread compound holds up well to miles of off-road use and represents a good value for drivers looking to get the most miles out of their tires. Although there is no mileage warranty, you can expect to get upwards of 60,000 miles out of them before seeing the wear bars. Of course, your mileage will vary depending on what you put them through.

Rating Verdict – Good

Price/Value

Cooper ST Maxx prices are in the neighborhood of what you’ll find on other comparable models from Goodyear, BFGoodrich and others. For example, a 31/10.50 R15 109Q C is approximately $189 for the ST Maxx. The same size for the DuraTrac is $182 and the Nitto Terra Grappler runs $214.

In an LT265/75 R16 123Q E, the cost is around $213 for the Cooper. The BFGoodrich T/A KO2 is $205, while the DuraTrac comes in at $194. Although not the cheapest tire in this class, the ST Maxx provides good value for the money when you consider its longer lasting treadlife.

Rating Verdict – Good

Final Verdict

Overall, the Cooper Discoverer ST Maxx delivers solid performance and ranks in the upper tier of this mud-terrain class. It’s an ideal fit for trucks and 4×4’s that spend a good amount of time off-road and need the added traction that a less aggressive AT tire just can’t provide. They also make a great choice when used for towing or hauling, as well as for construction trucks and other vehicles that see off pavement use or haul heavy loads.

One of the biggest issues we have heard raised on the ST Maxx is the weight of the tire. While this is no lightweight tire to be sure, it is not heavier than many comparable tires. For example, the Cooper S/T Maxx 285/70R 17 has a weight of 60 lbs. Compare that to the Toyo Open Country MT which weighs 66 lbs. for the same size, or the Nitto Trail Grappler which weighs in at 68 lbs. The Goodyear DuraTrac weighs in at 54 lbs.

In the long run, this is a tire that you can depend on to provide year-round traction both on and off-road, while also giving you a good ride quality.

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx review helpful. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Tire Size
Load/Speed
Sidewall
UTQG
31X10.50R15LT
109Q
BLK
n/a
33X12.50R15LT
108Q
BLK
n/a
35X12.50R15LT
113Q
BLK
n/a
LT215/85R16
115\112Q
BLK
n/a
LT235/85R16
120\116Q
BLK
n/a
LT255/85R16
123\120Q
BLK
n/a
LT225/75R16
115\112Q
BLK
n/a
LT245/75R16
120\116Q
BLK
n/a
LT265/75R16
123\120Q
OWL
n/a
LT285/75R16
126\123Q
OWL
n/a
LT315/75R16
127\124Q
BLK
n/a
LT305/70R16
124\121Q
BLK
n/a
LT235/80R17
120\117Q
BLK
n/a
LT255/80R17
121\118Q
BLK
n/a
LT245/75R17
121\118Q
BLK
n/a
LT255/75R17
111\108Q
BLK
n/a
LT245/70R17
119\116Q
BLK
n/a
LT265/70R17
121\118Q
OWL
n/a
LT275/70R17
121\118Q
BLK
n/a
LT285/70R17
121\118Q
OWL
n/a
LT295/70R17
121\118Q
BLK
n/a
LT315/70R17
121\118Q
BLK
n/a
LT265/65R17
120\117Q
BLK
n/a
LT305/65R17
121\118Q
BLK
n/a
37X12.50R17LT
124P
BLK
n/a
LT275/70R18
125\122Q
BLK
n/a
LT295/70R18
129\126Q
BLK
n/a
LT305/70R18
126\123Q
BLK
n/a
LT275/65R18
123\120Q
BLK
n/a
LT285/65R18
125\122Q
BLK
n/a
LT305/60R18
121\118Q
BLK
n/a
LT275/65R20
126\123Q
BLK
n/a
LT305/55R20
121\118Q
BLK
n/a
35X12.50R20LT
121Q
BLK
n/a

Fits These Vehicles And Many Others:

  • Chevrolet Silverado, C2500, Blazer, Express 2500 Van, Traverse
  • Dodge Ram, Dakota, Nitro, Durango
  • Ford E-250 Econoline Van, F-150, Excursion, F-250
  • GMC Sierra, Yukon, Jimmy, Savana
  • Honda Passport
  • Hummer H3
  • Isuzu Rodeo
  • Jeep Liberty, Grand Cherokee, Wrangler
  • Kia Borrego
  • Land Rover Defender
  • Nissan NV2500, Xterra, Pathfinder, Frontier, Titan
  • Suzuki Equator
  • Toyota Tundra, FJ Crusier

Warranty

Tire Uniformity – First 2/32 inch of wear

Materials & Workmanship – Lifetime warranty. Free replacement during first 25% of wear Prorated amount after that down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Review

Hello and welcome to my Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology review.

The Continental PureContact is the ultimate blend of performance and practicality.  It represents the tire company’s must fuel-efficient touring tire for drivers who want the best of both worlds. With high ratings for fuel efficiency plus some of the best wet weather road-gripping technology in the business, the PureContact is for the driver who wants a little bit of everything:  performance, economy, and luxury.  There is no need to sacrifice performance for fuel efficiency when you’ve got the engineering power to make it all happen in one tire.

A true all-season performance tire… that’s just what the men and women in the labs at Continental have created in this eco-friendly, low rolling, high performing, all season tire designed to take you from zero to awesome no matter what the weather.

Continental PureContact review

Dry Traction

Chamfered tread blocks allow the tires to grab the road and their uniquely designed treads are engineered for grabbing, gripping and getting you going too, with greater acceleration grip.   Shorter braking distances are made possible by the same tread technology that allows the tires to grip the road superbly in dry (and wet) driving conditions.

On a side note, Continental has added Tuned Performance Indicators on the tread so that you can quickly see how well your tires are wearing and when it’s time to replace them.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Wet Traction

For drivers who want to push through even the heaviest of rainstorms and not have to worry about hydroplaning, this is an ideal tire. Siped independent tread blocks create the added traction you want when travelling on rainy streets and highways.

Aside from traction, wet braking is a specialty on this tire, which is backed up by an overwhelming majority of Continental PureContact reviews from other owners. It’s been designed with an eye towards drivers who live in wet areas.  The +Silane technology and asymmetric tread pattern is what makes the difference here as this tire delivers superior grip and excellent wet braking.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Winter Traction

Continental’s Traction Grooves, which are vertical ridges within the tire’s circumferential grooves, give the PureContact some additional traction in snowy weather. From the back roads of rural Wisconsin to snowy highway conditions in the Northeast corridor, drivers can feel a bit more secure driving on this tire. That said, it in no way offers the same grip as a dedicated winter tire, but for an all-season it does a good overall job of getting you around.

Rating Verdict – Good

Cornering Grip

Cornering grip and stability are another plus for the PureContact tire.  The strong outer shoulder delivers tighter cornering abilities and responsive handling for you and a longer-lasting tire for your wallet.

The asymmetrical tread technology means not only can these tires handle corners with exceptional capability, but they also help in winter and wet conditions.

Rating Verdict – Good

Steering Response

Steering is precise and very responsive for a touring all-season tire, which was a nice surprise. I’ve seen many tires that offer excellent dry/wet traction but lack the responsiveness and crispness behind the wheel. Continental’s PureContact doesn’t disappoint here.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Ride Comfort

Continental’s ComfortRide Technology means you’ll get an extra layer of cushioning rubber that is designed to soften your ride. That extra cushion, as well as the bump-absorbing sidewalls, does indeed make for a more comfortable and smoother ride on all but the roughest of potholes and other road imperfections.

Rating Verdict – Good

Noise Comfort

Very often with performance tires you’re sacrificing noise for superior handling but not with these PureContacts.  Drivers repeatedly report being surprised at the low noise level of these tires, even on imperfect highways.  Thanks to the asymmetric tread design that is computer-optimized, noise comfort is engineered to a “T” for your ultimate enjoyment of the road.

Rating Verdict – Good

Treadlife/Warranty

Even tuners who put their tires through a lot report being satisfied with treadwear, which is guaranteed for 70,000 miles.  Continental’s +Silane additive increases tread life as well as increasing fuel efficiency.  The tires wear evenly due to twin steel belts which offer uniformity.  They’re also reinforced with polyamide for extra durability.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Price/Value

Continental has priced the Pure Contact a little lower than many of its main competitors. For example, on a 215 /60 R16 95V you will find it priced right around $118. The same size in the Bridgestone Serenity Plus is approximately $126. It’s $132 for the Pirelli P7 All Season Plus, and $138 for the Michelin Premier AS.

For the performance you can expect from this tire it makes it a solid value for the money.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Final Verdict

There’s not a lot of negatives that you can say about the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. This tire was created to perform, and drivers will not be disappointed, especially if you do a bit of wet weather driving. The engineers seem to have a direct line to drivers’ needs particularly when it comes to wet traction, noise comfort and tread endurance.

Although the PureContact represents the least extreme of Continental’s performance tire lineup, they’ll impress even those drivers who expect top performance from their tires under any conditions, which is evidenced by an overwhelming majority of reviews as well.

Value presents itself in two ways with this tire… the technology ensures that fuel efficiency is increased, and a long-lasting tread (UTQG 640) means car owners who choose this tire will be enjoying superior traction, amazing wet braking, and overall excellent performance for many thousands of miles to come.

Fits These Vehicles And Many Others

  • Acura RDX, TSX, TL
  • Audi A4, TT, Allroad, A6, A3
  • BMW 540i, 325i, 528i, 530xi, 330i, X3, 550i, 128i
  • Buick Regal, Verano
  • Cadillac DTS, ATS
  • Chevrolet HHR, Malibu, Impala, Sonic, Equinox, Cobalt, Cruze
  • Chrysler PT Cruiser, 300
  • Dodge Charger, Magnum, Dart, Stratus
  • Ford Focus, Fusion, Taurus
  • Honda Accord, Civic
  • Hyundai Sonata, Genesis, Azera, Elantra
  • Infiniti G37, M45, G20
  • Kia Sportage, Optima, Forte, Soul
  • Lexus ES350, RX350, GS300, RX330, CT 200h, IS250, LS460
  • Mazda 3, 5, 6
  • Mercedes-Benz E320
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse
  • Nissan Juke, Altima, Maxima, Sentra
  • Pontiac G8, Grand Am
  • Saturn L300, Astra, L200
  • Scion xB, xD
  • Subaru Forester, Legacy, Outback, Impreza
  • Suzuki Kizashi, Grand Vitara
  • Totota Prius, Sienna, Camry, Corolla, Avalon, Matrix, Rabbit
  • Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, Touran, Passat, CC Sport, Tiguan, Beetle
  • Volvo C30 T5, XC70, S80, S60, V90

Warranty Tire Warranty – 6 years or 70,000 miles. Mileage is reduced by half if different sizes are used in rear than in front. Tire Uniformity – 1 year or first 2/32 inch of wear Materials & Workmanship – 6 years. Free replacement during first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. Prorated amount after that down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth. Road Hazard – 1 year or first 2/32 inch of wear. Other – Continental provides a 60-day customer satisfaction trial.

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology review helpful. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Michelin Defender Review

Hello and welcome to my Michelin Defender review.

Being named the number one all-season tire from the leading authority in consumer reporting magazines is no easy task, but that is exactly where you’ll find the Michelin Defender ranked on the list. It didn’t happen by accident either, as Michelin has used their latest tire technology to create quite an impressive tire that they claim may be the best model in there entire lineup. Here’s a closer look at what this tire offers and what you can expect performance wise on the road.

Michelin Defender review

Dry Traction

No surprises here, the Michelin Defender all season is excellent on all types of dry pavement. An asymmetric tread pattern and silica compound help deliver solid grip while also providing better braking performance. Another added benefit is that this tire features a lower rolling resistance. You can expect to see a little better gas mileage once the tires are broke in. We’ve heard others mention a 2-5% gain in mileage, although results will vary of course.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Wet Traction

Wet grip is an area where the Defender rates above many other all-season tires, including the older HydroEdge. Michelin uses their unique IntelliSipe Technology which increases the number of biting edges to go with siping around the tread for enhanced grip on wet roads. You’ll notice it reduces braking distance and gives you a more confident feeling when driving in the rain. There’s four circumferential grooves and numerous lateral grooves around the tread surface that push away the water and virtually eliminate the risk of hydroplaning.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Winter Traction

Driving on snow and ice tends to be challenging for any all-season tire, but the Defender holds its own and actually performs above expectations in all but the most difficult of winter conditions. The added siping and silica tread compound gives this tire more bite on the snow and ice, while also improving braking and acceleration. Though not a snow tire, for drivers living in areas that see moderate amounts of snow and other winter weather, the Defender does a pretty good overall job.

Rating Verdict – Good

Cornering Grip

Michelin’s MaxTouch Construction is designed to optimize the tire’s footprint against the stresses of various road surfaces. What that translates to is better cornering, stability and overall handling performance. You’ll find a large number of Michelin Defender reviews that make note of how stable this tire is when cornering around town or taking interstate off-ramps. While you will not mistake it for a maximum grip high performance tire, it does deliver some of the best cornering/handling in this class.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Steering Response

You’ll immediately notice how crisp and responsive the steering is on this tire, whether it is changing lanes on the highway or running errands in town. There is no awkward feeling behind the wheel. It simply goes where it’s pointed without issues.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Ride Comfort

Riding on the Defender is similar to riding on tires like the General Altimax RT43 or even the Michelin MXV4. It’s designed to be comfortable on all types of roads and lessens the jolts when hitting potholes or uneven pavement. Driving 100 miles to your destination won’t leave you feeling wore out or like you just rode on a wagon train.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Noise Comfort

Michelin tires are known for being quieter than other brands and that is exactly what you can expect on the Defender. Road noise is minimal whether driving at slower speeds or on the highway at 70 mph. It’s comparable to what you find on many of the better grand touring all-season models.

Rating Verdict – Good

Treadlife/Warranty

An added benefit to Michelin’s MaxTouch Construction is an extended tread life on the tire, and the Defender certainly does not disappoint. It comes with a 90,000 mile tread guarantee, which is among the longest of any tire. Based on our own findings, and what other drivers are reporting as well, this is one of the longest wearing tires on the road today.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Michelin Defender Review

Price/Value

There’s no getting around the fact that Michelin tires cost a little more than most other brands, and that’s mainly due to the quality and performance you’ll find with their tires. As prices go, on a 215 /60 R17 96T tire, the Defender comes in at approximately $146. The same size in a Goodyear ComforTred Touring is $136, while the General RT43 can be found for around $106.

Michelin offers the longest warranty out of this group and arguably delivers a little better performance as well. Value for the money is very good.

Rating Verdict – Good

Final Verdict

A lot of times you see and hear tire advertising that simply turns out to be more hype than fact, but for the Michelin Defender the truth is in the actual results. This tire steps up to the plate and simply flat out performs. It excels in almost every area and delivers the type of driving performance and comfort you want from an all-season tire. In addition, it’s longer wearing tread design makes for a good value in new tires. It definitely deserves a spot among the top tires in this class.

Tire Size
Load/Speed
Sidewall
UTQG
P205/70R14
93T
BSW
820 A B
175/70R13
82T
BSW
820 A B
175/70R13
82T
BSW
820 A B
175/65R14
82T
BSW
820 A B
185/65R14
86T
BSW
820 A B
185/65R14
86T
BSW
820 A B
175/70R14
84T
BSW
820 A B
185/70R14
88T
BSW
820 A B
185/70R14
88T
BSW
820 A B
195/70R14
91T
BSW
820 A B
195/70R14
91T
BSW
820 A B
185/60R15
84T
BSW
820 A B
195/60R15
88T
BSW
820 A B
195/60R15
88T
BSW
820 A B
205/60R15
91T
BSW
820 A B
215/60R15
94T
BSW
820 A B
185/65R15
88T
BSW
820 A B
185/65R15
88T
BSW
820 A B
195/65R15
91T
BSW
820 A B
195/65R15
91T
BSW
820 A B
205/65R15
94T
BSW
820 A B
205/65R15
94T
BSW
820 A B
215/65R15
96T
BSW
820 A B
215/65R15
96T
BSW
820 A B
205/70R15
96T
BSW
820 A B
205/70R15
96T
BSW
820 A B
215/70R15
98T
BSW
820 A B
215/70R15
98T
BSW
820 A B
205/55R16
91T
BSW
820 A B
205/55R16
91H
BSW
820 A B
205/60R16
92T
BSW
820 A B
215/60R16
95T
BSW
820 A B
215/60R16
95T
BSW
820 A B
225/60R16
98T
BSW
820 A B
225/60R16
98T
BSW
820 A B
235/60R16
100T
BSW
820 A B
215/65R16
98T
BSW
820 A B
215/65R16
98T
BSW
820 A B
225/65R16
100T
BSW
820 A B
235/65R16
103T
BSW
820 A B
235/65R16
103T
BSW
820 A B
225/50R17
94T
BSW
820 A B
215/55R17
94V
BSW
820 A B
215/55R17
94T
BSW
820 A B
225/55R17
97T
BSW
820 A B
235/55R17
99T
BSW
820 A B
215/60R17
96T
BSW
820 A B
215/60R17
96T
BSW
820 A B
225/60R17
99T
BSW
820 A B
225/60R17
99T
BSW
820 A B
215/65R17
99T
BSW
820 A B
215/65R17
99T
BSW
820 A B
225/65R17
102T
BSW
820 A B
225/65R17
102T
BSW
820 A B
225/50R18
95T
BSW
820 A B
215/55R18
95T
BSW
820 A B
225/55R18
98T
BSW
820 A B

Fits These Vehicles And Many Others

  • Acura RL, TSX, CSX, TL
  • Audi A6
  • Buick LeSabre, Lucerne, Regal, Park Avenue
  • Chevrolet Malibu, Impala, Cobalt, Cruze, Aveo
  • Chrysler Town and Country, PT Cruiser
  • Dodge Grand Caravan, Avenger, Caliber, Neon, Intrepid
  • Ford Focus, Crown Victoria, Fiesta, Taurus, Fusion, Freestar
  • GMC Sonoma, Savana, Envoy, Yukon, Acadia
  • Honda Odyssey, Accord, Civic, CR-V, Fit, Element
  • Hyundai Tucson, Sonata, Elantra
  • Infiniti G37
  • Kia Sportage, Rondo, Soul, Amanti, Forte
  • Mitsubishi Outlander, Galant, Lancer
  • Nissan Altima, Versa, Sentra, Rogue
  • Pontiac Vibe, Grand Am, Grand Prix, Montana, G5, Solstice
  • Saturn Ion, L300, Vue, Outlook, Sky
  • Scion xA, xB
  • Subaru Outback, Forester, Impreza, Legacy
  • Toyota Sienna, RAV4, Camry, Corolla, Solara, Yaris, Prius, Matrix, Avalon, Tacoma, Echo
  • Volkswagen Jetta, Passat, Eos, Beetle, Golf
  • Volvo XC70, V70

Warranty

Tire Warranty – 6 years or 90,000 miles on all T and H Speed Rated sizes. 6 years or 80,000 miles on all V Speed Rated sizes. Mileage is reduced by half on rear if different sizes are used than on front.

Tire Uniformity – 1 year or first 2/32 inch of wear

Materials & Workmanship – 6 years. Free replacement during first year, first 25% of wear or first 2/32 inch of wear . Prorated amount after that down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

Other – Michelin provides a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. 3 year flat tire changing warranty also included.

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this Michelin Defender review helpful. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat Review

Hello and welcome to my Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat review.

The concept behind the Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat tire is very simple: Create a tire that is capable of being driven totally flat for up to 50 miles at a speed of 50 mph… while still maintaining the performance and comfort levels of a regular touring all-season model. A tall order to say the least, and one that has ot been made possible with any run-flat tire up to this point.

Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat review

No one likes the thought of sitting on the side of a busy road trying to change a flat tire while cars and trucks go screaming by. In fact, a recent survey showed that over 25% of drivers would rather sit in a long line at their local DMV than have to change a flat. That’s bad enough but the same survey showed that 6% of respondents would rather have a colonoscopy than change a flat tire! Yikes! Nothing against colonoscopy’s… but really?

So that brings us around to Bridgestone’s new model. Of course, the run flat has been around for many years of course, but up till now it has always been dogged by a stiff, rough ride, poor handling and a much higher price tag. Bridgestone has attempted to change this with their new DriveGuard Run Flat. The question is, have they managed to pull it off or is this just more hype? Let’s take a look at what you can expect.

Basics Behind The DriveGuard Tire

Bridgestone DriveGuard tires are built to fit today’s coupes, sedans and wagons that come with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, or TPMS for short. They are not designed to be used on minivans, crossovers, SUV’s, trucks, or any vehicle without a TPMS. At least not as of yet they aren’t. (Bridgestone is looking to make the DriveGuard available on crossovers in the near future.)

When you get a flat while driving on the Bridgestone DriveGuard, your TPMS lights up on your dashboard to let you know that you have up to 50 miles to drive on the tire and get it repaired, and to be able to safely drive up to speeds of 50 mph without fears of shredding the tire.

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Test Drive

The question now is, have they managed to create a run flat that actually performs well, or is this just more hype? Let’s take a look at what you can expect.

Dry Traction

The Bridgestone DriveGuard RunFlat is a capable performer on dry roads and highways. It delivers sure-footed traction at all speeds and tracks well at all speeds. Beyond that, most drivers will never be able to notice any difference in this tire and a non run-flat tire when it’s inflated.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Wet Traction

With its silica-enhanced tread compound, deeper circumferential grooves and asymmetric tread pattern, this Bridgestone RunFlat provides impressive wet traction. Balance and control are excellent on wet pavement and equal to what you would find in some of the better tires in the touring all-season class. Unless you are pushing your car to the limits on wet streets, you shouldn’t notice any issues driving on this tire.

Rating Verdict – Good

Cornering Grip

This is an area where previous run flat tires have suffered. But the DriveGuard does a solid job in providing the type of cornering grip and stability you want in your tires. Sure, don’t expect high-performance handling power, but do expect a tire that is more than adequate when taking on and off-ramps, changing lanes and negotiating sharper corners.

Rating Verdict – Good

Steering Response

What may surprise some drivers is how responsive the steering is on this tire. It delivers good feel for a run flat tire or any other tire for that matter.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Winter Traction

Performance in winter weather is decent for an all-season tire. It takes on lighter amounts of snow confidently, while deeper amounts of snow and ice are a bit more problematic as you might expect. Braking is very good in light snow as well.

Rating Verdict – Average

Ride Comfort

Without a doubt the number one issue with run flats is the rough ride. Some even make you feel like you are riding in a lumber wagon. The Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat is a complete 180 from all the fun flats of the past. We can say that ride quality is about equal to that of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus or Michelin Primacy MXV4, which are very good touring tires themselves. That should give you a good idea of what to expect.

Rating Verdict – Good

Noise Comfort

Road noise is minimal for the most part and again, comparable to what you find on other touring tires. You will not hear the roaring noise you may have heard from other older run flats in the past when driving at interstate highway speeds. Bridgestone has managed to make the DriveGuard a very quiet running tire.

Rating Verdict – Good

Treadlife/Warranty

Thus far, treadlife has proven to be very good. Bridgestone has a 50,000 mile warranty on the tire and also guarantees it for 12,000 miles against road hazards. They even include a 30-day buy and try guarantee to make sure you are satisfied with the tire.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Price / Value

Bridgestone’s DriveGuard is priced in the same area that you’ll find on other tires like the Turanza Serenity Plus or Michelin Primacy MXM4 Run Flat. For example, a DriveGuard sized 205/55 R16 91h costs approximately $133. The same size in the Serenity Plus also runs right at $133.

A Drive Guard 225/40 R18 92w is around $196, where the same size in the Michelin MXM4 Run Flat is $204. With the added technology and performance, DriveGuard tires come in at a good value for the money.

Rating Verdict – Good

Final Verdict

Bridgestone has set a new standard for run flat tires that will now be the baseline for all new models in the future. We’ve never been a big fan of run flats in the past due to their huge drivability and price issues, but we have to say that the DriveGuard is truly revolutionary. It excels far and above expectations of a run flat tire, and the price difference between this tire and other standard tires in this class is minimal.

Size
Load/Speed
Sidewall
UTQG
215/55RF16
93V
BW
500
225/45RF17
91W
BW
460
225/50RF17
94W
BW
460
235/45RF17
94W
BW
460
245/45RF18
96W
BW
460
195/65RF15
91H
BW
500
215/55RF18
95H
BW
500
195/55RF16
87V
BW
500
205/55RF16
91V
BW
500
205/60RF16
92V
BW
500
215/60RF16
95V
BW
500
205/45RF17
88W
BW
460
205/50RF17
93W
BW
460
215/45RF17
91W
BW
460
215/50RF17
95V
BW
500
215/55RF17
94V
BW
500
245/45RF17
99W
BW
460
255/40RF17
94W
BW
460
225/40RF18
92W
BW
460
225/45RF18
95W
BW
460
225/50RF18
95W
BW
460
235/40RF18
95W
BW
460
235/50RF18
97W
BW
460
245/40RF18
97W
BW
460
255/35RF18
94W
BW
460
245/40RF19
98W
BW
460
235/45RF18
98W
BW
460
215/45RF18
93W
BW
460
245/40RF17
91W
BW
460
255/45RF18
99W
BW
460
255/40RF18
99W
BW
460
235/50RF17
96W
BW
460

Fits the following vehicles and many others:

  • Acura TSX, RL, TL, CL
  • BMW 525xi, 328xi, 335i, 535i, 550i, 135i, 330i, 530i
  • Chevrolet Volt, Cobalt, Impalal, Malibu, Cruze, Sonic LTZ
  • Dodge Neon, Grand Caravan, Nitro
  • Ford Focus, Mustang GT, Taurus, Fusion
  • Honda Civic, CR-V, Insight, Accord
  • Hyundai Genesis, Sonata
  • Infiniti G35x
  • Kia Optima, Rondo
  • Lexus SC430
  • Mazda6, 929, Mazda3
  • Mercedes-Benz E320
  • Mini Cooper S
  • Nissan Altima, Maxima, Versa, Leaf, Cube
  • Pontiac Vibe, Grand Am, Grand Prix, G5
  • Subaru Legacy, Impreza, Outback
  • Toyota Camry, Prius, RAV4, Avalon, Solara, Sienna
  • Volkswagen Jetta, Passat, Touareg
  • Volvo V70

Warranty

Tire Warranty – 5 years or 60,000 miles on all H or V Speed Rated sizes. 5 years or 50,000 miles on all W Speed Rated sizes.

Tire Uniformity – First 1/32 inch of wear

Materials & Workmanship – 5 years. Free replacement during first 3 years. Prorated amount after 3 years down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

Road Hazard – 1 year or 12,000 miles or first 2/32 inch of wear.

Other – Bridgestone provides a 30-day buy & try guarantee.

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat review helpful. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.