Goodyear

Goodyear tires are probably the most recognizable tire manufacturer today. This holds true in almost any industry i.e. scooter, motorcycles, sedans, SUV’s, trucks, tractors, heavy machineries, etc. Goodyear has product lines across various niches, ranging from cheap, mid-priced, and top of the line models. In fact, the brand is the most influential and successful tire manufacturer in Formula One.

This article will provide a primer on a wide range of tire makes and models. The point of differentiation will be on the type of motor vehicle i.e. sedans, SUV’s, pickup trucks, off roaders, etc. The goal is to provide consumers a list of tire models with the best consumer and expert reviews to date.

Mid Range Sedans

The primary consideration is ride comfort, durability, and all season road conditions. Some tires are specifically made for more exacting drivers, without sacrificing ride comfort. For example:

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred All-Season Tire - 225/60R16 97T

The Comfortred line focuses on overall usability and drive comfort for sedans and smaller coupes. The average selling price is $120 - $130. Treads are densely packed for a smooth ride. The compound used has been layered for super soft ride comfort. The tread design was designed for all year road use. The specs are:

  • 16 inch rims
  • 25.8 pounds weight
  • 225 millimetres width
  • Radial
  • 97 load index

Goodyear Eagle LS-2 Radial Tire - 195/65R15 89S

The Eagle LS-2 line was built specifically for more rugged sedan, compact, hatchbacks i.e. Volkswagen Beatle. The average selling price is $80 - $90. The groove design allows for better traction on wet conditions. The tread block sequence enhances the handling experience and the outer wall has minimalistic tread guards so it looks more rugged and protects against scrapes and tears. The specs are:

  • 19 inch rims
  • 17.7 pounds weight
  • 195 millimetres width
  • 89 load index
  • Radial

Coupes and Sports Cars

Of primary consideration is grip and handling. The sidewalls are also thicker because the rims are so close to the edge of the tire. The compound used is softer so it will wear down faster. For example:

Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 Radial Tire - 285/35R18 97Z

The Eagle F1 line usually has a 1 tread design. This isn’t cheap. The average selling price is $530 - $550 apiece. This particular model also has a V-tread design coupled with diagonally placed plies. This increases handling and durability. Because of the design this can be utilized in dry and wet conditions BUT not on near freezing conditions. The specs are:

  • 18 inch rims
  • 29 pounds weight
  • 285 millimetres width
  • 97 load index
  • Radial

Goodyear Eagle RS-A Radial Tire - 245/50R20 102H

This Eagle RS was made for coupes and sports cars that are oftentimes used by drivers who like to perform aggressive turns. The average selling price is $140 - $150. These are all weather tires. This is the tire for people who live in or regularly travels through a place with a zig zag road coupled with wet conditions. The shoulder treads are well placed to keep aggressive drivers happy and safe on the curves. The specs are:

  • 20 inch rims
  • 32 pounds weight
  • 245 millimetres width
  • 102 load index
  • Radial

Light Trucks and SUV’s

Primary consideration is load bearing capacity and off road capacity with all weather usability. Nowadays consumers also demand designs that offer a quieter ride. For Example:

Goodyear Wrangler Radial Tire - 235/75R15 105S

This wrangler was made for all around conditions with high possibility off road use. The average selling price is $85 - $90. This is better suited to an SUV i.e. Cherokee jeep. The primary consideration is grip in wet and muddy conditions. The trade off is the slightly louder driving noise on the highway. The specs are:

  • 15 inch rims
  • 30.1 pounds weight
  • 235 millimetres width
  • 105 load index
  • Radial

Goodyear Wrangler AT/S Tire - 265/70R17 113S SL

This is for bigger trucks and bigger SUV”s. The average selling price is $170 - $180. There are some serious grooves on this Wrangler. The design takes into consideration off road and muddy conditions. The design still allows it to be an all around off roader. The specs are:

  • 17 inch rims
  • 42.2 pounds weight
  • 265 millimetres width
  • 113 load index
  • Radial

Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Radial Tire - 315/70R17 121Q

If the two abovementioned off-road tires won’t cut it, then this tire is worthy of consideration. This Wrangler was designed for one purpose “go verywhere.” The deep and alternating treads provide maximum traction. The compound design allows it to be extremely durable against sharp rocks. The specs are:

  • 17 inch rims
  • 59.6 pounds weight
  • 315 millimetres width
  • 121 load index
  • Radial

There is no one type of tire that works best for everyone. The secret is finding the right rim size, tread design, compound, load capacity, etc. that suits the car owner’s specific needs. Even the right pressure can make a world of difference when it comes to ride comfort, durability and grip.

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