Goodyear Assurance All-Season Review


Goodyear ASSURANCE ALLSEASON Full - 660x550

14"
185/65R14
185/70R14
195/70R14
15"
185/60R15
185/65R15
195/60R15
195/65R15
205/60R15
205/65R15
205/70R15
205/75R15
215/65R15
215/70R15
215/75R15
16"
195/55R16
205/50R16
205/55R16
205/60R16
205/65R16
215/55R16
215/60R16
215/65R16
215/70R16
225/55R16
225/60R16
225/65R16
225/70R16
235/60R16
235/65R16
235/70R16
17"
215/50R17
215/55R17
215/60R17
215/65R17
225/50R17
225/55R17
225/60R17
225/65R17
235/55R17
235/60R17
235/65R17
18"
225/55R18
225/60R18
235/55R18
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The Good
  • Good braking performance in wet conditions
  • Handles well at speed
The Bad
  • Notably high levels of road noise
  • Effective biting action in snow
  • Slight directional instability when tires are cold
Dry Performance83
Wet Performance77
Winter Performance69
Comfort72
Treadwear79
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For most people who live in extreme weather conditions, having winter tires is a reality they have to live with. The cost of owning and maintaining two or more sets of tires can be quite taxing. This is especially true for the passenger car driver market which is dominated by the average working population. Goodyear seems to have noted this and come up with a solution. To assess their efforts, a Goodyear Assurance review was necessary.

Made Rational For Sensible Delivery

Upon taking a quick look at the Assurance tire it is hard to ignore its rational and no – nonsense design. You won’t find any frills or exotic finishes here, just a practical, serrated tread that is perfectly equipped for wet, dry and icy driving road surfaces. The tread pattern is designed in such a way that it optimizes ride comfort. This is especially important as the tire is built mainly for minivans, coupes and sedans.

Goodyear has not cut any corners when it comes to handling. Traction in snow conditions has not compromised the tire’s handling ability. It boasts broad shoulder blocks, which support the sidewalls and prevent body roll even in the most agile turns.

Thin Line Between Minimalism and Deficiency

The Goodyear Assurance tires stick to practicality and performance delivery. However, this simple approach has some downsides. Firstly, the tire lacks much of the contemporary technologies that are observed on modern tires to prevent premature tread wear. This leads to a tire that wears out fairly quickly. Given the exclusivity of Goodyear tires to specified dealerships, this can become a challenge.

In addition to that the tires do not maintain their winter traction capabilities for the duration of their life. As such one needs to be perceptive and make an educated guess as to when they stop being appropriate for winter driving. After several thousand miles, the tire loses its winter – specific, soft rubber compound, essentially leaving the driver with a summer tire.

Goodyear’s idea to go with a barebones tire that delivers on its requirements and nothing more yields some mixed results. While the Goodyear Assurance review reveals a number of merits that the tire offers, there are a handful of issues worth taking into consideration

What Makes Goodyear Assurance Tires Great All-Rounders.

  • Engineered to have reduced heat resistance converting into increased efficiency
  • Boast a thick rubber layer built to absorb road irregularities resulting in a refined ride
  •   Above average traction and handling in all types of weather conditions.
  • The generous warranty provided by Goodyear makes for a confident long term experience

The Spanners In The Works

  • Lose their winter traction capabilities between the 20,000 and 30,000 mile mark
  • Premature tread wear even with a regular maintenance routine.

Goodyear made the ambitious move to provide a tire that would outperform season – specific tires over the whole year. While they may have failed to fully achieve their goal, it is contestable whether there is any contender that comes close. The Goodyear Assurance tires are definitely an all year choice for frugal drivers.

Author: Matt Taylor

A 28 year old car guy that used to work in a car repair shop. I used to talk about tires because I had to, now I talk about them because I want to.

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